VIENNA: The global nuclear test monitoring agency would quickly detect seismic signs of new underground atomic explosion conducted by North Korea and inform member states, its head said yesterday. The US said last month it was watching the Korean peninsula after reports that North Korea may be planning a fourth nuclear test since 2006, and urged Pyongyang not to take any step that would threaten regional peace. The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) says it now has more than 85 percent of a planned worldwide network of 337 facilities up and running to check the planet for any atomic bomb testing. The Vienna-based CTBTO’s International Monitoring System consists of stations to pick up seismic, radionuclide, infrasound or hydroacoustic signals.
Bangla road crash kills 10
Dhaka: At least 10 people were killed after two buses collided head-to-head yesterday in Bangladesh’s western district of Rajbari, local police said. Eight people died at the scene when the inter-district buses crashed before dawn at Basantapur on the Dhaka-Khulna highway, some 110 kilometers of west of the capital Dhaka, police officer Nizam Khan said. Two others died in a local hospital after 25 survivors were taken to a nearby hospital, he added. Police launched an investigation into the crash.
Huge ivory haul in Cambodia
PHNOM PENH: Cambodian customs yesterday seized more than three tonnes of ivory, the country’s largest-ever haul of elephant tusks, hidden in a container of beans. The haul was made after the container was scanned at the southwestern port of Sihanoukville, said Bun Chiv, deputy head of the port’s customs office. “We confiscated more than three tonnes of elephant tusks that were hidden in a container of beans,” he said.