March 2006

March 2006 is the third month of that year. It began on a Wednesday and 31 days later, ended on a Friday.

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  • The United Kingdom government is defeated in the House of Lords over a plan to make biometric ID cards compulsory for passport applicants. The government is to seek to overturn the defeat in the House of Commons, and has suggested that it might invoke the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949. (United Press International)
  • Israeli aircraft fire rockets at a car in Gaza, killing two Islamic Jihad members and three innocent bystanders as well as wounding seven other people, mostly children. Commander-in-Chief of the Israel Air Force, Maj.-Gen. Eliezer Shkedy said: "We are doing everything we can possibly think of to prevent innocent people from being harmed, but this is a war and nothing is certain." (JPost)
  • Milan Babić, former leader of the breakaway Republic of Serbian Krajina, commits suicide in prison while serving a sentence for war crimes. (BBC)
  • M. Michael Rounds, governor of the U.S. State of South Dakota, signs an abortion ban that conflicts with the United States Supreme Court's landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. (MSNBC)
  • The sentencing hearing of Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person indicted in the US for a direct role in the 9/11 attacks, has opened in Virginia. (BBC)
  • Avian flu outbreak: Poland confirms first outbreak of H5N1, the bird flu virus, in two wild swans. (News-Medical Net) (BBC)
  • In South Africa, former Deputy President (1999–2005) Jacob Zuma pleads not guilty of rape as his trial starts. (Iafrica) (BBC)

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  • Hamas announces the formation of its new cabinet to govern the territory under the control of the Palestinian Authority. Hamas, however, in a last ditch effort to include the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in the government, postponed by one day the submission of the new cabinet to the approval of PNA President Mahmoud Abbas. (IOL) (Al-Jazeera)
  • 2006 labor protests in France: In Paris, and other major French cities, hundreds of thousands of people march in protest of the Contrat de première embauche (First Employment Contract), a labor law set to take effect in April that gives employers the right to fire workers under the age of 26 in the first two years of their employment without justification.(BBC)
  • US Navy warships engage pirates off the coast of Somalia, killing one, capturing 12, after the U.N. Security Council on March 15, encouraged any naval forces near Somalia to take action against suspected piracy. This occurred after an attack on a UN World Food Program-chartered ship bringing drought-relief food supplies on March 13. (AP)(UPI)
  • The Labor government of South Australia, led by Mike Rann, has been returned with a ten percent swing. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

19 March 2006 (Sunday)

  • Three of the six men left seriously ill during a drugs trial (of a monoclonal antibody TGN 1412) have been taken off organ support.(BBC)
  • The Liberal Party of Canada announces it has scheduled the vote for a new leader for December 3. (CBC)
  • Part of a tunnel in the Moscow Metro collapses on a train setting the train on fire. Russian emergency services were dispatched to the scene, passengers were evacuated, and no one was hurt. (BBC)
  • Former Prime Minister of Iraq Iyad Allawi says that he believes that Iraq is engaged in a civil war, although the country has not passed "the point of no return." British and American officials dispute calling the conflict a civil war. (BBC)
  • Polling stations open for the Belarusian presidential election, 2006. (VOA) The main opposition candidate Alaksandar Milinkievič calls for a re-run of the presidential election within hours of polls closing. (BBC)
  • With the exception of Uganda and South Africa, sub-Saharan Africa is failing to meet United Nations standards for accessibility to clean water or sanitation. (Reuters)
  • Mohammad Ali, actor of Pakistan serials, died on 19 March 2006 of kidney disease.

20 March 2006 (Monday)

21 March 2006 (Tuesday)

  • The French National Assembly votes on "DADVSI" ("Right of the Author and related rights in the information society") with 296 votes for against 193. The DADVSI act implements the 2001 EU Copyright Directive with some modifications. The UMP (right-wing), which has the absolute majority at the National Assembly, voted for, while the left voted against it. MPs of the center-right UDF voted either against the text or abstained themselves. Le Monde
  • Over 150 Chadian soldiers are killed in eastern Chad by members of the rebel UFDC. The growing rebel movement seeks to overthrow Chadian president Idriss Deby. (AP via Forbes)
  • In the United Kingdom, Metropolitan Police confirm they are to investigate claims the ruling Labour Party broke the Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act 1925 in the ongoing controversy over "cash for Peerages" row. (BBC)
  • Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said in the Dáil that he believes the British security forces colluded with loyalist paramilitaries in the planning of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane's murder in 1989. (Irish examiner)
  • In a major Sino-Russian energy deal, it is announced that Gazprom intends to build two large natural gas pipelines directly to China within the next five years. (Forbes) Russia will also help with the construction of two nuclear power plants in China. (Makfax)

22 March 2006 (Wednesday)

  • A bankruptcy court judge in New York has authorized the creation of an equity holders' committee in connection with the reorganization of auto parts maker Delphi Corporation, (Reuters)
  • University of Wisconsin–Madison scientists believe they may have discovered a reason why the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus cannot yet jump easily between humans. (BBC)
  • The MV Queen of the North, a 125 metre ferry operated by BC Ferries, strikes a rock in British Columbia's Inside Passage shortly after midnight, and sinks. All passengers and crew are thought to have safely abandoned ship, but two passengers are later declared missing and presumed dead. (CBC)
  • Basque separatist group ETA announce a permanent ceasefire to their 38-year campaign for independence from Spain, which has cost over 800 lives. (BBC)
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin pays a visit to the Shaolin Temple, the symbol of Chinese Martial arts on his state visit to China. (SINA)
  • Tracy Williams from Oldham, Greater Manchester, England, is ordered to pay £10,000 damages, plus £7,200 legal costs for libelling former parliamentary candidate Michael Keith Smith in a Yahoo chat room and in her blog, making history in respect of legal actions involving the Internet. She had accused Smith of being a sex offender and a racist bigot. Williams did not file a defence to the libel writ. (Manchester Evening News), (Times), (BBC)
  • Ethiopia: Government prosecutors withdrew charges against 18 out of 129 opposition figures and journalists facing charges following last year's violent skirmishes in the country. However, none of the party leaders of the Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) were included in this action.

23 March 2006 (Thursday)

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25 March 2006 (Saturday)

  • A revolutionary scramjet jet engine designed to fly at seven times sonic speed is successfully tested in Australia. (BBC)
  • Canada's annual seal hunt has begun, amid international appeals for an end to the controversial cull of up to 325,000 young harp seal pups. The Canadian government says the cull, which reportedly earns C$16.5 million (£8.3 million) in meat and pelt sales, is also necessary to control seal numbers. (BBC)
  • An explosion at a French university chemical research facility kills one professor. The cause is unknown. (National Nine News)
  • Protests against the US immigration reform bill H.R. 4437 are held in several US cities. 500,000 people march in Los Angeles, California, 50,000 in Denver, Colorado, and 20,000 in Phoenix, Arizona, protesting proposed legislation that includes construction of a security wall along the United States-Mexico border. (CNN) (BBC) (CBS4Denver) (East Valley Tribune)
  • A gunman killed six people at a party and then himself in the Capitol Hill massacre in Seattle, Washington. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
  • Reading Football Club are promoted to the English Premiership for the first time in their 135-year history. They are also the first post-war Football Club to be promoted to the English Premiership in March.

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