• Sunday, November 23, 2014


Cheated returnees from Iraq demand damages

  Thirteen returnees from Iraq who had been cheated by recruiting agencies demanded compensation from two agencies and cancellation of their licences yesterday. The victims also urged the government to provide them with jobs at a human chain in front of Jatiya Press Club in the capital. The demonstrators said they paid between Tk 2.5 lakh and Tk 3.70 lakh to four recruiting agencies, which promised them jobs in an Iraqi company. However, when they arrived in the Middle-East country, there was no...

Stopping Labour Trafficking

Maximum migration transparency must

Maximum transparency and accountability must be maintained in sending Bangladeshi workers abroad to check illegal labour migration and trafficking, said discussants at a meeting yesterday. The Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (BAIRA) in association with the International Organisation for Migration organised the meeting on "Serving the migrants: Role of civil society and BAIRA" at Cirdap in the capital. BAIRA Senior Vice President Ali Haider Chowdhury said there should be a coordination committee comprising government officials, civil society members, recruiting agencies'...

Sundarbans, Sylhet haors vulture safe

The Sundarbans and its adjacent areas in greater Khulna, and haor areas in greater Sylhet have been declared Bangladesh's first Vultures Safe Zones (VSZ) where the government will conduct close monitoring to protect the birds from being extinct. The declaration came at a meeting of SAVE (Saving Asia's Vultures from Extinction), a consortium, which is working to protect vultures and will also assist the forest department in the move, held yesterday at a hotel in the capital. Officials of the environment...

Tangail 4-Murder

Prime accused arrested

Police last night arrested Jahangir Alam, 25, the prime accused in the killing of a woman and her three daughters in Tangail. He was held near his Dakkhin Sohagpara residence in Mirzapur upazila, said Mirzapur police. Jahangir was being interrogated at the office of the Superintendent of Police in Tangail till filing of this report at 11:00pm. On October 7, Hasna Begum, 35, and her three daughters Monira Akter, 14, Meem Akter, 10, and Molly Akter, 7, were burnt alive when miscreants...

HT Imam BNP man in AL

HT Imam is a BNP man in Awami League, claimed BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's Press Secretary Maruf Kamal Khan yesterday, saying there are many others like him who will spill the beans about the January 5 “farcical” parliamentary election in right time. “It will be of no use if Awami League men assault or take action against him. Because there are many others like HT Imam surrounding Awami League who will expose the government's misdeeds,” he said.  He was addressing a...

People with Disabilities

Country's major buildings inaccessible to them

The country's major public buildings are not accessible to persons with disabilities, said discussants at a roundtable yesterday. After examining 20 major public buildings in Dhaka and Chittagong, a team of researchers found that only one of the buildings had ramps for people with wheelchairs, while bathrooms of all the buildings were inaccessible, they said. The scene remains unchanged despite Bangladesh National Building Code-2008 and the Rights and Protection of Persons with Disability Act-2013 promising access to all public premises by...

Primary, Ebtedayee exams begin today

Primary and Ebtedayee terminal examinations for class V students of general and madrasa education will begin across the country today. Nearly 31 lakh examinees will sit for the exams this year. A total of 27,88,544 students will attend the Primary Terminal Examinations. Of them, 12,82,079 are boys and 15,06,465 girls. As many as 3,05,721 examinees will participate in the Ebtedayee exams. Of them, 1,57,448 are boys while 1,48,273 girls. Physically challenged students will get additional 20 minutes in the exams that are scheduled...

PM calls for low cost healthcare

Urging the faculties of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University to do intense research, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the researchers of medical science must find ways for prevention of new diseases and provide people with low cost healthcare services. She said healthcare services were a basic right of the people. Only a healthy person can play a role in the nation building activities, and a doctor is the best friend of an ailing person to ensure the basic rights,...

BCL Infighting

Suranjit blames infiltrators

Ruling Awami League advisory council member Suranjit Sengupta yesterday blamed infiltrators for Bangladesh Chhatra League infighting. He, however, also said in many cases BCL activists themselves are involved in criminal activities which is unacceptable. On the other hand, BNP standing committee member Brig (retd) ASM Hannan Shah blamed the government for not taking appropriate measures to stop BCL activists from committing crimes. He said BCL and Jubo League men alongside police are being used to counter parties opposing the ruling AL. The two...

BCL Clash at Sust

31 activists sent to jail

A Sylhet court yesterday sent 31 activists of Sylhet city unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League to jail in connection with a factional clash at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) on Thursday that left one person dead and 20 others injured. Sylhet Kotwali police and Jalalabad police arrested the activists in 22 raids on Friday and yesterday. The law enforcers also recovered one revolver and 20 machetes.  So far, three cases have been filed regarding the incident -- one by...

Grenade found in Ctg factory

Police recovered a grenade from a steel factory at Kumira of Sitakunda in Chittagong yesterday. It was deactivated by a bomb disposal unit. A worker of GPH Ispat Ltd, first noticed the grenade while he was shifting imported scrap metal, which is used as raw materials. Police said the grenade might have come along with the scrap metal.

Shafiul Murder Case

Police made remarkable progress: IGP

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Hassan Mahmood Khandakar yesterday said police have made remarkable progress in the investigation into the murder case of Rajshahi University Professor AKM Shafiul Islam.  “The murder case is our top priority, and we are hopeful of positive results,” he said at the passing out ceremony of the 34th batch of outside cadet sub-inspectors-2013 at Bangladesh Police Academy (BPA) in Sardah.     “Police officials have informed me that remarkable progress has been made in the case,” he said...

Sirajganj-3 JS by-Poll

AL's Milon set to be yet another uncontested lawmaker

Awami League nominated Gazi Amzad Hossain Milon is set to be yet another uncontested AL lawmaker from Sirajganj-3. As he is the only candidate there since the nomination of his rival was cancelled yesterday, according to the returning officer. Akhtarul Islam Munnu, an independent candidate, was disqualified by the Election Commmission due to inadequate support from voters, said Md. Abdur Rahim, assistant returning officer.   The election is scheduled for November 30.

News in Brief

Maritime Forum formed to deal with common issues Staff Correspondent, Ctg Six Bangladeshi maritime organisations have recently formed “The Maritime Forum” to deal with common issues of the maritime industry like training and employment of Bangladeshi seafarers, says a press release. Yesterday the forum, comprising Alumni Association of Bangladesh Marine Academy, Association of Maritime Training Institutions of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Merchant Marine Officers' Association (BMMOA), Bangladesh Ship Manning Agents Association, Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, and The Nautical Institute Bangladesh held...

Death anniversary

Death anniversary

Today is the 30th death anniversary of Moqbul Hossain, former deputy director of Bangladesh Power Development Board, says a press release.

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Celebrating Life Contest 2014 Prize Giving Ceremony

Celebrating Life Contest 2014 Prize Giving Ceremony