• Wednesday, October 01, 2014

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Female Migrant Workers

31pc physically abused

At least 31 percent of Bangladeshi female migrants have been physically abused in destination countries due to a lack of proper security measures, according to a study of Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Program (OKUP) yesterday. “Bangladeshi female migrants face many challenges in their destination countries. They face different forms of abuse--physical, sexual, and verbal -- and this poses a barrier for female migration,” said Shakirul Islam, chairman of OKUP, a grass roots migrant organisation. OKUP revealed their findings at a consultation programme...

Gabtoli sees smaller supply of cattle

With only five days to go before Eid-ul-Azha, sacrificial animals are yet to arrive in significant numbers at Gabtoli, the largest and permanent cattle market of the capital. Cattle traders said huge losses last year and a very poor number of customers this year so far had prompted them not to bring in animals in large numbers. In addition, the prices are higher comparing with last year's. "We have to buy a medium-sized bull with Tk 10,000 to Tk 20,000 more than...

Mahasaptami today

Mahasaptami today

On the second day of the five-day Durga Puja, Hindus will celebrate the Mahasaptami puja today marking the goddess's victory over demon Mahishashur. The worshippers will sing hymns and offer flowers seeking the blessings of Durga, the saviour of humanity from all evils. The victory of Durga symbolises the triumph of good over evil. The...

Barisal AL, BNP join hands for peaceful coexistence

Leaders and activists of the major political parties including the Awami League and its archrival the BNP yesterday joined a procession in Barisal city with a call for peaceful coexistence of disparate ideologies for the country's development. With the theme, "Let's not fight, let's build a Bangladesh based on unity", the programme was organised by the Political Fellow Alumni Association, a body of political activists trained in proper democratic practices and norms, by Democracy International (DI) and the International Foundation...

Fake medicine factory busted

A mobile court yesterday busted a fake medicine factory and jailed its three staff for six months for producing counterfeit drugs in an unhygienic environment in the capital's Mirpur-7. The employees are Nazib Uddin, general manager of Innova Pharmaceuticals, its accountant Mozammel Haque, and distribution manager Tofazzal Hossain. The court led by Metropolitan and Executive Magistrate Sarwar Alam also fined the trio Tk 2 lakh each and sealed the factory of Innova and seized a huge quantities of drugs and medicine-making...

Move To Cut Marriageable Age

BMP protests

Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP) has protested the government's proposal to reduce the minimum age of girls for marriage to 16, and that of boys to 18 in the draft of the child marriage restraint act. The organisation at a press conference at Jatiya Press Club yesterday demanded that the minimum age of girls and boys for marriage be 18 and 21 respectively as per the existing child marriage restraint act. Ayesha Khanam, president of BMP, said, “The rate of child marriage...

Canadian Int'l School gets space centre

Canadian International School (CIS) in Dhaka launched a space science centre with a powerful telescope on its premises Monday to encourage young learners in science education.    The centre has been set up in association with Bangladesh Astronomical Association. It will primarily have a classroom planetarium with the telescope procured from Singapore for sighting of the moon, stars and other celestial bodies, and different kinds of books and journals on astronomy, said Khondoker Hafiz, chief executive of CIS. The centre will remain...

3 dies in capital hit by trains

Three people died in separate train accidents in the capital's Banani and Kamalapur yesterday. Railway police said an unidentified man, aged around 60, died when a train hit him while he was walking on the rail track at Banani rail crossing around 5:00am, witnesses said. Another unidentified boy, aged around 8, died when a train hit him near platform-7 of Kamalapur Railway Station around 2:00am. Meanwhile, Belayet Hossain, 60, of Mohamamdpur died as a train ran him over while he was crossing...

Road crashes kill 3

Countrywide road accidents killed three people and injured five others yesterday and Monday. Our Chapainawabganj correspondent reports, Santosh Karmokar, 46, of Omarpur village died and two people were injured when a human-hauler fell into a roadside ditch as the driver lost control over the vehicle at Israil intersection in Shibganj municipal area yesterday. Our Benapole correspondent reports, Nuruzaman, 25, of Baropota village died and three people were injured when a CNG-run auto-rickshaw hit a motorcycle at Laxonpur bazar in sarsa upazila...

Dalits still treated as untouchables

Dalits still treated as untouchables

Although the country's constitution promises equal rights for all citizens, thousands of people of the Dalit community are treated as 'untouchables' and are ostracised by the society, said Dalits at a rally yesterday. As the non-discriminatory values of the constitution are not enough to ensure rights of the Dalits, a law that makes discrimination...

Everything with India on right track

Referring to the recent meeting of Sheikh Hasina and Narendra Modi in New York, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali yesterday said everything with India was on the right track. “The results of the meeting... were very good. We are delighted," he told a press conference on the outcomes of the 69th UN General Assembly at the Foreign Ministry. Ali said that during the meeting on Saturday, Indian Prime Minister Modi assured that India would always stand by Bangladesh. The minister described the...

Hajj pilgrims now can carry 47kg of goods on return flights

From now, Hajj pilgrims can carry 47kg of goods instead of 30kg on the return flights of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, said a civil aviation and tourism ministry press release yesterday. Minister Rashed Khan Menon, now in Makkah, has made the announcement, it added. Following the instruction, the Biman authorities immediately took necessary steps to implement it.  

Latif Siddique faces barrage of criticism

Different political and social organisations yesterday demanded arrest and punishment of the doomed Awami League leader Abdul Latif Siddique for his Sunday's comments in New York that he deplored Hajj and Tablighi Jamaat more than the Jamaat-e-Islami. Latif was criticised by the party colleagues, too. Latif who was in New York as part of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's entourage was addressing a reception arranged by Tangail expatriates living in the US state. Criticising him, AL acting president Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury urged all...

Duta protests Nahid's remarks about DU admission test

Dhaka University Teachers Association yesterday said the recent remarks made by Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid about the university's entry test were “unfortunate”. The university authorities did not prepare the test with a motive either to harass the aspirants or to increase the failure rate, said a statement signed by Duta President Prof Farid Uddin Ahmed and General Secretary Prof ASM Maksud Kamal. “Rather the questions were designed to select the most meritorious aspirants. It reflects the qualitative skills acquired by...

Obituary

Begum Jahanara Rob, a former lawmaker and wife of late Abdur Rob Boga Miah a Liberation War organiser, died due to old-age complications at Square Hospital in the capital on Monday. She was 85. She left behind a son, seven daughters to mourn her death and was buried at Arifpur graveyard yesterday. Different political leaders and social workers mourned her death.

News In Brief

Seven robbers arrested in Ashulia Our Correspondent, Savar Police arrested seven robbers in different areas of Ashulia on Monday night. During primary interrogation, the seven confessed to their involvement in the September 16 incident where four passengers of a microbus were robbed and one of them, Hero Uki Ymai, a Japanese adviser of Sangu Textile Ltd, was also injured, said police at a press conference yesterday. They also recovered three machetes, 11 mobile phone sets and a laptop from the arrestees.       Muggers loot...