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EU praises workplace safety reforms

The European Commission yesterday lauded Bangladesh's progress in efforts to ensure workplace safety in the garment sector. The commission urged the government to effectively implement the labour law, which was amended in parliament on July 15 last year. In the amended law, the government allowed full freedom of association by the workers at the factory level. A statement by László Andor, European commissioner for employment, social affairs and inclusion, said there has been much progress since the Rana Plaza building collapse...

Aviation magazine awards airlines

Aviation magazine awards airlines

Singapore Airlines has been awarded as the best airline of the year, according to an opinion poll of frequent fliers out of Bangladesh. Emirates was rated as the best cargo carrier, Novoair the best domestic airline and Kuala Lumpur as the most popular destination. The opinion poll was carried out by travel trade publication Bangladesh...

Per capita income rises to $1,190

The government spent Tk 26,654 crore in fiscal 2013-14 in social safety net programmes for helping people cut poverty, have food and face natural disasters. The welfare expenditure is more than 5 percent higher than the previous fiscal year's Tk 25,371 crore, according to the latest official statistics. Bangladesh is currently putting nearly 2 percent of its gross domestic product into social protection programmes, with 20 ministries implementing 80 to 95 projects. The Cabinet Division in an annual report also said per...

Trafficked To Thailand In January

36 return home

Thirty-six Bangladeshis returned home yesterday after they were confined and tortured in a Sothern Thailand jungle near which another 118 Bangladeshi trafficking victims were rescued last week. A flight of Bangladesh Biman carrying the victims landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 4:30pm, said Mujibur Rahman, senior ASP of Criminal Investigation Department (airport). Thai police rescued the 36 Bangladeshis at the end of January from the jungle after they were trafficked into the country early that month, he added, quoting the...

SAARC'S 8 Development Goals

Dhaka second to Colombo

Bangladesh is the second best performer in achieving the Saarc Development Goals (SDGs) and tops the list of Saarc nations in reducing fertility rate, according to a government report. Among the members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, Sri Lanka has done the best in pursuing six of the goals, says the Bangladesh planning ministry report released yesterday. The ministry evaluated the performance of Saarc countries in poverty alleviation, health, education and environment in 2011 compared to that in...

BCB to introduce DRS in ZIM series

BCB to introduce DRS in ZIM series

The Bangladesh Cricket Board has decided to introduce the Decision Review System (DRS) for the upcoming series against Zimbabwe due to begin on October 25. This will be the first time that the DRS will be employed in a home series in Bangladesh. The system, which provides the bowling side to appeal against an...

Bangladeshi pleads guilty in FBI bribery scheme

Bangladeshi pleads guilty in FBI bribery scheme

A Bangladeshi and a US citizen living in Connecticut have pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and bribery to get confidential information about a prominent Bangladeshi politician in a case in which a former FBI agent is also charged. Rizve Ahmed, also known as Caesar, and Johannes Thaler entered pleas Friday, AP reports. The two...

MK Anwar charged for ‘instigating religious anarchy’

MK Anwar charged for ‘instigating religious anarchy’

A Dhaka court today indicted BNP standing committee member MK Anwar in a case filed over instigating religious anarchy and ordered its trial to begin from November 30. The BNP leader appeared pleaded not guilty and sought justice in the case filed against him under the ICT Act after the charges were read out to him at court. Metropolitan Sessions Judge Md Zahirul Haque passed the indictment order after hearing today and set November 30 to commence the trial in this case. Case statement read, MK Anwar blamed Swechchhasebak League leader Debashish Biswas for burning Quran during the Hefazat-e-Islam rally in Dhaka on May 5 last year. On May 7 that year, Paltan...

TACKLING EBOLA

Screen all inbound passengers: HC

Screen all inbound passengers: HC

The High Court today asked the government to take necessary steps to screen all inbound passengers at air, land and sea ports with the help of armed forces to prevent the deadly Ebola virus from entering the country. The court also issued a rule upon the government to explain why a directive will not...

Per capita income now $1,190: Report

Per capita income now $1,190: Report

Per capita income of the people of Bangladesh rose by US$146 during the last fiscal year and is now $1,190, according to a report of the Cabinet Division. Also, the country's reserve, exports and revenue collection soared up by 4.44 percent, 11.60 percent and 8.35 percent respectively. The Cabinet Division published the annual report on...

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