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Ousted Thai PM Yingluck banned from politics

Ousted Thai PM Yingluck banned from politics

Thai authorities dealt a double blow to ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her powerful family on Friday, banning her from politics for five years and proceeding with criminal charges for negligence that could put her in jail. The moves could stoke tension in the politically divided country still living under martial law after...

Minister eyes 4 deals at Bimstec summit

Minister eyes 4 deals at Bimstec summit

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali today voiced hopes on striking four important deals in the coming Bimstec meeting to step up trade and investment among member states. “We believe early realisation of the Bimstec Free Trade Agreement (Bimstec FTA) to promote trade and investment is of crucial importance,” he told a seminar in Dhaka. He...

PM inaugurates Dhaka Int’l Trade Fair

PM inaugurates Dhaka Int’l Trade Fair

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told businessmen to increase productivity to survive in the competitive world of today while opening the Dhaka International Trade Fair. She urged them to make more quality, standard and attractive products. She formally inaugurated the month-long annual mega-event Dhaka International Trade Fair-2015 this morning, which is aimed to showcase Bangladeshi products...

Tsunami-hit nations mark anniversary

Tsunami-hit nations mark anniversary

Memorial services are being held in Indonesia and other nations for the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami on the 10th anniversary of the disaster. In Indonesia's province of Aceh - the worst hit area - Vice-President Jusuf Kalla led tributes to the dead at the Siron mass grave. Memorial ceremonies will also take place...

Uber plans tighter screening for drivers

Uber plans tighter screening for drivers

Online taxi service Uber Technologies Inc, which had a driver was accused of rape in New Delhi, said it was exploring adding new methods to verify drivers' credentials and make its service safer. Uber has started research and development on biometrics and voice verification to build tools for enhanced driver screening, Phillip Cardenas, the...

53,000 including Bangladeshis fled for Thailand, Malaysia in 2014: UNHCR

53,000 including Bangladeshis fled for Thailand, Malaysia in 2014: UNHCR

Around 53,000 South-East Asians including Bangladeshis fled towards Thailand and Malaysia through the Bay of Bengal this year, the UNHCR report said. About 540 people have reportedly died during the journey at sea for beatings, starvation or dehydration. Their bodies were thrown overboard. The report published on Friday has found that more people are risking...

Thai elections 'could be delayed until 2016'

Thai elections 'could be delayed until 2016'

Thailand's finance minister has told the BBC that elections to bring an end to military rule might not take place until 2016, a year later than planned. Sommai Phasee said he had discussed the date with Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who led the coup which overthrew the elected government in May. Prayuth has previously hinted...

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Dhaka to start verification of 'Bangladeshis'on Oct 28

Dhaka will start verifying nationalities of the 118 trafficking victims, who claimed to be Bangladeshis after being arrested in Thailand, from October 28. "We will verify their claims [thoroughly] and in the first group, we will have 30 of them,” Secretary (bilateral) Mustafa Kamal said at the foreign minister's press briefing yesterday. Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali was briefing journalists at his office on the forthcoming visits of the president and prime minister to the United Arab Emirates. The 118 self-claimed...

Dhaka to start verifying its nationals in Thai prison Oct 28

Dhaka to start verifying its nationals in Thai prison Oct 28

Bangladesh will begin verification of its nationals, who were arrested and kept in different detention centres in Thailand, from October 28. "We will start verifying them step by step and in the group we will verify 30 people,” Secretary (bilateral) Mustafa Kamal said at the Foreign Minister’s press briefing today. Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali...

Editorial

Trafficked Bangladeshis in Thai jungle

OBVIOUSLY lured by enticement of jobs desperate Bangladeshis often fall prey to traps laid out by wily traffickers. The latter promise something to the job-seekers but once in their clutch, they will be bandied about like chattels as though in an insidious version of modern-day slave trade. The case in point is the discovery of 37,53 and 81, largely Bangladeshi victims, in the last  month and on October 11 and 13 respectively in Thai jungles. They were enticed by job...

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