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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...

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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...

CID launching drive to net 'slave' traffickers

CID launching drive to net 'slave' traffickers

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police will launch a drive today to track down those involved in trafficking Bangladeshis to work as slaves in Thailand. “We will question the victims after their return from Thailand. Then we will start our investigation to identify the persons or gangs involved in trafficking,” Ashraful Islam, special...

Bangladesh to verify nationality of 118 rescued in Thailand

Bangladesh to verify nationality of 118 rescued in Thailand

The nationality verification of 118 self-claimed Bangladeshis who were rescued in Thailand will start two weeks later, said officials at Bangladesh embassy in Bangkok this evening. “It will take one or two weeks to complete the screening of all detainees including the Bangladeshis. After the Thai authorities’ verification, we will start our own verification,”...

130 Bangladeshi 'slaves' rescued from jungle in Thailand

130 Bangladeshi 'slaves' rescued from jungle in Thailand

A total of 130 Bangladeshis have been rescued after being abducted and shipped to Thailand to be sold as slaves. The men were promised well-paid jobs, before being drugged, bound and kidnapped. The government in Thailand say they are trying to fight the slave trade, but have been accused of "dragging their heels" on the...

2 Thais arrested for trafficking of Bangladeshis, Rohingya

2 Thais arrested for trafficking of Bangladeshis, Rohingya

Thai authorities have arrested two men charged with human trafficking, police said on Tuesday, following the discovery of 134 suspected victims in southern Thailand at a time when the military government is under international pressure to tackle the crime. The two Thais were charged in relation to a group of 53 men found on...

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