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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...

Dalits living in fear of eviction from land

Many people of the Dalit community are living under the threat of being evicted from their land by local influential quarters and the government, said leaders of the minority community yesterday. They said land grabbers have been eyeing land of the Dalits due to the recent land value hike.  Meanwhile the government has been issuing notices to remove Dalits from khas land where they have been living for many years, they said at a seminar titled “Housing and Land Right: Accessibility...

Recruiting New Pry School Asst Teachers

HC stays govt circular

The High Court on Sunday stayed the effectiveness of a government circular for fresh recruitment of assistant teachers to primary schools. In response to a writ petition, the court also issued a rule upon the government to explain why the circular for recruiting new teachers without completing recruitments of previous candidates from the waiting list should not be declared illegal. A total of 52 candidates, who were in the waiting list published after a recruitment test held in 2011, yesterday filed...

HC directs govt to free Barisal Jail Canal from encroachment

HC directs govt to free Barisal Jail Canal from encroachment

The High Court yesterday directed the government to stop encroachment, earth filling, and dumping of waste in Jail Khal in Barisal city within the next two weeks. The court also asked the government to submit a report before it, after complying with the order, within the next four weeks. The HC bench of Justice Moyeenul...

Nigeria Ebola-free

Nigeria Ebola-free

Nigeria was declared free of the deadly Ebola virus yesterday after a determined doctor and thousands of officials and volunteers helped end an outbreak still ravaging other parts of West Africa and threatening the United States and Spain. Caught unawares when a diplomat arrived with the disease from Liberia, authorities were alerted by Doctor Ameyo Adadevoh, who kept him in her hospital despite protests from him and his government, and later herself died from the disease. They then set about trying to contain it in an overcrowded city of 21 million where it could easily have turned a doomsday scenario if about 300 people who had been in direct or indirect...

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...

HC Directive for Blanket Ebola Screening

Airport operations likely to collapse

Airport operations likely to collapse

The High Court yesterday ordered the government to immediately take steps to screen all incoming passengers for Ebola infection at all international ports and border areas with the help of armed forces. The court also issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why it should not be directed to provide humanitarian...

Fake Freedom Fighters

8 more officials under probe

The Anti-Corruption Commission is going to probe the allegedly forged freedom fighter certificates of eight top bureaucrats. The ACC decision follows allegations that the officials managed the certificates during the 2009-2013 tenure of the then Awami League-led grand alliance government in a bid to extend their service tenure, said sources. The certificates of five secretaries, one additional secretary and two joint secretaries will be under scrutiny. The graft watchdog has already started collecting information about the officials. Earlier, the ACC probed such...

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...

Limon cleared of both criminal cases, finally

Limon cleared of both criminal cases, finally

A Jhalakathi court today dropped the charge of obstructing law enforcers from discharging their duties against Limon Hossain, clearing the college student of both the criminal cases Rab filed against him after shooting him in the leg in 2011. The court decision came 15 months after the government decision to withdraw both the cases...

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