• Thursday, August 21, 2014

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Harassment

Tofail slams US Congressmen

Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed yesterday criticised six US Congressmen who in a recent letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed concern over alleged intimidation and harassment of labour activists in Bangladesh. “Sending such a letter to the Prime Minister is indecent. I hope they [the Congressmen] will not interfere in our internal affairs,” the minister told reporters after a meeting with US Ambassador Dan W Mozena at his secretariat in Dhaka. “Still, I am sending letters in a couple of days...

C&F agents call off strike

The clearing and forwarding agents at Kamalapur Inland Container Depot called off their strike yesterday after the revenue authority promised to accept their logical demands. Activities at the ICD, hit by the strike enforced by a section of C&F agents since June 8, resumed yesterday afternoon, customs officials and C&F agents said. The deadlock ended after the officials of National Board of Revenue sat with the leaders of Dhaka Customs Agents Association (DCAA) and the strikers. At the meeting, the NBR promised...

Stalking victim kills herself

Unable to bear the harassment by a stalker, a 16-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide at Paschim Saradubi village in the district's Hatibandha upazila on Thursday night. The girl, Lata Akhter Nishi, daughter of Sirajul Islam, took her life hanging from the ceiling in her bedroom around 11:30pm. Quoting locals, police said Lata was being stalked by her neighbour Rabiul Islam, son of Jamir Uddin, for the last three months. Lata and her family complained to Rabiul's family about the matter, but...

Girl goes thru' horrific abuse

How much pain can a minor girl endure? Two years ago, a 13-year-old girl was sexually harassed in a village mosque by Abdus Salam Miah, who used to teach Arabic to children. After her protests drew attention of the locals, the man was sacked from the job. Last week, Salam's son Mujaidul Islam Miah Zafar avenged the “insult” to his father. Zafar, who teaches at a madrasa where the girl studies in the seventh grade, “handed her over” to police for the...

Truckers allege extortion by cops on highway

Truckers allege extortion by cops on highway

Extortion and harassment allegedly by a section of law enforcers has become a cause of concern for the drivers, especially of the goods-laden trucks, on Dhaka-Tangail highway. The ill-practice in the name of checking documents is going on for a long time, alleged truckers. On Tuesday, this correspondent saw a team of highway police performing...

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