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Obama offers to 5m illegal migrants

Obama offers to 5m illegal migrants

Nearly five million people living illegally in the US can escape deportation under sweeping changes to the immigration system. "Come out of the shadows and get right with the law," urged President Barack Obama in a televised address. Republicans say the action, without Congress, is beyond his authority and relations will now be poisoned. There are...

5 rescued while being trafficked to Malaysia, 1 held

5 rescued while being trafficked to Malaysia, 1 held

Five Bangladeshi fortune seekers were rescued and a trafficker detained early today while preparing to sail for Malaysia illegally in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar. The five rescued were identified as Md Jamin Uddin, 26, Didar Mia, 23, Md Amanul, 34, Md Belal Uddin, 27, and Md Monsur Alam, 30, our Cox’s Bazar correspondent reports quoting a press release circulated from Bangladesh Navy. The human trafficker was identified as Md Enamullah. A team of Bangladesh Coast Guard conducted a raid around 2:30am after receiving intelligence of a possible human trafficking underway, the press release said. The human trafficker and the victims were from Cox’s Bazar. Coast Guards seized Tk 3.5 lakh from possession...

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Notice to Rajuk, builders to revive Savar wetlands

Notice to Rajuk, builders to revive Savar wetlands

Environmental lawyers today served a legal notice to Rajuk and the owner of Savar’s Modhumoti Model Town threatening contempt of court for not restoring the area’s wetlands according to a Supreme Court order. Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (Bela) sent the notice to Rajuk Chairman GMM Zainul Abedin Bhuiyan and Modhumoti town owner AFM Jahangir,...

Illegal, yet on sale

Forest officials yesterday in a drive recovered around 200 pond herons from the capital's Paribagh and arrested one person from the spot for the illegal trading in the wild bird. A joint team of officials of the Wildlife Management and Nature Conservation Division and Wildlife Crime Control Unit of the forest department along with law enforcers conducted the raid. The birds were released at the National Botanical Garden in Mirpur later in the afternoon. Acting on a tip off, the officials conducted...

Illegal, yet on sale

Illegal, yet on sale

Forest officials yesterday in a drive recovered around 200 pond herons from the capital's Paribagh and arrested one person from the spot for the illegal trading in the wild bird. A joint team of officials of the Wildlife Management and Nature Conservation Division and Wildlife Crime Control Unit of the forest department along with...

43 Bangladeshis held while entering India illegally

43 Bangladeshis held while entering India illegally

The Bangladesh border guards today rescued 43 locals including fifteen women and eight children from Satkhira and Jessore at three bordering points of the districts while they were being trafficked into India today. They were all lured by traffickers in search for jobs, our Satkhira and Benapole correspondents report quoting Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB)...

Coast guard foils illegal migration attempt

Bangladesh Coast Guard early yesterday seized a Malaysia-bound engine-run wooden trawler and detained 17 Bangladeshis, including a human trafficker, from it in Moheshkhali channel near Najirartek of Cox's Bazar. The illegal migrants, hailing from Narsingdi, Khulna, Satkhira, Jhenidah, Sirajganj, Chittagong and Cox's Bazar, were handed over to Cox's Bazar Model Police Station following the detention . Coast guard says the trafficker, Arif, 30, of Cox's Bazar's Kutubdia upazila, took Tk 10,000 to Tk 20,000 from each person to get them...

Indian coal block allocations 'illegal'

India's top court ruled yesterday that all coal block allocations made by the government between 1993 and 2009 were illegal, throwing the already energy-starved country's power sector into turmoil. The court said there were "legal flaws" in the process of awarding coal blocks in India, which relies on the black fuel for two-thirds of its power generation. The allocation of coal mines has long been beset by allegations of corruption, which came to the fore under the previous Congress government in...

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Tuba workers pay dearly for their strike

Tuba workers pay dearly for their strike

The owner of Tuba group has closed down five of his factories on the plea that the workers observed an ''illegal'' strike. This means the 1500 workers of those factories have become jobless overnight. They have already suffered a lot because of the owner's delay in paying three months' outstanding salaries plus Eid...

Saudi police detain 400

The Saudi police in raids arrested around 400 undocumented expatriates from the south of the capital Riyadh in the last two days. The crackdown against the illegal foreigners began on Thursday, and the majority of the arrestees were African nationals, reported Arab News yesterday. "The arrestees were rounded up for various offences, such as overstaying their visas, running away from sponsors and looking for employment under the pretext of being on a 'free visa'," the daily said quoting a police official...

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