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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...

Turkey migrant boat sinks killing 24

Turkey migrant boat sinks killing 24

At least 24 people have been killed and scores are missing after a boat said to be carrying migrants sank off the north coast of Istanbul, officials say. The accident took place at the confluence of the Bosphorus and the Black Sea. A large rescue operation is now reported to be under way. The nationality of...

Bangladeshi drowns while rescuing 4 Emirati boys

Bangladeshi drowns while rescuing 4 Emirati boys

A Bangladeshi housemaid drowned while rescuing four Emirati boys who were nearly swallowed by the sea at a beach in Abu Dhabi Thursday. The four boys ventured towards the water in Dabiya beach in the city, prompting the maid, Safiya, to scream and chase them into deep water, reported Emirates 24/7, an online news...

UAE to hire up to 2000 women workers every month

UAE to hire up to 2000 women workers every month

In an important breakthrough, the United Arab Emirates today inked a deal to recruit 1000 to 2000 female domestic workers from Bangladesh every month. Dhaka is considering the move as resumption of manpower market in the oil-rich Gulf nation, which is the second largest manpower destination for Bangladesh. The UAE had almost stopped issuing all...

Migrant rights activists call for abolishing Kafala system in the Gulf

Migrant rights activists call for abolishing Kafala system in the Gulf

Migrant rights activists have called for abolishing sponsorship system to better protection of foreign workers from rights violations in Gulf countries. In Gulf, the sponsorship system is known as Kafala, under which employers confiscate passports of the workers and restrict their freedom to switch jobs. Migrant workers are often forced to work in hazardous environment...

Saudi fire: 6 bodies arrive

Saudi fire: 6 bodies arrive

The bodies of six Bangladeshi migrants were brought home from Saudi Arabia today 18 days after their deaths in a factory fire. A flight of Bangladesh Biman carrying the bodies landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 3:00pm. The victims are Mohammad Selim, Motiur Rahman, Mohammad Jalal, Shah Alam, of Comilla while Khorshed Alam Akkas...

Kidnapped Abroad

11 return after paying ransom

11 return after paying ransom

Aleya Begum could hardly sleep in the last five months. She could not even respond to her little granddaughter's query: “Where is my father? When will he come home?” Waiting for all these months, Aleya's mind was oscillating between hope and despair whether her son Shafiul Alam would return home alive from the grasp...

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