- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
More than half the Rana Plaza factory collapse survivors still have no job even after two years into the country’s deadliest industrial accident which killed 1,135 workers and injured over 2,500.
Lack of availability of suitable jobs, the workers’ physical weakness, mental trauma after the horror and employers’ unwillingness to recruit have caused the surviving workers to stay without jobs, finds a study by ActionAid Bangladesh.
At least 11 people were killed and many injured as nor’wester lashed several districts across the country yesterday evening.
Of the dead, five people were killed in Bogra, four in Rajshahi, one in Pabna and one in Naogaon, report our correspondents.
In Bogra, five people, including a child and two women, were killed and many others injured as a nor’wester swept through the district.
The Rana Plaza survivors are now faced with fund crunch while running small business they initiated with their compensation.
A recent visit to some survivors’ residents at Savar revealed the fact.
The Dhaka Tribune found that some survivors turned out to be small entrepreneurs instead of going to join the RMG factory again following the traumatic event of Rana Plaza collapse.
Talking to several victims, it was revealed that the RMG workers started business with the fund they got from several sources, but now are facing fund shortage.
Abdul Awal Mintoo’s candidacy was cancelled for valid reasons, say election insiders. Although there are some gray areas in the law which may be subject to interpretation, election officials point out that the BNP-backed mayoral aspirant for Dhaka north was disqualified for a very basic violation.
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday show-caused two mayoral candidates, Awami League-backed Sayeed Khokon and parliamentary opposition Jatiya Party-backed Saifuddin Milon, for violating the election code of conduct.
The show cause notices were signed by Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) polls Returning Officer Mihir Sarowar Murshed. The two candidates have been asked to respond by 3pm today.
The lawyers of condemned war criminal Mohammad Kamaruzzaman met him in Dhaka Central Jail yesterday afternoon.
The meeting took place a day ahead the hearing on a petition filed by Jamaat-e-Islami leader, seeking review of the top court’s verdict that upheld his death sentence given by a war crimes tribunal, reported BSS.
The lawyers are—Advocate Shishir Mohammad Manir, Barrister Ehsan-e-Siddique, Advocate Moshiul Alam, Advocate Motiur Rahman Akand, and Advocate Mujahidul Islam Shahin.
Investigators suspect that share market investment might be behind the attackThe Detective Branch of police will investigate the murder of college teacher Krishna Kaberi Bishwas, wife of a BRTA deputy director, who was killed on March 30 at their flat in Mohammadpur.
The case was transferred to the DB police from Mohammadpur police yesterday, Wahidul Islam, additional deputy commissioner of Tejgaon division, said.
In the night of March 30, the killer entered the flat of BRTA Deputy Director Sitangshu Shekhar Bishwas to greet the latter on his belated birthday. But drugging him with contaminated juice, Jahirul hit his head with a hammer.
Nine international labour organisations, including the American Federation of Labour and Congress of Industrial Organisations (AFL-CIO), on Friday requested Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to have the murder of labour leader Aminul Islam reinvestigated.
Aminul was abducted in Savar on April 4, 2012 and found dead on the roadside in Ghatail, Tangail, the following day. The post-mortem report said he was tortured to death.
At least three people died in separate road accidents in the capital yesterday.
The dead were Majedul Islam, 19, his younger brother Asadul Islam, 18, and Jahangir Alam, 50.
Majhedul and Asadul were construction workers of Cimplex-Navana JV working in the Moghbazar flyover project.
They were taking a break when a Banasree Paribahan bus hit them yesterday morning, said the foreman of the company, Mahfuzur Rahman. Another worker of the company, Monju, 35, was severely injured in the accident.
Customs Intelligence will scrutinise all expensive cars that have been imported in Bangladesh in the last two years for tax evasion.
Director General of Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate Moinul Khan said this while briefing the media about the seizure of a Mercedes Benz from the capital’s Dhanmondi area for evading import tax. The car was imported in 2009 using false documents. No one was arrested in this connection.
Customs intelligence also requested Bangladesh Road Transport Authority to provide them with necessary documents of the cars.
Police in a drive yesterday morning arrested two persons in possession of 1,600 contraband yaba pills from Patenga area in Chittagong city.
The arrestees were Mahmudul Haque, 50 and Eyar Mahmud, 45, said Patenga police station sources.
Patenga police station Officer-in-Charge Mohammed Jangir said police raided
Jelepara of Muslimabad area of Patenga around 5am following a tip-off and held the duo.
Later, police found the yaba pills searching their body, said the OC adding that a case was filed with Patenga police station in this connection.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Haque yesterday said the community policing would reduce the gap between the cops and people.
“The activities of community policing will strengthen more in coming days. Police have become the friend of people, none is afraid of police right now,” he said while speaking at a conference of community police at Martyred SP Shamsul Haque auditorium.
Sahidul said: “We must build a bridge between people and police in a bid to combat crimes in the society and then peace would be restored.”
North South University (NSU), on April 1, organised an evening with its international students to foster cultural diversity and promote a cosmopolitan worldview.
The event, the first of this kind, is a reflection of NSU’s spread internationally in terms of both student composition as well as faculty membership.
There are hundreds of students from over 13 countries – Cameron, China, Ethiopia, Italy, Iran, Japan, Korea, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka, USA – speaking as many languages at NSU.
An on-duty policeman was killed in a road mishap on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Bhatiyari area in Sitakunda upazila of Chittagong early yesterday.
The dead was identified as assistant sub-inspector, Janey Alam, 45, son of Shah Alam from Khandokia village of Hathazari upazila, said police sources.
Bar Awlia Highway police outpost Officer-in-Charge Mohammed Yasin said the incident took place in front of BM Highway School at Imam Nagar area of Bhatiya around 4:50am when the ASI was on highway duty.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the filmmakers to produce movies that will save the country and society from militancy, terrorism, hatred and confrontation by portraying the images of the bad elements.
“The country and society have to be saved from militancy, terrorism, hatred and confrontation. The bad impacts of these have to be placed before the society and the people have to get constructive messages through cinema,” she said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday distributed the National Film Award-2013 among artistes and film professionals in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the country’s film industry.
The awards were distributed at a colourful ceremony at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the afternoon.
Police nabbed eight Myanmar nationals and a Bangladeshi broker on charges of illegal entry from the Shah Amanat Third Karnaphuli Bridge area in Chittagong yesterday.
The broker, Hossain Mohammad Jasim, 22, who is from Cox’s Bazar, brought the Myanmar people into the country with promises of jobs in exchange for money, said Bakalia Police Station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Mohammad Mohsin.
A syndicate of contractors backed by local Awami League (AL) allegedly took control of tender submission of three government institutions in Khulna.
Many contractors who collected tender papers alleged that they could not submit due to obstruction from Awami League men. The last date for tender submission was April 2.
According to local government sources, Public Works Department – 1 of Khulna called for tender submissions to construct staff quarters for Abu Nasr Specialised Hospital at a cost of Tk4.25 crores.
Perching method for killing insects in crop fields is becoming popular among farmers in Shibpur upazila as they have already got satisfactory results by implementing it in Boro fields.
The method involves erecting tree branches and bamboo poles on crop fields to let birds perch on those. The birds eat pests, thus protecting crops and making the use of pesticides redundant.
Perching method has been used in 9,000 hectares of Boro land out of a total of 10,154 hectares in the upazila, according to local agriculture office sources.
The decision on the party’s choice for the north likely to come todayWith Abdul Awal Mintoo out of the mayoral race for Dhaka north city polls, the BNP is now exploring alternative avenues for putting up a good fight.
The BNP said it would make its decision public today and there are at least two streams of thought regarding what the next course of action should be.
One idea is to extend support to Mintoo’s son Tabith M Awal who was included as a back-up option at the eleventh hour before the deadline for submitting nomination papers expired on March 29.