- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Authorities meet today to chart out response to adulterated medicine tradeDespite a series of well-publicised and highly visible crackdowns, the production and sale of fake, adulterated and falsely branded medical drugs continue unabated across the country.
Experts say the situation has changed very little despite several years of attempts by the Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA), which regulates the pharmaceutical industry, and law enforcement agencies to put down the deadly trade.
Public university teachers across the country expressed outrage over Finance Minister AMA Muhith’s comment on their movement against the Eighth National Pay Scale.
Muhith at a press briefing on Tuesday had said the public university teachers, who are among the most educated in the country, were taking a stand against the pay scale due to their lack of knowledge.
The teachers strongly condemned the minister’s comment and said it was offensive and degrading.
The same cabinet meeting that approved the new pay scale for government employees on Monday, also vetoed a separate salary structure for the teachers of the 37 public universities.
According to official sources, the reason behind the veto is the financial insolvency of these state-owned autonomous educational institutions.
Public university teachers, who have been staging a movement for a separate pay scale and observing work abstentions, yesterday gave a 24-hour ultimatum for the government to implement their demand.
Government employees might have to wait until December to get the newly increased salaries, as officials concerned say implementing the eighth pay scale may take as long as the end of November.
Sources at the Finance Division said the new cabinet-approved salary structure would be sent to the Law Ministry next week for vetting, while the verification process is likely to take at least one month.
‘Though GSP had not been revived, it would not impact the readymade garments industry’Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told the parliament yesterday that the United States has an investment of around $2 billion in Bangladesh, despite not restoring GSP facilities.
“The US should bear this in mind. Before 1996, when Awami League assumed office, their (US) investment was only $25 million, which turned into nearly $1.2 billion. Now they have an investment of nearly $2 billion. We gave them the opportunity to make it happen,” she said, replying to a supplementary question.
The ruling 14-party alliance has urged media to “stop making an issue” out of the remarks that some Awami League leaders have made regarding JaSaD’s role in 1975.
The Awami League and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JaSaD) are partners in the ruling alliance.
A bill allowing a public servant to marry or promise to marry a foreign national with the permission of the President was placed in parliament yesterday.
Public Administration Minister Syed Ashraful Islam tabled the bill, dubbed The Public Servants (Marriage with Foreign Nationals) Bill 2015, and sent it to the parliamentary standing committee for scrutiny.
If a public servant gets married without the president’s approval, he or she will be removed from service, the proposal says.
The country’s textile sector has earned foreign currency of $128,203.71 million in the six fiscal years since 2009-10.
Textile and Jute Minister Md Emaz Uddin Pramanik placed the statistics in Parliament yesterday in reply to a question.
According to the statistics, the textile sector earned foreign currency of $26,509.77m in FY2014-15, $25,508.77m in FY2013-14, $22,556.73m in FY2012-13, $21,496.57m in FY2011-12, $19,002.78m in FY2010-11 and $13,129.09m in FY2009-10.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion rescued a schoolteacher and detained four alleged kidnappers from Atghola area under Shingra Upazila in Natore district yesterday afternoon.
RAB sources said Mosharraf Hossain, 41, Bulu Akanda, 56, Shah Alam, 25, and Abdur Rajjaque, 40, kidnapped Emdadul Haque, 55, headmaster of Chhatari High School under Bagha upazila of Rajshahi and later demanded Tk10 lakh, as ransom from his family members.
Over 200 workers fell sick after taking food at a garment factory in Nurbagh Telirchala under Kaliakoir upazila yesterday night.
Quoting factory sources, Mouchak Highway outpost in-charge Sub-Inspector Syed Azharul Islam said that the workers of Karim Textiles Mills Limited, a sister concern of Purbani Group, fell sick after eating the food around 8pm.
Many of the workers were admitted to hospitals in Gazipur, Mouchak, Shafipur and Konabari with complaints of frequent vomiting and diarrhoea.
Inadequate manpower, lack of equipment blamed The townspeople of Patuakhali municipality have been suffering for long due to serious environment pollution as the municipal authorities cannot clean the town regularly in the absence of necessary manpower and equipment.
The dustbins along the roadsides of the town are full of garbage. The townspeople dump their waste near the dustbins as it can no longer contain trash. As a result, most of the streets are littered with garbage which is polluting the town seriously.
Detective Branch (DB) of police in a drive arrested a college girl with 64 bottles of phensidyl from Namajpur-Battala area in the district town yesterday.
The arrested Sadia Sultana Dola, 17, is a student of Pirojpur Government Women College and daughter of Jahangir Hossain.
On a tip-off, a team of DB police intercepted a motorcycle in the area and arrested Dola with the phensidyl, said DB Sub-Inspector Hasnain Parvez.
Later, the team also arrested motorcycle driver Mamun, 25, and Fatema Begum, 45, mother of Dola, who was waiting for her in the area.
A man was hacked to death in an attack by his rival at Dobhagi village in Shibganj upazila yesterday.
The dead Rojbul Haque, 25, was son of Mofazzal Hossain of Dobhagi village.
Local people said Rojbul and Manarul of the village had long been at loggerhead.
In the morning, Manarul group attacked Rojbul and his brother Yusuf Ali came under attack in Baglauri area, leaving them critically injured.
They were rushed to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital where Rojbul died.
Fatema Tuj Johora, a sociology teacher at the University of Chittagong, can still vividly recall the day that left her traumatised throughout the past one year.
She is among ten teachers who sustained injuries on September 10 last year in a bomb attack on two teachers’ buses of the university in Hathazari’s Chararkul area.
Five people were killed and more than 50 others injured in a road accident at Khalkula on Hatikumrul-Bonpara highway in Tarash upazila on Tuesday night.
Two of the deceased were identified as Badsha, 38, a resident of Farid Pangashi village in Shahajadpur upazila and Atab Ali, 35, son of Abdur Rashid, hailing from Vadrakole village in Ullapara upazila.
EWU to stay closed today; students to stage separate demonstrations in the cityAt least 23 students and the deputy registrar of East West University were injured yesterday when the police opened fire and charged truncheons during a student demonstration in Rampura.
The incident took place when hundreds of university students blockaded the capital’s Badda Link Road near Aftabnagar, demanding the withdrawal of the 7.5% VAT imposed on private university tuition fees.
The man Thai police believe masterminded last month’s deadly Bangkok bombing fled to Bangladesh the day before the attack and travelled on a Chinese passport, officials said on Wednesday.
The man emerged as a key suspect in the Aug. 17 bombing following interrogation this week of one of two foreigners being held, who police say admitted to giving a backpack with explosives to a man they are certain was the bomber.
The suspect told police a man called “Izan” played a lead role and assigned responsibilities to others plotters during a Bangkok meeting.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker yesterday urged EU governments to accept a mandatory system to share out a wave of refugees fleeing war and poverty but also promised to improve frontier defences and deport more illegal migrants.
In his first State of the Union address to the European Parliament, Juncker outlined an emergency plan to distribute 160,000 refugees among the 28 EU member states and promised a permanent asylum mechanism to cope with future crises.
A camerawoman for a private television channel in Hungary was fired late on Tuesday after videos of her kicking and tripping up migrants fleeing police, including a man carrying a child, spread in the media and on the internet.
In separate videos, the woman, who was not named by the channel, is seen kicking a girl and tripping up the man carrying a child as hundreds of migrants, many of them Syrian refugees, broke away from police on Hungary’s southern border with Serbia.
The Queen sealed a special place in the Britain’s history by becoming its longest-reigning monarch yesterday, but amid warm tributes from politicians and the public, she said the landmark was not something to which she had ever aspired.
Elizabeth, 89, surpasses the 63 years, 7 months, 2 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes that her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria spent on the throne.