- North America
- December 12, 2017
Bangladeshi women who migrate for domestic work are particularly vulnerable to abuse, reveals this year’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report prepared by the US State Department.
“Some [Bangladeshi] women and children are subjected to commercial sexual exploitation and forced labour in India and Pakistan,” it says.
Some NGOs allege instances of officials on both sides of the India-Bangladesh border allowing human traffickers to operate, says the report, which places Bangladesh at Tier II level along with some 90 countries.
Less than 24 hours after being blocked by order of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), access to social networking and video calling services Twitter, Skype and Imo were restored yesterday.
All net-based networking and messaging sites including Viber and WhatsApp, which were blocked along with Facebook on November 18, have now been unblocked, as per the instructions of State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim.
A Bangladeshi national was shot dead by Myanmar’s border police near Ashartali border in Bandarban yesterday morning.
Joynal Abedin went to the border area to work when Border Guard Police shot him around 9am.
He lived in Ashartali area of Naikkhangchhari upazila.
Two more Bangladeshi men were with Joynal when he went there, but they were unhurt.
The High Court has ruled that if needed, police can conduct further investigation into a case even after the filing of charge sheet, which means further probe into the Narayanganj seven-murder is now possible.
The HC bench of Justices M Enayetur Rahim and Amir Hossain came up with the observation after disposing of a revision petition seeking further investigation into the seven-murder case.
This order ends speculation on legal points regarding the possibility of further investigation or interrogation of the accused.
Members of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) group yesterday called upon World Trade Organisation (WTO) members to fully and faithfully implement decisions taken so far on duty-free and quota-free market
They emphasised, in particular, the decisions taken in the Hong Kong and Bali Ministerial Declarations.
The demands were raised at a meeting of the LDCs in Nairobi yesterday, chaired by Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, the LDC group’s coordinator at the WTO.
A Dhaka court yesterday awarded four people life term imprisonment and seven others 10 years in jail in the 2006 Narsingdi four-murder case.
Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal 3 Judge Sayeed Ahmed delivered the verdict and also fined them Tk20,000 each, in default, to suffer one year more rigorous imprisonment.
The four lifers are Al Amin, Shahin Mia, Kala Mia alias Kala Chan and Alek alias Alek Chora of Raipura upazila’s Musapur village in Narsingdi. Of them, Al Amin, Shahin and Kala Mia were tried in absentia.
The nation observed Martyred Intellectuals Day yesterday with the demand that all Razakars and war criminals who aided the Pakistan occupation army during the Liberation War be hanged as soon as possible.
The High Court yesterday issued a ruling seeking explanations in four weeks why the construction of a kitchen market in a residential area near Baldha Garden in the capital’s Wari area should not be declared illegal.
The bench of Justice Farah Mahbub and Justice Kazi Md Ejarul Haque Akondo issued the ruling in response to a writ petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer Masud Ahmed Sayeed challenging the construction of the market.
Nineteen Awami League-backed candidates in different municipal areas around the country were elected mayors and councillors unopposed as the deadline to withdraw from the elections ended on Sunday.
Of them, seven candidates were elected mayor without contest in Feni, Tungipara, Parshuram, Madarganj, Chatkhil, Pirojpur and Chhengarchar municipalities as their respective opponents withdrew their nominations, said Jesmin Tuli, joint secretary (election management) at the Election Commission.
The number of female voters have increased in Moralganj and Bagerhat municipalities than previous election.
According to district election office, the total number of voters are 31,728 in the municipality areas.
In the previous election, this two municipalities had 29,014 voters in total. At least 2,714 voters have increased in the time span of five years.
Mayoral candidates of Habiganj Sadar and Shaistaganj municipalities in the district were nominated by Awami League and Bangladesh Nationalist Party for upcoming election, but rebel candidates have become a matter of concern for the both parties.
Sources said Mizanur Rahman, organising secretary of Awami League in Sadar municipality, had got nomination as independent candidate after resigning from the party.
According to local people, Mizanur has a big support and great popularity in the area.
Supporters of an Awami League rebel candidate vandalised the house of district unit president at Dewanganj upazila in Jamalpur yesterday.
Local sources said supporters of Awami League mayoral candidate Shahnewaj Shahensha locked into an altercation with the supporters of rebel candidate Nurnobi Apu in the afternoon. Following the argument, supporters of Shahnewaj Shahensha went to the house of district unit Awami League president Ishtiaq Hossain Didar and vandalised the house.
A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to an alleged admin of Facebook-based social campaigning page Moja losss?, Md Refayat Ahmed, 28, in a case filed under the Information and Communication Technology Act with Dhaka’s Bhatara police station.
Vacation Judge of Dhaka’s First Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court, Jesmine Ara Begum, passed the order when Md Abdur Rob, sub-inspector of Bhatara police station and investigating officer, produced him on the expiry of a two-day remand.
High officials at a community level discussion unequivocally called for improving the essential services of community clinics for ensuring healthcare services to the grassroots people for their betterment.
To this end, they viewed the district and upazila level officials and others concerned should put in their level best efforts so that the rural people can derive total benefits of the community clinics. There is no alternative to make the services peoples-friendly.
The Awami League is not comfortable after expelling 78 municipal leaders in 60 districts who are contesting the upcoming elections independently, ignoring the party’s order to pull out.
Yesterday, after the BNP announced its own election monitoring committee, AL leaders who are assigned municipal election duties, sat in a meeting at the Dhanmondi office yesterday.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said that the government will publish the order for the eighth national pay scale for public servants by this week.
The proposal was sent to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday and she had signed and sent it back the same day, Muhith said yesterday after a meeting with World Bank’s Chief Economist Kaushik Basu at his residence in Dhaka.
Muhith also hinted that Wednesday could be a tentative date for the publication of the gazette notification for the much-awaited new pay structure.
At least 15 people, inclining three policemen, were injured in a clash between police and transport workers at Panchaboti, Narayanganj yesterday morning.
Police said the clash had ensued between labourers and police personnel after a transport worker and a constable got involved into altercation around 11:30am. Following the argument, constable Azad beat transport worker Aminul indiscriminately.
Hearing the news, police rushed to the spot and tried to bring the situation under control.
An alleged robber ringleader was killed in a gunfight with police in Kopashdanga area of Patkelghata upazila, Satkhira in the early hours of yesterday.
Officer-in-Charge of Patkelghata police station Torikul Islam told the Dhaka Tribune that they had got information that a gang of robbers put up barricade on the Satkhira-Khulna Highway in the area to commit suicide. Then, police conducted a drive in the area around 3am.
The Dhaka University has decided to cut all kinds of ties with Pakistan, especially with the educational institutions there.
The decision was made in a meeting of the university syndicate yesterday.
Vice-Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique told reporters about the decision after the meeting.
The VC has earlier said that DU had different kinds of agreements, such as MoUs, with several universities in Pakistan.
He said that DU could not have ties with Pakistan because it is a terrorist country.
The United States has praised the BNP for participating in the upcoming municipal elections on December 30.
Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs-designate Thomas Shannon made the comments during a meeting with former prime minister Khaleda Zia.
“In his meeting with former prime minister Zia, Ambassador Shannon commended the BNP’s decision to contest municipal elections in December,” said a press release of the US embassy.