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  • Country gets house help protection policy

    The draft of the Domestic Worker Protection and Welfare Policy 2015, the first ever of its kind in the country which is aimed at ensuring basic rights and facilities for house helps, was approved by the cabinet yesterday.

    The policy says the employer or any of his relatives cannot subject the domestic help to any kind of emotional or physical abuse or even cannot behave abusively.  

  • Tulip: Bangladeshi men will also make their way into UK parliament

    Tulip Siddiq, granddaughter of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and a member of the House of Commons in the UK, hopes that Bangladeshi men will also make their way into the British parliament alongside women.

    Tulip, daughter of Sheikh Rehana and niece of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, made the statement during a brief stay at Sylhet airport yesterday morning.

    The 32-year-old British MP credited her victory to the relentless support of expatriate Bangladeshis, especially the people of Sylhet in the UK.

  • EC doing the bare minimum against breaches of polls code

    EC doing the bare minimum against breaches of polls code

    The Election Commission yesterday did the bare minimum, disposing off allegations of code of conduct breach against three ruling party lawmakers by only warning them after they apologised.

    This comes only a day after the Election Commission (EC) sought Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s intervention in stopping Awami League ministers and lawmakers from taking part in campaigning ahead of the December 30 municipality elections.

  • Khaleda demands army deployment for municipal polls

    BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has demanded army deployment in the upcoming municipality polls scheduled for December 30 in 234 districts across the country.

    The former premier alleged that it is a conspiracy of the government to hold the local government election in partisan line.

  • Warrants against 24 in Rana Plaza murder case

    A Dhaka court yesterday accepted a charge sheet against 41 people accused in the murder case filed over the 2013 Rana Plaza collapse, and also issued warrants for the arrest of 24 of them.

    Sohel Rana, owner of the collapsed building who is now behind bars, was named the prime accused in the charge sheet while the 24 facing warrants are in hiding. 

    The remaining 16 are out on bail.

    Dhaka Senior Judicial Magistrate Md Al-Amin took cognisance of the charge sheet and issued the warrants.   

  • Blatter, Platini banned for eight years

    Blatter, Platini banned for eight years

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter and Uefa boss Michel Platini have been suspended for eight years from all football-related activities following an ethics investigation.

    They were found guilty of breaches surrounding a £1.3m ($2m) “disloyal payment” made to Platini in 2011.

    Both men denied any wrongdoing. The bans come into force immediately.

    Fifa boss since 1998, Blatter, 79, had already announced he was quitting ahead of February’s presidential election.

  • Khaleda sparks controversy over number of 1971 martyrs

    BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday expressed her doubt over how many people were killed during the country’s Liberation War in 1971.

    “There is still a controversy about the exact number of people martyred in the Liberation War,” she said in her address at a rally of freedom fighters at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh.

    The BNP chief said different books and documents show different numbers in this regard.

  • Jubo League man killed in AL infighting in N’ganj

    An activist of Jubo League was killed and 25 others including three with bullets were injured in a clash between two factions of Awami League over occupying a sand quarry at Char Hogla village in Sonargaon upazila yesterday.

    The deceased was identified as Jamal Hossain, 32, an activist of Jubo League and son of Abdul Khalek of the village.

  • New lustre for Bengal’s golden fibre

    The country’s languishing jute sector is getting a boost from the Mandatory Jute Packaging Act which requires major agricultural commodities including rice, wheat, sugar and fertilisers to be packed in locally produced jute sacks.

    To promote the sector, the government began to implement the Mandatory Jute Packaging Act 2010 on November 30 this year. The creation of local demand by government fiat is expected to bolster the jute sector, which has taken a hit from competition from synthetic packing.

  • KSA resumes Umrah services for Bangladeshis

    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has lifted its ban on Umrah services for Bangladeshi citizens.

    The Saudi embassy in Dhaka sent a letter in this regard to the Ministy of Foreign Affairs on December 14.

    The Foreign Ministry then notified the Ministry of Religious Affairs about the matter yesterday, said the Religious Ministry’s Public Relations Officer Anwar Hussain.

    Primarily, 70 hajj agencies in the country will be permitted to provide the services, he said.

  • Jamaat leader held at Naya Diganta MD’s house

    Police early yesterday arrested a Jamaat-e-Islami leader from the residence of Daily Naya Diganta Managing Director Shibbir Mahmud’s house in Dhanmondi area of the city.

    Mezbah Uddin Bhuiyan, 55, was a former secretary of Noakhali Municipal Jamaat’s committee. He had been on the run for nearly three years.

    Mezbah was arrested around 12:30am from a raid conducted by a team led by Dhanmondi acting officer-in-charge and Inspector (Investigation) Mohammad Helal Uddin.

    “Shibbir claimed that Mezbah was one of his tenants,” Helal said.

  • Recording of deposition begins in the Zia Charitable Trust case

    The recording of deposition of Harun-ur-Rashid, the investigating officer of the Zia Charitable Trust Graft case against BP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and others began yesterday.

    The case was filed against the BNP Chairperson and three others.

    However, Khaleda Zia, also a three times former prime minister, skipped the court hearing due to her illness in the case filed by the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC).

    Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar of the Dhaka Special Judges Court 3 recorded the statement of Rashiduzzman, Senior Manager of Metro Makers Ltd.

  • DMCH correspondent still missing, GD filed

    The Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) correspondent for several media outlets, Awrangjeb Sajib, has been missing since Sunday.

    His wife Morsheda Begum fined a general diary about her missing husband with Shahbagh police station yesterday morning, where she mentioned that Sajib left home for work around 7am on Sunday and went missing.

    She was then told by an alleged eyewitness named Shakil that Sajib had jumped into the Buriganga River from a launch near Munshiganj around 10:30am on Sunday, leaving his belongings behind.

  • DMCH correspondent still missing, GD filed

    The Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) correspondent for several media outlets, Awrangjeb Sajib, has been missing since Sunday.

    His wife Morsheda Begum fined a general diary about her missing husband with Shahbagh police station yesterday morning, where she mentioned that Sajib left home for work around 7am on Sunday and went missing.

    She was then told by an alleged eyewitness named Shakil that Sajib had jumped into the Buriganga River from a launch near Munshiganj around 10:30am on Sunday, leaving his belongings behind.

  • Captive power plant owners urged to increase efficiency

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Energy Adviser Tawfique-E-Elahi Chowdhury yesterday asked all captive power plants to increase their efficiency by 60%.

    He was speaking at a seminar titled Energy Efficiency and Textile: Lifeline of the Economy organised by Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA) in a city hotel.

  • Captive power plant owners urged to increase efficiency

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Energy Adviser Tawfique-E-Elahi Chowdhury yesterday asked all captive power plants to increase their efficiency by 60%.

    He was speaking at a seminar titled Energy Efficiency and Textile: Lifeline of the Economy organised by Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA) in a city hotel.

  • Poison box helps people learn before mistakes

    Poison box helps people learn before mistakes

    Meena Begum from the Hasil village in Sirajganj district is the perfect example of the ancient proverb: “Learn from your mistakes.”

    Starting from lifesaving drugs to antiseptic liquids to insecticides, manufacturers put a label on almost every packet that says: “Keep away from children.”

    Meena, mother of two, probably did not take the warning too seriously and kept a bottle of Savlon, an antiseptic liquid, on the bedside table, until her toddler daughter Lamia drank it.

  • Akbar Ali Khan: Local govt not independent

    Local government now cannot work independently despite being an independent body, according to former caretaker government adviser Dr Akbar Ali Khan.

    “Local government is not directly a part of central government. It is an independent body. Despite being a small entity, it has huge tasks and responsibilities,” he said at a discussion in the capital yesterday. 

    Brac’s Community Empowerment Programme and the Hunger Project jointly organised the discussion on Localisation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at BRAC Centre Inn. 

  • 20th meeting of GOC held at parliament

    The 20th meeting of Jatiya Sangsad’s Government Organisation Committee (GOC) was held yesterday at the parliament building, moderated by Committee President Sawkat Ali.

    The meeting elaborately discussed the activities of Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) controlled under the Ministry of Commerce. The meeting was informed that the TCB has received 662 audit objections, of which 172 have been settled and the rest will be disposed through bilateral and trilateral meetings.

  • Japan seeks security for its development projects

    The Foreign Ministry has asked the Home and Finance ministries to ensure safety and security of Japanese citizens in Bangladesh engaged in 14 development corporation projects.

    Director of the East Asian and Pacific Region Wing of the Foreign Ministry Syed Muntasir Mamun yesterday sent a letter to the Home Ministry, finance secretary and inspector of police  to take necessary measures in this regard, said an official.

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