- February 20, 2018
A lot has been done since the deadly 2013 Rana Plaza disaster to improve working conditions, including safety and workers’ rights, in the garment factories in Bangladesh.
But buyers, who pressured makers and government for these improvements, have not kept their pledges for financial assistance. Instead, their representatives are now burdening the factories with multi-million dollar loan.
In the second review meeting of Sustainability Compact to be held today in Dhaka, Bangladesh will focus on clothing products’ pricing and remediation financing as the buyers failed to deliver as they promised.
In the Sustainability Compact – an initiative for improving safety standards and ensuring labour rights in the country’s RMG sector, the buyers pledged for responsible business. They also promised to provide low cost fund for remediation.
A court in Chittagong yesterday sentenced four people, including three officials of state-run Agrani Bank Limited, to 20 years in jail on charge of misappropriating Tk1.5 crore from the bank.
The convicted are Abdus Sukkur, Moin Uddin, Tarit Kanti Sen – all former officials from Agrani Bank officials from Chittagong’s Khatunganj branch – and Bibhutibhusan Talukdar, the proprietor of M/S Saikat Traders.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has told parliament that despite government’s initiatives, there is some gas crisis in this winter as well.
“There is some crisis of gas. I admit that there are some problems. But we are trying hard to mitigate the crisis,” she said in reply to a supplementary question during the premier’s question-answer session in Jatiya Sangshad yesterday.
During winter, natural gas gets concentrated resulting in slow flow of gas, she said.
“That is why you see the gas crisis during winter,” she said.
The newly appointed Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Mohammad Nizamuddin Ahmed took over the command of Bangladesh Navy yesterday, according to a press release of Inter Services Public Relations Directorate (ISPR).
He succeeded outgoing CNS Admiral Muhammad Farid Habib after his promotion to the rank of vice admiral from rear admiral.
An activist of the Islami Chhatra Shibir was arrested on charges of uploading indecent posts and distorted photographs of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Facebook.
A team of Detective Branch police arrested Md Enamul Haque Manju, 28, in the city’s Anderkillah area on Tuesday night.
DB’s Additional Deputy Commissioner Babul Akter said Manju had uploaded derogatory posts and indecent photographs of the prime minister, ministers and the police chief.
Freedom of expression came under severe attack in Bangladesh in 2015, Human Rights Watch said in its World Report 2016.
The 659-page World Report 2016 stated that while extremist groups targeted secular bloggers and foreign aid workers, the government cracked down on media and civil society activists, launched contempt of court proceedings, or prosecuted them under vague and overbroad laws.
There is no legal bar to file a case against Sub-Inspector Masud Sikder, suspended for torturing a Bangladesh Bank official, as the Chamber Judge’s stay order on filing of the case became ineffective after January 25, lawyer Mahbub Uddin Khokon has claimed.
Golam Rabbi submitted a written complaint to the deputy commissioner of Tejgaon division on January 10, a day after being held and tortured by SI Masud of Mohammadpur police station. In response to a petition, the High Court on January 18 asked the OC of the police station to record the complaint as an FIR.
As many as 395 industrial plots in 20 BSCIC estates were being allotted to potential entrepreneurs across Bangladesh, Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu told parliament yesterday.
District-level committees, headed by deputy commissioners, were supervising the process, he said, replying to a question.
Responding to another query, Amu said there were altogether 74 industrial estates under the Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) where around 550,000 workers were employed.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked police officials to take strong action against those committing crimes and injustice, no matter how influential the persons are or their political affiliation is.
“There’re some people who often tend to extend influence with their political identity. My specific order in this regard is never to allow any kind of injustice to happen, no matter how influential the people are,” she said.
The prime minister was addressing the high officials of Bangladesh Police at her office marking the Police Week 2016.
Bangladesh is as corrupt as before, according to Transparency International’s (TI) Corruption Perception Index (CPI).
For the second year in a row, Bangladesh ranked 13th from the bottom – and 139th from the top – in 2015, Tranparency International Bangladesh (TIB) Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman disclosed at a press conference at the organisation’s Dhanmondi office on Wednesday morning.
Bangladesh will start importing 100 megawatt electricity from Tripura of India by February, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid has told the parliament.
Replying to a query yesterday, the state minister said Bangladesh was currently importing 500MW of power from India.
Nasrul said it would be possible to start importing an additional 500MW electricity from India through Bahrampur-Bheramara point by July 2018.
The government has decided to shut down the factories that do no utilise their existing effluent treatment plants (ETPs), Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan has said.
The Department of Environment has already been directed on this regard, the minister told reporters following an inter-ministerial meeting at his office on protecting rivers Buriganga, Turag, Balu and Shitalakkhya.
Gold smuggling in Chittagong and adjacent areas is controlled by several syndicates stationed at the port city’s Riazuddin Bazar, police said.
They claimed to have uncovered the information during an initial investigation after recovering 29kg gold, worth around Tk12.5 crore, and Tk60 lakh from Bahar Market on Monday night.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to inaugurate the World Trade Centre (WTC) in Chittagong on January 30.
Mahbub Alam, president of Chittagong Chamber Of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) came up with the announcement at a press conference held at WTC yesterday.
The CCCI organised the press conference on the occasion of its centenary anniversary and inaugural ceremony of the WTC.
The 21-storey centre has been constructed on 75 kathas of land in Agrabad Commercial Area at a cost of Tk 200 crore equipped with all modern facilities.
A total of 92,37,000 pieces of jute sacks have remained unsold in the eight state-run jute mills of Khulna region, due to poor demand from the factories of sacking goods.
Authorities of different jute mills in the region said for such a staggering number of jute sacks lying unsold they are unable to pay wages of the workers.
Besides, demonstration of the workers of Platinum Jute Mills for payment of their arrear wages on January 8 and 9 turned the situation more complicated.
The location of MV Robin which sank in the Meghna River on Tuesday morning with 50 passengers has not been identified even after two days.
Members of Bangladesh Navy, Coast Guard and fire firefighters have been trying to salvage the vessel. Upazila Nirbahi Officer of Haimchar SM Sarowar Kamal said they would continue rescue operation until the missing people and the launch were rescued.
Iqbal Hossain, station master of Chandpur Fire Service, told the Dhaka Tribune that the search operation was being hampered because of strong current in the Padma River.
Tendons of legs and hands of a woman were cut off by her former husband at Kashiani upazila in the district yesterday.
The victim was Silva Rani Biswas, 23.
Sources said Silva had been married off with Sukanta Sarker in Singa village in 2008.
After the marriage, the couple had been living in a rented house at Bngshal in Dhaka.
At one stage, Silva came to know that Sukanta was involved with the underworld’s crime. After knowing his involvement with the crimes, Silva tried to return him to normal life.
A prisoner died yesterday in Kashimpur Central Jail 2,Kashimpur,Gazipur.
The deceased was Md Nasir Mian, 55, son of Ramjan Ali of Hasnabad area in Keraniganj, Dhaka. Jailer Nasiruddin said Nasir was an accused of smuggling and he was sentenced to six-year jail.
On November 13, he was sent to Kashimpur jail from Dhaka Central Jail.
Nasir was admitted to Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmad Medical College after he felt pain in chest yesterday afternoon where he died, said the jailor.
The police early yesterday arrested a woman with 500 pieces of contraband yaba pills from Shah Amanat Bridge area, Bakalia police station in the port city.
The arrestee is identified as Ayesha Begum, 36, hailed from Teknaf area in Cox’s Bazar.
Priyotosh Das, sub-inspector of Bakalia police station said the woman was arrested from a bus of Unique Service. A case under Narcotics Control Act was lodged against the woman.