- February 18, 2018
The land of promise for tens of thousands of Bangladeshi labourers, Malaysia is fast becoming a place of bondage for them.
A loss of registration status has left between 800,000 and 948,000 Bangladeshi nationals, according to data from Malaysian rights organisation Tenaganita, vulnerable to low-wage exploitation or police raids and detention.
Father of four-year-old Jihad, who died falling into an abandoned deep tube-well at Shahjahanpur railway colony in December 2014, has been under constant threats to withdraw the case he had filed against railway officials for negligence.
Nasir Uddin Fakir was earlier threatened by the two prime accused and their men. But now the ruling party-backed councillor of ward 11, Hamidul Haque Shamim, has joined hands with the accused.
Customs authorities in Bangladesh have seized nearly 3,000kg of gold bars and jewellery in the last three years from the three international airports in the country.
The price of the seized gold is Tk1,450 crore, said data from the Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigation, a specialised wing of the National Board of Revenue (NBR).
During the period, a total of 130 people have been arrested, said the data presented at a seminar on “Countering Smuggling and Evasion of Customs Duty” in Dhaka yesterday.
Absence of children affairs desks at police stations is discouraging young victims from lodging complaints and sharing information with investigators, ultimately denying justice to many of them, children rights bodies say.
Take the case of a 14-year-old school girl from Demra for example. She was allegedly raped by her neighbour in the capital on Monday. Once freed from the rapist’s clutches, she informed her parents of the ordeal and who later filed a case against the suspect, 22-year-old Saddam Hossain.
Investigators yesterday said they suspected that former nurse Salma Akhter arrested in connection with selling a newborn baby on Friday had formed a group that is involved in such acts in the capital's low-grade hospitals.
Major Kamran Kabir Uddin, deputy director of RAB 3, told the Dhaka Tribune: “We have found some documents in her flat which indicate that she has people working for her in hospitals that are of low quality. We are now checking the documents.”
Three staff members of Malaysia Airlines have been sentenced to imprisonment and charged with fines for their involvement in the smuggling of 30 turtles which were rescued at the airport on Friday night.
The Airport Magistrate’s Court issued the verdict yesterday against Samiur Rahman, 35, assistant station manager, Jewel Ahmed, 29, passenger service specialist, and Mizanur Rahman, 30, baggage handler of the airlines.
Samiur was fined Tk1 lakh, while Jewel and Mizan were both fined Tk1 lakh and sentenced to one year in prison.
A group of muggers snatched Tk13 lakh from two bKash sales representatives after shooting them in the capital’s Kafrul area yesterday.
The two – Md Mosharraf, 28, and Al-Amin, 22 – were sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) after they were injured, said Kafrul police station Sub-Inspector Md Raihan.
Witnesses said five muggers riding two motorbikes intercepted Mosharraf and Al-Amin in front of Police Staff College at Kafrul in Mirpur 13 around 10:30am and snatched the money after shooting both of them.
The Bangladesh Coast Guard will be awarding 31 members of the force in recognition of their professional excellence and courageous roles during anti-crime operations last year.
The awards – Bangladesh Coast Guard Medal (BCGM) and President Coast Guard Medal (PCGM) – will be handed over today in a programme marking the coast guard’s 21st founding anniversary which will be held at its headquarters in the capital’s Agargaon, sources said.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal will attend the programme as chief guest.
A Unesco delegation is coming to Bangladesh to learn about Dhaka’s initiatives to tackle environmental impacts of a coal-fired power plant near the Sundarbans and the 2014 oil spill disaster that threatened to upset the already critical ecology of the world’s largest mangrove forest.
The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) is working for 100% implementation of the Annual Development Programme (ADP), Chief Engineer Shyama Prasad Adhikary has said.
“We are implementing development works worth Tk130 billion in the current fiscal and a significant portion of the works is being implemented in the Chittagong Division,” he said at a development review meeting in the port city recently.
Shyama noted that about 40 projects
were being carried out for urban, rural
and water resources development in the division.
The National Committee to Protect Sundarbans (NCPS) has demanded conducting an environmental impact assessment (EIA) study for the coal-fired Rampal Power Plant by the UN to get a clear idea about the possible environmental impacts on the Sundarbans.
It said the study should be conducted by a group of international independent experts, reports the UNB.
The Saraswati Puja was celebrated across the country yesterday with traditional gaiety, religious festivity and spirit of pursuit of art and knowledge which Goddess Saraswati provides.
The devotees of Hindu people assembled at the puja mandaps and sought blessings from the Goddess of Learning for education.
The celebration also included offering of Devi Aradhona, cultural functions and staging of dramas at temples, educational institutions and domestic residences in the country.
A Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) member and four others were arrested in Naryanganj’s Sonargaon yesterday on charge of extortion.
The arrestees are Constable Humayun Kabir, 30, of Rangpur RAB 13, microbus driver Mahbubul Islam,30, Md Hasanuzzaman, 29, Shaheda, 45, and Amzad Hossain, 32.
RAB 11 sources said one Mohsin of Sonargaon was accused in a case filed by his wife over a family feud last year.
BNP yesterday asked its district unit leaders to ensure that the names and voter numbers of their chairman candidates recommended by grassroots leaders for the upcoming union parishad (UP) polls reach the party central office at least seven days before the EC’s stipulated deadline for the filing of nomination.
Three suspected robbers were beaten to death by mob in Zindapark area of Daudpur union in Rupganj upazila in the district early yesterday.
Of the three, two were Nasir Hossain, 38, son of Abu Mian in Jessore and another Ezazul Islam, 23, son of Nasir Uddin in Narail while the third one could not be known.
Additional superintendent of Police Mukhlesur Rahman (crime) said a group of five to six robbers entered into the house of Abdul Kuddus Sikdar, a businessman, in the area around3:30 am.
Ferry service on Shimulia-Kawrakandi route resumed around 8am yesterday after suspension of nine hours due to dense fog in the area.
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) sources said five ferries were forced to anchor at the middle of the Padma River for poor visibility with about 1,000 passengers and different kinds of vehicles.
Besides, about 200 river vessels were stranded on different routes of Padma, Meghna and Dhaleswari rivers due to thick fog, the sources added.
Pohela Falgun, the first day of spring, and Saraswati puja were the highlights of the 13th day of Amar Ekushey Boi Mela 2016.
Thousands of Dhakaites donning traditional attire in spring colours – especially yellow – who visited the Dhaka University campus to celebrate the two occasions also stopped by the book fair, adding more flavour to the already festive air.
An estimated 150,000 Adelie penguins living in Antarctica have died after an iceberg the size of Rome became grounded near their colony, forcing them to trek 60km to the sea for food.
The penguins of Cape Denison in Commonwealth Bay used to live close to a large body of open water. However, in 2010 a colossal iceberg measuring 2900sq km became trapped in the bay, rendering the colony effectively landlocked.
Penguins suffering from climate change, scientists say
Five UN peacekeepers were killed when their base in northern Mali was hit by mortars, gunfire and a truck bomb on Friday, an attack that a local separatist group blamed on Islamist militants.
At least 30 people were wounded in the attack in Kidal, a town in an unstable desert region that is home to Islamist groups including al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb which have staged increasingly bold raids in recent months and have targeted the UN base several times.
The education minister is right to have drawn attention to the need to improve the quality of the nation’s universities.
In replying to a parliamentary question that the historical reputation of Dhaka University as “the Oxford of the East” is now nothing more than a popularly repeated saying, he was acknowledging a simple fact.
The quality of education and research needs to be drastically improved if Bangladeshi universities are to feature again in any widely recognised rankings of the world’s top universities.