Archive for May 14th, 2013

Law changes allow RMG workers to unionise

The cabinet on Monday gave final approval to a bill seeking amendments to the Bangladesh Labour Act 2006 removing barriers to trade union activities in the export-oriented apparel industry. The amended law, however, would require non-government organisations to take permission from the labour ministry for working in the industrial sector, according to the draft. ‘The amendment to the 2006 act […]

May 14, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Minimum wage should rid RMG workers of slavery: Yunus

Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus on Monday said the new minimum wage should be fixed at a level that could bring thousands of garment workers out of slavery. ‘We want to live as human being, not slave,’ said Yunus while taking part in a dialogue on ‘the Savar tragedy, worker welfare and looming economic crisis’, at a city hotel on Monday, […]

May 14, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Rana Plaza collapse: Submit lists of missing workers in 7 days

The High Court on Monday directed the deputy commissioner of Dhaka and the chief factory inspector to submit to the court in seven days separate lists of the number of workers who remained missing after the collapse of Rana Plaza that had housed five clothing factories. The bench also asked the authorities concerned to prepare the lists of missing workers […]

May 14, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Ashulia RMG units shut indefinitely

The garment makers on Monday decided to shut down all garment factories at Ashulia of Savar for an indefinite period from today in the wake of frequent demonstrations after the Savar tragedy. The announcement of shutting down about 300 garment units came at an emergency press conference jointly organised by Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers […]

May 14, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Govt to form new wage board for RMG workers

The government will form a wage board to increase minimum pay of readymade garment workers in the face of mounting criticism at home and abroad that they have been the lowest paid in the world. The award of the new wage board will be made effective from May 1, 2013, said a senior minister on Sunday. The decision was taken […]

May 14, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Tazreen Fashions fire: HC pulls up NHRC chief for failure to submit names for probe committee

The High Court on Monday pulled up National Human Rights Commission chairman Md Nizamur Rahman for his failure to provide to it names of eminent citizens it sought for constituting an independent committee for probing into the fire at Tazreen Fashions which killed 112 apparel workers in November. The court said it did not expect such irresponsibility from a person […]

May 14, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Rajuk issues only six occupancy certificates

A provision in the 2008 building rules, aimed at ensuring that only legally compliant buildings are allowed to be used or lived in, has been ignored over the past five years by both the developers and the government agency responsible for its implementation. The law requires that none should occupy a building until the developer who originally applied to Rajdhani […]

May 14, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Time running out: UN envoy

UN special envoy Oscar Fernandez-Taranco wrapped up his visit to Dhaka after holding hectic parleys with the government and opposition figures on election-time government and called for resolving their differences through peaceful dialogue without wasting time to ensure free, fair, inclusive and non-violent national elections. ‘Time is running out. The parties need to work together to find out a mutually […]

May 14, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Jamaat calls hartal again for today

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami will enforce a coutrywide dawn-to-dusk general strike today in protest against the arrest of its leader AKM Yusuf. On Sunday afternoon, the International Crimes Tribunal 1 sent Yusuf, senior nayeb-e-ameer of Jamaat, to jail on charge of his involvement in crimes against humanity in 1971. Jamaat had enforced a dawn-to-dusk hartal on Sunday in protest at the verdict […]

May 14, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Mahasen heads for Bangladesh

Cyclonic storm Mahasen has shown a clear sign of changing its direction towards Bangladesh from India prompting the local weathermen to raise warning signal to four from three for all the country’s maritime ports. Local weathermen said Mahasen, which was created over the southeast bay, for the first time on Monday noon moved to north after advancing northwest direction to […]

May 14, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

UN mission shuttles between parties

The United Nations assistant secretary general for political affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco held a second round of meeting with Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia on Monday on the issue of a transparent election acceptable to all. The UN mission, which arrived in Dhaka on Friday on a four-day visit, shuttled between the ruling and opposition political parties as well as […]

May 14, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

The epic rescue closes

The army-led search and rescue operation at the collapsed Rana Plaza in Savar was formally declared closed on Monday after 20 days of epic search that saw 1,127 bodies recovered from the rubble. The rescuers listed 98 workers as missing as they wrapped up the operation, officials said. The land of the collapsed building would be handed over to the […]

May 14, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Some biscuits, a bottle of water kept Reshma alive

The apparel worker Rashma Begum, who was pulled out alive from the debris of the collapsed Rana Plaza on Friday after 17 days on Monday said that she had only four pieces of biscuits and drank water that she found inside the rubbles. ‘I never thought that I will be rescued alive,’ Reshma, 19, told at a press briefing held […]

May 14, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Ministers doubt use of laptop, projector at pry schools

The primary and mass education minister, Afsarul Ameen, and the state minister, Motahar Hossain, on Monday doubted proper use of the laptop and multimedia projectors being provided to government primary schools. They expressed the doubt at the inaugurating programme of the distribution of laptops and multimedia projectors the Directorate of Primary Education conference room. They were critical of handing over […]

May 14, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

EC wants to hold stalled mayoral polls in DSC, DNC in July

The Election Commission said it was planning to hold the stalled the mayoral elections in Dhaka South City and Dhaka North City in the first week of July as the High Court on Monday quashed the writ challenging the civic polls. On April 9, 2012 the EC had announced the schedules to hold the mayoral polls in the newly created […]

May 14, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

Penalty dispute: Westmont shuts 45MW power unit

Westmont Power Limited, a private electricity supplier, has shut down its 45MW gas-fired power unit in Sirajganj on the ground that it could not obtain spare parts for the plant due to severe financial difficulties. The company claimed that it got into the financial hardship as the Power Development Board was cutting Tk 1.65crore from its monthly power bill for […]

May 14, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

Charge hearing against Moudud deferred to June 3

A Dhaka court on Monday deferred to June 3 the hearing in framing of charges against 41 leaders of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led alliance, including Moudud Ahmed, in a case filed under the Speedy Trial Act with the Paltan police for March 6 violence. Metropolitan magistrate Shariar Mahmud Adnan, also Speedy Trial Court judge, passed the order after hearing a […]

May 14, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

GAS CONNECTIONS: Applications to be received from today

Gas utilities, after a three-year moratorium, will start today receiving applications for new gas connections for domestic use. Illegal domestic users will also be allowed to get their connections legalised by May 30 on certain conditions, Petrobangla chairman Hossain Monsur told New Age. The decisions were made at a special meeting at Petrobangla on Monday. On May 7, prime minister […]

May 14, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

War crimes trial: ICT to decide on Yusuf’s bail plea today

The International Crimes Tribunal–1 on Monday fixed today for passing order on a bail plea of detained Jamaat nayeb-e-amir AKM Yusuf, alleged founder of infamous Razakar Bahini during the liberation war in 1971. The three-member tribunal led by Justice ATM Fazle Kabir fixed the date after hearing from both the defence and the prosecution on the bail plea. The war […]

May 14, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

People don’t want to see two ladies: Ershad

The Jatiya Party chairman, HM Ershad, has said the people of the country do not want to see the two ladies — Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia — in power any more. Addressing a public gathering at Latifpur in Mithapakur upazila of Rangpur, the JP chief, however, said people wanted Jatiya Party to form the next government with people’s mandate. […]

May 14, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Advertisement