Archive for April 25th, 2014

German parliamentary delegation due Saturday

German parliamentary delegation due Saturday

A seven-member delegation of the German Parliamentary Committee on Economic Cooperation and Development arrives here on Saturday on a five-day visit to assess the situation…

April 25, 2014 · 0 comments · National
Armed Indonesian Air Force soldiers secure the Virgin Australia 737-800 plane at the tarmac of Denpasar airport in the resort island of Bali on April 25, 2014. A drunk passenger sparked a hijacking alert on a Virgin Australia flight from Brisbane heading for the Indonesian resort island of Bali on April 25 when he attempted to break into the cockpit. – AFP photo

Drunk passenger sparks Bali hijacking alert

A drunk passenger sparked a hijacking alert on a Virgin Australia flight heading for the Indonesian resort island of Bali Friday when he attempted to break…

April 25, 2014 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, International

AL factional clash kills 1 in Faridpur

A man was killed and 20 others were injured as two factions of Awami League clashed at Kholsedubi village in Saltha…

April 25, 2014 · 0 comments · National

One held with gold bars at Shahjalal airport

Members of customs intelligence arrested a man and recovered 28 gold bars from his possession at Shahjalal International Airport here…

April 25, 2014 · 0 comments · National

End ‘suppression’ of fledgling unions: US senator to govt, BGMEA

US senator Robert Menendez has urged the Bangladesh government and BGMEA to take steps to end the ‘suppression’ of fledgling unions to help keep ‘Made in Bangladesh’ brand…

Feeling the pinch

Feeling the pinch

Sameul Islam, an assistant manager of a garments factory, lives with his family at Badda of the city. He has to compromise comfortable living, as he shares a flat with another family to save some money. ‘I have a little child and in order to take care of her, I have to save some money,’ he says…

April 25, 2014 · 0 comments · New Age Xtra
1. An injured Rana Plaza collapse victim places a wreath on the memorial at the tragic site in Savar on Thursday. — Sony Ramany; 2. A woman wails over the grave of one of her relatives who died in the Rana Plaza collapse of April 2013. — Indrajit Ghosh; 3. People wear shrouds as they take part in a protest in Paris on Thursday, marking the first anniversary of Rana Plaza building collapse. — AFP 4. Activists stage a protest in Belgium on Thursday acting out a scene portraying victims of Rana Plaza building collapse in Dhaka. — Reuters photo

ONE YEAR OF RANA PLAZA DISASTER: Protests demand justice, damages, rehabilitation

Several thousand survivors, relatives of the workers who died or went missing in the Rana Plaza collapse at Savar, rights campaigners observed the first anniversary of the disaster that left 1,135 people, mostly apparel workers, dead and rallied for justice, damages and rehabilitation…

April 25, 2014 · 0 comments · Front Page, National, TOP STORIES

No trade unions in 95pc of apparel factories

Workers of 5,124 out of the total 5,400 apparel factories, which accounts for 95 per cent of the total, have no trade union rights, labour directorate officials said.
Labour leaders said that legal barriers, owner’s opposition, lack of unity among workers and other issues had held back trade unions being formed in the apparel sector, which employs 40 lakh, mostly women…

April 25, 2014 · 0 comments · Front Page, National, TOP STORIES

They still search for the missing

Dozens of people whose near and dear ones went missing after the Rana Plaza building collapse last year were still searching for the remains of their family members.
One year after the country’s worst factory disaster, family members of the missing workers were still seen wailing outside the pile of debris fenced with iron sheet at the Rana Plaza site at Savar in Dhaka…

April 25, 2014 · 0 comments · Front Page, National, TOP STORIES

More remains to be done about workplace safety, labour rights: EU

A spokesperson for EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht on Thursday said the Rana Plaza tragedy had revealed serious shortcomings in the occupational safety and labour rights of Bangladeshi workers in the export-oriented garment sector…

April 25, 2014 · 0 comments · Front Page, TOP STORIES

She knows where her daughter lies

Safura Begum, with her son standing close, touched the dirt in the Jurain graveyard. ‘I can feel my child, resting here,’ was what she said.
‘I remember meeting h er last in the past year. I cannot still believe that I will no longer seer her,’ said Safura, holding up a photograph of her daughter, Rashida Khatun, in her twenties, wearing a red and violet sari and a red bindi, who worked in one of the five clothing factories housed in Rana Plaza when the building collapsed on April 24, 2013…

April 25, 2014 · 0 comments · Front Page, TOP STORIES

Fund for Rana Plaza victims misused: BNP

The acting BNP secretary general, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, on Thursday alleged that the government had misused the fund which was raised for the victims of the Rana Plaza collapse.
Addressing a prayer session for the Rana Plaza victims at the party central office in the afternoon, he also said that the government had also tried to suppress the BNP’s movement at that time cashing in on the Rana Plaza disaster…

April 25, 2014 · 0 comments · Front Page

Over 1.50 lakh acres of coastal forest destroyed

More than 1.50 lakh acres of the 5 lakh acres of coastal forest established as green belts have been destroyed by occupiers over the years while huge coastal forest areas are now on the verge of destruction.
Forest department officials said that the main reason of destruction of the established coastal forest was lease out of the lands, allocated earlier to forest department to establish coastal green belts, to individuals and institutions for different purposes…

April 25, 2014 · 0 comments · Front Page, National, TOP STORIES

Task force formed to restore discipline in road transport

The government on Thursday formed a taskforce under the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority chairman to execute the decisions of the road advisory council for restoring discipline in the transport sector…

April 25, 2014 · 0 comments · Front Page

Three Americans killed in Kabul hospital attack

Three Americans were killed on Thursday when a security guard opened fire at a Kabul hospital funded by a US Christian charity, the latest in a spate of attacks on foreign civilians in Afghanistan…

April 25, 2014 · 0 comments · Front Page
A file photo shows workers are busy on the construction site of Moghbazar-Mouchak flyover in the capital. The implementation of the annual development programme failed to pick pace in nine months of the current fiscal year as the implementation rate was 43 per cent in July-March of 2013-14. — New Age photo

Only 43pc of ADP fund spent in 9 months

The implementation of the annual development programme failed to pick pace in nine months of the current fiscal year as the implementation rate was 43 per cent in July-March of 2013-14 compared with that of 49 per cent in the same period of the previous year.
Planning ministry officials said low utilisation of government allocation and project aid amid intense political unrest during the last quarter of the previous year continued to affect the ADP implementation progress…

April 25, 2014 · 0 comments · Business
A woman holds a placard showing her relative named Farzana, who was working in a garment factory at Rana Plaza during its collapse one year ago at Savar, still remains missing. The photo was snapped on Thursday in front of a monument built at the site of the collapse in remembrance of the industrial disaster. Thursday was the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse that left more than 1,100 people, mostly garment workers, dead and scores injured. A good number of people have been claiming that their relatives working in factories inside the Rana Plaza are still missing. — Sony Ramany

Retailers ‘failing victims’ a year after Rana Plaza disaster

Western fashion brands faced pressure Thursday to honour promises to care for Bangladesh’s victims of the world’s worst garment factory accident, ahead of protests on the one-year anniversary of the disaster that cost 1,138 lives.
Workers are set to stage demonstrations in front of the site of the now infamous nine-storey Rana Plaza complex in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, which collapsed last April after a catastrophic structural failure…

April 25, 2014 · 0 comments · Business
Dhaka City Corporation (South) representatives hang a signboard on the gate of Dhanmondi playground after the city corporation reopens the playground to general people on Thursday. — New Age photo

DHANMONDI PLAYGROUND : DSCC reopens it to public

After a long row and legal battle Dhaka South City Corporation on Thursday reopened the Dhanmondi Playground to the public which was illegally grabbed by Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club Limited…

April 25, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages, National
A file photo shows a rickshaw puller talking over mobile phone in Dhaka. The Association of Mobile Telecom Operators of Bangladesh on Thursday sought a set of tax benefits in the next national budget for telecommunications sector saying that high tax burden was holding back the investors from new investment. — New Age photo

PRE-BUDGET MEETING FY 2014-15: Telcos seek set of tax benefits

The Association of Mobile Telecom Operators of Bangladesh on Thursday sought a set of tax benefits in the next national budget for telecommunications sector saying that high tax burden was holding back the investors from new investment…

April 25, 2014 · 0 comments · Business

UNUSUAL INCREASE IN WEALTH : EC sends affidavits of Ruhul Amin Hawlader to ACC

The Election Commission on Thursday sent affidavits containing personal information including wealth statement of former secretary general of Ershad-led Jatiya Party ABM Ruhul Amin Hawlader to the Anti-Corruption Commission…

April 25, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages, National

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