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Rohingya Muslims drown off Myanmar trying to flee storm

A boat carrying about 100 Rohingya Muslims capsized off western Myanmar and many were feared drowned at the beginning of a mass evacuation from low-lying regions ahead of a powerful storm, a United Nations official said on Tuesday. The tropical depression, likely to strengthen into Cyclone Mahasen this week, threatens areas of Myanmar where about […]

Hong Kong is facing an acute shortage of one the engines of its dynamic economy — cheap domestic help. More than 290,000 foreign domestic helpers — mainly Indonesians, Filipinas and Thais – live and work in the special administrative region of Hong Kong, according to Hong Kong’s Department of Immigration. But fears that Indonesian plans […]

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  Latest observations show that cyclone ‘Mahasen’ is slowly but surely heading towards the coastal areas of Bangladesh. Preparations are underway to tackle its impact in vulnerable areas and the weekly holidays of government officials in the areas have been cancelled. In the past four days, the route of ‘Mahasen’ was uncertain. But, on Tuesday […]

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Wal-Mart called on the Bangladesh government on Monday to stop production at one apparel factory and investigate the condition at another until workers’ safety could be assured. The unusual action followed the death of more than 1,100 people in the collapse of a factory in Bangladesh. “The government of Bangladesh did the responsible thing last […]

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  The National Human Rights Commission Chairman had urged the the Awami league and BNP to come to talks with ‘an open mind’ to lift the country from its current political impasse. Mizanur Rahman made the call after a meeting with Speaker Shirin Sharmin Choudhury at Parliament on Tuesday. “An acceptable process of election must […]

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has provided financial assistance to the small businessmen who faced damage due to arson and vandalism during Hifazat-e Islam’s siege of Dhaka on May 5. Chaos unfolded at Baitul Mukarram, Paltan and Gulistan areas during Hifazat’s rally at Motijheel’s Shapla Chattar. The businesses in the areas and on the pavements were […]

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Syed Sultan Uddin Ahmed The provision for sharing 5% profit with workers of garment industry was already in the Bangladesh Labour Law 2006. In April, the cabinet approved a proposal for excluding the provision. In place of profit sharing, a new provision for creating a welfare fund for the workers has been incorporated in that […]

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On this soil at Savar stood the nine-storey Rana Plaza, which came crashing down three weeks ago, causing heavy casualties. The site looks like plain land yesterday, completely devoid of any life. The government will acquire the land of the collapsed Rana Plaza, which came crashing down on April 24, and take up a long-term […]

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 Disaster Management and Relief Minister Abul Hasan Mahamood Ali on Tuesday said the government has taken all-out preparations to tackle the possible fury of cyclonic storm ‘Mahasen’. “We’ve taken all necessary preparations to face cyclone Mahasen in case it hits Bangladesh. The ministries concerned are also ready,” he told reporters at his secretariat office. The […]

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Six major retailers, including Carrefour, Marks & Spencer and El Corte Inglés, announced on Tuesday that they would participate in a landmark plan to improve fire and building safety in Bangladesh, joining five European companies that signed onto the plan on Monday. With only one American company joining — PVH, the parent company of Calvin […]

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A headmistress sustained sprinter injuries in a crude-bomb attack on a human hauler in Hathazari upazila of Chittagong during yesterday’s countrywide hartal. Witnesses said pro-hartal activists had charged three homemade bombs on the vehicle in Amanbazar area around 11:30am. Preeti Das, headmistress of Chhipatoli Govt High School, sustained several injuries on the back in the […]

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 Revealing that over 80 lakh Bangladeshi workers are engaged in 157 countries around the world, Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Engineer Khandker Mosharraf Hossain on Tuesday said the present government is making relentless efforts to make the migration process easier. The minister was addressing a seminar titled “CEDAW and GR 26” aiming to protect […]

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