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Tuba workers still wait for arrears

Tuba workers still wait for arrears

Tuba Group's 1,600 workers did not get three months' arrears and festival bonus even yesterday, pushing some to observe hunger strike for four days straight in a bid to drive their demands home. As many as 60 workers on strike have fallen ill so far and 12 of them had to be hospitalised. “As most...

Indo-bangla Trade

New shipping routes on trial

Bangladesh and India are expected to open shipping routes using non-deep-sea vessels by end of the year, with dry runs beginning as soon as October 14. The two sides are close to reaching an agreement on standard operating procedures for trans-shipment using the proposed routes, diplomatic sources said. It would make transport of exports and imports cheaper and promote trade. India is interested in getting cheaper and quicker transport facilities to and from its eastern and south-eastern Indian states and Bangladesh is...

Shooting Of Bangladeshis

Greek court acquits locals

A Greek court's decision to acquit local farmers who admitted shooting 28 Bangladeshi strawberry pickers when they dared to ask for months of back pay has sparked outrage in the country. Politicians, unionists and anti-racist groups roundly condemned the verdict describing it as a black mark for justice in a case that had shone a light on the appalling conditions in which migrant workers are often kept in Greece. "I feel shame as a Greek," said the victim's lawyer, Moisis Karabeyidis,...

PM hints at DCC polls in November

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has hinted at holding polls to the two Dhaka city corporations (North and South) in November, sources say. The government would go for the long-due DCC elections to mitigate public miseries, Hasina, also president of the ruling Awami League, said at a party meeting and asked her party leaders to make necessary preparations to that end. The directive came at the meeting of the AL Central Working Committee, the highest decision-making body of the party, at Gono...

EU adopts sanctions against Russia

The European Union formally adopted broad economic sanctions against Russia yesterday, aiming to make it pay a price over the Ukraine crisis in the hope Moscow will reverse course. A defiant Russia said Wednesday that Western sanctions over Ukraine would backfire on the United States and lead to energy price hikes in Europe after Brussels and Washington unveiled the toughest punitive measures against Moscow since the Cold War. Russia's response came as the Ukrainian military pushed on with its offensive against...

Turkish women defy deputy PM with laughter

Twitter in Turkey broke into a collective grin on Wednesday as hundreds of women posted pictures of themselves laughing. They weren't just happy. They were smiling in defiance of the deputy prime minister, Bülent Arinç, who in a speech to mark Eid al-Fitr on Monday said women should not laugh in public. "Chastity is so important. It's not just a word, it's an ornament [for women]," Arinç told a crowd celebrating the end of Ramadan in the city of Bursa in...

Post-Eid Movement

AL shrugs off BNP's threat

The ruling Awami League seems least bothered about the BNP's threat of a tougher movement for a fresh parliamentary election under a non-party caretaker administration. AL stalwart and Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed yesterday questioned how a party that failed to stop the January 5 elections even after “burning down” people and “resorting to violence” would wage movement against an elected government. Echoing Tofail's view, AL General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam said the government was not worried about the BNP's agitations. "We...

Investment in EPZs shoots up by 22pc

Investment in Export Processing Zones (EPZs) soared 22.53 percent in fiscal 2013-14 from the previous year. Some 428 operational units in EPZs invested US$ 402.58 million in the recently ended fiscal year, while their investments amounted to $328.53 million in fiscal 2012-13, according to the Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (Bepza). Bangladesh was the second favoured investment destination in South Asia, which is reflected in investments in EPZs, Bepza said referring to a 2013 report of United Nations Conference on Trade...

Japan's ANA drops plan to buy stake in Myanmar airline

Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) has dropped its plan to buy a 49 percent stake in a Myanmar airline, blaming "intensified" competition in the country as it quickly emerges from years of economic isolation. ANA Holdings -- the airline's parent company -- announced last year that it planned to invest about $25 million in Asian Wings Airways (AWA). But "competition between new and old airlines in Myanmar has intensified... calling into question the assumptions made at the time of the original...

Published Date: July 28, 2014
Rape used as weapon

Rape has become a most pervasive crime against indigenous women in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, and the perpetrators in majority of the cases are Bangalee settlers, lawyers and rights activists say.    The idea behind this is to create panic among indigenous women and thus force them to leave their homes and stay somewhere else. This makes it easier for the settlers to occupy their land.    Before the signing of the peace treaty between the government and the Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati...