Ruling Awami League is trying to whip up election wind across the country in a bid to keep the opposition away from the anti-government movement and to avert political violence. According to AL sources, this is a part of the ruling party’s plan to hold the national election on schedules regardless of whether the main opposition BNP participates in it or not. Awami League is trying to engage Jatiya Party and other parties in the next parliamentary polls supposed to be held between October 26 and January 24 next year in line with the constitution. Election schedules for four city corporations — Rajshahi, Khulna, Barisal and Sylhet — have already been announced... more ›
Savar-Ashulia heartland of apparel industry returned to life as factories reopened Friday after nightmare following the Rana Plaza commercial complex collapse. Thousands workers joined their work Friday, three days after a complete forced closure of the garment factories in the wake of unrest over the Rana Plaza collapse that killed at least 1,127 workers and maimed many. Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) president Atiqul Islam Thursday said BGMEA took the decision to reopen the factories in Ashulia area, on the outskirts of the capital, at the request of Labour and Employment Minister Rajiuddin Ahmed Raju... more ›
In the face of a hot chase by law-enforcing agencies since the Motijheel mayhem, leaders and activists of Hefazat-e-Islam, an alliance of some Islamist groups, are on the run from one place to another to avoid arrest. In such a situation, Hefazat leaders are facing problem in carrying out the organizational activities across the country. Many believe that in the face of police action, Hefazatis are now trying to save themselves rather than waging movement to realise their 13-point demand, including punishment for ‘atheist’ bloggers. Even though they remain silent now, they would take to the streets soon to press home their demands, party sources said. Hefazat Dhaka city... more ›
The minimum wage in Bangladesh remained below $40 per month since 2010, while inflation has been running at more than 8 percent per year—gobbling up much of the pay—according to a coalition of campaigners who think the amount should be doubled now. “The minimum wage in Bangladesh of $0.7 per day is very low wage, while many large exporting companies in the state pay higher wages of $1.5-1.7,” says a report on an Asian wage campaign conducted by Asia Floor Wage Alliance. Many of the international retailers have been urging the government of Bangladesh to raise the minimum wage, suggesting that doubling the wages would cost just 2 pence to the cost of... more ›
DHAKA: The world’s most densely populated country of any size also happens to be home to the world’s fastest-growing city. By the middle of the 21st century, Bangladesh, whose landmass could be fit 58 times into Brazil’s, will be home to 195m people—that is, Brazil’s population today. In short, this is not the sort of country where anyone would look to find a declining population. Yet one needn’t look far. Barisal, an administrative division to the south of Dhaka, is home to a population that is just starting to shrink. The city of Barisal lies in the river delta of the Padma, as the main branch of the Ganges is called as it flows... more ›
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