AUSTRALIA: ‘ Tony Abbot refuses to deny officials paid asylum boat crews to turn back to Indonesia ‘

#AceNewsReport – AUSTRALIA:June.12: Prime Minister Tony Abbott is refusing to deny claims Australian officials have paid asylum boat crews to turn back to Indonesia, saying the Government will stop the boats “by hook or by crook“.

Australian border officials reportedly handed over thousands of dollars to the captain and crew of a vessel carrying 65 asylum seekers which was intercepted off Java last week.

An Indonesian police chief was quoted as saying the six crew members said they had each been given $US5,000 by Australian officials to turn back.

Their vessel later crashed into a reef near the remote Rote Island.

Indonesia’s foreign ministry later told the ABC Indonesian police were investigating the claims.

Audio: Listen to Julie Doyle’s full report. (PM)

“This is endangering life. They were in the middle of the sea, but were pushed back,” foreign ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir said.

Mr Abbott said on Friday “creative strategies” had been developed to stop the boats.

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING: ‘ Police arrest 93 people in one year for offenses ‘

#AceNewsReport – Featured Update:June.08: Myanmar police have arrested 93 people for human trafficking offenses this year, AFP said.

However, no cases have been uncovered in Rakhine state where the persecuted Rohingya people have fled in droves. Most Myanmar victims were sold into forced marriages in China and forced labor in Thailand, local media reported, citing police.

The majority of cases were uncovered in eastern Shan state, which borders Thailand, Laos and China, followed by Mandalay and Yangon, the two largest cities.

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BANGLADESH: ‘ BLACK-OUT CAUSES CHAOS IN SOUTH ASIAN NATION AS POWER LINE FAILS ‘

#AceWorldNews – BANGLADESH – November 01 – Bangladesh was struggling to restore power hours after a transmission line bringing electricity from neighbouring India failed on Saturday, causing a nationwide blackout, and officials said it would take at least 12 more hours to repair the system.

'BLACKOUT HITS BANGLADESH AS LINE FROM INDIA FAILS '

‘BLACKOUT HITS BANGLADESH AS LINE FROM INDIA FAILS

The blackout swept across the impoverished and energy-starved South Asian nation at around noon, after the transmission line experienced a “technical glitch” that led to a cascade of failures throughout the national power grid, with power plants and substations shutting down, said Masum-Al-Beruni, managing director of the state-run Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Ltd.

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#ANS2014 

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BANGLADESH: ‘ COURT SENTENCES RAHMAN NIZAMI TO HANG FOR WAR CRIMES ‘

#AceWorldNews – BANGLADESH – October 29 – A special Bangladeshi court handed a death sentence for war crimes on Wednesday to the leader of the largest Islamist party.

' Motiur Rahman Nizami, head of the Jamaat-e-Islami party '

‘ Motiur Rahman Nizami, head of the Jamaat-e-Islami party ‘

The war crimes court found Motiur Rahman Nizami, head of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, guilty of mass murder, rape and looting during Bangladesh’s war of independence against Pakistan in 1971, AFP reported.

Head judge Enayetur Rahim said Nizami orchestrated the killing of top doctors and intellectuals during the conflict as head of a militia.

In January, tens of thousands of Jamaat supporters fought with police and more than 500 people died in the unrest and subsequent violence.

#ANS2014

#bangladesh

‘ British Citizen Arrested for Suspected ISIS Recruitment ‘

#AceWorldNews – BANGLADESH – September 29 – Bangladeshi authorities have arrested a 24-year-old British citizen on suspicion of recruiting people to fight alongside ISIS militants in Syria, Reuters reported.

' British-born Samiun Rahman has been arrested on suspicion of recruiting for Isis '

‘ British-born Samiun Rahman has been arrested on suspicion of recruiting for Isis ‘

Samiun Rahman, a resident of London, arrived in Bangladesh in February to recruit for both ISIS and the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front, the Detective and Criminal Intelligence Division (DCID) said.

Rahman reportedly had plans to recruit and send a team from Bangladesh to fight in Syria.

#ANS2014

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` Transparency International Report Says South Asia is Most Corrupt Region of the World ‘

#AceNewsServices – KATMANDU – May 21 – South Asia is the most corrupt region of the world and governments must strengthen their anti-graft agencies to prevent political interference and protect whistle-blowers, Transparency International said Wednesday.

The watchdog group found serious problems with anti-corruption efforts in Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

“South Asia now is the worst region in the world when it comes to corruption based on our studies,” said Srirak Plipat, the group’s regional director for Asia Pacific.

All six countries have public bodies charged with stopping corruption, but “their hands are tied by political control over the staff appointments and budget,” the group said in a report.

“The lack of political will on the part of the governments to make laws work means that government action to fight corruption is largely ineffective,” the report added.

The group urged the governments of the six countries to strengthen their anti-corruption agencies and judiciary by ensuring that appointments, transfers and removal of the heads of the agencies are conducted independently.

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  1. Dawn Report – 21/05/2014 – http://tinyurl.com/q8kpsxn
  2. Contributions from Transparency International

#ANS2014

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Bangladesh Ferry Capsizes: Hundreds Missing


The ferry capsized near the capital Dhaka

At least ten people have died after a ferry carrying hundreds of passengers capsized in Bangladesh. The vessel was travelling on the river Meghna near the capital Dhaka when it was caught in a storm at 3.30pm local time (10.30am UK time). Local officials said it was unclear how many people were onboard but it could be up to 350 passengers.

“We are receiving confusing figures on how many passengers were on board when it sank, but the number could range from 200 to 350,” district government administrator Saiful Hasan said. Some survivors managed to swim ashore despite the strong currents and high waves. “There was a sudden storm and we requested the boat-swain to anchor at the river side but he ignored us … and all of a sudden the ferry capsized within a few seconds,” said Abdur Rahmann, one of the survivors. A rescue vessel sent to the scene in Munshiganj district, approximately 30 miles (50km) south of Dhaka, arrived three hours after the MV Miraj-4 ferry, which was travelling to the southern district of Shariatpur, sank.

Local police chief Ferdous Ahmed said: “The ferry is completely under water. We are now trying to locate it.” Firefighters and the coast guard were involved in the search for survivors. Police officer Oliur Rahman, who was at the scene, said the dead included women and children. Mr Ahmed said hundreds of relatives gathered on the river bank as bodies were laid in lines so they could be identified. Ferry accidents are common in Bangladesh, a delta nation of 153 million people, which is criss-crossed by more than 200 rivers. Overcrowding, poorly maintained vessels and design flaws are often blamed.

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` Tornado Hits Northern Bangladesh Killing at Least 9 People and Making about 1000 People Homeless ‘

#AceWorldNews – DHAKA – (AFP) – A severe storm left at least nine people dead and about 1,000 homeless after hitting northern Bangladesh overnight, the police and a local government official said Monday.

The storm tore through dozens of villages in northern Netrokona district close to the border with India, destroying homes and wrecking rice paddy fields, they said.

“At least nine people including a family of four were killed in the storm,” district police official Rashel Miah told AFP, adding that the full extent of the storm’s destruction was not yet known.

“Up to 20 people were injured including one whose condition is very critical. The family of four include a pregnant woman and her three children who died after a side wall fell on them,” he said.

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1. AP – April 28 – http://tinyurl.com/p9xkkox

#ANS2014

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` Bangladesh's Tannery workers and the environment suffer in the name of providing cheap footwear in the West'

#AceWorldNews says that according to AFP that Bangladesh’s tanneries produce leather for fashion brands around the world but the environmental cost of global demand for cheap shoes is on full display in Dhaka where the industry’s toxic waste is killing the city’s main river.

#ANS2014

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#Bangladesh : Fugitive Owners of `Tazeen Fashions’ are Locked up after being Refused Bail following Fire Disaster”

#AceWorldNews says Fugitive owners of Bangladesh fire-disaster factory turn themselves in
Two fugitive owners of a Bangladesh garment factory turned themselves in to face homicide charges for the deaths of 112 workers in the country’s worst factory fire, Reuters reports.

The owners of Tazreen Fashions, Delwar Hossain and his wife Mahmuda Akter, were locked up after being refused bail.

They were among six fugitives wanted in connection with the November 2012 fire, which happened just outside of the capital, Dhaka.

So far, 13 people have been charged in connection with the fire, a rarity in a country where garment industry owners often go unpunished for factory accidents in the $22 billion export industry.

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Nearly 3.5 Million Garment Workers in Bangladesh, Beset by Industrial Accidents and a Staggering Loss of Life, will get Essential Support to Improve Working Conditions

Flag of the International Labour Organization....

Flag of the International Labour Organization. Based on an image at Flags of the World. Français : Drapeau du Organisation internationale du travail Italiano: Bandiera dell’Organizzazione Internazionale del Lavoro (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

#AceWorldNews says nearly 3.5 million garment workers in Bangladesh, recently beset by industrial accidents and a staggering loss of life, will get essential support to improve working conditions, strengthen labour inspection and upgrade building and fire safety at their workplaces, thanks to a new programme in partnership with the United Nations.

“The rapid growth in Bangladesh’s garment industry has provided vital jobs to women and men and is helping to pull them and their families out of poverty. However, there is an urgent need for decisive and collaborative action to make decent work a reality,” stated Guy Ryder, the Director-General of the UN International Labour Organization (ILO).

“This programme will improve conditions of work, especially safety, and help generate sustainable economic growth and investment,” he added in a news release.

The new multi-year programme, carried out in partnership with the Governments of the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Canada, will boost the efforts already underway by Bangladesh and its partners in the ready-made garment (RMG) sector.

The RMG sector is vital to the economy of Bangladesh, which exported goods worth $19.3 billion for the 11 months that ended in May 2013 – nearly 12 per cent more than a year earlier.

Among other things, the programme will focus on supporting the Bangladeshi National Action Plan for Fire and Building Safety, developed in the wake of the Rana Plaza collapse this April. The Plan calls for an assessment of all active export-oriented, RMG factories in Bangladesh to be completed by 31 December 2013.

Graduates at TVET Reform Project RMG Course Gr...

Graduates at TVET Reform Project RMG Course Graduation (Photo credit: ILO in Asia and the Pacific)

The Plan is supported by other parallel initiatives focused on the RMG sector in Bangladesh, namely the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh – signed by over 80 leading clothing brands and retailers – and the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, a binding five-year initiative undertaken by North American apparel companies and retailers to improve safety in more than 500 factories.

The Netherlands, as the current co-chair of the donor coordination group in Bangladesh, strongly supports the adherence to international labour standards on workplace safety and protection of worker’s rights.

“Never in the history of the garment sector have we seen such an opportunity for improvement of labour conditions. With the signing of this agreement, the Netherlands with the ILO and our fellow donors will allow millions of workers in Bangladesh to live healthy and decent lives,” said the country’s Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen.

ILO noted that during the past year, the RMG industry in Bangladesh has been rocked by several major industrial accidents leading to large-scale worker protests calling for improved building and fire safety, better working conditions and higher minimum wages. These actions have resulted in work disruptions in hundreds of factories.

ILO members

ILO members (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The Bangladeshi authorities are responding to these concerns and supporting the programme, which will start with a complete fire safety and structural assessment of all active RMG factories and, where necessary, initiate remedial action,” said the agency.

The programme also has the support of Bangladeshi employers’ organizations and unions. The Government for its part is moving to significantly improve the capacity of its inspection system by equipping and training current and new factory inspectors and introducing oversight to address integrity and increase transparency.

Additionally, the programme will train workers, supervisors and managers in the RMG sector to improve their capacity to ensure workplace safety including the prevention of violence.

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The Cost of Peace Keeping in this World when Brother Fights Brother

English: Emblem of the United Nations. Color i...

English: Emblem of the United Nations. Color is #d69d36 from the image at http://www.un.org/depts/dhl/maplib/flag.htm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The United Nations owes $80 million to India, the most it has to pay any country for costs relating to peacekeeping operations, a top official said. Apart from India, among the largest troop contributing countries to UN peacekeeping missions, the other top countries which are owed outstanding payments for such operations are Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Rwanda and Nigeria.

“Among those countries waiting for our payment, on top of the list is India. We owe India 80 million dollars” for contributing troops, formed police units and related costs, Under-Secretary-General for Management Yukio Takasu told reporters on Wednesday. India is followed by Ethiopia, to which the UN owes $54 million, Bangladesh ($50 million), Pakistan ($49 million), Rwanda ($37 million) and Nigeria ($35 million). On the other hand, the United States owes $795 million to the UN for the regular budget, and $651 million for peacekeeping operations assessment.

It seems that keeping the peace in this world is becoming as expensive as the war chests, so many countries have filled up just lately, as conflicts in other parts of the world are building up!

This reminds me so much of a statement made by Jesus to his followers, where he is said to say – look for wars in other countries and the rumour of such wars ,this will not be the time of my coming!

He went onto to say that brother will fight brother, is this not so as Israel fights Palestine and Muslims born of the House of Islam fight among themselves, just to say l am right and you are wrong!

If the West is so right then how come as one War is settled such as Egypt another started in Libya followed closely by Syrian conflict, the truth is these wars have gone on for many years, these are a war of words, that eventually lead to arms. Though the real truth is never easily seen as the political machinations and intrigue of political figures hiding in the dark ,making and receiving phone-calls from counterparts go on daily, working out how to balance the budget! Of course the odd War will help to fill the coffers!

Meanwhile children die of poor sanitation, mothers are unable to feed their malnourished and orphaned offspring ,as their so-called leaders vie to become top-dog!

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1121

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1121 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The outcome of course is the UN Peace Keeping Forces of the world are sent into these War torn countries to sort  out the mess, created by man being right!

So maybe l should have called this post, the “UN Owes India $80-Million or the Us owes the UN $795-Million to Provide Peace for being Wrong ” not Right! The truth about being so-called “Right” is that innocents suffer and families wake up every morning, hearing the sound of guns, be it peace keepers or other military factions!

So being “Right or Wrong” really is not the question, when “Brother fights Brother”, it really is the beginning of the end as the only real mainstay in any of these countries for generations, has been family! Now this will no longer exist as each one battles out their in differences about who is “Right and who is Wrong”!

When Jesus spoke these words about “Brother fighting Brother” little did he personally know what the real truth would be in practice, as he was just born to speak the “Word of God” that one day in the future, and now coming to pass, would have such a dramatic affect on people’s every day lives!

My personal view is that nobody of any colour, creed, religion or country is either right or wrong ,as being right causes wars, and being wrong causes wars! We are all equal in the eyes of God, and it is time for us all to become equal in our own way of looking at these events! The question simply is to say to ourselves if these so-called leaders are so right ,why are their wars, why do people starve, why do people have pestilence and why so much death!

If we cannot answer because by saying l am wrong and l believe in sharing all that l have and in helping people everyday of my life, then we are doing something wrong!  As only by this method of being humble in the sight of God can we ever be able to do anything “Right” and bring health ,happiness and harmony to people’s lives #peace 

#Amen        

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Manchester cave dwellers: Out of sight, out of mind – Comment – Voices – The Independent

Not virtual reality any more but real life!

Not virtual reality any more but real life!

When you read articles like this one you think you must be reading a story from the third world, maybe Bangladesh or similar! But NO this is about homeless men and women living close to Stockport, Greater Manchester, that’s right, here in the UK!

Yesterday l heard about Ipsos awards a 15% pay rise to people on salaries of £66,000 or more, as they cannot live on this amount!

Trying living on the streets of Greater Manchester for a while and see how that feels!

But of course we have a government and a Chancellor who says we are in in this together, well these two small comparisons, show that we are not and it is a lie! Of course well is it not this government that coined the word #austerity, well let them have their cake and eat it, and may it taste foul in their mouths, as the come to terms with what other people suffer!

Oh l know some that will read this post and this excellent article and say we cannot change these people they are oblivious to other peoples pain, but l say this that one man started a revolution and his name was Jesus and as the story goes he will return!

Or maybe just maybe he is watching all this and already preparing for his “Second Coming” when these people will be judged that judged others wanting!

Manchester cave dwellers: Out of sight, out of mind – Comment – Voices – The Independent.

The cost of just hiring a deputy to assist the GM’s Police Chief during these times of #austerity

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