(BANGLADESH) JUST IN: At least 17 people were killed and more than a dozen injured on Wednesday when lightning struck a wedding party on a boat officials said #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.05: Local government official Sakib Al-Rabby said the bride was not with the group when the incident occurred in Shibganj, which is about 245 kilometres northwest of the capital Dhaka.

#AceDailyNews says the lightning hit as the boat reached the bank of the Padma river in Shibganj town as the wedding-goers made their way to the bride’s house, police official Farid Hossain and we have information of 17 people who died Hossain said and several others were admitted to hospital,” with 14-people injured and taken to hospital, Fire Service official Meherul Islam said.

The bridegroom was among those hurt.

Mr Al-Rabby said the group had just left their boat to take refuge because of the thunderstorm when they were struck.

People gather around bodies of victims after lightning killed more than a dozen peopl
ABC Wires: The groom was among those hurt by the lightning strike, while the bride was absent at the time of the tragedy.(AP: Md Jahangir Alom)

Lightning kills hundreds of people every year in Bangladesh, which declared lightning strikes a natural disaster in 2016 when more than 200 people died in the month of May alone, including 82 people on a single day.

Most lightning deaths usually occur during the warm months of March to July.

Experts say the rise in fatal lightning strikes is related to deforestation, which has led to the disappearance of many tall trees that earlier would have drawn lightning strikes.

Air pollution and global warming are also contributing to an increase in the frequency of lightning strikes in the country, experts say.

As the monsoon season hits the region, more than 100 people were killed last month in the western Indian state of Maharashtra by torrential rain that caused landslides and flooded low-lying areas.

Indian authorities also reported that at least 65 people had died by lightning and during thunderstorms in the northern states of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.


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(BANGLADESH) LATEST: Police have arrested eight people Saturday on murder charges in connection with a factory fire that killed at least 52 people, many of whom were trapped inside by an illegally locked door, a senior police official said #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.11: The blaze began Thursday night at the five-story Hashem Foods Ltd. factory in Rupganj, just outside the capital Dhaka, sending huge clouds of black smoke billowing into the sky. Police discovered piles of bodies Friday afternoon after the fire was extinguished.

#AceDailyNews says that police in Bangladesh have arrested 8-people on murder charges after a factory fire has killed at least 52-people on Thursday night according to AP report

SOURCE: The Associated Press, Julhas Alam

Smoke rises from a food and beverage factory in Rupganj, outside Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, July 9, 2021. At least 52 people died in a huge blaze that engulfed a food and beverage factory outside Bangladesh’s capital, fire officials said Friday, in the latest industrial disaster to hit the South Asian nation. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)

“We have arrested them for murder charges,” Jayedul Alam, police superintendent for Narayanganj district, told The Associated Press by phone. “They are in our custody now.”

Home Minister Asaduzzman Khan said that among those detained is the managing director of Sajeeb Group, which owns the factory.

The minister did not provide further details, but said those responsible would be punished.

“It’s a murder,” Khan told reporters as he visited the factory site Saturday.

By Saturday evening, a court in Dhaka allowed all eight suspects to remain in police custody for four days for interrogation.

Bangladesh has a tragic history of industrial disasters, including factories catching fire with workers locked inside. Big international brands, which employ tens of thousands of low-paid workers in Bangladesh, have come under heavy pressure to improve factory conditions.

In similar cases, factory owners have faced culpable homicide charges for negligence, and it’s illegal for a factory to lock its exits when workers are inside during production hours.

The main exit of the factory that caught fire Thursday was locked from the inside, a Fire Service and Civil Defense official said, and many of those who died were trapped.

One of them was 23-year-old Rima Akter, who made desperate calls to her family as the fire engulfed the factory.

On Saturday, her mother and other family members struggled to identify the young woman’s remains in the morgue at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

“We have checked 36 body bags, but it is very difficult to identify her,” her brother-in-law Arafat Rahman said.

Her mother, Josna Begum, cried as officials tried to reassure several families waiting outside the hospital that their loved ones’ bodies would be returned once DNA tests were completed. Forensic experts worked to identify the dead, taking DNA samples from victims’ family members, and by late Saturday afternoon samples from 33 of the deceased had been collected, officials at the hospital said.

“My daughter worked to provide for her educational expenses. She was attending online classes and exams. I have no one else in the world … what is there left for me to do now?” Josna Begum said.

Prova Barman, father of Kompa Rani Barman, who died in the fire, spoke to reporters in front of the factory Saturday.

“My daughter’s body was found over here. She was on the third floor. The supervisor locked in many girls there, including my daughter, during the fire. Many girls could not escape after the gate was locked,” he said.

Other workers jumped from the upper floors, and at least 26 suffered injuries, the United News of Bangladesh agency reported Friday.

The factory is a subsidiary of Sajeeb Group, a Bangladeshi company that produces juice under Pakistan’s Lahore-based Shezan International Ltd. According to the group’s website, the company exports its products to a number of countries including Australia, the United States, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Bhutan, Nepal and nations in the Middle East and Africa.

Despite the South Asian nation’s rapid economic growth, corruption and lax enforcement have resulted in many deaths over the years.

In 2012, about 117 workers died when they were trapped behind locked exits in a garment factory in Dhaka.

The following year, more than 1,100 people were killed when a building that housed five garment factories collapsed, becoming the country’s worst industrial disaster.

Investigators initially said those accused of wrongdoing would be charged with culpable homicide, which carries a maximum punishment of seven years in jail. They later changed the charges to murder due to the gravity of the disaster.

However, powerful factory owners often take advantage of the slow pace of the legal system, dragging out the process for years. The murder cases in the 2013 factory collapse are still ongoing.

The tragedy did spark tougher safety rules for the garment industry, but many other sectors fail to maintain safety standards and disasters have continued.

In February 2019, a blaze ripped through a 400-year-old area cramped with apartments, shops and warehouses in the oldest part of Dhaka, killing at least 67 people.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: July.11: 2021:

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(NEW DELHI, India.) The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) Report: Moves the Supreme Court challenging the Centre’s notification inviting non-Muslims belonging to Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan and residing in 13 districts in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Haryana and Punjab to apply for Indian citizenship #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.06: The CAA lead to unrest from Muslims when it was passed in December 2019. Mass protests led to violence across India, and Al-Qaeda called for Muslims in India to wage jihad from within:

INDIA: Muslim group goes to Supreme Court over Citizenship Amendment Act offering refuge to persecuted non-Muslims: The invitation to these countries’ non-Muslims constituted the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The CAA fast-tracked Indian citizenship for Christian, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, and Parsi immigrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh who arrived in India before 2015: IUML Moves SC Against Centre’s Notification Seeking Applications From Non-Muslim Refugees,” The Wire, June 1, 2021:To find out more about India’s Citizenship Amendment Act, and why it was necessary, click HERE.

A relentless propaganda barrage against India came from Pakistan, Kuwait and across the Muslim world. Muslims also appealed to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, with complaints against India over “Islamophobia.” This reaction, in fact, proved exactly why infidels need rescuing from the wrath of Islamic supremacists and jihadists everywhere.

The reason for the so-called “discriminatory,” “Islamophobic” CAA was because of Muslim persecution of religious minorities in those countries; they were being offered a level of safety in India. Note, by contrast, that open-door immigration policies in the European Union have led to mass Muslim migration, and are now causing a nightmare during ongoing coronavirus lockdowns, as mostly Muslim economic migrants have steadily crashed the borders of European countries illegally (and entered the UK via the English Channel). But in the early days of the war in Syria, which created genuine refugees, Muslim refugees in UN camps attacked and terrorized Christians, and the Christians could not escape. It’s about time that some country thought of the minorities who are victims of jihad and Sharia oppression. India should be applauded for doing so.

New Delhi: The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) has moved the Supreme Court challenging the Centre’s notification inviting non-Muslims belonging to Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan and residing in 13 districts in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Haryana and Punjab to apply for Indian citizenship.

The interim application argued that the Centre is trying to circumvent the assurance given to the apex court in this regard in the pending petition filed by the IUML challenging the constitutional validity of the provisions of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), 2019.

It said that the Centre provided assurance that staying of the Amendment Act was not necessary since the rules of the Amendment Act had not been framed.

The CAA grants Indian citizenship to non-Muslim minorities – Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian – who migrated to India from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh till December 31, 2014, following persecution over their faith.

The fresh plea said the Union home ministry on Friday issued a notification to this effect for immediate implementation of the order under the Citizenship Act 1955 and Rules framed under the law in 2009 even though the rules under the CAA enacted in 2019 are yet to be framed by the Ministry of Home Affairs is manifestly illegal and runs counter to the provisions of the Act.

Also read: With CAA Rules on Hold, Centre Invites Applications in 13 Districts Under 1955 Parent Act

IUML in its plea before the top court said that the Centre had, during the course of the hearing of its plea challenging the constitutional validity of CAA, submitted before the apex court and provided assurance that staying of the Amendment Act was not necessary since the rules of the Amendment Act had not been framed.

“However, the respondent Union, in a roundabout way, and in an attempt to circumvent the assurance given to this court, have sought to implement their malafide designs envisaged under the Amendment Act through the recently issued order dated May 28,” the plea said.

IUML submitted that if the Centre’s notification is implemented and citizenship is given to persons on the basis of their religion, and, thereafter, if this court strikes down the Amendment Act and Rules, whereby the act of providing citizenship on the basis of religion is declared void, “Then, to take back the citizenship of these persons, granted pursuant to the present order, will be a herculean task and would be near impossible to implement. In the event the said exercise is conducted, it would render the entire batch of writ petitions (challenging CAA) as infructuous,” the plea said.

The petition has sought directions to the Centre to stay any further proceedings pursuant to the May 28 order issued by the Union of India, Ministry of Home Affairs till such time the plea challenging CAA is pending……

#AceNewsDesk report …….Published: Jun.06: 2021:

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(BANGLADESH) JUST IN: Activists protest against Modi in a a March after Friday prayers according to OpIndia #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.24: Apparently they didn’t get the memo that every Western non-Muslim politician has received, to the effect that Osama bin Laden had nothing, nothing whatsoever, to do with Islam.

Bangladesh: ‘We will rise with the roar of Osama bin Laden, shouted activists at a protest march following the Jummah (Friday prayers), a group of about 500 Muslims marched on the streets outside Baitul Mokarram Mosque in Dhaka according to OpIndia’

“‘We will rise with roar of Osama bin Laden, we are Rasul soldiers’: Muslims in Bangladesh protest against visit by ‘Hindu Nationalist’ PM Modi,” OpIndia, March 20, 2021:

In a video that has now surfaced on social media, hordes of men brandishing skull caps and long beards were seen sloganeering against India and Prime Minister Modi. They were also seen holding their chappals (floaters) in the air to express their demand for the cancellation of his trip to the country.

A second protest march was taken out by the ‘student activists’ of the Left at the campus of Dhaka University. The protestors carried a banner that read, ‘Go Back Modi’, ‘Go Back India’, and ‘Go Back Killer Modi.’ The demonstrators alleged that PM Modi and his ‘Hindu nationalist party’ have been ‘oppressing’ Muslims in India. They further claimed that several Bangladeshis have been killed by Indian border security guards, while in reality, such deaths occur when they try to smuggle, infiltrate into the Indian territory.

We will become Taliban, says protestor

“India’s subordinate government of Hasina has invited Modi, we are here to protest against that,” commented one Hossain Mohammed Anwar. In another video shared by Bangladeshi Hindu activist Raju Das, an Islamist was heard saying, “If Narendra Modi is allowed to come to Bangladesh, we will have to turn into terrorists. Bengal will become Afghanistan, and we will become the Taliban.”

“We will rise with the roar of Osama bin Laden, we will not obey any obstacle. We are Rasul soldier, don’t be afraid of bullets and bombs. Remember, Allah is with you. We cannot tolerate this. For the sake of Islam, the Quran and the country, we will all fight together, he concluded. Besides, the protestors were seen putting up an effigy of PM Modi with the inscription, “Modi is a terrorist.” They also desecrated the Indian flag but putting up a cross mark on the tricolour….

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Mar.24: 2021:

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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.


#australia, #bangladesh, #burma, #indonesia, #new-zealand, #people-smuggling, #prime-minister-of-australia, #refugee, #rote-island, #tony-abbott

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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#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.



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.



#bangladesh, #dhaka


#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.



‘ 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.


#al-nursa, #al-qaeda, #bangladesh, #british, #isis, #syria

` 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


#bangladesh, #india, #katmandu, #maldives, #nepal, #pakistan, #sri-lanka

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.

#abdur-rahmann, #at-least-ten-people-have-died, #bangladesh, #bangladesh-ferry-capsizes, #breaking-news, #capital-dhaka, #dhaka, #ferry, #hundreds-missing, #iver-meghna, #oliur-rahman, #saiful-hasan

` 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.

Ace Related News:
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#bangladesh, #dhaka, #india

` 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.


#afp, #bangladesh, #dhaka

#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.

#bail, #bangladesh, #dhaka, #export, #factory, #fugitive, #garment

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.

#bangladesh, #guy-ryder, #international-labour-organization, #lilianne-ploumen, #netherlands, #occupational-safety-and-health, #rmg, #united-nations

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 


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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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