Dhaka, Sept 16 (UNB) – Some 175 Bangladeshi workers returned home from Saudi Arabia on Sunday night amid a crackdown on undocumented workers there.
A flight of Saudi Airlines SV-804 carrying the Bangladeshi workers landed at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 11:07 pm, said Shariful Hasan, programme head of Brac Migration Programme.
The authorities concerned of Wage Earners Welfare Board under the Brac Migration Programme have provided necessary assistance, including food, to the Bangladeshi workers.
The workers who returned home said hundreds of workers are being arrested by the Saudi government every day as over 1000 Bangladeshis are now there at Riyadh Deportation Camp.
The returnees, including Alim, Manir Hossain of Tangail and Zubair of Narsingdi, alleged that they were sent back home despite having their valid documents.
The Bangladesh Embassy in Saudi Arabia did not take any measures in this regard, they said.
The Saudi authorities have arrested around 3.8 million foreigners as it continues its crackdown on labour and residency violators, according to a report of Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
Saudi Arabia has been detaining people for residential, labour and border security regulations since November 2017.
A total of 3,790,173 people have been arrested, including over 2.95 million for residency violations, 583,602 for breaking labour laws and 247,220 for flouting border regulations, the report said.
The latest figures indicate that 544, 521 people have been arrested since early June.
The report also stated that 940,100 expatriates have been deported to their respective countries since November 2017.
Khulna, Sept 16 (UNB) – A relatively low production cost and high profit margin is making the cultivation of Nalim, a fruit of melon variety, popular in Dumuria upazila of the district.
Nalim looks like melon. When it ripens, it turns yellowish and smells sweet. It usually has a round shape and small size. Each Nalim can weigh about 3 to 4 kilograms.
According to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), Nalim has come to be known as a cash crop among farmers.
Sarwar Hossain Sardar, a resident of Sharafpur in Dumuria upazila, said he bought four seeds of Nalim last year when he went to the north.
He planted the seeds in his yard and collected seeds from the crop. In the beginning of August, he planted 50 seeds in his yard and the aisle of his fish enclosure after installing bamboo platforms.
Sarwar said he only used organic fertiliser and harvested Nalim within a month.
It is,selling at Tk 30 to Tk 50 each piece.
Mosaddek Hossain, a DAE official at Dumuria upazila, said the weather in the area is favourable for Nalim cultivation. “We’re advising farmers on how to use their home yards and aisles of fish enclosures for Nalim cultivation,” he said.
“We’re working to expand the fruit’s cultivation in the upazila,” he said.
Pankaj Kanti Majumdar, the Deputy Director of Khulna DAE, said the cultivation of Nalim will be encouraged in the district for its commercial importance.
Khulna, Sept 15 (UNB) – A class-IX girl made herself an example of honesty by returning Tk 2 lakh she found on the on roadside back to its original owner. Her act of honesty has won admiration from all corners.
The incident took place at Hogolbunia of Batiaghata upazila here on Monday last.
Mom Mollik, the student, said she spotted a bag on the roadside when she was going to take private tuition by van. She got down and collected the bag. Opening it, she saw a huge amount of money inside.
‘’I quickly took the bag and went to Batiaghata Police Station where the owners were found seeking law enforcers’ help in recovering the money,” she said. Later, the money was handed over to its owners after obtaining reliable proof from them.
Sankar Mollik, her father and a retired police member, said Mom is the youngest among his three daughters. He is proud of her for the actions she took on finding the money.
Sujit Kumar Roy, headmaster of Hogolbunia Hatbati High School, said the school is proud of their student Mom. “I wish her success in life,” he said