Two hundred and fifteen more Bangladeshi workers were deported from Saudi Arabia on Wednesday night.
A Saudi Airlines flight (SV804) carrying 86 deportees landed at HazratShahjalal International Airport around 11:20pm while 129 in another Saudi Airlines flight (SV802) at 1:15am.
According to the expatriate welfare desk at the airport, a total of 1,561 workers were deported in the first two weeks of November. Around 21,000 Bangladeshis came back from Saudi Arabia this year alone.
Sohrab, one of the deportees, said he went to Saudi Arabia two years ago spending Tk 5 lakh and returned absolutely empty-handed. He was detained from the complaint room and sent back to Bangladesh.
Another deportee,Harun, said he was caught while returning from his workplace and forced to come back. He had to spend Tk 6.5 lakh to go to Saudi Arabia.
Shahbul Islam, hailing from Tangail district, said he paid Tk 3,30,000 four months ago for a driving visa after being lured by a broker and recruiting agency called MessrsJaved Overseas. He was not given any salary either during his stay in Saudi Arabia and came back home penniless.
Many deported workers complained that they had paid the Kafeel (warrantors) to renew their legal permission (akama) but he failed to do so.
SharifulHasan expressed his disappointment at the fact that the Kafeeldid not accept any responsibility after the workers were arrested.
Meanwhile, a female worker, Sumi, who was tortured in Saudi Arabia, is due to return on Friday morning.
Bangladesh Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Golam Moshi said 100 more female workers will return in the same flight, official sources said.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina to watch the second Test match between Bangladesh and India that will begin at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on November 22.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Thursday confirmed Modi’s invitation letter to Hasina to watch the second match of the two-match Test series saying the Prime Minister will visit Kolkata on November 22.
However, Prime Minister Modi will not join Sheikh Hasina in Kolkata due to his pre-engagement, said the Foreign Minister while briefing reporters at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He said Prime Minister Hasina will be treated as a State guest and she will spend a couple of hours there before her return to Dhaka later in the day.
Earlier, President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Sourav Ganguly invited Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to watch the second Test match to be held at Eden Gardens in Kolkata from November 22 to 26.
The government has appointed Ambassador Kamrul Ahsan, currently serving as Secretary for Bilateral and Consular Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as the new Ambassador of Bangladesh to the Russian Federation.
Ambassador designate Ahsan is a career foreign service officer, belonging to 1985 batch of Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) Foreign Affairs cadre, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday.
In his diplomatic career, he has served in various capacities at Bangladesh Missions in Beijing, London, Washington DC and Dubai.
He also served as High Commissioner to Canada and Singapore. He was promoted to the rank of Secretary in 2016.
Ahsan obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET).
He also studied at Beijing Language and Culture University and Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies, Hawaii, USA.
The Indian High Commission in Dhaka on Wednesday altered about a fake news item being circulated in the local media describing it a deliberate attempt to create misunderstanding about India in the public domain and mislead people in Bangladesh.
“It’s most egregious and wrong on part of those who are deliberately circulating fake and incorrect information to create misunderstanding about India in the public domain,” the High Commission said in fake news alert.
The High Commission said it has come to their notice that a letter said to have been written by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi to Chief Justice of India is being circulated in the local media.
“This letter is completely fake and malicious. It’s intended to mislead people in Bangladesh and create social disharmony,” it said.
In a verdict recently, India’s Supreme Court awarded Hindus control of a disputed religious site in the town of Ayodhya for the construction of a temple.
The top court also ruled that Muslims will be given five acres of land at an alternative site in Ayodhya in northern Uttar Pradesh state.
The constitution of India guarantees right to freedom of religion in Article 25.
Indian Prime Minister Norendra Modi has appealed to all the citizens to respect the judgment and strengthen India’s long tradition of amity, unity and harmony.
The government of India says it is committed to ensuring their tradition of goodwill and harmony among all communities as well as their deep respect for safeguarding all the places of worship.