Dhaka, Sept 12 (UNB) - Commuting in this mega city is a big trouble and there is no one to care about it. But State Minister for Information Tarana Halim has decided to go to and return from her office by taking public transport to feel the pinch of travelling like commoners.
On Wednesday, Tarana Halim returned to her Gulshan home from her office at the secretariat in a public bus.
Her Public Relations officer Enayet Hossain told UNB that she has taken the decision to feel the pains of hazardous travel the general people endure every day while commuting.
“People always complain that MPs and ministers don’t face traffic jams. People expect the ministers also to commute by public transport at least once. Tarana Halim has decided to travel to and return from her office every day by taking public transport to feel their feelings,” Enayet added.
He was, however, quick to say that the state minister will use official vehicle for attending important official works.
Dhaka, Sept 12 (UNB)- Criminal Investigation Department (CID) arrested two members of a fake cigarette making syndicate from Gazipur on early Wednesday.
The arrestees are—Md Morshed, 47, and Md Monir, 40.
A team of CID, led by its Demra Unit senior ASP Iqbal Hossain, conducted a drive at a godown in hondona crossing and arrested Morshed.
The specialized anti-crime unit seized 500 cartons containing fake cigarettes of various brands of cigarettes, including Gold Leaf, Star, Derly, Derody and Sholer worth around Tk 4.20 lakh from the godown, said ASP Iqbal.
Based on his statement, the CID team arrested Monir from Tongi area on Wednesday afternoon, he said.
During preliminary interrogation, the arrestees revealed that they were involved in marketing fake cigarettes for a long time evading Vat and Tax, he added.
Dhaka, Sept 12 (UNB) - Exposure of workers to toxic substances can and should be considered a form of exploitation and is a global health crisis, says a UN expert.
UN Special Rapporteur on hazardous substances and wastes Baskut Tuncakon Wednesday told the UN Human Rights Council that governments and companies must strengthen protection for workers, their families and their communities from any exposure to toxic chemicals.
One worker dies approximately every 30 seconds from exposure to toxic chemicals, pesticides, radiation and other hazardous substances, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO), according to a message UNB received from Geneva.
Global supply chains are often implicated for failing to protect workers from toxic exposures and refusing to provide an effective remedy for individuals harmed.
“Workers’ rights are human rights. No one should be denied their basic human rights, including the rights to life and health because of the work they perform,” said Tuncak.
Tuncak said inaction is not an option and governments have a duty and businesses a responsibility to respect, protect and fulfil the rights of workers.
The UN expert said poverty, gender, age, ethnicity and migration are among the themes that frequently recur in cases of workers and toxic harms.
“Those most at risk of exposure are those who are most vulnerable to exploitation: people living in poverty, children, women, migrant workers, people with disabilities, and older people. The economic insecurity of workers who are typically exposed to toxic substances is often exploited,” said Tuncak.
In his report, Tuncak examined the situation of workers exposed to toxic and otherwise hazardous substances worldwide. He proposes 15 principles intended to help governments, businesses and others respect and protect workers from toxic exposures in and around the workplace and to provide remedies for violations of their rights.
Dhaka, Sept 12 (UNB) - In a drive against unauthorised structures at Rokeya Sarani and Kazipara of Mirpur in the capital on Wednesday, Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) fined Tk 50 lakh to 19 buildings and business establishments.
A Rajuk Taskforce, led by its executive magistrate Jesmin Akhtar and authorised officer of Zone-3 Md Mubarak Hossain, conducted the drive at 26 holdings.
Of them, the owners of 19 buildings and business establishments were fined for using residential buildings and parking lots on commercial purposes.
Of them, Hatil Complex of Rokeya Sarani was fined Tk 20 lakh, Life Aid Hospital of Kazipara Tk 7 lakh, Wood Art Furniture Tk 5 lakh, Hera Furniture Tk 2 lakh, Akhtar Furnishers Tk 2 lakh, Luxury Furniture Tk 1 lakh, Sawdagar Furniture Tk 1 lakh, Oriental Furniture Tk 1 lakh, TVS Motorcycle showroom Tk 2 lakh and Honda Motorcycle showroom Tk 1 lakh.
Rajuk assistant authorised officers Ranjan Mandal and Md Ilias Mia and members of law enforcement and services agencies assisted the drive.