Tuesday, February 27

Day: August 15, 2015

French rail worker paid £3,500 to do absolutely nothing for 12 years files complaint
ENGLISH, Europe

French rail worker paid £3,500 to do absolutely nothing for 12 years files complaint

    An employee of France’s national rail operator SNCF has revealed being paid €5,000 (£3,550) per month to do absolutely "nothing" for 12 years, it emerged on Friday. However, rather than being delighted with the situation, he has filed a complaint for "compensation", saying the sinecure put the brakes on his promising career. Charles Simon told French media that his employer, which runs France’s trains including the fast TGVs, took him off his day job in 2003 after he blew the whistle on a case of suspected fraud to the tune of €20 million. Since then he has received €5,000 per month net while staying at home with the status "available" for work. “Each month I receive a new salary statement and a bank transfer. Last month, just like every year in June, I also received a bon...
NBR to take tougher action against tobacco companies
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

NBR to take tougher action against tobacco companies

    The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has decided to be tougher against the use of fake band-rolls and stamps against Bidi and cigarette companies as the revenue collector of the national exchequer has got some allegations in this regard. According to sources at the NBR, some bidi and cigarette-producing companies are using fake band-rolls and stamps to evade tax. "The amount of the tax evasion is hefty and it came in the light following an inquiry," a senior NBR official told the news agency. He said the country's some tobacco companies have long been using fake band-rolls and stamps to evade the Value Added Tax (VAT). The Board also asked its field-level offices across the country to intensify their surveillance. The NBR official said they have collected samples from the r...
Nation paying deep homage to Bangabandhu
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Nation paying deep homage to Bangabandhu

    The grateful nation is paying rich tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on his 40th anniversary of martyrdom with observing the occasion as National Mourning Day at the state level. To mark the day, the government, ruling Awami League (AL), its front and associate bodies, different socio-cultural, political and professional bodies held elaborate programmes. On this day in 1975, the Father of the Nation along with most of his family members was assas-sinated by a section of disgruntled and ambitious army personnel. His two daughters - Sheikh Hasina, now prime minister, and Sheikh Rehana-escaped the bloodbath as they were abroad. The day was a public holiday. The day's programme started with the hoisting of National Flag at half-mast and raising ...
Islamic State Leader Raped American Hostage
America, ENGLISH

Islamic State Leader Raped American Hostage

    Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi repeatedly raped American hostage Kayla Mueller, according to accounts provided to US intelligence officials. Ms Mueller, whose death was confirmed in February, is said to have been kept for a while by Islamic State financier Abu Sayyaf and his wife, Umm Sayyaf. According to a Yazidi teenager who was held with 26-year-old Ms Mueller, al Baghdadi took the American as his "wife", repeatedly forcing her to have sex when he visited. Mueller family spokeswoman Emily Lenzner told the Associated Press news agency the 14-year-old Yazidi girl, who later escaped, spoke to US officials. They checked out her story with other intelligence before passing it on in June to Kayla Mueller's parents, Carl and Marsha Mueller, Ms Lenzner added. An unna...