Wednesday, July 6

Day: February 1, 2016

Syrian children found working for UK clothing suppliers including Next and H&M
Arab world, ENGLISH

Syrian children found working for UK clothing suppliers including Next and H&M

    A young activist shows her stomach with the words 'Fashion Kills' written on it during a demonstration against working conditions at production sites used by the H&M clothing chain Two of Britain’s high street giants have found Syrian refugee children working in their clothing factories in Turkey, leading to calls for other retailers to investigate their own supply chains. H&M and Next were the only retailers that admitted to identifying child labour in supplier factories in Turkey, but there are fears that the phenomenon could be far more widespread after several other companies failed to answer questions on the use of Syrian workers in their factories. Along with China, Cambodia and Bangladesh, Turkey is one of the largest producers of clothing sold on the Britis...
Macro Mirror: Corruption Hurts
ENGLISH, Life Style

Macro Mirror: Corruption Hurts

Dr Fahmida Khatun: After experiencing many ups and downs over the last four plus decades, the economy of Bangladesh has trans-formed into a promising one on many accounts. This is evident not only through higher economic growth, but also through less volatile economic growth. Despite being a least developed country, the volatility of long-term economic growth in Bangladesh has been lower than many developing countries. Also, notwithstanding various shocks such as the global financial crisis of 2007-08, domestic political uncertainty and frequent weather variability, the country has been able to hold on to its growth momentum during the last decade. The impetus of higher economic growth in Bangladesh has come from various enablers, including domestic regulatory policies and global linkages....
RAF pilot lands jet despite sudden loss of eyesight
ENGLISH, Europe

RAF pilot lands jet despite sudden loss of eyesight

    An RAF pilot rendered suddenly nearly blind by a suspected eye infection managed to land his training jet after a colleague talked him down while flying nearby. Air commanders thought about getting the unnamed pilot to eject over the North Sea, but this risked significant ejection injuries and the plane would have been lost, The Daily Telegraph reported. So Flight Lieutenant Paul Durban, an instructor at RAF Leeming who flew in Iraq and Afghanistan, was sent to help him land. A source told the Telegraph: They think he had an infection in his eye and he just couldn’t see. The other pilot flew behind him and talked him down. They got him down safely and the plane is okay. Flt Lt Durban is fine too, though I think he was pretty exhausted. The incident happened on Thursday las...
Cabinets approves draft citizenship law
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Cabinets approves draft citizenship law

    The cabinet today gave its final approval to the draft of "The Citizenship Law, 2016" by expanding the existing provision of getting "dual citizenship" by the expatriate Bangladeshi nationals. "The proposed law has been framed by amulgating the existing 'The Citizenship Act 1951' and 'The Bangladesh Citizenship Temporary Provisions Order 1972'," Cabinet Secretary Md Shafiul Alam told newsmen at briefing after a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. He said the proposed law addressed several "back dated issues" and "incompleteness" of the two exist-ing laws limiting the provisions of dual citizenship. The top bureaucrat of the government briefed the newsmen emerging from the meeting at the Prime Minister's office. Alam said that the draft law has six chap...
Mom’s Last Lunch Note to Son Reduces Internet to Tears
Asia, ENGLISH

Mom’s Last Lunch Note to Son Reduces Internet to Tears

    A note from mom can make a basic school lunch seem much more special, and one mother who recently came to the end of her lunch-making career left her son a note that ‘s been reducing Internet users to tears. According to Rocket News 24, a Japanese high school student named Yuki opened his lunch on the last day of high school before graduation to find the same type of bento his mother had been making him every day for his entire school career. Now he was graduating, though, and his mother realised that this would be the last bento she’d be making him. The note was so moving that Yuki took a picture of the note and posted it to Twitter, saying that it was his last day of high school and his mother had sent him this note with the bento. According to Rocket News 24’s translatio...