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Day: May 13, 2016

Twice as many private renters being evicted as when David Cameron first came to power
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Twice as many private renters being evicted as when David Cameron first came to power

    Around double the number of private tenants are been being evicted from their homes now compared to when David Cameron first came to power, new figures show. A total of 22,376 private renting households in England were evicted in the last 12 months – twice as many as in the same period five years ago. The numbers, which are drawn from Ministry of Justice statistics on repossessions by county court bailiffs, as well as landlords using the accelerated procedure, come as the House of Lords tries to block the Government’s new Housing Bill, which some peers say will lead to an even bigger shortage of affordable homes in Britain. Campbell Robb, chief executive of the housing charity Shelter, said the Government’s forthcoming Bill – which contains measures to sell off more social...
Maid in Bangladesh
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Maid in Bangladesh

Fayeka Zabeen Siddiqua: This year when we observed yet another May Day in Bangladesh, remembering the contributions of millions of workers who shed their blood and sweat for a meager pay, did we make sure that the maid who works for us gets a day off? May Day, like any other national holiday, probably made no difference in their lives. Because if they go on a holiday, who is going to ensure that we have a hassle-free, relaxed weekend with the family? In a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the cabinet gave its stamp of approval to the Domestic Help Protection and Welfare Policy. This surely bears good news for these workers as well as their employers. This move suggests that domestic work will be recognised as a profession under the Labour Act while women domestic workers wil...
SWIFT says second bank hit by malware attack
ENGLISH, Extras

SWIFT says second bank hit by malware attack

    SWIFT, the global financial messaging network that banks use to move billions of dollars every day, warned on Thursday of a second malware attack similar to the one that led to February's $81 million cyberheist at the Bangladesh central bank. The second case targeted a commercial bank, SWIFT spokeswoman Natasha de Teran said, without naming it. SWIFT said in a statement that the attackers exhibited a "deep and sophisticated knowledge of specific operational controls" at targeted banks and may have been aided by "malicious insiders or cyber attacks, or a combination of both." The organization, a Belgian co-operative owned by member banks, said that forensic experts believe the second case showed that the Bangladesh heist "was not a single occurrence, but part of a wider and...
Diplomatic row with Pakistan, Turkey
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Diplomatic row with Pakistan, Turkey

    Diplomatic tension has flared up between Bangladesh and two other Muslim countries following Wednesday’s execution of war crimes convict Jamaat-e-Islami chief Matiur Rahman Nizami. Turkey yesterday recalled its ambassador to Bangladesh Devrim Ozturk for consultations after strongly protesting the execution. However, some international news agencies, quoting the country’s president, reported that the Turkish envoy was withdrawn. Meanwhile, Pakistan authorities summoned acting Bangladesh High Commissioner in Islamabad Md Najmul Huda yesterday. In response to Pakistan’s action, Dhaka also summoned Pak High Commissioner Shuja Alam to the Foreign Ministry yesterday and handed a strongly worded protest. Turkish Ambassador Devrim Ozturk left Dhaka yesterday at around 6pm, said...
World’s oldest person dies at 116
America, ENGLISH

World’s oldest person dies at 116

    The world's oldest living person, 116-year-old Susannah Mushatt Jones, died last night in New York City, a research group said. Jones' death makes Emma Morano-Martinuzzi, a 116-year-old woman in Italy, the oldest living person, according to the Gerontology Research Group. Jones, who was born in the southern US state of Alabama in 1899, was the daughter of sharecroppers and granddaughter of slaves. After graduating from high school she moved north in 1922 to New Jersey and then New York, where she worked as a housekeeper and childcare provider, according to Guinness World Records and the Vandalia Senior Center in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, where she lived. Jones, who retired in 1965, had said that lots of sleep is the secret to her longevity and that she had nev...