Thursday, February 22

Day: March 1, 2017

Cancer surgeon accused of GBH after carrying out completely unnecessary breast operations to earn extra money
ENGLISH, Life Style

Cancer surgeon accused of GBH after carrying out completely unnecessary breast operations to earn extra money

    A leading surgeon accused of causing grievous bodily harm to 10 patients may have carried out a series of completely unnecessary breast operations to earn extra money, a court has heard. Ian Paterson lied to his alleged victims, exaggerating or quite simply inventing risk of cancer, then often claimed payments for more expensive procedures. And he did so for obscure motives which may have included a desire to earn extra money, a jury of seven men and five women at Nottingham Crown Court was told. His alleged victims included a 25-year-old woman who was left devastated when told unnecessary operations had profoundly affected her ability to breastfeed and a 42-year-old man who had a double mastectomy after being told he was "on the road to cancer" despite no evidence of mali...
Child marriage law sparks criticism
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Child marriage law sparks criticism

    Rights groups on Tuesday criticised a controversial new child marriage law in Bangladesh which allows children as young as 14 to be married off by their parents. Parliament passed the Child Marriage Restraint Act on Monday night, replacing a law dating back to the British colonial period. The new law keeps the minimum marriageable age for males at 21 and for females at 18 but relaxes the age bar for ‘special circumstances’ including for girls who elope, are raped or bear children out of wedlock. Rights groups have criticised the law, saying it would jeopardise the gains Bangladesh has made in cutting the levels of child marriage and improving the health of women and children. The biggest concern is the law has not set any minimum marriage age for special circumstances, mea...
Uber boss ashamed after argument with driver
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Uber boss ashamed after argument with driver

    The chief executive of Uber has apologised after video emerged of him getting into an ill-tempered argument with one of the company's drivers about falling pay rates. Travis Kalanick has admitted he needs to grow up and get help after the embarrassing dashcam footage showed him angrily dismissing the driver's concerns. The businessman, who had been travelling with two women, was coming to the end of his Uber journey when driver Fawzi Kamel asked him why the ride-hailing app has slashed the prices customers pay for every mile they travel. People are not trusting you anymore … I lost $97,000 (£78,370) because of you. I'm bankrupt because of you, Mr Kamel had said. Mr Kalanick dismissed the driver's concerns as "bulls***", and told him: Some people don't like to take responsi...
Theresa May set for defeat in House of Lords over rights of EU citizens
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Theresa May set for defeat in House of Lords over rights of EU citizens

    Theresa May's Conservative government faces defeat in the House of Lords after it refused to secure the rights of EU citizens living in the UK. The Lords wanted a clause in the bill to trigger Article 50 to ensure that Europeans already in the UK will have the same rights to live and work here after Brexit. However, after Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the Government would be unable to go further than give the verbal assurances already given, a majority of peers are ready to back a Labour amendment to ensure rights are protected within the first three months of Brexit being triggered. In a last-ditch effort to convince peers not to back the amendment, Rudd has penned a letter to the House of Lords in which she outlined that the Government plans to treat EU citizens with th...
Travel chaos mounts as transport strike in Bangladesh: Minister urges transport owners, workers to operate their vehicles
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Travel chaos mounts as transport strike in Bangladesh: Minister urges transport owners, workers to operate their vehicles

    The countrywide indefinite transport strike, enforced by Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation, protesting the life term imprisonment of a bus driver in a case filed for a road accident that killed five people, including noted filmmaker Tareque Masud and cinematographer Mishuk Munier, entered the second day on Wednesday. In the capital, no inter‐district bus left Gabtoli, Mohakhali or Sayedabad bus terminals in the morning while very few buses were seen plying the road throughout the city. The commuters, especially the SSC examinees, suffered badly in the morning for lack of adequate public transports. They complained that rickshaws and CNG‐run auto‐rickshaw drivers charged them excessive fares, taking advantage of the situation. Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Fe...