May Day today

The historic May Day will be observed in the city as elsewhere across the country today with a call for establishment of the fundamental rights of the working class of people.
On this day in 1886, scores of workers were killed at Hey Market in Chicago in the United States when the workers staged demonstration demanding eight-hour working period for the working people.
Since then, the day is being observed across the globe as the day for establishment of the rights of working people.
Like other parts of the

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Trade union movement in doldrums for years

Party’s interest more important to union leaders than workers’ rights
Opportunism, corruption, undue political interference, workers’ disunity and the ideological divide between the leaders have stalled the trade union movement in Bangladesh for decades, which has allowed the workers’ rights to be trampled across the country, said analysts and activists.
The absence of constructive unionism has imperilled the workers in both formal and informal sectors as most industrial workers have been deprived of the right to form trade unions.
They lack the basic rights of

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Padma Bridge to be completed by Dec 2013

Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain yesterday categorically said the construction of long cherished Padma Multipurpose Bridge (PMB) would be completed within December 2013.
“On completion, the Padma Bridge is expected to contribute an additional 1.2 per cent growth to Syed Abul Hossain was speaking at a presentation on design of the Padma Multipurpose Bridge held at Hotel Sheraton in the city.
Secretary, Bridges Division of

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Govt opens maiden power plant bids

Eight firms vie for 300MW station
Eight power companies yesterday submitted their financial and technical bids to install a 300 megawatt power plant in Siddhirganj under the World Bank financing, the first power bid opened under the new Awami League government.
Sources say four Chinese companies, an Indian and an Indo-German joint venture, a Korean and a Spanish company submitted their offers which the officials found quite “attractive”.
Of these, an influential ruling party leader having strong Chinese connection is allegedly representing all Chinese bidders.

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Free textbooks for 70 lakh secondary students from next year

The government on Thursday decided to distribute textbooks among all the 70 lakh secondary students free from the academic year 2010, the education minister, Nurul Islam Nahid, told New Age.
‘The decision was made at a meeting attended by the finance minister and the chairman and members of the parliamentary standing committee on education ministry,’ said the minister who also attended the meeting.
‘About Tk 283 crore will be spent on printing, publishing and distribution of textbooks for students in a year and the finance minister has agreed to release the fund,’ the standing committee chairman, Rashed Khan Menon, said after

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Ghulam Rahman new ACC chief

The government appointed Ghulam Rahman, chairman of Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission, as the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) chief yesterday, twenty-eight days after Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury stepped down from the post.
The government also downgraded the status of the ACC chairman to a Supreme Court judge from the status of a minister given during the tenure of the last caretaker government.
In a gazette notification, the government appointed Rahman as commissioner of the commission under section 6 (1) and its chairman under section 5 (1) of

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Power generation falls to 90 MW from 230 at KHPP

Water level 75.05 MSL instead of 82.40
Kaptai Hydroelectric Power Plant (KHPP), the country’s lone hydroelectric power project, is now in operation with one unit only out of five, generating just 90 megawatt (MW) of electricity instead of installed 230MW at present.
With the decline of power generation at KHPP due to drastic fall of water level in the Kaptai Lake, load shedding has become a regular phenomenon, causing a great suffering to the people of Rangamati.
On an average, load shedding takes place eight to ten times a day which has made the public life measurable and hampered

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