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Wednesday, August 07, 2002

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Dhaka firm to ensure int'l labour standard

BSS, Dhaka, The Daily Star

State Minister for Labour and Employment Lutfor Rahman Khan yesterday called upon the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to play an effective role in minimising irrational conditions imposed by foreign buyers on export of readymade garments and other products from the country.

He made the call at a meeting with ILO Area Director Gopal Bhattacharya at the Secretariat.

Labour and Employment Secretary M Helal Uddin Khan was also present at the meeting.

Despite a poor country, the state minister said, Bangladesh is determined to ensure international labour standard in phases. He said the export-oriented industries of the country will have to face an uneven competition from 2005.

As a result, flourishing of industries in the country will be hindered and severe unemployment and social problem will be created due to irrational conditions being imposed by the foreign buyers, he said.

The meeting discussed the programme of ILO and the government to formulate a 'concerted plan of action' for elimination of child labour from the country. The preparatory work of the programme will start this year, an official press release said.

It also discussed the progress of three projects being implemented by the Ministry of Labour and Employment at a cost of Tk 65 crore with the financial assistance from ILO and other donors.

The state minister also urged the ILO to take projects for the welfare of tea plantation, garments and retrenched workers.

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Save 17 pc of Bangladesh by planting trees

Minister urges students

BSS, Dhaka, The Daily Star

Environment and Forest Minister Shajahan Siraj yesterday said 17 per cent of the country might be submerged in the sea, if 20 per cent of the total territory could not be covered with trees by 2015.

Inaugurating a tree plantation programme on Jahangirnagar University campus at Savar, he called upon students to take part in the national tree plantation movement to save the country from natural disasters.

To cover 20 per cent area of the country with trees by 2015 is a huge job and it is not possible to achieve the goal only through the government efforts, Shajahan Siraj said and urged the students to share the responsibility of that task.

Referring to the adverse effects of Farakka Barrage, he said there was a possibility that the northern region of Bangladesh would turn into a desert and the southern region might go under salty water, if the Farakka problem cannot be solved.

The minister said the government's policies on environment were benefiting indigenous industry and the common people.

The ban on polythene shopping bags had given rise to the use of jute products, rejuvenating the indigenous industry, he said.

Shajahan Siraj said the Prime Minister's emphasis on herbal and medicinal plants was also aimed at boosting the indigenous treatment system.

Presided over by Prof Syed Shafiullah, chairman of JU Campus Committee, the function was also addressed by JU Vice-Chancellor Prof Jasim Uddin Ahmed, Treasurer Prof ABM Emdad Hossain, Prof Mezbahus Salehin of Geography and Environment Department, and JU Teachers Association President Prof Amin Mohammad Ali.

Later, the minister planted a fruit-giving sapling at Bismile on the campus.

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AL leaders call for mass movement against 'tyranny'\

by Staff Reporter , The Independent

Awami League leaders yesterday called upon the people to wage a mass movement against what they termed misrule, tyranny and repression of the BNP-Jamaat alliance government to protect their interests, particularly of the working class.

Speaking at a protest meeting at the party’s central office at Bangabandhu Avenue, Acting President of the Awami League Abdus Samad Azad said that the closure of the world’s largest jute mills, the Adamjee Jute Mills, was a suicidal decision and was not in the interest of the people.

He alleged that the alliance government pushed at least two crore people engaged in the jute sector including 25,000 workers of the mills, into a deep crisis without creating alternative jobs.

"This government has no feeling for the people as it has been perpetrating killing, rape, atrocities and repression on Awami League leaders and workers as well as the members of the minority community since coming to power", the AL leader said. Azad added that the nation would have to transform sorrow into strength in the month of mourning to wage a mass movement against this ‘’neo-autocratic government’’.

He appealed to the people to make the half-day hartal on August 15 and the grand rally of the party at Paltan Maidan on August 18 a success.

The Jatiya Sramik League (JSL), the labour front of the Awami League, organised the meeting protest closure of the Adamjee Jute Mills, cancellation of the official programme on the "National Mourning Day" on August 15, price hike of essential commodities, alleged harassment, transfer and punishment of trade union leaders and what it called state-sponsored terrorism.

Presided over by JSL President Abdus Salam Khan, the meeting was also addressed by central AL leaders Amir Hossain Amu, Abdul Jalil, Abdul Mannan, Mukul Bose and Dr Mirza Abdul Jalil and Dhaka city AL leaders Manir Hossain Khan and Advocate Quamrul Islam and JSL leaders Ahsanullah Master, MP; Habibur Rahman Siraj, Hasan Ali Chandu Sardar, M A Hamid, Sukkur Mahmud, Ashraf Ali Khan, Israfil Alam, Habibur Rahman Akhand and Rafiqul Islam.

Awami League presidium member Amir Hossain Amu alleged that the BNP-Jamaat alliance government was working against the interests of the country, particularly against the working class, by closing down the Adamjee Jute Mills on which the fate of two crore people used to depend.

"The country would plunge into a serious economic crisis after the closure of the Adamjee as the golden fibre would be smuggled out to India," he said adding that the government was planning to Axe 5,000 employees of the Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC) which was responsible for achieving food autarky in the country.

Amu called upon the workers to participate in a greater movement to be launched against the government.

Party presidium member Abdul Jalil said that the existence of Bangladesh would be at stake if the ‘’neo-autocratic government’’ stayed in power for long as it was hatching a conspiracy to transform Bangladesh into a mini-Pakistan by distorting the history of great Liberation War of 1971.

Later, a procession was taken out from the meeting venue. Police prevented the marchers at the Nur Hossain Square from marching towards Purana Paltan Crossing and diverted the procession towards the South Gate of Baitul Mukarram. Chanting full-throated anti-government slogans, the marchers paraded the Gulistan intersection and ended the march at the meeting venue.

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