Antonio Rudiger geared up for Arsenal clash

first_imgChelsea defender Antonio Rudiger knows that they must beat Arsenal at the Emirates on Saturday to keep their top four hopes alive.After their 2-1 home win against Newcastle United on Saturday, Chelsea will travel to Arsenal on Saturday evening for what promises to be a tough derby game.The Blues are six points ahead of both fifth-placed Arsenal and a resurgent Manchester United side who are sixth on goal difference.And Rudiger believes that a victory at Arsenal will go a long way to help Chelsea achieve their top-four ambitions.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“It was an important win [against Newcastle]. Now we run away a bit from Arsenal and next week we are playing against them,” he told the club’s website.“It’s a derby and also a very important game for staying in the top four.“We have to secure the top four as quickly as possible. If something different happens we can still be title contenders then why not, but if we have the chance to go ahead of Arsenal and also Man United we have to win our games.”last_img read more

Public servants students forced to join celebration

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday asked what development really means when it is announced from a bulletproof platform set up over a lake, that Bangladesh is a role model of development.Fakhrul posed the question while speaking at a seminar at a hotel in the capital organised by the Association of University Teachers, to mark the 53rd birthday of BNP senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman.Bangladesh Agriculture University teacher Golam Hafiz presented the keynote paper on ‘Politics of Tarique Rahman, agriculture and rural development’ at the seminar.The government organised a huge gathering of public servants and students of different schools at the capital’s Suhrawardy Udyan after a jubilant procession earlier in the day, Saturday, to celebrate UNESCO’s recognition of Bangabandhu’s 7 March speech.Criticising the celebration, Fakhrul said the ruling Awami League is talking at the top of its voice and organising big programmes.”AL is compelling school students to attend the rally. It sent letters to teachers, telling them to attend the programme or they would be sacked and the schools would be ignored. The government officials were asked to attend the rally or a month’s salary would be deducted,” he said.The BNP secretary general said a limited number of people had benefitted from “development; and they [AL men] had become billionaires.”One the contrary, the common people suffered due to power tariff hike. Their backs have been pushed up against the wall, he said, adding that nobody cared about their crisis.About the 7 March speech of Bangabandhu, Fakhrul Islam said UNESCO had included 7 March speech in its International Memory of the World Register, a list of the world’s important documentary heritage.It is good news and nobody had denied the recognition, Fakhrul said.The BNP leader went on saying, “But you are celebrating it and holding rallies when people are in crisis. The floods in the haor areas of Sylhet may return again. The price of rice has risen to Tk 50-60 per kg. The fertiliser prices have jumped three times.”Whose development has taken place, he asked, also replying, “You have attained the development.”Sustainable development does not take place if the purchasing power of the people, investment and production do not go up, Fakhrul said, adding that sustainable development cannot be achieved without sustainable democracy.Fakhrul also asked, “Who will establish good governance if the administration is destroyed?”He alleged the government had destroyed the judiciary. The chief justice was sent on forced leave as his stance went against the government. The chief justice was driven out of the country and he was forced to resign, he added.Pointing out the amendment to the constitution, Mirza Fakhrul Islam said those who have amended the constitution are not representatives of the people. A total of 154 persons were elected without contest, they have brought the amendment to the constitution and now they are talking about the national election according to that amendment.The government should give political parties at least minimum space for political programmes, he said, alleging that the government does not let the opposition hold rallies and processions. It requires 100 types of permission to hold a rally, he added.BNP does not get permission to hold any programme, Fakhrul alleged, saying that if such a situation continues, the country will turn into a ‘failed state’.Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed to send back Rohingyas to Myanmar. Rohingyas who fled to Bangladesh will be sent back under the MoU, but nothing was clearly stated about what would happen to those who had come earlier, he pointed out. He also said the MoU was signed hurriedly, keeping the UN and other countries out of the process.Fakhrul alleged the prime minister could have visited China, India and Russia to seek diplomatic help but she did not do so.BNP vice chairman Abdul Awal Mintoo and senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, among others, spoke at the seminar presided over by teacher of Bangladesh Agriculture University Idris Miah.last_img read more

168 Bangladeshi workers stuck in Dubai

first_imgDozens of blue-collar Bangladeshi workers at a factory in Dubai are preparing to sue their employer as he has not paid them in months, reports UNB.They are among a group of 300 workers stuck there without money and food. Some of them have become illegal residents after their visas expired and the company has taken no step to renew them.Bangladesh consulate’s first secretary (labour) Fakir Muhammad Munawar Hossain told UNB that 168 of the workers are Bangladeshis. “We’re in touch with them,” he said.One of them told Khaleej Times that they were penniless and had no food to eat. “Our visas are expired and our passports are still with the employer. We cannot work elsewhere as we don’t have our documents,” he said.Dar Al Ber Society charity has been distributing food items and conducted a medical camp at the workers’ accommodation on Wednesday after learning about the situation from an Indian expat.Munawar said the workers were employed by a “reputable Indian construction company” which recently went bankrupt and that some workers had not been paid in six or more months.Most of the workers’ salaries range in between 700 and 1,500 dirham (roughly Tk 16,000 and Tk 34,500).The employer, who has not been named, promised to clear the dues at the earliest, Khaleej Times reported.The UAE is one of the most preferred destinations of Bangladeshi workers in the Middle-East. Last year, they sent back $2,425.4 million or 15.6 per cent of the total remittance.Munawar said they were providing the workers with legal assistance and food but solving the problem will be a bit complex under the local law.He also spoke about an alternative. “If they give up on their demand, they can go back with the guarantee money.”But the Bangladeshi workers told him that they will move the court. “The procedures can take about seven months,” the first secretary said. “We’ll assist anyone willing to file cases and help those who want to go back.”Munawar said the problem being faced by the Bangladeshi workers was not uncommon. “Many companies are being shut down regularly and we’re doing whatever we can to help our workers,” he said.But the situation appeared to be very grim for the workers. One of them told the newspaper that they had to depend on the mercy of the passerby or nearby cafeterias for meals.”It’s too embarrassing to beg for food. We came here to work with dignity … not to beg or become illegal residents,” he said.last_img read more