Last updated 07/12/10
Bogus foreign students facing visa crackdown
Britain toughening student visa.
London, Dec 7 - The British immigration minister has proposed tougher entrance criteria and bar on students staying after end of study as part of a shake-up of the student visa system.

Limiting students' entitlements to work was also among the changes proposed by Damian Green on Tuesday.

Launching a public consultation on the reform of the student entry route to the UK of the Points Based System, the Home Office also revealed that 41 percent of students coming through this route were studying below degree level courses.

The eight-week consultation will end on January 31, 2011.

Two-thirds of the non-EU migrants who enter the UK come on student visas and the government wants to bring these numbers down. The governing Labour-Liberal Democrat coalition wants to fulfil its pledges to cut net migration from 200,000 to under 100,000 by 2015, according to the proposals.

Figures released last month show there has been a 40 per cent rise in the number of bogus colleges and that one in five foreigners who came to study in 2004 were still in UK five years later. [] FULL STORY

Girl's legs and hands chopped for refusing to marry a local resident
Eighteen-year-old Suma Aktar, a higher secondary student of Barguna who was chopped by stalkers on Saturday morning, was admitted to Trauma Centre in Dhaka on Sunday.

Suma was chopped in the legs, hand and body by Mohsin Shikdar, 29, also a resident of the area, and two of his friends when she was going to college.

The family said the right leg of Suma Aktar would need to be amputated. They said Mohsin had earlier harassed her and also offered to marry her which she refused.

The police, meanwhile, arrested Mohsin, about 7:00pm on Sunday at a launch headed for Dhaka at the Jhalakathi launch terminal. Mohsin was the main accused in the case filed in this connection on Saturday night. Two of his friends, Sohrab and Alamin, were also accused in the case. [The New Age BD] FULL STORY

Dr Md Yunus welcomes Prime Minister calling for investigation
I welcome such initiative and I am confident that this will resolve the matter and bring the truth to the citizens of Bangladesh as soon as possible.

Dhaka, Dec 5 [UNB] - Nobel Laureate Dr Mohammad Yunus has welcomed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s call for an investigation into the reported diversion of fund of the Grameen Bank.

In a brief statement tonight Dr Yunus said : The PM has called for an investigation into the press reports that have surfaced recently with regard to Grameen Bank. I welcome such initiative and I am confident that this will resolve the matter and bring the truth to the citizens of Bangladesh as soon as possible. [UNB] FULL STORY

Blasts in Pak govt compound kill 40
At least 40 people have been killed and dozens more injured in two bomb blasts inside a government building in northwestern Pakistan.

"The blasts destroyed many rooms in the compound and our reports are 40 people were killed and many wounded," a senior Pakistani security official in the region said on Monday, Reuters reported.

The bombs went off inside a government building in Mohmand tribal agency, a district in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan, where pro-government community leaders were holding a meeting with tribal leaders. [] FULL STORY

>Guilty yet reckless drivers slip thru' legal loopholes
>Convicts move freely while innocent groan in jail
>Human Rights Monitoring Report 1-30 November 2010 By Othikar

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