30 Jan '11, 8am

Hundreds of beggars in southern Bangladesh will receive a daily wage to keep off the streets during the cricket World Cup

Hundreds of beggars in southern Bangladesh will receive a daily wage to keep off the streets during the cricket World Cup

Alam said he would meet with beggars' representatives on Wednesday to organise the payments and discuss other benefits such as free food and clothes. -- PHOTO: AFP DHAKA - THE mayor of Chittagong city in southern Bangladesh said on Sunday that he would pay hundreds of beggars a daily wage to keep them off the streets during the cricket World Cup. Manzur Alam said that about 300 disabled beggars would be given 150 taka (S$2.60) a day after the tournament's opening ceremony on Feb 17 to compensate them for loss of earnings. 'We want to keep them off the streets at least for two months during the World Cup. Bangladesh is a host of the prestigious event. A lot of tourists will be here and they don't like to see beggars,' he told AFP. Alam said he would meet with beggars' representatives on Wednesday to organise the payments and discuss other benefits such as free food and clot...

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