Dhaka, Jan 26: Bangladesh capital Dhaka is in for a face lift of a unique nature. The city will clear its streets off beggars and vagabonds ahead of next month's ICC World Cup. The plans were made public on Tuesday, Jan 26th and will come into effect over the next couple of weeks.
The beggars would be taken to rehabilitation centres, Home Minister Sahara Khatun told reporters after a meeting of the committee dealing with security during the World Cup.
Hawkers will also be shunted out, officials said, to ensure that there are no security glitches during the country's largest sporting event, which is being co-hosted by India and Sri Lanka.
Impoverished Bangladesh, where most of the 153-million-strong population are cricket fans, is hosting the inaugural ceremony of the World Cup on Feb 17 and eight other matches in Dhaka and the port city of Chittagong.