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Khaleda Zia released; hundreds gathered amid concern of COVID-19

THE Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Khaleda Zia was released on Wednesday (25, 25 months after she landed in jail in a graft case. Hundreds of leaders and activists of BNP gathered in front of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), despite the risk of spreading coronavirus. They thronged the BSMMU premises since afternoon. […]

Bangladesh to release opposition leader Khaleda Zia from jail

BANGLADESH will suspend the jail sentence of its ailing former prime minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia and release her for a period of six months, the nation’s law minister said on Tuesday (24. “We have decided to release her on humanitarian grounds as per the instructions of the prime minister,” Law Minister Anisul Huq […]

Bangladesh grants additional £20 million to health ministry

BANGLADESH on Friday (20) allocated Tk 2 billion (£20 million) to health ministry in order to equip it to fight the outbreak of COVID-19. The health ministry was previously allocated Tk 0.5 billion (£5 million) for this purpose. The additional fund is to take necessary measures to contain the spread of coronavirus in the country and to […]

Bangladesh readies 150 ICU beds; COVID-19 cases 10 now

THE total number of persons infected with novel coronavirus has been increased to 10 in Bangladesh with two new cases confirmed on Tuesday (17). According to the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) Director Prof Meerjady Sabrina Flora, the country steps up vigil, and as many as 150 ICU beds are already prepared […]

Islamist militants sentenced to death for Bangladesh priest murder

Four Islamist extremists were sentenced to death in Bangladesh Sunday (15) for the 2016 decapitation of a senior Hindu priest during a spate of attacks targeting religious minorities in the Muslim-majority nation. The Islamic State group had claimed responsibility for the attack in the northern district of Panchagarh, but authorities blamed militants from Jamayetul Mujahideen […]

Fears for Bangladesh journalist missing after defamation charges

The family of a leading Bangladesh photojournalist and newspaper editor said on Friday (13) they believe he has been abducted. Shafiqul Islam Kazal went missing on Tuesday, a day after defamation charges were lodged against him by an influential ruling party lawmaker. Kazal, who worked as a senior photographer for several top dailies and edited […]

Bangladesh citizens quarantined in India will return home on Saturday

ALL 112 people, including 23 Bangladeshis, who were admitted to a quarantine facility in India for over a fortnight after their return from China, have tested negative for coronavirus. The Bangladesh citizens will return home on Saturday (14). The 23 Bangladesh nationals will fly back to Dhaka tomorrow (Saturday), Bangladesh minister said. Meanwhile, Indian home affairs […]

Bangladesh Nobel laureate Yunus apologises for labour violations

Bangladesh Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus has been fined $88 after pleading guilty and apologising for violating the country’s labour laws, court officials said on Wednesday (11). The 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner, whose pioneering micro-lender has been hailed for cutting poverty across the globe, admitted a social business firm he set up had broken labour […]

Bangladesh postpones ‘Mujib Year’ inaugural celebrations

BANGLADESH has postponed the March 17 grand inaugural ceremony of the birth centenary celebrations of its founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, hours after three coronavirus cases were detected in the country. Bangladesh on Sunday (8) reported three cases of coronavirus. Two persons brought the disease from Italy, infecting the third one on their return home, officials […]

UN appeals for £686m to help Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

THE United Nations on Tuesday (2) appealed for nearly $900 million to help hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees and vulnerable host communities in Bangladesh this year. The UN refugee agency and the International Organization for Migration and other partners launched a joint appeal for $877m (£686m). The money would go “to respond to the […]

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