One killed after Bangladesh police fire on Covid-19 protesters

One protester was killed and at least three others are in critical condition after police in Bangladesh opened fire on a violent protest against coronavirus restrictions, officials said. The incident took place Monday in the central town of Saltha in Faridpur district, where rumours had spread that a man at a market was injured while […]

Bangladesh teen detained for ‘offensive music video’ mocking prime minister Hasina

A teenager has been detained under Bangladesh’s harsh internet laws for making a music video mocking prime minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, police said Thursday. Rabiul Islam, 19, was arrested on Wednesday in a northern town after a pro-government youth leader filed a complaint under the law, local police chief Abdullah […]

Ferry disaster kills 28 in Bangladesh; search for survivors called off

THE search for survivors from a ferry disaster in Bangladesh was called off on Monday (5), officials said, with the death toll rising to 28 when rescuers pulled the vessel from the water and found bodies inside. The one-and-a-half storey ferry was lifted from the heavily polluted Shitalakshya River in the central district of Narayanganj […]

Two die in fresh Bangladesh protest violence

Two people died in fresh clashes between protesters and Bangladesh police on Sunday, raising the death toll from Islamist protests against the visit of India’s prime minister Narendra Modi to 13, officials said. The protesters — mostly from the hardline Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam — were angry at the visit of Modi as Bangladesh marked 50 […]

Bangladesh braces for violence after deadly anti-Modi protests

Hundreds of people demonstrated outside a key mosque in the Bangladesh capital on Saturday (27), as the country braces for violence a day after deadly protests by hardline Islamists against a visit by Indian prime minister Narendra Modi. The clashes, which began Friday at the main mosque in the capital Dhaka, spread to several key […]

Modi dons ‘Mujib jacket’ as he pays tribute to Bangladesh’s Father of the Nation

India prime minister Narendra Modi on Friday (26) donned a black ‘Mujib jacket’ made of handcrafted Khadi fabric as he paid tribute to ‘Bangabandu’ Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the main event in Dhaka to mark the country’s 50 years of independence. An immensely popular outfit in Bangladesh, the Mujib jacket is a tailored high-necked sleeveless […]

Four killed as police clash with protesters in Chittagong during Modi’s visit

Four people were killed in police firing after protesters stormed a police station in Chittagong on Friday (26), during a demonstration against Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh. Modi is on a two-day visit to mark Bangladesh’s 50 years of independence. In Chittagong, thousands of supporters of an Islamist group that alleges Modi […]

Time to chart bold ambition between India, Bangladesh: Modi

INDIA’S prime minister Narendra Modi has outlined his vision for an Indo-Bangladesh golden chapter as he paid tribute to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding leader of the Asian country. Modi arrived in Dhaka today (26) on a two-day visit to mark Bangladesh’s 50 years of independence. “It is time to once again chart a bold […]

UK and Bangladesh celebrate the shared values, says Prince Charles

ON the occasion of Bangladesh’s golden jubilee celebration of its independence, Prince Charles through a video message said UK also celebrates its shared values with Bangladesh. He expressed sadness that the coronavirus pandemic prevented him from visiting Bangladesh to the mark the great occasion. Reflecting on Bangladesh’s fifty years since independence, the Prince commended the […]

Bangladesh marks 50 years of independence; rights groups call to end ‘political repression’

BANGLADESH marked 50 years of independence from Pakistan on Friday (26) as rights groups issued a joint plea for the country’s economic success to be matched by an end to growing political repression. The former East Pakistan emerged as a new nation in 1971 after a brutal war involving India marked by horrific abuses that […]

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