Bangladesh shuts jute mills, lays off 25,000 workers

Bangladesh has shut its loss-making jute mills and laid off 25,000 employees, saying the state-owned plants could not compete with the private sector. Jute, a vegetable fibre spun into coarse threads, grew in popularity over the past decade after a long decline, as it became an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic bags. But the state-run […]

US, Bangladesh renew commitment to support safe return of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar

The US and Bangladesh on Monday renewed their commitments to support the voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable return of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar as Secretary of State Michael Pompeo spoke to his Bangladeshi counterpart Masud bin Momen. During the call, Pompeo reaffirmed the importance of the US-Bangladesh relationship and discussed continued cooperation to address the […]

At least 32 die in Bangladesh ferry accident

At least 32 people died after a ferry capsized and sank on Monday in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka following a collision, said rescuers, who found one man alive in a “miracle” hours later. A dozen people were initially listed as missing. The Morning Bird was hit from behind by another ferry around 9:30 am local […]

Bangladesh sex workers face hunger, abuse as coronavirus hits trade

THOUSANDS of sex workers in Bangladesh are going hungry and many face abuse because they are unable to pay their brokers due to the coronavirus pandemic, charities working with them have warned. Bangladesh is home to about 100,000 sex workers and charities estimate that seven out of 10 are struggling to survive, three months after […]

Bangladesh men fined for Messi birthday party during pandemic lockdown

Fifteen Bangladeshi men have been fined for celebrating the birthday of Argentine football star Lionel Messi in breach of a coronavirus lockdown. Magistrates accompanied by troops raided a cafe in the Indian border town of Damurhuda on Wednesday as the men, aged between 17 and 32, drank coffee and ate cake to mark the 33rd […]

Bangladesh boy, 15, arrested for Facebook criticism of PM

A 15-year-old boy has become the latest person to fall foul of Bangladesh’s contentious internet laws after being arrested for criticising prime minister Sheikh Hasina on social media. Rights groups say the laws are used to silence dissent, with hundreds of people charged since 2018 for crimes including smearing the image of Hasina and other […]

Virus fears fuel bicycle sales in congested Bangladesh cities

DHAKA commuters hitting the streets again after a months-long lockdown are opting for bikes to maintain social distancing — and discovering that pedal power is a way to beat the city’s notorious traffic. Bangladesh lifted restrictions on movement at the end of May to revive its stuttering economy, including on the fume-spewing three-wheelers and crowded […]

Bangladesh lecturer charged over Facebook virus post

A Bangladesh university lecturer has been charged under controversial digital security laws for allegedly mocking an ex-health minister who died of coronavirus, the latest in a string of arrests over social media posts about the epidcemic. The detention late Saturday of Sirajum Munira, 28, came after former health minister Mohammad Nasim died of the virus. […]

Malaysia to ask Bangladesh to take back Rohingya refugees found at sea

MALAYSIA will ask Bangladesh to take back about 300 Rohingya refugees detained after a boat carrying them entered its waters this week, the southeast Asian nation’s defence minister said on Tuesday (9). Malaysia does not recognise refugee status but has been a favoured destination for ethnic Rohingya, most of them Muslims, who fled a 2017 […]

Bangladesh police embrace yoga to boost health during pandemic

SITTING cross-legged on mats in a courtyard, dozens of Bangladesh policemen breathed in and out in sync as they took part in mass yoga sessions organised to boost their health during the Covid-19 pandemic. Police officers played a key role in enforcing a lockdown in the country of 168 million people before it was lifted […]

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