Bangladesh

Meet the ‘Infoladies’: the women who get Bangladesh's villages connected


In Bangladesh, dozens of women on wheels are biking into remote villages and hooking poverty-stricken families up to the net. Thanks to ‘Infoladies’, tens of thousands of people are connecting with social media, chatting to loved ones, and getting government services. Read more...
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Battle over blasphemy deepens divisions in Bangladesh

 
As the death toll rises to at least 38 after Sunday and Monday’s crackdown on Islamist protesters in Bangladesh, an Observer in the capital, who filmed the aftermath of these clashes, explains how divided the country has become. Read more…
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Increasing violence in Bangladesh after Islamist leader gets life sentence

 
Bangladesh has been roiled by violence following the handing down of a life sentence for radical Islamic leader Abdul Quader Mollah, for crimes perpetrated during the war of independence. While his supporters condemn the sentence, his detractors have taken Dhaka’s central square to call for a stricter punishment: execution. Read more...

In pictures: opposition protests turn violent in Bangladesh

 
Burnt-out cars and debris were strewn across the streets of the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, earlier this week following clashes between opposition protesters and police. The opposition Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) political party had organised a demonstration to demand its top leaders be released; several had been arrested for crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the bloody Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. Read more...
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Slum destruction leaves thousands on the street

 
For the past five days, thousands of people in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, have been living under the open sky, with no food, clean water, or shelter from the nightly rains. They have been evicted from a large section of Karail, one of the city’s sprawling slums and the government has no plans to help relocate them. Read more...
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Thirty hour-long strike in Bangladesh

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A group of loyalist of Bangladesh government swings a stick towards a member of Islami Andolan during the 3o hour strike in Bangladesh.© Monirul Alam

A group of loyalist of Bangladesh government swings a stick towards a member of Islami Andolan Bangladesh, a radical Islamist group, during a daylong strike in Kachpur near Dhaka.Twelve mostly Islamist political parties have called a 30-hour countrywide general strike from July 10 to protest the 15th constitution amendment bill which was passed into law. The bill scrapped the caretaker government system but retained Islam as state religion, alongside some other basic changes, police said.

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Smuggler's rare bird collection suffocates in hold of plane

More than a thousand rare birds have been intercepted by customs officers at Bangladesh’s Hazrat Shahjalal international airport in Dhaka after a trafficker attempted to smuggle them into Pakistan. Our Observer witnessed the scene. Read more…

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Dhaka firefighters told "too dangerous" to reach deadly blaze

After last week's devastating blaze in Dhaka saw its 119th victim on Monday, authorities began a crackdown on illegal chemical warehouses, which they blame for the fire. One of our Observers who was at the scene tells us why he thinks so many died. Read more...

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It's a tiger eat man world in the forests of Bangladesh

Thirty people were killed by tigers in Bangladesh last year, and three tigers by people. Keen to preserve the almost-extinct Royal Bengal Tiger, the authorities' advice to people who come under attack is to call the forest ranger, who will arrive with a tranquilizer gun. But that can take up to 12 hours. Read more...

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The impossible task of cleaning the Buriganga river

On January 1, Bangladesh began cleaning one of the dirtiest rivers in the world, the Buriganga. But while the government congratulates itself on this initiative, the local residents continue... to pollute. Read more...

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