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Bangladesh to monitor TikTok after traffickers use the app to lure girls

Bangladesh has begun surveillance on people using the TikTok video-sharing platform after security forces busted a trafficking gang that lured girls into the sex trade in neighbouring India using the app, an official said. “A large number of TikTok users suspected of being involved in criminal activities are under close watch,” ANM Imran Khan, spokesman […]

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Cyclone Yaas: Powerful tropical storm hits eastern India, southern Bangladesh

A powerful cyclone with wind speeds upto 80kmph tore into eastern India, with reports suggesting it has killed several people. Cyclone Yaas, which intensified into a “very severe cyclonic storm”, hit the states of West Bengal and Orissa on Wednesday, as well as lashing southern Bangladesh. This is the second cyclone to hit the country […]

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Cyclone Yaas: Very severe cyclonic storm expected to hit India’s West Bengal, Odisha and neighbouring Bangladesh on May 26

A low pressure was formed over Bay of Bengal today, which is likely to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm and move towards the Indian state of West Bengal and adjoining Odisha and Bangladesh coasts around May 26 morning, the regional met department said. The system dubbed as Cyclone Yaas is very likely to […]

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Bangladesh imposes lockdown in five Rohingya refugee camps after Covid-19 spread

Officials in Bangladesh imposed a lockdown in five Rohingya refugee camps in south-eastern Bangladesh after an alarming spread of the coronavirus, officials said. The shutdown will initially last for a week, until May 27, Shah Rezwan Hayat, head of Bangladesh’s Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commission, said on Friday. A total of 863 COVID-19 cases and […]

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Bangladesh: Protests over unpaid wages turn violent, police shoot dead 5

At least five people were killed and dozens injured in Bangladesh on Saturday after police opened fire on a crowd of workers protesting to demand unpaid wages and a pay rise at a Chinese-backed power plant, officials and police said. Police opened fire after about 2,000 of the protesters began hurling bricks and stones at […]

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Bangladesh goes into 6-day strict COVID lockdown, thousands flee Dhaka

Tens of thousands of people scrambled to get the last trains, buses and ferries out of Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, before a nationwide transport shutdown to halt the spread of coronavirus. With new cases and deaths hitting record numbers, Bangladesh’s government has ordered all offices and shops to close for eight days from 6:00am on Wednesday. […]

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Bangladesh bans air travel for a week after COVID surge

Bangladesh banned all international and domestic flights for a week from Wednesday, coinciding with yet another lockdown to counter a spike in novel coronavirus infections. All international passenger flights to and from Bangladesh will remain suspended from April 14 to 20, the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) said on Sunday. More than 500 flights […]

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Protests against coronavirus restrictions in Bangladesh turn violent, 3 shot

Protests against coronavirus restrictions in rural Bangladesh turned violent when a mob of demonstrators attacked a police station, resulting in at least three people being shot. The incident took place late on Monday in the central town of Saltha in the Faridpur district where, according to the police. Rumours spread about a man being injured […]

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Fire sweeps Rohingya refugee camp market in southern Bangladesh, 3 dead

A fire broke out destroying more than 20 shops in a makeshift market near a Rohingya refugee camp in southern Bangladesh, killing at least three people, police said. Local police chief Ahmed Sanjur Morshed on Friday said they recovered the bodies from the debris after it took firefighters several hours to bring the blaze under […]

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Bangladesh: Death toll in anti-Modi protests rises to 13

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

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5 dead, dozens injured in anti-Modi protests in Bangladesh

At least five people were killed and dozens injured in police gunfire in Bangladesh as security forces tried to quell protests against the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Hundreds of students from madrasas, or Islamic religious schools, clashed with police and border troops in the eastern Brahmanbaria district. Police said they had to […]

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Bangladesh: 15 dead, 400 missing in massive fire in Rohingya refugee camps

The fire that swept through the Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh on Monday killed at least 15 people, left at least 400 missing and destroyed thousands of shelter homes, U.N. refugee agency said on Tuesday. “It is massive, it is devastating,” said UNHCR’s Johannes Van der Klaauw, who joined a Geneva briefing virtually […]