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Bangladesh: Six militants awarded death for brutal killing of two gay right activists

Six militants were sentenced to death on Tuesday by a court in Bangladesh for the brutal killing of two gay rights campaigners five years ago. Xulhaz Mannan, 35, the editor of Bangladesh’s first magazine for gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people, and actor Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy, 25, were hacked to death in Mannan’s apartment […]

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Boat packed with passengers capsizes after colliding with cargo ship in Bangladesh; At least 21 dead, dozens missing

At least 21 people have died and dozens remain unaccounted for after a boat packed with passengers and a sand-laden cargo ship collided in a lake in eastern Bangladesh. The boat was reportedly carrying some 60 passengers when the incident occurred on Friday on a lake in the town of Bijoynagar, local official Hayat-ud-Doula Khan said. […]

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Lightning strike kills at least 17 members of a wedding party in Bangladesh

At least 17 members of a wedding party died in Bangladesh after being struck by lightning, officials said. Fourteen other people, including the groom, were injured. The bride was not with the wedding party. The party was disembarking from a boat at the riverside town of Shibganj, about 150 miles north of Dhaka while heading […]

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Bangladesh factory owner arrested, charged with murder after 52 die in blaze

Bangladesh police arrested the owner of the factory where at least 52 people died in a fire late Thursday. Abul Hashem, the owner of Hashem Foods, and four of his sons were among eight people detained on Saturday. Police say they all face murder charges. Authorities said many of those who died were trapped inside […]

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Bangladesh: Factory fire kills at least 52 people, injured 30 others

A factory fire in Bangladesh killed 52 people and injured 30 others, officials said. The blaze broke out on Thursday night at Hashem Food and Beverage factory in Rupganj, an industrial town near the capital Dhaka. AP reported the fire took hold because of chemicals and plastics stored inside the building. The number of dead […]

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World’s Smallest Cow? Dwarf cow becomes celebrity in Bangladesh

A dwarf cow received a celebrity status in Bangladesh after visitors flock to the farm where she is in Bangladesh. The 23-month-old Bhutanese cow (or Bhutti) named Rani stands 51 cm high and weighs just 28kg. Despite the national lockdown over 15,000 people have visited the Rani at her farm in Charigram, near the capital […]

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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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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: 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 […]