14 OCTOBER 2016
China’s Xi elevates ties with Bangladesh to strategic partnership as two countries ink deals worth billions
Xi’s trip, the first by a Chinese head of state to Bangladesh in 30 years, is part of China’s ambition to advance its “One Belt, One Road” initiative
7 OCTOBER 2016
Why Bangladesh wants to ‘silence’ its civil society
A new measure passed by Bangladesh’s parliament makes it a criminal offense to make « malicious » comments on any constitutional bodies in the country. Many say the controversial move is a blow to freedom of expression
11 SEPTEMBER 2016
Pakistan Refuses Fresh Calls for Afghan Trade with India Through Land Routes
Pakistan has rejected fresh calls by Afghanistan to allow the conflict-ridden landlocked country to engage in direct trade with India through its land routes, citing existing official arrangements between Islamabad and Kabul
3 SEPTEMBER 2016
Bangladesh hangs Islamist tycoon Mir Quasem Ali
Mir Quasem Ali, a key leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was executed after being convicted by a controversial war crimes tribunal for offences committed during the 1971 independence conflict with Pakistan
29 AUGUST 2016
Kerry offers security aid to help Bangladesh fight terror, says Islamic State has links in the country
The United States believes that elements of Islamic State are “connected” to operatives in Bangladesh, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday, promising help with intelligence and law enforcement after a wave of militant attacks
23 JULY 2016
80 killed, over 200 injured in twin suicide bomb attacks on Kabul protesters; Islamic State claims responsibility
Islamic State (IS) jihadists claimed responsibility for twin explosions Saturday that ripped through crowds of Shiite Hazaras in Kabul, killing at least 80 people and wounding 231 others in the deadliest attack in the Afghan capital since 2001
21 JULY 2016
Bangladesh court convicts former PM’s son
A Bangladesh court on Thursday convicted the exiled eldest son of the main opposition leader for money laundering and sentenced him to seven years in prison, a move that could end his political ambitions
2 JULY 2016
ISIS attack on Dhaka café leaves 20 foreigners dead
In an act that killed nine Italians and seven Japanese citizens, assailants wrenched a cafe’s customers from a space of tolerance and cultural exchange to one of terrorism
12 JUNE 2016
Bangladesh arrests 3,000 as PM vows to catch killers
Police in Bangladesh have arrested 85 suspected militants and more than 5,000 other suspects in a nationwide crackdown over Islamist killings. The government claims that domestic jihadi groups are behind the attacks
28 MAY 2016
Tokyo renews pledge to give Dhaka $6b
Japan yesterday (28) assured Bangladesh of fulfilling its commitment to provide Bangladesh with $6 billion and under the arrangement Dhaka would get $1.5 billion this year.
11 MAY 2016
Clashes in Bangladesh after Islamist leader’s hanging. Condemnations in Pakistan
Clashes erupted in Bangladesh Wednesday after the execution of a top Islamist leader, heightening tension in a country reeling from a string of killings of secular and liberal activists.
10 MAY 2016
Top Islamist leader Motiur Rahman Nizami hanged in Bangladesh
Bangladesh has executed Islamist leader Motiur Rahman Nizami for committing war crimes during the 1971 liberation war against Pakistan. The government beefed up security to deal with a possible backlash from Islamists
5 MAY 2016
Bangladesh top court upholds Nizami death sentence for 1971 war crimes
The Supreme Court in Dhaka has confirmed the death sentence for Islamist leader Motiur Rahman Nizami. Nizami was convicted of rape and murdering top intellectuals during Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence
19 APRIL 2016
Japan’s South Asia Focus: Growing Association With Bangladesh – Analysis
Solid bilateral economic relationships between the two nations can be regarded as a testimony of Japan’s influence in Bangladesh. While Bangladesh has been keen to exploit its economic potential and diversify its relationship with Japan, it has also used it to as an option to balance Beijing’s increasing influence in the region.
16 APRIL 2016
Senior Bangladesh editor Shafik Rehman is arrested
Prominent Bangladeshi magazine editor Shafik Rehman has been arrested in Dhaka on suspicion of sedition, police and his family have said.
30 MARCH 2016
Dhaka court orders ex-PM Khaleda Zia’s arrest
A court in Bangladesh has ordered the arrest of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia. Zia has been charged with involvement in firebomb attacks on a passenger bus that killed one and injured more than 30 people last year
28 MARCH 2016
Bangladesh court upholds Islam as religion of the state
Bangladesh’s High Court on Monday rejected a 28-year-old petition calling for the removal of a constitutional provision recognising Islam as the official religion of the Muslim-majority South Asian nation.
10 MARCH 2016
Big India-Bangladesh power deal dims China’s shine in South Asia
India’s bagging of the power project marks an important victory for India in the Sino-Indian contest for influence in Bangladesh. This is likely to be quietly applauded by the United States, Japan and other countries that are concerned over China’s mounting economic and military presence in Indian Ocean littorals
13 FEBRUARY 2016
Bangladesh starts tally of Rohingya minority
Bangladesh has begun a count of the number of Rohingya Muslims living on its territory, as reported persecution continues to drive thousands from Myanmar. The census will also include data on living conditions.
2 FEBRUARY 2016
Bangladesh sentences two to death for war crimes
The International Tribunal-1 (ICT-1) awarded death penalty to former Razakar commander Md Obaidul Haq alias Abu Taher and a member of the notorious militia, Ataur Rahman Noni, for their crimes against humanity during the country’s Liberation War in 1971
31 JANUARY 2016
Afghan president Ashraf Ghani issues a decree to ensure the safety of journalists and give them access to accurate information
The deputy spokesman for Ghani, Sayed Zafar Hashemi, said that the decree focuses on the safety of journalists as well as ensuring probes into the killing of journalists
24 JANUARY 2016
Taliban demands removal from blacklists to join peace talks
The militant group has said pre-conditions must be met before they join any talks aimed at ending their insurgency. The statement comes as Afghanistan boosts efforts to end the conflict amid an uptick of violence
20 JANUARY 2016
Singapore deported 27 men who planned Jihad in Bangladesh
27 male Bangladeshi nationals who were radicalised and supported extremist beliefs have been arrested under the Internal Security Act. http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/01/20/singapore-says-deported-men-planned-jihad-in-bangladesh
17 JANUARY 2016
In Bangladesh, Ershad makes brother GM Quader Jatiya Party co-chairman
Ershad announced that Quader has been made co-chairman of the party at a media call in its stronghold Rangpur on Sunday
6 JANUARY 2016
Bangladesh court upholds death sentence for Jamaat-e-Islami leader Nizami
Bangladesh’s Supreme Court has upheld a death sentence against a top Islamist political leader for crimes committed during the country’s 1971 war of independence from Pakistan
21 NOVEMBER 2015
Bangladesh executes two opposition leaders for war crimes
Death row war criminals Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed of the Jammat-e-Islami party and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) were executed after Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid rejected their mercy petitions late Saturday
18 NOVEMBER 2015
Two Bangladesh opposition leaders to be put to death over war crimes after court appeal rejected
Bangladesh’s highest court has upheld the death sentences of two opposition leaders convicted for atrocities during the 1971 war of independence against Pakistan
31 OCTOBER 2015
Secular publisher hacked to death in Bangladesh
A publisher of a slain online critic Avijit Roy has been hacked to death in Bangladesh, police say, hours after similar attacks on two secular writers and another publisher in the majority-Muslim country
22 OCTOBER 2015
Bangladeshi group orders firing of female journalists
A banned right-wing group in Bangladesh has issued a threat to media companies asking them to sack female employees, claiming it is against Islamic law for women to work in the media
7 AUGUST 2015
Fourth secular Bangladesh blogger hacked to death
A gang armed with machetes has hacked a secular blogger to death at his home in Dhaka in the fourth such murder in Bangladesh since the start of the year, an activist group and police have said.
1 AUGUST 2015
India and Bangladesh settle old dispute in land swap
A total of 162 tiny pockets of land – 111 in Bangladesh and 51 in India – were officially handed over to the countries surrounding after Dhaka and New Delhi struck a border agreement in June
16 JUNE 2015
Death sentence upheld for Islamist leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed involved in 1971 killing of Bengali intellectuals
Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, a leading figure in the Jamaat-e-Islami party, is guilty of crimes against humanity. His party has called for a general strike tomorrow, raising fears about fresh violence
6 JUNE 2015
India and Bangladesh sign historic territory swap deal
Bangladesh and India have sealed a historic land pact to swap territories, which will finally allow tens of thousands of people living in border enclaves to choose their nationality after decades of stateless limbo.
6 JUNE 2015
India and Bangladesh sign historic territory swap deal
Bangladesh and India have sealed a historic land pact to swap territories, which will finally allow tens of thousands of people living in border enclaves to choose their nationality after decades of stateless limbo.
20 APRIL 2015
‘Shots fired’ at Bangladesh opposition leader’s car
Shots were fired at a car carrying Bangladeshi opposition leader Khaleda Zia when it stopped at a market in Dhaka, her secretary said Monday, with television footage showing scores of people attacking her convoy
13 APRIL 2015
Two killed as Bangladesh Islamists protest at execution
Two student activists have been shot dead in Bangladesh, police said Monday, as the largest Islamist party tried to enforce a nationwide strike to protest at the execution of a senior leader
11 APRIL 2015
Bangladesh hangs Islamist leader Kamaruzzaman for war crimes
Jamaat-e-Islami henchman Mohammad Kamaruzzaman has been hanged for his atrocities that were ‘worse than the Nazis’ to stop the dawn breaking on Bangladesh in 1971
5 APRIL 2015
Bangladesh opposition head granted bail in graft cases
Bangladesh’s former prime minister and main opposition leader Khaleda Zia has been granted bail in two graft cases after appearing before a special court
Taliban publish biography of ‘RPG-loving’ ‘special’ Mullah Omar
The Afghan Taliban has published a biography of their « charismatic » supreme leader Mullah Omar, in which they say he has a « special » sense of humour and that his weapon of choice is a RPG-7 grenade launcher
30 MARCH 2015
Another blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh
A Bangladeshi blogger was hacked to death in Dhaka on Monday, the second such attack on a critic of religious fundamentalism in the mainly Muslim country in less than two months
27 FEBRUARY 2015
Bangladeshi-American blogger Avijit Roy hacked to death by extremists
Avijit Roy, who has been killed in an attack in Dhaka at the age of 42, was a Bangladeshi-American blogger, published author, and prominent defender of the free-thought movement in Bangladesh.
25 FEBRUARY 2015
Arrest warrant issued for Bangladesh ex-PM
A Bangladeshi court has issued an arrest warrant for opposition leader Khaleda Zia for failing to attend hearings for graft charges, amid growing political turmoil in the country
18 FEBRUARY 2015
War crimes court sentences Jamaat leader Abdus Subhan to death in Dhaka
A war crimes tribunal on Wednesday sentenced Abdus Subhan to death a senior leader of hardline Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami for atrocities committed during the country’s war of independence, raising fresh fears of violence in the Muslim-majority nation.
4 FEBRUARY 2015
Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia charged over arson attack
Bangladesh’s opposition leader, Khaleda Zia, has been charged with instigating an arson attack on a bus which claimed the lives of seven people
27 JANUARY 2015
Tens of thousands mourn son of Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia
Tens of thousands of mourners turned out Tuesday for the funeral of Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia’s son in a massive show of support for the embattled former premier
19 JANUARY 2015
Bangladesh opposition leader Zia released after 16 days of confinement
Bangladesh has ended its confinement of opposition leader Khaleda Zia after a surge in political violence left 27 people dead, but her party vowed to continue a nationwide transport blockade.
4 JANUARY 2015
Bangladesh opposition leader locked in office
Bangladesh police have banned all protests in the capital Dhaka from Sunday and locked main opposition leader Khaleda Zia in her office, ahead of the first anniversary of an election her party boycotted.
30 DECEMBER 2014
Bangladesh sentences Islamist leader ATM Azharul Islam to death
ATM Azharul Islam, 62, assistant secretary general of the nation’s largest Islamist party, the Jamaat-e-Islami, became the 16th person and the 11th Islamist to be convicted of atrocities by the International Crimes Tribunal.
23 DECEMBER 2014
Bangladesh ex-minister sentenced to death for war crimes
A former government minister in Bangladesh has been sentenced to death for crimes against humanity during the 1971 war of independence from Pakistan. The special tribunal in Dhaka found Syed Mohammad Qaiser, 73, guilty of genocide, murder and rape.
6 DECEMBER 2014
India arrests accused in suspected plot to kill Bangladesh PM
Indian police have arrested a key suspect behind a blast in the state of West Bengal who is also believed to have been involved in a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh and stage a coup there
3 DECEMBER 2014
Bangladesh ranks 14th in graft index
Corruption rose in Bangladesh with the country sliding two notches to rank the 14th most corrupt country in the world, according to this year’s Corruption Perception Index of Transparency International.
2 DECEMBER 2014
Child labour in Bangladesh persists
A US agency in its new survey Monday claimed the presence of child labour in the Bangladesh’s informal garment sector, as it expanded its list of products worldwide it says were likely produced by child or forced labour.
24 NOVEMBER 2014
Bangladesh opposition leader loses fresh bid to stop trials
Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia on Monday lost her latest attempt to halt trials on graft charges which could see her jailed for life if found guilty, her lawyer said.
Bangladesh court hands out death verdict to war criminal Mobarak
A special tribunal in Dhaka today handed death penalty to local Awami League leader Mobarak Hossain for gunning down 33 people in Brahmanbaria during the country’s Liberation War in 1971
13 NOVEMBER 2014
Bangladesh sentences fugitive mayor to death for war crimes
Zahid Hossain Khokon, a main opposition party official, was found guilty of 10 charges including forcibly converting minority Hindus to Islam during the nine-month war.
3 NOVEMBER 2014
Bangladesh court upholds death penalty for war criminal
Bangladesh’s Supreme Court today upheld the death penalty for war criminal and Jamaat-e-Islami leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman on one charge but commuted the highest penalty to life term imprisonment for another charge
2 NOVEMBER 2014
Death for Bangladesh Islamist leader Mir Quasem Ali
A second leader of Bangladesh’s largest Islamic party has been sentenced to death for war crimes committed during the 1971 war against Pakistan.
29 OCTOBER 2014
Bangladesh Islamist leader Motiur Rahman Nizami sentenced to death
A special tribunal in Bangladesh has sentenced the head of the country’s Jamaat-e-Islami party to death for his role in the deaths of thousands during the nation’s independence war against Pakistan in 1971.
23 OCTOBER 2014
Bangladesh Islamist leader Ghulam Azam dies aged 91
Last year Azam was sentenced to 90 years in jail after being found guilty of charges relating to Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence with Pakistan
24 SEPTEMBER 2014
Sexual abuse rates spike in Afghanistan
The New Afghanistan Women Association (NAWA) has expressed concerns about rising rates of sexual abuse and harassment in Afghanistan. Over the past six months alone, there were over 240 recorded cases of sexual abuse against women and children in at least six provinces of the country
18 SEPTEMBER 2014
Bangladesh passes law to impeach judges
Bangladesh’s parliament has approved legislation amending the country’s constitution to allow the impeachment of Supreme Court judges.
17 SEPTEMBER 2014
Bangladesh Islamist Delwar Sayeedi death sentence commuted
Bangladesh’s Supreme Court has commuted the death sentence given to Islamist leader Delwar Hossain Sayeedi to life imprisonment.
15 SEPTEMBER 2014
Bangladesh sets two-year jail term for child marriage
Bangladesh on Monday approved a law setting a two-year jail term for anyone involved in marrying a girl aged under 18, in a bid to cut the country’s notoriously high child marriage rate.
14 SEPTEMBER 2014
Bangladesh’s Zia loses court battle on corruption charges
Bangladesh’s highest court on Sunday rejected appeals by opposition leader Khaleda Zia, clearing the way for her to stand trial on embezzlement charges that could see her jailed for life
7 SEPTEMBER 2014
Dhaka quits UN race for Tokyo
In a major policy decision in favour of Japan, Bangladesh has withdrawn its candidature for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for 2016-17
9 JULY 2014
Bangladesh wins sea border dispute with India
A UN tribunal has awarded Bangladesh nearly four-fifths of an area sprawling over 25,000 sq km in the Bay of Bengal, ending a three-decade old dispute over a sea border with India, officials of both countries have said
24 JUNE 2014
Bangladesh defers verdict on Jamaat leader
Bangladesh’s war crimes court has postponed a verdict on the leader of the country’s largest Islamist party for alleged crimes committed during the 1971 independence struggle, according to local media
23 APRIL 2014
Bangladesh court orders opposition chief’s trial go ahead
A top Bangladesh court ruled Wednesday opposition leader Khaleda Zia’s trial over embezzlement charges should go ahead in a case that could see her jailed for life, a prosecutor said.
20 APRIL 2014
Bangladesh court delays Zia ‘fraud’ trial
Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia has received a short reprieve after a court postponed its decision on whether to halt her embezzlement trial that could see her imprisoned for life if found guilty
20 MARCH 2014
A million children live on the streets of Bangladesh
In Bangladesh, about a million children live in the streets, half under the age of ten. And about 95 per cent of them also take drugs
19 MARCH 2014
Bangladesh opposition’s Khaleda Zia faces corruption trial
Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia was ordered Wednesday to stand trial over charges that she and her associates embezzled more than $650,000 in a case that could see her jailed for life.
20 FEBRUARY 2014
Bangladesh opposition wins in local elections
The Nationalist and Islamic fundamentalist parties take 51 upazila (sub-districts) out 97. For the opposition, the result shows that the general election in January was « a farce. »
30 JANUARY 2014
Bangladesh Islamist leader sentenced to death
A Bangladeshi court has sentenced Matiur Rahman Nizami, the leader of the opposition Jamaat-e-Islami party, and 13 others to death for arms smuggling
29 JANUARY 2014
Political assassinations on the rise in Bangladesh, with 138 deaths in January
Human rights activists are sounding the alarm about the rise in political assassinations, particularly among the ranks of the opposition. Many murders are at the hands of the police, which has refused to comment the allegations. In 2013, nearly 4,400 people have died.
12 JANUARY 2014
Sheikh Hasina sworn in as PM in crisis-hit Bangladesh for the third time
Sheikh Hasina was sworn in for a third spell as Bangladesh’s prime minister on Sunday after a deadly general election boycotted by the opposition amid an ongoing political crisis.
Bangladesh’s third largest party head becomes opposition leader
With Sheikh Hasina taking oath as prime minister today and third largest party’s head Raushan Ershad already named leader of the opposition, Bangladesh will have two PMs and two leaders of the opposition at the same time
10 JANUARY 2014
Britain reviews aid to Bangladesh after election violence
British government has said it is reviewing its funding of aid programmes in support of Bangladesh’s parliament following an electiom marred by deadly violence and accusations of ballot fixing
6 JANUARY 2014
Bangladesh ruling party wins elections marred by boycott, violence
The Bangladesh Awami League, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, won Sunday’s parliamentary elections, which were marred by low turnout and violence and were boycotted by the largest opposition group and its allies.
5 JANUARY 2014
18 dead, polling booths firebombed as Bangladesh votes
Thousands of protesters firebombed polling stations and at least 18 people were killed as violence flared across Bangladesh on Sunday during a walkover election boycotted by the opposition.
4 JANUARY 2014
Renewed violence in Bangladesh ahead of disputed election
Dozens of polling booths were torched on the eve of Bangladesh’s violence-plagued election Saturday as the opposition staged a general strike in a final act of defiance against the « farcical » polls.
3 JANUARY 2014
Bangladesh opposition leader urges vote boycott
Bangladesh opposition leader made a last-ditch plea Friday for voters to boycott this weekend’s « farcical » elections and accused the government of placing her under house arrest.
30 DECEMBER 2013
Bangladesh’s former prime minister Khaleda Zia ‘under house arrest’
Khaleda Zia, Bangladesh’s former prime minister and main opposition leader, has been put under house arrest, her aides said today as police surrounded her home in the capital Dhaka.
29 DECEMBER 2013
Bangladesh activists clash with police at polls protest
Supporters of Bangladesh’s opposition parties have clashed with security forces in Dhaka ahead of the country’s general election next week.
26 DECEMBER 2013
Bangladesh opposition leader under ‘virtual house arrest’
Bangladesh’s opposition accused authorities of placing their leader under virtual house arrest Thursday, as tens of thousands of troops were deployed across the country ahead of general elections next month.
15 DECEMBER 2013
Violences kill 13
At least 11 people were killed in Noakhali and Nilphamari as Jamaat-Shibir men clashed with law enforcers and ran riot in several parts of the country to protest the execution of their leader Abul Quader Mollah
13 DECEMBER 2013
Bangladesh execution sparks violent protests
A wave of violence has swept through Bangladesh after the hanging of an opposition leader convicted of war crimes committed during the bloody 1971 war of independence.
12 DECEMBER 2013
Bangladesh executes opposition leader
Bangladesh has hanged opposition leader Abdul Quader Mollah over war crimes, making him the first person to be put to death for massacres committed during the country’s bloody 1971 war of independence.
11 DECEMBER 2013
UN chief, Kerry call Bangladesh PM over poll standoff
UN chief Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State John Kerry called Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday to stress the need for talks with the opposition to resolve the country’s election standoff.
4 DECEMBER 2013
Ershad’s house cordoned off
Law enforcers have entered the house of Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad in Baridhara in the capital hours after he directed his partymen to resign from their posts of ministers and adviser to the PM.
2 DECEMBER 2013
Bangladesh opposition to boycott elections
Bangladesh’s 18-party opposition coalition has said it will boycott a general election scheduled for January, plunging the volatile country into political uncertainty just hours before the final deadline for nominations.
26 NOVEMBER 2013
Seven dead in Bangladesh opposition vote protest
Bangladesh opposition supporters blocked roads and ripped up railway tracks Tuesday in protests against elections announced for January, leaving seven people dead and plunging the nation into fresh turmoil.
25 NOVEMBER 2013
Bangladesh to hold parliamentary elections in January
Bangladesh’s parliamentary election will be held on 5 January, chief election commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad has announced.
14 NOVEMBER 2013
Bangladesh Garment Industry to See Rise in Minimum Wage
Bangladesh factory owners say they have agreed to a 77 percent increase in the minimum monthly wage for garment workers, after days of unrest forced the closure of hundreds of production facilities. Thursday’s announcement followed a meeting between the manufacturers and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that resulted in the agreement, which will raise wages to about $66 per month.
13 NOVEMBER 2913
Dozens hurt in Bangladesh garment factory protest
Riot police fired tear gas to battle thousands of stone-throwing garment workers who rampaged through two industrial towns in Bangladesh during a protest over wages Tuesday that closed at least 200 factories and left dozens of people injured, police said.
9 NOVEMBER 2013
Bangladesh arrests 5 opposition leaders
Bangladeshi authorities have arrested three senior leaders of the main opposition party amid increasing tensions ahead of next year’s elections, an official said Saturday.
5 NOVEMBER 2013
152 soldiers sentenced to die for mutiny in Bangladesh
A Bangladeshi court has convicted more than 300 soldiers at the start of a mass verdict over a 2009 military mutiny in which scores of senior officers were massacred.
3 NOVEMBER 2013
Bangladesh convicts UK Muslim leader, US citizen of war crimes
A Bangladesh war crimes court found a British-based Muslim leader and a US citizen guilty on Sunday in absentia for atrocities committed during the 1971 war of independence.
31 OCTOBER 2013
Bangladesh garment workers reject proposed pay hike
Bangladeshi garment workers on Thursday rejected a proposed 50 per cent wage rise and there were fears of fresh strikes in the crisis-hit industry if the impasse was not quickly resolved.
28 OCTOBER 2013
Fresh violence erupts across crisis-hit Bangladesh
Fresh violence erupted across Bangladesh on Monday, leaving at least four people dead as rival party activists clashed on the second day of a strike amid a mounting political crisis.
27 OCTOBER 2013
Opposition strike begins in Bangladesh
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), led by Khaleda Zia, wants Sheikh Hasina Wajed, the prime minister, to hand power to a caretaker administration before the January election.
25 OCTOBER 2013
Bangladesh opposition protest turns deadly
At least five demonstrators have been killed and dozens injured across Bangladesh and thousands of opposition activists rallied in the capital, Dhaka, on Friday to demand that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina quit and order polls under a caretaker government.
9 OCTOBER 2013
Bangladesh ex-minister Abdul Alim jailed for war crimes
Abdul Alim, 83, of the Bangladesh National Party was guilty of nine of 17 charges dating back to the country’s 1971 war of independence from Pakistan.
1st OCTOBER 2013
Bangladesh MP sentenced to death
Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), on Tuesday was found guilty of torture, rape and genocide during the war for independence from Pakistan in 1971.
23 SEPTEMBER 2013
Bangladesh Garment Workers Protest Low Pay, Shut Factories
More than 100 garment factories in Bangladesh have been forced to close as workers protest for a third day demanding a sharp raise in their minimum wage.
17 SEPTEMBER 2013
Bangladesh Islamist leader sentenced to death
Bangladesh’s top court has sentenced a senior Islamist opposition leader to death for mass murder during the country’s 1971 liberation war against Pakistan. Abdul Quader Molla, 65, the fourth-highest-ranked leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, is the first politician to be found guilty by the country’s Supreme Court after it overturned an appeal to acquit him of all
13 SEPTEMBER 2013
Anwar Hossein passes away
Veteran character actor of Bangla cinema Anwar Hossain passed away due to old-age complications, at the age of 82.
He was admitted to Square Hospital in the capital on August 18 with various complications.
13 AUGUST 2013
Clashes mark Bangladesh opposition strike
Violent clashes between police and protesters take place during 48-hour shutdown called by Jamaat-e-Islami party.
12 AUGUST 2013
Bangladesh: U.S. Calls for Activist’s Release
The United States on Monday urged Bangladesh to free a human rights activist, saying his detention had a “chilling effect” on civil society. The police seized the activist, Adilur Rahman Khan, secretary of the human rights group Odhikar, on Saturday after the organization questioned the official account of a deadly crackdown on Islamist protesters in May
1 AUGUST 2013
Bangladesh Islamist party Jamaat e Islami is banned
Bangladesh’s main Islamic party, the Jamaat e Islami, launched violent protests last night after a court banned its members from contesting next year’s general election.
17 JULY 2013
Bangladesh war crimes: Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid to be executed
Clashes erupt after tribunal finds Jamaat-e-Islami secretary-general Mojaheed guilty of war crimes in 1971 uprising. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/07/201371765535804837.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23340507
16 JULY 2013
Violence erupts in Bangladesh after verdict against former Islamic leader
90 year-old Ghulam Azam sentenced to 90 years in prison for war crimes. The verdict sparks explosions, clashes and scenes of urban warfare all over Bangladesh for national hartal (strikes) organized by supporters of the Jamaat-e-Islami (Islamic Party) and secular activists of Gonojagoron Mancha. Four people die, including a child. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Violence-erupts-in-Bangladesh-after-verdict-against-former-Islamic-leader-28481.html
27 JUNE 2013
US cuts Bangladesh trade privileges over worker safety
An order by President Barack Obama removed Bangladesh’s duty-free trade privileges under the « GSP » program, increasing pressure on Dhaka to boost workplace safety after a series of disasters in the country’s huge garment industry. http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/357336/us-cuts-bangladesh-trade-privileges-over-worker-safety
21 JUNE 2013
Poverty-cut rate rare, remarkable
Poverty rate in Bangladesh will drop between 23.34 and 26.51 percent of the total population by 2015 provided that the country maintains its current pace of poverty reduction, according to World Bank estimates. http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/poverty-cut-rate-rare-remarkable/
Bangladesh: 10 Islamic terrorists sentenced to death
A court in Dhaka have sentenced 10 Islamic extremists to death for a suicide bombing in 2005. Eight people were killed in the attack, including four lawyers, and 70 were injured. The prisoners are part of the fundamentalist group Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), banned by the government in the same year of the attack http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Bangladesh:-10-Islamic-terrorists-sentenced-to-death-28266.html
13 JUNE 2013
Bangladesh, work at 12 or face starvation
Roni is the assistant mechanic because « at home we had nothing to eat. » Poverty is the main reason that 7.4 million children are forced to work. 80% domestic workers, of which 17% suffer abuse and torture. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Bangladesh,-work-at-12-or-face-starvation-28194.html
14 MAY 2013
Bangladesh hit by Jamaat shutdown
Bangladesh’s opposition party, Jamaat-e-Islami, has called for a nationwidewide shutdown following the arrest of its leader, local media have reported. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/20135145217704963.html
10 MAY 2013
Death toll in Bangladesh building collapse tops 1,000
The death toll from the collapse of a building housing textile factories outside the Bangladesh capital rose above 1,000 on Friday, as dead bodies continued to be pulled from the rubble, officials said http://www.france24.com/en/20130510-death-toll-bangladesh-building-collapse http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/bangladesh-toll-passes-1-000-as-stacks-o/670182.html
9 MAY 2013
Bangladesh Jamaat leader sentenced to death
War tribunal convicts Mohammad Kamaruzzaman on charges of genocide and torture of unarmed civilians during 1971 war. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/2013595575783613.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22461129
8 MAY 2013
Bangladesh building collapse death toll over 800
The army in Bangladesh says 804 people have been confirmed dead after the collapse of an eight-storey factory building near the capital Dhaka. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22450419 http://www.euronews.com/2013/05/08/bangladesh-building-collapse-death-toll-over-800/
6 MAY 3013
Skirmishes erupt again on Afghan-Pakistan border
Clashes resumed along the contested Afghan-Pakistan border on Monday after Pakistani troops returned to repair a gate adjacent to a Pakistani border post between the Afghan province of Nangarhar and the Pakistani tribal agency of Mohmand that was the site of last week’s firefight Afghanistan, which has refused to recognize the 1893 British-mandated border between the two countries, says the gate is illegally located on Afghan territory. http://afpak.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/05/06/skirmishes_erupt_again_on_afghan_pakistan_border
6 MAY 2013
Clashes over Bangladesh protest leave 27 dead
The government in Bangladesh has cracked down on protests, taking a television station off-air and transferring the man at the head of the group that instigated the deadly protests out of Dhaka under police escort. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22423815 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/2013561483654241.html
5 MAY 2013
Bangladesh Rana Plaza factory collapse toll passes 600
More than 600 bodies have been pulled from the rubble of a Bangladeshi clothing factory complex that collapsed last week, police say. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22420025
Riot police battle Islamists in Dhaka Bangladesh
Clashes between police and Islamist protesters in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka have left at least three people dead and 60 injured. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22418379
1 MAY 2013
Bangladesh ‘slave labour’ condemned by Pope
Pope Francis has denounced as « slave labour » the conditions of workers caught in a deadly building collapse in Bangladesh last week. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22370487
Bangladesh factory-collapse toll passes 400
May Day rallies in Bangladesh have taken on an added significance as workers marched through the streets to demand improved safety standards after the deaths of more than 400 people after a building collapsed near Dhaka. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/20135161932635626.html
26 APRIL 2013
Violent clashes erupt over Bangladesh building collapse
Police in Bangladesh fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters during a mass rally by garment workers outside of the capital Dhaka on Friday, two days after a building collapse killed more than 300 people and left scores more unaccounted for. http://www.france24.com/en/20130426-bangladesh-police-protestors-clash-mass-rally-building-collapse
18 APRIL 2013
Yunus given rare honour in USA
Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus yesterday received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award of the United States, in recognition of his efforts toward combating global poverty. Yunus is only the seventh person in history to have won both the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, another of the highest US civilian awards http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/yunus-given-rare-honour/
11 APRIL 2013
Bangladesh opposition editor Mahmudur Rahman arrested
He faces charges including sedition and unlawful publication of a conversation that led to the resignation of the head judge of a war crimes tribunal. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22110132
8 APRIL 2013
Bangladesh, Prime Minister: No to a law against blasphemy
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that the country is « a secular democracy » in which « everyone has the right to practice their religion. » For days, supporters of the Islamist party have been calling for a blasphemy law that prescribes the death penalty for those who offend Muhammad and Islam. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22058462 http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Bangladesh,-Prime-Minister:-No-to-a-law-against-blasphemy-27598.html
6 APRIL 2013
Bangladesh protesters demand blasphemy law
One person has been killed as hundreds of thousands of people continued protests in Bangladesh to demand that the government introduce an anti-blasphemy law that would include the death penalty for bloggers who insult Islam http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/04/20134661058364976.html http://www.voanews.com/content/thousands-in-bangladesh-rally-for-antiblasphemy-laws/1636029.html
20 MARCH 2013
Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman dies
Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman, a veteran ruling party politician named to the largely ceremonial post in 2009, died Wednesday in a Singapore hospital, an embassy official said. http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Singapore/Story/A1Story20130320-410090.html http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/03/2013320123245762582.html
14 MARCH 2013
Bangladesh political crisis deepens
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), leader of the 18-party opposition, threatened to call another national strike on March 21 if more than 150 of its activists, are not released from police custody soon. The activists were arrested after violence marred a political rally in Dhaka on Monday, with attacks and vandalism spreading through the country during a dawn-till-dusk protest over clashes in a political standoff that have claimed nearly 100 lives in the past two weeks http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/SOU-05-140313.html
2 MARCH 2013
Violent clashes in Bangladesh over the past three days have left at least 60 people dead.
Violent clashes in Bangladesh over the past three days have left at least 60 people dead. http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/02/more-deaths-in-bangladesh-war-crimes-violence/
1 MARCH 2013
Afghanistan political puzzle
The withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan in 2014 certainly has decisive impact on both Afghanistan’s domestic situation as well its relations with its neighboring states. Afghanistan’s internal political environment will inescapably transform, once the foreign troops depart from the country. http://weeklypulse.org/details.aspx?contentID=3355&storylist=1&goback=%2Egde_2163586_member_219108636
1 MARCH 2013
Bangladesh verdict sparks deadly protests
At least 34 people are reported to have been killed and hundreds injured in protests in Bangladesh after a member of the opposition was sentenced to death for war crimes. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/02/201322814221920994.html
28 FEBRUARY 2013
Bangladesh Islamist sentenced to death
Delwar Hossain Sayedee, 73, vice-president of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was found guilty of charges of mass killing, rape, arson, looting and forcing minority Hindus to convert to Islam during the 1971 independence war, lawyers and tribunal officials said. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bangladesh/9899356/Bangladesh-Islamist-sentenced-to-death.html http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/02/201322865638456746.html http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130228-405429.html
24 FEBRUARY 2013
Journos denounce attacks
Journalists and their professional bodies have denounced the Friday attacks on journalists by religious fanatics during demonstrations by Jamaat-Shibir men and their sympathisers in the capital and elsewhere. http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=270265
17 FEBRUARY 2013
Bangladesh protests trigger changes to war crimes law
Bangladesh’s parliament has amended a law which will allow the state to appeal against the life sentence of an Islamist party leader, after protesters called for his execution. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21492198
8 FEBRUARY 2013
Huge Bangladesh rally seeks death penalty for war crimes
Hundreds of thousands of people are rallying in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka, calling for the death penalty for Islamists on trial for war crimes. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21383632
5 FEBRUARY 2013
Bangladesh politician jailed for war crimes
Abdul Quader Molla, 64, the fourth highest ranked leader of the country’s Jamaat-e-Islami party, has been found guilty of rape, genocide and murder, by the controversial International Crimes Tribunal. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/02/20132561816876315.html http://asiancorrespondent.com/96949/bangladesh-jails-islamic-party-leader-to-life/
31 JANUARY 2013
Bangladesh strike over war crimes trials sparks clashes
At least two people were killed as violence erupted across Bangladesh during a strike called by the largest Islamic party, Jamaat-e-Islami. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21271872
25 JANUARY 2013
MPs to resign if caretaker not restored
BNP yesterday threatened that its lawmakers would quit parliament if the government did not restore the caretaker government system. The threat came following the recent comment by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that the next general election would be held under her government. http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=266568
21 JANUARY 2013
Death for Bachchu Razakar
The international crimes tribunal made history yesterday (21) by sentencing Abul Kalam Azad to death, in its maiden judgment, for genocide and crimes against humanity during the Liberation War. http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=266151
20 OCTOBER 2012
Bangladesh mutiny: 723 border guards jailed
Nearly 6,000 people have now been jailed for the mutiny over pay and conditions, which left 74 people dead. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20018665 http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=254694
1 October 2012
Buddhist villages ransacked by angry Muslims
Muslim protestors have attacked several Buddhist villages in Bangladesh after an image said to show a burnt Koran was posted on a social website.
6 SEPTEMBER 2012
Bangladesh: More data needed on abandoned children, trafficking
Children in Bangladesh who have been abandoned by their parents are vulnerable to traffickers, but tackling the problem is hampered by the lack of data on missing children, say aid workers
1 AUGUST 2012
Top Bangladesh opposition leaders indicted
Forty-six opposition leaders, including BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, will go on trial this week in a case filed for torching a bus.
30 JUNE 2012
World Bank cancels loan for Bangladesh bridge
The World Bank has cancelled a $1.2bn loan for Bangladesh’s Padma bridge project, saying the government had not co-operated in investigating « high level » corruption in the project. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/06/201263062236349471.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-18655846
15 JUNE 2012
UN urges Bangladesh to take in people fleeing Burma violence
Tens of thousands of refugees have fled Burma’s province of Rakhine by boat. About 30,000 are already in camps in Bangladesh. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18460804
13 MAY 2012
Bangladesh indicts opposition leader
Former Bangladeshi opposition leader, Ghulam Azam, has been indicted by a special court for alleged atrocities including genocide and murder during the nation’s 1971 liberation struggle against Pakistan. Azam, 89, the former head of the Jamaat-e-Islami party is accused of creating and leading pro-Pakistan militias which carried out many killings and rapes during the nine-month-long war http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/05/2012513125224311695.html
7 MAY 2012
Dhaka, Delhi agree to sign extradition treaty
Bangladesh and India have agreed to conclude an extradition treaty at the earliest and vowed not to allow domestic or foreign militants and insurgents in each other’s territories.
30 APRIL 2012
General strike disrupts life in Bangladesh
The strike on Monday was called to protest against the disappearance of an opposition official, Elias Ali, which his party, the BNP, blames on the government and security agencies http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/04/2012430174341357708.html
23 APRIL 2012
Strike turns violent in Bangladeshi town of Sylhet
One person has been killed and at least 20 injured as thousands of people protested over a politician’s disappearance in the Bangladeshi city of Sylhet, police have said. Demonstrators are angry at the disappearance of opposition leader Ilias Ali http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17813091
15 MARCH 2012
Bangladesh claims victory in Bay of Bengal dispute
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday 15 termed the triumph over Burma in the maritime boundary dispute case at Hamburg a victory of the whole nation.
12 MARCH 2012
Bangladesh given 90 days to restore caretaker gov’t
Addressing tens of thousands of opposition supporters who gathered in the capital defying government restrictions, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday gave the Hasina administration a 90-day ultimatum to announce the restoration of the caretaker system
6 MARCH 2012
Teaching troubles in Bangladesh
Almost half the population of Bangladesh does not know how to read or write. Authorities want to change this so they have made education free and mandatory until the age of 11
7 FEBRUARY 2012
Inflation hits 15yr high
Fuel import, energy price hike, and taka’s devaluation against the US dollar have jacked up the country’s non-food inflation to 13.16 percent in January — which is the highest in the last fifteen years
19 JANUARY 2012
Bangladesh ‘foils anti-government plot’
The Bangladesh army has foiled a plan to bring down the government of Sheikh Hasina, the prime minister, according to a military spokesman. Brigadier-General Muhammad Masud Razzaq said around 16 former and active officers were involved in the plot, unearthed in December
12 JANUARY 2012
Ghulam Azam lands in jail
Forty years after liberation, former Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Ghulam Azam was sent to jail yesterday on charges of committing crimes against humanity and peace, genocide and war crimes in 1971
25 NOVEMBER 2011
Hasina, India in bind
POPULARITY is a rare quality which begins to elude the rulers when they need it the most. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is in a similar situation. Her stock has shrunk at a time when she requires it badly. People had returned her with a sweeping majority. Yet they increasingly feel, three years after her being in power, that her non-governance, if not mis-governance, has only made their life miserable.
20 NOVEMBER 2011
Bangladesh opens 1971 war crimes trial
The first trial of a suspect from Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence began on Sunday, in a widely-criticised court process that the government says will finally bring traitors to justice.
5 NOVEMBER 2011
Political killings on the rise
Incidents of political killing have taken an alarming rise in the country with death of over 100 leaders and activists of different
parties in the last 10 months.
4 NOVEMBER 2011
Energy-starved Bangladesh signs nuclear power deal with Russia
« Russia will build two nuclear power plants, and each of the units will produce 1,000 megawatts of electricity, » said Yeafesh Osman, a junior minister in charge of Bangladesh’s Science and Technology.
3 JULY 2011
Bangladesh’s former prime minister Khaleda Zia’s son charged for grenade attack
Bangladeshi prosecutors have charged the eldest son of prime minister Khaleda Zia over a 2004 grenade attack that killed 20 people
and injured current prime minister Sheikh Hasina, Zia’s long-time rival