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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.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/406285/bangladesh-court-orders-opposition-chief-trial-go-ahead

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
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/southasia/2014/04/bangladesh-court-delays-zia-fraud-trial-2014420143710145938.html

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
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/A-million-children-live-on-the-streets-of-Bangladesh-30616.html

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.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/400710/bangladesh-opposition-chief-to-face-corruption-trial
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26643635

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. »
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Bangladesh-opposition-wins-in-local-elections-30364.html

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
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/01/bangladesh-arms-smugglers-sentenced-death-2014130101339413268.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25962798

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.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Political-assassinations-on-the-rise-in-Bangladesh,-with-138-deaths-in-January-30165.html

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.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1080042/sheikh-hasina-sworn-in-as-bangladesh-pm-for-third-time
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/389199/sheikh-hasina-sworn-in-as-pm-in-crisis-hit-bangladesh

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
http://www.asianewsnet.net/news-56005.html

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
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bangladesh/10564063/Britain-reviews-aid-to-Bangladesh-after-election-violence.html

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.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/01/06/world/asia/bangladesh-elections/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
http://www.euronews.com/2014/01/06/bangladesh-ruling-awami-league-wins-election-scarred-by-violence-and-boycotts/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bangladesh/10553249/Bangladesh-prime-minister-Elections-were-legitimate.html

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.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/18-dead-polling-booths/943662.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/01/violence-mars-controversial-bangladesh-polls-20141510625512920.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bangladesh/10551743/At-least-18-killed-in-Bangladesh-election-violence.html

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.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bangladesh/10550571/Renewed-violence-in-Bangladesh-ahead-of-disputed-election.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/01/04/world/asia/bangladesh-protests/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/01/violence-eve-bangladesh-elections-2014141337726950.html

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.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/bangladesh-opposition/942394.html

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.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bangladesh/10542535/Bangladeshs-former-prime-minister-Khaleda-Zia-under-house-arrest.html

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.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25543054
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/12/protester-killed-during-clashes-bangladesh-2013122984511139648.html

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.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/386749/bangladesh-opposition-leader-under-virtual-house-arrest

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
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/ten-more-dead-bangladesh-pm-issues-warning
http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/violence-kills-11/

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.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/12/bangladesh-execution-sparks-violent-protests-201312135743734649.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bangladesh/10516017/Four-killed-in-clashes-after-Islamist-leader-executed.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/384660/clashes-in-bangladesh-after-islamist-hanged

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.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/southasia/2013/12/bangladesh-politician-be-executed-20131212622649656.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/bangladesh-supreme-court-will-not-review-death-penalty/1808614.html

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.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/384339/un-chief-kerry-call-bangladesh-pm-over-poll-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.
http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/ershad-asks-jp-leaders-to-withdraw-nomination/

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.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/12/bangladesh-opposition-boycott-elections-2013122900876856.html

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.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/381761/seven-dead-in-bangladesh-opposition-vote-protest

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.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25093165

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.
http://www.voanews.com/content/bangladesh-garment-industry-to-see-rise-in-minimum-wage/1790050.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Some-200-Bangladesh-garment-factories-reopen-with-bigger-paycheques-for-workers-29540.html

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.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/115776/dozens-hurt-in-bangladesh-garment-factory-protest/

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.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/115596/bangladesh-arrests-5-opposition-leaders/

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.
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/11/05/world/asia/bangladesh-soldiers-death-sentence/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/05/bangladesh-court-sentences-152-to-death-for-2009-mutiny/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/11/bangladesh-mutiny-verdict-due-201311561736760822.html

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.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/bangladesh-convicts-uk-muslim-leader-us-citizen-war-crimes
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bangladesh/10423362/British-Muslim-leader-sentenced-to-death-in-Bangladesh.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24793127

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.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/bangladesh-garment-workers-reject-proposed-pay-hike

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.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/fresh-violence-erupts-across-crisis-hit-bangladesh

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.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/10/opposition-strike-begins-bangladesh-201310276169411597.html

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.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/10/bangladesh-opposition-protest-turns-violent-20131025123326451853.html

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.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24456910

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.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/10/bangladesh-mp-sentenced-death-201310171446700799.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/bangladesh-sentences-lawmaker-to-death-for-war-crimes/1760364.html

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.
http://www.voanews.com/content/bangladeshi-garment-workers-protest-pay-shut-factories/1755037.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Thousands-of-garment-workers-stop-Bangladesh,-demanding-higher-wages-29086.html

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
harges.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/09/201391735611372698.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/bangladesh-sentences-islamic-leader-to-death-for-war-crimes/1751139.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/09/17/world/asia/bangladesh-islamist-death-sentence/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bangladesh/10315433/Islamist-leader-sentenced-to-death-in-Bangladesh.html

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.
http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/anwar-hossain-passes-away/

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.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/08/201381372219815527.html

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
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/13/world/asia/bangladesh-us-calls-for-activists-release.html?ref=asia&_r=0

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.
http://dawn.com/news/1033394/bangladesh-court-rules-jamaat-illegal-bars-party-from-polls
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bangladesh/10215920/Bangladesh-Islamist-party-election-ban.html

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.
http://www.euronews.com/2012/10/01/buddhist-villages-ransacked-by-angry-muslims/
http://www.voanews.com/content/bangladesh_braces_for_more_muslim_attacks-on_buddhist_sites/1517988.html
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=252081

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
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96250/BANGLADESH-More-data-needed-on-abandoned-children-trafficking

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.
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=244348

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.
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=233275

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.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=28675&sec=1

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
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=226106
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17336583

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
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/03/20123610259989341.html

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
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=221423

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
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/01/2012119105036344988.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16627852

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
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=218007

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.
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=39802

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.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20111120-311674.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-15811848

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.
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=209283

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.
http://edition.cnn.com/2011/11/03/world/asia/bangladesh-nuclear-power/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

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
http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20110703-bangladeshs-former-prime-minister-khaleda-zias-son-charged-grenade-attack