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
29 JUNE 2010
India, China plot Bangladesh woe
According to the 2010 June 29 Daily Star, Bangladesh is going to face water shortage and its cumulative impacts in next two decades
as China and India will build over 200 big and small dams on the Himalayan rivers Yangtze, Brahmaputra and Gages to meet their growing water needs
18 FEBRUARY 2010
Rohingya ‘crackdown’ in Bangladesh
The aid organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres has said that ethnic Rohingya refugees from Myanmar are suffering an increasingly violent crackdown in Bangladesh. An MSF report released on February 18 said the stateless group are being driven from their homes in the Cox’s Bazaar district of Bangladesh, by local authorities and residents
27 JANUARY 2010
Bangladesh hangs killers of independence leader Mujib
Taken from Massoud forum
On January 27, Bangladesh has executed five ex-army officers convicted of killing the country’s independence leader in 1975. The men killed Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the president’s wife, three sons, two daughters-in-law and approximately 20 others as part of a military coup