Dec 12, 2014

'Catastrophic' Bangladesh oil spill threatens rare dolphins

An oil spill from a sunken tanker in Bangladesh is threatening endangered dolphins in the vast Sundarbans delta, officials warned Thursday, calling it an ecological “catastrophe.” The tanker was carrying an estimated 357,000 liters (77,000 gallons) of oil when it sank in the Sundarbans’ ...

Nov 28, 2014

South Asia rivals seal power pact, but summit falls short

South Asian leaders signed an agreement to improve cross-border energy trade in the power-starved region, as a summit overshadowed by India and Pakistan’s rivalry ended with little progress toward regional integration. The prime minister of host country Nepal said Thursday the achievements of the ...

Nov 12, 2014

Rola's father indicted over medical benefit fraud

Japanese prosecutors charged the father of fashion model and TV personality Rola for fraud involving medical benefits on Wednesday. According to the indictment, Bangladeshi national Jurip Al-Asa, 54, swindled the municipal government of Tama in western Tokyo out of around ¥980,000 (about $8,500) in ...

Nov 2, 2014

After nationwide blackout, Bangladesh's power supply is restored

Power was back on across Bangladesh on Sunday, a day after the impoverished, energy-starved nation was plunged into a nationwide blackout when the transmission line from neighboring India failed, officials said. The country’s energy grid was fully restored, and any further problems that may ...

Sep 12, 2014

UNICEF: 46 percent of South Asian girls marry by age 18

Nearly half of girls in South Asia marry before their 18th birthday as children in the region continue paying the price of persistent inequality, according to a UNICEF report released Thursday. The report said child marriage is pervasive in the region even though most ...

Ferry carrying hundreds capsizes in Bangladesh

Aug 4, 2014

Ferry carrying hundreds capsizes in Bangladesh

A passenger ferry carrying hundreds of people capsized Monday in central Bangladesh, killing at least two people and probably many more as horrified villagers watched from the shore, authorities said. It was unclear exactly how many people were on board the M.V. Pinak because ...