Bangladesh opposition calls new strike after deadly vote

Jan 5, 2014

Bangladesh opposition calls new strike after deadly vote

Bangladesh’s opposition called a new 48-hour general strike Sunday to protest at the killing of its supporters by police during a violence-plagued general election. The Bangladesh Nationalist Party said the shutdown would begin on Monday morning, effectively extending a protest which was in place ...

Dec 23, 2013

Bangladesh factory owners charged in deadly fire

Police charged the owners of a Bangladeshi garment factory and 11 employees with culpable homicide Sunday for alleged negligence leading to the death of 112 workers in a raging fire that engulfed the factory last year. It was the first time Bangladeshi authorities had ...

Bangladesh executes opposition leader

Dec 13, 2013

Bangladesh executes opposition leader

An opposition leader convicted of war crimes during Bangladesh’s war of independence in 1971 was executed Thursday, a move that raised fears of new violence before next month’s elections. Abdul Quader Mollah was hanged at 10:01 p.m., said Sheikh Yousuf Harun, chief government administrator ...

Bangladesh sentences 152 to death for 2009 army mutiny

Nov 5, 2013

Bangladesh sentences 152 to death for 2009 army mutiny

The sentences followed a mass trial involving 846 defendants — a process criticized by a human rights group who said it was not credible and that at least 47 suspects died in custody. The border guards, known at the time of the mutiny as ...

Five dead as political strike grips Bangladesh

Oct 27, 2013

Five dead as political strike grips Bangladesh

At least five people were killed in nationwide clashes and trains were attacked as Bangladesh’s opposition Sunday began a strike to demand the prime minister quit and make way for polls under a caretaker government. Police said officers opened fire at protesters in the ...

Lecture DVD project targets education gaps

Oct 24, 2013

Lecture DVD project targets education gaps

by Takuro Iwahashi

Still just a 24-year-old senior at Tokyo’s Waseda University, Atsuyoshi Saisho helped 18 students in a poor Bangladeshi village lacking teachers pass their university entrance exams. Saisho created and heads what he calls the e-Education project, which helps students in developing countries who cannot ...

Bangladesh factory fire leaves at least seven dead

Oct 9, 2013

Bangladesh factory fire leaves at least seven dead

A huge fire at a Bangladeshi factory where workers were making clothes for labels such as Gap and H&M has killed seven people in the latest disaster to blight the country’s garment industry. Firefighters battled through the night to douse the flames at the ...