HindustanTimes Mon,21 Apr 2014


Army deployed, 150 held after Buddhist sites torched in Bangladesh

Bangladesh today deployed army to keep vigil in coastal Cox's Bazar and Chittagong cities as police arrested 150 suspected rioters, who torched nearly a dozen Buddhist temples over an alleged anti-Islam post on Facebook, sparking communal tension in the Muslim majority country.

Nearly 300 held in Bangladesh for attacks on Buddhists

Bangladesh police today said they had arrested nearly 300 people after Muslim mobs attacked temples and houses in what Buddhist leaders described as the worst violence against the community since independence.

97% lawmakers in Bangladesh tainted: study

Almost 97% of lawmakers in Bangladesh were found involved in “negative activities” and 70% in virtual “criminal acts”, a watchdog has revealed.

Bangladesh rebuilds temples torched in Muslim riots

Bangladesh has started rebuilding 19 Buddhist temples vandalised by Muslim mobs in violence triggered by anger over a controversial Facebook content, officials said today.

130 missing in Rohingya boat sinking: B'desh Police

About 130 passengers are missing after a boat carrying Rohingya refugees sank off the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh, according to Bangladesh police and a Rohingya advocacy group today.

‘Info Ladies’ take Internet on cycles to Bangladeshi villages

Amina Begum had never seen a computer until a few years ago, but now she’s on Skype with her husband. A woman on a bicycle brings the Internet to her.

'Kheleda knew of 2004 grenade attack plot against Hasina'

A former chief of Bangladesh's premier military intelligence agency on Monday claimed that ex-Prime Minister Kheleda Zia knew beforehand the 2004 grenade attack plot mainly targeting the then leader of Opposition Sheikh Hasina.

11 dead as fire races through Bangladesh slum

A fire has raced through a massive slum on the outskirts of Bangladesh's capital, killing at least 11 people and injuring scores.

13 killed as flyover collapses in Bangladesh: police

At least 13 people were killed and dozens are feared missing after a flyover under construction collapsed in Bangladesh's southeastern port city of Chittagong, police said today.

Fire kills 124 in Bangladesh

At least 124 people were killed overnight as a massive blaze engulfed a multi-storey garment factory on the outskirts of the Bangladesh capital in one of the worst fire tragedies in the country.

Bangladesh factory made cloths for Dutch and Hong Kong supplier

A Bangladesh garment factory that was gutted in a fire that killed more than 100 workers made clothes for the Dutch chain C&A and the Hong Kong supplier Li & Fung, the owner said on Sunday.

Fire at one more factory in Dhaka

Bangladesh firefighters battled a new blaze at a garment factory on Monday as the country prepared for a day of mourning after the death of 124 workers over the weekend in the export industry’s worst accident.

Economist magazine faces contempt in Bangladesh

A Bangladesh war crimes tribunal has accused the British magazine The Economist of hacking the computer of its presiding judge to record conversations and read emails he exchanged with a lawyer.

'Almost no border disputes' with India, says Hasina

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that her country's geographical position obliges it to live in peace with neighbouring countries like India with which now there are "almost no border disputes".

'Militant atheist' blogger stabbed in Bangladesh

A self-styled "militant atheist" who is famed for his anti-religious blogs was fighting for life on Tuesday after he was stabbed in the capital of Muslim-majority Bangladesh, police and medics said.
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