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Bangladesh Promises To Improve Local Flood Warnings After Complaints

Bangladesh Promises To Improve Local Flood Warnings After Complaints

In a survey of some 700 families, about 90% did not receive timely warnings that floods were on their way in July Bangladesh will seek to improve the way it communicates flood warnings to local people in regions at risk of rising waters, a minister said on Monday, responding to a report that many flood […]

Bangladesh Appoints Ex-Judge To Tackle Backlog Of Trafficking Cases

Bangladesh Appoints Ex-Judge To Tackle Backlog Of Trafficking Cases

More than 4,000 cases are awaiting trial under a 2012 law that criminalised trafficking, according to police records – Bangladesh said on Monday it has appointed a former judge to advise on how to clear a huge backlog of trafficking cases after coming under international pressure to do more to tackle the crime. Bangladesh has […]

Rohingya Women Aren’t Backing Down! They Defy Threats To Build Their Lives

Rohingya Women Aren’t Backing Down! They Defy Threats To Build Their Lives

Rohingya refugee Shofika Begum can’t stop the flashbacks from two years ago when her husband and sister were shot dead and she was raped in her village in Myanmar that was then torched. Begum, 22, escaped and now lives in the world’s largest refugee settlement in southeast Bangladesh, where she leads a group of about […]

About 3,000 Homeless As Fire Consumes Bangladesh Slum

About 3,000 Homeless As Fire Consumes Bangladesh Slum

There were no fatalities as most residents were away celebrating the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha About 3,000 people in Bangladesh were left homeless after a massive fire consumed several hundred shanties in a slum on the northern outskirts of the capital city of Dhaka, government officials said on Sunday. Three people were injured in […]

Bangladesh Police ‘Rescue’ Dozens Of Rohingya Being Trafficked To Malaysia

Bangladesh Police ‘Rescue’ Dozens Of Rohingya Being Trafficked To Malaysia

Bangladeshi police prevented dozens of Rohingya Muslims, most of them women, about to be trafficked to Malaysia by boat, authorities said on Tuesday. Traffickers had picked up at least 69 Rohingya from refugee camps in the Cox’s Bazar district, promising them work in Malaysia where many Rohingya already live, police said. Scores of Rohingya Muslims […]

Massive Fire In Bangladesh Capital Claims At Least 70 Lives

Massive Fire In Bangladesh Capital Claims At Least 70 Lives

 A devastating fire raced through densely packed buildings in a centuries-old shopping district in Bangladesh’s capital, killing at least 70 people, officials and witnesses said Thursday. The fire in Dhaka’s Chawkbazar area was mostly under control after more than 10 hours of frantic firefighting efforts. Some of the about 50 people injured were critically burned. […]

Bangladesh Opposition Leader Rejects Election Results

Bangladesh Opposition Leader Rejects Election Results

Bangladesh’s opposition alliance said on Sunday it rejected the results of the country’s general election, alleging rigging and demanding a fresh vote under a neutral government. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ruling party has taken a big lead over the opposition in the election, early results and trends showed, which has been marred by violence that […]

Rohingya Trafficking Victims Stuck In Captivity, One Year On

Rohingya Trafficking Victims Stuck In Captivity, One Year On

Hundreds of trafficking victims from Myanmar and Bangladesh remain detained in Malaysia a year after being rescued from near-certain death at sea during the Asian migration crisis. In total, 390 trafficking victims – 325 Rohingya and 65 Bangladeshis – have spent the past year in detention, despite nominally being freed from captivity in May 2015, […]

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