Bangladesh

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Bangladesh evacuates 400,000 as cyclone hits

Article Date: 
25 May 2009

Bangladesh on Monday evacuated hundreds of thousands of people to emergency shelters on the southwestern coast as a cyclone hit the country, as well as neighbouring India, officials said.

Government weather forecaster Sanaul Haq said Cyclone Aila made landfall between Bangladesh's Khulna district and Sagar Island in India's West Bengal state, unleashing a tidal surge as high as two metres (seven feet).

Article Author: 
Shafiq Alam
Article Source: 
AFP / Google News

Bangladesh appoints new graft body chief

Article Date: 
1 May 2009

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's three-month old government has appointed a former bureaucrat as the new chief of the independent Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) nearly a month after resignation of former army chief Hassan Mashhud Chowdhury.

A government statement last night announced appointment of former secretary to the government Ghulam Rahman, currently serving as the chairman of Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission.

The government also downgraded the status of the ACC chairman to a Supreme Court judge from the status of a minister, which was being enjoyed by General Chowdhury.

Article Source: 
PTI, The Hindu

Bangladesh plans to cut 10 per cent jobs to clip spending

Article Date: 
1 May 2009

Bangladesh has decided not to make fresh recruitment against the 10 per cent vacant posts in government sector to curtail public spending in view of the global recession.

"The government takes the decision on jobs cut prompted by the logic of saving the public resources," Finance Minister AMA Muhith said at a function yesterday, a day after a government circular disclosed the plan.

Article Author: 
Anisur Rahman
Article Source: 
PTI

Mutiny aftermath: Bangladesh blocks YouTube

Article Date: 
9 Mar 2009

Bangladesh blocked access to the video-sharing site YouTube after it hosted a recording of a tense meeting between the prime minister and army officials following a bloody mutiny by border guards, officials said Monday.

The insurrection last month claimed more than 70 lives, shook the two-month-old government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and raised tensions with the powerful military, which opposed her handling of the incident.

Article Author: 
PARVEEN AHMED
Article Source: 
AP

Bangladesh's Remittance Flow Records Over 27 Percent Growth

Article Date: 
3 Mar 2009

Bangladesh expatriates sent home a record $6.148 billion in remittances during the first eight months of the current fiscal year, marking a 27.01 percent growth over the same period of the last fiscal year.

"The flow of remittances is still at a satisfactory level," a senior official of the Bangladesh Bank (BB), the country's central bank, told AHN Media in Dhaka on Tuesday.

The BB official also said that the total amount of remittances dropped slightly in February over that of the previous month due mainly to fewer working days.

Article Author: 
Siddique Islam
Article Source: 
AHN

Bangladesh 'takes back' Rohingyas

Article Date: 
2 Mar 2009

Bangladesh has taken back 49 boatpeople allegedly pushed back into the sea by Thai authorities and rescued by Indian coastguards two months ago.

A senior Bangladeshi diplomat told the BBC that the Rohingyas were on their way to Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh.

Hundreds of migrants were rescued by Indian and Indonesian coastguards. Thai authorities deny mistreatment.

Bangladesh was given a list of 67 Rohingyas by Indian authorities. Dhaka said 49 were its citizens.

Article Author: 
Subir Bhaumik
Article Source: 
BBC News

Dhaka rebels reveal plot to provoke Army, topple Govt

Article Date: 
1 Mar 2009

I'm not sure I buy this yet, but it's worth looking at, if only to be alarmed:

New Delhi: With the committee headed by Bangladesh Home Minister starting a probe into the gruesome revolt by Bangladesh Rifles, informed assumptions of a conspiracy behind the mutiny have begun to get credence with interrogation reports suggesting the hand of Sheikh Hasina’s political opponents.

Article Author: 
Pranab Dhal Samanta
Article Source: 
Indian Express

Bangladesh Mutiny: The Aftermath

Article Date: 
28 Feb 2009

In the aftermath of last Wednesday’s shocking Border Patrol (BDR) mutiny, Bangladeshi police, rescue teams and firefighters are faced with the grisly task of uncovering and burying the dead. Numbering around 70,000, the BDR’s main role is to secure Bangladesh’s long, porous borders with India and Myanmar.

Article Author: 
cicatrix
Article Source: 
Sepia Mutiny

Mutinous Bangladeshi Border Guards Agree to Surrender

Article Date: 
25 Feb 2009

Disgruntled border guards who went on a shooting spree against their superiors in the crowded Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka on Wednesday agreed to surrender after the government promised amnesty, officials said. At least five people were killed and more than 20 were injured, police said. The guards were apparently motivated by demands for higher pay and better living conditions.

Article Author: 
Emily Wax
Article Source: 
Washington Post

"World Bank: Bangladesh, Nepal And Bhutan Vulnerable To Next Global Economic Meltdown Effects"

Article Date: 
22 Feb 2009

At least three countries including Bangladesh in South Asia are vulnerable to the second round effects of the global economic slowdown, the World Bank (WB) has said.

The countries -Bangladesh, Nepal, and Bhutan - have been mostly insulated from the first round effects of the financial crisis owing partly to sound macroeconomic management and the underdeveloped nature of the financial markets that are not exposed to international markets.

Article Author: 
Siddique Islam
Article Source: 
AHN
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