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Bangladeshi coronavirus sufferers shun hospitals

Jul 11, 2020 - 3:29 PM

Bangladesh health experts and virus sufferers say people are worried about the level of care they would receive in a public hospital, leaving beds empty

EMPTY BEDS. This photograph taken on July 9, 2020 shows empty beds at a COVID-19 coronavirus ward in a hospital set up by Al Manahil Welfare Foundation Bangladesh in Chittagong. Photo by AFP

Coronavirus outbreak in Rohingya camps 'contained' – Bangladesh

Jul 07, 2020 - 10:53 PM

It is not clear, however, if some Rohingya avoided testing because of fears they would be moved to an isolated island in the Bay of Bengal, where other refugees were taken after being found at sea

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 15, 2020 Rohingya refugees gather at a market as first cases of COVID-19 coronavirus have emerged in the area, in Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia. - Four more Rohingya refugees at vast camps in Bangladesh have tested positive for coronavirus, taking the total to 25, health officials said on May 25, 10 days after the first cases were confirmed. Health experts have long feared that the virus could spread quickly through the crowded settlements of shacks that home to almost a million Rohingya who fled violence in Myanmar in 2017. (Photo by Suzauddin RUBEL / AFP)

Bangladesh shuts jute mills, lays off 25,000 workers

Jul 03, 2020 - 11:45 AM

Bangladeshi officials say the shutdowns were not caused by the coronavirus, but due to huge losses incurred over the years

Bangladesh's left wing party supporters walk behind a banner during a protest against the shutdown of a state-owned jute mill in Dhaka on July 1, 2020. (Photo by Munir Uz zaman / AFP)

23 die in Bangladesh ferry accident – emergency services

Jun 29, 2020 - 4:44 PM

'We have so far recovered 23 bodies from the sunken ferry,' fire brigade official Enayet Hossain says

FERRY ACCIDENT. Rescue workers bring bodies of victims after a ferry capsized at the Sadarghat ferry terminal in Dhaka on June 29, 2020. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

High street to PPE: Bangladesh garment makers turn virus gloom into boom

Jun 26, 2020 - 10:15 PM

Some Bangladeshi garment factories switch from making clothing to personal protective equipment, reviving jobs and filling demand

In this picture taken on June 18, 2020, labourers from Beximco Textiles Ltd manufacturer work on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) garment used as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Savar on the outskirts of Dhaka. - Facing ruin as orders from Western brands collapsed in the coronavirus pandemic, many Bangladeshi garment factories have been given a lifeline with orders to make protective masks, gloves and gowns for export. Nonetheless, hundreds of thousands of workers who used to work in export-oriented apparel factories in the South Asian country remain jobless despite the new orders and some recovery in Western markets. (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN / AFP) / To go with 'HEALTH-VIRUS-BANGLADESH-ECONOMY' by Shafiqul Alam

Virus fears fuel bicycle sales in congested Bangladesh cities

Jun 21, 2020 - 3:15 PM

Bicycle manufacturers in Bangladesh expect sales to double in 2020

Men pull a cart loaded with bicycles in a bicycle market in Dhaka on June 16, 2020. (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN / AFP)

First Rohingya refugee dies from coronavirus in Bangladesh – official

Jun 02, 2020 - 3:49 PM

The 71-year-old man is among at least 29 Rohingya to have tested positive for the virus in the Bangladeshi camps

KUTUPALONG. In this file photo taken on May 15, 2020 Rohingya refugees gather at a market as first cases of COVID-19 coronavirus have emerged in the area, in Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia. File photo by Suzauddin Rubel/AFP

Bangladesh becomes 60th nation to receive IMF pandemic aid

May 30, 2020 - 7:00 AM

The coronavirus outbreak is severely affecting Bangladesh's exports of ready-made garments and remittances, notes the International Monetary Fund

BACK TO WORK. Laborers work at a garment factory in Ashulia, Bangladesh, on April 26, 2020. Photo by AFP

'Super cyclone' Amphan batters Bangladesh, India

May 21, 2020 - 9:22 AM

'The situation is more worrying than the coronavirus pandemic. We don't know how to handle it,' India's West Bengal state leader Mamata Banerjee says

FLOOD. Residents walk along a house on a flooded street heading to a shelter ahead of the expected landfall of cyclone Amphan, in Dacope of Khulna district on May 20, 2020. Photo by Munir uz Zaman/AFP

Millions batten down as 'super cyclone' Amphan hits Bangladesh, India

May 20, 2020 - 11:03 PM

Authorities scramble to evacuate more than 3 million people from low-lying areas, but the task is complicated by the need to prevent the spread of coronavirus

SUPER CYCLONE. This NASA Earth Observatory image obtained May 20, 2020, shows Tropical Cyclone Amphan at 16:15 Universal Time (9:45 p.m. India Standard Time) on May 19, 2020 as it moved north-northeast over the Bay of Bengal. Handout/NASA Earth Observatory/AFP

'Super cyclone' to slam India, Bangladesh

May 20, 2020 - 9:39 AM

Along with 'very heavy rainfall,' the system is expected to result in a storm surge pushing the sea level several meters higher

AMPHAN. A man looks out as waves hit a breakwater at Kasimedu fishing harbor in Chennai on May 19, 2020, as Cyclone Amphan barrels towards India's eastern coast. Photo by Arun Sankar/AFP

Virus fears as India, Bangladesh evacuate millions to shelters ahead of cyclone

May 18, 2020 - 8:27 PM

(UPDATED) Cyclone Amphan is expected to weaken before it hits India's eastern states and the south and southwestern coasts of Bangladesh

Race to prevent coronavirus 'nightmare' in Rohingya camps

May 15, 2020 - 2:58 PM

Emergency teams race to prevent a coronavirus 'nightmare' in the world's largest refugee settlement after the first confirmed cases are found in a sprawling city of shacks housing nearly a million Rohingya

COX'S BAZAR. A security personnel patrols an alley as Rohingya refugees buy groceries from shops during a government-imposed lockdown of Cox's Bazar district as a preventive measure against the coronavirus, in Ukhia on April 9, 2020. Photo by Mohammad Kalam/AFP

1st coronavirus case found in Bangladesh refugee camps

May 14, 2020 - 10:01 PM

(UPDATED) The World Health Organization clarifies one case is of a Rohingya man and the other is of a local man who lives near the camp and is being treated at a clinic inside the area

WAITING. Rohingya refugees, without wearing any mask or any other safety gear as a preventive measure against COVID-19, wait in a relief distribution point at Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia March 24, 2020. Photo by Suzauddin Rubel/AFP

Bangladesh garment factories reopen, defying virus lockdown

Apr 26, 2020 - 11:30 PM

Garment factories in Bangladesh are reportedly 'under pressure' from brands to meet export deadlines

Labourers work in a garment factory during a nationwide coronavirus lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Asulia on April 26, 2020. - Hundreds of Bangladesh garment factories defied a nationwide coronavirus lockdown to reopen on April 26, raising fears the industry's vulnerable and largely female workforce could be exposed to the contagion. Big-name international brands have cancelled or held up billions of dollars in orders due to the pandemic, crippling an industry that accounts for over nearly all of the South Asian country's export earnings. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Bangladesh Bank to appeal U.S. court's junking of case vs RCBC

Apr 22, 2020 - 2:50 PM

RCBC says the case filed against it by Bangladesh Bank 'was dismissed for failure to state a federal racketeering claim'

Bangladesh rescues nearly 400 Rohingya after weeks at sea

Apr 16, 2020 - 9:30 AM

At least 382 'starving' Rohingya refugees are found floating in a large boat

BOAT. In this photograph taken on October 15, 2018, people get off a boat in Bhashan Char island off the Bangladeshi coast, as it was being prepared for the relocation of Rohingya refugees living in the country's south after fleeing violence in neighbouring Myanmar. Photo by Polash Shikder/AFP

Massive Bangladesh coronavirus prayer gathering sparks outcry

Mar 19, 2020 - 9:15 AM

Organizers claim the number of worshippers reached 25,000

CLOSE CONTACT. Thousands of Muslims attend a prayer session asking for safety amid concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus, near Raipur in Lakshmipur district on March 18, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

Virus slows China's major projects in Asia

Feb 28, 2020 - 11:30 PM

Many Chinese workers who left for the Lunar New Year holidays have not returned. Deliveries of supplies and equipment are also disrupted.

In this photograph taken on February 24, 2020 a Chinese labourer works at a construction site on reclaimed land, part of a Chinese-funded project for Port City, in Colombo. - From an artificial island in Sri Lanka to a bridge in Bangladesh and hydropower projects in Nepal and Indonesia, China's trillion-dollar Belt and Road plan is stuttering under the effects of the deadly coronavirus. (Photo by Ishara S. KODIKARA / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY 'HEALTH-VIRUS-DIPLOMACY-TRADE-CHINA-SASIA' FOCUS BY POORNIMA WEERASEKARA

Bangladesh crab farmers feel pinch as coronavirus halts exports

Feb 16, 2020 - 10:50 PM

The Bangladesh crab industry faces its worst crisis as almost all of its crabs are flown to China, but exports have been halted

In this photographs taken on February 10, 2020 shows workers removing crabs from a pond at a crab farm in Khulna. - Thousands of tons of Bangladesh crabs earmarked for Chinese dining tables are being left to rot because the coronavirus has halted exports. (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN / AFP)

Bangladesh aircrew refuse to work on Wuhan evacuation flight

Feb 09, 2020 - 8:38 PM

The refusal of airline crews to work forces the government to scrap the evacuation plan

RED CROSS. Medical staff members wearing protective clothing to help stop the spread of a deadly virus which began in the city, walk at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan on January 25, 2020. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Bangladesh allows education for Rohingya refugee children

Jan 28, 2020 - 8:40 PM

Local media report that a pilot program involving more than 10,000 students will be launched soon, with UNICEF and Dhaka jointly designing the curriculum

EDUCATION. Rohingya children jump over on sewage concrete sections at Balukhali refugee camp in Ukhia on December 10, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Bangladesh court orders government to ban single-use plastics

Jan 06, 2020 - 11:03 PM

Pollution from single-use plastics is a major problem in Bangladesh, where nearly 170 million people live in a tiny sliver of low-lying land crisscrossed by hundreds of rivers and tributaries

SINGLE-USE. A laborer arranges plastic bags used to carry industrial chemicals to dry next to the Buriganga river in Dhaka on November 21, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Bangladesh shuts mobile network along India border

Dec 31, 2019 - 9:11 PM

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission orders the mobile shutdown late on December 30 along a one-kilometer band along the Indian frontier, the watchdog's spokesman Sohel Rana says

BORDER. The Bangladesh-India border in February 2019. Image from Shutterstock.

No skimpy bikinis: Bangladesh holds first bodybuilding contest for women

Dec 30, 2019 - 9:28 PM

The women bodybuilders keep their brawn under wraps to prevent controversy in the Muslim-majority nation

Bangladesh halts breast milk scheme after Islamist backlash

Dec 30, 2019 - 7:13 PM

Religious leaders say that the plan to feed up to 500 orphans and infants of working mothers could lead to breaches of Sharia law

NEWBORN. This photograph taken on July 23, 2019, shows a mother helping to weigh her newborn baby who is suffering various physical problems including severe respiratory disease at a field hospital in a Rohingya refugee camp in Ukhia in southern Bangladesh. The country has one of the world's highest rates of child malnutrition and stunted growth. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Bangladesh plastics factory blaze kills 13

Dec 12, 2019 - 6:46 PM

Police say some 150 people were working in the tin-shed ground floor factory when a fire broke out with a loud bang in one of the rooms

Bangladesh court sentences Islamist extremists to death for 2016 cafe attack

Nov 27, 2019 - 5:05 PM

Judge Mojibur Rahman says the extremists wanted to 'draw the attention of Islamic State' group

SENTENCED TO DEATH. Police escort detainees (C) accused of allegedly plotting the Holey Artisan Bakery cafe attack, carried out by Islamist militants, to a courtroom for their trial in Dhaka on November 27, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Cyclone death toll rises to 24 in Bangladesh, India

Nov 11, 2019 - 5:11 PM

Cyclone Bulbul, packing winds of up to 120 kilometers per hour when it hit late Saturday, killes 12 people in Bangladesh – 11 from falling trees – and 12 in India's West Bengal and Odisha states

CYCLONE BULBUL. A woman walks through a water logged house after cyclone Bulbul hit the area in Koyra, some 100 km from Khulna on November 10, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

14 dead as Cyclone Bulbul smashes into India, Bangladesh coasts

Nov 10, 2019 - 3:26 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Some 2.1 million people across Bangladesh are relocated to cyclone shelters. In India, nearly 120,000 evacuees start to return home as the cyclone weakened.

STRONG WIND. A man cleans his shop after Cyclone Bulbul hit the area in Bakkhali on November 10, 2019. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

Bangladesh Rohingya island relocation 'uncertain' after U.N. doubts

Nov 03, 2019 - 7:34 PM

Aid agencies says the island was 'isolated' and 'flood-prone'

BLAME GAME. Rohingya refugees arrive to attend a ceremony organized to remember the second anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Climate-fueled flooding to imperil 300 million by 2050

Oct 30, 2019 - 7:39 PM

Destructive storm surges fueled by increasingly powerful cyclones and rising seas will hit Asia hardest, according to scientists

PH has most number of unsolved journalist killings – report

Oct 29, 2019 - 9:31 PM

The 2019 Global Impunity Index lists 41 unsolved media killings in the Philippines over the last 10 years

9 YEARS. Candles lit in the shape of number 9 in commemoration of the 9 years since Maguindanao Massacre. Photo by Jaira Krishelle Balboa/Rappler

16 sentenced to death after Bangladesh teen burnt alive

Oct 24, 2019 - 2:59 PM

'The verdict proves that nobody will get away with murder in Bangladesh. We have the rule of law,' prosecutor Hafez Ahmed tells reporters after the verdict

FINDING JUSTICE. In this photo taken on April 12, 2019 Bangladeshi women hold placards and photographs of schoolgirl Nusrat Jahan Rafi at a protest in Dhaka, following her murder by being set on fire after she had reported a sexual assault. Photo by Sazzad Hossain/AFP

Bangladesh MP 'hired look-alikes' for university exams

Oct 21, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Tamanna Nusrat, from the ruling Awami League party, is accused of paying as many as 8 look-alikes to pretend to be her in at least 13 tests

LOOKALIKES. This photo shows Bangladesh Open University (BOU). File photo from BOU's website

Rohingya refugees agree move to Bangladesh island

Oct 20, 2019 - 5:31 PM

Rights groups warn the island, which emerged from the sea only about 2 decades ago, might not be able to withstand violent storms during the annual monsoon season

BLAME GAME. Rohingya refugees arrive to attend a ceremony organized to remember the second anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Bangladesh issues arrest warrant for Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus

Oct 10, 2019 - 2:48 PM

A judge at a court in Dhaka issues the order as sacked workers from Grameen Communications lodge a complaint saying they were fired because they set up a trade union

MUHAMMAD YUNUS. Muhammad Yunus speaks onstage during the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative "Place for Peace" at Gotham Hall on September 27, 2019 in New York City. File photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative/AFP

Bangladesh troops accused of raping Rohingya girl

Oct 03, 2019 - 9:09 PM

The inquiry comes as around a million Rohingya in vast camps in Bangladesh face increasing hostility two years after fleeing a military offensive in Myanmar

ROHINGYA CRISIS. A Rohingya refugee girl walks back to her home after collecting water from a tube well at Nayapara Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh's Teknaf district on April 6, 2018. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

600,000 Rohingya still in Myanmar at 'serious risk of genocide' – U.N.

Sep 16, 2019 - 11:37 PM

'Myanmar continues to harbor genocidal intent and the Rohingya remain under serious risk of genocide,' UN investigators say in their final report on Myanmar

'RISK OF GENOCIDE.' In this file photo taken on April 25, 2018, taken from Maungdaw district, Myanmar's Rakhine state on April 25, 2018, shows Rohingya refugees gathering behind a barbed-wire fence in a temporary settlement setup in a 'no man's land' border zone between Myanmar and Bangladesh. File photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Bangladesh PM blames Myanmar for Rohingya repatriation failure

Sep 12, 2019 - 11:56 PM

'We've seen Myanmar could not win Rohingya's trust in creating a conducive situation (in Rakhine) for their dignified return,' says Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

BLAME GAME. Rohingya refugees arrive to attend a ceremony organized to remember the second anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

4th Rohingya refugee shot dead over Bangladesh murder

Sep 01, 2019 - 8:59 PM

Rohingya leader Mohammad Noor says there is now 'tense' atmosphere in the camps and refugees are 'living in panic'

200,000 Rohingya rally to mark 'Genocide Day' in Bangladesh camps

Aug 25, 2019 - 2:58 PM

The rally marks two years since the Rohingya fled a violent crackdown by Myanmar forces

RALLY. Rohingya refugees attend a ceremony organized to remember the second anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Bangladesh police shoot dead 2 Rohingya in refugee camp

Aug 24, 2019 - 8:20 PM

The incident comes 2 days after a second failed attempt to repatriate the refugees, who say they won't return unless they are promised security and citizenship in their homeland

ROHINGYA CRISIS. A Rohingya man sells betel leaves in a market at a camp in Teknaf on August 21, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP)

No Rohingya turn up for repatriation to Myanmar

Aug 22, 2019 - 1:59 PM

This latest repatriation attempt follows a visit last month to the camps by high-ranking officials from Myanmar led by Permanent Foreign Secretary Myint Thu

ROHINGYA. A Rohingya man sells betel leaves in a market at a camp in Teknaf on August 21, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Welcome wears thin for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Aug 21, 2019 - 3:22 PM

Resentment, anger, and fear creep in as Rohingya refugee numbers swell in Bangladesh

REFUGEES. In this photo taken on July 22, 2019, Bangladesh police stand as they patrol inside Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Bangladesh ready to repatriate 3,500 Rohingya refugees to Myanmar

Aug 20, 2019 - 12:08 AM

Bangladesh refugee commissioner Mohammad Abul Kalam says he is 'optimistic' about a new repatriation process scheduled to start on Thursday, August 22

ROHINGYA. This picture taken on November 26, 2017 shows Rohingya Muslim refugees looking on near Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

10,000 left homeless after fire razes Bangladesh slum

Aug 18, 2019 - 3:16 PM

The fire breaks out in Dhaka's Mirpur neighbourhood late on Friday, razing around 2,000 mostly tin shacks, fire services official Ershad Hossain says

FIRE. A Bangladeshi man tries to extinguish a fire as it blazes through a slum in Dhaka on August 16, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

'We are scared': Deadly dengue outbreak overwhelms Bangladesh

Aug 08, 2019 - 1:51 PM

Almost 30,000 people are hospitalized with the disease in Bangladesh since January. In the past week some 2,000 patients a day have been admitted to hospitals.

DENGUE FEVER. In this file photo taken on August 4, 2019 shows Bangladeshi children suffering from dengue fever and their relatives as they receive treatment in beds on the floor of a ward at the Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital in Dhaka. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Security tightened as Myanmar delegation visits Rohingya camps

Jul 26, 2019 - 8:18 AM

Some 740,000 Rohingya who fled a crackdown by Myanmar's military in 2017 in Rakhine state still fear for their safety if they return to Myanmar

Young Rohingya refugees look on as a general view of Balukhali refugee camp is pictured in Ukhia on November 16, 2018. - Rohingya Muslims were fleeing Bangladeshi refugee camps to avoid being repatriated to Myanmar later this week, community leaders said on November 12. Authorities plan to begin returning Rohingya refugees, who have fled what the UN has called ethnic cleansing, to the Buddhist majority country from November 15. (Photo by Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP)

Monsoon rains wreak flood havoc across South Asia

Jul 16, 2019 - 9:18 PM

The downpours – which stretch from June to September – can turn deadly, and wreak havoc again this year across India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan-administered Kashmir

FLOODING. Members of an Indian family stand atop a hut at the flood affected area of Hatishila in Kamrup district of India's Assam state on July 16, 2019. Photo by Biju Boro/AFP