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Rough sailing for Bangladesh river-gypsies

Bedes, who live on riverboats, are struggling to preserve their heritage as their traditional sources of income dry up. Dhaka, Bangladesh – “Get off,” she yells, shaking her fists at giggling, shirtless children. “Stop hopping. My boat will sink.” Seventy-year-old Halima crouches and bails out water with a timeworn aluminum pot. Satisfied, she sits cross-legged on […]

DHAKA, 22 January 2013 (IRIN) – NGOs in Bangladesh are pushing for a constitutional amendment to guarantee the legal right to access food, or a food security “framework law” that will hold the state liable for any scarcity. Despite the government laying out its commitment in 2012 to food security “for all people of the country at […]

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By Sabir Mustafa, BBC Bengali editor The International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh has delivered its first verdict, sentencing a former Islamist leader to death for crimes against humanity. Abul Kalam Azad, a former leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was found guilty in absentia on eight charges. Tribunals set up nearly three years ago are trying […]

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“I found misdiagnosis of pneumonia … I found misuse of antibiotics,” Prof M S Akbar, a lawmaker and Chairman of the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, said at the inauguration of a workshop in Dhaka on Tuesday. He said pneumonia was ‘over diagnosed and mixed up with the bronchiolitis’. The comment came at a time when […]

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PATUAKHALI, JAN 21: Vehicle movement at Kawarchar road of Kalapara upazila under the district has been hampering for the bad shape of the road. The road links Alipur fish port to Kawarchar sea beach. For this hundreds of tourists including 20, 000 people of five villages under Dhulasar UP of the upazila have been suffering. […]

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” It is the duty ofpolice to serve the people,” she said , while inaugurating the Police Week 2013 at the capital’s Rajarbag Police Lines in the morning. The PM said police were bound to bring perpetrators to justice – no matter who it is. The Opposition BNP has been blaming Hasina and her party […]

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The fishing industry wants the government to work with authorities in Bangladesh to supply 50,000 workers to solve a labour shortage in Thailand’s growing fisheries industry. The National Fisheries Association of Thailand has also proposed that the government consider registering Rohingya people smuggled into Thailand and detained near the Malaysian border in Songkhla province as foreign […]

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DHAKA: Bodies of thirteen Bangladeshi expatriates, died in a devastating fire in Bahrain early this month, arrived in Dhaka on Tuesday evening. Minister for Expatriates’ Welfare & Overseas Employment Engineer Khandker Mosharraf Hossain received the coffins at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport. They were flown by an Emirates flight from Manamar. UNB adds: A flight of […]

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Awami League acting general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif on Tuesday claimed that the AL-led 14-party grand alliance government has no failure except doing publicity of its successes. “We have fulfilled most of the promises we made to people and the rest will be met by the next one year,” said Hanif. The ruling party leader […]

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