Fire destroys hundreds of homes in Rohingya refugee camp

DHAKA: A fire raced through a sprawling Rohingya refugee camp in southern Bangladesh on Thursday, destroying hundreds of homes, officials said. No casualties were reported.The UNHCR said more than 550 homes sheltering about 3,500 people as well as 150 shops were either totally or partially destroy

Bangladesh moves second group of Rohingya refugees to remote island

Bangladesh started moving a second group of Rohingya Muslim refugees to a low-lying island in the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday, despite opposition from rights groups worried about the new site’s vulnerability to floods. The United Nations says it has not been involved in the relocation but urge

Dhaka kickstarts drive to vaccinate 34 million children ‘despite pandemic’

Bangladesh’s government on Saturday launched a $50 million national campaign to vaccinate millions of children against measles (rubella) despite the coronavirus “health emergency.“In 2019, we noticed a rise in the number of cases of measles, rubella among children in different pa

Bangladesh Ships 1,600 Rohingya to Controversial Island

Bangladeshi authorities set more than 1,640 Rohingya refugees on the final leg of their journey to an allegedly dangerous island on Friday, in the first phase of a controversial planned relocation of 100,000 people. Almost a million Rohingya -- most of whom fled a military offensive in neighborin

Bangladesh: World must step up to solve Rohingya issue

Speaking at the UN General Assembly Saturday, Bangladesh’s prime minister reiterated her call for the global community to actively step up to solve the Rohingya issue and the crisis it has caused in Bangladesh.  “More than three years have been passed but not a single Rohingya co

Bangladesh's per capita income rises to $2,064

Bangladesh’s per capita income grew to $2,064 in the FY20, which was $1,909 in the last fiscal year. The Bangladesh Bureau of Statistic (BBS) revealed the figures as provisional data on Tuesday.       Meanwhile, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth was recorded at 5.24% in th

Thousands struggle to stay afloat as Bangladesh floods wreak havoc

Thousands of Bangladeshis are struggling to make a living, with more than 40 percent of the country submerged in water following the worst floods since 1998, officials said Saturday.As of Saturday 41 people had died from the floods, which has affected more than 5.5 million people out of a populati

At least 17 killed as Bangladesh passenger boat capsizes

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A passenger boat carrying more than 40 people capsized Wednesday in a marshy wetland in northern Bangladesh, killing at least 17 people, an official said. The incident happened in Netrokona district, and divers recovered at least 17 bodies, said Bulbul Ahmed, the ar

MP Shahid’s seat to be vacant if dual citizenship proved: PM

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday told the parliament that the seat of Lakshmipur-2 independent lawmaker Mohammad Shahid Islam should be declared vacant if it is proven that he is also a citizen of Kuwait. ‘I don’t know whether he [Shahid] is a national of Kuwait or not, if he i

BNP asks EC to defer by-polls or drop its symbol from ballot

Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Tuesday 7-7-2020 asked the Election Commission to defer the by-polls to Bogura-1 and Jashore-6 parliamentary constituencies considering the coronavirus pandemic or remove its electoral symbol form the ballot paper. The by-polls to the two constituencies ar

Bangladesh arrests 15 extremist suspects in major sweep

Chittagong - Bangladesh police arrested 15 suspected members of a banned extremist group from the country’s second-largest city, officials said Saturday 23 November 2019 . Chittagong police conducted multiple arrests across the port city, including the regional commander and activists of the

Nusrat Jahan Rafi: Death penalty for 16 who set student on fire

A Bangladesh court has sentenced 16 people to death for the murder of a student set on fire after accusing her teacher of sexual harassment.Nusrat Jahan Rafi, 19, died in April in Feni, a small town some 160km (100 miles) outside the capital Dhaka.The headteacher Nusrat had accused of harassment a

Bangladesh says thousands of Rohingya agree relocation to island

Bangladesh's refugee commissioner has said thousands of Rohingya living in Bangladesh refugee camps have agreed to move to an island in the Bay of Bengal despite fears the site is prone to flooding. Some 740,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar in August 2017 in the face of a military crackdown, joining 200,0

Bangladesh student killing: Thousands protest demanding justice

Dhaka -by Faisal Mahmud -  Thousands of university students on Monday staged protests in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka and Rajshahi city after an undergraduate student was allegedly killed by activists of Chhatra League - the student wing of the ruling Awami League party. Abrar Fahad, 21 - a s