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Poor suffer most as unrest hits economy

For weeks, Bangladeshi farmer Dibakar Ghosh has been pouring his milk into the river, unable to get it to buyers because of a months-long transport blockade that has crippled the impoverished nation. As his losses mount, the 30-year-old can no longer afford to feed his cows and fears he may have to sell them for slaughter, destroying his business, reports AFP. child labour“My losses in the last two months add up to 60,000 taka (about $800),” Gosh told AFP from his village in the northwestern cattle-farming region. “There are 150...

Politics in Bangladesh on the boil

THE endgame may have started, but this week it became clear that it will take its time to play out. On February 25th a warrant was issued for the arrest of Khaleda Zia, the leader of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP); many people had expected police to haul her in this week. Mrs Zia (pictured in the poster above, to the left) is not only the archenemy of the prime minister, Sheikh BNPHasina; she is also virtually her government’s last standing opponent. Over the past two months, as the confrontation between the two rivals has...

London calls for inclusive political process

The United Kingdom has urged the government and all political parties in Bangladesh to ensure an inclusive and participatory political process. british foreign ministerIn a statement on Thursday, the UK secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth office, Hugo Swire, insisted on taking confidence-building measures necessary to stop violence and reduce tension. The UK minister joined the calls for confidence-building measures as a group of diplomats of developed countries, stationed in Dhaka, recommended t...

Campaign for UN, EU to hold fresh election in BD

The Bangladesh Democracy Forum (BDF), supporters of a United Nations regulated election in Bangladesh, have launched a petition urging supporters to demand the United Nations and European Union intervene and oversee new political elections in the country. violance against womenThe BDF, comprised of democracy loving people of Bangladesh, Bangladeshi expatriates, non-resident Bangladeshis and other interested stakeholders are urging involvement as the country is in the midst of political unrest since 5th January, 2014's unilate...

Bangladesh on the brink of political disaster

Bangladesh, a South Asian country of 150 million people, is on the brink of disaster now after facing a prolonged political turmoil for over a year. The recent bouts of political violence began on January 3 when police, on the order of the Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, acted very highhandedly and banned all the protests in the national capital city of Dhaka. The police also confined the leader of the country’s hartalmain opposition, Bangladesh Nationalist Party, BNP, Khaleda Zia, to her office. Apparently this was done to neutralize the oppositi...

UN sends official to broker peace deal to end BD unrest

UN Chief Ban-Ki-moon has assigned a senior official to Bangladesh to broker a peace initiative in the ongoing political unrest that has claimed over 100 lives in the country. "The secretary general is personally committed to the stability and positive development of Bangladesh," local media on Friday quoted a UN spokesman as saying. Bangladeshi textile workers run to safetThe UN secretary general's spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Ban tasked UN's assistant secretary general Oscar Fernandez-Taranco to liaise with the government and "he's d...