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Tazreen owners indicted

A Bangladesh court ordered on Thursday two garment factory owners and 11 others stand trial for causing the death of 111 workers, almost three years after the country’s worst industrial fire. Delwar Hossain and his wife Mahmuda Akter were formally charged over the blaze that tore rana-plaza-1jpgthrough the Tazreen factory on Dhaka’s outskirts, trapping workers who stitched clothes for Western retailers. “The court charged the 13 including Delwar and his wife with causing death by negligence,” prosecutor Khandakar Abdul Mannan said outs...

Woman accuses priest of abuse

A Dhaka court issued an arrest warrant against a Catholic priest on Aug. 30, about a month after a woman accused the priest of abuse and refusing to marry her after nearly 10 years of an alleged intimate relationship. Felicita Murmu, 44, a Catholic from the indigenous Santal community, filed her case against Father Patras Hembrom, 43, also a Santal, on July 28 under the country’s Women and Children Repression Act. Murmu’s lawyer Debendra Nath said that if found guilty, Father Hembrom could face 10 years in jail plus a fine. “Having a physical relationship with a woman with a false promise of marriage is a serious crime according to the law,” she said. Murmu said she was left with no option except to pursue a legal claim against the priest for his past alleged abuses.

Etihad officer held for gold smuggling

A security officer with the Etihad Airways was found involved in gold smuggling at the Mumbai airport as he was receiving gold smuggled by a passenger in a cigarette packet, reports The Indian Express. The passenger admitted handing over gold to the security officer on four earlier occasions, said Customs officials according to The Indian Express. deepak-golani-1wbPassenger Sunil Jagwani was intercepted by officers of Air Intelligence Unit when he was handing over gold to Deepak Golani who was in-charge of security for all Etihad ...

Cocaine smugglers turn to India, BD for new routes, markets

Police who seized Asia’s largest known shipment of liquid cocaine at a Bangladeshi port late last month say it was headed for India, the latest sign that drug cartels are increasingly plying their trade in South Asia. It isn’t clear whether India was the final destination for the cocaine, worth as much as $14 million, or whether it was a transit point for other markets in Asia and Europe. “They wanted to redirect it to India when it got stuck at Chittagong,” Bangladeshi police official CocaineAFPMohammad Kamruzzaman said. Kamruzzaman said they ...