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Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh. The country is
about 2 times the size of Ireland. The population is predominantly
(SFC, 5/22/98, p.D4)(Econ, 2/10/07, p.41)
The Bengali New Year, celebrated on April 14, is the most important
secular festival for the 155 million ethnic Bengalis in
The Indus Valley civilization grew up along the banks of the Indus
River in what later became Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan.
The cities of Harappa and Mohenjo-Dara showed the development of
multi-level houses and city-wide plumbing. A natural disaster that
altered the course of the Indus River appears to have brought about
the collapse of this civilization. The Harappan (Indus) civilization
slowly disintegrated by about 1000 BC. It extended over more than
386,000 square miles (1 million square km) across the plains of the
Indus River from the Arabian Sea to the Ganges. In 2012 researchers
said Harappans faced climate change and apparently fled along an
escape route to the east toward the Ganges basin, where monsoon
rains remained reliable.
2700BC-700BC The Harappan civilization flourished
in the Indus and Ganges valleys.
450BC In 2006 archaeologists in Bangladesh said
they had uncovered part of a fortified citadel at Wari, northeast of
Dhaka, dating back to this time that could have been a stopping off
point along an ancient trade route.
800-900 In northern Bangladesh the Buddhist
monastic complex at Paharpur was built by the Pala dynasty.
(AM, Mar/Apr 97 p.B)
1400-1500 The city of Bagerhat was founded in
southern Bangladesh by Ulugh Khan-i-Jahan as a Muslim colony.
(AM, Mar/Apr 97 p.B)
1943 Bangladesh, while still
part of Pakistan, experienced a famine.
(Econ, 11/3/12, p.23)
1947 Sep 27, Sheik Hasina,
later Bangladesh prime minister, was born.
(WP, 6/29/96, p.A20)
1947 Bangladesh as part of
Pakistan gained independence from Britain.
(SFC, 7/1/97, p.A9)
1947 At the time of India’s
partition and the creation of Pakistan, many Muslim Biharis moved to
what was then East Bengal. In 1971, when war broke out between West
Pakistan and East Pakistan (or Bangladesh), the Biharis, who mostly
considered themselves Pakistani, sided with West Pakistan.
1952 Feb 21, Bangladesh Martyrs
Day (martyrs of Bengali Language Movement).
1958 A periodic flowering took
place in the bamboo forests of Bangladesh leading to a plague of
rats. The flowering recurred in 2008 causing a similar rodent
(SFC, 2/16/08, p.B6)
1960 Oct 10, A cyclone and
tidal wave hit the Gulf of Bengal and killed about 6,000 in East
1963 May 20-1963 May 23, In
East Pakistan a cyclone killed about 22,000 along coast of the Bay
1964 Apr 11, The Bangladesh
Observer (East Pakistan) reported that as many as 500 people may
have died as a tornado destroyed villages in the Narail and Magura
regions of Jessore.
1965 May 11-1965 May 12, In
East Pakistan a cyclone killed some 12,000.
1965 Jun 1-1965 Jun 2, The 2nd
of 2 cyclones in less than a month killed 35,000 along the Ganges
River in East Pakistan.
1969 Apr 14, A tornado struck
Dacca in East Pakistan killing 660.
1970 Nov 12, A 240 KPH cyclone
hit East Pakistan (Bangladesh) [see Nov 13].
1970 Nov 13, The Bhola Cyclone
killed an estimated 300,000 in East Pakistan (Bangladesh). The
highest loss of life and destruction occurred on the low lying
islands of the Ganges Delta south of Dhaka. In particular the island
and district of Bhola, where casualties may have exceeded 100,000
alone, with the towns of Charfasson and Tazumuddin being devastated.
The city of Chittagong was also badly affected. The official death
toll was put at 150,000, with 100,000 people missing. However many
estimates put the true figure as high as 500,000.
1970 Dec 7, In Pakistan polling
began for 300 seats in the National Assembly. The Awami League, led
by Sheik Mujibur Rahman, emerged as the single largest party in the
National Assembly by winning 160 seats. It was also able to win 288
out of 300 seats in the East Pakistan Assembly. However, the party
failed to win even a single seat in the four Provincial Assemblies
of West Pakistan. The Pakistan People’s Party, led by landlord
Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, won a majority in West Pakistan. Mr. Bhutto and
military leader, Gen. Yahya Khan, refused to honor the results.
1970 Fazle Hasan Abed (b.1936),
a Bangladeshi educated in Britain, turned offices in Chittagong into
a refuge for victims of the recent Bhola Cyclone. By 1972 it was
known as the Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee (BRAC).
In 2010 Ian Smillie authored “Freedom From Want: The Remarkable
Success Story of BRAC, the Global Grassroots Organization That's
Winning the Fight Against Poverty.”
1971 Mar 21, Sheik Mujibur
Rahman (Mujeeb-ur Rehman) declared East Pakistan (later Bangladesh)
independent of Pakistan. Pakistani Pres. Yahya Khan ordered the army
in; several million East Bengali refugees fled to India. Rahman was
the father of later PM Hasina Wajid.
(WUD, 1994, p. 1688)(SFC, 12/31/00, p.B3)
1971 Mar 25, Sheik Mujibur
Rahman was arrested in Dhaka. Pakistani forces started Operation
Searchlight, a systematic plan to eliminate any resistance.
Thousands of people were killed in student dormitories and police
barracks in Dhaka.
1971 Mar 26, East Pakistan
proclaimed its independence, taking the name Bangladesh. [See Mar
21] This is considered the official Independence day of Bangladesh.
1971 Aug 1, The Concert For
Bangladesh, two benefit concerts organized by George Harrison and
Ravi Shankar, played to a total of 40,000 people at Madison Square
1971 Oct 19, Pakistani soldiers
attack a village in Netrokona district of Bangladesh. At least 7
people were killed.
1971 Nov 22, Guerrilla fighting
escalated on the border of East Pakistan. India massed 12 divisions
near the border.
(WUD, 1994, p. 1688)
1971 Dec 3, The 3rd
Indo-Pakistani war began when India under Indira Gandhi intervened
in the Pakistani civil war. Pakistan attacked Indian airfields and
India mobilized its army after nearly 10 million refugees poured
into India. The India-Pakistani civil war ended with independence
for East Pakistan, which became known as Bangladesh.
(SFEC, 8/3/97, p.A15)(SFC, 6/12/99, p.A12)(SSFC,
1971 Dec 6, Bangladesh became
independent from Pakistan following a 9-month war in a struggle led
by Sheik Mujibar Rahman. Sheik Rahman was nominated as president on
Dec 20 and released from prison on Dec 22; he returned to Bangladesh
(SFC, 5/21/96, p.A-10)
1971 Dec 6, India recognized
the Democratic Republic of Bangladesh and Pakistan broke off
diplomatic relations. Bangladesh later accused Pakistan of war
atrocities that led to the death of some 3 million people during the
(WUD, 1994, p. 1688)(SFC, 12/31/00, p.B3)
1971 Dec 16, Pakistani forces
in East Pakistan surrendered to the allied forces of India and
Bangladesh, jointly known as the Mitro Bahini. Bangladesh gained
independence. Bangladesh later accused Pakistan of war atrocities
that led to the death of some 3 million people during the 9-month
1971 Dec 17, A cease fire began
between India and Pakistan in East Pakistan.
1971 Dec 20, Sheik Mujibar
Rahman was nominated as president of Bangladesh. He was released
from prison in Pakistan on Dec 22 and returned to Bangladesh Jan 10.
(SFC, 5/21/96, p.A-10)
1971 The US under Pres. Nixon
sent military planes and other material to Pakistan as East Pakistan
fought for independence. Nixon, at the behest of national security
advisor Henry Kisinger, also deployed a naval task force to the Bay
of Bengal to intimidate India.
(Econ, 9/21/13, p.90)
1971 Archer Blood, the senior
US consul-general in Dhaka, sent regular, detailed and accurate
reports of the bloodshed that was taking place in East Pakistan. In
2013 Gary Bass authored “The Blood Telegram: Nixon, MKissinger and
the Forgotten Genocide.”
(Econ, 9/21/13, p.90)
1971 Following Pakistan’s
defeat by India and Bangladesh in the Bangladesh war, Pakistan
decided to develop a nuclear weapons program.
(SFC, 5/28/98, p.A9)
1971 Gholam Azom (aka Ghulam
Azam b.1922)) led the Jamaat-e-Islami party. The party’s student
wing organized a militia, called Al Badr, to support the West
Pakistan army during the war for independence. As the former Ameer
of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh, Azom opposed the independence of
Bangladesh during and after the 1971 war and led the formation of
Shanti Committee, Razakar and Al-Badr to thwart the Mukti Bahini
that fought for independence.
1972 Jan 10, Sheikh Mujibur
Rahman (b.1920) returned to Dhaka from prison in West Pakistan. He
soon promulgated an interim constitution and was sworn in first as
president of Bangladesh, then as prime minister.
1972 Mar 19, India and
Bangladesh signed a friendship treaty.
1973 Mar 7, Sheikh Mujibur
Rahman (1920-1975), a leader of the Bangladeshi independence
movement and first prime minister of Bangladesh, won a landslide
victory in the country's first general elections. Rahman and the
Awami League won elections.
1973 Bangladesh passed its
Int’l. Crimes Tribunal Act.
1973 The Shanti Bahini (Peace
Force) guerrillas, mostly members of the Chakma tribe, took up arms
after Bangladesh rejected their demands for autonomy over 5,500
sq.-mile region bordering India and Burma. They also demanded the
removal of more than 300,000 settlers from their tribal homeland.
(SFC, 9/12/96, p.A14)
1974 Feb 22, Pakistan
officially recognized Bangladesh.
1974 Aug, Monsoon floods
ravaged Bangladesh and some 2,500 were killed.
1974 In Bangladesh famine and
flooding left an estimated 27,000 people dead this year.
1975 Aug 15, Bangladesh
army officers killed Sheik Mujibar Rahman, the country's founding
leader and father of Hasina Wajed. A total of 20 people, including
domestic staff, were killed when the group of officers stormed his
house. General Ziaur Rahman, father of Khaleda Zia, became the
military ruler. Rahman had introduced a one-party socialist system
and assumed almost dictatorial powers. In 1997 the government
charged two people with his assassination. In 1998 15 men were found
guilty and sentenced to death. Three were acquitted in 2001. Of the
remaining 12, five appealed the verdict to the Supreme Court, six
are in hiding and one is believed to have died in Zimbabwe. In 2010
the Supreme Court upheld the death sentence for five killers.
(SFC, 6/12/96, p.A9)(SFC, 6/14/96, p. A14)(SFC,
4/7/97, p.A10)(AFP, 1/27/10)
1975 Smallpox was eradicated in
India and Bangladesh.
(SFC, 10/19/01, p.A17)
1976 In Bangladesh Muhammad
Yunus began his micro-loan program and founded the Grameen Bank.
Small loans were initially made to groups of five women who
supported one another.
(Wired, 2/98, p.67)
1980 May 30, In Bangladesh
General Ziaur Rahman was assassinated by dissident army officers.
1976 Just Faaland and
J.R. Parkinson authored “Bangladesh: The Test Case of Development.”
(Econ, 11/3/12, p.13)
1980 In Bangladesh the
installation of cheap surface wells was begun to keep people from
drinking infected pond and river water [see 1990].
(SFC, 7/30/97, p.A8)
1981 May 30, In Bangladesh
Major Gen’l. Abdul Manzoor was shot and killed after he led a failed
uprising that killed Pres. Ziaur Rahman 1980. Hussein Mohammed
Ershad and 4 army officers were later accused of the killing.
1982 Mar 24, In Bangladesh
Hussein Mohammed Ershad overthrew Justice Abdus Sattar and seized
power in a bloodless coup.
1983 The capital building of
Bangladesh was completed. It was designed by Louis Kahn (1901-1974),
1983 In Bangladesh Muhammad
Yunus opened the Grameen Bank, dedicated to providing small loans to
rural villagers. The bank was very successful and was copied as a
model for similar programs in the US and elsewhere.
(SFEC, 8/17/97, Par p.4)
1985 May 25, A cyclone ravaged
the Meghna River delta of Bangladesh. Some 10,000 people and 500,000
head of cattle died; hundreds of thousands were left homeless.
1985 The South Asian
Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) was founded in Dhaka,
Bangladesh, with the aim of promoting economic cooperation and
alleviating poverty in South Asia. Members included Bangladesh,
Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
1986 Apr 20, The Atlas Star, a
double-decker ferry, sank in stormy weather in Bangladesh. 500
passengers were feared drowned.
1986 May 25, Some 600 people
died when the ferry Shamia went down in the River Meghna in southern
Barisal district, Bangladesh.
1988 Sep 4, Officials in
Bangladesh reported that floods had inundated three-quarters of
their impoverished nation, claiming at least 882 lives. Monsoon
floods left over 3,000 dead this year.
(AP, 9/4/98)(SFC, 8/13/02, p.A15)
1988 Dec 1, At least 1300 were
killed after a cyclone hit Bangladesh. Half a million were left
1988 Bangladesh’s military
ruler declared Islam the state religion by amending the charter, but
it barely affected the secular legal system mainly based on British
common law. In 1996 the Supreme Court ruled the provision in the
constitution is undemocratic. In 2011 the Cabinet decided to keep
the provision of state religion considering the national reality.
1989 Apr 27, A hurricane in
Bangladesh killed 500.
1990 Dec 6, In Bangladesh an
opposition campaign led by Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina forced
Pres. Hossain Mohammad Ershad to resign.
1990 Bangladesh Chief Justice
Shahabuddin Ahmed took over a caretaker government for three months
to oversee elections after the ouster of military ruler Hossain
1990 Bangladesh authorities
were warned that arsenic was seeping from the subsoil into the water
supply through the cheap surface wells. The adjoining Indian
Province of West Bengal first noticed the problem. The wells were
dug by UNICEF in an effort to provide clean water.
(SFC, 7/30/97, p.A8)(WSJ, 6/24/05, p.W9)
1991 Feb 27, Bangladesh General
H.M. Ershad, leader of the Jatiya Party, was toppled in elections.
He was then jailed for the next 6 years for corruption and abuse of
power. The Nationalist Party of Khaleda Zia, widow of General Ziaur
Rahman won the elections and moved the country away from a socialist
economic system begun by Sheik Mujibur.
p.E3)(SFC, 11/27/97, p.B5)
1991 Apr 30-1991 Apr 31, A
cyclone in Bangladesh killed an estimated 131,000 people. 9 million
were left homeless. Thousands of survivors died from hunger and
water borne disease.
(AP, 4/30/97)(SFC, 5/19/97,
1991 May 11, President Bush
dispatched an amphibious task force with thousands of Marines and
dozens of helicopters to help cyclone-ravaged Bangladesh with
disaster relief efforts.
1991 Bangladesh General H.M.
Ershad, leader of the Jatiya Party, was toppled in elections. He was
then jailed for the next 6 years for corruption and abuse of power.
The Nationalist Party of Khaleda Zia, widow of General Ziaur Rahman
won the elections and moved the country away from a socialist
economic system begun by Sheik Mujibur.
(SFC, 6/12/96, p.E3)(SFC, 11/27/97, p.B5)
1992 Bangladesh began refusing
refugee status to Rohingyas, a dark-skinned Muslim minority from
(Econ, 12/1/07, p.56)
1992 Harkat-ul Jihadi-e-Islami
(HUJEI) was formed with funds from al-Qaeda with the goal of
creating an Islamic state in Bangladesh.
(SFC, 2/15/02, p.A20)
1992 In Bangladesh a toxic
paracetamol syrup produced by BCI Pharmaceuticals killed at least 76
children this year alone. Hundreds of children died from the syrup
as they developed kidney diseases and other ailments after taking
the medicine in the 1990s. In 2015 six officials of the dissolved
company were sentenced to 10 years in prison. Five local companies,
including BCI, were accused in the case.
1993 Islamic fundamentalists
imposed a sentence of death on Bangladesh writer Taslima Nasreen for
her 1992 novel "Shame." [see Nasrin 1998]
(WSJ, 8/31/99, p.A20)
1993 Pakistan halted the
repatriation process of Urdu speakers from Bangladesh, saying it did
not have the money or land to house them. This left some 250,000
refugees and their descendants to languish in 70 government-run
camps across Bangladesh.
1994 Aug 20, More than 250
killed when a ferry sank in a storm on the River Meghna in
1994 Taslima Nasreen (32),
Bangladeshi writer, authored her novel "Lajja" or "Shame," which
depicts violence against minority Hindus by Muslim fundamentalists
in Bangladesh. Muslims soon called for her execution for that and
other works. Nasreen went into hiding in India after receiving
threats from Islamic groups.
1995 Dec, A general strike
affected more than 60 cities and towns. It was aimed at forcing the
resignation of Prime Minister Zia, who was accused of corruption and
incompetence. In Chittagong 50 people were hurt when rival student
(WSJ, 12/11/95, p.A-1)
1996 Jan 1, Some 100,000
Bangladeshi women rallied to protest Islamic clerics’ attacks on
female education and employment.
1996 Feb 15, Violence in
Bangladesh kept the election turnout to about 15%. Opposition
leaders filed no candidates and claimed that the results showed that
Prime Minister Zia had lost authority to rule.
(WSJ, 2/16/96, p.A-1)
1996 Feb, The term of
government of Khaleda Zia expired.
(SFC, 6/12/96, p.A9)
1996 Mar 17, A gasoline bomb
killed one person and injured 15 aboard a bus that was defying a
nationwide general strike.
(WSJ, 3/18/96, A-1)
1996 Mar 24, Troops broke up
protests in Dhaka and injured about 50 people. In Chittagong a bomb
killed at least 2 people amid a general strike.
(WSJ, 3/25/96, p.A-1)
1996 Mar 27, Bangladesh passed
a constitutional amendment setting up a process for calling new
elections. Prime Minister Zia may resign soon.
(WSJ, 3/27/96, p.A-1)
1996 Mar, Prime Minister Zia
resigned but enacted a constitutional amendment that all future
elections be held under caretaker governments. Power was passed to
former chief justice Mohammed Habibur Rahman. Ultimate power rested
with Pres. Abdur Rahman Biswas.
(SFC, 6/12/96, p.A9)
1996 May 13, A severe storm in
north Bangladesh killed at least 447 and injured more than 50,000 in
the district of Tangail. Winds had surged to 125 mph.
(SFC, 5/15/96, A-8)
1996 May 21, Pres. Abdur Rahman
Biswas accused the army chief. Lt. General Abu Saleh Mohammad Nasim
of ordering troops to march against the government. There has been 2
presidents assassinated, 3 military coups, and 18 coup attempts
since independence in 1971.
(SFC, 5/21/96, p.A-10)
1996 May 23, In Bangladesh as
many as 77 people were feared drowned in a sunken ferry after a
collision on the Jamuna River. More than 50 ferries have sunk since
1981 killing more than 1,000 people.
(SFC, 5/25/96, p.A11)
1996 Jun 12, The Election
Commission of Bangladesh announced that the liberal Awami League of
Hasina Wajed won 126 seats, the centrist National Party 103
seats, and the Jatiya Party 28.
(SFC, 6/13/96, p.C1)
1996 Jul, Grameen CyberNet went
live and offered Net connections to dialup customers in Dhaka.
(Wired, 2/98, p.67)
1996 Sep 11, Shanti Bahini
guerrillas killed 30 Bengali-speaking settlers in the southeastern
Chittagong Hill Tracts.
(SFC, 9/12/96, p.A14)
1997 Jan 9, The top court
ordered former President Ershad freed after 6 years of confinement
for corruption and weapons charges.
(WSJ, 1/9/97, p.A1)
1997 Mar, Grameen-Phone
launched cell-phone services in Bangladesh. Iqbal Quadir formed a
consortium with Grameen Bank and Telenor of Norway, secured loans
and won a license from the government to launch the service.
Telephone access, administered by local telephone ladies, soon
provided phone service to over 50,000 rural villages.
(Econ, 3/11/06, Survey p.37)
1997 May 18-1997 May 19, In
Bangladesh a cyclone pounded the country and 50,000 people were
evacuated from the flat coastal region. As many as 350 people were
(SFC, 5/19/97, p.A13)(SFC, 5/20/97, p.A12)(SFC,
5/21/97, p.A8)(SFC, 5/22/97, p.A3)
1997 Jun 13, A ferry on the
Dhanu River northeast of Dhaka capsized in a whirlpool and at least
50 people were drowned.
(SFEC, 6/15/97, p.D3)
1997 Jul 14, Monsoon flooding
killed at least 64 people in the last week.
(WSJ, 7/14/97, p.A1)
1997 Aug 1, At least 150
fishermen were missing in the Bay of Bengal after a storm sank their
(SFC, 8/1/97, p.A16)
1997 Oct 18, It was reported
that a tornado during the week killed 22 people and injured more
than 400 at the site of an annual congregation of Biswa Ijtema, the
2nd largest Muslim gathering after the Haj pilgrimage in Saudi
(SFC, 10/18/97, p.A13)
1997 Nov 29, It was reported
that an earthquake rocked Bangladesh and eastern India and that 21
people were killed in Chittagong.
(SFC, 11/29/97, p.A14)
1998 Jan 6, It was reported
that frigid weather killed at least 165 people over the last 2
(SFC, 1/6/98, p.A10)
1998 Feb, In Bangladesh the war
between the 13 tribes in the Chittagong Hill Tracts and the central
government ended after 22 years of fighting. Warriors began turning
in their weapons and lump sum payments were to be made to rebels.
The tribes were Buddhist Southeast Asian peoples with their own
languages. Their struggle was with Bengali-speaking intruders of
Indo-Aryan and Muslim background.
(SFC, 2/20/98, p.A12)
1998 May 20, A cyclone pounded
the southeastern coast and killed at least 14 people. Nearly 100
fisherman were missing.
(SFC, 5/22/98, p.D4)
1998 Jul 5, A memorandum of
understanding was signed with the US that would allow Peace Corps
volunteers to work here.
(SFC, 7/6/98, p.A9)
1998 Jul 17, In Bangladesh a
week of flooding left 54 people dead.
(SFC, 7/18/98, p.A14)
1998 Jul 22, The death toll
from flooding reached 103 left some 10 million people stranded.
(SFC, 7/22/98, p.A12)
1998 Aug 12, In Bangladesh over
100 fisherman in trawlers and boats capsized in the Bay of Bengal
during a storm and were feared dead.
(SFEC, 8/16/98, p.A12)
1998 Aug 13, More rain left 11
more people dead and the death toll grew to 326.
(SFC, 8/14/98, p.D3)
1998 Sep 7, It was reported
that 20 million Bangladeshis had their homes swamped by monsoon
flood that had lasted 2 months. Over 700 people were reported
(SFC, 9/7/98, p.A9)
1998 Sep 18, In Bangladesh
Muslim militants called for the death of Taslima Nasrin, a writer
who suggested that the Koran be rewritten. Her novel “Lajja” (Shame)
criticized Muslims for attacking minority Hindus after the 1992
mosque destruction in India. [see Nasreen 1993]
(SFC, 9/19/98, p.C16)
1998 Nov 1, In Bangladesh the
first Peace Corps volunteers arrived. 17 US college will study
Bangla, the local language, for 3 months and then teach English to
(SFC, 11/2/98, p.A14)
1998 Nov 8, A judge convicted
and sentenced to death 15 former military commanders for the 1975
assassination of prime minister Sheik Mujibur Rahman. Only 5 of the
convicted were in immediate custody
(SFC, 11/9/98, p.A16)
1998 Nov 9, In Bangladesh a
general strike began and police clashed with strikers. An alliance
of 7 opposition parties protested alleged attempts by police to kill
their leader, Khaleda Zia.
(SFC, 11/11/98, p.D4)
1998 Nov 10, It was reported
that an estimated 18 million Bangladesh people were slowly poisoning
themselves by drinking from groundwater contaminated with trace
amounts of arsenic. 85 million people were at risk.
(SFC, 11/10/98, p.A14)(SFC, 5/29/00, p.A10)
1998 In Bangladesh monsoon
floods inundated two-thirds of the country and left over a 1000
(SFC, 8/13/02, p.A15)(Econ, 9/2/17, p.19)
1999 Feb 11, Bangladesh
opposition parties called general strikes and 5 people were killed.
(SFEC, 3/7/99, p.T14)
1999 Feb 22-1999 Feb 25,
Strikes occurred during Bangladesh municipal elections and violence
(SFEC, 3/7/99, p.T14)
1999 Apr 19, India and
Bangladesh border guards had a shootout that left 6 people dead and
(WSJ, 4/20/99, A1)
1999 May 8, In Bangladesh 200
people were feared dead when a river ferry boat sank. About 100
people were rescued or swam to shore.
(WSJ, 5/10/99, p.A1)
1999 Sep 12, In Bangladesh
police clashed with protestors seeking the resignation of Prime
Minister Hasina. Opposition parties called for a 3-day general
(WSJ, 9/13/99, p.A1)
1999 Sep 13, In Bangladesh one
person was killed and 50 injured on the 1st day of a general strike
called by opposition parties.
(WSJ, 9/14/99, p.A1)
Bangladesh–China–India–Myanmar Forum for Regional Cooperation was
set up, mainly on China’s initiative. It aimed at greater
integration of trade and investment between the four countries.
(Econ, 5/25/13, SR p.9)
2000 Mar 20, Pres. Clinton
stopped in Bangladesh, but only stood for a reception at the US
Embassy due to security reasons.
(SFC, 3/21/00, p.A14)
2000 Sep 1, In Bangladesh, 13
boats with 130 fishermen were reported sunk during rainstorms.
(SFC, 9/2/00, p.C16)
2000 Sep 24, Flooding in
Bangladesh forced some 60,000 to flee their homes and at least 9
people sere killed.
(WSJ, 9/25/00, p.A1)
2000 Oct 1, About 45 people
were reported killed in Bangladesh during 3 weeks of flooding.
(SFC, 10/2/00, p.A14)
2000 Oct 8, In southwestern
Bangladesh fresh rains submerged 25 villages.
(SFC, 10/9/00, p.A11)
2000 Nov, At least 60 people
were killed in Bangladesh by a cyclone that hit the Bay of Bengal.
(SFC, 11/4/00, p.D8)
2000 Nov 25, In Bangladesh 52
people were killed in a fire at the Chowdhury Knitwear Garments
factory at Shibpur.
(SSFC, 11/26/00, p.D9)(SSFC, 4/15/01, p.D1)
2000 Dec 29, A ferry collided
with another ferry ship and sank on the Meghna River in southeastern
Bangladesh. At least 178 people were killed.
(SFC, 12/30/00, p.A10)(SFC, 1/3/01, p.A12)
2001 Jan 20, A bomb exploded at
a leftist political rally in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and at least 6
people were killed.
(SSFC, 1/21/01, p.D4)
2001 Jan, In Bangladesh
journalist Tipu Sultan was attacked by a crowd of bodyguards of an
MP, whom he had reported as linked to crime and corruption. Sultan
was left for dead and spent months recovering outside the country.
2001 Apr 10, In Dhaka a general
strike for the resignation of prime minister Sheikh Hasina left 3
people dead after supporters and opponents clashed with guns and
(SFC, 4/11/01, p.C5)
2001 Apr 14, In Bangladesh a
bombing killed 10 people and injured dozens of others at a park in
downtown Dhaka during the Bengali New Year celebration.
2001 Apr 18, Border fighting
between Bangladesh and India left 16 Indian and 2 Bangladeshi
(WSJ, 4/19/01, p.A1)
2001 Jun 3, Ten people were
killed in a church bombing in Baniarchar. Police later detained 7
(SFC, 6/5/01, p.A14)
2001 Jun 16, In Narayanganj, a
bomb exploded at a political rally of PM Hasina’s governing Awami
League Party. At least 22 people were killed.
(SSFC, 6/17/01, p.A20)(WSJ, 6/18/01, p.A1)
2001 Jul 15, PM Sheikh Hasina
left office. Pres. Shahabuddin Ahmad appointed Latifur Rahman to
head a caretaker administration. At least 4 people were killed in
(SFC, 7/16/01, p.A9)
2001 Aug 8, A stampede of
textile workers was caused by a false fire alarm and 23 people were
crushed to death.
(WSJ, 8/9/01, p.A1)
2001 Sep 28, Three people were
killed in Barisal, Sandeep and Pabna. Another 4 were killed in
Chittagong City as elections approached.
(SSFC, 9/30/01, p.A17)
2001 Sep 29, In Bangladesh over
500,000 soldiers and police were deployed to control escalating
violence prior to elections.
(SSFC, 9/30/01, p.A17)
2001 Oct 1, Elections in
Bangladesh for 299 seats in parliament were held pitting Sheikh
Hasina’s allies against those of longtime foe Khaleda Zia. Zia’s
coalition appeared to be headed for a landslide win. Over 150 people
were killed in the weeks prior to the elections. A coalition led by
the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) came to power.
(SFC, 10/3/01, p.C12)(WSJ, 10/2/01, p.A1)(Econ,
2001 Bangladeshi economist
Muhammad Yunus restructured Grameen Bank to emphasize savings and
relying less on joint liability for groups.
(Econ, 10/21/06, p.78)
2001-2005 Transparency International ranked
Bangladesh at the bottom of its global corruption index.
2002 Feb 16, It was reported
that 80% of the Bangladesh’s 235 rivers were drying up due to
silting, dumping and construction of unplanned embankments.
(SFC, 2/16/02, p.A26)
2002 May 3, In Bangladesh a
ferry on the Meghna River capsized with some 400 passengers
traveling from Dhaka to southern Patuakhali. Early reports had only
100 survivors. The ferry was raised and the death toll increased to
(SFC, 5/4/02, p.A9)(SFC, 5/7/02, p.A10)(SSFC,
2002 May, In Bangladesh
journalist Nazmul Imam, who used to write about the links between
drugs, crime and politicians in the western Kushtia region, was
jumped by half a dozen thugs who cut him with knives and crushed his
fingers with clubs.
2002 Jul 7, Nearly two dozen
people were killed and thousands left homeless as torrential monsoon
rains lashed large parts of Asia over the weekend, worsening floods
and triggering fresh storms and landslides. Monsoon flooding killed
at least 11 in Bangladesh.
(Reuters, 7/7/02)(Reuters, 7/8/02)
2002 Jul 25, Torrential monsoon
rains and overflowing rivers worsened flooding in eastern India,
Nepal and Bangladesh and officials said 218 people have died and
more than six million people have been left homeless during the last
2002 Jul 28, Torrential
overnight rains set off more floods in eastern India as the death
toll from floods in India, Nepal and Bangladesh passed 300.
2002 Aug 13, Deaths from
flooding in Bangladesh (157), India (265) and Nepal (422) and
reached at least 874.
(SFC, 8/13/02, p.A15)
2002 Aug 20, In Bangladesh the
swollen Jamuna River broke through its mud embankments, flooding a
dozen villages and cutting off thousands of residents.
2002 Sep 8, Authorities closed
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)
indefinitely following weeks of student unrest.
2002 Nov 13, Some 200 people
were feared dead after 19 boats disappeared in a storm off
(WSJ, 11/14/02, p.A1)
2002 Dec 1, In Gaibandha,
Bangladesh, least 30 people, mostly women and children, were killed
in a stampede after a wall collapsed during a give-away of clothes
2002 Dec 7, In Bangladesh 19
people were killed and nearly 300 wounded in near-simultaneous bomb
blasts at four cinemas packed with families celebrating the end of
the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
(Reuters, 12/7/02)(SSFC, 12/8/02, p.A9)(AP,
2002 In Bangladesh Operation
Clean Heart rooted thousands of Rohingyas, dark-skinned members of a
poor, Muslin minority from Myanmar, from local villages. Myanmar’s
ruling junta called them residents of Rakhine state, pressed them
into slave labor and severely restricted their rights to travel and
marry. This led to the Rohingya border camp named Tal, on the banks
of the Naf River in Bangladesh.
(Econ, 12/1/07, p.56)
2002 Bangladesh enacted acid
control laws as the country recorded 490 cases of acid attacks. An
attacker would face at a minimum seven years in jail or even the
death penalty. Such attacks dropped to 187 in 2007, the 5th
consecutive year of decline.
2003 Jan 11, The death toll
from Bangladesh's coldest winter in six years reached 489. A
three-week cold spell in South Asia with near freezing temperatures
aggravated by chilly winds raised the total death toll to 779.
2003 Jan 15, The death toll
from a month-long cold spell rose to 1170 people in northern India,
Nepal and Bangladesh.
2003 Jan 17, A bomb ripped
through a village in northern Bangladesh during an annual carnival,
killing six people and wounding six others.
2003 Apr 4, In northeastern
Bangladesh a river boat carrying more than 170 people capsized,
killing 79 people, including 49 children.
(AP, 4/4/03)(AP, 4/7/03)
2003 Apr 12, In northern
Bangladesh up to 100 people were reported missing after a ferry
capsized in the Nagchinni River. Searchers recovered the bodies of
victims, bringing the death toll to 16.
2003 Apr 21, In Bangladesh two
ferry boats capsized during tropical storms on different rivers, and
hundreds of people were missing. MV Mitali, went down in the
Buriganga River, and the ML Majlishpur ferry, carrying about 90
members of a wedding party, capsized in the Meghna River.
2003 May 4, In eastern
Bangladesh a tropical storm flattened hundreds of flimsy huts in
several villages, killing 19 people.
2003 Jun 29, In Bangladesh
monsoon floods claimed 45 lives in the past four days, washing away
many houses and displacing thousands of villagers.
2003 Jul 8, In Bangladesh a
ferry, with an estimated 750 passengers, sank at the confluence of
the Padma, Meghna and Dakatia rivers about 40 miles south of the
capital, Dhaka. Some 220 survivors were counted.
2003 Jul 21, Monsoon rains were
reported to have killed at least 579 people in South Asia. India
reported a total of 263 deaths, Bangladesh 169, Pakistan 78, and
2003 Jul 28, Bangladesh became
the second nation to ban the current issue of Newsweek's
international edition over an article on new interpretations of
Islam's holy book.
2003 Sep 10, A Bangladesh court
convicted and sentenced five zookeepers to 14 years in prison for
killing three tigers in 1996 and planning to sell their skins.
2003 Sep, Bangladesh and India
launched a direct bus route from Dhaka to Agartala, the capital of
the Indian state of Tripura.
(Econ, 10/4/03, p.40)
2003 Nov, In Bangladesh a house
near Chittagong burned down and 11 Hindus were killed in what was
claimed to be an act of intimidation.
(Econ, 11/29/03, p.39)
2003 Monica Ali authored “Brick
Lane,” a novel that evokes Bangladeshi community of London, England.
(Econ, 6/30/12, p.85)
2003 Bangladesh author Salam
Azad published his novel "Bhanga Math" ("Broken Temple") in India.
In 2004 it was banned for blasphemy by the Bangladeshi government.
In 2012 a court in Dhaka issued an arrest warrant for Azad in
response to a petition from a Muslim activist accusing author Salam
Azad of hurting religious sentiment in the banned book. Azad (48)
said he had become a target after protesting an official’s grabbing
of Hindu property.
2004 Jan 15, Manik Saha (49), a
Bangladeshi reporter for the New Age newspaper and the BBC, was
leaving a press club when unidentified attackers hurled a bomb at
him. He was the first journalist in the world to be murdered in
2004 Jan, The Bangladesh
government banned Ahmediya publications at the insistence of the
Islamic Oika Jote (IOJ).
(Econ, 6/18/05, p.37)
2004 Apr 14, Tornadoes swept
through northern Bangladesh, killing at least 69 people, injuring
hundreds and blowing away thousands of flimsy huts.
(AP, 4/15/04)(AP, 4/16/04)
2004 Apr, Bangladesh police in
Chittagong intercepted a shipment from China of rifles, submachine
guns, hand grenades and more valued at $5 million. The weapons were
intended for rebels in India’s Assam state. In 2014 a trial court
sentenced 14 men to death on smuggling charges.
(SFC, 2/20/14, p.40)
2004 May 3, In Bangladesh at
least 5 women were crushed to death and dozens were injured when a
false fire alarm caused about 4,000 workers to rush for the exits of
a garment factory.
2004 May 7, In Bangladesh
gunmen opened fire at an opposition rally outside the capital,
killing 4 people including a member of parliament. Ahsanullah
Master, a senior member of Bangladesh's main opposition Awami
League, and a young man were killed when a group of armed men opened
fire on a rally being addressed by the politician. On Apr 16, 2005,
a court sentenced 22 to death for the killings.
(AP, 5/7/04)(Reuters, 4/16/05)
2004 May 8, In Bangladesh
Ahsanullah Master, a member of the main opposition Awami League, was
2004 May 9, The Bangladesh
government put thousands of security forces on the streets of Dhaka
and nearby Tongi as a strike to protest the killing of Ahsanullah
Master, a member of the main opposition Awami League, brought the
country to a standstill.
2004 May 21, In northeastern
Bangladesh a bomb exploded during noon prayers at a Muslim shrine,
killing two Bangladeshi men and wounding about 100 people.
2004 May 23, In eastern
Bangladesh 2 river ferries carrying about 250 passengers capsized
during a storm, and dozens of people were feared dead. The death
toll climbed to 74.
(AP, 5/24/04)(WSJ, 5/24/04, p.A1)(AP, 5/25/04)
2004 Jun 9, In Bangladesh a
six-story apartment building collapsed in Dhaka, killing at least 11
people and trapping about 25 inside.
2004 Jun 14, In Bangladesh the
death toll from a powerful weekend storm rose to at least 13. About
140 fishermen were missing.
2004 Jun 21, In northeastern
Bangladesh a bomb exploded at an opposition rally wounding nearly 40
2004 Jul 12, Monsoon floods
continued to wreak havoc across South Asia, killing 37 more people
and forcing millions to flee their homes or seek emergency shelter.
Flooding has killed 36 people in Bangladesh this year. A total of 47
people have died in Nepal since June. In India a total of 158 people
have died in flooding since the beginning of June.
2004 Jul 17, Monsoon rains
submerged new areas of Bangladesh and India, killing at least 13
people, as the death toll from flooding in South Asia rose to more
2004 Jul 20, Monsoon floods,
tornadoes and rains roared through already inundated villages in
South Asia, killing 42 more people. 15 died in Bangladesh and 27 in
India. Fresh rains in Asia took the rainy season death toll to
(AP, 7/21/04)(Reuters, 7/21/04)
2004 Jul 27, A boat carrying
people to a flood shelter capsized in Bangladesh killing 10 people.
The total monsoon death toll for SE Asia passed 1,000 as the worst
flooding in years turned the capital, Dhaka, into an open sewer and
2004 Jul 31, Flood-weakened
riverbanks in South Asia collapsed around villages, pushing the
death toll from this season's monsoons above 1,500 and stranding
more than 30 million people.
2004 Aug 5, A bomb exploded in
the parking lot of a hotel in northeastern Bangladesh city where the
opposition-backed mayor was holding a meeting, wounding at least 50
2004 Aug 5, The death toll from
monsoons in Bangladesh and India reached 1,823.
(SFC, 8/5/04, p.A10)
2004 Aug 8, The death toll from
monsoons in South Asia reached 1,972. At least 1,152 have died in
India, 691 in Bangladesh, 124 in Nepal and 5 in Pakistan.
(AP, 8/8/04)(SSFC, 8/8/04, p.A3)
2004 Aug 21, In Dhaka,
Bangladesh, a series of bombs exploded as Sheikh Hasina, a top
opposition leader, was speaking at a rally from atop a truck,
killing 23 people and injuring hundreds. On March 18, 2012 a court
charged Tareque Rahman (46), the eldest son of former premier
Khaleda Zia, over the grenade attack. Rahman was living in Britain
and would be tried in absentia.
(AP, 8/21/04)(Econ, 6/18/05, p.37)(AFP, 3/18/12)
2004 Aug 22, In Bangladesh an
angry mob set fire to a passenger train and protesters clashed with
police across the country, leaving dozens of people injured, as
violence spread a day after a grenade attack on an opposition rally
killed 19 people.
2004 Aug 30, A general strike
to protest a recent grenade attack that killed 20 people at an
opposition political rally brought Bangladesh to a near standstill.
2004 Sep 5, In Sylhet,
Bangladesh, 2 people were killed and 10 wounded in a bomb blast.
2004 Sep 15, India and
Bangladesh ended a two-day meeting in Dhaka without any
breakthroughs on the sharing of water from common rivers.
2004 Sep 22, Indian officials
said they have fenced nearly 40 percent of the porous border with
Bangladesh and would fence the entire frontier by March 2006 to
prevent movement of insurgents, illegal immigrants and smuggling.
2004 Oct 1, India's Border
Security Force (BSF) asked Bangladeshi authorities to hand over 126
Indian insurgents, including top leaders of guerrilla groups it says
are based in the neighboring country.
2004 Dec 11, In Bangladesh
millions of opposition activists formed a 900-km "human chain" to
demonstrate no confidence in the government. Up to 100 people were
injured in clashes.
2005 Jan 6, In Bangladesh a
fire at the Sun Knit garment factory in Siddhirganj killed 22
people. Most of the exits were found locked.
(SFC, 1/8/05, p.A3)
2005 Jan 27, In northeastern
Bangladesh a bomb exploded at an opposition rally, killing two
people and wounding at least 30.
2005 Jan 30, In much of
Bangladesh traffic ground to a halt and shops closed as a nationwide
strike, protesting a deadly grenade attack on the main opposition
party, entered a 2nd day.
2005 Jan, India’s oil minister
Mani Shankar Aiyar persuaded Bangladesh in principle to become
partner in a pipeline to bring gas from Myanmar to India.
(Econ, 2/26/05, p.42)
2005 Jan, In Bangladesh A.M.S.
Kibria, former finance minister and Awami League leader, was killed
in a grenade attack.
(Econ, 6/18/05, p.37)
2005 Feb 6, In Bangladesh a
police officer was killed and five were injured in a clash with
demonstrators during a continuing nationwide general strike in
protest at a deadly grenade attack on an opposition party rally.
2005 Feb 19, In Bangladesh a
double-decker passenger ferry capsized and sank during a tropical
storm, leaving at least 151 people dead. The MV Maharaj was carrying
about 200 people when it capsized on the Buriganga River just
(AP, 2/21/05)(AP, 2/22/05)
2005 Feb, Bangladesh banned 2
extremist groups including Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen.
(Econ, 8/27/05, p.36)
2005 Mar 20, In Bangladesh
about 15,000 people were left homeless after twin tornadoes
simultaneously tore through northern Gaibandha and Rangpur
districts, killing 55 people and wounding 1,000 others.
(SFC, 3/26/05, p.D10)
2005 Apr 9, The International
Monetary Fund (IMF) forecast the Bangladesh economy would grow at a
modest 5.2 percent in the 2004-2005 financial year despite floods
and high oil and commodity prices.
2005 Apr 11, In Bangladesh a
nine-story building toppled when a boiler exploded, killing at least
30 people and trapping 200. The death toll soon rose to 57. Up to
another 100 bodies remain under the mountain of bricks and concrete
(AP, 4/12/05)(Reuters, 4/15/05)
2005 Apr 13, Top border
officials of India and Bangladesh meet in Dhaka to discuss thorny
issues including New Delhi's plan to fence off the frontier and
Dhaka's claim that India harbors Bangladeshi militants.
2005 Apr 16, A Bangladesh court
sentenced 22 people to death and six others to life in jail for
killing an opposition lawmaker on May 7, 2004. 18 of the accused
were tried and sentenced in absentia.
2005 Apr 19, India and its
eastern neighbor Bangladesh traded blame over a weekend border clash
that killed an Indian military officer and two Bangladeshi
2005 Apr 23, Two Bangladeshi
farmers were shot dead by Indian border forces in the latest in a
spate of frontier clashes.
2005 Apr 26, In Bangladesh at
least 17 people were killed and 33 injured when a bus hurtled down a
2005 Apr 27, Abdus Samad Azad
(83), a former foreign minister and Bangladeshi independence hero,
died in Dhaka.
2005 May 15, In southern
Bangladesh at least 22 people have died and over 70 are missing
after a twin-deck ferry with more than 100 aboard sank on the Char
Kazal river during a storm.
2005 May 20, Officials said 3
ferry accidents in Bangladesh in the past week left at least 133
people dead as hope faded for 187 people still missing.
2005 Jun 4, Bangladesh police
arrested the 2nd wife of former president Hussain Mohammad Ershad
(1982-1990), after he accused her of stealing money and threatening
2005 Jun 13, In India officials
said at least 275 people have died from sunstroke and dehydration in
northern India and neighboring Nepal and Bangladesh so far this
summer, as high temperatures sweep the region ahead of the monsoon.
2005 Jun 15, It was reported
that Microsoft Corp. will provide computer training to more than
2,000 disadvantaged youths in rural Bangladesh over the next year.
2005 Jun 22, South Asia endured
one of its hottest summers on record and at least 375 people were
reported to have died from sunstroke and dehydration in a month-long
heat wave sweeping India, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
2005 Jun 27, Bangladesh
opposition parties led by the Awami League staged a human-chain
protest in Dhaka against what they called an anti-people budget
taking effect on Friday.
2005 Jul 12, India’s Supreme
Court scrapped a controversial immigration law, making it easier for
authorities to crack down on illegal aliens, a move likely to curb
Bangladeshi migrants in the country's northeast.
2005 cJul 28, Unidentified
assailants hacked to death 2 field workers for Christian Life
Bangladesh at their home at Boalmari in the central Faridpur
district. A week later the US embassy suggested that it was a
religious hate crime.
2005 Jul 29, Thousands of
Bangladeshi Islamic activists staged a noisy protest in the capital
Dhaka after US congressman Tom Tancredo suggested the US might
consider bombing holy sites, including Mecca. Colorado Republican
Tom Tancredo made the comment on July 14 in answer to a radio host's
question about a possible response to any hypothetical nuclear
terrorist attack on the US.
2005 Aug 11, Thirty-five
Bangladeshi children who worked as camel jockeys in the United Arab
Emirates arrived home to an uncertain future as part of a United
Nations-sponsored program. The UAE now plans to use robots to race
camels rather than children.
2005 Aug 17, Nearly 500
homemade bombs planted by suspected Islamic militants exploded
nearly simultaneously across Bangladesh, killing 2 people, including
a young boy, and wounding at least 73. The attacks were later
attributed to Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen (JMB). 7 leaders of JMB were
later arrested and 6 were to be hanged in 2007. In 2008 a court in
northwestern Bangladesh sentenced seven Islamic militants to life in
prison after finding them guilty of carrying the bombings.
(AP, 8/17/05)(Econ, 8/27/05, p.35)(Econ, 2/10/07,
2005 Aug 19, In western
Bangladesh 2 suspected Maoist rebeks were killed while a bomb they
were making exploded.
2005 Aug 20, Bangladesh was hit
by a nationwide strike called by the opposition to protest at a wave
of bombings earlier in the week linked to an Islamic extremist
2005 Aug 20, Bangladeshi and
Indian border guards negotiated a ceasefire, halting a gunbattle
that flared over disputed construction work along the frontier.
2005 Aug 21, Bangladeshi and
Indian border officials resolved a dispute over embankment building
on a river cutting across their frontier that led to heavy firing by
2005 Aug 22, In southeastern
Bangladesh unusually high tides partially submerged two offshore
islands, forcing nearly 20,000 residents to flee their flooded
2005 Aug 28, Bangladesh said it
may reduce its work week from 6 to 5 days and raise fuel prices to
control soaring energy costs that have strained its economy.
2005 Sep 8, Bangladesh police
seized about 200 small bombs, some explosives, dozens of detonators
and leaflets on jihad, or holy war, during a raid on a house in
2005 Sep 9, Indian border
guards killed 3 Bangladeshi villagers after they had strayed across
the border near the eastern Bangladesh town of Akhaura. India and
Bangladesh share a 4,095-kilometre (2,539-mile) border, which India
is busy fencing in a bid to cut the level of illegal immigration.
2005 Sep 21, India said at
least 64 people have died and hundreds of thousands displaced after
powerful storms left a trail of devastation across the Indian and
Bangladeshi coasts in the Bay of Bengal.
2005 Oct 3, In southeastern
Bangladesh several bombs went off in crowded court buildings in
Chittagong, Chandpur and Laxmipur towns. 2 people were killed and at
least 25 wounded.
2005 Oct 18, Transparency
International ranked Bangladesh and Chad as the most corrupt on an
annual list of corruption levels in 159 nations. At the other end of
the scale, Iceland was ranked least corrupt. Turkmenistan, Myanmar,
Haiti, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, the Ivory Coast and Angola joined
Chad and Bangladesh as the most corrupt countries.
2005 Nov 7, At least 70 people
were missing after a ferry capsized in the Bay of Bengal while
sailing to Chittagong port in Bangladesh from a nearby island.
2005 Nov 12, In Dhaka,
Bangladesh, a 2-day summit aimed to alleviate poverty and boost
trade and cooperation among Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives,
Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The South Asian Association for
Regional Cooperation (SAARC) leaders called for greater cooperation
within the region to deal with the aftermath of disasters like the
Kashmir earthquake and last year's devastating tsunami. SAARC agreed
to accept Afghanistan as its 8th member.
(AFP, 11/12/05)(Econ, 11/19/05, p.44)
2005 Nov 14, In Bangladesh 2
senior assistant judges of lower courts were killed and four others,
including the bomber himself, were injured in a bomb attack in the
southern district of Jhalakati. In 2006 a court sentenced Siddiq ul
Islam (aka Bangla Bhai) and Abdur Rahman to death by hanging for the
(Econ, 6/3/06, p.40)
2005 Nov 22, At least 100,000
opposition demonstrators told Bangladesh's Islamist-allied
government to "quit now" as they rallied in the capital while police
kept watch to avert religious extremist violence.
2005 Nov 25, In Bangladesh
thousands of women rallied in Dhaka to demand that developed nations
open their doors to workers and products from poor nations.
2005 Nov 29, In Bangladesh
suicide bombers targeting courthouses in 2 cities killed at least
eight people and injured 66 in what appeared to be the latest attack
by militant Muslims intent on imposing harsh Islamic law.
(AP, 11/29/05)(SFC, 11/30/05, p.A14)
2005 Dec 1, In Bangladesh a
bomb thrown by an Islamic militant disguised as a tea vendor
exploded outside a government building in Gazipur, killing one
person and wounding at least 29. The militant was hurt and captured
after the blast.
2005 Dec 1, In Bangladesh 9
wedding guests died of suspected alcohol poisoning from drinking
toxic home-brewed liquor the previous evening in a northeastern
2005 Dec 3, In Bangladesh
police said they had arrested over 200 suspected Islamic militants
in a three-day sweep after suicide bombers killed at least nine
people and wounded scores in a spate of attacks this week.
2005 Dec 8, In Netrokona,
Bangladesh, a suicide bomber on a bicycle rode into a crowd and
detonated his explosives, killing 7 other people and wounding
dozens. Police detained 8 suspects the next day.
2005 Dec 9, Police in
Bangladesh hunting for Islamist suicide bombers seized explosives
and detained 30 militants.
2005 Dec 11, Bangladesh
President Iazuddin Ahmed approved an ordinance that allows law
enforcers to tap telephones, a measure set to aid the fight against
2005 Dec 13, In Bangladesh
security forces arrested the suspected military commander and the
alleged accountant of a banned Islamic group blamed for a wave of
2005 Dec 16, Bangladesh police
seized two large caches of bomb-making materials and arrested 4
suspected members of a banned Islamic group that has been blamed for
a wave of deadly bombings. A 5th suspect was arrested the next day.
2005 Dec 28, Jamaat Islami
Bangladesh, the main Islamic partner of Bangladesh's coalition
government, staged a huge rally (some 100,000) in the capital Dhaka
to rebut opposition claims that it supports Muslim militants.
2005 Iqbal Quadir teamed with
inventor Dean Kamen to provide prototype generators, powered by
biogas, to villages in Bangladesh. Each generator was able to
provide a kilowatt of power, enough to light up to 20 households or
(Econ, 3/11/06, Survey p.37)
2006 Jan 21, In Bangladesh at
least 15 people were injured as police and opposition supporters
fought street battles in Dhaka ahead of a nationwide strike called
by opposition parties. The Awami League and its 13 left-leaning
allies called for a Sunday strike to press for removal of the chief
election commissioner and two newly appointed commissioners.
2006 Jan 22, An
opposition-sponsored strike closed shops and shut down public
transport across Bangladesh as authorities deployed thousands of
security forces to deter violence.
2006 Jan 23, In northwest
Bangladesh 6 people were killed and around 100 were wounded when
police opened fire on a crowd of 10,000 rioting farmers demanding
improved electricity supply.
2006 Feb 3, In Bangladesh
nearly 1,150 people were arrested in Dhaka, a day before opposition
supporters were due to converge on the city in a campaign to oust
2006 Feb 5, In Bangladesh at
least 40,000 opposition supporters converged on Dhaka to demand the
ouster of the government after a three-day protest march marked by
heavy security and the arrest of key activists.
2006 Feb 12, Bangladesh's main
opposition party the Awami League ended its 13-month boycott of
parliament and tabled proposals to reform the country's election
2006 Feb 23, A fire raged
through a Bangladesh textile mill, killing at least 54 people in the
three-story building inside an industrial park in Chittagong.
2006 Feb 25, In Bangladesh a
5-story building undergoing renovations collapsed in the Tejgaon
district of Dhaka, crushing tin-roof homes in a surrounding
shantytown. At least 18 people were killed and more were feared
(AFP, 2/25/06)(SSFC, 2/26/06, p.A3)
2006 Feb 28, A Bangladesh court
sentenced 21 Islamic militants, aged 21-25, to death for their part
in a deadly wave of blasts that saw more than 400 bombs explode
almost simultaneously across the country on Aug 17, 2005. All were
members of the militant group Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB)
and were sentenced under the country's Explosive Substances Act."
2006 Mar 2, In Bangladesh
Shaikh Abdur Rahman, the fugitive leader of an Islamic militant
group wanted for a deadly wave of bombings. surrendered to police
after a 33-hour siege. Rahman, who fought in the Afghan war after
graduating from Medina University in Saudi Arabia, formed the
Jamayetul Mujahideen in the late 1990s.
2006 Mar 6, Bangladesh's second
top Islamist militant was captured after a gunbattle with security
forces. Siddiqul Islam Bangla Bhai, chief of the outlawed Jagrata
Muslim Janata Bangladesh group (JMB), was arrested along with his
wife at his hideout with two of his associates in the northern
district of Mymensingh.
(Reuters, 3/6/06)(Econ, 3/25/06, p.45)
2006 Mar 13, Bangladesh riot
police fired tear gas in Dhaka to disperse hundreds of
stone-throwing activists who tried to march in support of a general
2006 Mar 17, Bangladesh
confirmed the country's first case of polio in nearly six years,
prompting plans to resume mass vaccinations against the crippling
disease next month.
2006 Mar 20, Bangladesh PM
Begum Khaleda Zia began her first visit to India in five years.
India and Bangladesh will be trying to rebuild confidence and end
distrust that has crept into their relationship.
2006 Mar 26, In Bangladesh 19
people were injured in clashes between political parties as the
nation marked its 35th Independence Day anniversary under tight
security for fear of Islamic militant attacks.
2006 Apr 15, Bangladesh said it
will vaccinate about 18 million children aged 5 and under to combat
polio, which recently re-emerged after authorities believed it had
been eradicated five years ago.
2006 Apr 21, In western
Bangladesh dozens of people were feared to have drowned when a bus
packed with about 50 wedding guests plunged into a river.
2006 May 11, Bangladesh PM
Khaleda Zia reaffirmed her government's determination to crack down
on Islamic militants who have killed at least 28 people in the past
2006 May 14, A Bangladesh court
sentenced 10 Islamic militants to life imprisonment and three others
to 20 years in jail for their roles in deadly blasts across
Bangladesh last year.
2006 May 16, The US State
Department apologized to Bangladesh's national carrier, Biman, after
a flight was barred from landing at New York's JFK Airport on May
13. The airline said that it would seek compensation for the
financial losses it suffered due to the FAA decision.
2006 May 19, In southern Turkey
a truck carrying illegal immigrants from Afghanistan and Bangladesh
crashed into a parked transport truck, killing at least 40 people.
2006 May 22, In Bangladesh
textile workers demanding better pay and one day off per week went
on a rampage at Savar, an industrial town near Dhaka, setting fire
to two factories and several buses.
2006 May 23, In Bangladesh
angry garment workers set fire to seven textile factories in and
around the capital after news that an employee shot in the back
during recent protests over better pay and working conditions had
2006 May 28, Bangladesh
increased development spending by 21% to a record 3.8 billion
dollars for the new fiscal year to create more jobs and cut poverty
ahead of general elections.
2006 Jun 8, A boat carrying
more than 70 people capsized in rough waters off Bangladesh's coast.
Rescuers recovered at least 16 bodies.
2006 Jun 11, In Bangladesh
police fired tear gas at thousands of stone-throwing protesters
demanding the prime minister's resignation in Dhaka, leaving dozens
of people injured.
2006 Jun 23, Indian border
guards killed four Bangladesh villagers in two separate shootings.
2006 Jul 2, In Bangladesh 2
people were killed and nearly 200 injured in clashes as opposition
parties enforced a countrywide transport shutdown.
2006 Jul 11, In northern
Bangladesh a train plowed through a bus at an unmanned railway
crossing, killing at least 33 people and injuring about 15 others.
2006 Jul 29, In Bangladesh more
than 20,000 activists marched in Dhaka, defying driving rains, in
the fifth day of protests to press for electoral reforms ahead of
2006 Aug 4, Bangladesh
announced a fresh round of polio vaccination drives amid growing
signs that the lethal disease has staged a comeback in the
impoverished South Asian country.
2006 Aug 24, A Bangladesh court
acquitted former military ruler Hossain Mohammad Ershad of graft
charges in an oil and defense deal, easing the way for his return to
the political mainstream ahead of elections next year.
2006 Aug 25, In Bangladesh
suspected Maoist attackers shot dead 4 policemen and a ruling party
official after hurling bombs and firing bullets in a crowded cattle
market. Police said they suspected the Purba Banglar Communist Party
(PBCP) was behind the attack.
2006 Aug 25, A military truck
carrying UN peacekeepers crashed in Ivory Coast, killing six
Bangladeshi troops and injuring 11 others.
2006 Aug 26, Thousands of
farmers took to the streets across northern Bangladesh over the
fatal shooting of at least five people protesting against an
open-pit coal mine.
2006 Aug 31, A minister said
Bangladesh has bowed to demands from protestors and cancelled a 734
million pound (1.4-billion dollar) plan by British firm Asia Energy
to build an open-pit coal mine.
2006 Sep 2, Bangladesh's trade
shipments ground to a virtual halt as shipping companies refused to
use the nation's main port in a protest over container fees.
Operations began to resume the next day after 2 shipping companies
withdrew the boycott after a court ruled a surcharge on containers
(AFP, 9/2/06)(AFP, 9/3/06)
2006 Sep 10, in Bangladesh
police used batons to break up a protest, where demonstrators took
to the streets across the country in another general strike ahead of
elections in January.
2006 Sep 12, In Bangladesh
police in Dhaka baton-charged thousands of opposition supporters in
violent clashes outside the prime minister's office that left at
least 110 people injured. A 14-party opposition alliance led by the
Awami League is demanding electoral reforms ahead of January's
2006 Sep 18, In Bangladesh at
least 100,000 opposition supporters rallied in Dhaka demanding
electoral reforms ahead of national elections and using strident
rhetoric against the ruling coalition.
2006 Sep 21, The death toll in
Bangladesh and India rose to at least 95 and nearly 1,000 remained
missing after storms capsized boats, toppled houses and washed away
2006 Sep 28, In Bangladesh
thousands of people set fire to power supply offices and attacked
government vehicles Dhaka in protest over electricity shortages.
2006 Oct 5, The Bangladesh
Minimum Wage Board announced the 1st raise to the minimum wage for
garment workers since 1994. The wage was almost doubled to Tk1662
($25) a month.
2006 Oct 13, Bangladeshi
economist Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank he founded won the
Nobel Peace Prize for their pioneering use of tiny, seemingly
insignificant loans, microcredit, to lift millions out of poverty.
2006 Oct 19, In southeastern
Bangladesh a herd of wild elephants rampaged through a village,
killing five members of one family, including two children.
2006 Oct 21, In Bangladesh
donations of clothing set off stampedes that left at least eight
people dead. All were women except for one child.
2006 Oct 23, In central
Bangladesh a ferry packed with dozens of people going home for an
Islamic festival capsized in a river after hitting a cargo boat,
killing at least 15 people.
2006 Oct 26, In Bangladesh the
Liberal Democratic Party was launched, headed by former president
Badruddoza Chowdhury and Oli Ahmed, a former minister with the
ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). 13 lawmakers including
two ministers defected from the government to launch the new party
to challenge almost two decades of rule by the country's two main
parties in January 2007 elections.
2006 Oct 27, Bangladesh's
5-year coalition between the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and
its Islamist allies expired. PM Begun Khaleda Zia, preparing
to hand over power to an interim administration ahead of elections,
called for maintaining peace, as thousands of rival political
activists clashed in Dhaka.
(AP, 10/27/06)(Econ, 11/4/06, p.49)
2006 Oct 28, In Bangladesh at
least 9 people died and about 500 were wounded in political riots
after the man due to take over as interim leader withdrew just hours
before taking the oath.
2006 Oct 29, Bangladesh's Pres.
Iajuddin Ahmed was installed as head of the country's caretaker
government, but Sheikh Hasina, the leader of the opposition that led
a political standoff and days of deadly riots in the capital,
declined to attend the ceremony.
2006 Nov 11, Bangladesh
authorities banned demonstrations and barricades ahead of a deadline
set by a 14-party political alliance for the removal of the chief
election commissioner over allegations of bias.
2006 Nov 12, In Bangladesh a 14
party alliance led by the Awami League began a 4-day strike that
paralyzed the country. Thousands of protesters demanding electoral
reforms targeted major transport links, attacking trains and other
vehicles and leaving at least one person dead.
(AP, 11/12/06)(SFC, 11/16/06, p.A3)(Econ,
2006 Nov 13, In Bangladesh
baton-wielding police clashed with thousands of demonstrators who
threw stones and smashed vehicles during protests demanding
2006 Nov 18, Bangladesh's main
opposition announced it would form a grand alliance with other major
political parties to force the ouster of a controversial election
chief and pave the way for "fair" elections.
2006 Nov 22, Bangladesh's chief
election commissioner M.A. Aziz bowed to pressure to step aside, an
official said, after months of protests by the opposition which
accused him of seeking to rig national elections in January.
2006 Nov 25, Health workers
began a drive across Bangladesh to immunize 24 million children
under five against polio to combat the crippling virus that has
staged a comeback in the South Asian nation.
2006 Nov 28, In Bangladesh
unidentified attackers set three election offices on fire in
Munshiganj, Barisal and Khulna. Thousands of protesters gathered in
Dhaka to demand the resignation of electoral officials ahead of
2006 Dec 2, A US-based election
monitor said Bangladesh's list of voters contains 12.2 million false
2006 Dec 3, A major political
alliance in Bangladesh staged a nationwide transport blockade to
force electoral reforms. Separate clashes between rival political
activists and police left one man dead and at least 65 people
2006 Dec 11, Four advisers to
Bangladesh's interim government resigned as soldiers patrolled towns
and cities to try to end weeks of often-violent protests.
2006 Dec 21, In Bangladesh riot
police dispersed thousands of protesters who smashed vehicles during
a general strike to force electoral reforms before next month's
2006 Dec 27, Angry protesters
attacked government offices and damaged vehicles in northern
Bangladesh after authorities rejected applications by former army
ruler Hossain Mohammad Ershad to contest next month's elections.
2006 Dec 29, In southern
Bangladesh at least 3 people were killed and 100 hurt after two
ferries packed with passengers rushing home for a Muslim festival
collided in dense fog on the Meghna River.
2007 Jan 3, A key political
alliance announced it would boycott this month's general elections
in Bangladesh, deepening a political crisis that has crippled the
South Asian country for months.
2007 Jan 5, Bangladesh police
over the last 2 days detained about 1,500 activists ahead of a
two-day nationwide general strike aimed at forcing electoral reform
and the postponement of a general election this month.
2007 Jan 6, In Bangladesh at
least 41 people were burned to death after fire engulfed a bus
packed with migrant workers.
2007 Jan 7, Activists and
police clashed in Bangladesh, injuring at least 50 people at the
start of a three-day transport blockade aimed at derailing upcoming
2007 Jan 8, In Bangladesh riot
police used tear gas, rubber bullets and batons to disperse
thousands of stone-throwing protesters in Dhaka, who are demanding
postponement of this month's elections and electoral reforms.
2007 Jan 9, Dhaka, Bangladesh,
turned into a battlefield as protesters, demanding the scrapping of
national elections, hurled bombs and rocks at police who responded
by firing tear gas and rubber bullets. The parties demanded the
postponement of January 22 elections, alleging that they cannot be
fair without massive changes to the voter list.
2007 Jan 11, Iajuddin Ahmed,
the president of Bangladesh, declared a state of emergency following
weeks of violent protests and threats by a political alliance to
disrupt general elections. Gen. Masud Uddin Chowdhury led a coup and
forced the president to cancel elections and declare a state of
emergency. Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed was sworn in as head of Interim
6/7/08, p.54)(Econ, 11/8/08, p.58)
2007 Jan 12, Fakhruddin Ahmed,
a former Bangladesh central bank governor, was sworn in as head of
the country's new interim government.
2007 Jan 13, Bangladeshi police
and soldiers arrested more than 2,500 people overnight and raided
the homes of several political leaders after a new caretaker
government was sworn in to quell unrest ahead of elections.
2007 Jan 29, An official said
at least 33,000 people have been arrested in Bangladesh by the army,
police and security forces since a state of emergency was imposed
earlier this month.
2007 Jan 31, The caretaker
government of Bangladesh approved a deal with an Indian company to
build a 240MW power station.
(Econ, 2/10/07, p.39)
2007 Feb 4, Bangladeshi
security forces used emergency powers to detain 13 senior
politicians and former government ministers. Some 3 million Muslim
devotees raised their hands in prayer for global peace, putting
aside their country's sometimes violent struggle with political
corruption and Islamic extremists, at one of the world's largest
religious gatherings. The annual World Congregation of Muslims, or
"Bishwa Ijtema," has been held each year since 1966 on the banks of
the River Turag in Tongi, just north of the capital, Dhaka.
2007 Feb 11, Muhammad Yunus,
Bangladesh's "banker to the poor" and Nobel Peace Prize winner,
formally announced his willingness to form a new political party to
take part in forthcoming elections. In May Yunus reversed his
decision to enter politics.
(AFP, 2/11/07)(Econ, 5/12/07, p.46)
2007 Feb 18, A Bangladesh
anti-graft body named 50 people for having wealth that did not match
their income. 30 arrests soon included 11 former ministers,
lawmakers and businessmen with party links.
2007 Feb 25, In Bangladesh at
least six prominent political figures were arrested as they appeared
before an anti-corruption panel to explain how they amassed wealth
far in excess of their income.
2007 Feb 26, In Bangladesh a
fire swept through a building that housed two private TV stations
and a newspaper in Dhaka, killing at least three people and injuring
2007 Mar 6, A fire raged
through a congested slum in southeastern Bangladesh, killing at
least 21 people, including 10 children.
2007 Mar 8, The security forces
of Bangladesh's emergency interim government arrested six
politicians over corruption allegations. They included Tarique
Rahman, the son of former prime minister Khaleda Zia, dubbed “Mr Ten
Per Cent” for his alleged cut in almost any deal done by his
(AP, 3/8/07)(Econ, 3/10/07, p.39)
2007 Mar 18, Bangladeshi police
filed extortion charges against Tarique Rahman, a former prime
minister's son, who had been a powerful political leader in a
country that ranks among the world's most corrupt.
2007 Mar 18, In Bangladesh
Cholesh Ritchil, an activist of the Garos people, was tortured to
death while in army custody. Father Eugene Homrich (79), a native of
Muskegon, Mich., made the news public. Homrich began working with
the Garos in 1956 when they numbered about 25,000 in the Modhupur
forest. By 2007 illegal logging had reduced the forest to a tenth of
its size to 23,000 square miles.
2007 Mar 20, Authorities in
emergency-ruled Bangladesh said they have found "huge" amounts of
undisclosed money in the bank accounts of dozens of prominent
figures caught up in a major anti-graft drive.
2007 Mar 30, In Bangladesh 6
top Islamic militants convicted of killing two judges in a 2005 bomb
attack in southern Bangladesh were hanged. Bangladesh officials said
bird flu has spread to five more farms in central and northern
(AP, 3/30/07)(Reuters, 3/30/07)
2007 Mar 31, At least 22
Islamists were arrested in overnight raids as Bangladesh
strengthened security nationwide.
2007 Apr 4, In Kuwait a medical
source said preliminary tests for bird flu were positive on four
Bangladeshi workers who had been culling infected chickens.
2007 Apr 11, Bangladesh police
said main opposition leader Sheikh Hasina Wajed, former prime
minister and head of the Awami League, has been charged over the
murder of four people during political violence which racked the
nation's capital last October.
(AP, 4/11/07)(Econ, 4/14/07, p.46)
2007 Apr 15, Authorities in
Bangladesh arrested a second son of former prime minister Khaleda
Zia, as the military-backed interim government stepped up its
anti-corruption drive. Arafat Rahman (36) was released the next day.
(AFP, 4/16/07)(AP, 4/17/07)
2007 Apr 18, Bangladesh's
military-backed emergency government exiled opposition leader Sheikh
Hasina Wajed as it stepped up a massive purge of the crisis-wracked
country's political hierarchy.
2007 Apr 22, Bangladesh issued
an arrest warrant for opposition leader Sheikh Hasina Wajed as a
plane arrived to take her arch rival, the country's last prime
minister Khaleda Zia, into exile in Saudi Arabia.
2007 Apr 26, Bangladesh's
emergency government backtracked on plans to exile two feuding
former prime ministers but appeared to threaten the women with
corruption charges if they stayed in the country.
2007 May 7, Former prime
minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed was greeted by tens of thousands of
supporters as she returned to Bangladesh after the military-backed
government abandoned plans to force her into exile.
2007 May 29, Bangladeshi
authorities revived two graft cases against former premier Sheikh
Hasina Wajed. Security forces arrested 4 former government
ministers, 2 mayors and a top businessman as the military-backed
emergency government stepped up an anti-corruption drive.
(AFP, 5/29/07)(AP, 5/30/07)
2007 Jun 11, In southeastern
Bangladesh at least 130 people were killed in Chittagong and other
districts and many others were injured in mudslides triggered by
heavy monsoon rains.
(AFP, 6/11/07)(AFP, 6/13/07)
2007 Jul 5, Ali Asgar Lobi, a
former Bangladeshi MP who dodged more than 2.4 million dollars in
unpaid tax, was sentenced to eight years in jail.
2007 Jul 16, Bangladesh police
arrested former PM Sheikh Hasina on extortion charges, and she was
ordered jailed pending trial.
2007 Jul 24, Former Bangladesh
PM Sheikh Hasina was charged with extortion for allegedly demanding
hundreds of thousands of dollars from a company seeking to build a
2007 Jul 30, Bangladesh's High
Court suspended former PM Sheikh Hasina's extortion trial and
ordered her released on bail.
2007 Aug 1, Bangladesh
officials said monsoon floods had misplaced or marooned 5 million
people and left 40 dead.
(SFC, 8/2/07, p.A3)
2007 Aug 2, Officials said days
of heavy monsoon rains have devastated large swaths of northern
India and Bangladesh, killing at least 164 people, stranding
millions and washing away vital crops.
2007 Aug 3, The death toll in
south Asia rose to at least 186 people killed. 19 million have been
driven from their homes as heavy monsoon rains triggered floods,
destroyed crops and submerged roads across a wide swath of northern
India and Bangladesh. The UN child welfare agency said that in India
alone, the number of dead from the monsoons topped 1,100.
(AP, 8/3/07)(AFP, 8/4/07)
2007 Aug 4, In Bangladesh
deaths from monsoon rains topped 200, with at least 16 more
fatalities reported overnight. 7.5 million people have been either
marooned or displaced from their homes.
2007 Aug 7, The toll from
severe floods across South Asia soared to nearly 1,900 and although
water levels in the region's swollen rivers started to recede,
millions of people in Bangladesh, India and Nepal still faced
hunger. About 40% of the country was under water.
(AFP, 8/7/07)(Econ, 8/11/07, p.34)
2007 Aug 9, The death toll from
the worst monsoon floods to hit South Asia in decades passed 2,000
even as torrents of muddy water receded from millions of acres of
farmland and rains shifted west.
2007 Aug 21, Students in
emergency-ruled Bangladesh clashed with police for a second day
demanding that the army withdraw from Dhaka university campus.
2007 Aug 22, In Bangladesh
clashes between police and students demanding an end to emergency
rule spilled into the streets of the capital, prompting the
government to impose an indefinite curfew in six cities.
(AP, 8/22/07)(Econ, 8/25/07, p.42)
2007 Aug 23, Bangladesh's
army-backed interim government briefly relaxed a curfew, allowing
residents of the capital the chance to stock up on essentials and
those stranded at airports and elsewhere to return home.
2007 Aug 29, New research said
arsenic in drinking water is a global threat to health, affecting
more than 70 countries and 137 million people. The country worst
affected is Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of people are
likely to die from cancers of the lung, bladder and skin caused by
2007 Sep 2, Detained former
Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina Wajed was charged in a new graft case as
part of the emergency government's corruption crackdown.
2007 Sep 3, Former Bangladesh
PM Khaleda Zia and one of her sons were arrested on charges of
corruption and misuse of power.
2007 Sep 8, Hundreds of
colleges reopened in Bangladesh, two weeks after the country's
military-backed government shut them down to quell nationwide
2007 Sep 9, Large swathes of
Bangladesh were underwater again after heavy rains, adding to the
misery of millions hit by flooding that has killed more than 830
people since late July.
2007 Sep 10, Bangladesh's
military-backed government lifted an eight-month emergency ban on
indoor politics as it promised democracy would be restored by the
end of 2008. A Dhaka-based human rights group said 126 people had
been killed by law enforcement agencies since the emergency rule
began with at least 22 tortured to death.
(AP, 9/10/07)(Econ, 9/8/07, p.43)
2007 Sep 15, Officials said
nearly 13.5 million people have been marooned or displaced by floods
in India and Bangladesh. The flooding in South Asia caused by the
June-to-September monsoon has been described as the worst in
decades, with more than 3,300 people killed. Landslides and floods
in Nepal killed at least another 185 people since the start of
2007 Sep 22, At least 25,000
textile workers defied a ban on protests in emergency-ruled
Bangladesh to demand back-pay and bonuses in one of the country's
biggest industrial zones.
2007 Sep 30, Ahmed Akbar
Sobhan, a property tycoon and one of Bangladesh's richest men, his
wife and three sons were sentenced in absentia to five years each in
jail as part of a government anti-corruption drive.
2007 Oct 13, In southern
Bangladesh 5 rear carriages of an overcrowded express train jumped
their tracks, killing at least five passengers and injuring more
than 100 others.
2007 Nov 15, Ten of thousands
of coastal villagers took shelter inland as a cyclone rapidly
approached Bangladesh's southwestern shores, spawning cold drizzles,
strong winds and high waves. Tropical Cyclone Sidr killed 4234
people and left millions homeless.
(AP, 11/15/07)(AP, 11/19/07)(AP, 11/15/08)(Econ,
2007 Nov 17, The official death
toll from a savage cyclone that wreaked havoc on southwest
Bangladesh reached 1,723, the deadliest storm to hit the country in
2007 Nov 18, The death toll
from a cyclone that devastated Bangladesh has surpassed 2,200, as
rescuers struggled through blocked paths to reach hundreds of
thousands of survivors awaiting aid in wrecked homes and flooded
fields. The head of the country's Red Crescent Society said up to
5,000 to 10,000 people are believed to have died in the cyclone.
(AP, 11/18/07)(AFP, 11/18/07)
2007 Nov 19, The death toll
from the Nov 15 cyclone in Bangladesh passed 3,100, and officials
said that number could reach 10,000 once rescuers get to outlying
2007 Nov 24, in southwestern
Bangladesh a section of a bridge collapsed under the weight of
thousands of hungry cyclone victims rushing toward a relief center.
At least 3 people died and dozens were injured.
2007 Nov 25, More than 50
people were missing after a boat, possibly being ferried by human
traffickers, sank off a southern Bangladesh island bordering Myanmar
2007 The population of
Bangladesh was about 150 million. The Ahmedija minority numbered
(Econ, 2/10/07, p.41)(Econ, 8/11/07, p.34)
2008 Jan 12, In Bangladesh
thousands of textile factory workers took to the streets blocking a
major highway in the capital Dhaka, demanding a pay rise and
2008 Jan 30, The Bangladesh
government said an unidentified person has donated $130 million to
help rebuild hundreds of schools and storm shelters destroyed by a
cyclone along Bangladesh's southwest coast.
2008 Jan, Grameen Bank, a
Bangladesh-based microfinance institution, opened its first American
branch. As of September, 2011, it had lent over 25 million to some
(Econ, 9/24/11, p.42)
2008 Feb 1, Bangladesh
livestock officials said more than 27,000 chickens and ducks have
been slaughtered after bird flu was confirmed at a poultry farm near
the border with India.
2008 Feb 5, A Bangladesh
official said Abdul Kader Mollah, an employee of Titas Gas
Distribution Company, the country’s biggest state-owned gas company,
allegedly used his position to pocket a colossal 145 million dollars
in bribes over 12 years. Mollah at the time earned a mere 100
dollars a month.
2008 Feb 5, UN officials said
Ethiopia and Bangladesh have offered to jump-start the UN
peacekeeping mission in Darfur by loaning it helicopters to fly
troops and supplies around the vast region in western Sudan.
2008 Feb 16, It was reported
that the first flowering in 50 years had taken place in the bamboo
forests of Bangladesh leading to a plague of rats. The last
flowering in 1958 also caused a similar rodent plague.
(SFC, 2/16/08, p.B6)
2008 Feb 28, In Bangladesh a
ferry carrying more than 100 people collided with a cargo vessel and
capsized in a river near Dhaka, killing at least 39 people with 20
(AP, 2/28/08)(AP, 2/29/08)
2008 Mar 3, The Sri Lankan navy
said it rescued 71 Burmese Bangladeshi citizens aboard a vessel that
had drifted for 12 days in the Indian Ocean. 20 others had died from
lack of food and water.
(SFC, 3/4/08, p.A3)
2008 Mar 11, Bangladesh's
military-backed government backed down from a policy to ensure equal
property rights to women amid angry protests by Muslim clerics that
the move would override Islamic law.
2008 Mar 22, In Bangladesh an
emergency official said a tropical storm has killed at least five
people. The storm also leveled around 3,000 huts.
2008 Apr 1, In Bangladesh an
official said Tareque Rahman, the son of detained former Bangladesh
premier Khaleda Zia, has been formally charged with corruption as
part of the military-backed government's anti-graft drive.
2008 Apr 12, About 20,000
workers rioted over high food prices and low wages close to the
Bangladesh capital Dhaka, amid spreading global unrest over soaring
2008 Apr 14, Train service
between Bangladesh and India resumed after a 43-year hiatus.
2008 Apr 15, A Bangladesh
official said at least 17 people were killed when a train plowed
through a packed bus at a railway crossing in Tangail district.
2008 Apr 19, In central
Bangladesh a speeding bus plunged off a road, killing at least 18
people and injuring dozens.
2008 Apr 23, Officials said
Bangladesh has begun evacuating thousands of stranded workers who
were trafficked into war-ravaged Iraq by illegal manpower traders.
2008 May 12, In Bangladesh a
ferry on the Ghorautura River capsized with nearly 150 passengers
and at least 44 people were killed.
(WSJ, 5/14/08, p.A13)
2008 May 14, In eastern
Bangladesh 8 people died and one person was critically injured when
two trains collided at a station.
2008 May 22, Bangladesh
reported its first confirmed case of human bird flu, but said the
16-month-old victim had now recovered from the virus.
2008 May 24, Disaster-prone
Bangladesh announced that it would plant 100 million trees to create
a "natural fence" against frequent floods and cyclones.
2008 Jun 1, In southwest
Bangladesh police clashed with thousands of garment workers during
fresh protests over low wages and soaring food prices.
2008 Jun 4, In Bangladesh more
than 1,700 people were detained in the past 24 hours. That takes the
number of detainees to more than 10,000 since May 30 in a drive to
improve law and order before national elections planned for late
2008 Jul 7, In central
Bangladesh 2 passenger buses collided head-on, killing at least 20
people and wounding dozens more.
2008 Jul 18, A border clash
triggered by a smuggling attempt left two Bangladeshi troops dead
and one Indian soldier seriously wounded.
2008 Aug 2, In Sri Lanka a
two-day summit of leaders of the 15th South Asian Association for
Regional Cooperation (SAARC), opened amid extraordinary security.
Leaders of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, The Maldives,
Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka attended the summit. Government troops
captured rebel-held Vellankulam village in Mannar, the last rebel
stronghold in the area. Fresh fighting between Sri Lankan troops and
Tamil Tiger separatists killed 14 rebels and two soldiers across the
embattled northern region.
(AP, 8/2/08)(AP, 8/3/08)
2008 Aug 4, Bangladesh held
local elections that observers hailed as a success. A fire swept
through a five-story building in a crowded section of the capital,
Dhaka, killing at least 10 people and injuring five others.
(AFP, 8/5/08)(AP, 8/4/08)(Econ, 8/9/08, p.42)
2008 Aug 18, In southeastern
Bangladesh chunks of earth loosened by heavy rains buried several
hillside thatched huts, killing five people and injuring seven.
2008 Aug 20, Bangladesh
prosecutors formally lodged new charges against ex-premier Sheikh
Hasina Wajed over her alleged role in a 130-million-dollar defense
deal with Russia.
2008 Nov 3, In Bangladesh Pres.
Iajuddin Ahmed signed an order sending the army back to the
barracks, drawing to an end the state of emergency that began Jan
(Econ, 11/8/08, p.58)
2008 Nov 29, In Bangladesh
police in Dhaka arrested eight members of a hard-line Islamic group
for damaging a 41-foot outdoor sculpture of a group of white storks.
The statue by sculptor Mrinal Haque has stood at a road intersection
2008 Dec 16, Bangladesh's
military-backed government said it will end nearly two years of
emergency rule and restore civil liberties before this month's
2008 Dec 23, A court in
northeast Bangladesh sentenced three Islamic militants to death and
two others to life in prison for a 2004 grenade attack that wounded
a British diplomat and killed three other people.
2008 Dec 25, Police in northern
Bangladesh arrested three suspected militants tied to the Jumatul
Mujahedeen Bangladesh, a banned Islamic group, and seized a large
cache of bomb-making materials. The arrests were made in separate
raids over the last 24 hours.
2008 Dec 23, Bangladeshi
authorities said a new outbreak of bird flu had been detected at a
village in the north of the country as they struggled to contain the
2008 Dec 28, In northern
Bangladesh a truck loaded with iron rods veered off a road, killing
24 hitchhikers riding in the back and injuring 13 others.
2008 Dec 29, Bangladeshis voted
in their droves in elections that marked the end of two years of
emergency rule, with a pair of rival former prime ministers vying to
reclaim power in the impoverished nation. Former PM Sheikh Hasina
won a landslide victory.
(AFP, 12/29/08)(AP, 12/30/08)
2008 Dec 29, The Indian Coast
Guard rescued two people off India's east coast during a search for
more than 300 illegal immigrants missing for the past four days and
feared dead. Survivors told Indian authorities that more than 300
people from Bangladesh and Myanmar, members of the ethnic Rohingya
minority, had jumped from a rickety boat that had been drifting for
13 days in the Indian Ocean and tried to swim to shore near the
Andaman Islands. On Jan 16 a refugees' advocacy group accused the
Thai navy of tying up four illegal immigrants and throwing them into
the ocean before abandoning hundreds of others on a barge in open
water, where some 300 drowned. At least 100 were rescued in Indian
waters. Survivors at the time told Indian authorities they had been
detained by Thai authorities, who towed them into the open sea and
(AP, 12/30/08)(AP, 1/16/09)(SSFC, 1/18/09, p.A5)
2009 Jan 6, In Bangladesh
Sheikh Hasina Wajed was sworn in for her second spell as prime
minister, restoring democracy to the impoverished country after
almost two years of rule by an army-backed regime.
2009 Jan 22, In Bangladesh the
Awami League won a landslide victory in the country’s 481 upazilas
(subdistricts). Three people were killed, 150 injured and voter
intimidation was rife.
(Econ, 1/31/09, p.50)
2009 Jan 30, At least two
million worshippers gathered north of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka
for the Bishwa Ijtema, or World Muslim Congregation, a three-day
event billed as the largest annual Islamic event after the hajj. It
was first held in the 1960s and was launched by Tablig Jamaat, a
non-political group that urges people to follow Islam in their daily
2009 Feb 8, In eastern
Bangladesh a ferry boat sank after colliding with a larger ferry on
the Titas River, killing 10 women and children.
2009 Feb 19, In southern
Bangladesh 13 people died and scores were missing after a ferry
carrying more than 100 passengers collided with a cargo boat and
2009 Feb 25, Mutinous
Bangladeshi border guards opened fire at their headquarters in the
capital and seized a nearby shopping mall, injuring several people
in an insurrection apparently sparked by pay disputes. They agreed
to surrender after the government said it would grant them amnesty.
2009 Feb 26, In Bangladesh
mutinous members of the Bangladesh Rifles, a paramilitary unit in
Dhaka, surrendered their weapons as tanks surrounded their
headquarters after a 2nd day of gunfire in a mutiny that killed 74
people. Security forces searching the headquarters of the border
guard unit soon discovered the bodies of dozens of officers in
shallow graves on the compound, raising the death toll to 76. The
trial of some 3,500 paramilitary troops began in November. At least
48 had already died while in custody. In April, 2010, 136 guards
were given sentences ranging from four months to seven years for
their 2-day uprising. On Nov 5, 2013 152 mutineers were sentenced to
(Reuters, 2/26/09)(AP, 2/27/09)(AP,
2/28/09)(Econ, 11/28/09, p.44)(AP, 4/18/10)(Econ, 11/9/13, p.47)
2009 Mar 1, Bangladeshi police
charged more than 1,000 border guards with murder and arson after a
bloody mutiny in the capital left as many as 148 people dead or
missing, most of them army officers.
2009 Mar 3, Bangladeshi police
arrested Syed Tauhidul Alam, the suspected ringleader of a deadly
border guard mutiny that killed 74 people, during a raid in a slum
in Dhaka. 4 other border guards were also arrested.
(AP, 3/3/09)(SFC, 3/4/09, p.A4)(Econ, 3/7/09,
2009 Mar 13, In Bangladesh a
fire at Dhaka’s 22-story Bashundhara City mall killed at least 7
people as helicopters plucked survivors from the roof.
(SFC, 3/14/09, p.A2)
2009 Apr 2, A Bangladesh
official said the government will strictly enforce a new ban on
begging that aims to fully eliminate it within five years.
2009 Apr 6, Bangladesh police
detained Faisal Mustafa, the head of a British-based charity that
funded an Islamic school in southern Bangladesh, where authorities
on March 24 seized weapons and explosives.
(AP, 4/6/09)(SFC, 4/7/09, p.A2)
2009 Apr 9, In southern
Bangladesh 2 speeding passenger buses crashed into each other,
killing at least 11 people and injuring another 50.
2009 Apr 12, In Bangladesh
security officials arrested eight suspected militants of a banned
Islamic group after raiding a house in Dhaka.
2009 Apr 19, The annual Goldman
Environmental Prize was awarded to 7 activists from 6 nations.
Rizwana Hasan (40) of Bangladesh was awarded for exposing
environmental damage and exploitative practices used in the
country’s ship dismantling industry; Marc Ona Essangui (45) of
Gabon, the founder of Brainforest, was awarded for exposing secret
agreements for a Chinese mine project that threatened Gabon’s rain
forests; Yuyun Ismawati of Indonesia was awarded for designing
environmentally safe waste management systems for poor Indonesia n
communities; Olga Speranskaya (46) of Eco-Accord in Russia was
awarded for her efforts to control and store chemicals in Russia and
former Soviet republics; Wanze Eduards (52) and Hugo Jabini (44) of
Suriname, leaders of the maroon community, were awarded for their
efforts that led to a landmark ruling ending tribal exploitation by
the government. Maria Gunnoe (40) of West Virginia was awarded for
her fight against the practice of removing of the tops of mountains
and filing valleys below with tailings.
(SSFC, 4/19/09, p.A18)
2009 May 6, Bangladesh Home
Minister Sahara Khatun said the UAE has given the government nearly
$1.44 million to distribute among 879 Bangladeshi children who
worked as jockeys at camel races after it was banned in 1993. The
law was openly flouted until authorities reached an agreement in
2005 with UNICEF to help repatriate and rehabilitate child jockeys,
who were mostly taken from poorer Muslim nations such as Bangladesh,
Pakistan and Sudan.
2009 May 14, Bangladesh's high
court moved to plug a gaping hole in the country's laws by
introducing a first-ever ban on sexual harassment. Bangladeshi
police arrested 250 border guards accused of spreading violence
across the country during a mutiny that started at a military base
2009 May 17, In Bangladesh a
state prosecutor said a corruption charge against PM Sheikh Hasina
has been dropped because the man who laid it now says he was
pressured to do so by the last government.
2009 May 26, Cyclone Aila
lashed low-lying areas in eastern India and Bangladesh, destroying
thousands of homes, stranding tens of thousands of people in flooded
villages and killing at least 191 before it began to ease.
(AP, 5/26/09)(AP, 5/27/09)
2009 Jun 10, Authorities in
Bangladesh decided to withdraw all 12 corruption-related cases that
had been brought against PM Sheikh Hasina. Minister of state Kamrul
Islam said the charges were politically motivated. He also
recommended withdrawing 50 other cases against political leaders.
2009 Jun 29, In Bangladesh
textile workers set fire to a factory in a third day of
demonstrations for payment of wages, as the global economic crisis
hits the South Asian country's main export industry.
2009 Jul 28, In Bangladesh the
heaviest rain in 53 years battered the capital, Dhaka, leaving at
least six people dead and stranding thousands in their swamped
2009 Jul 31, In southeastern
Bangladesh landslides caused by heavy monsoon rains killed 10
2009 Aug 24, Bangladesh awarded
three offshore blocks to two global energy companies to explore for
gas in the Bay of Bengal. The US-based ConocoPhillips and Ireland's
Tullow Oil could start exploration work by early next year.
2009 Sep 30, Bangladesh awarded
a farmer who killed more than 83,000 rats and launched a monthlong
campaign nationwide to kill millions more, to protect crops and
reduce the need for food imports.
2009 Oct 4, Grameenphone,
Bangladesh’s largest mobile phone firm, opened the largest IPO in
Bangladesh history. It aimed to raise $70 million. It was owned by
Telenor, a Norwegian telephone company, and Grameen Telecom, a
non-profit founded by Muhammad Yunus, a pioneer of microfinance.
(Econ, 10/17/09, p.88)
2009 Oct 11, In eastern
Bangladesh Rasu Miah (40), who was being questioned about a theft,
surprised a court by confessing to killing 11 women in the past
three years after a woman refused to marry him. Miah told a
magistrate in his home town of Chandpur that 15 years ago he decided
to kill at least 101 women after a woman he loved refused to marry
2009 Nov 17, Australian doctors
successfully separated joined-at-the-head Bangladeshi twins after
more than 24 hours of surgery, saying the girls were "in great
shape" but faced a difficult recovery.
2009 Nov 27, In southern
Bangladesh the MV Coco-4, a triple-deck ferry packed with hundreds
of travelers heading home for an Islamic festival, capsized on the
Tetulia River as passengers disembarked, leaving at least 77 dead
and dozens missing.
(AP, 11/28/09)(AFP, 11/30/09)
2009 Dec 4, In northern
Bangladesh an overcrowded passenger boat capsized after being hit by
a small ferry, leaving at least 46 people dead. 18 Bangladesh
fishermen were assaulted in the Bay of Bengal off the southern coast
of Bangladesh after pirates attacked by a band of 25-30 pirates. The
survivors said the pirates severely beat them and slashed some of
the fishermen with knives before throwing them all overboard. 16
fishermen remained missing.
(AP, 12/4/09)(AP, 12/8/09)
2009 Dec 4, Indian officials
said Arabinda Rajkhowa, the commander of a powerful rebel movement
in the remote northeast, was arrested along with a top deputy.
Security officials said the chairman of the United Liberation Front
of Asom, or ULFA, was actually arrested days earlier in Bangladesh,
where he had long been thought to be hiding.
(AP, 12/4/09)(Econ, 12/12/09, p.47)
2009 Dec 6, In southwestern
Bangladesh two passenger buses collided head-on, leaving 21 people
dead and 50 injured.
2010 Jan 1, In southwestern
Bangladesh a speeding bus lost control and hit a tree before
crashing into a canal, killing 18 people and injuring dozens.
2010 Jan 27, Bangladesh
executed 5 former soldiers for killing independence leader Sheikh
Mujibur Rahman in a 1975 military coup.
(SFC, 1/28/10, p.A2)
2010 Feb 23, In Bangladesh at
least 20 people were injured and dozens of houses torched in fresh
clashes between tribal groups and Bengali settlers in the
insurgency-hit southeastern hills.
2010 Feb 25, In Bangladesh a
fire started at the seven-storey Garib and Garib Sweater factory in
the industrial town of Gazipur. Witnesses said the exit gates on the
top floor were locked at the time. The fire started on the 2nd floor
of the factory, trapping scores of workers. Police say 14 women and
7 men were killed and around 40 people injured.
2010 Mar 4, Bangladesh police
said Mahbub Sarwar (26), a Dhaka-based Facebook stocks tipster with
more than 10,000 followers, has been arrested on charges of
illegally manipulating Bangladesh's overheated stock exchange.
2010 Mar 25, Bangladesh set up
a war crimes tribunal for long-delayed trials of people accused of
murder, torture, rape and arson during its 1971 independence war.
2010 Apr 7, Bangladesh deployed
the army to guard water pumps in the capital Dhaka after acute
shortages triggered widespread protests.
2010 Apr 28, Bangladesh Labor
and Manpower Minister Mosharraf Hossain said Bangladesh will raise
the minimum wage for millions of garment workers, as workers staged
another mass protest that blocked the country's main highway.
2010 May 16, In eastern
Bangladesh a speeding bus plunged off a bridge after slamming into
another bus, killing 11 people and injuring 32 others.
2010 May 30, Bangladesh said it
has blocked the popular social networking website Facebook over a
page that urges people to draw images of Islam's prophet Muhammad.
2010 Jun 2, In Bangladesh a
four-story apartment building constructed on a former canal
collapsed in Dhaka, burying nearby shanties and killing at least 20
2010 Jun 3, In Bangladesh an
illegal chemical warehouse fuelled a toxic blaze that ripped through
one of Dhaka's most densely populated areas, killing at least 117
2010 Jun 15, In southeastern
Bangladesh powerful landslides triggered by heavy rains killed at
least 53 people, striking a coastal area as people slept and burying
many alive inside their homes.
(AP, 6/15/10)(AP, 6/16/10)
2010 Jun 17, Officials and
reports said floods and landslides triggered by incessant monsoon
rains in Bangladesh and Myanmar have killed more than 100 people.
2010 Jun 27, Bangladesh
security forces arrested over 200 activists as the main opposition
party led a nationwide dawn-to-dusk general strike to protest
alleged government misrule.
(AP, 6/27/10)(SFC, 6/28/10, p.A2)
2010 Jul 12, A Bangladesh
government minister said 40 people, suspected of killings, rape and
arson during its 1971 independence war, have been barred from
leaving the country ahead of a planned war crimes trial.
2010 Jul 26, A special tribunal
in Bangladesh issued arrest warrants against four senior leaders of
the country's largest Islamic party ahead of a planned trial over
alleged crimes against humanity during the nation's 1971
2010 Jul 27, Bangladesh raised
the minimum wage for its millions of garment workers by 80 percent,
following months of violent protests over pay and conditions.
2010 Aug 21, In Bangladesh at
least 15 people died over the last 24 hours after drinking toxic
home-brewed liquor in the northeast. They had consumed alcohol mixed
with toxic methanol in the Sylhet district late Aug 18.
2010 Aug 22, A Bangladesh
lawyer said high court judges have passed an order directing that
wearing religious attire should be the personal choice of the
students or the employees. No one can be forced to wear them.
2010 Sep 5, Bangladesh issued a
red alert over an outbreak of anthrax which has infected nearly 300
people and killed about 150 cattle in the north of the country in
the past two weeks.
2010 Sep 9, Bangladesh's high
court banned the lease of coastal land to ship-breaking yards, in a
ruling welcomed by environmentalists who say the industry destroys
fragile eco-systems. Dismantling old ships is a major industry in
Bangladesh, providing more than two-thirds of domestic steel and
creating tens of thousands of jobs.
2010 Sep 29, In Bangladesh a
speeding train plowed into two buses at a busy crossing in Dhaka,
killing at least seven people and injuring dozens.
2010 Oct 7, Bangladesh boat
operators said at least 200 fishermen were missing after 15 fishing
boats capsized in the Bay of Bengal during a storm. A storm surge
over the past two days has sent waves five feet high crashing into
several towns and villages along the coast.
2010 Oct 9, In Bangladesh three
days of incessant rains have left at least 17 people dead and 41
fishermen missing across the southern coast.
2010 Oct 10, In Bangladesh a
speeding bus veered off the road and into the water. Many of some 50
passengers swam to safety after the crash. 11 bodies were soon
recovered and the search continued for more.
2010 Oct 13, Bangladesh said it
would deploy the army at the country's main seaport to keep cargo
moving after days of strikes by dock workers hit crucial garment
2010 Oct 23, Bangladeshi police
used rubber bullets and teargas to disperse thousands of people
protesting against plans to acquire land for army housing.
2010 Oct 28, Bangladesh police
said arrested 20 members of the country’s largest Islamic party and
seized homemade bombs from a house where they were holding a
2010 Nov 13, In Bangladesh at
least three people were killed and five, including a lawmaker of the
ruling party, injured in a suicide bomb attack near Khustia. Police
in Dhaka swung batons to disperse hundreds of activists protesting a
government bid to evict opposition leader Khaleda Zia from the
military-owned house she has lived in for nearly 30 years.
(Reuters, 11/13/10)(AP, 11/13/10)
2010 Nov 14, Bangladesh police
fired tear gas and rubber bullets and swung batons to break up
demonstrations in Dhaka as the opposition party enforced a
nationwide general strike to protest the eviction of its leader from
a military-owned house.
2010 Nov 21, A global tiger
summit meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, approved a wide-ranging
program with the goal of doubling the world's tiger population in
the wild by 2022 backed by governments of the 13 countries that
still have tiger populations: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China,
India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam
and Russia. Experts said wild tigers could become extinct in 12
years if countries where they still roam fail to take quick action
to protect their habitats and step up the fight against poaching.
2010 Dec 5, Suspected Somali
pirates hijacked the M.V. Jahan Moni, a Bangladeshi ship carrying
nickel ore in the Arabian Sea and appeared to be headed to the
lawless East African nation. The 25 Bangladeshis on the cargo ship
included the wife of one crewman. The Moni was released on March 14,
2011, followed a ransom said to be $4.2 million.
(AP, 12/6/10)(AP, 3/14/11)
2010 Dec 8, In eastern
Bangladesh a speeding train slammed into another moving slowly
through a station, killing as many as 19 people and injuring scores
2010 Dec 9, Human Rights Watch
said India's security forces routinely gun down cattle smugglers and
other civilians crossing the border with Bangladesh despite scant
evidence of any crime.
2010 Dec 12, Bangladesh's Dhaka
Stock Exchange plunged 3.32%, its biggest one-day fall since the
index was introduced in 2001. Garment workers demanding the
implementation of a new minimum wage clashed with police at an
industrial zone in the southeast, leaving up to three people dead
and 100 hurt.
(AFP, 12/12/10)(AP, 12/12/10)
2010 Dec 14, In Bangladesh a
devastating blaze raced through a garment factory near the capital,
killing at least 29 people and injuring more than 100.
(AP, 12/14/10)(AP, 12/15/10)
2010 Dec 16, In Bangladesh
Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, a key figure in the opposition
Bangladesh Nationalist Party, was arrested. A tribunal has said it
has found evidence of Chowdhury committing genocide, rape, arson and
looting during the bloody 9-month liberation struggle against
Pakistan in 1971. Allegations soon emerged that security forces
tortured Chowdhury during interrogations.
2010 Dec 18, In northeastern
Bangladesh a boat packed with passengers capsized on the Surma
River. Rescuers the next day said at least 37 people died and 18
more were missing.
2010 Dec 23, Human Rights Watch
said The United States and Britain should immediately stop
supporting the Bangladeshi Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), an
anti-crime force blamed for killing hundreds of suspects without
trial, if there is no visible effort to reform it.
2010 Dec 24, The Bangladesh
government announced it was planning a “high-level” investigation
into the operations of Grameen Bank, a microlender founded by
Muhammad Yunus, winner of the 2006 Nobel peace prize.
(Econ, 1/8/11, p.75)
2010 The population of
Bangladesh stood at about 160 million. 70% were under 35.
(Econ, 6/12/10, p.45)
2011 Jan 7, India’s Border
Security Force (BSF) shot dead a 15-year-old girl, Felani, at an
illegal crossing into Bangladesh from West Bengal. She was on her
way to get married.
(Econ, 2/5/11, p.54)
2011 Jan 10, Bangladesh
suspended trading at its main stock exchange after a market plunge
ignited protests by thousands of investors and security officials
struck some with batons to disperse them.
2011 Jan 15, In eastern
Bangladesh 10 policemen were killed when their jeep collided head-on
with a truck.
2011 Jan 23, In Bangladesh tens
of thousands of Muslims seeking peace and the revival of Islam's
tenets joined a mass prayer to wrap up an annual three-day Islamic
congregation outside the capital on the bank of the River Turag.
2011 Feb 3, Bangladesh police
said they have arrested four Islamic clerics after Mosammet Hena
(14) was whipped to death for allegedly having an illicit
relationship with a married man, who escaped his 100 lashes. The
girl collapsed after she was lashed in public with a bamboo cane
about 70 times on Jan 31.
2011 Feb 7, Bangladesh
authorities raided the headquarters of the opposition party in the
capital as they tried to end the group's strike to protest spiraling
commodity prices and crime. In other parts of the country, police
fired tear gas and arrested protesters.
2011 Feb 13, In Bangladeshi
hundreds of small investors, angry at a new plunge in share prices,
set fire to tires and pelted police with bricks outside the stock
exchange and demanded the resignation of the finance minister.
2011 Feb 19, In Bangladesh 2
trains plowed into packed buses at unmanned railroad crossings in
separate accidents, killing at least 13 people and injuring 45
2011 Mar 2, Bangladesh's
government ordered Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus from his post as
head of his microfinance bank, a humiliating blow for an activist
whose revolutionary idea of giving out small loans lifted many out
of poverty. The Grameen Bank said he remained in charge and that it
would fight the decision.
2011 Mar 2, Libyan strongman
Moamer Kadhafi warned "thousands" would die if the West intervened
to support the uprising against him. Government troops briefly
captured Marsa El Brega, an oil export terminal, before being driven
back by rebels. Shells splashed in the Mediterranean and a warplane
bombed a beach where rebel fighters were charging over the dunes. At
least five people were killed in the fighting. Thousands of
Bangladheshi migrant workers, desperate to leave Libya, pressed up
against the gates of the Tunisia frontier, angry at their government
for sending no help. Britain, Spain, France and others launched
emergency airlifts along Libya's borders, trying to prevent racially
charged attacks on the tens of thousands of foreign workers try to
(AFP, 3/2/11)(Reuters, 3/2/11)(AP, 3/2/11)
2011 Mar 6, Nearly 50
Bangladeshi migrant workers evacuated by sea from Libya to the Greek
island of Crete jumped ship during the night, apparently to avoid
being sent back to Bangladesh. Three died, 11 remained missing and
many others were hospitalized.
2011 Mar 8, A Bangladeshi court
upheld an order removing Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus as
head of the microlending bank he founded, a move his allies say was
prompted by a government vendetta over his political ambitions.
2011 Apr 3, Bangladeshi
security officials opened fire and used tear gas to disperse
stone-throwing members of a hardline Islamic group protesting a
government policy for women's equal right to inheritance, leaving
one protester dead and 25 others injured.
2011 Apr 4, In Bangladesh
police clashed with demonstrators and arrested dozens in as a
hard-line group enforced a paralyzing general strike protesting a
new policy giving women equal inheritance rights.
2011 Apr 12, In Bangladesh a
ban went into effect forbidding teachers from bringing their phones
into class. A ban on student cell phones in class rooms was already
2011 Apr 21, In eastern
Bangladesh a crowded ferry carrying about 100 passengers capsized in
a river, leaving at least 28 people dead and more feared missing.
2011 May 1, The Bangladesh
government published the 284-page probe report, with finance
minister A.M.A Muhith vowing legal action against stock exchange
manipulators. The benchmark Dhaka Stock Exchange General (DGEN)
index hit a high of 8918.51 points on December 5 last year before
plunging to around 5,200 points in two months, gutting hundreds of
thousands of small investors.
2011 Jun 4, Bangladesh
opposition supporters set fire to at least six buses in Dhaka, on
the eve of a nationwide anti-government strike. Opposition groups,
led by former PM Khaleda Zia, were calling for a dawn-to-dusk
general June 5 strike to protest government moves to amend the
2011 Jun 5, In Bangladesh
thousands of security personnel fanned out across Dhaka during a
daylong anti-government strike.
2011 Jun 30, Bangladesh's
Parliament rewrote the constitution and rescinded a 15-year-old
requirement that general elections be overseen by nonpartisan
caretaker governments, a move the opposition says could allow
incumbents to rig the votes.
(AP, 6/30/11)(Econ, 8/13/11, p.42)
2011 Jul 1, In Bangladesh at
least 12 people were killed and more feared missing after three days
of heavy rain triggered landslides near a slum in the port city of
2011 Jul 3, A Bangladesh court
issued an arrest warrant for Tarique Rahman, a son of ex-premier
Khaleda Zia, over a 2004 grenade attack that killed 24 people at an
opposition rally. Rahman has been living in London since 2008.
2011 Jul 6, In Bangladesh
dozens of people, including a senior opposition figure, were injured
during violent protests as an anti-government strike shut down the
country for the second time in four days.
2011 Jul 10, In Bangladesh riot
police fired tear gas in clashes with thousands of stone-throwing
Islamist activists protesting constitutional changes that proclaimed
the country a secular state. At least 70 people were injured. a
30-hour nationwide strike was called by a coalition of 12 Islamic
parties to protest the removal of a clause from the preamble of
country's constitution that expressed "absolute faith and trust in
Allah." The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party also backed
2011 Jul 11, In southeastern
Bangladesh a vehicle packed with schoolchildren returning home from
a soccer tournament crashed into a canal, killing 44 students.
(AP, 7/11/11)(AP, 7/12/11)
2011 Jul 14, Bangladesh and
India launched a census of "enclaves" -- areas where one country's
territory is surrounded by the other -- in an effort to end complex
2011 Jul 16, Bangladesh
reported its population is up nearly 10% in a decade to 142.3
million, following its latest census.
2011 Jul 20, In Bangladesh a
Dhaka court indicted 430 people for serious crimes related to the
February, 2009, mutiny among border guards.
(SFC, 7/21/11, p.A2)
2011 Jul 28, In northern
Bangladesh a crowded bus collided head on with a truck, killing at
least 17 people and injuring 30.
2011 Aug 8, Bangladesh police
said the main opposition leader, ex-prime minister Khaleda Zia, has
been accused of abuse of power and graft in a new case filed by the
country's main anti-corruption body. In a separate case, a court
Dhaka issued an arrest warrant against Tareque Rahman, Zia's elder
son and heir apparent, accusing him of laundering over 204 million
taka ($2.73 million) in Singapore between 2003 and 2007.
(AFP, 8/8/11)(Econ, 8/13/11, p.42)
2011 Aug 14, In Bangladesh a
group of influential villagers in Habiganj district voted that
Ferdousi Akhter (35) should leave the community after she was
accused of having an affair with a neighbor while her husband was
working abroad. Akhter took her four children aged 8-12 and jumped
with them in front of a train later in the day, killing herself and
two of the children.
2011 Sep 6, Indian PM Manmohan
Singh arrived in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on an official visit
aimed at boosting the sometimes fraught relations between India and
its smaller Muslim-majority neighbor. Bangladesh and India signed
two deals to tackle poaching of critically-endangered Bengal tigers
from the world's largest mangrove forest.
(AFP, 9/6/11)(AFP, 9/7/11)
2011 Sep 7, Indian PM Manmohan
Singh said he would "intensify efforts" towards a deal to share
water from the Teesta river after failing to sign the key agreement
during a visit to Dhaka. A deal to share water from the river fell
through after opposition from the chief minister of India's West
2011 Oct 3, In Bangladesh
Delwar Hossain Sayedee, a senior leader from the largest Islamic
party, was charged with war crimes for allegedly leading groups that
took part in killing, looting, arson and rape during the country's
1971 independence war against Pakistan.
2011 Oct 10, Bangladesh's main
opposition launched a protest campaign in which 3,000 cars drive en
masse around the country to demand that the government resigns.
2011 Oct 10, The World Bank
said that it had put on hold a $1.2 billion loan for a huge bridge
in Bangladesh amid allegations of corruption in the bidding process.
2011 Oct 31, Bangladesh
wildlife officials said Bangladesh will declare three river areas in
its southwest as dolphin sanctuaries, in a bid to protect the
country's population of endangered freshwater cetaceans.
2011 Nov 2, Fazle Hasan Abed,
the founder of an anti-poverty group in Bangladesh (BRAC) received
the $500,000 education prize awarded by Qatar's Sheik Hamad bin
Khalifa Al Thani.
2011 Nov 2, Bangladesh and
Russia signed a deal to build a nuclear power plant in the
energy-starved South Asian nation.
2011 Nov 19, In Bhutan a
Climate Summit for a Living Himalayas was held in Bhutan's capital
Thimphu. India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan agreed to cooperate on
energy, water, food and biodiversity issues.
2011 Nov 21, The International
Monetary Fund urged Bangladesh to tighten monetary policy further to
fight runaway inflation and warned that economic growth could
undershoot the government's expectations.
2012 Jan 14, The United States
said that it would offer Bangladesh close to $1 billion in aid over
the next five years.
2012 Jan 19, The Bangladesh
military said it has foiled a plot by a group of hardline officers,
their retired colleagues and Bangladeshi conspirators living abroad
to overthrow PM Sheikh Hasina.
2012 Jan 29, Bangladesh police
fired guns and used batons on crowds of stone-throwing opposition
activists in several towns, killing at least three people and
injuring more than 100. The main Bangladesh Nationalist Party and
its key Islamist ally Jamaat-e-Islami have been demanding an
independent caretaker government oversee elections.
2012 Feb 11, In Bangladesh 2
prominent television journalists, Meherun Runi (33) and Sagar Sarwar
(35), were brutally stabbed to death at their home in the capital
Dhaka. The couple's son (6) called his grandmother and said that his
parents were lying on the floor.
2012 Mar 6, Bangladesh's high
court ordered police to sue 17 professors for allegedly distorting
the country's liberation war history and maligning its founding
leader in a school textbook.
2012 Mar 6, In Bangladesh Saudi
diplomat Khalaf bin Mohammed Salem al-Ali was shot and killed on a
residential street in Dhaka. Authorities said the gunman and a
motive were unknown.
2012 Mar 12, In Bangladesh over
100,000 opposition supporters gathered in Dhaka to demand the
government step down and hold elections.
2012 Mar 13, In Bangladesh a
ferry packed with about 200 people collided with a cargo boat and
capsized in the Meghna River, killing 142 people and over a dozen
(AP, 3/13/12)(AP, 3/14/12)(AP, 3/16/12)
2012 Mar 30, Bangladesh police
arrested two school teachers on suspicion of staging a drama
containing blasphemous remarks about the Prophet Mohammed. Violence
erupted the next day as up to 7,000 Muslims shouted slogans and set
ablaze the house of the drama's director, who has fled the remote
2012 Apr 5, In Bangladesh
police discovered the badly injured body of Aminul Islam (40) dumped
by the roadside northwest of Dhaka, leading his supporters to point
the finger at Bangladesh's security forces. He had led a top union
that organized protests to increase the wages of the three million
workers in the garment sector. Top global retail associations soon
demanded a swift and impartial probe into his murder.
(AFP, 4/25/12)(AP, 5/9/12)
2012 Apr 17, In Bangladesh
opposition politician Elias Ali (50) and his driver were abducted as
they returned home from meeting supporters at a hotel.
2012 Apr 17, Bangladesh customs
agents seized more than 400 tortoises being smuggled in three
suitcases through the country's main airport on their way to
Bangkok. Two Indian citizens were arrested in connection with the
2012 Apr 22, Bangladesh police
in the northeastern city of Sylhet fired rubber bullets and tear gas
at stone-throwing opposition supporters enforcing a strike to
protest a politician's disappearance, leaving dozens injured. Elias
Ali, who heads the local branch of the opposition Bangladesh
Nationalist Party, went missing in Dhaka on April17.
2012 Apr 23, Bangladesh police
opened fire on hundreds of stone-throwing demonstrators who stormed
a police station on the second day of an opposition-sponsored
general strike protesting a politician's disappearance. Police said
one person was killed and more than 50 others injured.
2012 Apr 29, In Bangladesh 9
small bombs exploded in Dhaka, after an opposition supporter was
shot dead the previous evening in clashes ahead of a 4th nationwide
strike in eight days.
2012 Apr 30, Bangladesh police
charged 28 opposition officials over a series of bomb explosions in
the capital Dhaka, as a nationwide strike again paralyzed the
2012 May 13, A Bangladeshi
special court indicted Ghulam Azam (89), a former opposition leader
for alleged atrocities including genocide and murder during the
nation's 1971 liberation struggle against Pakistan.
2012 May 13, Bangladesh police
fired rubber bullets and tear gas at thousands of garment workers
during a second day of riots triggered by false reports that a man
had been murdered by his employers.
2012 May 16, In Bangladesh a
Dhaka court decision denied bail to 33 key figures, including
ex-ministers and lawmakers, over charges stemming from an arson
attack during an anti-government protest last month.
2012 May 17, In Bangladesh 2
small bombs exploded and protesters damaged vehicles in Dhaka,
during a nationwide strike against the jailing of 33 opposition
2012 May 28, In Bangladesh 9
journalists were wounded in Dhaka when at least 15 attackers
wielding machetes stormed Bdnews24.com, the country’s best-known
online media outlet, and began slashing staff.
2012 Jun 4, A Bangladeshi court
charged Mohammad Kamaruzzaman (60), a fifth member of the country's
largest Islamic party, with alleged atrocities including genocide
during the nation's 1971 independence war against Pakistan.
2012 Jun 12, Bangladesh turned
away 3 boats carrying 1,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in
Myanmar, bringing to 1,500 the number of refugees blocked in recent
2012 Jun 13, Bangladesh refused
three more boatloads of Rohingya Muslims fleeing sectarian violence
in Myanmar, despite growing calls for the border to be opened. A UN
rights envoy warned that violence posed a threat to Myanmar’s shift
towards democracy, as the death toll from almost a week of unrest
rose to 28.
(AFP, 6/13/12)(AFP, 6/14/12)
2012 Jun 28, Bangladesh
officials said at least 106 people have been killed in landslides in
the southeast after three days of rains triggered flash floods and
severed transport links.
2012 Jun 29, The World Bank
cancelled a $1.2 billion loan for Bangladesh's Padma bridge project,
saying the government had not cooperated in investigating "high
level" corruption in the project. The $3 billion bridge planned to
go into service in 2014.
2012 Jul 19, Humayun Ahmed
(b.1948), Bangladesh's most popular fiction writer, died in the
United States after a near year-long battle against colon cancer. He
was also the country's leading film director and TV drama-maker. He
shot to fame with his first novel "Nondito Naroke" (In Blissful
Hell), published in 1972 while he studied at Dhaka university.
2012 Aug 2, Bangladesh said it
has ordered three international charities to stop providing aid to
Rohingya refugees who cross the border to flee persecution and
violence in Myanmar.
2012 Aug 10, In northeast
Bangladesh at least 13 Muslim worshippers were killed and 15 hurt
when lightning struck a mosque in a remote village as they held
special Ramadan prayers.
2012 Aug 17, Bangladesh
authorities said they have rescued at least 60 fishermen abducted
last week by pirates in the Bay of Bengal, as naval and air forces
cracked down on criminal activity at sea.
2012 Sep 22, In Bangladesh
scores of people were injured in clashes in the capital between
police and hundreds of demonstrators, as protests continued in the
Muslim world against a film that denigrates the Prophet Muhammad.
2012 Sep 30, In Bangladesh
thousands of Muslims angry over an alleged derogatory photo of the
Islamic holy book Quran on Facebook set fires overnight in at least
10 Buddhist temples and 40 homes near the southern border with
2012 Nov 7, A boat capsized off
the coast of Bangladesh. Fishermen helped rescue 23 people, but
about 50 illegal migrants, mostly Rohingya Muslims, remained
(SFC, 11/8/12, p.A3)
2012 Nov 24, In Bangladesh a
fire raced through the seven-story factory operated by Tazreen
Fashions just outside of Dhaka. 112 people were killed including 12
people who had suffered injuries after jumping from the building to
escape the fire. On Dec 31, 2013, a court issued arrest warrants for
two of the factory owners and four employees on homicide charges.
The two owners, Delwar Hossein and his wife Mahmuda Akter, and
eleven others were indicted on Sep 3, 2015.
(AP, 11/25/12)(SFC, 1/1/14, p.A3)(SFC, 9/4/15,
2012 Dec 10, It was reported
that a Bangladesh war crimes tribunal has accused The Economist
magazine of hacking the computer of its presiding judge to record
conversations and read e-mails he exchanged with a lawyer regarding
charges related to its 1971 war of independence.
(SFC, 12/10/12, p.A2)(Econ, 12/15/12, p.41)
2012 The Bangladesh population
numbered about 170 million people.
(Econ, 6/2/12, p.49)
2013 Jan 21, A Bangladesh war
crimes tribunal sentenced Abul Kalam Azad to death in absentia for
genocide and murder committed during its 9-month war in 1971. Azad
was believed to be in Pakistan.
(Econ, 1/26/13, p.38)
2013 Jan 26, In Bangladesh a
fire at the Smart Export Garment Ltd. factory killed seven female
workers. An investigation was ordered the next day under allegations
that the emergency exit was locked.
(AP, 1/27/13)(SFC, 1/28/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 5, A Bangladeshi
tribunal prosecuting cases stemming from the 1971 independence war
sentenced Abdul Quader Mollah (65), a leader of an Islamic
opposition party, to life in prison, sparking street clashes with
police that killed two people and injured dozens more.
2013 Feb 8, In central
Bangladesh at least two people died and dozens were rescued after
the ML Sarash passenger ferry collided with another ship and
capsized on the River Meghna, dumping as many as 100 people into the
2013 Feb 12, In Bangladesh
thousands of protesters demonstrated again over the lenient Feb 5
ruling against Abdul Quader Mollah, leader of the Jamaat party, for
his role in the 1971 independence war.
(SFC, 2/13/13, p.A4)
2013 Feb 15, In Bangladesh
Ahmed Rajib Haider, an atheist blogger, was hacked to death. He had
campaigned for banning the Jamaat-e-Islami party, which opposed
Bangladesh's independence from Pakistan in 1971. In 2017
Bangladesh's High Court confirmed the death penalty for Faisal bin
Nayeem, who the court said hacked Haider with meat cleavers in front
of his house in Dhaka. A 2nd student, who was sentenced to death in
absentia, was accused of planning the attack. He was a member of
Jamaat-e-Islami's student wing, Islami Chhatra
2013 Feb 16, In Bangladesh an
estimated 100,000 people demonstrated in Dhaka demanding move severe
punishment for war criminals from the country’s 1971 liberation war.
(SSFC, 2/17/13, p.A4)
2013 Feb 22, Police across
Bangladesh clashed with protesters from Islamic political parties
denouncing war crimes trials linked to the country's 1971
independence war, killing two demonstrators and injuring dozens.
2013 Feb 28, In Bangladesh a
special tribunal sentenced Delwar Hossain Sayedee (73), a leader of
an Islamic political party, to death for crimes during the nation's
1971 war for independence. The decision sparked violent protests
that left at least 67 people dead across the nation. Jamaat-e-Islami
enforced a nationwide general strike to denounce the trial and
demand that Sayedee be freed from detention. On Sep 17, 2014, the
sentence was commuted to life in prison.
(AP, 2/28/13)(Econ, 3/9/13, p.49)(AP, 9/17/14)
2013 Mar 1, In Bangladesh
protesters clashed for a 2nd day as the death toll rose to 44 in
violence triggered by a death sentence given to Delwar Hossain
Sayedee, a top leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party.
(SFC, 3/2/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 2, Bangladesh security
forces killed two people and injured dozens as they clashed with
demonstrators for a 3rd day in violence triggered by a death
sentence given to Delwar Hossain Sayedee.
(SSFC, 3/3/13, p.A5)
2013 Mar 3, Bangladesh
authorities deployed soldiers in a northern district after Islamic
party activists clashed with police, leaving five people dead during
a nationwide general strike called to denounce war crimes trials.
2013 Mar 7, In Bangladesh over
100 people were reported killed over the last 3 days by law
enforcement agencies under the pretext of controlling violence.
(Econ, 3/9/13, p.49)
2013 Mar 12, Bangladesh police
clashed with protesters as opposition leaders enforced a daylong,
nation-wide strike to protest alleged police intimidation.
(SFC, 3/13/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 20, Bangladesh’s
figurehead Pres. Zillur Rahman (84) died at a hospital in Singapore.
(SFC, 3/21/13, p.A2)
2013 Apr 6, In Bangladesh
hundreds of thousands of members of Hefajat-e-Islam, a hard-line
Muslim group, rallied in Dhaka with 13 demands including the
introduction of antiblasphemy laws to punish people who insult
(SSFC, 4/7/13, p.A3)(Econ, 5/11/13, p.55)
2013 Apr 11, Bangladesh
authorities in Dhaka arrested Mahmudur Rahman, the acting editor of
a pro-opposition newspaper, on charges of sedition and other crimes.
(SFC, 4/12/13, p.A2)
2013 Apr 23, In Bangladesh Rana
Plaza owner Mohammed Sohel Rana called engineer Abdur Razzak Khan to
inspect an 8-story building after it developed cracks. That night
Khan appeared on a private television station saying that after his
inspection he told Rana to evacuate the building because it was not
safe. The next day garment factory managers told their workers to go
2013 Apr 24, In Bangladesh the
8-story Rana Plaza building, housing five garment factories,
collapsed in the Dhaka suburb of Savar. More than 2,500 people were
rescued alive. By May 9 the death toll reached 948. The building was
designed in 2004 as a shopping mall and not for any industrial
purpose. Three of the floors were built illegally. The final death
toll reached 1,129. This was likely the worst garment-factory
accident ever. At least 322 people remained missing. On June 1,
2015, police filed murder charges against 41 people accused of
(Reuters, 4/25/13)(AP, 4/30/13)(AP, 5/1/13)(AP,
5/2/13)(AP, 5/9/13)(Econ, 5/4/13, p.42)(AP, 6/19/13)(AP,
7/5/13)(SFC, 6/2/15, p.A4)
2013 Apr 28, In Bangladesh
Mohammed Sohel Rana, the fugitive owner of an illegally-constructed
building that collapsed on April 24, was captured at a border
crossing with India by members of a commando force. Rescuers located
nine people alive inside the rubble of the building.
2013 May 5, Bangladesh police
fired rubber bullets to disperse stone-throwing activists who were
among thousands who rallied around Dhaka. Officials said at least
one person died and 45 others were injured.
2013 May 6, Bangladesh police
banned all rallies in Dhaka for the rest of the day after at least
31 people died in clashes between police and large numbers of
Islamic hardliners demanding that the government enact an
anti-blasphemy law. The dead included police officers. The Awami
League security crackdown on members of Hefajat-e-Islam, an extreme
Islamist group, left as many as 50 people dead in Dhaka. Another 20
were reported killed in clashes in Narayanganj.
(AP, 5/6/13)(SSFC, 5/12/13, p.A4)(Econ, 5/11/13,
2013 May 8, In Bangladesh a
fire fed by huge piles of acrylic products used to make sweaters
killed 8 people at the Tung Hai Sweater factory. The dead included a
ruling-party politician and a top official in the country's powerful
clothing manufacturers' trade group.
2013 May 9, A Bangladesh
tribunal sentenced the deputy head of Jamaat-e-Islami, Muhammad
Kamaruzzaman, to death for crimes against humanity during the 1971
war for independence.
(Econ, 5/11/13, p.55)
2013 May 10, In Bangladesh
seamstress Reshma Begum (19), buried for 17 days in the wreckage of
the Rana Plaza, was rescued as the death toll climbed to 1045.
(AP, 5/10/13)(SSFC, 5/12/13, p.A6)
2013 May 11, In Bangladesh
recovery operations at the Rana Plaza in Savar continued as the
death toll reached 1,115.
2013 May 13, Bangladesh's
government agreed to allow the country's garment workers to form
trade unions without prior permission from factory owners. The
search for the dead ended at the site of the worst disaster in the
history of the global garment industry with the death toll at 1,127.
2013 Jun 16, In Bangladesh
several hundred garment workers were sickened at their factory
outside Dhaka apparently after drinking contaminated water. Earlier
this month contaminated water sickened 450 workers at another
factory in the same area.
(SFC, 6/17/13, p.A2)
2013 Jun 27, The US suspended
Bangladesh from its Generalized System of Preferences due to
wretched conditions in its export industries.
(SFC, 6/28/13, p.C1)
2013 Jul 10, A group of major
North American retailers announced the signing of the Bangladesh
Worker Safety Initiative. GAP, Walmart and 15 others signed the
accord to improve conditions for workers in the Bangladesh garment
(SFC, 7/11/13, p.C1)
2013 Jul 15, In Bangladesh
Ghulam Azam (91), a former chief of an Islamic party, was sentenced
to 90 years in jail for crimes against humanity during the country's
1971 independence war, angering both supporters who said the trial
was politically motivated and opponents who said he should be
2013 Jul 15, Bangladesh
approved a labor law to boost worker rights, including the freedom
to form trade unions, after a factory building collapse in April
killed 1,132 garment workers and sparked debate over labor safety
2013 Jul 17, In Bangladesh a
special tribunal sentenced Ali Ahsan Mojaheed, a senior leader of
the Jamaat-e-Islami party, to death for his role in the kidnapping
and killing of people involving Bangladesh's independence war
against Pakistan in 1971.
2013 Aug 1, A Bangladesh court
declared as illegal the country's main Islamic party,
Jamaat-e-Islami, effectively banning it from a general election due
early next year. Party activists took to the streets in the capital,
Dhaka, and other towns including Bogra, Jessore and Gaibandha.
2013 Sep 17, Bangladesh
sentenced Abdul Quader Mollah, the leader of Jamaat-e-Islami, to
death for crimes against humanity in the nation’s 1971 war for
(SFC, 9/18/13, p.A6)
2013 Sep 23, In Bangladesh more
than 100 garment factories were forced to shut as thousands of
workers protested to demand a $100 a month minimum wage. About 50
people were injured in clashes.
2013 Sep 25, In Bangladesh a
5th day of protests forced authorities to close over 100 factories
near Dhaka as garment workers demanded higher wages.
(SFC, 9/25/13, p.A5)
2013 Oct 1, A Bangladesh court
sentenced to death a top opposition MP for genocide. Salauddin
Quader Chowdhury became the first lawmaker to be convicted of war
crimes during the 1971 war of independence.
2013 Oct 2, Bangladesh PM
Sheikh Hasina Wajed inaugurated the nation’s first nuclear power
(SSFC, 10/6/13, p.A4)
2013 Oct 9, In Bangladesh a
huge fire at a factory in Sriput, whose workers were making clothes
and fabrics for top Western labels, killed at least 9 people in the
latest disaster to blight the country's garment industry.
(AFP, 10/9/13)(Reuters, 10/9/13)
2013 Oct 25, In Bangladesh 3
demonstrators were killed as more than 100,000 opposition activists
rallied in the Dhaka to demand that PM Sheikh Hasina quit and order
polls under a caretaker government.
2013 Oct 26, Bangladesh PM
Sheikh Hasina phoned Khaleda Zia, leader of the opposition, and
requested that national strike be called off. This was their first
conversation in many years. The strike continued.
(Econ, 11/2/13, p.48)
2013 Oct 27, In Bangladesh
police and backers of the ruling party clashed with opposition
supporters, leaving at least 5 people dead and scores injured in
different parts of the country as opposition parties tried to
enforce a three-day nationwide general strike.
2013 Oct 28, Bangladesh police
said at least 15 people have been killed and hundreds wounded as the
2nd day of an opposition strike demanded elections be held under a
2013 Oct 29, Bangladesh police
opened fire at protesters on a remote island, killing 2 and bringing
to 20 the death toll in demonstrations aimed at forcing the premier
to make way for a caretaker government ahead of elections.
2013 Nov 3, A Bangladesh war
crimes court convicted and sentenced to death in absentia two men
accused of committing atrocities during the country's war of
independence from Pakistan in 1971. Britain-based Muslim leader
Chowdhury Mueen Uddin and Ashrafuzzaman Khan, a US citizen, were
found guilty of the torture and murder of 18 intellectuals during
2013 Nov 5, A Bangladesh court
sentenced 152 soldiers, of the now defunct Bangladesh Rifles (BDR),
to death for the February, 2009, mutiny by disgruntled border guards
who killed dozens of military commanders during a brutal, two-day
uprising. Of the 846 accused of killing 74 people in the mutiny 161
were handed life sentences, over 250 received prison terms of up to
10 years and over 270 were acquitted.
(SFC, 11/6/13, p.A3)(SSFC, 11/10/13, p.A4)
2013 Nov 5, In Bangladesh 2
people died and scores were injured as protesters demanded the
government step aside ahead of January elections.
(SFC, 11/5/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 9, The opposition
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) announced another 84-hour
nationwide strike, starting Nov 10, after police arrested BNP
leaders, triggering violent protests across the country.
2013 Nov 12, In Bangladesh riot
police fired tear gas to battle thousands of stone-throwing garment
workers who rampaged through two industrial towns during a protest
over wages that closed at least 200 factories and left dozens of
2013 Nov 13, In Bangladesh
violent protests shuttered some 250 garment factories near the
capital Dhaka, as thousands of workers demanded higher wages.
2013 Nov 14, Bangladeshi
garment factory owners said they had agreed to a proposed 77 percent
rise in the minimum wage, but police used teargas and rubber bullets
to break up new protests by stone-throwing workers calling for a
2013 Nov 28, In Bangladesh a
teenager was killed and 17 people suffered burn injuries after a
suspected opposition supporter hurled a petrol bomb into a crowded
2013 Nov 29, In Bangladesh a
devastating fire ripped through a garment factory supplying major
Western retailers, in a blaze set by workers angered over rumors of
a colleague's death in police firing.
2013 Dec 8, A Bangladesh court
ordered authorities to hang Islamist leader Abdul Quader Molla (65),
months after he was sentenced to death, raising fears of a new wave
of clashes. On Dec 10 a late-night reprieve saved his life just
hours before he was to be hanged.
(AFP, 12/8/13)(AP, 12/11/13)
2013 Dec 11, In Bangladesh
deposed military dictator Hussein Mohammad Ershad was detained by
Rab (Rapid Action Battalion). The hybrid crime-fighting force picked
the Jatiya Party chief up from his residence in Dhaka.
2013 Dec 12, Bangladesh's
Supreme Court cleared the way for the execution of Abdul Quader
Molla, an opposition leader convicted of war crimes, rejecting a
last-minute appeal in a case that threatens to spark fresh violence
ahead of national elections next month. Abdul Quader Molla was sent
to the gallows at a prison in Dhaka late today.
(AP, 12/12/13)(AFP, 12/13/13)
2013 Dec 13, Bangladesh was
rocked by a new wave of deadly violence as Islamist supporters went
on the rampage to vent their fury at the execution of Abdul Quader
Molla for war crimes. 3 protesters were killed and 2 activists from
the ruling Awami League were hacked to death. An Islamist became the
latest fatality after he was shot dead during clashes with ruling
party activists in the southern town of Sonaimuri.
2013 Dec 15, In Bangladesh 6
more people were today killed and 7 overnight in continuing protests
sparked by the execution of top Islamist leader Abdul Quader Molla.
PM Sheikh Hasina warned of strong action against the rioters.
2013 Dec 16, Bangladesh police
opened fire on bomb-throwing Islamist protesters as five
Jamaat-e-Islami supporters died in clashes sparked by the execution
of an Islamist leader for war crimes.
(AFP, 12/16/13)(Econ, 12/21/13, p.63)
2013 Dec 22, Bangladesh police
charged the owners and 11 others over the nation's worst garment
factory fire that killed 111 people, after wrapping up an
investigation on the Nov 24, 2012, tragedy.
2013 Dec 22, Bangladesh
security forces arrested 37 Chinese and Taiwanese nationals after
raiding an illegal Internet telephone operation they were allegedly
running in an upscale Dhaka neighborhood.
2013 Dec 26, Bangladesh's
opposition accused authorities of placing their leader under virtual
house arrest, as tens of thousands of troops were deployed across
the country ahead of general elections next month.
2013 Dec 29, Bangladesh police
barred opposition leader Khaleda Zia from leaving home to lead a
banned march in protest at an upcoming election. Two people were
killed in battles between her supporters and security forces.
2014 Jan 4, In Bangladesh
scores of polling booths were torched and a train set alight on the
eve of elections as the opposition launched a strike against the
2014 Jan 5, Bangladesh held
parliamentary elections. The ruling Awami League won 232 of the 300
elected seats as about half the seats were uncontested due to a
boycott by the main opposition party. At least 21 people were killed
in election-related violence. Alleged ballot stuffing by the ruling
party pushed the turnout just over 40%.
(Reuters, 1/5/14)(AP, 1/6/14)(SSFC, 1/12/14,
2014 Jan 6, Bangladesh’s PM
Sheikh Hasina held to her stance that fresh polls could be called
only if her rivals halt violence. The opposition already called a
48-hour strike and 7 people were killed in clashes.
2014 Jan 12, In Bangladesh
Sheikh Hasina was sworn in for a third spell as prime minister after
a deadly general election boycotted by the opposition amid an
ongoing political crisis.
2014 Jan 30, A Bangladesh court
sentenced Motiur Rahman Nizami (70), leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami
party, and 13 others to death over a huge 2004 arms smuggling
racket, sparking fears of new political unrest.
2014 Feb 4, The head of
Bangladesh's largest opposition party, the BNP, accused the
government of being involved in the killing or disappearance of more
than 300 activists around the time of the country's election.
2014 Feb 6, Human Rights Watch
said Bangladeshi garment factory owners use beatings, the threat of
murder and sexual intimidation to stop workers from forming trade
2014 Feb 12, In Bangladesh a
mortar shell exploded accidentally during firing practice at a
military training base, killing five military and border guard
personnel and injuring 14 others.
2014 Feb 23, In Bangladesh
gunmen opened fire and tossed bombs at a prison van carrying
militants of a banned Islamist movement to a court house, freeing
three of their colleagues and killing a policeman.
2014 Mar 19, Bangladesh
opposition leader Khaleda Zia was ordered to stand trial over
charges that she and her associates embezzled more than $650,000 in
a case that could see her jailed for life.
2014 May 15, In central
Bangladesh the M.V. Miraz-4 ferry carrying more than 100 passengers
capsized in the River Meghna after being hit by a storm. Some 25
people swam to safety. 54 bodies were recovered over the next two
days. An unknown number remained missing.
(AP, 5/15/14)(AP, 5/16/14)(AP, 5/17/14)
2014 May 21, Transparency
International said South Asia is the most corrupt region of the
world and governments must strengthen their anti-graft agencies to
prevent political interference and protect whistleblowers. The
watchdog group found serious problems with anti-corruption efforts
in Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
2014 Jun 14, In Bangladesh
arson attacks and clashes between local residents and Urdu-speaking
stateless people left 10 people dead in Dhaka.
2014 Jun 23, A Bangladesh court
sentenced eight people, including a leader of a banned Islamist
group, to death for their roles in a bombing at a Bengali 2001 New
Year's celebration concert that left 10 people dead.
2014 Jul 8, Bangladesh was
awarded nearly four-fifths of an area sprawling over 25,000 sq km
(9,700 sq miles) in the Bay of Bengal by a UN tribunal, ending a
dispute over a sea border with India that has ruffled ties between
the neighbors for more than three decades.
2014 Aug 4, In Bangladesh the
M.V. Pinak ferry, licensed at 85 capacity, capsized in the Padma
River southwest of Dhaka with about 200 passengers on board. About
100 people were rescued with 19 bodies recovered and at least 125
presumed dead. Police soon launched a hunt for the captain and crew
(Reuters, 8/4/14)(SFC, 8/5/14, p.A2)(SFC, 8/7/14,
2014 Sep 4, Bangladesh said it
has resumed sending workers to Iraq after a 3-month ban, despite
reports of hundreds of Bangladeshi construction laborers being
dragged into the country's bloody sectarian conflict.
2014 Sep 5, Japan's PM Shinzo
Abe won Dhaka's support for Tokyo's bid for a non-permanent seat on
the UN Security Council as he began a visit to Bangladesh and Sri
Lanka aimed at offsetting China's mounting influence in South Asia.
2014 Sep 29, Bangladesh police
said they have arrested a British citizen suspected of entering the
country to recruit militants for jihadist groups overseas such as
the Islamic State organization.
2014 Oct 13, Thai police found
scores of sick and exhausted boat people hiding on a remote island.
All but one of the 79 suspected human-trafficking victims were from
Bangladesh. The discovery brought to more than 130 the number of
people found since Oct 11 in Phang Nga province.
2014 Oct 20, In northwestern
Bangladesh two passenger buses collided head-on, killing at least 20
people and injuring 25 others.
2014 Oct 23, In Bangladesh
Ghulam Azam (91), a former leader of Jamaat-e-Islami (1960-2000),
died died of a stroke while serving jail sentences for crimes
against humanity. Azam had opposed the independence of Bangladesh
during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.
2014 Oct 29, A special
Bangladesh tribunal sentenced Motiur Rahman Nizami (71), the leader
of the country’s largest Islamist party, to death for atrocities and
multiple killings during the nation's independence war against
Pakistan in 1971.
2014 Nov 1, Bangladesh was hit
by a nationwide blackout after a transmission line bringing
electricity from neighboring India failed.
2014 Nov 2, A special tribunal
in Bangladesh sentenced to death Mir Quashem Ali (62), a senior
leader of the country's largest Islamist party, the second death
sentence in a week for mass killings during the nation's 1971
independence war against Pakistan.
2014 Nov 13, A Bangladesh
tribunal sentenced fugitive opposition leader M.A. Zahid Hossain
Khokon to death for his role in killing people and other crimes
during the nation’s 1971 independence war. Khokon was believed to be
living in Sweden.
(SFC, 11/13/14, p.A2)
2014 Nov 24, In Bangladesh a
special tribunal sentenced Mobarak Hossain, a former commander of a
collaborators' group, to death for his role in killings during
Bangladesh's 1971 independence war.
2014 Dec 9, In Bangladesh an
oil tanker carrying more than 350,000 liters (92,500 gallons) of
bunker oil sank on a major river flowing through the Sundarbans
after being hit by a cargo vessel.
2014 Dec 23, In Bangladesh Syed
Mohammad Qaisar (Kaiser) (73), a former junior minister in the
military government, was sentenced to death after a war crimes
tribunal found him guilty of atrocities during the country's 1971
war of independence from Pakistan.
(Reuters, 12/23/14)(SFC, 12/24/14, p.A2)
2014 Dec 30, In Bangladesh a
special tribunal sentenced A.T.M. Azharul Islam, a senior Islamist
party leader, to death after convicting him of leading the Al-Badr
militia that committed mass killings and rape during the country's
1971 independence war against Pakistan.
2014 Bangladesh politician Nur
Hossain, a member of PM Sheikh Hasina's Awami League, paid members
of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) to kill a political rival and
four of his aides in the city of Narayanganj, just outside the
2015 Jan 3, Bangladesh police
banned all protests in Dhaka and locked main opposition leader
Khaleda Zia in her office in Dhaka as clashes broke out before the
first anniversary of an election her party boycotted.
(AFP, 1/4/15)(SFC, 1/5/15, p.A2)
2015 Jan 5, In Bangladesh two
men on a motorbike opened fire on a group of anti-government
activists in the northwest, killing two amid heightened tensions on
the anniversary of a general election boycotted by a major
opposition alliance last year. Two more activists from the
opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party were killed during clashes
with supporters of the governing party and security forces.
(AP, 1/5/15)(SFC, 1/6/15, p.A4)
2015 Jan 7, In Bangladesh 2
people were shot dead when police and armed protesters began firing
in the southern district of Noakhali. An auto-rickshaw passenger was
attacked and killed by anti-government protesters in the central
district of Sirajganj.
2015 Jan 14, In Bangladesh 5
people were killed when demonstrators firebombed a passenger bus and
2 political activists were assassinated as violence claimed at least
22 lives this month. Authorities blamed supporters of opposition
leader Khaleda Zia.
(SFC, 1/15/15, p.A2)
2015 Jan 19, Bangladeshi police
arrested four suspected members of Islamic State in Dhaka, including
a regional coordinator for the militant group who told police they
had been trained in Pakistan.
2015 Jan 29, A fishing boat
carrying migrants to Malaysia capsized off the southern coast of
Bangladesh and about 20 people were missing. The passengers were
reportedly being taken by traffickers to Malaysia for unconfirmed
2015 Jan 31, In Bangladesh at
least 13 people including two women were killed when a fire swept
through a plastics factory in Dhaka.
2015 Jan - 2015 May, Indian
forces killed 20 Bangladeshis trying to cross the border illegally.
(Econ, 6/13/15, p.40)
2015 Feb 3, In Bangladesh
attackers threw crude fire bombs at a packed bus, setting it alight
as it moved along a highway and leaving at least 7 people dead
during a nationwide strike called by the opposition.
2015 Feb 6, In Bangladesh
attackers threw crude fire bombs at a packed bus and a moving truck
in two separate incidents, killing at least 9 people and injuring 30
2015 Feb 13, In southern
Bangladesh a trawler carrying up to 200 passengers sank in the River
Payra. Most people were rescued or swam ashore. At least five people
died and two were missing.
2015 Feb 22, Bangladesh
officials said special forces have raided a training camp in the
southeastern Chittagong district operated by an Islamist militant
network that was planning to carry out attacks in the country.
2015 Feb 22, In Bangladesh a
river ferry carrying up to 140 passengers capsized after being hit
by a cargo vessel, killing at least 70 people.
(AP, 2/22/15)(AP, 2/23/15)
2015 Feb 25, A Bangladesh court
issued an arrest warrant for Khaleda Zia, the opposition leader
whose political feud with PM Sheikh Hasina has dominated the
country's politics for more than a decade.
2015 Feb 26, Prominent
Bangladeshi-American blogger Avijit Roy, known for speaking out
against religious extremism, was hacked to death as he walked
through Dhaka with his wife, Rafida Ahmed, who was seriously
injured. A previously unknown militant group, Ansar Bangla 7,
claimed responsibility. Asim Umar, purported leader of al Qaeda in
the Indian subcontinent (AQIS), later claimed credit for the
(AP, 2/27/15)(AP, 2/28/15)(SFC, 5/5/15, p.A5)
2015 Feb 28, Bangladeshi
special forces raided a militant hideout in the southeast town of
Chittagong, arrested four suspects and seized explosives and
2015 Mar 2, Bangladeshi
security officials arrested Farabi Shafiur Rahman as a suspect in
the killing of blogger Avijit Roy, a prominent critic of extremist
Islam who was hacked to death on Feb 26.
2015 Mar 5, Bangladeshi customs
authorities seized nearly 27 kg of gold, worth about $1.67 million,
from North Korean diplomat Son Young Nam after he tried to smuggle
in the bullion using diplomatic immunity.
2015 Mar 9, Bangladesh said it
has ordered North Korean diplomat Son Young Nam to leave the country
after he tried to smuggle in gold bullion using diplomatic immunity.
North Korea apologized to Bangladesh over the incident.
(AFP, 3/9/15)(SFC, 3/10/15, p.A2)
2015 Mar 12, In Bangladesh the
roof of a five-story cement factory under construction collapsed,
killing 7 workers in the port town of Mongla. Nearly 50 survivors
were pulled from the rubble.
(AP, 3/12/15)(Reuters, 3/13/15)
2015 Mar 18, A Bangladesh court
indicted Mufti Jasimuddin Rahmani, a leader of the hard-line
Islamist group Ansarullah Bangla Team, and seven students in the
hacking death of atheist blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider two years ago.
2015 Mar 27, In Bangladesh at
least 10 people were killed and dozens more injured in a stampede
during a Hindu religious gathering in Langalbandh.
2015 Mar 30, In Bangladesh
blogger Oyasiqur Rhaman (27) was hacked to death by three men in
Dhaka. Two of the attackers, students at madrassas, were caught near
(AP, 3/30/15)(SFC, 3/31/15, p.A2)
2015 Apr 5, Bangladesh’s former
premier and main opposition leader Khaleda Zia was granted bail in
two graft cases after she appeared before a special court.
2015 Apr 5, In Bangladesh a
severe storm killed at least 24 people and injured dozens more,
mostly in Bogra district in the northern part of the country.
2015 Apr 9, in southwestern
Bangladesh a bus packed with passengers veered off the road, hit
trees and plunged into a ditch, killing at least 24 people and
injuring 22 others.
2015 Apr 11, In Bangladesh
Mohammad Qamaruzzaman, an Islamist party official, was hanged in the
central jail in Dhaka on charges of crimes against humanity during
the country's 1971 independence war.
2015 Apr 15, In Bangladesh at
least 9 people were killed in central Dhaka when a two-storey home
built on swampy ground collapsed.
2015 May 10, In Indonesia
rescuers brought ashore 469 migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh
after their wooden boat arrived off Aceh.
2015 May 11, Indonesian and
Malaysian authorities said nearly 2,000 boat people from Myanmar and
Bangladesh have been rescued or swum to shore, warning that yet more
desperate migrants could be in peril at sea.
2015 May 12, In Bangladesh
blogger and banker Ananta Bijoy Das (33) was hacked to death by
machete-wielding attackers, the third killing of a critic of
religious extremism in the Muslim-majority nation in less than three
2015 May 12, Malaysia said it
would turn away any more migrant boats packed with Rohingya and
Bangladeshis unless they were sinking.
2015 May 15, In Indonesia more
than 1,000 weak, hungry people fleeing persecution in Myanmar and
poverty in Bangladesh came ashore, describing murder, extortion and
near starvation after surviving a harrowing journey at sea. Dozens
were reported killed in violent clashes between the Bangladeshis and
Rohingya on board. A group of 106 people were found on a Thai
2015 May 22, Myanmar’s navy
said it has carried out its first rescue of a migrant boat when
scores of bare-chested men were found crammed into the hull of a
wooden fishing vessel and taken to shore. Officials the next day
said all 208 men are from Bangladesh and will soon be returned
2015 May 24, Malaysia’s home
minister said mass graves and suspected human-trafficking detention
camps have been discovered by police in towns and villages bordering
Thailand. The mass graves were believed to contain the bodies of
hundreds of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh.
2015 May 25, Bangladesh banned
a radical Islamist group accused of attacking and killing atheist
bloggers and writers.
2015 May 28, In Bangladesh two
garment factories became the first to be declared safe under a
scheme set up to prevent a repeat of one of the world's worst
2015 Jun 6, Bangladesh and
India sealed a historic land pact to swap territories in the
presence of visiting Indian PM Narendra Modi and Bangladeshi premier
Sheikh Hasina. This will finally allow tens of thousands of
people living in border enclaves to choose their nationality after
decades of stateless limbo. India announced a "US$2 billion line of
credit" to Bangladesh in an effort to deepen bilateral ties.
2015 Jun 7, Thousands living
near the Bangladesh-India border celebrated an historic agreement
that will allow them to choose their nationality after decades of
2015 Jun 28, Bangladesh
officials said at least 23 people have died in flash floods and
landslides triggered by heavy rains that lashed the southeast.
2015 Jul 8, In Bangladesh
Samiul Islam Rajon (13), was tied to a pole and then subjected to a
brutal assault in which he pleaded for his life. A 28-minute video
of Samiul was widely circulated after being posted on social media.
On July 14 authorities arrested prime suspect Moyna Chowkidar (38)
on the outskirts of the northeastern city of Sylhet. Police later
filed charges against 13 men.
(AFP, 7/15/15)(AP, 8/17/15)
2015 Jul 10, In central
Bangladesh a stampede killed 21 elderly women and four young people
early today when hundreds of people stormed the home of a
businessman for a charity handout during the holy Muslim month of
2015 Jul 16, In Bangladesh a
special war crimes tribunal sentenced Forkan Mollick to death on
charges that he committed rape and murder in 1971 during the war for
independence from Pakistan. Mollick, a former low-ranking activist
of the Muslim League, shouted his innocence as police took him away.
2015 Jul 31, Bangladesh and
India hoisted their respective flags in 162 enclaves -- 111 in
Bangladesh and 51 in India -- to assume sovereignty over the
territories following a border agreement in June. Around 1,000
people on the Bangladesh side opted to keep their Indian
nationalities, meaning they will have to relocate by November.
2015 Aug 7, In Bangladesh a
gang armed with machetes hacked secular blogger Niloy Chakrabarti
(40) to death at his home in Dhaka, sparking protests in the capital
over the fourth such murder in Bangladesh this year. On August 13
Dhaka police arrested suspects Saad-al-Nahin and Masum Rana, both
members of the hardline Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT).
(AFP, 8/7/15)(AP, 8/14/15)
2015 Aug 9, Bangladesh police
said 6 suspected wildlife poachers were killed in a clash with law
enforcement in the Khulna district Sundarbans forest. Officers
seized five guns and three tiger skins. Only about 100 Bengal tigers
were left in the Bangladeshi part of the Sundarbans.
(SFC, 8/10/15, p.A2)
2015 Aug 11, In Bangladesh a
war crimes tribunal sentenced one man to death and another to life
in prison for collaborating with Pakistan to commit mass killings
and other crimes during the 1971 war for independence. The head
judge handed down the sentences to Sheikh Sirajul Islam and Khan
2015 Aug 17, In Bangladesh a
court Dhaka sentenced six officials of a now-dissolved drug company
to 10 years in jail for producing toxic paracetamol syrup that
reportedly killed hundreds of children who developed kidney diseases
and other ailments after taking the medicine in the 1990s.
2015 Aug 17, Bangladesh’s elite
forces arrested three suspected Islamist militants, including a
British citizen of Bangladeshi origin, for masterminding the
killings of secular bloggers Avijit Roy on Feb 26 and Ananta Bijoy
Das on May 12. Touhidur Rahman (58) and two active members of
outlawed Islamist group Ansarullah Bangla Team were arrested in
2015 Aug 18, Bangladesh
authorities arrested three lawyers for funding a newly founded
militant group. Sakila Farzana, Hasanuzzaman Liton and Mahfuz
Chowdhury Bopon allegedly channeled more than 10 million takas
($129,870) to the Shaheed Hamza Brigade for the new militant group
to buy weapons and fund its operation.
2015 Sep 10, Bangladesh
overnight arrested three members of the outlawed Islamist group
Ansarullah Bangla Team, including its leader, Abul Bashar, for their
alleged involvement in the killings of online critics of religious
2015 Sep 28, In Bangladesh
Cesare Tavella (50), an Italian aid worker, was shot dead in Dhaka
in an attacked claimed by the Islamic State. On Oct 26 Bangladeshi
police said four people were arrested overnight in connection with
(Reuters, 9/29/15)(AP, 10/2615)
2015 Oct 3, In Bangladesh Kunio
Hoshi (65), a Japanese citizen born in Bangladesh, was attacked by
unidentified assailants in Kownia in Rangpur district. The Islamic
State claimed responsibility. Police detained four people in
connection with the shooting. On Dec 7 Masud Rana, believed to be a
member of Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh, confessed that he fatally
shot the Japanese agriculture researcher. On August 8, 2016 a court
issued warrants for the arrest of four more suspected members of a
banned group, Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
(Reuters, 10/3/15)(AP, 12/8/15)(Reuters, 8/7/16)
2015 Oct 5, In Bangladesh
Baptist pastor Luke Sarker had his throat slashed in the town of
Iswardi. On Oct 12 police said they had arrested five members of the
outlawed Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) group for the
2015 Oct 24, In Bangladesh
unidentified attackers hurled home-made bombs as thousands of Shiite
Muslims gathered for a religious procession in Dhaka before dawn
injuring more than 100 other people. 2 people were killed.
Authorities immediately arrested two suspects and recovered two
(AP, 10/24/15)(Econ, 11/7/15, p.36)
2015 Oct 31, In Bangladesh
Faysal Arefin Deepan, a publisher of slain online critic of
religious militancy Avijit Roy, was hacked to death in Dhaka hours
after similar attacks on two secular writers and another publisher
in the majority-Muslim country.
(Reuters, 10/31/15)(Econ, 11/7/15, p.36)
2015 Nov 2, In Bangladesh angry
publishers burnt books and closed their businesses, in the third day
of protests over the latest gruesome attacks on secular writers and
publishers by suspected hardline Islamists.
2015 Nov 3, In Bangladesh about
1,000 authors and teachers marched through the streets of Dhaka,
asserting their right to free speech days after a suspected Islamist
group attacked writers and publishers critical of religious
2015 Nov 4, In Bangladesh an
attack on a checkpoint near Dhaka left one police officer dead and
another wounded. The Islamic State soon claimed responsibility.
(SFC, 11/6/15, p.A2)
2015 Nov 8, Courts in
Bangladesh sentenced six people to death for torturing and killing
two young boys earlier this year. Samiul Islam Rajon (13) died in
July after he was brutally beaten. Rakib Hawlader (12) died in
August after his former employer at a car repair shop used a nozzle
to pump air into his rectum and filled his body with air in
retaliation for quitting his job.
2015 Nov 11, In Bangladesh a
baby girl was born with two heads. Initial tests showed she only has
one set of vital organs.
2015 Nov 18, Bangladesh's
Supreme Court upheld death sentences given to opposition leaders
Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and
Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid of Jamaat-e-Islami. Both were convicted
in 2013 of war crimes during the country's 1971 independence war
2015 Nov 22, Bangladesh
Nationalist Party leader Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan
Mohammad Mujahid (Mojaheed), secretary general of the main Islamist
party Jamaat-e-Islami, were hanged at 12:55 a.m. at Dhaka Central
Jail. Unknown assailants opened fire on a Bangladesh television
channel's vehicle and wounded a journalist.
(AP, 11/22/15)(Reuters, 11/22/15)(Econ, 11/28/15,
2015 Nov 25, Bangladesh police
commandos killed Al Bani, the suspected military chief of
Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, a banned Islamist group, in a shootout in
2015 Nov 26, In northern
Bangladesh at least five assailants opened fire on devotees during
evening prayers at a Shiite mosque, leaving one person dead and
three others wounded in Haripur village.
2015 Dec 5, In northern
Bangladesh unidentified attackers hurled three homemade bombs on the
premises of a Hindu temple during a drama performance early today,
injuring 10 people outside the Kantajir temple during an annual fair
in Dinajpur district.
2015 Dec 18, In Bangladesh at
least six naval personnel were seriously wounded in explosions at
the end of prayers at a mosque inside a naval base in Chittagong.
Two people were arrested and police said they had confessed to being
members of banned militant group Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh.
2015 Dec 25, Bangladesh's
state-run Atomic Energy Commission signed a deal with Russia to set
up two nuclear power plants, each with 1,200 megawatt capacity.
2015 Dec 25, In northwest
Bangladesh a bomb attack on a mosque during prayers killed one
person and wounded at least a dozen. The mosque was run by the
minority Ahmmadiya Muslim community in Rajshahi.
2015 Dec 31, A court in
Bangladesh sentenced two people to death and six others to prison
for killing atheist blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider in 2013, the first
verdicts since suspected Islamist militants began targeting secular
2016 Jan 4, A powerful
earthquake struck northeast India and Bangladesh, killing at least
11 people and injuring nearly 200, with efforts to reach remote
areas where people may be trapped hampered by severed power lines
and telecommunication links.
2016 Jan 18, A Bangladesh court
jailed five militants of the banned Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Islamist
group for 10 years over bombings in 2005 that formed part of a
series of blasts across the Muslim-majority nation.
2016 Feb 2, In Bangladesh a
special war crimes tribunal sentenced two more men to death after
finding them guilty of killing, kidnapping and looting during the
country's independence war against Pakistan in 1971. The three-judge
panel ruled that Obaidul Haque Taher and Ataur Rahman Noni were
involved in the deaths of seven people. Prosecutors said they helped
Pakistani soldiers attack a village in Netrokona district on Oct.
2016 Feb 4 - 2016 Feb 5,
Unknown hackers breached Bangladesh Bank's systems and tried to
steal nearly $1 billion from its account at the Federal Reserve Bank
of New York. Many of the payments were blocked. But $20 million made
its way to the Shalika Foundation in Sri Lanka before the transfer
was reversed. Another $81 million was routed the Philippines, and
diverted to casinos there, where the trail runs out. North Korea was
later implicated in the cyber theft. In September a court in the
Philippines ordered the central bank to return $15 million.
(Reuters, 3/31/16)(Econ, 3/26/15, p.46)(SFC,
5/31/16, p.D2)(Econ, 10/15/16, p.71)
2016 Feb 13, Authorities in
Bangladesh said they have begun a survey to determine the number of
Rohingya Muslims who have fled persecution in majority-Buddhist
2016 Feb 21, In northern
Bangladesh Hindu priest Jogeshwar Roy was hacked to death and two
devotees injured in an attack on a temple in the Deviganj area of
2016 Feb 22, A Bangladesh
official said police have seized at least 20 bombs and bomb-making
materials and arrested two suspected members of a banned radical
Islamist group in a series of weekend raids.
2016 Mar 6, Bangladesh’s elite
anti-terrorism unit detained three suspected members of a militant
group believed to be behind a spate of recent attacks.
2016 Mar 9, The Bangladesh
central bank said it is working to recover some $100 million
allegedly stolen by Chinese hackers from an account at the Federal
Reserve Bank of New York. The money was apparently transferred to
accounts in the Philippines. At least 30 transfer requests were made
Feb. 5 using the Bangladesh Bank's SWIFT code, out of which five
succeeded in effecting transfers. North Korea was later implicated
in the cyber theft. In 2017 a report by Kaspersky Lab, “Lazarus
Under the Hood,” said North Korean hackers hit not only Bangladesh
but also targeted dozens of banks worldwide in a sustained attempt
at global digital robbery.
(AP, 3/9/16)(SFC, 5/31/16, p.D2)(SFC, 4/7/17,
2016 Mar 14, In Bangladesh
alleged Muslim preacher Hafidh Abdul Razzaq (45), one of the top
preachers for the Rafidha religion, was murdered in Jhenaidah. The
Islamic State soon claimed responsibility. Police identified the
dead man as a homeopathic doctor and denied that he was a preacher
or a Shi'ite.
2016 Mar 15, Bangladesh’s
central bank Gov. Atiur Rahman resigned following the recent theft
of some $100 million allegedly stolen by Chinese hackers from a
Bangladesh account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
(Econ, 3/19/15, p.76)
2016 Mar 22, In Bangladesh
election violence included vicious political clashes between rival
parties as well as security forces opening fire on rioters. At least
13 people died as a result.
2016 Mar 28, Bangladesh's top
court rejected a 28-year-old petition to remove Islam as the
official religion of the Muslim-majority South Asian nation.
2016 Mar 30, A Bangladeshi
court issued arrest warrants for former PM Khaleda Zia and 27 other
opposition party leaders on accusations they instigated an arson
attack on a passenger bus during an anti-government protest last
2016 Mar 31, In the Philippines
a Chinese casino junket operator returned $4.63 million of the $81
million that hackers stole from the Bangladesh central bank's
account in the US Federal Reserve Bank and laundered in Manila's
2016 Apr 3, In northern
Bangladesh an explosion killed two suspected militants in the
Sherpur area of Bogra district. The next day a 12-member bomb
disposal unit searched the house and recovered 20 grenades, four
pistols and 25 bullets.
2016 Apr 6, In Bangladesh
Nazimuddin Samad, a student who expressed pro-atheist views online,
was hacked to death as he walked with a friend in Dhaka. On April 8
Ansar al-Islam, the Bangladesh division of al-Qaida in the Indian
Subcontinent, or AQIS, said that its members carried out the attack.
(AP, 4/7/16)(AP, 4/9/16)
2016 Apr 10, In Bangladesh
protesters opposing the construction of a Chinese-backed, coal-fired
power plant in the coastal district of Chittagong agreed to halt
their activities for 15 days, defusing tensions after four
demonstrators were killed last week.
2016 Apr 23, In northwestern
Bangladesh university professor A.F.M. Rezaul Karim Siddique was
hacked to death on his way to work in an attack similar to other
killings by suspected Muslim militants. The Islamic State group
claimed responsibility for the attack. On May 15 police tracked down
the regional commander of the group Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh in
the northern district of Bogra. The suspect, Maskawath Hasan Sakib,
nicknamed Abdullah, confessed involvement in the attack before a
magistrate, leading to the arrests of the three other suspects on
(AP, 4/23/16)(AP, 5/17/16)
2016 Apr 25, In Bangladesh a
gay rights activist and his friend were killed. Ansar-al-Islam, the
Bangladeshi branch of al-Qaida, soon claimed responsibility. Xulhaz
Mannan (35), an editor of a magazine for Bangladesh's gay and
lesbian community, and fellow activist Mahbub Tonoy (25) were
murdered in a Dhaka apartment by about six men carrying machetes and
guns. On May 14 police arrested Shariful Islam Shihab (37), a member
of the Ansarullah Bangla Team.
(AP, 4/26/16)(AFP, 5/15/16)
2016 Apr 30, In Bangladesh two
assailants sped up to a tailor's shop by motorcycle, dragged out
Hindu owner Nikhil Chandra Joardar (50) and hacked him to death in
Tangail. Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for the
killing. Police the next day detained three men in connection to the
(Reuters, 4/30/16)(AP, 5/1/16)
2016 May 5, The Bangladesh
Supreme Court upheld the death sentence of Motiur Rahman Nizami
(73), the leader of top Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami, for war
crimes. Nizami was convicted in 2014 of murder, rape and
orchestrating the killing of intellectuals during the country's 1971
war of independence.
2016 May 10, In Bangladesh
Jamaat-e-Islami party leader Motiur Rahman Nizami, a main political
ally of opposition chief Khaleda Zia, was executed for war crimes
committed during the country's 1971 independence conflict with
Pakistan. His hanging sparked several outbreaks of violence and
2016 May 14, Bangladesh local
media said 64 people have been killed by lightning over the past two
days during tropical storms across the country.
2016 May 14, in southeastern
Bangladesh body of Buddhist monk Maung Shue U. Chak (75) was found
in a monastery with his throat slit.
2016 May 20, In Bangladesh
Sanaur Rahman, a homeopath doctor, was hacked to death and his
friend critically wounded by men wielding machetes. The two were hit
by three attackers who fled on a motorbike in the western district
2016 May 21, In Bangladesh
cyclone Roanu unleashed heavy rain and strong winds on the southern
coastal region, killing at least 11. About 100,000 people were
forced from their homes on Moheshkhali island in Cox's Bazar.
2016 May 21, In Bangladesh 3
workers were killed when fire engulfed a textile factory in
2016 May 31, A Bangladesh court
sentenced to death six militants from the banned Islamist
groups Jumataul Mujahedeen Bangladesh (JMB) and Ansarullah Bangla
Team, for the killing of 7 people during a bank robbery last year.
2016 May 31, A Singapore court
convicted four Bangladeshi workers of financing terrorism. They were
being held on suspicion of planning attacks linked to the Islamic
State group in their own country.
2016 Jun 1, A special court in
Bangladesh sentenced a man to death and two of his associates to
life in prison after finding them guilty of killing two local
fighters during the country's 1971 war of independence against
2016 Jun 5, In Bangladesh
Mahmuda Aktar (33), the wife of a senior police official known for
battling Islamist militants, was stabbed and shot to death in
Chittagong. Machete-wielding assailants killed Christian grocer
Sunil Gomes (60) in a separate incident in the northern district of
2016 Jun 7, In southwestern
Bangladesh unidentified bike-riding assailants shot and hacked Hindu
priest Anando Gopal Ganguly (70) to death amid a spate of similar
attacks allegedly by radical Islamist groups since last year.
2016 Jun 10, In northern
Bangladesh suspected Islamist assailants hacked Hindu holy man Nitya
Ranjan Pandey (60) to death and fled without anyone witnessing the
2016 Jun 11, Bangladesh police
said they have arrested 3,155 people in a sweeping nationwide
crackdown following a spate of gruesome murders.
2016 Jun 12, Bangladesh police
said they have arrested at least 85 militants as part of a broad
crackdown on Islamists after a wave of brutal attacks on minorities
and liberal activists. Since the crackdown began on June 9, police
have arrested 5,324 people.
(Reuters, 6/12/16)(AP, 6/12/16)
2016 Jun 15, In Bangladesh
Hindu mathematics teacher Ripon Chakraborty was attacked and
seriously wounded this evening by three knife-wielding assailants
when he answered the doorbell at his home in Madaripur. A student
(22) of a college in Dhaka, Ghulam Faijullaha Fahim, was caught by
people who came to the rescue of the screaming teacher. Fahim told
police the attack had been planned by members of the banned militant
group Hizb ut-Tahrir.
(Reuters, 6/16/16)(Reuters, 6/18/16)
2016 Jun 15, Bangladesh police
arrested Mohammed Sumon Hossain, a suspected member of the banned
Ansarullah Bangla Team. He was suspected of participating in an
attack against publisher Ahmed Rashid Tutul in his Dhaka office last
2016 Jun 18, In Bangladesh
Ghulam Faijullaha Fahim (19), who was in police custody, was shot
when officers took him with them to help capture his associates. On
June 15 Fahim had critically wounded a Hindu college teacher.
2016 Jun 30, British American
Tobacco (BAT), the world's second biggest cigarette company, vowed
to investigate some of its supply farms in Bangladesh after a
Swedish campaign group uncovered the use of child workers to grow
and process tobacco.
2016 Jul 1, In southwest
Bangladesh a Hindu temple worker was hacked to death in the latest
attack blamed on radical Islamists.
2016 Jul 1, In Bangladesh
Islamist militants stormed a busy restaurant in Dhaka's diplomatic
area late today, ordered all Bangladeshis to stand up before they
began killing foreigners. 20 hostages were killed, including at
least 9 Italians and 7 Japanese inside the restaurant, before
security forces stormed the building and ended a 12-hour standoff.
Two policemen and 6 gunmen were killed during the police operation.
One militant was captured. Bangladesh police shot dead the pizza
chef of the restaurant, mistakenly thinking he was one of the
militants. On August 4 British national Hasnat Karim and Univ. of
Toronto student Tahmid Hasib Khan were arrested in Dhaka on
allegations of involvement in the attack. On Jan 13 police detained
Jahangir Alam, one of the men behind the attack. About 50 suspected
militants were killed in shootouts following the attack, including
Bangladesh-born Canadian citizen Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury, said to be
the main planner.
(Reuters, 7/2/16)(Reuters, 7/3/16)(Reuters,
7/5/16)(SFC, 8/5/16, p.A3)(Reuters, 1/14/17)
2016 Jul 7, In Bangladesh
militants attacked police guarding the country's biggest festival
marking the end of Ramadan, killing 3 people and wounding 14 in
Kishoreganj town, days after Islamic State claimed a major attack in
the capital. Two attackers were reported killed and three arrested.
2016 Jul 8, Bangladeshi
teenager Zakir Hossain Shawon (18), who police say was a suspect in
last week's deadly attack on a Dhaka café, died in custody. His
family insisted he was a hostage and alleging torture by security
2016 Jul 16, In Bangladesh
police in Dhaka arrested three people and another a day later,
including a university professor, for failing to register
information about tenants renting property who attacked a cafe in
the city on July 1, killing 20 people.
2016 Jul 18, In Bangladesh a
special tribunal sentenced three militia members to death for
carrying out killings and other serious crimes during the country's
independence war against Pakistan 35 years ago. Five other
defendants were sentenced to life in prison. Only two of the
defendants were in the docks. The others were tried in absentia.
2016 Jul 20, In Bangladesh a
senior officer with the police-led Rapid Action Battalion (RAB),
which is involved in counter-terrorism, said a list of 260 young men
missing for over a year has been compiled from reports from families
and intelligence tip-offs.
2016 Jul 21, A Bangladesh court
handed a seven-year jail term to the son of main opposition leader
Khaleda Zia in a case of money laundering, scrapping an acquittal by
a lower court. Tarique Rahman (51) was also fined 200 million taka
2016 Jul 26, Bangladesh police
raided a den of suspected Islamic militants in Dhaka, killing 9 men
and seizing explosives, revolvers and black flags. Authorities said
the suspects were likely from the Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh
(JMB), who were blamed for the July 1 attack that killed 20 people.
(AP, 7/26/16)(SFC, 7/27/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 31, Bangladesh
disaster management officials in Dhaka said lightning has killed 15
people over the the past two days.
2016 Aug 1, In Bangladesh more
than 100,000 students linked their hands to form human chains to
protest two attacks last month by suspected Islamist militants.
2016 Aug 11, Bangladesh police
arrested five members of a domestic Islamist militant group planning
suicide attacks in the capital, Dhaka, as authorities hunted for the
mastermind of a deadly assault last month.
2016 Aug 23, Bangladeshi police
arrested Moinul Islam Shamim, suspected of killing publisher Arefin
Deepan on Oct. 31 in his office in Dhaka, as part of a crackdown on
radicals blamed for violent attacks on foreigners, liberals and
minorities. Shamim is a key organizer of the banned group Ansarullah
2016 Aug 27, Police in
Bangladesh killed 3 suspected militants, including Tamim Chowdhury,
the alleged mastermind of a major attack on a cafe last July 1 that
left 20 people dead. The militants belonged to the banned group
Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh (JMB).
2016 Sep 28, Officials said
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan and India have expressed their
"inability" to attend the summit of the South Asian Association for
Regional Cooperation (SAARC) scheduled for November in Islamabad.
2016 Nov 6, Bangladesh police
said 53 people have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in
attacks and looting from Hindu homes. Hindu homes and temples in the
Brahmanbairs district have come under attack during the last week,
after a local youth allegedly shared a Facebook post that Islamic
hardliners said denigrated the Masjid al-Haram — a holy site for
2016 Nov 22, More Rohingya
Muslims from Myanmar poured into neighboring Bangladesh, with some
feared to have drowned after a boat sank during a bid to flee
violence that has killed at least 86 people and displaced 30,000.
2016 Nov 25, Thousands of
Bangladeshis marched in the streets of Dhaka to protest the
persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Smaller protests
occurred in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.
2016 Dec 7, London-based
think-tank Overseas Development Institute said one third of children
living in the slums of Bangladesh's capital spend more than 60 hours
a week making clothes for the garment sector, well beyond the legal
2016 Dec 24, In Bangladesh a
woman and a teenager, believed to be linked to the banned Jumatul
Mujahedeen Bangladesh (JMB) Islamist militant group, blew themselves
up during a police raid on a two-story house in Dhaka.
2016 Dec 29, Bangladesh said
some 50,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to its territory from
Myanmar, seeking shelter from a bloody crackdown by the army.
2016 Dec 31, In Bangladesh
Manzurul Islam Liton, a national legislator from PM Sheikh Hasina's
Awami League party, was shot at his home in Gaibandha district.
2017 Jan 5, In Bangladesh
military intelligence officers presented the bankers of Islami Bank
of Bangladesh with letters of resignation. The top three bank
officers signed and hours later the bank’s board selected their
replacements. The bank had associations with Jamaat-e-Islami, the
country’s biggest Islamist party.
(Econ, 4/8/17, p.34)
2017 Jan 6, In Bangladesh Nurul
Islam Marzan was one of two people killed in a shootout early today
in Dhaka. Marzan was suspected of being one of the leaders of the
July 1, 2015, attack on a popular cafe in Dhaka that left 20 people
dead. Saddam Hossain, an accomplice of Marzan, was also killed.
(AP, 1/6/17)(SFC, 1/7/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 16, A Bangladesh court
sentenced 26 people, including a politician and three officials of
an elite security battalion, to death in the grisly, politically
motivated killings of seven people in 2014. Nur Hossain, the main
suspect, was found guilty of hiring members of his Rapid Action
Battalion to kill his rival to establish supremacy in local politics
(AP, 1/16/17)(SFC, 1/17/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 24, A top Bangladesh
official said his country has begun planting one million palm trees
nationwide to help prevent hundreds of people being killed by
lightning strikes every year.
2017 Jan, Bangladesh revived a
much-criticized 2015 plan to move new and old refugees from Myanmar
to the island of Thengar Char - which floods at high tide -
surprising aid groups who were not consulted and consider the
2017 Feb 6, A Myanmar patrol
boat opened fire on Bangladeshi fishermen. Nurul Amin (26) was
killed, one fisherman was wounded and another went overboard but
swam to safety when a Myanmar navy vessel approached their boat at
speed in the Naf river which forms the border in that area.
2017 Feb 20, Bangladesh's
foreign minister called on the international community on to address
Myanmar's treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority, tens of
thousands of whom have fled in recent months to Bangladesh from its
mainly Buddhist neighbor.
2017 Feb 24, In Bangladesh
thousands of people marched in Dhaka to demand a Lady Justice
statue, installed last December, be removed from the Supreme Court
complex. Islamists oppose idol worship and consider the Lady Justice
2017 Mar 13, In northern
Bangladesh unknown assailants shot and hacked to death a Sufi
spiritual leader and his adopted daughter.
2017 Mar 17, In Bangladesh two
policemen were wounded in the apparently botched attack when a man
blew himself up at an elite forces camp near Dhaka's international
airport. The Islamic State Group soon claimed responsibility.
2017 Mar 18, Bangladesh police
in Dhaka shot dead a suspected militant on a motorbike carrying a
bag with improvised explosive devices.
2017 Mar 24, In Bangladesh a
suicide bomber blew himself up at a security checkpoint near the
international airport in Dhaka, the second such incident in a week.
2017 Mar 25, In eastern
Bangladesh six people, including two policemen, were killed in
explosions near a building in Sylhet. The Islamic State claimed
(AP, 3/26/17)(Econ, 4/1/17, p.32)
2017 Mar 26, In eastern
Bangladesh two suspected militants were killed in an ongoing
military raid on a building in Sylhet where armed militants were
2017 Mar 27, In Bangladesh a
special anti-terrorism unit managed to kill the last four Islamic
militants in Sylhet. Police had cordoned off the area on March 24.
(Econ, 4/1/17, p.32)
2017 Mar 28, In Bangladesh at
least four people died and several remain missing after a ferry
carrying about 80 passengers capsized the Panguchi River. At least
18 people remained missing.
2017 Mar 29, In Bangladesh as
many as eight militants blew themselves up with a grenade north of
Dhaka rather than surrender to officers who had cornered them in
their hideout in Nasirpur.
2017 Apr 8, India offered a
$4.5 billion line of credit to neighboring Bangladesh to help it
implement projects in priority areas such as the energy sector, and
a separate $500 million credit line to support defense related
2017 Apr 25, China offered to
help tackle a diplomatic row between Bangladesh and Myanmar over the
flight of minority Rohingyas.
2017 May 1, Bangladesh police
arrested the IT chief of a banned militant Islamist group that has
been blamed for the killing of several secular bloggers and gay
rights activists. The suspected militant, identified as Ashfaqur
Rahman, worked as the IT head of the al Qaeda-inspired militant
group Ansarullah Bangla Team.
2017 May 5, The Norwegian
central bank said Norway's wealth fund has excluded Bharat Heavy
Electricals from its investment portfolio because of concerns over
the environmental impact of a plant the Indian company is building.
BHEL was building a coal-fired power plant close to the Sundarbans,
the world's largest mangrove forest, in Bangladesh.
2017 May 7, In western
Bangladesh two suspected militants blew themselves up on when
counter-terrorism police stormed a house in a village in Jhenidah
district. Police said they were members of a faction of the
Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh group, known as New JMB.
2017 May 11, In Bangladesh five
militants and a firefighter were killed in a police raid on a house
during a crackdown on radical groups in the northwestern region.
2017 May 19, Bangladesh police
stormed a community center outside Dhaka and arrested 27 men
suspected of being gay.
(SFC, 5/20/17, p.A2)
2017 May 28, Bangladesh
authorities reinstalled a Lady Justice statue near the country's
Supreme Court, two days after its removal following complaints by
2017 May 30, Cyclone Mora
battered Bangladesh, killing five people, damaging thousands of
homes and ripping through a camp housing thousands of Rohingya
refugees who had fled violence in Myanmar.
2017 Jun 11, Bangladesh
security officials in Dhaka arrested late today six members of
Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh, a banned militant group, and accused
them of planning to kill an outspoken Islamic scholar for his stand
against religious extremism.
2017 Jun 12, In southeast
Bangladesh heavy rain triggered landslides that killed at least 141
people. Police and soldiers struggled to reach the remote districts
with aid. The homes of some 4,500 people were swamped by mud and
debris unleashed by the landslides.
(AP, 6/13/17)(AP, 6/14/17)(AP, 6/15/17)
2017 Jun 29, Leading global
fashion brands and trade unions agreed to continue a safety program
involving thousands of garment factories in Bangladesh for another
three years. Swiss-based global trade unions — IndustriALL Global
Union and UNIGlobal Union — and brand representatives announced the
agreement in Paris.
2017 Jul 3, In Bangladesh a
boiler explosion late today at a garment plant near the city of
Dhaka killed 10 people and injured dozens, the latest industrial
tragedy to hit one of the world's biggest garment producers.
2017 Aug 11, In Nepal seven
South Asian and Southeast Asian nations (Bangladesh, India, Myanmar,
Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal) agreed to conclude early a
free trade accord, implement the Paris agreement on climate change
and step up cooperation among their security agencies to combat
2017 Aug 14, Officials said
heavy monsoon rains have unleashed landslides and floods that killed
at least 173 people in recent days and displaced millions more
across Bangladesh, northern India and southern Nepal.
2017 Aug 15, In Bangladesh a
suspected Islamist militant was killed in an explosion inside a
hotel in Dhaka during a raid on an alleged hideout. Police
identified the man as Saiful Islam, a college student.
2017 Aug 15, Officials said the
death toll in flooding and landslides that devastated parts of
Bangladesh, northern India and southern Nepal over the past few days
has risen to 245, while millions of others have been displaced.
2017 Aug 19, Officials said the
death toll in flooding and landslides that devastated parts of
Bangladesh, northern India and southern Nepal over the last week has
risen to 600, while millions of others have been displaced.
2017 Aug 20, A Bangladesh court
sentenced ten Islamist militants to death over a failed 2000 plot to
assassinate PM Sheikh Hasina by detonating a huge bomb at one of her
2017 Aug 22, A Bangladesh court
upheld death sentences on Nur Hossain, a leading politician, and 14
members of an elite military force, including a senior officer, for
the abduction and murder of seven people in 2014.
2017 Aug 24, Officials said
more than 950 people have been killed in floods triggered by
seasonal monsoon rains in Bangladesh, India and Nepal.
(SFC, 8/25/17, p.A4)
2017 Aug 26, In western Myanmar
thousands of ethnic Rohingya Muslims tried to cross into Bangladesh,
following an attack by Rohingya militants that left 89 people dead
in a dramatic escalation of communal violence that has plagued the
2017 Aug 27, Bangladesh police
said they have detained and forcibly returned 90 Rohingya migrants
to Myanmar, just hours after Myanmar troops on the other side of the
border had opened fire on people fleeing the country.
2017 Aug 28, The UN refugee
agency said more than 3,000 Rohingya refugees had arrived in
Bangladesh from Myanmar in the past three days.
2017 Aug 29, A Bangladesh court
jailed the Rana Plaza owner for three years for graft, the first of
many charges laid against him after the garment factory complex
collapsed in 2013 and killed more than 1,130 people.
2017 Aug 30, In Bangladesh at
least three boats carrying an unknown number of Rohingya Muslims
sank in the Naf River at Teknaf in Cox's Bazar. 26 bodies of
women and children were recovered.
2017 Aug 30, The International
Organization for Migration said at least 18,500 Rohingya have
crossed into Bangladesh since fighting erupted in Myanmar's
neighboring Rakhine state six days ago.
2017 Aug 31, Bangladesh
coastguards found the bodies of 17 Rohingya, many of them children,
who drowned when their boats capsized as they fled violence in
Myanmar that has forced at least 18,500 to seek refuge across the
2017 Sep 3, Relief camps were
reaching full capacity as thousands of Rohingya refugees continued
to pour into Bangladesh fleeing violence in western Myanmar. Some
73,000 people have crossed the border since violence erupted Aug. 25
in Myanmar's Rakhine state.
2017 Sep 5, Bangladesh
officials said they plan to go ahead with work to develop an
isolated, flood-prone island in the Bay of Bengal to temporarily
house tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in
2017 Sep 6, Bangladesh lodged a
protest after it said Myanmar had laid landmines near the border
between the two countries.
2017 Sep 6, President Tayyip
Erdogan said Turkey will provide 10,000 tons of aid to help Rohingya
Muslims who have fled violence in Myanmar.
2017 Sep 6, UN workers said
about 146,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since
violence erupted in Myanmar in late August. This has brought to
233,000 the number of Rohingya who have sought refuge in Bangladesh
since October 2016.
2017 Sep 8, The UN refugee
agency said an alarming and unprecedented influx of 270,000 Rohingya
have sought refuge in Bangladesh over the past two weeks from
violence in Myanmar, a dramatic jump in the total as new pockets of
people are found.
2017 Sep 11, The office of the
UN High Commissioner for Refugees said the number of people who have
fled to Bangladesh to escape violence in Myanmar's western state of
Rakhine has reached 313,000.
2017 Sep 14, The UN said the
number of Rohingya who have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh to escape
ethnic unrest hit 389,000 and warned of a looming "worst case
scenario" with all of the Muslim minority group trying to leave. The
UN appealed for massive help.
(AFP, 9/14/17)(Reuters, 9/14/17)
2017 Sep 16, Bangladesh said it
will build 14,000 new shelters to house the hundreds of thousands of
Rohingya Muslim refugees camping on roadsides, in fields and on
2017 Sep 18, More than 10,000
Muslims in Bangladesh marched toward Myanmar's embassy to protest
the country's crackdown on Rohingya Muslims. The Rohingya fleeing a
Myanmar military offensive arrived in Bangladesh with fresh accounts
of violence and arson as a rights group called for sanctions and an
arms embargo to stop what the United Nations has branded ethnic
cleansing. More than 410,000 Rohingya Muslims have been sent fleeing
(AP, 9/18/17)(Reuters, 9/18/17)
2017 Sep 20, Bangladesh's army
was ordered to take a bigger role helping hundreds of thousands of
Rohingya who have fled violence in Myanmar, amid warnings it could
take six months to register the new refugees.
2017 Sep 21, In Bangladesh a
truck carrying relief supplies for Rohingya Muslim refugees skidded
off a hilly road and plunged into a paddy field, killing nine people
and injuring 10.
2017 Sep 22, In Bangladesh two
Myanmar photojournalists arrested while covering a massive influx of
Rohingya refugees from their country were released on bail, but they
can't leave the country because the charges against them have yet to
2017 Sep 22, Indian officials
said security along the largely porous eastern border with
Bangladesh has been stepped up and that "chilli and stun grenades"
were being used to block the entry of Rohingya Muslims fleeing from
violence in Myanmar.
2017 Sep 24, Bangladesh banned
telecommunication companies from selling mobile phone connections to
Rohingya refugees, citing security concerns for the latest
restrictions. Bangladesh has already prohibited the sale of SIM
cards to its own citizens who cannot provide an official identity
card, in a bid to frustrate the organizational capacity of homegrown
2017 Sep 24, In northern Mali
three UN soldiers from Bangladesh were killed by an explosive device
that detonated as they were escorting a convoy.
2017 Sep 26, The UN drastically
increased the estimated number of Rohingya Muslims who have fled
violence in Myanmar to 480,000 as Bangladesh eased restrictions on
aid groups working in refugee camps and sought $250 million to cope
with the crisis.
2017 Oct 1, The World Food
Program (WFP) appealed for 75 million dollars in emergency aid over
the next six months to help alleviate the suffering of Rohingya
Muslims in Bangladesh fleeing violence in Myanmar.
2017 Oct 6, More Rohingya
Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar streamed toward the border,
despite government assurances that it was stopping the massive
exodus of refugees to Bangladesh.
2017 Oct 8, A boat with more
than 30 people fleeing Myanmar capsized off Bangladesh. Twenty-five
people drowned, 13 of them children.
2017 Oct 9, In Bangladesh eight
leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami, including party chief Maqbul Ahmad and
secretary general Shaniqua Rahman, were detained in Dhaka in a
crackdown against the opposition that the government blames for
2017 Oct 9, Thousands of
Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar fled to Bangladesh in a new surge of
refugees driven by fears of starvation and violence the United
Nations has denounced as ethnic cleansing.
2017 Oct 12, Thousands of
Rohingya left Myanmar, aiming to reach Bangladesh by boat, citing a
shortage of food and fear of repression.
2017 Oct 13, Myanmar said its
military has launched an internal probe into the conduct of soldiers
during a counteroffensive that has sent more than half a million
Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh.
2017 Oct 14, In southern
Bangladesh wild elephants attacked the new Balukhali camp in Ukhiya
town where Rohingya refugees were sleeping, killing a woman and her
2017 Oct 16, Thousands of new
Rohingya refugees crossed the border into Bangladesh from Myanmar.
An overcrowded boat carrying refugees capsized in the Bay of Bengal
near a Bangladeshi fishing village, killing 12 people, including six
children. Up to 65 people were on board, almost half of them
(Reuters, 10/16/17)(AP, 10/16/17)
2017 Oct 23, Bangladesh called
on Myanmar to allow nearly 1 million Rohingya Muslim refugees to
return home under safe conditions, saying that the burden had become
"untenable" on its territory. Governments and international donors
pledged $234 million to help over 600,000 Rohingya people who have
fled violence in Myanmar into neighboring Bangladesh over the last
(Reuters, 10/23/17)(AP, 10/23/17)
2017 Oct 24, Government
officials from Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed to halt the outflow of
Rohingya Muslims to Bangladesh and enable the refugees to return
2017 Oct 27, UN human rights
investigators, after a first mission to Bangladesh, said Rohingya
refugees fleeing Myanmar have testified that a "consistent,
methodical pattern" of killings, torture, rape and arson is taking
2017 Oct 31, Four Rohingya
Muslims, a man, woman and two children, drowned when a small wooden
fishing boat carrying dozens of refugees fleeing ethnic violence in
Myanmar capsized off the Bangladesh coast.
2017 Nov 1, Bangladesh Biman
pilot Sabbir Enam (31) was formally arrested a day after being
detained for suspected of terrorism offences, including plotting to
keep passengers hostage and flying a plane into the houses of top
2017 Nov 1, In Bangladesh more
than 4,000 Rohingya crossed into Bangladesh as thousands more waited
on a beach in Maungdaw to cross the estuary separating the two
(SFC, 11/3/17, p.A3)
2017 Nov 1, Myanmar insisted it
was ready to set up a repatriation process for Rohingya Muslims even
as more risked their lives fleeing the country, but it voiced fears
Bangladesh was delaying an accord to first get international aid
2017 Nov 10, Around 750
Rohingya Muslims made their escape from Myanmar to reach Bangladesh,
where the greatest danger is malnutrition and disease in teeming
refugee camps. Over 613,000 Rohingya have already taken refuge in
the camps since a Myanmar military clearance operation forced them
to abandon their villages in northern Rakhine State.
2017 Nov 20, China's foreign
ministry said Myanmar and Bangladesh have endorsed its three-stage
solution for a negotiated resolution of the Rohingya refugee crisis.
2017 Nov 23, Myanmar and
Bangladesh signed a deal in Naypyidaw paving the way for the
possible repatriation of Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in
2017 Nov 28, Bangladesh
approved a $280 million project to develop an isolated and
flood-prone island in the Bay of Bengal to temporarily house 100,000
Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in neighboring Myanmar.
2017 Nov 28, In Bangladesh
three alleged Islamist extremists were killed in a raid by police as
security was stepped up before Pope Francis's landmark visit to the
2017 Nov 30, In Bangladesh Pope
Francis called for "decisive measures" to resolve the political
crisis causing mostly Muslim refugees from neighboring Myanmar to
flee to Bangladesh. Francis did not use the word Rohingya, which is
contested by the Yangon government and military.
2017 Dec 1, In Bangladesh Pope
Francis asked for forgiveness from Muslim refugees for all the hurt
and persecution they have endured, demanded their rights be
recognized and pronounced the word he had so assiduously avoided
only days earlier in Myanmar: "Rohingya."
2017 Dec 2, In Bangladesh Pope
Francis urged local priests and nuns to resist the "terrorism of
gossip" that can tear religious communities apart, delivering one of
his trademark, zinger-filled spontaneous speeches to the country's
Catholic leadership at the close of an otherwise tense and
diplomatically fraught Asian tour.
2017 Dec 4, In Cambodia
Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina met with her counterpart, Hun Sen,
during an official visit to the Southeast Asian country. Several
agreements on trade, economic and technical cooperation were signed
by officials. Hasina said she asked for Hun Sen's support in helping
to find a durable solution to the Rohingya refugee crisis.
2017 Dec 18, In Bangladesh at
least 10 people were killed and another 40 injured in a stampede in
the port city of Chittagong at a crowded religious ritual for a
popular ex-mayor who died last week.
2017 Dec 19, Bangladesh and
Myanmar set up a joint working group to oversee the repatriation of
Rohingya Muslims who fled violence in Myanmar, but the start of
their return is likely to be delayed.
2017 Dec 20, In Bangladesh
Turkey's visiting PM Binali Yildirim dubbed the killing of minority
Muslim Rohingyas in Myanmar by its security forces "genocide" and
urged the international community to ensure their safety back home.
2017 Dec 25, Bangladesh police
arrested social media activist Asaduzzaman Noor (25), aka Asad Noor,
as he tried to leave the country on charges that he defamed Islam
and the Prophet Mohammed.
2017 Bangladeshi officials said
Saudi Arabia has promised $1 billion to build 560 mosques, one in
(Econ 6/3/17, p.31)
2018 Jan 2, A court in eastern
Bangladesh issued an arrest warrant for former prime minister and
opposition leader Khaleda Zia involving an arson attack during an
anti-government protest two years ago.
2018 Jan 16, Bangladesh and
Myanmar agreed to complete within two years the return of hundreds
of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who had fled an army crackdown last
year in Myanmar.
2018 Jan 19, It was reported
that Rohingya leaders in a Bangladesh refugee camp have drawn up a
list of demands they want Myanmar to meet before authorities begin
sending back hundreds of thousands in a repatriation process
expected to begin next week and last for two years.
2018 Jan 27, Indonesian
President Joko Widodo arrived in Bangladesh on a two-day visit to
discuss bilateral issues and visit sprawling refugee camps for
hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar.
2018 Feb 3, A Bangladeshi
farmer lost both legs when he stepped on a landmine reportedly
planted by Myanmar security forces in a buffer zone between the two
2018 Feb 8, Bangladesh
opposition leader and former prime minister Khaleda Zia (72) was
jailed for corruption but plans to appeal her five-year term.
Khaleda, her son and aides were convicted of stealing 21 million
taka ($253,000) in foreign donations received by an orphanage trust
set up when she was last prime minister, from 2001 to 2006.
2018 Feb 20, Myanmar agreed
with Bangladesh to resettle more than 6,000 Rohingya Muslims who
have been stranded in a no man's land between the two countries, as
plans for the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of others have
been delayed over concerns for their safety if they return to
2018 Feb 22, Myanmar’s
parliament approved a budget of about $15 million for the
construction of a fence and related projects along the border with
Bangladesh in Rakhine state, from which about 700,000 members of its
persecuted ethnic Rohingya Muslim minority have fled violence since
2018 Feb 23, The Bangladesh
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) police force detained 11 aid workers
with a number of different non-government organizations (NGOs) and
handed them over to local police. All of them were freed later after
their writing that in future they will not visit any camp or will
not come out without a valid passport or visa.
2018 Feb 24, Three female Nobel
Peace laureates began a weeklong trip to Bangladesh to meet Rohingya
Muslim women who were tortured and raped by soldiers in Myanmar
before fleeing the country. Iran's Shirin Ebadi, Yemen's Tawakkol
Karman and Northern Ireland's Mairead Maguire will assess the
violence against the Rohingya women and the refugees' overall
2018 Feb 28, Three Nobel peace
laureates visiting Bangladesh urged Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi
and the military to end the "genocide" of Rohingya Muslims now or
2018 Mar 1, Bangladesh’s border
agency accused Myanmar of deploying additional forces across its
border near a no man's land where thousands of Rohingya Muslim
refugees are living in tents.
2018 Mar 3, Bangladeshi police
arrested assailant Faizur Rahman (25) following his knife attack on
Zafar Iqbal, a popular author and professor of computer science and
2018 Mar 4, Bangladeshi police
arrested three men as they investigate a knife attack on Zafar
Iqbal, a popular author and professor of computer science and
engineering. Faizur Rahman had targeted Iqbal as "an enemy of
(Reuters, 3/4/18)(AFP, 3/4/18)
2018 Mar 8, In Bangladesh
several hundred opposition supporters staged a protest in Dhaka
demanding the release of former PM Khaleda Zia, who is serving a
five-year prison sentence in a corruption case.
2018 Mar 12, Bangladesh's High
Court granted bail for four months to opposition leader and former
PM Khaleda Zia, who was jailed for five years on a corruption
conviction and is awaiting an appeal.
2018 Mar 14, Senior officials
in Myanmar announced that they have begun talks with UN agencies to
see how they could assist with the repatriation of Rohingya refugees
who fled to Bangladesh to escape violence against them. Myanmar
officials said they have only been able to verify 374 Rohingya
Muslim refugees for possible repatriation from Bangladesh. It was
unclear whether the 374 people had agreed to return.
(AP, 3/14/18)(Reuters, 3/14/18)
2018 Mar 18, A Bangladesh court
sentenced seven militants to death after finding them guilty of
killing a shrine worker in November, 2015. The convicted men were
members of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh group.
2018 Apr 2, Bangladesh
officials said Myanmar authorities have lured dozens of mainly
Buddhist Bangladeshi tribal families to cross the border and
resettle on land abandoned by fleeing Muslim Rohingya.
2018 Apr 8, In Bangladesh
violence erupted at Dhaka Univ. and police fired rubber bullets and
tear gas at students fighting what they complain are discriminatory
quotas for government jobs in favor of special groups.
2018 Apr 9, In Bangladesh
thousands of students across the country staged protests and sit-ins
after clashes at the country's top university left at least 100
2018 Apr 11, In Bangladesh tens
of thousands of university students marched in cities across the
country in one of the biggest protests faced by PM Sheikh Hasina in
her decade in power. The students were fighting against a
controversial policy that sets aside government jobs for special
2018 Apr 28, A UN Security
Council delegation arrived in Bangladesh to get a firsthand look at
the plight of some 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar to
escape military-led violence.
2018 Apr 29, In Bangladesh
Rohingya refugees made emotional pleas to the UN Security Council
for help to return safely to their homes in neighboring Myanmar and
for justice over the reason they fled - accusations of killings,
rapes and arson.
2018 May 8, A Bangladesh court
sentenced two militants to death and jailed three for life after
finding them guilty of killing a university professor two years ago.
Rezaul Karim Siddiquee (58), an English professor at northwestern
Rajshahi University, was hacked to death in April 2016.
2018 May 15, In Bangladesh
arrests and killings related to illegal drugs began a day after
Bangladesh underwent a regular review at the UN Human Rights
Council, where it pledged to investigate extrajudicial killings,
arbitrary arrests and other serious violations.
2018 May 25, Bangladesh PM
Sheikh Hasina called for international pressure on Myanmar to take
back hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have sought
shelter in her country to escape military-led violence.
2018 May 26, Bangladesh
security officials raided an area in the capital and detained at
least 100 suspects as part of a nationwide anti-drug crackdown, amid
accusations that extrajudicial killings have taken place during the
drive. Over 60 suspected drug peddlers have been killed since PM
Sheikh Hasina launched the campaign earlier this month.
2018 May 29, A British jury in
Leeds convicted a couple of attempting to force their teenage
daughter to marry her first cousin in Bangladesh. The parents are
due to be sentenced June 18.
2018 Jun 2, Myanmar's National
Security Adviser Thaung Tun said his country is willing to take back
all 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees who have fled to Bangladesh if
they volunteer to return.
2018 Jun 6, UN human rights
chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said Bangladeshi security forces have
shot dead around 130 people and arrested 13,000 in the past three
weeks since the government introduced a "zero tolerance" policy
against illegal drugs.
2018 Jun 18, In Bangladesh
Arifullah (35) was killed on a busy road outside the Balukhali camp,
where he had been appointed a leader of thousands of Rohingya
refugees. He was stabbed at least 25 times. Police soon arrested
three Rohingya men over the killing.
2018 Jul 2, UN Secretary
General Antonio Guterres said he heard "unimaginable" accounts of
atrocities during a visit to Bangladesh's refugee camps and called
for Myanmar to be held responsible for "crimes" against the
2018 Jul 4, Bangladesh
officials said thousands of extra police are being deployed to
Rohingya refugee camps in the south, after a series of mostly
unexplained killings that have sown fear among hundreds of thousands
of people who have fled from Myanmar.
2018 Jul 16, In Bangladesh a
truck overturned in a refugee camp for Rohingya Muslims from
Myanmar, killing at least four refugees, three from the same family
in Cox's Bazar.
2018 Jul 25, In southeastern
Bangladesh heavy monsoon rains triggered landslides and flooding,
killing five children and forcing a thousand people to relocate,
including in the Rohingya refugee camps.
2018 Jul 29, In Bangladesh
protests began in Dhaka after two college students were struck and
killed by a pair of buses. Protests by young people demanding safer
streets followed for the next five days.
2018 Aug 4, Bangladesh police
fired tear gas and used batons in Dhaka to disperse hundreds of
protesting students angry over the traffic deaths of two fellow
students, leaving many people injured.
2018 Aug 5, In Bangladesh
thousands of angry young people again took to the streets of Dhaka
to demand safer streets, facing police firing tear gas and
pro-government activists who attacked some with sticks and clubs.
Pro-government activists, members of a political youth league,
attacked at least five journalists. Shahidul Alam, a well-known
photographer and activist, was arrested by plain-clothed police
after giving a television interview in which he said PM Sheikh
Hasina had no credibility and was using "brute force" to cling to
(AP, 8/5/18)(AP, 8/6/18)
2018 Aug 6, Bangladesh police
in Dhaka fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse hundreds of
demonstrating students. A prominent human rights group demanded the
release of activist Shahidul Alam, arrested a day earlier for
criticizing the government during more than a week of protests.
2018 Aug 7, New York-based
Human Rights Watch said accused the Bangladesh government of using
abusive measures in handling student-led protests calling for safer
2018 Aug 8, A Bangladesh court
acquitted a British man detained without charge for two years on
suspicion of involvement in the July 1, 2016, attack on a cafe in
Dhaka that killed 22 people. Hasnat Karim was in the cafe at the
time of the attack for his daughter's 13th birthday party.
2018 Aug 30, In Nepal a two-day
summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical
and Economic Cooperation began in Kathmandu. Leaders of seven South
and Southeast Asian nations (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal,
Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand) met to discuss regional trade,
economic cooperation, security and peace.
2018 Sep 9, Bangladesh's PM
Sheikh Hasina urged the global community, including the Islamic
Development Bank (IDB), to increase pressure on Myanmar to ensure
the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who
have fled a military crackdown.
2018 Sep 19, Bangladesh's
parliament passed the Digital Security Act, combining the
colonial-era Official Secrets Act with tough new provisions such as
allowing police to arrest individuals without a warrant.
2018 Oct 8, Bangladesh
President Abdul Hamid signed the Digital Security Act into law. The
bill that has been criticized as stifling freedom of speech.
Bangladesh's cabinet approved a draft law prescribing the death
penalty for drug offences, despite widespread criticism over a drugs
crackdown in which police have shot dead more than 200 people since
(AP, 10/8/18)(Reuters, 10/8/18)
2018 Oct 10, A Bangladeshi
court sentenced 19 people to death and the son of the opposition
leader to life imprisonment over a deadly 2004 attack at a political
rally held by current PM Sheikh Hasina. Tarique Rahman was tried in
absentia as he is living in exile in London.
(AP, 10/10/18)(Reuters, 10/10/18)
2018 Oct 13, In Bangladesh a
small party led by prominent lawyer Kamal Hossain forged a new
alliance with the country's main opposition party that could be seen
as a boost against PM Sheikh Hasina's government ahead of national
elections due in December.
2018 Oct 13, In Bangladesh an
influential body of newspaper editors criticized the government for
a new digital security law that they say will stifle
constitutionally protected freedom of speech and curtail press
2018 Oct 15, In Bangladesh
editors of major daily newspapers in Dhaka formed a human chain to
protest a new digital security law they say will stifle freedom of
speech and media freedom.
2018 Oct 22, Bangladesh police
arrested Mainul Hosein, a prominent lawyer and newspaper publisher,
late today in a raid on the opposition leader's home in Dhaka.
2018 Oct 29, Former Bangladesh
PM Khaleda Zia, the leader of the country's opposition, was
sentenced to seven years in jail after being found guilty of
misusing her power to collect money for a charity named after her
late husband. Separately, the Election Commission withdrew the
registration of the country's largest Islamist party in another blow
for opposition forces.
2018 Oct 30, Bangladesh and
Myanmar agreed to begin by November the repatriation of hundreds of
thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh to escape a
Myanmar army crackdown, though doubts about a speedy return are
likely to persist.
2018 Nov 13, UN human rights
boss Michelle Bachelet called on Bangladesh to halt plans to
repatriate 2,200 Rohingya refugees to Myanmar, warning that their
lives would be at "serious risk".
2018 Nov 14, Bangladesh
authorities said they are ready to begin repatriating some of the
more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled from army-led
violence in Myanmar since last year, but refugees scheduled to leave
said they would refuse to go because of fears for their safety.
2018 Nov 14, Bangladesh police
fired rubber bullets and tear gas at opposition party supporters in
the capital Dhaka as tension soared weeks before a general election.
2018 Nov 15, The head of
Bangladesh's refugee commission said plans to start the repatriation
of 700,000 Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar today were scrapped after
officials were unable to find anyone who wanted to return.
2018 Nov 20, Award-winning
Bangladeshi photographer and activist Shahidul Alam (63) was
released from prison after more than 100 days behind bars. He was
arrested on August 5 for making "false" and "provocative" statements
on Al Jazeera television and Facebook during student protests.
2018 Nov 26, In Bangladesh
Rohingya refugees from Myanmar began a protest demanding that
Bangladesh recognize their ethnicity as Rohingya and that officials
and aid agencies stop sharing their family information with Myanmar.
2018 Dec 3, In Bangladesh an
alliance of opposition parties accused the Election Commission (EC)
of being biased in favor of the ruling Awami League Party after it
rejected nearly a quarter of the candidates the alliance nominated
for elections on Dec. 30.
2018 Dec 10, Bangladesh's
telecoms regulator shut down dozens of online news portals for
several hours, citing security reasons. An official said 58 sites
were found to be not registered with the information ministry and
therefore their content was being examined ahead of a parliamentary
election later this month.
2018 Dec 15, In Bangladesh
barrister Mahabub Uddin Khokon, a candidate for the main opposition
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), was wounded with shotgun pellets
by a senior police officer in Noakhali, a mostly-rural district in
the country's southeast. He was reportedly out canvassing for votes
along with hundreds of supporters, of whom about 40 were also
2018 Dec 17, Bangladesh's main
opposition group promised to remove curbs on free speech and the
media and to rein in the police if it unseats PM Sheikh Hasina from
her decade-long rule in this month's national election.
2018 Dec 20, A Facebook
official said the company is shutting down a series of fake news
sites spreading false information about the Bangladesh opposition
days before national elections.
2018 Dec 22, The Bangladesh
Nationalist Party (BNP) said authorities closed its website last
week when they shut 54 news portals and websites for what they
claimed were security reasons, just days before the December 30
2018 Dec 25, Bangladesh
opposition parties said police have arrested more than 10,500
opposition activists in a crackdown ahead of elections this week.
2018 Dec 28, Bangladesh's
telecoms regulator ordered mobile operators to shut down high-speed
mobile internet services until midnight Dec 29, the day of a
national election, to prevent rumors and propaganda surrounding the
2018 Dec 30, Bangladesh voters
went to the polls to decide whether to give PM Sheikh Hasina a third
consecutive term, in an election seen as a referendum on what
critics call Hasina's increasingly authoritarian tendencies.
Opposition leader Kamal Hossain said a few hours after voting ended
that about 100 candidates from the alliance had withdrawn from their
races during the day amid allegations of vote rigging. Hasina's
ruling alliance won 288 out of 300 parliamentary seats in the
(AP, 12/30/18)(Reuters, 12/30/18)(AP, 12/31/18)
2050 It was estimated in 2007
that Bangladesh would have 250 million people by this time.
(Econ, 1/20/07, p.53)
Subject = Bangladesh
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