Bangladeshi star’s comeback after Islamist death threats
14 November 2020 | 8:52 am
For years Sufi singer Rita Dewan captivated millions of followers in Bangladesh with her haunting ballads. But accused of defaming Islam and targeted by religious radicals, she spent months in hiding to escape death threats.
16 May 2021
China has sent half a million Covid-19 vaccine doses to Bangladesh, in Beijing's latest move to fill the gap left by India as it reels from the pandemic.
19 May 2021
Rozina Islam has been arrested for alleged theft and photography of sensitive state documents. The award-winning journalist was investigating millions of dollars spent procuring medical equipment during the pandemic.
31 May 2021
The map, showing the names and location of over 600 mosques and associations in the country, has sparked outcry.
28 Jun 2021
Crowds of migrant workers and families rush to escape from Bangladesh's Dhaka ahead of a tough new lockdown to be imposed on Monday, packing a ferry full at a river terminal south of the capital. "No point to sit idle and imprisoned in Dhaka. I'd rather spend time with my kids and parents at home," says one of the migrant workers leaving the capital.
3 Jul 2021
An explosion at a building in Bangladesh's capital has killed at least seven people and wounded dozens more. Investigations are still ongoing into the cause of the blast.
29 Jun 2021
At least seven people were killed and another 50 people were injured after a powerful explosion ripped apart a three-storey building in central Dhaka on Sunday, Bangladeshi officials said, citing a gas pipeline as the likely cause. The blast had reduced the building -- which houses a restaurant, an electronics shop and several other stores -- to rubble. Police said the explosion was so forceful that it broke the windows of at least four moving buses, injuring dozens of passengers on board.
9 Jul 2021
A French court has handed down suspended prison sentences of between four to six months to 11 people who were found guilty of harassing a teen online over her anti-Islam videos on social media. The prosecutions came after the teen, known as Mila, was forced to change schools and accept police protection due to threats to her life. "We won and we'll win again," Mila said as she left the courtroom.
10 Jul 2021
At least 52 people were reported dead as a massive blaze broke out in a food processing factory on the outskirts of Dhaka.
15 Aug 2021
When Bangladesh shut down for more than two months last year during its first Covid outbreak, hundreds of charities, civic groups and political parties gave out food, cash, masks and sanitiser to those who had lost their jobs. But coronavirus fatigue has set in and people have become less willing to finance the goodwill as the pandemic drags on.
21 Aug 2021
At least 16 people from a Bangladeshi wedding party have been killed by lightning while disembarking from a boat. Fatal lightning strikes are becoming ever more frequent in the country.
11 Aug 2021
Police say the man was arrested Sunday near Dhaka, but his female dance partner is on the run. The 20-year-old could face up to five years in prison on religious charges.
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