Some 102 Bangladeshi meth dealers have surrendered to authorities at a pre-scheduled ceremony in a coastal town, as a Philippines-style anti-narcotics crackdown sows fear among kingpins. Bangladesh last year launched a “war” on drugs following a proliferation of illegal substances in the South Asian nation of 165 million people, mostly of cheap methamphetamine pills known as “yaba”.
Bishwa Ijtema, the world’s second largest congregation of Muslims after Hajj, kicks off amid tight security in the Bangladeshi town of Tongi, with up to three million Muslims set to participate at this year’s four-day-long gathering.
Almost 200 men identified by police as Bangladeshi migrants have been found crammed into a warehouse in Indonesia. They are believed to have arrived from Bangladesh and were living in the cramped quarters for several months in the hope of travelling to neighbouring Malaysia to work.
A Bangladeshi father dubbed “Tree Man” for the bark-like growths on his body returns to hospital after his condition worsened.
Bangladeshi garment workers in Dhaka demonstrate for the fifth day in a row to demand higher wages, following deadly clashes with police earlier in the week.
Bangladeshi garment workers in Dhaka demonstrate for the fifth day in a row to demand higher wages, following deadly clashes with police earlier in the week. IMAGES
The Communist Party of Bangladesh and other left-wing parties stage a protest against election results in Dhaka with activists forming a human chain with black ribbons around their mouths. IMAGES
Fresh from being jailed for dissent, and celebrated by Time magazine for fearless journalism, Shahidul Alam is not hiding as his native Bangladesh approaches an election which he fears could be rigged.
As desperation swells in the squalid camps that are home to a million Rohingya refugees, Bangladeshi officials warn that long-dormant — and often deadly — human trafficking networks are being revived.
As a controversial drive to repatriate Rohingya Muslims closes in, refugees in a Bangladeshi camps express their fear of being forced back to Myanmar, where the UN says conditions are still not conducive to their return.