Tragedy in Bangladesh

The eight-storey building that collapsed on April 24 in Bangladesh, killing at least 930, housed five garment factories that employed at least 3,000 workers and placed weight on the floors almost six times greater than the building was intended to bear, according to a still unpublished early damage assessment by the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center.…

Deforestation threatens Bangladesh Food Security

Activists are warning that food insecurity in southeastern Bangladesh may worsen over the next decade as a result of unfettered deforestation. Abdul Mannan of the local NGO, Society for Health Extension & Development, works with communities in Cox's Bazar District where, by the group's estimate, some 400,000 depend on the forest to survive. "The southeastern…

Bangladesh and Landslides

Despite attempts by the government to relocate residents from hilly areas of southeastern Bangladesh, the residents insist on returning , facing high risk of landslides, locals and activists say. “This is fast becoming a major problem,” said Abdul Matin, secretary-general of Bangladesh Paribesh Andalan, a Dhaka-based activist group. “Each year the local government relocates a…

Torture Video Sparks India-Bangladesh Tension

Tensions have been mounting at the India-Bangladesh border following the discovery of a video showing Indian border guards torturing a Bangladeshi cattle smuggler. Shot on a mobile phone camera, the video contains graphic (NSFW) footage of several men wearing the uniforms of India’s Border Security Force (BSF) stripping a Bangladeshi man in his 20s completely…

Severe Water Shortage in Bangladesh

Bangladeshi troops have been forced to guard water pumps in parts of Dhaka as a severe water shortage grips the capital, causing a rise in water-borne diseases, officials said. The move follows angry protests earlier this month by residents over what many see as a deteriorating situation. “The army will work in coordination with the…

Bangladesh Cuts Acid Attacks on Women

Bangladesh has passed the test. When it comes to implementing strong measures to tackle acid attacks, the country has done better than its neighors India and Cambodia. In a recently-released study on crime in Bangladesh, Cambodia and India, researchers found that Bangladesh had taken the most proactive approach to decreasing the attacks by enacting a…

Bangladesh to Execute Its Founder’s Killers

The first few weeks of the year may finally witness the execution, 35 years after the fact, of the killers of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founder of the People's Republic of Bangladesh who led the 1971 Bangladesh war for independence from Pakistan. The marathon time lapse between the arrests of the killers, disgruntled Bangladesh Army…

Searching for Taslima

Bangladeshi feminist writer Taslima Nasreen was flown out of Calcutta on Nov. 21 after violent Muslim protests over her books and speeches resulted in injuries to 43 people and arrests of more than 100. Ruchir Joshi, a resident of Calcutta, wrote this after the riots. The sms buzzes my phone in Madras and it’s as…