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  • Bangladesh Arrests Islamic Preacher Who Claimed He Interviewed Coronavirus0

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    • September 28, 2021

    By Sharif Khiam on Sep 28, 2021  Dhaka Metropolitan Police on Tuesday arrested a controversial Islamic preacher who claimed on YouTube that he had interviewed the coronavirus in a dream, and asserted that the COVID-19 vaccine would turn girls into boys and vice versa. Police arrested Mufti Kazi Mohammad Ibrahim, 57, from his Mohammadpur residence

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  • Southeast Asian Nations, Bangladesh Hope Permanent Taliban Govt More Inclusive Than Interim One0

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    • September 8, 2021

    By Subel Rai Bhandari on Sep 08, 2021 05:44 pm Many Southeast Asian nations and Bangladesh are reserving judgment on the interim Taliban government in Afghanistan, saying they hope a permanent administration will be more inclusive and ensure that the country doesn’t become a safe haven for terrorists. Afghanistan’s caretaker government, announced Tuesday, is fully

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  • Bangladesh University Jubilant after Afghan Students Evacuated from Kabul0

    By Shailaja Neelakantan and Jesmin Papri on Aug 30, 2021 06:36 pm More than 150 young Afghan women enrolled at a university in Bangladesh were among those evacuated on a U.S. military plane in the final days of a chaotic airlift marred by suicide bombings at the Kabul airport, officials said Monday. Kamal Ahmad, founder

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  • Chinese Firms to Build $184 M Airport-Runway Extension in SE Bangladesh0

    By Kamran Reza Chowdhury and Sunil Barua on Aug 30, 2021 Benar News Two state-owned Chinese companies are set to begin building Bangladesh’s first runway jutting into the sea, after the prime minister virtually inaugurated the $184 million project on Sunday. The runway at the airport in Cox’s Bazar, a coastal district in the country’s

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  • Bangladesh: Committee Raises Alarm Over Toxic Pollution from New Tanneries’ Hub0

    By Kamran Reza Chowdhury on Aug 30, 2021 A parliamentary committee is urging Bangladesh’s government to shut down tanneries that are dumping waste into a river in the Dhaka suburb of Savar because a Chinese-built waste treatment plant is not operating properly, officials said. The tanneries have been dumping large amounts of chromium – a

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  • HRW: Bangladesh Ignores Calls for Probe into Enforced Disappearances0

    Benar News By Ahammad Foyez on Aug 16, 2021 Seven years on, Marufa Islam is still waiting for Bangladesh’s government to respond to her family’s anguished pleas and be held accountable for her brother’s disappearance, who, she alleges, was seized by state security personnel. Her sibling, Sajedul Islam Sumon, was working as a ward general-secretary

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  • Bangladesh Sees Rise in Rohingya Fleeing Cox’s Bazar Camps0

    By Sunil Barua on Aug 05, 2021    Benar News Rohingya refugees are increasingly slipping through barbed wire-topped fences that surround their camps in southeastern Bangladesh in search of work, domestically or abroad, officials said Thursday. Police said 437 Rohingya had been detained since July 7 after leaving their camps in Cox’s Bazar, while some

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  • Bangladesh Migrants Die when Boat Capsizes in Mediterranean0

    By Jesmin Papri on Jul 22, 2021  Benar News At least 17 Bangladeshi migrants died while dozens of others were rescued after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea en route from Libya to Italy, officials said Thursday. The deaths in the shipwreck off the coast of Tunisia were confirmed by Bangladesh’s Embassy in Libya

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  • Despite Steep Rise in Cases, Bangladesh Easing COVID-19 Restrictions for Eid0

    By BenarNews staff on Jul 13, 2021  Bangladesh on Wednesday will lift strict nationwide COVID-19 curbs for nine days to accommodate Eid-ul-Adha celebrations, the government announced Tuesday, a decision that an expert from a state-run institute warned against amid soaring infections from the highly contagious Delta variant. People from the Muslim-majority South Asian nation traditionally

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  • 5 Years after Café Attack, Terror Threat under ‘Control’ in Bangladesh, Authorities Say0

    By Kamran Reza Chowdhury and Ahammad Foyez on Jun 29, 2021  Five years after terrorists massacred 20 diners at an upscale café in Dhaka, Bangladesh law enforcers say they have succeeded in controlling terrorist activity nationwide, although online extremism remains a concern. Since the July 2016 attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery, the country’s drive

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  • UN Refugee Agency Raises $340M to Assist Rohingya in Bangladesh0

    By Kamran Reza Chowdhury on May 18, 2021 International donors have pledged U.S. $340 million of nearly $1 billion being sought by the United Nations refugee agency this year to support Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, the UNHCR chief said on Tuesday. United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that Washington announced $155 million, or

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  • Hundreds Protest After Bangladesh Arrests Journalist under Official Secrets Act0

    By Ahammad Foyez on May 18, 2021 04:58 pm Hundreds of reporters demanded the release of a veteran journalist who was formally arrested Tuesday under the Official Secrets Act, on suspicion of photographing without permission documents related to the government’s purchase of COVID-19 vaccines from China and Russia. Health Minister Zahid Maleque said the documents

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  • China Warns of ‘Damage’ to Bilateral Ties, if Bangladesh Joins Quad Initiatives0

    By Jesmin Papri and Kamran Reza Chowdhury on May 10, 2021 Benar News Ties between Bangladesh and China could be “substantially damaged” if the South Asian country joins any initiative launched by the Quad alliance, Beijing’s envoy to Dhaka told reporters on Monday. Bangladesh will gain nothing by participating in efforts by the Quad, Chinese

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  • Myanmar Fighting, Political Strife Swell Refugee Ranks, Affect Neighboring States0

    By Special to BenarNews on Apr 30, 2021 More than 30,000 Myanmar civilians have fled their villages in the eastern state of Karen and are hiding in nearby jungles following air strikes in populated areas in response to the seizure of a government military post by a rebel ethnic army, an official from an NGO

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