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Stories about Bangladesh

20 July 2019

Fake news about “human sacrifices” for the Padma Bridge leads to violence in Bangladesh

Eight people have been detained across Bangladesh for spreading ‘Human heads and blood will be sacrificed for Padma Bridge pillars’ rumors on Facebook.

16 July 2019

‘No VAT on Pad’ protests prompt Bangladesh government to remove proposed tax

Amidst protests, the Bangladesh government decided to scrap the proposed increase of VAT and supplementary duty on the manufacturing materials for locally made sanitary pads.

21 June 2019

Bangladeshi surfer girls are pushing back against conservative gender norms

Surfing has not only allowed them to retain a piece of their childhood but they now confidently dream of securing a bright future for themselves – dignified jobs, a good...

17 June 2019

Demolition of a 150-year-old building highlights government neglect of Bangladesh's heritage sites

"The building had such remarkable designs which were rare to find in other buildings in the old parts of Dhaka. So [it] needed to be saved."

26 May 2019

‘Conservation or community rights’? Bangladesh bans fishing for 65 days

The two-month fishing ban aims to boost fish stocks but it could lead to hunger and displacement in coastal communities.

16 May 2019

Facebook posts trigger more arrests in Bangladesh, worrying netizens

Advox

Two people were arrested on May 14 and 15, for comments they had posted on Facebook. The arrests have sparked indignation and concern on social media in Bangladesh.

10 May 2019

In India, Rooh Afza lovers rejoice as the drink returns to shelves in time for Ramadan

After months without the beloved drink Rooh Afza, Muslims in India can now breathe a sigh of relief as it returns to shelves just in time for Ramadan.

20 April 2019

Bangladeshi paint company advert draws criticism from lovers of traditional Alpana art

"Berger is offering their synthetic paints to the Alpona artists of Tikoil village. The artists will no longer need to paint every season, colors will last forever. What a horror!

9 April 2019

These women ride across Bangladesh on motorcycles to spread the word about empowerment

Sakia Haque and her friends wanted to talk to Bangladeshi girls about women's empowerment and educate them about reproductive health, so what did they do? They hopped on motorbikes!

30 March 2019

Back-to-back fires in Dhaka trigger concerns over regulation and safety in Bangladesh

Fire remains a persistent safety concern for Bangladesh, especially in Dhaka, the most densely populated city on earth. Agencies trying to change the status quo face an uphill battle.

16 March 2019

Biryani Stories: How Dhaka’s Biryani went from being the food of the elites to the dish everyone eats

After a period of Mughal rule in the greater Indian subcontinent, many foods were added to Bengal's culinary culture, including the delicious Biryani of Dhaka.

2 March 2019

For the love of language: The first book of stories printed in Mro language

Bangladeshi organization prints first book in Mro language to support the growth of indigenous languages.

22 February 2019

Bangladeshi government targets world's largest Bengali blogging platform in porn censorship spree

Advox

The incidents of moral policing and the extension of the ban to a Bangla blogging platform and Google Books suggest that the authority's definition of “objectionable” may go far beyond.

10 February 2019

In Bangladesh, vigilante justice leads to the death of three alleged rapists by self-proclaimed ‘Hercules’

In Bangladesh, three alleged rapists are executed by a vigilante who signs his victim's death "confessions" with the name 'Hercules'.

7 February 2019

For the first time, transgender candidates will run for seats in Bangladesh's National Parliament

"There is no one from our community who can understand and raise our concerns. That is why we are running for the seats."

18 January 2019

Correspondence between Arundhati Roy and Shahidul Alam shares resilience and hope

"...the tide will turn, and the nameless, faceless people will rise. They will rise against the entire state machinery."

5 January 2019

As international factory safety group ordered to leave Bangladesh, garment workers fear return to deadly work conditions

In April 2013, a garments factory collapse at the Rana Plaza building in Savar, Bangladesh, left 1,134 people dead. The tragedy exposed the lack of safety of Bangladesh's garment industry,...

29 December 2018

To cast their votes on December 30, Bangladeshis will need to overcome many obstacles

Among the difficulties faced by voters are a ban on all unauthorized motorized public and private transportation and a complete shutdown of mobile Internet service.

28 December 2018

Bangladesh braces for fiercely contested parliamentary election amidst opposition crackdown

On December 30, Bangladesh will hold its 11th parliamentary election to determine the 299 elected members of Jatiya Sangsad who will lead the country for the next five years.

22 December 2018

Netizen Report: Bangladeshis see censorship on all sides as elections approach

Advox

Bangladesh is blocking websites, Sudanese telcos are blocking WhatsApp and Slack is kicking Iranians off the platform, even when they're not in Iran.

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