Dhaka, May 19 (IANS) The Bangladesh government Sunday banned political rallies for one month, a step the opposition described as an attempt to mute dissenting voices. "We'll not allow political meetings and rallies for next one month across the country," Xinhua quoted Home Minister M.K. Alamgir as saying
Dhaka, May 16 (IANS) A cyclone packing a wind speed of 100 km per hour made landfall in Bangladesh Thursday, ravaging the southeastern Patuakhali district. Bangladesh meteorological department issued warnings of 8 to 10-feet high waves as torrential rain and increasing wind speed signalled the advent of cyclone "Mahasen" here. Around 200 cyclone centres have been set up across Bangladesh and thousands of residents in coastal areas evacuated following the grim forecast
Dhaka, May 16 (IANS) Around 200 cyclone centres have been set up across Bangladesh and thousands of residents in coastal areas evacuated following forecast of cyclone Mahasen hitting the country Thursday at 4 p.m.
Dhaka, May 15 (IANS) Bangladesh Wednesday ordered the evacuation of about one million people from its coastline as the cyclonic storm "Mahasen" in the Bay of Bengal was poised to cross the country's southern coast early Thursday. The UN has described the cyclone as life-threatening for 8.2 million people in Bangladesh, Myanmar and northeast India despite the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs saying it appeared to have weakened to a category one storm, BBC reported. The authorities in Bangladesh raised the danger level to seven out of 10 for low-lying areas around Chittagong and the coastal district of Cox's Bazar.
Dhaka, May 12 (IANS) Maritime ports in Bangladesh were Sunday advised to take adequate precautionary measures as cyclone Mahasen originating in the southeast Bay of Bengal, moved slightly towards the northwest. "Depression which has already turned into cyclonic storm would likely move initially northwestwards during the next 36 hours and recurve thereafter northeastwards towards the Bangladesh-Myanmar coast," Xinhua cited the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) as saying in a special weather bulletin.
Dhaka, May 12 (IANS) More than two weeks after an eight-storey building collapsed in the Bangladesh capital, the death toll approached 1,200 Sunday, officials said. Tarekul Alam of the Dhaka district administration's control room told Xinhua that the confirmed death toll stood at 1,126 at 3 p.m
Dhaka, May 12 (IANS) A top leader of an Islamist party in Bangladesh was Sunday arrested for crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the country's war of liberation in 1971. Abul Kalam Mohammad Yusuf, now 84, senior vice president of the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami party, was arrested from his residence in the capital Dhaka, Xinhua reported
Dhaka, May 10 (IANS) A woman was Friday found alive, trapped in the rubble of the collapsed eight-storey building on the outskirts of this Bangladesh capital, 16 days after the disaster that has claimed over 1,000 lives. Rescuers found the woman, named Reshma, after they heard groans coming from the basement of the Rana Plaza building, British newspaper Daily Mail reported
Dhaka, May 10 (IANS) Sixteen days into one of Bangladesh's worst tragedies that has so far left over 1,000 people dead, rescuers Friday found a young woman clinging to life beneath the sandwiched floors of the collapsed eight-storey building in Dhaka. The deaths in the collapse of the Rana Plaza building climbed to 1,043, Xinhua reported. On Thursday, at least 55 bodies were pulled out from the rubble, officials said.
Dhaka, May 9 (IANS) The death toll in the collapse of an eight-storey building here in the Bangladesh capital approached 1,000 Thursday, after 55 more bodies were pulled out from the rubble, officials said. "The confirmed death toll now stands at 921 with the recovery of 55 bodies till 2 p.m. Thursday," an official in the Dhaka district administration's control room, set up outside the Rana Plaza building to coordinate the rescue, told Xinhua.