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July 9, 2016

Banglagesh suffers bomb attacks on Eid al-Fitr

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On Thursday, a militant group attacked a mosque in Sholakia in the Kishoreganj district of northern Bangladesh on Eid al-Fitr killing at least four people including one attacker and two officials, injuring at least twelve people, Bangladeshi police said. Al Jazeera reported two suspects were arrested.

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More than 200,000 people had gathered for Eid prayers marking Ramadan’s end. The attackers reportedly used homemade explosives. Officials said the incident injured nine policemen. By reports at least one blast took place while the people were offering prayers. The attackers also used sharp objects which killed one official. The other policeman was killed by explosives. Shafiqul Islam, a local, said the police searched for suspects amongst devotees and nearby houses.

Government officials said the attacks were made in order to “destabalise Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina‘s government”.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, “We will not allow any terrorist activities on our soil. Those who commit such acts are the enemies of Islam((ar)).

A few days ago, more than 20 people were killed in an attack in Dhaka.


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August 29, 2015

Four men go before Hungarian court after 71 found dead in lorry

Four men go before Hungarian court after 71 found dead in lorry

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Four foreign men have today gone before a court in Hungary on suspicion of people smuggling. Their detention relates to Thursday’s discovery of a lorry full of corpses in Austria. The death toll was yesterday finalised at 71.

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The lorry had been abandoned since Wednesday on the hard shoulder of the “Eastern Motorway“, near the Hungarian border. Roadworkers became suspicious of dark liquid seeping from the vehicle, and responding police found the bodies. Initial police estimates were that 20–50 were suffocated in the back of the lorry which was near Parndorf.

The arrested men are thought to include the vehicle’s owner and at least two drivers. Three are Bulgarian and one is from Afghanistan. Criminal suspects in Hungary can generally be held for 72 hours before charge but prosecutors, citing the seriousness of the case, want the period extended. Extradition to Austria is possible.

Of the 71 dead, 59 are men, eight are women, and four are children. The children are thought to be aged three, eight, and ten years, alongside an eighteen-month-old baby. “There was also a Syrian travel document found” police spokesman Hans Peter Doskozil told journalists “so of course our first assumption is that these people were migrants, and likely a group of Syrian migrants. We can rule out that they were Africans”.

The four accused were escorted into court in Kecskemet, central Hungary, by a police convoy. Reportedly the lorry traveled from Kecskemet. Hungary is presently building a border fence across the Serbian frontier, as migrants from war-torn Syria and other regions seek access to the Schengen Area of free movement, which covers most of the EU.

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Slovak chicken meat company Hyza, a previous owner, previously told Wikinews the lorry has changed hands several times in roughly the last year. After they sold it they say it was exported to Hungary; it now bears Hungarian plates but still features Hyza branding including pictures of meat.

On the day of the discovery Hyza quickly removed a graphic from their homepage featuring cartoon chicken stowaways in a car being inspected at a customs post. The stowaways also appeared with a line through them alongside the word “imigranti” and the site www.imigranti.sk in one corner. On the other side was Hyza’s logo. Imigranti.sk is also unavailable.

Police today found 26 migrants in a lorry near Braunau am Inn, Austria. The driver, from Romania, refused to stop for police and was arrested following a chase. Police said three children were hospitalised for “severe dehydration”. Found near the German border, the migrants were from Afghanistan, Syria, and Bangladesh.



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January 1, 2015

United Nations analyzes oil spill in Sundarbans, Bangladesh

United Nations analyzes oil spill in Sundarbans, Bangladesh

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

A United Nations (UN) team assessed the damage from an early December oil spill in Sundarbans, Bangladesh, to the world’s largest mangrove forest. Team leader Emilia Wahlstrom yesterday presented preliminary assessment results at a press conference in the capital, Dhaka.

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The 25-member UN team arrived in Bangladesh on December 18 and visited the Sundarbans from December 22 to December 27.

At the press conference, Wahlstrom said the pollution was spread 40 kilometers up and downstream, but no impact on the mangrove forest floor was observed. She said the Pashur and Shela rivers contributed by washing some of the oil. She also suggested a ban on water traffic in the area, saying “regular monitoring and stopping traffic through the Sundarbans are needed to tackle the long-term impact.”

Anwar Hossain Manju, Minister for Forest and Environmental Affairs of Bangladesh, acknowledged that vessel traffic in Sundarbans was suspended. He also said “alternative options” were “being explored”.

Wahlstrom also commented cleanup by local villagers removed about a fifth of the oil spill.

On December 9, the OT Southern Star 7 tanker sank in an accident with another vessel. Reportedly visibility was poor due to thick fog. OT Southern Star 7 was carrying about 350,000 L of fuel oil.

Sundarbans is a World Heritage Site. The UN plans to release a final report in two weeks.



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November 11, 2013

Bangladesh government makes Hijra an official gender option

Bangladesh government makes Hijra an official gender option

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Earlier today, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina chaired a cabinet meeting which decided to grant official government recognition of people who gender identify as Hijras, people who identify as neither male nor female.

Recognition brings several government related benefits to Hijras including priority in education, housing and health. Their gender designation will also appear on their passports as Hijras. English language documents will refer to them as Hijras as the government claims any English translation would be misleading. The decision was announced by Cabinet Secretary Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan at a media briefing following the meeting.

Hijras already have voting rights in Bangladesh. A survey by the Ministry of Social Welfare says 10,000 people who identify as Hijras live in the country.



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March 11, 2012

Wikinews Shorts: March 11, 2012

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Arrests, disruptions in run-up to Bangladesh National Party rally

The Bangladesh National Party (BNP), the national opposition, claims mass arrests of hundreds or even thousands of people across the state are aimed at thwarting a BNP rally tomorrow. The protest in the capital, Dhaka, is also hampered by hotels declining bookings and travel services shutting down.

The BNP hopes to oust the government and wants a return to elections under a neutral caretaker, which was ended by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina‘s regime. The Dhaka Metropolitan Police respond that the arrests in the city aim to crack down on extortion, and illegal drugs and weapons. A spokesman said the timing was as much to do with an upcoming government rally and the Asia Cup as the BNP event.

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Tanker grounds off Sicily

The Italian cargo tanker Gelso M hit rocks off the coast of Sicily near Syracuse in poor weather yesterday. Surrounding reefs meant rescue boats could not approach and lifeboats not be launched when the captain ordered the ship abandoned; four helicopters carried the nineteen aboard to safety.

The weather is considered a likely factor for the accident. The engine room has flooded but a double hull is considered likely to prevent pollution.

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The brother of an actress who once starred in UK soap EastEnders has been charged with her murder. Tony McCluskie, 35, was arrested after the Metropolitan Police pulled 29-year-old Gemma McCluskie’s torso from a London canal.

Searches continue for the rest of Gemma’s remains. Tony remains in custody and is due to appear before Thames Magistrates’ Court.

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March 25, 2011

New Zealand enters semi-finals as South Africa fails again in Cricket World Cup

New Zealand enters semi-finals as South Africa fails again in Cricket World Cup

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Friday, March 25, 2011

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South Africa crashed out of the 2011 Cricket World Cup after being beaten by New Zealand in the quarterfinals, played at Mirpur, in Bangladesh. Chasing a victory target of 222, South Africa were all out for 172 after some inspired bowling performance by Jacob Oram and Nathan McCullum.

Earlier South Africa restricted the kiwis for 221 for the loss of 8 wickets. Afterward, Jesse Ryder top scored for NZ with 83 runs while Ross Taylor scored 43. Morne Morkel took three wickets while fast bowler Steyn and Spinner Imran Tahir took two wickets each.

South Africa collapsed from 121 for three wickets and lost the final seven wickets for 51 runs. McCullum, who opened the bowling for NZ, took three wickets while Oram took another four wickets and triggered a collapse.

NZ will now play either Srilanka or England in the semi-finals. India will take on Pakistan in the other semi-final.



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June 9, 2010

Boat in Bangladesh sinks, at least twelve dead

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A boat in Bangladesh sank in a river in the northeastern part of the country earlier today, killing at least a dozen people — including some children — reports say.

The incident occurred in the district of Sunamgonj, about 296 kilometers (184 mi) from the capital of Dhaka. The Chinese news service Xinhua reports that the bodies from the ship have been recovered. Government official Babul Miah said the boat was making a trip between villages three kilometres apart. He noted that six of the dead were girls headed to school.

At least two dozen other people, however, managed to swim to safety or were rescued after the boat’s sinking. The cause of the accident hasn’t yet been ascertained. An official said that 60–70 people were on board.

Nine people are still reported as missing, and according to Miah, searches are underway for them.



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June 6, 2010

Facebook unblocked in Bangladesh

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

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After a week’s block, the social networking website Facebook is finally back in Bangladesh. Facebook was blocked by local authorities in Bangladesh after some “offensive” content of local politicians were uploaded and one man was arrested.

The block was lifted 23:58 local time (17:58 UTC). According to BDNews24.com, Mir Masud Kabir, the Mango Telecom Services managing director, had received a phone call from Major General Zia Ahmed at 11:57 p.m. (17:57 UTC), asking him to lift the Facebook block. Kabir unblocked Facebook a minute later.

The authorities had decided to unblock Facebook after the company promised to remove the content considered blasphemous as well as the “obnoxious” pictures of the country’s leaders.



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June 4, 2010

Large fires kill many in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Large fires kill many in Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Friday, June 4, 2010

At least 114 people have been killed by fires in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka.

According to local fire official Nazrul Islam, the fire started in an apartment complex when an electrical transformer exploded. The fire that started at about 20:45 local time on Thursday then spread to six or seven other buildings in the densely populated Najiranazar neighbourhood of old Dhaka.

The fire was brought under control after three hours of effort on Friday morning, leaving at least 114 dead and a further 40 injured of which 10 to 12 are in critical condition. The current casualties follows the death of 25 in a previous fire on Tuesday.

Witnesses said that fueling the flames were chemicals from illegal home-based factories in the Kayettuli neighborhood. Kayettuli is one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in Dhaka.



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May 30, 2010

Facebook blocked in Bangladesh

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

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Bangladesh temporarily blocked the social networking site Facebook on Saturday, after a man was arrested for uploading content onto it deemed offensive. Other users had reportedly posted other kinds of potentially offensive content, including anti-religious and pornographic materials.

Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested Mahbub Alam Rodin, aged 30, in charges of uploading cartoons of some political leaders on the website. Rodin’s activity on Facebook was classified as “offensive”, said Commander Mohammad Sohail, director of RAB’s Legal and Media side, as reported by The Daily Star. RAB asked to block all seven accounts of Rodin in Facebook. Rodin used pseudonyms like “Brigadier Mahadi”, “Sepahi Mahadi”, “Imam Hossain”, “Rodin Al”, “Mohammad Al Mahadi” and “Junaida Khandaker Zihan”, Sohail said.

No official comment has been made, but Bangladesh’s Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) blocked it on the government’s request. Private news agency bdnews24 reported that the measure was made on a request by the elite anti-crime Rapid Action Battalion. Users couldn’t log onto the website since 6:30 pm local time.

The website is to be unblocked on Monday.



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