News Updates

August 28th - 06th September
  • Dhaka hopes for start of Rohingya repatriation 'soon'
    Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali said they are expecting to begin the Rohingya repatriation soon by sending the first batch of over 3,000 forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals.
    "We are thinking of beginning the first batch of repatriation soon. I can't tell you the date at this moment. Clearance for over 3000 Rohingya names is given. Let's see," Ali told reporters after attending a seminar titled “Rohingya Crisis: Challenges and Ways Forward” at National Defence College (NDC) in Dhaka. (The Daily Star, September 6, 2018)
  • BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia expressed a lack of confidence in the special court trying the Zia Charitable Trust graft case against her after she was produced before it inside the old Dhaka central jail. “There is no justice here. Punish me as much as you want, punish me for as long as you want,” Khaleda told the makeshift court inside the jail where she has been serving time in another graft case for around seven months. (The Daily Star, September 6, 2018)
  • 'No nat'l polls with Khaleda behind bars'Say BNP leaders from token hunger strike
    BNP yesterday said no parliamentary election will be held in the country keeping its chairperson Khaleda Zia behind the bar. The party's senior leaders made this comment during the party's token hunger strike programme at Mahanagar Natya Mancha in Dhaka, protesting the Supreme Court order upholding its stay on bail granted by the High Court to Khaleda Zia in a murder case filed in Comilla. (The Daily Star, September 2, 2018)
  • Government eases trade union rules. Cabinet okays with amendment in line with suggestions from ILO, EU, US. (The Daily Star, September 4, 2018)
August 18th - 27th
  • BNP has to join polls under present government
    Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed said BNP has to join forthcoming general elections to be conducted by the election Commission (EC) keeping the incumbent government in office as there would be no caretaker administration during the polls. (The Daily Star, August 25, 2018)
  • The pilot of the US-Bangla plane that crashed at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport in March, killing 51 people, appears to have lied to the control tower during the landing procedure and was smoking continuously inside the cockpit during the one-hour flight from Dhaka to Kathmandu. New report by Nepali investigators says the US-Bangla Flight BS211 captain’s past behaviour should have been a warning sign. (The Daily Star, August 27, 2018)
  • Bangladeshi’s lifespan most affected in the world, study finds
    The average citizen of Bangladesh loss 1.87 years of their lifespan due to air pollution, the highest in the world, according to a new study. (The Daily Star, August 27, 2018)
August 10th - 17th
  • Her government is working on strengthening democracy and the country’s accelerating development, Prime Minister Shiekh Hssina Wajid told the visiting Secretary General of Commonwealth Patricia Scotland that her government is working on strengthening democracy and the country’s accelerating development. (The Daily Star, August 10, 2018)
  • In the wake of the student agitation for safe roads, some efforts have been made to correct the ills in the otherwise disorderly public transport system though the situation remains mostly as usual in the capital. (The Daily Star, August 10, 2018)
  • It seems they can’t sleep in fear of BNP, said Mirza Fakhrul
    He urged the government to allow speaking of the truth, adding that rumours will spread if truth is not published. (The Daily Star, August 11, 2018)
  • PM Hasina vows to punish those responsible for death of 2 students in road crash. (The Daily Star, August 13, 2018)
  • The private university students arrested in charges of vandalism and attacking the policemen during protests for safe roads have been repeatedly denied bail in last two weeks. (The Daily Star, August 14, 2018)
  • PM Sheikh Hasina said that BNP leader Khaleda Zia was also involved in August 15 carnage conspiracy. (The Daily Star, August 17, 2018)
August 1st - 9th
  • International community must persuade Myanmar government to take back their nationals. PM said to the FM of Japan. (The Daily Star, August 8, 2018)
  • Photographer and social activist arrested for “provocative comments” in wake of Bangladesh protests. Founder of Drik Picture Library detained after commenting on teenage road safety protests
    Shahidul Alam, one of the world’s leading figures in photography, and a social activist who has been a harsh critic of the government in his native Bangladesh, has been arrested in Dhaka for making “provocative comments” following mass protests that have brought parts of the country to a standstill over the past week. (The Daily Star, August 6, 2018)
  • Over 400 photographers, filmmakers and artists in India have demanded “immediate, unconditional and honourable” release of noted photographer Shahidul Alam from detention. (The Daily Star, August 8, 2018)
  • Govt criticized for its handling of protesters, attackers People at different parts of the country protested the attacks on students who demonstrated for road safety and journalists who went out to cover the movement. (The Daily Star, August 09, 2018)
  • Armed men attacked a convoy of cars carrying the US envoy to Bangladesh in the capital Dhaka on Saturday night, US officials said. (The Daily Star, August 5, 2018)
  • Analysts believe that Bangladesh student protests are not just about road safety and law enforcement in the country but the massive protests also reflect a deeper anger against the entire political system. (DW, August 8, 2018)
  • Students deaths spark massive protests in Bangladesh. Mostly students in their mid-teens blame the government for failing to enforce traffic laws. (DW, August 2, 2018)