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News Updates

19th May - 28th May
  • More than 70 people have been killed by security forces in Bangladesh as part of a government anti-drug operation launched in May, officials say.
    Authorities said that large-scale raids have taken place in the capital, Dhaka. Up to 100 people were detained on Saturday and several others suspected of involvement in the illegal drug trade were shot in overnight clashes. Activists have compared the crackdown to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly war on drugs. Since the operation was launched in Bangladesh, several thousand people have been detained, while hundreds of drugs users have received fines, according to Bangladesh police and the country's Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) forces. In the latest incidents, a number of suspected drugs traffickers were killed in exchanges of fire when they were either approached by RAB forces or during raids in a number of districts, officials said. (BBC, May 27, 2018)
  • Primary Education Project: Teachers' training in English given top priority.(Daily Star, May 24, 2018)
12th May - 18th May
  • Fresh demo over quota
    Demanding immediate gazette notification on abolition of quota system in government jobs, the quota reformists took to the streets again, beginning an indefinite strike at universities and colleges across the country.In the capital, the protesters blocked the busy Shahbagh intersection for six hours from around 1:00pm, obstructing vehicular movement and causing sufferings to commuters.They left the streets around 7:00pm respecting the assurance from the prime minister, said Nurul Huq Nur, joint convener of Bangladesh Sadharan Chhatra Adhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad, the platform spearheading the movement. But the indefinite strike at universities and colleges boycotting all academic activities will go on until the gazette notification is published, he said at a press conference at Shahbagh.(The Daily Star, 15 May, 2018)
  • BCL threatens quota leaders with life
    Chhatra League men have allegedly threatened to shoot and kill quota reform activists if they do not stop their movement. “None of you [protestors] will be spared. Just let the gazette [on quota reform] be published. You will be shot dead,” quota reform leader Nurul Huq Nur quoted Chhatra League Vice-president Imtiaz Bulbul Bappi as telling him.Bappi dismissed the claim. A group of BCL men led by Bappi, Dhaka University's Haji Muhammad Mohsin Hall BCL Secretary Mehedi Hasan Sunny, and Institute of Fine Arts BCL Secretary Fahimul Islam went to Nur's room at Mohsin Hall around 1:30am yesterday and threatened them with life, alleged Nur, a joint convener of the quota movement, in Facebook live. ( The Daily Star, May 17, 2018)
  • PM Hasina warns students against violence
    Asking students to refrain from resorting to vandalism in educational institutions, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the government would no longer tolerate such activities.“Any sort of vandalism will not be tolerated. It will not happen that students vandalise their educational institutions and I accept this,” she said.The premier was inaugurating the 29th national council of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) at Suhrawardy Udyan in the afternoon. She said the law enforcement agencies have been asked to take prompt and appropriate steps against those students involved in vandalism. (The Daily Star, May 12, 2018)
3rd May - 11th May
  • Bangladesh to Launch Its First Communications Satellite.(NDTV, 10 May 2018)
  • Exports grew 7.11 percent year-on-year to $2.95 billion in April riding on the higher shipment of garment items.(Daily Star, 10 May, 2018)
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