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2006-07-02 01:07:23

DHAKA (Reuters) - Millions of Bangladeshis were stranded on Sunday as opposition parties enforced a countrywide transport shutdown amid tight security and scattered violence, police and witnesses said. They said buses, trains and ferries were mostly idle as hundreds of opposition leaders and activists blockaded terminals in the capital, Dhaka, and elsewhere across the country. At least 20 people were injured in clashes between opposition and pro-government activists in the southern...

2006-06-13 06:38:36

DHAKA (Reuters) - Clashes between Bangladesh police and opposition activists left nearly 70 people injured and transport and business were largely paralyzed on Tuesday, the first day of a two-day strike for electoral reforms. An opposition alliance led by former prime minister Sheikh Hasina called the strike to try to force the government to accept demands for electoral reform ahead of next January's parliamentary election. The demands include the removal of the election...

2006-06-11 06:43:02

By Anis Ahmed DHAKA (Reuters) - At least 200 people were hurt in street clashes between police and opposition activists trying to blockade Bangladesh's capital Dhaka on Sunday, witnesses said. Rock-throwing protesters fought riot police at Kanchpur on the outskirts of Dhaka, where at least 70 people were hurt, including former army chief general K.M. Shafiullah, an opposition supporter. Police, who used tear gas and baton charges, detained nearly 50 people at Kanchpur, which is on...

2006-06-11 05:07:05

By Anis Ahmed DHAKA (Reuters) - At least 200 people were hurt in street clashes between Bangladesh opposition workers and police while the activists trying to stage a blockade of the capital, Dhaka, on Sunday, witnesses said. Rock-throwing protesters fought riot police at Kanchpur on the outskirt of Dhaka, in which at least 70 people, including former army chief general K.M. Shafiullah, were injured. Police, who retaliated with tear gas and baton charges, detained nearly 50 people...

2006-06-11 03:00:32

By Anis Ahmed DHAKA (Reuters) - More than 150 Bangladesh opposition leaders and activists were injured in fierce battles with police while trying to stage a blockade of the capital, Dhaka, on Sunday, witnesses said. Rock-throwing protesters fought steel-helmeted riot police at Kanchpur on the outskirt of Dhaka, in which at least 70 people, including former army chief general K.M. Shafiullah, were injured. Police, who retaliated with tear gas and baton charges, also detained nearly...

2006-06-11 02:08:01

DHAKA (Reuters) - More than 100 Bangladesh opposition leaders and activists were injured in fierce battles with police while trying to stage a blockade of the capital, Dhaka, on Sunday, witnesses said. Rock-throwing protesters fought steel-helmeted riot police at Kanchpur on the outskirt of Dhaka, in which at least 70 people, including former army chief general K.M. Shafiullah, were injured. Police, who retaliated with tear gas and baton charges, also detained nearly 50 people at...

2006-05-31 06:02:03

BHOLA, Bangladesh (Reuters) - At least 50 people were injured in southern Bangladesh on Wednesday in clashes between police and opposition activists protesting against lack of electricity, police and witnesses said. Police used batons and fired blank shots as members of the main opposition Awami League tried to storm the office of the state-run electricity utility in the town of Bhola, 320 km (200 miles) from the capital Dhaka. Three policemen were among those injured in the clashes,...

2006-05-29 02:29:50

DHAKA (Reuters) - A Bangladesh court on Monday sentenced seven top Islamist militants to death for killing two judges in a bomb attack in southern Jhalakati town in November last year. "They will be hanged until death," Judge Reza Tarik Ahmed said in his verdict. The seven included chiefs of two outlawed groups -- Shayek Abdur Rahman of Jamaat-ul Mujahideen and Siddikul Islam Bangla Bhai of Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh. "I pronounce this highest penalty as involvement of the...

2006-05-28 06:02:13

By Ruma Paul DHAKA (Reuters) - Heavy rain sweeping across Bangladesh over the past two days has raised hopes for an early monsoon that weather experts say will boost agriculture. "The country is ready to welcome the monsoon about two weeks before the usual start in the middle of June," said a meteorologist in Cox's Bazar resort town on Sunday. The resort on the Bay of Bengal and nearby areas in southeastern Bangladesh recorded 350 mm (14 inches) of rain since Friday, he said....

2006-05-28 03:54:00

DHAKA (Reuters) - Heavy rain sweeping across Bangladesh over the past two days has raised hopes for an early monsoon that weather experts say will boost agriculture. "The country is ready to welcome the monsoon about two weeks before the usual start in the middle of June," said a meteorologist in Cox's Bazar resort town on Sunday. The resort on the Bay of Bengal and nearby areas in southeastern Bangladesh recorded 350 mm (14 inches) of rain since Friday, he said. Neighbouring...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.