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2006-05-27 04:17:18

DHAKA (Reuters) - Indian border guards shot dead two Bangladeshis on Saturday along the country's northern Dinajpur frontier, taking the number of Bangladeshis killed in such incidents in the past week to eight, security officials said. They said that, as in previous incidents, Indian Border Security Force troops had taken the two bodies into Indian territory. "We have asked them to return the bodies but have had no response," said a Bangladesh Rifles border guard officer. He said...

2006-05-26 01:49:08

DHAKA (Reuters) - Paramilitary troops and an elite rapid action unit were deployed at garment factories around Dhaka on Friday to increase security after one person was killed and nearly 150 injured in violent protests earlier this week. Most of the nearly 300 garment factories vandalized during the violence, triggered by pay disputes, have resumed production but at least half a dozen factories torched in the protests were still shut, textile industry officials said. The attacks...

2006-05-14 06:23:20

DHAKA (Reuters) - A gunfight triggered by "teasing" of a woman student in Bangladesh has killed one student, wounded 15 and forced the closure of a university, police said on Sunday. The fighting was sparked by an incident on Friday when young men from Shahjalal Science and Technology University in the northeastern town of Sylhet "taunted and made vulgar comments at a girl," a police officer said. The woman was from a private medical college. Her friends protested and demanded the...

2006-05-13 01:31:59

DHAKA (Reuters) - At least 10 Bangladeshis were killed and dozens of others injured in lightning strikes during a violent rainstorm, weather officials said on Saturday. They said the country experienced this year's heaviest rainfall on Friday, including about 50 mm (two inches) recorded in the capital Dhaka. The deaths were reported from outside Dhaka -- in Gopalganj, Patuakhali and Jessore towns -- and were mostly caused by lightning during the 80 kph (50 mph) storm. Strong winds...

2006-05-05 09:22:53

DHAKA (Reuters) - Nearly 100 people were injured in clashes in Bangladesh on Friday when police tried to break up a demonstration against water and electricity shortages. Police fired teargas shells and used batons to evict thousands of people squatting on a highway linking the capital, Dhaka, with the port city of Chittagong, demanding adequate power supplies to run their irrigation pumps. A witness said a local legislator, Mohammad Slahuddin, tried to persuade the protesters to end...

2006-04-26 00:07:09

DHAKA (Reuters) - Security forces in Bangladesh have captured two fugitive leaders of an Islamist group blamed for a string of bomb attacks across the country last year, officials said on Wednesday. Khaled Safiullah and Mohammad Salahuddin, members of the command council, or majlishe shura, of outlawed Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen group, were at large, though most of the council members had been captured by security forces since early March. They included supreme leader of...

2006-04-23 05:52:51

DHAKA (Reuters) - Nearly 150 people were injured in Bangladesh on Sunday when police used batons and fired teargas shells to disperse activists during an opposition-sponsored strike, witnesses said. The strike shut most transport, offices, schools and business across the country. Sunday is a working day in Bangladesh. Violence was reported from half a dozen districts including Narayangaj, 20 km (13 miles) from capital Dhaka, where stone-throwing activists fought pitched battles with...

2006-03-31 00:31:26

DHAKA (Reuters) - The World Bank said it planned aid of around $3 billion for Bangladesh over the next four years to improve the investment climate and help the poor while building on recent improvements in governance. A World Bank statement on a new Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) dated March 29 said Bangladesh had made impressive economic and social gains in the past decade, but nearly half of its 140 million people still live in poverty and its annual per capita income is just...

2006-03-20 08:56:39

By Y.P. Rajesh NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India and Bangladesh will be trying to rebuild confidence and end distrust that has crept into their relationship during Bangladesh Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia's first visit in five years which began on Monday. India helped in the creation of Bangladesh in 1971 by supporting the freedom struggle of what was then East Pakistan, and the two countries have traditionally shared warm relations. But irritants have emerged in recent years,...

2006-03-10 04:38:10

DHAKA (Reuters) - One of Bangladesh's top Islamist militants, captured last week, has confessed to involvement in a wave of bomb attacks that killed at least 30 people, a senior officer of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) force said on Friday. Lt. Col. Gulzaruddin Ahmed, intelligence chief of the elite RAB, said Shayek Abdur Rahman, now in police custody and being interrogated by a joint task force, had admitted that his outlawed Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen group was mainly responsible for...


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.