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Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh. The country is about 2 times the size of Ireland. The population is predominantly Muslim.
    (SFC, 5/22/98, p.D4)(Econ, 2/10/07, p.41)
The Bengali New Year, celebrated on April 14, is the most important secular festival for the 155 million ethnic Bengalis in Muslim-majority Bangladesh.
3200-1600BC    The Indus Valley civilization grew up along the banks of the Indus River in what later became Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan. The cities of Harappa and Mohenjo-Dara showed the development of multi-level houses and city-wide plumbing. A natural disaster that altered the course of the Indus River appears to have brought about the collapse of this civilization. The Harappan (Indus) civilization slowly disintegrated by about 1000 BC. It extended over more than 386,000 square miles (1 million square km) across the plains of the Indus River from the Arabian Sea to the Ganges. In 2012 researchers said Harappans faced climate change and apparently fled along an escape route to the east toward the Ganges basin, where monsoon rains remained reliable.
    (http://eawc.evansville.edu)(Reuters, 3/15/06)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harappa)

2700BC-700BC    The Harappan civilization flourished in the Indus and Ganges valleys.
    (Reuters, 3/15/06)

450BC    In 2006 archaeologists in Bangladesh said they had uncovered part of a fortified citadel at Wari, northeast of Dhaka, dating back to this time that could have been a stopping off point along an ancient trade route.
    (Reuters, 3/15/06)

800-900    In northern Bangladesh the Buddhist monastic complex at Paharpur was built by the Pala dynasty.
    (AM, Mar/Apr 97 p.B)

1400-1500    The city of Bagerhat was founded in southern Bangladesh by Ulugh Khan-i-Jahan as a Muslim colony.
    (AM, Mar/Apr 97 p.B)

1943        Bangladesh, while still part of Pakistan, experienced a famine.
    (Econ, 11/3/12, p.23)

1947        Sep 27, Sheik Hasina, later Bangladesh prime minister, was born.
    (WP, 6/29/96, p.A20)

1947        Bangladesh as part of Pakistan gained independence from Britain.
    (SFC, 7/1/97, p.A9)

1947        At the time of India’s partition and the creation of Pakistan, many Muslim Biharis moved to what was then East Bengal. In 1971, when war broke out between West Pakistan and East Pakistan (or Bangladesh), the Biharis, who mostly considered themselves Pakistani, sided with West Pakistan.

1952        Feb 21, Bangladesh Martyrs Day (martyrs of Bengali Language Movement).
    (MC, 2/21/02)

1958        A periodic flowering took place in the bamboo forests of Bangladesh leading to a plague of rats. The flowering recurred in 2008 causing a similar rodent plague.
    (SFC, 2/16/08, p.B6)

1960        Oct 10, A cyclone and tidal wave hit the Gulf of Bengal and killed about 6,000 in East Pakistan.

1963        May 20-1963 May 23, In East Pakistan a cyclone killed about 22,000 along coast of the Bay of Bengal.

1964        Apr 11, The Bangladesh Observer (East Pakistan) reported that as many as 500 people may have died as a tornado destroyed villages in the Narail and Magura regions of Jessore.

1965        May 11-1965 May 12, In East Pakistan a cyclone killed some 12,000.

1965        Jun 1-1965 Jun 2, The 2nd of 2 cyclones in less than a month killed 35,000 along the Ganges River in East Pakistan.

1969        Apr 14, A tornado struck Dacca in East Pakistan killing 660.

1970        Nov 12, A 240 KPH cyclone hit East Pakistan (Bangladesh) [see Nov 13].
    (SSFC, 9/5/04, p.9)(www.emergency-management.net/cyclone.htm)

1970        Nov 13, The Bhola Cyclone killed an estimated 300,000 in East Pakistan (Bangladesh). The highest loss of life and destruction occurred on the low lying islands of the Ganges Delta south of Dhaka. In particular the island and district of Bhola, where casualties may have exceeded 100,000 alone, with the towns of Charfasson and Tazumuddin being devastated. The city of Chittagong was also badly affected. The official death toll was put at 150,000, with 100,000 people missing. However many estimates put the true figure as high as 500,000.
    (SFEC, 9/5/04, p.6)(http://banglapedia.search.com.bd/HT/C_0397.htm)

1970        Dec 7, In Pakistan polling began for 300 seats in the National Assembly. The Awami League, led by Sheik Mujibur Rahman, emerged as the single largest party in the National Assembly by winning 160 seats. It was also able to win 288 out of 300 seats in the East Pakistan Assembly. However, the party failed to win even a single seat in the four Provincial Assemblies of West Pakistan. The Pakistan People’s Party, led by landlord Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, won a majority in West Pakistan. Mr. Bhutto and military leader, Gen. Yahya Khan, refused to honor the results.
    (www.storyofpakistan.com/articletext.asp?artid=A140&Pg=2)(Econ, 9/21/13, p.90)

1970        Fazle Hasan Abed (b.1936), a Bangladeshi educated in Britain, turned offices in Chittagong into a refuge for victims of the recent Bhola Cyclone. By 1972 it was known as the Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee (BRAC). In 2010 Ian Smillie authored “Freedom From Want: The Remarkable Success Story of BRAC, the Global Grassroots Organization That's Winning the Fight Against Poverty."
    (Econ, 2/20/10, p.60)(www.brac.net/index.php?nid=11)

1971        Mar 21, Sheik Mujibur Rahman (Mujeeb-ur Rehman) declared East Pakistan (later Bangladesh) independent of Pakistan. Pakistani Pres. Yahya Khan ordered the army in; several million East Bengali refugees fled to India. Rahman was the father of later PM Hasina Wajid.
    (WUD, 1994, p. 1688)(SFC, 12/31/00, p.B3)

1971        Mar 25, Sheik Mujibur Rahman was arrested in Dhaka. Pakistani forces started Operation Searchlight, a systematic plan to eliminate any resistance. Thousands of people were killed in student dormitories and police barracks in Dhaka.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indo-Pakistani_War_of_1971)(WUD, 1994, p. 1688)

1971        Mar 26, East Pakistan proclaimed its independence, taking the name Bangladesh. [See Mar 21] This is considered the official Independence day of Bangladesh. This sparked a nine-month war. Pakistani forces surrendered on Dec. 16, 1971.
    (AP, 3/26/97)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangladesh_Liberation_War)(AP, 3/24/21)

1971        Aug 1, The Concert For Bangladesh, two benefit concerts organized by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, played to a total of 40,000 people at Madison Square Garden.

1971        Oct 19, Pakistani soldiers attack a village in Netrokona district of Bangladesh. At least 7 people were killed.
    (AP, 2/2/16)

1971        Nov 22, Guerrilla fighting escalated on the border of East Pakistan. India massed 12 divisions near the border.
    (WUD, 1994, p. 1688)

1971        Dec 3, The 3rd Indo-Pakistani war began when India under Indira Gandhi intervened in the Pakistani civil war. Pakistan attacked Indian airfields and India mobilized its army after nearly 10 million refugees poured into India. The India-Pakistani civil war ended with independence for East Pakistan, which became known as Bangladesh.
    (SFEC, 8/3/97, p.A15)(SFC, 6/12/99, p.A12)(SSFC, 12/30/01, p.A22)

1971        Dec 6, Bangladesh became independent from Pakistan following a 9-month war in a struggle led by Sheik Mujibar Rahman. Sheik Rahman was nominated as president on Dec 20 and released from prison on Dec 22; he returned to Bangladesh Jan 10.
    (SFC, 5/21/96, p.A-10)
1971        Dec 6, India recognized the Democratic Republic of Bangladesh and Pakistan broke off diplomatic relations. Bangladesh later accused Pakistan of war atrocities that led to the death of some 3 million people during the 9-month war.
    (WUD, 1994, p. 1688)(SFC, 12/31/00, p.B3)

1971        Dec 16, Pakistani forces in East Pakistan surrendered to the allied forces of India and Bangladesh, jointly known as the Mitro Bahini. Bangladesh gained independence. Bangladesh later accused Pakistan of war atrocities that led to the death of some 3 million people during the 9-month war.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indo-Pakistani_War_of_1971)(SFC, 12/31/00, p.B3)

1971        Dec 17, A cease fire began between India and Pakistan in East Pakistan.

1971        Dec 20, Sheik Mujibar Rahman was nominated as president of Bangladesh. He was released from prison in Pakistan on Dec 22 and returned to Bangladesh Jan 10.
    (SFC, 5/21/96, p.A-10)

1971        The US under Pres. Nixon sent military planes and other material to Pakistan as East Pakistan fought for independence. Nixon, at the behest of national security advisor Henry Kisinger, also deployed a naval task force to the Bay of Bengal to intimidate India.
    (Econ, 9/21/13, p.90)
1971        Archer Blood, the senior US consul-general in Dhaka, sent regular, detailed and accurate reports of the bloodshed that was taking place in East Pakistan. In 2013 Gary Bass authored “The Blood Telegram: Nixon, MKissinger and the Forgotten Genocide."
    (Econ, 9/21/13, p.90)
1971        Following Pakistan’s defeat by India and Bangladesh in the Bangladesh war, Pakistan decided to develop a nuclear weapons program.
    (SFC, 5/28/98, p.A9)
1971        Gholam Azom (aka Ghulam Azam b.1922)) led the Jamaat-e-Islami party. The party’s student wing organized a militia, called Al Badr, to support the West Pakistan army during the war for independence. As the former Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh, Azom opposed the independence of Bangladesh during and after the 1971 war and led the formation of Shanti Committee, Razakar and Al-Badr to thwart the Mukti Bahini that fought for independence.
    (Econ, 3/26/11, p.49)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghulam_Azam)

1972        Jan 10, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (b.1920) returned to Dhaka from prison in West Pakistan. He soon promulgated an interim constitution and was sworn in first as president of Bangladesh, then as prime minister.

1972        Mar 19, India and Bangladesh signed a friendship treaty.

1973        Mar 7, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (1920-1975), a leader of the Bangladeshi independence movement and first prime minister of Bangladesh, won a landslide victory in the country's first general elections. Rahman and the Awami League won elections.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangladeshi_general_election%2C_1973)(SFC, 6/12/96, p.E3)

1973        Bangladesh passed its Int’l. Crimes Tribunal Act.
    (Econ, 12/18/10, p.68)(http://supremecourt.gov.bd/act_files/act_435.html)

1973        The Shanti Bahini (Peace Force) guerrillas, mostly members of the Chakma tribe, took up arms after Bangladesh rejected their demands for autonomy over 5,500 sq.-mile region bordering India and Burma. They also demanded the removal of more than 300,000 settlers from their tribal homeland.
    (SFC, 9/12/96, p.A14)

1974        Feb 22, Pakistan officially recognized Bangladesh.

1974        Aug, Monsoon floods ravaged Bangladesh and some 2,500 were killed.

1974        In Bangladesh famine and flooding left an estimated 27,000 people dead this year.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangladesh_famine_of_1974)(Econ, 11/3/12, p.23)

1975          Aug 15, Bangladesh army officers killed Sheik Mujibar Rahman, the country's founding leader and father of Hasina Wajed. A total of 20 people, including domestic staff, were killed when the group of officers stormed his house. General Ziaur Rahman, father of Khaleda Zia, became the military ruler. Rahman had introduced a one-party socialist system and assumed almost dictatorial powers. In 1997 the government charged two people with his assassination. In 1998 15 men were found guilty and sentenced to death. Three were acquitted in 2001. Of the remaining 12, five appealed the verdict to the Supreme Court, six are in hiding and one is believed to have died in Zimbabwe. In 2010 the Supreme Court upheld the death sentence for five killers.
    (SFC, 6/12/96, p.A9)(SFC, 6/14/96, p. A14)(SFC, 4/7/97, p.A10)(AFP, 1/27/10)

1975        Smallpox was eradicated in India and Bangladesh.
    (SFC, 10/19/01, p.A17)

1976        In Bangladesh Muhammad Yunus began his micro-loan program and founded the Grameen Bank. Small loans were initially made to groups of five women who supported one another.
    (Wired, 2/98, p.67)

1980        May 30, In Bangladesh General Ziaur Rahman was assassinated by dissident army officers.
    (SFC, 6/12/96, p.A9)(www.muktadhara.net/page81.html)

1976         Just Faaland and J.R. Parkinson authored “Bangladesh: The Test Case of Development."
    (Econ, 11/3/12, p.13)
1980        In Bangladesh the installation of cheap surface wells was begun to keep people from drinking infected pond and river water [see 1990].
    (SFC, 7/30/97, p.A8)

1981        May 30, In Bangladesh Major Gen’l. Abdul Manzoor was shot and killed after he led a failed uprising that killed Pres. Ziaur Rahman 1980. Hussein Mohammed Ershad and 4 army officers were later accused of the killing.
    (SFC, 11/27/97, p.B5)(http://tinyurl.com/2u8zqz)(AP, 5/30/01)

1982        Mar 24, In Bangladesh Hussein Mohammed Ershad overthrew Justice Abdus Sattar and seized power in a bloodless coup.
    (SFC, 11/27/97, p.B5)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Begum_Khaleda_Zia)

1983        The capital building of Bangladesh was completed. It was designed by Louis Kahn (1901-1974), Estonia-born architect
    (PBS, Internet)

1983        In Bangladesh Muhammad Yunus opened the Grameen Bank, dedicated to providing small loans to rural villagers. The bank was very successful and was copied as a model for similar programs in the US and elsewhere.
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, Par p.4)

1985        May 25, A cyclone ravaged the Meghna River delta of Bangladesh. Some 10,000 people and 500,000 head of cattle died; hundreds of thousands were left homeless.

1985        The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) was founded in Dhaka, Bangladesh, with the aim of promoting economic cooperation and alleviating poverty in South Asia. Members included Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
    (AP, 11/13/05)

1986        Apr 20, The Atlas Star, a double-decker ferry, sank in stormy weather in Bangladesh. 500 passengers were feared drowned.

1986        May 25, Some 600 people died when the ferry Shamia went down in the River Meghna in southern Barisal district, Bangladesh.
    (http://tinyurl.com/yjfo9s)(AP, 2/3/06)

1988        Sep 4, Officials in Bangladesh reported that floods had inundated three-quarters of their impoverished nation, claiming at least 882 lives. Monsoon floods left over 3,000 dead this year.
    (AP, 9/4/98)(SFC, 8/13/02, p.A15)

1988        Dec 1, At least 1300 were killed after a cyclone hit Bangladesh. Half a million were left homeless.

1988        Bangladesh’s military ruler declared Islam the state religion by amending the charter, but it barely affected the secular legal system mainly based on British common law. In 1996 the Supreme Court ruled the provision in the constitution is undemocratic. In 2011 the Cabinet decided to keep the provision of state religion considering the national reality.
    (AP, 6/21/11)

1989        Apr 27, A hurricane in Bangladesh killed 500.
    (MC, 4/27/02)

1990        Dec 6, In Bangladesh an opposition campaign led by Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina forced Pres. Hossain Mohammad Ershad to resign.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hossain_Mohammad_Ershad)(Econ, 11/4/06, p.16)

1990        Bangladesh Chief Justice Shahabuddin Ahmed took over a caretaker government for three months to oversee elections after the ouster of military ruler Hossain Mohammad Ershad.
    (AP, 3/6/13)
1990        Bangladesh authorities were warned that arsenic was seeping from the subsoil into the water supply through the cheap surface wells. The adjoining Indian Province of West Bengal first noticed the problem. The wells were dug by UNICEF in an effort to provide clean water.   
    (SFC, 7/30/97, p.A8)(WSJ, 6/24/05, p.W9)

1991        Feb 27, Bangladesh General H.M. Ershad, leader of the Jatiya Party, was toppled in elections. He was then jailed for the next 6 years for corruption and abuse of power. The Nationalist Party of Khaleda Zia, widow of General Ziaur Rahman won the elections and moved the country away from a socialist economic system begun by Sheik Mujibur.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Begum_Khaleda_Zia)(SFC, 6/12/96, p.E3)(SFC, 11/27/97, p.B5)

1991        Apr 30-1991 Apr 31, A cyclone in Bangladesh killed an estimated 131,000 people. 9 million were left homeless. Thousands of survivors died from hunger and water borne disease.
    (AP, 4/30/97)(SFC, 5/19/97, p.A13)(www.emergency-management.net/cyclone.htm)

1991        May 11, President Bush dispatched an amphibious task force with thousands of Marines and dozens of helicopters to help cyclone-ravaged Bangladesh with disaster relief efforts.
    (AP, 5/11/01)

1991        Bangladesh General H.M. Ershad, leader of the Jatiya Party, was toppled in elections. He was then jailed for the next 6 years for corruption and abuse of power. The Nationalist Party of Khaleda Zia, widow of General Ziaur Rahman won the elections and moved the country away from a socialist economic system begun by Sheik Mujibur.
    (SFC, 6/12/96, p.E3)(SFC, 11/27/97, p.B5)

1992        Bangladesh began refusing refugee status to Rohingyas, a dark-skinned Muslim minority from Myanmar.
    (Econ, 12/1/07, p.56)
1992        Harkat-ul Jihadi-e-Islami (HUJEI) was formed with funds from al-Qaeda with the goal of creating an Islamic state in Bangladesh.
    (SFC, 2/15/02, p.A20)
1992        In Bangladesh a toxic paracetamol syrup produced by BCI Pharmaceuticals killed at least 76 children this year alone. Hundreds of children died from the syrup as they developed kidney diseases and other ailments after taking the medicine in the 1990s. In 2015 six officials of the dissolved company were sentenced to 10 years in prison. Five local companies, including BCI, were accused in the case.
    (AP, 8/17/15)

1993        Islamic fundamentalists imposed a sentence of death on Bangladesh writer Taslima Nasreen for her 1992 novel "Shame." [see Nasrin 1998]
    (WSJ, 8/31/99, p.A20)
1993        Pakistan halted the repatriation process of Urdu speakers from Bangladesh, saying it did not have the money or land to house them. This left some 250,000 refugees and their descendants to languish in 70 government-run camps across Bangladesh.
    (AP, 6/14/14)

1994        Aug 20, More than 250 killed when a ferry sank in a storm on the River Meghna in Bangladesh.
    (AP, 2/3/06)

1994        Sep 23, In Bangladesh opposition activists attacked a train carrying opposition political leader Sheikh Hasina Wajed at Pakshi Rail Station. Scores of people were injured but Hasina was unhurt. In 2019 a court sentenced nine opposition activists to death and 25 others to life in prison for the attack.
    (SFC, 7/5/19, p.A2)

1994        Taslima Nasreen (32), Bangladeshi writer, authored her novel "Lajja" or "Shame," which depicts violence against minority Hindus by Muslim fundamentalists in Bangladesh. Muslims soon called for her execution for that and other works. Nasreen went into hiding in India after receiving threats from Islamic groups.
    (AP, 11/28/07)

1995         Dec, A general strike affected more than 60 cities and towns. It was aimed at forcing the resignation of Prime Minister Zia, who was accused of corruption and incompetence. In Chittagong 50 people were hurt when rival student groups clashed.
    (WSJ, 12/11/95, p.A-1)

1996        Jan 1, Some 100,000 Bangladeshi women rallied to protest Islamic clerics’ attacks on female education and employment.
    (AP, 1/1/01)

1996        Feb 15, Violence in Bangladesh kept the election turnout to about 15%. Opposition leaders filed no candidates and claimed that the results showed that Prime Minister Zia had lost authority to rule.
    (WSJ, 2/16/96, p.A-1)

1996        Feb, The term of government of Khaleda Zia expired.
    (SFC, 6/12/96, p.A9)

1996        Mar 17, A gasoline bomb killed one person and injured 15 aboard a bus that was defying a nationwide general strike.
    (WSJ, 3/18/96, A-1)

1996        Mar 24, Troops broke up protests in Dhaka and injured about 50 people. In Chittagong a bomb killed at least 2 people amid a general strike.
    (WSJ, 3/25/96, p.A-1)

1996        Mar 27, Bangladesh passed a constitutional amendment setting up a process for calling new elections. Prime Minister Zia may resign soon.
    (WSJ, 3/27/96, p.A-1)

1996        Mar, Prime Minister Zia resigned but enacted a constitutional amendment that all future elections be held under caretaker governments. Power was passed to former chief justice Mohammed Habibur Rahman. Ultimate power rested with Pres. Abdur Rahman Biswas.
    (SFC, 6/12/96, p.A9)

1996        May 13, A severe storm in north Bangladesh killed at least 447 and injured more than 50,000 in the district of Tangail. Winds had surged to 125 mph.
    (SFC, 5/15/96, A-8)

1996        May 21, Pres. Abdur Rahman Biswas accused the army chief. Lt. General Abu Saleh Mohammad Nasim of ordering troops to march against the government. There has been 2 presidents assassinated, 3 military coups, and 18 coup attempts since independence in 1971.
    (SFC, 5/21/96, p.A-10)

1996        May 23, In Bangladesh as many as 77 people were feared drowned in a sunken ferry after a collision on the Jamuna River. More than 50 ferries have sunk since 1981 killing more than 1,000 people.
    (SFC, 5/25/96, p.A11)

1996        Jun 12, The Election Commission of Bangladesh announced that the liberal Awami League of Hasina Wajed won 126 seats,  the centrist National Party 103 seats, and the Jatiya Party 28.
    (SFC, 6/13/96, p.C1)

1996        Jul, Grameen CyberNet went live and offered Net connections to dialup customers in Dhaka.
    (Wired, 2/98, p.67)

1996        Sep 11, Shanti Bahini guerrillas killed 30 Bengali-speaking settlers in the southeastern Chittagong Hill Tracts.
    (SFC, 9/12/96, p.A14)

1997        Jan 9, The top court ordered former President Ershad freed after 6 years of confinement for corruption and weapons charges.
    (WSJ, 1/9/97, p.A1)

1997        Mar, Grameen-Phone launched cell-phone services in Bangladesh. Iqbal Quadir formed a consortium with Grameen Bank and Telenor of Norway, secured loans and won a license from the government to launch the service. Telephone access, administered by local telephone ladies, soon provided phone service to over 50,000 rural villages.
    (Econ, 3/11/06, Survey p.37)

1997        May 18-1997 May 19, In Bangladesh a cyclone pounded the country and 50,000 people were evacuated from the flat coastal region. As many as 350 people were reported killed.
    (SFC, 5/19/97, p.A13)(SFC, 5/20/97, p.A12)(SFC, 5/21/97, p.A8)(SFC, 5/22/97, p.A3)

1997        Jun 13, A ferry on the Dhanu River northeast of Dhaka capsized in a whirlpool and at least 50 people were drowned.
    (SFEC, 6/15/97, p.D3)

1997        Jul 14, Monsoon flooding killed at least 64 people in the last week.
    (WSJ, 7/14/97, p.A1)

1997        Aug 1, At least 150 fishermen were missing in the Bay of Bengal after a storm sank their boats.
    (SFC, 8/1/97, p.A16)

1997        Oct 18, It was reported that a tornado during the week killed 22 people and injured more than 400 at the site of an annual congregation of Biswa Ijtema, the 2nd largest Muslim gathering after the Haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.
    (SFC, 10/18/97, p.A13)

1997        Nov 29, It was reported that an earthquake rocked Bangladesh and eastern India and that 21 people were killed in Chittagong.
    (SFC, 11/29/97, p.A14)

1998        Jan 6, It was reported that frigid weather killed at least 165 people over the last 2 weeks.
    (SFC, 1/6/98, p.A10)

1998        Feb, In Bangladesh the war between the 13 tribes in the Chittagong Hill Tracts and the central government ended after 22 years of fighting. Warriors began turning in their weapons and lump sum payments were to be made to rebels. The tribes were Buddhist Southeast Asian peoples with their own languages. Their struggle was with Bengali-speaking intruders of Indo-Aryan and Muslim background.
    (SFC, 2/20/98, p.A12)

1998        May 20, A cyclone pounded the southeastern coast and killed at least 14 people. Nearly 100 fisherman were missing.
    (SFC, 5/22/98, p.D4)

1998        Jul 5, A memorandum of understanding was signed with the US that would allow Peace Corps volunteers to work here.
    (SFC, 7/6/98, p.A9)

1998        Jul 17, In Bangladesh a week of flooding left 54 people dead.
    (SFC, 7/18/98, p.A14)

1998        Jul 22, The death toll from flooding reached 103 left some 10 million people stranded.
    (SFC, 7/22/98, p.A12)

1998        Aug 12, In Bangladesh over 100 fisherman in trawlers and boats capsized in the Bay of Bengal during a storm and were feared dead.
    (SFEC, 8/16/98, p.A12)

1998        Aug 13, More rain left 11 more people dead and the death toll grew to 326.
    (SFC, 8/14/98, p.D3)

1998        Sep 7, It was reported that 20 million Bangladeshis had their homes swamped by monsoon flood that had lasted 2 months. Over 700 people were reported killed.
    (SFC, 9/7/98, p.A9)

1998        Sep 18, In Bangladesh Muslim militants called for the death of Taslima Nasrin, a writer who suggested that the Koran be rewritten. Her novel “Lajja" (Shame) criticized Muslims for attacking minority Hindus after the 1992 mosque destruction in India. [see Nasreen 1993]
    (SFC, 9/19/98, p.C16)

1998        Nov 1, In Bangladesh the first Peace Corps volunteers arrived. 17 US college will study Bangla, the local language, for 3 months and then teach English to school teachers.
    (SFC, 11/2/98, p.A14)

1998        Nov 8, A judge convicted and sentenced to death 15 former military commanders for the 1975 assassination of prime minister Sheik Mujibur Rahman. Only 5 of the convicted were in immediate custody
    (SFC, 11/9/98, p.A16)

1998        Nov 9, In Bangladesh a general strike began and police clashed with strikers. An alliance of 7 opposition parties protested alleged attempts by police to kill their leader, Khaleda Zia.
    (SFC, 11/11/98, p.D4)

1998        Nov 10, It was reported that an estimated 18 million Bangladesh people were slowly poisoning themselves by drinking from groundwater contaminated with trace amounts of arsenic. 85 million people were at risk.
    (SFC, 11/10/98, p.A14)(SFC, 5/29/00, p.A10)

1998        In Bangladesh monsoon floods inundated two-thirds of the country and left over a 1000 people dead.
    (SFC, 8/13/02, p.A15)(Econ, 9/2/17, p.19)

1999        Feb 11, Bangladesh opposition parties called general strikes and 5 people were killed.
    (SFEC, 3/7/99, p.T14)

1999        Feb 22-1999 Feb 25, Strikes occurred during Bangladesh municipal elections and violence was widespread.
    (SFEC, 3/7/99, p.T14)

1999        Apr 19, India and Bangladesh border guards had a shootout that left 6 people dead and 60 wounded.
    (WSJ, 4/20/99, A1)

1999        May 8, In Bangladesh 200 people were feared dead when a river ferry boat sank. About 100 people were rescued or swam to shore.
    (WSJ, 5/10/99, p.A1)

1999         Sep 12, In Bangladesh police clashed with protestors seeking the resignation of Prime Minister Hasina. Opposition parties called for a 3-day general strike.
    (WSJ, 9/13/99, p.A1)

1999        Sep 13, In Bangladesh one person was killed and 50 injured on the 1st day of a general strike called by opposition parties.
    (WSJ, 9/14/99, p.A1)

1999        The Bangladesh–China–India–Myanmar Forum for Regional Cooperation was set up, mainly on China’s initiative. It aimed at greater integration of trade and investment between the four countries.
    (Econ, 5/25/13, SR p.9)

2000        Mar 20, Pres. Clinton stopped in Bangladesh, but only stood for a reception at the US Embassy due to security reasons.
    (SFC, 3/21/00, p.A14)

2000        Sep 1, In Bangladesh, 13 boats with 130 fishermen were reported sunk during rainstorms.
    (SFC, 9/2/00, p.C16)

2000        Sep 24, Flooding in Bangladesh forced some 60,000 to flee their homes and at least 9 people sere killed.
    (WSJ, 9/25/00, p.A1)

2000        Oct 1, About 45 people were reported killed in Bangladesh during 3 weeks of flooding.
    (SFC, 10/2/00, p.A14)

2000        Oct 8, In southwestern Bangladesh fresh rains submerged 25 villages.
    (SFC, 10/9/00, p.A11)

2000        Nov, At least 60 people were killed in Bangladesh by a cyclone that hit the Bay of Bengal.
    (SFC, 11/4/00, p.D8)

2000        Nov 25, In Bangladesh 52 people were killed in a fire at the Chowdhury Knitwear Garments factory at Shibpur.
    (SSFC, 11/26/00, p.D9)(SSFC, 4/15/01, p.D1)

2000        Dec 29, A ferry collided with another ferry ship and sank on the Meghna River in southeastern Bangladesh. At least 178 people were killed.
    (SFC, 12/30/00, p.A10)(SFC, 1/3/01, p.A12)

2001        Jan 20, A bomb exploded at a leftist political rally in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and at least 6 people were killed.
    (SSFC, 1/21/01, p.D4)

2001        Jan, In Bangladesh journalist Tipu Sultan was attacked by a crowd of bodyguards of an MP, whom he had reported as linked to crime and corruption. Sultan was left for dead and spent months recovering outside the country.
    (Reuters, 11/24/05)

2001        Apr 10, In Dhaka a general strike for the resignation of prime minister Sheikh Hasina left 3 people dead after supporters and opponents clashed with guns and homemade bombs.
    (SFC, 4/11/01, p.C5)

2001        Apr 14, In Bangladesh a bombing killed 10 people and injured dozens of others at a park in downtown Dhaka during the Bengali New Year celebration.
    (AP, 6/23/14)(http://tinyurl.com/kume6pt)

2001        Apr 18, Border fighting between Bangladesh and India left 16 Indian and 2 Bangladeshi soldiers dead.
    (WSJ, 4/19/01, p.A1)

2001        Jun 3, Ten people were killed in a church bombing in Baniarchar. Police later detained 7 suspects.
    (SFC, 6/5/01, p.A14)

2001        Jun 16, In Narayanganj, a bomb exploded at a political rally of PM Hasina’s governing Awami League Party. At least 22 people were killed.
    (SSFC, 6/17/01, p.A20)(WSJ, 6/18/01, p.A1)

2001        Jul 15, PM Sheikh Hasina left office. Pres. Shahabuddin Ahmad appointed Latifur Rahman to head a caretaker administration. At least 4 people were killed in street clashes.
    (SFC, 7/16/01, p.A9)

2001        Aug 8, A stampede of textile workers was caused by a false fire alarm and 23 people were crushed to death.
    (WSJ, 8/9/01, p.A1)

2001        Sep 28, Three people were killed in Barisal, Sandeep and Pabna. Another 4 were killed in Chittagong City as elections approached.
    (SSFC, 9/30/01, p.A17)

2001        Sep 29, In Bangladesh over 500,000 soldiers and police were deployed to control escalating violence prior to elections.
    (SSFC, 9/30/01, p.A17)

2001        Oct 1, Elections in Bangladesh for 299 seats in parliament were held pitting Sheikh Hasina’s allies against those of longtime foe Khaleda Zia. Zia’s coalition appeared to be headed for a landslide win. Over 150 people were killed in the weeks prior to the elections. A coalition led by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) came to power.
    (SFC, 10/3/01, p.C12)(WSJ, 10/2/01, p.A1)(Econ, 9/30/06, p.54)

2001        Bangladeshi economist Muhammad Yunus restructured Grameen Bank to emphasize savings and relying less on joint liability for groups.
    (Econ, 10/21/06, p.78)

2001-2005    Transparency International ranked Bangladesh at the bottom of its global corruption index.
    (Reuters, 11/24/05)

2002        Feb 16, It was reported that 80% of the Bangladesh’s 235 rivers were drying up due to silting, dumping and construction of unplanned embankments.
    (SFC, 2/16/02, p.A26)

2002        May 3, In Bangladesh a ferry on the Meghna River capsized with some 400 passengers traveling from Dhaka to southern Patuakhali. Early reports had only 100 survivors. The ferry was raised and the death toll increased to 370.
    (SFC, 5/4/02, p.A9)(SFC, 5/7/02, p.A10)(SSFC, 5/19/02, p.C15)

2002        May, In Bangladesh journalist Nazmul Imam, who used to write about the links between drugs, crime and politicians in the western Kushtia region, was jumped by half a dozen thugs who cut him with knives and crushed his fingers with clubs.
    (Reuters, 11/24/05)

2002        Jul 7, Nearly two dozen people were killed and thousands left homeless as torrential monsoon rains lashed large parts of Asia over the weekend, worsening floods and triggering fresh storms and landslides. Monsoon flooding killed at least 11 in Bangladesh.
    (Reuters, 7/7/02)(Reuters, 7/8/02)

2002        Jul 25, Torrential monsoon rains and overflowing rivers worsened flooding in eastern India, Nepal and Bangladesh and officials said 218 people have died and more than six million people have been left homeless during the last 5 days.
    (Reuters, 7/25/02)

2002        Jul 28, Torrential overnight rains set off more floods in eastern India as the death toll from floods in India, Nepal and Bangladesh passed 300.
    (Reuters, 7/28/02)

2002        Aug 13, Deaths from flooding in Bangladesh (157), India (265) and Nepal (422) and reached at least 874.
    (SFC, 8/13/02, p.A15)

2002        Aug 20, In Bangladesh the swollen Jamuna River broke through its mud embankments, flooding a dozen villages and cutting off thousands of residents.
    (AP, 8/20/02)

2002        Sep 8, Authorities closed Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) indefinitely following weeks of student unrest.
    (Reuters, 9/8/02)

2002        Nov 13, Some 200 people were feared dead after 19 boats disappeared in a storm off Bangladesh.
    (WSJ, 11/14/02, p.A1)

2002        Dec 1, In Gaibandha, Bangladesh, least 30 people, mostly women and children, were killed in a stampede after a wall collapsed during a give-away of clothes and money.
    (Reuters, 12/1/02)

2002        Dec 7, In Bangladesh 19 people were killed and nearly 300 wounded in near-simultaneous bomb blasts at four cinemas packed with families celebrating the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
    (Reuters, 12/7/02)(SSFC, 12/8/02, p.A9)(AP, 12/7/03)

2002        In Bangladesh Operation Clean Heart rooted thousands of Rohingyas, dark-skinned members of a poor, Muslin minority from Myanmar, from local villages. Myanmar’s ruling junta called them residents of Rakhine state, pressed them into slave labor and severely restricted their rights to travel and marry. This led to the Rohingya border camp named Tal, on the banks of the Naf River in Bangladesh.
    (Econ, 12/1/07, p.56)

2002        Bangladesh enacted acid control laws as the country recorded 490 cases of acid attacks. An attacker would face at a minimum seven years in jail or even the death penalty. Such attacks dropped to 187 in 2007, the 5th consecutive year of decline.
    (AFP, 3/23/08)

2003        Jan 11, The death toll from Bangladesh's coldest winter in six years reached 489. A three-week cold spell in South Asia with near freezing temperatures aggravated by chilly winds raised the total death toll to 779.
    (AP, 1/11/03)

2003        Jan 15, The death toll from a month-long cold spell rose to 1170 people in northern India, Nepal and Bangladesh.
    (AP, 1/15/03)

2003        Jan 17, A bomb ripped through a village in northern Bangladesh during an annual carnival, killing six people and wounding six others.
    (AP, 1/18/03)

2003        Apr 4, In northeastern Bangladesh a river boat carrying more than 170 people capsized, killing 79 people, including 49 children.
    (AP, 4/4/03)(AP, 4/7/03)

2003        Apr 12, In northern Bangladesh up to 100 people were reported missing after a ferry capsized in the Nagchinni River. Searchers recovered the bodies of victims, bringing the death toll to 16.
    (AP, 4/13/03)

2003        Apr 21, In Bangladesh two ferry boats capsized during tropical storms on different rivers, and hundreds of people were missing. MV Mitali, went down in the Buriganga River, and the ML Majlishpur ferry, carrying about 90 members of a wedding party, capsized in the Meghna River.
    (AP, 4/22/03)

2003        May 4, In eastern Bangladesh a tropical storm flattened hundreds of flimsy huts in several villages, killing 19 people.
    (AP, 5/5/03)

2003        Jun 29, In Bangladesh monsoon floods claimed 45 lives in the past four days, washing away many houses and displacing thousands of villagers.
    (AP, 6/29/03)

2003        Jul 8, In Bangladesh a ferry, with an estimated 750 passengers, sank at the confluence of the Padma, Meghna and Dakatia rivers about 40 miles south of the capital, Dhaka. Some 220 survivors were counted.
    (AP, 7/9/03)

2003        Jul 21, Monsoon rains were reported to have killed at least 579 people in South Asia. India reported a total of 263 deaths, Bangladesh 169, Pakistan 78, and Nepal 69.
    (AP, 7/21/03)

2003        Jul 28, Bangladesh became the second nation to ban the current issue of Newsweek's international edition over an article on new interpretations of Islam's holy book.
    (AP, 7/28/03)

2003        Sep 10, A Bangladesh court convicted and sentenced five zookeepers to 14 years in prison for killing three tigers in 1996 and planning to sell their skins.
    (AP, 9/10/03)

2003        Sep, Bangladesh and India launched a direct bus route from Dhaka to Agartala, the capital of the Indian state of Tripura.
    (Econ, 10/4/03, p.40)

2003        Nov, In Bangladesh a house near Chittagong burned down and 11 Hindus were killed in what was claimed to be an act of intimidation.
    (Econ, 11/29/03, p.39)

2003        Monica Ali authored “Brick Lane," a novel that evokes Bangladeshi community of London, England.
    (Econ, 6/30/12, p.85)
2003        Bangladesh author Salam Azad published his novel "Bhanga Math" ("Broken Temple") in India. In 2004 it was banned for blasphemy by the Bangladeshi government. In 2012 a court in Dhaka issued an arrest warrant for Azad in response to a petition from a Muslim activist accusing author Salam Azad of hurting religious sentiment in the banned book. Azad (48) said he had become a target after protesting an official’s grabbing of Hindu property.
    (AFP, 6/5/12)

2004        Jan 15, Manik Saha (49), a Bangladeshi reporter for the New Age newspaper and the BBC, was leaving a press club when unidentified attackers hurled a bomb at him. He was the first journalist in the world to be murdered in 2004.
    (AP, 1/16/04)

2004        Jan, The Bangladesh government banned Ahmediya publications at the insistence of the Islamic Oika Jote (IOJ).
    (Econ, 6/18/05, p.37)

2004        Apr 14, Tornadoes swept through northern Bangladesh, killing at least 69 people, injuring hundreds and blowing away thousands of flimsy huts.
    (AP, 4/15/04)(AP, 4/16/04)

2004        Apr, Bangladesh police in Chittagong intercepted a shipment from China of rifles, submachine guns, hand grenades and more valued at $5 million. The weapons were intended for rebels in India’s Assam state. In 2014 a trial court sentenced 14 men to death on smuggling charges.
    (SFC, 2/20/14, p.40)

2004        May 3, In Bangladesh at least 5 women were crushed to death and dozens were injured when a false fire alarm caused about 4,000 workers to rush for the exits of a garment factory.
    (AP, 5/3/04)

2004        May 7, In Bangladesh gunmen opened fire at an opposition rally outside the capital, killing 4 people including a member of parliament. Ahsanullah Master, a senior member of Bangladesh's main opposition Awami League, and a young man were killed when a group of armed men opened fire on a rally being addressed by the politician. On Apr 16, 2005, a court sentenced 22 to death for the killings.
    (AP, 5/7/04)(Reuters, 4/16/05)

2004        May 8, In Bangladesh Ahsanullah Master, a member of the main opposition Awami League, was killed.
    (AP, 5/9/04)

2004        May 9, The Bangladesh government put thousands of security forces on the streets of Dhaka and nearby Tongi as a strike to protest the killing of Ahsanullah Master, a member of the main opposition Awami League, brought the country to a standstill.
    (AP, 5/9/04)

2004        May 21, In northeastern Bangladesh a bomb exploded during noon prayers at a Muslim shrine, killing two Bangladeshi men and wounding about 100 people.
    (AP, 5/22/04)

2004        May 23, In eastern Bangladesh 2 river ferries carrying about 250 passengers capsized during a storm, and dozens of people were feared dead. The death toll climbed to 74.
    (AP, 5/24/04)(WSJ, 5/24/04, p.A1)(AP, 5/25/04)

2004        Jun 9, In Bangladesh a six-story apartment building collapsed in Dhaka, killing at least 11 people and trapping about 25 inside.
    (AP, 6/9/04)

2004        Jun 14, In Bangladesh the death toll from a powerful weekend storm rose to at least 13. About 140 fishermen were missing.
    (AP, 6/14/04)

2004        Jun 21, In northeastern Bangladesh a bomb exploded at an opposition rally wounding nearly 40 people.
    (AP, 6/21/04)

2004        Jul 12, Monsoon floods continued to wreak havoc across South Asia, killing 37 more people and forcing millions to flee their homes or seek emergency shelter. Flooding has killed 36 people in Bangladesh this year. A total of 47 people have died in Nepal since June. In India a total of 158 people have died in flooding since the beginning of June.
    (AP, 7/12/04)

2004        Jul 17, Monsoon rains submerged new areas of Bangladesh and India, killing at least 13 people, as the death toll from flooding in South Asia rose to more than 400.
    (AP, 7/17/04)

2004        Jul 20, Monsoon floods, tornadoes and rains roared through already inundated villages in South Asia, killing 42 more people. 15 died in Bangladesh and 27 in India. Fresh rains in Asia took the rainy season death toll to nearly 800.
    (AP, 7/21/04)(Reuters, 7/21/04)

2004        Jul 27, A boat carrying people to a flood shelter capsized in Bangladesh killing 10 people. The total monsoon death toll for SE Asia passed 1,000 as the worst flooding in years turned the capital, Dhaka, into an open sewer and disease spread.
    (AP, 7/27/04)

2004        Jul 31, Flood-weakened riverbanks in South Asia collapsed around villages, pushing the death toll from this season's monsoons above 1,500 and stranding more than 30 million people.
    (AP, 8/1/04)

2004        Aug 5, A bomb exploded in the parking lot of a hotel in northeastern Bangladesh city where the opposition-backed mayor was holding a meeting, wounding at least 50 people.
    (AP, 8/7/04)
2004        Aug 5, The death toll from monsoons in Bangladesh and India reached 1,823.
    (SFC, 8/5/04, p.A10)

2004        Aug 8, The death toll from monsoons in South Asia reached 1,972. At least 1,152 have died in India, 691 in Bangladesh, 124 in Nepal and 5 in Pakistan.
    (AP, 8/8/04)(SSFC, 8/8/04, p.A3)

2004        Aug 21, In Dhaka, Bangladesh, a series of bombs exploded as Sheikh Hasina, a top opposition leader, was speaking at a rally from atop a truck, killing 23 people and injuring hundreds. On March 18, 2012 a court charged Tareque Rahman (46), the eldest son of former premier Khaleda Zia, over the grenade attack. Rahman was living in Britain and would be tried in absentia.
    (AP, 8/21/04)(Econ, 6/18/05, p.37)(AFP, 3/18/12)

2004        Aug 22, In Bangladesh an angry mob set fire to a passenger train and protesters clashed with police across the country, leaving dozens of people injured, as violence spread a day after a grenade attack on an opposition rally killed 19 people.
    (AP, 8/22/04)

2004        Aug 30, A general strike to protest a recent grenade attack that killed 20 people at an opposition political rally brought Bangladesh to a near standstill.
    (AP, 8/30/04)

2004        Sep 5, In Sylhet, Bangladesh, 2 people were killed and 10 wounded in a bomb blast.
    (Reuters, 9/5/04)

2004        Sep 15, India and Bangladesh ended a two-day meeting in Dhaka without any breakthroughs on the sharing of water from common rivers.
    (AP, 9/15/04)

2004        Sep 22, Indian officials said they have fenced nearly 40 percent of the porous border with Bangladesh and would fence the entire frontier by March 2006 to prevent movement of insurgents, illegal immigrants and smuggling.
    (Reuters, 9/22/04)

2004        Oct 1, India's Border Security Force (BSF) asked Bangladeshi authorities to hand over 126 Indian insurgents, including top leaders of guerrilla groups it says are based in the neighboring country.
    (Reuters, 10/1/04)

2004        Dec 11, In Bangladesh millions of opposition activists formed a 900-km "human chain" to demonstrate no confidence in the government. Up to 100 people were injured in clashes.
    (Reuters, 12/11/04)

2005        Jan 6, In Bangladesh a fire at the Sun Knit garment factory in Siddhirganj killed 22 people. Most of the exits were found locked.
    (SFC, 1/8/05, p.A3)

2005        Jan 27, In northeastern Bangladesh a bomb exploded at an opposition rally, killing two people and wounding at least 30.
    (Reuters, 1/27/05)

2005        Jan 30, In much of Bangladesh traffic ground to a halt and shops closed as a nationwide strike, protesting a deadly grenade attack on the main opposition party, entered a 2nd day.
    (AFP, 1/30/05)

2005        Jan, India’s oil minister Mani Shankar Aiyar persuaded Bangladesh in principle to become partner in a pipeline to bring gas from Myanmar to India.
    (Econ, 2/26/05, p.42)
2005        Jan, In Bangladesh A.M.S. Kibria, former finance minister and Awami League leader, was killed in a grenade attack.
    (Econ, 6/18/05, p.37)

2005        Feb 6, In Bangladesh a police officer was killed and five were injured in a clash with demonstrators during a continuing nationwide general strike in protest at a deadly grenade attack on an opposition party rally.
    (AP, 2/6/05)

2005        Feb 19, In Bangladesh a double-decker passenger ferry capsized and sank during a tropical storm, leaving at least 151 people dead. The MV Maharaj was carrying about 200 people when it capsized on the Buriganga River just outside Dhaka.
    (AP, 2/21/05)(AP, 2/22/05)

2005        Feb, Bangladesh banned 2 extremist groups including Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen.
    (Econ, 8/27/05, p.36)

2005        Mar 20, In Bangladesh about 15,000 people were left homeless after twin tornadoes simultaneously tore through northern Gaibandha and Rangpur districts, killing 55 people and wounding 1,000 others.
    (SFC, 3/26/05, p.D10)

2005        Apr 9, The International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecast the Bangladesh economy would grow at a modest 5.2 percent in the 2004-2005 financial year despite floods and high oil and commodity prices.
    (AFP, 4/9/05)

2005        Apr 11, In Bangladesh a nine-story building toppled when a boiler exploded, killing at least 30 people and trapping 200. The death toll soon rose to 57. Up to another 100 bodies remain under the mountain of bricks and concrete slabs.
    (AP, 4/12/05)(Reuters, 4/15/05)

2005        Apr 13, Top border officials of India and Bangladesh meet in Dhaka to discuss thorny issues including New Delhi's plan to fence off the frontier and Dhaka's claim that India harbors Bangladeshi militants.
    (Reuters, 4/12/05)

2005        Apr 16, A Bangladesh court sentenced 22 people to death and six others to life in jail for killing an opposition lawmaker on May 7, 2004. 18 of the accused were tried and sentenced in absentia.
    (Reuters, 4/16/05)

2005        Apr 19, India and its eastern neighbor Bangladesh traded blame over a weekend border clash that killed an Indian military officer and two Bangladeshi villagers.
    (AP, 4/19/05)

2005        Apr 23, Two Bangladeshi farmers were shot dead by Indian border forces in the latest in a spate of frontier clashes.
    (AP, 4/23/05)

2005        Apr 26, In Bangladesh at least 17 people were killed and 33 injured when a bus hurtled down a bridge.
    (Reuters, 4/26/05)

2005        Apr 27, Abdus Samad Azad (83), a former foreign minister and Bangladeshi independence hero, died in Dhaka.
    (AP, 4/29/05)

2005        May 15, In southern Bangladesh at least 22 people have died and over 70 are missing after a twin-deck ferry with more than 100 aboard sank on the Char Kazal river during a storm.
    (AP, 5/16/05)

2005        May 20, Officials said 3 ferry accidents in Bangladesh in the past week left at least 133 people dead as hope faded for 187 people still missing.
    (AP, 5/20/05)

2005        Jun 4, Bangladesh police arrested the 2nd wife of former president Hussain Mohammad Ershad (1982-1990), after he accused her of stealing money and threatening his life.
    (AP, 6/4/05)

2005        Jun 13, In India officials said at least 275 people have died from sunstroke and dehydration in northern India and neighboring Nepal and Bangladesh so far this summer, as high temperatures sweep the region ahead of the monsoon.
    (AP, 6/13/05)

2005        Jun 15, It was reported that Microsoft Corp. will provide computer training to more than 2,000 disadvantaged youths in rural Bangladesh over the next year.
    (AP, 6/15/05)

2005        Jun 22, South Asia endured one of its hottest summers on record and at least 375 people were reported to have died from sunstroke and dehydration in a month-long heat wave sweeping India, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
    (Reuters, 6/22/05)

2005        Jun 27, Bangladesh opposition parties led by the Awami League staged a human-chain protest in Dhaka against what they called an anti-people budget taking effect on Friday.
    (AP, 6/27/05)

2005        Jul 12, India’s Supreme Court scrapped a controversial immigration law, making it easier for authorities to crack down on illegal aliens, a move likely to curb Bangladeshi migrants in the country's northeast.
    (Reuters, 7/12/05)

2005        cJul 28, Unidentified assailants hacked to death 2 field workers for Christian Life Bangladesh at their home at Boalmari in the central Faridpur district. A week later the US embassy suggested that it was a religious hate crime.
    (AP, 8/4/05)

2005        Jul 29, Thousands of Bangladeshi Islamic activists staged a noisy protest in the capital Dhaka after US congressman Tom Tancredo suggested the US might consider bombing holy sites, including Mecca. Colorado Republican Tom Tancredo made the comment on July 14 in answer to a radio host's question about a possible response to any hypothetical nuclear terrorist attack on the US.
    (Reuters, 7/29/05)

2005        Aug 11, Thirty-five Bangladeshi children who worked as camel jockeys in the United Arab Emirates arrived home to an uncertain future as part of a United Nations-sponsored program. The UAE now plans to use robots to race camels rather than children.
    (AP, 8/11/05)

2005        Aug 17, Nearly 500 homemade bombs planted by suspected Islamic militants exploded nearly simultaneously across Bangladesh, killing 2 people, including a young boy, and wounding at least 73. The attacks were later attributed to Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen (JMB). 7 leaders of JMB were later arrested and 6 were to be hanged in 2007. In 2008 a court in northwestern Bangladesh sentenced seven Islamic militants to life in prison after finding them guilty of carrying the bombings.
    (AP, 8/17/05)(Econ, 8/27/05, p.35)(Econ, 2/10/07, p.40)(AP, 1/31/08)

2005        Aug 19, In western Bangladesh 2 suspected Maoist rebeks were killed while a bomb they were making exploded.
    (AP, 8/20/05)

2005        Aug 20, Bangladesh was hit by a nationwide strike called by the opposition to protest at a wave of bombings earlier in the week linked to an Islamic extremist group.
    (AFP, 8/20/05)
2005        Aug 20, Bangladeshi and Indian border guards negotiated a ceasefire, halting a gunbattle that flared over disputed construction work along the frontier.
    (Reuters, 8/20/05)

2005        Aug 21, Bangladeshi and Indian border officials resolved a dispute over embankment building on a river cutting across their frontier that led to heavy firing by border troops.
    (AP, 8/21/05)

2005        Aug 22, In southeastern Bangladesh unusually high tides partially submerged two offshore islands, forcing nearly 20,000 residents to flee their flooded homes.
    (AP, 8/22/05)

2005        Aug 28, Bangladesh said it may reduce its work week from 6 to 5 days and raise fuel prices to control soaring energy costs that have strained its economy.
    (AFP, 8/28/05)

2005        Sep 8, Bangladesh police seized about 200 small bombs, some explosives, dozens of detonators and leaflets on jihad, or holy war, during a raid on a house in Dhaka.
    (AP, 9/9/05)

2005        Sep 9, Indian border guards killed 3 Bangladeshi villagers after they had strayed across the border near the eastern Bangladesh town of Akhaura. India and Bangladesh share a 4,095-kilometre (2,539-mile) border, which India is busy fencing in a bid to cut the level of illegal immigration.
    (AP, 9/9/05)

2005        Sep 21, India said at least 64 people have died and hundreds of thousands displaced after powerful storms left a trail of devastation across the Indian and Bangladeshi coasts in the Bay of Bengal.
    (AP, 9/21/05)

2005        Oct 3, In southeastern Bangladesh several bombs went off in crowded court buildings in Chittagong, Chandpur and Laxmipur towns. 2 people were killed and at least 25 wounded.
    (AP, 10/4/05)

2005        Oct 18, Transparency International ranked Bangladesh and Chad as the most corrupt on an annual list of corruption levels in 159 nations. At the other end of the scale, Iceland was ranked least corrupt. Turkmenistan, Myanmar, Haiti, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, the Ivory Coast and Angola joined Chad and Bangladesh as the most corrupt countries.
    (AP, 10/18/05)

2005        Nov 7, At least 70 people were missing after a ferry capsized in the Bay of Bengal while sailing to Chittagong port in Bangladesh from a nearby island.
    (AP, 11/7/05)

2005        Nov 12, In Dhaka, Bangladesh, a 2-day summit aimed to alleviate poverty and boost trade and cooperation among Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) leaders called for greater cooperation within the region to deal with the aftermath of disasters like the Kashmir earthquake and last year's devastating tsunami. SAARC agreed to accept Afghanistan as its 8th member.
    (AFP, 11/12/05)(Econ, 11/19/05, p.44)

2005        Nov 14, In Bangladesh 2 senior assistant judges of lower courts were killed and four others, including the bomber himself, were injured in a bomb attack in the southern district of Jhalakati. In 2006 a court sentenced Siddiq ul Islam (aka Bangla Bhai) and Abdur Rahman to death by hanging for the bombing.
    (Econ, 6/3/06, p.40)

2005        Nov 22, At least 100,000 opposition demonstrators told Bangladesh's Islamist-allied government to "quit now" as they rallied in the capital while police kept watch to avert religious extremist violence.
    (AP, 11/22/05)

2005        Nov 25, In Bangladesh thousands of women rallied in Dhaka to demand that developed nations open their doors to workers and products from poor nations.
    (AP, 11/25/05)

2005        Nov 29, In Bangladesh suicide bombers targeting courthouses in 2 cities killed at least eight people and injured 66 in what appeared to be the latest attack by militant Muslims intent on imposing harsh Islamic law.
    (AP, 11/29/05)(SFC, 11/30/05, p.A14)

2005        Dec 1, In Bangladesh a bomb thrown by an Islamic militant disguised as a tea vendor exploded outside a government building in Gazipur, killing one person and wounding at least 29. The militant was hurt and captured after the blast.
    (AP, 12/01/05)
2005        Dec 1, In Bangladesh 9 wedding guests died of suspected alcohol poisoning from drinking toxic home-brewed liquor the previous evening in a northeastern village.
    (AP, 12/01/05)

2005        Dec 3, In Bangladesh police said they had arrested over 200 suspected Islamic militants in a three-day sweep after suicide bombers killed at least nine people and wounded scores in a spate of attacks this week.
    (AFP, 12/03/05)

2005        Dec 8, In Netrokona, Bangladesh, a suicide bomber on a bicycle rode into a crowd and detonated his explosives, killing 7 other people and wounding dozens. Police detained 8 suspects the next day.
    (AP, 12/09/05)

2005        Dec 9, Police in Bangladesh hunting for Islamist suicide bombers seized explosives and detained 30 militants.
    (Reuters, 12/10/05)

2005        Dec 11, Bangladesh President Iazuddin Ahmed approved an ordinance that allows law enforcers to tap telephones, a measure set to aid the fight against Islamic militants.
    (AFP, 12/12/05)

2005        Dec 13, In Bangladesh security forces arrested the suspected military commander and the alleged accountant of a banned Islamic group blamed for a wave of deadly bombings.
    (AP, 12/14/05)

2005        Dec 16, Bangladesh police seized two large caches of bomb-making materials and arrested 4 suspected members of a banned Islamic group that has been blamed for a wave of deadly bombings. A 5th suspect was arrested the next day.
    (AP, 12/17/05)

2005        Dec 28, Jamaat Islami Bangladesh, the main Islamic partner of Bangladesh's coalition government, staged a huge rally (some 100,000) in the capital Dhaka to rebut opposition claims that it supports Muslim militants.
    (AFP, 12/28/05)

2005        Iqbal Quadir teamed with inventor Dean Kamen to provide prototype generators, powered by biogas, to villages in Bangladesh. Each generator was able to provide a kilowatt of power, enough to light up to 20 households or shops.
    (Econ, 3/11/06, Survey p.37)

2006        Jan 21, In Bangladesh at least 15 people were injured as police and opposition supporters fought street battles in Dhaka ahead of a nationwide strike called by opposition parties. The Awami League and its 13 left-leaning allies called for a Sunday strike to press for removal of the chief election commissioner and two newly appointed commissioners.
    (AP, 1/21/06)

2006        Jan 22, An opposition-sponsored strike closed shops and shut down public transport across Bangladesh as authorities deployed thousands of security forces to deter violence.
    (AP, 1/22/06)

2006        Jan 23, In northwest Bangladesh 6 people were killed and around 100 were wounded when police opened fire on a crowd of 10,000 rioting farmers demanding improved electricity supply.
    (AFP, 1/23/06)

2006        Feb 3, In Bangladesh nearly 1,150 people were arrested in Dhaka, a day before opposition supporters were due to converge on the city in a campaign to oust the government.
    (AFP, 2/4/06)

2006        Feb 5, In Bangladesh at least 40,000 opposition supporters converged on Dhaka to demand the ouster of the government after a three-day protest march marked by heavy security and the arrest of key activists.
    (AP, 2/5/06)

2006        Feb 12, Bangladesh's main opposition party the Awami League ended its 13-month boycott of parliament and tabled proposals to reform the country's election system.
    (AFP, 2/12/06)

2006        Feb 23, A fire raged through a Bangladesh textile mill, killing at least 54 people in the three-story building inside an industrial park in Chittagong.
    (AP, 2/25/06)

2006        Feb 25, In Bangladesh a 5-story building undergoing renovations collapsed in the Tejgaon district of Dhaka, crushing tin-roof homes in a surrounding shantytown. At least 18 people were killed and more were feared trapped.
    (AFP, 2/25/06)(SSFC, 2/26/06, p.A3)

2006        Feb 28, A Bangladesh court sentenced 21 Islamic militants, aged 21-25, to death for their part in a deadly wave of blasts that saw more than 400 bombs explode almost simultaneously across the country on Aug 17, 2005. All were members of the militant group Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and were sentenced under the country's Explosive Substances Act."
    (AFP, 2/28/06)

2006        Mar 2, In Bangladesh Shaikh Abdur Rahman, the fugitive leader of an Islamic militant group wanted for a deadly wave of bombings. surrendered to police after a 33-hour siege. Rahman, who fought in the Afghan war after graduating from Medina University in Saudi Arabia, formed the Jamayetul Mujahideen in the late 1990s.
    (AFP, 3/2/06)

2006        Mar 6, Bangladesh's second top Islamist militant was captured after a gunbattle with security forces. Siddiqul Islam Bangla Bhai, chief of the outlawed Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh group (JMB), was arrested along with his wife at his hideout with two of his associates in the northern district of Mymensingh.
    (Reuters, 3/6/06)(Econ, 3/25/06, p.45)

2006        Mar 13, Bangladesh riot police fired tear gas in Dhaka to disperse hundreds of stone-throwing activists who tried to march in support of a general strike.
    (AP, 3/13/06)

2006        Mar 17, Bangladesh confirmed the country's first case of polio in nearly six years, prompting plans to resume mass vaccinations against the crippling disease next month.
    (AP, 3/17/06)

2006        Mar 20, Bangladesh PM Begum Khaleda Zia began her first visit to India in five years. India and Bangladesh will be trying to rebuild confidence and end distrust that has crept into their relationship.
    (AP, 3/20/06)

2006        Mar 26, In Bangladesh 19 people were injured in clashes between political parties as the nation marked its 35th Independence Day anniversary under tight security for fear of Islamic militant attacks.
    (AP, 3/26/06)

2006        Apr 15, Bangladesh said it will vaccinate about 18 million children aged 5 and under to combat polio, which recently re-emerged after authorities believed it had been eradicated five years ago.
    (AP, 4/15/06)

2006        Apr 21, In western Bangladesh dozens of people were feared to have drowned when a bus packed with about 50 wedding guests plunged into a river.
    (AP, 4/21/06)

2006        May 11, Bangladesh PM Khaleda Zia reaffirmed her government's determination to crack down on Islamic militants who have killed at least 28 people in the past year.
    (AFP, 5/11/06)

2006        May 14, A Bangladesh court sentenced 10 Islamic militants to life imprisonment and three others to 20 years in jail for their roles in deadly blasts across Bangladesh last year.
    (AFP, 5/14/06)

2006        May 16, The US State Department apologized to Bangladesh's national carrier, Biman, after a flight was barred from landing at New York's JFK Airport on May 13. The airline said that it would seek compensation for the financial losses it suffered due to the FAA decision.
    (AFP, 5/16/06)

2006        May 19, In southern Turkey a truck carrying illegal immigrants from Afghanistan and Bangladesh crashed into a parked transport truck, killing at least 40 people.
    (AP, 5/19/06)

2006        May 22, In Bangladesh textile workers demanding better pay and one day off per week went on a rampage at Savar, an industrial town near Dhaka, setting fire to two factories and several buses.
    (AP, 5/22/06)

2006        May 23, In Bangladesh angry garment workers set fire to seven textile factories in and around the capital after news that an employee shot in the back during recent protests over better pay and working conditions had died.
    (AP, 5/23/06)

2006        May 28, Bangladesh increased development spending by 21% to a record 3.8 billion dollars for the new fiscal year to create more jobs and cut poverty ahead of general elections.
    (AFP, 5/28/06)

2006        Jun 8, A boat carrying more than 70 people capsized in rough waters off Bangladesh's coast. Rescuers recovered at least 16 bodies.
    (AP, 6/8/06)

2006        Jun 11, In Bangladesh police fired tear gas at thousands of stone-throwing protesters demanding the prime minister's resignation in Dhaka, leaving dozens of people injured.
    (AP, 6/11/06)

2006        Jun 23, Indian border guards killed four Bangladesh villagers in two separate shootings.
    (AFP, 6/24/06)

2006        Jul 2, In Bangladesh 2 people were killed and nearly 200 injured in clashes as opposition parties enforced a countrywide transport shutdown.
    (Reuters, 7/2/06)

2006        Jul 11, In northern Bangladesh a train plowed through a bus at an unmanned railway crossing, killing at least 33 people and injuring about 15 others.
    (AP, 7/11/06)

2006        Jul 29, In Bangladesh more than 20,000 activists marched in Dhaka, defying driving rains, in the fifth day of protests to press for electoral reforms ahead of January polls.
    (AFP, 7/29/06)

2006        Aug 4, Bangladesh announced a fresh round of polio vaccination drives amid growing signs that the lethal disease has staged a comeback in the impoverished South Asian country.
    (AFP, 8/4/06)

2006        Aug 24, A Bangladesh court acquitted former military ruler Hossain Mohammad Ershad of graft charges in an oil and defense deal, easing the way for his return to the political mainstream ahead of elections next year.
    (Reuters, 8/24/06)

2006        Aug 25, In Bangladesh suspected Maoist attackers shot dead 4 policemen and a ruling party official after hurling bombs and firing bullets in a crowded cattle market. Police said they suspected the Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) was behind the attack.
    (AFP, 8/26/06)
2006        Aug 25, A military truck carrying UN peacekeepers crashed in Ivory Coast, killing six Bangladeshi troops and injuring 11 others.
    (AP, 8/26/06)

2006        Aug 26, Thousands of farmers took to the streets across northern Bangladesh over the fatal shooting of at least five people protesting against an open-pit coal mine.
    (AFP, 8/27/06)

2006        Aug 31, A minister said Bangladesh has bowed to demands from protestors and cancelled a 734 million pound (1.4-billion dollar) plan by British firm Asia Energy to build an open-pit coal mine.
    (AFP, 8/31/06)

2006        Sep 2, Bangladesh's trade shipments ground to a virtual halt as shipping companies refused to use the nation's main port in a protest over container fees. Operations began to resume the next day after 2 shipping companies withdrew the boycott after a court ruled a surcharge on containers was illegal.
    (AFP, 9/2/06)(AFP, 9/3/06)

2006        Sep 10, in Bangladesh police used batons to break up a protest, where demonstrators took to the streets across the country in another general strike ahead of elections in January.
    (AFP, 9/10/06)

2006        Sep 12, In Bangladesh police in Dhaka baton-charged thousands of opposition supporters in violent clashes outside the prime minister's office that left at least 110 people injured. A 14-party opposition alliance led by the Awami League is demanding electoral reforms ahead of January's national elections.
    (AP, 9/12/06)

2006        Sep 18, In Bangladesh at least 100,000 opposition supporters rallied in Dhaka demanding electoral reforms ahead of national elections and using strident rhetoric against the ruling coalition.
    (AFP, 9/18/06)

2006        Sep 21, The death toll in Bangladesh and India rose to at least 95 and nearly 1,000 remained missing after storms capsized boats, toppled houses and washed away roads.
    (AP, 9/21/06)

2006        Sep 28, In Bangladesh thousands of people set fire to power supply offices and attacked government vehicles Dhaka in protest over electricity shortages.
    (Reuters, 9/28/06)

2006        Oct 5, The Bangladesh Minimum Wage Board announced the 1st raise to the minimum wage for garment workers since 1994. The wage was almost doubled to Tk1662 ($25) a month.
    (Econ, 8/18/07, p.54)(www.cleanclothes.org/news/06-10-12.htm)

2006        Oct 13, Bangladeshi economist Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank he founded won the Nobel Peace Prize for their pioneering use of tiny, seemingly insignificant loans, microcredit, to lift millions out of poverty.
    (AP, 10/13/06)

2006        Oct 19, In southeastern Bangladesh a herd of wild elephants rampaged through a village, killing five members of one family, including two children.
    (AP, 10/19/06)

2006        Oct 21, In Bangladesh donations of clothing set off stampedes that left at least eight people dead. All were women except for one child.
    (AP, 10/21/06)

2006        Oct 23, In central Bangladesh a ferry packed with dozens of people going home for an Islamic festival capsized in a river after hitting a cargo boat, killing at least 15 people.
    (AP, 10/23/06)

2006        Oct 26, In Bangladesh the Liberal Democratic Party was launched, headed by former president Badruddoza Chowdhury and Oli Ahmed, a former minister with the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). 13 lawmakers including two ministers defected from the government to launch the new party to challenge almost two decades of rule by the country's two main parties in January 2007 elections.
    (AFP, 10/26/06)

2006        Oct 27, Bangladesh's 5-year coalition between the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its Islamist allies expired.  PM Begun Khaleda Zia, preparing to hand over power to an interim administration ahead of elections, called for maintaining peace, as thousands of rival political activists clashed in Dhaka.
    (AP, 10/27/06)(Econ, 11/4/06, p.49)

2006        Oct 28, In Bangladesh at least 9 people died and about 500 were wounded in political riots after the man due to take over as interim leader withdrew just hours before taking the oath.
    (Reuters, 10/28/06)

2006        Oct 29, Bangladesh's Pres. Iajuddin Ahmed was installed as head of the country's caretaker government, but Sheikh Hasina, the leader of the opposition that led a political standoff and days of deadly riots in the capital, declined to attend the ceremony.
    (AP, 10/29/06)

2006        Nov 11, Bangladesh authorities banned demonstrations and barricades ahead of a deadline set by a 14-party political alliance for the removal of the chief election commissioner over allegations of bias.
    (AP, 11/11/06)

2006        Nov 12, In Bangladesh a 14 party alliance led by the Awami League began a 4-day strike that paralyzed the country. Thousands of protesters demanding electoral reforms targeted major transport links, attacking trains and other vehicles and leaving at least one person dead.
    (AP, 11/12/06)(SFC, 11/16/06, p.A3)(Econ, 11/18/06, p.45)

2006        Nov 13, In Bangladesh baton-wielding police clashed with thousands of demonstrators who threw stones and smashed vehicles during protests demanding electoral reform.
    (AP, 11/13/06)

2006        Nov 18, Bangladesh's main opposition announced it would form a grand alliance with other major political parties to force the ouster of a controversial election chief and pave the way for "fair" elections.
    (AFP, 11/18/06)

2006        Nov 22, Bangladesh's chief election commissioner M.A. Aziz bowed to pressure to step aside, an official said, after months of protests by the opposition which accused him of seeking to rig national elections in January.
    (AP, 11/22/06)

2006        Nov 25, Health workers began a drive across Bangladesh to immunize 24 million children under five against polio to combat the crippling virus that has staged a comeback in the South Asian nation.
    (AFP, 11/25/06)

2006        Nov 28, In Bangladesh unidentified attackers set three election offices on fire in Munshiganj, Barisal and Khulna. Thousands of protesters gathered in Dhaka to demand the resignation of electoral officials ahead of January balloting.
    (AP, 11/29/06)

2006        Dec 2, A US-based election monitor said Bangladesh's list of voters contains 12.2 million false names.
    (Reuters, 12/2/06)

2006        Dec 3, A major political alliance in Bangladesh staged a nationwide transport blockade to force electoral reforms. Separate clashes between rival political activists and police left one man dead and at least 65 people injured.
    (AP, 12/3/06)

2006        Dec 11, Four advisers to Bangladesh's interim government resigned as soldiers patrolled towns and cities to try to end weeks of often-violent protests.
    (AP, 12/11/06)

2006        Dec 21, In Bangladesh riot police dispersed thousands of protesters who smashed vehicles during a general strike to force electoral reforms before next month's elections.
    (AP, 12/21/06)

2006        Dec 27, Angry protesters attacked government offices and damaged vehicles in northern Bangladesh after authorities rejected applications by former army ruler Hossain Mohammad Ershad to contest next month's elections.
    (AP, 12/27/06)

2006        Dec 29, In southern Bangladesh at least 3 people were killed and 100 hurt after two ferries packed with passengers rushing home for a Muslim festival collided in dense fog on the Meghna River.
    (AFP, 12/30/06)

2007        Jan 3, A key political alliance announced it would boycott this month's general elections in Bangladesh, deepening a political crisis that has crippled the South Asian country for months.
    (AP, 1/3/07)

2007        Jan 5, Bangladesh police over the last 2 days detained about 1,500 activists ahead of a two-day nationwide general strike aimed at forcing electoral reform and the postponement of a general election this month.
    (AP, 1/6/07)

2007        Jan 6, In Bangladesh at least 41 people were burned to death after fire engulfed a bus packed with migrant workers.
    (AFP, 1/6/07)

2007        Jan 7, Activists and police clashed in Bangladesh, injuring at least 50 people at the start of a three-day transport blockade aimed at derailing upcoming general elections.
    (Reuters, 1/7/07)

2007        Jan 8, In Bangladesh riot police used tear gas, rubber bullets and batons to disperse thousands of stone-throwing protesters in Dhaka, who are demanding postponement of this month's elections and electoral reforms.
    (AP, 1/8/07)

2007        Jan 9, Dhaka, Bangladesh, turned into a battlefield as protesters, demanding the scrapping of national elections, hurled bombs and rocks at police who responded by firing tear gas and rubber bullets. The parties demanded the postponement of January 22 elections, alleging that they cannot be fair without massive changes to the voter list.
    (AP, 1/9/07)

2007        Jan 11, Iajuddin Ahmed, the president of Bangladesh, declared a state of emergency following weeks of violent protests and threats by a political alliance to disrupt general elections. Gen. Masud Uddin Chowdhury led a coup and forced the president to cancel elections and declare a state of emergency. Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed was sworn in as head of Interim government.
    (http://tinyurl.com/6zr23k)(AP, 1/11/07)(Econ, 6/7/08, p.54)(Econ, 11/8/08, p.58)

2007        Jan 12, Fakhruddin Ahmed, a former Bangladesh central bank governor, was sworn in as head of the country's new interim government.
    (AFP, 1/12/07)

2007        Jan 13, Bangladeshi police and soldiers arrested more than 2,500 people overnight and raided the homes of several political leaders after a new caretaker government was sworn in to quell unrest ahead of elections.
    (AP, 1/13/07)

2007        Jan 29, An official said at least 33,000 people have been arrested in Bangladesh by the army, police and security forces since a state of emergency was imposed earlier this month.
    (AP, 1/29/07)

2007        Jan 31, The caretaker government of Bangladesh approved a deal with an Indian company to build a 240MW power station.
    (Econ, 2/10/07, p.39)

2007        Feb 4, Bangladeshi security forces used emergency powers to detain 13 senior politicians and former government ministers. Some 3 million Muslim devotees raised their hands in prayer for global peace, putting aside their country's sometimes violent struggle with political corruption and Islamic extremists, at one of the world's largest religious gatherings. The annual World Congregation of Muslims, or "Bishwa Ijtema," has been held each year since 1966 on the banks of the River Turag in Tongi, just north of the capital, Dhaka.
    (AP, 2/4/07)

2007        Feb 11, Muhammad Yunus, Bangladesh's "banker to the poor" and Nobel Peace Prize winner, formally announced his willingness to form a new political party to take part in forthcoming elections. In May Yunus reversed his decision to enter politics.
    (AFP, 2/11/07)(Econ, 5/12/07, p.46)

2007        Feb 18, A Bangladesh anti-graft body named 50 people for having wealth that did not match their income. 30 arrests soon included 11 former ministers, lawmakers and businessmen with party links.
    (AP, 2/20/07)

2007        Feb 25, In Bangladesh at least six prominent political figures were arrested as they appeared before an anti-corruption panel to explain how they amassed wealth far in excess of their income.
    (AP, 2/25/07)

2007        Feb 26, In Bangladesh a fire swept through a building that housed two private TV stations and a newspaper in Dhaka, killing at least three people and injuring scores.
    (AP, 2/26/07)

2007        Mar 6, A fire raged through a congested slum in southeastern Bangladesh, killing at least 21 people, including 10 children.
    (AP, 3/6/07)

2007        Mar 8, The security forces of Bangladesh's emergency interim government arrested six politicians over corruption allegations. They included Tarique Rahman, the son of former prime minister Khaleda Zia, dubbed “Mr Ten Per Cent" for his alleged cut in almost any deal done by his mother’s government.
    (AP, 3/8/07)(Econ, 3/10/07, p.39)

2007        Mar 18, Bangladeshi police filed extortion charges against Tarique Rahman, a former prime minister's son, who had been a powerful political leader in a country that ranks among the world's most corrupt.
    (AP, 3/18/07)
2007        Mar 18, In Bangladesh Cholesh Ritchil, an activist of the Garos people, was tortured to death while in army custody. Father Eugene Homrich (79), a native of Muskegon, Mich., made the news public. Homrich began working with the Garos in 1956 when they numbered about 25,000 in the Modhupur forest. By 2007 illegal logging had reduced the forest to a tenth of its size to 23,000 square miles.
    (WSJ, 6/13/07, p.A1)(www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2007/s1945435.htm)

2007        Mar 20, Authorities in emergency-ruled Bangladesh said they have found "huge" amounts of undisclosed money in the bank accounts of dozens of prominent figures caught up in a major anti-graft drive.
    (AP, 3/20/07)

2007        Mar 30, In Bangladesh 6 top Islamic militants convicted of killing two judges in a 2005 bomb attack in southern Bangladesh were hanged. Bangladesh officials said bird flu has spread to five more farms in central and northern districts.
    (AP, 3/30/07)(Reuters, 3/30/07)

2007        Mar 31, At least 22 Islamists were arrested in overnight raids as Bangladesh strengthened security nationwide.
    (AFP, 3/31/07)

2007        Apr 4, In Kuwait a medical source said preliminary tests for bird flu were positive on four Bangladeshi workers who had been culling infected chickens.
    (AP, 4/4/07)

2007        Apr 11, Bangladesh police said main opposition leader Sheikh Hasina Wajed, former prime minister and head of the Awami League, has been charged over the murder of four people during political violence which racked the nation's capital last October.
    (AP, 4/11/07)(Econ, 4/14/07, p.46)

2007        Apr 15, Authorities in Bangladesh arrested a second son of former prime minister Khaleda Zia, as the military-backed interim government stepped up its anti-corruption drive. Arafat Rahman (36) was released the next day.
    (AFP, 4/16/07)(AP, 4/17/07)

2007        Apr 18, Bangladesh's military-backed emergency government exiled opposition leader Sheikh Hasina Wajed as it stepped up a massive purge of the crisis-wracked country's political hierarchy.
    (AP, 4/18/07)

2007        Apr 22, Bangladesh issued an arrest warrant for opposition leader Sheikh Hasina Wajed as a plane arrived to take her arch rival, the country's last prime minister Khaleda Zia, into exile in Saudi Arabia.
    (AP, 4/22/07)

2007        Apr 26, Bangladesh's emergency government backtracked on plans to exile two feuding former prime ministers but appeared to threaten the women with corruption charges if they stayed in the country.
    (AP, 4/26/07)

2007        May 7, Former prime minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed was greeted by tens of thousands of supporters as she returned to Bangladesh after the military-backed government abandoned plans to force her into exile.
    (AP, 5/7/07)

2007        May 29, Bangladeshi authorities revived two graft cases against former premier Sheikh Hasina Wajed. Security forces arrested 4 former government ministers, 2 mayors and a top businessman as the military-backed emergency government stepped up an anti-corruption drive.
    (AFP, 5/29/07)(AP, 5/30/07)

2007        Jun 11, In southeastern Bangladesh at least 130 people were killed in Chittagong and other districts and many others were injured in mudslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains.
    (AFP, 6/11/07)(AFP, 6/13/07)

2007        Jul 5, Ali Asgar Lobi, a former Bangladeshi MP who dodged more than 2.4 million dollars in unpaid tax, was sentenced to eight years in jail.
    (AFP, 7/5/07)

2007        Jul 16, Bangladesh police arrested former PM Sheikh Hasina on extortion charges, and she was ordered jailed pending trial.
    (AP, 7/16/07)

2007        Jul 24, Former Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina was charged with extortion for allegedly demanding hundreds of thousands of dollars from a company seeking to build a power station.
    (AP, 7/24/07)

2007        Jul 30, Bangladesh's High Court suspended former PM Sheikh Hasina's extortion trial and ordered her released on bail.
    (AP, 7/30/07)

2007        Aug 1, Bangladesh officials said monsoon floods had misplaced or marooned 5 million people and left 40 dead.
    (SFC, 8/2/07, p.A3)

2007        Aug 2, Officials said days of heavy monsoon rains have devastated large swaths of northern India and Bangladesh, killing at least 164 people, stranding millions and washing away vital crops.
    (AP, 8/2/07)

2007        Aug 3, The death toll in south Asia rose to at least 186 people killed. 19 million have been driven from their homes as heavy monsoon rains triggered floods, destroyed crops and submerged roads across a wide swath of northern India and Bangladesh. The UN child welfare agency said that in India alone, the number of dead from the monsoons topped 1,100.
    (AP, 8/3/07)(AFP, 8/4/07)

2007        Aug 4, In Bangladesh deaths from monsoon rains topped 200, with at least 16 more fatalities reported overnight. 7.5 million people have been either marooned or displaced from their homes.
    (AP, 8/4/07)

2007        Aug 7, The toll from severe floods across South Asia soared to nearly 1,900 and although water levels in the region's swollen rivers started to recede, millions of people in Bangladesh, India and Nepal still faced hunger. About 40% of the country was under water.
    (AFP, 8/7/07)(Econ, 8/11/07, p.34)

2007        Aug 9, The death toll from the worst monsoon floods to hit South Asia in decades passed 2,000 even as torrents of muddy water receded from millions of acres of farmland and rains shifted west.
    (AFP, 8/9/07)

2007        Aug 21, Students in emergency-ruled Bangladesh clashed with police for a second day demanding that the army withdraw from Dhaka university campus.
    (AP, 8/21/07)

2007        Aug 22, In Bangladesh clashes between police and students demanding an end to emergency rule spilled into the streets of the capital, prompting the government to impose an indefinite curfew in six cities.
    (AP, 8/22/07)(Econ, 8/25/07, p.42)

2007        Aug 23, Bangladesh's army-backed interim government briefly relaxed a curfew, allowing residents of the capital the chance to stock up on essentials and those stranded at airports and elsewhere to return home.
    (AP, 8/23/07)

2007        Aug 29, New research said arsenic in drinking water is a global threat to health, affecting more than 70 countries and 137 million people. The country worst affected is Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of people are likely to die from cancers of the lung, bladder and skin caused by arsenic.
    (AP, 8/30/07)

2007        Sep 2, Detained former Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina Wajed was charged in a new graft case as part of the emergency government's corruption crackdown.
    (AFP, 9/2/07)

2007        Sep 3, Former Bangladesh PM Khaleda Zia and one of her sons were arrested on charges of corruption and misuse of power.
    (AP, 9/3/07)

2007        Sep 8, Hundreds of colleges reopened in Bangladesh, two weeks after the country's military-backed government shut them down to quell nationwide student unrest.
    (AP, 9/8/07)

2007        Sep 9, Large swathes of Bangladesh were underwater again after heavy rains, adding to the misery of millions hit by flooding that has killed more than 830 people since late July.
    (AP, 9/9/07)

2007        Sep 10, Bangladesh's military-backed government lifted an eight-month emergency ban on indoor politics as it promised democracy would be restored by the end of 2008. A Dhaka-based human rights group said 126 people had been killed by law enforcement agencies since the emergency rule began with at least 22 tortured to death.
    (AP, 9/10/07)(Econ, 9/8/07, p.43)

2007        Sep 15, Officials said nearly 13.5 million people have been marooned or displaced by floods in India and Bangladesh. The flooding in South Asia caused by the June-to-September monsoon has been described as the worst in decades, with more than 3,300 people killed. Landslides and floods in Nepal killed at least another 185 people since the start of monsoon.
    (AP, 9/15/07)

2007        Sep 22, At least 25,000 textile workers defied a ban on protests in emergency-ruled Bangladesh to demand back-pay and bonuses in one of the country's biggest industrial zones.
    (AP, 9/22/07)

2007        Sep 30, Ahmed Akbar Sobhan, a property tycoon and one of Bangladesh's richest men, his wife and three sons were sentenced in absentia to five years each in jail as part of a government anti-corruption drive.
    (AFP, 9/30/07)

2007        Oct 13, In southern Bangladesh 5 rear carriages of an overcrowded express train jumped their tracks, killing at least five passengers and injuring more than 100 others.
    (AP, 10/13/07)

2007        Nov 15, Ten of thousands of coastal villagers took shelter inland as a cyclone rapidly approached Bangladesh's southwestern shores, spawning cold drizzles, strong winds and high waves. Tropical Cyclone Sidr killed 4234 people and left millions homeless.
    (AP, 11/15/07)(AP, 11/19/07)(AP, 11/15/08)(Econ, 9/2/17, p.10)

2007        Nov 17, The official death toll from a savage cyclone that wreaked havoc on southwest Bangladesh reached 1,723, the deadliest storm to hit the country in a decade.
    (AP, 11/17/07)

2007        Nov 18, The death toll from a cyclone that devastated Bangladesh has surpassed 2,200, as rescuers struggled through blocked paths to reach hundreds of thousands of survivors awaiting aid in wrecked homes and flooded fields. The head of the country's Red Crescent Society said up to 5,000 to 10,000 people are believed to have died in the cyclone.
    (AP, 11/18/07)(AFP, 11/18/07)

2007        Nov 19, The death toll from the Nov 15 cyclone in Bangladesh passed 3,100, and officials said that number could reach 10,000 once rescuers get to outlying islands.
    (AP, 11/19/07)

2007        Nov 24, in southwestern Bangladesh a section of a bridge collapsed under the weight of thousands of hungry cyclone victims rushing toward a relief center. At least 3 people died and dozens were injured.
    (Reuters, 11/24/07)

2007        Nov 25, More than 50 people were missing after a boat, possibly being ferried by human traffickers, sank off a southern Bangladesh island bordering Myanmar waters.
    (AP, 11/26/07)

2007        The population of Bangladesh was about 150 million. The Ahmedija minority numbered about 100,000.
    (Econ, 2/10/07, p.41)(Econ, 8/11/07, p.34)

2008        Jan 12, In Bangladesh thousands of textile factory workers took to the streets blocking a major highway in the capital Dhaka, demanding a pay rise and overtime payments.
    (AP, 1/12/08)

2008        Jan 30, The Bangladesh government said an unidentified person has donated $130 million to help rebuild hundreds of schools and storm shelters destroyed by a cyclone along Bangladesh's southwest coast.
    (AP, 1/30/08)

2008        Jan, Grameen Bank, a Bangladesh-based microfinance institution, opened its first American branch. As of September, 2011, it had lent over 25 million to some 7,300 borrowers.
    (Econ, 9/24/11, p.42)

2008        Feb 1, Bangladesh livestock officials said more than 27,000 chickens and ducks have been slaughtered after bird flu was confirmed at a poultry farm near the border with India.
    (AP, 2/1/08)

2008        Feb 5, A Bangladesh official said Abdul Kader Mollah, an employee of Titas Gas Distribution Company, the country’s biggest state-owned gas company, allegedly used his position to pocket a colossal 145 million dollars in bribes over 12 years. Mollah at the time earned a mere 100 dollars a month.
    (AFP, 2/5/08)
2008        Feb 5, UN officials said Ethiopia and Bangladesh have offered to jump-start the UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur by loaning it helicopters to fly troops and supplies around the vast region in western Sudan.
    (AP, 2/5/08)

2008        Feb 16, It was reported that the first flowering in 50 years had taken place in the bamboo forests of Bangladesh leading to a plague of rats. The last flowering in 1958 also caused a similar rodent plague.
    (SFC, 2/16/08, p.B6)

2008        Feb 28, In Bangladesh a ferry carrying more than 100 people collided with a cargo vessel and capsized in a river near Dhaka, killing at least 39 people with 20 missing.
    (AP, 2/28/08)(AP, 2/29/08)

2008        Mar 3, The Sri Lankan navy said it rescued 71 Burmese Bangladeshi citizens aboard a vessel that had drifted for 12 days in the Indian Ocean. 20 others had died from lack of food and water.
    (SFC, 3/4/08, p.A3)

2008        Mar 11, Bangladesh's military-backed government backed down from a policy to ensure equal property rights to women amid angry protests by Muslim clerics that the move would override Islamic law.
    (AFP, 3/12/08)

2008        Mar 22, In Bangladesh an emergency official said a tropical storm has killed at least five people. The storm also leveled around 3,000 huts.
    (AP, 3/22/08)

2008        Apr 1, In Bangladesh an official said Tareque Rahman, the son of detained former Bangladesh premier Khaleda Zia, has been formally charged with corruption as part of the military-backed government's anti-graft drive.
    (AFP, 4/1/08)

2008        Apr 12, About 20,000 workers rioted over high food prices and low wages close to the Bangladesh capital Dhaka, amid spreading global unrest over soaring grocery costs.
    (AP, 4/12/08)

2008        Apr 14, Train service between Bangladesh and India resumed after a 43-year hiatus.
    (AP, 4/14/08)

2008        Apr 15, A Bangladesh official said at least 17 people were killed when a train plowed through a packed bus at a railway crossing in Tangail district.
    (AP, 4/16/08)

2008        Apr 19, In central Bangladesh a speeding bus plunged off a road, killing at least 18 people and injuring dozens.
    (AP, 4/19/08)

2008        Apr 23, Officials said Bangladesh has begun evacuating thousands of stranded workers who were trafficked into war-ravaged Iraq by illegal manpower traders.
    (AP, 4/23/08)

2008        May 12, In Bangladesh a ferry on the Ghorautura River capsized with nearly 150 passengers and at least 44 people were killed.
    (WSJ, 5/14/08, p.A13)

2008        May 14, In eastern Bangladesh 8 people died and one person was critically injured when two trains collided at a station.
    (AP, 5/14/08)

2008        May 22, Bangladesh reported its first confirmed case of human bird flu, but said the 16-month-old victim had now recovered from the virus.
    (AFP, 5/22/08)

2008        May 24, Disaster-prone Bangladesh announced that it would plant 100 million trees to create a "natural fence" against frequent floods and cyclones.
    (AP, 5/24/08)

2008        Jun 1, In southwest Bangladesh police clashed with thousands of garment workers during fresh protests over low wages and soaring food prices.
    (AP, 6/1/08)

2008        Jun 4, In Bangladesh more than 1,700 people were detained in the past 24 hours. That takes the number of detainees to more than 10,000 since May 30 in a drive to improve law and order before national elections planned for late this year.
    (AP, 6/4/08)

2008        Jul 7, In central Bangladesh 2 passenger buses collided head-on, killing at least 20 people and wounding dozens more.
    (AP, 7/7/08)

2008        Jul 18, A border clash triggered by a smuggling attempt left two Bangladeshi troops dead and one Indian soldier seriously wounded.
    (AP, 7/18/08)

2008        Aug 2, In Sri Lanka a two-day summit of leaders of the 15th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), opened amid extraordinary security. Leaders of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, The Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka attended the summit. Government troops captured rebel-held Vellankulam village in Mannar, the last rebel stronghold in the area. Fresh fighting between Sri Lankan troops and Tamil Tiger separatists killed 14 rebels and two soldiers across the embattled northern region.
    (AP, 8/2/08)(AP, 8/3/08)

2008        Aug 4, Bangladesh held local elections that observers hailed as a success. A fire swept through a five-story building in a crowded section of the capital, Dhaka, killing at least 10 people and injuring five others.
    (AFP, 8/5/08)(AP, 8/4/08)(Econ, 8/9/08, p.42)

2008        Aug 18, In southeastern Bangladesh chunks of earth loosened by heavy rains buried several hillside thatched huts, killing five people and injuring seven.
    (AP, 8/18/08)

2008        Aug 20, Bangladesh prosecutors formally lodged new charges against ex-premier Sheikh Hasina Wajed over her alleged role in a 130-million-dollar defense deal with Russia.
    (AP, 8/20/08)

2008        Nov 3, In Bangladesh Pres. Iajuddin Ahmed signed an order sending the army back to the barracks, drawing to an end the state of emergency that began Jan 11, 2007.
    (Econ, 11/8/08, p.58)

2008        Nov 29, In Bangladesh police in Dhaka arrested eight members of a hard-line Islamic group for damaging a 41-foot outdoor sculpture of a group of white storks. The statue by sculptor Mrinal Haque has stood at a road intersection since 1989.
    (AP, 11/30/08)

2008        Dec 16, Bangladesh's military-backed government said it will end nearly two years of emergency rule and restore civil liberties before this month's national elections.
    (AP, 12/16/08)

2008        Dec 23, A court in northeast Bangladesh sentenced three Islamic militants to death and two others to life in prison for a 2004 grenade attack that wounded a British diplomat and killed three other people.
    (AP, 12/23/08)

2008        Dec 25, Police in northern Bangladesh arrested three suspected militants tied to the Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh, a banned Islamic group, and seized a large cache of bomb-making materials. The arrests were made in separate raids over the last 24 hours.
    (AP, 12/25/08)
2008        Dec 23, Bangladeshi authorities said a new outbreak of bird flu had been detected at a village in the north of the country as they struggled to contain the disease.
    (AP, 12/23/08)

2008        Dec 28, In northern Bangladesh a truck loaded with iron rods veered off a road, killing 24 hitchhikers riding in the back and injuring 13 others.
    (AP, 12/28/08)

2008        Dec 29, Bangladeshis voted in their droves in elections that marked the end of two years of emergency rule, with a pair of rival former prime ministers vying to reclaim power in the impoverished nation. Former PM Sheikh Hasina won a landslide victory.
    (AFP, 12/29/08)(AP, 12/30/08)
2008        Dec 29, The Indian Coast Guard rescued two people off India's east coast during a search for more than 300 illegal immigrants missing for the past four days and feared dead. Survivors told Indian authorities that more than 300 people from Bangladesh and Myanmar, members of the ethnic Rohingya minority, had jumped from a rickety boat that had been drifting for 13 days in the Indian Ocean and tried to swim to shore near the Andaman Islands. On Jan 16 a refugees' advocacy group accused the Thai navy of tying up four illegal immigrants and throwing them into the ocean before abandoning hundreds of others on a barge in open water, where some 300 drowned. At least 100 were rescued in Indian waters. Survivors at the time told Indian authorities they had been detained by Thai authorities, who towed them into the open sea and left them.
    (AP, 12/30/08)(AP, 1/16/09)(SSFC, 1/18/09, p.A5)

2009        Jan 6, In Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina Wajed was sworn in for her second spell as prime minister, restoring democracy to the impoverished country after almost two years of rule by an army-backed regime.
    (AFP, 1/6/09)

2009        Jan 22, In Bangladesh the Awami League won a landslide victory in the country’s 481 upazilas (subdistricts). Three people were killed, 150 injured and voter intimidation was rife.
    (Econ, 1/31/09, p.50)

2009        Jan 30, At least two million worshippers gathered north of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka for the Bishwa Ijtema, or World Muslim Congregation, a three-day event billed as the largest annual Islamic event after the hajj. It was first held in the 1960s and was launched by Tablig Jamaat, a non-political group that urges people to follow Islam in their daily lives.
    (AFP, 1/30/09)

2009        Feb 8, In eastern Bangladesh a ferry boat sank after colliding with a larger ferry on the Titas River, killing 10 women and children.
    (AP, 2/8/09)

2009        Feb 19, In southern Bangladesh 13 people died and scores were missing after a ferry carrying more than 100 passengers collided with a cargo boat and capsized.
    (AFP, 2/19/09)

2009        Feb 25, Mutinous Bangladeshi border guards opened fire at their headquarters in the capital and seized a nearby shopping mall, injuring several people in an insurrection apparently sparked by pay disputes. They agreed to surrender after the government said it would grant them amnesty.
    (AP, 2/25/09)

2009        Feb 26, In Bangladesh mutinous members of the Bangladesh Rifles, a paramilitary unit in Dhaka, surrendered their weapons as tanks surrounded their headquarters after a 2nd day of gunfire in a mutiny that killed 74 people. Security forces searching the headquarters of the border guard unit soon discovered the bodies of dozens of officers in shallow graves on the compound, raising the death toll to 76. The trial of some 3,500 paramilitary troops began in November. At least 48 had already died while in custody. In April, 2010, 136 guards were given sentences ranging from four months to seven years for their 2-day uprising. On Nov 5, 2013 152 mutineers were sentenced to hang.
    (Reuters, 2/26/09)(AP, 2/27/09)(AP, 2/28/09)(Econ, 11/28/09, p.44)(AP, 4/18/10)(Econ, 11/9/13, p.47)

2009        Mar 1, Bangladeshi police charged more than 1,000 border guards with murder and arson after a bloody mutiny in the capital left as many as 148 people dead or missing, most of them army officers.
    (AP, 3/1/09)

2009        Mar 3, Bangladeshi police arrested Syed Tauhidul Alam, the suspected ringleader of a deadly border guard mutiny that killed 74 people, during a raid in a slum in Dhaka. 4 other border guards were also arrested.
    (AP, 3/3/09)(SFC, 3/4/09, p.A4)(Econ, 3/7/09, p.48)

2009        Mar 13, In Bangladesh a fire at Dhaka’s 22-story Bashundhara City mall killed at least 7 people as helicopters plucked survivors from the roof.
    (SFC, 3/14/09, p.A2)

2009        Apr 2, A Bangladesh official said the government will strictly enforce a new ban on begging that aims to fully eliminate it within five years.
    (AP, 4/2/09)

2009        Apr 6, Bangladesh police detained Faisal Mustafa, the head of a British-based charity that funded an Islamic school in southern Bangladesh, where authorities on March 24 seized weapons and explosives.
    (AP, 4/6/09)(SFC, 4/7/09, p.A2)

2009        Apr 9, In southern Bangladesh 2 speeding passenger buses crashed into each other, killing at least 11 people and injuring another 50.
    (AP, 4/9/09)

2009        Apr 12, In Bangladesh security officials arrested eight suspected militants of a banned Islamic group after raiding a house in Dhaka.
    (AP, 4/12/09)

2009        Apr 19, The annual Goldman Environmental Prize was awarded to 7 activists from 6 nations. Rizwana Hasan (40) of Bangladesh was awarded for exposing environmental damage and exploitative practices used in the country’s ship dismantling industry; Marc Ona Essangui (45) of Gabon, the founder of Brainforest, was awarded for exposing secret agreements for a Chinese mine project that threatened Gabon’s rain forests; Yuyun Ismawati of Indonesia was awarded for designing environmentally safe waste management systems for poor Indonesia n communities; Olga Speranskaya (46) of Eco-Accord in Russia was awarded for her efforts to control and store chemicals in Russia and former Soviet republics; Wanze Eduards (52) and Hugo Jabini (44) of Suriname, leaders of the maroon community, were awarded for their efforts that led to a landmark ruling ending tribal exploitation by the government. Maria Gunnoe (40) of West Virginia was awarded for her fight against the practice of removing of the tops of mountains and filing valleys below with tailings.
    (SSFC, 4/19/09, p.A18)

2009        May 6, Bangladesh Home Minister Sahara Khatun said the UAE has given the government nearly $1.44 million to distribute among 879 Bangladeshi children who worked as jockeys at camel races after it was banned in 1993. The law was openly flouted until authorities reached an agreement in 2005 with UNICEF to help repatriate and rehabilitate child jockeys, who were mostly taken from poorer Muslim nations such as Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sudan.
    (AP, 5/6/09)

2009        May 14, Bangladesh's high court moved to plug a gaping hole in the country's laws by introducing a first-ever ban on sexual harassment. Bangladeshi police arrested 250 border guards accused of spreading violence across the country during a mutiny that started at a military base in Dhaka.
    (AFP, 5/14/09)

2009        May 17, In Bangladesh a state prosecutor said a corruption charge against PM Sheikh Hasina has been dropped because the man who laid it now says he was pressured to do so by the last government.
    (AFP, 5/17/09)

2009        May 26, Cyclone Aila lashed low-lying areas in eastern India and Bangladesh, destroying thousands of homes, stranding tens of thousands of people in flooded villages and killing at least 191 before it began to ease.
    (AP, 5/26/09)(AP, 5/27/09)

2009        Jun 10, Authorities in Bangladesh decided to withdraw all 12 corruption-related cases that had been brought against PM Sheikh Hasina. Minister of state Kamrul Islam said the charges were politically motivated. He also recommended withdrawing 50 other cases against political leaders.

2009        Jun 29, In Bangladesh textile workers set fire to a factory in a third day of demonstrations for payment of wages, as the global economic crisis hits the South Asian country's main export industry.
    (AP, 6/29/09)

2009        Jul 28, In Bangladesh the heaviest rain in 53 years battered the capital, Dhaka, leaving at least six people dead and stranding thousands in their swamped homes.
    (AP, 7/28/09)

2009        Jul 31, In southeastern Bangladesh landslides caused by heavy monsoon rains killed 10 people.
    (AP, 7/31/09)

2009        Aug 24, Bangladesh awarded three offshore blocks to two global energy companies to explore for gas in the Bay of Bengal. The US-based ConocoPhillips and Ireland's Tullow Oil could start exploration work by early next year.
    (AP, 8/25/09)

2009        Sep 30, Bangladesh awarded a farmer who killed more than 83,000 rats and launched a monthlong campaign nationwide to kill millions more, to protect crops and reduce the need for food imports.
    (AP, 9/30/09)

2009        Oct 4, Grameenphone, Bangladesh’s largest mobile phone firm, opened the largest IPO in Bangladesh history. It aimed to raise $70 million. It was owned by Telenor, a Norwegian telephone company, and Grameen Telecom, a non-profit founded by Muhammad Yunus, a pioneer of microfinance.
    (Econ, 10/17/09, p.88)

2009        Oct 11, In eastern Bangladesh Rasu Miah (40), who was being questioned about a theft, surprised a court by confessing to killing 11 women in the past three years after a woman refused to marry him. Miah told a magistrate in his home town of Chandpur that 15 years ago he decided to kill at least 101 women after a woman he loved refused to marry him.
    (AP, 10/12/09)

2009        Nov 17, Australian doctors successfully separated joined-at-the-head Bangladeshi twins after more than 24 hours of surgery, saying the girls were "in great shape" but faced a difficult recovery.
    (AFP, 11/17/09)

2009        Nov 27, In southern Bangladesh the MV Coco-4, a triple-deck ferry packed with hundreds of travelers heading home for an Islamic festival, capsized on the Tetulia River as passengers disembarked, leaving at least 77 dead and dozens missing.
    (AP, 11/28/09)(AFP, 11/30/09)

2009        Dec 4, In northern Bangladesh an overcrowded passenger boat capsized after being hit by a small ferry, leaving at least 46 people dead. 18 Bangladesh fishermen were assaulted in the Bay of Bengal off the southern coast of Bangladesh after pirates attacked by a band of 25-30 pirates. The survivors said the pirates severely beat them and slashed some of the fishermen with knives before throwing them all overboard. 16 fishermen remained missing.
    (AP, 12/4/09)(AP, 12/8/09)
2009        Dec 4, Indian officials said Arabinda Rajkhowa, the commander of a powerful rebel movement in the remote northeast, was arrested along with a top deputy. Security officials said the chairman of the United Liberation Front of Asom, or ULFA, was actually arrested days earlier in Bangladesh, where he had long been thought to be hiding.
    (AP, 12/4/09)(Econ, 12/12/09, p.47)

2009        Dec 6, In southwestern Bangladesh two passenger buses collided head-on, leaving 21 people dead and 50 injured.
    (AP, 12/6/09)

2010        Jan 1, In southwestern Bangladesh a speeding bus lost control and hit a tree before crashing into a canal, killing 18 people and injuring dozens.
    (AP, 1/1/10)

2010        Jan 27, Bangladesh executed 5 former soldiers for killing independence leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in a 1975 military coup.
    (SFC, 1/28/10, p.A2)

2010        Feb 23, In Bangladesh at least 20 people were injured and dozens of houses torched in fresh clashes between tribal groups and Bengali settlers in the insurgency-hit southeastern hills.
    (AFP, 2/23/10)

2010        Feb 25, In Bangladesh a fire started at the seven-storey Garib and Garib Sweater factory in the industrial town of Gazipur. Witnesses said the exit gates on the top floor were locked at the time. The fire started on the 2nd floor of the factory, trapping scores of workers. Police say 14 women and 7 men were killed and around 40 people injured.
    (AP, 2/26/10)

2010        Mar 4, Bangladesh police said Mahbub Sarwar (26), a Dhaka-based Facebook stocks tipster with more than 10,000 followers, has been arrested on charges of illegally manipulating Bangladesh's overheated stock exchange.
    (AFP, 3/4/10)

2010        Mar 25, Bangladesh set up a war crimes tribunal for long-delayed trials of people accused of murder, torture, rape and arson during its 1971 independence war.
    (AP, 3/25/10)

2010        Apr 7, Bangladesh deployed the army to guard water pumps in the capital Dhaka after acute shortages triggered widespread protests.
    (AP, 4/7/10)

2010        Apr 28, Bangladesh Labor and Manpower Minister Mosharraf Hossain said Bangladesh will raise the minimum wage for millions of garment workers, as workers staged another mass protest that blocked the country's main highway.
    (AFP, 4/28/10)

2010        May 16, In eastern Bangladesh a speeding bus plunged off a bridge after slamming into another bus, killing 11 people and injuring 32 others.
    (AP, 5/16/10)

2010        May 30, Bangladesh said it has blocked the popular social networking website Facebook over a page that urges people to draw images of Islam's prophet Muhammad.
    (AP, 5/30/10)

2010        Jun 2, In Bangladesh a four-story apartment building constructed on a former canal collapsed in Dhaka, burying nearby shanties and killing at least 20 people.
    (AP, 6/2/10)

2010        Jun 3, In Bangladesh an illegal chemical warehouse fuelled a toxic blaze that ripped through one of Dhaka's most densely populated areas, killing at least 117 people.
    (AP, 6/4/10)

2010        Jun 15, In southeastern Bangladesh powerful landslides triggered by heavy rains killed at least 53 people, striking a coastal area as people slept and burying many alive inside their homes.
    (AP, 6/15/10)(AP, 6/16/10)

2010        Jun 17, Officials and reports said floods and landslides triggered by incessant monsoon rains in Bangladesh and Myanmar have killed more than 100 people.
    (AP, 6/17/10)

2010        Jun 27, Bangladesh security forces arrested over 200 activists as the main opposition party led a nationwide dawn-to-dusk general strike to protest alleged government misrule.
    (AP, 6/27/10)(SFC, 6/28/10, p.A2)

2010        Jul 12, A Bangladesh government minister said 40 people, suspected of killings, rape and arson during its 1971 independence war, have been barred from leaving the country ahead of a planned war crimes trial.
    (AP, 7/12/10)

2010        Jul 26, A special tribunal in Bangladesh issued arrest warrants against four senior leaders of the country's largest Islamic party ahead of a planned trial over alleged crimes against humanity during the nation's 1971 independence war.
    (AP, 7/26/10)

2010        Jul 27, Bangladesh raised the minimum wage for its millions of garment workers by 80 percent, following months of violent protests over pay and conditions.
    (AFP, 7/27/10)

2010        Aug 21, In Bangladesh at least 15 people died over the last 24 hours after drinking toxic home-brewed liquor in the northeast. They had consumed alcohol mixed with toxic methanol in the Sylhet district late Aug 18.
    (AP, 8/21/10)

2010        Aug 22, A Bangladesh lawyer said high court judges have passed an order directing that wearing religious attire should be the personal choice of the students or the employees. No one can be forced to wear them.
    (AFP, 8/22/10)

2010        Sep 5, Bangladesh issued a red alert over an outbreak of anthrax which has infected nearly 300 people and killed about 150 cattle in the north of the country in the past two weeks.
    (Reuters, 9/5/10)

2010        Sep 9, Bangladesh's high court banned the lease of coastal land to ship-breaking yards, in a ruling welcomed by environmentalists who say the industry destroys fragile eco-systems. Dismantling old ships is a major industry in Bangladesh, providing more than two-thirds of domestic steel and creating tens of thousands of jobs.
    (AFP, 9/10/10)

2010        Sep 29, In Bangladesh a speeding train plowed into two buses at a busy crossing in Dhaka, killing at least seven people and injuring dozens.
    (AP, 9/29/10)

2010        Oct 7, Bangladesh boat operators said at least 200 fishermen were missing after 15 fishing boats capsized in the Bay of Bengal during a storm. A storm surge over the past two days has sent waves five feet high crashing into several towns and villages along the coast.
    (Reuters, 10/7/10)

2010        Oct 9, In Bangladesh three days of incessant rains have left at least 17 people dead and 41 fishermen missing across the southern coast.
    (AP, 10/9/10)

2010        Oct 10, In Bangladesh a speeding bus veered off the road and into the water. Many of some 50 passengers swam to safety after the crash. 11 bodies were soon recovered and the search continued for more.
    (AP, 10/12/10)

2010        Oct 13, Bangladesh said it would deploy the army at the country's main seaport to keep cargo moving after days of strikes by dock workers hit crucial garment shipments.
    (AFP, 10/13/10)

2010        Oct 23, Bangladeshi police used rubber bullets and teargas to disperse thousands of people protesting against plans to acquire land for army housing.
    (Reuters, 10/23/10)

2010        Oct 28, Bangladesh police said arrested 20 members of the country’s largest Islamic party and seized homemade bombs from a house where they were holding a meeting.
    (AP, 10/28/10)

2010        Nov 13, In Bangladesh at least three people were killed and five, including a lawmaker of the ruling party, injured in a suicide bomb attack near Khustia. Police in Dhaka swung batons to disperse hundreds of activists protesting a government bid to evict opposition leader Khaleda Zia from the military-owned house she has lived in for nearly 30 years.
    (Reuters, 11/13/10)(AP, 11/13/10)

2010        Nov 14, Bangladesh police fired tear gas and rubber bullets and swung batons to break up demonstrations in Dhaka as the opposition party enforced a nationwide general strike to protest the eviction of its leader from a military-owned house.
    (AP, 11/14/10)

2010        Nov 21, A global tiger summit meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, approved a wide-ranging program with the goal of doubling the world's tiger population in the wild by 2022 backed by governments of the 13 countries that still have tiger populations: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam and Russia. Experts said wild tigers could become extinct in 12 years if countries where they still roam fail to take quick action to protect their habitats and step up the fight against poaching.
    (AP, 11/21/10)

2010        Dec 5, Suspected Somali pirates hijacked the M.V. Jahan Moni, a Bangladeshi ship carrying nickel ore in the Arabian Sea and appeared to be headed to the lawless East African nation. The 25 Bangladeshis on the cargo ship included the wife of one crewman. The Moni was released on March 14, 2011, followed a ransom said to be $4.2 million.
    (AP, 12/6/10)(AP, 3/14/11)

2010        Dec 8, In eastern Bangladesh a speeding train slammed into another moving slowly through a station, killing as many as 19 people and injuring scores more.
    (AP, 12/8/10)

2010        Dec 9, Human Rights Watch said India's security forces routinely gun down cattle smugglers and other civilians crossing the border with Bangladesh despite scant evidence of any crime.
    (AP, 12/9/10)

2010        Dec 12, Bangladesh's Dhaka Stock Exchange plunged 3.32%, its biggest one-day fall since the index was introduced in 2001. Garment workers demanding the implementation of a new minimum wage clashed with police at an industrial zone in the southeast, leaving up to three people dead and 100 hurt.
    (AFP, 12/12/10)(AP, 12/12/10)

2010        Dec 14, In Bangladesh a devastating blaze raced through a garment factory near the capital, killing at least 29 people and injuring more than 100.
    (AP, 12/14/10)(AP, 12/15/10)

2010        Dec 16, In Bangladesh Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, a key figure in the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, was arrested. A tribunal has said it has found evidence of Chowdhury committing genocide, rape, arson and looting during the bloody 9-month liberation struggle against Pakistan in 1971. Allegations soon emerged that security forces tortured Chowdhury during interrogations.
    (AFP, 12/23/10)

2010        Dec 18, In northeastern Bangladesh a boat packed with passengers capsized on the Surma River. Rescuers the next day said at least 37 people died and 18 more were missing.
    (AP, 12/19/10)

2010        Dec 23, Human Rights Watch said The United States and Britain should immediately stop supporting the Bangladeshi Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), an anti-crime force blamed for killing hundreds of suspects without trial, if there is no visible effort to reform it.
    (AP, 12/23/10)

2010        Dec 24, The Bangladesh government announced it was planning a “high-level" investigation into the operations of Grameen Bank, a microlender founded by Muhammad Yunus, winner of the 2006 Nobel peace prize.
    (Econ, 1/8/11, p.75)

2010        The population of Bangladesh stood at about 160 million. 70% were under 35.
    (Econ, 6/12/10, p.45)

2011        Jan 7, India’s Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a 15-year-old girl, Felani, at an illegal crossing into Bangladesh from West Bengal. She was on her way to get married.
    (Econ, 2/5/11, p.54)

2011        Jan 10, Bangladesh suspended trading at its main stock exchange after a market plunge ignited protests by thousands of investors and security officials struck some with batons to disperse them.
    (AP, 1/10/11)

2011        Jan 15, In eastern Bangladesh 10 policemen were killed when their jeep collided head-on with a truck.
    (AP, 1/15/11)

2011        Jan 23, In Bangladesh tens of thousands of Muslims seeking peace and the revival of Islam's tenets joined a mass prayer to wrap up an annual three-day Islamic congregation outside the capital on the bank of the River Turag.
    (AP, 1/23/11)

2011        Feb 3, Bangladesh police said they have arrested four Islamic clerics after Mosammet Hena (14) was whipped to death for allegedly having an illicit relationship with a married man, who escaped his 100 lashes. The girl collapsed after she was lashed in public with a bamboo cane about 70 times on Jan 31.
    (AP, 2/3/11)

2011        Feb 7, Bangladesh authorities raided the headquarters of the opposition party in the capital as they tried to end the group's strike to protest spiraling commodity prices and crime. In other parts of the country, police fired tear gas and arrested protesters.
    (AP, 2/7/11)

2011        Feb 13, In Bangladeshi hundreds of small investors, angry at a new plunge in share prices, set fire to tires and pelted police with bricks outside the stock exchange and demanded the resignation of the finance minister.
    (AP, 2/13/11)

2011        Feb 19, In Bangladesh 2 trains plowed into packed buses at unmanned railroad crossings in separate accidents, killing at least 13 people and injuring 45 others.
    (AP, 2/19/11)

2011        Mar 2, Bangladesh's government ordered Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus from his post as head of his microfinance bank, a humiliating blow for an activist whose revolutionary idea of giving out small loans lifted many out of poverty. The Grameen Bank said he remained in charge and that it would fight the decision.
    (AP, 3/2/11)
2011        Mar 2, Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi warned "thousands" would die if the West intervened to support the uprising against him. Government troops briefly captured Marsa El Brega, an oil export terminal, before being driven back by rebels. Shells splashed in the Mediterranean and a warplane bombed a beach where rebel fighters were charging over the dunes. At least five people were killed in the fighting. Thousands of Bangladheshi migrant workers, desperate to leave Libya, pressed up against the gates of the Tunisia frontier, angry at their government for sending no help. Britain, Spain, France and others launched emergency airlifts along Libya's borders, trying to prevent racially charged attacks on the tens of thousands of foreign workers try to flee.
    (AFP, 3/2/11)(Reuters, 3/2/11)(AP, 3/2/11)

2011        Mar 6, Nearly 50 Bangladeshi migrant workers evacuated by sea from Libya to the Greek island of Crete jumped ship during the night, apparently to avoid being sent back to Bangladesh. Three died, 11 remained missing and many others were hospitalized.
    (AP, 3/6/11)

2011        Mar 8, A Bangladeshi court upheld an order removing Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus as head of the microlending bank he founded, a move his allies say was prompted by a government vendetta over his political ambitions.
    (Reuters, 3/8/11)

2011        Apr 3, Bangladeshi security officials opened fire and used tear gas to disperse stone-throwing members of a hardline Islamic group protesting a government policy for women's equal right to inheritance, leaving one protester dead and 25 others injured.
    (AP, 4/3/11)

2011        Apr 4, In Bangladesh police clashed with demonstrators and arrested dozens in as a hard-line group enforced a paralyzing general strike protesting a new policy giving women equal inheritance rights.
    (AP, 4/4/11)

2011        Apr 12, In Bangladesh a ban went into effect forbidding teachers from bringing their phones into class. A ban on student cell phones in class rooms was already in effect.
    (AP, 4/12/11)

2011        Apr 21, In eastern Bangladesh a crowded ferry carrying about 100 passengers capsized in a river, leaving at least 28 people dead and more feared missing.
    (AP, 4/21/11)

2011        May 1, The Bangladesh government published the 284-page probe report, with finance minister A.M.A Muhith vowing legal action against stock exchange manipulators. The benchmark Dhaka Stock Exchange General (DGEN) index hit a high of 8918.51 points on December 5 last year before plunging to around 5,200 points in two months, gutting hundreds of thousands of small investors.
    (AFP, 5/1/11)

2011        Jun 4, Bangladesh opposition supporters set fire to at least six buses in Dhaka, on the eve of a nationwide anti-government strike. Opposition groups, led by former PM Khaleda Zia, were calling for a dawn-to-dusk general June 5 strike to protest government moves to amend the constitution.
    (AP, 6/4/11)

2011        Jun 5, In Bangladesh thousands of security personnel fanned out across Dhaka during a daylong anti-government strike.
    (AP, 6/5/11)

2011        Jun 30, Bangladesh's Parliament rewrote the constitution and rescinded a 15-year-old requirement that general elections be overseen by nonpartisan caretaker governments, a move the opposition says could allow incumbents to rig the votes.
    (AP, 6/30/11)(Econ, 8/13/11, p.42)

2011        Jul 1, In Bangladesh at least 12 people were killed and more feared missing after three days of heavy rain triggered landslides near a slum in the port city of Chittagong.
    (AFP, 7/1/11)

2011        Jul 3, A Bangladesh court issued an arrest warrant for Tarique Rahman, a son of ex-premier Khaleda Zia, over a 2004 grenade attack that killed 24 people at an opposition rally. Rahman has been living in London since 2008.
    (AP, 7/3/11)

2011        Jul 6, In Bangladesh dozens of people, including a senior opposition figure, were injured during violent protests as an anti-government strike shut down the country for the second time in four days.
    (AFP, 7/6/11)

2011        Jul 10, In Bangladesh riot police fired tear gas in clashes with thousands of stone-throwing Islamist activists protesting constitutional changes that proclaimed the country a secular state. At least 70 people were injured. a 30-hour nationwide strike was called by a coalition of 12 Islamic parties to protest the removal of a clause from the preamble of country's constitution that expressed "absolute faith and trust in Allah." The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party also backed the protest.
    (AP, 7/10/11)

2011        Jul 11, In southeastern Bangladesh a vehicle packed with schoolchildren returning home from a soccer tournament crashed into a canal, killing 44 students.
    (AP, 7/11/11)(AP, 7/12/11)

2011        Jul 14, Bangladesh and India launched a census of "enclaves" -- areas where one country's territory is surrounded by the other -- in an effort to end complex border disputes.
    (AFP, 7/14/11)

2011        Jul 16, Bangladesh reported its population is up nearly 10% in a decade to 142.3 million, following its latest census.
    (AFP, 7/16/11)

2011        Jul 20, In Bangladesh a Dhaka court indicted 430 people for serious crimes related to the February, 2009, mutiny among border guards.
    (SFC, 7/21/11, p.A2)

2011        Jul 28, In northern Bangladesh a crowded bus collided head on with a truck, killing at least 17 people and injuring 30.
    (AP, 7/28/11)

2011        Aug 8, Bangladesh police said the main opposition leader, ex-prime minister Khaleda Zia, has been accused of abuse of power and graft in a new case filed by the country's main anti-corruption body. In a separate case, a court Dhaka issued an arrest warrant against Tareque Rahman, Zia's elder son and heir apparent, accusing him of laundering over 204 million taka ($2.73 million) in Singapore between 2003 and 2007.
    (AFP, 8/8/11)(Econ, 8/13/11, p.42)

2011        Aug 14, In Bangladesh a group of influential villagers in Habiganj district voted that Ferdousi Akhter (35) should leave the community after she was accused of having an affair with a neighbor while her husband was working abroad. Akhter took her four children aged 8-12 and jumped with them in front of a train later in the day, killing herself and two of the children.
    (AP, 8/16/11)

2011        Sep 6, Indian PM Manmohan Singh arrived in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on an official visit aimed at boosting the sometimes fraught relations between India and its smaller Muslim-majority neighbor. Bangladesh and India signed two deals to tackle poaching of critically-endangered Bengal tigers from the world's largest mangrove forest.
    (AFP, 9/6/11)(AFP, 9/7/11)

2011        Sep 7, Indian PM Manmohan Singh said he would "intensify efforts" towards a deal to share water from the Teesta river after failing to sign the key agreement during a visit to Dhaka. A deal to share water from the river fell through after opposition from the chief minister of India's West Bengal.
    (AFP, 9/7/11)

2011        Oct 3, In Bangladesh Delwar Hossain Sayedee, a senior leader from the largest Islamic party, was charged with war crimes for allegedly leading groups that took part in killing, looting, arson and rape during the country's 1971 independence war against Pakistan.
    (AP, 10/3/11)

2011        Oct 10, Bangladesh's main opposition launched a protest campaign in which 3,000 cars drive en masse around the country to demand that the government resigns.
    (AFP, 10/10/11)
2011        Oct 10, The World Bank said that it had put on hold a $1.2 billion loan for a huge bridge in Bangladesh amid allegations of corruption in the bidding process.
    (AFP, 10/10/11)

2011        Oct 31, Bangladesh wildlife officials said Bangladesh will declare three river areas in its southwest as dolphin sanctuaries, in a bid to protect the country's population of endangered freshwater cetaceans.
    (AFP, 10/31/11)

2011        Nov 2, Fazle Hasan Abed, the founder of an anti-poverty group in Bangladesh (BRAC) received the $500,000 education prize awarded by Qatar's Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.
    (AP, 11/2/11)
2011        Nov 2, Bangladesh and Russia signed a deal to build a nuclear power plant in the energy-starved South Asian nation.
    (AP, 11/2/11)

2011        Nov 19, In Bhutan a Climate Summit for a Living Himalayas was held in Bhutan's capital Thimphu. India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan agreed to cooperate on energy, water, food and biodiversity issues.
    (AP, 11/20/11)

2011        Nov 21, The International Monetary Fund urged Bangladesh to tighten monetary policy further to fight runaway inflation and warned that economic growth could undershoot the government's expectations.
    (AFP, 11/21/11)

2012        Jan 14, The United States said that it would offer Bangladesh close to $1 billion in aid over the next five years.
    (Reuters, 1/14/12)

2012        Jan 19, The Bangladesh military said it has foiled a plot by a group of hardline officers, their retired colleagues and Bangladeshi conspirators living abroad to overthrow PM Sheikh Hasina.
    (AP, 1/19/12)

2012        Jan 29, Bangladesh police fired guns and used batons on crowds of stone-throwing opposition activists in several towns, killing at least three people and injuring more than 100. The main Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its key Islamist ally Jamaat-e-Islami have been demanding an independent caretaker government oversee elections.
    (AP, 1/29/12)

2012        Feb 11, In Bangladesh 2 prominent television journalists, Meherun Runi (33) and Sagar Sarwar (35), were brutally stabbed to death at their home in the capital Dhaka. The couple's son (6) called his grandmother and said that his parents were lying on the floor.
    (AFP, 2/11/12)

2012        Mar 6, Bangladesh's high court ordered police to sue 17 professors for allegedly distorting the country's liberation war history and maligning its founding leader in a school textbook.
    (AFP, 3/7/12)
2012        Mar 6, In Bangladesh Saudi diplomat Khalaf bin Mohammed Salem al-Ali was shot and killed on a residential street in Dhaka. Authorities said the gunman and a motive were unknown.
    (AP, 3/6/12)

2012        Mar 12, In Bangladesh over 100,000 opposition supporters gathered in Dhaka to demand the government step down and hold elections.
    (AP, 3/12/12)

2012        Mar 13, In Bangladesh a ferry packed with about 200 people collided with a cargo boat and capsized in the Meghna River, killing 142 people and over a dozen more missing.
    (AP, 3/13/12)(AP, 3/14/12)(AP, 3/16/12)

2012        Mar 30, Bangladesh police arrested two school teachers on suspicion of staging a drama containing blasphemous remarks about the Prophet Mohammed. Violence erupted the next day as up to 7,000 Muslims shouted slogans and set ablaze the house of the drama's director, who has fled the remote area.
    (AFP, 3/31/12)

2012        Apr 5, In Bangladesh police discovered the badly injured body of Aminul Islam (40) dumped by the roadside northwest of Dhaka, leading his supporters to point the finger at Bangladesh's security forces. He had led a top union that organized protests to increase the wages of the three million workers in the garment sector. Top global retail associations soon demanded a swift and impartial probe into his murder.
    (AFP, 4/25/12)(AP, 5/9/12)

2012        Apr 17, In Bangladesh opposition politician Elias Ali (50) and his driver were abducted as they returned home from meeting supporters at a hotel.
    (AP, 5/9/12)
2012        Apr 17, Bangladesh customs agents seized more than 400 tortoises being smuggled in three suitcases through the country's main airport on their way to Bangkok. Two Indian citizens were arrested in connection with the seizure.
    (AFP, 4/17/12)

2012        Apr 22, Bangladesh police in the northeastern city of Sylhet fired rubber bullets and tear gas at stone-throwing opposition supporters enforcing a strike to protest a politician's disappearance, leaving dozens injured. Elias Ali, who heads the local branch of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, went missing in Dhaka on April17.
    (AP, 4/22/12)

2012        Apr 23, Bangladesh police opened fire on hundreds of stone-throwing demonstrators who stormed a police station on the second day of an opposition-sponsored general strike protesting a politician's disappearance. Police said one person was killed and more than 50 others injured.
    (AP, 4/23/12)

2012        Apr 29, In Bangladesh 9 small bombs exploded in Dhaka, after an opposition supporter was shot dead the previous evening in clashes ahead of a 4th nationwide strike in eight days.
    (AFP, 4/29/12)

2012        Apr 30, Bangladesh police charged 28 opposition officials over a series of bomb explosions in the capital Dhaka, as a nationwide strike again paralyzed the country.
    (AFP, 4/30/12)

2012        May 13, A Bangladeshi special court indicted Ghulam Azam (89), a former opposition leader for alleged atrocities including genocide and murder during the nation's 1971 liberation struggle against Pakistan.
    (AFP, 5/13/12)
2012        May 13, Bangladesh police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at thousands of garment workers during a second day of riots triggered by false reports that a man had been murdered by his employers.
    (AFP, 5/13/12)

2012        May 16, In Bangladesh a Dhaka court decision denied bail to 33 key figures, including ex-ministers and lawmakers, over charges stemming from an arson attack during an anti-government protest last month.
    (AFP, 5/17/12)

2012        May 17, In Bangladesh 2 small bombs exploded and protesters damaged vehicles in Dhaka, during a nationwide strike against the jailing of 33 opposition leaders.
    (AFP, 5/17/12)

2012        May 28, In Bangladesh 9 journalists were wounded in Dhaka when at least 15 attackers wielding machetes stormed Bdnews24.com, the country’s best-known online media outlet, and began slashing staff.
    (AFP, 5/29/12)

2012        Jun 4, A Bangladeshi court charged Mohammad Kamaruzzaman (60), a fifth member of the country's largest Islamic party, with alleged atrocities including genocide during the nation's 1971 independence war against Pakistan.
    (AFP, 6/4/12)

2012        Jun 12, Bangladesh turned away 3 boats carrying 1,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar, bringing to 1,500 the number of refugees blocked in recent days.
    (AP, 6/12/12)

2012        Jun 13, Bangladesh refused three more boatloads of Rohingya Muslims fleeing sectarian violence in Myanmar, despite growing calls for the border to be opened. A UN rights envoy warned that violence posed a threat to Myanmar’s shift towards democracy, as the death toll from almost a week of unrest rose to 28.
    (AFP, 6/13/12)(AFP, 6/14/12)

2012        Jun 28, Bangladesh officials said at least 106 people have been killed in landslides in the southeast after three days of rains triggered flash floods and severed transport links.
    (AP, 6/28/12)

2012        Jun 29, The World Bank cancelled a $1.2 billion loan for Bangladesh's Padma bridge project, saying the government had not cooperated in investigating "high level" corruption in the project. The $3 billion bridge planned to go into service in 2014.
    (AFP, 6/29/12)

2012        Jul 19, Humayun Ahmed (b.1948), Bangladesh's most popular fiction writer, died in the United States after a near year-long battle against colon cancer. He was also the country's leading film director and TV drama-maker. He shot to fame with his first novel "Nondito Naroke" (In Blissful Hell), published in 1972 while he studied at Dhaka university.
    (AFP, 7/20/12)

2012        Aug 2, Bangladesh said it has ordered three international charities to stop providing aid to Rohingya refugees who cross the border to flee persecution and violence in Myanmar.
    (AFP, 8/2/12)

2012        Aug 10, In northeast Bangladesh at least 13 Muslim worshippers were killed and 15 hurt when lightning struck a mosque in a remote village as they held special Ramadan prayers.
    (AFP, 8/11/12)

2012        Aug 17, Bangladesh authorities said they have rescued at least 60 fishermen abducted last week by pirates in the Bay of Bengal, as naval and air forces cracked down on criminal activity at sea.
    (AFP, 8/17/12)

2012        Sep 22, In Bangladesh scores of people were injured in clashes in the capital between police and hundreds of demonstrators, as protests continued in the Muslim world against a film that denigrates the Prophet Muhammad.
    (AP, 9/22/12)

2012        Sep 30, In Bangladesh thousands of Muslims angry over an alleged derogatory photo of the Islamic holy book Quran on Facebook set fires overnight in at least 10 Buddhist temples and 40 homes near the southern border with Myanmar.
    (AP, 9/30/12)

2012        Nov 7, A boat capsized off the coast of Bangladesh. Fishermen helped rescue 23 people, but about 50 illegal migrants, mostly Rohingya Muslims, remained missing.
    (SFC, 11/8/12, p.A3)

2012        Nov 24, In Bangladesh a fire raced through the seven-story factory operated by Tazreen Fashions just outside of Dhaka. 112 people were killed including 12 people who had suffered injuries after jumping from the building to escape the fire. On Dec 31, 2013, a court issued arrest warrants for two of the factory owners and four employees on homicide charges. The two owners, Delwar Hossein and his wife Mahmuda Akter, and eleven others were indicted on Sep 3, 2015.
    (AP, 11/25/12)(SFC, 1/1/14, p.A3)(SFC, 9/4/15, p.A4)

2012        Dec 10, It was reported that a Bangladesh war crimes tribunal has accused The Economist magazine of hacking the computer of its presiding judge to record conversations and read e-mails he exchanged with a lawyer regarding charges related to its 1971 war of independence.
    (SFC, 12/10/12, p.A2)(Econ, 12/15/12, p.41)

2012        The Bangladesh population numbered about 170 million people.
    (Econ, 6/2/12, p.49)

2013        Jan 21, A Bangladesh war crimes tribunal sentenced Abul Kalam Azad to death in absentia for genocide and murder committed during its 9-month war in 1971. Azad was believed to be in Pakistan.
    (Econ, 1/26/13, p.38)

2013        Jan 26, In Bangladesh a fire at the Smart Export Garment Ltd. factory killed seven female workers. An investigation was ordered the next day under allegations that the emergency exit was locked.
    (AP, 1/27/13)(SFC, 1/28/13, p.A2)

2013        Feb 5, A Bangladeshi tribunal prosecuting cases stemming from the 1971 independence war sentenced Abdul Quader Mollah (65), a leader of an Islamic opposition party, to life in prison, sparking street clashes with police that killed two people and injured dozens more.
    (AP, 2/5/13)

2013        Feb 8, In central Bangladesh at least two people died and dozens were rescued after the ML Sarash passenger ferry collided with another ship and capsized on the River Meghna, dumping as many as 100 people into the water.
    (AP, 2/8/13)

2013        Feb 12, In Bangladesh thousands of protesters demonstrated again over the lenient Feb 5 ruling against Abdul Quader Mollah, leader of the Jamaat party, for his role in the 1971 independence war.
    (SFC, 2/13/13, p.A4)

2013        Feb 15, In Bangladesh Ahmed Rajib Haider, an atheist blogger, was hacked to death. He had campaigned for banning the Jamaat-e-Islami party, which opposed Bangladesh's independence from Pakistan in 1971. In 2017 Bangladesh's High Court confirmed the death penalty for Faisal bin Nayeem, who the court said hacked Haider with meat cleavers in front of his house in Dhaka. A 2nd student, who was sentenced to death in absentia, was accused of planning the attack. He was a member of Jamaat-e-Islami's student wing, Islami Chhatra Shibir.   
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahmed_Rajib_Haider)(AP, 4/2/17)

2013        Feb 16, In Bangladesh an estimated 100,000 people demonstrated in Dhaka demanding move severe punishment for war criminals from the country’s 1971 liberation war.
    (SSFC, 2/17/13, p.A4)

2013        Feb 22, Police across Bangladesh clashed with protesters from Islamic political parties denouncing war crimes trials linked to the country's 1971 independence war, killing two demonstrators and injuring dozens.
    (AP, 2/22/13)

2013        Feb 28, In Bangladesh a special tribunal sentenced Delwar Hossain Sayedee (73), a leader of an Islamic political party, to death for crimes during the nation's 1971 war for independence. The decision sparked violent protests that left at least 67 people dead across the nation. Jamaat-e-Islami enforced a nationwide general strike to denounce the trial and demand that Sayedee be freed from detention. On Sep 17, 2014, the sentence was commuted to life in prison.
    (AP, 2/28/13)(Econ, 3/9/13, p.49)(AP, 9/17/14)

2013        Mar 1, In Bangladesh protesters clashed for a 2nd day as the death toll rose to 44 in violence triggered by a death sentence given to Delwar Hossain Sayedee, a top leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party.
    (SFC, 3/2/13, p.A2)

2013        Mar 2, Bangladesh security forces killed two people and injured dozens as they clashed with demonstrators for a 3rd day in violence triggered by a death sentence given to Delwar Hossain Sayedee.
    (SSFC, 3/3/13, p.A5)

2013        Mar 3, Bangladesh authorities deployed soldiers in a northern district after Islamic party activists clashed with police, leaving five people dead during a nationwide general strike called to denounce war crimes trials.
    (AP, 3/3/13)

2013        Mar 7, In Bangladesh over 100 people were reported killed over the last 3 days by law enforcement agencies under the pretext of controlling violence.
    (Econ, 3/9/13, p.49)

2013        Mar 12, Bangladesh police clashed with protesters as opposition leaders enforced a daylong, nation-wide strike to protest alleged police intimidation.
    (SFC, 3/13/13, p.A2)

2013        Mar 20, Bangladesh’s figurehead Pres. Zillur Rahman (84) died at a hospital in Singapore.
    (SFC, 3/21/13, p.A2)

2013        Apr 6, In Bangladesh hundreds of thousands of members of Hefajat-e-Islam, a hard-line Muslim group, rallied in Dhaka with 13 demands including the introduction of antiblasphemy laws to punish people who insult Islam.
    (SSFC, 4/7/13, p.A3)(Econ, 5/11/13, p.55)

2013        Apr 11, Bangladesh authorities in Dhaka arrested Mahmudur Rahman, the acting editor of a pro-opposition newspaper, on charges of sedition and other crimes.
    (SFC, 4/12/13, p.A2)

2013        Apr 23, In Bangladesh Rana Plaza owner Mohammed Sohel Rana called engineer Abdur Razzak Khan to inspect an 8-story building after it developed cracks. That night Khan appeared on a private television station saying that after his inspection he told Rana to evacuate the building because it was not safe. The next day garment factory managers told their workers to go inside.
    (AP, 5/3/13)

2013        Apr 24, In Bangladesh the 8-story Rana Plaza building, housing five garment factories, collapsed in the Dhaka suburb of Savar. More than 2,500 people were rescued alive. By May 9 the death toll reached 948. The building was designed in 2004 as a shopping mall and not for any industrial purpose. Three of the floors were built illegally. The final death toll reached 1,129. This was likely the worst garment-factory accident ever. At least 322 people remained missing. On June 1, 2015, police filed murder charges against 41 people accused of involvement.
    (Reuters, 4/25/13)(AP, 4/30/13)(AP, 5/1/13)(AP, 5/2/13)(AP, 5/9/13)(Econ, 5/4/13, p.42)(AP, 6/19/13)(AP, 7/5/13)(SFC, 6/2/15, p.A4)

2013        Apr 28, In Bangladesh Mohammed Sohel Rana, the fugitive owner of an illegally-constructed building that collapsed on April 24, was captured at a border crossing with India by members of a commando force. Rescuers located nine people alive inside the rubble of the building.
    (AP, 4/28/13)

2013        May 5, Bangladesh police fired rubber bullets to disperse stone-throwing activists who were among thousands who rallied around Dhaka. Officials said at least one person died and 45 others were injured.
    (AP, 5/6/13)

2013        May 6, Bangladesh police banned all rallies in Dhaka for the rest of the day after at least 31 people died in clashes between police and large numbers of Islamic hardliners demanding that the government enact an anti-blasphemy law. The dead included police officers. The Awami League security crackdown on members of Hefajat-e-Islam, an extreme Islamist group, left as many as 50 people dead in Dhaka. Another 20 were reported killed in clashes in Narayanganj.
    (AP, 5/6/13)(SSFC, 5/12/13, p.A4)(Econ, 5/11/13, p.54)

2013        May 8, In Bangladesh a fire fed by huge piles of acrylic products used to make sweaters killed 8 people at the Tung Hai Sweater factory. The dead included a ruling-party politician and a top official in the country's powerful clothing manufacturers' trade group.
    (AP, 5/9/13)

2013        May 9, A Bangladesh tribunal sentenced the deputy head of Jamaat-e-Islami, Muhammad Kamaruzzaman, to death for crimes against humanity during the 1971 war for independence.
    (Econ, 5/11/13, p.55)

2013        May 10, In Bangladesh seamstress Reshma Begum (19), buried for 17 days in the wreckage of the Rana Plaza, was rescued as the death toll climbed to 1045.
    (AP, 5/10/13)(SSFC, 5/12/13, p.A6)

2013        May 11, In Bangladesh recovery operations at the Rana Plaza in Savar continued as the death toll reached 1,115.
    (AP, 5/11/13)

2013        May 13, Bangladesh's government agreed to allow the country's garment workers to form trade unions without prior permission from factory owners. The search for the dead ended at the site of the worst disaster in the history of the global garment industry with the death toll at 1,127.
    (AP, 5/13/13)

2013        Jun 16, In Bangladesh several hundred garment workers were sickened at their factory outside Dhaka apparently after drinking contaminated water. Earlier this month contaminated water sickened 450 workers at another factory in the same area.
    (SFC, 6/17/13, p.A2)

2013        Jun 27, The US suspended Bangladesh from its Generalized System of Preferences due to wretched conditions in its export industries.
    (SFC, 6/28/13, p.C1)

2013        Jul 10, A group of major North American retailers announced the signing of the Bangladesh Worker Safety Initiative. GAP, Walmart and 15 others signed the accord to improve conditions for workers in the Bangladesh garment industry.
    (SFC, 7/11/13, p.C1)

2013        Jul 15, In Bangladesh Ghulam Azam (91), a former chief of an Islamic party, was sentenced to 90 years in jail for crimes against humanity during the country's 1971 independence war, angering both supporters who said the trial was politically motivated and opponents who said he should be executed.
    (AP, 7/15/13)
2013        Jul 15, Bangladesh approved a labor law to boost worker rights, including the freedom to form trade unions, after a factory building collapse in April killed 1,132 garment workers and sparked debate over labor safety and rights.
    (Reuters, 7/15/13)

2013        Jul 17, In Bangladesh a special tribunal sentenced Ali Ahsan Mojaheed, a senior leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, to death for his role in the kidnapping and killing of people involving Bangladesh's independence war against Pakistan in 1971.
    (AP, 7/17/13)

2013        Aug 1, A Bangladesh court declared as illegal the country's main Islamic party, Jamaat-e-Islami, effectively banning it from a general election due early next year. Party activists took to the streets in the capital, Dhaka, and other towns including Bogra, Jessore and Gaibandha.
    (Reuters, 8/1/13)

2013        Sep 17, Bangladesh sentenced Abdul Quader Mollah, the leader of Jamaat-e-Islami, to death for crimes against humanity in the nation’s 1971 war for independence.
    (SFC, 9/18/13, p.A6)

2013        Sep 23, In Bangladesh more than 100 garment factories were forced to shut as thousands of workers protested to demand a $100 a month minimum wage. About 50 people were injured in clashes.
    (Reuters, 9/23/13)

2013        Sep 25, In Bangladesh a 5th day of protests forced authorities to close over 100 factories near Dhaka as garment workers demanded higher wages.
    (SFC, 9/25/13, p.A5)

2013        Oct 1, A Bangladesh court sentenced to death a top opposition MP for genocide. Salauddin Quader Chowdhury became the first lawmaker to be convicted of war crimes during the 1971 war of independence.
    (AFP, 10/1/13)

2013        Oct 2, Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina Wajed inaugurated the nation’s first nuclear power plant.
    (SSFC, 10/6/13, p.A4)

2013        Oct 9, In Bangladesh a huge fire at a factory in Sriput, whose workers were making clothes and fabrics for top Western labels, killed at least 9 people in the latest disaster to blight the country's garment industry.
    (AFP, 10/9/13)(Reuters, 10/9/13)

2013        Oct 25, In Bangladesh 3 demonstrators were killed as more than 100,000 opposition activists rallied in the Dhaka to demand that PM Sheikh Hasina quit and order polls under a caretaker government.
    (AFP, 10/25/13)

2013        Oct 26, Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina phoned Khaleda Zia, leader of the opposition, and requested that national strike be called off. This was their first conversation in many years. The strike continued.
    (Econ, 11/2/13, p.48)

2013        Oct 27, In Bangladesh police and backers of the ruling party clashed with opposition supporters, leaving at least 5 people dead and scores injured in different parts of the country as opposition parties tried to enforce a three-day nationwide general strike.
    (AP, 10/27/13)

2013        Oct 28, Bangladesh police said at least 15 people have been killed and hundreds wounded as the 2nd day of an opposition strike demanded elections be held under a non-partisan administration.
    (Reuters, 10/28/13)

2013        Oct 29, Bangladesh police opened fire at protesters on a remote island, killing 2 and bringing to 20 the death toll in demonstrations aimed at forcing the premier to make way for a caretaker government ahead of elections.
    (AFP, 10/29/13)

2013        Nov 3, A Bangladesh war crimes court convicted and sentenced to death in absentia two men accused of committing atrocities during the country's war of independence from Pakistan in 1971. Britain-based Muslim leader Chowdhury Mueen Uddin and Ashrafuzzaman Khan, a US citizen, were found guilty of the torture and murder of 18 intellectuals during the war.
    (Reuters, 11/3/13)

2013        Nov 5, A Bangladesh court sentenced 152 soldiers, of the now defunct Bangladesh Rifles (BDR), to death for the February, 2009, mutiny by disgruntled border guards who killed dozens of military commanders during a brutal, two-day uprising. Of the 846 accused of killing 74 people in the mutiny 161 were handed life sentences, over 250 received prison terms of up to 10 years and over 270 were acquitted.
    (SFC, 11/6/13, p.A3)(SSFC, 11/10/13, p.A4)
2013        Nov 5, In Bangladesh 2 people died and scores were injured as protesters demanded the government step aside ahead of January elections.
    (SFC, 11/5/13, p.A2)

2013        Nov 9, The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) announced another 84-hour nationwide strike, starting Nov 10, after police arrested BNP leaders, triggering violent protests across the country.
    (Reuters, 11/9/13)

2013        Nov 12, In Bangladesh riot police fired tear gas to battle thousands of stone-throwing garment workers who rampaged through two industrial towns during a protest over wages that closed at least 200 factories and left dozens of people injured.
    (AP, 11/12/13)

2013        Nov 13, In Bangladesh violent protests shuttered some 250 garment factories near the capital Dhaka, as thousands of workers demanded higher wages.
    (Reuters, 11/13/13)

2013        Nov 14, Bangladeshi garment factory owners said they had agreed to a proposed 77 percent rise in the minimum wage, but police used teargas and rubber bullets to break up new protests by stone-throwing workers calling for a bigger increase.
    (Reuters, 11/14/13)

2013        Nov 28, In Bangladesh a teenager was killed and 17 people suffered burn injuries after a suspected opposition supporter hurled a petrol bomb into a crowded bus.
    (AFP, 11/28/13)

2013        Nov 29, In Bangladesh a devastating fire ripped through a garment factory supplying major Western retailers, in a blaze set by workers angered over rumors of a colleague's death in police firing.
    (Reuters, 11/29/13)

2013        Dec 8, A Bangladesh court ordered authorities to hang Islamist leader Abdul Quader Molla (65), months after he was sentenced to death, raising fears of a new wave of clashes. On Dec 10 a late-night reprieve saved his life just hours before he was to be hanged.
    (AFP, 12/8/13)(AP, 12/11/13)

2013        Dec 11, In Bangladesh deposed military dictator Hussein Mohammad Ershad was detained by Rab (Rapid Action Battalion). The hybrid crime-fighting force picked the Jatiya Party chief up from his residence in Dhaka.

2013        Dec 12, Bangladesh's Supreme Court cleared the way for the execution of Abdul Quader Molla, an opposition leader convicted of war crimes, rejecting a last-minute appeal in a case that threatens to spark fresh violence ahead of national elections next month. Abdul Quader Molla was sent to the gallows at a prison in Dhaka late today.
    (AP, 12/12/13)(AFP, 12/13/13)

2013        Dec 13, Bangladesh was rocked by a new wave of deadly violence as Islamist supporters went on the rampage to vent their fury at the execution of Abdul Quader Molla for war crimes. 3 protesters were killed and 2 activists from the ruling Awami League were hacked to death. An Islamist became the latest fatality after he was shot dead during clashes with ruling party activists in the southern town of Sonaimuri.
    (AFP, 12/13/13)

2013        Dec 15, In Bangladesh 6 more people were today killed and 7 overnight in continuing protests sparked by the execution of top Islamist leader Abdul Quader Molla. PM Sheikh Hasina warned of strong action against the rioters.
    (AFP, 12/15/13)

2013        Dec 16, Bangladesh police opened fire on bomb-throwing Islamist protesters as five Jamaat-e-Islami supporters died in clashes sparked by the execution of an Islamist leader for war crimes.
    (AFP, 12/16/13)(Econ, 12/21/13, p.63)

2013        Dec 22, Bangladesh police charged the owners and 11 others over the nation's worst garment factory fire that killed 111 people, after wrapping up an investigation on the Nov 24, 2012, tragedy.
    (AFP, 12/22/13)

2013        Dec 22, Bangladesh security forces arrested 37 Chinese and Taiwanese nationals after raiding an illegal Internet telephone operation they were allegedly running in an upscale Dhaka neighborhood.
    (AFP, 12/22/13)

2013        Dec 26, Bangladesh's opposition accused authorities of placing their leader under virtual house arrest, as tens of thousands of troops were deployed across the country ahead of general elections next month.
    (AFP, 12/26/13)

2013        Dec 29, Bangladesh police barred opposition leader Khaleda Zia from leaving home to lead a banned march in protest at an upcoming election. Two people were killed in battles between her supporters and security forces.
    (AFP, 12/29/13)

2014        Jan 4, In Bangladesh scores of polling booths were torched and a train set alight on the eve of elections as the opposition launched a strike against the vote "farce."
    (AFP, 1/4/14)

2014        Jan 5, Bangladesh held parliamentary elections. The ruling Awami League won 232 of the 300 elected seats as about half the seats were uncontested due to a boycott by the main opposition party. At least 21 people were killed in election-related violence. Alleged ballot stuffing by the ruling party pushed the turnout just over 40%.
    (Reuters, 1/5/14)(AP, 1/6/14)(SSFC, 1/12/14, p.A6)

2014        Jan 6, Bangladesh’s PM Sheikh Hasina held to her stance that fresh polls could be called only if her rivals halt violence. The opposition already called a 48-hour strike and 7 people were killed in clashes.
    (Reuters, 1/6/14)

2014        Jan 12, In Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina was sworn in for a third spell as prime minister after a deadly general election boycotted by the opposition amid an ongoing political crisis.
    (AFP, 1/12/14)

2014        Jan 30, A Bangladesh court sentenced Motiur Rahman Nizami (70), leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, and 13 others to death over a huge 2004 arms smuggling racket, sparking fears of new political unrest.
    (AP, 1/30/14)

2014        Feb 4, The head of Bangladesh's largest opposition party, the BNP, accused the government of being involved in the killing or disappearance of more than 300 activists around the time of the country's election.
    (Reuters, 2/4/14)

2014        Feb 6, Human Rights Watch said Bangladeshi garment factory owners use beatings, the threat of murder and sexual intimidation to stop workers from forming trade unions.
    (AP, 2/6/14)

2014        Feb 12, In Bangladesh a mortar shell exploded accidentally during firing practice at a military training base, killing five military and border guard personnel and injuring 14 others.
    (AP, 2/12/14)

2014        Feb 23, In Bangladesh gunmen opened fire and tossed bombs at a prison van carrying militants of a banned Islamist movement to a court house, freeing three of their colleagues and killing a policeman.
    (Reuters, 2/23/14)

2014        Mar 19, Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia was ordered to stand trial over charges that she and her associates embezzled more than $650,000 in a case that could see her jailed for life.
    (AFP, 3/19/14)

2014        May 15, In central Bangladesh the M.V. Miraz-4 ferry carrying more than 100 passengers capsized in the River Meghna after being hit by a storm. Some 25 people swam to safety. 54 bodies were recovered over the next two days. An unknown number remained missing.
    (AP, 5/15/14)(AP, 5/16/14)(AP, 5/17/14)

2014        May 21, Transparency International said South Asia is the most corrupt region of the world and governments must strengthen their anti-graft agencies to prevent political interference and protect whistleblowers. The watchdog group found serious problems with anti-corruption efforts in Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
    (AP, 5/21/14)

2014        Jun 14, In Bangladesh arson attacks and clashes between local residents and Urdu-speaking stateless people left 10 people dead in Dhaka.
    (AP, 6/14/14)

2014        Jun 23, A Bangladesh court sentenced eight people, including a leader of a banned Islamist group, to death for their roles in a bombing at a Bengali 2001 New Year's celebration concert that left 10 people dead.
    (AP, 6/23/14)

2014        Jul 8, Bangladesh was awarded nearly four-fifths of an area sprawling over 25,000 sq km (9,700 sq miles) in the Bay of Bengal by a UN tribunal, ending a dispute over a sea border with India that has ruffled ties between the neighbors for more than three decades.
    (Reuters, 7/8/14)

2014        Aug 4, In Bangladesh the M.V. Pinak ferry, licensed at 85 capacity, capsized in the Padma River southwest of Dhaka with about 200 passengers on board. About 100 people were rescued with 19 bodies recovered and at least 125 presumed dead. Police soon launched a hunt for the captain and crew members.
    (Reuters, 8/4/14)(SFC, 8/5/14, p.A2)(SFC, 8/7/14, p.A2)

2014        Sep 4, Bangladesh said it has resumed sending workers to Iraq after a 3-month ban, despite reports of hundreds of Bangladeshi construction laborers being dragged into the country's bloody sectarian conflict.
    (AFP, 9/4/14)

2014        Sep 5, Japan's PM Shinzo Abe won Dhaka's support for Tokyo's bid for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council as he began a visit to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka aimed at offsetting China's mounting influence in South Asia.
    (AFP, 9/6/14)

2014        Sep 29, Bangladesh police said they have arrested a British citizen suspected of entering the country to recruit militants for jihadist groups overseas such as the Islamic State organization.
    (AFP, 9/29/14)

2014        Oct 13, Thai police found scores of sick and exhausted boat people hiding on a remote island. All but one of the 79 suspected human-trafficking victims were from Bangladesh. The discovery brought to more than 130 the number of people found since Oct 11 in Phang Nga province.
    (Reuters, 10/13/14)

2014        Oct 20, In northwestern Bangladesh two passenger buses collided head-on, killing at least 20 people and injuring 25 others.
    (AP, 10/20/14)

2014        Oct 23, In Bangladesh Ghulam Azam (91), a former leader of Jamaat-e-Islami (1960-2000), died died of a stroke while serving jail sentences for crimes against humanity. Azam had opposed the independence of Bangladesh during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghulam_Azam)(Econ, 11/1/14, p.38)

2014        Oct 29, A special Bangladesh tribunal sentenced Motiur Rahman Nizami (71), the leader of the country’s largest Islamist party, to death for atrocities and multiple killings during the nation's independence war against Pakistan in 1971.
    (AP, 10/29/14)

2014        Nov 1, Bangladesh was hit by a nationwide blackout after a transmission line bringing electricity from neighboring India failed.
    (AP, 11/1/14)

2014        Nov 2, A special tribunal in Bangladesh sentenced to death Mir Quashem Ali (62), a senior leader of the country's largest Islamist party, the second death sentence in a week for mass killings during the nation's 1971 independence war against Pakistan.
    (AP, 11/2/14)

2014        Nov 13, A Bangladesh tribunal sentenced fugitive opposition leader M.A. Zahid Hossain Khokon to death for his role in killing people and other crimes during the nation’s 1971 independence war. Khokon was believed to be living in Sweden.
    (SFC, 11/13/14, p.A2)

2014        Nov 24, In Bangladesh a special tribunal sentenced Mobarak Hossain, a former commander of a collaborators' group, to death for his role in killings during Bangladesh's 1971 independence war.
    (AP, 11/24/14)

2014        Dec 9, In Bangladesh an oil tanker carrying more than 350,000 liters (92,500 gallons) of bunker oil sank on a major river flowing through the Sundarbans after being hit by a cargo vessel.
    (AP, 12/12/14)

2014        Dec 23, In Bangladesh Syed Mohammad Qaisar (Kaiser) (73), a former junior minister in the military government, was sentenced to death after a war crimes tribunal found him guilty of atrocities during the country's 1971 war of independence from Pakistan.
    (Reuters, 12/23/14)(SFC, 12/24/14, p.A2)

2014        Dec 30, In Bangladesh a special tribunal sentenced A.T.M. Azharul Islam, a senior Islamist party leader, to death after convicting him of leading the Al-Badr militia that committed mass killings and rape during the country's 1971 independence war against Pakistan.
    (AP, 12/30/14)

2014        Bangladesh politician Nur Hossain, a member of PM Sheikh Hasina's Awami League, paid members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) to kill a political rival and four of his aides in the city of Narayanganj, just outside the capital Dhaka.
    (Reuters, 8/22/17)

2015        Jan 3, Bangladesh police banned all protests in Dhaka and locked main opposition leader Khaleda Zia in her office in Dhaka as clashes broke out before the first anniversary of an election her party boycotted.
    (AFP, 1/4/15)(SFC, 1/5/15, p.A2)

2015        Jan 5, In Bangladesh two men on a motorbike opened fire on a group of anti-government activists in the northwest, killing two amid heightened tensions on the anniversary of a general election boycotted by a major opposition alliance last year. Two more activists from the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party were killed during clashes with supporters of the governing party and security forces.
    (AP, 1/5/15)(SFC, 1/6/15, p.A4)

2015        Jan 7, In Bangladesh 2 people were shot dead when police and armed protesters began firing in the southern district of Noakhali. An auto-rickshaw passenger was attacked and killed by anti-government protesters in the central district of Sirajganj.
    (AP, 1/8/15)

2015        Jan 14, In Bangladesh 5 people were killed when demonstrators firebombed a passenger bus and 2 political activists were assassinated as violence claimed at least 22 lives this month. Authorities blamed supporters of opposition leader Khaleda Zia.
    (SFC, 1/15/15, p.A2)

2015        Jan 19, Bangladeshi police arrested four suspected members of Islamic State in Dhaka, including a regional coordinator for the militant group who told police they had been trained in Pakistan.
    (Reuters, 1/19/15)

2015        Jan 29, A fishing boat carrying migrants to Malaysia capsized off the southern coast of Bangladesh and about 20 people were missing. The passengers were reportedly being taken by traffickers to Malaysia for unconfirmed jobs.
    (AP, 1/29/15)

2015        Jan 31, In Bangladesh at least 13 people including two women were killed when a fire swept through a plastics factory in Dhaka.
    (Reuters, 1/31/15)

2015        Jan - 2015 May, Indian forces killed 20 Bangladeshis trying to cross the border illegally.
    (Econ, 6/13/15, p.40)

2015        Feb 3, In Bangladesh attackers threw crude fire bombs at a packed bus, setting it alight as it moved along a highway and leaving at least 7 people dead during a nationwide strike called by the opposition.
    (AP, 2/3/15)

2015        Feb 6, In Bangladesh attackers threw crude fire bombs at a packed bus and a moving truck in two separate incidents, killing at least 9 people and injuring 30 others.
    (AP, 2/7/15)

2015        Feb 13, In southern Bangladesh a trawler carrying up to 200 passengers sank in the River Payra. Most people were rescued or swam ashore. At least five people died and two were missing.
    (AP, 2/13/15)

2015        Feb 22, Bangladesh officials said special forces have raided a training camp in the southeastern Chittagong district operated by an Islamist militant network that was planning to carry out attacks in the country.
    (Reuters, 2/22/15)
2015        Feb 22, In Bangladesh a river ferry carrying up to 140 passengers capsized after being hit by a cargo vessel, killing at least 70 people.
    (AP, 2/22/15)(AP, 2/23/15)

2015        Feb 25, A Bangladesh court issued an arrest warrant for Khaleda Zia, the opposition leader whose political feud with PM Sheikh Hasina has dominated the country's politics for more than a decade.
    (AP, 2/25/15)

2015        Feb 26, Prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger Avijit Roy, known for speaking out against religious extremism, was hacked to death as he walked through Dhaka with his wife, Rafida Ahmed, who was seriously injured. A previously unknown militant group, Ansar Bangla 7, claimed responsibility. Asim Umar, purported leader of al Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent (AQIS), later claimed credit for the killing.
    (AP, 2/27/15)(AP, 2/28/15)(SFC, 5/5/15, p.A5)

2015        Feb 28, Bangladeshi special forces raided a militant hideout in the southeast town of Chittagong, arrested four suspects and seized explosives and weapons.
    (Reuters, 2/28/15)

2015        Mar 2, Bangladeshi security officials arrested Farabi Shafiur Rahman as a suspect in the killing of blogger Avijit Roy, a prominent critic of extremist Islam who was hacked to death on Feb 26.
    (AP, 3/2/15)

2015        Mar 5, Bangladeshi customs authorities seized nearly 27 kg of gold, worth about $1.67 million, from North Korean diplomat Son Young Nam after he tried to smuggle in the bullion using diplomatic immunity.
    (AFP, 3/6/15)

2015        Mar 9, Bangladesh said it has ordered North Korean diplomat Son Young Nam to leave the country after he tried to smuggle in gold bullion using diplomatic immunity. North Korea apologized to Bangladesh over the incident.
    (AFP, 3/9/15)(SFC, 3/10/15, p.A2)

2015        Mar 12, In Bangladesh the roof of a five-story cement factory under construction collapsed, killing 7 workers in the port town of Mongla. Nearly 50 survivors were pulled from the rubble.
    (AP, 3/12/15)(Reuters, 3/13/15)

2015        Mar 18, A Bangladesh court indicted Mufti Jasimuddin Rahmani, a leader of the hard-line Islamist group Ansarullah Bangla Team, and seven students in the hacking death of atheist blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider two years ago.
    (AP, 3/18/15)

2015        Mar 27, In Bangladesh at least 10 people were killed and dozens more injured in a stampede during a Hindu religious gathering in Langalbandh.
    (AP, 3/27/15)

2015        Mar 30, In Bangladesh blogger Oyasiqur Rhaman (27) was hacked to death by three men in Dhaka. Two of the attackers, students at madrassas, were caught near the scene.
    (AP, 3/30/15)(SFC, 3/31/15, p.A2)

2015        Apr 5, Bangladesh’s former premier and main opposition leader Khaleda Zia was granted bail in two graft cases after she appeared before a special court.
    (Reuters, 4/5/15)
2015        Apr 5, In Bangladesh a severe storm killed at least 24 people and injured dozens more, mostly in Bogra district in the northern part of the country.
    (Reuters, 4/5/15)

2015        Apr 9, in southwestern Bangladesh a bus packed with passengers veered off the road, hit trees and plunged into a ditch, killing at least 24 people and injuring 22 others.
    (AP, 4/9/15)

2015        Apr 11, In Bangladesh Mohammad Qamaruzzaman, an Islamist party official, was hanged in the central jail in Dhaka on charges of crimes against humanity during the country's 1971 independence war.
    (AP, 4/12/15)

2015        Apr 15, In Bangladesh at least 9 people were killed in central Dhaka when a two-storey home built on swampy ground collapsed.
    (Reuters, 4/15/15)

2015        May 10, In Indonesia rescuers brought ashore 469 migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh after their wooden boat arrived off Aceh.
    (AFP, 5/10/15)

2015        May 11, Indonesian and Malaysian authorities said nearly 2,000 boat people from Myanmar and Bangladesh have been rescued or swum to shore, warning that yet more desperate migrants could be in peril at sea.
    (AFP, 5/11/15)

2015        May 12, In Bangladesh blogger and banker Ananta Bijoy Das (33) was hacked to death by machete-wielding attackers, the third killing of a critic of religious extremism in the Muslim-majority nation in less than three months.
    (Reuters, 5/12/15)
2015        May 12, Malaysia said it would turn away any more migrant boats packed with Rohingya and Bangladeshis unless they were sinking.
    (AP, 5/12/15)

2015        May 15, In Indonesia more than 1,000 weak, hungry people fleeing persecution in Myanmar and poverty in Bangladesh came ashore, describing murder, extortion and near starvation after surviving a harrowing journey at sea. Dozens were reported killed in violent clashes between the Bangladeshis and Rohingya on board. A group of 106 people were found on a Thai island.
    (AP, 5/15/15)

2015        May 22, Myanmar’s navy said it has carried out its first rescue of a migrant boat when scores of bare-chested men were found crammed into the hull of a wooden fishing vessel and taken to shore. Officials the next day said all 208 men are from Bangladesh and will soon be returned there.
    (AFP, 5/23/15)

2015        May 24, Malaysia’s home minister said mass graves and suspected human-trafficking detention camps have been discovered by police in towns and villages bordering Thailand. The mass graves were believed to contain the bodies of hundreds of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh.
    (Reuters, 5/24/15)

2015        May 25, Bangladesh banned a radical Islamist group accused of attacking and killing atheist bloggers and writers.
    (AP, 5/25/15)

2015        May 28, In Bangladesh two garment factories became the first to be declared safe under a scheme set up to prevent a repeat of one of the world's worst industrial disasters.
    (AFP, 5/28/15)

2015        Jun 6, Bangladesh and India sealed a historic land pact to swap territories in the presence of visiting Indian PM Narendra Modi and Bangladeshi premier Sheikh Hasina.  This will finally allow tens of thousands of people living in border enclaves to choose their nationality after decades of stateless limbo. India announced a "US$2 billion line of credit" to Bangladesh in an effort to deepen bilateral ties.
    (AFP, 6/6/15)

2015        Jun 7, Thousands living near the Bangladesh-India border celebrated an historic agreement that will allow them to choose their nationality after decades of stateless limbo.
    (AFP, 6/7/15)

2015        Jun 28, Bangladesh officials said at least 23 people have died in flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains that lashed the southeast.
    (Reuters, 6/28/15)

2015        Jul 8, In Bangladesh Samiul Islam Rajon (13), was tied to a pole and then subjected to a brutal assault in which he pleaded for his life. A 28-minute video of Samiul was widely circulated after being posted on social media. On July 14 authorities arrested prime suspect Moyna Chowkidar (38) on the outskirts of the northeastern city of Sylhet. Police later filed charges against 13 men.
    (AFP, 7/15/15)(AP, 8/17/15)

2015        Jul 10, In central Bangladesh a stampede killed 21 elderly women and four young people early today when hundreds of people stormed the home of a businessman for a charity handout during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.
    (AP, 7/10/15)

2015        Jul 16, In Bangladesh a special war crimes tribunal sentenced Forkan Mollick to death on charges that he committed rape and murder in 1971 during the war for independence from Pakistan. Mollick, a former low-ranking activist of the Muslim League, shouted his innocence as police took him away.
    (AP, 7/16/15)

2015        Jul 31, Bangladesh and India hoisted their respective flags in 162 enclaves -- 111 in Bangladesh and 51 in India -- to assume sovereignty over the territories following a border agreement in June. Around 1,000 people on the Bangladesh side opted to keep their Indian nationalities, meaning they will have to relocate by November.
    (AFP, 7/31/15)

2015        Aug 7, In Bangladesh a gang armed with machetes hacked secular blogger Niloy Chakrabarti (40) to death at his home in Dhaka, sparking protests in the capital over the fourth such murder in Bangladesh this year. On August 13 Dhaka police arrested suspects Saad-al-Nahin and Masum Rana, both members of the hardline Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT).
    (AFP, 8/7/15)(AP, 8/14/15)

2015        Aug 9, Bangladesh police said 6 suspected wildlife poachers were killed in a clash with law enforcement in the Khulna district Sundarbans forest. Officers seized five guns and three tiger skins. Only about 100 Bengal tigers were left in the Bangladeshi part of the Sundarbans.
    (SFC, 8/10/15, p.A2)

2015        Aug 11, In Bangladesh a war crimes tribunal sentenced one man to death and another to life in prison for collaborating with Pakistan to commit mass killings and other crimes during the 1971 war for independence. The head judge handed down the sentences to Sheikh Sirajul Islam and Khan Akram Hossain.
    (AP, 8/11/15)

2015        Aug 17, In Bangladesh a court Dhaka sentenced six officials of a now-dissolved drug company to 10 years in jail for producing toxic paracetamol syrup that reportedly killed hundreds of children who developed kidney diseases and other ailments after taking the medicine in the 1990s.
    (AP, 8/17/15)
2015        Aug 17, Bangladesh’s elite forces arrested three suspected Islamist militants, including a British citizen of Bangladeshi origin, for masterminding the killings of secular bloggers Avijit Roy on Feb 26 and Ananta Bijoy Das on May 12. Touhidur Rahman (58) and two active members of outlawed Islamist group Ansarullah Bangla Team were arrested in Dhaka.
    (Reuters, 8/18/15)

2015        Aug 18, Bangladesh authorities arrested three lawyers for funding a newly founded militant group. Sakila Farzana, Hasanuzzaman Liton and Mahfuz Chowdhury Bopon allegedly channeled more than 10 million takas ($129,870) to the Shaheed Hamza Brigade for the new militant group to buy weapons and fund its operation.
    (AP, 8/19/15)

2015        Sep 10, Bangladesh overnight arrested three members of the outlawed Islamist group Ansarullah Bangla Team, including its leader, Abul Bashar, for their alleged involvement in the killings of online critics of religious militancy.
    (AP, 9/10/15)

2015        Sep 28, In Bangladesh Cesare Tavella (50), an Italian aid worker, was shot dead in Dhaka in an attacked claimed by the Islamic State. On Oct 26 Bangladeshi police said four people were arrested overnight in connection with the killing.
    (Reuters, 9/29/15)(AP, 10/2615)

2015        Oct 3, In Bangladesh Kunio Hoshi (65), a Japanese citizen born in Bangladesh, was attacked by unidentified assailants in Kownia in Rangpur district. The Islamic State claimed responsibility. Police detained four people in connection with the shooting. On Dec 7 Masud Rana, believed to be a member of Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh, confessed that he fatally shot the Japanese agriculture researcher. On August 8, 2016 a court issued warrants for the arrest of four more suspected members of a banned group, Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
    (Reuters, 10/3/15)(AP, 12/8/15)(Reuters, 8/7/16)

2015        Oct 5, In Bangladesh Baptist pastor Luke Sarker had his throat slashed in the town of Iswardi. On Oct 12 police said they had arrested five members of the outlawed Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) group for the attempted murder.
    (AFP, 10/12/15)

2015        Oct 24, In Bangladesh unidentified attackers hurled home-made bombs as thousands of Shiite Muslims gathered for a religious procession in Dhaka before dawn injuring more than 100 other people. 2 people were killed. Authorities immediately arrested two suspects and recovered two unexploded bombs.
    (AP, 10/24/15)(Econ, 11/7/15, p.36)

2015        Oct 31, In Bangladesh Faysal Arefin Deepan, a publisher of slain online critic of religious militancy Avijit Roy, was hacked to death in Dhaka hours after similar attacks on two secular writers and another publisher in the majority-Muslim country.
    (Reuters, 10/31/15)(Econ, 11/7/15, p.36)

2015        Nov 2, In Bangladesh angry publishers burnt books and closed their businesses, in the third day of protests over the latest gruesome attacks on secular writers and publishers by suspected hardline Islamists.
    (AFP, 11/2/15)

2015        Nov 3, In Bangladesh about 1,000 authors and teachers marched through the streets of Dhaka, asserting their right to free speech days after a suspected Islamist group attacked writers and publishers critical of religious militancy.
    (Reuters, 11/3/15)

2015        Nov 4, In Bangladesh an attack on a checkpoint near Dhaka left one police officer dead and another wounded. The Islamic State soon claimed responsibility.
    (SFC, 11/6/15, p.A2)

2015        Nov 8, Courts in Bangladesh sentenced six people to death for torturing and killing two young boys earlier this year. Samiul Islam Rajon (13) died in July after he was brutally beaten. Rakib Hawlader (12) died in August after his former employer at a car repair shop used a nozzle to pump air into his rectum and filled his body with air in retaliation for quitting his job.
    (AP, 11/8/15)

2015        Nov 11, In Bangladesh a baby girl was born with two heads. Initial tests showed she only has one set of vital organs.
    (AFP, 11/12/15)

2015        Nov 18, Bangladesh's Supreme Court upheld death sentences given to opposition leaders Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid of Jamaat-e-Islami. Both were convicted in 2013 of war crimes during the country's 1971 independence war against Pakistan.
    (AP, 11/18/15)

2015        Nov 22, Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid (Mojaheed), secretary general of the main Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami, were hanged at 12:55 a.m. at Dhaka Central Jail. Unknown assailants opened fire on a Bangladesh television channel's vehicle and wounded a journalist.
    (AP, 11/22/15)(Reuters, 11/22/15)(Econ, 11/28/15, p.35)

2015        Nov 25, Bangladesh police commandos killed Al Bani, the suspected military chief of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, a banned Islamist group, in a shootout in Dhaka.
    (Reuters, 11/26/15)

2015        Nov 26, In northern Bangladesh at least five assailants opened fire on devotees during evening prayers at a Shiite mosque, leaving one person dead and three others wounded in Haripur village.
    (AP, 11/26/15)

2015        Dec 5, In northern Bangladesh unidentified attackers hurled three homemade bombs on the premises of a Hindu temple during a drama performance early today, injuring 10 people outside the Kantajir temple during an annual fair in Dinajpur district.
    (AP, 12/5/15)

2015        Dec 18, In Bangladesh at least six naval personnel were seriously wounded in explosions at the end of prayers at a mosque inside a naval base in Chittagong. Two people were arrested and police said they had confessed to being members of banned militant group Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh.
    (Reuters, 12/18/15)

2015        Dec 25, Bangladesh's state-run Atomic Energy Commission signed a deal with Russia to set up two nuclear power plants, each with 1,200 megawatt capacity.
    (Reuters, 12/25/15)
2015        Dec 25, In northwest Bangladesh a bomb attack on a mosque during prayers killed one person and wounded at least a dozen. The mosque was run by the minority Ahmmadiya Muslim community in Rajshahi.
    (Reuters, 12/25/15)

2015        Dec 31, A court in Bangladesh sentenced two people to death and six others to prison for killing atheist blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider in 2013, the first verdicts since suspected Islamist militants began targeting secular activists.
    (AP, 12/31/15)

2016        Jan 4, A powerful earthquake struck northeast India and Bangladesh, killing at least 11 people and injuring nearly 200, with efforts to reach remote areas where people may be trapped hampered by severed power lines and telecommunication links.
    (Reuters, 1/4/16)

2016        Jan 18, A Bangladesh court jailed five militants of the banned Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Islamist group for 10 years over bombings in 2005 that formed part of a series of blasts across the Muslim-majority nation.
    (Reuters, 1/18/16)

2016        Feb 2, In Bangladesh a special war crimes tribunal sentenced two more men to death after finding them guilty of killing, kidnapping and looting during the country's independence war against Pakistan in 1971. The three-judge panel ruled that Obaidul Haque Taher and Ataur Rahman Noni were involved in the deaths of seven people. Prosecutors said they helped Pakistani soldiers attack a village in Netrokona district on Oct. 19, 1971.
    (AP, 2/2/16)

2016        Feb 4 - 2016 Feb 5, Unknown hackers breached Bangladesh Bank's systems and tried to steal nearly $1 billion from its account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Many of the payments were blocked. But $20 million made its way to the Shalika Foundation in Sri Lanka before the transfer was reversed. Another $81 million was routed the Philippines, and diverted to casinos there, where the trail runs out. North Korea was later implicated in the cyber theft. In September a court in the Philippines ordered the central bank to return $15 million.
    (Reuters, 3/31/16)(Econ, 3/26/15, p.46)(SFC, 5/31/16, p.D2)(Econ, 10/15/16, p.71)

2016        Feb 13, Authorities in Bangladesh said they have begun a survey to determine the number of Rohingya Muslims who have fled persecution in majority-Buddhist Myanmar.
    (AP, 2/13/16)

2016        Feb 21, In northern Bangladesh Hindu priest Jogeshwar Roy was hacked to death and two devotees injured in an attack on a temple in the Deviganj area of Panchgarh district.
    (AP, 2/21/16)

2016        Feb 22, A Bangladesh official said police have seized at least 20 bombs and bomb-making materials and arrested two suspected members of a banned radical Islamist group in a series of weekend raids.
    (AP, 2/22/16)

2016        Mar 6, Bangladesh’s elite anti-terrorism unit detained three suspected members of a militant group believed to be behind a spate of recent attacks.
    (Reuters, 3/6/16)

2016        Mar 9, The Bangladesh central bank said it is working to recover some $100 million allegedly stolen by Chinese hackers from an account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The money was apparently transferred to accounts in the Philippines. At least 30 transfer requests were made Feb. 5 using the Bangladesh Bank's SWIFT code, out of which five succeeded in effecting transfers. North Korea was later implicated in the cyber theft. In 2017 a report by Kaspersky Lab, “Lazarus Under the Hood," said North Korean hackers hit not only Bangladesh but also targeted dozens of banks worldwide in a sustained attempt at global digital robbery.
    (AP, 3/9/16)(SFC, 5/31/16, p.D2)(SFC, 4/7/17, p.A4)

2016        Mar 14, In Bangladesh alleged Muslim preacher Hafidh Abdul Razzaq (45), one of the top preachers for the Rafidha religion, was murdered in Jhenaidah. The Islamic State soon claimed responsibility. Police identified the dead man as a homeopathic doctor and denied that he was a preacher or a Shi'ite.
    (Reuters, 3/15/16)

2016        Mar 15, Bangladesh’s central bank Gov. Atiur Rahman resigned following the recent theft of some $100 million allegedly stolen by Chinese hackers from a Bangladesh account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
    (Econ, 3/19/15, p.76)

2016        Mar 22, In Bangladesh election violence included vicious political clashes between rival parties as well as security forces opening fire on rioters. At least 13 people died as a result.
    (AP, 3/24/16)

2016        Mar 28, Bangladesh's top court rejected a 28-year-old petition to remove Islam as the official religion of the Muslim-majority South Asian nation.
    (AP, 3/28/16)

2016        Mar 30, A Bangladeshi court issued arrest warrants for former PM Khaleda Zia and 27 other opposition party leaders on accusations they instigated an arson attack on a passenger bus during an anti-government protest last year.
    (AP, 3/30/16)

2016        Mar 31, In the Philippines a Chinese casino junket operator returned $4.63 million of the $81 million that hackers stole from the Bangladesh central bank's account in the US Federal Reserve Bank and laundered in Manila's casinos.
    (AP, 3/31/16)

2016        Apr 3, In northern Bangladesh an explosion killed two suspected militants in the Sherpur area of Bogra district. The next day a 12-member bomb disposal unit searched the house and recovered 20 grenades, four pistols and 25 bullets.
    (AP, 4/4/16)

2016        Apr 6, In Bangladesh Nazimuddin Samad, a student who expressed pro-atheist views online, was hacked to death as he walked with a friend in Dhaka. On April 8 Ansar al-Islam, the Bangladesh division of al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent, or AQIS, said that its members carried out the attack.
    (AP, 4/7/16)(AP, 4/9/16)

2016        Apr 10, In Bangladesh protesters opposing the construction of a Chinese-backed, coal-fired power plant in the coastal district of Chittagong agreed to halt their activities for 15 days, defusing tensions after four demonstrators were killed last week.
    (Reuters, 4/10/16)

2016        Apr 23, In northwestern Bangladesh university professor A.F.M. Rezaul Karim Siddique was hacked to death on his way to work in an attack similar to other killings by suspected Muslim militants. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack. On May 15 police tracked down the regional commander of the group Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh in the northern district of Bogra. The suspect, Maskawath Hasan Sakib, nicknamed Abdullah, confessed involvement in the attack before a magistrate, leading to the arrests of the three other suspects on May 16.
    (AP, 4/23/16)(AP, 5/17/16)

2016        Apr 25, In Bangladesh a gay rights activist and his friend were killed. Ansar-al-Islam, the Bangladeshi branch of al-Qaida, soon claimed responsibility. Xulhaz Mannan (35), an editor of a magazine for Bangladesh's gay and lesbian community, and fellow activist Mahbub Tonoy (25) were murdered in a Dhaka apartment by about six men carrying machetes and guns. On May 14 police arrested Shariful Islam Shihab (37), a member of the Ansarullah Bangla Team.
    (AP, 4/26/16)(AFP, 5/15/16)

2016        Apr 30, In Bangladesh two assailants sped up to a tailor's shop by motorcycle, dragged out Hindu owner Nikhil Chandra Joardar (50) and hacked him to death in Tangail. Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for the killing. Police the next day detained three men in connection to the killing.
    (Reuters, 4/30/16)(AP, 5/1/16)

2016        May 5, The Bangladesh Supreme Court upheld the death sentence of Motiur Rahman Nizami (73), the leader of top Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami, for war crimes. Nizami was convicted in 2014 of murder, rape and orchestrating the killing of intellectuals during the country's 1971 war of independence.
    (AFP, 5/5/16)

2016        May 10, In Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami party leader Motiur Rahman Nizami, a main political ally of opposition chief Khaleda Zia, was executed for war crimes committed during the country's 1971 independence conflict with Pakistan. His hanging sparked several outbreaks of violence and heightened tensions.
    (AFP, 5/11/16)

2016        May 14, Bangladesh local media said 64 people have been killed by lightning over the past two days during tropical storms across the country.
    (AP, 5/14/16)
2016        May 14, in southeastern Bangladesh body of Buddhist monk Maung Shue U. Chak (75) was found in a monastery with his throat slit.
    (AP, 5/14/16)

2016        May 20, In Bangladesh Sanaur Rahman, a homeopath doctor, was hacked to death and his friend critically wounded by men wielding machetes. The two were hit by three attackers who fled on a motorbike in the western district of Kushtia.
    (AP, 5/21/16)

2016        May 21, In Bangladesh cyclone Roanu unleashed heavy rain and strong winds on the southern coastal region, killing at least 11. About 100,000 people were forced from their homes on Moheshkhali island in Cox's Bazar.
    (AP, 5/21/16)
2016        May 21, In Bangladesh 3 workers were killed when fire engulfed a textile factory in Narsingdi.
    (Reuters, 5/21/16)

2016        May 31, A Bangladesh court sentenced to death six militants from the banned  Islamist groups Jumataul Mujahedeen Bangladesh (JMB) and Ansarullah Bangla Team, for the killing of 7 people during a bank robbery last year.
    (AP, 5/31/16)
2016        May 31, A Singapore court convicted four Bangladeshi workers of financing terrorism. They were being held on suspicion of planning attacks linked to the Islamic State group in their own country.
    (AP, 5/31/16)

2016        Jun 1, A special court in Bangladesh sentenced a man to death and two of his associates to life in prison after finding them guilty of killing two local fighters during the country's 1971 war of independence against Pakistan.
    (AP, 6/1/16)

2016        Jun 5, In Bangladesh Mahmuda Aktar (33), the wife of a senior police official known for battling Islamist militants, was stabbed and shot to death in Chittagong. Machete-wielding assailants killed Christian grocer Sunil Gomes (60) in a separate incident in the northern district of Natore.
    (Reuters, 6/5/16)

2016        Jun 7, In southwestern Bangladesh unidentified bike-riding assailants shot and hacked Hindu priest Anando Gopal Ganguly (70) to death amid a spate of similar attacks allegedly by radical Islamist groups since last year.
    (AP, 6/7/16)

2016        Jun 10, In northern Bangladesh suspected Islamist assailants hacked Hindu holy man Nitya Ranjan Pandey (60) to death and fled without anyone witnessing the attack.
    (AP, 6/10/16)

2016        Jun 11, Bangladesh police said they have arrested 3,155 people in a sweeping nationwide crackdown following a spate of gruesome murders.
    (AFP, 6/11/16)

2016        Jun 12, Bangladesh police said they have arrested at least 85 militants as part of a broad crackdown on Islamists after a wave of brutal attacks on minorities and liberal activists. Since the crackdown began on June 9, police have arrested 5,324 people.
    (Reuters, 6/12/16)(AP, 6/12/16)

2016        Jun 15, In Bangladesh Hindu mathematics teacher Ripon Chakraborty was attacked and seriously wounded this evening by three knife-wielding assailants when he answered the doorbell at his home in Madaripur. A student (22) of a college in Dhaka, Ghulam Faijullaha Fahim, was caught by people who came to the rescue of the screaming teacher. Fahim told police the attack had been planned by members of the banned militant group Hizb ut-Tahrir.
    (Reuters, 6/16/16)(Reuters, 6/18/16)
2016        Jun 15, Bangladesh police arrested Mohammed Sumon Hossain, a suspected member of the banned Ansarullah Bangla Team. He was suspected of participating in an attack against publisher Ahmed Rashid Tutul in his Dhaka office last October.
    (AP, 6/16/16)

2016        Jun 18, In Bangladesh Ghulam Faijullaha Fahim (19), who was in police custody, was shot when officers took him with them to help capture his associates. On June 15 Fahim had critically wounded a Hindu college teacher.
    (Reuters, 6/18/16)

2016        Jun 30, British American Tobacco (BAT), the world's second biggest cigarette company, vowed to investigate some of its supply farms in Bangladesh after a Swedish campaign group uncovered the use of child workers to grow and process tobacco.
    (Reuters, 6/30/16)

2016        Jul 1, In southwest Bangladesh a Hindu temple worker was hacked to death in the latest attack blamed on radical Islamists.
    (AP, 7/1/16)
2016        Jul 1, In Bangladesh Islamist militants stormed a busy restaurant in Dhaka's diplomatic area late today, ordered all Bangladeshis to stand up before they began killing foreigners. 20 hostages were killed, including at least 9 Italians and 7 Japanese inside the restaurant, before security forces stormed the building and ended a 12-hour standoff. Two policemen and 6 gunmen were killed during the police operation. One militant was captured. Bangladesh police shot dead the pizza chef of the restaurant, mistakenly thinking he was one of the militants. On August 4 British national Hasnat Karim and Univ. of Toronto student Tahmid Hasib Khan were arrested in Dhaka on allegations of involvement in the attack. On Jan 13 police detained Jahangir Alam, one of the men behind the attack. About 50 suspected militants were killed in shootouts following the attack, including Bangladesh-born Canadian citizen Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury, said to be the main planner.
    (Reuters, 7/2/16)(Reuters, 7/3/16)(Reuters, 7/5/16)(SFC, 8/5/16, p.A3)(Reuters, 1/14/17)

2016        Jul 7, In Bangladesh militants attacked police guarding the country's biggest festival marking the end of Ramadan, killing 3 people and wounding 14 in Kishoreganj town, days after Islamic State claimed a major attack in the capital. Two attackers were reported killed and three arrested.
    (Reuters, 7/7/16)

2016        Jul 8, Bangladeshi teenager Zakir Hossain Shawon (18), who police say was a suspect in last week's deadly attack on a Dhaka café, died in custody. His family insisted he was a hostage and alleging torture by security forces.
    (AFP, 7/9/16)

2016        Jul 16, In Bangladesh police in Dhaka arrested three people and another a day later, including a university professor, for failing to register information about tenants renting property who attacked a cafe in the city on July 1, killing 20 people.
    (AP, 7/17/16)

2016        Jul 18, In Bangladesh a special tribunal sentenced three militia members to death for carrying out killings and other serious crimes during the country's independence war against Pakistan 35 years ago. Five other defendants were sentenced to life in prison. Only two of the defendants were in the docks. The others were tried in absentia.
    (AP, 7/18/16)

2016        Jul 20, In Bangladesh a senior officer with the police-led Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), which is involved in counter-terrorism, said a list of 260 young men missing for over a year has been compiled from reports from families and intelligence tip-offs.
    (Reuters, 7/20/16)

2016        Jul 21, A Bangladesh court handed a seven-year jail term to the son of main opposition leader Khaleda Zia in a case of money laundering, scrapping an acquittal by a lower court. Tarique Rahman (51) was also fined 200 million taka ($2.5 million).
    (Reuters, 7/21/16)

2016        Jul 26, Bangladesh police raided a den of suspected Islamic militants in Dhaka, killing 9 men and seizing explosives, revolvers and black flags. Authorities said the suspects were likely from the Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh (JMB), who were blamed for the July 1 attack that killed 20 people.
    (AP, 7/26/16)(SFC, 7/27/16, p.A2)

2016        Jul 31, Bangladesh disaster management officials in Dhaka said lightning has killed 15 people over the the past two days.
    (Reuters, 7/31/16)

2016        Aug 1, In Bangladesh more than 100,000 students linked their hands to form human chains to protest two attacks last month by suspected Islamist militants.
    (AP, 8/1/16)

2016        Aug 11, Bangladesh police arrested five members of a domestic Islamist militant group planning suicide attacks in the capital, Dhaka, as authorities hunted for the mastermind of a deadly assault last month.
    (Reuters, 8/12/16)

2016        Aug 23, Bangladeshi police arrested Moinul Islam Shamim, suspected of killing publisher Arefin Deepan on Oct. 31 in his office in Dhaka, as part of a crackdown on radicals blamed for violent attacks on foreigners, liberals and minorities. Shamim is a key organizer of the banned group Ansarullah Bangla Team.
    (AP, 8/24/16)

2016        Aug 27, Police in Bangladesh killed 3 suspected militants, including Tamim Chowdhury, the alleged mastermind of a major attack on a cafe last July 1 that left 20 people dead. The militants belonged to the banned group Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh (JMB).
    (AP, 8/27/16)

2016        Sep 28, Officials said Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan and India have expressed their "inability" to attend the summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) scheduled for November in Islamabad.
    (AP, 9/28/16)

2016        Nov 6, Bangladesh police said 53 people have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in attacks and looting from Hindu homes. Hindu homes and temples in the Brahmanbairs district have come under attack during the last week, after a local youth allegedly shared a Facebook post that Islamic hardliners said denigrated the Masjid al-Haram — a holy site for Muslims.
    (Reuters, 11/6/16)

2016        Nov 22, More Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar poured into neighboring Bangladesh, with some feared to have drowned after a boat sank during a bid to flee violence that has killed at least 86 people and displaced 30,000.
    (Reuters, 11/23/16)

2016        Nov 25, Thousands of Bangladeshis marched in the streets of Dhaka to protest the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Smaller protests occurred in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.
    (AP, 11/25/16)

2016        Dec 7, London-based think-tank Overseas Development Institute said one third of children living in the slums of Bangladesh's capital spend more than 60 hours a week making clothes for the garment sector, well beyond the legal working limit.
    (Reuters, 12/7/16)

2016        Dec 24, In Bangladesh a woman and a teenager, believed to be linked to the banned Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh (JMB) Islamist militant group, blew themselves up during a police raid on a two-story house in Dhaka.
    (AP, 12/24/16)

2016        Dec 29, Bangladesh said some 50,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to its territory from Myanmar, seeking shelter from a bloody crackdown by the army.
    (AFP, 12/29/16)

2016        Dec 31, In Bangladesh Manzurul Islam Liton, a national legislator from PM Sheikh Hasina's Awami League party, was shot at his home in Gaibandha district.
    (AP, 1/1/17)

2017        Jan 5, In Bangladesh military intelligence officers presented the bankers of Islami Bank of Bangladesh with letters of resignation. The top three bank officers signed and hours later the bank’s board selected their replacements. The bank had associations with Jamaat-e-Islami, the country’s biggest Islamist party.
    (Econ, 4/8/17, p.34)

2017        Jan 6, In Bangladesh Nurul Islam Marzan was one of two people killed in a shootout early today in Dhaka. Marzan was suspected of being one of the leaders of the July 1, 2015, attack on a popular cafe in Dhaka that left 20 people dead. Saddam Hossain, an accomplice of Marzan, was also killed.
    (AP, 1/6/17)(SFC, 1/7/17, p.A2)

2017        Jan 16, A Bangladesh court sentenced 26 people, including a politician and three officials of an elite security battalion, to death in the grisly, politically motivated killings of seven people in 2014. Nur Hossain, the main suspect, was found guilty of hiring members of his Rapid Action Battalion to kill his rival to establish supremacy in local politics and business.
    (AP, 1/16/17)(SFC, 1/17/17, p.A2)

2017        Jan 24, A top Bangladesh official said his country has begun planting one million palm trees nationwide to help prevent hundreds of people being killed by lightning strikes every year.
    (AFP, 1/24/17)

2017        Jan, Bangladesh revived a much-criticized 2015 plan to move new and old refugees from Myanmar to the island of Thengar Char - which floods at high tide - surprising aid groups who were not consulted and consider the relocation impracticable.
    (Reuters, 2/1/17)

2017        Feb 6, A Myanmar patrol boat opened fire on Bangladeshi fishermen. Nurul Amin (26) was killed, one fisherman was wounded and another went overboard but swam to safety when a Myanmar navy vessel approached their boat at speed in the Naf river which forms the border in that area.
    (Reuters, 2/8/17)

2017        Feb 20, Bangladesh's foreign minister called on the international community on to address Myanmar's treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority, tens of thousands of whom have fled in recent months to Bangladesh from its mainly Buddhist neighbor.
    (Reuters, 2/20/17)

2017        Feb 24, In Bangladesh thousands of people marched in Dhaka to demand a Lady Justice statue, installed last December, be removed from the Supreme Court complex. Islamists oppose idol worship and consider the Lady Justice statue anti-Islamic.
    (AP, 2/24/17)

2017        Mar 13, In northern Bangladesh unknown assailants shot and hacked to death a Sufi spiritual leader and his adopted daughter.
    (AP, 3/14/17)

2017        Mar 17, In Bangladesh two policemen were wounded in the apparently botched attack when a man blew himself up at an elite forces camp near Dhaka's international airport. The Islamic State Group soon claimed responsibility.
    (AFP, 3/18/17)

2017        Mar 18, Bangladesh police in Dhaka shot dead a suspected militant on a motorbike carrying a bag with improvised explosive devices.
    (AP, 3/18/17)

2017        Mar 24, In Bangladesh a suicide bomber blew himself up at a security checkpoint near the international airport in Dhaka, the second such incident in a week.
    (Reuters, 3/24/17)

2017        Mar 25, In eastern Bangladesh six people, including two policemen, were killed in explosions near a building in Sylhet. The Islamic State claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 3/26/17)(Econ, 4/1/17, p.32)

2017        Mar 26, In eastern Bangladesh two suspected militants were killed in an ongoing military raid on a building in Sylhet where armed militants were holed up.
    (AP, 3/26/17)

2017        Mar 27, In Bangladesh a special anti-terrorism unit managed to kill the last four Islamic militants in Sylhet. Police had cordoned off the area on March 24.
    (Econ, 4/1/17, p.32)

2017        Mar 28, In Bangladesh at least four people died and several remain missing after a ferry carrying about 80 passengers capsized the Panguchi River. At least 18 people remained missing.
    (Reuters, 3/28/17)

2017        Mar 29, In Bangladesh as many as eight militants blew themselves up with a grenade north of Dhaka rather than surrender to officers who had cornered them in their hideout in Nasirpur.
    (Reuters, 3/30/17)

2017        Apr 8, India offered a $4.5 billion line of credit to neighboring Bangladesh to help it implement projects in priority areas such as the energy sector, and a separate $500 million credit line to support defense related procurements.
    (Reuters, 4/8/17)

2017        Apr 25, China offered to help tackle a diplomatic row between Bangladesh and Myanmar over the flight of minority Rohingyas.
    (Reuters, 4/25/17)

2017        May 1, Bangladesh police arrested the IT chief of a banned militant Islamist group that has been blamed for the killing of several secular bloggers and gay rights activists. The suspected militant, identified as Ashfaqur Rahman, worked as the IT head of the al Qaeda-inspired militant group Ansarullah Bangla Team.
    (Reuters, 5/2/17)

2017        May 5, The Norwegian central bank said Norway's wealth fund has excluded Bharat Heavy Electricals from its investment portfolio because of concerns over the environmental impact of a plant the Indian company is building. BHEL was building a coal-fired power plant close to the Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest, in Bangladesh.
    (Reuters, 5/5/17)

2017        May 7, In western Bangladesh two suspected militants blew themselves up on when counter-terrorism police stormed a house in a village in Jhenidah district. Police said they were members of a faction of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh group, known as New JMB.
    (Reuters, 5/7/17)

2017        May 11, In Bangladesh five militants and a firefighter were killed in a police raid on a house during a crackdown on radical groups in the northwestern region.
    (AP, 5/11/17)

2017        May 19, Bangladesh police stormed a community center outside Dhaka and arrested 27 men suspected of being gay.
    (SFC, 5/20/17, p.A2)

2017        May 28, Bangladesh authorities reinstalled a Lady Justice statue near the country's Supreme Court, two days after its removal following complaints by Islamist hard-liners.
    (AP, 5/28/17)

2017        May 30, Cyclone Mora battered Bangladesh, killing five people, damaging thousands of homes and ripping through a camp housing thousands of Rohingya refugees who had fled violence in Myanmar.
    (AFP, 5/30/17)

2017        Jun 11, Bangladesh security officials in Dhaka arrested late today six members of Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh, a banned militant group, and accused them of planning to kill an outspoken Islamic scholar for his stand against religious extremism.
    (AP, 6/12/17)

2017        Jun 12, In southeast Bangladesh heavy rain triggered landslides that killed at least 141 people. Police and soldiers struggled to reach the remote districts with aid. The homes of some 4,500 people were swamped by mud and debris unleashed by the landslides.
    (AP, 6/13/17)(AP, 6/14/17)(AP, 6/15/17)

2017        Jun 29, Leading global fashion brands and trade unions agreed to continue a safety program involving thousands of garment factories in Bangladesh for another three years. Swiss-based global trade unions — IndustriALL Global Union and UNIGlobal Union — and brand representatives announced the agreement in Paris.
    (AP, 6/29/17)

2017        Jul 3, In Bangladesh a boiler explosion late today at a garment plant near the city of Dhaka killed 10 people and injured dozens, the latest industrial tragedy to hit one of the world's biggest garment producers.
    (Reuters, 7/4/17)

2017        Aug 11, In Nepal seven South Asian and Southeast Asian nations (Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal) agreed to conclude early a free trade accord, implement the Paris agreement on climate change and step up cooperation among their security agencies to combat terrorism.
    (AP, 8/11/17)

2017        Aug 14, Officials said heavy monsoon rains have unleashed landslides and floods that killed at least 173 people in recent days and displaced millions more across Bangladesh, northern India and southern Nepal.
    (AP, 8/14/17)

2017        Aug 15, In Bangladesh a suspected Islamist militant was killed in an explosion inside a hotel in Dhaka during a raid on an alleged hideout. Police identified the man as Saiful Islam, a college student.
    (AP, 8/15/17)
2017        Aug 15, Officials said the death toll in flooding and landslides that devastated parts of Bangladesh, northern India and southern Nepal over the past few days has risen to 245, while millions of others have been displaced.
    (AP, 8/15/17)

2017        Aug 19, Officials said the death toll in flooding and landslides that devastated parts of Bangladesh, northern India and southern Nepal over the last week has risen to 600, while millions of others have been displaced.
    (AFP, 8/19/17)

2017        Aug 20, A Bangladesh court sentenced ten Islamist militants to death over a failed 2000 plot to assassinate PM Sheikh Hasina by detonating a huge bomb at one of her rallies.
    (AFP, 8/20/17)

2017        Aug 22, A Bangladesh court upheld death sentences on Nur Hossain, a leading politician, and 14 members of an elite military force, including a senior officer, for the abduction and murder of seven people in 2014.
    (Reuters, 8/22/17)

2017        Aug 24, Officials said more than 950 people have been killed in floods triggered by seasonal monsoon rains in Bangladesh, India and Nepal.
    (SFC, 8/25/17, p.A4)

2017        Aug 26, In western Myanmar thousands of ethnic Rohingya Muslims tried to cross into Bangladesh, following an attack by Rohingya militants that left 89 people dead in a dramatic escalation of communal violence that has plagued the region.
    (AP, 8/26/17)

2017        Aug 27, Bangladesh police said they have detained and forcibly returned 90 Rohingya migrants to Myanmar, just hours after Myanmar troops on the other side of the border had opened fire on people fleeing the country.
    (AFP, 8/27/17)

2017        Aug 28, The UN refugee agency said more than 3,000 Rohingya refugees had arrived in Bangladesh from Myanmar in the past three days.
    (AFP, 8/28/17)

2017        Aug 29, A Bangladesh court jailed the Rana Plaza owner for three years for graft, the first of many charges laid against him after the garment factory complex collapsed in 2013 and killed more than 1,130 people.
    (AFP, 8/29/17)

2017        Aug 30, In Bangladesh at least three boats carrying an unknown number of Rohingya Muslims sank in the Naf River at Teknaf in Cox's Bazar.  26 bodies of women and children were recovered.
    (AP, 8/31/17)
2017        Aug 30, The International Organization for Migration said at least 18,500 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh since fighting erupted in Myanmar's neighboring Rakhine state six days ago.
    (AFP, 8/30/17)

2017        Aug 31, Bangladesh coastguards found the bodies of 17 Rohingya, many of them children, who drowned when their boats capsized as they fled violence in Myanmar that has forced at least 18,500 to seek refuge across the border.
    (AFP, 8/31/17)

2017        Sep 3, Relief camps were reaching full capacity as thousands of Rohingya refugees continued to pour into Bangladesh fleeing violence in western Myanmar. Some 73,000 people have crossed the border since violence erupted Aug. 25 in Myanmar's Rakhine state.
    (AP, 9/3/17)

2017        Sep 5, Bangladesh officials said they plan to go ahead with work to develop an isolated, flood-prone island in the Bay of Bengal to temporarily house tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in neighboring Myanmar.
    (Reuters, 9/5/17)

2017        Sep 6, Bangladesh lodged a protest after it said Myanmar had laid landmines near the border between the two countries.
    (Reuters, 9/6/17)
2017        Sep 6, President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey will provide 10,000 tons of aid to help Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Myanmar.
    (Reuters, 9/6/17)
2017        Sep 6, UN workers said about 146,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since violence erupted in Myanmar in late August. This has brought to 233,000 the number of Rohingya who have sought refuge in Bangladesh since October 2016.
    (Reuters, 9/6/17)

2017        Sep 8, The UN refugee agency said an alarming and unprecedented influx of 270,000 Rohingya have sought refuge in Bangladesh over the past two weeks from violence in Myanmar, a dramatic jump in the total as new pockets of people are found.
    (AP, 9/8/17)

2017        Sep 11, The office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said the number of people who have fled to Bangladesh to escape violence in Myanmar's western state of Rakhine has reached 313,000.
    (AP, 9/11/17)

2017        Sep 14, The UN said the number of Rohingya who have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh to escape ethnic unrest hit 389,000 and warned of a looming "worst case scenario" with all of the Muslim minority group trying to leave. The UN appealed for massive help.
    (AFP, 9/14/17)(Reuters, 9/14/17)

2017        Sep 16, Bangladesh said it will build 14,000 new shelters to house the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees camping on roadsides, in fields and on hills.
    (AFP, 9/16/17)

2017        Sep 18, More than 10,000 Muslims in Bangladesh marched toward Myanmar's embassy to protest the country's crackdown on Rohingya Muslims. The Rohingya fleeing a Myanmar military offensive arrived in Bangladesh with fresh accounts of violence and arson as a rights group called for sanctions and an arms embargo to stop what the United Nations has branded ethnic cleansing. More than 410,000 Rohingya Muslims have been sent fleeing to Bangladesh.
    (AP, 9/18/17)(Reuters, 9/18/17)

2017        Sep 20, Bangladesh's army was ordered to take a bigger role helping hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who have fled violence in Myanmar, amid warnings it could take six months to register the new refugees.
    (AFP, 9/20/17)

2017        Sep 21, In Bangladesh a truck carrying relief supplies for Rohingya Muslim refugees skidded off a hilly road and plunged into a paddy field, killing nine people and injuring 10.
    (Reuters, 9/21/17)

2017        Sep 22, In Bangladesh two Myanmar photojournalists arrested while covering a massive influx of Rohingya refugees from their country were released on bail, but they can't leave the country because the charges against them have yet to be dropped.
    (AP, 9/23/17)
2017        Sep 22, Indian officials said security along the largely porous eastern border with Bangladesh has been stepped up and that "chilli and stun grenades" were being used to block the entry of Rohingya Muslims fleeing from violence in Myanmar.
    (Reuters, 9/22/17)

2017        Sep 24, Bangladesh banned telecommunication companies from selling mobile phone connections to Rohingya refugees, citing security concerns for the latest restrictions. Bangladesh has already prohibited the sale of SIM cards to its own citizens who cannot provide an official identity card, in a bid to frustrate the organizational capacity of homegrown militants.
    (AFP, 9/24/17)
2017        Sep 24, In northern Mali three UN soldiers from Bangladesh were killed by an explosive device that detonated as they were escorting a convoy.
    (Reuters, 9/24/17)

2017        Sep 26, The UN drastically increased the estimated number of Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Myanmar to 480,000 as Bangladesh eased restrictions on aid groups working in refugee camps and sought $250 million to cope with the crisis.
    (AFP, 9/26/17)

2017        Oct 1, The World Food Program (WFP) appealed for 75 million dollars in emergency aid over the next six months to help alleviate the suffering of Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh fleeing violence in Myanmar.
    (Reuters, 10/1/17)

2017        Oct 6, More Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar streamed toward the border, despite government assurances that it was stopping the massive exodus of refugees to Bangladesh.
    (AP, 10/6/17)

2017        Oct 8, A boat with more than 30 people fleeing Myanmar capsized off Bangladesh. Twenty-five people drowned, 13 of them children.
    (Reuters, 10/10/17)

2017        Oct 9, In Bangladesh eight leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami, including party chief Maqbul Ahmad and secretary general Shaniqua Rahman, were detained in Dhaka in a crackdown against the opposition that the government blames for inciting militancy.
    (Reuters, 10/10/17)
2017        Oct 9, Thousands of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar fled to Bangladesh in a new surge of refugees driven by fears of starvation and violence the United Nations has denounced as ethnic cleansing.
    (Reuters, 10/9/17)

2017        Oct 12, Thousands of Rohingya left Myanmar, aiming to reach Bangladesh by boat, citing a shortage of food and fear of repression.
    (Reuters, 10/12/17)

2017        Oct 13, Myanmar said its military has launched an internal probe into the conduct of soldiers during a counteroffensive that has sent more than half a million Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh.
    (Reuters, 10/13/17)

2017        Oct 14, In southern Bangladesh wild elephants attacked the new Balukhali camp in Ukhiya town where Rohingya refugees were sleeping, killing a woman and her three children.
    (AP, 10/15/17)

2017        Oct 16, Thousands of new Rohingya refugees crossed the border into Bangladesh from Myanmar. An overcrowded boat carrying refugees capsized in the Bay of Bengal near a Bangladeshi fishing village, killing 12 people, including six children. Up to 65 people were on board, almost half of them children.
    (Reuters, 10/16/17)(AP, 10/16/17)

2017        Oct 23, Bangladesh called on Myanmar to allow nearly 1 million Rohingya Muslim refugees to return home under safe conditions, saying that the burden had become "untenable" on its territory. Governments and international donors pledged $234 million to help over 600,000 Rohingya people who have fled violence in Myanmar into neighboring Bangladesh over the last two months.
    (Reuters, 10/23/17)(AP, 10/23/17)

2017        Oct 24, Government officials from Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed to halt the outflow of Rohingya Muslims to Bangladesh and enable the refugees to return home.
    (AP, 10/24/17)

2017        Oct 27, UN human rights investigators, after a first mission to Bangladesh, said Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar have testified that a "consistent, methodical pattern" of killings, torture, rape and arson is taking place.
    (Reuters, 10/27/17)

2017        Oct 31, Four Rohingya Muslims, a man, woman and two children, drowned when a small wooden fishing boat carrying dozens of refugees fleeing ethnic violence in Myanmar capsized off the Bangladesh coast.
    (Reuters, 10/31/17)

2017        Nov 1, Bangladesh Biman pilot Sabbir Enam (31) was formally arrested a day after being detained for suspected of terrorism offences, including plotting to keep passengers hostage and flying a plane into the houses of top government leaders.
    (Reuters, 11/1/17)
2017        Nov 1, In Bangladesh more than 4,000 Rohingya crossed into Bangladesh as thousands more waited on a beach in Maungdaw to cross the estuary separating the two countries.
    (SFC, 11/3/17, p.A3)
2017        Nov 1, Myanmar insisted it was ready to set up a repatriation process for Rohingya Muslims even as more risked their lives fleeing the country, but it voiced fears Bangladesh was delaying an accord to first get international aid money.
    (Reuters, 11/1/17)

2017        Nov 10, Around 750 Rohingya Muslims made their escape from Myanmar to reach Bangladesh, where the greatest danger is malnutrition and disease in teeming refugee camps. Over 613,000 Rohingya have already taken refuge in the camps since a Myanmar military clearance operation forced them to abandon their villages in northern Rakhine State.
    (Reuters, 11/10/17)

2017        Nov 20, China's foreign ministry said Myanmar and Bangladesh have endorsed its three-stage solution for a negotiated resolution of the Rohingya refugee crisis.
    (AP, 11/20/17)

2017        Nov 23, Myanmar and Bangladesh signed a deal in Naypyidaw paving the way for the possible repatriation of Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Rakhine state.
    (AFP, 11/23/17)

2017        Nov 28, Bangladesh approved a $280 million project to develop an isolated and flood-prone island in the Bay of Bengal to temporarily house 100,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in neighboring Myanmar.
    (Reuters, 11/28/17)
2017        Nov 28, In Bangladesh three alleged Islamist extremists were killed in a raid by police as security was stepped up before Pope Francis's landmark visit to the Muslim-majority nation.
    (AFP, 11/28/17)

2017        Nov 30, In Bangladesh Pope Francis called for "decisive measures" to resolve the political crisis causing mostly Muslim refugees from neighboring Myanmar to flee to Bangladesh. Francis did not use the word Rohingya, which is contested by the Yangon government and military.
    (Reuters, 11/30/17)

2017        Dec 1, In Bangladesh Pope Francis asked for forgiveness from Muslim refugees for all the hurt and persecution they have endured, demanded their rights be recognized and pronounced the word he had so assiduously avoided only days earlier in Myanmar: "Rohingya."
    (AP, 12/1/17)

2017        Dec 2, In Bangladesh Pope Francis urged local priests and nuns to resist the "terrorism of gossip" that can tear religious communities apart, delivering one of his trademark, zinger-filled spontaneous speeches to the country's Catholic leadership at the close of an otherwise tense and diplomatically fraught Asian tour.
    (AP, 12/2/17)

2017        Dec 4, In Cambodia Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina met with her counterpart, Hun Sen, during an official visit to the Southeast Asian country. Several agreements on trade, economic and technical cooperation were signed by officials. Hasina said she asked for Hun Sen's support in helping to find a durable solution to the Rohingya refugee crisis.
    (AP, 12/4/17)

2017        Dec 18, In Bangladesh at least 10 people were killed and another 40 injured in a stampede in the port city of Chittagong at a crowded religious ritual for a popular ex-mayor who died last week.
    (AP, 12/18/17)

2017        Dec 19, Bangladesh and Myanmar set up a joint working group to oversee the repatriation of Rohingya Muslims who fled violence in Myanmar, but the start of their return is likely to be delayed.
    (AP, 12/19/17)

2017        Dec 20, In Bangladesh Turkey's visiting PM Binali Yildirim dubbed the killing of minority Muslim Rohingyas in Myanmar by its security forces "genocide" and urged the international community to ensure their safety back home.
    (Reuters, 12/20/17)

2017        Dec 25, Bangladesh police arrested social media activist Asaduzzaman Noor (25), aka Asad Noor, as he tried to leave the country on charges that he defamed Islam and the Prophet Mohammed.
    (AFP, 12/26/17)

2017        Bangladeshi officials said Saudi Arabia has promised $1 billion to build 560 mosques, one in each town.
    (Econ 6/3/17, p.31)

2018        Jan 2, A court in eastern Bangladesh issued an arrest warrant for former prime minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia involving an arson attack during an anti-government protest two years ago.
    (AP, 1/2/18)

2018        Jan 16, Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed to complete within two years the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who had fled an army crackdown last year in Myanmar.
    (Reuters, 1/16/18)

2018        Jan 19, It was reported that Rohingya leaders in a Bangladesh refugee camp have drawn up a list of demands they want Myanmar to meet before authorities begin sending back hundreds of thousands in a repatriation process expected to begin next week and last for two years.
    (AP, 1/19/18)

2018        Jan 27, Indonesian President Joko Widodo arrived in Bangladesh on a two-day visit to discuss bilateral issues and visit sprawling refugee camps for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar.
    (AP, 1/27/18)

2018        Feb 3, A Bangladeshi farmer lost both legs when he stepped on a landmine reportedly planted by Myanmar security forces in a buffer zone between the two countries.
    (AFP, 2/4/18)

2018        Feb 8, Bangladesh opposition leader and former prime minister Khaleda Zia (72) was jailed for corruption but plans to appeal her five-year term. Khaleda, her son and aides were convicted of stealing 21 million taka ($253,000) in foreign donations received by an orphanage trust set up when she was last prime minister, from 2001 to 2006.
    (Reuters, 2/8/18)

2018        Feb 20, Myanmar agreed with Bangladesh to resettle more than 6,000 Rohingya Muslims who have been stranded in a no man's land between the two countries, as plans for the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of others have been delayed over concerns for their safety if they return to Myanmar.
    (AP, 2/20/18)

2018        Feb 22, Myanmar’s parliament approved a budget of about $15 million for the construction of a fence and related projects along the border with Bangladesh in Rakhine state, from which about 700,000 members of its persecuted ethnic Rohingya Muslim minority have fled violence since last August.
    (AP, 2/23/18)

2018        Feb 23, The Bangladesh Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) police force detained 11 aid workers with a number of different non-government organizations (NGOs) and handed them over to local police. All of them were freed later after their writing that in future they will not visit any camp or will not come out without a valid passport or visa.
    (Reuters, 2/24/18)

2018        Feb 24, Three female Nobel Peace laureates began a weeklong trip to Bangladesh to meet Rohingya Muslim women who were tortured and raped by soldiers in Myanmar before fleeing the country. Iran's Shirin Ebadi, Yemen's Tawakkol Karman and Northern Ireland's Mairead Maguire will assess the violence against the Rohingya women and the refugees' overall situation.
    (AP, 2/24/18)

2018        Feb 28, Three Nobel peace laureates visiting Bangladesh urged Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the military to end the "genocide" of Rohingya Muslims now or face prosecution.
    (Reuters, 2/28/18)

2018        Mar 1, Bangladesh’s border agency accused Myanmar of deploying additional forces across its border near a no man's land where thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees are living in tents.
    (AP, 3/1/18)

2018        Mar 3, Bangladeshi police arrested assailant Faizur Rahman (25) following his knife attack on Zafar Iqbal, a popular author and professor of computer science and engineering.
    (Reuters, 3/4/18)

2018        Mar 4, Bangladeshi police arrested three men as they investigate a knife attack on Zafar Iqbal, a popular author and professor of computer science and engineering. Faizur Rahman had targeted Iqbal as "an enemy of Islam".
    (Reuters, 3/4/18)(AFP, 3/4/18)

2018        Mar 8, In Bangladesh several hundred opposition supporters staged a protest in Dhaka demanding the release of former PM Khaleda Zia, who is serving a five-year prison sentence in a corruption case.
    (AP, 3/8/18)

2018        Mar 12, Bangladesh's High Court granted bail for four months to opposition leader and former PM Khaleda Zia, who was jailed for five years on a corruption conviction and is awaiting an appeal.
    (AP, 3/12/18)

2018        Mar 14, Senior officials in Myanmar announced that they have begun talks with UN agencies to see how they could assist with the repatriation of Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh to escape violence against them. Myanmar officials said they have only been able to verify 374 Rohingya Muslim refugees for possible repatriation from Bangladesh. It was unclear whether the 374 people had agreed to return.
    (AP, 3/14/18)(Reuters, 3/14/18)

2018        Mar 18, A Bangladesh court sentenced seven militants to death after finding them guilty of killing a shrine worker in November, 2015. The convicted men were members of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh group.
    (Reuters, 3/18/18)

2018        Apr 2, Bangladesh officials said Myanmar authorities have lured dozens of mainly Buddhist Bangladeshi tribal families to cross the border and resettle on land abandoned by fleeing Muslim Rohingya.
    (AFP, 4/2/18)

2018        Apr 8, In Bangladesh violence erupted at Dhaka Univ. and police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at students fighting what they complain are discriminatory quotas for government jobs in favor of special groups.
    (AFP, 4/9/18)

2018        Apr 9, In Bangladesh thousands of students across the country staged protests and sit-ins after clashes at the country's top university left at least 100 people injured.
    (AP, 4/9/18)

2018        Apr 11, In Bangladesh tens of thousands of university students marched in cities across the country in one of the biggest protests faced by PM Sheikh Hasina in her decade in power. The students were fighting against a controversial policy that sets aside government jobs for special groups.
    (AFP, 4/11/18)

2018        Apr 28, A UN Security Council delegation arrived in Bangladesh to get a firsthand look at the plight of some 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar to escape military-led violence.
    (AP, 4/28/18)

2018        Apr 29, In Bangladesh Rohingya refugees made emotional pleas to the UN Security Council for help to return safely to their homes in neighboring Myanmar and for justice over the reason they fled - accusations of killings, rapes and arson.
    (Reuters, 4/29/18)

2018        May 8, A Bangladesh court sentenced two militants to death and jailed three for life after finding them guilty of killing a university professor two years ago. Rezaul Karim Siddiquee (58), an English professor at northwestern Rajshahi University, was hacked to death in April 2016.
    (Reuters, 5/8/18)

2018        May 15, In Bangladesh arrests and killings related to illegal drugs began a day after Bangladesh underwent a regular review at the UN Human Rights Council, where it pledged to investigate extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests and other serious violations.
    (Reuters, 6/6/18)

2018        May 25, Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina called for international pressure on Myanmar to take back hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have sought shelter in her country to escape military-led violence.
    (AP, 5/25/18)

2018        May 26, Bangladesh security officials raided an area in the capital and detained at least 100 suspects as part of a nationwide anti-drug crackdown, amid accusations that extrajudicial killings have taken place during the drive. Over 60 suspected drug peddlers have been killed since PM Sheikh Hasina launched the campaign earlier this month.
    (AP, 5/26/18)

2018        May 29, A British jury in Leeds convicted a couple of attempting to force their teenage daughter to marry her first cousin in Bangladesh. The parents are due to be sentenced June 18.
    (AP, 5/29/18)

2018        Jun 2, Myanmar's National Security Adviser Thaung Tun said his country is willing to take back all 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees who have fled to Bangladesh if they volunteer to return.
    (Reuters, 6/2/18)

2018        Jun 6, UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said Bangladeshi security forces have shot dead around 130 people and arrested 13,000 in the past three weeks since the government introduced a "zero tolerance" policy against illegal drugs.
    (AP, 6/6/18)

2018        Jun 18, In Bangladesh Arifullah (35) was killed on a busy road outside the Balukhali camp, where he had been appointed a leader of thousands of Rohingya refugees. He was stabbed at least 25 times. Police soon arrested three Rohingya men over the killing.
    (AP, 7/4/18)

2018        Jul 2, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said he heard "unimaginable" accounts of atrocities during a visit to Bangladesh's refugee camps and called for Myanmar to be held responsible for "crimes" against the Rohingya.
    (AFP, 7/2/18)

2018        Jul 4, Bangladesh officials said thousands of extra police are being deployed to Rohingya refugee camps in the south, after a series of mostly unexplained killings that have sown fear among hundreds of thousands of people who have fled from Myanmar.
    (Reuters, 7/4/18)

2018        Jul 16, In Bangladesh a truck overturned in a refugee camp for Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, killing at least four refugees, three from the same family in Cox's Bazar.
    (Reuters, 7/16/18)

2018        Jul 25, In southeastern Bangladesh heavy monsoon rains triggered landslides and flooding, killing five children and forcing a thousand people to relocate, including in the Rohingya refugee camps.
    (Reuters, 7/25/18)

2018        Jul 29, In Bangladesh protests began in Dhaka after two college students were struck and killed by a pair of buses. Protests by young people demanding safer streets followed for the next five days.
    (AP, 8/3/18)

2018        Aug 4, Bangladesh police fired tear gas and used batons in Dhaka to disperse hundreds of protesting students angry over the traffic deaths of two fellow students, leaving many people injured.
    (AP, 8/4/18)

2018        Aug 5, In Bangladesh thousands of angry young people again took to the streets of Dhaka to demand safer streets, facing police firing tear gas and pro-government activists who attacked some with sticks and clubs. Pro-government activists, members of a political youth league, attacked at least five journalists. Shahidul Alam, a well-known photographer and activist, was arrested by plain-clothed police after giving a television interview in which he said PM Sheikh Hasina had no credibility and was using "brute force" to cling to power.
    (AP, 8/5/18)(AP, 8/6/18)

2018        Aug 6, Bangladesh police in Dhaka fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse hundreds of demonstrating students. A prominent human rights group demanded the release of activist Shahidul Alam, arrested a day earlier for criticizing the government during more than a week of protests.
    (AP, 8/6/18)

2018        Aug 7, New York-based Human Rights Watch said accused the Bangladesh government of using abusive measures in handling student-led protests calling for safer roads.
    (AP, 8/7/18)

2018        Aug 8, A Bangladesh court acquitted a British man detained without charge for two years on suspicion of involvement in the July 1, 2016, attack on a cafe in Dhaka that killed 22 people. Hasnat Karim was in the cafe at the time of the attack for his daughter's 13th birthday party.
    (Reuters, 8/8/18)

2018        Aug 30, In Nepal a two-day summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation began in Kathmandu. Leaders of seven South and Southeast Asian nations (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand) met to discuss regional trade, economic cooperation, security and peace.
    (AP, 8/30/18)

2018        Sep 9, Bangladesh's PM Sheikh Hasina urged the global community, including the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), to increase pressure on Myanmar to ensure the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled a military crackdown.
    (Reuters, 9/9/18)

2018        Sep 19, Bangladesh's parliament passed the Digital Security Act, combining the colonial-era Official Secrets Act with tough new provisions such as allowing police to arrest individuals without a warrant.
    (Reuters, 9/30/18)

2018        Oct 8, Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid signed the Digital Security Act into law. The bill that has been criticized as stifling freedom of speech. Bangladesh's cabinet approved a draft law prescribing the death penalty for drug offences, despite widespread criticism over a drugs crackdown in which police have shot dead more than 200 people since May.
    (AP, 10/8/18)(Reuters, 10/8/18)

2018        Oct 10, A Bangladeshi court sentenced 19 people to death and the son of the opposition leader to life imprisonment over a deadly 2004 attack at a political rally held by current PM Sheikh Hasina. Tarique Rahman was tried in absentia as he is living in exile in London.
    (AP, 10/10/18)(Reuters, 10/10/18)

2018        Oct 13, In Bangladesh a small party led by prominent lawyer Kamal Hossain forged a new alliance with the country's main opposition party that could be seen as a boost against PM Sheikh Hasina's government ahead of national elections due in December.
    (AP, 10/13/18)
2018        Oct 13, In Bangladesh an influential body of newspaper editors criticized the government for a new digital security law that they say will stifle constitutionally protected freedom of speech and curtail press freedom.
    (AP, 10/13/18)

2018        Oct 15, In Bangladesh editors of major daily newspapers in Dhaka formed a human chain to protest a new digital security law they say will stifle freedom of speech and media freedom.
    (AP, 10/15/18)

2018        Oct 22, Bangladesh police arrested Mainul Hosein, a prominent lawyer and newspaper publisher, late today in a raid on the opposition leader's home in Dhaka.
    (AP, 10/23/18)

2018        Oct 29, Former Bangladesh PM Khaleda Zia, the leader of the country's opposition, was sentenced to seven years in jail after being found guilty of misusing her power to collect money for a charity named after her late husband. Separately, the Election Commission withdrew the registration of the country's largest Islamist party in another blow for opposition forces.
    (AP, 10/29/18)

2018        Oct 30, Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed to begin by November the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh to escape a Myanmar army crackdown, though doubts about a speedy return are likely to persist.
    (Reuters, 10/30/18)

2018        Nov 11, In Bangladesh Nagad, a digital financial service, was launched as a joint venture between Third Wave Technologies Limited (TWTL) and the post office.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nagad)(Econ., 3/7/20, p.33)

2018        Nov 13, UN human rights boss Michelle Bachelet called on Bangladesh to halt plans to repatriate 2,200 Rohingya refugees to Myanmar, warning that their lives would be at "serious risk".
    (Reuters, 11/13/18)

2018        Nov 14, Bangladesh authorities said they are ready to begin repatriating some of the more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled from army-led violence in Myanmar since last year, but refugees scheduled to leave said they would refuse to go because of fears for their safety.
    (AP, 11/14/18)
2018        Nov 14, Bangladesh police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at opposition party supporters in the capital Dhaka as tension soared weeks before a general election.
    (Reuters, 11/14/18)

2018        Nov 15, The head of Bangladesh's refugee commission said plans to start the repatriation of 700,000 Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar today were scrapped after officials were unable to find anyone who wanted to return.
    (AP, 11/15/18)

2018        Nov 20, Award-winning Bangladeshi photographer and activist Shahidul Alam (63) was released from prison after more than 100 days behind bars. He was arrested on August 5 for making "false" and "provocative" statements on Al Jazeera television and Facebook during student protests.
    (AFP, 11/20/18)

2018        Nov 26, In Bangladesh Rohingya refugees from Myanmar began a protest demanding that Bangladesh recognize their ethnicity as Rohingya and that officials and aid agencies stop sharing their family information with Myanmar.
    (Reuters, 11/26/18)

2018        Dec 3, In Bangladesh an alliance of opposition parties accused the Election Commission (EC) of being biased in favor of the ruling Awami League Party after it rejected nearly a quarter of the candidates the alliance nominated for elections on Dec. 30.
    (Reuters, 12/3/18)

2018        Dec 10, Bangladesh's telecoms regulator shut down dozens of online news portals for several hours, citing security reasons. An official said 58 sites were found to be not registered with the information ministry and therefore their content was being examined ahead of a parliamentary election later this month.
    (Reuters, 12/10/18)

2018        Dec 15, In Bangladesh barrister Mahabub Uddin Khokon, a candidate for the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), was wounded with shotgun pellets by a senior police officer in Noakhali, a mostly-rural district in the country's southeast. He was reportedly out canvassing for votes along with hundreds of supporters, of whom about 40 were also injured.
    (Reuters, 12/28/18)

2018        Dec 17, Bangladesh's main opposition group promised to remove curbs on free speech and the media and to rein in the police if it unseats PM Sheikh Hasina from her decade-long rule in this month's national election.
    (Reuters, 12/17/18)

2018        Dec 20, A Facebook official said the company is shutting down a series of fake news sites spreading false information about the Bangladesh opposition days before national elections.
    (AP, 12/20/18)

2018        Dec 22, The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) said authorities closed its website last week when they shut 54 news portals and websites for what they claimed were security reasons, just days before the December 30 polls.
    (AFP, 12/22/18)

2018        Dec 25, Bangladesh opposition parties said police have arrested more than 10,500 opposition activists in a crackdown ahead of elections this week.
    (AFP, 12/25/18)

2018        Dec 28, Bangladesh's telecoms regulator ordered mobile operators to shut down high-speed mobile internet services until midnight Dec 29, the day of a national election, to prevent rumors and propaganda surrounding the vote.
    (Reuters, 12/29/18)

2018        Dec 30, Bangladesh voters went to the polls to decide whether to give PM Sheikh Hasina a third consecutive term, in an election seen as a referendum on what critics call Hasina's increasingly authoritarian tendencies. Opposition leader Kamal Hossain said a few hours after voting ended that about 100 candidates from the alliance had withdrawn from their races during the day amid allegations of vote rigging. Hasina's ruling alliance won 288 out of 300 parliamentary seats in the general election. Transparency International later said its investigation into the Bangladesh election found irregularities at 47 of the 50 constituencies surveyed, including fake votes, ballot stuffing, and voters and opposition polling agents barred from entering polling centers.
    (AP, 12/30/18)(Reuters, 12/30/18)(AP, 12/31/18)(Reuters, 1/24/19)

2018        China supplanted India as Bangladesh's biggest source of foreign investment.
    (Econ., 9/19/20, p.41)

2019        Jan 9, Bangladesh police fired tear gas and swung batons as thousands of garment workers demonstrated for better wages for a fourth day. One protester was fatally shot and three dozen others were injured in clashes with police.
    (AP, 1/9/19)

2019        Jan 10, Baton-wielding Bangladeshi police fired tear gas to break up thousands of garment workers demonstrating for higher wages for a fifth day, forcing dozens of factories to close.
    (Reuters, 1/10/19)

2019        Jan 13, Bangladesh's commerce minister said local garment manufacturers have agreed to raise workers' pay, urging people to return to work after a week of violent demonstrations. At least 20 people were hurt when police used teargas and water cannons to disperse workers blocking a major highway in the Ashulia garment manufacturing belt, on the outskirts of the capital Dhaka.
    (Reuters, 1/13/19)

2019        Jan 31, Bangladesh activist Kalpona Akter said more than 5,000 workers who demanded higher wages have been fired by factory owners, and hundreds faced police charges in the world's second-largest garment export industry after China.
    (AP, 1/31/19)

2019        Feb 1, Bangladesh's central bank said it has filed a lawsuit in a New York court against a Philippine bank, seeking damages and the return of $81 million stolen from its account with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in 2016.
    (AP, 2/1/19)

2019        Feb 5, In Bangladesh Hollywood star Angelina Jolie visited sprawling camps that are home to 1 million Rohingya refugees. She urged Myanmar to show a genuine commitment to ending violence and displacement in its Rakhine state.
    (AP, 2/5/19)
2019        Feb 5, Indonesian police found 193 Bangladeshis locked up in a shop house in Medan on the island of Sumatra, after human traffickers had lured them with the promise of getting them to Malaysia. Some of the group had been held by the traffickers for three months.
    (Reuters, 2/7/19)

2019        Feb 17, In southern Bangladesh a devastating blaze raced through a crammed slum, killing at least nine people and injuring several others in Chittagong city.
    (AP, 2/17/19)

2019        Feb 20, In Bangladesh a fire late today killed at least 70 people in the Chawkbazar area, the oldest part Dhaka.
    (AP, 2/21/19)

2019        Feb 24, A flight bound for Dubai from Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, made an emergency landing in Chittagong, Bangladesh, after a man attempted to hijack the plane. Bangladeshi suspect Mohammed Polash Ahmed asked to speak to the country's prime minister before dying from injuries in an exchange of gunfire with military commandos.
    (AP, 2/24/19)(SFC, 2/26/19, p.A2)

2019        Mar 5, Two groups monitoring air pollution said New Delhi was the world's most polluted capital city in 2018 in a study of the amount of fine particulate matter known as PM2.5 in 61 capital cities around the world. It was followed by the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka and Kabul, capital of Afghanistan.
    (Reuters, 3/5/19)

2019        Mar 12, A document drawn up by the World Food Program (WFP), labeled as a "Concept of Operations," outlined how the UN organization and its partners "may facilitate the identification, staging, forward movement, reception, and sustainment of (Rohingya) refugees" on Bhasan Char, Bangladesh, estimating an initial appeal for donor funding of between $8.6 and $19 million.
    (Reuters, 3/23/19)

2019        Mar 28, In Bangladesh a fire broke out in a 22-storey commercial building, killing 25 people, injuring at least 60 and trapping many. The building had four upper floors constructed illegally in the Banani district of Dhaka.
    (AP, 3/28/19)(AP, 3/29/19)

2019        Mar 31, Police in Bangladesh arrested the F.R. Tower's owners Tasvir-ul-Islam and S.M.H.I. Faruque overnight in Dhaka and charged them with negligence and violations of a building code that resulted in the deaths of 26 people.
    (AP, 3/31/19)

2019        Apr 6, In Bangladesh Jahan Rafi (18) told her family she was lured to the roof of her rural school in the town of Feni and asked to withdraw sexual harassment charges against her Islamic school's principal by five people clad in burqas. When she refused, she said her hands were tied and she was doused in kerosene and set alight. Rafi told the story to her brother in an ambulance on the way to the hospital and he recorded her testimony on his mobile phone before she died.
    (AP, 4/19/19)

2019        Apr 29, Bangladesh security forces killed at least two people suspected of belonging to an Islamist militant group behind a deadly cafe attack in Dhaka in July 2016.
    (Reuters, 4/29/19)

2019        May 4, Tropical cyclone Fani, the strongest to hit India in five years, killed at least 12 people in eastern Odisha state before swinging north-eastwards into Bangladesh where five more people died and more than a million were moved to safety.
    (Reuters, 5/4/19)

2019        May 6, Officials said Cyclone Fani, that tore through parts of South Asia, has killed at least 34 people in India and 15 in neighboring Bangladesh and smashed thousands of thatched-roof huts.
    (AP, 5/06/19)

2019        May 14, Bangladesh police clashed with suspected people smugglers sending Rohingya Muslim refugees to Malaysia, killing two of the traffickers.
    (Reuters, 5/15/19)

2019        May 26, In Bangladesh a bomb planted in police van exploded late today in Dhaka's Malibagh area laving three people injured, including a police officer.
    (AP, 5/27/19)

2019        May 29, In Bangladesh four people accused of poaching threatened Bengal tigers were shot dead by police during a gunfight in a mangrove forest.
    (AFP, 5/29/19)
2019        May 29, Japan announced 132.6 billion yen ($1.2 billion) in aid to Bangladesh for economic development, a high-speed railway and other projects.
    (AP, 5/29/19)

2019        Jun 16, Bangladeshi authorities arrested a senior policeman accused of sharing on social media the recording of an official complaint of sexual harassment made by a teenage girl who was later allegedly burned to death. Madrasa student Jahan was allegedly burned to death in April after she refused to withdraw an allegation of sexual harassment against the institution's principal. Moazzem Hossain had been in hiding since late May, when the Cyber Tribunal court warrant was issued against him over sharing the complaint by Nusrat Jahan.
    (Reuters, 6/16/19)

2019        Jun 19, In southern Bangladesh clashes erupted between local and Chinese construction workers at a Chinese-funded power station near the port of Payra in which a Chinese worker was killed.
    (Reuters, 6/19/19)

2019        Jun 24, In Bangladesh a passenger train carrying at least 2,000 people derailed as it was crossing a bridge killing five people and injuring more than 100.
    (Reuters, 6/24/19)
2019        Jun 24, Abul Bajandar (28), a Bangladeshi known as the "Tree Man" because of bark-like growths on his body, said he wanted his hands amputated to relieve him of unbearable pain. Bajandar suffers from a rare condition called epidermodysplasia verruciformis. Fewer than half a dozen people around the world are believed to have the syndrome.
    (AFP, 6/24/19)

2019        Jun 25, Bangladesh police killed three people suspected of trying to smuggle 15 Rohingya Muslim refugees to Malaysia in a clash near the South Asian nation's main refugee camp, the second such incident in as many months.
    (Reuters, 6/25/19)

2019        Jun 27, Bangladesh police said a total of 535 people have been killed since 2010 after being hit by trains while wearing headphones on tracks in and around Dhaka.
    (AFP, 6/27/19)

2019        Jul 14, In Bangladesh dozens of people protesting against the government's sudden decision to hike gas prices by a third clashed with police outside the energy ministry in Dhaka.
    (Reuters, 7/14/19)
2019        Jul 14, The former military ruler of Bangladesh, Hussain Muhammad Ershad (90), died, following age-related health complications.
    (Reuters, 7/14/19)

2019        Jul 18, Bangladesh arrested 12 men suspected of targeting Rohingya refugees for trafficking, amid concerns over the growing desperation of the refugees.
    (Reuters, 7/19/19)

2019        Jul 20, Officials said the death toll from south Asian monsoon rains has hit 164 with 90 people dead in Nepal, 62 in India's Assam state and 12 in Bangladesh.
    (SSFC, 7/21/19, p.A2)

2019        Jul 23, Bangladesh officials said severe flooding has killed at least 61 people, displaced nearly 800,000 and inundated thousands of homes across a third of the country, after two weeks of heavy monsoon rains.
    (Reuters, 7/23/19)

2019        Jul 29, The Geneva-based World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) - a coalition of NGOs fighting torture and ill-treatment - and the Bangladeshi human rights group Odhikar issued a report saying Bangladesh's law enforcement agencies have used systematic torture on detainees to stifle dissent.
    (Reuters, 7/29/19)

2019        Jul 30, Bangladesh confirmed 15,369 cases of dengue fever since January 1. There have been 14 deaths from the mosquito-borne viral infection.
    (SFC, 8/1/19, p.A4)

2019        Aug 16, Bangladeshi and UN officials said Myanmar and Bangladesh are making a second attempt to start repatriating Rohingya Muslims after more than 700,000 of them fled a security crackdown in Myanmar almost two years ago.
    (AP, 8/16/19)
2019        Aug 16, In Bangladesh a massive fire consumed several hundred shanties in a slum on the northern outskirts of Dhaka leaving some 3,000 people homeless.
    (Reuters, 8/18/19)

2019        Aug 20, Officials from the UN refugee agency and Bangladesh's government say few Muslim Rohingya refugees have responded to plans for their repatriation to Myanmar, and all who did say they don't want to go back.
    (AP, 8/20/19)

2019        Aug 21, A Bangladeshi refugee official said the heads of some 200 Rohingya families interviewed by officials from the UN refugee agency and the government have told them they will not go back to Myanmar unless their demands for citizenship and safety are ensured.
    (AP, 8/21/19)

2019        Aug 22, In Bangladesh no Rohingya Muslims staying in crowded refugee camps turned up for a planned repatriation to Myanmar because they want to be guaranteed safety and citizenship first.
    (AP, 8/22/19)

2019        Aug 25, In Bangladesh tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees marked the second anniversary of their exodus from Myanmar into Bangladesh by rallying, crying and praying as they demanded that Myanmar grant them citizenship and other rights before they agree to return.
    (AP, 8/25/19)

2019        Sep 27, It was reported that Bangladesh is planning to install barbed-wire fencing, guard towers and cameras around Rohingya refugee camps, raising fears of prison-like conditions in the already bleak settlements.
    (The Telegraph, 9/27/19)

2019        Sep 29, Bangladesh's drug regulatory authority issued a ban on sales of popular heartburn drug ranitidine while it investigates a potential cancer-causing substance in the drug. The drug is sold under the trade name Zantac among others, while the FDA and European drug regulators review whether low levels of NDMA in ranitidine pose a health risk to patients.
    (AP, 9/29/19)

2019        Oct 6, In Bangladesh Abrar Fahad (21) was killed at the dormitory of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), where he was a second-year student. He had written a Facebook post criticizing a government water deal with India.
    (Reuters, 10/9/19)

2019        Oct 9, In Bangladesh hundreds of students protested across the country calling for political groups to be banned from campuses days after student Abrar Fahad (21) was killed, allegedly by activists from PM Sheikh Hasina's ruling party.
    (Reuters, 10/9/19)

2019        Oct 20, In Bangladesh at least four people were killed and about 50 injured in clashes with police in the southern district of Bhola over a Facebook post that offended Muslims.
    (AP, 10/20/19)

2019        Oct 24, A court in southern Bangladesh sentenced 16 people to death for the killing of a young woman in a horrific attack earlier this year. Nusrat Jahan Rafi (19) was set on fire on April 6 after she and her family refused to withdraw sexual harassment charges against the principal of the Islamic school she attended.
    (CBS News, 10/24/19)

2019        Nov 10, Officials said at least 13 people were killed in Bangladesh and India after cyclone Bulbul lashed coastal areas this weekend, though prompt evacuations saved many lives and the worst was over. At least seven people were killed in India's West Bengal state and another seven in Bangladesh.
    (Reuters, 11/10/19)(SFC, 11/11/19, p.A2)

2019        Nov 12, In eastern Bangladesh two trains collided killing at least 16 people.
    (SFC, 11/13/19, p.A2)

2019        Nov 17, In Bangladesh at least seven people were killed and eight injured after a gas pipeline exploded in the port city of Chittagong.
    (Reuters, 11/17/19)

2019        Nov 27, A Bangladesh court handed death sentences to seven members of an Islamist militant group for their role in an attack on a cafe in 2016 that killed 22 people, mostly foreigners, in the south Asian nation's worst such incident.
    (Reuters, 11/27/19)

2019        Dec 1, A Bangladeshi health official said his country plans to prohibit the sale and use of electronic cigarettes and vaporizers, as countries around the world move to ban devices that have been linked to health risks and teen addiction.
    (Reuters, 12/1/19)

2019        Dec 3, A new investigation by Human Rights Watch said close to 400,000 Rohingya refugee children living in Bangladeshi camps are being deprived of the right to education.
    (The Telegraph, 12/3/19)

2019        Dec 15, In Bangladesh at least ten people were killed in a fire at the Luxury Fan Factory in the Gazipur area outside Dhaka.
    (SFC, 12/16/19, p.A2)

2019        In Bangladesh wads of discarded cash were found in Dhaka's rivers after the prime minister ordered raids on the city's underground casinos. At least 60 casinos were mostly run by high-up officials in the Awami Lewague and their cronies.
    (Econ., 10/17/20, p.33)

2020        Jan 21, Bangladesh's High Court asked authorities to shut down 231 factories surrounding the highly polluted Buriganga River in Dhaka.
    (SFC, 1/22/20, p.A2)

2020        Jan 29, Bangladesh officials said authorities in partnership with the United Nations will expand educational programs for hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya children living in refugee camps who are currently receiving only basic lessons.
    (AP, 1/29/20)

2020        Feb 11, An overcrowded boat carrying about 138 Rohingya refugees from Bangladeshi camps sank in the Bay of Bengal, leaving at least 15 confirmed dead, mostly women.
    (AP, 2/11/20)

2020        Mar 8, Bangladesh reported its first case of coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 3/8/20)

2020        Mar 18, Bangladesh reported its first coronavirus death.
    (Reuters, 3/18/20)

2020        Mar 21, In southern Bangladesh a speeding truck rammed a passenger vehicle leaving at least 13 people dead.
    (SFC, 3/23/20, p.A2)

2020        Mar 25, In Bangladesh opposition BNP leader Khaleda Zia (74) was granted a six month reprieve from prison in order to seek medical treatment.
    (Econ, 3/28/20, p.34)

2020        Mar 26, Bangladesh deployed soldiers to enforce the start of a nationwide 10-day  shutdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
    (SFC, 3/27/20, p.A4)

2020        Mar 27, It was reported that millions of Bangladesh factory workers have been sent home without wages or severence pay they are owed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
    (SFC, 3/28/20, p.A4)

2020        Mar 31, In Bangladesh orders for businesses to close due to the coronavirus pandemic went into effect. Garment factories were not included until four days later.
    (Econ., 5/2/20, p.28)

2020        Apr 2, Bangladesh has reported six deaths and 54 cases of COVID-19 amid concerns that the virus could spread in the country through Bangladeshis who have returned from Italy and other places struggling with the disease.
    (AP, 4/2/20)

2020        Apr 4, in Bangladesh positive cases surged to 70 with eight people dead. The World Bank approved $100 million in funds to help the country respond to the pandemic and strengthen the South Asian nation’s public health system.
    (Bloomberg, 4/4/20)

2020        Apr 6, Bangladesh vowed to provide emergency food supplies for "as long as needed" to thousands of sex workers left destitute by the sudden closure of brothels due to the coronavirus pandemic.
    (Reuters, 4/6/20)

2020        Apr 7, Bangladesh police arrested Abdul Majed, a former military captain and fugitive in the 1975 killing of independence leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. A trial in 1998 had sentenced a dozen defendents including Majed for the killing of Rahman and most of his family members.
    (SFC, 4/8/20, p.A2)

2020        Apr 10, Bangladesh's government extended the nationwide lockdown to April 25 as the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus rose to 424, with 27 deaths.
    (Reuters, 4/11/20)

2020        Apr 12, Bangladesh announced a relief package worth about $1.7 billion to help farmers struggling because of restrictions imposed to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 4/12/20)
2020        Apr 12, Bangladesh executed Abdul Majed, a former military captain, for the 1975 killing of independence leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
    (SFC, 4/13/20, p.A2)

2020        Apr 13, Bangladesh said it has recorded five new deaths and 182 new cases of the coronavirus over the past 24 hours. The death toll stood at 39 with 803 confirmed cases.
    (SFC, 4/14/20, p.A4)

2020        Apr 15, Bangladesh coast guard officials brought a ship to shore late today with 382 survivors on board. Local media reported that 28 ethnic Rohingya had died on the ship that drifted for weeks as coronavirus lockdowns in Malaysia and Thailand prevented the vessel from finding refuge.
    (SFC, 4/17/20, p.A2)

2020        Apr 18, In Bangladesh hundreds of workers poured onto the streets of the port city of Chittagong, flouting social distancing rules to demand work and wages during the coronavirus shutdown. The country reported 306 new cases of coronavirus and nine more deaths, taking the total to 2,144 cases and 84 deaths.
    (Reuters, 4/18/20)

2020        Apr 26, In Bangladesh hundreds of textile workers in Dhaka took to the streets demanding wages, flouting social distancing norms amid a nationwide lockdown to control the coronavirus pandemic. Bangladesh was set to lose export revenue of about $6 billion this fiscal year as the sector has been hit by cancellations from some of the world's largest brands and retailers.
    (Reuters, 4/26/20)

2020        Apr 28, Bangladesh has reported 6,462 coronavirus cases, including 155 deaths.
    (Reuters, 4/28/20)

2020        May 1, Bangladesh has confirmed 7,667 people infected with the coronavirus and 168 deaths. Garment factories began reopening this week after nearly a month of closures.
    (SFC, 5/2/20, p.A5)

2020        May 4, Bangladesh reported more than 10,000 coronavirus cases.
    (Reuters, 5/4/20)

2020        May 12, In southern Bangladesh a fire raced through a crowded camp housing Rohingya refugees, destroying nearly 400 shanties and shops. No casualties were immediately reported.
    (AP, 5/12/20)

2020        May 14, Bangladesh officials said the novel coronavirus has been detected in one of the southern camps that are home to more than one million Rohingya refugees.
    (Reuters, 5/14/20)

2020        May 20, Cyclone Amphan slammed ashore along the coastline of Bangladesh and India, where more than 2.6 million people fled to shelters in a frantic evacuation made all the more challenging by the coronavirus pandemic.
    (AP, 5/20/20)

2020        May 21, Cyclone Amphan, the most powerful storm to hit the region in more than a decade, killed 77 people in West Bengal, India, and cut a path of destruction that is still being assessed. By May 27 the death toll rose to 100 in India and just over 20 in Bangladesh.
    (AP, 5/21/20)(AP, 5/22/20)(Econ., 5/30/20, p.52)

2020        May 30, In Bangladesh the first death of a Rohingya refugee was recorded. At least 29 refugees have tested positive for the virus.
    (SFC, 6/3/20, p.A6)

2020        May, Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd, one of Bangladesh's largest drug makers, became the first company in the world to introduce a generic variant of Gilead Sciences Inc's antiviral drug remdesivir.
    (Reuters, 6/23/20)

2020        Jun 26, In Bangladesh four suspected members of a Rohingya group allegedly involved in kidnapping for ransom were killed in a gunfight near the Rohingya migrant camps at Cox's Bazar. Gang leader Abdul Hakim remained at large.
    (SSFC, 6/28/20, p.A4)

2020        Jun 29, In Bangladesh a passenger boat collided with a ferry in Dhaka leaving at least 30 people drowned, including three children.
    (SFC, 6/30/20, p.A2)

2020        Jun, China granted duty-free access to 97% of Bangladesh's exports.
    (Econ., 9/19/20, p.41)

2020        Jul 13, Bangladesh officials said more than a million people have been marooned following two weeks of heavy rains, with the worst of it in the last few days.
    (SFC, 7/15/20, p.A4)

2020        Jul 18, In Bangladesh, confirmed coronavirus cases surpassed 200,000 but experts say the number is much higher as the country lacks adequate labs for testing.
    (AP, 7/18/20)

2020        Sep 4, In Bangladesh an underground gas pipeline at the Baitus Jalat Jame mosque exploded during evening prayers outside Dhaka, leaving 16 Muslim worshipers dead and dozens injured with critical burns. The death toll soon rose to 33. Eight people were later arrested for alleged negligence.
    (AP, 9/4/20)(SFC, 9/7/20, p.A2)(SFC, 9/21/20, p.A2)

2020        Sep 7, Nearly 300 Rohingya migrants reached Indonesia claiming to have been at sea for seven months. The UN said as many as 30 may have died during the perilous voyage. Military operations in 2017 forced some 750,000 Rohingya to flee from Myanmar's conflict-torn Rakhine state to Bangladesh.
    (AFP, 9/7/20)

2020        Sep, Bangladesh asked China to finance a $1 billion water-management project.
    (Econ., 9/19/20, p.41)

2020        Oct 12, Bangladesh's government approved the use of the death penalty in rape cases. Led by PM Sheikh Hasina, the cabinet met online and approved changes to a law that will enable courts to sentence any convicted rapist to execution.
    (CBS News, 10/12/20)

2020        Oct 13, Bangladesh said it will not co-fund a late-stage domestic trial of a potential coronavirus vaccine developed by China's Sinovac Biotech. The country reported 22 deaths and 1,537 new COVID-19 infections, taking the total number of reported cases in the country to 381,275, and the death toll to 5,577.
    (Reuters, 10/13/20)

2020        Oct 27, In Bangladesh around 10,000 people rallied in Dhaka to protest France's president and his staunch support of secular laws that deem caricatures depicting the Prophet Muhammad as protected under freedom of speech.
    (AP, 10/27/20)

2020        Oct, In Bangladesh brothers Sajjad Hossain and Imtiaz Hasan faced charges of money laundering. They had headed the local branch of the ruling Awami League and over the last 7 years had acquired more than 300 hectares of land at rock-bottom prices. A recent criminal investigation had found that some $340 million had passed through the brothers' 49 accounts.
    (Econ., 10/17/20, p.33)

2020        Nov 5, Bangladesh signed a deal with the Serum Institute of India to buy 30 million doses of a potential coronavirus vaccine being developed by British drugmaker AstraZeneca.
    (Reuters, 11/5/20)

2020        Nov 12, Bangladesh said it is extending its closure of all schools and other educational institutions until Dec. 19 amid fears of a second wave of coronavirus infections during the winter.
    (Reuters, 11/12/20)

2020        Dec 3, Authorities in Bangladesh have begun relocating thousands of Rohingya refugees to Bhasan Char, an isolated island in the Bay of Bengal, despite calls by human rights groups for a halt to the process.
    (AP, 12/3/20)

2020        Dec 4, The UN refugee agency said Rohingya refugees must be able to make free and informed decisions about relocating to Bangladesh's Bhasan Char island, as naval vessels began carrying 1,642 refugees towards the remote site, where CCTV cameras monitor all the streets..
    (Reuters, 12/4/20)(Econ., 12/12/20, p.44)(Econ., 12/12/20, p.44)

2020        Dec 29, Bangladesh moved a second group of about 1,800 Rohingya from cramped refugee camps on the mainland to the low-lying island of Bhasan Char, despite opposition from rights groups.
    (Reuters, 12/29/20)

2021        Jan 29, Bangladesh moved another group of Rohingya Muslims to a remote island in the Bay of Bengal, despite concerns over the risk of storms and floods lashing the site, even as some refugees despaired of finding solutions to their plight.
    (Reuters, 1/29/21)

2021        Feb 7, Bangladesh launched a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive with the Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine, aiming to inoculate 3.5 million people in the first month.
    (Reuters, 2/7/21)

2021        Feb 14, Bangladesh said it is moving 3,000-4,000 more Rohingya Muslim refugees to Bhasan Char island over the next two days, despite concerns about the risk of storms and floods lashing the site.
    (Reuters, 2/14/21)

2021        Feb 26, Bangladesh said it is under "no obligation" to shelter 81 Rohingya Muslim refugees adrift for almost two weeks on the Andaman Sea and being assisted by neighboring India.
    (Reuters, 2/26/21)

2021        Mar 8, In Bangladesh Tashnuva Anan Shishir debuted as the country's first transgender news anchor on the Dhaka-based Boishakhi TV.
    (SFC, 3/10/21, p.A4)

2021        Mar 22, In southern Bangladesh a devastating fire raced through the sprawling Rohingya refugee Balukhali camp in Cox's Bazar district, destroying hundreds of shelters and leaving thousands homeless.
    (AP, 3/22/21)

2021        Mar 23, In southern Bangladesh rescuers recovered at least 15 charred bodies from a Rohingya refugee camp after a devastating fire destroyed thousands of shelters. At least 400 people were still missing and around 560 were injured by the fire.
    (AP, 3/23/21)

2021        Mar 26, In Bangladesh at least 4 people were killed and scores injured in protests set off by Indian PM Narendra Modi's arrival to celebrate Bangladesh's 50 years of independence.
    (AP, 3/27/21)

2021        Mar 27, India gave 1.2 million free doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine to Bangladesh. PM Narendra Modi made the offering at the end of a two-day tour of Bangladesh.
    (Reuters, 3/27/21)

2021        Mar 28, In eastern Bangladesh three people were killed in two separate clashes between Hefajat-e-Islam activists and police in Sarail upazila and Brahmanbaria district town. Hundreds of members of a hardline Islamist group attacked Hindu temples and a train, as violence spread across the country in the wake of a visit by Indian PM Narendra Modi. At least 11 protesters have been killed over the last two days.
    (https://tinyurl.com/4e5k3r35)(Reuters, 3/28/21)

2021        Apr 4, In Bangladesh a ferry sank late today after being hit by a cargo ship in the Shitalakkhya River. 25 bodies were soon recovered and nine people remained missing.
    (SFC, 4/6/21, p.A4)

2021        Apr 5, Bangladesh began a one-week lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
    (SFC, 4/5/21, p.A5)

2021        Apr 16, Bangladesh recorded 4,417 new coronavirus cases raising that total to 711,779. 101 new deaths raised that total to 10,182.
    (SFC, 4/17/21, p.A6)

2021        May 3, In Bangladesh a speedboat carrying about 30 passengers overturned after hitting a cargo vessel leaving at least 26 people dead.
    (SFC, 5/4/21, p.A3)

2021        May 8, Bangladesh said it has detected its first case of a highly infectious coronavirus variant first identified in India, weeks after it sealed its borders with its neighbor.
    (Reuters, 5/8/21)

2021        May 29, In Bangladesh Habib Talukder (50), a notorious poacher accused of killing at least 70 endangered Bengal tigers, was caught after evading arrest for 20 years.
    (The Telegraph, 6/1/21)

2021        Jul 6, Bangladesh reported 11,525 positive coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours including 163 deaths. Total deaths rose to 15,392.
    (SFC, 7/7/21, p.A5)

2021        Jul 8, In Bangladesh a fire engulfed a food and beverage factory outside Dhaka, killing at least 52 people, many of whom were trapped inside by an illegally locked door. Eight people were soon arrested on murder charges.
    (AP, 7/9/21)(SSFC, 7/11/21, p.A5)

2021        Jul 11, Bangladesh recorded a single-day record of 11,874 new coronavirus cases and a single-day record of 230 deaths.
    (SFC, 7/12/21, p.A5)

2021        Jul 18, Bangladesh reported 225 deaths and 11,758 coronavirus infections, as the government allowed a controversial eight-day pause, July 15-23, in the country's strict lockdown for the Islamic festival Eid al-Adha.
    (AP, 7/18/21)

2021        Jul 29, In southern Bangladesh days of heavy rainfall have pounded Rohingya refugee camps, destroying dwellings and sending thousands of people to live with extended families or in communal shelters. At least six Rohingya, including three children, died in landslides and flooding earlier this week. 15 Bangladeshis were killed and more than 200,000 stranded by flooding in Cox's Bazar.
    (AP, 7/29/21)(Reuters, 7/30/21)

2021        Aug 4, In western Bangladesh lightning killed at least 16 people who were traveling to a wedding party and injured several others, including the groom.
    (AP, 8/4/21)

2021        Aug 10, Bangladesh's government and aid agencies started vaccinating Rohingya refugees as a virus surge raises health risks in the sprawling, cramped camps where more than 1 million people who fled Myanmar are sheltering.
    (AP, 8/10/21)

2021        Aug 14, More than two dozen Rohingya refugees fleeing a Bangladeshi island were missing and feared drowned after a boat carrying them capsized in the Bay of Bengal.
    (AP, 8/15/21)

2021        Aug 16, New York-based Human Rights Watch urged the United Nations to lead an independent investigation into the alleged disappearances of government critics and others at the hands of security forces in Bangladesh, an allegation the country's government has long denied. HRW listed 86 alleged victims, providing profiles and details of each case.
    (AP, 8/16/21)

2021        Aug 24, The Vatican said Pope Francis has sent more than 350,000 euros ($411,000) in charity funds at his personal disposal to help with emergency relief in Haiti, Bangladesh and Vietnam.
    (Reuters, 8/24/21)

2021        Aug 27, In Bangladesh at least 22 people were killed and dozens were missing after a boat packed with more than 10 passengers slammed into a vessel transporting sand.
    (Reuters, 8/27/21)(SSFC, 8/29/21, p.A7)

2021        Aug 31, Bangladesh sentenced six members of an Islamist militant group to death for the brutal killing of two gay rights campaigners on April 25, 2016.
    (Reuters, 8/31/21)

2021        Sep 12, Bangladesh reopened schools and other educational institutions after 543 days of closure as its virus situation eases and more people are vaccinated. The government says most Bangladeshi adults will be vaccinated by the end of this year.
    (AP, 9/12/21)

2021        Sep 29, In Bangladesh gunmen shot and killed Rohingya leader Mohib Ullah in the same office where he held community meetings in Cox's Bazar. Ullah had predicted he would be killed by the hardliners who regularly sent him death threats. His brother blamed the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), an armed group active in the camps.
    (Reuters, 9/30/21)

2021        Oct 9, UN officials signed a deal with Bangladesh to help provide basic services to thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees who have been moved to camps on a remote island in the Bay of Bengal.
    (Reuters, 10/9/21)

2050        It was estimated in 2007 that Bangladesh would have 250 million people by this time.
    (Econ, 1/20/07, p.53)

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