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Bangladesh flood victims reeling

DHAKA (UCAN): Weeks after devastating floods affected millions and killed more than 100 people in Bangladesh, many families are still reeling from a lack of aid as the country suffers an outbreak of waterborne diseases.
 
Monsoon flooding in nearly half of the country’s districts (28 out of 64) affected more than seven million people, left tens of thousands of houses uninhabitable and destroyed crops over vast areas.
 

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Bangladesh grapples with millions of climate refugees

DHAKA (UCAN): Cities in Bangladesh are struggling to cope with an influx of millions of people from rural and coastal areas due to climate change-induced disasters, prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, told international delegates at the opening session of the two-day Dhaka Meeting of the Global Commission on Adaptation in the country’s capital, Dhaka.
 

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Bangladesh slides down the Global Peace Index

DHAKA (UCAN): Bangladesh has slipped further down in the latest Global Peace Index, which was published by the Sydney-based Institute for Economics, and Peace on June 13. Ranked 84th in 2017, the country slid to 93 in 2018, and finally tumbled to sit at 101 out of 163 independent countries and territories in the 2019 rankings.
 
In South Asia, Bangladesh sits fourth after Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Nepal but is ahead of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
 

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More than a million spared from deadly cyclone

NEW DELHI (UCAN): Cyclone Fani, which ripped through eastern India and sideswiped Bangladesh, left a trail of destruction and left more than 30 people dead.
 
The immense storm killed at least 29 people in India—mostly in Odisha (Orissa), while at least five were reported dead in neighbouring Bangladesh.
 
Authorities said the evacuation of 1.2 million people from more than 10,000 villages prior to the category 5 storm making landfall on May 3 prevented a larger death toll and minimised injuries.
 

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Former lawmaker charged with murder of prominent Catholic in Bangladesh

DHAKA (UCAN): Abul Kalam Azad, a former member of parliament (MP) of Bangladesh’s ruling Awami League party, was charged, along with 12 others, with the murder in 2014 of Ovidio Marandy, a prominent indigenous Catholic, on April 9.
 
Marandy’s brother, Father Samson Marandy from the Diocese of Dinajpur, filed the case on behalf of his family who have been attempting to file a murder case for years.
 
Partha Bhadra, senior judicial magistrate, accepted the complaint and fixed June 12 as the first day of hearing.

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Bangladesh to curb Islamic hate speech

Dhaka (UCAN) The government of Bangladesh moved to stem inflammatory public speeches by radical Islamist clerics.
 
In a recent letter to various state bodies, the Home Ministry made six recommendations aimed at monitoring and controlling clerics accused of delivering hateful sermons to Muslim devotees.
 
The letter also asked revenue officials to determine whether militant Islamic gatherings known as waz mahfils should be subject to taxation provisions.
 

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Bangladesh urged to end clampdown on protesters

DHAKA (UCAN): Rights groups and Church officials in Bangladesh have joined growing calls to end a government crackdown on peaceful dissent and for the release people arrested under the repressive.
 
In recent weeks, police arrested dozens of students, activists and journalists for their alleged part in recent student demonstrations calling for road safety and reform of the government’s job quota system.
 

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Mosques project rapped as discrimatory political gimmick

DHAKA (UCAN): Minority leaders in Bangladesh, including Theophil Nokrek, secretary of the Justice and Peace Commission, have condemned a US$ 1.07 billion ($8.35 billiion) mosque building project initiated by the government, calling it a blatant attempt to win over Muslim voters ahead of national elections at the end of the year.
 

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Rohingya in Bangladesh brace for devastating monsoon floods

DHAKA (UCAN): The government and aid groups in Bangladesh are preparing for disastrous flooding in the upcoming monsoon season which weather forecasters have warned will arrive early at the end of May. It usually starts in June and lasts until August.
 
Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury, minister of the Disaster Management and Relief Ministry, told journalists that disaster preparations are in place.
 

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Human rights report slams Bangladesh

DHAKA (UCAN): The information minister of Bangladesh, Hasanul Haq, has trashed the Bangladesh 2017 Human Rights Report from the State Department of the United States of America.
 
He called the report one-sided, unethical, baseless and fictitious, but Church officials say the report sheds lights on worsening violations.
 

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