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Mrz-14-1941
1941 Dhaka Riot, Hindu-Muslim communal violence that started out of a trifling matter.
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Aug-15-1947
Just after the end of British rule, the Ministry of Industry approved the East Bengal training institute for the development of leather and leather production.
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Mrz-12-1949
A Constitutional Basic Principles Committee was formed at a session of the constituent assembly after more than a year and a half into its establishment as an independent state of Pakistan and yet to have a constitution.
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Aug-29-1949
The United States established a consulate in Dhaka (then referred to as 'Dacca') in the eastern part of Pakistan.
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Sep-08-1955
The province of 'East Bengal' was renamed to 'East Pakistan'.
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Apr-11-1964
The Bangladesh Observer reported that as many as 500 people may have died as a tornado destroyed villages in the Narail and Magura regions of Jessore.
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Mai-11-1965
Bangladesh windstorm kills 17,000 people.
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Apr-14-1969
Tornado locally known as Kalbaishakhi struck Demra (Dhaka district) with wind speed of 643 km/hr; 922 people killed and 16,511 injured; estimated loss Tk 40 to 50 million.
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Mrz-22-1971
Every Dhaka based newspapers come out with flag of independent Bangladesh printed on the first page.
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Apr-23-1971
The Bengali independence movement appealed to the United States and China today to recognize it as the rightful government of East Pakistan.
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Apr-24-1971
Bangladesh Action Committee was formed at Coventry, UK by non-resident Bangladeshis.
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Apr-26-1971
The Pakistani army in collaboration with their local agents (Razakars, Al-Badar) brutally killed 371 persons of village Barai-Kadirpur (predominantly Hindu inhabitants) of Bamba union.
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Jul-11-1971
The newly formed Bangladesh Government in preparation for a war against Pakistan Army, appointed Col. M. A. G. Osmani as Commander in Chief, Lt. Col. Abdur Rab as chief of Army Staff and Group Captain A K Khandker as Deputy Chief of Army Staff and Chief of Air Force.
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Dez-20-1971
Time magazine issue reports on newly independent Bangladesh with a cover story titled 'The bloody birth of Bangladesh'.
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Jun-04-1972
The collision of two trains in Jessore, Bangladesh, kills 76 people. This disaster resulted from one simple error by a train-station operator.
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Sep-18-1973
The tripartite repatriation began and some 1,468 Bangalis and 1,308 Pakistanis were repatriated within the first week. Pakistan and India agreed that the issue of 195 accused Pakistanis would be settled between Bangladesh and Pakistan. Pakistan kept the 203 Bangladeshis out of this repatriation process.
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Mrz-23-1974
The High Court ruled that no further property that were abandoned during the liberation was could be enlisted as Vested Property.
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Mrz-24-1974
Bangladesh withdrew its demand for trying 195 Pakistanis in Dhaka. Upon the formal understanding, the last group of 206 detained Bangladeshis in Pakistan was allowed to return home. It is clear that the 195 Pakistanis were not freed without charges, rather they were handed over to Pakistan so they could be prosecuted by the Pakistani authorities.
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Apr-09-1974
A tripartite agreement was signed between Bangladesh, India and Pakistan regarding post-war humanitarian issues.
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Apr-28-1974
A tripartite agreement was signed between Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.
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Jul-01-1974
A Resident Travel Rate was created via a 30% tax on foreign exchange authorized for travel abroad by residents.
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Aug-28-1975
Saudi Arabia recognizes Bangladesh as an independent nation.
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Jul-13-1978
An agreement concering the establishment of a Peace Corps Programme in Bangladesh was signed in Washington DC, USA.
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Sep-18-1982
The country saw the first closed holiday on Friday instead of Sunday after it was changed to Friday and Saturday from Saturday and Sunday.
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Jul-24-1987
The longest general strike in Bangladesh's history to-date, a 54-hour campaign led by the Workers-Employees United Council (Sramik Karmachari Oikkiya Parishad), ended after 11 people were killed and 700 injured in street violence between demonstrators and security forces.
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Apr-14-1989
Mangal Shobhajatra, the annual Bangla New Year procession, was first observed as the students of Dhaka University Faculty of Fine Arts decided to demonstrate against the military regime in a creative and festive way.
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Apr-27-1989
A hurricane in Bangladesh killed 500 people.
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Aug-20-1994
More than 200 people were believed to have drowned when a crowded ferry named M. V. Dinar sank in the Meghna River at Chandpur, about 65 miles south of Dhaka
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Jan-01-1996
Some 100,000 Bangladeshi women rallied to protest Islamic clerics' attacks on female education and employment.
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Mrz-17-1996
A gasoline bomb killed one person and injured 15 aboard a bus that was defying a nationwide general strike.
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Mrz-24-1996
Troops broke up protests in Dhaka and injured about 50 people. In Chittagong a bomb killed at least 2 people amid a general strike.
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Mai-13-1996
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.
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Jun-04-1996
The VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) based data circuit was commissioned for the first time in Bangladesh to establish internet connectivity.
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Mrz-26-1997
Turkish president Suleyman Demirel along with Palestine President Yasser Arafat and President of South Africa Nelson Mandela attended a public rally in Dhaka in the celebration of 25th anniversary of Bangladesh's independence.
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Aug-01-1997
At least 150 fishermen were missing in the Bay of Bengal after a storm sank their boats.
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Jul-05-1998
A memorandum of understanding was signed with the US that would allow Peace Corps volunteers to work here.
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Jul-22-1998
The death toll from flooding reached 103 left some 10 million people stranded.
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Aug-12-1998
Over 100 fisherman in trawlers and boats capsized in the Bay of Bengal during a storm and were feared dead.
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Aug-13-1998
Rain left 11 more people dead and the death toll grew to 326.
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Sep-13-1999
One person was killed and 50 injured on the 1st day of a general strike called by BNP and other opposition parties.
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Apr-07-2001
Agricultural crops of 5 thousand hector and around 500 houses were damaged for the storm and nor'wester at Chalanbill area.
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Apr-17-2001
Agricultural crops and around 800 houses were damaged to the storm and nor waster at different places of Gazipur, Kishoregonj and Sirajgong district.
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Apr-19-2001
Agricultural crops of 5 thousand hector and around 3000 houses, shops and institution were damaged to the storm and nor waster at five unions of Chandina and Daudkandi district. 2 people died and more than 200 were injured.
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Apr-30-2001
Around 500 houses were damaged and 5 people injured due to the storm and nor waster at nine village of Salujha upazila under Magura district.
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Jun-03-2001
Ten people were killed in a church bombing in Baniarchar. Police later detained 7 suspects.
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Aug-08-2001
A stampede of textile workers was caused by a false fire alarm and 23 people were crushed to death.
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Aug-18-2001
A stampede of textile workers was caused by a false fire alarm and 23 people were crushed to death.
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Sep-18-2001
The non-party caretaker administration decides to permit multinational forces to use its airspace, seaports and airports for any possible joint action to combat terrorism in the region.
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Mrz-17-2002
President of the Bangladesh approved the Acid Control Act 2002 and the Acid Crime Control Act 2002 making acid attacks punishable by death amid public anger over escalating violence against women.
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Jul-25-2002
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.
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Mai-04-2003
In eastern Bangladesh a tropical storm flattened hundreds of flimsy huts in several villages, killing 19 people.
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Jul-21-2003
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.
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Jul-28-2003
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.
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Aug-14-2003
The anti-crime drive, Operation Spider Web launched on July 19, 2003 in the southwestern districts is formally called off.
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Sep-10-2003
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.
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Apr-14-2004
Tornadoes swept through northern Bangladesh, killing at least 69 people, injuring hundreds and blowing away thousands of flimsy huts.
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Mai-03-2004
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.
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Mai-07-2004
Gunmen opened fire at an opposition rally outside the capital, killing four people including a member of parliament.
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Mai-18-2004
The country's second longest bridge named after Baul saint Lalon Shah opens to traffic, connecting Kushtia and Pabna districts across the Padma River at Paksey. The 1.8-kilometre bridge constructed at a cost of Tk 1,065 crore.
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Jul-27-2004
A boat carrying people to a flood shelter capsized in Bangladesh killing 10 people.
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Jul-31-2004
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.
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Aug-05-2004
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.
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Aug-22-2004
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.
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Sep-05-2004
In Sylhet, Bangladesh, 2 people were killed and 10 wounded in a bomb blast.
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Sep-23-2004
Bangladesh launches Cheetah, another anti-criminal elite force in plainclothes, the fourth in a row, in a bid to contain widespread crime.
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Apr-11-2005
The Spectrum garment factory, located about 30 kilometers northwest of Dhaka, collapsed after additional floors that had been illegally built gave way. The collapse killed 64 people and injured another 80.
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Aug-20-2005
Bangladesh was hit by a nationwide strike called by the opposition to protest a wave of bombings earlier in the week linked to an Islamic extremist group.
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Mrz-15-2006
Peace Corps, the United States' non-governmental organisation, decides to suspend indefinitely its programme in Bangladesh fearing attack on its volunteers by terrorists, after the arrest of five of the top seven leaders of the JMB.
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Apr-21-2006
In western Bangladesh dozens of people were feared to have drowned when a bus packed with about 50 wedding guests plunged into a river.
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Aug-25-2006
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.
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Aug-26-2006
7 killed and 300 injured as police and Bangladesh Rifles opened fire on demonstrators advancing towards Asia Energy Corporation office in Dinajpur protesting massive eviction and loss of farmland due to the implementation of the Phulbari Coalmine Project.
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Sep-02-2006
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.
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Sep-19-2006
100 people were killed while some 2,000 fishermen went missing as around 500 trawlers, boats and a navy patrol ship capsized in the Bay when a violent storm hit the country's coastal districts of Bagerhat, Pirojpur, Barisal, Patuakhali, Barguna and Bhola.
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Sep-28-2006
100 injured as protesters clash with law enforcers across country to protest power cuts.
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Feb-25-2007
Bangladesh Steel and Engineering Corporation (BSEC) Bhaban housing a dozen of media and headquarters of NTV and RTV, financial and business enterprises in the capital's Karwan Bazar area burnt in a devastating fire, leaving 4 dead and 100 injured.
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Mrz-22-2007
At least 10 people were killed and around 200 were injured as the year's first violent storm swept through Lalmohon and Char Borhanuddin upazilas in Bhola district.
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Mrz-30-2007
Six top Islamic militants convicted of killing two judges in a 2005 bomb attack in southern Bangladesh were hanged.
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Apr-02-2007
The price of Kerosene was set at Tk 40 per litre by the government, a 21 percent increase from the previous price of Tk 33 per litre set in 2006.
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Apr-02-2007
The price of Diesel was set at Tk 40 per litre by the government, a 21 percent increase from the previous price of Tk 33 per litre set in 2006.
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Apr-02-2007
The price of Petrol was set at Tk 65 per litre by the government, a 16 percent increase from the previous price of Tk 56 per litre set in 2006.
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Apr-02-2007
The price of Octane was set at Tk 67 per litre by the government, a 15.5 percent increase from the previous price of Tk 58 per litre set in 2006.
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Mai-01-2007
Three near-simultaneous bombs rocked three divisional railway stations in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet leaving a person injured. An Islamic militant outfit Jadid al-Qaeda Bangladesh claimed the responsibility for the blasts demanding end of activities of NGOs and Quadiani Muslim community in Bangladesh.
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Aug-22-2007
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.
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Aug-23-2007
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.
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Sep-08-2007
Hundreds of colleges reopened in Bangladesh, two weeks after military-backed government shut them down to quell nationwide student unrest.
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Sep-09-2007
The Caretaker Government (CTG) relaxed the ban on the conduct of indoor politics in the country which was imposed earlier in the year. However, some restrictions on the political parties with regard to the ongoing reforms programme remained.
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Sep-10-2007
Bangladesh's military-backed government lifts ban on indoor politics ahead of crucial talks between the country's election commission and parties on voting reforms.
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Mrz-05-2008
The US branded Harkat-ul-Jihad Al Islami, Bangladesh (HUJI-B) as a foreign terrorist organisation and an 'especially designated' global terrorist outfit as announced by US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice under an executive order in Washington.
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Apr-15-2008
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.
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Apr-16-2008
17 people were killed and at least 23 injured when Dhaka bound Ekota Express, a train, coming from Dinajpur rammed into a passenger bus at a Balla rail crossing in Kalihati upazila of Tangail.
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Apr-25-2008
The price of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) was almost doubled to Tk 16.75 per cubic metre by the government from previous price of Tk 8.5 a cubic metre set in 2004.
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Aug-04-2008
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.
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Aug-17-2008
A rain-induced mudslide at Matijharna in Chittagong city early yesterday left 11 people dead and two injured.
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Aug-20-2008
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.
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Mrz-09-2009
An army major general and a lieutenant colonel were killed when their helicopter crashed at Kalihati in Tangail district.
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Jun-19-2009
Bangladesh government introduces daylight saving time (DST) to address energy shortages which goes in affect on this day in 2009 when clocks were forwarded by an hour at 11:00PM.
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Jun-29-2009
Five factories and two warehouses were torched and over 100 people were injured in clashes between protesters and police as garment factory workers continued violent demonstrations at Ashulia on the outskirts of Dhaka for the third straight day.
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Sep-02-2009
At least 33 people, including Prof Anu Mohammad, member-secretary of the Committee, were injured in a clash between police and the activists of the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports in the city during demonstartions against leasing gas blocks in the Bay to foreign companies. The trouble erupted in city's Bijoynagar area when police intercepted the demonstrators marching out from Paltan area to lay a siege to the Petrobangla head office.
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Sep-30-2009
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.
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Jun-03-2010
At least 121 people were killed when a blazing fire gutted 8 buildings and over 20 shops in Nimtoli in Old Dhaka.
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Jul-26-2010
The International Crimes Tribunal issued arrest warrants against the detained four top Jamaat-e-Islami leaders (Motiur Rahman Nizami, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, Mohammad Kamaruzzaman and Abdul Quader Mollah) ahead of a planned trial over alleged crimes against humanity during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.
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Jul-27-2010
Bangladesh raised the minimum wage for its millions of garment workers by 80 percent, following months of violent protests over pay and conditions.
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Aug-16-2010
A daily six-hour suspension of operation (between 3PM and 9PM) of all compressed natural gas (CNG) filling stations were put forth by the government to ensure increased supply of gas to household consumers and power generation plants.
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Feb-11-2012
2 prominent television journalists, Meherun Runi (33) and Sagar Sarwar (35), were brutally stabbed to death at their home in the capital Dhaka.
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Aug-10-2012
In village of Saraswati in northeast Bangladesh at least 13 Muslim worshipers were killed and 15 hurt when lightning struck a makeshift mosque as they held special taraweeh prayers during Ramadan.
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Aug-17-2012
Bangladesh authorities said they have rescued at least 60 fishermen abducted week prior by pirates in the Bay of Bengal, as naval and air forces cracked down on criminal activity at sea.
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Sep-30-2012
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.
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Jan-10-2013
The lowest temperature to-date since Bangladesh's independence, at 37.4 °F (3.0 °C) was recorded in Saidpur taking 80 lives.
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Mai-06-2013
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.
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Apr-15-2015
At least 11 people including five women were killed as a two-story makeshift house caved in the swampy soil by the Jheelpar in Rampura of Dhaka.
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Nov-22-2015
Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury were hanged for war crimes committed during the 1971 independence conflict with Pakistan.
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Jul-02-2016
The four-lane expansion of N1 or Dhaka–Chittagong Highway, the main transportation artery in Bangladesh linking Dhaka and Chittagong opens.
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Okt-09-2016
Archbishop Patrick D'Rozario, the highest ranked priest of the Roman Catholic Church in Bangladesh, was named cardinal thus becoming the first ever cardinal from Bangladesh.
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Nov-30-2016
UNESCO recognized Mangal Shobhajatra, the annual Bangla New Year procession, as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
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