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Bangladesh chief justice resigns after graft allegations

DHAKA: Bangladesh on Saturday said its chief justice has tendered his resignation from overseas in the wake of government corruption allegations, as opposition groups raised fears that his departure was a blow to judicial independence. Surendra Kumar Sinha, who led the Supreme Court to a landmark verdict on judicial oversight in August that went against the government, left Bangladesh last month amid widespread rumours that he had been pressured to step aside. "His resignation letter has reached the Bangabhaban…

Bangladesh PM seeks help for Rohingya crisis as exodus tops 400,000

DHAKA: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina headed for the UN General Assembly on Saturday to plead for global help coping with the Rohingya crisis, as the numbers seeking refuge in her country following a crackdown in Myanmar topped 400,000. The prime minister left a day after her government summoned the Myanmar envoy for the third time to protest over its neighbour’s actions. Her office said Hasina would demand more pressure on Myanmar during talks in New York. Bangladesh has been overwhelmed by Rohingya Muslims…

Bangladesh detains 13 teachers for defaming founding leader

DHAKA: Thirteen teachers of Bangladesh were charged with sedition on Wednesday over a high school exam paper that allegedly equated the leader of mass protests against a Chinese-backed coal plant with the country's revered independence hero. They were remanded in custody by a court in the southeastern town of Bashkhali on charges of defaming the nation's founding leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who is the father of the current premier, according to prosecutor Bikash Ranjan Dhar. If found guilty the teachers face a…

India woos Bangladesh with defence loan, credit

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday offered $4.5 billion in concessional loans to Bangladesh, underlining surging ties between the neighbours, but a contentious water-sharing deal remained elusive. Modi also announced $500 million for defence procurement after bilateral talks in New Delhi with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who is on a four-day visit to the country. China has been the biggest source of defence purchases for Bangladesh for many years. Wary of China's growing interest in…

China woos key India ally Bangladesh with investment

DHAKA: Bangladeshi leaders on Friday will welcome the first Chinese president to visit in three decades, seeking to secure much-needed infrastructure investment without alienating China's main regional rival India, a key ally. Impoverished Bangladesh needs tens of billions of dollars of investment in transport infrastructure and energy to boost its flagging economic fortunes and create jobs for its 160 million people. Bangladeshi officials say they expect President Xi Jinping to sign loan and investment agreements worth…