- Mainly-Muslim Bangladesh has suffered three major army coups and two dozen smaller rebellions since gaining independence from Pakistan in 1971.
- The country's shipping ministry has reportedly given a 10-day deadline for an investigation into the latest incident.
- According to local officials, the overcrowded ferry sank in rough waters.
- Animals and a large amount of valuable cargo were also lost in the crash in addition to the 298 people aboard.
- Eight Islamist militants were sentenced to death for a April 2001 bombing in Dhaka, while six others were sentenced to life in prison.
- An investigation has been called to determine whether the M.V. Miraj-4 was overloaded when it sank in the Meghna River.
One Year After Bangladesh Factory Collapse, Many Survivors Jobless, Wounded, Awaiting Full CompensationThe majority of survivors remain unemployed or unfit to work, while financial aid from the government has been slow in coming.
- The garment industry is crucial to Bangladesh’s economic survival: the sector employs roughly 4 million people, about 90% of them women.
- Any discussion of West Bengal and “communal politics” must involve the neighboring country of Bangladesh.
- It was the second-biggest plane after the Boeing 747, it was a symbol of the jet age and now it's gone. IBT had a seat on the very last flight of the DC-10.
- Prior to the 1971 war, Hindus comprised almost one-third (30 percent) of the population of what was then called East Pakistan.
- The central bank projected that remittances will fall 4 percent for the whole fiscal year.
- Three global labor rights groups have joined 30 retail companies in a strongly worded letter to the prime minister.
- Opposition leaders are demanding PM Sheikh Hasina resign and form an impartial caretaker government to oversee the election.