Ban demand for killer sandblasting process for faded jeans

Shanaj, who stays at home as a housewife is teaching the children of garment workers on the roof of a house. She only charges 200-300 taka a month. Most garment workers do not make enough money to send their children to school. August 2009, Dhaka, Bangladesh (photos, CCC / Jasmina Akhtar)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The sandblasting process used to fashionably fade jeans carries severe health risks and companies are not doing enough to end the deadly practice, says Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC), The group in a report called “Deadly Denim”, released 29 March in Geneva, calls for a worldwide ban. The report highlights what it calls severe […]

Himalayan earthquake toll fears rise, at least 70 dead

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Concern is growing, say UN and national authorities in three countries after a 6.9 earthquake shook remote Himalayan areas in India, Nepal and Tibet Sunday. The regions hardest hit by the earthquake that was centered in the northern Indian state of Sikkim are difficult to reach and mountain roads have been blocked […]

The cost of leaving Libya: IOM and Bangladesh settle on figure

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Geneva and the Bangladesh government have worked out a programme to reimburse the country’s workers who fled Libya, with help from the IOM. Each of the 36,500 workers forced to return to Bangladesh will be allocated $680 in repatriation funds, the IOM says. More than […]

Women’s cricket: Bangladesh to play Pakistan in Asian Games final

Bangladesh will face Pakistan on the 16th Asian Games women’s final 19 November. China, the host country, was defeated by Bangladesh 17 November on a nine-wicket, while Pakistan defeated Japan, also on nine wickets, 16 November. Links to other sites: Malaysia Star, official website of the 16th Asian Games

IMF continues gold sales, latest to Bangladesh

Bangladesh Bank, the central bank of Bangladesh, has purchased 10 tons of gold worth $403 million from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The sale 9 September is part of the IMF’s plan to sell 403.3 metric tons of gold, approved of by the Fund’s board late 2009. The Fund has sold 212tn to the Reserve […]

Asia Cup: India beat Bangladesh

On the second day of the Asia Cup India defeated Bangladesh during a hard-fought opener. The 16 June game was won by 6 wickets by India and with 19.2 overs to spare. Score: Bangladesh 167 in 34.5 overs. Links to: Hindustan Times, Asia Cup Cricket 2010

Fire ravages old Dhaka quarter, killing scores

A fire raged late Thursday 3 June in an old neighbourhood in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, killing 114, according to government figures, but the number could rise higher, officials say. The force of the fire and the difficulty of pulling out the dead and wounded make it difficult to assess just what happened, but […]

Conjoined twins separated in Australia

First reports are optimistic for two conjoined girls who were separated by a medical team in Melbourne, Australia during 27 hours of surgery. Krishna and Trishna, orphans from Bangladesh who were joined at the head, are doing well, although lead doctor Leo Donnan says they have a long road ahead of them, with risks related […]

Sea levels could rise up to 82cm by 2100

Sea levels could rise 7-82cm, and endanger low-lying regions like the Netherlands and delta regions such as Bangladesh and small ocean islands,  according to a study published in Nature Geoscience in its July 2009 issue. The findings are broadly in line with Geneva-based Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) findings. The study’s author, Mark Siddall […]

Asian scientists, public handed longest 21st c. solar eclipse

The longest solar eclipse of the 21st century was visible along a 155-mile wide stretch of Asia Wednesday 22 July: from India’s holy Hindu city of Varanasi through Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and along China’s Yangtze River to the Pacific. Coastal areas had cloud cover, but much of the rest of the area had clear […]