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INDIA, CHINA AND THE US

INDIA, CHINA AND THE US

THIS paper brings out the evolving complexity of relations among China, India and the United States. It highlights how a number strategic initiatives undertaken by China, like investing in a deep seaport in Bangladesh, an oil-pipeline from Chittagong to Kunming, BCIM Economic Corridor, and Maritime Silk Road are  yet to be realised in...

By Sea, to Malaysia and Thailand

53,000 went this year, 540 died

An estimated 53,000 people from Bangladesh and Myanmar have voyaged to Malaysia and Thailand this year, says a new report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. About 1,000 more, especially those from different South Asian countries, have made voyages to Indonesia and Australia, according to the UN organisation's January-November report titled "Irregular Maritime Movements in Southeast Asia” released on Friday. “The outflow from the Bay of Bengal tends to peak in October, when calmer waters follow the end of...

53,000 including Bangladeshis fled for Thailand, Malaysia in 2014: UNHCR

53,000 including Bangladeshis fled for Thailand, Malaysia in 2014: UNHCR

Around 53,000 South-East Asians including Bangladeshis fled towards Thailand and Malaysia through the Bay of Bengal this year, the UNHCR report said. About 540 people have reportedly died during the journey at sea for beatings, starvation or dehydration. Their bodies were thrown overboard. The report published on Friday has found that more people are risking...

Monday's Foiling of Human Trafficking to Malaysia

Coast Guard arrests boat owner

Bangladesh Coast Guard (East Zone) yesterday stated to be looking for five human traffickers and to have arrested the owner of the boat being used in an attempt to take 36 men to Malaysia over the Bay of Bengal, saying he is a member of the gang. The 36 were taken into police custody while five boatmen were detained after the coast guard intercepted a small engine-run boat near Chittagong Boat Club area in the Karnaphuli river on Monday night. Arrested...

Rescue hope fades

The 26 people, who had gone down with the FV Bandhan in the Bay of Bengal early Friday, remained missing even after 32 hours. Divers of Bangladesh Navy, however, located the sunken fishing vessel yesterday morning, but could not enter it due to stormy currents. The missing crews are feared dead and the bodies are trapped inside the vessel. Navy ship BNS Adamya reached the spot from Chittagong in the wee hours of yesterday and joined the search and rescue operation. BNS...

The last call

The last call

“This could be the last talk between us. I may go out of network soon. We have to go deeper into the sea for a better catch” -- this is what Mohammad Rahim told his wife Soma over the phone on Thursday night, only hours before his fishing vessel capsized in the Bay. “He...

Navy divers locate sunken vessel in Bay

Navy divers locate sunken vessel in Bay

The divers of Bangladesh Navy could manage to locate the sunken fishing vessel FV Bandhan this morning, around 32 hours after the vessel was capsized in the Bay on Friday early hours. No new bodies were recovered or none of the missing crews could be rescued till filing of the report as of 6:00pm. Navy...

1 dead, 26 missing in Bay vessel capsize

1 dead, 26 missing in Bay vessel capsize

One person died and 26 crewmen went missing after a fishing vessel capsized after allegedly being hit by a ship in the Bay of Bengal in the early hours of today. FV Bandhan, a vessel of Bengal Fisheries Limited, capsized with 29 crewmen on board about 30 nautical miles northwest off the coast of...

Navy rescues 600 fortune seekers

Navy rescues 600 fortune seekers

From a large trawler adrift in the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh Navy yesterday rescued over 600 overseas job seekers, believed to have been lured by human traffickers into a sea voyage to Malaysia, according to the navy. Acting on a tip-off, navy ship Durjoy intercepted the trawler 50 nautical miles southeast of St Martin's...

Bangladesh's first 'marine protected area' declared

Bangladesh's first 'marine protected area' declared

The Swatch of No Ground, a submarine canyon in the Bay of Bengal known as a hotspot for cetaceans, has been declared Bangladesh's first “marine protected area”.  The declaration on the 1,738 square kilometres area, with an average depth of 900 metres and located south of Dublar Char, was made through an environment and...

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