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  • Sep 23, 2014
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Nationwide strike in Bangladesh begins with violent clashes

At least five people were killed in nationwide clashes as Bangladesh's opposition yesterday began a three-day strike to demand the prime minister quit and make way for polls under a caretaker government.

Monday, 28 October, 2013, 6:40am

Bangladesh garment workers’ protest shuts 100 factories

Police have used batons, rubber bullets and tear gas to stop protests by garment workers in Bangladesh who want higher wages while factory owners fear they may miss shipments to the United States and Europe.

Police and news reports say the fifth day of protests on Wednesday in two industrial districts near Dhaka forced authorities to close more than 100 factories for the day.

25 Sep 2013 - 5:02pm

Uniqlo brings fashion back to the source in Bangladesh

On a bustling Dhaka street full of buyers looking for deals on export rejects and designer fakes, a flight of stairs leads up to an anomaly in a country known for producing international clothing brands - a global high street fashion store.

5 Jul 2013 - 1:31pm

Hong Kong not so racist after all as survey errors revealed

Relax - Hong Kong may not be as racist as suggested by the world map on racial tolerance published in The Washington Post last week. While the results are less startling, they are still high by comparison with much of the world, alongside Malaysia, the Philippines and France. China and Japan are still marginally more tolerant, while India and Yemen are also high on the list.

22 May 2013 - 10:31am 9 comments

Better Work safety programme bars Bangladesh over its weak labour laws

The International Labour Organisation and World Bank have refused to let Bangladesh join a textile industry monitoring programme until the country overhauls its labour laws and conditions for unions improve, according to a top ILO official.

19 May 2013 - 8:06am

Wal-Mart takes own path on factory safety

Wal-Mart Stores, the American chain that is the world's largest retailer, said it would not accept "at this time" an agreement to improve fire and building safety in Bangladesh that is supported by labour monitoring groups and signed by several other retailers this week.

16 May 2013 - 2:45am 1 comment

Hong Kong's first group of Bangladeshi maids share hopes for the future

Bangladeshi domestic helpers who have just arrived in Hong Kong were happy to share their aspirations yesterday before meeting their employers.

14 May 2013 - 9:30am 1 comment

First official Bangladeshi maids arrive in Hong Kong

The arrival of the 11 women, who will begin working tomorrow after a two-day orientation, marks the beginning of the official importation of maids from the country, which it is hoped will ease a shortage of domestic workers in Hong Kong.

12 May 2013 - 6:05am 7 comments

Miracle survivor of Bangladesh collapse lost track of day and night in rubble

On April 24, Reshma Begum was working in a factory on the second floor of Rana Plaza when the building began collapsing around her. She raced down a stairwell into the basement, where she became trapped near a Muslim prayer room in a wide space that allowed her to survive.

12 May 2013 - 6:59am

Maids from Bangladesh on way to Hong Kong homes

A group of 11 domestic workers from Bangladesh will arrive in Hong Kong today, marking the beginning of official importation of maids from the country.

11 May 2013 - 5:31am