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Bangladesh: Strikes Turn Violent

Date: November 1st, 2013 | No Comments

At least four people were killed during a three-day strike Oct. 27-29 headed by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in an effort to bring down the government before January elections. The country’s major tourist season is just beginning, but many tour companies warned against traveling to the country as the strikes grew violent. Clashes erupted [read more]

Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka: U.S. State Department Issues Alert for ICC Cricket World Cup

Date: February 23rd, 2011 | No Comments

The U.S. State Department issued an alert for travelers to Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka for the ICC Cricket World Cup Feb. 19-April 2. Though no specific threat information exists, the State Department warned that such high profile events can be targets for terrorist attacks. Since local authorities are responsible for the security around individual [read more]

Bangladesh: Bag Snatchers Target Rickshaw Riders

Date: March 31st, 2010 | No Comments

A U.S. Embassy Dhaka employee riding in a rickshaw recently was yanked out and dragged along the street when a thief reached from a passing vehicle and snatched her purse. The incident serves as a reminder to be careful with purses, backpacks or other bags with straps in places where bag snatching from vehicles is [read more]

Bangladesh: Election Violence Feared

Date: November 14th, 2006 | No Comments

Thousands of protesters demanding election reform shut down transport networks in cities around the country Nov. 12 and closed the main port of Chittagong. At least one person was killed in Dhaka and some 50 injured when police fired rubber bullets and drove a car into the crowd to disperse the demonstrators. Unrest has been [read more]

South Asia

Date: June 14th, 2005 | No Comments

The last year has seen a significant increase in threats and incidents targeting non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Individuals working for international aid and missionary groups have been attacked in several countries in the region, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan. NGOs reported a 75 percent increase in incidents worldwide between 2003 and 2004. The security [read more]

Bangladesh: Extremely Fatal Virus in Fresh Sap, Fruit

Date: February 15th, 2012 | No Comments

An outbreak of the Nipah virus (NIV) has killed at least 30 people since Jan. 2011 in northern Bangladesh. The pathogen is spread by fruit bats, and in this outbreak the disease has been fatal in all reported cases. The main conduit for infection is believed to be the consumption of palm tree sap, often [read more]

South Asia: Medical Tourists Bring Home Antibiotic-Resistant Bacterial Infections

Date: August 18th, 2010 | No Comments

Twenty-nine U.K. medical tourists to India, Pakistan and Bangladesh have returned from their surgeries with a bacterial infection resistant to all but one or two antibiotics, including the “last resort” antibiotics commonly used against resistant strains. These infections involved common bacteria that had acquired a gene that gave them resistance to current drugs. These strains [read more]

Bangladesh: New Tourist Police Force Patrols Popular Areas

Date: August 20th, 2009 | No Comments

The government formed a new Tourist Police force to protect local and foreign tourists, starting the service in Cox’s Bazar Sea Beach, a popular area with what is claimed to be the world’s longest sandy beach. The beach runs almost 80 continuous miles. Authorities plan to expand the Tourist Police force to other tourist spots [read more]

Bangladesh: Peace Corps Pulls Out, Terrorist Leaders Arrested

Date: March 21st, 2006 | No Comments

Authorities arrested five of the top seven leaders of a banned Islamic militant group (Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh) believed responsible for numerous bombings, striking a blow against terrorism, but one result has been the suspension of Peace Corps activity throughout the country. The Peace Corps removed all 70 of its volunteers and suspended operations indefinitely based on [read more]

South and Southeast Asia

Date: December 27th, 2004 | No Comments

The tsunami triggered by a powerful earthquake off the coast of Sumatra caused devastation throughout both regions and will have an impact on travel and tourism in coastal areas of many countries for at least the next few weeks. Sri Lanka, southern India, Aceh province in Indonesia, southwestern Thailand and the Maldive Islands were all [read more]

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