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Bangladesh opens its gas fields to US company

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Download The United States multinational energy company ConocoPhillips will soon start looking for gas in a deep offshore area in the Bay of Bengal.

With a short fall in the supply of gas and with declining reserves, the Bangladeshi government is desperate to find new supplies of gas.

It is the first time that the government has opened up its offshore territory to foreign exploration.

However, some are criticizing the government for signing this new deal with an international oil company.

David Bergman hears from both sides.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 January 2012 15:15 )

Women Commit Suicide to Escape Sexual Harassment in Bangladesh

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Download Sexual harassment against women in Bangladesh is turning deadly.

According to local human rights groups 28 women committed suicide this year to escape frequent sexual harassment.

Before killing themselves most of them wrote a note demanding an end to the sexual harassment known locally as ‘eve teasing’ where boys intercept girls on the street, and shout obscenities, laugh at them, pull or touch them or worse.

Farzana Rupa reports from Bangladesh.

Last Updated ( Friday, 09 December 2011 11:08 )

Bangladesh War Crimes: First Charges Filed

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Download A senior leader of Bangladesh's largest Islamic party is the first suspect charged by a tribunal probing the 1971 independence struggle against Pakistan.

The war crimes tribunal accused Delwar Hossain Sayedee of mass murder and torture among other crimes.

He denies all the allegations.

Mr Sayedee, a leader in Bangladesh's Jamaat-e-Islami party, was arrested last year.

David Bergman was at the court when the decision was made.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 October 2011 10:36 )

A Bangladesh Success Story

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Download The number of women dying whilst giving birth in Bangladesh has been reduced by nearly a half over the last nine years.

About eight thousand five hundred women have stopped dying unnecessarily each year.

David Bergman in Dhaka explores how this success story has happened.

Last Updated ( Friday, 19 August 2011 17:33 )

Bangladeshi Women Increasing Want Cesareans

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Download More and more women are having cesareans in Bangladesh.

There is a growing trend among some doctors and women to push for cesareans operations rather than natural births.

The Bangladesh Maternal Mortality Health Survey of 2010 shows an overall improvement in maternal health conditions but also revealed a sharp increase in cesareansection deliveries.

The figure has increased ten fold in ten years and now 66 percent of all deliveries in hospital are by cesarean.

Farzana Rupa in Dhaka finds out why.

Last Updated ( Monday, 04 July 2011 12:12 )