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May 3, 2013

Special Report: How textile kings weave a hold on Bangladesh

DHAKA (Reuters) – Bangladesh’s garment boom has made Mohammad Fazlul Azim a wealthy man. Over three decades his empire has grown from a single factory to a string of plants that employ 26,000 workers and clock up an annual turnover of about $200 million.

Azim, who is also a member of parliament, has benefited from government policies to grow the industry into a global powerhouse. His elegant home here in Dhaka is a haven of luxury with an outdoor swimming pool, walled off from the chaos of the capital’s streets.

May 2, 2013

How textile kings weave a hold on Bangladesh

DHAKA (Reuters) – Bangladesh’s garment boom has made Mohammad Fazlul Azim a wealthy man. Over three decades his empire has grown from a single factory to a string of plants that employ 26,000 workers and clock up an annual turnover of about $200 million.

Azim, who is also a member of parliament, has benefited from government policies to grow the industry into a global powerhouse. His elegant home here in Dhaka is a haven of luxury with an outdoor swimming pool, walled off from the chaos of the capital’s streets.

Apr 16, 2013
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Violent Islamist agitation against bloggers fuels unrest in Bangladesh

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(Bangladesh Jammat-e-Islami activists throw bricks as they clash with police in Dhaka February 12, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj )

One night in February, Rajib Haider was set upon near his Dhaka home by five knife-wielding youths. His face was so lacerated that a relative who found the body wasn’t sure it was him until he called Haider’s cellphone and heard it ring inside a pocket.

Apr 15, 2013

Islamist agitation fuels unrest in Bangladesh

DHAKA (Reuters) – One night in February, Rajib Haider was set upon near his Dhaka home by five knife-wielding youths. His face was so lacerated that a relative who found the body wasn’t sure it was him until he called Haider’s cellphone and heard it ring inside a pocket.

Haider was a blogger, one of hundreds in Bangladesh demanding the death penalty for Islamist leaders accused of wartime atrocities, whose grisly murder swelled the crowds at student-led rallies many hailed as a “Bangladesh Spring”.

Jan 17, 2013

Pakistan urges India to cool rhetoric over Kashmir

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Pakistan urged India on Thursday to tone down the “Pakistan bashing” over a spate of military clashes in Kashmir between the nuclear-armed neighbors, and again offered foreign minister-level talks to try to cool tensions.

“I think it is important not to let this cycle escalate into something which becomes even more ugly than it is today,” Pakistani High Commissioner to India Salman Bashir said in an interview with Reuters. “Let’s try to see if we can cool down and resume normal business.”

Dec 24, 2012
via India Insight

Editor’s choice: Best of Reuters India in 2012

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Here are my picks for the best Reuters India stories of the year:

Sahara – massive, splashy … and mysterious
By Tony Munroe and Devidutta Tripathy
KHALILABAD, Uttar Pradesh - Like millions of Indians, Jag Ram Chaudhary invested with the Sahara conglomerate – 1,300 rupees a month in his case – to put away money for a rainy day. Read more here.

ANALYSIS – India’s deficit-cutting plan faltering as clock ticks
By Ross Colvin and Rajesh Kumar Singh
NEW DELHI - Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has banned government officials from holding conferences at five-star hotels, restricted travel and ordered a freeze on hiring to fill vacant posts. Read more here

Dec 6, 2012

Bangladesh factory fire reveals big brands’ shadowy supply chains

DHAKA (Reuters) – Sweating and trembling as he fielded questions about last month’s killer fire at one of his factories in Bangladesh, Delwar Hossain insisted he had no idea the workshop was making clothes for Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research) when it went up in flames.

On the other side of the world, Wal-Mart said the factory – where 112 workers lost their lives – was not authorised to produce its merchandise and had been sub-contracted by a supplier without its permission.

Dec 6, 2012

Apparel factory fire reveals big brands’ shadowy supply chains

DHAKA, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Sweating and trembling as he
fielded questions about last month’s killer fire at one of his
factories in Bangladesh, Delwar Hossain insisted he had no idea
the workshop was making clothes for Wal-Mart Stores Inc
when it went up in flames.

On the other side of the world, Wal-Mart said the factory -
where 112 workers lost their lives – was not authorised to
produce its merchandise and had been sub-contracted by a
supplier without its permission.

Nov 11, 2012

Feuding politicians take Nepal to brink of ruin

KATHMANDU, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Apart from a small bust of
Chairman Mao beside his armchair, Nepali Prime Minister Baburam
Bhattarai flaunts no trappings of his revolutionary past: these
days he talks of foreign investment, infrastructure projects and
double-digit growth.

The trouble is that, since they handed over their guns at
the end of a decade-long insurrection in 2006, Nepal’s Maoists
have done no better at running the Himalayan republic than the
corrupt and incompetent political mainstream they joined.

Oct 29, 2012

Anti-corruption crusader Kejriwal rattles political class

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – From a shabby house in one of New Delhi’s grimmest suburbs, a mild-mannered former tax official has launched a salvo of accusations of corruption involving some of India’s most powerful people, rocking the political establishment.

In quick succession, Arvind Kejriwal has publicly levelled charges of shady dealings against the son-in-law of ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi, the outgoing law minister and the leader of the main opposition party.

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