Fourth Blogger Hacked to Death in Bangladesh


Killing sparks renewed fears of growing radicalization of Islamic fundamentalists

DHAKA, Bangladesh— Syed Zain Al-Mahmood reports: Another Bangladeshi blogger was hacked to death in Dhaka on Friday—the fourth such attack on writers who had been critical of Islam this year—raising renewed fears about growing radicalization in the South Asian country.

Police and family members said 40-year-old Niloy Chattopadhyay, who wrote under the pen name Niloy Neel, was killed by machete-wielding assailants who entered his home in the capital on Friday afternoon.

His wife, Asha Moni, said four men entered their two-room apartment under the pretext of renting a room and attacked her husband.

Krishnapada Roy, a joint commissioner of police in Dhaka, said the attack appeared to be “a targeted killing” and that police would pursue all leads.

Mr. Chattopadhyay is the fourth blogger critical of Islam to be murdered in Bangladesh this year. American-Bangladeshi writer Avijit Roy, who championed atheism through his Mukto-Mona [Freethinker] blog, was killed in a machete attack in February. Two other writers, both admirers of Mr. Roy, were killed by suspected Islamic militants in similar attacks in March and May.

The rise of religious extremism in Bangladesh, a Muslim-majority nation of 160 million people, could affect regional stability, analysts say. Read the rest of this entry »

BREAKING: Blogger Ananta Bijoy Das Hacked to Death by Masked Islamic Militants


Ananta was the editor of science based Magazine Jukti and he regularly contributed to Mukto-Mona Blog whose founder Avijit Roy was slain in February

A secular blogger in Bangladesh has been hacked to death in north-eastern Bangladesh in the third such deadly attack since the start of the year, police say.

Ananta Bijoy Das was attacked by a masked gang wielding machetes in the city of Sylhet, reports say.


“A friend of Mr Das says he was on an alleged hit list of atheist bloggers held by Islamist militants.”

He is the third blogger to be killed in Bangladesh since February.

Mr Das wrote blogs for Mukto-Mona, a website once moderated by Avijit Roy, himself hacked to death in February.

Mr Roy, a Bangladeshi-born US writer who had criticised religious intolerance, was killed in a machete attack while he was visiting the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka.

And in March, another blogger, Washiqur Rahman, was hacked to death in Dhaka.

A friend of Mr Das says he was on an alleged hit list of atheist bloggers held by Islamist militants.

“In recent months, [Mr Das] received threats from extremists for his writings. He was on their hit list,” Debasish Debu, told the AFP news agency….(more)

[BBC News]

Sylhet reports: Masked assailants have hacked blogger Ananta Bijoy Das to death in Subid Bazar area of Sylhet.

The incident took place around 8:30am on Tuesday.

Sylhet airport police station OC Gousul Hossain confirmed the death to the Dhaka Tribune.

Sommilito Natto Parishad General Secretary Rajat Kanti Gupta said: “Ananta was also the member of organising body of local Gonojagoron Moncho. He used to write in Mukto-mona blog.”

Ananta was the editor of science based Magazine Jukti and he regularly contributed to Mukto-Mona Blog whose founder Avijit Roy was slain in February 25.

Ananta also received Mukto-Mona Rationalist Award in 2006. He wrote several books including Parthib, 2001 (co-authored with Saikat Chowdhury), Darwin: Ekhush Shatake Prasongikota Ebong BhabnaSoviet Union-E Bigyan O Biplob: Lisenko Odday etc. Read the rest of this entry »

U.S. Sending Disaster Response Team, $1 Million in Aid to Nepal

Kathmandu Struck By Powerful Earthquake

(WASHINGTON)—The United States is sending a disaster response team and $1 million in aid to Nepal following a devastating earthquake that shook three countries.

The White House and Secretary of State John Kerry are offering condolences along with pledging the support.

The magnitude 7.8 earthquake outside the capital Kathmandu killed more than 1,000 people in Nepal, India and Bangladesh. It also toppled buildings and triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest.

Kerry says in a statement that the United States stands with the people of Nepal and sends heartfelt sympathies.

He says USAID is preparing to deploy the disaster assistance response team and is activating an urban search and rescue team.

National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan says the U.S. stands ready to provide further assistance in the region.


[PHOTOS] This Road in China Got Covered in Almost 15,000 Pounds of Live Catfish

Thousands Of Kilograms Of Catfish Scatter In Kaili


We’re back with more catfish! I discovered and posted a link to small item about this here, yesterday, but was disappointed to not find any additional reporting on it, but most of all, disappointed to find no photos. Thankfully, images are coming in. A story about a gigantic catfish-in-the-streets catastrophe is obviously a lot less fun without pictures.

ChinaFotoPress—Getty Images

ChinaFotoPress—Getty Images

When the door of a delivery truck in the southern Chinese province of Guizhou swung open, 15,000 lb. of catfish came spilling out, covering the road in a flopping, scaly mess.

Remarkably, with the help of community members and the local fire department, a two-hour rescue effort was undertaken and the shipment was not wasted, according to the Shanghaiist. Their task was arduous but simple — workers basically sprayed the fish with water to keep them alive while others picked them up and returned them to the truck…(read more)

TIME  –  Shanghaiist

ChinaFotoPress—Getty Images

ChinaFotoPress—Getty Images

Five Hindus are hacked to death by Muslims in Bangladesh for voting

This looks like another reason to carry a Nirbheek.



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