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Bangladesh police stop activists from the Road Transport League, a wing of the ruling Bangladesh Awami League as they protest against the on-going nationwide strike outside the Bangladesh Nationalist Party office in Dhaka on February 9, 2015.  Violence triggered by the nationwide strike and blockade of roads, railways and waterways has reportedly left 80 people dead

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Bangladesh police stop members of the Road Transport League, a wing of the ruling Bangladesh Awami League, during a protest outside the Bangladesh Nationalist party office in Dhaka against the nationwide strike on Monday. Violence triggered by the strike and blockade of roads, railways and waterways has reportedly left 80 people dead.

Boarded passengers wait for a train to depart during a country wide strike called by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Monday. Banglaseh economy has been suffering huge loss after the contineous blokade and strike called by BNP led 20-party for the last 27 days

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Passengers wait for a train to depart during a country-wide strike called by the Bangladesh Nationalist party in Dhaka on Monday

Country wide strike called by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party...epa04592536 People travel on boats as they cross the Buriganga river during the country wide strike called by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) at Keranigonj in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 29 January 2015. Violence erupted in different parts of the country after former prime minister Khaleda Zia called a nationwide transport blockade on 05 January, the first anniversary of a controversial election that her Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and allies boycotted. According to official estimates, at least 35 people have since been killed in firebomb attacks on passenger buses, cars and trucks as vehicles plied on highways in defiance of the blockade.

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People travel on boats as they cross the Buriganga river during the country wide strike called by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) at Keranigonj in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Thursday

Devotees ride on the roof of a train as they return to the city after attending the final prayers on the first phase of Bishwa Ijtema in Dhaka...Devotees ride on the roof of a train as they return to the city after attending the final prayers on the first phase of Bishwa Ijtema in Dhaka January 11, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims congregated in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka as the first phase of this year's Bishwa Ijtema, one of the biggest Islamic gatherings in the world after the Haj in Saudi Arabia, came to an end. Picture taken January 11, 2015.

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Devotees return to central Dhaka after attending the final prayers of the first phase of Bishwa Ijtema. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims congregated in Tongi, a township in the north of Bangladesh’s capital, as the first phase of this year’s Bishwa Ijtema, one of the biggest Muslim gatherings in the world, came to an end. 

A Bangladeshi child labourer works at an aluminium pot factory in Dhaka on October 21, 2014. More than 6.3 million children under the age of 14 are working in Bangladesh, according to a UNICEF report on child labour.

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A Bangladeshi child works at an aluminium pot factory in Dhaka on Tuesday. More than 6.3 m children under the age of 14 are working in Bangladesh, according to a Unicef report

A Bangladeshi child stands in an alley as a boy climbs a ladder outside their home at a slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed on October 17 and is designated to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries.

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A Bangladeshi child stands in an alley as a boy climbs a ladder outside their home at a slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on Friday promotes awareness of the need to eradicate poverty in all countries

Eid Celebrations Mark The End Of Ramadan...DHAKA, BANGLADESH - JULY 29: A woman is overcome with emotions as she prays at the National Mosque, Baitul Mukarram, during Eid al-Fitr on July 29, 2014 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

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A woman is overcome with emotion as she prays at Baitul Mukarram, the national mosque, during Eid al-Fitr in Dhaka, Bangladesh 

Bangladeshis wait at a train station to board packed trains

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Bangladeshis board a packed train on Monday as they rush home from Dhaka to be with their families ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr.

Bangladeshi people participate in a parade to celebrate the first day of the Bangla New Year or Pahela Baisshakh, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, April 14, 2014. Thousands of Bangladeshis on Monday celebrated their new year with fairs, concerts and rallies.

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People participate in a parade to celebrate the first day of the Bangla New Year, or Pahela Baisshakh, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Thousands of Bangladeshis on Monday celebrated their new year with fairs, concerts and rallies.

Garment workers protest in Bangladesh...epa04163076 Garment workers make a human chain demanding proper compensation of the dead and injured workers of the Rana Plaza building collapse, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 11 April 2014. The one-year anniversary of the collapse of the eight-story Rana Plaza building that left over 1,100 workers dead and about 2,500 rescued alive is coming up on 24 April 2013.  EPA/ABIR ABDULLAH

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Garment workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh, gathered to demand compensation for those who were killed and injured in the collapse of the eight-storey Rana Plaza building last year. Protestors formed a human chain in the run-up to April 24, the first anniversary of the tragedy, which saw 2,500 people rescued but left more than 1,100 people dead.

People pay tribute at the Shahid Minar on International Mother Language Day in Dhaka...People pay tribute at the Shahid Minar, a memorial for martyrs of the national language movement, on International Mother Language Day in Dhaka February 21, 2014. On the same day in 1952, several University of Dhaka students were killed when police opened fire on a protest demanding their mother-language Bangla be made a state language. UNESCO's General Conference recognised February 21 as International Mother Language Day in November 1999.

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People pay tribute at the Shahid Minar, a memorial for martyrs of the national language movement, on International Mother Language Day in Dhaka, Bangladesh. On the same day in 1952, several University of Dhaka students were killed when police opened fire on a protest demanding their mother-language Bangla be made a state language.

Woman cries after she losing all of her belongings in a fire at a slum at Mirpur in Dhaka...A woman cries after she losing all of her belongings in a fire at a slum at Mirpur in Dhaka February 11, 2014. According to local media, at least 200 shanties and 20 shops were destroyed in the fire on Tuesday, which was caused by an electric short circuit at a slum in the Mirpur area of Dhaka. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

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A woman cries after losing all of her belongings in a fire at a slum at Mirpur in Dhaka, Bangladesh. According to local media, at least 200 shanties and 20 shops were destroyed in the fire on Tuesday, which was caused by an electric short circuit.

A Bangladeshi auto driver waits for passengers during an ongoing strike called by the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. On Monday, Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's ruling Awami League party won one of the most violent elections in the country's history, marred by street fighting, low turnout and a boycott by the opposition that made the results a foregone conclusion. The political gridlock plunges Bangladesh deeper into turmoil and economic stagnation, and could lead to more violence in a deeply impoverished country of 160 million.

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An auto-rickshaw driver waits for passengers during a strike called by the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Tuesday. 

Boatmen wait for passengers at the river bank of Buriganga, in Dhaka, Bangladesh 27 November 2013, during the second day of the 48-hour country wide blockade of road, rail and water transport, as protest against the announcement of the schedule for the upcomng national poll. The election commission has announced the date of the national poll scheduled on 05 January 2014.

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Boatmen wait for passengers at the river bank of Buriganga in Bangladesh during the second day of a country-wide blockade of road, rail and water transport

TOPSHOTS Buses are parked at an inter-di...TOPSHOTS Buses are parked at an inter-district bus terminal during a blockade organised by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) activists and its Islamist allies in Dhaka on November 26, 2013. Bangladesh opposition supporters went on the rampage, blocking roads and ripping up railway tracks after rejecting plans for a January 5 election, plunging the nation into fresh political turmoil. AFP PHOTO/ Munir uz ZAMANMUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images

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Buses are packed into an inter-district bus terminal during a blockade organised by Bangladesh Nationalist party activists and its Islamist allies in Dhaka. Bangladesh opposition supporters went on the rampage, blocking roads and ripping up railway tracks after rejecting plans for a January 5 election, plunging the nation into fresh political turmoil. 

A prisoner stands looking out of a window of a courthouse before the verdict for a 2009 mutiny is announced, in Dhaka November 5, 2013. A special court in Bangladesh on Tuesday sentenced to death more than 150 people, from among hundreds of mutineers accused of murder and arson at the headquarters of the country's border guards in 2009.

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A prisoner looks out of a courthouse window in Dhaka, Bangladesh, before the verdict for a 2009 mutiny by the Bangladeshi Rifles is announced. A special court on Tuesday sentenced to death 152 people, from among hundreds of mutineers accused of murder and arson.

Passengers climb to board an overcrowded train at a railway station in Dhaka

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Passengers clamber on to an already overcrowded train at a railway station in Dhaka on Thursday. Millions of residents of the Bangladesh capital are travelling home to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Bangladeshi rickshaw pullers take rest inside a cable reeler in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, Aug. 5, 2013.

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Rickshaw pullers take a rest inside a cable reeler in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Monday.

Bangladeshi children cool off at Mohammadpur Geneva camp in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, July 30, 2013. Mohammadpur Geneva Camp is one of the largest refugee camps in Dhaka City.

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Bangladeshi children cool off at Mohammadpur Geneva camp in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Tuesday. Mohammadpur Geneva Camp is one of the largest refugee camps in Dhaka City.

A Bangladeshi labourer spreads out recycled plastic shards to dry by a river in Dhaka on July 8, 2013. According to studies conducted in recent years, thw Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) collects in excess of 50,000 tonnes of plastic waste annually. The average collection rate is around 137 tonnes per day.  The plastic recycling industry of the Bangladeshi capital is playing a important role in saving the city from being submerged in a sea of plastic.

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A Bangladeshi labourer spreads out recycled plastic shards to dry by a river in Dhaka. According to studies conducted in recent years, the Dhaka City Corporation collects in excess of 50,000 tonnes of plastic waste annually. The average collection rate is around 137 tonnes a day. The plastic recycling industry of the Bangladesh capital is playing a important role in saving the city from being submerged in a sea of plastic.