History of Bangladesh:
Bangladesh is part of the historic region of Bengal, the northeast portion of the Indian subcontinent. The earliest reference to the region was to a kingdom called Vanga, or Banga (c. 1000 B.C.). Buddhists ruled for centuries, but by the 10th century Bengal was primarily Hindu. Bengal became part of the Mogul Empire in 1576 and the majority of East Bengalis converted to Islam.
Bengal was ruled by British India from 1757 until 1947. In 1947, West Pakistan and East Bengal separated from India and became the country of Pakistan. Tension between East and West Pakistan existed from the outset. East Pakistan's Awami League, a political party founded by the Bengali nationalist Sheik Mujibur Rahman in 1949, sought independence.
East Bengal became East Pakistan in 1955. In 1970, East Pakistan's Awami League, led by Sheik Mujibur Rahman, secured a majority of the seats in the national assembly. Pakistani President Yahya Khan postponed the opening of the national assembly attempting to circumvent East Pakistan's demand for greater autonomy.
East Pakistan seceded and the state of Bangladesh was proclaimed on March 26, 1971. Indian troops entered the war, fighting on the side of the new state. Pakistan was defeated on December 16, 1971, and President Yahya Khan stepped down. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto took over in February 1974 and Pakistan agreed to recognize the independent state of Bangladesh.
Bangladesh's founding president Sheikh Mujibur was assassinated in 1975 and the next president, Zia ur-Rahman, was assassinated in 1981. On March 24, 1982, Gen. Hossain Mohammad Ershad took control in a bloodless coup but was forced to resign on December 6, 1990, amid violent protests and allegations of corruption. A succession of prime ministers governed in the 1990s, including Khaleda Zia, wife of Zia ur-Rahman, and Sheikh Hasina Wazed, daughter of Sheik Mujibur.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina became the first leader since independence to complete her term in July 2000. In October 2001 elections, Khaleda Zia won and became prime minister again.
Violence erupted in October 2006, when Zia's term ended and President Iajuddin Ahmed took over as the head of a caretaker administration. An alliance of parties, headed by the Awami League, said it would boycott the elections. Violence intensified in January 2007, prompting President Ahmed to declare a state of emergency and postpone the elections. Fakhruddin Ahmed became the interim head of the government.
In March 2007, Tarique Rahman, the son of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, was arrested and charged with extortion.
In June 2007, mudslides set off by heavy monsoon rains killed at least 100 people in Chittagong, a port in the southern part of the country.
Khaleda Zia was arrested and charged with corruption in September 2007 and Sheikh Hasina was arrested and charged with corruption and organizing the murder of four supporters of a rival party.
In November 2007, Cyclone Sidr killed over 3,000 people. The United Nations reported that a million people were left homeless.
The Awami League, headed by Sheikh Hasina, won in a landslide in the general election in December 2008. Sheikh Hasina was sworn in as prime minister in January 2009.
Paramilitary border guards mutinied in February 2009 at the Bangladesh Rifles headquarters in Dhaka. More than 70 people were killed. Thousands were convicted of involvement in the mutiny.
In June, 2010, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) mounted a protest strike against the government. There also were protests by textile workers over low wages.
A new series of strikes began in June, 2011 that closed shops and businesses. In August, several labor leaders were arrested on charges of inciting violence.
Protests broke out in Dhaka in February 2013 after Abdul Quader Mollah, the leader of an Islamist party, Jamaat-e-Islami, was sentenced to life in prison by a war crimes tribunal for his role in the murder of an estimated one million Bengalis during the 1971 war with Pakistan. The demonstrators were outraged at what they considered a lenient sentence.
On March 10, 2013, President Zillur Rahman was flown to Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore. Rahman died ten days later. Abdul Hamid, speaker of the National Parliament, was appointed acting president on March 14, 2013.
On April 24, 2013, a large factory building known as Rana Plaza in Dhaka collapsed and killed more than 900 workers. National outrage spread due to reports of Rana Plaza's poor condition prior to its collapse. Officers arrested the building's owner, Sohel Rana.
On July 15, 2013, Ghulam Azam, spiritual leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, received a jail sentence of 90 years. On July 17, the secretary general of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, was convicted and sentenced to death.
In September 2013, garment workers took to the streets, demanding an increase in wages. Some of the protests turned violent, with police firing rubber bullets and tear gas at demonstrators, who set several factories on fire. On September 17, a panel headed by Chief Justice M. Muzammel Hossain upheld Mollah's conviction and ruled that he be executed.
On October 1, 2013, Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury was sentenced to death by a war crimes court for charges including murder and genocide for his role in the 1971 war of independence. After the sentence was read, Chowdhury accused the government of orchestrating the verdict.
In January 2014, the ruling Awami League won the national election, which was marred by riots, protests and an opposition boycott. After the election, opposition members went into hiding while police searched for them. Four opposition leaders were jailed, including former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia.
The following are some Scriptures that deal with end-time events. All prophecies concerning the nations are leading up to fulfillment of end-time judgments (events).
Ezekiel chapters 38 & 39
Zechariah 13: 8-9
Zechariah 14: 1-16
Daniel chapters 2, 4, 7-12
Matthew 24: 1-51
Mark 13: 1-37
Luke 21: 6-38
The book of Revelation
The book of Joel
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