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IFRC launches emergency appeal for Myanmar refugees in Bangladesh

AP photo   By Sheuli Akter Thousands of people who have sought refuge in south eastern Bangladesh, having fled violence in the northern area of Rakhine State in neighbouring Myanmar are now living in unplanned and overcrowded settlements where living conditions are extremely poor.

World Bank joins Bangladesh to empower poor mothers and improve child nutrition

UN photo   By Sheuli Akter The government of Bangladesh and the World Bank have launched a cash benefits program for 600,000 of the country’s poorest mothers and pregnant women in exchange for their participation in activities to improve their children’s nutrition and cognitive development.

UNICEF joins with Bangladesh apex court to strengthen child protection

Shehzad Noorani/UNICEF   By Sheuli Akter To strengthen the child protection system in Bangladesh and for effective implementation of the Children Act 2013, UNICEF has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Supreme Court Special Committee on child rights.

Remittance-reliant Bangladesh up-skilling young workforce, especially women

Reuters photo   By Sheuli Akter Remittance-reliant Bangladesh has launched a new program for up-skilling the country’s millions of young workforce, especially women, to enhance job opportunities, expand economic base and boost income.

Editorial: Tuck Magazine 2016

    Tuck Magazine had a record breaking 2016, publishing an increased number of articles as each month progressed, easily surpassing the achievements of the year before.

Bangladesh protests firing at fishermen, demands repatriation of Myanmar citizens

AP photo   By Sheuli Akter Bangladesh has summoned Ambassador of Myanmar to Bangladesh Myo Myint Than to hand over a strongly worded protest note to him over the latter’s firing at Bangladeshi fishermen at the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday.

Bangladesh receives $360 million World Bank financing to improve waterway connectivity

Erik Nora   By Sheuli Akter To help the poor population living in remote areas, Bangladesh has launched a project to construct 14 landing stations in shoals, where often waterways are the only mode of transportation.

UNICEF calls Bangladesh to allocate one-fifth of national budget for Children by 2020

Debasish Shom   By Sheuli Akter UNICEF has urged Bangladesh to increase the proportion of national budget allocation for child-related initiatives from 14 per cent in 2016 to 20 per cent by 2020.

Bangladesh Launches Nationwide Coverage of ‘Child Help Line – 1098’

Andrew Biraj/Reuters   By Sheuli Akter Bangladesh has launched nationwide coverage of the country’s first toll-free ‘Child Helpline – 1098’  to provide a free telephone service to children who are facing violence, abuse and exploitation.

World Bank Pledges $2 Billion to Bangladesh for Climate Smart Growth

Conor Ashleigh   By Sheuli Akter World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, concluding a two-day trip to Bangladesh, has focused on the country’s successes in reducing extreme poverty, pledging $2 billion over the next three years in new funding to help the country become less vulnerable to climate change.

World Bank to Increase Support to End Stunting in Bangladesh

Don McPhee   By Sheuli Akter   President Kim announces financing to help increase commitments up to $1 billion

Bangladesh hangs Islamist leader Mir Quasem Ali

AAP photo   By Sheuli Akter Bangladesh has hanged Islamist party leader Mir Quasem Ali for war crimes committed during the 1971 war of independence.

Economic diversification, job skills can help accelerate growth in Bangladesh – ADB

Munir Uz Zaman/AFP   By Sheuli Akter Improved infrastructure and a more diversified economy can help Bangladesh increase economic growth, create meaningful jobs, and enhance the country’s structural transformation as a thriving middle-income economy, say two new Asian Development Bank (ADB) reports.

Bangladesh paves way for execution of Islamist party leader for 1971 war crimes

AP photo   By Sheuli Akter Bangladesh’s apex court has paved the way for the execution of an influential Islamist party leader for 1971 war crimes.

Kerry stops in Bangladesh before joining ‘US-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue’

Martial Trezzini/AP   By Sheuli Akter U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has stopped briefly in Dhaka to talk to Bangladesh officials who are coping with a series of extremist attacks.

Fire sweeps through Bangladesh’s largest shopping mall

Mahmud Hossain Opu   By Sheuli Akter A devastating fire has again swept through Bangladesh’s largest Bashundhara shopping mall complex in the capital Dhaka.

Alumni group to support development of employment injury social protection scheme in Bangladesh

Manjunath Kiran/AFP   By Sheuli Akter An alumni group comprising government, employer and trade union representatives will help facilitate the development of a social protection scheme in Bangladesh for those suffering workplace injury.

IFRC launches emergency appeal for tens of thousands Bangladesh flood victims

Bangladesh DDM photo   By Sheuli Akter In recent weeks, severe monsoon rains have triggered extreme floods in parts of Bangladesh, affecting over 100,000 people. Dozens of lives have been lost and thousands of people have been forced from their homes.

Bangladesh ex-MP sentenced to death for 1971 war crimes

By Sheuli Akter A special tribunal in Bangladesh capital Dhaka dealing with war crimes committed during the country’s independence war against Pakistan in 1971 has sentenced a former lawmaker to death and seven others life in prison.

Bangladesh busts militant den: Nine killed in gun battle with law enforcers

Shaheen Mollah   By Sheuli Akter Terror-gripped Bangladesh has been striving to rein militant activities. As part of various efforts, Bangladesh law enforcers early Tuesday busted a militant den where nine suspected militants of banned Islamist outfit Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) were killed in a “gunfight” during the raid on the group’s hideout in the capital Dhaka.

Bangladesh cancels India-based TV channel run by controversial Islamic Preacher

PTI photo   By Sheuli Akter Bangladesh has cancelled the operation of an India-based TV channel run by controversial Islamic Preacher Zakir Naik‘s Islamic Research Foundation (IRF).

World Bank increases support for health sector in Bangladesh

Munir Uz Zaman/AFP   By Sheuli Akter Bangladesh has reduced under-five child mortality by 29 percent between 2007 and 2014, and during the same period, births attended by medically trained professionals increased from 21 percent to 42 percent. Despite such remarkable progress made over the last decade, the country needs to go an extra mile.

Solar home systems lighting rural Bangladesh

By Sheuli Akter Millions of Bangladeshis still have no access to electricity because grid electricity is not economically viable in the places they live.

High interest rates, low financial literacy amongst barriers to Bangladesh RMG remediation

By Sheuli Akter High interest rates and a lack of financial literacy are highlighted as major obstacles to factories in the Bangladesh Ready Made Garment (RMG) sector from obtaining remediation financing according to a report launched by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and International Labour Organization (ILO).

One month on from Cyclone Roanu: thousands still at risk in Bangladesh

By Sheuli Akter One month after Cyclone Roanu struck Bangladesh, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is warning that thousands remain in need of urgent help as the monsoon season hits.

Bangladesh hangs Islamist party chief convicted of 1971 war crimes

By Sheuli Akter Bangladesh has executed the largest Islamist party chief for committing crimes against humanity during the country’s liberation in 1971.

Bangladesh’s Supreme Court paves way for hanging Islamist party chief for war crimes

By Sheuli Akter Bangladesh’s apex court has dismissed the final review petition of the country’s largest Islamist party chief paving the way for his execution.

Bangladesh appoints new governor after central bank chief resigns over $101 million reserve heist

By Sheuli Akter Amid widespread criticism over a $101 million heist from a Bangladesh Bank account with the New York Federal Reserve Bank, the country’s central bank Governor Atiur Rahman has resigned citing “moral grounds“.

Bangladesh’s top English news daily editor faces legal barrage

By Sheuli Akter The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has expressed serious concerns over a barrage of legal cases filed against the editor and publisher of Bangladesh’s largest English daily newspaper.

Safe Internet Study reveals nearly half of Bangladesh school students encounter cyberbullying

By Sheuli Akter The growth of internet access across Asia is bringing a wealth of new opportunities to youth in the region, particularly around the access to educational content. Yet, new access comes hand-in-hand with the challenge of keeping children safe online and the importance of protecting them from online threats.