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Addressing the dire needs of displaced Rohingyas from Myanmar to Bangladesh

AFP photo   By Sheuli Akter Since October 2016, an estimated 74,000 Rohingya people from Myanmar have arrived in Cox’s Bazar District, some 292 km southeast of Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka.

Bangladesh: Dissenting Voices Trapped Between Fear And Repression

AP photo   By Amnesty International The Bangladeshi government has not only failed to protect dissenting voices or hold accountable the armed groups that threaten them, it has also stifled freedom of expression through a slew of repressive tactics and new laws, according to a new report published by human rights NGO Amnesty International.

A MINUSTAH Mission Evaluation: UN Peacekeeper Abuse

AP photo   By Ricardo Swire In March 2017 the United Nations Secretary-General advised MINUSTAH, the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti, that their numbers will be reduced from approximately five thousand personnel.

Global executions down more than a third, but death sentences at record high

By Amnesty International The number of executions around the world last year fell by more than a third compared to the previous year, human rights NGO Amnesty International stated, with 1,032 executions in 23 countries in 2016 compared to 1,634 in 25 countries in 2015.

World Bank’s projects to enhance Bangladeshi financial institutions

Reuters photo   By Sheuli Akter Due to limited capacity and market constraints, Bangladesh’s local financial institutions traditionally could not meet the longer-term financing demand for infrastructure investments in the country.

World parliamentarians in drive to end extreme inequalities

IPU   By Sheuli Akter Expressing grave concern with the extreme political, social and economic inequalities prevalent in the world, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has called for immediate action to reverse this trend and leave no one behind.

Poetry

Thahnan Ferodus   By Nurul Hoque

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.

The Gift

PYC photo   By Laboni Saif Let me introduce you to a group of buoyant youth from a small village named North Shadurkhil under Bangladesh’s Chatkhil subdivision.

Poetry

Greg Constantine   By Laboni Saif

Hateful, toxic rhetoric creating a dangerous and divided world

Mario Tama/AFP   By Amnesty International Politicians using toxic rhetoric, reminiscent of the 1930s, are creating a dangerous and divided world, said human rights NGO Amnesty International as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world.

Pak-India Composite Dialogue: An Analysis

By Raja Farrukh Zeb   The two states Pakistan and India started their formal dialogue at the end of 1947, to talk about the payment of money to Pakistan along with a share in the assets, which India denied at first. The two countries also held meetings in 1972 to discuss the issue of the […]

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.

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.

Poetry

By Nurul Hoque

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.