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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.

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.

Poetry

Thomas Leuthard   By Nurul Hoque

One God, One Humanity

By Ananya S Guha What happens if a preacher talks about his religion and apparently ‘inspires’ some youth to go and commit acts of terror? How do we account for the fact that his preaching, his sermons have aroused brutal atavistic passions?

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).

Bangladesh urged to drop charges against Journalist

By Amnesty International Bangladeshi authorities must immediately and unconditionally drop trumped-up charges against a prominent journalist who could be jailed for more than a decade for a Facebook post, human rights NGO Amnesty International stated.

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.

The Fight Against Modern Slavery

REUTERS/Adnan Abidi   By Belinda Goldsmith, Astrid Zweynert and Alex Whiting Nearly 46 million people around the world are living as slaves, forced to work in factories, mines and farms, sold for sex, trapped in debt bondage or born into servitude, according to the third Global Slavery Index released today.