Severe Water Shortage in Bangladesh

Bangladeshi troops have been forced to guard water pumps in parts of Dhaka as a severe water shortage grips the capital, causing a rise in water-borne diseases, officials said. The move follows angry protests earlier this month by residents over what many see as a deteriorating situation. “The army will work in coordination with the…

Muhammad Yunus’s New Idea for the Poor

In 2006, the Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus, the founder of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, had what he described as a “casual lunch” with Franck Riboud, the chairman and chief executive officer on the Groupe Danone dairy giant in Paris. From that lunch has grown an idea perhaps even more radical than microlending, which Yunus developed…

Grameen After Yunus

With Muhammad Yunus apparently about to be driven from an operational role at the institution that he founded and which provides micro-financing to as much as 20 percent of Bangladesh’s population, what path will Grameen Bank take without him? Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed for months has been waging a campaign to drive the…

Micro Credit, Macro Trouble for Yunus

What lies behind the continuing spate of bad press for Muhammad Yunus, the Nobel Prize-winning founder of Bangladesh's Grameen Bank? In early March, Bangladesh's Central Bank ordered Yunus sacked as managing director of the pioneering microcredit bank he founded to make funds available to the poor. His appeal is now pending with the Supreme Court…

Bangladesh Cuts Acid Attacks on Women

Bangladesh has passed the test. When it comes to implementing strong measures to tackle acid attacks, the country has done better than its neighors India and Cambodia. In a recently-released study on crime in Bangladesh, Cambodia and India, researchers found that Bangladesh had taken the most proactive approach to decreasing the attacks by enacting a…

Bangladesh Cracks Down on Terror

The breakup of a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist cell in Dhaka two weeks ago has reinforced is the latest manifestation of the growing counter-terror cooperation between India and Bangladesh and confirms what was earlier only alleged – that Pakistan-based terror groups have been using Bangladeshi territory to launch terror operations against India. After years of suspicion between…

Bangladesh to Execute Its Founder’s Killers

The first few weeks of the year may finally witness the execution, 35 years after the fact, of the killers of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founder of the People's Republic of Bangladesh who led the 1971 Bangladesh war for independence from Pakistan. The marathon time lapse between the arrests of the killers, disgruntled Bangladesh Army…

Bangladesh Bucks the Trend

Seamless growth: Bangladesh escapes crisis by focusing on low-cost exports, high quality garments and textiles A year ago as the world financial system teetered on the edge of collapse after many Wall Street giants failed, there was widespread concern about the impact of its tsunami effect on the world's developing countries so dependent on the…

Bangladesh’s Challenge

Bangladesh is at a turning point, politically, economically and diplomatically. Can Sheikh Hasina Wajed's Awami League produce a stable and effective government which eschews winner-take-all politics? Can relations with India improve to the point where India becomes a positive factor for Bangladesh? And can the policies and implementation improve to the point where government actions…

UPDATE: Awami League Wins Bangladesh Polls

With Bangladeshi voters having delivered a resounding victory to the coalition led by Sheik Hasina Wajed of the Awami League Monday, apprehension remains over whether the vote can ensure a stable democratic regime, or whether the poverty-stricken country will slip back into the vitriolic infighting that has paralyzed it for more than a decade, providing fertile ground…
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