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Government Attempts to Grab Grameen

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed has intensified the government's campaign against Grameen Bank founder Muhammad Yunus, seeking to move his famed "People's Bank" under the jurisdiction of the Bangla...
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Bangladesh Awaits Another Chaotic Election

Political tensions and confusion are mounting in Bangladesh over the next general election, which must be held by Jan. 24, 2014, with growing calls for general strikes and rallies as protest blooms. Under B...
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Grameen Bank Breakup Runs Into Heavy Going

The Bangladesh government, apparently quailing in the face of national and international outrage, has postponed until July 20 a workshop scheduled to hear a plan to break up the celebrated Grameen Bank, which provides aid for 8.4 million of the country's poor,...
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Grabbing Bangladesh’s Grameen Bank

Apparently driven by jealousy, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed*, is seeking to have the Bangladesh government take over 51 percent of the ownership of Grameen Bank, arguably the most successful institution e...
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Tragedy in Bangladesh

The eight-storey building that collapsed on April 24 in Bangladesh, killing at least 930, housed five garment factories that employed at least 3,000 workers and placed weight on the floors almost six times grea...
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Deforestation threatens Bangladesh Food Security

Activists are warning that food insecurity in southeastern Bangladesh may worsen over the next decade as a result of unfettered deforestation. Abdul Mannan of the local NGO, Society for Health Extension & Development, works with communities in Cox's Ba...
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Bangladesh and Landslides

Despite attempts by the government to relocate residents from hilly areas of southeastern Bangladesh, the residents insist on returning , facing high risk of landslides, locals and activists say. “This...
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Bangladesh’s December Elections

Bangladeshi elections continue to be a nightmare for voters in a largely undemocratic political culture that has prevailed since independence, failing to take ethics and human rights into consideration. Th...
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Bangladesh Politics Returns to Chaos

Nearly four years after national elections brought hope that Bangladesh could finally begin put its poisonous politics behind it, the country has returned to the tumultuous factionalism that generated a coup and two years of military-backed caretaker governmen...
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Sheikh Hasina’s Assault on Grameen Bank

Muhammad Yunus, who founded the pioneering microlender Grameen Bank, is finding himself under increasing attack from Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who has ordered a four-member commission to investig...