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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... Read More...
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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... Read More...
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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... Read More...
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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... Read More...
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Torture Video Sparks India-Bangladesh Tension

Tensions have been mounting at the India-Bangladesh border following the discovery of a video showing Indian border guards torturing a Bangladeshi cattle smuggler. Shot on a mobile phone camera, the video c... Read More...
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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... Read More...
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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 G... Read More...
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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... Read More...
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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 micro... Read More...
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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 o... Read More...