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November 20, 2019: Bangladesh could be the first to cultivate Golden Rice to fight
An article by Erik Stokstad in Science magazine states that Bangladesh appears to become the
first country to approve Golden Rice for planting. Golden Rice was developed in the late 1990s
by German plant scientists Ingo Potrykus and Peter Beyer to combat vitamin A deficiency, the
leading cause of childhood blindness. While some vegetables supply ample amounts of the
vitamin, vitamin A deficiency is still widespread in many countries where rice is a major part of
the diet. Vitamin A deficiency affects about 21% of children in Bangladesh.
Nov. 13, 2019: German Development Minister hails Bangladesh over birth control
German Development Minister Gerd Müller has praised Bangladesh for its success in birth
control and presented the country as a role model for Africa. In Bangladesh, the number of
births per woman came down from 6.9 in 1971 to 2.06 in 2017.
October 15, 2019: STEM’s role in girls’ skills development in Bangladesh
The garment industry revolutionized women’s roles as economic players. However, today, the
industry is threatened by automation and globalization, with men having the leadership role in
factories across the country.  A report by Nasrin Siddiqa shows that girls and women of
Bangladesh can offer much more, and STEM education can help lead the way.
October 1, 2019: Fishing for a Revolution
Bangladesh is in the midst of a Blue Revolution, with fish farming—known as aquaculture—
more than doubling in just 10 years. A new book edited by Shahidur Rashid and Xiaobo Zhang
explores the technologies and value-chain innovations driving a boom that has already helped
2 million Bangladeshis escape poverty.
September 15, 2019: Mercedes Benz and BMW in Talks to Set Up Manufacturing Plant
in Bangladesh
Writing for LearnBonds, Ali Raza reports that a delegation from Germany visited Bangladesh for
five days to look at the various investment options available to the companies, including the the
setting up of an assembly plant for German automobiles.
August 24, 2019: Education has to be much more relevant, equitable, and inclusive
Organized by the Bangladesh Chapter of Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), in association
with Dhaka Tribune, and funded by UKAID, a Roundtable of education experts stressed that
education has to be much more relevant, equitable, and inclusive, while the existing curriculum
should include job specific practical knowledge and life skills related chapters.
August 7, 2019: Why is Bangladesh grappling with a record dengue fever outbreak?
Reporting for Al Jazeera News, Faisal Mahmud provides critical information on the sources
behind the current record dengue fever outbreak in Bangladesh, which are summarized as poor
urban planning, government mismanagement and resilience of some viral strands. According to
the Directorate of General Health Services (DGHS), nearly 30,000 people have been infected
with the dengue virus so far this year in the country of 170 million.
July 22, 2019: How Bangladesh Learned to Love the Belt and Road
A report by Sudha Ramachandran, published in The Diplomat, summarizes some of the key
issues related to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and also provides some broader background
on Sino-Bangladeshi relations since independence.
July 9, 2019: Bangladesh floods displace thousands of Rohingya refugees
As reported by the Dhaka Tribune, flooding caused by heavy rains in Bangladesh have
displaced thousands of Rohingya refugees, says United Nations deputy spokesperson Farhan
Haq. UNICEF warns that the monsoon rains have damaged education and child protection
centers, as well as water supply sources and latrines -- increasing the risk of waterborne
diseases in the camp.
June 27, 2019: IMF Staff Completes 2019 Article IV Visit to Bangladesh
An International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff team, led by Mr. Daisaku Kihara, visited Dhaka from
June 16-27 to hold discussions on the 2019 Article IV Consultation with Bangladesh. The
mission concluded that Bangladesh’s macroeconomic performance is set to remain strong in
fiscal year (FY) 2019/20, with growth projected at above mid-7 percent and inflation close to the
central bank’s target.
June 8, 2019: Bangladesh cuts child mortality rate by 63 percent
As reported by NewAge, Bangladesh reduced the under-5 years child mortality rate by 63
percent in last 20 years, which is the highest reduction in South Asia. Bhutan reduced it by 60
percent, Nepal by 59 percent, and India by 57 percent during the same period.
May 19, 2019: Bangladesh has about 1.5 million street children
Reporting for the Daily Star, Iqra L. Qamari provides a provocative account of about 1.5 million
street children in Bangladesh. These children are vulnerable to street gangsters who lure/force
them into crime, begging or prostitution. These children neither exist in any statistical records
nor do they have any proper address; they wander rootless between streets where villainous
entities lurk in every corner ready to pounce on them.
May 17, 2019: Mitsubishi to invest $100 million to assemble cars in Bangladesh
As reported by the Daily Star, the Japanese automaker giant Mitsubishi has decided to invest
$100 million in Bangladesh to produce its branded vehicles. Ryujiro Kobashi, Vice
President of Mitsubishi Motors, revealed the information after a meeting with Commerce Minister
Tipu Munshi at the minister’s secretariat office in Dhaka yesterday.
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