Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Lecture, Oslo, December 10, 2006  
(http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2006/yunus-lecture-en.html)  
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June 21, 2016: Anti-Terror Fatwa Endorsed by 100,000 Bangladeshi Islamic Scholars
As reported by Voice of America, a leading Islamic group in Bangladesh has issued a fatwa
condemning terrorism and militancy, including violent attacks on non-Muslims and secular
writers and activists, as "Haraam," or forbidden and un-Islamic. The fatwa, or religious decree,
was signed by more than 100,000 Islamic scholars, legal experts and clerics, and presented by
Maulana Fariduddin Masoud, chairman of Bangladesh Jamiatul Ulama (BJU), a national body of
Islamic scholars.
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June 9, 2016: Bangladeshi Inventor Creates Electricity-Free Air Conditioner
As reported by Yahoo News, Bangladeshi inventor Ashis Paul has figured out how to repurpose
plastic bottles into a low-cost, easy-to-make, electricity-free air conditioner. The science behind
the Eco-Cooler is based on the idea that the bottleneck becomes a funnel that compresses and
cools the air that runs through it by about five degrees, according to the Eco-Cooler website.
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May 19, 2016: Recent string of vicious killings in Bangladesh is a governance issue
In an opinion piece of the New York Times, dated May 19, 2016, William B. Milam, who is a
senior policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington and a former U.S.
ambassador to Bangladesh and Pakistan, wrote: “The recent string of vicious killings in
Bangladesh is less a terrorism issue than a governance issue: It is the ruling Awami League’s
onslaught against its political opponents, which began in earnest after the last election in
January 2014, that has unleashed extremists in Bangladesh.”
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April 29, 2016: Bangladesh has the potential to become one of the leading economies
As reported by the Daily Star, the Chinese Ambassador in Dhaka, Ma Mingqiang, said that
Bangladesh has all the potential to become one of the leading economies in the world and
China wants to support it in every possible way. The Chinese envoy said Bangladesh has a
huge potential market, huge labor force and very strategic geo-location in between three major
economies -- India, Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia.
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April 11, 2016: Political repression reaches new heights in Bangladesh
A new Report by the International Crisis Group, issued on April 11, 2016, states: “As the Awami
League (AL) government’s political rivalry with the Bangladesh National Party (BNP) reaches
new heights, so has its repression. At the same time, a deeply politicised, dysfunctional criminal
justice system is undermining rather than buttressing the rule of law. Heavy-handed measures
are denting the government’s legitimacy and, by provoking violent counter-responses,
benefitting violent party wings and extremist groups alike.”
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April 4, 2016: Income inequality is on the rise in Bangladesh
As reported in the Daily Star, Bangladesh’s Finance Minister AMA Muhith confirmed that income
inequality has gone up, though he also stressed that we should also focus on the positive
aspect, which is that the rate of extreme poverty has dropped (see the
BDRC’s feature story of
September 23, 2015). According to Human Development in South Asia 2015 Report (see Table
4.18, p. 104), Bangladesh’s income inequality (measured by the Gini coefficient) increased
from 0.350 in 1984 to 0.458 in 2010.
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March 9, 2016: New BDRC Working Paper shows that shifting cultivation has negative
impact on soil biological properties
A new BDRC Working Paper by Shafat Hosen, Ohidul Alam and S. M. Sirajul Haque examines
the impact of shifting cultivation in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh on the growth of
microbial organisms. It shows that shifting cultivation is reducing availability of microbes in soils
along with creating a crisis of nutrients.
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February, 17, 2016: Coastal families face health problems due to increased salinity
As reported by The Guardian, partly due to shrimp farming, the salinity along coastal lands of
Bangladesh has seeped ever further inland and is now associated with a variety of negative
health effects. The cultivation of shrimp became a necessity for the populations living on the
external coastland when, by the 1970s, a combination of natural and man-made disasters had
made the soil too salty to grow rice. However, the shrimp industry is also responsible for
worsening the water crisis. It has fast became one of Bangladesh’s highest earners.
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January 27, 2016: No Progress with Reducing Corruption in Bangladesh











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January 14, 2016: New Training Tool against Corruption in Textile Sector
Transparency International Bangladesh and Transparency International Deutschland
developed a training tool particular for the supply chain of the textile sector in Bangladesh. It is
based on real-life scenarios of solicitation and extortion demands, and also includes scenarios
of fraud and falsification which often are entry points of corruption.
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Based on the 2015 Corruption Perception Index (CPI)
released today, Bangladesh’s score remained the same as in
2014. However, taking into account that the 2015 index
covers fewer countries than in 2014, Bangladesh’s relative
ranking deteriorated slightly. Bangladesh continues to rank
far behind India and Sri Lanka, as well as behind Nepal and
Pakistan. After improvements in Bangladesh’s relative
ranking of the CPI from 2005 to 2011, recent data show a
negative trend. In 2015, Bangladesh had the same CPI score
as Guinea, Kenya, Laos, Papua New Guinea, and Uganda.
Bangladesh's Ranking in the
CPI relative to Other Countries