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World Bank yanks funds for Bangladesh bridge

(Reuters) – The World Bank on Friday canceled a $1.2 billion credit for a Bangladesh bridge project with immediate effect, saying it had “credible evidence” of a high-level corruption conspiracy among Bangladeshi government officials. “In light of the inadequate response by the government of Bangladesh, the World Bank has decided to cancel its $1.2 billion […]

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Budding entrepreneurs should not worry about funds to set up a social business as good ideas can attract investors, analysts said yesterday. The funds set aside for the companies’ corporate social responsibility (CSR) can be an important source of funds for social business, said Saskia Bruysten, chief executive of Yunus Social Business in Germany. “Social […]

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The race for India’s presidency begins today as UPA candidate Pranab Mukherjee, and opposition BJP-backed PA Sangma submit their nomination papers amid clear signs that the ruling alliance will win with a thumping majority. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee refused to support Pranab in the race. She instead tried her best to mobilise support […]

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By: Shariar Sharif Seventeen-year-old Rasheda Begum didn’t have the slightest idea that she could be punished for acting in a play that highlighted various social ills that are forbidden in Islam – usury, dowry, gambling, child marriage and corruption. Her participation came at a painful cost, however. The 10th grade madrassa student was caned in […]

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Rapid urbanisation and the demise of wetlands around Dhaka, the mushrooming capital of Bangladesh, has made the city more vulnerable to flooding and other natural disasters. “Our wetlands are our only surface-water drainage system. As the wetlands are receding, Dhaka is becoming more vulnerable to water-logging and flooding,” Mohammed Ataur Rahman, director for the Centre […]

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A Hindu bride holding flowers in her hands.—Reuters Photo DHAKA: Unlike her Muslim compatriots, Tarulata Rani is unable to inherit anything from her family, cannot divorce and cannot claim maintenance from her absent husband—all because she is a Bangladeshi Hindu. Unlike Bangladeshi Muslims or Hindus in neighbouring India and Nepal, Bangladeshi Hindu women can’t divorce […]

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The state-owned Bangladesh Power Development Board is racking up large losses by paying penalties for not purchasing electricity from some oil-fired power plants under an existing agreement, a top BPDB official told Platts Monday. Bangladesh has kept many of its oil-fired power plants shut under a cost-cutting measure since early March as the BPDB stopped […]

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M. Adil Khan According to the Italian Social Scientist Vilfredo Pareto (1848-1923) changes of regimes and revolutions occur not when rulers are overthrown from below but when one group of elite replaces another. The role of ordinary people in such transformations is not that of initiators or principal actors but followers, sometime blindly, helping one […]

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Internet beckons rural Bangladesh

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Govt to take the technology to union level by Dec; moves to turn post offices into e-centres A new project of the government seeks to connect the country’s vast rural areas with a high-speed Internet connection by December 2013. The government will invest Tk 719 crore across Bangladesh to link 1,006 unions to the Internet. […]

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Narendra Bisht No one individual critic has taken on the Indian State like Arundhati Roy has. In a fight that began with Pokhran, moved to Narmada, and over the years extended to other insurgencies, people’s struggles and the Maoist underground, she has used her pensmanship to challenge India’s government, its elite, corporate giants, and most […]

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Cross-over … a hijra dances at a conference for equality. Photo: AP Legal recognition for Pakistan’s transgender community has changed their role in society, writes Jon Boone in Karachi. In a bright pink salwar kameeez and matching headscarf, Nargis marches around one of Pakistan’s richest neighbourhoods on a mission to embarrass residents into paying their […]

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