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Bangladesh slips 6 notches to 140th  The Daily Star

Bangladesh slipped six spots to 140th among 169 countries in a ranking of the world's most connected nations brought out by global logistics company DHL.

The Daily Star
Bangladesh's social protection initiatives highlighted at UN  Dhaka Tribune

The Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN, Ambassador Masud Bin Momen, has highlighted Bangladesh's initiatives on social protection that ...

Dhaka Tribune
Bangladesh rescues 'abducted' Malaysia-bound Rohingya refugees, South Asia News & Top Stories  The Straits Times

DHAKA (AFP) - Bangladesh police have stopped 43 Rohingya refugees from being smuggled to Malaysia by boat with a dozen women claiming they were ...

The Straits Times
ADB reaffirms commitment to Bangladesh  The Daily Star

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has reaffirmed its plans to strengthen partnership and boost assistance to Bangladesh, said the Manila-based lender ...

The Daily Star
Bangladesh, KSA sign MoU on military cooperation  United News of Bangladesh

Bangladesh on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), aiming to enhance military cooperation ...

United News of Bangladesh
Bangladesh PM to arrive in Abu Dhabi on Sunday  gulfnews.com

Abu Dhabi: The Bangladeshi Prime Minister Shaikh Hasina is reaching Abu Dhabi early on Sunday for a three-day official visit, a top diplomat told Gulf News on ...

Bangladesh Bank, SME Foundation sign Tk50cr agreement  Dhaka Tribune

General Manager of SME Department of Bangladesh Bank Sheikh Md Selim and Managing Director of SME Foundation Md Shafiqul Islam sign the agreement, ...

Dhaka Tribune
25 injured in Bangladesh clash  DAWN.com

DHAKA: Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at hundreds of religious hardliners who attacked Ahmadis in northern Bangladesh on Tuesday, leaving 25 ...

Bangladesh, Bhutan to explore new areas in trade  The Daily Star

Despite good relations between Bangladesh and Bhutan, the bilateral trade volume is relatively small and limited to few goods. At the 7th Bhutan-Bangladesh ...

The Daily Star
Shakib-less Bangladesh Aim for Improvement in Away Record Against New Zealand  News18

Bangladesh have travelled to New Zealand thrice before and have never won an ODI match.

Drug 'godfathers' to surrender in Bangladesh  ABS-CBN News

Over 100 suspected meth traffickers are expected to surrender to Bangladeshi authorities this week thanks to a deadly, Philippines-style police crackdown that ...

You are my valentine  The Daily Star

Like elsewhere in the world, Valentine's Day, the day of love, is being celebrated across Bangladesh today. People, especially the youths, are seen seizing this ...

The Daily Star
Myanmar claims part of Bangladesh on its map again, ambassador summoned  bdnews24.com

Myanmar has once again showed Saint Martin's Island of Bangladesh on its map, provoking the foreign ministry to summon its ambassador in Dhaka and lodge ...

FAO, WFP, IFAD to continue collaboration with Bangladesh  The Daily Star

Three global organisations—the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), World Food Programme (WFP) and International Fund for Agricultural Development ...

The Daily Star
Six illegal immigrants from Bangladesh held in Assam  The New Indian Express

'The family then approached the Supreme Court, which rejected their petition and asked them to surrender,' Bora told.

The New Indian Express
What the 4th Industrial Revolution has in store for Bangladesh  Dhaka Tribune

Over the past 300 years, waves of technology have impacted our lives tremendously, and taken them to a new level. Subsequently, the economic bases have ...

Dhaka Tribune
US congressmen seek 'timely response' to save Bangladesh democracy  Prothom Alo English

A bipartisan group of six influential members of US Congress has sought Washington's "timely response" to protect democracy in Bangladesh.They made the ...

Prothom Alo English
40 receive Coast Guard medals  The Daily Star

A total of 40 personnel today received medals this year for their valuable contribution to Bangladesh Coast Guard. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan was ...

The Daily Star
Bangladesh summons Pakistan envoy over remarks about Bangabandhu  bdnews24.com

The foreign ministry has summoned the acting high commissioner of Pakistan in Dhaka to protest against objectionable comments on Bangabandhu Sheikh ...

Bangladesh stops more Rohingya taking risky trip to Malaysia  Channel NewsAsia

Authorities fear more Rohingya will try to take boats from camps in Bangladesh to Malaysia while the Bay of Bengal is calm until the end of March. (Photo: ...

Channel NewsAsia
Rethinking engineering education in Bangladesh  The Daily Star

During the twentieth century, engineering education in the developed countries underwent a remarkable transformation. Unfortunately, engineering education in ...

The Daily Star
Share of temporary work remains substantial in Bangladesh: ILO  United News of Bangladesh

The share of temporary work remains quite substantial in several countries, and in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Pakistan it affects between 70 and 80 percent of ...

United News of Bangladesh
Fabian Rybka to expand operations in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka for DHL  Post and Parcel

Feb 14, 2019 | Parcel | 0. Fabian Rybka to expand operations in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka for DHL. DHL Global Forwarding, has appointed Fabian Rybka as ...

Post and Parcel
Martin Guptill interviewed by wife after match-winning hundred vs Bangladesh  India Today

Martin Guptill scored his 15th ODI hundred as New Zealand beat Bangladesh by 8 wickets in the first ODI in Napier. Guptill, who was named man-of-the-match ...

India Today
Bangladesh targets first onshore import terminal  Upstream Online

State-owned Petrobangla has approached the market for what it hopes will be Bangladesh's first onshore liquefied natural gas import terminal, writes Amanda ...

Upstream Online
India Gives Top Priority To Partnership With Bangladesh: Sushma Swaraj  NDTV News

India remains ready to provide maximum possible support to Dhaka since a prosperous and progressive Bangladesh is in India's national interest, External ...

When it was Bangladesh's time  Dhaka Tribune

A little over two and a half years ago, when history laws with the potential to severely restrict research, scholarship and writing on 1971 were being considered ...

Dhaka Tribune
US congressional committee urges action to protect democracy in Bangladesh  Dhaka Tribune

Foreign Ministry is informed about the matter and the top brass is considering next course of action, official says.

Dhaka Tribune
Liwayway's Oishi makes 1st foray into Bangladesh | Philstar.com  Philippine Star

Filipino-owned Liwayway Group of Companies, the company behind the iconic Oishi snack foods brand, will make its foray in Bangladesh, marking its 32nd ...

Philippine Star
Bangladesh Suffers Leather Export Decline  Leather International

Bangladesh's leather sector is going through a tough time, due to intense competition with its rivals and the country's ongoing tannery relocation.The country has ...

Leather International
Media release New Zealand and Bangladesh kick off busy ODI period 11 Feb 19  International Cricket Council

New Zealand's series against Bangladesh is set to kick off an extensive run of ODI fixtures as teams continue to shore up their preparations for the upcoming ICC ...

International Cricket Council
NBR plans 32 more tax zones across Bangladesh  United News of Bangladesh

The government has decided to establish 32 more tax zones across the country to bring more taxpayers in the tax net for improving the revenue collection to ...

United News of Bangladesh
31 rescued while attempting to go to Malaysia illegally  The Daily Star

Police rescued 31 people from Maheshkhali upazila of Cox's Bazar last night when they were taking preparation to go to Malaysia illegally through the Bay of ...

The Daily Star
No fly zone: fear of small planes sees senior Bangladesh duo hit long road to Napier  Stuff.co.nz

Small planes flying in and out of Napier left anxious Bangladeshi cricketers happier to drive.

US lawmakers urge Pompeo for action on Bangladesh polls allegations  bdnews24.com

US lawmakers urge Pompeo for action on Bangladesh polls allegations.

Children with special needs from Bangladesh on visit to Kolkata  Times of India

KOLKATA: Army-to-Army ties between India and Bangladesh are no longer restricted to joint training exercises, visits by military delegations and their.

Times of India
Bangladesh awaits proposals in 60-MW solar tender  Renewables Now

February 14 (Renewables Now) - A tender has been launched in Bangladesh for the construction of up to 60 MW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV)

Renewables Now
Video: Tigers begin WC preparation with NZ ODIs  The Daily Star

Bangladesh are in New Zealand to play a three-match ODI series before the Test series. However, the Tigers will be looking to emphasise on the ODIs to not ...

The Daily Star
Food and Hospitality Bangladesh Expo-2019  bdnews24.com

A three-day Food and Hospitality Bangladesh Expo-2019 began at the Bashundhara International Convention City in Dhaka on Thursday. Photo: Asif Mahmud ...

President Trump administration taking up Bangladesh issue  Weekly Blitz

Anita Mathur. Being approached by a group of six influential members of the United States Congress, President Donald Trump and his administration are now ...

Weekly Blitz
Revisiting Bangladesh's election  Washington Times

When Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was elected in 2009, she promised to reduce poverty, stimulate growth and propel her then-impoverished ...

Washington Times
Mortaza confident of Bangladesh's chances despite Shakib's absence - Cricbuzz  Cricbuzz

Shakib Al Hasan's finger injury is a big setback for Bangladesh ahead of their series against New Zealand but ODI captain Mashrafe Mortaza is confident of the ...

Govt’s Hajj package still lowest compared to India and Bangladesh: minister  The Express Tribune

Religious affairs minister warns pilgrims against falling prey to private tour operators offering 'cheaper Hajj'

The Express Tribune
Bangladesh: One million consultations in the world's largest refugee settlement  Doctors Without Borders

Today the magnitude of the Rohingya refugee crisis and response can be captured in an astonishing figure: One million. Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins ...

Doctors Without Borders
The struggle for democracy in Bangladesh deserves our attention  The Globe and Mail

Jon Scott was Canadian high commissioner to Bangladesh 1993-1996. John Richards is a professor in the Simon Fraser University public policy school and ...

The Globe and Mail
Climate change creates a new migration crisis for Bangladesh  National Geographic

Dhaka, BangladeshGolam Mostafa Sarder starts every day before dawn, rising from a thin reed mat in the shed that he shares with fifteen roommates. Each has ...

National Geographic
Mirona becomes first female coach of men's team in Bangladesh  Dhaka Tribune

A momentous event unfolded in the Bangladesh football scenery as Mirona Khatun, a former national women's team player, became the first woman to lead a ...

Dhaka Tribune
Bangladesh Is Booming. Don’t Believe the Negative Hype.  Foreign Policy

Foreign Policy's Jan. 7 article titled “The World Should Be Watching Bangladesh's Election Debacle” is an inaccurate and unfair portrayal of Bangladesh's recent ...

Foreign Policy
Transplant of kidney from brain-dead to begin soon  The Daily Star

The country's health sector is waiting for making a historic landmark as Bangladesh is set to begin kidney transplant from the brain-dead to partially mitigate ...

The Daily Star
Bhutan and Bangladesh to explore new areas in trade  Kuensel, Buhutan's National Newspaper

Despite good relations between Bangladesh and Bhutan, the bilateral trade volume is relatively small and limited to few goods. At the 7th Bhutan-Bangladesh ...

Kuensel, Buhutan's National Newspaper
DHL Global Forwarding appoints Fabian Rybka to head Bangladesh and Sri Lanka operations  Business Insider

Business Insider - Rybka takes overarching responsibility for growth and expansion in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, as well as management of DHL partners in ...

Business Insider
Over 150 Myanmar Buddhists take shelter at border with Bangladesh  bdnews24.com

Over 150 Myanmar Buddhists take shelter at border with Bangladesh.

Bangladesh made record drugs seizure last year  DAWN.com

DHAKA: Bangladesh seized a record 53 million methamphetamine pills in 2018 — up 33 per cent in a year — amid a deadly nationwide crackdown on the trade, ...

5,000 garment workers sacked over Bangladesh strikes  RTE.ie

Nearly 5000 low-paid Bangladeshi garment workers stitching clothes for global brands have been sacked by factory bosses for joining strikes over wages this ...

India, Bangladesh Relations On Upward Trajectory, Says PM Modi  NDTV News

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met visiting Bangladesh Foreign Affairs Minister AK Abdul Momen and said relations between the two neighbouring ...

Bangladesh scores highest in mobile malware infection  The Daily Star

Bangladesh has been ranked as the country having the highest risk of mobile malware infections with 35.91 per cent of users affected. The study, conducted by ...

The Daily Star
‘Rapists beware’: Three men killed by apparent vigilante in Bangladesh  Global News

Three men accused of rape have been found dead with notes signed 'Hercules' in Bangladesh.

Global News
UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie begins visit to Bangladesh, host to nearly 1 million Rohingya refugees  UNHCR

Angelina Jolie, the Special Envoy for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is visiting Bangladesh this week. Bangladesh has been heavily affected by the influx.

US citizen arrested for war crimes in Bangladesh 'was only 13'  BBC News

A US citizen of Bangladeshi descent has been arrested during a visit to his native country for allegedly committing "war crimes" during the war of independence ...

BBC News
Policemen to be appointed to Bangladesh missions  Dhaka Tribune

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina speaks during the inauguration ceremony of Police Week 2019 at Dhaka Metropolitan Police Lines in Rajarbag, Dhaka, ...

Dhaka Tribune
Bangladesh originated from movement for Bangla as national language of East Pakistan: Pranab Mukherjee  Times of India

India News: KOLKATA: Former President Pranab Mukherjee said on Thursday that the creation of Bangladesh in 1971 had its origin in a movement that sought ...

Times of India
Why are wages so low for garment workers in Bangladesh?  The Guardian

Country offers cheap labour and manufacturing expertise – with often limited oversight.

The Guardian
Bangladesh issues tender to develop up to 60 MW of solar  pv magazine International

Through the procurement, the Bangladesh Power Development Board is seeking developers for the construction of grid-connected solar power plants on a build ...

pv magazine International
Munchee recognized as 'Fastest Growing Brand' in Bangladesh  Ceylon Daily News

Munchee, the flagship brand of Ceylon Biscuits Limited (CBL), has once again distinguished itself internationally, receiving the “Fastest Growing Brand in ...

Ceylon Daily News
Pahela Falgun festival celebration held in Dhaka, Bangladesh  Global Times

A woman smeared with colored powder takes part in the Pahela Falgun festival celebration in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Feb. 13, 2019. Bangladeshi people on ...

Global Times
BANGLADESH Bangladesh's Catholic Church celebrates 500 years (video and photos)  AsiaNews

The first Catholics to land on the coast near Chittagong were Portuguese merchants in 1518. After 80 years, the first missionaries arrived. The history of the ...

Bangladesh’s Peaceful Election  The New York Times

The country's ambassador to the United States takes issue with an editorial.

The New York Times
SWIFT says helping Bangladesh's central bank rebuild network after cyber heist  Channel NewsAsia

International payments network SWIFT said on Saturday it had signed an agreement with Bangladesh's central bank to help it rebuild its infrastructure after ...

Channel NewsAsia
Over 1,000 Rohingya flee India for Bangladesh fearing crackdown  Aljazeera.com

Activists ask India to honour principle of "non-refoulement" as Hindu far right calls for mass deportation of Rohingya.

Bangladesh sues RCBC over $81-M cyberheist  Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Bangladesh's central bank has sued Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) over its involvement in the $81-million cyberheist in ...

The Guardian view on Bangladesh: when charity goes wrong  The Guardian

Editorial: Globalised business networks make well-meaning shoppers complicit in the exploitation of workers they are trying to help.

The Guardian
UN warns Bangladesh Rohingya long-term stay likely  Aljazeera.com

Bangladesh struggles to accommodate over 700000 Rohingya refugees fleeing violence that began in Myanmar in 2017.

New Zealand vs Bangladesh, 1st ODI in Napier, Highlights: As It Happened  Hindustan Times

Catch all the highlights of the first ODI between New Zealand and Bangladesh in Napier through our commentary page.

Hindustan Times
New Zealand Vs Bangladesh Live Score (ODI): Ball by Ball Commentary, Match Score and Cricket Updates - Firstcricket  Firstpost

New Zealand Vs Bangladesh Live Score (ODI) ball by ball commentary, cricket score and updates. Get all latest cricket match results, scores and statistics, with ...

£14 can go a long way in Bangladesh  The Guardian

Letters: Meghnad Desai and Richard Horrocks say Guardian readers shouldn't be angry at 'poverty wages' being paid to Bangladeshi workers, but Sue ...

The Guardian
For the first time, transgender candidates will run for seats in Bangladesh's National Parliament  Global Voices

For the first time in Bangladesh's history, transgender candidates who identify as women can vie for the 50 seats reserved for women in the upcoming elections ...

Global Voices
Bangladesh Call up Uncapped Fast Bowler for New Zealand Series  News18

Bangladesh on Tuesday called up uncapped pace bowler Ebadot Hossain for this month's Test series against New Zealand, replacing the injured Taskin ...

How Sheikh Hasina changed Bangladesh from a basket case to a middle income country  Economic Times

The Sheikh Hasina govt, however, has to maintain this momentum while keeping radicalisation at bay.

Economic Times
Indian police arrest Rohingya group stuck at Bangladesh border  Aljazeera.com

Fears of deportation to Myanmar has sparked an exodus of Rohingya refugees from across India to Bangladesh.

Bangladesh's 'tree man' back in hospital  KESQ

A Bangladeshi man who suffers from an extremely rare genetic disease known as "tree man" syndrome is back in the hospital and faces more surgery after the ...

Bangladesh: Violent Repression of Opposition  Human Rights Watch

Bangladesh violently cracked down on criticism of the ruling Awami League in advance of national elections in 2018, Human Rights Watch said today in its ...

Human Rights Watch
Re-thinking capacity for greening Bangladesh's RMG  Dhaka Tribune

Our RMG industry has everything it needs to be more environmentally aware. This is the concluding part of a four-part op-ed series.

Dhaka Tribune
Petronet's LNG terminal plan in Bangladesh put on the back burner  Business Standard

Petronet LNG's plan to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility at Maheshkhali island in Cox's Bazar district of Bangladesh through a ...

Business Standard
Hundreds sacked after Bangladesh garment strikes  Channel NewsAsia

Bangladesh factories making clothes for Western brands have sacked hundreds of workers after more than a week of strikes and clashes over wages, ...

Channel NewsAsia
Bangladesh to slap jail term for tethering dogs for 24 consecutive hours  bdnews24.com

The government has drafted a law stipulating punishment for cruelty to animals like tethering a dog without giving it the scope to move for 24 straight hours or ...


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The etymology of Bangladesh (Country of Bengal) can be traced to the early 20th century, when Bengali patriotic songs, such as Namo Namo Namo Bangladesh Momo by Kazi Nazrul Islam and Aaji Bangladesher Hridoy by Rabindranath Tagore, used the term.
Dhaka, Bangladesh Night view of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Meer Abdul Qadir; The riverine country of Bangladesh (“Land of the Bengals”) is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, and its people are predominantly Muslim.
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Bangladesh is south Asia's greenest jewel – a country braided with rivers, with a rich culture waiting to be explored by pioneering travellers.
Bangladesh is a country state in Southern Asia (converging with Southeast Asia), bordering the Bay of Bengal to the South, almost entirely encircled by the Republic of India to the West, North and East, and Myanmar to the Southeast.
Geography. Bangladesh, on the northern coast of the Bay of Bengal, is surrounded by India, with a small common border with Myanmar in the southeast.
More information about Bangladesh is available on the Bangladesh Page, U.S. Department of State publications, and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.. U.S.-BANGLADESH RELATIONS
Bangladesh’s Leader Wins a Third Term but Opposition Contests Results . In a vote with widespread irregularities and intimidation, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina remains in power, but faces ...
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Bangladesh (officially called People's Republic of Bangladesh) is a country in South Asia.It is next to the North-east Indian provincial regions of India, which converges with Southeast Asia to the east.

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Bangladesh (; Bengali: বাংলাদেশ Bangladesh [ˈbaŋladeʃ] (listen), lit. "The country of Bengal"), officially the People's Republic of Bangladesh (গণপ্রজাতন্ত্রী বাংলাদেশ Gônoprojatontri Bangladesh), is a country in South Asia. It shares land borders with India and Myanmar (Burma). The country's maritime territory in the Bay of Bengal is roughly equal to the size of its land area. Bangladesh is the world's eighth most populous country as well as its most densely-populated, to the exclusion of small island nations and city-states. Dhaka is its capital and largest city, followed by Chittagong, which has the country's largest port. Bangladesh forms the largest and easternmost part of the Bengal region. Bangladeshis include people from a range of ethnic groups and religions. Bengalis, who speak the official Bengali language, make up 98% of the population. The politically dominant Bengali Muslims make the nation the world's third largest Muslim-majority country. Islam is the official religion of Bangladesh.Most of Bangladesh is covered by the Bengal Delta, the largest delta on Earth. The country has 700 rivers and 8,046 km (5,000 mi) of inland waterways. Highlands with evergreen forests are found in the northeastern and southeastern regions of the country. Bangladesh has many islands and a coral reef. The second longest unbroken sea beach of the world, Cox's Bazar Beach, is located in the southeast. It is home to the Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world. The country's biodiversity includes a vast array of plant and wildlife, including endangered Bengal tigers, the national animal.The Greeks and Romans identified the region as Gangaridai, a powerful kingdom of the historical Indian subcontinent, in the 3rd century BCE. Archaeological research has unearthed several ancient cities in Bangladesh, which enjoyed international trade links for millennia. The Bengal Sultanate and Mughal Bengal transformed the region into a cosmopolitan Islamic imperial power between the 14th and 18th centuries. The region was home to many principalities that made use of their inland naval prowess. It was also a notable center of the global muslin and silk trade. As part of British India, the region was influenced by the Bengali renaissance and played an important role in anti-colonial movements. The Partition of British India made East Bengal a part of the Dominion of Pakistan; and renamed it as East Pakistan. The region witnessed the Bengali Language Movement in 1952 and the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. After independence was achieved, a parliamentary republic was established. A presidential government was in place between 1975 and 1990, followed by a return to parliamentary democracy. The country continues to face challenges in the areas of poverty, education, healthcare, and corruption.Bangladesh is a middle power and a developing nation. Listed as one of the Next Eleven, its economy ranks 43rd in terms of nominal gross domestic product and 29th in terms of purchasing power parity. It is one of the largest textile exporters in the world. Its major trading partners are the European Union, the United States, China, India, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore. With its strategically vital location between South, East and Southeast Asia, Bangladesh is an important promoter of regional connectivity and cooperation. It is a founding member of SAARC, BIMSTEC, the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Forum for Regional Cooperation and the Bangladesh Bhutan India Nepal Initiative. It is also a member of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, Commonwealth of Nations, the Developing 8 Countries, the OIC, the Indian-Ocean Rim Association, the Non Aligned Movement, the Group of 77 and the World Trade Organization. Bangladesh is one of the largest contributors to United Nations peacekeeping forces.