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Gates on philanthropy and optimism

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Bill Gates is still best known as the co-founder of Microsoft, but, since 2000, when the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation was launched, the American software billionaire has devoted much of his energy to global development philanthropy. Gates was in Ottawa last week to discuss overseas aid with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the opposition party leaders, and others. He spoke with Maclean’s just before appearing on stage with Harper—largely to bill gateshighlight aid to improve the health of mothers and children in poor countries—at an eve...

Kargil and India’s role in creation of Bangladesh

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Pakistan's former military dictator Gen Pervez Musharraf has said he believes in a tit-for-tat policy on all fronts and claimed that Kargil conflict was in response to India's role in the creation of Bangladesh. musharraf1The 71-year-old former president, who masterminded the Kargil conflict in 1999 and ruled over Pakistan for nine years, said that India had played role in creating Bangladesh and trying to seize Siachin. "They also undertook such operations so Kargil also happened," he told Samaa TV channel. "I believed in a tit-for...

Be a go-getter, not a job getter  

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Nobel Peace Prize winner and microcredit pioneer Muhammad Yunus is a champion of big ideas and small loans. Muhammad Yunus, the founding father of “microcredit” and the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, is in New York City this week to take part in the annual Clinton Global Initiative meetings. Yunus, a Bangladeshi and founder of the Grameen Bank, which makes loans to people too poor to offer collateral in return, is serving as one the judges for the Hult Prize, in which six teams of college and university students — the survivors of a rigorous worldwide winnowing — will present their ideas for sustainable businesses designed to help the poor.

Investing in stock markets with Shahidul Islam

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With about 4% of public listings on Bangladesh’s stock exchanges held by foreigners, Shahidul Islam estimates foreign holdings in Bangladesh’s public equities are at, or near, their all-time high. Mr. Islam is the CEO of VIPB Asset Management Company, an asset manager focused on growing Bangladesh’s nascent market for mutual funds. ShahidulIslamPhoto01Mr. Islam, age 41, is a CFA Charterholder and has 14 years of experience in Bangladesh’s banking and capital markets. Mr. Islam kindly agreed to give his perspective on th...

Korea wants more success with stronger partnership with BD

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Korean Ambassador in Dhaka Lee Yun-young has said Bangladesh should come out from protectionism and open up its market for big investors with a view to removing its anti-FDI (foreign direct investment) atmosphere, UNB reports. “As Bangladesh’s enduring friend, Korea wants to see more success stories through a stronger partnership with Bangladesh in the coming days overcoming all the challenges, including an anti-FDI atmosphere here right now,” the Korean envoy told UNB in an interview. korea_envoyThe envoy said Bangladesh’s preparatio...

The story behind USAID’s new nutrition strategy  

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The international community has struggled to deliver when it comes to nutrition, but the issue is gaining unprecedented traction, and aid donors are looking for ways to take advantage of that new momentum. The U.S. Agency for International Development’s new “multi-sectoral nutrition strategy” will allow the agency to combine resources from a variety of initiatives and program areas to tackle malnutrition and childhood “stunting” like never before, said Richard Greene, senior deputy assistant to the USAID administrator. [caption id="attachment_7025" align="alignleft" width="300"]USAID