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Carbon tax could boost green energy in Bangladesh

Construction of a dam, financed by The Netherlands, in Boyer Char. A newly planted forest could stabilize the dam, but too many people living in the area fear to lose their basis of life. Man on his field between the river and the new dam.
Folgen des Klimawandels in Bangladesh. Ahmad beseitigt Unkraut auf seinem Feld am Fusse des neuen Damms auf Boyer Char. Etwa 1km vom Ufer des Meghna entfernt schichten Dorfbewohner in einem von Holland finanzierten Projekt einen Damm auf. Optimal waere es auf dem Land bis zum Flussufer einen Wald zu pflanzen, um das Land zu stabilisieren. Doch das Land wird von vielen Menschen genutzt, die nicht weichen wollen, da sie befuerchten, sonst ihre Lebensgrundlage zu verlieren. Fuer diese Menschen auisserhalb der Damms wird dieser im Falle einer Flutwelle zur zusaetzlichen Gefahr, da sich hier das Wasser staut. "Wenn Allah das will, werde ich hier sterben." sagt Ahmad. Er ist 85 Jahre alt und musste in seinem Leben schon 6 Mal umziehen, weil das Wasser sein Land und Haus zerstoerte. "Jetzt bin ich zu muede. Und wo sollte ich auch hin."
Bangladesh is weighing a World Bank proposal to introduce a carbon tax, the first of its kind in the South Asian nation, amid fears of a backlash from consumers. In its proposal, the World Bank suggested that the government introduce the carbon tax initially only on petroleum products. Bank officials advised the government to keep the market price of fuel unchanged by slashing its own profits. “The cost of a carbon tax should not be passed on to the consumers.”—Dr. Saleemul Huq Fuel costs are generally much higher in Bangladesh compared to the international market,

Neglected strategic issues on the Indo-Bangla border

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In the first week of November 2016, this writer, as part of a distinguished three-member fact-finding team of experts set up under UN-mandated program, undertook a rapid appraisal of the work of the voluntary agency Masum, which operates in four districts along the Indo-Bangladesh border in the Indian state of West Bengal. The agency seeks to prevent or deal with torture and extrajudicial execution by central and state security forces deployed along the international border. The team found that far from posing a threat to national security, the organisation is actually working to defend the human

Bangladesh has much to celebrate, much to do in fight against poverty

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Jim Yong Kim

It may come as a surprise to some that I will celebrate the international day to end global poverty in Bangladesh - a country often associated with extreme poverty. Born from the ashes of its war for independence in 1971, Bangladesh has a history of famines and cyclones that have claimed countless lives. 2016-10-17-1476715372-1538100-world_bank_bangladesh_final_edit_0001

Foreign aid can help combat anti-Western sentiment

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Since its inception, foreign aid has been seen as a tool for winning the “hearts and minds” of people in far-away countries. In attempting to address terrorism, where it is difficult to identify who the enemy might be, governments need to utilize various methods for reducing the likelihood that individuals will become radicalized and seek to attack Western targets. In addition, improving sentiments toward the West among the population of countries where nascent anti-Western movements exist might limit the number of people willing to condone or ignore terrorism. Our research in Bangladesh, a majority-Muslim country that has seen a recent wave of anti-Western attacks, including Friday’s hostage situation that resulted in the deaths of 20

IS promises violence in Bangladesh

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The Islamic State (IS) is expanding its reach around the globe, and its latest focus is on Bangladesh. In the newest edition of its glossy magazine, Dabiq, the head of Islamic State operations in Bangladesh, Sheikh Abu Ibrahim al-Hanif, discussed the group's goals for the country. The group has carried out some small attacks in the country, but it wants to conduct a large attack to boost its credentials among local jihadists and promote the interests of the larger organization. As has been the case elsewhere, however, established jihadist groups in Bangladesh pose a challenge to the Islamic State's ambitions. In the interview that appeared in the April 13 edition of Dabiq, al-Hanif listed a range of

Spanning decades cements Bangladesh-China relationship

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Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, is situated on the northeastern bank of the Buriganga river and for centuries the river had remained a hurdle in reaching the capital. Finally this major hurdle was overcome by China building a bridge so that people on both banks could easily cross the river, making life easier for all. The construction of the first Bangladesh-China Friendship Bridge, with a span of more than 917 padma bridgemeters in length, began in October 1986, and was completed in February 1989. Seven mo...