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October 9, 2018: Bangladesh fails to address rising inequality  
An October 2018 report by Development Finance International and Oxfam shows that
Bangladesh is the 10th worst country in the world with regards to commitments to address
inequality. The index measures government action on social spending, taxes and labor rights.
Table 11 of the report shows that Bangladesh is also ranked the 10th worst country in the world
with regards to labor rights and minimum wage.
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September 14, 2018: Bangladesh improves ranking in Human Development Index (HDI)
Based on the 2018 Statistical Update of the Human Development Indices and Indicators,
released on September 14, 2018), Bangladesh improved its ranking from 138 (HDI 2016) to
136 (HDI 2017).  The Human Development Index, calculated this year for 189 countries, ranks
countries according to their progress in key dimensions of human development: health,
education and income.
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September 9, 2018: Development without democracy is not sustainable
A Roundtable on “Development, Democracy and Good Governance” organized by The Dhaka
Forum (TDF), a non-political platform of cross-section citizens, lamented the gap between
development and democracy in Bangladesh. Speakers, including economists, former
bureaucrats, political scientists and good-governance campaigners, stressed the need for
strengthening the rule of law in the country and making the government institutions accountable
to achieve prosperity.
August 13, 2018: Original Plans for Express Bus Route Slashed
As reported by Tawfique Ali in the Daily Star, only 10 km of the originally planned 22 km Bus
Rapid Transit will be possible, and even those 10 km will not be finished before 2024. The rapid
bus service was much touted as a way to ease the capital's chronic traffic congestion. The
changed plans are mainly due to arbitrarily built flyovers, which block its proposed route, said
officials and transport experts.
August 8, 2018: UN wants tangible progress to improve conditions in Rakhine
The UNHCR (the UN refugee agency) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
urged Myanmar authorities on August 8, 2018, to make tangible progress to improve conditions
in Rakhine State. The call came within two months of the signing of the tripartite Memorandum
of Understanding (MoU) between UNHCR, UNDP, and the government of Myanmar. In a joint
statement, the UN agencies said the Myanmar government's willingness to take the lead in the
implementation of this agreement is critical to creating conditions conducive for the voluntary,
safe, dignified, and sustainable return of Rohingya refugees.
July 31, 2018: Protests after a bus ploughed into a group of college students
After the death of two students on July 29, 2018, when a bus ploughed into a group of college
students, protests spread all over Dhaka on July 31, 2018 (the third day of protests). Students
staged roadblocks and sit-ins at several major points. The protests appeared to be
spontaneous and disorganized, and the students did not appear to have any spokespersons or

Bangladesh development conference planned for March 2019 at Yale University
Bangladesh Development Initiative (BDI) is organizing an international conference to focus on
contemporary and relevant topics in Bangladesh today and in the next 30 years. Hosted in
partnership with Yale University’s South Asian Studies Council, the conference is scheduled for
March 22–24, 2019. All scholars and researchers are invited to submit extended
abstracts/papers and/or ideas for panels broadly related to the conference theme.
May 31, 2018: Tobacco 4th leading cause of deaths in Bangladesh
As reported by Manzur H. Maswood in NEW AGE, every year, more than 161,200 people of
Bangladesh are killed by tobacco-caused diseases, according to The Tobacco Atlas. Since
2005, tobacco remained the fourth leading cause of deaths and diseases in the country,
according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, a Washington-based global health
research institute. The economic cost of tobacco use in the form of loss of productivity and
direct healthcare costs of smoking-related illness in the country is around US$1.9 billion or 1.4
per cent of Bangladesh’s GDP, according to an estimation of the World Health Organization.
May 13, 2018: SpaceX launches first satellite for Bangladesh
As reported by Marcia Dunn (Associated Press) in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, SpaceX lifted
Bangladesh’s first satellite into orbit on Friday, May 11, 2018, using an upgraded rocket
designed for dozens of repeat flights, including back-to-back, same-day launches. The rocket
soared from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, into a hazy afternoon
sky, carrying a communication satellite named Bangabandhu-1, after the founding father of
Rana Plaza, five years on: safety of workers hangs in balance in Bangladesh
On April 24, 2018 (five years after the Rana Plaza building collapsed and killed 1,134 people),
the Guardian reporters Michael Safi and Dominic Rushe write that progress has been made but
fire safety initiatives are soon to end, unions are being stifled and wages are still the lowest in
the world.

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