IRS |Institute of Regional Studies


Contemporary Regional Developments in Bangladesh

23rd December - 30th December
  • The Anti-Corruption Commission started interrogating former chairman of AB Bank M Wahidul Haque this morning over “laundering Tk 165 crore” to UAE.
  • Forced disappearance of people in Bangladesh: Journalist Utpal Das and researcher Mubashar Hasan, have been fortunate enough to return alive, claimed that they had heard their captors discuss extorting money from their families. The actual motive behind their abduction remains a mystery, especially since these unknown abductors did not make any substantial effort to demand or collect money.
16th December - 22nd December
  • The findings of a study conducted by the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (Barc) this year on the quality of drinking water is horrifying. The study, which used samples of water collected from 24 points in Dhaka, tested the quality of bottled and jar water being sold in the market. A staggering 98 percent of jar water samples was found to contain faecal E Coli.
    The findings of a study conducted by the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (Barc).
  • An exhibition of contemporary Indian prints is being conducted by the National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA). The show, inaugurated on December 25, will run till January 6. About 65 artists from India are taking part at the exhibition that will become a permanent collection of Indian prints at the National Art Gallery of BSA after the exhibit.
8th December - 15th December
  • The Chief Judicial Magistrate's Court in Kushtia has granted one day's remand for a mosque imam, in a case for issuing a fatwa (edict) forbidding women to work at fields.
  • Distorted history of Bangladesh’s liberation struggle. For details, please see,
  • The first ever Bangladesh Fashionology Summit will be held in Dhaka on February 12 next year to bridge the gap between the present and the future of the textile and fashion industry.
  • The UN's World Economic Situation and Prospects 2018 Report launched yesterday said: “The Bangladesh economy is set to continue expanding at a rapid pace, underpinned by strong domestic demand, especially large infrastructure projects and new initiatives in the energy sector.”
  • Bangladesh is projected to be among the fastest growing least developed countries in 2018. According to the UN's flagship publication on expected trends in the global economy, Bangladesh’s growth of gross domestic product is expected to remain above 7.1 percent in 2018 and 7.2 percent in 2019.
  • Bangladesh again heading towards non participatory elections.
  • Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ruled out the possibility of any special initiative on her part to ensure BNP's participation in the next general election.
1st December - 7th December
  • Bangladesh’s high court upheld death sentence of 139 personnel of Bangladesh rifles, who were accused of orchestrating a mutiny in 2009 against their commanding officers at the central Dhaka headquarters, killing 74 people, including 57 army officers.
  • China has offered to mediate between Bangladesh and Myanmar over the issue of repatriation of Rohingya Muslims.