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Eng. Habib Shaheen Tarafder, a Bangladeshi invented the driving direction of US in Bengali through GPS system
According to the top native speakers list in the 2007 edition of Nationalencyklopedin, the total number of native speakers of Bengali is 200 millions in 2007 and 205 millions in 2010. This constitutes the 3.05% of the world population (2007). The statistics also shows that Bengali (Bangla) is the 7th top languages spoken in the world*.
Bangla is the language which carries the emotion of the people of Bangladesh and a part of India (West Bengal, Assam, Tripura etc.). This is the language for which people sacrificed their lives in 1952. Even the language of that time drives the country toward independent Bangladesh. The sacrifice of language martyr’s is also acknowledged and recognized by the world humanity. As part of the recognition, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced first on 17 November 1999 and later it was formally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution (section-24, page no.4) establishing 21st February as the ‘International Mother Language Day’**.
People of this part of the world feel proud when such news arrived in. One of the news is one of the inventions of Eng. Habib Shaheen Tarafder (Bengali: প্রকৌশলী হাবিব শাহীন তরফদার). The invention is significant as Bengali speaking drivers can listen the necessary direction in Bengali while driving in US through GPS (Global Positioning System) system.
As a result of his innovation, the expatriate Bangladeshi drivers can listen the driving instruction in standard Bengali voice, and in the accent of the voice of Sylhet, Chittagong, Noakhali, Barisal, Old Dhaka, Pabna. This can be downloaded from GPSbangla.com. Then it can be used at Garmin GPS.
This is noteworthy that GPS navigation system is the most acceptable and scientific way to solve the traffic problem in the United States and the other developed countries. Through the use of this technology, directions to determine the right path in a new city, fines for the violation of traffic laws, road accidents and even car theft can be prevented.
He belongs to the town of Jessore. He studied in Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. Later he went to the Ohio State of United States of America to complete his graduation in engineering with scholarship.
Though he worked as a ‘Civil Engineer’ in Ohio and Illinois, but he was attracted to software engineering and changed his profession. Later he switched to ADP, one of the best human resources company in America, as a ‘Director’ in Business Intelligence department.
Lutfunnahar and Shaheen himself had given their voice in the standard Bengali direction in the GPS system invented. Actor Chanchal Chowdhury had given voice in the regional dialect of Pabna, expatriate artist Tajul Imam in the regional dialect of Sylhet and Actress Toru Mostofa in the regional dialect of Noyakhali.
Facebook page–From the Heart of Bangladesh
Searching data is something very difficult for the persons working extensively with different dimensions. Even normal web searching may not give perfect result sometimes even though we have rich and authentic data available in Internet. For making more comfort to development practitioners of GO & NGO sectors, some data are presented here. Please note that we are not giving data here, instead we are indicating the sources of data for different categories here with little brief. Please browse the web link given below to find desired data of your need.
•Gender Gap Report:
According to the Global Gender gap report 2015, Bangladesh ranks 64th out of 145 countries with a score of 0.704 (0.00 = inequality, 1.00=Equality)*1.
According to the Global Gender gap report 2016, Bangladesh ranks 72nd out of 144 countries with a score of 0.698 (0.00 = inequality, 1.00=Equality)*2
•Human Development Index (HDI):
As per the Human Development Index (HDI) prepared in 2015 by UNDP, Bangladesh ranks 142 out of 173 countries of the world with a value of 0.570.*3
•Kerosene use in Bangladesh:
The typical expenditure on kerosene is around 1 to 2% of the monthly incomes of Bangladeshi households. With 94% of this kerosene being consumed for lighting, the resulting expenditure on kerosene for lighting is approximately USD 0.36 billion.*4
•Language ranking of Bengali (Bangla) language:
According to the top native speakers list in the 2007 edition of Nationalencyklopedin, the total number of native speakers of Bengali is 200 millions in 2007 and 205 millions in 2010. This constitutes the 3.05% of the world population (2007). The statistics also shows that Bengali (Bangla) is the 7th top languages spoken in the world. *5
•Climate Risk Index:
According to the Global Climate Risk Index 2016, Bangladesh ranks 6th most vulnerable country in the list of the most affected countries in the 20 year period (1995–2014) with the CRI score of 22.67. *6
According to the Global Climate Risk Index for 2016, Bangladesh ranks 38th climate vulnerable country in the list of most affected countries in 2014 with the CRI score of 46.33. *7
•Population density of Bangladesh:
As per the data by World Bank, the Population density (people per sq. km of land area) of Bangladesh 1,237. *8
•CORRUPTION PERCEPTIONS INDEX:
As per the Corruption Perceptions Index (2016), Bangladesh ranks 145 out of 176 countries of the world with a score of 26 CPI (out of 100). *9.1
As per the Corruption Perceptions Index (2015), Bangladesh ranks 139 out of 168 countries of the world with a score of 25 CPI (out of 100). *9.2
•World Risk Report:
As per the world risk report (2014), Bangladesh ranks 5th out of 171 countries of the world with a ranking of 19.37 % WRI. The WorldRiskIndex examines the risk of becoming the victim of a disaster resulting from an extreme natural event for every country worldwide. *10
•Happy Planet index:
As per the Happy Planet index (2016), Bangladesh ranks 8h out of 140 countries of the world with a score of 38.4 HPI score.*11
•World press freedom index:
As per the World press freedom index (2016), Bangladesh ranks 144th out of 180 countries of the world with a score of 45.94.*12
•Ease of Doing Business Index of Bangladesh (1=most business-friendly regulations):
As per the data by World Bank, Bangladesh ranks 174 out of 238 countries of the world in 2015. On the other hand, Bangladesh ranks 172 out of 238 countries of the world in 2014. *13
As per the Economy Rankings of world bank, Bangladesh ranks 176 in the ease of Doing Business Rank, 122 in the starting a Business rank, 138 in the Dealing with Construction Permits, 187 in the Getting Electricity rank, 185 in the Registering Property rank, 157 in the Getting Credit rank, 70 in the Protecting Minority Investors rank, 151 in teh Paying Taxes rank, 173 in the Trading across Borders, 189 in the Enforcing Contracts and 151 in the Resolving Insolvency rank out 190 countries of the world.*14
•Global Slavery index:
As per the Global Slavery index, Bangladesh ranks 10th out of 167 countries which indicates 0.95% people of the country living in modern slavery.*15
•Global Youth Development Index:
According to the Global Youth Development Index, 2016, Bangladesh ranks 147 in Global rank and Bangladesh ranks 38 in Commonwealth Rank.The total YDI overall score is 0.492.*16
•Global Hunger Index:
As per the The global hunger index,2016, Bangladesh scores 27.1 while Bangladesh ranks 32.4 in 2008.*17
•Electric power consumption (kWh per capita):
As per the World Bank data, The Electric power consumption (kWh per capita) of Bangladesh is 293 in 2013 and 276 in 2012.*18
•Access to Justice for Children : Global Ranking:
As per the data of Access to Justice for Children : Global Ranking by Child Rights International Network (CRIN), Bangladesh ranked 63 out of 197 countries with the Country score of 154.5 (out of 261) with 59.2 % score.*19
•Global Competitiveness Index:
As per the data of the Global Competitiveness Index 2016–2017 Rankings, Bangladesh ranked 106 with a score of 3.80 compare to the previous ranking of 107 with a score of 3.76 out of 138 countries.*20
•Gross domestic product ranking:
As per the Gross domestic product (GDP) data of World Bank in 2015, Bangladesh ranked 46th out of 194 countries which is estimated to 195079 millions of dollars.*21
•World Investment Report:
As per the World Investment Report 2014, Bangladesh experienced significant growth in FDI inflows: from $1.3 billion (1293 million) in 2012 to about $1.6 billion (1599 million) in 2013.*22
•Cost of Living Rankings:
As per the Cost of Living Rankings bi imercer, 2016, Dhaka ranks 45th city out of 209 cities of the world.*23
•Cost of Living Rankings:
As per the data of World Factbook by CIA,2014 for telephone and mobile cellular use, Bangladesh ranks 12th out of 217 countries of the world. The estimation says that the total number of mobile cellular telephone subscribers is 120,400,000.*24
As per the data of World Factbook by CIA,2015 for telephone and and mobile cellular use, the total number of mobile cellular telephone subscribers is 133.72 million which indicates the subscriptions per 100 inhabitants is 79.*25
•ICT Development Index:
As per the data of ICT Development Index, 2015 by International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Bangladesh ranks 144th out of 167 countries of the world with 2.22 IDI value. In 2010, Bangladesh ranked 148th out of 167 countries of the world with 1.61 IDI value.*26
As per the Fixed-broadband subscriptions data, Bangladesh has 43,710 in 2007, 50,000 in 2008,316,699 in 2009,414,569 in 2010, 468,500 in 2011, 600,461 in 2012, 1,525,325 in 2013, 3,093,171 in 2014 and 3,866,463 in 2015 which constitutes 0.03%, 0.03%, 0.21%, 0.27%, 0.31%, 0.39%, 0.97%, 1.95% and 2.41% of the population in the respective years.*27
As per the Fixed-telephone subscriptions data, Bangladesh has 491,303 in 2000, 564,880 in 2001,605931 in 2002, 742,048 in 2003,830,950 in 2004, 1,070,000 in 2005, 1,134,000 in 2006, 1,186,919 in 2007, 1,344,456 in 2008, 1,234,895 in 2009, 1,280,782 in 2010, 977,700 in 2011, 961,589 in 2012, 1,082,348 in 2013, 974,181 in 2014, 830,800 in 2015 which constitutes 0.37%, 0.42%, 0.44%, 0.53%, 0.59%, 0.75%, 0.78%, 0.81%, 0.91%, 0.83%, 0.85%, 0.64%, 0.62%, 0.69%, 0.61%, 0.52%, of the population in the respective years.*28
•Fixed-Percentage of Individuals using the Internet:
As per the Fixed-Percentage of Individuals using the Internet data, Bangladesh has 0.07% in 2000,0.13% in 2001,0.14% in 2002, 0.16% in 2003,0.20% in 2004, 0.24%in 2005, 1.00 in 2006, 1.80% in 2007, 2.50% in 2008, 3.10% in 2009, 3.70% in 2010, 4.50% in 2011, 5.00% in 2012, 6.63% in 2013, 13.90% in 2014, 14.40% in 2015.*29
•Mobile-cellular telephone subscriptions:
As per the Mobile-cellular telephone subscriptions data, Bangladesh has 279,000 in 2000, 520,000 in 2001, 1,075,000 in 2002, 1,365,000 in in 2003, 2,781,560 in 2004, 9,000,000 in 2005, 19,130,983 in 2006, 34,370,000 in 2007, 44,640,000 in 2008, 51,359,315 in 2009, 67,923,887 in 2010, 84,368,700 in 2011, 97,180,000 in 2012, 116,553,076 in 2013, 126,866,091 in 2014 and 133,720,410 in 2015 which constitutes 0.21%, 0.39%, 0.78%, 0.98%, 1.97%, 6.29%, 13.21%, 23.47%, 30.17%, 34.35%, 44.95%, 55.19%, 62.82%, 74.43%, 80.04% and 83.36% of the population in the respective years.*30
•Percentage of individuals using the Internet, by gender:
As per the Percentage of individuals using the Internet, by gender, latest year available,2013, the Male ratio is 8.2% while the female ratio is 5.1%.*31
•Global Food Security Index:
As per the Global Food Security Index,2016, Bangladesh ranks 95 (Affordability-97, Availability-=90, Quality and Safety-104) out of 113 countries of the world with a score of 36.8 (Affordability-28.9. Availability-46.5, Quality and Safety-29.7).
As per the Global Food Security Index,2015, Bangladesh ranks 97 (Affordability-98, Availability-=91, Quality and Safety-105) out of 113 countries of the world with a score of 36.0 (Affordability-29.2. Availability-44.5, Quality and Safety-29.6).
As per the Global Food Security Index,2014, Bangladesh ranks 95 (Affordability-98, Availability-=90, Quality and Safety-103) out of 113 countries of the world with a score of 35.4 (Affordability-29.1, Availability-43.4, Quality and Safety-29.3).
As per the Global Food Security Index,2013, Bangladesh ranks 94 (Affordability-96, Availability-90, Quality and Safety–105) out of 113 countries of the world with a score of 35.0 (Affordability-29.0, Availability-42.7, Quality and Safety-29.4).
As per the Global Food Security Index,2012, Bangladesh ranks 96 (Affordability-95, Availability-93, Quality and Safety-105) out of 113 countries of the world with a score of 34.7 (Affordability-29.5, Availability-41.8, Quality and Safety-28.2).*32
•Foreign direct investment, net inflows (BoP, current US$):
As per the data of world bank, Bangladesh received US$ 90000 in 1972, US$ 2340000 in 1973, US$ 2200000 in 1974, US$ 1543333.333 in 1975, US$ 5420000 in 1976, US$ 6980000 in 1977, US$ 7700000 in 1978,US$ -8010000 in 1979, US$ 8510000 in 1980, US$ 5360000 in 1981, US$ 6960000 in 1982, 403978.5575 in 1983, US$ -553269.3983 in 1984, US$ -6660000 in 1985, US$ 2436499.344 in 1986, US$ 3205086.762 in 1987, US$ 1838242.499 in 1988, US$ 247908.2739 in 1989, US$ 3238781.189 in 1990, US$ 1390444.322 in 1991, US$ 3721853.382 in 1992, US$ 14049886.52 in 1993, US$ 11147788.33 in 1994, US$ 1896372.127 in 1995, US$ 13529831.54 in 1996, US$ 139376153.1 in 1997, US$ 190059373 in 1998, US$ 179662970.3 in 1999, US$ 280384629.7 in 2000, US$ 78527040.08 in 2001, US$ 52304931.04 in 2002, US$ 268285231.8 in 2003, US$ 448905400.7 in 2004, US$ 760504265.8 in 2005, US$ 456523167.7 in 2006, US$ 651029738.1 in 2007, US$ 1328422987 in 2008, US$ 901286583.1 in 2009, US$ 1232258247 in 2010, US$ 1264725163 in 2011, US$ 1584403460 in 2012, US$ 2602962095 in 2013, US$ 2539190940 in 2014, US$ 3380251355 in 2015 Foreign direct investment, net inflows (BoP, current US$).*33
•Global E-Government ranking:
As per the Global E-Government ranking, 2007, Bangladesh ranks 156 with Rating Pts 24.7 (out of 100). In 2006, Bangladesh ranked 86 with Rating Pts. 28.0 (Out of 100).*34
As per the data in 2012, the crude suicide rates (per 100 000 population) is 6.6. The rate of age-standardized suicide rates (Per 100 000) for both sexes is 7.8 of which 8.7 is for female and 6.8 is for male.*35
•STATE OF THE WORLD’S MOTHERS:
As per the data of Save the Children, the ranking of Bangladesh in the state of the world’s mother in 2015 is 130 out of 179 countries of the world.*36
•The Economist Intelligence Unit’s index of democracy:
As per The Economist Intelligence Unit’s index of democracy in 2006, Bangladesh ranks 75 out of 167 countries.*37
•The Military Balance:
As per the report of Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), 2011, please find the report.*38
•KOF Index of Globalization*:
As per the KOF Index of Globalization,2016, Bangladesh ranks 148 out of 207 countries of the world.*39
•Global Cities Index Results:
As per the Global Cities Index Results, 2016, Dhaka ranks 81 out of .. cities of the world. Dhaka ranked 87 in 2015,87 in 2014,73 in 2012, 64 in 2010, 56 in 2008.*40
•Environmental Sustainability Index:
As per the Environmental Sustainability Index by YEL University, 2005, Bangladesh ranks 114 out of 146 countries with a ESI score of 44.1.*41
•Economic Freedom Index:
As per the Economic Freedom Index, 2006,by Heritage Foundation, Bangladesh ranks 137 out of 178 countries of the world with a overall score of 53.3. *42
•Logistics performance index: Overall (1=low to 5=high):
As per the Logistics performance index: Overall, Bangladesh ranked with 2.47 point in 2007, 2.74 in 2010. and 2.56 in 2014.*43
•Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI):
The Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI) project reports aggregate and individual governance indicators for over 200 countries and territories over the period 1996–2015, for six dimensions of governance (Voice and Accountability, Political Stability and Absence of Violence, Government Effectiveness,Regulatory Quality,Rule of Law,Control of Corruption).
As per the Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI), Bangladesh ranks with the value of 34.74 in 2013, 33.00 in 2014, 30.54 in 2015 under the category of ‘Voice Accountability’.*44
As per the Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI), Bangladesh ranks with the value of 7.58 in 2013, 16.19 in 2014, 10.95 in 2015 under the category of ‘Political Stability No violence’.*44
As per the Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI), Bangladesh ranks with the value of 23.70 in 2013, 22.12 in 2014, 24.04 in 2015 under the category of ‘Government Effectiveness’.*44
As per the Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI), Bangladesh ranks with the value of 21.33 in 2013, 18.27 in 2014, 17.31 in 2015 under the category of ‘Regulatory Quality’.*44
As per the Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI), Bangladesh ranks with the value of 22.54 in 2013, 25.96 in 2014, 27.40 in 2015 under the category of ‘Rule of Law’.*44
As per the Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI), Bangladesh ranks with the value of 20.38 in 2013, 18.75 in 2014, 18.27 in 2015 under the category of ‘Control of Corruption’.*44
•Global Passport Index:
As per the Global Passport Index, Bangladesh ranks 89 with 37 visa-free score among the countries of the world.*45
•World Justice Project:
As per the The World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of Law Index. Bangladesh scored with the value of 0.39 in 2014, 0.42 in 2015, 0.41 in 2016 (global ranking-113).*46
•Global Innovation Index:
As per the Global Innovation Index, Bangladesh ranked 117 out of 128 countries of the world with a score of 22.90 out of 100.*47
As per the Terrorism Index, Bangladesh scored 5.92 in 2014, 5.47 in 2013.*48
•CPJ’s Global Impunity Index:
As per the CPJ’s Global Impunity Index, Bangladesh ranked 11 with a rating of 0.043.*49
•Global Equity Indices:
As per the S&P Global Equity Indices, Bangladesh ranked 36 in 2015. *50
•Most Peaceful Countries:
As per the most peaceful countries, Bangladesh ranked 84th out of 162 countries of the world in 2015.*51
•Global Energy Architecture Performance Index:
As per the Global Energy Architecture Performance Index, 2016 by World Economic Forum (WEF), Bangladesh ranked 106 out of 126 countries of the world. with the score of 0.50 (0.63 point in Economic Growth and development, 0.43 in Environment sustainability and 0.45 in Energy access and security).*52
•AgeWatch country report card:
As per the AgeWatch country report card, Bangladesh ranked 67 out of 96 countries of the world.*53
•Environmental Performance Index (EPI):
As per the Environmental Performance Index (EPI), Bangladesh ranked 173 out of 180 countries of the world with a score of 41.77.*54
•FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking (Men and Women):
As per the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking (Men), Bangladesh ranked 188 in Ocober, 2016, 182 in 2015, 164 in 2014, 164 in 2013, 168 in 2012, 157 in 2011,159 in 2010, 149 in 2009, 174 in 2008, 168 in 2007, 144 in 2006, 160 in 2005, 167 in 2004, 151 in 2003, 159 in 2002, 146 in 2001, 151 in 2000, 130 in 1999, 157 in 1998, 141 in 1997, 136 in 1996, 138 in 1995, 130 in 1994 and 116 in 1993.
As per the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking (Women), Bangladesh ranked 121 in August, 2016, 123 in 2015, 116 in 2014, 100 in 2013, 114 in 2012, 122 in 2011, and 128 in 2010.*55
•Global Fire Power Index:
As per the Global Fire Power Index, 2016, Bangladesh ranked 52 out of 126 with GFP power index rating of 0.8683 (0.0000 being perfect).*56
•Global Rights Index:
As per the Global Rights Index, 2015, Bangladesh achieved the rating of 5 (No guarantee of rights) while 1 indicates ‘Irregular violation of rights).*57
•A.T. Kearney Global Services Location Index:
As per the A.T. Kearney Global Services Location Index, 2016, Bangladesh ranked 22th out of 55 countries of the world with a score of 3.34 in financial attractiveness, 1.10 in People skills and availability and 0.87 in Business environment.*58
•Global Slavery Index:
As per the rank of countries by prevalence of population in modern slavery (1=most severe problem, 167=Least severe problem) in 2014, Bangladesh ranked 59 out of 167 countries of the world where 0.435% of population in modern slavery where 680,900 population estimated in modern slavery out of 156,594,962 population.*59
•Human Freedom Index:
As per the Human Freedom Index and Sub-Indices, 2012, Bangladesh ranked 134 out of 152 countries of the world with a 5.31 Personal Freedom points, 6.33 Economic Freedom points and 5.82 Freedom index.*60
•Most Populous Country:
As per the world population data sheet y Population reference bureau in 2014, Bangladesh is the 8th most populous country of the world with 158 millions of population. In another estimate, the population of Bangladesh is estimated as 202 millions in 2050.*61
•Country Brand Index:
As per the Country Brand Index (2014-2015), Bangladesh ranked 72 out of 75 countries of the world.*62
•The Global Talent Competitiveness Index:
As per the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (2015-16), Bangladesh ranked 100 out of 109 countries of the world with score of 30.985.Bangladesh scored 95 for the category of ‘Enable’, 91 for ‘Attract’, 108 for ‘Grow’, 97 for ‘Retain’, 81 for ‘LV Skills’ 91 for ‘GK Skills’.*63
As per the internetworldstats (June/2016), the total number of facebook users of Bangladesh is 21,000,000.*64
As per the internetworldstats (per BTRC, November, 2015), the total number of Internet users is 53,941,000.*65
•OPEN BUDGET SURVEY 2015:
As per the Open Budget Survey 2015, Bangladesh ranked 56 out of 100 countries of the world in the ‘Transparency’ (Open budget index), 23 out of 100 in the ‘Public Participation’ category, 49 out of 100 in the ‘Budget Oversight’ (by legislative) category, and 75 out of 100 in the Budget Oversight’ categy (‘By Audit’).*66
•Innovation Cities Index:
As per the Innovation Cities Index, 2015, Dhaka ranked 405 with a score of 35 and Chittagong ranked 420 with a score of 32 out of 442 cities of the world.*67
•Social Progress Index:
As per the Social Progress Index, 2015, Bangladesh raked 100 with a score of 53.39 out of 133 countries of the world.*68
•INFORM Country Risk Profile:
As per the INFORM Country Risk Profile, 2016, Bangladesh ranked 21 out 191 countries with a value of 5.8 in the ‘Inform Risk’ category. Bangladesh ranked 12 out 191 countries with a value of 7.2 in the ‘Hazard & Exposure’ category.
Bangladesh ranked 53 out 191 countries with a value of 4.8 in the ‘Vulnerability’ category. Bangladesh ranked 60 out 191 countries with a value of 5.7 in the ‘Lack of Coping Capacity’ category.*69
•Preliminary Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Index:
As per the Preliminary Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Index, Bangladesh ranked (By (G) geometric mean) 129 out of 147 countries in the world.*70
•Global Go To Think Tank Index:
As per the Global Go To Think Tank Index, 2015, The number of think tanks of Bangladesh is 35.*71
•The Networked Readiness Index:
As per the Networked Readiness Index, 2016, Bangladesh ranked 112 out 139 countries of the world with a score of 3.3. In 2015, Bangladesh was ranked 109 out of the 143 countries of the world.*72
•Global R&D Funding Forecast:
As per the Global R&D Funding Forecast, 2016, Bangladesh ranked 39 out of 40 countries of the world.*73
•Freedom on the Net:
Freedom on the Net scores are based on a scale of 0 to 100 with 0 representing the best level of freedom on the net progress and 100 the worst. The 2016 ratings reflect the period of June 1, 2015 through May 31, 2016. As per the freedom on the net index (FOTN), 2016, Bangladesh is marked as ‘partly free’.The total score of Bangladesh is 56 out of 100. Bangladesh scored 14 in the ‘Obstacles to Access’, 14 in the ‘Limits on Content’, 28 in the ‘Violations
of Users Rights’ category.Bangladesh scored 49 in 2013, 49 in 2014, and 51 in 2015.*74
•Global Terrorism Index:
As per the Global Terrorism Index, 2016, Bangladesh ranked 22 out 130 countries in the world with a score of 6.479.*75
•Under-Five Mortality Rankings:
As per the data of Unicef, Bangladesh ranked 61 in 2015 under five mortality ranking out of 195 countries of the world with a value of 38.*76
•UN E-Government Survey 2016:
As per the UN E-Government Survey 2016, Bangladesh ranked 124 in 2016 out of 193 countries of the world with a value of 0.3799 E-Government Development Index (EGDI).*77
•Global Peace Index 2016:
As per the Global Peace Index, 2016,by Institute for Economics & Peace, Bangladesh ranked 83rd in 2016 out of 163 countries of the world with a score of 2.045.*78
•Global Wealth Index by Credit Swiss Research Institute:
As per the Global welath index by Credit Swiss Research Institute, 2016, the wealth per adult is USD 2347. In 2000,the wealth per adult was USD 169. As per the wealth data quality, Bangladesh ranked as ‘Poor’.*79
•The Mastercard Women’s Entrepreneurial Index 2016:
As per The Mastercard Women’s Entrepreneurial Index 2016, Bangladesh ranked 16th in the Asia Pacific region.*80
•Business Software Alliance Survey on Global Software Piracy:
As per the data of Business Software Alliance Survey on Global Software Piracy, the rate of unlicensed software installation of Bangladesh was 86% in 2015, 87% in 2013, 90% in 2011 and 91% in 2009. The commercial value of unlicensed Software of Bangladesh was $236 in 2015, $197 in 2013, $147 in 2011 and $127 in 2009.*81
•Global Enabling Trade Index:
As per the global Enabling Trade Index, 2016, Bangladesh ranked 123rd out of 134 countries of the world with a score of 3.48 (1-7 scale). In 2014, Bangladesh ranked 120th out of 133 countries of the world with a score of 3.39 (1-7 scale). *82
•Top 10 migrant origin countries by Mckinsey Global:
As per the report titled as ‘People on the move: Gloal migration impact and opportunity’ by Mckinsey Global
Institute, Bangladesh ranked 5th out of the top 10 migrant origin countries of the world with 7 million people (70 lacks) living abroad.*83
•Arton Capital’s Passport Index:
As per the Arton Capital’s Passport Index, 2017, Bangladesh ranked 92nd of the world with 35 visa-free score.*84
•The Inclusive Growth and Development Report 2017:
As per the Inclusive Growth and Development Report, 2017, published by the World Economic Forum, Bangladesh ranked 36th out of 79 developing countries of the world with 4.03 overall Inclusive Development Index (IDI) score.*85
•Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Democracy Index, 2016:
As per the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Democracy Index-2016, Bangladesh ranked 84th out of 167 countries
of the world with the overall score of 5.73.*86
•Agility emerging market logistics index, 2016:
As per the Agility emerging market logistics index, 2016, Bangladesh ranked 27th out of 45 countries of the world with the value of 4.73. In 2016, Bangladesh scored 4.56.*87
•Air Pollution data by Numbeo:
As per the Air Pollution data by Numbeo, 2017, Dhaka ranked 7th out of 329 cities of the world with pollution
index value of 95.35 and Exp pollution index value of 172.46.*88
•Air Pollution data by Bangladesh GOVT, WHO and State of Global Air:
AIR Pollution Data by Bangladesh Govt *89
AIR Pollution Data by WHO-World Health Organization *90
AIR Pollution Data by State of Global Air *91
•Regulatory Indicators for sustainable energy (RISE) Report by World Bank:
As per the Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy (RISE) Report, 2016, by World Bank, Bangladesh ranked 49th out of 111 countries of the world with the overall rise score 68 in Energy Access Score category, 57 in Renewable Energy Score category, and 23 in Energy Efficiency Score category.*92
*12. https://rsf.org/en/ranking# or https://rsf.org/en/bangladesh?nl=ok
*40 : https://www.atkearney.com/documents/10192/8178456/Global+Cities+2016.pdf/8139cd44-c760-4a93-ad7d-11c5d347451a
*41 : http://archive.epi.yale.edu/files/2005_esi_summary_for_policymakers.pdf
*42. http://www.heritage.org/index/ranking OR http://www.heritage.org/index/country/bangladesh Or http://www.heritage.org/index/pdf/2016/book/index_2016.pdf
*45. https://www.passportindex.org/byRank.php OR https://www.passportindex.org/comparebyPassport.php?p1=bd
*69. http://www.inform-index.org/Portals/0/Inform/2016/country_profiles/BGD.pdf OR http://www.inform-index.org/Countries/Country-profiles/iso3/BGD
*74. https://freedomhouse.org/report/table-country-scores-fotn-2016 OR https://freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-net/2016/bangladesh
*Note: We will update the index gradually as and when the data / information will come to our attention (To be continued. .. … …. …..).
Facebook page–From the Heart of Bangladesh
People from Bangladesh have been contributing in different sectors successfully. This includes media, especially, journalism. A Bangladeshi descent, Tasnim Mahfuz (Bengali: তাসমিন মাহফুজ), has been awarded as with ‘Gracies Award*’ for the category of ‘Outstanding Producer – News’ in recognition of women in journalism, newspapers, radio and television in the United States of America in 2015. This is the leading award in women’s journalism in United States of America. The Society of Professional Journalists – Utah Chapter also presented her with an award for multimedia journalism in the same year.
Tasmin Mahfuz is the first Bangladeshi descent great women who received this honorary award. Even she is the first South Asian who received this award. She is the daughter of Abul Wahid Mahfuz and Nazmun Mahfuz. Tasmin was born on 28th May, 1987 in West Palm Beach, Florida in United States of America. She was also raised in the same place. This is noteworthy that Nazmun Mahfuz, mother of Tasmin, also had track record in Journalism. She produced and hosted weekly television shows for South Florida’s PBS and cable television. Tasmin learned the basics of TV from her mom.
Tasmin Mahfuz is a graduate of Emory University in International Studies. After graduation, she completed a two-year internship at the United Nations and also received a Master’s degree in Legal Studies.
She produced her first report as a ‘broadcast journalist’ from Istanbul, Turkey in 2012. Then, she started a job as a ‘news reporter’ with an international network called Ebru TV where she reported from New York City, New Jersey and Washington DC. Tasmin also reported live from the United Nations, providing breaking news from the UN General Assembly.
She was the Southern Utah Bureau Chief at ABC 4 Utah earlier. She launched the station’s first TV news bureau and was responsible to cover an area of 20,000 square miles that has a population of 200,000+ people.
At present, she is working as the evening news anchor at WHAG News. She produces and presents the news to audiences in the four-state region of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia of United States of America.
List of winners: http://allwomeninmedia.org/gracies/2015-gracies-winners/
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*The annual Gracies Awards, established in 1975, celebrates the accomplishments of women in media in the U.S.
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Thamina Kabir, a Bangladeshi descent British citizen represented in world famous Mrs. Universe competition as the first ever Bangladeshi
She is Lawyer. She is an activist. And she is a contestant Mrs. Universe 2013. This is all about Thamina Kabir (Bengali: তাহমিনা কবীর), who was the first to represent Bangladesh at the Mrs Universe pageant as the first ever Bangladeshi. Moreover, she is the principal of Thamina Solicitors. She came fourth in the fans’ votes and received friendship award.
Thamina Kabir was born on May, 10th, 1985 in Mirsarai, Chittagong. She is the daughter of Humayun Kabir Helaly of Sandwip, Chittagong and Nazma Kabir of Mirsarai, Chittagong.
Thamina was a brilliant student who stood 9th in the combined merit list in Secondary (SSC) and 6th in the combined merit list in Higher Secondary (HSC). Later, she moved to the UK in 2003 at the age of just 18. She started studying for Bachelor of Law along with raising her children. She graduated with a LLB (Honor’s) from University of Northumbria in 2008, followed by the Bar Vocational Course from the prestigious City University in 2009. Subsequently, she was called to the Bar in 2009. She is a member of the Honorable Society of Lincoln’s Inn. In 2011, she became a Solicitor.
She became an advocate in Bangladesh in 2016. In spite of this, she got a post graduate diploma in International Commercial Arbitration from Queen Mary University, London. She is a member of both the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and Young International Arbitration Group -LCIA.
Thamina received ‘Maa Amar maa’ award in academic achievement category in 2013. She was also recognized in the annual ‘British Bangladeshi Who’s Who’ in 2015. In her personal life, she is the mother of one daughter and two sons.
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There is a saying that success is for the brave one who takes risk and never looks back in adventure. Many of us may not hear about the word-Ironman Triathlon*. Triathlon is the competition in which a contestant has to ride on hill by moving impassable roads or reach to a destination by swimming in rough tide rivers. People of this part of the world used to watch this in TV broadcasting or in Movies. But a Bengali made this to prove that Bangladeshi people also can do this happen.
The name of the Bangladeshi Bengali is Sumit Paul (Bengali: সুমিত পাল). He is an Electrical Engineer by profession. He had completed the Ironman Triathlon successfully which was held in Limburg of Netherland. He had taken 5 hours and 34 minutes to complete the marathon in which he had completed successfully 42.2 KM Marathon, 180.25 KM Cycle riding, and 3.86 KM swimming without any rest. He had taken 5 hours and 34 minutes in marathon, 7 hours and 29 minutes in cycling, and 1 hour and 29 minutes in swimming. A total of 900 participants were contested in this hardest event. He had completed this as the first ever Bangladeshi with a ranking of 660 out of 900.
In his personal life, he is working in BMW as an Engineer in Germany. He had completed his Bachelor degree from BUET in Electrical Engineering. Later he had completed his Master’s and PHD in Germany. He practices at least 15-20 hours in a week even in his busy schedule in professional life. He also attended in Barlin, Rome, Geneva and Frankfurt Marathon in 2010.
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Shefali Chowdhury (Bengali: শেফালী চৌধুরী), a name of a Bangladeshi descent who was acted in ‘Harry Potter’ and an Indian Tamil movie. There was need of some children who would be acting in the role of class-mates of Harry Porter in the Harry Potter’s magic school. Among them two would be twins. So, everyone of the Harry Porter went out of their search for them. One day, a unit arrived Hoyeli Ranges High School in Manchester.
After the audition, Shefali Chowdhury was selected for the character of the class mate of Harry. Later, the potter team found Afsan and Shefali side by side for the role of Patil twin. They both were collected from the two ends of London, UK. But both of them are Bangladeshi origin as a coincidence.
Shefali started acting in the Harry Potter film series in 2005 through the Harry Potter and the Globet of Fire cinema. She was studying in the final semester of Oyebharali school at that time. Shefali acted in ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ in 2005, ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’ in 2007 and ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ in 2009. Before acting in Harry Potter Series, Shefali had acted in a vital role in Tamil movie, ‘Kannathil Muthamittal’ in 2002.
Shefali Chowdhury was born in Birmingham in June, 1988. Her parents were moved to England in 1980 from Sylhet, district of Bangladesh. She had completed ‘A-level’ on 4 subjects in The sixth form college after completing her education in Oyeverly. She studied in the subject of English language, literature, sociology and religious education.
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People of Bangladesh residing worldwide bring money, fame and even contributes to the world economy and development through their innovation and discovery. Such a name of a Bangladeshi Bengali is expatriate scientist, Mr. Jamal Uddin (Bengali: ড. জামালউদ্দিন).
This invention is very crucial for the world, especially for Bangladesh. As we know, as per the data of Bangladesh Govt, 55.26% people of Bangladesh have electricity and most importantly, 42.49% people of rural areas in Bangladesh have electricity.* This shows that the huge deficit of electricity in Bangladesh. Most importantly, lack of electricity creates space for kerosene. Maximum people of the off-grid areas have to rely on using kerosene lamp at night due to unavailability of on-grid electricity.
One statistics shows that the typical expenditure on kerosene is around 1 to 2% of the monthly incomes of Bangladeshi households. With 94% of this kerosene being consumed for lighting, the resulting expenditure on kerosene for lighting is approximately USD 0.36 billion.** This is huge indeed, so as to say!
The work of Mr. Jamal Uddin is also huge! He invented the world most efficient solar cell which has 43.4% of the solar cell renewable energy production capacity. He made new world record in this case by using meta physics, Kasmol software and PC One-D. His invention will create more opportunities for solar technology even impact on the lives of the people of the third world country and developed country.
Dr. Jamal has completed his Honour’s and Masters degree in chemistry from the University of Dhaka. He obtained his PhD degree from the University of Osaka, Japan.
He is currently working as an ‘Associate Professor’ at Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland of United States of America. And he is the researcher in Coppin State’s Center for Nano-technology. He is the resident of Hajiganj of Chandpur district. He is the son of late Abdul Jalil and Begum Fazilatunnesa.
He received Wilson H. Elkins Professorship, second year in a row. He is the recipient of the 2014 Wilson H. Elkins Professorship Award. Founder and director of Coppin State’s Center for Nano-technology, Dr. Jamal Uddin plans to use the funds to continue supporting Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) research, especially solar research. This is redundant to say that the Wilson H. Elkins Professorship Award is the highest honor that the Board of Regents’ bestows to recognize exemplary faculty achievement.
Department of Natural Sciences, Coppin State University, 2500 West North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21216, USA
Corresponding: Tel.: +1 410 951 4118; fax: +1 410 951 4110 (Md.J. Uddin), tel.: +1 410 706 8409; fax: +1 410 706 8408 (J.R. Lakowicz).
* Household income & Expenditure survey, 2010
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This is the story of another proud Bangladeshi Bengali. This is about M. Zahid Hasan (Bengali: জাহিদ হাসান) who led A group of researchers of Princeton University in the United States which discovered the elusive massless quasi particle, Weyl fermion, predicted 85 years earlier. This is the unique innovation. This innovation will bring revolution in producing electronics goods for the next generation. This particle has incredible capacity to move inside the matter and anti-matter through crystal. This is noteworthy that Physicist and mathematician Hermann Weyl predicted the existence of Weyl fermions in 1929.
Zahid Hasan alias Taposh is the eldest of two sons and one daughter of Advocate Mohammad Rahman Ali and wife Nadira Ali Talukdar. Zahid has passed Secondary (SSC) from Dhanmondi Government Boys’ High School in 1986 and higher secondary(HSC) from Dhaka College in 1988. He stood second in the combined merit list in SSC and first in HSC.
He later studied at the University of Texas in Austin, United States of America. He has worked with physicist Professor Steven Weinberg, who had shared the Nobel Prize with Professor Mohammad Abdus Salam in 1979. He started working on experimental based physics with his interest. He had completed his masters and doctorate at Stanford University. After completing his studies at Princeton University, he joined as a ‘lecturer’ there in 2002. He became a ‘full professor’ in 2011. He is currently a professor of physics at the university.
He has another identity as a writer. Zahid published his first book on science, Aesho Dhumketur Rajjae (Bengali: এসো ধুমকেতুর রাজ্যে) which can read as ‘come to the World of Comets: An Astrophysics Primer’ at the age of just 16 in 1986.
In his personal life, he got married with Sarah, MIT-educated engineer, who works for Microsoft. They have two adorable children: Arik Ibrahim Hasan (13) and Sarina Maryam Hasan (11).
Title: Professor of Physics,
Office: 321 Jadwin Hall,
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According to the Global Gender gap report 2015, Bangladesh ranks 64th out of 145 countries with a score of 0.704 (0.00 = inequality, 1.00=Equality)* . This is the statistics which say lot about the gender situation of a country like Bangladesh. But a girl of this country still can contribute if they get proper opportunities and support. Let it be in the field of science and technology or any other sectors. Though this county has very few female scientists, some of them are doing really a brilliant job in the field of science and technology.
Ayesha Arefin Tumpa (Bengali: আয়েশা আরেফিন টুম্পা), is the name of such Bangladeshi girl who proved this again with her invention, artificial human lungs. She has invented this using Nano-technology as a part of combined team. According to her, she is grateful to the researchers of different countries particularly Momo Vuyisich of Montenegro working in Los Alamos of United States of America.
An American researcher, Chris Detter of Alamos National Laboratory, had discovered promising geneticist Tumpa in one of his trip to Bangladesh for research related work in 2011. She got the opportunity of studying in Los Alamos National Laboratory for higher studies and research with the exclusive collaboration by Detter and his colleague, Lance Green. She had been doing her PHD in University of New Mexico on nano-science. At the same time, she had been continuing her research in Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Tumpa began her career in the bio-security section at Los Alamos National laboratory. Then, a renowned Indian researcher and toxicologist, Rashi Iyer had appointed Tumpa in the lab for optogenix related research work. This is noteworthy that optogenix is the study of manipulating genetics and engineering proteins to control neuron activity in living tissue for prosthetic limb and artificial tissue development.
As we know, Nanoparticles is used in different products starting from sunscreens to solar panels, are proliferating so quickly that safety testing for potential health hazards can hardly keep-up. Tumpa and other member of Iyer’s team are developing methods to improve testing of toxins and diseases and support bioethics, including replacing prevalent animal-testing methods with trials in artificial organs.
The team is creating an artificial human lung to reveal the cellular mechanisms in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,the third most common cause of death in America and support development of therapeutics. Arefin also researches neurological diseases and strokes.
In the same time, Tumpa engaged in doing research on various neurological diseases and blood-dripping in brain. In her education life in Bangladesh, She had attended in Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), where she received her undergraduate degree in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology. Anyone can judge her more by one of her saying, as it says, “My goal is not just to do cool things; my goal is to do something helpful for other people”
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Arianna Ayesha Afsar Ari, a Bangladeshi descent became Miss California and featured in Punjabi movie
Not much back, Arianna Ayesha Afsar Ari (Bengali: আরিয়ানা আয়েশা আফসার আরি) was born in October 22nd, 1991 in San Diego, California, United States of America. She brought up there. She studied in California, Los Angeles and graduated from Westview High School.
She was identified as ‘Outstanding Teen’ for California in 2005 from the age of just 14. She won the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in 2009. She won the ‘Miss California’ title in 2010 leaving many contestants behind. Later, she stayed in the top 10 list in the Miss America competition in 2011. Before participating in Miss California and Miss America competition, she was the semi finalist of American Idol 8 competition in 2009.
This is all about a Bangladeshi descent girl staying in United States of America. Music is one of the things which interest this girls. So, she studied on Musicology. She had sung a song called, ‘Trade hearts’ with her classmate, Andrew Cedar in 2013. Another song, ‘I can’t make you love me’ of Bonnie Raitt was released in 2013 which became popular by the music lovers. She was the lead vocal in Walt Disney’s “Make Your Mark of the World’ campaign.
Apart from this, she acted in a Punjabi comedy film, ‘Mauj Mastiyan (Taste of Love)’, where she acted for the character of ‘Dolly’ in 2014. She also got the opportunity in acting in American TV series, ‘OMG! EMT! and unusual suspect’. She also became the model of a Jewelry company, ‘Sasa’.
Moreover, An EP (Extended play in which more than one song produced but not exactly can’t be termed as Album) is released from world-renowned music production, TEK. She is currently acting in the role of ‘Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton’ in the Chicago production of Hamilton.
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