Editorial articles

DSSC opens call centre to tackle Chikungunya

DHAKA : Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) has opened a call centre to provide medical services for the Chikungunya patients in the areas under its jurisdiction, reports UNB. Through dialing 09611000999, the Chikungunya-affected people can now get medical services and medicines free of cost from their homes round the clock, said DSCC Public Relations Officer […]

The growing threat from pesticides

There has been a three-fold increase in chemical pesticides use in Bangladesh over the last decade. Gullible and illiterate farmers inBangladesh are persuaded by glib sales talk at promotional camps, and through incentive schemes, to buy new unregistered such pesticide formulations not knowing what dangerous impact the same have on humans and the environment. The […]

Responding to pleas from the real estate sector

Real estate sector developers have played an appreciable role in adding to the home ownership of a large number of people in Dhaka city and elsewhere in the country. From building comfortable multi-storied building with modern amenities within a reasonable time period and then handing them over to customers by the stipulated date, they have […]

The realism of global optimism

Read a newspaper or watch the evening news, and the world always seems to be getting worse.Only occasionally do we get uplifting, things-are-getting-better stories. When we do, they feel like a guilty pleasure. As a result, we often think that the world is in worse shape than it is – even if we think our […]

Successfully branding Bangladesh

It has become commonplace to identify Bangladesh as a land of natural disaster, for its never ending political confrontation and the resulting fall outs, corruption and other negative qualities. In most cases, the propaganda against Bangladesh is blown way out of proportion relative to other parts of the globe. It is very regrettable that the […]

No use claiming Chikungunya is not in epidemic form

The viral fever Chikungunya is sweeping over Dhaka city. It is more the case than exceptions to find ones not affected by this fever or recuperating from it. The above may sound like an exaggeration but the hard reality is this viral affliction has acquired the form of an epidemic from the sheer number of […]

Coping with riverbank erosion disaster

In Bangladeshriverbank erosion is a regular phenomenon which is located in the delta of some of the world’s largest rivers like the Ganges, the Brahmaputra and the Meghna. According to CEGIS, 88,780 hectares of lands had been eroded along the Brahmaputra, 27,990 hectares along the Padma and 38,510 hectares along their distributaries between 1973 and […]

Pushing plans for regional water management

One remembers in this connection the proposal made by Bangladesh in the seventies through its eminent water management expert, late B M Abbas, that urged the Indian authorities in particular to agree to regional management of the water resources of South Asia for the ample benefits of all. Bangladesh at that time proposed storage dams […]

IT sector can be the next golden goose

Although the garments sector was able to cope with the effects of a lingering global recession and growing workers induced troubles, under the circumstances one should not realistically pin too much hope on the sole garments sector to keep economic growth and employment creation reasonable in the context of Bangladesh. Bangladesh requires, specially, the rise […]

Engage in proper criticisms of media policy

The National Broadcasting Policy or the media policy as it is broadly understood, drew very hostile criticisms immediately after its declaration last year. Many members of the media community as well as others embarked on a virulent campaign of sorts that introduction of the policy marked an attempt on the part of the government to […]

Improving Dhaka’s overall environment

Only inaugurating some glittering projects like Hathirjheel cannot compensate for the lack of comprehensive policies and their timely implementation for the overall improvement of the environment of Dhaka city. While the Hathirjheel project has been a salutary addition towards improving the environment and connectivity in Dhaka city, there are noted lapses in protecting and uplifting […]

MillenniumDevelopment Goals and Bangladesh

Bangladesh, compared to other developing countries has performed remarkably well, especially over the last seven yearsin the millennium development Goals (MDGs) set by theUnited Nations. Analysts agree that we have made major progress in the following areas- reducing headcount poverty and the poverty gap ratio (more than 45 per cent of the extreme poor have […]

Addressing nutrition issues

The increase in production of foodstuffs is yet to achieve the full desired impact among Bangladesh’s vast population in terms of better or higher calorie intake or nutrition. This is because higher foodgrain production cannot be the only benchmark for claiming a higher level of nutrition of the population which ought to be the main […]

Toxic nutrients endanger public health

Food adulteration or adulteration activities of all sorts is a global phenomenon. But that has nothing to do with improving our own standards of nutrition, to make the same rich and safe for human health . But unfortunately, despite sporadic moves now or then which seem not to be sustained, this country remains the rather […]

Accountability structure and reforms for the civil services

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday drew attention of top civil servants to the need for the country’s civil services to deliver up to expectation. It was particularly pointed out to members of the civil service that they are now being provided with unprecedented facilities in the form of very substantially raised salaries and parks. […]

Economy’s performance

Almost without exception, on reading many daily newspapers in Bangladesh, one will be persuaded to accept the view that the economy has been going from bad to worse in recent years. But looking objectively at the economic scenario, one may find that the economy on the contrary has been doing rather well. First of all, […]

Rightly observing Eid-ul-Fitr

We are very close to the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Eid-ul-Fitr, the religious festival for Muslims will be observed with joy by those who fasted and carried out the other Koranic dictates faithfully throughout this month. They will also be joined by others who did not fast but would nonetheless like to […]

Child Marriage Restraint Act is no improvement

It appears that sometimes the incumbent government in Bangladesh gets seized by irrational as well as unjustified and adamant frame of mind to ram through initiatives considered expertly as yielding more adverse outcomes than truly beneficial ones. The new Child Marriage Restraint Act is a case in point. It was adopted by our parliament on […]

Why this chorus of unimplementable budget?

Even before the finance minister’s formal unveiling of the national budget for 2016-17 in parliamenton Friday, from whatever could be known about the next fiscal year’s budget, the usual chorus like in the previous years was heard that the budget would not be implementable. This chorus only grew louder following the formal submission of the […]

Bumpy ride awaits Eid holidaymakers: NCPSRR

DHAKA : The National Committee to Protect Shipping, Roads and Railways (NCPSRR) has expressed its concern that the public sufferings on waterways and roads will be increased during the Eid holidaymaking this time for lack of proper management, reports UNB. In a report published on Sunday, it said the government’s initiatives to make the homebound […]

Harnessing fully investment potentials in some sectors

Looking around, one finds enterprising in such things as import of energy drinks and latest nappies for infants. Businesses engaged in such import activities are proud that they are in fair and square business. But , in fact, what they are doing is acting as the distributors of foreign products in Bangladesh that the country […]

A comprehensive plan for manpower export

The greater amounts of remitted foreign currencies can boost up the country’s foreign exchange reserve which in turn will strengthen its import operations in support of economy expanding activities or for undertaking developmental projects. The remittances will help the families of expatriate workers to fast climb out of poor standards of living to a higherone. […]

Child Marriage Restraint Act is no improvement

It appears that sometimes the incumbent government in Bangladesh gets seized by irrational as well as unjustified and adamant frame of mind to ram through initiatives considered expertly as yielding more adverse outcomes than truly beneficial ones. The new Child Marriage Restraint Act is a case in point. It was adopted by our parliament on […]

Criminalised politics breeds corruption

The relationship between clean politics and good governance is umbilical and the same is the relationship between criminalised politics and poor governance. Bangladesh suffers from the extremes of corruption and bad governance and the same must be traced to its unclean politics that breed such corruption and poor governance. Police, customs officials, bureaucrats, etc.– whom […]

Why this chorus of unimplementable budget ?

Even before the finance minister’s formal unveiling of the national budget for 2016-17 in parliamenton Friday, from whatever could be known about the next fiscal year’s budget, the usual chorus like in the previous years was heard that the budget would not be implementable. This chorus only grew louder following the formal submission of the […]

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