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Obligating Myanmar to honour repatriation agreement

Obligating Myanmar to honour repatriation agreement

The world may not have acted with greater activism on the Rohingya issue. But there is notably near total consensus of views in the global context that the sheer inhumanity or too truculent behavior the rank and file of the Rohingya civilian population have been facing for long at the hands of the genocide backers […]

Objectively viewed state of medical care

A female aged about 40 years died in a so called private hospital located in the old part of Dhaka city sometime ago. It would be counted as routine death but for the fact that the relatives of the deceased seemed to rightly raise a hue and cry that the death was the cause of […]

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Phobia in Indo-Bangladesh relations

More than 47 years after the independence of Bangladesh, some quarters in this country are still convinced that our vast neighbour to the east, west and north, is not well disposed towards us. They see India as a typical aggressor nation bent on destroying the sovereignty or independence of Bangladesh. It would not matter if […]

Many aspects to achieving higher economic growth

Studies by donor agencies from time to time have repeated the point of how economic growth in Bangladesh is getting shaved off as a consequence of corruption. According to such studies, the country could probably add another 1to 2 per cent to its economic growth, annually, from significantly reducing its corruption or reach a growth […]

Non performing loans threaten banking sector

In June 2017 the government allocated Tk20bn (US$250m) to recapitalise Bangladesh’s state-owned banks. There are signs that the country’s banking sector is facing mounting problems, and regulators’ efforts have so far been insufficient to tackle the issue. In a recent report, the IMF said that there were weaknesses in the banking sector of Bangladesh owing […]

Phobia in Indo-Bangladesh relations

More than 47 years after the independence of Bangladesh, some quarters in this country are still convinced that our vast neighbour to the east, west and north, is not well disposed towards us. They see India as a typical aggressor nation bent on destroying the sovereignty or independence of Bangladesh. It would not matter if […]

Khaleda Zia’s conviction

The earlier anticipations that there would be a spontaneous eruption of public discontent centering on Khaleda Zia’s conviction has by now dissipated. The post convictionscenario and taking her to prison caused no extraordinary outpouring of public grievances as was warned by some BNP party leaders or BNP oriented elements. The events came and passed surprisingly […]

Spoon feeding state sector banks

It appears the country’s state run banks have become like a bottomless pit devouring huge public resources year after year to keep them artificially afloat. Needless to say, the monies are being poured into these institutions just to cover up fearful capital shortages they have been incurring without a pause or a turnaround. The injection […]

Risky disposal of medical wastes

Medical wastes, due to their contents of hazardous substances, pose serious threats to environmental health . The hazardous substances include pathological and infectious materials, sharps, and chemical wastes . In hospitals, different kinds of therapeutic procedures (i.e. cobalt therapy, chemotherapy, dialysis, surgery, delivery, resection of gangrenous organs, autopsy, biopsy, para clinical test, injections etc.) are […]

The search for stability

Bangladesh presently has been likened by some analysts to a ship in the high seas minus important parts of its navigation equipment. A ship is bound to drift without such aids. It cannot determine its course, regulate its course and steer successfully in the stormy sea. Bangladesh is seen as such a riskyship of state […]

Saving the wetlands around Dhaka

Notwithstanding the apparent gloss and glitter of its high rise buildings, Dhaka is now a seriously endangered city. The once natural drainage system of the city with its many natural canals plus the surrounding wetlands that also helped the purpose of retention of drained waters and their gradual drainage, are largely things of the past. […]

Socio-cultural barriers to development

The dowry system is responsible for child marriage and discrimination between genders. Bangladesh is a South-Asian country in which child marriages still exist at a high rate. According to Dispatches International, in July 6, 2010, more than two thirds of adolescent girls in Bangladesh got married, and about two among five girls, between the ages […]

Socio-cultural barriers to development

T he dowry system is responsible for child marriage and discrimination between genders. Bangladesh is a South-Asian country in which child marriages still exist at a high rate. According to Dispatches International, in July 6, 2010, more than two thirds of adolescent girls in Bangladesh got married, and about two among five girls, between the […]

Supports for SMEs

The SMEs ideally meet the employment strategy in Bangladesh where capital intensive large enterprises would create employment for a lesser number of people. The SMEs, by contrast, are labour intensive in character and can be considered as employing a greater number of workers. The smaller enterprises also enjoy better exit conditions from business. If they […]

Mischievous stories about Bangladesh

It is known to all that Bangladesh gets unfair media coverage on some issues most of the time. For example, let us recall the banner headlines in a newspaper last year about the imminent earthquake to hit Bangladesh, or more specifically, Dhaka, to turn into rubble the country and its capital city. The publication of […]

Addressingthe 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 […]

Taxation : The other sides

Newspaper reports recently indicated that government is about to launch a major hunt to find out more taxpayers. Theoretically, there can be no objection to this as the total number of taxpayers in Bangladesh are much lower compared to other countries and, therefore, government can expect to increase revenue collection from such a drive. But […]

Enhancing the competitiveness

The last survey of the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) has found out good things about Bangladesh. JTETRO identified Bangladesh as the cheapest place for doing business in Asia. This rating was possible on the basis of comparative evaluation of wage rate, social security burden, utility charges, etc. However, this recognition as the lowest cost […]

Doubling food grain production

Bangladesh is able to maintain a balance of sorts between its basic food supply requirement and present population with some dependency on imported food grains. But this balance could strain severely even in the near future increasing the import dependency when worldwide food shortages and higher prices of staple foods are noted. Thus, it is […]

Phobia in Indo-Bangladesh relations

More than three and half decades after the independence of Bangladesh, some quarters in this country are still convinced that our vast neighbour to the east, west and north, is not well disposed towards us. They see India as a typical aggressor nation bent on destroying the sovereignty or independence of Bangladesh. It would not […]

Economy’s outlook

First of all, the reasonable political normalcy that the country was blessed with during the last two years, may shatter with the main opposition party going on a warpath over government’s policies towards it, Instead of reconciling and uniting the nation politically and socially, government itself is seen as an agent giving stimulus to national […]

Don’t dare mention Yemen

AS an occasional guest on one of the dime-a-dozen talk shows that Pakistanis watch avidly every evening, I remarked that Donald Trump’s announcement on Jerusalem was certainly condemnable. But shouldn’t Pakistanis be more concerned about the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen – and Pakistan’s murky role in it? The other guest ‘experts’ froze and the anchorperson […]

Energy, the Achilles heel

Power is central to economic activity. But this power supply in Bangladesh is considerably short of even prevailing demand not to mention the potential higher demand in the future. In this situation of power insufficiency, investment operations are understandably lagging from a lack of confidence from otherwise able investors that they would not be able […]

Environment restoration policy is long overdue

The environment of Bangladesh has gone on declining during the last two decades and a half. But the ministry that was exclusively created to address this worsening environmental situation seemed to do little of substance as the environment steadily deteriorated and environmental concerns multiplied and intensified. Dhaka city that was one of the world’s most […]

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