Editorial articles

Hard policies should guide manpower export

Export of manpower is one of the main pillars that supports the Bangladesh economy. Remittances sent by toiling Bangladeshis abroad form the major cushion for its economy from paying substantially for the import costs and giving vital supports to the balance of payments of the country. But the manpower sector is also shot through with […]

Energy planning from A to Z

Improved energy planning at the soonest is proving to be more and more an absolute imperative for Bangladesh in the backdrop of its growing energy needs to expand its economy, fast and mindless depletion of its main prevailing energy source, inadequate attention and actions in relation to conservation and optimum utilisation of energy and non […]

For sustainable crackdown against food adulteration

Even a short list of food adulteration activities would make any health conscious person shudder at the though of what they are consuming : burnt mobil in cooking oil; pesticides with toxic effects sprayed liberally on fruits and vegetables ; colouring agents in foods which are really dyes used in textile industries and can severely […]

Improving water supply for the future

Already, the major cities of the country are under a mismatch between the demand for water and its supply. Increasingly, all over the country and in Dhaka city in particular, water levels have fallen alarmingly in the absence of adequate discharge. This is causing land subsidence that cannot go on without increasing alarmingly the risks […]

Giving up privatisation would be short-sighted policy

Every government in this country from the mid seventies declared privatisation as among its list of priorities. But actual accomplishments in privatisation, i.e. identifying the industrial and services units in the public sector for privatisation, calculation of their assets and liabilities, bid prices for their disinvestment and finally disposing them off to buyers in the […]

The issue of absentee doctors

Many doctors on the government’s health services in connivance with unscrupulous officials in the Health Ministry are usually able to avoid serving in the rural areas. Many of them remain in Dhaka month after month and draw their salaries and other benefits without doing adequate work at their properly designated places while the health services […]

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Increasing earning from manpower export

The readymade garments (RMG) industries of Bangladesh together with remittances from overseas Bangladeshi workers, are the twin pillars supporting the Bangladesh economy. Sound performance in both of these sectors is crucial for the basic macro economic stability of Bangladesh. Manpower export has been more and more impressively bolstering the foreign currency reserve that stood at […]

A comprehensive plan to face up to climate change

Climate change is at the doorstep of Bangladesh although its impact in large measures are yet to be felt by this country. But experts are in consensus now that the effects could start telling on this country sooner rather than later. This prediction is from monitoring the speedier melting of ice in the glacial regions […]

Population growth defeats per capita increase goals

Of course, there is no one shot or one oversimplified explanation for the poverty situation in Bangladesh. Nonetheless, economists in all settings go for a standard measure of the national pie and how much of it goes to each member of the population. The formula is simple. Take the net national product (NNP) or the […]

Facilitating the private sector

The private sector has emerged as the main driver of economic growth in the country following the gradual unbundling of the state operated sectors, privatization and greater stimulus given to private entrepreneurs from the middle seventies. Thus, the private sector generates some 80 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and 90 per […]

Energy planning

Improved energy planning at the soonest is proving to be more and more an absolute imperative for Bangladesh in the backdrop of its growing energy needs to expand its economy, fast and mindless depletion of its main energy source, inadequate attention and actions in relation to conservation and optimum utilisation of energy and non development […]

A good start to the New Year 2017

2016 has passed away. The New Year, 2017, has commenced and this occasion cannot be minus the usual behavior that such occasions always trigger in human societies . Humans are naturally inclined in the beginning of a new year to analyse trends in the just ended year and from the same to make likely predictions […]

A multi-faceted approach to promote investments

According to the Bangladesh Bank (BB) report on the country’s economy for fiscal year 2015-16 that was released sometime ago, the economy grew by over 7 per cent in the last fiscal year showing robust expansion in the agriculture and service sectors but some decline in the manufacturing sector. The comparatively lower performance of the […]

Too many cases of Eve teasing

The term Eve teasing in the Bangladesh context means making romantic overtures or sexual advances against females against their will leading to emotional harassment, loss of esteem, psychological problems and bodily harms for the victims of the same. Typically, Eve teasing has come to mean suggestions made to young women by their male oppressors to […]

Prohibitive costs of school education

Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh used to be prominent as a City of Mosques. But now that can’t be true anymore. Dhaka should be regarded as the City of Schools. Seems like, a new school is established every month in different parts of Dhaka. But why? Because, it has proved to be such a profitable […]

Making Dhaka free from chaos and congestion

In this modern age of technology boom is it necessary that all government ministries should remain confined in one place — the Bangladesh Secretariat ? Much of the Dhaka city’s congestion will be eased if government ministries can be spread over and across its suburbs and adjoining districts. Narayanganj, Savar, Keraniganj and Gazipoor can be […]

Creating economic opportunities for women

The last available population data on Bangladesh puts the number of males in the population at 69.1 per cent and females at 65.7 per cent. Thus, the population is divided almost half and half between males and females. This knowledge should be sufficient to indicate why selective efforts are necessary to integrate the nearly half […]

For sustainable crackdown against food adulteration

Even a short list of food adulteration activities would make any health conscious person shudder at the though of what they are consuming : burnt mobil in cooking oil; pesticides with toxic effects sprayed liberally on fruits and vegetables ; colouring agents in foods which are really dyes used in textile industries and can severely […]

Preventing fire incidents

There is a Bengali saying that the house whose housekeeper spends watchful nights nothing is never stolen. The massage of this saying is that it is negligence that often leads to disasters that could be otherwise averted. True, two successive fire incidents in the capital sometime ago — one at the Bangladesh Steel and Engineering […]

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Brick fields and the environment

Trees that give off oxygen and are needed so much for a healthy and salubrious environment, come directly under a threat from the unregulated activities of brick kiln operators. This was the reason for introducing regulations that imposed prohibition on brick burning with firewood and allowed burning with only gas or coal. But it appears […]

High time for consumers to get organized

In many countries, consumers are found to be very well organized. Consumers’ associations set up by the consumers themselves flourish in those countries to protect and promote the various interests of consumers. It is regretful that hardly such organizations exist in Bangladesh. The lone exception is the Consumer Association of Bangladesh (CAB). But CAB’s functioning […]

Address the huge problem of traffic jams

Ashraf Khan, a student of Dhaka University, once went to the DU campus in the middle of the night on a private car, from his residence in Uttara. ‘It took me only 25 minutes,’ says an astonished Ashraf. But every morning, to make it to his 10am class, Ashraf starts at seven, and barely makes […]

Eid-e-Miladunnabi

Muslims in Bangladesh with a preponderant Musim population observed Eid-e-Miladunnabi on Monday. It is a day of monumental significance in the Islamic calendar, mark as it does, the birth and death anniversaries of the ProphetMuhammad(Peace Be Upon Him). Between his attainment of prophethood and demise — encompassing a little over three decades -he wielded such […]

Giving up privatisation would be short-sighted policy

Every government in this country from the mid seventies declared privatisation as among its list of priorities. But actual accomplishments in privatisation, i.e. identifying the industrial and services units in the public sector for privatisation, calculation of their assets and liabilities, bid prices for their disinvestment and finally disposing them off to buyers in the […]

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