Editorial articles

Imperative : Improving Dhaka’s garbage disposal system

Garbage disposal in Dhaka city, a city of nearly 20 million people, remains archaic and , therefore, very inefficient to say the least. According to one reliable estimate, 5,000 tons of domestic refuses are created every day in Dhaka city. Another estimate says that annually about 9.7 million tons of solid wastes are created in […]

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 […]

Consequences of encouraging Quamimadrashas

The decision taken recently torecogniseQuamimadrasha degree as at par with graduation degrees obtained by students from the other mainstreams of education in the country, would go unnoticed but for its short and long term consequences. Apparently, it should offend nobody. But any honest examination would show up the adverse economic, political, social and geo-strategic implications […]

Normalizing rice price

Rice prices have surpassed all previous records of going up in Bangladesh recently . Rice eaters cannot recall another time when prices of rice of all kinds from the finer varieties consumed by wealthy people to coarse ones bought by common people, shot up so high as they have during this period. Understandably, the price […]

Traffic jams and traffic policemen

There are no shortages of writing about traffic jams in the city. The media is seen awash with reports, suggestions, expert opinion, etc., on traffic jams. The same range from ivory tower recommendations of building elevated expressways, underground trains, circular waterways around the city and so on. Yet others seem to like to persuade with […]

Creating more employment

Employment creation needs to be a very important objective in every economy for the simple reasons that unemployed persons pose a burden at every level in society. First of all, they are burdens on their families. Unemployed ones eligible to work and not finding work are a source of agony for their families. Family resources […]

For preparation of a well thought out energy policy

The energy policy of a country is a vital document. For it guides many things such as energy supply or availability, production of energy, its utilization patterns, its conservation, etc. According to a press report, the government of Bangladesh (GOB) is drafting a new energy policy. The need for a comprehensive energy policy for the […]

Inflation and poverty

The rate of inflation is rising higher . From a little over 2 per cent in the early nineties, the rate of inflation , according to the latest available official estimate of it, is some 7.68 per cent or in the neighbourhood of 8 per cent. Thus, even by official admission, the rate of inflation […]

Traffic jams and traffic policemen

There are no shortages of writing about traffic jams in the city. The media is seen awash with reports, suggestions, expert opinion, etc., on traffic jams. The same range from ivory tower recommendations of building elevated expressways, underground trains, circular waterways around the city and so on. Yet others seem to like to persuade with […]

For efficient flood management and rehabilitation

The floods that appeared in some districts of Bangladesh in July are still not mitigated enough in their sweep, destructions and causing of human sufferings. Already 27 of the country’s 64 districts are in the throes of flood in varying degrees. The flood waters have receded significantly in some northern districts while the situation remains […]

Culprits of 21 August must be punished

The country observedon Sundaythe Grenade Attack Day in remembrance of the gruesome grenade attack on an Awami League rally on August 21, 2004. It was a tragic day for democracy and politics in Bangladesh when daughter of the founding father of the nation Sheikh Hasina narrowly escaped death at the hands of the attackers who […]

For truly forward moving educational systems

The decision taken recently to recognise Quamimadrasha degree as at par with graduation degrees obtained by students from the other main streams of education in the country, would go unnoticed but for its short and long term consequences. Apparently, it should offend nobody. But any honest examination would show up the adverse economic, political, social […]

Waiting for transformation of political culture

Bangladeshis are usually scorned for their drawbacks in different areas : illiteracy, poverty and a general lack of consciousness about what is best for them. But this assessment of them is too sweeping and a generalization that cannot be sustained on closer examination. For, the people of this long suffering land has again and again […]

Imperative : Improving Dhaka’s garbage disposal system

Garbage disposal in Dhaka city, a city of nearly 20 million people, remains archaic and , therefore, very inefficient to say the least. According to one reliable estimate, 5,000 tons of domestic refuses are created every day in Dhaka city. Another estimate says that annually about 9.7 million tons of solid wastes are created in […]

Shocking outflow of scarce resources

A country will experience inflows and outflows of resources from it and these are to be considered as legitimate activities in many cases. But when the outflows to a large extent are the outcome of illegitimate operations, then the economy of the country stands threatened. This has been the case in respect of Bangladesh, an […]

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Today, Bangladesh is observing the 42nd anniversary of rememberance of the very tragic death of the founding father of Bangladesh, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Bangabandhu, if he had lived would be 97 years old today. But he died prematurely at the hands of heinous killers on August 15, 1975. Thus, he lived only 55 years […]

People need to be conscious and proactive

It may be asked whether Bangladeshis, having successfully applied their political consciousness to establish Bangladesh, have been equally successful in using the same consciousness to develop their country in the economic and social sense. The well researched answer to such a query is likely to be strongly in the negative. Bangladeshis have collectively failed to […]

Make BAPEX stronger for energy security

Ever since substantial deposits of oil and natural gas were found in Nigeria, the African country climbed in esteem as a probable prosperous entity in the African continent. But decades after finding the energy resources there , expectations of a better life of the people of that country based on these finds, have evaporated. Some […]

Insulating the nuclear deal is mission almost-impossible

Dr. Manuel Almeida: As concerns mount about the future of the Iran nuclear deal, the blame for a crisis in the making is already being laid at the White House’s door. Yet all the noise surrounding the present US administration is masking a problem with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA): It was never […]

Traffic jams and traffic policemen

There are no shortages of writing about traffic jams in the city. The media is seen awash with reports, suggestions, expert opinion, etc., on traffic jams. The same range from ivory tower recommendations of building elevated expressways, underground trains, circular waterways around the city and so on. Yet others seem to like to persuade with […]

Looking objectively at Dhaka’s traffic scene

The media has reported that government is bent on restricting the use of private cars in response to frequent allegations as if the private vehicles are the main source of traffic congestion in Dhaka city. Only cars that would carry four to five persons would be allowed to move on the roads. Besides, the driving […]

Boosting workers’ productivity

A recent ILO report emphasised that 20 to 35 per cent of the labour force in Bangladesh engage in at least 50 hours of work per week. This is reflective of the tenacity of the workers in this country. The contribution of workers is a very big input in the production processes. Higher output and […]

Opting for nuclear power

The approval given by the International Atomic Energy Commission (IAEA) to Bangladesh to set up nuclear power plants, is very helpful to say the least. For Bangladesh has been searching for low cost, environmentally safe and large scale production of power in the backdrop of its fast growing demand for power and its current serious […]

Traffic jams and traffic policemen

There are no shortages of writing about traffic jams in the city. The media is seen awash with reports, suggestions, expert opinion, etc., on traffic jams. The same range from ivory tower recommendations of building elevated expressways, underground trains, circular waterways around the city and so on. Yet others seem to like to persuade with […]

Consequences of encouraging Quamimadrashas

The decision taken recently torecogniseQuamimadrasha degree as at par with graduation degrees obtained by students from the other mainstreams of education in the country, would go unnoticed but for its short and long term consequences. Apparently, it should offend nobody. But any honest examination would show up the adverse economic, political, social and geo-strategic implications […]

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