Editorial articles

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 […]

Saving and restoring the environment

It is no overstatement to say that among the ministries of the government, the performance of the environment ministry has been specially poor since it was set up in the late eighties in response to the growing environmental hazards. The environment of Bangladesh has gone on declining during the last nearly three decades. But the […]

Perpetrators of the image problem

They are a privileged breed who made the most out of the independence of Bangladesh. If there was no 1971, the liberation war and all other triumphs of the people of Bangladesh, this coterie would never make it to their present status as the rich or the super rich. Some of them were cut out […]

FDIs are not holy cows

Some quarters in the country (in their own vested interests of course) would want the offer of foreign investment to be sacred like the holy cows of the Hindus that we cannot sacrifice under any circumstances lest we should commit blasphemy. The strident advocacy of such groups is that we must jump at too eagerly […]

Creating resolve for the triumph of the good

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. In all fairness, the well researched answer to such a query would be strongly in the negative. Bangladeshis have collectively failed […]

Ensuring availability of water from common rivers

The rivers are life-giving to the still largely pastoral or agrarian economy of Bangladesh. But most of these rivers, their tributaries and distributaries present a sorrowful spectacle today compared to their previous state. The rivers are common to both India and Bangladesh but have been unilaterally regulated on the Indian side through dams and other […]

Highly deserved supports by the real estate sector

Despite its present rather stressed conditions, the real estate sector continues to be a major economic sector that can fairly soon much expand its activities provided adequate governmental supports are lent to it. Therefore, the suggestions conveyed to the government by the representatives of the Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (REHAB)–recently– merit an […]

The economy’s management

Finance Minister M A Muhith frequently reminds everybody about the need to collect greater revenues to fill the government’s coffers. But there are obviously difficulties in pushing taxation measures, specially direct taxes, far, because one danger of such stepped up taxation in any setting is its likely adverse effects on investment and entrepreneurial activities. Steep […]

A forward-looking strategy to ensure water supply

Time is ripe to start considering seriously the establishment of desalination plants in Bangladesh as our rivers are experiencing leaner and more polluted flows and it is proving to be too dangerous to encourage free style lifting of underground water for the land subsidence the same appears to be causing amid the growing threat of […]

The changing concept of morality

A society that can very quickly grasp this changing nature of morality and shed its outdated and useless moral tenets for the more useful and exciting morality of the days has a future. Another that continues to wallow in the mire of its old but impotent values will find itself not travelling well enough in […]

Looking objectively at the health sector

Bangladesh has been one of the countries to pursue a policy of extending public health care at free or nominal costs to large sections of its population who badly need such medical or health care as they are too poor to buy medicare privately. Bangladesh is not seen lagging behind also in having an extensive […]

Attracting NRB resources and expertise

In some developing countries, the non-residents in the population who live and work abroad, are cultivated for their resources. The expatriates are regarded and sought after as sources of funds in foreign currencies to undertake economic activities in their countries of origin. Unfortunately, Bangladesh has not been able to tap this lucrative source of finance, […]

Responding to the ‘knowledge demand’ of the times

It should be abundantly clear that the new century and the new millennium would belong essentially to those with knowledge. Those without knowledge would continue to suffer poverty, despair and deprivation.Where stands Bangladesh in this unfolding scheme of things? Any proper assessment done would place Bangladesh in the list of countries which seem to be […]

Zakat can significantly alleviate poverty

The holy month of Ramadan is coming nearer. People of some means are seen to be more charitable  now than at other times of the year. They are seen distributing  mainly petty cash and clothes among poor people as a way of discharging their religious obligation of zakat.  But  Bangladesh today is also a country […]

Concern about outflow of resources

Bangladesh has lost between US$6 billion and US$9 billion to illicit money outflows in 2014, according to a Global Financial Integrity (GFI) report. The Washington-based research and advisory organisation recently released the report based on a research on 150 countries.Bangladesh lost a total of  US$75 billion due to trade misinvoicing and other unrecorded outflows between […]

Criminal misuse of scarce resources

The scene is a very familiar one to residents of Dhaka city. A road divider is seen going through the centre of a thoroughfare. But it hardly remains a standing feature for long. Only some months may pass when a demolition squad arrives to remake it. No reason is given for the remaking .  Only […]

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