Editorial articles

Egypt gets condolences but needs global cooperation

Linda S. Heard World leaders were quick to send sympathetic messages to the Egypt’s government and people following the monstrous terror attack on worshippers in the northern town of Al Arish, eliciting the greatest single death toll in the country’s modern history.   The heartless creatures planted explosive devices outside the mosque before turning their […]

Considering better options in the energy policy

    According to a  press report, the government of Bangladesh (GOB) is drafting  a new energy policy. The  Adviser in charge of Energy, Power and Mineral Resources, told a workshop meeting on energy  reporting that the government is now engaged in completing at  the earliest a comprehensive energy policy for the country. This is, […]

Textbooks – kudos to Punjab

Pervez Hoodbhoy MANY think that our education rot is irreversible. Among countless other problems one stands out — school textbooks written and produced in Pakistan. These are probably the world’s worst. For decades, children have studied from books printed upon smudgy newsprint replete with mistakes, stuffed with materials containing hate against other peoples and religions, […]

Technical education

  The government has taken an initiative to set up 100 technical schools and colleges in the country to supplement the ongoing efforts of promoting technical education, according to a news report in this paper on Friday. “These 100 schools and colleges will be established as part of the government’s plan for setting up 389 […]

Efficiency in producing basic foods

Bangladesh, at present, has become considerably dependent on imported food products and this dependence keeps on growing. It imports nearly all of its requirements of baby food and half of its need for milk in powdered form. The country was once self-sufficient in onions, garlic, ginger and other spices. Now the greater parts of the […]

UNSC statement marks a positive step forward

The U.N. Security Council (UNSC) unanimously approved a statement on Monday strongly condemning the violence that has caused more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee from Myanmar to Bangladesh, a significant step that still fell short of a stronger resolution that Western nations wanted but China opposed. The presidential statement from UNSC calls on Myanmar’s […]

Policy for balanced development

Settlement of the vast population of Bangladesh shows great disparity in their concentration and locations. Urbanisation and migration of people in search of economic opportunities notwithstanding, the greatest number of the country’s population–some 90 per cent–are still found to be living in the rural areas. But even this rural population is not uniformly provided with […]

Absolute integrity of ACC investigators is imperative

The dragnet against corruptionis seemingly gathering a momentum looking at recent Anti Corruption Commission’s (ACC’s) activities .It has created some satisfaction in people’s minds that what they were demanding but felt afraid to say it in many cases, is happening. The hitherto immune or untouchable onesare now being dragged in some cases into prison vans […]

Heritage preservation

The ancient but crumbling structures signifying life and culture of those days of yore still stand in many places of Bangladesh and form collectively our national heritage. They range from the prehistoric time to Bhuddist and Hindu eras to the Islamic one. Many of them have been brought under some kind of control and supervision […]

Devolution for development

Both the BNP and the Awami League stated in their last election manifestos that they would work for decentralisation and development of local government on going to power. But these commitments were made ritualistically, it seems, as a matter of course signifying no special importance attached to them. It appears that successive governments have had […]

The population issue

The official claim is that the annual population growth rate in Bangladesh is some 1.48 per cent. But this estimate is seriously and reliably contended by other non official estimates which say that the growth rate is at least 3 per cent. The population growth rate being 3 per cent or above is borne out […]

National health and productivity in danger

Melamine, a chemical for different industrial application, can be deadly for human bodies should the same enter human bodies through any means. But countrymen awoke sometime ago to read banner headlines in daily newspapers that the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) detected — through laboratory tests of samples– melamine in eight popular brands of […]

Imperative : Paying attention to accreted lands

A high profile seminar organized jointly by a British research organization and Bangladesh’s Ministry of the Environment was held in Dhaka couple of years ago. It was attended by foreign researchers and scientists. Prediction was made from it that some 11 per cent of Bangladesh could be lost to the sea by 2050 from earth […]

The urgency of Dhaka’s planned revival

In its present state and its continuing unplanned growth, there are valid fears that Dhaka in the future could be a megalopolis , no doubt, but a megalopolis full of slums or shanty-towns, short of infrastructures befitting its size and status and a maze of unplanned urbanisation with spill over adverse affects of the same […]

Retention of human resources

Like a parrot every government in Bangladesh has harped on the theme of developing human resources for economic growth and development. But nothing is said about the other side of the issue : the crucial ‘retention’ of the made human resources for the country’s own use. But the failings of successive governments have been great […]

Demography and individual income

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 […]

Policy for balanced development

Settlement of the vast population of Bangladesh shows great disparity in their concentration and locations. Urbanisation and migration of people in search of economic opportunities notwithstanding, the greatest number of the country’s population–some 90 per cent–are still found to be living in the rural areas. But even this rural population is not uniformly provided with […]

Overcoming socio-cultural barriers to development

Economists generally look for tangibles such as availability of primary produce or natural resources, agricultural lands, industrial sinews, etc., to declare their confidence on the economy of a country and about its potential to rise to a higher state of economic existence. But as the situation in a country like Bangladesh shows, there are other […]

MillenniumDevelopment Goals and Bangladesh

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

Proper practicing of Islam

People in Bangladesh are preponderantly Muslims by religion. But a large number of Bangladeshis are poor and backward. The roots of this degraded existence of these countrymen can be traced to the behaviour of its elite classes whose routine or ritual observance of Islam seek to be convincing but such observance is nowhere near the […]

Learning from past lapses

History is a great teacher but the sad part is that few seem to learn from it . Great periods of progress can be followed amazingly by bigotry and non enlightenment. Historians also have a name for this :reaction. Defeated and vested interest groups are able to create confusions and disregard in the minds of […]

Boosting workers’ productivity

A seminar held recently in Dhakaemphasised 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 […]

Recovery of grabbed government lands

A parliamentary committee disclosed some years ago that some 20,574 acres of government lands in three districts were grabbed by different wheeler-dealers and the current market value of the lands would be some 700 billion Taka. If this is the estimate of grabbed lands and their valuation for only three out of the country’s 64 […]

Policy for balanced development

Settlement of the vast population of Bangladesh shows great disparity in their concentration and locations. Urbanisation and migration of people in search of economic opportunities notwithstanding, the greatest number of the country’s population–some 90 per cent–are still found to be living in the rural areas. But even this rural population is not uniformly provided with […]

Lesson from the Karbala tragedy

Muslims on Sunday will recall worldwide, including Bangladesh, the greatest of tragedies that they have known , the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (SM) in the desert sands of Karabala — which is now a part of present day Iraq –on this day fourteen hundred years ago . The day is […]

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