Editorial articles

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 […]

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 in Bangladesh 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. […]

Climate change and Bangladesh

It seems now that the perpetrators of climate change have accepted climate change as an inevitability. They want countries like Bangladesh to accept it also as an irreversible or non preventable process . Only they are to be given some assistance in mitigating their woes from climate change. It’s something like the crumbs falling from […]

Climate change and Bangladesh

It seems now that the perpetrators of climate change have accepted climate change as an inevitability. They want countries like Bangladesh to accept it also as an irreversible or non preventable process . Only they are to be given some assistance in mitigating their woes from climate change. It’s something like the crumbs falling from […]

Economic rationale for poverty reduction

There are many reasons why all energies need to be concentrated on poverty reduction in the country. The good news in the realm of poverty reduction is that the country’s population has more than doubled since the time of independence. It had a population of some 75 million at the time of independence and more […]

Welcome only useful foreign investments

Foreign investments should be coveted by a country like Bangladesh where the rate of local investments is considered not adequate due to many reasons. Usually, investments in an economy have some implications such as injection of resources into it, the initiating of economic activities and creation of jobs and incomes as a result. From these […]

Concern about rising prices

Rising prices is now the subject of worried conversation everywhere. Complete strangers when travelling together to a common destination usually discuss the weather. Not anymore. Even between strangers, in many cases these days, the first talking point turns out to be prices of basic commodities – such as prices of the rice they must consume […]

Energy conservation

Bangladeshis are in the habit of blaming the government always for the failure to supply more energy to them. But little do they realize or like to realize that they hold in their own hands a great deal of powers to improve energy supply on a sustainable basis. Thus, in millions of homes across the […]

Enforcing the Consumer Protection Act

Before declaring the national budget every year, the finance minister in his pre-budget consultations–as has been the practice for some years– can be expected to meet with representatives of different interest groups to get their views and recommendations for possible consideration and incorporation in the budget. The business community is seen specially active on these […]

Controlling population growth

A recent estimate of the UN says that the latest annual population growth rate of Bangladesh is 1.1 per cent. But objective minded field level local observers of the scene in Bangladesh would probably disagree with this estimation. They are likely to say that population growth rate in Bangladesh is certainly well above 1 per […]

Stopping destruction of forests

The official figure of lands under forest in Bangladesh is about 13 per cent though unofficially even the same is doubted. But even this official figure is also a poor one considering the needs of environmental safety. Environmentalists may come up with all kinds of explanation for the worsening of conditions in this sphere such […]

DSSC opens call centre to tackle Chikungunya

DHAKA : Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) has opened a call centre to provide medical services for the Chikungunya patients in the areas under its jurisdiction, reports UNB. Through dialing 09611000999, the Chikungunya-affected people can now get medical services and medicines free of cost from their homes round the clock, said DSCC Public Relations Officer […]

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