Editorial articles

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 […]

Mind-sets in Indo-Bangladesh relations

More than three and half decades after the independence of Bangladesh, some quarters in this country are still convinced that our vast neighbour to the east, west and north, is not well disposed towards us. They see India as a typical aggressor nation bent on destroying the sovereignty or independence of Bangladesh. It would not […]

Exploring ways of easing the Rohingya crisis

Tens of thousands of Rohingya have fled Myanmar so far this year to Bangladesh making it too difficult for this overpopulated country to feed, shelter and take care of the vast number of refugees. The situation in South and South-East Asian has grown so desperate that global coverage of the crisis has finally convinced some […]

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 […]

Promoting consumers’ interests

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 […]

Improved energy planning

Improved energy planning 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 development of some […]

Concern about foodgrain production

Bangladesh, so far, has benefited along with other countries in buying foodgrains relatively cheaply from international markets. It also could go on increasing food production steadily with the result that this import burden of food was seen to be a small one that could be met not uncomfortably with its forex reserve. But for the […]

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 […]

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