Editorial articles

Issues of taxation

The submission in the JatiyaSangshad the next national budget is roughly two and half months away. Now is the time for all concerned to voice their concern and views about the upcoming budget. The National Board of Revenue (NBR) honouredsometimeago 316 top taxpayers of the country. This was a refreshing move aimed to inspire all […]

The search for stability

Bangladesh presently has been likened by some analysts to a ship in the high seas minus important parts of its navigation equipment. A ship is bound to drift without such aids. It cannot determine its course, regulate its course and steer successfully in the stormy sea. Bangladesh is seen as such a riskyship of state […]

Obligating Myanmar to honour repatriation agreement

The world may not have acted with greater activism on the Rohingya issue. But there is notably near total consensus of views in the global context that the sheer inhumanity or too truculent behavior the rank and file of the Rohingya civilian population have been facing for long at the hands of the genocide backers […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 search for stability

Bangladesh presently has been likened by some analysts to a ship in the high seas minus important parts of its navigation equipment. A ship is bound to drift without such aids. It cannot determine its course, regulate its course and steer successfully in the stormy sea. Bangladesh is seen as such a riskyship of state […]

Opting for more nuclear power plants

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 […]

Non performing loans threaten banking sector

In June 2017 the government allocated Tk20bn (US$250m) to recapitalise Bangladesh’s state-owned banks. There are signs that the country’s banking sector is facing mounting problems, and regulators’ efforts have so far been insufficient to tackle the issue. In a recent report, the IMF said that there were weaknesses in the banking sector of Bangladesh owing […]

Spoon feeding state sector banks

It appears the country’s state run banks have become like a bottomless pit devouring huge public resources year after year to keep them artificially afloat. Needless to say, the monies are being poured into these institutions just to cover up fearful capital shortages they have been incurring without a pause or a turnaround. The injection […]

Colossal loss and stresses from traffic jams

Traffic congestion in Dhaka eats up around 5 million working hours every day and the average speed of vehicles during rush hours has come down to 5kmph, according to the Accident Research Institute (ARI) of Buet. The congestion causes an annual loss of between Tk 20,000 crore and Tk 55,000 crore, says ARI, citing findings […]

Thoughts on 47th Independence Day

Bangladesh today is observing its 47th Independence Day. Every year, it is found to be an occasion to be celebrated with great ardour by Bangladeshis. All generations of Bangladeshis take pride in it, get inspiration from it. But Independence Day , this year, is seen in a very positive and hopeful spirit of national recognition […]

Effects of Taka’s falling value

Why currency values are so important to us ? It is important for the simple reason or in most cases from the concern of millions and millions of people who are not wheeler-dealers and know no way of doubling, trebling or quadrupling their money resources overnight from keeping their nose above the water. Small people […]

Promoting 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 more […]

Needed : More efficiency in producing basic foods

Bangladesh, at present, is becoming growingly dependent on the import of essential basic foods . 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 a big part of the demands […]

The vitalunaddressed issue of price control

A party that swept to victory some eight years ago almost by singularly promising the pushing down of the prices of essentials consumption goods, is now seen failing in delivering on its promise. It appears that the Awami league led alliance has not got its act together– although more than eight years have passed–in acting […]

Promoting 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 more […]

Objectively viewed state of medical care

A female aged about 40 years died in a so called private hospital located in the old part of Dhaka city sometime ago. It would be counted as routine death but for the fact that the relatives of the deceased seemed to rightly raise a hue and cry that the death was the cause of […]

Preserving heritage

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 […]

Bangabandhu’s unforgettable 7th March speech

A grateful nation on Wednesday rememberedthe speech that our Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman delivered 47 years ago on this date at Ramna Race Course before a crowd of well over two million people. Itwas an amazing event in the context of theoretical application of communication science. An incredible manifestation of modern […]

The search for stability

Bangladesh presently has been likened by some analysts to a ship in the high seas minus important parts of its navigation equipment. A ship is bound to drift without such aids. It cannot determine its course, regulate its course and steer successfully in the stormy sea. Bangladesh is seen as such a riskyship of state […]

Many aspects to achieving higher economic growth

Studies by donor agencies from time to time have repeated the point of how economic growth in Bangladesh is getting shaved off as a consequence of corruption. According to such studies, the country could probably add another 1to 2 per cent to its economic growth, annually, from significantly reducing its corruption or reach a growth […]

Many aspects to achieving higher economic growth

Studies by donor agencies from time to time have repeated the point of how economic growth in Bangladesh is getting shaved off as a consequence of corruption. According to such studies, the country could probably add another 1to 2 per cent to its economic growth, annually, from significantly reducing its corruption or reach a growth […]

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Obligating Myanmar to honour repatriation agreement

The world may not have acted with greater activism on the Rohingya issue. But there is notably near total consensus of views in the global context that the sheer inhumanity or too truculent behavior the rank and file of the Rohingya civilian population have been facing for long at the hands of the genocide backers […]

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