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Economic aspirations for a ‘sovereign land’ Sajjad Zohir | Prothom Alo  Feb 05, 2019        In an earlier posting on 31 January 2019, my views on centrality of current politics and its implications for the long-term dynamics in Bangladesh were discussed. Reference was made to the ‘strategist,’ which needs clarifications before some thoughts on desired action for […]

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The grand delusion of modern money Andrew Sheng As the world goes through messy divorces in Brexit and the US-China trade relationship, there is considerable angst about whether we are moving into a period of disorder. This month will witness whether these relations can be patched up, but it is already clear that Brexit will […]

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Can the historic High Court judgement save our rivers? A man rows a boat in the Buriganga river which has been badly polluted due to unabated dumping of garbage and used engine oil from vessels. PHOTO: RASHED SHUMON Md Khalequzzaman The High Court in Bangladesh delivered a historic judgement on February 3, declaring rivers as […]

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Cancer treatment in Bangladesh: Still a long way to go Md Shahnawaz Khan Chandan According to the World Health Organization, cancer is the second leading cause of death globally and a staggering 9.6 million people died of cancer just in 2018. To raise awareness of this fatal disease, and encourage its prevention, diagnosis and treatment, […]

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১০ বছর পরপর নির্বাচনের প্রস্তাব আ.লীগ নেতার প্রতিনিধি, নিউইয়র্ক ৩০ জানুয়ারি ২০১৯ Link যুক্তরাষ্ট্র আওয়ামী লীগের সভাপতি ড. সিদ্দিকুর রহমানদেশ উন্নত না হওয়া পর্যন্ত প্রতি ১০ বছর পরপর বাংলাদেশের জাতীয় সংসদ নির্বাচন করার প্রস্তাব করেছেন যুক্তরাষ্ট্র আওয়ামী লীগের সভাপতি ড. সিদ্দিকুর রহমান। গতকাল মঙ্গলবার ফেসবুকে দেওয়া এক পোস্টে এমন প্রস্তাব করে সবার মতামত জানতে চেয়েছেন […]

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Bangladesh And The Formula For Dissent   Image credit: www.independent.co.uk   Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious. ― George Orwell, 1984 by Sabria Chowdhury Balland        31 January 2019 The events of January 23, 2019, in Venezuela are a startling reminder of […]

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Stitched to perfection Our RMG industry has everything it needs to be more environmentally aware. This is the concluding part of a four-part op-ed series Fostering the growth of green practices needs legal, institutional, and capacity-building measures. Increasing absorptive capacity of RMG companies that are in the earlier stages of being compliant should involve investing […]

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Bangladesh descends in corruption ranking Zero tolerance—what next? Iftekharuzzaman Transparency International (TI) released its Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2018 on January 29, 2019. Bangladesh has scored 26 out of 100, two points lower than the 28 in 2017. The slide is worse in terms of ranking. Bangladesh has been ranked in the 149th  position from […]

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Toxic air is harming our children with every breath that they take A bus moves through a cloud of dust avoiding pipes, sand and other construction materials kept haphazardly on both sides of the road in East Rampura, Dhaka. FILE PHOTO Jean Gough All day, every day, even while they sleep, tens of millions of […]

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The decline and fall of democracy William Milam  TFT Issue: 25 Jan 2019 The ‘state of exception’ is more likely to have been the basis for modern authoritarianism than of democracy, writes William Milam I write this on Monday, January 21, which in the US is a holiday celebrating the birth and the life of Martin […]

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বড় অর্থনীতি, মেগা প্রকল্প ও হারিয়ে যাওয়া মানুষ মাহা মির্জা ২৪ জানুয়ারি ২০১৯, ১৩:৩৫ এই সপ্তাহের মূল আলোচনা ছিল ওয়েলথ এক্সের নতুন প্রতিবেদন। ‘বড়লোক’ বৃদ্ধির হারে আমরা বিশ্বে ‘তৃতীয়’ হয়েছি১। এর আগে বিশ্বের ‘অতি বড়লোক’ বৃদ্ধির তালিকায় প্রথম হয়েছিলাম২। এখন আবার বিশ্বব্যাংক বলছে, অতি গরিবের তালিকায় আমরা ‘পঞ্চম’৩। আরও একটা খবর হচ্ছে, এই মুহূর্তে ‘বড় […]

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Good governance, a prerequisite for solving youth unemployment Mir Aftabuddin Ahmed The “Asia-Pacific Employment and Social Outlook Report 2018” published by the International Labour Organization (ILO) suggested that the youth unemployment rate in Bangladesh had increased from 6.32 percent in 2000 to 12.8 percent in 2018. The percentage of citizens in the 15-24 age group […]

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