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How democracies die and economies grow Wahiduddin Mahmud There are two prominent themes of contemporary development discourses, both lacking a consensus, as reflected in academic research and in their popular versions in bestseller books. One of these is about finding the reasons for the decline of democracies since the late 1980s and the early 1990s […]

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Bangladesh’s lax security sees rise in cybercrime Women said to account for 70 percent of victims with most under 25 Social media accounts are increasingly being hacked and people blackmailed in Bangladesh. (Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP) Stephan Uttom and Rock Ronald Rozario, Dhaka Bangladesh June 7, 2018 Gracie Gomes (not her real name) is not […]

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A Rohingya’s perspective Bangladesh’s ICC cooperation is crucial for Rohingya justice Rohingya refugees stand in an alley of Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on September 28, 2017. Photo: AFP Tun Khin Since August last year, the world has witnessed how hundreds of thousands of desperate Rohingyas have fled across the border into Bangladesh, bringing with […]

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 Mahadi Al Hasnat Photo:Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune Bangladeshi female migrant worker forced into prostitution in Jordan Jasmine lives in a village named Basta under Singair upazila of Manikganj district. Her father, Tara Mia, is a van driver and her mother is a homemaker. Since Jasmine grew up in extreme poverty, she dreamt of doing something […]

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One-stop service caught in red tape Syed Mansur Hashim Bangladesh lags behind its peers in the region when it comes to foreign direct investment (FDI). That hardly comes as a surprise given the amount of bureaucratic red-tape hurdles a prospective investor has to surmount before launching a business operation. As pointed out in a front-page […]

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The bittersweet truth about state-owned enterprises Habibullah N Karim Bangladesh Sugar and Food Industries Corporation (BSFIC) is a state-owned enterprise (SOE) that is among the remnants of a bygone era when, in a post-liberation war-ravaged economy, the sugar and food manufacturing enterprises left behind by non-resident business owners from pre-independence times had to be taken […]

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ENSURE ACCOUNTABILITY: What they think of ongoing drives SULTANA KAMAL Human Rights activist  The noted human rights activist said the law enforcement agencies’ actions would not provide a sustainable solution against illegal drugs. “They [law enforcement agencies] have started killing drug peddlers and drug users. If they think that they will resolve the problems in […]

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Travails of festivals Cost wise, life for the majority becomes worse during the month of Ramadan, as traders spike prices manifold for no good reason. Photo: Prabir Das Brig Gen Shahedul Anam Khan ndc, psc (Retd) Religious festivals come as blessings to people; in Bangladesh they come as blessings too, but perhaps more so for […]

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Bangabandhu-1 satellite remarks: Ignorance or lies? Shah Ali Farhad It is quite clear, from information readily available in the public domain, that Bangladesh’s first geostationary communications satellite, the Bangabandhu-1, is both owned and controlled, for all intents and purposes, by the government of Bangladesh. In particular, the satellite, which is currently on its way to […]

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ICC AND ROHINGYA REFUGEES Bangladesh demands accountability, peace and justice The ICC Prosecutor has already very eloquently argued that the court has territorial jurisdiction due to the fact that the deportation of Rohingyas from Myanmar involved movement into Bangladesh, which is a party to the statute. Photo: Amran Hossain Manzoor Hasan In “Dhaka, Ottawa and […]

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SAFE MOTHERHOOD DAY Safe motherhood is a right, not a privilege PHOTO: ISMAIL FERDOUS/WORLD BANK Naznin Tithi Last year when the news of Rohingya women giving birth in no man’s land along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border first surfaced in the media, I heard many men glorifying such births which took place out in the open without […]

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Efficacy of the ANTI-DRUG WAR Nazmul Ahsan “Why don’t you tell the truth? You talk about extrajudicial killings but in reality, you care more about the drug traders than those whose lives are destroyed because of them,” one Facebook friend rebuked me the other day, after I disagreed with him about the modus operandi of […]

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