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Published March 17, 2014
Challenges Of Moving Forward

Published Date: March 17, 2014
Challenges Of Moving Forward

 

Published Date: March 17, 2014
What could have been and challenges that lie ahead

What could have been and challenges that lie ahead

While Bangladesh has left behind the belittling epithet of a 'basket case' over the 42 years of independence, it is hard to feel satisfied by the pace and pattern of progress that she has made in socio-economic development. Observers and analysts are mulling over what new epithet would fit the country: the Next...

Published Date: March 17, 2014
Climate change and sustainable development- 2015 and beyond

Climate change and sustainable development- 2015 and beyond

The year 2015 is going to be a significant year globally for two major reasons. Firstly, the United Nations General Assembly to be held in New York in September 2015 will decide the succession to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which expire in 2015 and is expected to agree to a new set of...

Published Date: March 17, 2014
Combating terrorism: Needs phlegmatic response

Combating terrorism: Needs phlegmatic response

If the only tool you have is a hammer, all problems begin to look like nails.” We should keep the wise words articulated in the quotation of Maslow, the famous US psychologist, in mind when we are addressing any problem, more so when it has to do with an issue like terrorism, particularly ones...

Published Date: March 17, 2014
Sustainable development: The Bangladesh perspective

Sustainable development: The Bangladesh perspective

Let me start with a brief historical overview, albeit in a selective manner, to put sustainable development in perspective. One may go back to the industrial revolution that started in Britain around 1750. Other currently developed countries followed suit later. In this procession, the US joined much later. But the essential point is...

Published Date: March 17, 2014
Energy challenges for the new government

Energy challenges for the new government

What are the challenges in front of the new government now? Can the new government continue to provide electricity and gas for the developing economy? A lot will depend on the rate at which the economy continues to grow. The present political turbulence is certain to depress growth for at least one year....

Published Date: March 17, 2014
Manifold challenges ahead

Manifold challenges ahead

The first and the foremost concern for Bangladesh is to secure a 'good governance'. In my view, the only way to achieve that is to have a democratically elected government (a) responsible to the electorate, (b) committed to the establishment of rule of law and (c) adhering to the fundamental principles that the...

Published Date: March 17, 2014
Delimitation of maritime boundaries: Protecting our resources

Delimitation of maritime boundaries: Protecting our resources

Bangladesh is truly a maritime nation having a vast seaboard and wide arrays of interconnected river ways. The Sea Lanes of Communication (SLOC) that connects Bangladesh with the outside world is the umbilical cord that supports the country across a broad spectrum of her economic activities. The socio-economic lifeline is inseparably linked with...

Published Date: March 17, 2014
A trek through the red and green

A trek through the red and green

Bangladesh as a Tourist Destination: Globally tourism has evolved as one of the world's largest economic sectors contributing 35% of global exports of services (UNWTO, 2008). Since the independence of Bangladesh in 1971, tourism industry has been facing rigorous changes and the idea about tourism also been changed. This change can also be...

Published Date: March 17, 2014
A historic vision for peace and development

A historic vision for peace and development

Seldom in history an opportunity is presented to erase the legacy of war, conflict, division and bickering to one for moving forward into a new era of peace, progress, development and prosperity. It would perhaps be no exaggeration to say that the BCIM involving Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar is one such historic...

Published Date: March 17, 2014
The RMG sector's defining year

The RMG sector's defining year

According to a recent report by World Bank, Bangladesh is an unpolished diamond. The country was able to reach such a new height riding on the thriving ready-made garment (RMG) industry over the three and half decades. The nation's economy was elevated from the poverty line to a sustainable growth rate due to a...

Published Date: March 17, 2014
Protecting the living environment of Dhaka metropolis

Protecting the living environment of Dhaka metropolis

In the new era of globalization we see that the cities are becoming the central hub of economic, political & financial activities. People are coming to the cities for opting better opportunities, looking for a better life. The increased population in the cities demands greater supply of housing, infrastructure and facilities. In order...

Published Date: March 17, 2014
Vision for the future

Vision for the future

Freedom is an inalienable right of humankind. Ever since man came on earth, the most insufferable crime man can commit against man is the subjugation of one tribe by another, the subjugation a country's citizens by kings, the forced slavery of people of subject countries, the colonizing of countries by the armed forces of powerful empires. Hannibal crossed the Alps to move against the Roman oppressors of Carthage, Spartacus, the Thracian slave, rose against Rome. In England King John was forced to sign the Magna Carta by the nobles subservient to him. In this continuing quest for freedom from oppression, the seeking of liberty, Robert Bruce went to war...

Published Date: March 17, 2014
Letter from Europe: My vision of Bangladesh in 2014

Letter from Europe: My vision of Bangladesh in 2014

I have been asked by my editor to write a piece on my vision of Bangladesh in 2014, in other words, what sort of Bangladesh I would like to see in the year that started a few days ago. Just so that the picture I am going to paint or the changes I expect...

Published Date: March 17, 2014
Spiritual essence in urban Dhaka

Spiritual essence in urban Dhaka

Urban lives and living pattern in Dhaka is shaped by the way this city is built. A city can have a spiritual aspect. Good practices of building and landscape design provide settings for the conduct of human life in harmony with the physical as well as metaphysical forces that reflect the spiritual dimension....

Published Date: March 17, 2014
Looking back over

Looking back over

Looking back over one's shoulder, since the emergence of independent Bangladesh in 1971 till now at 2014 – a span of 43 years – what have we achieved in our Science and Technology (S&T) sector? This is an important question for the policy makers, economic analyzers, industrialists and entrepreneurs, researchers and academics in...

Published Date: March 17, 2014
An Architect Mayor for Dhaka

An Architect Mayor for Dhaka

There may be only a few things harder than managing a city of 15 million people within 1500 sq. km area. Priorities like equity, engagement and environment get derailed in a reality where shortage of cash, motivation and honesty rules the day. As a city that regulary finds place in the list of...

Published Date: March 17, 2014
The Bangladesh We Want To See

The Bangladesh We Want To See

"As a media worker, I want to see the copyright law implemented properly in Bangladesh. Intellectual Property Rights should be well protected to its creators - be it in music, literature or even show concepts (TV/radio/stage/reality). It is time that intellectuals and creative people get their share of earnings." ALIF ALAUDDIN singer & Deputy Editor...

Published Date: March 17, 2014
This museum is not a building

This museum is not a building

The then City Mayor,a freedom fighter of our 1971 War of Liberation, Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka conceived with freedom fighters Habibul Alam Bir Pratik, Ishtiaq Aziz Ulfat and some others in 2005a museum building on the 23-plus acres of Dhaka's Osmani Udyan, named after Bangabir General M.A.G. Osmani, the Commander-in-Chief of all Bangladesh...

Published Date: March 17, 2014
Professionalism is the need of the hour

Professionalism is the need of the hour

The story goes that when David Beckham attended his first training session at Real Madrid following his transfer from Manchester United, he hit the showers straight after an intense morning of drills. Freshly bathed, Beckham emerged from the locker room to the sight of one hapless soul still out on the pitches practising one rudimentary drill over and over. The player would kick the ball up as high as he could and then seamlessly position himself under it to practice receiving it with the lightest of touches. Assuming that it was a youngster eager to make his mark on the Madrid hierarchy, Beckham went out to have a nice...

Published Date: March 17, 2014
Save the playgrounds, save the future

Save the playgrounds, save the future

Dhaka is a sprawling city of over 150 million. The hub of all financial, political, administrative and cultural activities of the country, this mega-city struggles to provide its citizens with many of the civic amenities, not the least of which is the opportunity for its children to engage in healthy sporting activity. Rapid...

Published Date: March 17, 2014
A bird's eye view of our sports policy

A bird's eye view of our sports policy

It shall be a fundamental responsibility of the State to attain, through planned economic growth, a constant increase of productive forces and a steady improvement in the material and cultural standard of living of the people, with a view to securing to its citizens,” is stated in Constitution of the People's Republic of...

Published Date: March 17, 2014
Cricket on a different level

Cricket on a different level

A cursory glance of the sporting landscape of Bangladesh will tell you that cricket, as organised sport, is head and shoulders above any other in the country. This is especially true for the time -- Bangladesh is hosting the Asia Cup for the second time in a row, and only three years after...

Published Date: March 17, 2014
On the verge of a revolution in IT-enabled Services

On the verge of a revolution in IT-enabled Services

Bangladesh is ushering in a new era not only in the IT-enabled Services (ITES) but also many others. Nationwide economic growth and social development are progressing at a pace we have never seen before. This rate of growth should continue or even increase because we have a great potential to see a massive...

Published Date: March 17, 2014
Digital villages for digital Bangladesh

Digital villages for digital Bangladesh

Present age is often referred to as information age and the society is called information society. The key to information age and information society is the use of digital technology, that is, information and communication technology (ICT), to the needs of the society. ICT plays the most significant role in changing, updating and...