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New Year Special 2014
The Year Mired In Political Violence

Published Date: January 1, 2014
The Year Mired In Political Violence

The dawn of a new year is more a time for reflection than one of unqualified celebration. The passage of a year rings out an advent of the new with a tenor of novelty and fresh hope for the future. That way, it is traditionally greeted on an auspicious note. But in essence,...

  

Published Date: January 1, 2014
Tour de horizon-2013

Tour de horizon-2013

The coldest spell in 45 years that we experienced in January was offset by the heat generated by acrimonious politics that lasted the year with the prospect of spillover in the next. In 2013 the country endured the aftermaths of the biggest disaster in the RMG sector. Rana Plaza in Savar, that housed...

Published Date: January 1, 2014
International War Crimes Tribunal: A performance review

International War Crimes Tribunal: A performance review

It was January 29, 2009, in the maiden sitting of the 9th Parliament, albeit in the absence of the main opposition BNP, a resolution was passed calling on the government to ensure immediate trial of the war criminals. Planning Minister A.K. Khandaker, who was the deputy chief of staff of the Liberation Forces,...

Published Date: January 1, 2014
Amended Information Technology and Communication Act

Amended Information Technology and Communication Act

The Information Technology & Communication Act, 2006 has been amended by an Ordinance on 20 August 2013, and subsequently passed as law on 9 October 2013 by the Parliament. With a few significant changes, the Act of 2006 remains unchanged with all its discrepancies. Therefore, the understanding of the original Act of 2006...

Published Date: January 1, 2014
Year of shrinking democratic space, violence and disenfranchisement

Year of shrinking democratic space, violence and disenfranchisement

2013 in all likelihood will be remembered as the year that was marked by steady erosion of civil and political rights of the citizens of Bangladesh and that ended with them being disenfranchised by the political leadership.  It is the year that has seen the widening of the chasm between the State and...

Published Date: January 1, 2014
A year of stunted labour and remittance flow

A year of stunted labour and remittance flow

Labour migration is one of three important sectors that are contributing immensely towards achieving the dream of Bangladesh to transform itself into a middle income country -- readymade garments and the services are the other two. Both male and female migrant workers contribute to the economy of Bangladesh by sending remittances. They also bring...

Published Date: January 1, 2014
'Shahbagh Protest': Spirit, identity and justice

'Shahbagh Protest': Spirit, identity and justice

Ganajagaran Mancha has been on the street for the last eleven months with their demand for capital punishment of the convicted war criminals, ban of the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami party from politics and boycott of institutions affiliated with the party. It started on February 5, 2013, when thousands of people stormed Shahbagh Square to...

Published Date: January 1, 2014
Society At Large

Society At Large

                         

Published Date: January 1, 2014
Bangladesh garments: Crisis and challenges

Bangladesh garments: Crisis and challenges

Bangladesh garments, the US$20 billion industry and the largest export earning sector of the country, have gone through very difficult time in 2013. The year began with the wound of horrific fire on 23 November 2012, which turned more than one hundred workers along with the factory into ashes. The factory, owned by...

Published Date: January 1, 2014
The economy: Looking back and moving forward

The year 2013 has been one of the extraordinary years for Bangladesh in the recent past. As was the case during the last year of most of the democratically elected governments, this year also has experienced intense political unrest combined with intense violence that aims to oust the government. The party in power has been stubborn not to give in to the pressure of the opposition party and continue till the last day of its tenure. As the present government...

Published Date: January 1, 2014
Year In Economy

Year In Economy

                  

Published Date: January 1, 2014
Primary energy supply challenges for power

Primary energy supply challenges for power

Power Secretary led a high level government delegation to Malaysia on 16 December 2013 to sign an MoU for carrying out works for formation of a joint venture (JV) company between Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) and Malaysian State Owned power company Tenaga National Bhd. to develop a coal fired power plant of...

Published Date: January 1, 2014
Rooppur needs professional management

Rooppur needs professional management

Rooppur nuclear power project (RNPP) was conceived more than fifty years ago. With time, only the size of the plant expanded and volumes of feasibility reports piled up while the nuclear reactors remained on the drawing board. At present, another feasibility report is under preparation to build two 1000 MWe nuclear reactors with...

Published Date: January 1, 2014
Sunderbans in the firing line

Sunderbans in the firing line

  Coal-fired power plants are prodigious polluter of the environment and toxic terror for the people living nearby. Besides greenhouse gases and particulate matter, they produce a host of toxic pollutants – lead, mercury, cadmium, zinc and arsenic, cobalt, manganese and trace amounts of uranium, carbon monoxide, fly ash, bottom ash and volatile organic...

Published Date: January 1, 2014
Climate change and Bangladesh

Climate change and Bangladesh

The last 12 months have seen some important events and actions regarding climate change both globally as well as in Bangladesh. The article will review some of the key events and activities over the last year and point to important upcoming events. Science of climate change The most significant development on the science of climate...

Published Date: January 1, 2014
Those We Lost

Those We Lost

                                             

Published Date: January 1, 2014
International roundup

International roundup

We have just bid farewell to an eventful year. Since time is a continuum, let us look back for a while and reflect how some events of the past year will impact the New Year. Changes in leadership of countries, conflicts within and between nations, natural disasters, the passing away of some leaders...

Published Date: January 1, 2014
Bangladesh and the evolving balance of power in the Indian Ocean

Bangladesh and the evolving balance of power in the Indian Ocean

Notwithstanding the end of Cold War, naval power still tends to be a reckonable factor in the maritime geo-strategic domain. Naval power renders two vital advantages, an edge on warfare or exercise of power - at the least, the threat to use it and the domination of crucial Sea Line of Communication (SLOC)....

Published Date: January 1, 2014
International Politics

International Politics

                               

Published Date: January 1, 2014
Bilateral Relations

Bilateral Relations

                     

Published Date: January 1, 2014
Corruption – Towards kleptocratic state capture

Corruption – Towards kleptocratic state capture

2013 was a year of lost opportunity in terms of prospect of corruption control, and in fact, much more. It was a year of blatant denials in the face of credible allegations of high profile corruption. Corruption continued to cause huge loss to the economy and unbearable burden to the common people.  We...

Published Date: January 1, 2014
Achievements

Achievements

                                                         

Published Date: January 1, 2014
Year In Culture

Year In Culture

                             

Published Date: January 1, 2014
Year In Sports

Year In Sports

                                 

Published Date: January 1, 2014
Fragile state of democracy exposed

Fragile state of democracy exposed

Political developments, some might say deterioration in the political situation, in 2013 look all set to gift us a one-sided general election, exposing the fragile state of our democracy. The January 5 election, which was mired in controversy, will in no way be acceptable to the people of Bangladesh or the international community. The...

Published Date: January 1, 2014
Religious extremism in Bangladesh

Religious extremism in Bangladesh

Taking advantage of the current political deadlock, Islamist parties have had a field day last year. They are now offering Islamic Khilafat as a viable alternative to the democratic order. The more the mainstream political leaders indulge in corruption, nepotism and mendacity, the more the Islamists are becoming vocal to present themselves as...

Published Date: January 1, 2014
Year In Politics

Year In Politics