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7th Five Year Plan

Include service-led growth

IN this era of globalization, when a poor harvest of corn in Mexico or wheat in Ukraine can potentially result in economic turbulence in Bangladesh, preparing a long-term plan is a very daunting task. It is always easy to plan something when things are in order and potential risks are predictable. With growing integration with the rest of the world, most of the risks that a domestic economy may face are unanticipated. This makes the implementation even harder. Despite these...

Indian territory won't be used against Bangladesh, Dhaka to seek assurance from Delhi

Indian territory won't be used against Bangladesh, Dhaka to seek assurance from Delhi

Bangladesh will seek reassurance from India that its territory will not be used against Bangladesh during the third Bangladesh-India Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) meeting to be held in New Delhi on Saturday. “Surely, India will also have to give us this assurance. We’ll surely seek it. Let me go there and discuss. I’ll tell you more once I get back home,” Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali said. Before leaving for New Delhi this morning, the foreign minister was addressing a pre-departure press conference at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka this morning. Bangladesh also expects that India would not allow their soil against Bangladesh as the country cleared its position regarding the...

Editor's Note

UNITE to stop this crime

This is not to push the panic button. But as studies suggest, chemicals are recklessly and deliberately added to most of our food items making them harmful, and sometimes fatally so.  Slowly but surely, we're poisoning ourselves, day after day. The government sometimes wakes up to the reality after media reports. Some fruits are destroyed, traders fined and then the government goes back to sleep and the whole affair goes into oblivion, as the media change focus. Sadly and strangely too,...




Pinaki Roy and Shahtub Siddique Anik Gazi Shahab Uddin, a retired government employee, has lived his life. He now worries about his family, especially his six-year-old grandchild. In his youth, food adulteration meant, at best, watering down milk or tampering with mustard oil. But now almost every food item, from rice to candies, is either adulterated or tainted with toxic chemicals. The more the grandfather learns about food adulteration from media reports, the more helpless he feels. What will his grandchild eat? What is the future of the next generation? “There is no food item that can be served without hesitation,” said Shahab Uddin, a resident of Monipuripara in Dhaka and a regular...

Why adulterate food, fruit

Profit, more profit

Profit, more profit

Helemul Alam and Jamil Mahmud with Robin Gazi It is mainly the wholesalers who are to blame for food adulteration. If not at equal level, growers and producers are also indulging in such unlawful and criminal activities. Not many retailers use chemicals like formalin and calcium carbide in food items, but they all know which...


PESTICIDES USEd 15 times the limit

PESTICIDES USEd 15 times the limit

Porimol Palma with Suhas Shankar Chowdhury Apart from the pervasive adulteration of food, excessive use of pesticides, often of below par quality, in the cultivation phase poses serious threats to human health. A new study finds that almost one-third of the pesticides used in farming vegetables and fruits in the country are substandard. This is forcing...


Our UN experience . . .

FORTY years ago, the People's Republic of Bangladesh made its entry into the United Nations as its newest member-state. The event was not only a reaffirmation of the country's determination to play an active role in the international community as a sovereign nation but also an acknowledgement by the global body  that the aspirations of seventy five million people, as Bangladesh's population was at the time, could not be ignored. Bangladesh's arrival at the UN was not a sudden event....


Foreign Minister's visit to New Delhi

ON 19th September, Bangladesh Foreign Minister A.H. Mahmood Ali leaves for New Delhi to attend the third meeting of Bangladesh–India Joint Consultative Commission with his counterpart.  This will be the first visit of Bangladesh Foreign Minister to New Delhi after BJP formed the government last May in india. The meeting of the Joint Consultative Commission is likely to take place under the Indo-Bangladesh Framework Agreement on Cooperation for Development signed on 6th September 2011. The purpose of the meeting led...

Tigers battle for survival

Tigers battle for survival

Having been set an improbable target of 489 runs yesterday, survival will be the key for Bangladesh's batsman for the rest of the second Test at the Beausejour Stadium in St Lucia. In their bid to achieve their target the Tigers reached a 114 for 2 at tea on day 4 yesterday. After the...

17th Asian Games Incheon 2014

'Incheon wickets to suit BD spinners'

Bangladesh's hopes of winning gold medals in the Asian Games centres mostly around cricket and the last edition's gold medallists are expected to get familiar pitches in Incheon. The seven newly-laid pitches at the Yeonhui Cricket Ground, which are only six months old, tend to offer low but even bounce and turn for the spinners, according to Badiul Alam Khokon, the former curator of Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium who is now in charge of preparing the pitches here. "The pitches at Yeonhui...

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