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Healthcare inordinately expensive

WITH public healthcare being sorely inadequate, it is estimated that about 6.4million get poorer due to the excessive cost borne by them for medi-care from the private sector. This was revealed in a discussion by healthcare experts jointly organised by BRAC, ICDDR,B and PPRC. Despite the fact that Bangladesh has made great strides in healthcare where life expectancy in Bangladesh surpasses that of India and Pakistan and a lower mortality rate than either of those countries, the concept of...

Traits of politicians in Bangladesh

THE recently launched “The State of Governance in Bangladesh Report 2013” by BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD) aimed to understand the outcomes that democratic politics has delivered since the post 1990 period, when parliamentary democracy was re-introduced. In particular, there is an explicit focus on the role of political parties, because there is general concern that the democratic deficit observed is ultimately shaped by how political parties behave in our socio-political space.  Against this backdrop, one of...

State of governance, economy abnormal: Dr Kamal

State of governance, economy abnormal: Dr Kamal

The situation of governance and economy of the country is now “abnormal”, said Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain, urging for a constructive national dialogue to overcome the condition. “To institutionalise democracy, we need better education and the environment of the educational institutions ….. it is very much absent there,” he said. Dr Kamal, also...

Banks adopt global practice to avert fraud

Banks adopt global practice to avert fraud

Banks are going for a centralised banking system that has proved to be an effective method globally to reduce costs and credit and operational risks. Already four private banks -- Brac, Eastern, The City and the newly established NRB Bank -- have introduced the system. Of the foreign banks, HSBC, Standard Chartered and Citi have been following the system for a long time now. Frauds and forgeries get reduced in the centralised banking system because of strong monitoring and supervision, said Ali Reza Iftekhar, managing director of Eastern Bank. Under the centralised system, a bank manages its business and operations from the head office through a strong technological backbone. The traditional branch becomes...

I have limitations: Quader

I have limitations: Quader

Communications Minister Obaidul Quader today said he had to face "many limitations" while dealing with the roads and communications system. He however said he did not want talk about his limitations since he is a minister of a political government. The politics for vote is one of the main challenges in developing the country’s communications...

Brac USA raises $5m for RMG workers

Brac USA raises $5m for RMG workers

Brac USA, the North American affiliate of Brac, has announced a multi-year fundraising initiative to ensure that progress continues on humanitarian aid and support for workers in the country’s readymade garment industry. Based in Bangladesh the US chapter of the non-government organisation (NGO) in a press release today says it has already raised more...

Brac awards 24 journos, three media houses

Brac awarded 24 journalists from newspapers and three media houses yesterday for their contribution to raising awareness about tuberculosis and its treatment. The award ceremony was held in the capital's Brac Centre Inn yesterday, also World TB Day. Rashid-un-nabi Babu, joint editor of the daily Samakal, Shamsul Haque Zahid, deputy editor of Financial Express, and Shykh Seraj of Channel i received the awards on behalf of their media houses. The jury board selected the awardees based on reports published and/or screened in...

Students to get 21 lakh free internet hours from GP

Students to get 21 lakh free internet hours from GP

Grameenphone will provide 21 lakh free internet hours for schoolchildren in collaboration with development organisation Brac, starting February 21, International Mother Language Day. Under an initiative known as Internet for All, students of 250 schools will be able to use free internet at the Gonokendra, a multi-purpose community learning centre managed by Brac at...

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