Abu Afsarul Haider

April 27, 2019
April 27, 2019

Ending child marriage is good economics

Recently, I came across a news report that is quite shocking and concerning. A UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) study reveals

April 9, 2019
April 9, 2019

What the rising GDP and per capita income are not telling us

On April 4, 2019, the World Bank presented its latest economic forecast that Bangladesh's economy will grow at 7.3 percent in the

March 20, 2019
March 20, 2019

'Women hold up half the sky'

Women in Bangladesh have made their mark in multiple fields, from the farms to the peak of the Himalayas, from the sports arena to high-tech jobs, from the handicrafts industry to the Gono Bhaban.

March 2, 2019
March 2, 2019

'Demographic dividend' could turn into a 'demographic disaster'

Bangladesh has a fairly young population with 34 percent aged 15 and younger and just five percent aged 65 and older. At present, more than 65 percent of our population is of working age, between...

February 6, 2019
February 6, 2019

Checking capital flight before it is too late

In a recently published report by the Washington-based research institute Global Financial Integrity (GFI), Bangladesh has been ranked second in South Asia in terms of illicit outflows of money.

January 26, 2019
January 26, 2019

Rohingya - A people not wanted anywhere

According to media reports, the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) took back 31 stranded Rohingyas from the no-man's land in the India-Bangladesh border near Brahmanbaria after a five-day impasse

January 15, 2019
January 15, 2019

Getting out of the poverty trap through education

Students of primary and secondary grades began the new year with sheer happiness on their faces after getting free new textbooks in their hands. The programme initiated by the government since 2010...

December 11, 2018
December 11, 2018

From 'basket case' to 'development model'

In 1971, when Bangladesh emerged from the War of Liberation, many doubted that the country could survive as an independent state but today, 47 years later, those doubts have been put to rest.

November 17, 2018
November 17, 2018

The problem with our tax system

On November 13, 2018 at the inaugural programme of the weeklong Income Tax Fair, Finance Minister AMA Muhith wondered why only one crore people pay taxes as the number could easily be four crore.

October 30, 2018
October 30, 2018

When values are dispensable

When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts,” said the world-renowned Tibetan leader Dalai Lama. Bangladesh today has a huge youth population, and they are our...