Ashfaqur Rahman

Former Ambassador and commentator on current issues

January 31, 2016
January 31, 2016

Understanding earthquakes in Bangladesh

REMEMBER the early morning of January 4 this year, when we were jolted by an earthquake that scored a 6.7 on the Ritcher scale?

January 17, 2016
January 17, 2016

PM's expectations and people's hopes

How much difference can a year make? Not much really. Perhaps it is incremental only when some economic indices fluctuate either up

January 3, 2016
January 3, 2016

Who leads the world in 2016?

As we step into 2016, the big question that spooks thinkers, political scientists and the common man is this: who leads the world? For

December 27, 2015
December 27, 2015

The changing face of Bangladesh

As the sun starts setting on 2015, it is perhaps time to give a look at how well Bangladesh fared economically this year. The country

December 13, 2015
December 13, 2015

The American ideal and Donald Trump

DONALD Trump, one of the several Republican party candidates vying for the next US presidency, is in trouble.

November 29, 2015
November 29, 2015

Is China's growth slowing?

Remember Churchill's description of China? He said that China is 'a riddle wrapped in an enigma'. What an apt characterisation which

November 22, 2015
November 22, 2015

Nepal in a straitjacket

A curious situation has been developing on the international border between two South Asian neighbours – both of whom are

November 15, 2015
November 15, 2015

Aung Suu Kyi's next round

In a rare interview recently, Myanmar's commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing told the BBC that the military will not step back from

November 1, 2015
November 1, 2015

The emerging positives of Bangladesh

Recently, the well-known Boston Consulting Group wrote a piece entitled 'Bangladesh – the surging consumer market nobody saw

August 23, 2015
August 23, 2015

Hello mayors, we are still waiting

Do you know the five triggers for happiness? Research shows that exercise, good sleep, shorter commutes, positive relationships with