Md Asaduz Zaman

Reporter, The Daily Star

August 17, 2022
August 17, 2022

Cement industry in a bind

Cement makers are passing tough times amidst a decline in demand from public construction in tune with the government’s austerity measures and sluggish private initiatives on building homes and other facilities for inflation.

August 15, 2022
August 15, 2022

Rural road project set to miss deadline

Though four of its five stipulated years have already elapsed, a Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) project on developing 2,210 kilometres of rural roads has witnessed the completion of only a third of its core task. 

August 14, 2022
August 14, 2022

Demographic dividend: Are we letting it pass us by?

Bangladesh is wasting its once-in-a-lifetime window of demographic dividend --  the economic growth potential that can result from a peak in working-age people -- due to its inability to create jobs.

August 3, 2022
August 3, 2022

Realtors go slow in taking up new projects

Real estate companies in Bangladesh are cautiously taking up new projects as the war in Ukraine, the strain on foreign currency reserves, the dollar shortage, runaway inflation and higher construction costs have cemented worries that sales of flats might slow in the coming months.

August 1, 2022
August 1, 2022
ICT

Tk 236cr project to roll out 5G by next year

The government is finally moving ahead with a project to roll out fifth-generation (5G) mobile internet services through state-run network provider Teletalk, according to officials of the planning ministry.

July 28, 2022
July 28, 2022

Slow progress in BREB solar pump project

A project undertaken by Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB) to install 2,000 solar-powered irrigation pumps has been advancing at a snail’s pace. 

July 25, 2022
July 25, 2022

Project to build fire service stations in slow lane

On July 9 last year, a massive fire raged through a juice-making factory in Narayanganj, killing at least 52 people. And the whole nation witnessed how firefighters struggled to bring the blaze under control.  

July 20, 2022
July 20, 2022

Use of concrete blocks in public construction still low

The progress in using concrete blocks instead of bricks for all public development projects has been sluggish as government agencies have made little efforts in this regard due to lax monitoring by the relevant authorities, according to experts.

July 6, 2022
July 6, 2022

Now toiletries dearer too: Prices steadily increase

Amid rising prices of food essentials and other basic necessities, the recent hike in prices of toiletries and other homecare products has added a new burden for people. 

June 26, 2022
June 26, 2022

Forex reserves took no hit from Padma Bridge

In 2012, when the government decided to construct the Padma Bridge using its own resources, many economists feared that Bangladesh’s foreign currency reserves would take a big hit.