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  • Bringing more people under the tax net

    The finance minister recently stated that it is the government’s intention to bring 10 million people under the tax net.

  • A quarter of Dhaka’s wetlands gone

    At the end of April, at a joint conference that included Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers’ Association (BELA), Bangladesh Institute of Planners (BIP), Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) and other groups came together to share the findings of a study spanning the last nine years on how there has been a systematic degradation of Dhaka’s overall environment to benefit business.

  • Illegal dam construction: The problem is not with laws but with their implementation

    The lead item in the front page of The Daily Star on April 28 tells the story of a steel factory that has constructed a makeshift dam on a stream bordering the Jangal-Bashbaria reserve forest in Sitakunda.

  • Running out of landfills

    As we urbanise at record speed, urban waste is being generated in massive quantities. The problem of course is that the two landfills serving the capital have nearly reached their limit.

  • A saga of non-compliance

    Less than two days after the devastating fire that gutted FR Tower in Banani, city residents woke up to find the DNCC kitchen market had been burnt to the ground.

  • Time to improve our logistics potential

    A new global report titled “Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index” unveiled a week ago ranks Bangladesh at 39th position out of 50

  • Chawkbazar Fire tragedy

    Chawkbazar Fire: Confusing comments may compromise findings

    According to a report published in this paper on February 24, an industries ministry probe committee has claimed that it found no evidence of a chemical factory or warehouse in the vicinity of the Chawkbazar fire.

  • How to make development inclusive

    The Centre for Policy Dialogue's (CPD) recent seminar on February 10 brought together policymakers, both present and past, development practitioners and educationists and the focus of the talk was how to achieve inclusive growth.

  • Economic diversification key to creating new jobs

    As per a report published in The Daily Star on February 4, job creation target under the government's draft report, the Seventh Five

  • Protein feed ban must stay

    The poultry industry is keen to have the government lift the recent ban on import and sale of meat and bone meal (MBM), a protein concentrate that is used as feed for chickens.

  • The poverty we choose to ignore

    All the focus of late has been on Bangladesh's upcoming graduation from the group of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to the

  • Can we live up to that ranking?

    According to a new analysis published by the Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR), a UK-based Research firm, the country is set to become the 24th largest economy over the next 15 years.

  • Transhipment via India: What has changed?

    As per a report published in this paper on January 7, Bangladeshi RMG shipment to Europe will be expedited with the “introduction of transhipment facility from Kolkata's Netaji International Airport on a pilot basis.”

  • RMG in 2018 and what lies ahead

    According to a research study published by Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh (PRI), the ready-made garments (RMG) sector has the potential to earn Bangladesh an additional USD 17.4 billion using its existing export capacity.

  • It was long overdue

    Improving workers' health in the biggest sector of the economy, i.e. readymade garments (RMG) has been on the cards for some time now.

  • China's march towards electric vehicles

    The world is still playing catch up with China when it comes to electric vehicles (EVs). According to the Forbes magazine, Chinese manufacturers produced and sold 770,000 EVs in 2017, which is a jump of about 53 percent over 2016.

  • We have wind for power

    The American National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has found that we have potential pockets of wind that can be used to make energy.

  • Will the Iran sanctions work?

    Last month, a flotilla of ships carrying more than 20 million barrels of Iranian oil headed off to China's north-eastern Dalian port in a bid to stave off the impending US sanctions that just came into effect on November 4.

  • Death by water

    Four-year-old Sohel (not his real name) used to live in a small village in Sherpur. A bundle of energy, he was the apple of everyone's eyes in his family.

  • Moving away from coal isn't easy

    Environm-entalists will disagree, but dependence on coal for energy is increasing, not decreasing in Asia. Back in the late '40s, climate change hadn't set in and economic realities dictated establishment of an industrial base at the cost of the environment in countries like China and India—major consumers of coal for energy.

  • How safe is the water we drink?

    Seventy-five million Bangladeshis are at risk of contracting the most serious diseases because they are drinking unsafe water, where 13 percent of the populace is exposed to arsenic-poisoning.

  • 'Greening' the RMG sector

    A study recently presented at a dialogue was titled “Environmental compliance opportunities in the Bangladeshi readymade garments industry: Lessons from the green high-achievers,”

  • Cyber security readiness in banks

    A recent survey titled “IT security of banks in Bangladesh: threats and preparedness” carried out by the Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management (BIBM) paints a rather dismal picture of certain banks and their ability to combat cyber threats.

  • Who will run our energy sector?

    The latest edition of Energy & Power magazine has covered a very important aspect of the country's power and energy sector.

  • A loan defaulting epidemic: Over two lakh privileged institutions!

    The informa-tion disclosed by the finance minister in parliament this month, as a response to a question by a member of parliament, is quite an eye opener.

  • The allure of Europe

    Last year, the international media was awash with reports that a significant number of illegal migrants headed to Europe were Bangladeshis.

  • Mystery of the disappearing coal

    The Barapukuria coal mine debacle continues to generate considerable interest in media and not without reason.

  • BRT: An excellent idea gone haywire

    One of the major communications projects, the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT), an excellent idea that was supposed to facilitate the movement of large numbers of people with ease in and around the capital city has been in limbo for the last six years.

  • Recycled plastic for roads

    The idea of using discarded plastic to build roads was brought to fruition by a company called VolkerWessels in 2015. But the country where roads are now being built with this new technology is India. Indeed, the man who made it possible was Dr Rajagopalan Vasudevan...

  • Home textile industry in the red—again!

    Last year the Bangladesh Terry Towel & Linen Manufacturers & Exporters' Association (BTTLMEA) wanted the government to stop the export of cotton waste so that raw materials become available for production.

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