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  • Rohingya negotiations through the lens of ‘game theory’

    The Rohingya population in Bangladesh continues to grow. There are now over one million Rohingyas living in Bangladesh, and with each passing year, their number is increasing by approximately 20,000.

  • The proposed budget and its impact on vulnerable groups

    In the proposed budget for fiscal year 2019-20, the government plans to spend Tk 74,367 crore, or 14.21 percent of the total expenditure, for social safety net programmes (SSNPs).

  • Why are bumper crops such a headache for Bangladesh?

    A bumper crop used to be good news for Bangladesh in the past. For farmers who have to wait for almost four to six months after the sowing season before they can see the fruits of their labour,

  • Elevating the rank of Dhaka University

    The Dhaka University Alumni Association of New England (DUAANE) organised a seminar in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA on February 24, 2019 to discuss and debate the low standing of Dhaka University in the global academic arena.

  • Are vested interests influencing our economic policies?

    Is Bangladesh heading in the direction where a few at the top control all the levers of power? A story published in this newspaper voices concerns about the harmful effects of influence-peddling at the highest levels of government in Bangladesh.

  • Why do bombs fall on the hungry poor?

    In Angola, an oil-rich country in Africa, over 2.3 million people are now on the brink of starvation due to drought. In Yemen, the United Nations warned that 13 million people are facing the prospect of famine.

  • US Central Bank fights back executive manipulation

    If you live in the US, it is hard to miss the ongoing tug of war between the White House and the US central bank, The Federal Reserve System (the Fed).

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    Garment workers' struggle to find affordable housing

    The garments industry plays a crucial role in our economy. The welfare of the 4.2 million workers in this industry is vital for our achievement of middle-income status.

  • Linking inequality to social unrest: Can UN turn the tables?

    In a speech at the 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) on March 6, 2019 in Geneva, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet spoke forcefully for combating inequalities in income and wealth.

  • Facebook, please change your business model!

    Facebook, please change your business model!

    Facebook is one of the largest technology companies in the world. However, the year 2018 was not the best one for Facebook,

  • Rethinking Poverty

    Why redefining the 'poverty line' is necessary

    As the new government in Bangladesh seeks to implement some of the promises it made during the last election campaign, this is an opportune moment for us to review some of our collective aspirations.

  • Some thoughts on RMG wages and the Spice Girls T-shirts controversy

    The wage level in Bangladesh's ready-made garments (RMG) sector has been the subject of a recent controversy with multiple participants: a British peer, a Bangladeshi-American scholar, the all-girls band Spice Girls of the UK, and two newspapers in the UK and Bangladesh.

  • Lessons from recent industrial disasters

    The costs of industrialisation are many. Human beings, wildlife, nature, the environment, and future generations often pay the price.

  • China and its recent technology problem

    Nowadays, hardly a day goes by without another news of Chinese technology companies running into trouble in North America,

  • How southern California fared amidst the recently lifted US government shutdown

    The US is currently in the midst of a semi-political crisis. The so-called “partial government shutdown” was put on a temporary hold on Friday as the Congress and the White House resume their negotiations over funding for a border wall.

  • The challenges to ensure safe water for all

    The Awami League Election Manifesto 2018 promises that many of the modern civic amenities I enjoy in Dhaka city or my ancestral home in Sylhet's Darga Mahallah will be available in every village.

  • Challenges in implementing the new government's manifesto

    Manifesto implementation main challenge”. Thus read the headline on the online edition of The Daily Star on January 7. It quoted the General Secretary of Awami League (AL) talking to reporters at Bangabhaban after the oath-taking ceremony of cabinet ministers.

  • Some unfinished business from last year

    Every year, around this time, I get the urge to write a column on the global economy or the outlook for the new year.

  • A mixed message from Poland

    From all accounts, it appears that COP24, the recently concluded climate summit held in Katowice, Poland, was a mixed success.

  • The urgent need for reforms at WTO

    The next biennial meeting of WTO's ministerial council will be held in June 2020 in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan.

  • A bonanza for the gaming industry during Christmas

    On December 11, the British Parliament will vote on a draft Brexit agreement which the government negotiated with the EU recently.

  • Home is not safe for women

    World Economic Forum's website had a headline saying “Why home is the least safe place to be a woman” as an introduction to a new report by the United Nations which chronicles widespread domestic violence and abuse perpetrated by husbands, current or former intimate partners or boyfriends, and lovers.

  • What's at stake?

    This week's G20 Summit to be held in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, will be keenly observed across the globe for several reasons. First, it comes amidst an ongoing trade war between US and China that appears to be getting out of hand and can be resolved only by direct intervention by its leaders.

  • Imran Khan and his 'Twitter War' with Trump

    Barely three months after he assumed the position of Pakistan's premiership, Imran Khan is fighting on many fronts to shore up the economy and overcome its financial troubles.

  • What if US withdraws from WTO!

    The US threatened on several occasions in recent years to walk out from the World Trade Organization (WTO), an intergovernmental organisation that regulates international trade.

  • Twin tragedies in California

    The gigantic headline printed across the entire front page of the Los Angeles Times on November 10, 2018, all in capital letters, was meant to grab the attention of the readers.

  • Election Day on the West Coast

    I voted in the recently concluded midterm elections early in my home state before I boarded the flight to Los Angeles. It's a family trip, but there was an added incentive for me too.

  • How do uncertain global events affect Bangladesh?

    My last column “Uncer-tainty and volatility in the coming years,” published on October 27, elicited some interesting feedback on social media.

  • Uncertainty and volatility in the coming years

    As the year 2018 gradually inches towards the finish line, there are many concerns about the next year. Is economic growth going to be as good as the last?

  • Call it carbon tax, fee, or dividend!

    Human consump-tion of fossil fuel is a significant contributor to climate change. Economists have for ages been advocating for a tax on carbon emissions to combat air pollution. The tax, popularly known as “carbon tax”, is levied on products that emit carbon and is one of the measures adopted by many countries to reduce the consumption of fossil fuel in an effort to address the threat of climate change.

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