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  • Rainy weather in Bangladesh

    Rain Harvesting: Our only means of survival

    Our rivers are drying up because all the upper riparian countries are diverting water away from our rivers causing acute shortage of water and desertification. The day is not far off when we will have no water in the rivers. All the bilateral and international efforts to solve the problem are bearing no fruit.

  • Human rights violations in Myanmar's Rakhine State

    Agreement on Rohingya Crisis: Misses the central issue of citizenship

    As long as the West continues to control the United Nations, with Russia and China aiding and abetting them, there is little chance that the United Nations will be able to live up to its charter.

  • Bangladesh diversifies

    Manufacturing in Bangladesh has for the last 30 years been defined by the readymade garment (RMG) industry—and for good reason. The nearly 7,000 RMG facilities in Bangladesh produce 16 percent of all manufactured goods and employ 55 percent of all workers in the manufacturing sector.

  • Truth is not a smear campaign

    On July 28, 2016, The Daily Star reported the release of the International Telecommunication Union's ICT Development Index that showed that Bangladesh had the lowest Internet penetration in South Asia, with just 14.40 percent of the population having connectivity to Internet.

  • Has it lived up to the expectations?

    Nine years ago this month, the RTI Act 2009 of Bangladesh was born. It came at a time when the entire nation was filled with a deep sense of relief and hope for change and reforms.

  • Questioning the role of parents

    As with global warming, Bangladesh has not contributed to the rise of global terrorism anymore than it has contributed to formulating or debating over the definition of “terrorism” itself. Nonetheless, the country is saddled with the spill-over consequences of this crisis, one being the rise of “posh” militants as apparent from the backgrounds of the Gulshan attackers who broke our traditional belief that the root of terrorism lies in poverty, poor education, and madrasas.

  • Toward Great Dhaka: Seize the golden opportunity

    Had you looked across Shanghai's Huangpu River from west to east in the 1980s, you would mostly have seen farmland dotted with a few scattered buildings.

  • A visit beyond usual trappings

    Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh's first official visit to Bangladesh was meant for the sixth edition of the home minister-level meeting.

  • Is the Bangladesh Labour Act only for factory workers?

    While shopping in or passing by your neighbourhood grocery store, have you ever thought about the working hours of the shopkeepers? You have probably seen them opening the shops early in the morning and then closing the shops late at night.

  • When populism reigns supreme

    Raleigh, North Carolina. In the mixed neighbourhood of Oakwood in this capital city of the state of North Carolina, where this writer was on a visit recently, in a front-yard among the myrtle grove, a handwritten poster hung with the words:

  • Skilled workforce is RMG's future

    It is well-known that the minimum wage of Bangladesh's garment workers is one of the lowest in the world, but what is less well-known and discussed far less often, is that the productivity of the sector is also the lowest among apparel producing nations, largely due to the fact that Bangladeshi workers lag behind other nations in skills and suffer from a lack of skill development opportunities and facilities.

  • Solution lies in local gas, not imported LNG

    Bangladesh enters a new era of energy use as it starts importing liquified natural gas (LNG) beginning in July in order to solve the prevailing gas crisis.

  • Indiscriminate use of drugs: An emerging health concern?

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, the 19th-century American writer, physician, and dean of Harvard Medical School, once said, “If all the medicine in the world were thrown into the sea, it would be bad for the fish and good for humanity.

  • Professor Abdul Karim: Remembering a great historian

    Abdul Karim was born in Banshkhali, Chittagong on June 1, 1928. He passed his school final in 1944 and intermediate in 1946 from Islamic Intermediate College, currently Haji Muhammad Mohsin College.

  • Prognosis of polls in Pakistan

    As one heads towards the elections in Pakistan on July 25, the main question in concerned minds is whether Imran Khan, the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), is going to be Pakistan's next prime minister.

  • Barisal set on a collision course as old meets new

    As we cruised into the Kirtankhola River near Barisal, the sun had just begun to rise. A faint outline of a long line of trees and structures appeared on the horizon. It was a welcome sight after a night in what seemed like the middle of nowhere, sailing through mile after mile of unknown waters.

  • Circular fashion: Why and how Bangladesh could take the lead

    In the month of May, I was invited to represent Bangladesh at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit in Denmark. The Copenhagen Fashion Summit is the most influential summit on sustainability in the fashion world. More than 2,500 international visitors and more than 100 thought leaders discussed the challenges that the fashion sector and the value chain associated face today.

  • How can we get women to stay in the workforce?

    Eliminating economic hurdles to encourage women's participation in the workforce remains at the heart of any economy's development agenda.

  • The case of prestige in higher education

    No sooner had the results for the Higher Secondary and School Certificate (HSC) examination been published that strong deliberation regarding the problems and prospects of further education after HSC sprang up. Major print and electronic media covered the news giving utmost priority to the said issue.

  • Addressing mental health: Lessons from Toronto

    Toronto is a city which wholeheartedly accepts inclusivity, diversity and progressive thought as the foundational norms of its everyday journey. This Canadian cosmopolitan city posits a wide array of multicultural settings—from the famous Danforth-Victoria Park region which houses a high number of Bangladeshi immigrants, to the globally acclaimed financial district in Downtown Toronto.

  • The real scenario of internet access

    The present government has taken significant initiatives in setting the right vision and formulating policies and action plans for transforming the country into “Digital Bangladesh”. The focused government initiatives have resulted in an accelerated pace of growth of internet users, which in the last four years have more than doubled from 38 million (June 2014) to 88 million (June 2018). This is a tremendous achievement by any standard.

  • The New World Disorder: We must learn to live with it

    A fundamental law of physics, also applicable to the social sciences, is that everything in nature is in a state of flux. The sage Heraclitus had said we never step into the same river twice.

  • What is holding us back?

    With most public universities already fixing dates for admission tests after the publication of this year's HSC examination results, the battle of admission seekers for getting a seat at their desired university is about to begin.

  • Ensuring labour rights can tackle human trafficking

    Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent every year on counter trafficking efforts, mostly on investigation and criminal prosecution, raids to "rescue" irregular migrants and sex workers who are thought to be potential victims and trainings to raise awareness among those who might possibly experience or encounter human trafficking.

  • Teen upsurge for road safety

    Last week the teens of Bangladesh have written a new chapter for the annals of the democratic struggle of the country.

  • From inside Barisal, glimpses of the future of leadership?

    For all the talk about change, the history of modern-day Bangladesh is a cautionary tale for anyone who thinks that politics is an instrument of change and democracy a deliverer of justice. Bangladesh flirts with the idea of change but seeks accommodation with the status quo.

  • The world cannot afford a full-scale trade war

    The idea of globalisation and free trade has gained prominence in the world over the past three decades. Despite some limitations, globalisation and free trade regime are seen as beneficial for economic development, poverty reduction, and enhanced integration among countries.

  • For further growth of our RMG

    Since its foundation, the Bangladesh Ready-Made Garment (RMG) sector has enjoyed rapid expansion, reaching an audience of international buyers and contributing to 83 percent of per annum exports, employing some 4.4 million people, and contributing over USD 32 billion to the economy.

  • Protecting the students' best interests

    I remember I was in the classroom of a high school in a small district of Bangladesh when several students appeared at the door, and sought permission from our teacher to say a few words before everyone.

  • Cities are changing faster than you think

    When infrastructure for cities are built, they are built with the aim that they will sustain for at least three to four decades down the road. In the meantime, cities change in terms of technologies or service systems.