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  • Surviving in a world of speed

    Fashion is perhaps the most dynamic industry of this modern age. We are living in an era of fast fashion where trends come and go, and where product is being regarded more and more as a disposable item. Speed is taking over all aspects of the fashion supply chain and many of the everyday features of life, in particular with regard to the way the consumer communicates.

  • Quota reform: Beyond the demands

    The suggestion of the parliamentary public administration standing committee members for a “logical reform” to the existing quota system in the civil service system should be considered as a positive step towards the resolution of the ongoing debate on the quota system.

  • A many splendoured thing

    The importance of love has never been greater. Our world is wracked with violence, stress, indiscipline and diminishing resources. Exploitation, intolerance and domination abound. What the world needs is a thorough immersion in this uplifting, peace-engendering and unifying emotion.

  • How Bangladeshi women can power change through innovation

    For a very long time, innovation and creativity endowed with intellectual property rights (IPRs)—patents, trademarks, geographical indications (GI), industrial designs, copyrights, etc.—have been powering change through ownership, reward and compensation. New products or new ways of doing things along with new forms of original artistic expressions are the result of such innovation and creativity.

  • Harnessing the fourth industrial revolution

    As a telecommunications company we are in the centre of technological change and rebirth—every year we are having to adapt to new changes and expand our services to accommodate the new reality. However, the changes we are witnessing could potentially have significant impact on every industry, big or small, and tip the very basis of society.

  • The need for policies on knowledge transfer

    Ever since Kissinger branded Bangladesh a basket case, development aid and its practitioners have flocked here as it became a testing ground for fine-tuning development models and practices. Bangladesh is now among the fastest growing economies, thanks to its thriving businesses and many trade agreements. However, it faces multiple challenges on the road to transitioning to a lower middle-income country, including no longer having LDC benefits. First off, it has a poor record of attracting FDIs, has highly concentrated exports and suffers weak competitiveness because of corruption and poor physical and social infrastructure.

  • Yet another charade?

    THIS week has experienced a flurry of diplomatic activities centring the Rohingya issue. Principal among those was what has been dubbed a “historic and highly unusual” visit of an important delegation of the UN Security Council (UNSC) to Bangladesh and Burma. Quite understandably, the visit drew attention of various quarters—states, international agencies, refugee and rights organisations, and most importantly, the hapless Rohingyas who have been “living in mud and shacks, with no hope and no future, no nation and no identity, no past and no future.”

  • Karl Marx in Bangladesh, Part 1

    No I am not talking about my encounter with the ghost of Karl Marx in Bangladesh. If you are interested in such stories you should read Howard Zinn's Marx in Soho or Sumonto Bandyopadhyay's Bhuture Molakat (Ghostly Encounter)—two hilarious and, at the same time, intellectually erudite accounts of meeting the ghost of Marx in New York and Kolkata, respectively. Rather, what I am going to narrate here is

  • Karl Marx in Bangladesh, Part 2

    Did Maulana Bhashani—the famous Red Maulana—ever read Marx? I recently asked this question to a prominent biographer of Bhashani—Syed Abul Maksud. His answer was, “Probably not.”

  • A haunting, sombre memorial to African-American suffering

    It was a lovely spring morning when my friend Arif and I drove down to Montgomery, Alabama. A new memorial, National Memorial for Peace and Justice, opened here on April 24—dedicated to African Americans who had been the victims of extrajudicial killings in the post-Civil War United States.

  • RMG sectors in 2018-19 Bangladesh Budget

    Enhancing equality within RMG industry

    All men are created equal, as the United States of America's Declaration of Independence states, and this is a principal that should be admired and adopted by all developing nations in the world today. But how far has this principal been implemented, and what improvements can be made to further develop this ideal within the RMG sector of Bangladesh?

  • Finding lasting solutions to question leaks

    There has hardly been any news in the media about the ongoing HSC examinations that started on April 2. And that's probably good news.

  • It takes a community to raise a STEM-girl

    Every day when I get to the office, I meet so many amazing, talented people. We brainstorm problems together, we strategise and pursue opportunities together, we go through the ups and downs of our work together. When I take a step back and reflect on the number of women alongside me in the work we do, it fills my heart with pride. As a woman, I see that we've come a long way.

  • An opportunity we must not miss

    The human rights situation of Bangladesh is going to be reviewed by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on May 14, 2018 through its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism.

  • Can we minimise the risk of riverine accidents?

    An array of recent accidents in the country, as well as another one outside, point to the need for improved regulations and stricter enforcement and oversight in transportation, energy, and aviation sectors. The plane crash in Kathmandu, a train derailment near Tongi, and the sinking of a coal-carrying barge in Khulna were all preventable. Fortunately, there were no human casualties in the latest accident, in which MV Bilash carrying 775 tonnes of coal capsized on April 14 in the Harbaria Channel near the Mongla River Port.

  • Will peace get another chance in Jammu and Kashmir?

    By announcing the conditional unilateral cessation of pro-active operations by security forces against militants in Jammu and Kashmir during Ramadan, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken a decision that is fraught with as much risk as a potential turnaround for the better. This is the first such peace initiative by the Modi government since coming to power four years ago.

  • History in Ruins

    Cultural heritage refers to the traditions, values, beliefs, and sense of belonging in a community. It's the shared bond that helps shape our identity. It's the material things, and the tangible and intangible both.

  • Combating Dhaka's traffic congestion

    After a praiseworthy journey in implementing MDGs, the next big target for Bangladesh is execution of SDGs.

  • It has ramifications for us all

    The human rights situation of Bangladesh was reviewed at the UN Human Rights Council on May 14, 2018 under the Universal Periodic Review mechanism.

  • The Forbidden Fruit?

    Besides sending a strong message to shady traders, the picture of RAB destroying 40 tonnes of chemically ripened mangoes felt as if the fruit was on the verge of taking the baton of the “forbidden fruit” from the “infamous” apple. Mango lovers fervently hope that this batch would be a drop in the ocean and that the overwhelming proportion of the harvest would instead bring back the smile on our faces.

  • anti-drug war

    Efficacy of the anti-drug war

    “Why don't you tell the truth?

  • Breaking the silence on menstruation

    Today, May 28, is Menstrual Hygiene Day. The objective of observing this day is to raise awareness of the challenges women and girls face worldwide due to menstruation and highlight solutions addressing these challenges.

  • Safe motherhood is a right, not a privilege

    Last year when the news of Rohingya women giving birth in no man's land along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border first surfaced in the media, I heard many men glorifying such births which took place out in the open without any assistance from any birth attendants. They were comparing the Rohingya women's experiences of childbirth with that of our urban women, who can afford quality maternity care during their pregnancy and give birth at quality

  • Moral Dilemma of the drug wars

    News about security forces mowing down several dozen “drug dealers” in the last two weeks has got many of us writhing in moral agony over “shootouts” happening on an increasing tempo. True, drug abuse is highly detrimental to our youth and surely drug dealers need to be checked vigorously, but committing the state-sanctioned “ultimate sin” to rid ourselves of some low-level operatives is quite disturbing, to say the least.

  • Bangladesh in peacekeeping: 30 years of service and sacrifice

    The first United Nations (UN) peacekeepers were deployed in the Middle East on May 29, 1948 and since then, more than a million peacekeepers have been deployed in 71 missions across the globe to guarantee peace to billions of people.

  • The Ghost of Marx

    A ghost is haunting the global capitalist elites—the ghost of Karl Marx.

  • The Ghost of Marx

    A ghost is haunting the global capitalist elites—the ghost of Karl Marx.

  • The next chapter for our RMG sector

    The readymade garment (RMG) sector plays a pivotal role in the economy of Bangladesh, accounting for more than 83 percent of the country's exports and contributing approximately 16 percent to the GDP, with around 4,000 factories employing around four million workers.

  • The telltale signs of untapped natural gas in southern Bangladesh

    Bangladesh has been lagging behind in conducting petroleum exploration. In the 1960s, the country gained the position of a natural gas province in the world map when Shell Oil Company drilled and successively discovered five very large gas fields in Sylhet and Comilla areas.

  • Bangladeshi festival fever hits Atlanta

    July is less than a month away, and festival fever is beginning to take hold among the estimated 10,000-strong Bangladeshi expatriate community in greater Atlanta. All hands are on deck for the 32nd FOBANA convention, the upcoming Bangladeshi jamboree to be hosted at the World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta. All told, at least 5,000 attendees are expected, by conservative estimates.