Opinion

March 29, 2021
March 29, 2021

Solving the power sector’s overcapacity problem

One of the less talked-about downsides of the pandemic-induced lull has been the increasing financial stress on the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB). According to a study last year by the...

March 6, 2021
March 6, 2021

Issues that demand inclusion in the development debate

The reason behind the creation of the concept of Least Developed Countries (LDC) by the UN in the 1960s was to identify a set of nations whose development struggles were not solely based on their...

February 27, 2021
February 27, 2021

Our financial system is just broken

It was good to hear the High Court blasting a section of Bangladesh Bank officials for their alleged connection with financial scams involving People’s Leasing and Financial Services Ltd (PLFSL), a...

January 16, 2021
January 16, 2021

Main reasons why the government’s recovery effort has fallen short

Bangladesh is no stranger to disaster management. Since independence it has dealt with numerous natural disasters as well as political unrest and overhauls.

January 2, 2021
January 2, 2021

A year when poverty increased, and so did misery

The year 2020 has been like no other in recent history. Even the biggest doomsdayers could not have predicted what was to occur, and how the Covid-19 pandemic was to derail millions, if not...

November 22, 2020
November 22, 2020

How Bangladesh can benefit from China’s economic recovery

As the nation holds its breath in anticipation of a potential second wave of Covid-19, five countries including Bangladesh have decided to strengthen sharing of information and coordination of...

November 14, 2020
November 14, 2020

Covid-19 And The Economy: Where on the path to recovery are we?

The year 2020 has been a disappointment due to the Covid-19 pandemic. And just one of its many downsides can be seen on the global economy which, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF),...

November 4, 2020
November 4, 2020

Realities of Bangladesh-India relations

In an interview published by The Daily Star on October 27, Dr Ahsan Mansur, while discussing the recent IMF revelation that Bangladesh is set to surpass India in terms of per capita GDP, said...

October 17, 2020
October 17, 2020

Blame the cops or blame the system?

On October 10, 33-year-old Rayhan Ahmed walked out of his house at 10 pm. At around 4:23 am, Rayhan called his mother from an unknown number and informed her that he had been picked up by the...

October 3, 2020
October 3, 2020

The elusive zero tolerance for corruption

How many times have we heard government officials and ruling party members mention that this government has a zero-tolerance policy for corruption? The answer is many, of course—that was a...