Opinion

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...

August 30, 2020
August 30, 2020

Can more laws save us from becoming a corrupt state?

By using shell companies and moving money from one account to another, Prashanta Kumar Halder laundered at least Tk 3,500 crore out of the country and is now enjoying his life in Canada.

August 22, 2020
August 22, 2020

The political fallout of August 21 grenade attack

After the fall of the Ershad government, signs of a democratic future emerged in Bangladesh in 1991. The two major political parties—AL and BNP—that came together in the anti-Ershad movement formed...

August 5, 2020
August 5, 2020

Kajol may have been found, but justice is still missing

Over 120 days have passed since photojournalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol, also the editor of The Daily Pokkhokal, went missing after leaving his office on the evening of March 10.