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September 18, 2018
September 18, 2018

A loan defaulting epidemic: Over two lakh privileged institutions!

The informa-tion disclosed by the finance minister in parliament this month, as a response to a question by a member of parliament, is quite an eye opener.

September 11, 2018
September 11, 2018

The allure of Europe

Last year, the international media was awash with reports that a significant number of illegal migrants headed to Europe were Bangladeshis.

September 4, 2018
September 4, 2018

Mystery of the disappearing coal

The Barapukuria coal mine debacle continues to generate considerable interest in media and not without reason.

August 28, 2018
August 28, 2018

BRT: An excellent idea gone haywire

One of the major communications projects, the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT), an excellent idea that was supposed to facilitate the movement of large numbers of people with ease in and around the capital city has been in limbo for the last six years.

July 31, 2018
July 31, 2018

Recycled plastic for roads

The idea of using discarded plastic to build roads was brought to fruition by a company called VolkerWessels in 2015. But the country where roads are now being built with this new technology is India. Indeed, the man who made it possible was Dr Rajagopalan Vasudevan...

July 17, 2018
July 17, 2018

Home textile industry in the red—again!

Last year the Bangladesh Terry Towel & Linen Manufacturers & Exporters' Association (BTTLMEA) wanted the government to stop the export of cotton waste so that raw materials become available for production.

June 5, 2018
June 5, 2018

One-stop service caught in red tape

Bangladesh lags behind its peers in the region when it comes to foreign direct investment (FDI). That hardly comes as a surprise given the amount of bureaucratic red-tape hurdles a prospective investor has to surmount before launching a business operation. As pointed out in a front-page report of this paper on June 3, “an investor needs up to a year and a half to get approvals from 42 desks of different government offices for starting a business, which according to the businesses is depriving Bangladesh of the much-needed foreign direct and domestic investments.”

May 29, 2018
May 29, 2018

Seating service: Nothing more than a sham

Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) had formed an eight-member committee on May 2, 2017 to submit recommendations for bringing city buses providing the so-called “seating service” under a legal framework.

May 16, 2018
May 16, 2018

An effective shelving of the two-state solution

With the death toll mounting to 58 last Monday thanks largely to a trigger-happy Israeli military and smiles all around Tel Aviv and Washington the two-state solution is all but dead and buried. When President Trump decided to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, all pretence of a negotiated settlement was effectively thrown out the window and what is happening in Gaza today points to a mindset that

May 8, 2018
May 8, 2018

The crippling effect of slow development

Despite interest shown by foreign investors in country-specific Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and the Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA) taking steps to acquire and allot land to that effect, it appears preparatory work on most of these zones is lagging far behind schedule.