Friday, June 23, 2017 | ePaper

The volatile food market

THE rice market has become volatile, as government stock has hit all time low at 1.9 lakh tons that never happened over the past several years. Local production has

Mayors must do more to contain chikungunya in city

THE outbreak of mosquito borne diseases like a new type of fever called chikungunya, in addition to dengue fever in the city and elsewhere is causing additional concern to

Do weak governments doom developing countries to poverty?

Charles Kenny :When you read what economists have to say about development, it is easy to be disheartened about the prospects for poor countries. One big reason is that slow

Islam stands for human dignity

KM Zubair :Since the Europeans take great pride in claiming that they abolished slavery from the world, though they had the decency to do so only in the middle of

Asia needs a better umbrella of social protection

Alastair Wood and Willem Adema :An Indonesian proverb says that a firm tree does not fear the storm. After the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997/98, Asian economies recovered with strong

Readers` Forum

Amazing cricket India captured the World Cup Cricket title in 1983 held by England. The ultimate winners played six matches at group stage,  won four and lost two to finish second

French Parliament dominated by young women

THE French Parliament looks younger with new election of the National Assembly where overwhelming number of women have taken over seat committed to create a New France and rebuild

Postponement of new VAT, but much more is needed

THE New VAT Act scheduled to become effective from July 1 is facing new crisis as the Finance Minister has been asked by the highest authority of the government

Hill tragedies : Human casualties took a heavy toll

Dr. Md. Shairul Mashreque :Hill tragedies in Rangamati and Khagrachori have been caused by heavy downpour stirred us to the depth moving us with gravest concerns.  Horror strikes hills. 'At

Pandemics and the poor

Ben Oppenheim and Gavin Yamey :When epidemics or pandemics hit, they usually hit the poor first and worst. We have known this for a while. The German pathologist Rudolf Virchow

Our land, our home, our future

Monique Barbut :We all have dreams. For most of us, those dreams are often quite simple. They are common to individuals and communities all around the world. People just want

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Law needed to prevent Zakat-related accidentsZakat related tragedies have become a common occurrence in our country, with statistics claiming a total of 251 deaths in the last 35 years. 27

Encouraging violence is easy but containing not

AT the beginning we have to admit that we are glad the government leaders condemned the brutal attack on Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, the Secretary General of the majors

Higher SD to hard hit local automobile industry

THE government move to manifold increase the supplementary duty (SD) on completely knocked-down (CKD) cars and other vehicles is poised to seriously slow down the development of local automobile

Achieving water and sanitation for all

Nathaniel Mason :Eliminating inequality is integral to the Sustainable Development Goals , from 'universal access' to water, to ending poverty 'everywhere'. Yet in a world where the politics of who

Whose court is the Brexit ball really in ?

Tom Parker :While Theresa May struggles to keep the lid on the fall out of the election and scrambles to present a new face of UK Brexit consensus, Michel Barnier

Is the future of global health safe?

Claudia González Romo :Raising two kids can be terrifying in this tumultuous world of ours. My rational side offers some consolation because some metrics show that 2017 was a healthier

Housing refugees of the ME conflicts

Roshni Majumdar :Prolonged conflicts in the Middle East have led to a deadly humanitarian crisis, with as many as 17.5 million people displaced in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.In Syria alone,

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Muslims must unite to defeat terrorismMuslim countries in the Middle East are at daggers with each other over the Shia-Sunni divide. These are all man-made enmities. The result is hundreds

For FDI policy support alone is not enough

A RECENTLY held dialogue organised by the American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh (AMCHAM) revealed that the country is not getting foreign direct investments (FDIs) at an expected level

Eid market and fake currency notes

FAKE currency notes are overcrowding the market ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr poising big threat to shoppers in the city malls and other marketplaces.  As it appears currency syndicates have already

SMEs are key to inclusive trade

Daniela Vincenti :Trade has become a scapegoat for complex challenges and many countries, such as the US and the UK, have withdrawn into protectionism. Experts say SMEs should be the

Migrant workers pour trillions into world economy

Roshni Majumdar :A new report by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) says the flow of money from migrants-commonly located in developed countries-to their families in lower income countries

Alliance between World Bank and Ivanka Trump!

Sophie Edwards :The news that Ivanka Trump and the World Bank have teamed up to launch a women's economic empowerment facility has caused a stir in the Washington development community.

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Poor information display at Airport In anyone wants to enter the International Airport in Dhaka to receive guests coming from abroad, s/he has to buy a ticket for TK 300

Poor road-shape to trouble the holiday goers

THOUSANDS of Eid holidaymakers may suffer in traffic jams if the authorities fail to control vehicular movement at some key points of the highways. Traffic either slows to a

Eid economy should encompass all people in the country

FESTIVALS are common to all societies and cultures. With changes in social and economic structures, nature of festivals too changes. However, bearing the stamp of Islam - the festive

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We are grief stricken by London Tower Inferno :We are feeling deep shock and sorrow by the incident at the Grenfell Tower in London, the twenty four storey building

Facing human rights violators

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein :(From previous issue)Turning to States which are not members of this Council, Bahrain, Laos, Tanzania and Turkmenistan have permitted no visits at all by Special

Developing a humanitarian ecosystem

Jemilah Mahmood :The French Romanticist Victor Hugo famously wrote that "Nothing is stronger than an idea whose time has come." The localization of humanitarian aid is one such idea.Over