Wednesday, January 24, 2018 | ePaper

People demand poison-free fish and food

Consumers have long been having imported fishes without laboratory test though many of them contain toxic substances that could cause serious diseases. And interestingly, when Bangladesh Food Safety Authority

EC must upgrade database urgently

THE database of Election Commission (EC) containing elaborate information of about 10.5 crore voters may crash at any time  as they have not upgraded the hardware and software, including

Public and private cooperation for achieving SDGs

Harald Nusser :This month marks two years since the launch of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Between now and 2030, the goals will remain the global blueprint for public

Finding a solution to rising inequality

Ben Phillips :As the elite in the world of finance gather in the Swiss luxury town of Davos, rallies are taking place around the world as citizens demand for solutions

Greening economic growth

Kulsum Ahmed  :When I hear people talk of how we really need to focus on economic growth now and on cleaning up later, I cannot help thinking about the Mexican

Readers’ Forum

Take measures against childhood disabilityChildhood disability caused by cerebral palsy (CP) is a public health issue in Bangladesh. CP, the most common type of motor disability in childhood, may be

Rich people are getting richer through illicit ways not for economic growth

According to a report of Oxfam International, more than $8 of every $10 of wealth created last year went to the richest 1 percent. And in terms of percentage,

Banking sector is doomed, merger or no merger

FINANCE Minister AMA Muhith has recommended Bangladesh Bank to start merger of problem banks, but experts fear that such a move would not stop the rot the country's banking

US, led by an erratic Trump, seeks to undermine UN

Thalif Deen :The continued erratic and outrageous comments by President Donald Trump - and his attempts to undermine the United Nations - are threatening to cause irreparable damage to the

Left behind: Families of migrants wait in limbo

Rafiqul Islam Sarker :Wahid Haider talks about his son's departure to Italy almost seven years ago without regret or hesitation. Haider has not seen Nayeem, now 30 years old, since

Readers’ Forum

Unregulated autorickshawsAuto rickshaws have become a vital transport in the rural areas. However, unregulated use of these vehicles is often responsible for road accidents. Some autorickshaw drivers are teenagers, and

Death for noisy celebrations is unfortunate: Police to be vigilant

WE know music is an art form and cultural activity. It is also an important part of people's way of life, as it plays a key role in religious

Migrant workers` early death should worry our govt

A NATIONAL daily reported that at least 3,480 Bangladeshi workers died abroad in 2017, mostly due to stroke or heart attack. Unbearable physical and mental stress, workload, malnutrition, ill

Avoiding common traps in energy savings

Tom Machinchick and Dr. Andreas Hermelink :The savings related to energy conservation measures (ECMs) always come from a comparison of what would have been the consumption without ECMs and what

Aid groups confront an invisible danger

Kelli Rogers :The arrival of more than 655,000 vulnerable Rohingya refugees to Bangladesh in a four-month span has created a chaotic window of opportunity for those who seek to exploit

Threat to sustainable development

Roger Day :In laying out the Sustainable Development Goals, the international community set itself an ambitious set of targets to achieve by the end of the next decade. But the

Readers’ Forum

End food adulterationAs the economy moves ahead, Bangladeshi people, in general, are now consuming more meat, fruits and vegetables than ever. With the increased consumption, concerns about food safety have

Save heritage sites from land grabbers

HERITAGE sites in the capital and elsewhere in Bangladesh are in the danger of disappearance. The authorities' apathy has been blamed by archaeologist, architects and urban planners for the

Repatriation will be useless if Myanmar not considers Rohingya as citizens

DHAKA and Naypyidaw both are now making final preparations to repatriate and receive the first batch of Rohingya Muslims despite protest from different quarters for not ensuring their security

Would PPPs undermine public health development ?

Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram :The United Nations Agenda 2030 for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is being touted in financial circles as offering huge investment opportunities requiring trillions

New Year and prosperous Bangladesh

Masudul Hasan :Another New Year '2018' has appeared among us with many dreams and possibilities. With the arrival of the New Year, it is our expectation that lives of all

Aid agencies in the dark on Rohingya repatriation plans

Kelli Rogers :The agreed upon date of January 22 for the repatriation of Rohingya refugees is fast approaching - but if action to move forward does begin as originally dictated,

Readers’ Forum

Unethical practices in private hospitalsEarly this month, my pregnant sister was admitted to a private hospital for delivery. At one point, because of the objectionable treatment and services offered by

Fake freedom fighters for good business

THOUGH 47 years have gone after the independence, the nation is still hovering in defining 'freedom fighter' and the minimum age of them that allowed the successive governments in

Trump is also a German un-American immigrant

A YEAR into the Trump presidency, he has set an unprecedented record of displaying the highest form of revulsion against immigrants. Having imposed an immigration and travel ban on

Readers’ Forum

Cruel practice of corporal punishment :Bangladesh this year observed the 7th anniversary of enacting the law that banned cruel practice of corporal punishment in schools and madrasas. Is it

Closing the energy performance gap of buildings

André Borouchaki :I am sure this sounds familiar: You see that your hotel room has a new ventilation, yet you are desperate to open the windows because the air

What if the youth could change Europe's economic reality?

Luis Alvarado Martinez  :The opportunity to set a new course for Europe is within reach. Discussions are already ongoing in the European Commission to determine the next Multiannual Financial

Fate of the Rohingyas still uncertain

Naimul Haq  :With discussions underway between Bangladesh and Myanmar about the repatriation of more than a half a million Rohingya refugees, many critical questions remain, including how many people

Plan wisely to keep intact ecology in expanding Jessore road

THE felling of century-old Jessore-Benapole highway trees has been halted for six months in the backdrop of protests against the government's solution to widen the road. While issuing the