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Protection to migrant workers welfare fund

NEWS media reported that the government has decided to take a further Tk 235 crore from Wage Earners' Welfare Board (WEWB) to meet the required paid-up capital for Probashi

Higher production capacity for power plants

THE state-owned power plants can't generate electricity to a minimum of their stated capacity as they lack improved technology, besides management failure to achieve the highest output as per

The world is losing the battle against child labour

Daniel Gutman :The IV Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour,  which drew nearly 2000 delegates from 190 countries to the Argentine capital, left many declarations of good

America handing over leadership to Russia and China

David Ignatius :As President Trump ends his Asia trip, he might sum up the 12-day journey with a revision of the remark attributed to Julius Caesar: Veni, vidi, blandivi. I

Honesty, openness will drive digital economy

Rufus Pollock :Too often we focus on technology and forget the structures of law, ownership and power that technology operates within. Dazzled by the astonishing pace of technological advance we

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Real sense of obligation We learned from news that a rail company in Japan has apologised after one of its trains departed 20 seconds early. Management say they "sincerely apologise

Bio-diversity in Sundarbans faces severe threat from pollution

RAPIDLY increasing air and water pollution threw pollinators in the Sunderbans on the verge of extinction threatening the world's largest mangrove forest's flora. Severe air and water pollution caused

Engage the dignitaries for a prompt multilateral approach

FIVE foreign ministers from top Asian and European countries including a few high-ups of the European Union have started arriving in Dhaka since yesterday for discussing the Rohingya crisis

Unsafe roads cost 5pc of global GDP growth

Paul Callan and Karim Aziz :From New Delhi to Cairo, pedestrians and drivers have long suffered from poor road conditions with dangerous consequences. According to the World Health Organization, more

Economic development Vs Climate action

Friday Phiri  :As negotiators meet in Bonn to put together a deal to implement the Paris Agreement, John Holdren, a professor of environmental policy at the John F. Kennedy School

Paradise papers highlight the link between grand-scale corruption and poverty

Tutu Alicante :A French court's decision on 27 October to convict (in abstentia) Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue (commonly known as "Teodorin"), the vice-president of Equatorial Guinea (who happens to be

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WC Football 2018The four Asian representatives in the galaxy of 32 in the World Cup (WC) Football 2018 are Iran, Japan, Saudi Arabia and South Korea. The fifth one Australia

Questions over holding tax

THE government moves to increase holding tax in Dhaka and Chittagong cities by up to nine times at a time seems to be highly arbitrary that lacks reasonable justification

Most of the world officially unites against Myanmar, now it's time for action

IN a landmark event, the OIC's draft resolution of the Rohigya crisis was passed at the United Nations on Thursday. Some 171 countries of the UN's Third Committee actively

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We are feeling lost :As a citizen of Bangladesh, I think it is my sacred duty to speak out about issues, which are harmful for the country. It is

The Mekong, dammed to die

Pascal Laureyn :In Laos, the lush forests are alive with the whines of drills that pierce the air. On the Mekong, a giant concrete wall rises slowly above the

Finance following growth

Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram :Economists of all persuasions recognize the critical role of finance in economic growth. The financial sector's stability and depth are widely considered important

Replacing the garment monitoring agencies

BGMEA leaders have decided not to extend agreement with Accord and Alliance - two buyers assigned inspection agencies to monitor remediation of garment factories in Bangladesh beyond their tenure

Accountability must be established in large tax-payers units

THE New Nation reported that the Large Tax-payer Unit (LTU) has geared effort to realize over Tk 23,000 crore in arrear value added tax (VAT) from four state-owned entities

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Are intersections causing congestion? Though we have a number of flyovers now, they have brought no remarkable results in lessening the sufferings of the commuters in Dhaka. If you

US calls economic sanctions against Myanmar a no-go, but individuals are possible targets

RFA News :U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday expressed concern over "credible reports" of atrocities committed by military forces during a crackdown in northern Rakhine state, but

Vocational training offers many answers to labour market challenges

Stephan Howeg :What would you say about an engineering apprentice ending up as an executive board member of a global Fortune 500 company? Or what about the thousands of

Good governance in China-funded projects a must

MORE than a year after the Chinese president's historic Dhaka visit, some of Bangladesh's key development projects have finally gained momentum. Dhaka and Beijing have reached the final stage

Killing of a businessman in city

AMIDST the rising number of killings across the country without law enforcers' 'knowledge', killing of a businessman by gun shoot in the city's high-security Banani area by an unidentified

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WC - '18: Italy is out :Italy failed to score a goal against Sweden at home despite 76 percent ball possession on Monday in the second leg of the

Why sustainable mobility matters

Hartwig Schafer :In the 1960s, the vision of future mobility was people with jet packs and flying cars - we believed these innovations wouldn't be far off after the

How US is taking climate action under Trump

Kristin Igusky and Kevin Kennedy :Even after President Trump announced his intention to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, much of the country is moving forward with

Plight of the child labourers

Baher Kamal :While trillions of dollars are being spent on exploring remote galaxies, Planet Earth is still home to harsh realities that could be easily -and much less expensively

Now the Shipping Minister interrupts the banking sector

NEVER before had a government minister appeared so impudent and reckless in terms of intervening into the internal affairs of a different sector.  It is about to happen today

Curbing early morning mugging

RELAXED security measures especially early in the morning have left Dhaka city residents and visitors insecure as organised criminal gangs prowl the city mostly that time. Incidents of robbery