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Take action against stone miners for endangering biodiversity in hilly terrains

A NATIONAL daily on Thursday reported that unrestrained stone extraction in 200 streambeds across the Bandarban hill district jeopardized the livelihoods of 11 ethnic groups and extracted a toll on

Hasina`s India visit and getting water from Teesta

INDIA has kept talks on sharing of water of common rivers with Bangladesh stalled for over eight years holding back the signing of interim agreements on Teesta and Feni Rivers

Safety net to reduce poverty

Dr. M Abul Kashem Mozumder and  Dr. Md. Shairul Mashreque :There has been phenomenal growth of anti-poverty programs over the last couple of decades. Anti-poverty programs are wide ranging covering

Agricultural trade liberalization undermined food security

Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Anis Chowdhury :Agriculture is critical for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) notes, 'From ending poverty and hunger to

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The neglected roadThe 2100 meter Mehdipur -Abdul Nabi Road (ID No-430255083) is a development Scheme about which a question was raised in the Parliament session (Q. No-1383, dated 07-04-2009 and

Yet no respite from waterlogging

NEWS and photographs published in different dailies speak about the continuous sufferings of the city-dwellers as the city's major thoroughfares go under deep water after a few hours rain. Waterlogging

About Rohingya children`s bleak future

FOLLOWING numerable foreign dignitaries, ministers, bureaucrats, Nobel laureates and the Pope -  a Bollywood celebrity  visited the Rohingya camps  commenting that the future of Rohingya children is deeply uncertain. The

Re-structuring and reforming of higher education

Dr. Forqan Uddin Ahmed :The current education system is becoming outdated. Due to technological advances, traditional ways of doing business is also changing. This means students need to be creative

Can preventive diplomacy avert military conflicts?

Thalif Deen :In the paradoxical battle against military conflicts, is preventive diplomacy one of the political remedies that can help deter wars before they break out?Miroslav Lajcak, President of the

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Pasteurised milk unsafe!I am so worried to learn that pasteurised milk is not safe anymore. I got to know about this from a report on The Daily Star. In a

Attitude is that supporters of government must enjoy all the benefits conceivable

THE day before yesterday, the Cabinet approved a draft of the Government Telephone, Cellular and Internet Policy-2018 raising the mobile phone allowance for ministers and secretaries to Tk 75,000 from

Gas crisis in Ramzan

THE dwellers of Dhaka city are now facing severe problem in preparing meals for both Seheri and Iftar as gas crisis hits many areas since the beginning of Ramzan. The

Dr Mahathir crowned by people

Dr. M Abul Kashem Mozumder and Dr. Md. Shairul Mashreque :What a grand come back after a long layoff. In fact the builder of modern .Malaysia assumed the office as

Why blame the Internet for extremist views?

Daniel Baldino and Kosta Lucas :The Internet's precise role in the process of radicalisation remains vexing. You can lead a person to a bomb-making manual, but you can't make them

Living with secret anxiety

Jenn Granneman :Anxiety is the voice in the back of your head that says, "something bad is going to happen." It's what keeps you awake at 2am thinking about something

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Open Engineering Faculty in JUUniversity of Dhaka has been imparting eight disciplines of engineering under Faculty of Engineering to cater the need of the country. An action program is necessary

Political leadership needed to bring discipline in transport sector

ALTHOUGH the country witnessed a significant urban growth in the last few decades, there was an absence of proper planning and institutions in the urban transport sector, causing indiscipline and

An effective gold policy can eventually enrich the economy

NEWS MEDIA reported that the government is going to introduce a gold policy to make import and export of the precious metal easy, and ensure transparency and accountability in its

Famed home of the Bengal Tiger threatened

Naimul Haq :Toxic chemical pollution in the Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world, is threatening thousands of marine and forest species and has environmentalists deeply concerned about the

Big fat royal weddings are good for local economies

Jonathan Seaton :The cost Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's nuptials on Saturday had been estimated at £32 million (Dh158.31 million) by one wedding planning company. The cost to the public,

Metrology, the science of measurement

Md. Abu Abdullah :The theme for World Metrology Day 2018 is Constant evolution of the International System of Units. This theme was chosen because in November 2018, the General Conference

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Need for corruption free education Stories in our newspapers about corruption in educational institutions have become extremely common. We have become accustomed to the fact that many well-known schools and

Seal the entry points before conducting drives at shopping malls

THE traders at Bashundhara city shopping mall in Dhaka on Saturday confined Customs Intelligence Officials for seizing illegally imported 262 units of mobile handsets worth Tk 2.9 crore from their

RAB must not prove we are unfit to save life of our own citizens

IN the last 15 days, nine alleged criminals were killed during "gunfight" with Rapid Action Battalion (RAB). Of them, three alleged drug traders were killed in Jassore early Friday, according

Observing Ramzan takes on new meaning

Frances Grandy Taylor :Ramzan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar used by Muslims, is the most spiritual time in Islam, and this year it arrives at an unsettled

Marxism and its universal appeal

Dr. Forqan Uddin Ahmed :Karl Marx was born in a jews family in the town of Terion, Germany in 1818. He was the third among the nine in his family.

Rise of despots does not mean democracy is dead

Natasha Ezrow :All around the world, democracy is looking shaky. While consolidated democracies are struggling to stay healthy, many flawed ones have turned into outright authoritarian regimes - most notably

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Using university buses for political programmesOn the occasion of the 29th national council of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), which was held on May 11, 2018, a lot of activists and

Banks witness profit fall: Government must check the corruption first

AS per news media most of the banks listed with the stock exchanges registered a profit fall in January-March compared with the same period in the previous year. Bankers have

Myanmar will take back their people: We are unconcerned about the terrorists

AS the monsoon threatens the Rohingya refugees with the outbreak of vector-borne epidemics and diarrhoeal diseases, the repatriation process seems to be getting more and more complex. However, Bangladeshi officials