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** We ask thieves to return the stolen public money as insisted by IMF ** Dhaka seeks oil from Riyadh on deferred payment ** Mango buds start appearing in many trees, in the middle of Poush and the beginning of Magh, has been a great surprise for many mango lovers. This photo was taken from Chattogram on Thursday. NN photo ** Voter turnout may be 15-25pc: CEC ** AL infighting in Narsingdi: 3 injured, 20 houses torched, attacked ** Ekushey Book Fair begins ** Cost goes up by Tk 1.61 lakh ** Half a million strike in UK's largest walkout in 12 years ** Flights to remain suspended for 5 hours every night in HSIA ** RAB rescues father hiding with Japanese daughter ** People don't need more government servants to make election cheating easier ** Bangladesh ranks 12th most corrupt country ** Power tariff hiked again ** DITF- 2023 ends with $39.48m export orders ** Children frolicking over a ride taking risks on Tuesday, as two dangerous high voltage transformers remain installed adjacent to a park of Old Dhaka’s Laxmi Bazar St. Gregory School. NN photo ** What action has been taken to prevent Dhaka's air pollution ** Blinken criticises settlements but stresses US support for Israel ** IMF approves $4.7 billion loan for Bangladesh ** Amar Ekushey Book Fair kicks off today ** We want to know how corruption is to be eliminated under a corrupt government ** Thousands of leaders and activists of BNP join the party's march programme towards Jurain from Jatrabari with banners, festoons, national flags and party flags in their hands on Monday. NN photo ** Foreign aids disbursement, commitment declined ** Awami League leaders and activists gather at a peaceful rally in front of party's central office at Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital on Monday which was arranged by Dhaka South City unit of Awami League. NN photo ** SSC, equivalent exams from April 30 ** HC issues rule on formulation of policy over handcuffing, shackling of accused **

Readers’ Voice

04 November 2022


World edging recession

The World Trade Organisation's chief believes the world is heading towards a global recession due to multiple colliding crises and called for radical policies to revive growth. WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said Russia's war in Ukraine, the climate crisis, rising food prices, energy shocks and the aftermath of the pandemic were creating the conditions for a world recession. Now we have to weather what looks like an oncoming recession, she told the opening of the global trade body's annual public forum in Geneva.
We have security shocks, we have price shocks, we have climate shocks, we have energy shocks, we have food price shocks, and all of these are hitting us at the same time, so we cannot afford to do business as usual. The former Nigerian finance and foreign minister said central banks were in a tight spot, with little choice over the course ahead. Central banks don't really have too much of a choice but to increase interest rates but the repercussions on emerging markets and developing countries are quite severe. What happens in the developed countries affects their debt burdens, affects what they have to pay to service debt, and affects the flight of capital from their economies back into the developed countries.

Muhammad Amin
From Online

Funding community radios

In Bangladesh, 14 community radios are operating in different parts of the country to help rural people uplift their socio-economic condition by increasing their access to information and encouraging community action. Currently these radio stations are running as non-profit media. They have only a limited scope for earning revenues to meet their operational costs. It may be mentioned here that the Indian government has allocated 100 crore rupees for the development of the country's community radio sector. At present, 161 community radios are on air in India.
Community radios are functioning in almost all the countries of the world. So, it is strongly felt that the government should allocate sufficient fund for community radio for its development and better management.

Prof M Zahidul Haque
SAU, Dhaka

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