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Our greatest treasure

Bangladesh is blessed with the climate and geography to be able to produce the best quality jute in the world. And yet, many state-owned jute mills around the country have operated in a disastrously inefficient manner, and incurred massive losses. ...

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Gas tariff hike to affect common people’s living

Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) has raised the tariff of gas again. It was raised by Tk 5 to Tk 50 percent and average by Tk 22.7 percent. The price hike will be effective in two phases- from March 1 ...

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Should Bangladesh Bank prop up the share market?

The share market of the country, variously called the stock market, the capital market or the bourse, has been in the doldrums ever since billions of taka was siphoned off from the market in 2010 by scammers through fraudulent means. ...

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Is it enough to achieve the middle-income country status?

Achieving the middle-income country (MIC) status is a professed objective of the Government of Bangladesh. This will be achieved by 2021, according to the upcoming budget speech to be placed in parliament on June 4, as reported in the news ...

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Withdraw case, compensate Nayan

It is a relief that Jagannath University student Nayan Basar, unjustly shot by police, has been released on bail after the media reported on the incident. But the wrongdoings must be addressed. He was called an Islami Chhatra Shibir activist ...

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Conference on human trafficking

The Thailand government has called for a conference of 15 countries on 29 May, to discuss ways and means to stop human trafficking, especially the problem of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants. This is a timely conference indeed. The participants include ...

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Political comic opera or tragedy at work?

The Salahuddin-in-a-Shillong-mental asylum-episode would have provided much needed comic relief had it not been such a sad description of our political scene. Here was a man who was a top leader of a major political party walking around in a ...

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Where are women safe?

A garments factory worker has been assaulted again. After Manikganj, Savar and Mymensingh, this time it was in Sonargaon, Narayanganj. Will there be no place safe for women in this country? After work, the girl boarded a bus at 11 ...

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Three cheers for the three ladies in the UK Commons

Tulip, Rushanara, and Rupa Huq didn’t participate in any Bangladeshi elections but their victory seems to be ours. Never mind that a UK MP has nothing to do with our political life but these three ladies of Bangladeshi origins do ...

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Diplomatic near-miss holds two lessons for the future

A major foreign policy disaster was averted this week when Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed to push ahead with the crucial Bangladesh border agreement without excluding Assam from its purview as the state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party had ...

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