Editorial

Strengthening key State institutions

Strengthening key State institutions

That country's most institutions have become largely dysfunctional is hardly disputed. And, such an unfortunate decadence has happened amidst impressive development works, a phenomenon that many economists tend to describe as a 'paradox'. The fact remains that the economy in general is in doldrums,

Coping with hellish heat wave

Coping with hellish heat wave

A severe heat wave now sweeping across the country has made life miserable. The latest update from the Bangladesh Meteorological Department  offers little hope of respite and paints a foreboding picture of weather conditions across various regions. Khulna division together with Rajshahi, Pabna

Imbroglio over oil price hike

Imbroglio over oil price hike

The short-lived relief on account of reduced price of bottled soybean oil at Tk 163 from the previous Tk 173 per litre enjoyed by the common consumers for the last two months is over. Vegetable oil refiners have decided to return to the pre-VAT-reduction price regime. Notably, the government, throu

Weather forecasts for farmers

Weather forecasts for farmers

The plan of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) to bring three million farmers under its network of agro-related weather information sounds good. Currently, the DAE runs a project under a network covering 30,000 farmers across the country. The World Bank-funded project 'Bangladesh Agro-M

Causes behind road crashes

Causes behind road crashes

Collateral casualties of big and joyous festivals have become routine in this country. Network of road communication with the addition of six-lane highways has not only expanded but also improved in most places. This has its reflection on comparably smoother journeys home during the Eid vacation th


Welcome release of Bangladeshi seamen from Somali pirates

Welcome release of Bangladeshi seamen from Somali pirates

On the Bangla New Year's day (April 14, 2024), came the good news that MV Abdullah, a privately-owned Bangladeshi marine cargo vessel with 23 crew members on board has finally been released by Somali pirates. Notably, the pirates hijacked the ship on March 12 this year, 600 nautical miles off the S

Shuvo Naboborsho

Shuvo Naboborsho

It is festival time here. Two, in fact three, of the most important festivals arrived with a gap of only a couple of days. This is a rare event in the life of the Bangalees and other ethnic communities in the hilly regions and some coastal areas of Bangladesh. The Bangla Naboborsho popularly known

Celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr

Celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr

Eid-ul-Fitr is a unique festival that marks the culmination of a month-long siam or self-abnegation. It is, therefore, a well-deserved celebratory occasion earned at total voluntary surrender to the Almighty Allah. At the same time it is an opportunity for developing a sense of empathy for fellow h

Finding a sustainable solution to battery-run rickshaws

Finding a sustainable solution to battery-run rickshaws

Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, has witnessed an anomalous and chaotic development of transport service over the decades. Quantitatively, facilities have increased over the years, but the quality of commute has always been poor. In recent times, the proliferation of battery-run rickshaws includin

Addressing the anomaly of jobless growth

Addressing the anomaly of jobless growth

Though Bangladesh achieved significant economic growth over the last two decades, still it could hardly show matching progress in terms of job creation. To some economists such 'jobless growth' is a puzzle and they held high trade barriers as some of the reasons for such anomaly in the economy.&nbs

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