Editorial

Can sinking Dhaka be saved?

Can sinking Dhaka be saved?

Friday morning's torrential downpour -- the heaviest monsoon rainfall of the season so far -- was expected to provide the much-needed respite from the scorching heat. Momentarily it did, but the city dwellers had to suffer flooding of roads and ground floors of many homes as the downpour overwhelme

Granting permission for import is no cure for food crisis

Granting permission for import is no cure for food crisis

The state minister for commerce announces at a press conference that in view of the price hike of onion and potato, his government has allowed import of the two items from any country. To that end import permission (IP) has been granted now. To the majority of consumers who find the atrocious price

Data errors: CPA too resorts to double counting

Data errors: CPA too resorts to double counting

It has now emerged that Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) has been calculating the number of outbound containers twice. Interestingly enough, the CPA has gone on record to state that this is, apparently, the international practice. While checking the number of containers twice is probably to ascertai

Managing Sundarbans' resources sustainably

Managing Sundarbans' resources sustainably

Though often touted as a protected landscape, the world's largest closed canopy mangrove forest, the Sundarbans, cannot be said to be entirely protected. In fact, the Sundarbans, is under severe ecological distress, thanks to its depredation by humans as well as the vagaries of Nature. The victims

Collaboration with China to enhance business

Collaboration with China to enhance business

The prime minister's message, including promises to the Chinese business community during her state visit to China, may inspire hope about boosting trade and investment ties between Bangladesh and China, albeit the uncertainty surrounding Bangladesh's business regime over which hangs a question mar


BB's default loan exit policy

BB's default loan exit policy

When the default loan culture is posing a threat to the stability of financial sector in particular and  macroeconomy in general, the central bank has come up with an 'exit policy' that allows the defaulting borrowers up to three years for loan repayment with a 10 per cent down payment. The po

What people expect from DNCC's budget for FY 25

What people expect from DNCC's budget for FY 25

Following the passing of the national budget for 2024-25, the local government bodies of the capital city have also come up their budgets for the current fiscal year (FY 2024-25). As usual, the Dhaka North City Corporation, for instance, announced the budget for FY 2024-25, which is a projection of

Industries reeling from persistent gas crisis

Industries reeling from persistent gas crisis

The country that was once thought to be floating on gas is unable to make available sufficient volume of this fossil fuel to domestic consumers of various categories. The industrial consumers are worst-hit. The textile mills that need a large volume of gas in recent days have aired their grievances

Flood victims need urgent help

Flood victims need urgent help

Severe flooding in several northern districts including Kurigram and Gaibandha continues to cause profound concern as more than 2.0 million people are marooned and suffering immeasurably. Furthermore, it's predicted to worsen over the coming days and swamp new areas as the Brahmaputra water level c

Dealing with data disaster

Dealing with data disaster

That the government entities have been juggling with data is not actually news. It had long been suspected that crucial export data, deliberately or otherwise, were not collated and disseminated properly. This has, firstly, made the economic outlook appear rosy, and secondly, helped the country's i

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