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Restaurants at wrong places prove deadly

Restaurants at wrong places prove deadly

The springtime in Bangladesh is not all fun and merriment. Because in this pre-monsoon months, dry air and rising temperature turn the environment into a tinderbox. So, it is also the time when deadly fires break out. But though the fire incidents take place recurrently every year, many with devast


Bangladesh CSOs: of definitions and confusions

Bangladesh CSOs: of definitions and confusions

That there are so many definitions and ideas about what constitutes a civil society organization (CSO) is a good pointer that people think it exists robustly but most are not sure what it means. Amongst development workers and academics, there is some agreement about its linkage with NGOs and globa

Other sides of the WTO MC13

Other sides of the WTO MC13

What happened in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), during the last week of February is neither new nor surprising. There are several records in the past that the ministerial conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) extended for a day to reach some deal. In 2015, the 10th Ministerial Co

Why purchase expensive power?

Why purchase expensive power?

Admittedly, power production in Bangladesh is an expensive affair. Many experts believe it was a fatal mistake to forgo the exploration of all known coal fields in Bangladesh when the government decided by around 2012 not to use this precious available reserve. While it's "dirty", not unknown to ei

US airman's self-immolation exposes raw sore in US policy

US airman's self-immolation exposes raw sore in US policy

A serviceman of the US Air Force named Aaron Bushnell epitomises the ultimate protest against the Biden administration's role in the Israeli war in the Palestinian enclave Gaza. The 25-year airman did not endorse the US support for the genocide Israel has been committing over the past four months.

Consumers' rights a far cry

Consumers' rights a far cry

In a time when the lives of ordinary people are being battered mercilessly by the skyrocketing prices of essentials as the food inflation rate has been increasing non-stop for the last 18 months, major political parties, unfortunately, are trading blame about who is responsible for this cost of liv

Doing away with maintenance of manual land records

Doing away with maintenance of manual land records

The reported snag encountered by the relevant authorities in their endeavour to digitise land records is a significant setback. Ever since the government began to flag digitisation as one of its foremost objectives – way back in its first term in office, land registration emerged as a primary

Hospital deaths and rising popularity of Dr. Google

Hospital deaths and rising popularity of Dr. Google

Bangladesh media has been reporting on the very bizarre cases of deaths due to botched up medical acts by doctors in different hospitals. It has been a running story for long and little has been or will be done about it. The medical establishment is very powerful. Since profit gained from investmen

Abu Dhabi calling: WTO to deliver

Abu Dhabi calling: WTO to deliver

Around three decades ago, senior representatives and officials of 123 nations gathered in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh, also a town strongly linked with medieval history, to establish a global body for making and updating international trade rules and resolving trade disputes among the nations. T

The pestering problem of NPLs threatens economy

The pestering problem of NPLs threatens economy

The issue here is the much maligned subject of non-performing loans (NPLs). The only difference this time, quite importantly, is that the World Bank (WB) has been holding a series of meetings with the "Financial Institutions Division, Bangladesh Bank, and the Bangladesh Investment Development Autho

All in the name of development!

All in the name of development!

The impression is that the entire area is buzzing with all-round development works. Excavators are digging deep right in the middle of roads to give the sewerage channels depth and breadth under a Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) scheme and the Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (DWASA) has unde

Stopping illegal toll collection on highways

Stopping illegal toll collection on highways

Collection of illegal tolls on highways during the transportation of goods is one of the major factors contributing to the price hike of essential commodities. It is, however, nothing new. It is as old a practice as is the story of government failure in taking action against the highway extortionis

Aligning domestic policy with int’l practices to boost trade

Aligning domestic policy with int’l practices to boost trade

In today's globalised trading environment, the significance of aligning domestic policies with international practices to foster trade cannot be overstated. Domestic policies encompass a wide array of measures aimed at regulating production, consumption, and various activities within a country, ran