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Prospect of rebound in trade still grim

Prospect of rebound in trade still grim

As global trade passed a sluggish year in 2023, a strong rebound is necessary to support world economic growth in the current year. However, the possibility of a strong recovery of global trade seems thin for various reasons, as predicted by two leading international organisations.  The World


Road safety policy needs authentic casualty figures

Road safety policy needs authentic casualty figures

Not many people nowadays are deeply moved by the heart-rending reports of avoidable road accidents that make families happy and together seconds before devastated in the blink of an eye. The public have accepted it as though it is something normal as they do not expect anything better from the way

Reviving the prospect of energy sources

Reviving the prospect of energy sources

When things go awry at policy level, the state can choose from two courses of action. First it can begin to take proactive measures in an effort to rectify past mistakes, regardless of how much pain it causes to the economy in the short-term so that the medium- to long-term is smoother sailing; or,

Middle East conflict unfolds an ominous spectre

Middle East conflict unfolds an ominous spectre

Ever since the latest round of surprise Hamas incursion into Israel and killing and taking hostage of civilians in October last, the powder keg Middle East has been itching to burst into a conflagration. With the Israeli retaliation of brutal forces unleashed on the Palestinians in Gaza, human civi

RMG industry's transition to circular economy

RMG industry's transition to circular economy

The ready-made garment (RMG) industry of Bangladesh has made considerable strides in increasing the number of green garment factories. So far with 213 factories certified by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) category, Bangladesh can

When will Competition Commission start functioning?

When will Competition Commission start functioning?

So, this is where it was feared to get stuck! The Competition Commission, though officially announced, is non-functional as of now, and no one seems to know how long it will remain so. This newspaper published editorials and post-editorials soon after the government decided to set up this highly im

Climate change: Apathy and cluelessness

Climate change: Apathy and cluelessness

Most human beings are unaware of most of the potential disasters that may wipe out mankind. This is natural because human beings don't think they are responsible for their own actions and consider nature as separate. It's perceived as external. Thus humans are unable to comprehend complex disaster

Labour intensive digital economy is growing

Labour intensive digital economy is growing

Graduate employment is highly stressed in Bangladesh with the middle class unable to cope with the nature of changing market demands and its contingent labour market. The World Bank says the rate of unemployment is roughly 4.7 per cent but it's based on official statistics which is rarely reliable.

Dealing with terrorism in Bandarban

Dealing with terrorism in Bandarban

Already overwhelmed with incursions into border areas by Myanmar rebels as well as that country's Border Guard Police (BGP) personnel and  members  of the Tatmadaw (Myanmar army) in its south-eastern districts, Bangladesh is now facing a new threat from homegrown terrorists in the hill di

Islamic banks need more investment

Islamic banks need more investment

Despite the apprehension that the Islamic banking industry in the country has fallen into deep trouble, the industry's overall performance last year indicated a positive trend. Many of the key indicators showed that Islamic banks are still on the right track, although some corrective steps are nece

Will government make use of local coal reserve?

Will government make use of local coal reserve?

At a time when power and energy prices are soaring in Bangladesh, the old issue of developing its proven domestic coal reserves comes to the fore. For over 15 years, energy planners in Bangladesh have dabbled with import-only fossil fuels to keep wheels of the economy turning. Undoubtedly, the coun

The world can ill afford mindless food waste

The world can ill afford mindless food waste

As long queues behind TCB (Trading Corporation of Bangladesh) tracks get longer for procurement of subsidised essentials, the disclosure, as made by the United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP's) "Food Waste Index Report 2024", that a Bangladesh national wastes annually more food than an Ameri

Education: a right or a luxury?

Education: a right or a luxury?

Article 17 of the Bangladesh Constitution stipulates that the state shall establish a uniform, mass-oriented, and universal system of education, extending free and compulsory education to all children up to a stage as determined by law. The National Education Policy 2010 aims to provide free and co