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A sick healthcare sector kills another boy

A sick healthcare sector kills another boy

Losing a child is the worst nightmare any parent can have. The incalculable pain and grief of such a loss is even more compounded by the knowledge that it could have been prevented. At around 8 pm on February 20, parents of Ahnaf Tahmin Ayham (10) took him to JS Diagnostic and Medical Checkup Centr


Fintech to stimulate economic growth

Fintech to stimulate economic growth

Once only the privileged few in society could afford a telephone set at home. Having a fixed line telephone connection was then a mark of social status. But with the advent of mobile telephony, the image of exclusivity that telephone once enjoyed is gone. And with the passage of time, the importanc

Bank customers and overregulation

Bank customers and overregulation

An international debit card user goes to the issuing bank to endorse the card on his passport. Due to a crisis in the US dollar in the country's foreign exchange market, the user needs to endorse the card every six months, as the issuing bank infomed earlier. Now, the bank officials ask him to show

Protests in EU, India and our mute peasantry

Protests in EU, India and our mute peasantry

Thousands of European Union (EU) farmers have been agitating for weeks to press home their varying demands including the availability of fuels and fertilisers at affordable costs, removal of regulatory burden concerning climate change and stopping cheaper import from non-EU countries.  In Pol

Tapping potential of contract farming abroad

Tapping potential of contract farming abroad

For any government, ensuring food security is the main challenge. With rising population and limited land, addressing this challenge is a daunting task for Bangladesh. For the last two decades the country has showed spectacular success in managing food for its people. But questions that have bee

Speeding up RMG product diversification

Speeding up RMG product diversification

The Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) recently arranged a seminar on the export readiness of the country in the post-LDC period. The main presentation made by Dr. Selim Raihan, executive director of SANEM, hit the nail on the head when he had stated that "Bangladesh fetched $823 million f

Gender gap narrows in varsities: what about workplaces?

Gender gap narrows in varsities: what about workplaces?

A recent report of University Grant Commission (UGC) says that at the tertiary level of education, particularly at the public universities, the nation is close to reaching gender parity. For out of over 4.4 million students now enrolled in the public universities, 2.3 million plus are boys, while a

Master counterfeiters and online training they offer

Master counterfeiters and online training they offer

So long news of manufacturing counterfeit currency notes has made the rounds. The dens of counterfeiters are also busted by law enforcement agencies from time to time. But this time the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) unit of Jatrabari, according to a report carried in a Bangla contemporary, has unear

Stop poison fishing and save Sundarbans

Stop poison fishing and save Sundarbans

IN observing the annual Sundarbans Day on February 14 speakers at a seminar in Dhaka highlighted the critical need of stopping the destructive poison fishing to save flora and fauna of the world's largest mangrove forest. The biodiversity of Sundarbans has long been under threat due to over-extract

Marginalisation of Bangla language

Marginalisation of Bangla language

'We want the state language to be Bangla'- was the slogan that stirred the historical language movement more than seven decades ago in this land. The movement started in 1948, almost immediately after British India's partition, and peaked on February 21, 1952. The people of East Bengal, renamed Eas

'Banglar Tesla': Illegal, unsafe and rickety

'Banglar Tesla': Illegal, unsafe and rickety

'Battery-run rickshaws are Banglar Tesla'. That is how State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid describes the battery-run three-wheelers that are now swarming the streets, lanes and bye-lanes of Dhaka and most other places of the country. Tesla is a cutting-edge company o

Electoral blow to Pak military establishment

Electoral blow to Pak military establishment

Pakistan election has been a shocker The dramatic outcome of its general elections, held last week, hit the military establishment below the belt. The Pak military establishment, which is virtually the de facto power centre of the country left no stone unturned to keep Imran Khan and his party, th

Streamlining energy policy

Streamlining energy policy

Of the many cutting-edge technologies being explored by the world's leading scientific communities and industrialised nations, solar windows provide a unique opportunity. This is so because the world is urbanising at a phenomenal pace, especially in developing countries such as Bangladesh. As the c