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Preparing for the worst

Preparing for the worst

In recent years, heatwaves are getting more intense and prolonged. Usually, heatwaves are experienced during the months of March, April and May in Bangladesh. People experienced hot to very hot summers also in the past. But the use of the term heatwave is rather recent in this part of the world. He

Double whammy of keeping low-tier cigarettes cheaper

Double whammy of keeping low-tier cigarettes cheaper

There has not been any significant price rise in the low-tier cigarette segment in recent years. This trend is reshaping consumer behaviour, as smokers are turning to low-priced cigarettes amid the rising costs of top-tier alternatives. The absence of any significant price hike in the low-tier seg

Let this Eid bring happiness to all

Let this Eid bring happiness to all

Subject to the sighting of the moon for the month of Shawwal, the holy month of Ramadan will end and Eid-ul-Fitr will be observed across the country on Wednesday or Thursday. The appearance of the faint and fleeting crescent in the evening sky will be celebrated with a joyous spirit. Congregational

Beggars can be rounded up but hardly rehabilitated

Beggars can be rounded up but hardly rehabilitated

The Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) could not be more abrasive in its treatment of beggars. According to a report carried in a Bangla contemporary, it has rounded up as many as 167 beggars from Gulshan, Banani, Tajgaon, Natun Bazar and Mirpur in its drive on Tuesday and Wednesday. Ramadan is th

Public holiday and Eid exodus

Public holiday and Eid exodus

As the Eid-ul-Fitr draws near, the country is also gearing up for an extended public holiday to celebrate the most significant religious and national festival. This year, the Eid holiday will merge with another national festival, Pahela Boishakh, the first day on the traditional Bangla calendar. Th

Bangladesh versions of Vijay Mallyas!

Bangladesh versions of Vijay Mallyas!

Popular Indian stand-up comedian and television host Kapil Sharma, while appearing in the first episode of 'The Great Indian Kapil Show' on Netflix said, 'Appne Money Heist dekha hoga. Aaat dos loge lal rang ke mukhate aur dress pahen ke bank loot ne jaate. Khamaka Netflix ne ente kharcha kiya. Us

Regional connectivity and Myanmar

Regional connectivity and Myanmar

Myanmar is a key land bridge between South Asia and the Southeast Asian regions, which have emerged as the new hotspot for world economy. The economies of South Asia and Southeast Asia are growing and forging closer ties at a time when global situation remains turbulent due to conflicts in Ukraine

Tackling vehicle pollution

Tackling vehicle pollution

The Environment, Forest and Climate Change minister, reportedly, has asked the relevant authorities to furnish a list of public buses "having over 20 years (of) their economic life, in an effort to control air pollution in the capital." Could this be the first step in an effort to bring to heel the

Fighting hunger when food isn't scarce

Fighting hunger when food isn't scarce

A UN report titled, 'Global Humanitarian Overview 2024,' says hunger is not inevitable, but it is almost always manmade. And the manmade reasons for hunger according that report include armed conflict, economic shocks, climate extremes, poverty and inequality. These are factors that are glaringly o

Reverse migration exposes economy's anaemia

Reverse migration exposes economy's anaemia

Reverse migration could be a most welcome demographic trend but unfortunately this homecoming from urban settlements is not out of choice but forced. The situation is so dire that more people are now leaving the major cities for their ancestral homes. According to the Bangladesh Sample Vital Statis

Plight of the urban poor

Plight of the urban poor

Certain statistics are disconcerting, especially those that portray a grim picture of the country's socio-economic reality. Urban poverty in Bangladesh has increased significantly over the last five years due to the rising cost of basic needs.  A study jointly conducted by the South Asian Net

Addressing the problem of urban paratransit

Addressing the problem of urban paratransit

Paratransit plays a critical role in improving mobility in urban areas across Asia. Instead of being efficient, it is rather chaotic. This is the case in Bangladesh, where the expansion of paratransit becomes disorderly, making things worse. Paratransit is generally known as a demand-responsive and