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Rising trend in consumption of oils and fats in Bangladesh

A.K.M. Fakhrul Alam February 22, 2020 20:32:01

Bangladesh is a country of about 170 million people and annually consumes about 3.0 million tonnes of oils and fats, which include both edible and inedible. As revealed from the statistics of Oil Worl...

Deposit rates vis-à-vis inflation

Asjadul Kibria February 19, 2020 20:20:09

In a move to provide some space for the commercial banks to set their deposit rates at 6.0 per cent, the government has drastically slashed the interest rates on savings schemes in post office. The go...

Bangladesh: Case for domestic borrowing compelling

Muhammad Mahmood February 15, 2020 21:26:11

Global debt records were smashed in 2019 reaching the highest debt - to GDP ratio to 322 per cent which narrowly surpassed 2016 as the highest on record. Global debt is composed of borrowing by househ...

Inequalities in human development in the 21st century

Pedro Conceição at UN Headquarters in New York February 14, 2020 21:52:53

Inequalities. The evidence is everywhere. And although they may be hard to measure and summarise, there is a sense in many countries that many are approaching a precipice beyond which it will be diffi...

Celebrating Pahela Falgun and Valentine's Day

Nilratan Halder February 14, 2020 21:17:36

What a coincidence! The 1st day of Falgun that heralds the advent of the king of seasons -the Spring and the Valentine's Day -a day dedicated to love, embrace each other to disprove Kipling and the tw...

Two English novels of Shahazada Basunia

FE DESK February 14, 2020 21:16:15

Both the books are published by Banglaprakash. A War Widow is a social novel epitomizing the untold sufferings of a war widow who had to endure a lot of agony throughout her life. She lost her husban...

Introducing Ghalib in Bengali

Asjadul Kibria February 14, 2020 21:13:56

To people of Bengal, Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan, popularly known as Mirza Ghalib, is the most popular Urdu poet. Ghalib's poems, known as Gazal or Sher in Urdu, have immense emotional impact on the min...

What my father's cancer taught me

Syed Basher February 14, 2020 21:12:39

After being diagnosed with lung adenocarcinoma, a type of lung cancer at an advanced stage, my father died in December 2019 at 71. The ordeal we all went through over eight months of my father's strug...

Rising dispute in Indo-Bangla trade

Asjadul Kibria February 12, 2020 21:06:03

After a big jump in the bilateral trade in goods between Bangladesh and India, the total trade dropped moderately in the past fiscal year mainly due to a big decline in import from India. At the same...

The fast disappearing fishing carnival

Nilratan Halder February 07, 2020 20:44:52

This is the season of fishing carnival. In large parts of plain lands in this country, mass fishing gets going right from Poush and Magh on the Bangla calendar. Once the carnival continued up to Chait...

Numismatics: More than a hobby

Sajibur Rahman February 07, 2020 20:43:54

Drug addiction, terrorism, militancy, mental depression and other immoral activities, especially committed by children and youths, are the burning problems facing the world now. In addition, lonelines...

Trumponomics and Dem presidential hopefuls

Prottoya Chowdhury February 07, 2020 20:42:45

Currently markets along with other equity markets throughout much of the developed world have spent the past eight quarters absorbing the blows of political attacks, scandals and trade barriers and ri...

Streamlining Social Safety Net Programmes

Zabid Iqbal February 04, 2020 21:16:59

Of the various disaster risk mitigation Social Safety Net Programmes (SSNPs) run by the Government of Bangladesh, this article discusses three major ones. These are Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF), Gra...

Beyond digitised development

Nilratan Halder January 31, 2020 20:36:10

At a time when digitisation has become a buzz word even in countries not known for much scientific and technological advancement, there is hardly any quest for the missing link. The missing link here...

Effective partnerships for BD's rapid progress

Helal Uddin Ahmed January 31, 2020 20:32:31

The Eleventh Jatiya Sangsad election held in Bangladesh on December 30 2018 has been a significant milestone for sustaining parliamentary democracy and socio-economic progress in the country. Democrac...

Burning questions raised

Prof. Quazi Faruque Ahmed January 31, 2020 20:30:12

The world celebrated the International Day of Education on 24 January, a day proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly to honour education and its centrality to human well-being and sustainabl...

New opportunities in on-exchange trading of government securities

M Imam Hossain January 27, 2020 20:47:32

Government Securities (G-Secs) are securities issued by the government to borrow from financial market to meet its fiscal deficit. They are considered safe investments, as investors are guaranteed ret...

Are man and animals on a collision course?

Nilratan Halder January 24, 2020 21:10:45

A group of hanumans (long tailed langurs) -- sounds like humans and certainly humanoid in traits -- arrives at a police station in Jessore. A baby monkey was hurt as local people attacked it when the...

Putting focus on Sunamganj Haor basin

Mohammad Abdul Ahad January 24, 2020 21:09:55

Sunamganj, a district located in far north-eastern region of the country, is a culmination of vast geographic diversity. The district sits along the base of Meghalaya hills and itself embodies some of...

Uncommon errors in 'common abbreviations'

Raihan M Chowdhury January 24, 2020 21:08:24

If you ask a credulous student about the elaboration of ICC, he or she would definitely reply it stands for International Cricket Conference (instead of Council), similarly International Development A...

Market signals for higher interest rates!

Asjadul Kibria January 23, 2020 20:34:59

The government's move to keep both the interest rates on lending and deposit in banks at single digit level appears misleading. For more than a year, country's policymakers have been pressing to fix i...

How much international is DITF?

Nilratan Halder January 17, 2020 20:51:43

Winter has many a treat for the Dhakaites. One of them is the Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) where a pleasure outing gets happily blended with commercial interests. People -- mostly families --...

'Medical tourism': Improving healthcare domestically

Raqibul M Anwar January 17, 2020 20:50:20

An article in a leading Bengali daily titled "The lion's share of the money for healthcare overseas is going illegally" should be regarded as ominous. The article ends with the conclusion drawn by a...

Gravity of rural-urban migration and its impact on Bangladesh

Mir Ashrafun Nahar January 17, 2020 20:48:01

In developing countries, rural-urban migration (RUM) is considered as the main driving force of rapid growth. There are some reasons behind this phenomenon which may vary from country to country. At t...

Bringing disabled into mainstream of life

Md Shahidur Rahman January 17, 2020 20:46:32

THE FUTURE IS ACCESSIBLE means that we must all, together, look towards a future where the barriers which stand in people's way no longer exist.  We envisage a future where people can access a bu...

Myth of low-cost government borrowing from banks

Mohammad Tareq January 17, 2020 20:27:46

The revenue of a government comes from tax and non-tax sources.  The government also has to borrow due to deficit budget that is commonly seen in most developing countries to meet the development...

Making protest against sexual violence count

Nilratan Halder January 10, 2020 20:54:59

Protests were massive and loud on Dhaka university campus. Yet it must be admitted that the national revulsion and outrage at sexual violence perpetrated on a DU student fell far short of the desirabl...

Dilemma of self-sufficiency or trade openness

Luke Emeka Okafor and Muhammad Shafiullah January 10, 2020 20:53:51

Following India's ban on onion export aimed at controlling its own domestic market, the onion prices rose dramatically in Bangladesh in late 2019. A number of factors have contributed to a sharp incre...

Energy Trilemma: The options for Bangladesh

Muhammad Hasanujzaman January 10, 2020 20:52:38

Bangladesh is ranked 114th out of 128 countries in the 2019 World Energy Trilemma Index by the World Energy Council. Conceptually, 'energy trilemma' involves the complex tradeoffs among three core dim...

Kushumba Mosque: The gem of Bengal

Sajid Bin Doza January 10, 2020 20:51:21

Mosques during the Islamic period were established with phenomenal stylistic approaches. Eventually the medieval mosque of Bengal shifted the meaning of religious spatial quality starting from socio-p...