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IT CANNOT GO ON LIKE THAT – F R Chowdhury

We want an end to the present situation. No more killing, burning and damage to public and private properties. We want to live in peace. We want to live in a civilized democratic society based on human values, equality and justice. We want an effective parliament where national issues will be freely debated and decisions will be taken for betterment ...

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Coming full circle into darkness By Hammad Ali

As I sit down to write what is on my mind today, I have this odd sense of déjà vu. It seems that I have had these exact same thoughts, felt this very urge to write them down, put together these exact same words. But there is one big difference. Unlike déjà vu, this is not just some mysterious sensation that ...

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Bangladesh: I have a dream By Kazi Rahman

The inspiration of this piece arrived from Martin Luther King Jr. and his exceptional oratory, “I have a dream.” In the aftermath of Martin Luther King Day in the US, I felt these words would be both timely and appropriate. Martin Luther King Jr., renowned civil rights activist, understood the power of words and the importance of speaking out against injustices ...

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National Water Security Index of Bangladesh: Improvement?

Last year we wrote an article entitled ‘National Water Security Index of Bangladesh: What does it indicate?‘ to give an overview on National Water Security Index (NWSI) in the context of Bangladesh. Our article was based on the Asian Water Development Outlook 2013[1], which is a compilation of water resources development indicators in Asia and Pacific region published by the ...

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Follies of capital account liberalisation

TThe Bangladesh cabinet has endorsed lifting of an embargo in place since independence, on investments in foreign countries by local businesses and individuals, under a liberalised foreign exchange regime. A daily reported that the “preferred sectors in the new investment criteria includes deposits in banks and investments in stocks, real estate and other industrial units in foreign countries.” The report ...

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Bangladesh visited and revisited

By Abdul Gaffar Choudhury More than a year ago in mid-2013 I visited Dhaka. Bangladesh then was facing an uncertain future. Awami League and BNP were at loggerheads about the process and procedure of the next election and it was almost certain that a confrontation between the two major parties was inevitable. Awami League then had survived the Hefajati uprising ...

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The option before Bangladesh’s disenchanted youth

Syed Mehdi Momin:: It is safe to say that the majority of the Bangladeshi youth– if not totally disgusted are absolutelydisillusioned with politics as is practiced these days. These youths today find politics extremely tiresome. Many young people don’t care about politics, they have the feeling, and perhaps rightly so, that whatever government comes to power is going to be ...

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Tourism industry hard hit by blockade

Ziaul Haque Howlader::  EVERY year the peak season of tourism industry in Bangladesh commences from November and lasts till the end of March. Unfortunately, every year, it coincides with the political unrest in the country. Tourism service providers and investors wait for the peak season for their big earning and to cover the overhead costs of the lean season. But ...

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