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Increasing gap between rich and poor to hamper sustainable development

THE gap between rich and poor people continues to widen in Bangladesh, which also ranks among those countries with the fastest-growing number of very wealthy people. Bangladesh, according to the

Doctors should ensure quality healthcare service to patients

IN a surprise visit to 11 government hospitals and health complexes in eight districts including Dhaka on Tuesday, the Anti-Corruption Commission found 92 doctors out of a total of 230

Shut down the war machine!

Dave Lindorff :The time has come to cut the US military down to size. Last November, the Pentagon admitted what critics have known for years: It cannot pass an audit

Freshwater thirst around the globe

Edward Jones, Manzoor Qadir and Vladimir Smakhtin :Starting from a few, mostly Middle Eastern facilities in the 1960s, today almost 16,000 desalination plants are in operation in 177 countries, producing

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Give due coverage on sports We are sorry to say that neither the print nor the electronic media takes proper steps to quench the thirst of the of the sports

Poultry feed import must not pose grave health risk

THE government has banned import and sale of meat and bone meal, a protein concentrate for poultry, because of its health risks to human and livestock. Commonly known as MBM,

ACC's role in fighting corruption

THE Anti-Corruption Commission on Tuesday suspended one of its directors for allegedly leaking information about its investigation beforehand and also having nexus with the accused.  The suspended official was recently

Personal responsibility in the age of technological progress

Michael M. Lokshin :In the modern system of criminal justice, the sentence imposed on such a perpetrator should prevent that person from repeating the crime, demonstrate to society that such

Time to break the silence on Palestine

Michelle Alexander :On April 4, 1967, exactly one year before his assassination, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stepped up to the lectern at the Riverside Church in Manhattan.

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Rohingyas must return The governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh seem to agree that forcibly displaced people from the Rakhine State of Myanmar, who are currently sheltered in refugee camps in

Stop recurrence of question paper leakage this year

WITH a view to stopping question paper leakage, the Education Ministry has directed to keep all coaching centres closed during SSC and equivalent examinations slated to begin on February 2.

The miseries of River Karnafuli must end

WITH alleged support from a section of officials, the encroachment of Karnafuli banks is still rampant by some powerful quarters flouting the High Court order.  Quoting investigation report done by

Combating climate vulnerability

Dr. Forqan Uddin Ahmed :Many scientists believe human beings may be causing something just as dangerous climatic changes over the coming century larger than any since the dawn of civilization.

A World Bank for the new world order

Alex Thier :The abrupt resignation of World Bank President Jim Kim with three years left in his term raises important questions about the institution and its leadership in the age

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Public hospitals not for private practice Medical professionals in Bangladesh command considerable respect from people. However, the health sector is increasingly becoming a private affair. Doctors' fees and the cost

Footpaths should be walkers' friendly

The efforts to help the visually impaired pedestrians in the capital city by two city corporations are going to prove worthless for setting up bars on footpath aiming at

Importing low-quality Vitamin for children a punishable offense

The authorities concerned have recently postponed the 'Vitamin-A' campaign due to the low-quality of the capsules imported from India. Under the 'National Nutrition Programme', the capsules were scheduled for

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Need for hawker-free footpaths :Most of the roads of Dhaka city were hawker-free for some days in the run up to - and in the aftermath of - the

The toxic timebomb of invisible ocean pollutants

Joanna Immig, Mariann Lloyd-Smith :Life on earth is utterly dependent on healthy oceans. They produce much of the oxygen we breathe, cycle the carbon dioxide, and regulate the weather

Answer to the polythene menace

Mohammad Zoglul Kamal :Polythene bags are everywhere - literally - and the world is not sure how to deal with them. Shopping bags made from polythene have become ubiquitous,

Gloom ahead of world economic storm

Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram :In light of the uncertainty caused by the US-China trade war, the IMF expects the US economic growth to slow from a three-year

Example of honesty and integrity

NEWLY appointed State Minister for Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Imran Ahmed set an unprecedented example of honesty by returning gifts from a local police officer. The politics of flattery

Bravery and courage of a Bangladeshi expatriate

FOR bravery and courage, a Bangladeshi expatriate has been honoured as he saved the life of a three-year-old boy in UAE. Bangladeshi expatriate Farouk, who works as a welder in

Strength and weakness of social formation

Md. Shairul Mashreque  and  Dr.  M. Abul Kashem Mozumder :It is obvious that policy makers and planners have to resort to such strategies that 'recognize the strength and weakness of

Do not teach violence to children

Sir Frank Peters :It's amazing how un-hinged society can become if you don't pay attention to the smaller details and address them appropriately. Take for example violence in society. The

Climate action: Seeds of hope for 2019

Imke Lübbeke :2018 was a big year for climate change. The release of the groundbreaking IPCC report last October sent jolts throughout policy circles and civil society, confronting us with

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Asia Cup FootballThe 17th edition of the Asia Cup Football have reached the second round with 16 nations, however,none from the South Asia. The line up is China versus Thailand,

Save the rivers, save the country

ONLY two out of 300 recommendations of the National River Conservation Commission's eviction of the encroachments on rivers and controlling pollution were partially implemented by the authorities concerned. The

Strict measures needed to stop adulterated food business

SELLING adulterated food in the city restaurants is nothing new. Though the relevant agencies, including Food Safety Authority, sometimes conduct mobile courts and fine the restaurants, the scenario is

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Improve cab, auto-rickshaw service :The regular refusal by cab and CNG-run auto-rickshaw drivers to drop customers off at their desired destination and to charge them appropriately and according to