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Teacher-students ratio must improve at secondary level

REPORT brought out by Bangladesh Bureau of Educational Information and Statistics (BANBEIS) disclosed that secondary education is facing growing setback to make it accessible to all mainly due to

Chaos at Islami Bank is not to the nation`s interest

THE unrest in the Islami Bank -- the largest and most profitable bank in the country just over five months of its change over to a new management and

Saving world`s forest resources

Baher Kamal  :Humankind is the biggest ever predator of natural resources. Just take the case of forests, the real lungs of Mother Earth, and learn that every 60 seconds humans

Addressing the impacts of climate-induced migration

Tharanga Yakupitiyage  :As the world focuses on conflict-related migration and displacement, with an unprecedented 60 million fleeing from war and persecution, others are pointing to a less discussed trigger of

Globalisation is falling victim to bad politics

Globalisation has gotten a bad rap. The Trump White House associates it with all manner of economic evil, especially job loss. The administration has made un-doing the damage a central

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Confederations Cup FootballThe 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup will be its 10th edition, a quadrennial international men's football tournament organised by FIFA. It will be held in Russia from 17 June

Confusions over new VAT law must go

THE government must act quickly to remove confusion about the new VAT law as to what the final rate will be and how it is going to impact business.

Police can`t commit excesses like politicians

MEMBERS of law enforcement agencies or police for that matter surely have the professional right to conduct search operations based on accurate tip-offs but that doesn't mean it can

Caring the vulnerable street children

Dr. Md. Shairul Mashreque:A number of national and international organizations including state department of USA, Amnesty International, Transparency International and various human rights groups regularly publish annual reports on human

Let us hope for a Fistula free Society

Rifat Zafreen :Saleha, 45, suffering from Fistula is rejected and shown sympathy while her husband and only young son has been asked her to stay at the cowshed! Like Saleha

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Building a society fit for childrenApproximately 43 percent of our 160 million population are minors, of which 13 percent are deprived of their rights. Bangladesh ratified the Convention on the

Reformist Rouhani got a second term hopefully

IRAN'S reformist President Hassan Rouhani has decisively won the country's Presidential Election, according to official results, fending off a challenge by rival Ebrahim Raisi. With all of votes in

Jewellery business in Bangladesh cannot be run legally

THE jewellery business in Bangladesh has reportedly been thriving despite there being no import of gold into the country through legal channels. First of all the prevailing predicament is

The unstoppable destruction of forests

Baher Kamal  :The world's forests are being degraded and lost at a staggering rate of 3.3 million hectares per year. While their steady destruction in many Asian countries continues apace,

Gender violence blocking durable peace

Tharanga Yakupitiyage  :Sexual violence is increasingly used as a tactic of terrorism and thus must be addressed as a peace and security issue, officials said at a United Nations Security

Harnessing benefits of blue economy for all stakeholders

Lori Silberman Brauner  :In just a few weeks, the United Nations is convening a world gathering to discuss the health of the world's oceans and seas, with member states, government

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Truth is always harder  We thank Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha for his comment which he made at a judicial conference at Tangail circuit house on May 17, 2017. He

Road safety a far cry unless accurate data available

ABSENCE of a comprehensive database on the Road Transport sector is a major obstacle to framing future policies, conducting research and finding out remedies to ensure road safety in

Now Islami Bank is found playing with people`s money

NOW it is the country's newly-formed Board of Islami Bank Bangladesh that has been reported to approve loans to a number of clients without following the due course of

Trump`s White House in disarray

Mohammad Amjad Hossain :Amidst investigation of Russia's relations with campaign officials of Donald Trump during election campaign firing of FBI Director James Comey on 8 May by President Donald Trump

Changing geo-political scenario centering Afghanistan

Choudhury Zafor Sadeque :The prospect of forming an alliance among the three countries -- China, Russia and Pakistan was in the air for last few months. Now it is going

Cleaning up the air we breathe

Shobha Shukla :My first personal brush with the severity of asthma was several years ago, when one of my students suddenly started gasping for breath in the middle of her

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Price hike before RamzanMuslims around the world are preparing for the upcoming month of Ramzan. Like previous years, prices of essentials has been increasing rapidly prior to the holy month.

Recapitalisation making banks bankrupt only

AS the growing non-performing loans are depleting the treasuries of state-owned banks, the government has been pouring huge chunks from the National Exchequer in every budget since 2011-12 without

City roads have turned into roads of miseries

WORSENING situation of our roads has not only made Dhaka's inhabitants difficult to commute, but rampant digging and uncountable tons of dusts due to heavy construction of mega-projects have

Protecting child rights

Dr. Md. Shairul Mashreque :Contemporary concerns about human rights have now been focused on empowerment of the children as a vulnerable group. But empowerment of the children is not possible

Is China's Silk Road initiative at a dead end?

Peter Wolff :Last weekend saw Chinese President Xi Jinping welcome guests to Beijing for a major Silk Road forum. The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a central element of

Youth abstention from polls causing apprehensions

Roberto Savio :Immediately after the vote on Brexit, thousands of young people marched in the streets of England to show their disagreement over the choice to leave Europe. But polls

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Cumbersome transport tax payment proceduresThe process of depositing payments to the BRTA is very inconvenient for vehicle owners. Southeast Bank on the New Elephant Road used to accept payments, but

Proper use of subsidy can only benefit the poor

THE government's plan to increase food subsidy as well as subsidy to agricultural sector is surely a good move in the post flood situation when the farmers need low