Set the numbers free

June 22, 2011
Jyoti Rahman
Set the numbers free

Forecasting is difficult, particularly about the future — the saying goes. Figuring out how things had been in recent past ought to be easier. Not so it seems when it comes to statistics in Bangladesh. Take the national accounts for example. Early every summer, the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics releases provisional national accounts for the...
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Power crisis — some facts and figures

December 18, 2010
Jyoti Rahman
Power crisis — some facts and figures

While our politics is consumed by petty personal vendetta, the electricity crisis continues to pose as the biggest risk to our economy.  How did we get here? And what is the government doing about it? Let’s explore these questions with some numbers.
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Interpreting Bhola-3 verdict

April 22, 2010
Jyoti Rahman
Interpreting Bhola-3 verdict

Voters in Bhola-3 constituency will choose a new MP on April 24.  Awami League’s Major Jasimuddin won the seat in December 2008, but his candidacy was later found illegal — hence the fresh election. Nurunnabi Chowdhury is the new AL candidate.  Major Hafizuddin Ahmed has the BNP ticket. He won here in 1991, 1996, and...
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Hoi hoi, hai hai, or don’t believe the hype

January 17, 2010
Jyoti Rahman
Hoi hoi, hai hai, or don’t believe the hype

The Prime Minister returned from India to a ‘showdown’ arranged by the Awami League to receive her at the airport. At least on TV, it seemed as if she had returned from exile, not a state visit to a friendly country. Balancing this hoi hoi, the opposition BNP has said that the PM had...
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