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Coming full circle into darkness

February 2, 2015
Hammad Ali
Coming full circle into darkness

As I sit down to write what is on my mind today, I have this odd sense of déjà vu.
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Posted in Education, Public Policy, Social Issues, Violence | 3 Comments »

Our growing cities and their healthcare challenges

October 30, 2014
Dhiraj Kumar Nath
Our growing cities and their healthcare challenges

Although the goal was set for 2016, in urban areas of Bangladesh we reached the target
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Posted in Health, Public Policy | 3 Comments »

What is literacy teaching us?

October 9, 2014
Mahmudur Rahman Choudhury
What is literacy teaching us?

Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) in its Bangladesh Literacy Survey — 2011 figures published in June 2014 — states that 57.70 percent of the country’s population aged 15 and over is literate.
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Posted in Education, Public Policy | 1 Comment »

Freedom Fighter’s quota: A son explains his burden

July 13, 2013
Tanim Ahmed
Freedom Fighter’s quota: A son explains his burden

There are no two ways of saying this. I am proud of my parents. And it is not in a politely humble way that we are often taught to be.
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Posted in 1971, Public Policy, Uncategorized | 29 Comments »

Tongue-in-cheek approach to transit

February 3, 2012
MK Aaref
Tongue-in-cheek approach to transit

The ‘kind’ (mamata) chief minister of West Bengal has decided recently that she is not in favour of solving the enclave situation. She already showed the audacity to snub the PM of India by ‘sabotaging’ the Teesta water treaty.
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Posted in Foreign Affairs, Politics, Public Policy | 5 Comments »

“Street level bureaucracy” and corruption

January 15, 2012
Hasan Reza
“Street level bureaucracy” and corruption

A ‘missing link’ in our saga of corruption is the role played by our bureaucrats especially “street level bureaucrats”. The term “Street Level Bureaucrat” is used by Michael Lipsky, a renowned professor of social policy at Georgetown University (USA).
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Posted in Power, Public Policy | 4 Comments »

Opinion polls and municipal polls: error vs. reality

January 24, 2011
Shafik Rehman
Opinion polls and municipal polls: error vs. reality

Two daily newspapers, Prothom Alo and Daily Star, published the results of two opinion polls on 6 January 2011. Both the newspapers published summary of the polls on the front page. Full reports were published with graphics in tabloid sized special supplements.  Municipal polls to elect mayors and councillors were to be held on...
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Posted in Public Policy | 16 Comments »

One-child policy, please!

November 23, 2010
MK Aaref
One-child policy, please!

I was reading somewhere that by 2050, our population will be 250 million. Indeed it is a huge number to deal with. At least, I certainly do NOT want to be around, surrounded by millions at this scale. I am not going to delve into some statistical exercise. There is no point in arguing about the...
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Posted in Environment/Climate, Public Policy | 19 Comments »

A poison-friendly nation?

A poison-friendly nation?

A recent study has claimed that presence of toxic elements (9.7 microgram) in our blood far outweighs the tolerable amount (0.2 microgram) of toxicity. Indeed, there is a feast of adulteration all around resulting in consumption of poison — day in, day out. Don’t you think that we, as a nation, have wilfully become...
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Railway, an opportunity lost

October 23, 2010
MK Aaref
Railway, an opportunity lost

I recently took the train from Chittagong to Dhaka. I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised by the experience. The train left the port city exactly on the dot, and reached Dhaka within 10 minutes of the announced time. The only drawback was a stone thrown at the moving carriage at high speed,...
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Posted in Development, Economy, Environment/Climate, Public Policy | 2 Comments »

A Note on Climate Change, Food Security

December 6, 2009
Ad Spijkers
A Note on Climate Change, Food Security

Climate change will affect agriculture, forestry, fisheries and livestock production through higher temperatures, changes in rainfall and elevated carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration. Global mean surface temperatures are projected to rise by 1.8°C to 4.0°C by 2100. Such changes could severely impact food production and availability. Therefore, it is essential to take action now to...
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Posted in Agriculture, Environment/Climate, Public Policy | 7 Comments »

Agriculture: Nothing to expect from Copenhagen

December 3, 2009
Farhad Mazhar
Agriculture: Nothing to expect from Copenhagen

During 7 to 18 December, 2009, the world leaders from 192 countries will meet in Copenhagen, Denmark, to negotiate an agreement at the COP 15 of the UNFCCC to keep global temperatures below catastrophic levels. The Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was adopted in...
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Posted in Environment/Climate, Public Policy | 14 Comments »

An apology for coal-based solution

December 1, 2009
CSKarim
An apology for coal-based solution

Bangladesh is now staring at a situation when misleading perception of the past decades on abundance of natural gas reserves has suddenly disappeared. Even in a short term perspective, it is unlikely that the country can come out of the quandary of enormous and complex proportions. The situation is further compounded by the fact...
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Posted in Economy, Public Policy | 14 Comments »

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