M A Taslim

National saving schemes and liquidity

March 20, 2012
National saving schemes and liquidity

The government has finally raised the interest rates on national savings schemes to competitive levels — a measure that it should have taken long ago. Read more »

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Graziano da Silva

Towards a hunger-free Asia and Pacific

March 19, 2012
Towards a hunger-free Asia and Pacific

Economic advance in Asia and the Pacific has been impressive in the last decades. A recent World Bank report talks about the dramatic progress in poverty reduction across the region. In 1981, 77 percent of Asians lived in poverty – but by 2008 the proportion was just 14 percent. Read more »

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Rubana Huq

The taboo on the ‘third’ force vs. the public intellectual

March 18, 2012
The taboo on the ‘third’ force vs. the public intellectual

I refuse to believe that we can’t change the scene. I refuse to believe that Bangladesh is a coin with only two sides to choose from. I refuse to toss anymore. If Asif Nazrul, an avid nationalist and a member of the Law faculty Read more »

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Frank Domenico Cipriani

God and videogames

March 17, 2012
God and videogames

For me, the Christian season of Lent has always been a special holiday. It is been a time of self-improvement and sacrifice, where, for 40 days I take draconian measures to ensure that at least for one ninth of the year, I have lived up to the better angels of my nature. Read more »

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Edward Hadas

The lesson of Fukushima

March 14, 2012
The lesson of Fukushima

The first anniversary of Japan’s nuclear disaster is a good time to take stock. Opponents and proponents of nuclear power are doing so, and they have come to the same conclusion: “We were right all along.” Read more »

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Irfan Chowdhury

Democracy: Yearning for a second coming

March 13, 2012
Democracy: Yearning for a second coming

Not quite four years ago, then Presidential hopeful, Barak Obama told Americans, “Yes I Can” and with the rest of the world, they watched his ascendancy to the presidency, as accolades poured in from every corner. Read more »

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Afsan Chowdhury

March 12: The people suffered

March 12, 2012
March 12: The people suffered

It was not the well attended rally that made Khaleda Zia and her BNP look much better than they have in many years but the high-handed tactics of the AL Government Read more »

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MK Aaref

Rage, riots, and the making of an unruly nation

March 11, 2012
Rage, riots, and the making of an unruly nation

Something has gone totally berserk with our collective psyche.

We are no longer the docile, polite society of bhodroloks anymore. Read more »

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M A Taslim

Balance of payments: Recent developments and implications

March 10, 2012
Balance of payments: Recent developments and implications

Recent data released by Bangladesh Bank suggest that the pressure on the balance of payments has subsided somewhat. The stock of international reserves that had dipped below $9 billion Read more »

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