Girls to lead the way for Planet 50:50

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The UN General Assembly’s 70th session adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) carrying 17 goals and 169 targets to be achieved by 2030. These SDGs are considered as a universal, integrated, and reformative vision for a better world. Thousands of representatives from all over the world gathered in New York 25-27 September, 2015 to launch… Read more »

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Power Bangladesh: Some thoughts and reflections

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Whenever I am asked to write about how I feel about Bangladesh and its development, I find that I have so many feelings going back to the very painful birth of the country, that it is very difficult to write everything down. When I came to Dhaka overland from Calcutta in January 1972, I saw… Read more »

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Education: Insouciance of hope

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On an ordinary school night in year eight, I was trying to memorise a leave-of-absence application in English prewritten by my private tutor. A senior cousin, also educated in my home town, albeit in a private English-medium school, was on a visit from the US. He asked, “Who wrote this for you?” “My sir,” I… Read more »

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Democracy and Development

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In recent times, the political discourse in Bangladesh has touched upon the question of democracy and development. It was triggered by comments from a Minister and a senior ruling party leader who said, “We believe in democracy, but not too much democracy,” and argued that this is good for development and progress. His comments attracted… Read more »

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Bucking stagnation elsewhere, the quiet rise of South Asia

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South Asia has long been seen as an economic laggard, but that could start changing. At a time when growth is falling sharply in most other emerging nations, as commodity prices collapse and global trade slows, South Asia has proved relatively resilient. Together, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan are now growing at an average… Read more »

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