Rising foreign currency loans: Risks and mitigating strategies

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Rising trend of foreign currency loans availed by private sector is a relatively new phenomenon in Bangladesh since access to international markets was liberalised only in 2008. Since then, foreign loans taken by the private sector have picked up significantly and currently stand at about USD 8 billion. Firms which have availed this new channel… Read more »

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Freedom to speak, freedom to offend

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Many people believe that 2013 was one of the greatest years in the history of Bangladesh. In February that year, people spontaneously came together to voice their demands for proper justice of war criminals, making it very clear that at least on this issue there is room for neither compromise nor leniency. Of course the… Read more »

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Greater equanimity required in understanding tolerance

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A raging debate has risen in India about tolerance or, as some would argue, the reduction of it in the country. The hypothesis about tolerance or intolerance can only be objectively judged on the basis of requisite data that is in paucity at the current instance. Debates often on the media and social media platforms… Read more »

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Why what Hanif said on Dipan killing is appropriate

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Hanif’s statement that Prof. Abul Kashem Fazlul Huq, the father of the murdered publisher Dipan, didn’t ask for the trial of his killers is because both he and the killers belonged to the same ideology, has made him the most (in)famous man in national politics today. Such a statement was insensitive to say the least…. Read more »

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The state under assault yet again

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The spectre of terror is upon us again. The attack on the offices of Shudhhashar, publisher of the works of the murdered blogger Avijit Roy, once again brings alive the audacity with which the forces of bigotry continue to pounce on the voices of liberalism in Bangladesh. In larger measure, this new attack that left… Read more »

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India-Myanmar-Thailand Highway and the North East

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The India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway, which is expected to become operational by 2018, could bring about a sea change in regional connectivity and accelerate India’s economic integration with the ASEAN. The trilateral highway has been a key component of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s “Act East” policy and designed to promote trade, investment, culture and… Read more »

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