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  • Turkey drifting in the Bosporus!

    Turkey's dream of joining the European Union (EU) has never seriously crossed the Bosporus. Following an abortive coup in July 2016, President Erdogan's colossal task to force an exit of armed forces from politics is quivering Turkey.

  • Education as the freedom to create and to construct

    The theme for this year's International Literacy Day, “Literacy and Skills Development”, speaks of a pressing issue of our time, as the rate of job creation in the country struggles to keep pace with the number of people joining the workforce every year.

  • Welcome Higher Education Commission!

    Recently the government took a significant step to transform the existing University Grants Commission (UGC) into an autonomous Higher Education Commission (HEC).

  • In Asia, the future is female

    Asia is a powerhouse of growth in the global economy. From the 1980s onwards, economic development across the region has lifted millions out of poverty and doubled Asia's share of the world economy. However, signs are there that things are moderating.

  • AI in RMG: What's in store for Bangladesh?

    As I began to write down my thoughts on the topic of Artificial Intelligence (AI), I instinctively turned to the biggest AI engine: Google! Its powerful, AI-enabled search engine led me to the Deloitte Insights website.

  • US-India relations reach 'unprecedented heights'

    Soon after the signing of the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) with her American counterpart James Mattis in New Delhi on September 6, Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman termed the deal as elevating bilateral ties to “unprecedented heights.”

  • NRC issue in Assam and our security concern

    The ongoing registration of citizens in Assam first came to the limelight during the Indian national election campaign in 2014, when BJP Chief Narendra Modi announced in election meetings that if voted to power, the BJP would evict those he called “Illegal trespassers from Bangladesh”.

  • A case for cautious optimism

    Recent reports in the media have suggested that retail giant Walmart and e-commerce heavyweight Amazon are expected to enter the Bangladeshi market in the next couple of years.

  • Of political parties, general elections and RTI in Bangladesh

    A positive outcome of the contemporary trend towards authoritarian rule by democratically elected governments around the world is that it is providing a welcome boost to the limping Right to Information (RTI) or Freedom of Information (FOI) movements globally.

  • A case of laudable progress

    The 2018 update on the global human development indices and indicators was released on September 14. Covering 189 countries of the world, the update has revealed for these countries the levels of human development in different dimensions, their progress, the inequalities in human development achievements and the extent and nature of deprivations.

  • Technology can help close the gender gap in Bangladesh

    Each morning at 6am, across from the American Embassy in Dhaka, hundreds of day labourers wait in hopes of finding an employer. Garments, domestic, and hospitality workers walk on either side of the street toward factories, homes, and hotels.

  • Sustainable pricing is crucial for our apparel industry

    The ready-made garment (RMG) sector in Bangladesh has enjoyed rapid growth, with the country now well established as the world's second largest supplier of apparel and with the industry accounting for 83 percent of Bangladesh's exports, employing some 4.4 million people.

  • Rethinking diaspora's role in developing countries

    Are developing countries under-utilising a wealth of diaspora resources? Can more be done with diaspora capital, expertise and connections?

  • Another refusal to give workers their due

    In the past week, a few interesting things happened. For one, a report by a New York-based research firm was published, which found that Bangladesh topped the list of countries with the quickest growth of ultra-wealthy individuals.

  • Reviving Ducsu: Do's and don'ts

    After almost three decades, the election of the Dhaka University Central Students Union (DUCSU) may be held under pressure due to public demand and nudging by a rule of the High Court.

  • Low R&D expenditure hinders innovation and development

    According to the recent Global Innovation Index 2018, published annually by Cornell University and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), Switzerland is ranked as the world's most innovative country while Bangladesh ranked 116th, the lowest in South Asia.

  • Decent living through revised wages: “Fair price” first

    The discussion on the revision of minimum wages in Bangladesh's apparels sector over the last eight months has ended with a partial announcement of minimum wages by the Minimum Wage Board (MWB) on September 13, 2018.

  • Digital Security Act: From the frying pan into the fire

    Bad news: The law that will dictate your digital life for the foreseeable future is finally here.

  • Exciting scientific discoveries

    It is not very often that we hear about groundbreaking scientific advances in Bangladesh. So, reports in The Daily Star on two successive mornings about two exciting discoveries were very special.

  • How Bangladesh should approach the Rohingya issue

    It is quite evident that Bangladesh will be playing a prominent role at the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) this year since the Rohingya crisis will be one of the dominating agendas for not only Bangladesh but also many other countries.

  • Women-only bus is not the solution

    Early in June this year, a women-only bus service named Dolonchapa was launched by Rangs Group in Dhaka with a view to giving women a “safer” and “easier” travel option (The Daily Star).

  • The moral and economic case for action to end TB

    Today [Wednesday, 26 September], Heads of State will meet at the United Nations for their first-ever meeting dedicated to ending Tuberculosis as a public health threat.

  • Anatomy of “soft Hindutva” of Congress party

    Is India's main opposition Congress party treading a path of soft Hindutva policy to counter the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in the coming national elections? Is it the right path to counter another and the more hard-line brand of Hinduvta of its main rival BJP?

  • Why does the emperor have no clothes?

    America has had a fairly inscrutable history. Haven to the oppressed in the European continent, its early settlers, while relishing the fruits of freedom, pretty much exterminated its indigenous inhabitants.

  • Entrepreneurial about gender equality

    Establishing a business can be life-changing. Particularly for women in developing countries where it's a passport to financial independence: a means of breaking out of poverty. More women in employment gives families financial security.

  • Bangladesh Parliament.

    Representation and MPs' work in their constituencies

    In 2016, I attended a political science workshop at Wroxton College in Oxfordshire in the UK on parliamentary issues (the field is known as legislative studies). At the workshop I presented a paper describing the role and responsibility of Members of Parliament (MPs), as part of a research project administered by University of London, SOAS.

  • Your critics are your best friends

    Friends come in all shapes and sizes, as the saying goes. But a true friend is one who sees us more clearly than we see ourselves. They see our flaws, our good sides and bad sides, and are willing to say the things that most people won't say.

  • When a picture is worse than a thousand words

    It used to be said that “the pen is mightier than the sword,” but in these days of ever-increasing reach and power of the social media, the image has usurped the written headline as the number one medium for grabbing the reader's attention, with various reports showing that 85 percent of social media users respond to an image as opposed to the written word.

  • Toward Great Dhaka: The value of planned urban expansion

    The success of Dhaka as a productive, vibrant and resilient city is vital to Bangladesh's future. Home to 18 million people, Dhaka is the main hub of economic activity in the country, generating a fifth of national GDP and nearly half of all formal jobs.

  • CEPA: A game-changer for Indo-Bangla ties?

    Bangladesh and India decided during a meeting between their Commerce Ministers Tofail Ahmed and Suresh Prabhu in Dhaka recently to explore a bilateral Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) which is an important stage in the countries' burgeoning ties.