Daily Archives: January 9, 2013

Duty-Free Access and the TICFA Complex

DUTY-FREE ACCESS AND THE TICFA COMPLEX  By Naimul Karim The garments industry has seen a number of warning signs this year. From large-scale factory-closures to the controversial death of a workers’ leader in Tangail, it won’t be an exaggeration to … Continue reading

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IMPERATIVES IN THE POWER SECTOR

IMPERATIVES IN THE POWER SECTOR The country was reeling under a severe power shortage reflected in day and night load shedding ranging between 12 and 18 hours on average when the incumbent government took over.  All the power plants together … Continue reading

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On praises of HM ERSHAD

ON PRAISES OF HM ERSHAD AUTHOR / SOURCE: M. SERAJUL ISLAM Politicians are often criticized for having short memories. However, they are not the only one who suffers from this undesirable trait. People in public life in other professions also … Continue reading

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REFRESHING OUR MEMORY – The fire in Bangladesh

THE FIRE IN BANGLADESH BY JEREMY SEABROOK It is exactly three years since the government led by Khaleda Zia’s Bangladesh National Party and supported by the Jamaat-e-Islami fundamentalists, came to power. The operations of extremists pre-date this event; and even … Continue reading

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Keep economy, investment unhurt in 2013: Businesses

Keep economy, investment unhurt in 2013: Businesses AKM Moinuddin We all have said adieu to 2012 and like everyone else there is a list of wishes that the business leaders of the country hope to see fulfilled. And what they … Continue reading

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Collective efforts needed to ensure regional security

COLLECTIVE EFFORTS NEEDED TO ENSURE REGIONAL SECURITY Better ties between India, Pakistan stressed Security and international relation experts Tuesday stressed increasing collective efforts by the South Asian nations, especially the two nuclear powers for ensuring peace and security in the … Continue reading

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Food grain production and self-sufficiency

FOOD GRAIN PRODUCTION AND SELF-SUFFICIENCY BY M. A. TASLIM One of the redeeming features of our economic development during the last four decades has been the steady increase in food grain production despite all odds, both natural and man-made. The country … Continue reading

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Bangladesh ahead of India

BANGLADESH AHEAD OF INDIA Amartya praises gender equality Concerted efforts to promote gender equality have enabled Bangladesh to outperform India in all social indicators, said Nobel laureate Amartya Sen on Saturday. “The large number of women health workers or schoolteachers … Continue reading

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Is Walmart Partly to Blame For the Bangladesh Factory Fire?

  IS WALMART PARTLY TO BLAME FOR THE BANGLADESH FACTORY FIRE? BY HENRY ZHENG On November 24, 2012, a fire at a garment factory that killed at least 111 people in Dhaka, Bangladesh, sparked global outrage and calls for higher international labor … Continue reading

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China pledges to up import, investment in Bangladesh

CHINA PLEDGES TO UP IMPORT, INVESTMENT IN BANGLADESH FE Report Government officials and businesses Tuesday urged the Chinese government to build infrastructure in the neighbouring countries for relocating its export-oriented industries so that they can export those basic items to … Continue reading

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Bangladesh is a ‘role model’ of development, says Chinese official

BANGLADESH IS A ‘ROLE MODEL’ OF DEVELOPMENT, SAYS CHINESE OFFICIAL Dhaka, Jan 8 (UNB) – Terming Bangladesh as a ‘role model’ of development, the visiting vice governor of Yunnan Province of China Gao Shuxun said developing countries have a lot … Continue reading

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Dr Ali Al-Ghamdi: Luxury of lies

DR ALI AL-GHAMDI: LUXURY OF LIES BY PRITOM DAS The International Crimes Tribunals (ICTs) of Bangladesh are walking steadily towards ending the impunity that has been prevailing for 41 years. The people of Bangladesh and, of course, people around the … Continue reading

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Jamaat-i-Islami: A threat to Bangladesh?

JAMAAT-I-ISLAMI: A THREAT TO BANGLADESH? By Chris Blackburn The Jamaat-i-Islami is a radical Islamist movement which dominates faith based politics in South Asia- its main branch is located in Pakistan where the late Maulana al-Mawdudi founded the party. The Jamaat … Continue reading

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India’s lack of interest stalls sub-regional cooperation

INDIA’S LACK OF INTEREST STALLS SUB-REGIONAL COOPERATION BARRISTER HARUN UR RASHID During the tenure of the Sheikh Hasina government, two documents were signed that encapsulated the framework of comprehensive cooperation between Bangladesh and India, including at the sub-regional level. They … Continue reading

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The rise of militant Fundamentalism and Communal Persecution in Bangladesh

THE RISE OF MILITANT FUNDAMENTALISM AND COMMUNAL PERSECUTION IN BANGLADESH SHAHRIAR KABIR One of the most recent reflections about rise of militant fundamentalism in Bangladesh is the attack on the police by “Jamatul Mujahidin”, in Khetlal Thana of Joypurhat district … Continue reading

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Don’t bracket B’desh with Pak, let businesses operate: envoy

DON’T BRACKET B’DESH WITH PAK, LET BUSINESSES OPERATE: ENVOY New Delhi, Dec 17:  Not happy to be “bracketed with Pakistan” in terms of security risk, Bangladesh on Monday said it was creating problems for its businessmen to set up shop … Continue reading

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East Asia and the Crisis in Global Governance

EAST ASIA AND THE CRISIS IN GLOBAL GOVERNANCE Author: Peter Drysdale In this month’s Tokyo-based East Asian Insights, Hitoshi Tanaka, former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and now Senior Fellow at the Japan Centre for International Exchange, argues that the dramatic … Continue reading

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India rapidly losing ground to China

INDIA RAPIDLY LOSING GROUND TO CHINA BY PRAVAKAR SAHOO India should step up trade and investment in order to build a lasting relationship with Bangladesh. India and Bangladesh have a long history of bilateral ties. However, since 2002, China’s trade … Continue reading

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