Daily Archives: February 15, 2014

IMPROVING GARMENT WORKER SAFETY IN BANGLADESH

IMPROVING GARMENT WORKER SAFETY IN BANGLADESH BY FORMER REP. ELLEN TAUSCHER (D-CALIF.) On April 24, 2013, a terrible tragedy struck the Bangladesh garment industry. While the collapse of Rana Plaza wasn’t the first structural disaster the industry has experienced, it … Continue reading

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OBLIGATION OF INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES TO THE STATE

OBLIGATION OF INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES TO THE STATE MUHAMMAD NURUL HUDA THE role and obligation of an intelligence agency have acquired an important dimension and concern in the wake of the trial and conviction of the top bosses of the country’s … Continue reading

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BANGLADESH’S RMG GOING GREEN TO RETAIN COMPETITIVENESS

BANGLADESH’S RMG GOING GREEN TO RETAIN COMPETITIVENESS  Artist’s impression of Classic Fashion Concept’s RMG factory to be built in Gazipur with green technology   Ibrahim Hossain Ovi Three manufacturers – ABA Group, Viyellatex and Envoy Textile – have so far … Continue reading

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BGMEA OPPOSES RETAILERS’ PLAN

FACTORY INSPECTION STANDARDS BGMEA OPPOSES RETAILERS’ PLAN Refayet Ullah Mirdha The BGMEA has taken a stance against inspection standards set by platforms of foreign retailers and brands, saying many of their clauses are not in the national building code and … Continue reading

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RESTORING GSP

RESTORING GSP The restoration of Generalised System of Preference (GSP) facilities to Bangladesh by US remains uncertain as yet. As a matter of fact, according to Eric Biel, the acting associate deputy undersecretary for international affairs at the US labour … Continue reading

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IS KHALEDA EMBARRASSED BY HER AIDES?

 IS KHALEDA EMBARRASSED BY HER AIDES? SHAKHAWAT LITON BNP chief Khaleda Zia, in a press conference on October 21 last year, unveiled a formula for forming a polls time administration by picking 10 advisers from the 1996 and 2001 caretaker … Continue reading

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MUST ISLAM AND FEMINISM CONTRADICT?

MUST ISLAM AND FEMINISM CONTRADICT? MAHDIN MAHBOOB The inheritance law of Islam is an improvement from pre-Islamic Arabia, where even that share was not guaranteed to women The very question of whether Islam and feminism can co-exist will shock most … Continue reading

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TIME FOR BROADER CONNECTIVITY?

TIME FOR BROADER CONNECTIVITY? BARRISTER HARUN UR RASHID IT is reported that Indian High Commissioner Pankaj Saran, after a meeting with Commerce Minister Tofael Ahmed on January 30, reportedly said: “The concept of connectivity is now becoming broader. It is … Continue reading

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HEAL ECONOMY FIRST: MCCI

HEAL ECONOMY FIRST: MCCI HISHAM BIN MUSTAFA The government faces an uphill task of healing the economy, restoring growth momentum and rebuilding the confidence of businesses and investors after recent months of political unrest, a leading chamber said yesterday. “Much … Continue reading

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BANGLADESH IS IN ‘GREAT GAME’

BANGLADESH IS IN ‘GREAT GAME’ Great Game East An interview with Bertil Lintner, author of Great Game East, taken by Muhammad Ali Bukhari The largest arms smuggling attempt in the history of Bangladesh took place in Chittagong on the night … Continue reading

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BANGLADESH’S BUMPY RIDE

BANGLADESH’S BUMPY RIDE BY BRIG. (RET.) SK CHATTERJI THE COUNTRY NEEDS TO COMBINE STABILITY WITH ECONOMIC GROWTH. IT WON’T BE EASY. Bangladesh continues to be haunted by its bloody past. The boycott of the major opposition party and its allies … Continue reading

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THE VERY IMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCE IN AGRICULTURE

THE VERY IMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCE IN AGRICULTURE It is no overstatement to say that a silent revolution has occurred in the realm of agriculture in the country. A similar achievement was noted under the Awami league government in the nineties. But … Continue reading

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ALL OUT EFFORTS FOR ECONOMIC RECOVERY

ALL OUT EFFORTS FOR ECONOMIC RECOVERY It was heartening to note that the country’s top business leaders representing chamber bodies, business conglomerates and government officials sat for a meeting recently with the Finance Minister presiding over it. They discussed the … Continue reading

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NIKO CEASES OTHER EXPLORATION EFFORTS TO FOCUS ON INDIA, BANGLADESH

NIKO CEASES OTHER EXPLORATION EFFORTS TO FOCUS ON INDIA, BANGLADESH Canada’s Niko Resources has ceased all exploration efforts in Indonesia and Trinidad so that it can focus on further developing and exploring its key assets in India and Bangladesh, the … Continue reading

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GOVERNMENT TO SIGN DEALS FOR FOUR OFFSHORE BLOCKS

GOVERNMENT TO SIGN DEALS FOR FOUR OFFSHORE BLOCKS AMINUR RAHMAN RASEL Deals were supposed to be penned on December last year, but political turmoil held back signing The government is set to sign deals with two international oil companies (IOCs) … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW: “PULSE OF GROWTH” HAS BEEN IMPACTED BY GLOBAL INEQUALITIES

INTERVIEW: “PULSE OF GROWTH” HAS BEEN IMPACTED BY GLOBAL INEQUALITIES As the international community feels the stagnation of the global economy, a high-ranking official from the United Nations Development Programme ( UNDP) proclaimed that the “pulse of growth” has been … Continue reading

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BANGLADESH: THE PLIGHT OF THE ROHINGYA

BANGLADESH: THE PLIGHT OF THE ROHINGYA GREG CONSTANTINE It was a rainy afternoon in southern Bangladesh in December 2010. Monzur and three other men were sitting on the dirt floor of Monzur’s hut. The structure was held up by thin … Continue reading

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INESCAPABLE OPPRESSION FOR THE ROHINGYA

INESCAPABLE OPPRESSION FOR THE ROHINGYA GREG CONSTANTINE These photographs taken by Pulitzer Center grantee Greg Constantine were recently featured as a photo essay by theSoutheast Asia Globe in print and online. The photo essay was accompanied by an article written by Constantine, … Continue reading

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STATELESSNESS: A HUMAN RIGHTS CRISIS

STATELESSNESS: A HUMAN RIGHTS CRISIS Stephanie Hanes From the slums of Kenya and refugee camps of Lebanon to the sugar plantations of the Dominican Republic and the far reaches of Bangladesh, men, women and children across the world have found … Continue reading

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BETWEEN BURMA AND BANGLADESH: ROHINGYA, A STATELESS PEOPLE

BETWEEN BURMA AND BANGLADESH: ROHINGYA, A STATELESS PEOPLE GREG CONSTANTINE, FOR THE PULITZER CENTER The Rohingya are a Muslim minority group who predominantly live in the isolated North Rakhine State of western Burma (Myanmar). Over the course of only a … Continue reading

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