More ‘amazing things’ can be accomplished by working together: Shannon

US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs-Designate Ambassador Thomas Shannon concluded his brief Dhaka visit on Monday expressing his hope that the December-30 municipal elections in Bangladesh would ‘be free, fair, and peaceful’.   Shannon, currently Counselor of the US Department of Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Witness to realignment

Bangladesh and India have generated a new kind of trust and mutual understanding by implementing the long pending issues like Land Boundary Agreement (LBA). It made things easier for both the countries to resolve other difficult issues. Outgoing Indian High Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Basic philosophy of the Islamic banking

Islamic banking is set about implementing a balanced and consistent economic policy based on fair or equitable distribution of resources and for ensuring justice in sync with the Islamic ideals and principles. In transaction process, this particular financial intermediary system Thursday, December 17th, 2015

The ambitions and flaws of the Paris Agreement

Seeing the clapping and hollering enthusiasm from the likes of Al Gore and others in Paris, one would have thought the earth had been saved. “I now invite the COP to adopt the decision entitled the Paris Agreement outlined in Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Manufactured hype ignoring concerns over governance

  A rushed act in parliament, and unprecedented hype doesn’t fit the bill for free-and-fair polls.   From the moment the Rakibuddin Ahmad-led Election Commission came out with the full-scedule for the Pouroshava elections, the entire machinery of the establishment - think the Thursday, December 10th, 2015

War was unavoidable, Victory the only option.

It can be easy to romanticise war, when the spoils have gone your way. Certainly in the Bangladeshi imagination, the events of 1971 have always occupied a rarefied plane all unto itself. Rightly or not, even the thought that Bangladesh Thursday, December 10th, 2015

‘Violence is not inevitable – do something to stop it’ Nine Ambassadors

As women ambassadors representing nine nations, there are certainly a wide range of issues on which we focus.  Yet we all vigorously agree on this:  the urgent need to prevent and respond to gender-based violence in Bangladesh, in our own Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Partnering for inclusion

The United Kingdom wants to see that everybody, including persons with disabilities in Bangladesh, gets the equal opportunity to transform their lives as it wants to help Bangladesh implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through close partnership.   “We want to do Thursday, December 10th, 2015

For Bangladeshi women, home neither sweet nor safe

A rights group protesting recent violence against women and girl children on Monday urged the government to implement the ‘Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Act 2010’ appropriately to stop violence in the household.   The Citizen Initiative against Domestic Violence (CIDV) came Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Gibson to keep advocating for Bangladesh

Describing his long attachment with Bangladesh as ‘magnificent and memorable’, outgoing British High Commissioner in Dhaka Robert Gibson has said he wants to use his skills of 40 years diplomacy in Bangladesh after his retirement.   “After 40 years of diplomacy with Thursday, December 10th, 2015
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