Special Supplements

Sexual violence in Chittagong Hill Tracts

Sexual violence in Chittagong Hill Tracts

‘The reason for escalating sexual violence in CHT has been multifaceted since the conflict in the hills, home to various ethnic minorities, is linked with land, religions and cultural aggression with the state trying to dominate in all aspects…

Are we all equal in the eyes of law?

Are we all equal in the eyes of law?

I GREW up in the hills during military rule. In those days, one of the strategies of Bengali rule was the threat of raping pahari women. This is mentioned in Kalpana Chakma’s diary; clearly, pahari women’s lives in those days were constrained by this ever-present threat…

Attaining a long term solution to our energy problems

Attaining a long term solution to our energy problems

The nagging energy crisis in the country is more a result of not being able to utilise enough of the available energy resources, rather than a lack of it, at least for the present time. Natural gas – with limited to modest reserve – has been the single biggest source of energy in meeting the lion’s share of energy need in the country. And yet we know for a long time that we have another energy source, coal, in significant reserve, lying unutilised. The country does not have long term energy security, but it could certainly get to…

Keeping up with our growing demand

Keeping up with our growing demand

Bangladesh has been developing at a steady pace in the last ten years despite intermittent political turmoil and natural calamities. The GDP growth remained at a healthy range of 5.5 per cent to 6 per cent. Even the world economic meltdown in 2008 and the sharp rise in oil price did not affect the economy so much. The flexibility of the business leaders, the resilience of the workers and the overall determination of the people kept the growth engine running.

Govt relies on off the cuff solution to power crisis

Govt relies on off the cuff solution to power crisis

The government’s dependence on expensive rental power has been growing since 2007-08 financial year when it started purchasing electricity from such plants on short-term basis…

The first solar mini-grid service in Bangladesh

The first solar mini-grid service in Bangladesh

Despite its large population, Bangladesh has achieved substantial economic growth over the last 15 years. Deficient infrastructure prevents the country from achieving its full growth potential. This situation is particularly evident in the economically disadvantaged remote and rural…

People suffer for rapid rise in fuels, power prices

People suffer for rapid rise in fuels, power prices

Rapid increase in the prices of fuels and electricity between March 2010 and March 2014 has enormously burdened people by pushing up their cost of living…

Govt goes for expensive solar power, Ignores wind, bio-wastes

Govt goes for expensive solar power, Ignores wind, bio-wastes

The government has made little progress in exploring low-cost renewable energy sources like wind and bio-wastes. Instead, it has been focusing on the high cost solar energy for alternative source of electricity generation using import-based solar cells, experts said.

Long term options not in sight

Long term options not in sight

The private entrepreneurs have deferred the installation of at least 23 long-term power plants with combined generation capacity of 3,524MW by up two years putting the government under pressure of purchasing expensive electricity from…

ENERGY NEWS

Solar panels in 204 upazila complexes planned, Govt withdraws mandatory provision for rooftop solar systems, Power development allocation to increase next fiscal, PDB to buy wind power for Tk 9.60 a unit, BERC to ask captive power users to set up cogeneration systems, BB’s Tk 200-crore revolving fund for green energy, PSC signed with Santos-Kris JV for…

No headway in oil-gas exploration as country runs out of reserves

No headway in oil-gas exploration as country runs out of reserves

Much trumpeted exploration of oil and gas by foreign companies and the state-run Petrobangla brought no hope for the energy starved Bangladesh over the past seven years…

Last word first

For Bangladesh, a country which has been born out of blood and fire, the ‘last word’ is, as the constitution of the state once envisaged, ‘a democracy in which fundamental human rights and freedoms and respect for the dignity and worth of the person’ is guaranteed, so that the people of this country, irrespective of their religious, ethnic and gender […]

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Thinking in post-normal times

Finally, these times and the networks that they create can also lead to self-organised popular movements. Mobile phones, email, and Facebook have created quick systems of communication and allowed unusual forms of modern secular protests to show up as forms of resistance to various undemocratic practices prevailing in societies or a call for justice as in Shahbagh last February. But […]

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Democracy, disillusion and development

The absence of democracy’s constructive role denies citizens an opportunity of what the leading philosopher John Rawls calls ‘the exercise of public reason’. They cannot participate in political discussions to be in a position to influence public choice. Nor can they learn from one another, and help society to form its values and priorities. In other words, instead of inclusionary […]

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World Bank’s tale of poverty reduction in Bangladesh

It could be said that, while the statistics is credible enough to represent the poverty reduction, I personally do not harbour rosy illusions about ‘poverty alleviation’ in Bangladesh. To me, the poverty condition in everyday life in Bangladesh society seems to have come all pervasive as majority of the ordinary people do not have access to basic needs. Naturally, one […]

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The ‘Bangladeshi youth’, discursively

APPEARANCE can be deceptive; sometimes very deceptive. Is that why we are having a hard time understanding Shahbagh? Many asked me to tell them why the media was so engrossed in the Shahbagh phenomenon. Maybe, they feel I have something to say about it just because I study political science. Well, Shahbagh is complicated, to say the least, and we […]

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Capitalism spells doom for humanity

A 1993 conversation between the late Paul Sweezy and Professor Anu Muhammad PAUL Sweezy (April 10, 1910–February 27, 2004), one of the leading Marxist thinkers, economists and authors from the United States, studied economics at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Harvard. He taught economics in many universities in the US. In 1949, Sweezy and Leo Huberman founded a new […]

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A reminder of what Bangladesh tried not to have

MEMORIES and amnesia are an essential part of the growing up process of an individual as well as nation to its selfhood. Indeed there is a big ethical question when one resorts to academic research based on memories. It is a question of intruding into the privacy of the individual concerned; and also the extent and the nature of the […]

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The way people democratise

PEOPLE democratise their spheres with own momentum, velocity and force manifested in its leadership, organisation and politics. Trajectory of people’s democratisation process that gets generated from contradictions in the realm of production relation ultimately frees itself from influence and control of dominant interests. Dominant interest, because of its prevailing paramount position in economy and politics, influences, manipulates, distorts and deactivates […]

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Of public accountability

CONSIDERABLE concern has rightly been raised in respect of accountability in Bangladesh in academic/research discourses, publications and roundtables/panel discussions and on the media. Surely, there are several types of accountability and several means of achieving accountability. Here, we talk, in the main, about financial accountability. Accountability lies at the heart of a public sector. By accountability we refer to the […]

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