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Downward trend in budget execution

The government's penchant for making the national budget from bigger to bigger every financial year is quite evident. Big budgets do have certain demonstrative effect, but failure to execute them creditably triggers questions about the government's intention and ability. It is accused of playing to the gallery when budget targets,...

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When it is more than remittance earning

There exists a mixed picture as far as sending of female workers to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is concerned. Both outflow and inflow of these workers have been going on for the past few months amidst growing concern over their physical safety and security. Allegedly abused and tortured at...

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Support for the meritorious but disadvantaged

A rickshaw-puller draws to a halt at a road crossing. On the opposite side of the road a Dhaka University bus also stops right at that moment. A girl student alights from the bus and suddenly the puller's eyes light up. With a beaming face, he turns towards his passenger...

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High prices of daily essentials

Being a job holder at a private firm, I get a fixed salary at the end of every month. Every year, the office management approves a small increase in my salary. But when compared to the overall inflation in the economy, this increment proves to be really insignificant. In fact,...

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Rising number of suicides in the country

On September 21, a former student of Khulna University (KU) named Saikat Ranjan Mondol allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in his mess room. It's been suspected that Saikat killed himself on his failure to get a government job.Hailing from Shyamnagar Upazila in Satkhira, Saikat was a student of the...

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Illegal sale of wild birds

There is a law in Bangladesh that prohibits the catching and sale of wild birds. Still, these birds are openly sold on the streets of Dhaka.It's true that the law enforcers sometimes try to catch the offenders. But usually the crime continues unnoticed. Recently, while going to my office, I...

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