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Lockdown-hit petty traders

Any lengthy suspension of normal economic activities first hits the petty businesses. It has been seen in this country during non-stop hartals and other similar political programmes. Few seem to have bothered to give serious thoughts to their plight. The nondescript traders suffer in silence. These days the state-recognised small...

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New LPG price does satisfy none

The energy regulator---Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC)---on April 12 last, for the first time, fixed the retail prices of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for the domestic market. What also has been unique about the BERC decision is that LPG would only fuel the price which will be adjusted every month...

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Let supply line be maintained

History's greatest teaching is that no one learns from it. The authorities have botched up things on many fronts once again. If the inadequacy, chaos, confusion and helplessness are most glaring in the area of medical facilities for treatment of Covid-19, the enforcement of lockdown does not lag far behind....

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Saving our World Heritage sites

Many of us may not know that there is a day of the year set aside for celebrating and promoting cultural heritage. Every year, April 18 is observed as the World Heritage Day. One of the goals of this day is to preserve, create and maintain heritage awareness. The United...

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Keeping kitchen market stable

It is nothing new that the prices of different kitchen items increase every year with the arrival of the month of Ramadan. But this year, the prices of daily essentials have been rising relentlessly now possibly because of the ongoing lockdown and travel restrictions. At the kitchen markets, eggplant is...

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Quitting smoking

There is a widely believed perception among many people that smoking cigarettes reduces stress or tension. This is why today's youths are seen smoking in their crisis moments. There is another established view that smoking is a kind of fashion or smartness, and a symbol of nobility. In reality, smoking...

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