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Saving poultry and dairy industries

Like other industries of Bangladesh, the livestock sector, which includes the poultry and the dairy industries, has also been adversely impacted by the shutdowns enforced to combat the pandemic. Unfortunately, the sector has so far remained outside the purview of the government-provided stimulus packages for the small and medium enterprises...

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Food testing labs need major improvement

There is a sense of discontent among the conscious sections of the citizens at the inadequacy of the country's testing laboratories to determine the level of contamination in food products. Clearly, one of the key reasons impeding food safety operations by relevant authorities is evidently the dearth of skilled manpower...

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Many faces of honesty

The advice to philanthropists to acknowledge the benefits some of them have reaped from a system of social and economic inequality exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, has captured some readers' attention. Thus,Ford Foundation President Darren Walker emphasised their greater transparency to ensure accountability for expenditure of tax-exempted dollars."The work of...

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Productive investment required

Cross-border transfer of money in terms of capital flight or money laundering has decreased in view of health risks during the pandemic, suggest various reports. However, in Bangladesh, easy money is available to some people while the majority are struggling with economic activities. The amount of black money that is...

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No to ad hoc-ism in education

The auto-promotion of students, especially the ones who passed public examinations, has been an exception and should remain so. The education ministry has taken initiative to legalise such measures through amendment to existing laws. This was necessary although there will be debates on the implications of promotion of all students...

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Crisis of music

Artistes and creative professionals in the entertainment industry in Bangladesh as elsewhere in the world have been struggling for their survival as all their industrial activities have come to a halt. Let's think in a different way: This situation can also be considered an opportune moment to make fresh introspection...

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New dimension to road accidents

In a city like Dhaka plagued by traffic congestion, an increase in the use of motorbike has brought some relief to the commuters. Also, in other parts of the country, people are increasingly using motorcycles to move fast avoiding other modes of vehicles.However, it's frustrating to know that motorbikes account...

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