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For God’s sake stop beating the children

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By Sir Frank Peters

There’s an horrific misconception out there that beating children (corporal punishment) is obeying a command from God. There’s another totally ignorant belief that corporal punishment beats hell out of a child. There’s also one that claims corporal punishment serves the best interests of the child. And there are people who camouflage their own mental demons that torment them and these people perform the abuse and cruelty regularly in Allah’s name. What chances do a defenceless innocent child, only a few years away from the mother’s womb, have of living a normal childhood and becoming a balanced adult against such influential, compressed flawless ignorance? Many ‘teachers’ do not beat children in their charge allegedly for the chi...

Structural transformation of the economy

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By Finance Minister A. M. A. Muhith

As economy develops, a country's agriculture, industry and services sectors are also transformed. The economy consolidates during this process of development if the contributions of industry as well as services sectors to GDP are the rise. In the case of Bangladesh, encouraging signs of structural transformation are gradually becoming visible albeit the strong presence of agricultural sector in food production and employment generation is still there. In FY2005-06, the contributions of agriculture, industry and services

The limits of art in a climate of fear

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Since 2013, Islamist assailants wielding machetes and knives have killed more than 30 people in Bangladesh. The targeted attacks on liberal bloggers, freethinkers and atheists have created a climate of repression. "Life is beautiful, but it's also a curse," sighs Pervaj Hassan Rigan as he searches for his best cartoons in a cramped drawer. Almost in passing, the young man mentions that for months he would always wear a motorcycle helmet to go shopping because he, too, was terrified that the machete of a radical Islamist might come down on his head. There came a point, though, where he decided that he could no longer live in constant fear and put the helmet aside. Blood on the boot [caption id="attachment_26641" align="alignleft" width="612"]

Corporal punishment makes children aggressive

Sir Frank Peters

Sir Frank Peters

It’s a proven fact, the more caring that adults are in a child’s life; many times greater are the chances of the child achieving success and happiness. – You reap what you sow. It’s also a proven fact that the more corporal punishment experienced as a child, greater are the chances of the child becoming aggressive, becoming a wife-beater, a child beater, and mentally unstable. – You reap what you sow. From time to time people are known to shake their head in dismay, perhaps even in total disgust, yield a long big sigh and ask why there’s so much cruelty in the world. Don’t expect to find the answers here. I only know corporal punishment, whether administered

Non-performing loans: Curse for sustainable growth

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Now that Bangladesh has graduated to developing country all efforts should be made to strengthen the banking sector which is the backbone of the economy. The requirements and challenges of many to a developing country must not be ignored and the best way to do this is strengthening the capital & liquidity ratio of the banks, according to the editorial of the current News Bulletin (Jan-Mar’ 2018) of International Chamber of Commerce-Bangladesh (ICCB) released on Wednesday. Non-Performing Loans (NPL) is one of the issues that is impacting capital adequacy of the industry specially the eight state-owned commercial and specialized banks. For decades, state-owned banks have been the prime leader to the large corporate borrowers particularly in the industrial sector of the economy. ...

Hope for a much better, more prosperous Bangladesh

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Arun Kanti Chatterjee

I had the opportunity to visit my ancestral villages now in Bangladesh recently. When I landed at Dhaka airport after catching the morning flight on 15thMarch we were already late by over two hours. Bangladesh Biman had not alerted us officially anyway as the flight had been put off reportedly owing to fog. Again surprisingly when I returned on 20th the evening flight was again delayed by 30 minutes due to the reported belated arrival of a flight from Singapore. So punctuality appeared to be not their top priority. Further for a journey of only 30 minutes the fare appears to be much on the higher side considering the almost similar duration inland flights in our country. The airways might review the fare s...