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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...

Carbon tax could boost green energy in Bangladesh

Construction of a dam, financed by The Netherlands, in Boyer Char. A newly planted forest could stabilize the dam, but too many people living in the area fear to lose their basis of life. Man on his field between the river and the new dam.
Folgen des Klimawandels in Bangladesh. Ahmad beseitigt Unkraut auf seinem Feld am Fusse des neuen Damms auf Boyer Char. Etwa 1km vom Ufer des Meghna entfernt schichten Dorfbewohner in einem von Holland finanzierten Projekt einen Damm auf. Optimal waere es auf dem Land bis zum Flussufer einen Wald zu pflanzen, um das Land zu stabilisieren. Doch das Land wird von vielen Menschen genutzt, die nicht weichen wollen, da sie befuerchten, sonst ihre Lebensgrundlage zu verlieren. Fuer diese Menschen auisserhalb der Damms wird dieser im Falle einer Flutwelle zur zusaetzlichen Gefahr, da sich hier das Wasser staut. "Wenn Allah das will, werde ich hier sterben." sagt Ahmad. Er ist 85 Jahre alt und musste in seinem Leben schon 6 Mal umziehen, weil das Wasser sein Land und Haus zerstoerte. "Jetzt bin ich zu muede. Und wo sollte ich auch hin."
Bangladesh is weighing a World Bank proposal to introduce a carbon tax, the first of its kind in the South Asian nation, amid fears of a backlash from consumers. In its proposal, the World Bank suggested that the government introduce the carbon tax initially only on petroleum products. Bank officials advised the government to keep the market price of fuel unchanged by slashing its own profits. “The cost of a carbon tax should not be passed on to the consumers.”—Dr. Saleemul Huq Fuel costs are generally much higher in Bangladesh compared to the international market,

Neglected strategic issues on the Indo-Bangla border

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In the first week of November 2016, this writer, as part of a distinguished three-member fact-finding team of experts set up under UN-mandated program, undertook a rapid appraisal of the work of the voluntary agency Masum, which operates in four districts along the Indo-Bangladesh border in the Indian state of West Bengal. The agency seeks to prevent or deal with torture and extrajudicial execution by central and state security forces deployed along the international border. The team found that far from posing a threat to national security, the organisation is actually working to defend the human