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  • Why abolishing the quota system is necessary

    While the prime minister's statement on quota abolition in public services has prevented a volcano from erupting, many are shedding crocodile tears to keep the unfair quota system with some temporary treatments; and so the call for reform continues.

  • No negative reporting, please!

    Matern-al uncle, or mama, is an affectionate character in the lives of Bengalis. A typical mama is expected to indulge every whim of his nephews and nieces.

  • How about reforming the viva system next?

    There aren't many moments in my life as an ordinary writer where my writings on banning the quota system have gone in vain. I had come to my workplace in the morning and finished the piece in three hours.

  • What does sliding into 'autocracy' really mean?

    When I was a village boy, I learned from one of my grandparents that if I ever see a black cat, I shouldn't leave home to begin a journey for an auspicious cause. Later I realised that black cats are commonly visible in all villages and they come out of their dens particularly in the morning when most journeys are begun.

  • A journey by bus from Dhaka to Nalitabari

    Shouldn't people derive delight from travelling? Then why is it such a nightmare for people who use public transport in Bangladesh? My short story of a journey by bus from Dhaka to Nalitabari may give readers a glimpse of why.

  • Central bank

    Central bank's cry for help

    As a Bengali saying goes, “Don't dig a canal to let the crocodile enter.” Never has this been more fitting than now for Bangladesh Bank (BB) that is voluntarily inviting the interference of the Ministry of Finance (MoF) into all banking affairs, severely damaging the image of a fairly independent central bank.

  • Consequences of wrong economics

    Martin Luther King once said that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

  • Inflation phobia of central bank hampers growth

    The latest monetary policy testifies that the central bank is behaving like the Germans who once regarded inflation as more dangerous than a bomb.

  • Taking banks further away from the public

    When I, along with another colleague of mine, went to Philadelphia to interview jobseekers, the findings of one interviewee's dissertation reminded me of something: the recent news on bank directors in Bangladesh.

  • How early nominations can help the economy

    We can reduce this kind of political setback on the economy only by channelling the political exuberance in a positive way. Whatever control the election commission brings on the size of the spending by candidates, the political nominees will spend the most anyway.

  • Dramas, dilemmas and doldrums

    Bangladeshis relish drama and nothing is more drama-filled than election time. The atmosphere will be one of excitement and uncertainty this year.

  • A tumultuous year for the economy

    History repeats itself, though not fully, but history is the best educator. As we approach 2018, we can take lessons from the economic successes and failures of 2017.

  • No honking, please

    It is my great pleasure to be back in Dhaka for professional purposes after having lived overseas for two decades.

  • Why Patal Rail is a must for Dhaka

    The government is again contemplating building the nation's largest airport somewhere in the southwest part of the country.

  • Do we really need a central bank?

    Pet doors are small portals at the bottom of doors to let pets move in and out of the house. Sir Isaac Newton once made one big hole for a cat and one small hole for its kittens in the same door.

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    How India became a growth generator

    Addressing Rabindranath Tagore, the American philosopher Will Durant once pronounced, “You alone are sufficient reason why India should be free.

  • Record economic growth and the tasks ahead

    The 7.28 percent economic growth achieved in the last fiscal year, which the government has reported recently, is the second highest growth rate in Bangladesh's history.

  • Organising the calendar and advancing the clock

    Economist William Nordhaus found a political business cycle for the United States. He showed how the behaviour of the US economic cycle depends on which party, Democrat or Republican, comes to power. Whether our economic cycle significantly varies based on any political party remains a subject of study.

  • How can Bangladesh move forward faster?

    Banglade-sh placed 177th out of 190 countries in the world in the latest Doing Business Index, taking a step back from last year's position.

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    Posters and publicity syndrome

    While visiting Princeton University in New Jersey recently, the idea of visiting Albert Einstein's residence tickled my mind.

  • Ten Years of The Great Recession: The American economy is back on its feet

    The US economy has turned back. The last quarter posted three percent growth—much higher than their long-term two percent growth. US GDP has crossed the USD 19 trillion mark for a population size of 326 million, making per capita income USD 59,000 annually.

  • Private credit growth: Where is this money going?

    Private credit growth hit a five-year high in August, giving rise to more concerns than hope.

  • A fair recruitment policy for a stronger government

    America took capitalism and the market economy as the basis for its economic model from the first day of its independence in the late 18th century. In the subsequent centuries, the US continued its progress as the market economy fosters the culture of competition and empowers the customers to choose the best out of many alternatives.

  • Why reforming the public service sector is so crucial

    This type of brainstorming is almost entirely absent in our bureaucracy. In most cases, you are a good officer as long as you can memorise the existing circulars and follow them to the T.

  • A sweet budget turns sour

    This year's budget eventually turned sour though its components are fine. The major aspects of the budget can be fit into a pentagon model that has five components.

  • Rescue plan for 2018

    While we learned not to put all eggs in one basket, dumping all rotten apples in one basket might seem rather prudent. When two

  • What the banking sector gets and loses

    The budget, which is basically an annual outline of fiscal policy, has over time turned into an all-encompassing document for the

  • Why politicians and economists don't get along

    Rarely have we seen both politicians and economists dance together and play the same tune on the state of the economy.

  • A pentagon model to make the budget simpler

    If we compare an economy to an aeroplane, fiscal policy and monetary policy would be its two wings.

  • The ills of too much maya

    The word maya originates from Sanskrit, meaning attraction that you feel for your loved ones with a sense of bond and attachment.