Archive for ফেব্রুয়ারি, 2009

Remittance slump in offing?

Posted: ফেব্রুয়ারি 24, 2009 in Remittances

Govt and manpower agencies need to plan for downturn

That recruitment agents fear a 50 per cent slump in the demand for migrant workers due to the on-going global economic crisis, which could lead to a corresponding slump in remittance earnings, is worrisome news for the economy.

Last year migrants remitted some $9 billion, well over 10 per cent of the country’s GDP, and remittances have been the backbone of the economy for the past few years, playing the key role in keeping families afloat through the rise in prices of essentials, especially in the rural areas. (বিস্তারিত…)


The political economy of privatisation

Posted: ফেব্রুয়ারি 23, 2009 in Political Economy, Privatisation

PRIVATISATION of state-owned enterprises is an important item on the policy agenda of many countries. This is because of an ideological shift in perception of the role of the state vis-à-vis the role of the private sector in economic management as well as appreciation of the economic logic buttressed by inefficiency of SOEs.

US President Reagan and UK Prime Minister Thatcher, who believed in getting the government off the back of business, contributed to an ideological shift in the perception of the role of the state. Nearly simultaneously, the role of private sector as the engine of economic growth was embodied in the “Washington Consensus.” (বিস্তারিত…)

Scientific education

Posted: ফেব্রুয়ারি 23, 2009 in Education

While the slogan “Science for all” has been appreciated and accepted by most people, and scientific development is going on with the speed of light almost everywhere, the area of scientific ignorance among people of Bangladesh is widening. The situation is worse than even before because the politicians were almost silent as if it is not an important issue. They were more interested in importing science than local creation or innovation. The politicians should not be blamed fully because they became silent observing the previous activities of the responsible scientists in different sectors. It is pertinent to raise an important point here that all sciences are not science and all scientists are not real scientists. The main thing is to give the right person the right responsibilities. Otherwise, he will just pass time and destroy the whole system. (বিস্তারিত…)

Stop human trafficking

Posted: ফেব্রুয়ারি 23, 2009 in Human Rights, Remittances

Human trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, harbouring, or receipt of people for the purposes of slavery, forced labour (including bonded labour or debt bondage), and servitude. The total annual revenue for trafficking in people is estimated to be between $5 billion to $9 billion. The Council of Europe states that people trafficking has reached epidemic proportions over the past decade, with a global annual market of about $42.5 billion. Trafficking victims typically are recruited using coercion, deception, fraud, abuse of power, or outright abduction. Threats, violence, and economic leverage such as debt bondage can often make victim consent to exploitation. (বিস্তারিত…)

Work to remove illiteracy

Posted: ফেব্রুয়ারি 23, 2009 in Education

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said all the education systems in the country should be brought under a single syllabus to remove discrimination in education systems.

He also said a new education commission will be formed where good aspects of the previous commissions will be incorporated. (বিস্তারিত…)

Govt mulls new pay scale for primary teachers

Posted: ফেব্রুয়ারি 23, 2009 in Primary Education

The government is planning to introduce a new pay scale for all primary school teachers in a bid to end wage discrimination in the government, registered and community schools which will be implemented from the next fiscal year.

State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Motahar Hossain said, “Huge wage discrimination is existing at different types of primary schools. But the government wants to remove it. We will introduce a new pay scale for primary teachers so that the same qualified teachers can receive equal salaries.”


Govt firm to achieve 100pc literacy by 2014

Posted: ফেব্রুয়ারি 23, 2009 in Education

State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Md Motahar Hossain at a workshop yesterday said the government is determined to achieve 100 percent literacy in the country by 2014.

The minister emphasised the importance of a coordinated effort by the government and NGOs with a view to achieving the total literacy rate within the stipulated time frame.

Motahar said this at the inaugural function of a South Asian sub-regional workshop on ‘Material development for literacy and non-formal education’ organised by Dhaka Ahsania Mission in collaboration with Unesco and Bangladesh National Commission for Unesco at its head office in the city. (বিস্তারিত…)