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For Bangladesh 2017 has been a mixed year of achievements and challenges. Though some macro indicators reflect the positive trends, the overall strength of the economy is weakening due to a number of developments toward the second half of the year.

 

In the last year, the single most pointless wound inflicted by the US on Asia, not to mention itself, was its abandonment of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. In one fell swoop, the once great free-trading nation that was the United States of America died, leaving the global trading system utterly rudderless.

 

2017 has been a year of great ups and downs. It has been a year where we have seen significant improvements in the economic sector in particular, as evident from our high GDP growth rate and per capita income, as well as the ICT sector, which is set to grow even faster in future.

 

We agree with what the prime minister has suggested when it comes to doctors being on station at upazila-level hospitals.

 

Two individuals and five local IT firms were awarded The Daily Star, in association with Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) and The Daily Star for their outstanding contribution to the fast growing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry.

 

Each year begins with a ray of sunshine, as did 2017, oblivious to the chaos that was inevitably unleashed onto the world when some of the world's leaders took centre stage to change the world as we know it.

 

Let’s be honest: The Bangladesh Chhatra League is no longer the force for good it once was.

 

It is a story that repeats over and over: An indigenous community living for generations in an area suddenly being told that they will be evicted because some influential has decided to use it for lucrative purposes.

 

No one claims ignorance anymore about what is happening to the Rohingya. The United Nations’ human rights organisation and the capitals of the world all agree that the war being waged against the Rohingya is a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”

 

Yesterday marked the second-ever city elections in Rangpur, where highly impressive security measures were taken to ensure a fair and legitimate election overseen by the Election Commission.

 


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