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Workers in the garments manufacturing industry in Bangladesh lead pathetic lives, living from hand to mouth and barely able to eke out a living and sustain their basic needs, writes Mohammad Rubel Mia for South Asia Monitor

 

 

Bangladesh is a riverine country, but sadly, we have not done a good job of protecting the many rivers which sustain us.

 

The residents of Dhaka were stranded for hours on the streets on Monday as the traders of New Market were protesting the Dhaka South City Corporation's plan to turn the market into a two-storey building, by blocking the capital's Nilkhet intersection for around four hours. Whatever may be the merits of their demands, holding people hostage in order to extract them is totally indefensible.

 
Excessively high noise levels are not merely a public nuisance, they are a health hazard. And while there are noise laws in place — the acceptable volume is 55 decibels for daytime and 45db for night time in residential urban areas — regrettably, there is a lack of enforcement of these matters.
 

Bangladesh has proposed to build hydroelectric projects in Nepal to expand its power options after spending $1 billion to build electricity plants in Bhutan.

 

The UNDP report has only reconfirmed the worst fears we have had about the extremely harmful consequences on the local environment, its flora and fauna and wildlife, which the very large Rohingya influx in Cox's Bazar would cause.

 

In what resembled a now-familiar Trumpian outburst, the finance minister binned a report of the Independent Review of Bangladesh's Development (IRBD), a review of the country's development produced by the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD).

 

In an important development on Wednesday, January 17, the lower house of Afghan parliament – the Wolesi Jirga – approved the budget for the solar year 1397. It was essential for the budget to get through the parliament before the winter recess of 45 days, and fortunately, it was able to achieve success in this regard.

 
There is no doubt that the world is going digital in every way. Online banking in Bangladesh has shown us how digital platforms can help take banking services to those who do not have access to conventional brick-and-mortar banking facilities.
 
How we choose to resolve conflict says a lot about us as a nation. Unfortunately, for too long, Bangladesh has remained locked in a cycle of political violence and vandalism.
 


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