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This is 2020 and everything has changed

JAYANTA GHOSAL

Did the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, call up the Prime Minister of Bangladesh? Yes he did! So what's with that? Earlier, when Sheikh Hasina had visited Delhi, we paid her a visit at the Bangladesh High Commission in Delhi. On that day envoys from various countries came and congratulated her. Pakistan's Deputy High Commissioner Syed Haider Shah told Sheikh Hasina that the Prime Minister had sent his best wishes. Even before coming to Delhi, Imran Khan spoke to her over the phone for about 15 minutes. So what's the big deal about this? This is general diplomacy. An Indian officer called me; he was unwilling to accept the development. His question was, "Alright, did you know that Sheikh Hasi...

Coronavirus

By Sir Frank Peters

They say “every cloud has a silver lining”, which means that even the worst events or situations have some positive aspect.

Bangladesh’s performance a ‘development surprise’

Tasneem Siddiqui

Pakistan is a country which is always in crisis — some of the crises are endemic, others temporary. Starting with the crisis of legitimacy and identity — whether Pakistan is a Muslim country or an Islamic state — to questions of provincial autonomy, civil-military imbalance and perpetual allegations of rigged elections, we are always in a state of uncertainty and confusion. A corollary of this predicament is that even after 72 years, we have not been able to find our ...
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Concept of Education Banking

 

By A. R. Farrukh Ahamed

Education is universally recognized as a right, not a privilege. Unfortunately, this right is often interrupted due to fund unavailability of the education providers and the learners too. The Right to Education is guaranteed by many legal tools of the global bodies as well as by the constitutions and laws of the state parties. But in many developing and least developed countries like Bangladesh, this right cannot be fully implemented as there has been a shortage of investment in education. Though ‘investment in education’ is considered the most effective and trustworthy investment by all the stakeholders, but fund is still not ensured by the pa...

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

The Fourth Industrial Revolution will take center stage at the World Economic Forum's (WEF) annual meeting next week in Davos, Switzerland. The concept, a theme of Davos this year, refers to how a combination of technologies are changing the way we live, work and interact. Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the Geneva-based WEF, published a book in 2016 titled "The Fourth Industrial Revolution" and coined the term at the Davos meeting that year. Victoria BeckhamSchwab argued a technologic...