What we’ve achieved and the challenges ahead – 50 years of ASEAN

As ASEAN marks its 50th Anniversary, the bloc’s economic achievements with regards to intra-regional trade and connectivity have been remarkable. Today Southeast Asia has a combined GDP of about $2.4 trillion. Overall trade has grown from $10 billion in 1967 to $2.3 trillion in 2015. The GDP per capita has increased by 63.2%, from 2007… Read More

Brighter Lives for Refugees

In connection with Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign, IKEA has donated a total of €30.8 million to help the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) bring light and renewable energy to refugee camps across Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The impacts of this initiative are: Over 284,000 refugees and members of host communities in Ethiopia… Read More

Bangladesh Assistance in Rohiynga Crisis: The Need for Scaling-up Relief & Aid

The harrowing encounters of the Muslim Rohingya minority group is a testament of the constant struggle for basic human rights which others take for granted, the rights that people are entitled to by virtue of them being human. This ethnic Muslim group constitute around one million of the total 50 million population in the Buddhist… Read More

The geopolitical landscape of Asia Pacific is changing dramatically. Here’s how

Two important events are having a significant influence on existing security arrangements in Asia Pacific. The result of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), led by President Xi Jinping, and US President Trump’s abandonment of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), is that many Asian states are re-orientating their long-held policy towards the two giants. Vague commitments… Read More

Growing with Bangladesh: From Fossil Fuel to Alternative Energy Source

Abstract: Braving odds, Bangladesh has aggressed as a promising member of the N-11 economies (Next Eleven Emerging Market Economies). The sustenance of this growth requires uninterrupted energy supply and a careful scrutiny of the national energy mix to complement the government’s projected Vision 2021, Vision 2030 and Vision 2041. However, the shortage and constraint in… Read More

Resurrection of Earth Energy through Carbon Capturing Plants

Recalibrating the environmentally damaged earth has never hit as breakneck pace as it has now with the Carbon Capturing and Storage (CCS) plants. This article is a blind taste test for the trade-offs and spin-offs of CCS as opposed to its expensive measurement in the developing countries.

The Singapore-China strategic partnership is worth keeping

Mr. Syed Munir Khasru says despite tensions over the South China Sea, the two are continuing their cooperation to spur development, not least through China’s belt and road. A good relationship would serve both countries well When Singapore announced last month that Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (李克強) will pay a visit to the island nation, the news was widely seen… Read More

This is the role that the G20 will play in the refugee agenda

DHAKA – Every day, an average of some 34,000 people are forced to flee natural or man-made disasters. In the last six months alone, more than 2,000 lives have been lost in the Mediterranean; over the last weekend in June, 12,600 migrants arrived in Italy by sea. Financial and political pressures are overwhelming the countries… Read More

A G20 refugee agenda

Every day, an average of some 34,000 people are forced to flee natural or manmade disasters. In the last six months alone, more than 2,000 lives have been lost in the Mediterranean; over the last weekend in June, 12,600 migrants arrived in Italy by sea. Financial and political pressures are overwhelming the countries in the… Read More

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পৃথিবীতে প্রতিদিন প্রায় ৩৪ হাজার মানুষ প্রাকৃতিক ও মনুষ্যসৃষ্ট বিপর্যয়ের কারণে ঘর ছাড়তে বাধ্য হয়। শুধু গত ছয় মাসে ভূমধ্যসাগরে দুই হাজারের বেশি মানুষ প্রাণ হারিয়েছে। জুনের শেষ সপ্তাহে ১২ হাজার ৬০০ অভিবাসী সমুদ্র পাড়ি দিয়ে ইতালিতে এসে পৌঁছায়। মধ্যপ্রাচ্য, আফ্রিকা ও ইউরোপের দেশগুলো রাজনৈতিক ও অর্থনৈতিক চাপে জেরবার হয়ে যাচ্ছে, যেখানে এই অভিবাসীদের গন্তব্য… Read More