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’s Bold Journey: From the MDGs to the SDGs

Bangladesh is one of the bright stars from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) era. The final MDG progress report published by the General Economics Division (GED) of the Bangladesh Planning Commission indicated Bangladesh’s remarkable progress: poverty was cut in half and school enrollment in primary and secondary achieved 97%. However, other social challenges persist such as… 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

Bangladesh bears brunt of Myanmar’s crackdown on Rohingya

Since Aug 25, over 400,000 Rohingya refugees have fled the Myanmar state of Rakhine into neighbouring Bangladesh. Bangladesh has been harbouring the Rohingya for decades, bringing the total asylum count, according to unofficial sources, to around a staggering 900,000. No other developing nation has hosted this many Rohingya refugees for so many years. The United… Read More

The Lady and the Exodus

The escalating campaign of ethnic cleansing by Myanmar’s military in Rakhine State is threatening to undermine the country’s ongoing democratic transition – and to tarnish irrevocably the reputation of the country’s de facto leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. But she still wields enough moral authority to act. DHAKA – Myanmar is in crisis. The… Read More

The disaster next door: on the Rohingya issue

India’s stance on the Rohingya refugees undermines its ties with Bangladesh and its regional leadership In a span of two weeks, almost 300,000 Rohingya have crossed over to Bangladesh from the northern Rakhine state in Myanmar, putting Bangladesh under immense strain and compelling the refugees to find shelter in squalid, unsanitary camps scattered along the… 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