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Look beyond GDP numbers to understand people’s wellbeing Prof. Wahiduddin Mahmud says

The economic indicators such as GDP growth are important to assess the economic advancement of a nation. But economists and policymakers should come out of the obsession of using gross domestic product numbers and focus on the figures that people can see and relate to their lives, said two noted economists. "Economic development means an improvement in the standards of living and it is a matter of feeling. This is something that can be visible and

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Overworked, unpaid and abused, Bangladeshi women return from Middle East

Thousands of Bangladeshi women migrants, most of whom were employed in Middle Eastern countries as domestic workers, have been hit hard by the impact of COVID-19. Many of them have lost their jobs and were forced to return home without wages. Several of them have also been abused during the pandemic. Over 17,000 women migrants have already returned to Bangladesh amid the pandemic and many of them complain of forced return, deportation and non-payment

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Waste to energy or incineration Work’s for Europe, will it work for Bangladesh?

MUNICIPAL solid waste or garbage generation is increasing with rapidly increasing urban population in developing countries. Sustainable waste management is a major challenge for mega cities like Dhaka with 20 million people and smaller cities. The availability of land for building waste management systems (landfills, composting, recycling, and/or waste to energy) can constrain the decision making. However, we need to pay special attention to availability

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Help the stranded migrant workers Dhaka urges KSA, other countries

The government yesterday requested Saudi Arabia and other major labour-receiving countries to address the problems of Bangladeshi migrant workers desperately waiting to go back to their workplaces. The requests were made in a meeting between delegations of missions of Gulf countries and Malaysia and two Bangladeshi ministers at the state guesthouse Padma. "We have discussed [problems regarding] iqama and visa. We did not get any immediate result.

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Remittance keeps rising despite pandemic headwinds

Migrant workers who toil abroad have once again beat forecasts, sending home 36 per cent higher remittance in August, in a respite for their families as well as the ailing economy amid the coronavirus pandemic. Last month, they remitted $1.96 billion against $1.44 billion in the same month a year ago, Bangladesh Bank data showed. This was the second straight month in the current fiscal year that they sent a higher amount of remittance. The inflow

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Home > Bangladesh Migrant workers came back to Bangladesh in pandemic. Now their wait at home is too long

Mahbubur migrated to Bahrain in 2006 after borrowing a large amount of money and started borrowing again to run his family 14 years later. “Chances to go back to Bahrain are becoming slim as days pass. I don’t know what to do,” he said. Mahbubur is the only breadwinner in his family and facing hardship as he could not get any job in Bangladesh. Dreaming of a better future, Md Kabir Hossain, 32, a worker from Kaliakoir in Manikganj left for

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Specific Allocation in Budget Demanded for Migrants, their Families

16 migrant rights bodies on Sunday urged the government to increase allocation for returnee migrants and migration sector during this COVID-19 pandemic. In a joint statement, they said that the proposed budget for FY 2020-2021 had little attention to allocate specific funds for the migrant workers and their families. The organizations include OKUP, BNSK, BRAC, IID, WARBE, INAFI, BOMSA, BASUG, KARMOJIBI NARI, MJF, BNPS, DEVCOM, IMA , AWAJ FOUNDATION

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Remittances spur Bangladesh forex reserves to record $34.23 amid pandemic

Emergency funds of $732 million from the International Monetary Fund also drove the reserves, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal told bdnews24.com on Wednesday. “The good news has given us courage to fight COVID-19,” he said. The foreign exchange reserves reached record $34.23 billion on Wednesday. Officials said it was equal to import bills of eight months. Reserves hit the previous high of $33.68 billion on Sept 5, 2017. It has since hovered

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BASUG Analysis on Impact of COVID-19 on Migration

Netherland based Bangladeshi Diaspora organization BASUG has analyzed the impact of corona pandemic on the migration, challenges and way forward in its recent publication. ‘COVID-19 has brought most of the world to a halt. It has already made huge impact on every aspects of our society, economy and our day-to-day lives across the globe,’ according to 15th Year of Publication  of BASUG, Special Consultative Status of UN Economic and Social Council

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Over 40,000 Bangladeshis may be legalised in Bahrain

Over 40,000 undocumented Bangladeshi migrants have been in the process of being legalised in Bahrain under its ongoing general amnesty that began since early this month amid COVID-19 crisis, according to Bangladesh Embassy in Manama. ‘Amid COVID-19 pandemic, it is good news that Bahrain is legalising Bangladeshi undocumented workers,’ said Bangladesh labour councillor in Manama Sheikh Mohammed Tauhidul Islam. He told New Age on Monday that about

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