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  • Mon, 4 Sep 23
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Budget of last 14 years of Awami League government
Budget of last 14 years of Awami League government

Economics

Thu, 6 Jun 24

Budget of last 14 years of Awami League government

In 2006, the Awami League launched a strong movement against the BNP-led four-party coalition government, demanding fair elections. At that time, the caretaker government under President Yazuddin Ahmed, along with Election Commissioner MA Aziz, was involved in the voter list process. Facing mass agitation, power eventually shifted to the caretaker government of Fakhruddin Ahmed, which was influenced by the military.

Power import from India to get costlier
Power import from India

Power and Energy

Thu, 30 May 24

Power import from India to get costlier

The cost of importing electricity from India has increased. A review of the electricity import costs over the past five years shows that in the last fiscal year alone, the cost of imported electricity jumped by 2 taka 6 paisa per kilowatt-hour (unit). When questioned about this price increase, many attributed it to the start of coal power imports from Adani. The Adani Group's plant in Jharkhand was constructed solely for selling electricity to Bangladesh. It has been criticized for having slightly higher electricity prices compared to other imported coal-fired power plants in the country.

Why do these issues suddenly come to mind?
auto-rickshaw drivers clearing the roads.

Report

Sat, 25 May 24

Why do these issues suddenly come to mind?

Ultimately, it was Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's initiative that led to the auto-rickshaw drivers clearing the roads. The prime minister clearly stated that no one should be rendered jobless without providing an alternative means of livelihood. This has temporarily resolved the issue. For two days, auto-rickshaw drivers had blocked the roads in Dhaka. They were infuriated by the sudden restrictions on their movement. Protests by drivers from Mirpur to Rampura brought some roads to a standstill.

Won't rickshaw pullers be evaluated for their role in reducing carbon emissions
Won't rickshaw pullers be evaluated for their role in reducing carbon emissions

Won't rickshaw pullers be evaluated for their role in reducing carbon emissions

When a car's wheel turns, it emits approximately 162.1 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. But when the wheel of the rickshaw turns, there is no carbon emission. In our city, Dhaka, there are approximately twelve lakh rickshaws plying the narrow alleys. It's challenging to determine how many kilometers each of these vehicles travels daily. However, it's relatively easy to estimate the amount of carbon dioxide emitted from burning petrol in Dhaka if rickshaws were not present. But are rickshaw pullers given any incentives to reduce carbon emissions? They are not. But why?

Why is Bangladesh fascinated in the renewable energy of the neighbor
Why is Bangladesh fascinated in the renewable energy of the neighbor

Power and Energy

Thu, 9 May 24

Why is Bangladesh fascinated in the renewable energy of the neighbor

The price of solar photovoltaic panels has decreased to 11 cents per watt in the global market. Adding incidental costs for inverters and infrastructure brings the cost to 14 cents per watt. Without any additional expenses for land acquisition and management, Bangladesh is seeing the potential for renewable energy production through solar power. Bangladesh is seeking to import electricity generated from renewable sources like Nepal, Bhutan, and India. But why? So, is Bangladesh paying more attention to buying electricity produced by renewable energy from its neighbors? It is not unusual to ask such a question.