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High growth firms create jobs: But what drives firm growth?

A new report looks at the characteristics of high-growth firms, drivers of high-growth, and what this means for policymakers. November 2018—Policies to create jobs, promote entrepreneurship and growth are key priorities for many emerging economies. Designing and implementing reforms is particularly challenging as policymakers attempt to strike a balance across sectors, firm size and incentives that can sustain growth in ... Read More »

Polls Bangladesh’s internal issue: Shringla

Lengthy talks with B Chowdhury’s Jukta Front leaders on Dhaka-Delhi ties Dhaka, Nov 19 – Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Monday reiterated India’s position on Bangladesh election saying they have no involvement with the issues related to the next national election slated for December 30. The High Commissioner said the next national election is an issue ... Read More »

Level-playing field in Bd sham: Me, BNP-men in jail: Khaleda

Dhaka, Nov 14 – BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Wednesday told a court that a level playing field cannot be ensured for all political parties in the upcoming general election keeping her and her party leaders in jail. “While everyone is busy with the election, we’ve been confined to the court. We’re made to conduct our election activities amid numerous ... Read More »

Climate of repression marks upcoming elections in Fiji

By Josef Benedict Johannesburg, (IPS) – Powdery white beaches. Crystal clear turquoise water. Palm trees swaying in the breeze. This is the postcard picture of paradise that comes to mind when tourists think of Fiji. But for many citizens of the South Pacific’s largest island nation, and its media, the reality is anything but blissful. Read More »

Oikya Front decision on joining election or not Sunday

Dhaka, Nov 10 – Dr Kamal Hossain led-Jatiya Oikya Front will unveil its decision on joining or boycotting the 11th parliamentary elections on Sunday. Dr Kamal Hossain will announce the decision at a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club at 1 pm said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. Read More »

Trump insults reporters, claims Acosta video wasn’t altered

New York, Nov 10 (AP/UNB) — Before hopping on a plane to Paris on Friday, President Trump insulted some more reporters, threatened that others may have their White House credentials pulled like CNN’s Jim Acosta and disputed reports that his press secretary spread a doctored video of Acosta’s encounter with a White House intern. Read More »

Bd elections Dec 23: Nomination Nov 19, withdrawal Nov 29

Dhaka, Nov 8 – The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) on Thursday announced the schedule of the 11th parliamentary polls when the political alliance Jatiya Oikya Front, which includes the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and some other political parties opposed the schedule announcement until the political impasse was over. Read More »

Create credible polls atmosphere, Left Alliance tells PM

Dhaka, Nov 6 – Left Democratic Alliance (LDA), a platform of left-leaning political parties, on Tuesday urged the government to create an atmosphere for holding a free, neutral, participatory and acceptable to all election. They also urged the government to dissolve Parliament before the announcement of the election schedule, form a neutral caretaker government, reform the Election Commission, scrap the ... Read More »

A radically realistic climate vision

By Barbara Unmüßig Berlin – According to the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world’s main scientific authority on global warming, keeping global temperatures from rising more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels is a feasible goal. The IPCC’s stance represents a move in the direction of the kind of “radical realism” that many civil-society actors have ... Read More »