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The way forward: rooting for our home-grown CBS

In the beginning of the last decade, banks in Bangladesh gradually started shifting from maintaining financial data in pages of manual ledgers to computer hard drives. The apparent ‘magic manager’ that helped them keeping together a mammoth and complex set of data amalgamation of banking ecosystem is the core banking

Service Providing Tech-Startups Hoping To Grow Into An Tk8 Thousand Crores Industry, As Promising And Innovative Companies Continue To Scale Up

Razia Begum, a native of Mymensingh, has been living in Dhaka for many years, working mainly in different houses as domestic help, or what is known as ‘chuta bua’. She still does the same work in 2018, but out of an office where she gets calls for work through a

Financing: A Tough Nut To Crack For Bangladeshi Startups

When Wasim Habib, Chaldal co-founder and CEO travelled to China for funding in 2016, it seemed liked he was going the wrong way. At the time, fundraising journeys almost always pointed the entrepreneurs West – he headed East. “The decision took many by surprise,” recalled Habib, who himself has long experience

Budget 2018-19: high promises, unclear goals

Pre-election budget is about understanding the political economy and delivering a sharp messageFinance Minister AbulMaal Abdul Muhith apparently dipped into his party’s electoral playbook to design the Tk 4,64,573 crore national budget for FY2018-19. The 84-year-old minister who stood at the front row in Parliament on June 7 for a

What budgetary measures we have for “Digital Bangladesh” this year?

National budget in each year opens the book for the aspiring IT entrepreneurs and make them to calculate what they are going to get and lose. While these calculations become tricky sometimes because of some budgetary measures which at best can be termed as ‘vague’ and ‘counter-intuitive,’ it forces the

Bangabandhu-1:Ushering into our ‘own space age’

On May 12, Bangladesh’s space age has dawned with the successful launch of Bangabandhu-1 satellite by SpaceX into orbit. An anticipated and arguably the most significant incident in the country’s ICT sector, the launching of BS-1 was earlier deterred on a number of occasions, fueling skepticism and speculation among common people. Getting


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