The week in re(ar)view
Although by law all drug addiction treatment and rehabilitation centres need to have licenses to operate, apparently, none of the 115 such centres in the capital has any.
They also do not have any trained doctors or nurses. Considering the fact that so many people are becoming addicted these days and you don't have to pay any licensing fees, this is a hot business. Hopefully not for long.
No one has any statistics on how many addicts relapse into the deadly habit even after receiving treatment. Usually 'reputed' drug addiction treatment clinics and rehabilitation centres charge Tk 15,000 to Tk 30,000 from a patient while the substandard ones charge Tk 5,000 to Tk 8,000, to lure in clients.
Bangladesh not so free
Apparent reasons for this are extreme barriers to trade, excessive corruption, bureaucratic procedures, underdeveloped financial system and weak property rights.
It also said Bangladesh's economy was relatively free in terms of freedom from the government. Yep, refer to our “Drug rehab business” news. You can sometimes start a business and run it with impunity. Sometimes you can run it with nothing at all.
Electricity for hire
It just goes to show that anything can be rented. Considering the gradual lack of clean air, soon enough we will have to rent oxygen.
Selected bidders will install the power plants within 120 days of signing contracts, he added.
Rice in our bellies
Which basically boils down to just one option and its not a pretty one.
The last week saw prices stabilising and people are seen gleefully munching away.
Economists say the rice crisis result form government failure to ensure timely import to offset the floods and cyclone.
Horses and autorickshaws
Hundreds of CNG-run autorickshaws thronged the meter installation companies in the port city recently. They did it out of fear as the Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) seized about 70 autorickshaws from different points.
Of course, you make them put on the meters but how do you make them use it. Maybe we should refer to the unlicensed weapons in the previous section.
Definitely the committee members own high-end petrol driven BMWs, Volvos, Lexus and the like.
We are building a nation full of people who can face great challenges. Kerosene is largely used by the poor people who can hardly afford anything and raising the price raises the challenge. At this rate we may end up building a nation full of people dead from facing too many challenges.
By Mood Dude and Gokhra
Those old days
And the winner:
In my day, we didn't have hand-held calculators. We had to do addition on our fingers. To subtract, we had to have some fingers amputated.
In my day, we didn't get that disembodied, slightly ticked-off voice saying 'Doors closing.' We got on the train, the doors closed, and if your hand was sticking out, it scraped along the tunnel all the way to the next station and it was a bloody stump at the end. But the base fare was only a dollar. In my day, we didn't have water.
We had to smash together our own hydrogen and oxygen atoms.
In my day, the sun revolved around the world, and the world was perched on the back of a giant tortoise.
Back in my day, they hadn't invented electricity. We had to watch television by candlelight.
Tears shone in her eyes And rolled down her cheeks Since all
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