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Kayes Sohel

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About Kayes
Kayes Sohel is a seasoned freelance journalist based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, with over two decades of experience in both print and digital media. His career has spanned several prominent media outlets, including bdnews24.com, The Dhaka Tribune, The Financial Express, The Independent, The Independent Television, The New Nation, and The Bangladesh Today. Sohel's expertise lies in a broad array of topics, with a particular emphasis on economic policy, banking, stock market trends, environmental conservation, and social issues. His investigative reporting skillfully uncovers the nexus between government actions and their effects on the economy and society, and his work is characterized by a commitment to uncovering the truth and engaging storytelling that resonates with both editors and readers.

In addition to his journalism, Sohel has also served as a media advisor, offering his skills to public relations agencies and multinational firms. His versatility extends to crafting compelling stories on branding, conducting interviews, and writing press releases. His role as a business intelligence consultant for various organizations worldwide further showcases his ability to analyze and communicate complex information effectively. Sohel's reporting on the Bangladesh government's initiatives, such as the implementation of electronic cash register (ECR) machines and the non-establishment of a Banking Commission, demonstrates his deep understanding of financial systems and regulatory frameworks.

Sohel's journalistic style adds color and interest to his pieces, making them highly sought after by both editors and readers. His dedication to high-quality journalism is evident in his calls for political activism and social responsibility, particularly through his passionate articles about environmental issues like the Sundarbans mangrove forest and the Rampal power plant. His coverage of the social challenges faced by workers in Bangladesh, the impact of COVID-19 on employment, and local sports events like the KFC Independence Cup, further illustrate his diverse reporting skills and his commitment to informing and inspiring the public.
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Graft in state owned enterprises hurts economic growth

01 Apr 2023  |  businesspostbd.com
The article discusses the impact of corruption in state-owned enterprises on Bangladesh's economic growth. It highlights that these enterprises, which are significant to the country's GDP and employment, are susceptible to corruption due to their close ties with the government. High-profile corruption cases have been reported, including those involving Teletalk Bangladesh Limited, Titas Gas, and Biman Bangladesh Airlines. The article argues that corruption leads to inefficiency, increased operational costs, and reduced competitiveness, which in turn affects the economy by reducing exports, increasing unemployment, and lowering government revenue. The government's attempts to use funds from these enterprises for development projects are also scrutinized. The article suggests that curbing corruption could boost revenue and economic growth, and emphasizes the need for better management and governance of state-owned enterprises to restore their competitiveness and public trust.

Life on the Edge: The Struggle of a Widow in the Slums of Dhaka

05 Dec 2022  |  www.shamskm.com
The article tells the story of Fazilat Begum, a widow in Dhaka, Bangladesh, who lost her home and land to river erosion 15 years ago. She now lives in a slum and works as a housemaid after spending a decade in the garment industry, which is a significant part of Bangladesh's economy. Despite long service, she received no retirement benefits or savings, reflecting a broader issue where only 4% of Bangladesh's workforce has access to pension or retirement benefits. The article also touches on the impact of COVID-19, which caused Fazilat to lose her housemaid jobs temporarily. The report highlights the lack of social safety nets for private sector workers in Bangladesh and the violation of the Bangladesh Labour Act 2006 regarding non-payment of retirement benefits. The investigative report is by Kayes Sohel, a freelance journalist based in Dhaka.

Why stock markets are struggling

05 Dec 2022  |  bdnews24.com
The article discusses a phenomenon in the stock market where institutional investors decide to re-enter the market and start buying stocks aggressively. This activity is noticed by other investors, leading to a further increase in demand and a subsequent rise in stock prices. The article suggests that this can create a cycle, especially if the prices reach very high levels.

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Why stock markets are struggling

11 Apr 2019  |  bdnews24.com
The article discusses a phenomenon in the stock market where institutional investors decide to re-enter the market and start buying stocks aggressively. This activity is noticed by other investors, leading to a further increase in demand and a subsequent rise in stock prices. The author describes this as a cycle that can repeat, especially when stock prices reach very high levels.

EC must fulfill promise to punish perpetrators of poll violence

18 Jun 2016  |  dhakatribune.com
During the second phase of union parishad elections in Bangladesh, violence resulted in seven deaths, including a 10-year-old boy, Shubho Kazi Srabon, and injuries to around 130 people. Despite the Election Commission's awareness and calls for increased security following previous election violence, incidents of clashes, ballot stuffing, and attempts to control polling stations occurred. The chief election commissioner acknowledged that these irregularities have compromised the political process. The article emphasizes the urgency for the Election Commission and police to enforce the law and end impunity for such actions to maintain the integrity of elections.

School of hope

04 May 2016  |  dhakatribune.com
The Bangladesh Protibondhi Foundation (BPF) has been dedicated to treating, educating, and integrating children with disabilities (CWDs) into society since 1984. Shopon, a success story from BPF, has represented Bangladesh in the Special Olympics and won gold medals. The foundation provides evidence-based strategies for prevention, early identification, and development of CWDs, and offers vocational training and special education following the national curriculum. Despite financial constraints, BPF has made significant progress, with the government enacting laws to protect the rights of CWDs. The Bangladesh Institute of Special Education, affiliated with the National University of Bangladesh, trains professionals in the field. The article highlights the importance of support and inclusion for children with disabilities in Bangladesh.

Naked outrage

21 Apr 2016  |  www.dhakatribune.com
In Mumbai's Malwani area, two teachers forced children to strip as punishment for not completing homework, revealing the abuse of power over the vulnerable. The incident, filmed and shared on social media, highlights societal normalization of such acts and the failure of authorities like the Mumbai police to take significant action. The article criticizes the societal values that allow such perversions and the superficial activism that fails to address the real issues faced by the marginalized.

Case of French aid worker arrested in Bangladesh

08 Jan 2016  |  www.dhakatribune.com
The French government, human rights organizations, and social media users are calling for the release of Moussa Tchantchiung, a French aid worker arrested in Bangladesh while visiting Rohingya refugee camps. Tchantchiung, a member of the NGO Barakacity, faces accusations of terrorism, which his supporters vehemently deny. The French government has been criticized for not doing enough to secure his release. The article highlights the dire conditions of the Rohingya and the challenges faced by humanitarian workers in Bangladesh.

Case of French aid worker arrested in Bangladesh

08 Jan 2016  |  www.dhakatribune.com
The French government, human rights organizations, and social media users are calling for the release of Moussa Tchantchiung, a French aid worker arrested in Bangladesh while visiting Rohingya refugee camps. Tchantchiung, a member of the NGO Barakacity, faces accusations of terrorism, which his supporters and Barakacity deny, asserting his humanitarian mission. The French government has been criticized for its perceived inaction, while Barakacity faces scrutiny and accusations of suspicious activities. The case highlights the dire conditions of the Rohingya and the challenges faced by humanitarian workers in Bangladesh.

Government to Mandate Use of ECR Machines in Businesses

26 Mar 2015  |  Dhaka Tribune
Bangladesh's Finance Minister AMA Muhith has announced plans to make the use of electronic cash register (ECR) machines mandatory in shops and businesses from the next fiscal year, aligning with the new value added tax (VAT) law. This move is expected to increase revenue collection by broadening the VAT base. Muhith also dismissed the idea of establishing a Banking Commission within the current fiscal year, citing various circumstances. The decision on the commission will be considered following recommendations from the committee investigating the $101 million cyberheist from Bangladesh Bank's reserves. The announcement was made during a discussion with the newly elected officials of the Economic Reporters Forum (ERF) of Bangladesh. Senior officials from the Finance Ministry, National Board of Revenue, and Economic Relations Division were also in attendance.

Wake up, you fools

22 Dec 2014  |  Dhaka Tribune
The article is a passionate plea for the conservation of the Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest, located in Bangladesh. The author criticizes the current generation for their indifference towards environmental issues and contrasts it with the political activism seen in the country. The piece highlights the Rampal power plant project, which poses a significant threat to the Sundarbans, and calls for united protests, particularly from the student population, to protect the forest. The author also mentions the efforts of environmental activists and scholars like Abdullah Abu Sayeed who oppose the project. The article ends with a call to action for the government to listen to the people and consider alternative energy sources, and for the citizens to take a stand to preserve their natural heritage.

Kingsley steers BJMC to nervy win

16 Nov 2014  |  Dhaka Tribune
Team BJMC won the opening match of the KFC Independence Cup against Rahmatganj MFS with a score of 1-0 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium, marking the start of the professional football season 2015-16 in Bangladesh. The only goal of the match was scored by Nigerian striker Eleta Kingsley, who also missed a penalty later in the game. Kingsley, who previously played for Sheikh Russel KC, was the standout player of the match. The game between Brothers Union and Uttar Baridhara Club was postponed and rescheduled for the following day at 6pm.
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