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  • Challenging Rosatom's claims

    Nuclear Power: Challenging Rosatom's claims

    Shevlyakov's piece is implicitly built on the assumption that the dissenting voice that exists in Bangladesh about nuclear energy is based on fear, and not scientific information. We want to assure him that our fear is historically and scientifically grounded.

  • Why rubbish anything critical?

    In what resembled a now-familiar Trumpian outburst, the finance minister binned a report of the Independent Review of Bangladesh's Development (IRBD), a review of the country's development produced by the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD).

  • Ivy's Poison

    The pictures on the front page of practically every major newspaper on Wednesday, January 17, conjure an ugly image of Bangladesh's political scene.

  • Dhaka North City Corporation Logo

    LGRD ministry holds the key

    It appears the mayoral by-polls to the DNCC have become uncertain following yesterday's High Court stay order. But the legal complexity can be removed and the LGRD ministry holds the key.

  • Walking the longest path with my favourite ghosts

    It was a kind of trip, I was told, that required passion and precision, courage, physical fitness, and above all, strong resolve. To me, as much as to those who had signed up for the thrill of it, it seemed like a rodeo minus the horses.

  • Rohingya refugee children

    40,000 'orphans'

    Thousands of children saw horror unfolding in their homes in Myanmar and they fled to safety in Bangladesh after walking through jungles and hills for days.

  • Licence to rape

    As women narrate their stories of shame– of how they were raped repeatedly by Myanmar army to the media, the case becomes even more convincing for UN special representative of secretary general to put soldiers on dock at the ICC in Hague, as she promised. Only one problem, and not a small one at that, may throw the spanner in the wheel – that Myanmar is not a signatory to the Rome Statute to the ICC.

  • A witness to brutality of Pak occupation forces

    Even more than four decades after independence, no initiative has been taken to preserve an unseen bunker that stands in the district town as a witness to the cruelty of the Pakistani occupation forces and the sacrifices of the local people during the Liberation War.

  • Mayanmar Rohingya refugee crisis

    Starting Rohingya Repatriation: Lot to do in just one month

    Amid uncertainty, continued fleeing of Rohingyas, and fire and destruction in Muslim minority villages in Rakhine, Bangladesh and Myanmar yesterday set up a high-powered Joint Working Group (JWG) to start “safe and voluntary” repatriation of Rohingya refugees within one month.

  • Question Leak: Math exams halted at 123 pry schools

    Question paper for primary school exams has been leaked again and this time it is in Natore.

  • Martyred Intellectuals: Still not war heroes

    We call them our martyred intellectuals. But these brightest sons and daughters of the soil are not recognised as freedom fighters. Their names are not even included in any government record. Worse, 46 years after independence, the government has yet to make a final list of the intellectuals who were victims of such targeted killing in the final hours of the 1971 Liberation War.

  • Majedul Islam Shumon

    Bring them back safely

    “Please bring back my papa or send me to him.” In a voice choked with emotion, Adiba Islam Hridi, 7, once again sought Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's intervention in tracing her father, who remains missing since 2013.

  • Cultural Heritage: Shital Pati on Unesco list

    Traditional art of Shital Pati weaving of Sylhet has been included in the Unesco's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of Humanity.

  • Dr Maung Zarni

    “Ending the genocide is not profitable”

    First, I have been a human rights and political activist for the last 29 years. I can't call myself a human rights defender and turn my back on my own country's genocide, like most human rights defenders in Myanmar are doing today.

  • Pay Tareque Masud's family Tk 4.61cr

    The High Court yesterday ordered paying Tk 4.61 crore in compensation to the family of eminent filmmaker Tareque Masud for his death in a road accident six years ago.

  • 20 years of the elusive CHT Accord

    The Chittagong Hill Tracts Accord (CHT Accord), signed in 1997 with the promise to end armed conflict and grant a host of benefits to the indigenous Jumma people in the south-eastern region of Bangladesh, has rather increased tension in the last 20 years.

  • BCL School Committee: Leave the kids alone

    Just when we thought we've seen enough of Bangladesh Chhatra League, an organisation that has been the subject of one shocking headline after another over the last eight years, the student wing of the ruling Awami League has found a way to send us into collective shock again.

  • No permit? No problem!

    Over 10,000 CNG-run autorickshaws ply the Dhaka city streets illegally by bribing a syndicate of traffic policemen and middlemen. Autorickshaws require a route permit for operating in the metropolitan area. Around 23,000 autorickshaws run in the capital and almost half of them do not have this permission.

  • The Disappeared

    The statistics, the names, the stories continue to pile up, an almost “normalisation” of the crimes taking place—anyone, doing anything, might disappear. Until one day, until this time, it is one of our own.

  • Mayhem over Facebook post

    A man was killed and 20 others were hurt after police fired rubber bullets and teargas shells as violence flared up in Horkoli Thakurpara village of Rangpur yesterday over an alleged Facebook post “demeaning Islam”. At least 30 Hindu houses were burned and vandalised as religious zealots ran riot in the village in the afternoon and staged demonstrations blocking Dinajpur-Rangpur highway.

  • rohingya refugee gir

    Solution, not punishment

    The United States right now is preferring diplomatic solutions to the Rohingya crisis instead of punishment to Myanmar though there is scope for sanctions if needed, a State Department official said in Dhaka yesterday.

  • Rohingya refugee Naf River cross

    Responsibility lies with Myanmar

    The US wants Myanmar to repatriate hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas in their own villages following their exodus from violence-wracked Rakhine State towards Bangladesh, a senior State Department official said in Dhaka yesterday.

  • Flag of Awami League and BNP

    Active BNP, cautious AL

    The BNP chairperson's road trip to reach out to the Rohingyas living in refugee camps is a refreshing deviation from a long hibernation of the party in terms of drumming up support.

  • two-storey building

    "Khamarbari"— destruction of a heritage site

    Imagine yourself in the year 1905. Governor General Lord Curzon has just implemented the Partition of Bengal. Curzon Hall and the Supreme Court were yet to be built.

  • Rohingya Refugee Crisis

    Further concerns over their return

    Myanmar's government began harvesting rice from farmland abandoned by Rohingya in northern Rakhine yesterday, officials said, a move likely to raise concerns about the prospect of return for more than half a million refugees who have fled communal violence in the area.

  • Historic building demolished

    Historic lab building being demolished

    Demolition of the century-old laboratory building in the capital's Khamarbari is going on despite an outcry from preservationists.

  • Six doctors for prisoners

    Six doctors for 70,000 inmates

    If you are poor and in jail for some reason and you happen to be seriously ill, you are probably out of luck. But if you are a rich inmate or have political clout, you do not even need to be sick to have extended holidays at the country's leading government hospitals.

  • Downplaying child sexual abuse

    According to Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum, a total of 494 children were raped in the eight months from January till August this year—among them 58 were gang-raped. According to their statistics, 37 disabled children were raped during this time, while 46 were victims of attempted rape.

  • Russian revolution

    Was the Russian revolution a proletarian revolution?

    What we call Russian revolution, from a long-term view, is a revolution in three episodes. Lenin called 1905 a "dress rehearsal" and, as Paul Dukes among others notes, he was the first to argue that October must follow on from February. So did Trotsky.

  • Robert D Watkins

    Rohingya crisis a great test for UN

    The ever-growing Rohingya influx is a crisis not only for Bangladesh but also for the region as well as the entire world, UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh Robert D Watkins has said.