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  • Empowering the haor people

    Human beings, by nature, are surprisingly resilient. We fight back against natural disasters, human-induced hazards, economic

  • The state of our student politics

    The recent fiasco at Dhaka University (DU), involving a tussle between Chhatra League (BCL) and the protesters against sexual assault, stems from a grossly wrong-headed and reckless administrative decision.

  • Uncertainties Abound

    Being a visionary of Digital Bangladesh since 2008, our current government has achieved much success and overcome digital divides in order to ensure access to internet at the upazila/thana level in the country.

  • Going Digital

    While we are mesmerised by several hundred-billion-dollar valuations of Apple, Google, and Facebook, cyber pundits are already talking about the next killer app or the next search engine darling.

  • What's in an academic calendar?

    Bangladesh started with only four public universities and now has a total of 38 public universities and 92 private universities.

  • The Trump tax cut: A mockery of fiscal responsibility?

    It is well known that President Trump's much-ballyhooed recent tax cuts will have a major negative impact on the US federal budget, and according to some estimates, will lead to a USD 1.5 trillion increase in national debt.

  • Entrepreneurship to the rescue!

    In 2016, OXFAM released a report that categorically stated that the wealth of the richest 1 percent of individuals was equal to that of 99 percent of the global population.

  • Will EU become chief peace negotiator?

    European leaders are not unfamiliar with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's gate-crashing. For example, he invited himself to

  • If science is not sexist, why should we be?

    Let's be very candid—what do we want our daughters to be when they grow up? “Scientist” is probably not on the short list.

  • Why we need to manage talent in the public sector

    A few years ago, a bureaucrat friend of mine received a scholarship from the Department for International Development (DFID) to study at a top ranked university in the UK.

  • A technological intervention for urban mobility

    Dhaka's congestion and traffic problems are no secret. Transportation woes and endless jams account for great economic loss, and take up 3.2 million working hours per day according to a recent World Bank analysis.

  • Padmaavat: An epic film with lessons for us all

    All that brouhaha and petty religiosity surrounding the release of the Bollywood film Padmaavat built up a huge anticipation among moviegoers around the world.

  • Making police accountable

    At his investiture last month, the new police chief of Bangladesh committed to making each police station truly a centre for welfare of the people.

  • Workers' health and safety must come first

    Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) failures have turned into distress in all sectors—most importantly in transport, construction, ship-breaking yards and the chemical- and leather-processing industries. This has happened all over the country, but most frequently in the districts of Dhaka, Chittagong, Gazipur, Sylhet, and Narayanganj.

  • A Requiem for February

    Pahela Falgun, the first day of spring, did not work its magic of rebirth upon my soul. I felt no quickening, burgeoning re-awakening of the creative spirit in myself, nor did I find it in the natural world around me.

  • HSC Exam question Paper leak in 2018

    Plugging question leaks: A technical solution

    A spate of question leaks in public examinations has left the education authorities deeply embarrassed and, it appears, at a loss about what they can do.

  • Safeguarding migrant workers is in everyone's interest

    Social justice is a cornerstone of lasting peace and prosperous coexistence. On this World Day of Social Justice, we are focusing on the world's 150 million migrant workers, many of whom face exploitation, discrimination and violence and lack even the most basic protections. This is particularly true for women, who make up 44 percent of migrant workers.

  • Employment growth falls in industrial sector of Bangladesh

    A false alarm?

    Following the visit of robot Sophia to Bangladesh in December last year, there has been a lot of discussion about the possibilities of using automation in industries and its impact on jobs. As the ready-made garment industry is our lifeline, the discussion has mainly been on the impact of automation in the RMG industry.

  • Mother tongues in a globalising world

    It is a matter of great national satisfaction and pride that February 21, our Amar Ekushey, is being observed all over the world today as the International Mother Language Day. The Unesco General Conference had taken a decision to that effect on November 17, 1999, when it unanimously adopted a resolution tabled by Bangladesh and co-sponsored by 28 countries. Today, people in 185 countries will take a fresh vow to preserve their mother languages, as our immortal language martyrs had done 66 years ago. What a befitting tribute to our martyrs!

  • Digitised Public Exams: An innovation that can solve many problems

    The government is finally considering something that could really stop the question paper leak crisis. The education secretary has reportedly hinted at using tablet computers for taking tests. In this method, a question set will be prepared randomly from a question bank 30 minutes before the test.

  • It could have been better

    Bangladesh has scored 28 on a scale of 0-100 according to the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2017 released by Transparency International (TI) on February 22, 2018. The score is two points higher than that of 2016, which ranked Bangladesh 17th from below, two steps better than the previous year's position of 15th. Counting from the top we are at 143, which is also an improvement of two steps from 2016.

  • BDR carnage

    Pilkhana carnage: How do we define justice?

    Having fallen in my life's greatest dungeon of despair nine years ago, I am writing this with a heavy heart.

  • Emerging technologies for an emerging economy

    Bangladesh has been riding the growth waves in the last two-and-a-half decades with spectacular results: our exports grew six folds, our GDP quadrupled and our extreme poverty levels got slashed by more than half, not to mention our 30 percent increase in longevity and other human development achievements.

  • Only a free media can ensure prosperity for Bangladesh

    I would like to say with the utmost earnestness that a prosperous Bangladesh needs a very vibrant, free media. A thriving Bangladesh needs journalism of the highest standard. It does not need restrictive laws like the proposed Digital Security Act. Instead, a buoyant Bangladesh needs a very competitive private sector, a highly disciplined banking sector and an accountable and transparent administration.


    The Chief of Army Staff of India, General Bipin Rawat, has not minced his words. He was unambiguous and forthright. At a seminar jointly organised by the Centre for Joint Warfare Studies and the Ministry of Defence, recently held in Delhi, the army chief shared his thoughts on Northeast India. What was meant to be a talk of a professional soldier on 'Bridging Gaps and Securing Borders' of the region turned out to

  • Rohingya refugees

    Why the ultimate solution lies within Myanmar

    Although steps are being taken to initiate the return of Rohingya refugees, the likelihood of this happening remains low.

  • Rural

    Rural social fabric shattered by politics

    Since I left home to pursue higher studies, I have been visiting my parents, in the village, two to three times a year.

  • Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on 7th march historic speech

    The voice that touched people's hearts

    The March 7 address by Bangabandhu—the great poetry of our emancipation—is a time-tested speech. This great speech still ignites people. It flames forth our unquenchable thirst for justice. It makes us move in tune with the spirit of the Liberation War. Martha Nussbaum calls it a 'love', and thus distinguishes it from the simple embrace of principles. This love involves the feeling that the nation is one's own.

  • Now a part of world heritage

    People of Bangladesh know very well the intrinsic value of the historic speech delivered by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib on March 7, 1971. A country of the South and its leadership in the struggle for national emancipation has too often been presented through the prism of the North, the power base of most things on earth.

  • Attaining gender equality is everyone's responsibility

    Today is International Women's Day, a day to celebrate how far we have come in our journey towards gender equality. It is also an opportunity to take stock of how much more we need to do for a Planet 50-50 by 2030, where no woman or girl will suffer from gender-based discrimination and violence—a commitment that we made when UN Member States adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2016.