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  • Dhaka Attack of another kind

    While this year's hit Bangla movie Dhaka Attack was running to packed audiences, there was another kind of attack going on in the heart of Bangladesh's 400-year-old capital city.

  • 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.

  • Culture, US Bangladeshis and the next generation

    When Bangladeshis move abroad, they take with them a little piece of Bangladesh in their hearts.

  • Unjoking the jokes for a very serious nation

    Bangladesh is the name of a serious nation. I could say “dull” but that would be a misnomer. We are not dull because sometimes we're capable of demonstrating a perfect understanding of the importance of not being dull. We know a

  • The psychology behind communal attacks

    Bullying is an interesting, unique and complex form of interpersonal aggression. It is a distinctive pattern of harming and humiliating others, especially those who are in some way smaller, weaker, younger or in any way more vulnerable than the bully.

  • Simple technology for a modern Bangladeshi court

    Modern technology, like the internet, has dramatically changed the modes of retrieving information. We expect faster outcomes with less effort. As a result, every sector is being modified to adapt to the changing society.

  • The democracy vs development debate

    A dichotomy can be defined as the presence of two alternatives that are jointly exhaustive (only these two alternatives, and no more than these two, exist) and mutually exclusive (the existence of each alternative excludes the other).

  • Looking beyond the numbers

    A teenage girl named Zannat used to come to our house in Mirpur occasionally to help my mother with household work, some six or seven years ago.

  • Talking about the unmentionable

    Globally, 2.4 billion people today do not have access to improved sanitation and 946 million still practise open defecation. It is estimated that only 26 percent of urban and 34 percent of rural sanitation and waste water services ensure hygienic separation of human excreta from human contact, and therefore can be considered safely managed (Hutton and Varughese, 2016).

  • Forcing internet giants to pay tax

    If the influence of Google and Facebook continues to grow at this pace and regulators let them get away without giving a fair share of their income to the regulators and publishers, we will be digging our own grave.

  • Making strides in workers' rights

    On November 24, 2012 a fire broke out in Tazreen Fashions garment factory in Ashulia that led to the death of at least 112 workers trapped in a building without adequate emergency exits.

  • The final story

    There lives a storyteller inside every mind. The stories that we create and tell ourselves, about ourselves, help us make sense of our constantly shifting identities and experiences, and justify our being who we are and doing what we do.

  • Pakistani war criminals must be tried

    Contrary to what some people believe, the Simla Agreement signed on July 2, 1972 had nothing to do with the Pakistani POW that Bangladesh wanted to prosecute because it was an issue between Dhaka and Islamabad. But Bhutto played his devilish card by making the 400,000 Bangladeshis who lived in West Pakistan hostage.

  • Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant

    Safeguarding our interests in Rooppur

    As an engineer who joined the Atomic Energy Commission in the early sixties in the hope of operating the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), it gives me great pleasure to note that the dream is finally coming true. Setting up a NPP anywhere has become a mammoth and expensive task due to the ever-increasing demands in nuclear safety.

  • The road to better health outcomes

    The healthcare industry has truly made strides in terms of information, record-keeping, administrative prerequisites, and patient care.

  • Young students must be part of public life

    Given the natural tendencies for middle-income countries such as Bangladesh to inherit or adopt architectural public policy designs from the West, domestic stakeholders in our country must surely push the state towards creating a holistic academic environment, catered solely towards and for the younger generation of our country.

  • Why scarcity of data should worry us

    A week or so ago, a colleague and I needed to fact-check a claim about gun deaths across the United States. We simply googled and found a number of sources. The most cited of these was the US government's own data. The National Center for Health Statistics, like many other federal agencies, preserves an enormous amount of important data on its website.

  • Pope Francis: Leading from the front

    Pope Francis is a leader who leads by example and not only by words. Simplicity and concern for the poor are two distinctive marks of a good leader. Gandhiji is a clear example. Pope Francis too tries to lead a simple life.

  • On the margins of ruin: War and displacement

    and clothe and feed and succour the ruined, forlorn Rohingya, I cannot but feel anxious for our own swiftly depleting resources.

  • Conflict of interest

    A heated debate is currently ongoing about the necessity to prevent Business and Industry Non-Governmental Organisations (BINGOs) representing Big Oil from disproportionately and wrongly manipulating, slowing and watering down climate policy and negotiations.

  • ICT Act, Digital Security Act and press freedom

    Article 39 of the Bangladesh Constitution impliedly prevents any bar on a person's freedom to write.

  • Why Sophia's moral calls sound hollow

    I was 16 years old when I first touched a computer. It was after my Dakhil exams when the madrasa administration decided that it was time we got ourselves introduced to the world of machines.

  • Three Mosques: “Muslim Generosity Would Electrify Hindu Masses”

    The 25th anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition will rekindle the debate: why was it demolished, historical wrongs, Mandal Commission inviting a Mandir backlash, Hindu yearning for a Ram temple and so on.

  • Rohingya Refugees - Repatriation or resettlement?

    In the past weeks, three important developments related to the Rohingya issue took place. First was the agreement between the governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar on the refugee repatriation.

  • Rohingyas during winter

    How to make it easier for the Rohingyas

    Winter is coming, and the now more than 620,000 Rohingyas living temporarily in Bangladesh need to worry about adequate winter clothing, food, and possible firewood to burn to keep them warm for the next few months.

  • The burden of imported energy

    In Bangladesh today there are visible plans of a changed landscape in the energy and power sectors. In fact, the country stands at a crossroads of major transition from an underdeveloped energy sector to a more developed one—from a mainly local gas-based mono-energy status to multiple sources in the energy mix.

  • Bangladesh apparels at a crossroads

    Bangladesh plans to increase its apparel export to the global market with a high ambition of reaching the USD 50-billion mark by

  • RTI vs RTP: Is there a contradiction?

    The disclosure of information on people's race or ethnicity during World War II caused one of the worst tragedies known to mankind. It led to secret denunciations and seizures, sending millions of friends and neighbours to labour and concentration camps and eventually to gas chambers.

  • How do economists regain the trust of Brexit Secretary David Davis?

    On December 7, 2017 during a debate in parliament, David Davis, a high ranking British Cabinet Minister, voiced his frustrations with economists, particularly with their practice of creating economic models and predicting the course of events using these models.

  • Fewer risks, higher rewards

    This is a time to reflect on the progress made in protecting the rights of migrant workers in ASEAN and the challenges remaining in ensuring that their migration experiences are safe and beneficial.