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If the Rana Plaza collapse has shown us anything, it is that we as a nation can come together, and can survive the worst catastrophes It has been four years since Rana Plaza collapsed, shaking the nation. But we haven’t forgotten. With more than 1,100 losing their lives to the incident, it remains one of […]

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Syed Badrul Ahsan The first time I met Lucky Akhand was quite some years ago, at the home of my friends Khokon and Mala in Old Dhaka’s Armanitola. He was there as a guest, like me. And there was Fahmida Nabi too. With individuals like Akhand and Fahmida around, obviously music was the staple of […]

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Nadeem Qadir The ball is in India’s court It appears that the dust kicked off with the visit to India by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is slowly settling down and I feel that we in Bangladesh have failed to realise a very important point: Whether it’s Teesta or Indo-Bangla ties, it is now a challenge […]

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Buses are parked on Mirpur Ceramic Road in the capital yesterday. As the BRTA went on a drive against so-called “special”, “seating” and “gate-lock” bus services on city streets, transport owners kept their vehicles out of service, causing passengers to suffer. The drive has been suspended for 15 days. Photo: Rashed Shumon More than 800 […]

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Men with multiple identities in govt stand in the way of getting transport sector in order An aerial view of the capital’s Farmgate area around 11:30am yesterday shows a handful of buses. Commuters continue to suffer as many bus owners kept their vehicles off the streets due to BRTA’s drive against “seating”, “gate-lock”, “nonstop” and […]

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Tetul Hujur now sour with Khaleda, sweet with Hasina Minar Rashid   It requires a little bit of explanation of this title for non-Bengali readers of this column. Tetul is a Bengali word for tamarind, and ‘Hujur’ is used to address a Muslim cleric. Tetul Hujur in English would be something like Mister Tamarind even […]

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PM’S VISIT TO INDIA The devils in the details A lot has been made of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to India. After all, it was her first bilateral visit to the neighbouring country in seven years. As expected, discussions in the Bangladeshi media was dominated by the Teesta water sharing issue which, as predicted, […]

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Minar Rashid ধর্ষিতার প্রতি ইতালির আদালত এবং আমাদের গণমাধ্যম ( দৈনিক নয়া দিগন্তে প্রকাশিত উপ সম্পাদকীয় কলাম ) ইতালির একটি আদালত জনৈকা ধর্ষিতাকে এক হৃদয়বিদারক প্রশ্ন করে বসে, ধর্ষণের সময় আপনি পা দু’টিকে একত্রে রাখলেন না কেন? ধর্ষিতার প্রতি সহানুভূতি থাকা সত্ত্বেও কোনো কোনো পরিস্থিতিতে বিজ্ঞ বিচারকগণ এই ধরনের প্রশ্ন না করে পারেন না। যদিও […]

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During our Liberation War, India extended all possible help to us, including providing shelter to more than ten million of our people, mobilising world opinion in our favour, and fighting the Pakistani occupation forces shoulder to shoulder with our freedom fighters towards the end of the war until we achieved victory on December 16, 1971. […]

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The natural reaction to the remarks of Prime Minister Modi that the Teesta issue would be resolved during the tenure of the present incumbents in both countries, and it will be resolved soon is – how soon is soon. These words sound like a lullaby, being repeatedly regurgitated, that a mother sings to a truant […]

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Minar Rashid তিস্তা চুক্তি দিয়ে কি প্রতিরক্ষা চুক্তিকে বাজিমাত করা হবে ? ========================== এক. আন্তর্জাতিক নদীতে কোনও দেশ কখনই এক তরফা বাঁধ দিতে পারে না । কিন্তু এসব নিয়মের তোয়াক্কা না করে আমাদের বড়ভাই তাই করেছে । কাজেই গঙ্গা-তিস্তা সহ সকল নদীর পানির ন্যায্য হিস্যা আমাদের অধিকার । এটা কখনই বড় ভাই ভারতের অনুকম্পা নয় […]

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Abdul Baten is more fortunate than many other people’s representatives. The mayor of Pabna’s Bera municipality, Baten was charge-sheeted in a corruption case, and the district court sent him to jail in May last year. He was then suspended by the LGRD ministry. A few days later, he came out of prison on bail. The […]

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