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Decriminalization supports a structure that would ensure healthcare and rehabilitation for the addicted if the person is not guilty of any serious crime. Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune Decriminalization does not necessarily mean legalization, but rather removes criminal penalties for use or possession either by law (de jure) or by practice (de facto). This is the third […]

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Minar Rashid হায়রে বাঙাল প্রশংসার কাঙাল =================== ১. আনন্দ বা উচ্ছাস প্রকাশের স্যাম্পল বা নমুনা দেখে যেমন একজন ব্যক্তির বুদ্ধিবৃত্তিক উচ্চতা কিংবা সাংস্কৃতিক মান মাপা যায় , তেমনি একটি জাতির ক্ষেত্রেও একই ক্যালকুলেশন করা সম্ভব । জাতীয় কিছু অর্জন নিয়ে আফ্রিকার কোনো কোনো দেশ উচ্ছাস প্রকাশে যতটুকু সংযম দেখায় , আমরা কেন যেন সেটুকুও দেখাতে […]

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The rich get richer, the poor get poorer Abu Afsarul Haider The title of this piece is not just a cliché, but also a fact. Over the past two decades, Bangladesh has been experiencing an impressive economic growth. Technically, we had already achieved the lower-middle-income status in 2015 by increasing our Gross National Income (GNI), […]

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No country for Beauty Nadine Shaanta Murshid SOMETHING remarkable happened this week. Babul Mia of Habiganj—who had raped Beauty Akhter (16) earlier in the year—had her raped again and killed for not withdrawing the rape case pending against him, surprising no one. That’s the remarkable thing, in case it’s not clear: that no one was […]

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An untold rape, life thereafter Bishakha Devnath There are special laws and special courts to ensure justice for rape survivors. And yet, justice for most of them remains forever illusive. There are at least three guilty parties here — defective investigation, incompetent prosecution and the law that favours the accused.     The result is this: 97pc […]

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Shedding light on ‘silent suicide’ by Tahsin Noor Salim | Published: 00:05, Mar 26,2018 The doctor’s eyes glistened with tears as the woman (Ms Sabr, pseudonym) in the wheelchair left his room. She seemed to be in her mid sixties, full of high-spirit. Had I not been there in the room, I could barely tell that […]

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Google sets up ‘news initiative’ to censor political opposition by Andre Damon | Published: 00:05, Mar 25,2018 | Updated: 22:27, Mar 24,2018 GOOGLE announced Wednesday that it is partnering with the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Financial Times and other major news outlets to reinforce their monopoly over news coverage by blocking independent news […]

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A war for oil

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A war for oil The first wave of American bombing of Baghdad at the start of the Iraq War on March 19, 2003. Photo: AFP Inam Ahmed and Shakhawat Liton This month 15 years ago, an unjust and illegal war was unleashed on Iraq by the US-led coalition that has fundamentally changed the world and […]

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Monetary policy: Which way? The monetary policy statement (MPS) of Bangladesh Bank (BB) for January-June 2018 was released in late January. Although none of the monetary targets was changed significantly, BB’s policy was criticised for being overly cautious (or even contractionary). This was probably because the private sector credit growth was set at 16.8 percent […]

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Is Bangladesh headed for a prolonged Rohingya crisis?  Myanmar’s actions reflect its insincerity in fulfilling the repatriation agreement as Bangladesh’s hands seem to be tied A Rohingya refugee girl walks next to a pond in the early morning at Balukhali refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, on January 10, 2018. PHOTO: TYRONE SIU/REUTERS Nahela Nowshin Almost […]

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Ashif Islam Shaon Md Sanaul Islam Tipu Child abuse has seen an alarming rise in Bangladesh in the last yearMehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune ‘In a rape case, if the victim is under 13 years old, her parents want to hush up what happened to their daughter fearing social stigma, or the offender in some way manages […]

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Graduating from LDC: A step toward Sonar Bangla The Least Developed Countries (LDCs) is a list of countries that the exhibit lowest indicators of socioeconomic development. The concept of LDCs originated in the late 1960s with a view to improve the socioeconomic conditions of these countries. United Nations announced the first list of LDCs in […]

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