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Rethinking tobacco tax and price measures SOURCE: BLOG.TYPEATHOUGHT.COM Mahfuz Kabir Tobacco use is a major public health concern in Bangladesh and all over the world. It is regarded as a leading cause of more than 30 fatal diseases in Bangladesh including oral and lung cancer, cerebrovascular diseases, coronary artery diseases and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. […]

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Dangerous mercenary Erik Prince in Myanmar – an own goal in the making for China’s Belt and Road investments? 29 March 2019   globalwitness.org Last week the news broke that Frontier Services Group (FSG), the private security contractor run by Erik Prince and backed by China’s state-owned Citic Group, is setting up shop in Myanmar. A […]

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Time to enhance global support to the most vulnerable communities People collect metal sheets from a damaged supermarket to re-build their destroyed houses following the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai in Beira, Mozambique, on March 21, 2019. PHOTO: YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP Saleemul Huq The massive cyclone Idai that devastated Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe last week has […]

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The Daily Star  March 30, 2019 Ducsu Election When teachers are threatened for revealing the truth PHOTO: AMRAN HOSSAIN Naznin Tithi During the last days of March in 1971, when there was fear among everyone at Dhaka University—the teachers, students and general staff—that the university could be attacked by the Pakistan military anytime, Jyotirmoy Guhathakurta, […]

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The good news is, in multicultural Australia, the Fraser Annings are on the wane and the Will Connollys are winning, writes Professor Adil Khan. On 15 March, an Australian right-wing extremist went on a shooting rampage at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand where Muslims – men, women and children – gathered for their weekly […]

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Bangladesh: From Democrat To Dictator   “Men are so simple and yield so readily to the desires of the moment that he who will trick will always find another who will suffer to be tricked.” —-The Prince (1532), by Niccolo Machiavelli On December 30 2018, Sheikh Hasina Wazed won her third consecutive win in the […]

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DUCSU Election Fiasco The burden of having eyes in a campus of the blind PHOTO: PALASH KHAN C R Abrar There have been some disconcerting developments at Dhaka University following the botched Ducsu election on March 11. The latest of these is the Provost Standing Committee’s resolution adopted on March 18 urging the university authorities […]

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Road Safety Can we ever go beyond ‘committees’ and ‘recommendations’? Student protests for road safety in July last year. Photo: Anisur Rahman Nahela Nowshin Nowhere in the world has the issue of road safety led to the kinds of repercussions we have seen in Bangladesh. How often do you see students from all walks of […]

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Death of the Ducsu Dream? And what it means for our student politics Students demalnd a fresh eection to Ducsu, March 12, 2019. PHOTO: AMRAN HOSSAIN Badiuzzaman Bay The March 11 election to Ducsu, or Dhaka University Central Students’ Union, marks a moment in the history of student politics that is at once tragic and […]

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Back to square one?  Tribune Editorial  Dhaka Tribune March 21st, 2019 Photo: DHAKA TRIBUNE All our plans, policies, and promises mean nothing if they are not put into practice It was July 29, 2018, when two college students died under the wheels of a Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan bus on the capital’s Airport Road, sparking the first […]

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Bangladesh Human Rights Report 2018 Bangladesh Human Rights Report 2018 Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor   EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Bangladesh’s constitution provides for a parliamentary form of government, but in fact, most power resides in the Office of the Prime Minister. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Awami League party won a third consecutive […]

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‘Women hold up half the sky’ So why are we not investing in them? Abu Afsarul Haider Women in Bangladesh have made their mark in multiple fields, from the farms to the peak of the Himalayas, from the sports arena to high-tech jobs, from the handicrafts industry to the Gono Bhaban. Today, Bangladesh is considered […]

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