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We are accustomed to an environment where students usually protest to postpone their exam dates. This time, however, students of seven government colleges previously under National University (NU) took to the streets demanding, among other things, the announcement of exam dates and timely publishing of their results. Since the colleges’ affiliation with the University of […]

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On July 18, we learned from news reports that six field-level health workers of Sitakunda were transferred to Urkirchar of Sandwip as “punishment” following the death of nine children from measles in Tripura Para. As this daily reported, they were transferred over negligence in discharging their duties in line with the order of Directorate General […]

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In November 2006, in an interview with the US-based National Public Radio, the then Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed, speaking about extrajudicial killings, said: “Although technically you may call it extrajudicial—I will not say killing—but extrajudicial deaths. But these are not killings. According to RAB, they say all those who have been […]

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Ruling party member of parliament Enamur Rahman made certain comments about crossfire on Tuesday in the daily Manabjamin. He later withdrew the comments, but his words have given food for thought. What did he say in Manabjamin? He said that there had been many hoodlums and armed goons in Savar, but they were all quiet […]

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A Facebook post shared by a man named Rushad Faridi caught my eye recently. He shared an article with an intriguing title, which he had written for Prothom Alo. But it wasn’t the article that grabbed everyone’s attention at first. It was the fact that Faridi, a professor in the economics department at Dhaka University, […]

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  When the Supreme Court announced the verdict scrapping the 16th amendment to the constitution, law minister Anisul Huq said that once the full verdict was published, the government would decide whether they would go for a review petition or not. A logical response, perhaps, but it was disappointing that he also questioned why the […]

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On the first day of my joining the organisation where I currently work, I was briefed on its code of conduct (CoC). Human resources officials handed me a manual containing some ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ that an employee is expected to abide by. Such manuals are designed to safeguard an organisation against any wrongdoing or untoward […]

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You can’t help it. You see us from afar—our messy beard, unkempt appearance, the distinct attire that sets us apart from others. With our straight-cut panjabi falling well below the knees, loose-fitting paijama, and a skullcap straight from history books, we remind you of the other side of progress. You tend to cringe if we come closer. You […]

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Just over a year ago, a tragic event unfolded that seemed to mark a turning point in Bangladesh. I refer to the savage attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery that resulted in the death of 22 innocent victims from five countries who were simply enjoying one another’s company at one of Dhaka’s finest restaurants. That […]

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There is more or less a national consensus that Article 57 of the ICT Act is a repressive provision and a tool to misuse power. If not, then why would the ministers of the government repeatedly promise its abolition? They have also, however, said that a new law would be enacted, in keeping with the […]

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It’s a different story today. Rather than crying ‘Wolf! Wolf’, the lying goatherds say that there is no wolf in sight. Yet the wolf has come and is devouring the flock, the people and everything. The liars are quite pleased with themselves too. In Aesop’s fable, the lying goatherd ended up on the wolf’s belly, […]

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A press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh on 6 July 2017 revealed UNESCO’s withdrawing its much talked about controversial objections about the Rampal Power Plant (RPP) in its location. The Ultra Super Critical Technology using High Efficiency Low Emission (HELE) power plant’s location is 14 Km away from the outer […]

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