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Travails of festivals Cost wise, life for the majority becomes worse during the month of Ramadan, as traders spike prices manifold for no good reason. Photo: Prabir Das Brig Gen Shahedul Anam Khan ndc, psc (Retd) Religious festivals come as blessings to people; in Bangladesh they come as blessings too, but perhaps more so for […]

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Bangabandhu-1 satellite remarks: Ignorance or lies? Shah Ali Farhad It is quite clear, from information readily available in the public domain, that Bangladesh’s first geostationary communications satellite, the Bangabandhu-1, is both owned and controlled, for all intents and purposes, by the government of Bangladesh. In particular, the satellite, which is currently on its way to […]

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ICC AND ROHINGYA REFUGEES Bangladesh demands accountability, peace and justice The ICC Prosecutor has already very eloquently argued that the court has territorial jurisdiction due to the fact that the deportation of Rohingyas from Myanmar involved movement into Bangladesh, which is a party to the statute. Photo: Amran Hossain Manzoor Hasan In “Dhaka, Ottawa and […]

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SAFE MOTHERHOOD DAY Safe motherhood is a right, not a privilege PHOTO: ISMAIL FERDOUS/WORLD BANK Naznin Tithi Last year when the news of Rohingya women giving birth in no man’s land along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border first surfaced in the media, I heard many men glorifying such births which took place out in the open without […]

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Efficacy of the ANTI-DRUG WAR Nazmul Ahsan “Why don’t you tell the truth? You talk about extrajudicial killings but in reality, you care more about the drug traders than those whose lives are destroyed because of them,” one Facebook friend rebuked me the other day, after I disagreed with him about the modus operandi of […]

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Why are Bangladeshi women returning from Saudi Arabia?  Mahadi Al Hasnat Many female Bangladeshi workers who returned from Saudi Arabia say they suffered from subhuman treatment at the hands of their employers and the Bangladesh Embassy in the country did not conduct proper monitoring Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune The poverty stricken women, mostly from rural areas in […]

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Has the Bangladesh government officially declared ‘war on drugs’? Are the prevailing laws taken into consideration in this war? As for those within the government who justify this undeclared strategy, are they aware of the consequence of such so-called ‘war on drugs’ in other parts of the world? Given events over the past few days […]

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Why the growing unemployment rate should worry us Almost two million jobseekers enter the market every year but the country cannot give formal jobs to even one-fourth of them. Source: CORPORATESANGBAD Biru Paksha Paul When I approached a car insurance company to discuss ways to reduce my insurance cost, the manager advised me to take […]

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How a ‘smart countryside’ can use technology for greener ends  Nick Davies Facilitating ease of navigation is just one of the ways that smart technology can benefit outdoor recreation Bigstock Outdoor recreation gained popularity due to the juxtaposition to urbanisation, but ‘smart’ tech can enhance the experience Smart cities are often discussed as being the key […]

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Bangladeshi rappers wield rhymes as a weapon, with Tupac as their guide Rapper Skibkhan in the video for ‘Shob Chup,’ which condemns the culture of silence around poverty and inequality in Bangladesh. YouTube Mubashar Hasan, University of Oslo Bangladesh, which became independent from Pakistan in 1971, is a young country. Only 7 percent of the […]

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LEAST DEVELOPED AND DEVELOPING COUNTRIES A matter of definition? There is surely every reason to celebrate the prospect of our graduating out of the LDC status, but not much is added to our achievement by calling ourselves a “non-LDC developing country”, if at all we have to find a new designation. PHOTO: SHAHRUKH IKHTEAR Wahiduddin […]

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AN OPEN DIALOGUE Can we minimise the risk of riverine accidents? Abdullah Shibli An array of recent accidents in the country, as well as another one outside, point to the need for improved regulations and stricter enforcement and oversight in transportation, energy, and aviation sectors. The plane crash in Kathmandu, a train derailment near Tongi, […]

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