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Eresh Omar Jamal A large number of people in the world today no longer believe in the sanctity of people’s absolute right to unfettered and unrestricted speech; preferring speech, rather, to have some restrictions—as people increasingly find more and more types of speech offensive. In Bangladesh, with the adoption of various laws such as the […]

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Saleemul Huq Last year’s flash floods caused by intense rainfall damaged crops of most of the farmers in northeastern Bangladesh. PHOTO: MINTU DESHWARA At the recently concluded two-day international conference on climate finance in Dhaka, about a hundred national and 50 international experts, government officials, researchers and private sector representatives shared their experiences and knowledge […]

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DemocracyPost,  Opinion By Bill Richardson January 26, 2018 Bill Richardson is a former governor of New Mexico and a former United States ambassador to the United Nations. He is the founder of the Richardson Center for Global Engagement. In this Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, file photo, relocated Rohingya refugees arrive at the Balukhali refugee camp outside Cox’s […]

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A human chain in front of National Press Club in Dhaka to protest against child marriage. PHOTO: AFP Taqbir Huda The Child Marriage Restraint Act 2017 which allowed girls under 18 and boys under 21 to be married off under “special circumstances” was undoubtedly the country’s most controversial law of 2017. The Act was widely […]

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Rasheda K Choudhury,Executive Director, Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE) and Vice-President, Global Campaign for Education (GCE), talks toEresh Omar Jamal of The Daily Star about the fundamental deficits in our education system.  Rasheda K Choudhury What are some fundamental successes in our education sector in recent years? One major success has been the achievement of the […]

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BREAK CORRUPTION WITH BITCOIN’S BACKBONE BY TOMICAH TILLEMANN Corruption, according to the United Nations, is a $3.6 trillion industry — and business is booming. The U.N. estimates that money stolen or paid in bribes each year now tops 5 percent of global GDP. Fortunately, these abysmal statistics may be poised for a turnaround thanks to […]

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EDITORIAL Consumers getting cheated on LPG No price regime set by government It’s probably only possible in Bangladesh. Three years have passed since LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) was introduced. The pricing for these LPG tanks being sold to consumers have no set price regime. So, while there has been much talk about setting a fixed […]

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Walkable places don’t rely on footpaths alone. Walking becomes an attractive urban experience when footpaths offer views of monuments, historic and inspiring buildings, engaging shops, green and water, and dynamic public places. Image courtesy: Bengal Institute of Architecture Adnan Morshed I have been walking around Dhaka, kind of randomly, for the past few months. It […]

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THE cabinet’s approval of a draft bill in May 2017 seeking to amend the Bank Companies Act 1991 to allow four of a family to be on the boards of private commercial banks for nine yeas in a row suggested that the government was willing to strengthen family control on the banks. The passage of […]

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What happens when we run out of natural gas?DHAKA TRIBUNE The challenges ahead. This is the second and concluding portion of a two-part op-ed on the power sector.   Despite the numerous and noteworthy achievements and initiatives in the power sector over the last nine years, Bangladesh still faces significant challenges when it comes to […]

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America is spiritually bankrupt. We must fight back together The undeniable collapse of integrity, honesty and decency in our public and private life has fueled racial hatred and contempt by Cornel West Sun 14 Jan 2018 We live in one of the darkest moments in American history – a bleak time of spiritual blackout and […]

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হাসিনার প্রতিহিংসায় খালেদা জিয়া: এ সপ্তাহে ক্যাঙ্গারু কোর্টে যেতে হবে ৫ দিন –১২ জানুয়ারি ২০১৮ বিশেষ রিপোর্ট : : ব্যাংক ডাকাত সরকারের প্রধানমন্ত্রী শেখ হাসিনার ব্যক্তিগত প্রতিহিংসার রোষানলে পড়েছেন সাবেক প্রধানমন্ত্রী এবং বাংলাদেশ জাতীয়তাবাদী দল বিএনপি’র চেয়ারপার্সন বেগম খালেদা জিয়া।বিচারের নামে চলছে অবিচার। দেশের সবচেয়ে জনপ্রিয় নেত্রীর ওপর রীতিমত নজিরবিহীন নির্যাতন চালানো হচ্ছে। শেখ হাসিনা […]

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