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Testing and learning – How Singapore does it PHOTO: STAR Manzoor Ahmed The cover story with a full front-page spread on the Straits Times of Singapore on September 29 was headlined “Fewer exams for students, less emphasis on grades”. Senior Education Correspondent Sandra Davie reported that in the first two grades of primary education there […]

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When a picture is worse than a thousand words Employees work in a factory in Dhaka on January 3, 2014. Bangladesh’s RMG industry has often been the subject of undeserved criticism from the international media. FILE PHOTO: REUTERS/ANDREW BIRAJ Mostafiz Uddin It used to be said that “the pen is mightier than the sword,” but […]

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‘Digital Security Act ‘dangerous’ for freedom of expression’ Prothom Alo English Desk |  Sep 29, 2018        Legal experts and civil society members on Saturday expressed fear that the Digital Security Act might be used to curtail the freedom of expression, reports UNB. Speaking at a discussion on ‘Digital Security Act-2018; Human Rights under Threat’ at Dhaka […]

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Curb your curiosity for your own sake Aasha Mehreen Amin Many indivi-duals who come to this country for the first time are enamoured by the overabundance of genuine hospitality that they receive from the local people. So much so that they are willing to overlook all the jarring notes—the sickening traffic, the nauseating garbage, the […]

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The naked truth

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The naked truth “All the young prudes” (September 1st) observed how Europeans are shying away from public nudity. There is also, however, a growing body-positive movement in Europe. Casual nudity is encouraged at events such as World Naked Bike Rides, naked dining, clothing-optional theatre and the opening of large, popular thermal spas, such as Therme […]

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Minar Rashid September 21, 2018 উদ্ভট আত্মপ্রচার এবং বিদঘুটে সাংবাদিকতা =========================== ( দৈনিক নয়া দিগন্তে প্রকাশিত উপ সম্পাদকীয় কলাম ) সরকারের প্রশংসায় বিদেশীরা পঞ্চমুখ। এ কথাটি সরকারের টপ টু বটম টিয়াপাখির মতো অনবরত বলে যেতে থাকে। বলার ধরন প্রায়ই বিজ্ঞাপনের মতো শোনায়। কোন বিদেশী কোন জায়গায় এ প্রশংসা করলেন- তা কখনোই উল্লেখ করা হয় না। […]

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SDGs: Three years on, where do we stand? SOURCE: blog.horyou.com Fahmida Khatun The leaders of 193 countries adopted the Sustainable Development Goals on September 25, 2015 following a long spell of extensive discussions and debates. Also known as the 2030 Agenda, the SDGs rest on three pillars—economic, social and environmental—so that development is sustainable, inclusive […]

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Low R&D expenditure hinders innovation and development Md Arfanuzzaman According to the recent Global Innovation Index 2018, published annually by Cornell University and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), Switzerland is ranked as the world’s most innovative country while Bangladesh ranked 116th, the lowest in South Asia. Amazingly, Switzerland holds this prestigious position unremittingly since […]

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Why the rush for EVMs?

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  The EC should earn people’s trust first We are surprised that the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) has so expeditiously approved tens of billions of taka to purchase thousands of EVMs (Electronic Voting Machines) that are planned to be used in the next election due to be held in 2024. It […]

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Can the government afford another 5th January? Election materials burn following an attack on a polling station in Bogra on January 5, 2014. Photo: AFP Brig Gen Shahedul Anam Khan ndc, psc (Retd) On the face of it everything looks set for the upcoming general election. The quinquennial event, which is sometimes a put-on to remind […]

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Rmg Minimum Wage Another refusal to give workers their due Garment workers stage a protest in front of Jatiya Press Club in Dhaka, rejecting the government’s announcement of fixing the minimum monthly salary at Tk 8,000, instead of Tk 16,000 as per their demand. Garments Sramik Trade Union Kendra organised the sit-in. Photo: Anisur Rahman […]

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A LOAN DEFAULTING EPIDEMIC Over two lakh privileged institutions! Syed Mansur Hashim The informa-tion disclosed by the finance minister in parliament this month, as a response to a question by a member of parliament, is quite an eye opener. As per Bangladesh Bank data the country now has 230,658 defaulters: companies and institutions that have […]

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