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In order to achieve a sustainable growth and momentum in the economy, Bangladesh should be looking forward and not bogged down with dogmatic agendas. A lot of good can be achieved in bi-partisan decision making which can permeate into the general well-being of the nation. Let’s look into the glass half full and propel our […]

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M. Shahidul Islam On a frigid Friday night last week when the Dhaka residents were about to retire into their slumbers, a white Toyota car screeched to a halt outside a high-walled, sprawling bungalow only yards away from an entrance to the Dhaka Cantonment. The car jettisoned three VIP passengers, and the trio got whisked […]

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Shahriar Kabir, executive president of Bangladesh’s Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee and war crimes researcher, has been involved in a campaign to bring those accused of war crimes during Bangladesh’s 1971 Liberation War to trial. Speaking with Rudroneel Ghosh, Kabir discussed the push for justice decades after the war, the larger significance of these trials — […]

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The street reaction to the verdict on Quader Mollah case is an interesting indication that public confidence in the trial process and the objectivity of the War Crimes Trial is confused and may lead to questions. Mollah was given a life imprisonment instead of a death sentence for the charges in question and many people have […]

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Fazlur R Chowdhury If I am a real patriot and I want to serve my country and the people then it is not necessary for me to join a political party or to become a minister. There are many different ways to achieve my goal. A farmer or a fisherman can also serve the nation […]

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By Saeed Qureshi Those who believe that Saudi Arabia is an Islamic state are either mistaken or ill-informed. It is outright a monarchy or kingdom that runs counter to the concept of an Islamic state. Even its name is “Kingdom of Saudi Arabia” missing the world Islamic as we can find in the official name […]

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The Ministry of Commerce has been dogged by two difficult issues during the recent past. One is the dilemma whether to sign the proposed Trade and Investment Cooperation Framework Agreement (TICFA) with the USA, and the other is how to prevent being excluded from the GSP scheme of the USA over labour standards. It seems […]

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It is dangerous to demand exclusion of any political party on the basis that it did not want East Pakistan to be Bangladesh. In a war, opposing forces are the basic elements, else war won’t be required. After the war, the winners must accept that the war is over. The elements that are working to […]

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Syed Bashir Khaleda Zia is not known for writing columns in newspapers, neither at home or abroad. But now she has written one for ‘Washington Times’, calling upon the US and western nations to come forward to ‘save democracy’ in Bangladesh. Her attack against her rival Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is vitriolic and her delight at […]

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Mohammad Hossain How carefully do you read headlines? Compare the following headlines from The Daily Star, the most popular news daily in Bangladesh: Islamist parties threaten to call hartal (strike) for Dec 20(Dec 15, 2012), and Bam Morcha mulls hartal (strike) for Jan 16 (January 16, 2013). One does not need to delve into rocket […]

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Parvez Babul Though Bangladesh has made substantial progress in some areas of health sector, food security and nutrition issues warn us to work comprehensively to adequately feed the hungry. Poor women and children suffer more from food insecurity and malnutrition. A dissemination meeting, titled, ‘Reenergising Nutrition Expanding Worldwide’ held in Dhaka on January 20, 2013 […]

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Mohammad Tarikul Islam Good governance is a recent phenomenon which draws upon the concepts from several disciplines such as politics, economics, public administration, law and order and so on. In Bangladesh as in elsewhere, governance either good or bad has become a matter of frequent discussions. It is apparent that traditional government structures and systems […]

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