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The proposed budget is in desperate need of direction “No taxation without representation” is the key principle on the imposition of any tax upon citizens — and is the guiding principle of Bangladesh at present. The absence of an effective opposition has given scope to the treasury bench to give priority on political mileage in […]

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We are in love with numbers. The government loves to show off the billions of dollars it has received in investment commitment from India and China. What it fails to say of course is that most of the mega projects are in a state of limbo. Take for instance our failure to fast-track the first […]

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The flurry within the ruling party camp give the impression that there’s hardly a month left for the election, yet the leaders maintain they won’t step down even a minute before the end of the government’s term. The elections will be held on schedule, not a minute before. That would mean there’s about a year […]

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The ingrained belief that wealth can solve all problems is what leads to youth’s corrupt behaviour The recent Banani rape case seems to have opened a can of worms, so to speak. Reportedly, the alleged perpetrators have said that they used to hold raves quite often. The fact is right before our eyes: Dhaka’s nightlife […]

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I am not a huge consumer of social media (FaceBook, Instagram, etc.). Since I live in 2017 I do check my FB page once a day. I follow my friend and the esteemed intellectual Afsan Choudhury on the pages of FB. He writes witty and weighty stuff and typically has an open mind on most […]

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You have to hand it to the former general/president. Nobody can really match the age-defying, flamboyant showstopper like Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad. His latest stunt to come up with the biggest alliance ever, comprising 58 organisations, mostly religious based, has certainly given much meat for media persons covering the political beat. Never mind that […]

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Over the last year or so the executive and the legislative arms of the State appear to have geared up their disparagement of the higher judiciary. On several occasions the Chief Justice (CJ) has shared his anguish, among other issues, over separation of powers and independence of judiciary, the laxity of lawmakers in framing laws […]

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Interest-ingly, “interesting” is an English expression, which may hide one’s actual opinion about something one considers “interesting”. What I read in Bangladesh media recently is very “interesting” to me. Stories range from the absurd, bizarre, entertaining, frightful, to the very sickening. Let’s start with some “interesting” media reports on money laundering from Bangladesh. The Jugantor […]

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As a commu-nication for development professional, I have always had an interest in press freedom and freedom of expression. While surfing the internet recently, I made an amazing discovery: the Department of Films and Publications (DFP) in its website boasted to have documented the historic March 7 speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. This courageous […]

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We often lament, especially on days like our Independence Day, about how little our people (particularly the younger generation, always the younger generation) know about our history. We talk about how people conflate the day with the Language Movement, or Victory Day. We talk about how the sacrifices of the martyrs have not been duly […]

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‘We need to synchronise the syllabi of Qawmi and Alia madrasas with mainstream education. Besides, social values and cultural movements must be strengthened in order to get rid of the problem permanently’ Businessman Alamgir Hossain from the capital’s Kazipara handed over his two sons to police after he became suspicious that they had been indoctrinated […]

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M A Taslim Macroeconomic performance of the economy of Bangladesh has been the subject of much disagreement over the last few years. In terms of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) data, it has done rather well during this time. Indeed its national accounts numbers have catapulted the country to the league of the best performing […]

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