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International Mother Language Day is an opportunity to promote and celebrate linguistic and cultural diversity, and to recognise and protect all the human rights of minorities and indigenous peoples relating to language, Fernand de Varennes, UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues, today said. “Language can also empower people, whereas the absence of education in minority […]

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The lack of youth participation that we see Is there more to it? Eresh Omar Jamal Lately, I’ve had the chance to research a lot about the state of youth unemployment in our country. This included reading multiple reports released by a number of national and international organisations, articles written by experts from different fields […]

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Why mother tongue is important Photo: Joy Chakma Sudeb Kumar Biswas A large number of Bangladeshi children start their schooling with a foreign/alien language and their mother tongue is almost banned there. Thus, they get almost detached from their previous life experiences and emotions. It usually happens with the children of richer families who prefer […]

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Police must follow the law before enforcing it PHOTO: Collected Muhammad Nurul Huda The disgraceful spectacle of four law enforcement officials being apprehended for committing crimes like abduction, demanding ransom and rape have shaken public confidence to its core. Coming on the heels of Police Week 2019, when citizens were informed of the gallant and […]

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The Daily Star February 17, 2019 What kind of development do we need for an inclusive society? PHOTO COURTESY: FORDHAM.EDU Sm Waliuzzaman Development is a buzzword in Bangladesh. Everyone talks about development but what do we really mean by development? There seems to be an obsession everywhere regarding the term without critically challenging the version […]

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Plight of the little-known ‘tiger widows’ of the Sundarbans The ‘tiger widows’ of what is now known as Bidhoba Palli (Village of Widows) in Nalitabari upazila of Sherpur. Photo: Star Mohammed Mamun Rashid The number of tigers in the world’s forests has dwindled to only 4,000 from 1 lakh over the last 100 years. Three […]

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The power of the youth They can help establish good governance and rule of law, and arrest the backslide in our moral and social values Ahmed A Azad The year 1991 is a significant one in our history. By the beginning of that year, General Ershad had been forced out of office and it is […]

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How to make development inclusive Syed Mansur Hashim The Centre for Policy Dialogue’s (CPD) recent seminar on February 10 brought together policymakers, both present and past, development practitioners and educationists and the focus of the talk was how to achieve inclusive growth. Development itself is a multi-dimensional process and hence we cannot look at it […]

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Being a Bangladeshi woman in tech Pride despite the prejudice SOURCE: TWITTER Tanzeem Choudhury When I was 12, my music teacher in Bangladesh groped my breasts when my parents were not home. It is easy to see how egregious this behaviour was, and to clearly label such an individual as a “bad actor”, as indeed […]

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A Borrower’s Dilemma Rehan Husain There is a Latin dictum—interest reipublicae ut sit finis litium—meaning, there must be a ceiling on the time frame within which all litigations should end. This was written, as many others, for the same cause: to ensure equity and justice and to ensure that it is done within a reasonable […]

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The Daily Star  February 07, 2019 Six macroeconomic challenges Key issues of priority for our economy Illustration: Freepik Selim Raihan    7 February 2019 Today, there are six major macroeconomic challenges for Bangladesh’s economy. First, accelerating economic growth and maintaining high economic growth over the coming years will remain a big challenge. Two major drivers […]

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By Adil Khan In Bangladesh in recent times, the term, “Muktijuddher Chetona” (‘Spirit of Liberation war’) has become a much used if not much abused term in the political vocabulary and yet so far no one has cared to explain what it really means in concrete sense. Furthermore, the concept was also never promoted nor […]

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