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Much has been said and written about the various black laws enforced upon the media, particularly the imposition and implementation of Article 57. However, the government does not seem bothered at all. It is rather surprising when we see in the book, Karagarer Rojnamcha (Prison Diary), the writer Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was extremely upset and […]

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Much to the dismay of preservationists, the century-old laboratory building in Dhaka’s Khamarbari area is being demolished by the Public Works Department (PWD) as it is deemed to be a risky building. Strangely enough, despite it having historical value as it once housed the Cotton Development Board during the British-era, the building is not on the […]

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As per a report published in this daily yesterday, the Chittagong Outer Stadium, one of very few playgrounds available to children in the port city, is being used for other purposes. While half of the stadium is being used to build a swimming pool the other half has been rented out for a month-long expo. […]

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Flyovers have flattered to deceive in Dhaka, often exacerbating the traffic problems they were meant to solve Even though flyovers can be effective in reducing travel time, in Dhaka they often contribute to traffic congestion because of faulty design and shortsighted planning, experts say. Most of the flyovers opened with fanfare recently have been off-ramped […]

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We are quite taken aback by the remarks of the Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister at a seminar where he has said that the waterlogging situation was much worse in expanding cities like Kolkata and Mumbai, compared to Dhaka. After going through a terrible bout of water logging following incessant rains in Dhaka […]

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. We have always been fascinated by aliens. We love to believe that we are not alone in this vast universe. Surely there must be life on other planets? There are endless movies about aliens, whether it’s the 1951 sci-fi film ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’, or, more recently, ‘The Arrival’. There’s the fun-loving […]

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Living dangerously

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There are times when I feel as though I’m living in a lunatic asylum where sanity is an expensive commodity. And common sense is not only not common, it is an aberration. I keep getting this strange feeling especially when I’m on the road. Facing Dhaka’s notorious gridlock as I do every day, on my way out […]

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Turning our back on the Rohingya genocide: ‘But this is so un-Australian!’ by Adil Khan 20 October 2017 Rohingyas fleeing persecution in Myanmar in an unstable boat and bad weather (Image Jordi Bernabeu Farrús/Flickr CC 2.0) The Turnbull Government has refused to condemn the horrific humans rights abuses by the Burmese military against the Rohingyar people, writes […]

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The statement by the Bangladesh Supreme Court, issued a day after Chief Justice SK Sinha left Dhaka for Australia on “leave”, raises questions one can hardly avoid. The statement alleges that the CJ faces “11 charges” which include money laundering, graft, moral turpitude, and informs that details of these “charges” were handed over by President […]

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The saying that everything is fair in love and war is perhaps taken literally to a grisly end by many of late.  Unfortunately, that ‘everything’ takes a very savage form when women are attacked for repudiating love offers, or, in other more distressing cases, are forced to take their own lives out of frustration. In […]

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Each refugee exodus looks different—in the numbers of human beings and the duration of their journey, in the acts of violence and atrocity, in the intensity of human suffering. Responses differ in the receiving country and the international community to the needs of the refugees; prospects for durable solutions depend on each situation. Throughout my […]

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F R Chowdhury I understand that recently the Government in Bangladesh has decided that the minister in charge of a ministry shall act as the chief executive officer of the relevant ministry. This is wrong. The minister is a member of the cabinet, and so far it relates to that ministry, s/he is the government. […]

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