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The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) was adopted on September 13, 2007 at the 61st session of the General Assembly in the UN headquarters, New York City, United States. The UNDRIP is a landmark accomplishment for the member-states of the UN recognising the rights of the world’s indigenous population. The […]

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There have been repeated hiccups in the continuation of Bangladesh’s governance and national politics. It has taken hardly a day to switch from one system to the other, and that too without any acquiescence of the people. The people woke up to find one fine day they were in a completely different system of governance […]

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Major (retd) Ali Haider Ziauddin, a valiant freedom fighter, passed away recently. In 1971, he was a Second Lieutenant in the Pakistan army. He was on leave in his hometown Pirojpur when the Liberation War began. The young artillery officer joined the Mukti Bahini and fought bravely against the Pakistani forces in Sector 9. He […]

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The “verdict” was already known to all of us; the appellate division of the Supreme Court upheld the verdict of the High Court (HC) that the 16th Amendment of the Constitution is “illegal and unconstitutional.” In legal procedural terms, the apex court had rejected the appeal of the government against the HC verdict. The short […]

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About 40 per cent of the people in Bangladesh remain outside the power grid coverage. And even those who do have power connections, do not get an uninterrupted supply. The power infrastructure is riddled with glitches. And those with solar-powered home systems, have to pay exorbitant prices. The price of electricity is hiked at regular […]

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Given the fact that the current government has been able to effectively shut down all critical voices and sufficiently silence the media with highly repressive laws—namely the ICT Act—the full verdict of the Supreme Court (SC) judgement on the defunct 16th Amendment to the Constitution may come to the present rulers as somewhat of a […]

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More than two dozen editors, journalists, teachers, social media users and free thinkers have already been sued on charges of defamation under Section 57 since March this year. Some of them were arrested by police without delay after filing of the cases and put behind bars. They had to struggle to get bail. The nature […]

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Serajul Islam Chowdhury “The ruling class does not want the youth to come to politics. They are scared to youth who want change. The lack of student councils in the universities is direct proof of this fear,” said Serajul Islam Chowdhury, writer, academic, professor emeritus of Dhaka University, and the convenor of the national committee […]

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In front of Notre Dame College at noon. Photo: Hasan Raza The government has no pragmatic steps to resolve the persistent water-logging that has gripped the city, said officials on condition of anonymity. Although the government takes some decisions to tackle water-logging on an emergency basis, not all these decisions are ultimately implemented, the officials […]

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We are accustomed to an environment where students usually protest to postpone their exam dates. This time, however, students of seven government colleges previously under National University (NU) took to the streets demanding, among other things, the announcement of exam dates and timely publishing of their results. Since the colleges’ affiliation with the University of […]

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On July 18, we learned from news reports that six field-level health workers of Sitakunda were transferred to Urkirchar of Sandwip as “punishment” following the death of nine children from measles in Tripura Para. As this daily reported, they were transferred over negligence in discharging their duties in line with the order of Directorate General […]

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In November 2006, in an interview with the US-based National Public Radio, the then Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed, speaking about extrajudicial killings, said: “Although technically you may call it extrajudicial—I will not say killing—but extrajudicial deaths. But these are not killings. According to RAB, they say all those who have been […]

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