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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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Gautam Sen Bangladesh and India are substantially affected by arsenic poisoning of ground water. The magnitude of the problem is very acute in the case of Bangladesh, with nearly 85 million out of 125 plus million and 59 out of 64 districts affected by this scourge. In India, in the adjoining state of West Bengal, […]

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David Rohde The partisan political theater, of course, was top-notch. Rand Paul’s declaration that he would have fired Hillary Clinton; her angry rebuttal of Ron Johnson’s insistence that the administration misled the American people about the Benghazi attack; John McCain’s continued – and legitimate – outrage at the slapdash security the State Department provided for […]

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Maswood Alam Khan from Maryland, USA Whether it is in business or government or in life, nothing matters more than leadership. A leader sees the vision, charts the path, navigates the enterprise and inspires others to follow. Leadership quality in a person is hard to describe. You know it when you see the leader and […]

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The potential of routing trade from Kolkata to the North-East through Bangladesh can be exploited. In a bid to cash in on the shortage of coal faced by industrial consumers for quite some time, a Kolkata-based trader sometime ago wondered about transporting coal from Meghalaya by the river route (a large part of which is […]

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“Sacrifice” does not mean the rejection of the worthless, but of the precious. “Sacrifice” does not mean the rejection of the evil for the sake of the good, but of the good for the sake of the evil. “Sacrifice” is the surrender of that which you value in favor of that which you don’t. The […]

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THE claim that the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, made on Wednesday, i.e. the Awami League-led political incumbents ‘have implemented what we committed [and] in some areas… implemented more than what we pledged’, appears to be misleading at best and a deliberate denial of reality at worst. According to a report published in New Age on […]

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Justice delayed

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A first conviction for war crimes sparks controversy MORE than 41 years after the deaths of as many as 3m people in Bangladesh’s war of secession from Pakistan, a Bangladeshi war crimes tribunal has given its first verdict. On January 21st it sentenced Abul Kalam Azad to death in absentia for genocide and murder committed during the […]

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Student Leaders

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F R Chowdhury Ever since I settled down in the UK, I have been a regular reader of some of the locally published Bengali papers. One very common news item that I read is about receptions in honour of some student leader from Bangladesh. There is no end to such receptions. They have been taking […]

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Major international news media has published the news of sentencing a former Islamist leader to death for crimes against humanity. However most of them commented on the internal skepticism, as well international concerns expressed by such groups as Human Rights Watch about the ‘International Standard’ of the ‘International Crimes Tribunal’ conducting the trial. ‘Late last […]

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The Lines of Control

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Karan Thapar The beheading of an Indian soldier on the LoC and the mutilation of another were undoubtedly unacceptable and unpardonable. This was barbaric behaviour. The anger and revulsion it’s provoked is understandable. There’s no denying that. However, there’s one question we need to ask but mainly failed to raise. Have we ever been guilty of […]

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