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Right to Food conference

A prime minister and a Nobel Laureate. Both of them stressed the need to establish the right to food. The call they made at the South Asia Right to Food conference in Dhaka, deserves strong initiative. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina ...

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Shab-e-Barat, the holy night

The 14th day of the month of Shaban is Lailatul Barat, one of the holiest nights to Muslims. It means the night of salvation. This is the night where Allah writes the destiny for people in the coming year and ...

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The legacy of General Ziaur Rahman

Ziaur Rahman navigated his way into the history books in March 1971. Never mind that he made a faux pas when, in his first announcement of Bangladesh’s independence on March 27, he called himself the president of the provisional Bangladesh ...

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Filling a river for a road

The construction of a power plants require heavy machinery. But that does not mean a river should be filled for the purpose. The alarming matter is that, the river Khowai is being filled to construct a road for the transportation ...

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Has public safety broken down?

Murders and robbery have increased all over the country, including in the capital city. In the capital city, Tk. 33 lac (Tk 3.3 million) was snatched from a person after the criminals opened fire. Rapes continue to take place in ...

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Should Bangladesh Bank prop up the share market?

The share market of the country, variously called the stock market, the capital market or the bourse, has been in the doldrums ever since billions of taka was siphoned off from the market in 2010 by scammers through fraudulent means. ...

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Is it enough to achieve the middle-income country status?

Achieving the middle-income country (MIC) status is a professed objective of the Government of Bangladesh. This will be achieved by 2021, according to the upcoming budget speech to be placed in parliament on June 4, as reported in the news ...

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Withdraw case, compensate Nayan

It is a relief that Jagannath University student Nayan Basar, unjustly shot by police, has been released on bail after the media reported on the incident. But the wrongdoings must be addressed. He was called an Islami Chhatra Shibir activist ...

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Conference on human trafficking

The Thailand government has called for a conference of 15 countries on 29 May, to discuss ways and means to stop human trafficking, especially the problem of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants. This is a timely conference indeed. The participants include ...

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Political comic opera or tragedy at work?

The Salahuddin-in-a-Shillong-mental asylum-episode would have provided much needed comic relief had it not been such a sad description of our political scene. Here was a man who was a top leader of a major political party walking around in a ...

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