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Where are women safe?

A garments factory worker has been assaulted again. After Manikganj, Savar and Mymensingh, this time it was in Sonargaon, Narayanganj. Will there be no place safe for women in this country? After work, the girl boarded a bus at 11 ...

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Three cheers for the three ladies in the UK Commons

Tulip, Rushanara, and Rupa Huq didn’t participate in any Bangladeshi elections but their victory seems to be ours. Never mind that a UK MP has nothing to do with our political life but these three ladies of Bangladeshi origins do ...

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Diplomatic near-miss holds two lessons for the future

A major foreign policy disaster was averted this week when Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed to push ahead with the crucial Bangladesh border agreement without excluding Assam from its purview as the state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party had ...

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Cameron’s Triumph: At What Cost?

Pollsters are now shying away from the media following their most erroneous predictions of the just concluded British election as the most unpredictable one in the nation’s history.  Since the dissolution of parliament about a dozen opinion polls were conducted ...

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It was Salman Khan’s choice to be imprisoned…

Prison is not meant for superstars who dazzle the Tinsel-Town! But at times, the monotony of being famous and wealthy drives the screen heroes to lead a reckless existence in real life. They indulge in silly acts of extreme defiance ...

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Al-Qaeda unit claim responsibility for Avijit murder

Over two months since the murder of writer-blogger Avijit Roy, Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) has claimed responsibility for the killing. Since the claim has come so long after the murder, it’s authenticity is naturally questionable. The actual question ...

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Poland: Struggles and triumphs

Whenever one hears of Poland, what is the first thing that comes to the mind? Nicholas Copernicus, Auschwitz, Warsaw Pact, Pope John Paul the II (Wojtyla), Lech Walesa, Kojak, or the jaw-breaking Slavonic names of people and places like Zbigniew ...

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OUT OF THE BOX Waking up to workers’ rights

It was in 1884 that the Federation of Organised Trades and Labour Unions demanded an eight-hour workday in the United States, and this came into effect on 1 May 1886. Today we celebrate 1 May as the International Labour Day. ...

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Police role during attack on journos shocking

The attack on journalists by the workers and supporters of the government-backed candidates during Tuesday’s election to the three city corporation of Dhaka and Chittagong, not only was criminal, but also exposed the ill motives of the ruling party. We ...

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Towards an intensified political impasse?

It had the potential for many fine beginnings; it could have brought the two of our foremost political rivals closer to understanding political realities and, it even kicked-off with a bright ray of optimism, but as morning turned to midday ...

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