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Triple Talaq under fire

  A five-judge bench of India’s Supreme Court has been hearing petitions challenging the controversial practice of Triple Talaq or instant divorce of wives by Muslim men in India. The practice, which allows Muslim men to divorce their wives by uttering Thursday, May 18th, 2017

May in a hot desert land

  It was May 2005 and I was working on our four-volume “Bangladesh 1971”. As editor of the project I had to organize funds, whether begging, borrowing, or stealing. Mehboob Shareef, my old Unicef colleague Mehboob bhai, who was heading up Thursday, May 18th, 2017

The meaning of Rabindranath

  We remembered Rabindranath a few days ago on 25 Baishakh. But, then, when do we not remember him? When do we not sing his songs? When do we not make him a point of reference in our conversations? When do Thursday, May 18th, 2017

The “fear factor” and our media

  By now you must have heard the latest controversy caused by America’s favourite potty-mouthed late night show host, Stephen Colbert.  Last week he caused a stir by comparing Donald Trump’s mouth to Vladimir Putin’s underwear (well, he had a more Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Tackling social media in rape cases

  It’s my hope and trust that the suspects in the recent alleged rape of two university girls in Dhaka will eventually be apprehended. Since the suspects come from so-called “wealthy and influential” families many went to the social media, especially Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Tales of desire, passion and love

  French President-elect Emmanuel Macron is a passionate man. In high school, he told his literature teacher he would one day marry her. She was twenty four years older than him. She was a happily married woman. Her daughter was Macron’s Thursday, May 11th, 2017

The song remains the same

  ‘Abaar elo je shondhya/ Shudhu dujone……..’   It gets you every time, doesn’t it? It could just be the most touching, most enduring paean to a Bengali heart’s yearning. How it almost meanders through all the right sensibilities, delicately plucking at the pangs Thursday, May 4th, 2017

BNP should bow to national expectations

  Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir is wrong. His Bangladesh Nationalist Party is not prepared for facing the election test as he has recently claimed. Nor is BNP a party that genuinely has faith in the democratic process of election. It has Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Media and the market: The Apu-Sakib reality

  Do we ever ask why a government officer is paid a salary for serving the people as per the constitution?  Both the Prime Minister and President gets paid not to mention the Chief Justice, all the  Judge that serve, every Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Hate in the mail . . .

  Hate mail can be very uplifting for the one who is the target of it. Those who spew venom in their letters are either envious of their intended victims’ poise and principles or simply do not know good manners. Hate Thursday, May 4th, 2017
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