The VAT saga

  When the country’s Finance Minister, AMA Muhith, announced that a unified Value-Added Tax (VAT) rate would be implemented in his budget speech, there was a massive uproar from business leaders, compelling him to re-think his plans and eventually backtrack on Thursday, July 27th, 2017

The magic in Mohammad Rafi

  The evening descended on Mohammad Rafi’s life thirty seven years ago.   It is the evening of Rafi’s memories that is upon us today. And yet he lives on, part of you, part of me, a wholesomeness which defines our understanding of Thursday, July 27th, 2017

The UNO, a blinded boy and social media

  The boy who lies in bed and may lose his vision probably has no idea that he has become an unwitting symbol of the deep conflict that rages between ordinary people and the state. Siddiqur’s case has become such an Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Hasina basks in solid public support

  Bangladesh is making good progress in maintaining political stability, sustained economic and social development. The country is well on track to become a middle income economy as the annual GDP growth has gone beyond 7 per cent and the per Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Those men on the Moon

  Forty eight years ago, on 20 July 1969, the moon came closer to us. Neil Armstrong stepped on its surface and said softly, ‘One small step for a man, a giant leap for mankind.’ That about summed up the epic Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Survival means accountability: The forgotten lesson of 1971

  The uneasy relationship between the Judiciary and the Executive continues with Justice Sinha reminding the AG that nobody gains by browbeating the court. It comes from the Chief Justice of the Appellate division of the Supreme Court who has taken Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Bangladesh’s voice getting louder at Cannes Lions

  Last year the pride of Bangladesh surged when an innovative, eco-friendly and sustainable air cooler with zero electricity consumption, titled “Zero Electricity Air Cooler”, was awarded the Gold Cannes Lion under the category ‘Product Design, Solution’ at the Cannes Lions Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

One man’s view of cricket

  It was in 1967 --- and I was thirteen at the time --- that cricket took leave of me or I said farewell to cricket. These days, whenever anyone asks me about some on-going cricket tournament or the other, it Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

My name is Chiku

  I began as a humble insect and nobody bothered about me but after only a few months  of diligent biting, everyone knows my name. And those who have rented their body to me, knows how it feels to live with Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Hasina deserves another term

  Bangladesh is now on a path of satisfactory economic growth. With the annual economic growth at 7.24 per cent Bangladesh is growing faster than any other country in the region, even better than what has been achieved by India and Wednesday, July 12th, 2017
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