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Do your children know Bangabandhu?

  ‘Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world’ — WB Yeats   When was the last time you told your children about Bangabandhu? I beg your pardon, what are you saying? You ‘try to stay away from Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Death of a sister in a distant land

  Kolkata is next door but many days away. One can’t go there even if a beloved cousin sister dies suddenly. The grief is so sharp because she was younger than I was at only 58 years. We always think the Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

In this sad August . . .

  In this sad month of August, as the rains of Sravana pelt us with intimations of tragedy, we know it is time to remember the Liberator. He was our Bangabandhu --- Friend of Bengal. It is time to celebrate him, Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

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
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