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Dear Midnight, December 31st, 2015

Hey wait, don’t bid the day farewell without some celebrations! Each and every day has something to celebrate, something worthy of remembering for the coming days. Each sunset comes with different hues and every day the sky is different. You Thursday, December 24th, 2015

Life, death … and the rains

It rains through the night. It pours at dawn. In your soul there is primeval loneliness, loneliness brought on by remembrance of moments gone by. It rains. And you remember the muddy earth you walked through in your village, for Thursday, December 17th, 2015

The spirit of December

It’s nearly four decades and a half since we won the victory in our Liberation War.  Still we could not enjoy the sweet smell of its success to the full. What we were supposed to gain from this hard-earned victory Thursday, December 17th, 2015

The lost battle over banning the Facebook

The government’s ultimate decision to lift the ban on Facebook last week raises the question which side had actually won in the scuffle between the two. Given the rising popularity of Facebook today, it’s not just a social media tool Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Hasina’s act of indomitable courage

When the World Bank cancelled its promised $1.2-billion aid to build the country’s longest road-and-rail bridge over Padma River in 2012 over corruption concerns many in Bangladesh panicked. Critics of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina seized the withdrawal as an opportunity Thursday, December 17th, 2015

No turning back

The concept of the good war may sound oxymoronic to some across the political spectrum, the kind of term peddled by some slick operative of the war industry of the West, or one of its couriers in the form of Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Rebel trouble for AL, BNP camps

With the electioneering time for the December-30 municipal polls running out fast, the two main rival camps -- the ruling Awami League and Bangladesh Nationalist party (BNP) -- are keeping their fingers crossed fearing that their rebel candidates may eat Thursday, December 17th, 2015

December 1971 . . . as Pakistan came apart

It is December once more.   As one more anniversary of our triumph on the battlefield in 1971 approaches, it is only proper that we travel back to the time when the bandwagon of freedom was beginning to move inexorably toward its Thursday, December 10th, 2015

No margin for slip-ups

As the much-hyped, municipal election gets closer, an Election Commissioner has recently said this time the polls will be held in a very good atmosphere and no one will have to quit it halfway through. This is, in fact, an Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Rogues not Recruiters!

Scene 1   A plush apartment overlooking road number 10 in Gulshan-1 turned into an office complex. Shahed Khan (Not real name), a potential candidate for a recently announced vacant post in a foreign mission, enters. This is his second visit and Thursday, December 10th, 2015
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