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Tales of beautiful women

A beautiful woman named Sadhana Shivdasani died last week at the age of seventy four. Last year, it was the charming Nanda who passed away. Not long ago, Suchitra Sen, the Bengali woman of unsurpassing beauty and grace, passed on.   All Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Boom-time for brazenness

Criminality is a well-known problem in politics, and no political party can claim to be clean. Individuals with criminal records dominate politics not only in Bangladesh but also in many countries of the world. There are accused murderers, rapists and Thursday, December 24th, 2015

A modest proposal

The history of our Liberation War is a history of its friends and foes. And the history of its friends and foes is an unending history. It cannot come to a full stop. We don't know the whole history of Thursday, December 24th, 2015

The day ‘Universe’ took its revenge

Beauty pageants were never my cup of tea.   Not that I don’t like viewing beautiful women, but almost in all beauty pageants my favourite contender was either shown the way out after the third round or was never crowned as the Thursday, December 24th, 2015

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
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