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Politics … the miraculous and the predictable

Come to think of it. The world, despite the increasingly shrinking frontiers it is being pushed into, remains a rather interesting place. Britain’s Labour Party has just elected the old-fashioned socialist Jeremy Corbyn as its new leader. You might be Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Life with clogged arteries

If you want to embark on a journey through Dhaka-Chittagong Highway, you should think twice or get mentally ready for a shock. There is every possibility for you to get stuck somewhere at some point anytime. Take for example what Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Bangladesh and the quest for global peace

Peace is the antithesis of war and violence. Where there is war, there is no peace and vice versa. Although the quest for peace has always been the avowed goal of an individual or a group in human society, it Thursday, September 17th, 2015

It took a toddler’s death for us to wake up

Three-year-old Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi wearing tiny shoes was found lying face-down on a beach near Turkish resort of Bodrum on 2nd September, shocking the conscience of the community of the world and at the same time depicting the deplorable Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Lagging in literacy

Bangladesh is at the threshold of becoming a middle-income country. Though the target year is 2021 the graduation process has already started with the World Bank saying in a recent statement that Bangladesh, thanks to its per capita income of Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Symbol of pride or poverty!

Jennifer Hua, a US citizen, got stunned as she descended on the streets of Dhaka City during her first visit to Bangladesh a few years back. Her first question to her host is: How come a human being is pulling Thursday, September 10th, 2015

A falling tooth and a pointless comb

I have been growing old faster than all my friends. They all look like uncles and aunts. I am more into the category of grandfathers. My teachers, older than me but looking younger than me, have a hard time explaining Thursday, September 10th, 2015

A tale of two murders

Two weeks ago, in old Dhaka, a young boy named Raja Mian was beaten to death.  He was a known drug addict and was accused of stealing a few things to pay for his drug habits.  Raja was caught red Thursday, September 10th, 2015

The troubles of Najib Razak

Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has been the prime minister since 2009 and recently has been fighting for his political life because he was reportedly being investigated over $700 million in his personal accounts alleged to have come Thursday, September 10th, 2015

The magic of media

Many people in our society nurture a huge illusion about the news media industry. They think the media can do and undo many things. They are of the impression that writing in newspapers on socio-political problems works wonders, bringing about Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
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