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Vindicating the rights of varsity teachers

The distinguished Bengali author Syed Mujtaba Ali wrote a short story named ‘Padotika’ (Footnote) in which he painted a gloomy picture of how the teachers were living under most appalling conditions in British India. The abolition of the Toll  and Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Why Bangladesh needs the Ganges Barrage

Very few people in Bangladesh are aware of the importance of the Ganges Barrages in Bangladesh while they are aware of the adverse effects of the Farakka Barrage in the country. Although the project was reportedly considered in 1978, the Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Eid in Bongaon

Eid Mubarak everyone. In our days in the 60’s Eid began with touching the feet of the elders at home in respect. It’s this voice from childhood from Bongaon, a small village in Hobiganj, (Sylhet).   On the night of the Ramadan’s Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Beware the cancer that migrates

Khaleda Zia’s 92-day campaign of blockade and hartals have been counter-productive. The boomerang thrown by the BNP chairperson was targeted at Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Ironically, the weapon did not hit its target but returned to Khaleda to strike her Thursday, July 9th, 2015

The UN at 70

On June 26th, 1945, the UN’s charter was adopted in San Francisco and the United Nations is 70 years old.  The first session of the General Assembly was convened on 10 January 1946 in the Westminster Central Hall in London Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Writer’s block and other thoughts

For many writers, “writer’s block” is like a glass of wine to take refuge in. They pause and think that’s how it’s supposed to be. But the writer within might have been trying to venture out on a new mission, Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Did Taranco meet with Tareque Rahman?

A few weeks ago, Bangladesh’s ambassador to the UN dropped a clinker that went unnoticed.  He told a Dhaka newspaper that UN Assistant Secretary-General Oscar Fernandez-Taranco had met with BNP senior vice chair and bad-boy-in-exile Tareque Rahman.  He did not Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Racism is alive in America

On 17th June, 21-year old Dylann Roof, a white person, confessed to killing nine people at the historically black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, sources told NBC News. Police say they believe the attack was a hate crime. Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Letter from a runaway bride

The movie, “The Runaway Bride”, is not far from reality. Starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, it’s a romantic comedy where the bride runs away from the alter several times, too scared to plunge into the mysterious “married” title. Few Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Fortune in the sea

Bangladesh’s legal conquests of the sea in the delimitation case with Myanmar on 14 March 2012 and with India on 07 July 2014 are sure events quite worthy of going down in the annals of our history. By this couple Thursday, June 25th, 2015
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