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From the Editor-in-Chief: 40 years a sin

The number 40 holds a sombre significance in our syncretic culture. Rain fell for “forty days and forty nights” during the Flood in the Hebrew Bible. Jesus, before his temptation, fasted for “forty days and forty nights” in the Judean Thursday, August 13th, 2015

From the Editor-in-Chief: Where angels fear to tread

Literally “pumped” to death. Never across my four decades of involvement in journalism would I have imagined seeing that headline. Yet that is indeed the unspeakable fate that befell a young boy in Khulna, 12-year-old Rakib. His name can now Thursday, August 6th, 2015

From the Editor-in-Chief: The days of the Tiger

World Tiger Day, that falls every year on July 29 under an initiative by 13 Tiger range countries where this majestic creature still roams freely in the wild, arrived this year bearing the most gutting news imaginable to a whole Thursday, July 30th, 2015

From the Editor-in-Chief: Running on empty

It is deplorable that residents of Dhaka, the once proud capital of Bangladesh, should be without running water for two months at a stretch - including the entire month of Ramadan that is now drawing to a close, and most Thursday, July 16th, 2015

From the Editor-in-Chief: Looming urban crisis

With its fast-paced economic growth and rapid expansion of its cities, Bangladesh produced an urban crisis, one that is marked by the lack of adequate infrastructure and growth management as well as by sharp social divisions that are starkly etched Saturday, July 11th, 2015

From the Editor-in-Chief: A new low in Barisal

The almost frightening picture of institutionalised corruption, that emerged this week with the uncovering of a ‘bribe fund’ maintained by officers aspiring to rise the ranks of the Barisal Metropolitan Police, is enough to give anyone pause for thought, even Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

From the Editor-in-Chief: Razzak’s needless ordeal

The needless, and indeed provocative capture of the Border Guard Bangladesh nayek Abdur Razzak by the Myanmarese border force, the Border Guard Police (BGP), is a sorry and regrettable episode unbecoming of good neighbours. Especially in the context of two Thursday, June 25th, 2015

From the Editor-in-Chief: The honeymoon period is over

As monsoon sets in, already the spectre of waterlogging is upon us, as if life isn’t difficult enough already for the teeming millions who inhabit Dhaka. That is hardly surprising of course. Bouts of acute waterlogging are part and parcel Thursday, June 18th, 2015

From the Editor-in-Chief: Reigniting political trust

It can be tempting to view the visit of Narendra Modi to Dhaka for the third summit between leaders of India and Bangladesh 5 years, that took place this past week, as the quintessential personal triumph. Undoubtedly the Indian leader’s Thursday, June 11th, 2015

From the Editor-in-Chief: A cruel joke

The plight of the so-called “boat people” is a tale of untold misery and neglect, and this was once again exemplified during the May 29 meeting convened in Bangkok by the Thai foreign ministry to address the issue. While the Thursday, June 4th, 2015
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