Commentary

Championing the Earth

Sheikh Hasina’s winning the UN environmental award ‘Champions of the Earth’ is a new feather in her cap. However, this sort of news about our current premier is not new on us. It’s known that Sheikh Hasina has a lot Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Master of all she surveys

Several years ago, a Bangladesh prime minister was addressing a press conference at UN headquarters.  The PM’s clever media chief was well aware of his boss’s weakness – shaky English and even shakier knowledge about policy issues.  So, he planted Thursday, October 1st, 2015

From the Editor-in-Chief: The battle over VAT on students’ tuition fees

The decision by the government to withdraw the 7.5 per cent VAT on tuition fees at the nation’s private universities has certainly put an end to an uncomfortable situation for the country. With the students of the private universities pouring Thursday, September 17th, 2015

VAT goes, but ills remain

The finance minister is after money. He has reasons to be a money hunter. For he has to take care of a Tk. 3 lakh crore annual budget for 2015-16 fiscal year with the deficit estimate at about 27 per Thursday, September 17th, 2015

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

From the Editor-in-Chief: Remembering their contributions

The government has decided to have a monument built in Ashuganj in remembrance of the sacrifices of the Allied Forces in our War of Liberation, which is just as well. Indeed, such a monument should have been built soon after Thursday, September 10th, 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
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