Nation this week

  Stranger things The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court accepted the gazette notification on the disciplinary rules for lower court judges. Earlier on December 11, the government had issued a gazette notification on the disciplinary rules of the lower court judges Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Depriving the students

  There is no good reason why elections to DUCSU, or any other public university’s students union, cannot be held. There never was.   “A proud tradition in student politics” is part of the staple that Bangladeshis upto a certain generation would hear Thursday, January 4th, 2018

DUCSU in vicious trap of status quo

  The anti-autocratic movement was in its height the year I got enrolled as a Dhaka University student and started attending classes as a freshman. In those turbulent days of 1987-88 almost every other DU student would rather take pride in Thursday, January 4th, 2018

Curtain falls on 6th Bengal Classical Music Festival

  The sixth edition of Bengal Classical Music Festival concluded on December 30 with the serene flute recital of Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia.   He performed Raga Lalitha and folk tune and bhajan, much to the delight of the city’s packed Abahani grounds.   The fifth Thursday, January 4th, 2018

Here’s to a brighter 2018

  Leaving 2017, a year of countless ups and downs, thousands of people across the country have ushered in 2018 with large celebrations and massive firework displays defying ban on rooftops celebrations.   We, in 2017, witnessed tragedies like floods that brought huge Thursday, January 4th, 2018

Should private universities allow student politics?

  Thousands of student protesters were celebrating on the streets of Dhaka and on campuses nationwide after the Bangladeshi government announced that it would withdraw a value added tax (VAT) of 7.5 % on tuition fees for private universities and medical Thursday, January 4th, 2018

World this week

  Assam leaves 13m citizens off its register Around 13 million people living in northeastern India’s largest state have been left off a controversial draft list of citizens released on January 2 by the authorities, who are under pressure to identify and Thursday, January 4th, 2018

Nation this week

  3 new ministers likely to be sworn in Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is likely to induct at least three new faces into her council of ministers on January 2. AKM Shahgahan Kamal, lawmaker from Laxmipur-3, and State Minister Fisheries and Livestock Thursday, January 4th, 2018

2017 – The shape of a year

  Any narrative that wishes to capture the year 2017 in Bangladesh must contend with the enormous distortionary effect of the Rohingya refugee crisis, that only started in late August, but quickly grew to become the biggest story to emerge out Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Returnees from Emergency God

  Journalist Utpal Das has been found more than two months after he was last heard from. Political Islam researcher, academic Mubashar Hasan came back home 44 days after he was picked up forcefully to an unknown destination by ‘unknown’ people. Thursday, December 28th, 2017
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