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Wait nearly over for Golden Rice release in Bangladesh

  Many people in developing countries cannot afford or access a diverse and healthy diet. Rice makes up to 70 percent of daily calorie intake of average Bangladeshis. But this staple mainly contains carbohydrate with some protein but deficient in essential Thursday, February 8th, 2018

“Every day a challenge for me” – New IGP

  Newly-appointed Inspector General of Police Dr Jabed Patwary has said since joining the police force, every day of his life has been a challenge for him.   Dr Patwary said this during this during a farewell reception accorded to outgoing IGP AKM Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Bracing against notorious cyber law

  The Bangladesh government has approved a draft Digital Security Act 2018, which is dubbed as another draconian law against a free press. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, at an official meeting of the ministers on 29 January, gave her consent to Thursday, February 8th, 2018

The Rohingya crisis puts Bangladesh under enormous pressure, says the Swiss President

  Swiss President Alain Berset, who visited Dhaka on February 4-7, has called for the full implementation of the report of the Advisory Commission chaired by Kofi Annan to protect Rohingyas and ensure their safe return to Myanmar.   He said a refugee Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Digital Security Act: Another assault on freedom

  Journalists, rights activists up in arms.   To be sure, it would be foolish to expect the present government in its current state to move towards a more liberal outlook during the remainder of its tenure, or any extension thereof. We are Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Bridging dreams and reality

  The Padma Bridge, or 300 metres of it at least, is now visible from Shariatpur. Unfortunately for the government though, it won’t be fully ready for touting before the election.   The story of Padma Bridge, within the larger narrative of Bangladesh’s Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Those draconian measures … and our worries

  We have news. And it certainly does not make us happy. Of course, it all depends on how you take it. The bigger truth is that as citizens, as men and women who believe in the high principles of democracy, Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Security in compromising position

  Despite laws, export cargo not protected from theft, smuggling, terrorism   Laws relating to electronic seals for containers to ensure cargo security and avert revenue loss, theft, smuggling, dumping and terrorism under international maritime regulations have not been implemented in face of Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Khaleda’s moment of truth

  When Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina embarked on an apparent campaign trail in Sylhet last week, her chief political foe Khaleda Zia was in national capital Dhaka having series of indoor meetings with party comrades to strategize the future beyond February Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Three steps Myanmar should take to turn the Rohingya disaster around

  For the past two months, I have served on an international panel designed to help the Myanmar government arrive at just and reasonable policies for its conflict in Rakhine state, including its long-suffering Rohingya minority. This week I resigned. The Thursday, February 1st, 2018
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