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

Images 2017

  The year’s landmark events from around the world, as captured by photojournalists for the Associated Press. The Rohingya refugee crisis unfolding in the border districts of Myanmar and Bangladesh was one of the most photographed news stories of the year.     Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Corporate cards: The next innovation on the go?

  In this supersonic era of business, banking is riding the highways globally and Bangladesh, though lagging behind, is trying to reach out and match the pace. With advances like e-commerce and mobile banking, managing wealth and finances seems a child’s Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Turkey farming: Giving poultry a run for their money

  This year, Thanksgiving came earlier than expected for a few people, turkey farmers to be exact. Not only have they been able to sell off their turkey meats in mainstream markets, but they have also successfully managed to rip open Thursday, December 28th, 2017

A sector in disarray

  Amid a plethora of unsavoury, crudely immoral and downright fraudulent or criminal incidents in the country’s banking sector coming to the fore, spanning both private and state-owned players,  Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), the local chapter of a global anti-corruption watchdog, Thursday, December 21st, 2017
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