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Overhauling the UGC or establishing a Higher Education Commission

  “The new University of Excellence is a corporation driven by market forces, and, as such, is more interested in profit margins than in thought.” Professor Bill Readings (Source: The University in Ruins)   An important meeting - presided by the honourable president and Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Meditating on the Buddha in the midst of Buddhist Terror

  Richard Reoch reports from the refugee camps in Bangladesh.   The Buddha was no stranger to genocide. His own people, the Sakyas, were the victims of mass slaughter. One of the final acts of his life, recounted in the opening verses of Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Waking up to reality

  Very few believe that return of Rohingyas will be viable any time soon   Bangladesh has shown great generosity in opening its borders for Rohingya. Though Bangladesh and Myanmar signed the repatriation agreement on November 23, 2017, very few believe that safe Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

Digging for a Hindu Nation

  The search for the Hindu nation is closely linked to the development of archaeology and it’s manipulative use. Rachel A. Varghese traces some past projects, misconceptions and mis-truths which aid ideas of the Hindu right-wing in India.   On 6 March, this Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

A social initiative to restore GFs image after Rana Plaza

  “We are providing trainings the garment workers to make their own sanitary napkins reusing the scraps. Our women are having nimble fingers and they are easily and efficiently making the sanitary napkins using the machines they are used to operate Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Some ominous short-cuts

  “Why hurry over beautiful things? Why not linger and enjoy them?”   Very recently, I completed a course on acting at a renowned theatre school in Dhaka. I joined the one-year course with a motive to regain “myself” that was bogged down Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Women’s labour participation in economy largely unaccounted

  56.9pc women not in education, employment, training   Nearly three-fifth of working-age women population in the country is not involved in education, employment and training (NEET). Referring to the facts provided by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), country’s leading policy think Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Is it boys falling behind, or girls moving ahead?

  It is beyond question that girls are moving forward in Bangladesh today. In the results of this year’s SSC examination, the pass rate of girls (80.35%) is slightly higher than that of boys (78.40%). The number of boys (55,701), however, Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Searching for Ebola’s hideout

  After the recent epidemic, Ebola disappeared. But this relief is only temporary: the virus is hiding somewhere – maybe in forest animals, maybe closer to home. Leigh Cowart joins the hunt.   here was a certain kind of quiet hopefulness when, in Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Why India is crucial to RCEP trade pact

  While New Delhi is a major stumbling block with its demands, it provides strategic balance   Asean’s leaders have issued a stark warning about rising protectionism at their latest summit, promising “to exert all efforts to resolve outstanding issues” delaying the critical Thursday, May 10th, 2018
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