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  • Waste as a source of comfort, entertainment and education

    Can garbage make our life comfortable? Can rubbish possibly educate or entertain us? Dear reader, if you wish to get an answer to these bizarre questions, let me take you to the centre of a furnace, where temperature reaches as high as 850 degrees Celsius. It may not sound like the most pleasant destination, but I promise, you will not be disappointed at the end of this journey!

  • Migrant-Boat Capsize in the Mediterranean: Can we stop such tragedies from recurring?

    A boat carrying migrants from Libya to Italy sunk in the Mediterranean on May 10, 2019, leaving 37 Bangladeshis dead. In a similar incident this year, 90 migrants died in February, some of whom were Bangladeshis.

  • Iraq Redux?

    For those of us who lived in the US through the horrendous build-up to the 2003 illegal war on Iraq, the growing sabre rattling in the United States against Iran brings a nasty feeling of déjà vu.

  • Rohingya Repatriation: Many twists and turns but no solution in sight yet

    There are over a million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, including the latest batch of 800,000 that came after August 25, 2017 and the 250,000 that arrived since the first exodus of mid-1990s.

  • Increased interoperability of land forces with allies and partners: A Bangladesh perspective

    In the context of today’s complex operational environment, interoperability is a measure of the degree to which various organisations or individuals are able to operate together to achieve a common goal. Commonly, interoperability involves parameters like standardisation, integration and cooperation.

  • Diplomacy in the apparel world

    As a nation, we should be proud that Bangladesh has become one of Asia’s most remarkable and unexpected success stories in recent years and has been ranked 41st among the world’s largest economies in 2019 in a report published by the UK-based Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR).

  • Low Paddy price in Bangladesh

    Why we cannot afford to let farmers lose

    Amid the extreme suffering of farmers caused by the low price for paddy, the government has said that it can do nothing about it.

  • How is Bangladesh faring in gender equality?

    Bangladesh has been making good progress in the Global Gender Gap Index presented by the World Economic Forum. The index is usually calculated based on four parameters including health, education, economy and politics to gauge the state of gender equality in a country.

  • On fasting away from home

    “No, not even water,” I explain to my friend, whose eyes grow wide at my description of fasting during Ramadan. We’re walking down Boulevard Raspail on the sixth arrondissement of Paris, past rows of people sitting out on café tables, past a noodle shop, a Pizzeria, a sandwicherie, and a Lebanese restaurant. It’s a hot summer afternoon. The air smells of cheese and caffeine, and I still have eight hours to go before I can eat or drink anything.

  • The rise of hate

    An evil that is meta-stasising in a lethal fashion across the face of our planet is the culture of hate. If the spectre of global warming threatens humankind’s physical existence, the rise of hate has become a scourge to the very soul of humanity.

  • Belt and Road Initiative and what’s in it for Bangladesh

    The second Belt and Road Forum (BRF) was recently held in Beijing. This is the second time the forum took stock and set the pathways for future endeavours of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) since this major initiative was launched in 2013.

  • The challenges in reviving our jute sector

    It seems that the present crisis in the state-owned jute mills will hardly be over with the Tk 169.14 crore allocated by the government to the Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) to pay the workers their dues.

  • I am not on TV tonight at 11pm

    Leonardo da Vinci was an extremely talented man of wide versatility. Other than famously and fortuitously puzzling generations with the enigma of a Mrs Giocondo, okay Lisa Gherardini, his Mona, he excelled in architecture and drawing, painting and sculpting, astronomy and mathematics, science and engineering, music and literature, anatomy and botany, geology and cartography, writing and history... Phew if you will.

  • Riddled with unhappiness

    Information is key, knowledge is key, hard work is key, perseverance is key—all lead to success but what about happiness? Let’s take a sigh and start. Unhappiness is a part of our lives. It happens, period. But are we focusing on that too much? Is it true we are losing our enthusiasm to live? If this isn’t a catastrophe, then what is.

  • We must stand with Rohingya refugees

    At one high point at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh, the mountains of Myanmar appear so close that it looks like you could reach out and touch the trees.

  • ICC World Cup and our expectations

    In his book titled The Tao of Cricket (2000), Ashis Nandy wrote that “cricket is an Indian game accidentally discovered by the English.”

  • Public transport woes: Sufferings of the homebound people

    Lost in thought, Shafiul is standing in a long queue at the centre of a crowded area, and staring unmindfully at everyone who walks by.

  • Duel at the Shangri-La dialogue: Implications for us all

    The Annual Jamboree of global defence leaders at the Shangri La Dialogue in Singapore is much more than just a talkathon. Amidst the wining and dining, and in the chambers and corridors, policymakers and thought leaders get the opportunity to interact with one another intensely

  • Now is the time for unity within the RMG industry

    All for one and one for all, united we stand divided we fall,” is a famous quote traditionally associated with the titular heroes of the novel The Three Musketeers written by Alexandre Dumas, first published in 1844.

  • ‘Anchals’ save lives

    Drowning is an under-recognised global public health issue causing an estimated 322,000 deaths each year, with nearly 94 percent of these deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries.

  • Producing the graduates of tomorrow

    Visualise a sunny convo-cation day—students beaming with pride and their four years of strenuous academic struggles finally summing up to them tossing their graduation caps as a symbolic gesture to commemorate the end of their undergraduate life.

  • Teaching load: The missing link in higher education quality

    Ask faculty members in the country’s universities what would motivate them to devote more time to research and you will hear one common answer: decrease present course loads and class sizes. Both factors continue to weigh heavily on their daily toil and pursuit of excellence.

  • Disney’s Aladdin and the appropriation of culture

    Impelled largely by curiosity and not a little by the inner kid in me that is still in awe of fairy tales, I went to the cinema to watch a Disney film, a pleasure I strictly avoid.

  • Bangladesh parliament

    Budget FY2019-20: Smile for a while?

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina herself presented the proposed budget this year! While it was completely a new phenomenon in the history of any country, she was praised for extending her affectionate hands to take on the finance minister’s budget speech when it

  • India’s cricket diplomacy in the Maldives

    One of the most abiding images of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first bilateral visit to the Maldives on June 8 was him gifting President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih a cricket bat, containing the autographs of all the members of the Indian national team playing in the ongoing World Cup in England.

  • How to measure progress in e-governance

    It is customary to assess aspects of the performance of a country using composite indices such as the Ease of Doing Business Index or the Network Readiness Index.

  • Global Peace Index: Can numbers define world peace?

    Percep-tions of peacefulness can vary from person to person, nation to nation, depending on various factors such as the interplay of religious convictions, ethics, with real-life experiences. So logically, everyone’s views will not be reflected in, and can even be contradicted by the “Global Peace Index”—a measurement of “relative” position of peacefulness in 163 nations around the world,

  • The benefits of learning multiple languages

    Learning languages can open up the world for you. The world is going through dynamic changes, which are occurring at a fast rate.

  • ‘Cut money’ bleeds Trinamoool, boosts rivals in West Bengal

    A youth from West Bengal’s Baharampur district cleared the West Bengal civil services examination more than two years ago but is yet to get his appointment letter. When he went to enquire about the delay in getting the letter, he was advised by an official of the West Bengal Public Services Commission that he could get the letter expedited by paying Rs 5 lakh to a Trinamool Congress leader.

  • The thin line between freedom of speech and hate speech

    We live in the age of liberalism. We get to speak out about things in public that would have been considered as unacceptable centuries ago. We are now able to speak up against inequality, point out flaws in our society, and express our personal opinions on a great deal of matters.