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  • Drawing a false moral equivalence

    A recent op-ed piece in The Daily Star, titled “Crusading children: Fault in our stars... or ourselves?” published on March 31, was a bit intriguing and, perhaps, rather disconcerting.

  • Has privatisation benefitted the public?

    In most cases of privatisation, some outcomes benefit some, which serves to legitimise the change. Nevertheless, overall net welfare improvements are the exception, not the rule.

  • Digital technology: A cultural shift in healthcare

    Do you remember the primary function of a wristwatch? It is a timepiece, which gives you the time of the day and in some cases date as well.

  • Why universal health coverage is a must

    Health is a fundamental right of every human being, without distinction of any kind, but this is not a right enjoyed by everyone.

  • Safety First

    The news that at least 26 people died and many others were injured after fire broke out at the FR Tower in Dhaka's Banani was another tragic reminder of the everyday dangers faced by citizens of this country.

  • The dos and don'ts of handling emergency situations

    Over the past two decades of working in the risk-consulting business, two things have become apparent to me: (i) after every major incident, we suddenly become very worried and conscious about lack of safety, and (ii) we forget all about our worries in about a week.

  • The vicious maligning of a peaceful campaign

    The tagline was very simple yet relayed a crucial message: “Ga Gheshe Daraben Na” (Don't stand so close).

  • The secular spirit of Pahela Baishakh

    Let us think about the origin of the Bangla Naboborsho, how it evolved through the years and what the current status of this Naboborsho is.

  • Marching towards economic and social progress

    By all accounts, Bangladesh has done exceptionally well over the past two decades. This is true for both economic and social progress...

  • Why Suu Kyi is silent on the Rohingya issue

    Aung San Suu Kyi's inability to speak up for the Rohingya in Myanmar has been a riddle. The Western world had elevated her almost to the status of sainthood, only to find that she is actually a politician, happy to switch sides as convenient.

  • Rising sea levels, rising threats

    Almost all states now agree on the emerging threats to security from climate change, especially risks from sea-level rise to global peace and security. Bangladesh is no exception. In fact, Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries from the threats of sea-level rise.

  • Waiting to be heard

    Contrary to popular belief, it's not entitlement or narcissism or laziness that defines millennials. If anything, it's probably a sense of disillusionment that's a defining characteristic of this generation.

  • Is it time for a policy on artificial intelligence?

    Is now the right time for Bangladesh to start addressing artificial intelligence (AI)? Are there more important issues deserving of the attention of policy makers and regulators at this time?

  • Enforce building code for all public establishments

    Six long years have passed since the horrific tragedy that engulfed Rana Plaza on April 24, 2013. Over 1,100 workers perished that day and the devastation sent shockwaves not just through the ready-made garment (RMG) sector but across the entire world.

  • From Triangle to Rana Plaza: Workers must be the priority

    Over four million people's lives are closely intertwined with the ready-made garments (RMG) industry in Bangladesh—as are the deaths of over a thousand workers of Rana Plaza, which collapsed on this day six years ago. I remember it was a day of scorching sunshine. The Bengali New Year had begun only ten days earlier. This is usually a time of joy and celebration when people take a fresh look at their life and make plans that would change their future. What was it like for those ill-fated workers?

  • Post-Rana Plaza, what we have achieved and what we haven't

    The Rana Plaza collapse, the deadliest garment factory accident in history, carries a moral and political significance.

  • Turning a blind eye?

    Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s murder is a gruesome tale of the systematic violation of basic fundamental rights of children and, particularly, young girls in Bangladesh.

  • Protection of intellectual property in sports tech can be a game-changer

    The countdown for the Cricket World Cup 2019 has begun. Very few of us know the amount of planning required for such an event.

  • Mask-culinity: A toxic façade

    "Toxic masculinity is the practice of associating manhood with aggression, sex and status—a world where strength reigns supreme and emotions are deemed as weakness.”

  • 28 years since Operation Sea Angel: A model in disaster management

    On April 30, 1991, 28 years ago, a devastating cyclone of the highest magnitude hit the coastal belt of Chattogram district of southeastern Bangladesh and made a landfall around the time of high tide, which was 18ft above normal. The cyclone produced a 20ft storm surge that inundated the coastline. The storm also brought winds of around 150mph which lashed a populated region of the coast for about 12 hours, as well as 12 offshore islands.

  • Working for a brighter future in Asia

    With nearly two decades of strong economic growth, the world’s highest employment ratios and lowest unemployment rates, and massive technological innovation, some say “Asia is the future” or even “The future is Asia”.

  • The Leave Trap

    This song “Eight Hours”, penned by IG Blanchard and composed by Reverend Jesse H Jones, gained popularity towards the end of the 19th century, eight years before the advent of May Day. They were both residents of Boston.

  • United response needed against radicalisation

    The Easter Sunday terror attacks in Sri Lanka—for which the Islamic State terror outfit claimed responsibility—have brought to the fore three main disturbing developments that have serious security implications for the entire South Asian region: first, the IS poses an ever-greater threat to the region; second, its relatively new modus operandi is the adoption of the franchise model by helping local outfits to carry out spectacular attacks; and third, radicalisation.

  • Combating violent extremism cannot be limited to just security

    "Mother I know three languages but I can’t find a job.”

  • The missing catalyst for road safety

    Of all the dysfunctions that plague life in Bangladesh today, none is perhaps more pernicious than the transport sector. Just consider the fact that an average of 20 lives is lost to road accidents every day.

  • Viewers turning away from local TV channels

    It is one of those intense moments when you immerse yourself in the television and follow every move of the actor; his grimace makes you frown and speculate what would happen next. Right then, the broadcaster fills half of the screen with an ad of what to use to be fair, if not fairer.

  • 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.