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  • Why RMG sector needs a change of mindset

    “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

  • NRC and the larger crisis brewing in Assam

    Ecent developments surrounding the controversial National Registry of Citizens (NRC) in Assam have made many extremely worried across borders in Bangladesh and India regarding the future of Bengali Muslim settlers and Hindus alike.

  • Sans civil and political rights, development is incomplete

    The traditional notion of development encompasses a set of economic development indices that can arguably create enabling conditions for the fulfilment of many economic and social rights.

  • Bottlenecks facing Bangladesh’s export sector

    Export-led growth in Bangladesh has been largely fuelled by an abundant supply of low-cost labour and duty-free access to the EU and US markets.

  • The nation seeks official list of martyred intellectuals

    To this day the nation does not have a list of intellectuals abducted and murdered by the marauding Pakistan army and their local henchmen who joined in the plunder, genocide, and rape during the brutal birth of Bangladesh in 1971.

  • Law needs RTI-defenders

    The global excitement about Right to Information (RTI) appears to be on the wane. Instead of facilitating citizens’ role to monitor public work by accessing official documents, governments are resorting to procedural and other hurdles to curtail the reach of the law.

  • To Atiq a freedom fighter

    I remember before the war,

  • Unfulfilled dreams of a victorious nation

    Another Victory day has come, the 48th in the history of independent Bangladesh. Considering the short span of our life, we have travelled quite a distance from 1971.

  • Disability-inclusive development: Our path to prosperity

    The World Bank has recently launched the Bangladesh Poverty Assessment 2019 report that highlights remarkable progress the country has made in terms of reducing poverty and combating extreme poverty.

  • Rohingya genocide: The Gambia’s fight for humanity

    When almost all the countries are silent about Myanmar’s genocide in its Rakhine state and the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh, a western African country, The Gambia,

  • Improving the process of our urban development

    In building urban infrastructure and services, we are faced with a huge challenge of meeting the demand created by increasing rate of urbanisation in Bangladesh.

  • India’s NRC and the new Citizenship Law are fraught with ramifications

    Protests against a divisive new citizenship law began to rage in the northeastern states of India (Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya, etc.) on December 11, 2019 when the BJP-led Hindu nationalist government won parliamentary approval for the new citizenship law.

  • Why Vietnam provides a useful benchmark for Bangladesh

    If we were to describe the global garment and textile industry as a three-horse race, China would be out in front with two other horses fast closing in.

  • The false propaganda about minority persecution in Bangladesh

    In order to justify the discriminatory stance of the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019, something odd is happening—Bangladesh is being painted by elements within India as a violent state from which Hindus are fleeing away, into India.

  • The ‘Londoni’ Connection

    It is said that Sylhet, the northern metropolitan city, is the London of Bangladesh. Nearly 150 people from my native Bangladeshi village of Kewali Para are now proud British citizens.

  • Where is thy freedom on the internet?

    Since the Indian Parliament approved the Citizenship Amendment Bill on December 11, hundreds of thousands of Indians are

  • A low-hanging fruit ready for picking

    The pharmaceutical sector in Bangladesh has huge potential and opportunities for producing affordable modern medicines for the ordinary citizens as well as the developing world.

  • A synopsis of the battle against corruption in 2019

    The year 2019 was essentially business as usual in terms of corruption in Bangladesh, as it continued to a be challenge of ever-increasing concern except for two notable features that drew public attention.

  • The United States and the world: Troubled present, uncertain future

    Chrono-logical markers, like the end of a year, are an arbitrary human contrivance, but it’s a useful occasion to take stock. 2019’s end has also brought the end of a decade, so perhaps one can take a longer view.

  • Bursting our bubble

    As we bade farewell to the teens of this century, most of us—if not all of us—must have been looking back on our changes, gains and losses as a person, as a society and as a nation.

  • Lessons from Singapore

    When Singa-pore was expelled from Malaysia in 1965 and thrust into an unwanted independence, its overall condition—economic, social and political—were not at all conducive.

  • 2010s: The Decade of Protests

    As 2020 begins with news of escalating tensions between the United States and Iran, it is important that we reflect on the defining features of the 2010s for a better understanding of the times we’re going through.

  • Tension mounts again in the Middle East

    A US air strike near Baghdad International Airport (ORBI/BGW) resulted in the death of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani and several high-profile Iraqi paramilitary leaders on January 3.

  • Taxing the technology giants

    There is little doubt that technology will drive everything in the coming days. The developed world is witnessing an artificial intelligence-driven transformation of technology, earlier than us—but we are also embracing it.

  • ‘The only constant in life is change’

    On November 29, 2019, The Daily Star announced the demise of its Star Weekend magazine and the birth of Toggle, quoting Heraclitus as a justification, but without giving him due credit.

  • 2020: A year full of danger

    Let’s face what lies ahead with open eyes: 2020 is going to be a very tough year for the world, and developing countries in particular. The infant decade has already begun with thousands fleeing to beaches in Australia from raging bushfires, and the Middle East bracing for more conflict after a US air strike in Baghdad killed Iran’s top general.

  • The Future of Digital is Human

    Rafia dreads going to her phone carrier’s customer service centre.

  • Uninstalling Injustice

    Let us do an exercise. Clench your fist, and then gently loosen your fingers a little.

  • Why crossfire will not solve our rape problem

    The recent rape incident of a second year Dhaka University student has reignited widespread public frustration on the prevailing culture of impunity for rape in our country.

  • Localised Digital Service Tax: Points to ponder

    Global trade is being disrupted by the tax disputes over technology giants who mostly operate from Silicon Valley.