Mohammad Badrul Ahsan

CROSS TALK

Editor, First News and opinion writer for The Daily Star badrul151@yahoo.com

March 17, 2017
March 17, 2017

Presidential humour and the irony of education

The President of the Republic went public with his academic records, while addressing the 50th convocation of Dhaka University on March 4.

March 10, 2017
March 10, 2017

Lies make us blind in full sight

If an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind, what does a lie for a lie do to us?

March 3, 2017
March 3, 2017

When the bubble is convinced it's real

An average person measures three and a half times the length of his or her own forearm in height.

February 24, 2017
February 24, 2017

Will the World Bank eat humble pie?

It was once a familiar refrain amongst the restaurant-goers in Dhaka that even if one didn'teat or drink anything in a restaurant, one could still end up paying twelve annas for breaking a...

February 17, 2017
February 17, 2017

Has the mountain brought forth a mouse?

The appointment of the new Chief Election Commissioner was an elaborate undertaking that had a curious resemblance to the

February 10, 2017
February 10, 2017

History is asking for an address change

In my student days I worked as a bartender in a nightclub in downtown Washington, D.C.,where my colleague was a bespectacled nerdy-looking Vietnam veteran.

February 3, 2017
February 3, 2017

A moving martyrdom on a trail track

An assistant technician of Bangladesh Railway did last Friday what nobody does these days. Not since those fateful days of 1971 and some of the political movements in this country when our martyrs...

January 29, 2017
January 29, 2017

A heartfelt goodbye to beloved Behrouze bhai

Mirza Ali Behrouze Ispahani, chairman of the Ispahani Group, one of the largest business conglomerates in the country, died as quietly as he lived.

January 27, 2017
January 27, 2017

Tonu murder trial and the fate of hurricanes

The Observer Effect in science has it that the act of observing will influence the phenomenon being observed. If we're looking for an answer ten months after the brutal killing of a young girl...

January 20, 2017
January 20, 2017

Light things float and heavy things sink

After Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu came to power in 1965, he called himself "The Genius of the Carpathians". He had even