1w ago| Opinion

Backlogged factory inspections: Now is the time to act

We have witnessed yet another factory fire catastrophe but this time it involves a factory which does not cater to international garment retailers—hence, loss of lives of the workers burnt inside...

2w ago| Opinion

A negative-sum game in the energy sector

Recently, reports of two contradictory developments in the power and energy sector have befuddled readers in Bangladesh.

Tangail Sal forest dying a slow, preventable death

The Sal forest in Tangail has been shrinking at a speedy rate over the years, and there seems to be no way to prevent this tragedy under the present circumstances.

Column by Mahfuz Anam: We used to have such elections, once

About the just-concluded West Bengal assembly elections, there are three things to celebrate and one to be worried about.

2.45 crore new poor created by pandemic

We are deeply concerned by the findings of a survey conducted by the Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC) and the Brac Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD),

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam: A wake-up call for AL, for us all

The ostensible reason for the recent protests was Indian PM Narendra Modi’s latest visit. The real reason was to signal that Hefajat-e-Islam (HI) under its new leadership was not the same party as...

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam: DSA - the law that jails now kills

Mushtaq Ahmed, the writer, the commentator, the socially conscious citizen, the articulate but moderate voice of dissent and a critical observer of current events is dead.

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Snapshots from the past, thoughts for the future

Thirty years ago, the coming together of a regionally famous editor and a near-novice at journalism along with some visionary investors—Azimur Rahman, AS Mahmud, Latifur Rahman, A. Rouf Chowdhury,...

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Al Jazeera story, government’s response and the state of our journalism

The Al Jazeera report on Bangladesh titled “All the Prime Minister’s Men”, aired early Tuesday morning, revealed some vulnerabilities of our power structure that pivots around connections, cronyism...

In remembrance of Sir Fazle Hasan Abed

December is the month of victory. We fought for our flag, our land, and our independence. We celebrate it every year.

Column by Mahfuz Anam: ‘Democracy Day’ came and went, nobody noticed

What was once a startling thunderclap passed off as a whimper, what was welcomed by millions and celebrated as the rebirth of our democracy, went hardly noticed, what was termed as the victory of...

US Elections: Understanding its hidden message

By the time this article goes to print, Joe Biden, the Democratic Party candidate, may have scraped through the race for the White House.