Teenage girls need more attention

Remove the barriers to their wellbeing

Teenage brings a whole gamut of problems in girls that range from child marriage, sexual harassment to deprivation of education.

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Rab's revised list

Make sure innocent people are not in it

The Rab has revised the list of missing persons, where the number of such individuals has been reduced to 68 from the previous 265. While we are relieved by this drastic fall in number yet the question persists: Is this the right number?

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Opinion

Taj Hashmi
Taj Hashmi

Countering terrorism in Bangladesh

Politicians and law-enforcers in Bangladesh, from time to time, hype up both panic and complacency by publicizing the following: “terrorists everywhere” or “no terrorists anywhere”, in the country. The ambivalence is counterproductive to counterterrorism (CT) operation.

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John Nery
John Nery

After #Chexit: Do nothing?

The Philippine Left has a gift for mischievous phrase making, and last week's coinage was both obvious and effective. #Chexit, with the now-obligatory hashtag, quickly made the rounds. Inspired by the tumultuous campaign to consider Britain's exit from the European Union, the new catch phrase was code for the legal campaign to force China to “exit” the South China Sea.

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Hasan Ferdous
Hasan Ferdous

Remembering Sydney Schanberg

Bangladesh's war of independence had many unlikely heroes, some of whom lived outside of Bangladesh and had no formal connection with the country and its people. Sydney Schanberg, an American journalist working for The New York Times (NYT), was one of them.

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Amitava Kar
Amitava Kar

Making character palatable again

It is baffling that physical courage is so common in the world and moral courage so rare. It is hard to find people whose manner is infused with kindness, humility and integrity, in other words, character. The issue is relevant because it is timeless.

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Moyukh Mahtab
Moyukh Mahtab

How could this happen again?

Where do you even begin when talking about the murder of 10-year-old Sagar Barman? That it was inhumane he was killed by pumping air into his body through his rectum?

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Mahfuz Anam
Mahfuz Anam

The challenge before us

The challenge now before all of us is to determine how deep and wide the spread of extremist ideologies is, how entrenched is the threat and, more importantly, how we can effectively fight it.

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Professor Ozay Mehmet
Professor Ozay Mehmet

Decoding the Turkish coup

For the next three months, likely much longer, it seems, with a civilian-run state of emergency, Erdogan will be the strongman in Ankara as Gulenist cells in the country are rooted out.

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Zubier Abdullah
Zubier Abdullah

The dangers of being judgemental

There is a tendency for people from all walks of life, be it in the West or in Bangladesh, to opt for the easy answers – however erroneous those answers may be.

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Letters

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“9 militants killed in Dhaka hideout” (July 27, 2016)

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Worsening flood situation

The flood situation in northern and northeastern areas of the country has worsened further due to the onrush of upstream water in the Teesta, Brahmaputra, Dharla, and Surma rivers. Thousands of people in those areas are marooned and many of them were forced to leave their homes.

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“Police for fencing diplomatic zone”

This is in reference to the above titled report published in The Daily Star on July 26, 2016. We appreciate the law enforcers' move to

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Rab should have been more sincere

According to reports, the previous missing persons' list prepared by Rab contained mistakes like including the same person's name twice

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Bangladesh's first satellite project

The government's initiative to launch the country's first satellite project, Bangabandhu-1, to improve communication and broadcast services at a cheaper rate is much appreciated.

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Opinion: Dhaka operation gives us confidence

Opinion: Dhaka operation gives us confidence

Kalyanpur gives us confidence. After what we have been experiencing in the past few months – militants freely attacking and killing people one after another – a deep sense of insecurity had seeped into the society.

What happened at Manbij?

What happened at Manbij?

While major Western media outlets didn't make much of the news, it is obvious that the French and US airstrikes that targeted the village of Toukhan Al-Kubra near the Turkish-Syrian border and the city of Manbij had gone horribly wrong!

How long will Atatürk's Turkey last?

How long will Atatürk's Turkey last?

The only apparent similarity between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Mustafa Kemal Ataturk is their long-running rule of Turkey. Their rise to power and political mission, however, are completely opposite. One was a revolutionary, who had transformed Turkey into a modern and secular republic, while the other has been known as a leader accused of uprooting the secular foundations of the country.

Behind the ailing prosecution

Behind the ailing prosecution

Commenting on the sorry state of prosecution of criminal offenses, a lead report of this newspaper on July 19 stated that “the long-standing demand for reforming the prosecution system with professional lawyers remains unmet” and “loyalty to the party in power

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