Mir Aftabuddin Ahmed

November 18, 2021
November 18, 2021

The life of an international graduate is that of constant learning

University life is referred to as a critical turning point in one’s life. In all certainty, and in my experience, it is perhaps more than that.

August 19, 2021
August 19, 2021

Why is Trudeau taking Canada to the polls?

In a bid to secure a parliamentary majority and strengthen his position as Canada’s principal political architect, a confident Justin Trudeau is taking his

July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021

Storytelling through food

Bengali cuisine in its most primitive form is perhaps a paradoxical phenomenon worthy of deeper socio-cultural research.

May 30, 2021
May 30, 2021

Self-censorship and the media: Where are we heading?

Fuelled by draconian legal measures and administrative harassment against seasoned Prothom Alo correspondent Rozina Islam, the journalistic community is fuming at the humiliating and hasty actions of the health ministry—and by definition, frustrated at the supposed inaction of the government and the judiciary to address what in reality, is nothing less than an embarrassing move to stop a journalist from doing her professional duty.

March 19, 2021
March 19, 2021

Reimagining public university admissions in Bangladesh

The United Nations Committee for Development Policy (UNDP) recently recommended the graduation of Bangladesh from its Least Developed Country (LDC) status to that of a developing country by 2026.

January 28, 2021
January 28, 2021

The case for a four-day workweek

Nordic countries have earned a reputation for experimenting, and in many cases succeeding, in taking their societies beyond traditional economic systems, thereby driving them towards being progressive welfare states.

December 29, 2020
December 29, 2020

The 2020 Development Pathshala: Through the lens of BEACON

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG) remains the prima facie directional narrative for our collective progression towards a more equitable economy—both at home and abroad.

November 24, 2020
November 24, 2020

Enhancing financial literacy through inclusion and education

Financial literacy is defined as the ability to recognise and effectively use diversified financial skills, tools and services, especially with reference to personal banking management, investment strategies and budgeting.

May 26, 2020
May 26, 2020

Niloufer Manzur – An Unparalleled Nation Builder

Mrs Manzur was a nation-builder in the truest sense of the word -- and this too while being surrounded by a plethora of notable personalities in her own family.

May 6, 2020
May 6, 2020

Mobilising the spirit of Ramadan in the fight against Covid-19

From a religious perspective, Ramadan has always been a time of self-reflection, restraint and altruism—and given the struggles being faced by daily wage earners and, in reality, a majority of Bangladeshis today, we have a unique opportunity to invest in our faith to collectively tackle the challenges posed by Covid-19.