Zyma Islam

October 20, 2022
October 20, 2022

BTRC draft rules on OTT: Govt given indemnity for its actions

The final draft of BTRC’s regulations for digital, social media, and OTT platforms allows the government to order individuals to take down content, empowers it to order social media companies to block content, and grants it indemnity for its actions under the law.

October 19, 2022
October 19, 2022

21 Dhaka neighbourhoods: Power outages every other hour

People living in the capital’s Shyampur, Nandalalpur, Kajla or Matuail experienced load-shedding every alternate hour yesterday. 

October 13, 2022
October 13, 2022

Pvt power plants on heavy fuel: Standoff over unpaid bills hurts consumers

A standoff over unpaid bills between the government and independent power plants that run on heavy fuel oil is hurting people when they are enduring the worst power crisis in a decade.

October 11, 2022
October 11, 2022

Load-shedding worsens sharply

Power outages during the three-day weekend were so frequent that they prompted the state minister for power to speak about the extent of the problem yesterday.

October 10, 2022
October 10, 2022

Man “picked up by Rab,” shown arrested after 17 days

A man, Nurul Afsar Hawladar, who was picked up from Uttara on September 22 allegedly by Rab, was shown arrested in Cox's Bazar yesterday (October 9, 2022).

October 9, 2022
October 9, 2022

Load-shedding situation: Reality contradicts minister’s claims

Even though the countrywide power cuts are statistically more frequent at the moment compared to last month, State Minister for Power Nasrul Hamid announced that load-shedding has decreased.

October 7, 2022
October 7, 2022

No trace of man taken away 14 days ago

Nurul Afsar Hawladar, a 40-year-old marketing official at a real estate company, was picked up from Uttara by men claiming to be from Rab on September 22.

October 4, 2022
October 4, 2022

Hate Crimes, DSA: Twin terrors for the minorities

On one hand, there were at least 22 incidents of Hindu religious sites being attacked this year. On the other, there were at least seven incidents in which members of the minority community were sued or arrested under the Digital Security Act or other laws for "hurting religious sentiments".

October 2, 2022
October 2, 2022

Extreme heat: $6b loss a year in Dhaka’s labour productivity

Dhaka is losing $6 billion worth of labour productivity each year due to heat stress from extreme temperatures, said a study published yesterday.

September 29, 2022
September 29, 2022

Presumed dead in Thai jungle: 2 photos and hope rekindled

Hearing the news of the mass graves discovered in Thailand in 2015, family members of three men who had left Bangladesh two years ago thought they were among those buried.