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  • Is Bangladesh’s RMG industry on its way to recovery?

    The Mapped in Bangladesh (MiB) project of Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (CED), Brac University (BracU), has recently disseminated the findings of Phase 2 of its ongoing “Rapid Survey” series through a webinar titled “State of the RMG Industry during the Pandemic: Is it on the Way to Recovery?” on July 20, 2020.

  • Bus

    Cancel registration, route permits if vehicles violate health codes: ministry to BRTA

    Road Transport and Bridges Ministry today asked Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) to cancel registration and route permits if vehicles violate health guidelines.

  • Bogura School

    Coronavirus pandemic: students in chars should have access to online classes

    During my recent venture to the char areas of Bogura, I found students spending the days of the pandemic going without any form of online or offline classes. They do not have to attend school now and most of their parents are unable to teach them as many do not have any formal education.

  • The coronavirus pandemic: quarantine, shutdowns and all that stress

    The word quarantine first came around to use in Italy’s Venice in 1127. It was used in response to Leprosy and was later heavily used during the Black Death. It took another 300 years until the UK properly began to impose quarantine measures in response to plague.

  • British-Bangladeshi doctor dies of Covid-19 after pleading for more PPEs

    A British-Bangladeshi hospital consultant in London has died from the coronavirus infection weeks after pleading to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson for more personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline staff, according to a report published in The Guardian.

  • Chattogram Map

    Ctg UP chairman’s relief operation turns into ‘photoshoot’

    The marginalised, the informal sector workers and those who depend on daily income for their livelihood are among the worst-affected by the ongoing shutdown enforced to stop the spread of coronavirus.

  • Observing an accountable mayor’s office

    The International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) is an exclusive exchange program of the US Department of State. It boasts worldwide recognition, as professionals from all around the globe participate. The participants are nominated and selected annually by US embassies around the world.

  • Mob besieges Dawn offices in Islamabad

    A few dozen unidentified people stage a protest outside Dawn offices over publication of a news report regarding the ethnicity of the London Bridge attacker who stabbed two persons to death last week.

  • Logo of Robi Axiata ltd

    HC to pass order Thursday on Robi’s plea against BTRC payment order

    The High Court fixes Thursday for passing an order on an appeal filed by Robi Axiata ltd seeking an injunction on Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission’s (BTRC) move to realise Tk 867.23 crore from the telecom operator.

  • Shaer Reaz

    Root cause of ailing student politics

    Upon seeing the news of student politics being banned on campus in Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) recently, a few crucial factors to consider stand out regarding Abrar Fahad’s death and the surrounding fallout against student politics.

  • Give ’em a chance to grow further

    The much-awaited election to Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (Ducsu) has finally happened, for better or for worse.

  • Ducsu dreams dashed: Another symptom of the disease

    What do you call those who just refuse to see the writing on the wall? Delusional fools or compulsive optimists? Perhaps we are a bit of both.

  • Who’s heading home?

    It’s now crunch time, as the World Cup in Russia reaches the knockout round. For fans, tonight holds the most crucial hours of tournament, when two of the four leading football nations -- Argentina or France and Portugal or Uruguay -- will head home with broken hearts.

  • 26 killed in India road accident

    At least 26 people are killed when a truck carrying them skids off the road and overturns in Bhavanagar district of the western Indian state of Gujarat.

  • Graffiti defaced: Are you seriously surprised?

    Yesterday, when my Facebook newsfeed filled with photos of the besmirched wall paintings done by the students of the Institute of Fine Arts of Chittagong University as part of Pahela Baishakh festivities, I was not surprised.

  • Opinion: How is Hasina's Hilsa diplomacy working?

    It was none, but Sheikh Hasina who introduced this diplomacy twenty years ago known as Hilsa diplomacy. How much did she achieve through it during her visit to India that just concluded?

  • Opinion: How to kill tourism

    It is extremely sad that the natural forest of Jaflong is disappearing fast due to dumping of stone illegally excavated from the Dawki and Sari rivers by a group of unscrupulous traders. As a result, tourism in this scenic hill station, home to subtropical mountains, rainforests, tea gardens and the Khasia ethnic group is on the decline. This is a classic example of how mismanagement, lack of a strategy and enforcement of law are killing the tourism sector in Bangladesh.

  • Opinion: Collective effort alone can solve Rohingya crisis

    Ever since tensions again escalated between the government of Myanmar and the Rohingya people on October 2016 and the reinvigorated persecution of the minority group that followed, thousands of Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh — the United Nations humanitarian office’s most recent estimate is 69,000.

  • Opinion: The neglected story of road crashes

    Yet in another bizarre incident on the road, eight people were killed in Khagrachari as a stone-laden truck rammed a crowd that had gathered outside a Buddhist monastery to attend a funeral of a monk. Who is the culprit this time?

  • Protest against US President Donald Trump

    Opinion: The ‘horrible mess’ Trump created

    Slamming the door shut on innocent people fleeing murderous men and machines from parts of the world which, in President Trump’s own words, is “in a horrible mess” defies everything America stands for.

  • Badal Mia

    Opinion: The brave heart

    There are few people who would have risked their own lives to save the life of another, the way Badal Mia, a technical assistant of the Bangladesh Railway did last Friday. Without a second thought Badal ran to the child and shoved her out of danger while the speeding train knocked him over; he died instantly.

  • Dhaka’s deadly dust problem

    Over the years, the air quality in Bangladesh and particularly in cities like Dhaka has undoubtedly been getting worse.

  • Opinion: How far is not far enough?

    The way the government is flaunting the ‘14-km-away’ theory as the ultimate answer to all the worries regarding the Rampal power plant, it would seem that the protesters do not have even the simplest knowledge of measuring distance.

  • High Court

    Opinion: Party's feast at the cost of justice

    While speaking about the sorry state of public prosecution, Chief Justice SK Sinha has once again decried the present pervasive system of appointing lawyers loyal to the ruling party as public prosecutors.

  • Attacks on journalists and activists – but why?

    Police’s brutal assault on the activists and journalists begs the question, what called for this extreme use of force? From when does it take a group of fully armoured policemen to restrain one unarmed civilian?

  • Opinion: A dangerous precedent

    In what appears to be yet another show of false bravado and power, a group of Awami League men allegedly assaults a school headmaster, because he refused to endorse their candidate as a teacher of his school.

  • Bangladesh batsmen Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim

    The roar of the Tigers

    I am going to remember for a long time when I got the news: Shakib Al Hasan with a maiden double century and Mushfiqur Rahman with a stately 159 recorded the highest partnership for Bangladesh in Test cricket—359—contributing to Bangladesh’s second highest total away from home—595 for 8 declared.

  • Legal constraints give law enforcement free reign

    The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque’s statement that the commission is powerless to take action against human rights violations is an understatement.

  • A homeless UP member?

    Our correspondent from Moulvibazar started his report with ‘believe it or not’ and truly this story is shocking. An elected Union Parishad member who is apparently quite popular in the community does not have a place to live and therefore is forced to make her home under a bridge on Dhaka Sylhet highway.

  • Hiding head like the ostriches doesn’t stop dust storm

    When the government-fixed migration cost to Saudi Arabia is 1.65 lakh, against ILO Convention that says the migrants should pay no fees, workers are actually spending Tk 5 lakh to Tk 6 lakh.