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  • How to measure progress in e-governance

    It is customary to assess aspects of the performance of a country using composite indices such as the Ease of Doing Business Index or the Network Readiness Index.

  • Global Peace Index: Can numbers define world peace?

    Percep-tions of peacefulness can vary from person to person, nation to nation, depending on various factors such as the interplay of religious convictions, ethics, with real-life experiences. So logically, everyone’s views will not be reflected in, and can even be contradicted by the “Global Peace Index”—a measurement of “relative” position of peacefulness in 163 nations around the world,

  • The benefits of learning multiple languages

    Learning languages can open up the world for you. The world is going through dynamic changes, which are occurring at a fast rate.

  • ‘Cut money’ bleeds Trinamoool, boosts rivals in West Bengal

    A youth from West Bengal’s Baharampur district cleared the West Bengal civil services examination more than two years ago but is yet to get his appointment letter. When he went to enquire about the delay in getting the letter, he was advised by an official of the West Bengal Public Services Commission that he could get the letter expedited by paying Rs 5 lakh to a Trinamool Congress leader.

  • The thin line between freedom of speech and hate speech

    We live in the age of liberalism. We get to speak out about things in public that would have been considered as unacceptable centuries ago. We are now able to speak up against inequality, point out flaws in our society, and express our personal opinions on a great deal of matters.

  • The use of religion in Indian politics

    On the eve of independence, India decided to establish a secular state with its own characteristics of religious tolerance, liberty and equality. Religious tolerance is a key element in the concept of Indian secularism because it has been a significant element of the country’s historical tradition.

  • Empowering rural courts

    Increasing access to justice at the grassroot level can directly protect human rights of the rural poor. It is estimated that nearly 4 billion poor around the world cannot access the protection of the law and justice system.

  • The Dark Web: A nightmare possibility

    The Internet may, at first, seem like a safe haven as it makes it easier for all of us to share the most personal information.

  • A message worthy of his great grandfather

    It is an honour for me to serve the Congress Party, whose values and ideals have served as the lifeblood of our beautiful nation. I owe the country and my organisation a debt of tremendous gratitude and love.

  • Nurturing the dynamism of multilingual students

    Forget English; our students aren’t even acquiring Bangla up to the required standard.” This was the sentiment of Education Minister Dipu Moni, who recently expressed her frustration with the lack of proficiency of students in both Bangla and English.

  • Family planning: Where do we stand today?

    It is estimated that family planning could prevent one in every three maternal deaths and one in 11 child deaths by allowing women to delay motherhood and space their births, avoid unplanned pregnancies and therefore abortion, and stop childbearing once they have reached their planned family size (Lancet, 2006).

  • Overpopulation narrative is misguided

    For Bangladesh—one of the most densely populated nations in the world (1,252 people per square kilometre according to online publication Our World in Data, led by economist Max Roser)—overpopulation is one of the most fundamental concerns.

  • Cricket brings us together

    As the Cricket World Cup heads to its final, it’s beginning to pack enough drama to put the most maudlin daytime soap to shame.

  • On identity and extremism

    A person may have multiple identities—he or she may be known by different traits. Just look at me. I am a person with more than one identity.

  • The impact of AI in international relations

    The digital revolution, known as the third industrial revolution, has had ground-breaking effects on the geo-politics of the 21st century.

  • Skills mismatch: An urgent issue affecting over a billion

    For too long, HR experts around the world have been debating what to do about the pressing skills gap issue.

  • Desperate times, desperate beatings?

    As of July 23, seven people died and at least 35 were injured in mob beatings sparked off by a rumour about human heads being collected—yes, you heard it right—for the construction of Padma Bridge, the dream project of the Awami League government.

  • After You, Mr VIP

    Like all things bad and ugly in Bangladesh, the latest offensive against our sanity is playing out in a wearily predictable fashion.

  • Should we be worried about superintelligence?

    Many of us have heard of Artificial Intelligence, but do we know about Superintelligence?

  • Rifles, but no bullets

    If I were the type to actually pour the unholy sherbet of bleaching powder and Harpic down my sink, I would at least keep mum about it. Unshakable faith in the Devil’s Rooh Afza is nothing to be proud of.

  • Fighting a different kind of war

    Being a millennial, finding the time and desire to indulge in the act of “simply doing nothing” is a grinding process. The Dutch have even coined a term for this luxury: “Niksen”, which, in plain English, translates to “enjoying idleness” and which, in plain reality, is an almost impossible task for Gen Y.

  • State of our indigenous languages

    An estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries, speak more than 7,000 languages and represent 5,000 different cultures. The combination of languages, cultural heritage, traditional knowledge and intellectual property enhances the cultural integrity of a nation. Language is the wheel of this mixture that helps to keep cultural integrity active. Disruption of this process will result in the extinction of numerous languages and cultures.

  • The invisible side of freelancing

    To many of us, freelancing is the ideal income opportunity: with no boss to answer to and zero peer pressure, freelancing feels like just the right choice. One can work from the comfort of their home and focus on their business. But is it that simple? Perhaps not.

  • Toni Morrison and Trump

    The passing away of Toni Morrison shook up America, well as it should.

  • Setting standards in the real estate business

    Along with the rapid development of the country, the real estate sector of Bangladesh is also expanding steadily. The sector is on the rise due to the growing demands for housing, expanding middle-class and increasing per capita income. But the country lacks real estate benchmarking, which is a standard of measurement for financial characteristics of property.

  • Why can’t dynamic Asia-Pacific beat poverty?

    Asia and the Pacific is lauded globally for its rapid economic growth over recent decades and has lifted 1.1 billion people out of extreme poverty since 1990. Nevertheless, the region continues to have the largest number of poor people in the world.

  • Rape of males: It’s all about patriarchy

    We hear about women getting raped almost every day through newspapers, social media, and sometimes from our friends and family members. Sexual assault on women has become so pervasive that it is hard to come across a victim who is not female. By contrast,

  • Final NRC in Assam and the road ahead for the excluded

    With just two days left for the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam to become public on August 31, there is palpable tension among those who are set to remain out of it. The draft NRC, released in July last year, left out about four million people;

  • From Michigan to Bangladesh and everywhere in between, labour matters

    I grew up in the labour movement. I was born and raised in Flint, Michigan, a city so famous for producing automobiles that it was called “Vehicle City.”

  • Bangladesh should not be the dumping ground for NRC left-outs

    India’s publication of NRC in Assam virtually strips 19 lakh people of their citizenship. The fate of these “illegal migrants” is still unclear. But it is quite evident from the rhetoric that there will be attempts to eventually deport these people as illegal Bangladeshi residents from Assam and the rest of India.