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  • Hill teachers in dire straits: They deserve to live in dignity

    It may be hard to believe but Rajendra Lal Tripura, an assistant teacher of Hamachang Forungni Govt. Primary School, has not been getting his salary for the last two years.

  • Employment in the age of automation

    The lift-operator is a peculiar person. He sits on a stool inside a small, claustrophobic space. In the olden days his job required quite a few skills.

  • What makes Dhaka so fascinating to the outsider?

    A resident of Dhaka may believe his city to be chaotic, dirty and overpopulated with rampant pollution and unbearable traffic. Not so to a visitor from outside, who is able to spot hidden gems in a city that an inhabitant would not normally notice.

  • Tamimi, Malala and Rahaf—icons of freedom

    New forms of resistance to old systems of oppression; three girl-children of near impossible courage have captured the world's imagination. Ahed Tamimi, Malala Yousafzai and Rahaf Mohammed are iconic symbols from the West Bank to London and from Toronto to Tokyo.

  • Reimagining the future of work

    Technological advances are changing the nature of many jobs, and leading to the need for new skills. The urgently required greening of economies to meet the challenge of climate change should bring further employment possibilities. Expanding youth populations in some parts of the world, ageing populations in others, may affect labour markets and social security systems.

  • Access to safe drinking water: A cultural perspective

    Water is a resource that is not only necessary for our survival but also fundamental to the functionality of our society.

  • US foreign policy and the Bangladesh factor

    In Bangladesh, the US ambassador enjoys a seemingly prophetic status, who with a mere diplomatic statement shakes the hearts of

  • The sins of our daughters

    Who among us, if we were parents of a daughter, would not want to protect her from the perils of our world? Who among us does not

  • Cancer treatment in Bangladesh: Still a long way to go

    According to the World Health Organization, cancer is the second leading cause of death globally and a staggering 9.6 million people died of cancer just in 2018.

  • The grand delusion of modern money

    AS the world goes through messy divorces in Brexit and the US-China trade relationship, there is considerable angst about whether we are moving into a period of disorder.

  • Compensation is a matter of right, not sympathy

    On January 25, 2019, a coal laden truck flipped over and crushed a makeshift workers' shed in a Comilla brick kiln factory, killing 13 people and injuring five others.

  • A Borrower's Dilemma

    There is a Latin dictum—interest reipublicae ut sit finis litium—meaning, there must be a ceiling on the time frame within which all litigations should end.

  • Being a Bangladeshi woman in tech

    When I was 12, my music teacher in Bangladesh groped my breasts when my parents were not home. It is easy to see how egregious this behaviour was, and to clearly label such an individual as a “bad actor”, as indeed he was.

  • A multidimensional approach to food safety

    Unsafe food causes a staggering range of diseases. From diarrhoea to cancer and to hepatitis, food containing harmful bacteria,

  • Why mother tongue is important

    A large number of Bangladeshi children start their schooling with a foreign/alien language and their mother tongue is almost banned there.

  • The abhorrent act of 'generalisation'

    Without knowing that it seeks to establish equality, some think that feminism is an aggressive ideology. That it seeks to lay siege to the rights of “men”.

  • Debasing the memory of Amar Ekushey

    Growing up in a coastal town, I have seen people from all walks of life—students, artists, politicians, workers, peasants, and everyday families—participate in social rituals of Amar Ekushey.

  • Changing the way we think about poverty and development

    There are some words in the popular lexicon that we hear and read about every day but very few appreciate or understand the depth of these words. “Development” and “poverty” are two good examples.

  • Ekushey February: The legacy and the challenge

    For a perennially homesick expat living 10,000 miles away in Atlanta, February is a special month. It's that particular time in the year when Bangla lovers renew their pledge to nurture their language and culture.

  • No, Chawkbazar fire won't be our 'wakeup call'

    Yet another tragedy has struck Bangladesh. Suddenly, everyone has woken up to the danger of chemical factories in Old Dhaka which this daily, along with other newspapers,

  • Flirting with disaster

    A major portion of my childhood was spent in Farmgate—my paternal grandmother's place. It was a residential area wedged into the corner of a labyrinth breathing with multi-storey buildings, shops, parlours, salons, warehouses, other settlements, and tall electric transformers.

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    We need inclusive development

    Watching TV talk shows nowadays has become tantamount to listening to people trumpeting development projects taken or being taken by the government.

  • Old Dhaka Chawkbazar chemical warehouses

    Of mortality and unlearned lessons

    If you Google “Tragedies in Bangladesh,” you will see a multitude of news articles popping up about disastrous mishaps where factories have collapsed, burned, or had a major industrial machinery explode, and claimed the lives of tens to hundreds to thousands of workers and passers-by who were unfortunate enough to be around the area of disaster. And many of these are just the ones in Dhaka city.

  • Indian fighter jet

    Dark clouds of conflict

    The ongoing tension between India and Pakistan is taking a dangerous turn. The Indian air force crossed Pakistani airspace and carried out strikes against alleged terrorist training camps within Pakistan-administered territory, followed by Pakistan's own airstrike.

  • Bangladesh Biman airlines hijack bid

    From a 'gun' to a 'toy gun' to a 'plastic pipe'

    In today's world, airport and aviation security is tight that incidents of plane hijacking have almost ceased to occur. After September 11, 2001, when an airplane was hijacked to carry out the devastating attack on the World Trade Centres in New York, USA, aviation security across the world has been tightened even further.

  • Imran Khan has taken a leaf out of Josh Malihabadi's book

    Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has taken a leaf out of the great Urdu poet Josh Malihabadi's book.

  • Student movements and the culture of dissent

    After a long and agonising wait, we are finally going to witness the election of Dhaka University Central Students' Union (Ducsu) on March 11.

  • Bangabandhu Sheikh Muibur Rahman

    The voice of revolution

    March of 1971 is a historic month for us because beginning March 1, the course of history of one Pakistan changed very fast. In the first general election of Pakistan since it was created in 1947, the Awami League (AL) led by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman won 167 seats out of 169 constituencies of East Pakistan (seven reserved seats for women), of a total 300 seats in the National Parliament of Pakistan.

  • Healthcare In Bangladesh: Women to lead the way

    Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the government of Bangladesh was proactively focusing on improving the healthcare scenario of the country. A series of awareness advertisements were aired on national television, focused on educating women about nutrition, vaccination, pregnancy and neonatology.

  • ‘Women's right to make decisions is paramount'

    ‘Women's right to make decisions is paramount'

    Cooperation between Bangladesh and the Netherlands in different sectors goes back over half a century. This year, the