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  • Post-Rana Plaza, what we have achieved and what we haven't

    The Rana Plaza collapse, the deadliest garment factory accident in history, carries a moral and political significance.

  • Turning a blind eye?

    Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s murder is a gruesome tale of the systematic violation of basic fundamental rights of children and, particularly, young girls in Bangladesh.

  • Protection of intellectual property in sports tech can be a game-changer

    The countdown for the Cricket World Cup 2019 has begun. Very few of us know the amount of planning required for such an event.

  • Mask-culinity: A toxic façade

    "Toxic masculinity is the practice of associating manhood with aggression, sex and status—a world where strength reigns supreme and emotions are deemed as weakness.”

  • 28 years since Operation Sea Angel: A model in disaster management

    On April 30, 1991, 28 years ago, a devastating cyclone of the highest magnitude hit the coastal belt of Chattogram district of southeastern Bangladesh and made a landfall around the time of high tide, which was 18ft above normal. The cyclone produced a 20ft storm surge that inundated the coastline. The storm also brought winds of around 150mph which lashed a populated region of the coast for about 12 hours, as well as 12 offshore islands.

  • Working for a brighter future in Asia

    With nearly two decades of strong economic growth, the world’s highest employment ratios and lowest unemployment rates, and massive technological innovation, some say “Asia is the future” or even “The future is Asia”.

  • The Leave Trap

    This song “Eight Hours”, penned by IG Blanchard and composed by Reverend Jesse H Jones, gained popularity towards the end of the 19th century, eight years before the advent of May Day. They were both residents of Boston.

  • United response needed against radicalisation

    The Easter Sunday terror attacks in Sri Lanka—for which the Islamic State terror outfit claimed responsibility—have brought to the fore three main disturbing developments that have serious security implications for the entire South Asian region: first, the IS poses an ever-greater threat to the region; second, its relatively new modus operandi is the adoption of the franchise model by helping local outfits to carry out spectacular attacks; and third, radicalisation.

  • Combating violent extremism cannot be limited to just security

    "Mother I know three languages but I can’t find a job.”

  • The missing catalyst for road safety

    Of all the dysfunctions that plague life in Bangladesh today, none is perhaps more pernicious than the transport sector. Just consider the fact that an average of 20 lives is lost to road accidents every day.

  • Viewers turning away from local TV channels

    It is one of those intense moments when you immerse yourself in the television and follow every move of the actor; his grimace makes you frown and speculate what would happen next. Right then, the broadcaster fills half of the screen with an ad of what to use to be fair, if not fairer.

  • Waste as a source of comfort, entertainment and education

    Can garbage make our life comfortable? Can rubbish possibly educate or entertain us? Dear reader, if you wish to get an answer to these bizarre questions, let me take you to the centre of a furnace, where temperature reaches as high as 850 degrees Celsius. It may not sound like the most pleasant destination, but I promise, you will not be disappointed at the end of this journey!

  • Migrant-Boat Capsize in the Mediterranean: Can we stop such tragedies from recurring?

    A boat carrying migrants from Libya to Italy sunk in the Mediterranean on May 10, 2019, leaving 37 Bangladeshis dead. In a similar incident this year, 90 migrants died in February, some of whom were Bangladeshis.

  • Iraq Redux?

    For those of us who lived in the US through the horrendous build-up to the 2003 illegal war on Iraq, the growing sabre rattling in the United States against Iran brings a nasty feeling of déjà vu.

  • Rohingya Repatriation: Many twists and turns but no solution in sight yet

    There are over a million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, including the latest batch of 800,000 that came after August 25, 2017 and the 250,000 that arrived since the first exodus of mid-1990s.

  • Increased interoperability of land forces with allies and partners: A Bangladesh perspective

    In the context of today’s complex operational environment, interoperability is a measure of the degree to which various organisations or individuals are able to operate together to achieve a common goal. Commonly, interoperability involves parameters like standardisation, integration and cooperation.

  • Diplomacy in the apparel world

    As a nation, we should be proud that Bangladesh has become one of Asia’s most remarkable and unexpected success stories in recent years and has been ranked 41st among the world’s largest economies in 2019 in a report published by the UK-based Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR).

  • Low Paddy price in Bangladesh

    Why we cannot afford to let farmers lose

    Amid the extreme suffering of farmers caused by the low price for paddy, the government has said that it can do nothing about it.

  • How is Bangladesh faring in gender equality?

    Bangladesh has been making good progress in the Global Gender Gap Index presented by the World Economic Forum. The index is usually calculated based on four parameters including health, education, economy and politics to gauge the state of gender equality in a country.

  • On fasting away from home

    “No, not even water,” I explain to my friend, whose eyes grow wide at my description of fasting during Ramadan. We’re walking down Boulevard Raspail on the sixth arrondissement of Paris, past rows of people sitting out on café tables, past a noodle shop, a Pizzeria, a sandwicherie, and a Lebanese restaurant. It’s a hot summer afternoon. The air smells of cheese and caffeine, and I still have eight hours to go before I can eat or drink anything.

  • The rise of hate

    An evil that is meta-stasising in a lethal fashion across the face of our planet is the culture of hate. If the spectre of global warming threatens humankind’s physical existence, the rise of hate has become a scourge to the very soul of humanity.

  • Belt and Road Initiative and what’s in it for Bangladesh

    The second Belt and Road Forum (BRF) was recently held in Beijing. This is the second time the forum took stock and set the pathways for future endeavours of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) since this major initiative was launched in 2013.

  • The challenges in reviving our jute sector

    It seems that the present crisis in the state-owned jute mills will hardly be over with the Tk 169.14 crore allocated by the government to the Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) to pay the workers their dues.

  • I am not on TV tonight at 11pm

    Leonardo da Vinci was an extremely talented man of wide versatility. Other than famously and fortuitously puzzling generations with the enigma of a Mrs Giocondo, okay Lisa Gherardini, his Mona, he excelled in architecture and drawing, painting and sculpting, astronomy and mathematics, science and engineering, music and literature, anatomy and botany, geology and cartography, writing and history... Phew if you will.

  • Riddled with unhappiness

    Information is key, knowledge is key, hard work is key, perseverance is key—all lead to success but what about happiness? Let’s take a sigh and start. Unhappiness is a part of our lives. It happens, period. But are we focusing on that too much? Is it true we are losing our enthusiasm to live? If this isn’t a catastrophe, then what is.

  • We must stand with Rohingya refugees

    At one high point at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh, the mountains of Myanmar appear so close that it looks like you could reach out and touch the trees.

  • ICC World Cup and our expectations

    In his book titled The Tao of Cricket (2000), Ashis Nandy wrote that “cricket is an Indian game accidentally discovered by the English.”

  • Public transport woes: Sufferings of the homebound people

    Lost in thought, Shafiul is standing in a long queue at the centre of a crowded area, and staring unmindfully at everyone who walks by.

  • Duel at the Shangri-La dialogue: Implications for us all

    The Annual Jamboree of global defence leaders at the Shangri La Dialogue in Singapore is much more than just a talkathon. Amidst the wining and dining, and in the chambers and corridors, policymakers and thought leaders get the opportunity to interact with one another intensely

  • Now is the time for unity within the RMG industry

    All for one and one for all, united we stand divided we fall,” is a famous quote traditionally associated with the titular heroes of the novel The Three Musketeers written by Alexandre Dumas, first published in 1844.