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Eden College principal believes solutions to students’ 'mistakes' is in 'counselling'

Tamanna Jasmine Riva and Razia Sultana, president and general secretary of the BCL's Eden Mohila College unit, were accused of hall seat trading, extortion, "blackmailing students into carrying out unethical activities," and torture. There were also issues regarding the other faction of BCL.

World Press Freedom Day: Speak now or forever hold your tongue

Essentially, if someone expresses a critical view of the achievement of Bangladesh’s Liberation War, or the country’s relationship with another nation in a Facebook status, or even in a private message between friends on WhatsApp, that individual could be subjected to criminal punishment under the DSA, intrusive surveillance under the data protection law, or censorship under the digital, social media and OTT platform regulations. 

Shakespeare—Our Contemporary in the Time of Coronavirus?

The question was already raised by some: Did Shakespeare write mainly for children? So-called "pop" Shakespeare criticism answered that question in the affirmative. 

Finding ‘Rahmah’ during Ramadan, against the odds

Life in Dhaka provides a thousand reasons to feel hopeless and frustrated. Still, we can find hope amongst it all.

A scooter and a teep: Misogyny, in public and private

It is time to reimagine our city—a city where I can ride my bike without being run over or recorded by a stranger, where Lata can wear whatever she wants, and Meem can ride her scooter home safely without being questioned about her clothes, her movements or her company. We cannot wait for the patriarchy to be fully “smashed” before we can imagine this city and claim it as ours.

What are US-Bangladesh relations like, post sanctions?

Apart from trade relations, the US has also contributed to Bangladesh's development since the inception of their ties. Immediately after the Liberation War, the US provided aid and assistance to a war-torn Bangladesh.

April 12, 2022
April 12, 2022

Coke Studio Bangla's 'Prarthona': Caught between subversion and co-option?

The second song of Coke Studio Bangla, titled “Prarthona” (Prayer), was released on the eve of Ramadan this year. It was the same time when both the mainstream and social media flooded with updates, news, and views on the harassment of a Hindu female college teacher by a Muslim male police constable for wearing a teep on her forehead.

April 11, 2022
April 11, 2022

Should Bangladesh be sleeping on crypto?

If Bitcoin is indeed a commodity, why does the Bangladesh Bank have overlying regulations on how it can be managed?

April 10, 2022
April 10, 2022

Finding ‘Rahmah’ during Ramadan, against the odds

Life in Dhaka provides a thousand reasons to feel hopeless and frustrated. Still, we can find hope amongst it all.

April 6, 2022
April 6, 2022

A scooter and a teep: Misogyny, in public and private

It is time to reimagine our city—a city where I can ride my bike without being run over or recorded by a stranger, where Lata can wear whatever she wants, and Meem can ride her scooter home safely without being questioned about her clothes, her movements or her company. We cannot wait for the patriarchy to be fully “smashed” before we can imagine this city and claim it as ours.

April 6, 2022
April 6, 2022

What are US-Bangladesh relations like, post sanctions?

Apart from trade relations, the US has also contributed to Bangladesh's development since the inception of their ties. Immediately after the Liberation War, the US provided aid and assistance to a war-torn Bangladesh.

April 5, 2022
April 5, 2022

Teep or Hijab: Why not both?

Are teeps truly a Hindu religious symbol?

April 4, 2022
April 4, 2022

Why should we need to demand safe roads?

What hope is there for a country—soon to become a middle-income one—to be a safe one for its citizens if people are being killed on roads daily, with little intervention from authorities besides what’s on paper?

March 30, 2022
March 30, 2022

Working towards safe, sustainable cities for women

Making cities like Dhaka women-friendly and climate-proof requires a whole-of-society approach.

March 23, 2022
March 23, 2022

Why Asian ads are more emotional

Oftentimes, the storytelling in local TVCs focuses more on the sentiments of the protagonist rather than the attributes of what the ad is trying to sell. 

March 15, 2022
March 15, 2022

No, we were already pathetic before Sunny Leone came

If you think the social media tendency to obsess over trivial matters is problematic, be sure to highlight what’s causing it.