Life after lupus

Teens is supposedly a fun phase of life. Enjoying a greater degree of freedom, finally beginning to fathom the essence of education, partnered with an added sense of responsibility and often times, a rebellious attitude are the definitive characteristics of a teenager.

Why you should take the Covid-19 vaccine

There is a lot of discussion right now about the side effects of the Covid-19 vaccine and confusion surrounding the taking of the vaccine.

Expediting convalescent plasma availability in Bangladesh

Due to rising Covid-19 infections, the demand for convalescent plasma is rising as well, since many countries permit plasma treatment for Covid-19. Convalescent plasma collected from a recovered donor may neutralise the Covid-19 virus on an infected patient,


Soon after Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s Oshomapto Atmojiboni (Unfinished Memoirs)came out in an English translation as well in the original Bangla in 2012, I heard at least a few people express their skepticism about the book’s authorship to me.

Strengthening women’s rights and choices in a post-Covid world

We must urgently regain the momentum and progress Covid-19 has robbed from women and girls in our societies.

Learning to include

What I’ve learned through this experience is that inclusion is hard. It requires more time and energy, more empathy and patience, more attention to detail and extra effort considering experiences that don’t come naturally to us.

Covid-19 testing and health sector resource mobilisation

The number of daily tests has dropped by 4,613 between July 8-12, amidst concerns of the rapid spread of the deadly virus and this lower testing has contributed to the rise in positive rate, which is 24.95 percent as of July 13.

Updates from a frontline healthcare worker in the UK

Coronavirus infection is a global public health disaster. The virus has exposed the ugly face and serious weakness of public health service in Bangladesh. It is now important to admit that the public health service is poorly funded and not fit for purpose. We can’t rule out the possibility of another new virus outbreak and pandemic in a few years’ time.

Corona-shaming exposes the fault lines of our society

In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Scarlett Letter, we read about how adulterers had to wear the sign “A” across their chest. We even have examples in local literature and popular culture like the one of Hurmati , from Shahidullah Kaiser Sangshaptak, or that of Rakhee Gulzar’s character in the 1998 hit Indian film Soldier.

Homebound: The first eight days

The country, and the world at large, has changed at an unprecedented pace over the last eight days.

Covid-19: Why Bangladesh could be amongst the worst affected during this pandemic

Following the declaration of Covid-19 as a pandemic, the global community has faced the insurmountable task of addressing the rising burden of disease.

What about workers in the informal sector?

The present pandemic COVID-19 has created havoc in the world throwing millions out of jobs and means of livelihoods.

The centrality of reason

It is one of the less salubrious facts of life that at times of profound concern and insecurity, charlatans, cranks and confidence tricksters come out of the woodwork.

Coronavirus pandemic: time is running out

I just want to draw everyone’s attention to the time factor. Time is of the essence here, and every moment wasted is an opportunity squandered.

Could universal basic income be the answer to ending poverty?

Universal basic income (UBI) is a concept that has come a long way from its primitive form back in the 16th century, when a Spanish Renaissance scholar named Johannes Ludovicus Vives suggested that the Mayor of Bruges give a minimum income to all citizens of the city.

Oh, these misunderstanding Bangladeshis!

Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla’s visit to Bangladesh was a breath of fresh air. We should all be grateful to him for the explanations and elucidations he kindly provided to address various “misunderstandings” regarding India today.

A day in the life of a woman in this city

For a girl or a woman living in Dhaka city, the possibility of being sexually harassed is a reality she has lived with from a very early age.

Choking global stock markets: The Coronavirus effect

Investors had begun 2020 in an optimistic frame of mind. After all, last year was one of the best for global stocks since the financial crisis.

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