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November 10, 2018
November 10, 2018

The problem with the Road Transport Act

Much controversy surrounds the new Road Transport Act 2018 which has been the subject of massive protests by road transport workers who perceive the new law to be unduly harsh on them.

November 6, 2018
November 6, 2018

The ironic life of African migrants in Paris

In Paris recently I noticed an extraordinary phenomenon unfolding around the Eiffel Tower during a casual afternoon stroll.

November 3, 2018
November 3, 2018

November 3, 1975: A day of infamy

Around midnight of November 3, 1975 a number of army personnel entered the Dhaka Central Jail where the four national leaders, Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmad, M Mansur Ali and AHM Quamruzzaman had been taken only a week after the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

October 25, 2018
October 25, 2018

An Unavoidable Question

Barring any dramatic shift in the current political situation or unforeseen circumstances, the 11th parliamentary elections are to be held no later than January 28, 2019. It is against this background that the final session of the 10th parliament has commenced on Sunday.

October 21, 2018
October 21, 2018

Adieu, AB

AB is no more. The nation is in his debt, and there's nothing we can do about it. There are murmured demands for some sort of a national tribute or recognition. If you ask me, a man, who has won over hearts, has no use for medals.

October 14, 2018
October 14, 2018

Is it a crime to question the accuracy of official data?

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in his 2018 SDG progress report, while reporting major achievements in some areas, also emphasised in no uncertain terms the need for reliable data.

September 23, 2018
September 23, 2018

Digital Security Act: From the frying pan into the fire

Bad news: The law that will dictate your digital life for the foreseeable future is finally here.

September 16, 2018
September 16, 2018

A case of laudable progress

The 2018 update on the global human development indices and indicators was released on September 14. Covering 189 countries of the world, the update has revealed for these countries the levels of human development in different dimensions, their progress, the inequalities in human development achievements and the extent and nature of deprivations.

September 5, 2018
September 5, 2018

ICT cases and lack of justification for remand

When we talk about cases filed under the ICT Act, 2006, Section 57 of the Act crosses our mind almost instantly. Since its enactment in 2006, there were no charges under Section 57 until April 2013 when four bloggers were arrested for alleged incitement of religious hatred. There wasn't even a tribunal to try the cases, as the government had never felt the need to establish one until the end of 2013.

August 21, 2018
August 21, 2018

Farewell to a master: Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul

VS Naipaul, to use his most common appellation, died at his London home on August 11, six days short of his 86th birthday.