Wednesday, 29 Sep, 2021

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Access to Social Safety Nets and Achieving MDG Goals

Bangladesh has made commendable progress in combating poverty and hunger. Available data reveals that the proportion of population below poverty line dropped from over 58 percent in 1990 (the MDG base year) to 31.50 percent in 2010. Bangladesh is one of the 38 countries meeting

Two popes, two saints

DHAKA: April 27 is a day in history no Catholic is likely to forget. During a special Mass service at the Vatican, co-celebrated by Pope Francis and his predecessor Benedict, two popes – John Paul II and John XXIII – were given the highest honour and declared saints: one of the most

Biometric National ID Cards Rising in Asia Pacific Countries!

What is a “Biometric National ID Card?”A biometric national identity card is a portable document, typically a plasticized card with digitally-embedded information such as full name, age, birth date, address, religion, citizenship status along with a unique number and biometric

The vacuum within

It seems, I have not been loved since years.  I have not been cared for long.I cried in the dark. But now, I live in dark. I live in your pocket. I live in your cell phone,Not in your heart.I live in your fantasy,In your sex, In your lavishing eyes,Not in your heart. I live in your

Nanotechnology in food and agriculture

The current global population is nearly 6 billion with 50% living in Asia. A large proportion of those living in developing countries face daily food shortages as a result of environmental impacts or political instability, while in the developed world there is a food surplus.For

Look Back In Retrospect

The lackluster and abysmal performance of Bangladesh cricket over the last few months has raised several intriguing questions.The team affectionately called tigers by its millions adoring fans in Bangladesh and worldwide created sensation through a number of very competitive performances

Why Tigers Cannot Play to Potential?

DHAKA: Why Bangladesh Cricket team cannot play to its potential? Winning and losing are part of the game. No one expects Bangladesh win all matches. No one expects Bangladesh win all major tournaments. But why Bangladesh consistently losses match from seemingly winning position? Is it

India knocked on Khaleda’s door but returned disappointed

NEWDELHI: Failure and frustration have marked the conversation between India and the Bangladesh National Party (BNP), particularly its Chairperson Khaleda Zia, who is possibly one opposition politician of a neighbouring country every important Indian leader met in the past two years but

If every child gift from Allah, why they being mistreated?

Let’s get serious for a moment or two.It’s time we had a little chat – tea and cake are optional, but be warned you’ll find no sugar here. If you are a parent, schoolteacher or headmaster this is especially addressed to you.The subject we’re going to talk about is corporal

Three poems of Rishika Jabeen

One Day The Star Will Rise Once AgainOne day the star will rise once again,The cloud-sea will have huge waves,There will be the kingdom of clouds and a flying Pegasus,There will be many rainbows in the sky. In the night, the sky will twinkle with many stars.  The sky will be colorful

Aladdin’s Lamp and Amassing Huge Wealth by Ruling Party Leaders

As the days are looming, details of wealth are coming out for aspirants of 10th Parliament. Members those got elected in the 9th parliament and also contesting in the 10th parliamentary election have submitted their wealth report to Election Commission (EC) and magnitude of their declared

Death of a War Criminal

Cheers of “Joy Bangla” filled the air as hundreds of Bangladeshi Canadians gathered in Toronto’s east end in a tightly-packed community centre on Monday.They were not just celebrating the independence of their home country, but the execution of a war criminal in Bangladesh last

Corporal punishment is a pseudonym for abuse

At what point, when hitting a child, does it become physical abuse?Some parents and schoolteachers see no relationship whatsoever between the two.‘A good smacking,’ some will even argue, ‘won’t do the child any harm.’ (Wait for it...) ‘It didn’t do me any harm’.I’m of

‘Evils’ apparently impeding country’s democratization

There are some inevitable questions, taken as proof for democracy, are yet to be answered in the context of Bangladesh. Like what is it happening in the political arena in the name of democracy? Is it all about just the practice of universal suffrage? Where democracy, a rule of the people

Ending Violent Political Campaign in Bangladesh

Today is Human Rights Day. Theme of this year is, “20 Years Working for Your Rights”. It was in December 1993 the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) created the mandate of High Commissioner for the promotion and protection of all human rights. It has been 20 years since the

Bangladesh: Turmoil may see return of Terrorism

It is about time that the United States Congress realized that the current political turmoil in Bangladesh may see a return of terrorism to Bangladesh. Eradication of terrorism from the country was one of the top priorities of Sheikh Hasina when she took over prime ministership in 2009.

Building too many walls and not enough bridges

It was Newton who once said, “We build too many walls and not enough bridges”. Politicians in our county are exactly doing this. Recent reshuffle in the cabinet is unlikely to build bridges between rival political parties.  Only noticeable change is emergence of additional number of

Jamaat exposed!

NEW DELHI: As his SSC examination results were not good, Jamaat Assistant Secretary General Abdul Quader Mollah secured admission in BSc Pass course at Rajendra College, Faridpur in 1969. His father Maulana Abdul All was Faridpur District Jamaat President. Islami Chhatra Sangha unit was

Teaching Medium of Pvt Varsities in BD: Overcoming the Debate

What should preferably be the language of teaching at private universities in Bangladesh has long become a debatable issue. English is the ‘official’ language in most cases--if not in all. But is it ‘okay’ with the students? And what about the teachers?Learning foreign languages

Transhumanism: The future of mankind

DHAKA: Evolution is the change in the inherited characteristics of biological populations over successive generations and this change happens in the genetic level which primarily manifests as diversity and in the long run this gives birth to a new species. We, Homo sapiens also have come