Thursday, April 27, 2017 | ePaper

Corruption at BRTA office needs to be held in check

IT is not unknown that government offices are safe haven for systematic corruption and where it is for rendering service to people the severity of harassment is all the

More capacity building for WASA instead of merger

WHEN it comes to addressing the water logging in Dhaka city, WASA is a "failed organisation", said Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Sayeed Khokon on Tuesday, as per reports

Shere-Bangla : His role in addressing peasant uprising

Dr. Md. Shairul Mashreque :Throughout his life  Ak Fazlul Haque fought for upholding human rights of the poor farmers. He relentleesly  struggled for the protection of their rights in and

`The future of Afghanistan remains as uncertain as ever`

Ali M. Latifi :I spent the evening of April 13 with a cousin and two aunts in the upscale Wazir Akbar Khan neighbourhood in Kabul, Afghanistan. My aunts mostly talked

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Workers dying from silicosisLabourers who work in stone crushing in different parts of our country are dying due to silicosis caused by inhalation of crystalline silica dust. These workers, deprived

Inclusive policies urgent for business women

DESPITE immense opportunities for women entrepreneurship to grow manifold in Bangladesh it has not thrived to the level of expectations in the country mainly due to social taboos, women

Insufficient relief brings no hope to haor people

THE government relief operation in flood-hit haors where people have lost Boro crops in the field and livestock to become utterly helpless, seems to be quite inadequate and we

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Delayed justice is rather no justice :The collapse of Rana Plaza is the deadliest industrial disaster of the world. The main culprit, Sohel Rana, owner of the said plaza,

Reclaiming the Bandung spirit for shared prosperity

Noeleen Heyzer and Anis Chowdhury :"The despised, the insulted, the hurt, the dispossessed-in short, the underdogs of the human race were meeting. … Who had thought of organizing such

Trump`s first 100 days: A serious cause for concern

Martin Khor :This week, Donald Trump will mark his first hundred days as US President.  It's time to assess his impact on the world, especially the developing countries.It's too

French voters favour European unity

THE pro-European centrist, Emmanuel Macron, and the anti-immigration, far-right Marine Le Pen have begun a final duel for the French Presidency after anti-establishment anger knocked France's traditional political parties

Big steps needed to end city water logging

AFTER torrential rain, most parts of metropolis Dhaka, Chittagong and other major cities are suffering from knee-deep water from early this week. Accompanied by story wind and smog city

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The plight of passengers :The BRTA and the officials of the concerned ministry are requested to take a look at a photograph published on the last page of The

Justice eludes Palestinians jailed in Israel

Marwan Barghouti :Having spent the last 15 years in an Israeli prison, I have been both a witness to and a victim of Israel's illegal system of mass arbitrary

Is our thinking process changing?

Mary Paulose :Climate change, argues Ghosh, occupies the same strata of consciousness reserved for Harry Potteresque wizardry and fairy lands for us: it doesn't exist, because it hasn't happened

Freeing Bangladesh from Malaria

M. A. Jabbar :As a member country of the World Health Organization, Bangladesh will observe World Malaria Day on 25 April like elsewhere in the globe. End malaria for

Rehabilitate Rana Plaza victims to end their plight

ON the fourth anniversary of the tragic Rana Plaza disaster as it revisits us today on April 24, over 42 percent of its survivors are still unemployed though the

Specter of war threatening world peace

North Korea has warned of preemptive strike against the South as the specter of war threatens the Korea peninsula.. Meanwhile, Talibans killed at least 140 Afghan soldiers on Friday

Crisis in Syria further worsens

Mohammad Amjad Hossain :The civil war in Syria which begun in 2011 following failed Arab Spring revolution has caused further tense situation between western countries led by the United States

Upholding rights of workers

Md Sazedul Islam :BANGLADESH along with rest of the world observes May Day, which epitomises workers' struggle for their rights, by calling for a greater unity among owners and workers

Fact and opinion open our eyes to the truth

Peter Ellerton :Which is more important, a fact or an opinion on any given subject? It might be tempting to say the fact. But not so fast.Lately, we find ourselves

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Asian Basketball The 2017 FIBA Asia Cup (formerly known as the FIBA Asia Championship) will be the 29th continental basketball championship in Asia. The tournament is organised by FIBA Asia.

Increasing price of rice to push up market index

THE prices of all varieties of rice and other essential kitchen items are soaring amidst the flash floods in the greater Sylhet region. The prices of all varieties of

Dengue : Now an annual visitor

THE capital is yet again experiencing an early outbreak of dengue and untimely rains may be to blame. Like last year, Aedes mosquitoes, transmitter of the dengue virus, have

Ensure girls’ safety at home first

Rifat Zafreen :'Oh no, what am I thinking! It cannot be, how is it possible - he is my uncle, my mother's colleague - he addresses me 'mother', then why

Rethinking development finance

Jim Yong Kim :(From previous issue)The answer was yes to power production, but not yet to power distribution. We invested $250 million of IFC money, and helped the government enact

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Autism awarenessA recent survey has revealed that there are currently 17 thousand autistic children in Bangladesh. The rate is increasing day by day, but we are still far behind in

VCs authorities at private varsities

THE New Nation reported on Friday that Vice-Chancellors in many private universities in the country are only titular head of the institutions while the Board of Trustee (BoT) comprising

Over-dependence on Indian electricity supply

ENERGY sector deals signed with Indian companies so far clearly indicate how India has been singularly un-tapping our energy market making us disproportionately dependent on the big neighbour. These contracts

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Danger of nuclear madness :The peace loving people of the world are tired  of the US President Donald Trump, who wants North Korea to act on his dictation. But