In search of respect

In a popular TV ad, a jet set businessman yells at an airport steward, “Do you know who I am?” The steward takes a sip of her tea and announces, “Ladies and gentlemen, here’s someone who doesn’t know who he is.

15h ago| Opinion

Can police be deployed in the army-withdrawn camp sites in the CHT?

Dipankar Talukdar, member of parliament (MP) from the Parbatya Rangamati (299) constituency, while taking part in the budget discussion during the 18th session of Jatiya Sangsad on June 16, said, “Nowhere is it mentioned in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Accord that police cannot be deployed at the army-withdrawn camp sites.”

15h ago| Opinion

Do we need wider roads in Dhaka?

We are accustomed to having fully developed roads in Dhaka only after all the buildings in an area have been constructed – whereas in developed nations, the roads are built first.

1d ago| Opinion

Remembering Latifur Rahman: An ethical leader and a true friend

My connection with Latifur Rahman (Shamim) goes back to pre-partition times when both our families lived in Calcutta (Kolkata), though we never actually met then.

1d ago| Opinion

Latifur Rahman: A legacy of integrity

Two years ago today, we lost Mr Latifur Rahman. He was a man of immense integrity and determination. He was an ethical entrepreneur, a champion of the free media, and a family man.

1d ago| Opinion

A true patriot

Latifur Rahman, or “Shamim bhai” as we knew him, is no longer with us today. In his absence, the business community in Bangladesh will never be the same again. His guidance and cool temperament will be greatly missed.

3d ago| Opinion

How the politicisation of courts and judgements weakens democracy

Two verdicts in two different countries, located thousands of miles apart, by their respective supreme courts last week have stoked a serious debate about the role of judges and politicisation of the judiciary.

Making the Padma Bridge towards Green Bangladesh

This past week, the entire country has been rightly celebrating the successful completion and inauguration of the historic Padma Bridge.

4d ago| Opinion

Why have politicians stopped participating in relief activities?

Bangladesh has always been known as a land prone to natural disasters. Over the years, countless floods and cyclones have devastated the lives and livelihoods of its people, especially those living in marginal settings such as the coastal areas or the low-lying districts in the north and the northeast.

5d ago| Opinion

Can a new law solve our educational problems?

The National Education Policy 2010 anticipated a comprehensive education law that would bring together existing laws and regulations under an umbrella to facilitate implementation of the policy.

5d ago| Opinion

Mental health: A mother’s woes

Dark circles, puffy eyes, and sleepless nights are riddled with anxiety – the mother thinks she cannot survive this episode, yet she lives to see another day.

6d ago| Opinion

Roe vs Wade: The United States' descent to the ‘Dark Ages’

As I type this, the horror of this ruling is unfolding.

6d ago| Opinion

Myanmar military’s new survival strategy

Since independence in 1947, Myanmar has seldom experienced democracy. On February 1, 2021, the Myanmar military seized power again in a military coup, overthrowing the democratic government.

1w ago| Opinion

What does Padma Bridge mean to a southerner?

The need for a bridge over the mighty Padma River may not have been felt so dearly by people other than those who have been born and bred in the southwestern part of Bangladesh.

How the US could lose the new cold war

The United States appears to have entered a new cold war with both China and Russia.

1w ago| Opinion

Inflation, globalisation, and localisation

It is difficult these days to go anywhere or do anything without thinking or hearing about inflation – what is less obvious is what to do about it.

EC’s big nothing: From a crowning moment to a humbling experience

Now that the Cumilla City Corporation (CCC) election is over and everything there was to see and hear has been seen and heard, we need to address the elephant in the room.

1w ago| A Closer Look

Why are we still rewarding money launderers?

Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal has placed a controversial suggestion in his budgetary proposal: money launderers – read financial criminals – will be allowed to legalise their laundered money without having to face any questions, if they pay a meagre 7-15 percent tax.

July 2, 2022
July 2, 2022

Do we need wider roads in Dhaka?

We are accustomed to having fully developed roads in Dhaka only after all the buildings in an area have been constructed – whereas in developed nations, the roads are built first.

July 2, 2022
July 2, 2022

Can police be deployed in the army-withdrawn camp sites in the CHT?

Dipankar Talukdar, member of parliament (MP) from the Parbatya Rangamati (299) constituency, while taking part in the budget discussion during the 18th session of Jatiya Sangsad on June 16, said, “Nowhere is it mentioned in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Accord that police cannot be deployed at the army-withdrawn camp sites.”

July 2, 2022
July 2, 2022

In search of respect

In a popular TV ad, a jet set businessman yells at an airport steward, “Do you know who I am?” The steward takes a sip of her tea and announces, “Ladies and gentlemen, here’s someone who doesn’t know who he is.

July 1, 2022
July 1, 2022

Tribute by Mahfuz Anam: A fighter for independent journalism

The fact that Latifur Rahman, Shamim Bhai to us all, is no longer among us still feels unreal.

July 1, 2022
July 1, 2022

A true patriot

Latifur Rahman, or “Shamim bhai” as we knew him, is no longer with us today. In his absence, the business community in Bangladesh will never be the same again. His guidance and cool temperament will be greatly missed.

July 1, 2022
July 1, 2022

Latifur Rahman: A legacy of integrity

Two years ago today, we lost Mr Latifur Rahman. He was a man of immense integrity and determination. He was an ethical entrepreneur, a champion of the free media, and a family man.

July 1, 2022
July 1, 2022

Remembering Latifur Rahman: An ethical leader and a true friend

My connection with Latifur Rahman (Shamim) goes back to pre-partition times when both our families lived in Calcutta (Kolkata), though we never actually met then.

July 1, 2022
July 1, 2022

Exposing disinformation is a crime in Modi’s India

In early 2017, when I was mulling over launching BD FactCheck – the first fact-checking initiative in Bangladesh – we looked for who else in the region was already working in this field.

July 1, 2022
July 1, 2022

What made the dollar crisis worse?

One dollar now costs almost Tk 100. The taka has been losing its value against the US dollar for months, with no signs of it changing.

June 30, 2022
June 30, 2022

Why have banks failed SMEs?

Even before the pandemic, CFOs of small businesses struggled to get the insights they needed to manage their finances effectively.