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Mental health is ignored in Bangladesh

By  AISHA SIDDIKA :  Bangladesh, a country with so many opportunities is continually turning into a country with lots of risks for its inhabitants; every year thousands of people are becoming the victims of man-made and natural disasters, gender based violence, political restlessness, conflicts, etc. and so on. Bangladesh is one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries. With susceptibility to ...

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Leadership: Bangabandhu, Tajuddin, and Hasina

By Syed Badrul Ahsan :  Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman  Bangladesh’s history in modern times has effectively been an enduring story of the leadership provided to it by three individuals. There is Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and then there is Tajuddin Ahmad, and now there is Sheikh Hasina. When you take note of the ratification in recent times of the Land Boundary Agreement ...

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Altab Ali and the Battle for Brick Lane

  The 37th Annual Altab Ali day took place this week beginning with a solemn and dignified wreath laying ceremony. It brought together veterans of the 1978 era and a number of current leaders and organisations from the wider anti racist movement. Below Rajonuddin Jalal, a former Tower Hamlets Council deputy Leader and prominent in that famous struggle highlights some ...

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Labour’s pioneering role in this subcontinent: an introduction

by Farooque Chowdhury :  THE wage ‘slaves’ were coerced or allured out of their villages with the power of starvation. ‘[B]etween the years 1921 and 1931 the number of industrial workers employed in establishments of more than 10 workers rose from 2.6 million to 3.5 million. In the intervening decade, and especially in the last two and a half years of the war ...

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Origins of the Bengali Calendar

By A. Rahman :    Only a few weeks ago, Bangladesh celebrated Bengali New Year’s day (Bangla Noboborsho) with unprecedented razzmatazz – colourful festoons donned the apartments in high-rise buildings, rickshaws, and even lamp posts; women wearing bright yellow saris chanted Noboborsho-welcoming songs; girls with garlands in their hands walked the streets, as if to offer garlands to the exalted ...

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Mother of secularism: Pohela Boishaak will defeat all inequality:

By Piya Mayenin Pohela Boishaak, named after the Bishakha star is the first day of the Bengali calendar. The date of the Bengali year coincides with the mid-April in the western world. Although spring in UK, it is the onset of summer in Bangladesh and other places. Maybe the fine weather is partly why Britain has seen an ever growing Pohela ...

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Zahir Raihan: Recalling an Intellectual

Rajib Kanti Roy : Zahir Raihan: Recalling an Intellectual If we turn the pages of our glorious history, we come to realize that, a time frame of 19 years (from 1952 to 1971) was the most important period for us. During that time, as we faced economic discrimination by the West Pakistani rulers, we needed to develop a strong patriotic ...

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Achieving middle-income status

With the onset of globalisation, the international environment for trade, business and investment has become far more competitive than any time in the past and there is but no other option for Bangladesh to be transformed into a knowledge-driven economy to survive in this fiercely competitive environment, writes Shahabuddin Rajon and Harunur Rashid THE ruling Awami League’s political manifesto, ‘Vision ...

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Message on World Health Day : Safe and healthy diet for all

By M. A. JABBAR : The observance of World Health Day again reminds us that adulteration or contamination of food not only affects the life of each people irrespective of gender, age, or economic status but also pose great threat to the growing children and even womb of a mother. Child health specialists have disclosed the fact that the number ...

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Political power play and blindness for position allowinginjustice and causing damages to societies

By Fatema Miah : War crime and genocide issues are international matters because of the globalisation and international Justice System that was formed and agreed by United Nation post World War II.  During the 2nd world war according to the reports and records, it was about sixty to seventy million people were killed over the duration of six years’ war. During the ...

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