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Businesses need to be eco-friendly

For thousands of years, we the teeming billions of residents of this Earth have exploited it for our survival, for our own benefits, and to make money. For many centuries, we have had little time to think about our environmental responsibilities in order to save the Earth, in order to preserve its resources for future […]

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Where have our compassionate teachers gone?

The self-annihilation of Aritry Adhikary of the so-called much sought-after Viqarunnisa Noon School and College has painfully pointed out the lack of compassionate handling of the students in our educational institutions. The death has given rise to a flurry of unanswered questions that we have not been addressing for a long time. Why do our […]

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The content chaos

Turkish TV serials, based on historical events, are currently reigning in the minds of the Bangladeshi audience. Content consumers now seem more interested to watch stories about emperors, their wars, and their love affairs — a mega serial on Sultan Suleyman in one of the TV channels has proven this fact. After its success, now more […]

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Let’s not kill the golden goose

The telecom sector in Bangladesh has come a long way. There’s hardly any doubt that it has contributed much to our nation-building. Firstly, it has connected the masses across the country. And when it comes to contributing to the national economy, this sector alone now accounting for 6.3% of the GDP. Therefore, the telecom industry […]

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In God’s kingdom

When our Bhutan trip was being planned, I didn’t know much about the country. I felt ashamed of the fact that I didn’t know much about a country which was a next-door neighbour of mine. I asked around and learned that it’s a country of law-abiding people, with deep respect for their king. Respect for […]

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Up in the air

If you say we cannot blame your negligence for five incidents, or accidents, because you have successfully operated more than 50,000 flights since the inception of your company, I don’t agree with you. There are many companies in Bangladesh who pay taxes worth Tk800cr per year, and would still be penalized for not paying Tk9cr […]

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Least innovative? Bangladesh?

It is hard to swallow that Bangladesh has been deemed the “least innovative” country in the Global Innovation Index. Many have disagreed with the survey findings. As far as I understand, innovation is a continuous process. Adding value to the existing ways of doing things is how I believe innovation works. The value should have […]

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Why do we do what we do?

A student of Jahangirnagar University from the physics department wrote a letter to his head of department, seeking permission to smoke marijuana. The head of department passed it on to the proctor of the university. The proctor gave it a thought and spoke to the media. The writer was then accused of teasing a female […]

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Chop the tree; eh?

The sudden decision to ban the human haulers from the streets of Dhaka has certainly come as a surprise. This measure is going to leave a huge number of people without an income. Whenever a tree falls in our way, we try to chop the tree without even thinking of what would happen to the […]

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Has Facebook become a social burden?

The world’s biggest social media platform is under the spotlight again. In fact, it has always been at the centre of various kinds of discussions and criticisms since its inception a decade ago. When I came to know about Facebook and started using it, I was quite amazed by its reach. It was also a […]