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  • Tight security dampens celebrations

    Tight security dampens celebrations

    While the police claim that no untoward incidents took place during the Pohela Boishakh celebrations this year, many participants observed that the festivities were marred by the tight security measures and the restrictions imposed by Dhaka Metropolitan Police. The number of participants attending the colourful procession, Mongol Shobhajatra, and cultural programmes in Dhaka University areas

  • Licence to navigate

    Licence to navigate

    It is perhaps because of the unruly nature of traffic in Bangladesh that drivers need helpers or conductors to navigate their buses or trucks. Indeed these on-the-ground navigators paint the continuously changing picture of surrounding traffic for the driver who is very often limited to the vision straight ahead without the benefit of side or

  • Police trace lost child’s family using Facebook

    Police trace lost child’s family using Facebook

    Dhaka Metropolitan Police have reunited a lost child with his family after tracing them with the help of social networking site Facebook. Four-year-old Mehedi became lost when his mother and aunt brought him to the capital’s Hatirjheel area to celebrate Pohela Boishakh. Police officials in Hatirjheel found the boy alone and crying, looking for his

  • Tiger countries to preserve big-cat habitats

    Tiger countries to preserve big-cat habitats

    Countries with wild tiger populations have agreed to do more to protect tiger habitats that are shrinking drastically because of deforestation and urban sprawl, reports Associated Press quoting conservationists said Friday. Representatives from the 13 Asian countries with tigers, meeting this week in New Delhi, issued a resolution acknowledging that the forests in which tigers live

  • Aftershocks rattle south-western Japan after quake kills 9

    Aftershocks rattle south-western Japan after quake kills 9

    Aftershocks rattled southwestern Japan on Friday after a strong quake the night before killed nine people, injured at least 1,000 and cut power and water across the region, forcing the temporary shutdown of several auto and electronics factories. By afternoon, more than 130 aftershocks had hit the area around the city of Kumamoto in the

  • Mushfiq can’t hit sixes, says Pandya

    Mushfiq can’t hit sixes, says Pandya

    In the continued fallout of the dramatic India-Bangladesh World Twenty20 clash last month, India all-rounder Hardik Pandya said he warned Mushfiqur Rahim after he celebrated with two runs still needed for victory. This is the third reaction from the characters involved in that final over, after Mahmudullah recently said he felt responsible for the loss.

  • The more it changes

    The more it changes

    Physically and socially, Bangladesh must rank right up there with the fastest changing countries in the world. I lived in Dhaka 25 years ago, and I have returned often since then. But each time I return, I could swear this mega-city’s population has doubled, half the buildings I knew have been knocked down (and are

  • Health care in crisis

    Health care in crisis

    Are we heading towards a crisis, or are we already in a crisis? Is hospital health care in Bangladesh heading for a freefall towards an irreversible crisis situation after achieving such incredible success which the prime minister and the health ministers in recent years have applauded both nationally and internationally? Are our health policy-makers aware

  • Put carbon tax in place before price cuts

    Put carbon tax in place before price cuts

    The government should reconsider its plan to reduce the price of furnace oil. While this move may seem popular, in the absence of a more coherent policy on energy pricing and subsidies, it will not help improve long-term energy security and sustainability. The government needs to put its house in order before proceeding with cuts

  • RAHETID making history

    RAHETID making history

    On April 14,  Shafi Ahmed and a group of medical professionals at Royal London Hospital created history by operating on a patient, which was filmed and broadcasted live around the world. What made it historic was that the event was captured using 360 degree video technology, and viewers around the globe were able to watch

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