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  • ‘Bangladeshi press fairly outspoken on less sensitive issues’

    ‘Bangladeshi press fairly outspoken on less sensitive issues’

    Noted watchdog Reporters Sans Frontières has placed Bangladesh 144th among 180 countries in its latest Press Freedom Index, placing the country in even lower ranking than war-torn South Sudan, Afghanistan and authoritarian Zimbabwe. The short brief about Bangladeshi press’ performance also notes that “the media is fairly outspoken on less sensitive issues.” Bangladesh has scored

  • Prof Yunus in fresh Hillary Clinton fracas

    Prof Yunus in fresh Hillary Clinton fracas

    On the eve of the New York Democratic Party primary, a right wing website has run a controversial piece on Hillary Clinton that focuses on alleged funding received by Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus when Ms Clinton was US secretary of state. The piece was picked up by the Bangladesh media on April 19 and

  • The defenestration of secularism

    The defenestration of secularism

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina knows the pain of loss better than most. She has lived with it since the slaughter of her family on August 15, 1975. Her promise to bring the murderers of Rajib Haider — an architect and atheist, secular blogger killed in Dhaka for his views February 15, 2013 — to justice,

  • A refugee’s rights come down to luck

    A refugee’s rights come down to luck

    Through a barbed wire fence, 17-year-old Syrian refugee Asma attempted to tell us about her journey to Greece. We didn’t have much time to listen. Greek police officers were breathing down our necks, threatening to arrest us unless we left. We learned that Asma travelled alone on a tiny rubber boat from Turkey, and broke

  • Heavy bats promise bigger hits

    Heavy bats promise bigger hits

    There will be plenty of heavy bats in play during this season’s Dhaka Premier League. Already, many of the top batsmen in the country have been training with their modified bats in order to counter the slow and low tracks that will be on offer during the domestic one-day tournament. The change in weight wouldn’t

  • Sharif’s offshore properties link could impact Pakistan’s India policiy

    Sharif’s offshore properties link could impact Pakistan’s India policiy

    Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif flew to London for a “cardiac check-up” on Wednesday fueling wild speculation as he faces the worst crisis of his political career. His departure followed the Panama Papers leak, which confirmed his family owns offshore companies and prime London properties. In the Panama Papers, over 200 people from Pakistan have

  • Police using software to sketch faces of suspects

    Police using software to sketch faces of suspects

    Police have started using a facial composite software that can create sketches of criminal suspects’ faces based on descriptions provided by victims or witnesses. The Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) introduced the face drawing and identification solution software at the start of April, PBI Special Superintendent of Police Ahsan Habib Palash told the Dhaka Tribune

  • The right way to deal with sexual harassment

    The right way to deal with sexual harassment

    Jagannath University’s decisive action in suspending three lecturers following complaints of sexual harassment sets a good example for other institutions. Sexual harassment needs to be challenged better everywhere in society. Its prevalence in educational establishments and college campuses is a direct consequence of the leniency that has been shown to lecturers and others abusing positions

  • Police may seek fresh remand for Shafik Rehman

    Police may seek fresh remand for Shafik Rehman

  • CID: Tonu murder probe almost complete

    CID: Tonu murder probe almost complete

    Detectives have nearly completed the investigation into the sensational murder of college student and theatre activist Sohagi Jahan Tonu who was killed after allegedly being raped inside Comilla’s Maynamati Cantonment on March 20. Criminal Investigation Department’s Special Superintendent Abdul Kahar Akand, who is coordinating the investigation, yesterday said that they were hopeful of reaching a

  • Bangladesh among top 10 FDI hotspots in Asia Pacific

    Bangladesh among top 10 FDI hotspots in Asia Pacific

    Bangladesh is placed among Asia Pacific’s top 10 Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) hotspots, according to a study by the US-based global information company, IHS Inc. The other Asia Pacific FDI hotspots are China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Myanmar, Thailand, India and Sri Lanka. Over the next decade, the Asia Pacific is forecast to be

  • Anti-social networking

    Anti-social networking

    Social media platforms across the country have become a central hotspot for people that want to share their opinions and thoughts from behind virtual veils. With 61.288 million active Internet subscribers (as of March 2016, BRTC reports), an overwhelming percentage of the population has successfully embraced the digital age. However, despite our quick welcome, it

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