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Update : 12 Apr 2023, 10:29 AM

Tributes pour in for Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury

An outpouring of condolences has flooded social media in response to the death of Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury, the founder of Gonoshasthaya Kendra and a freedom fighter, who breathed his last aged 81 at Gonoshasthaya Nagar Hospital late Tuesday.

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Myanmar confirms deadly air strike as international outcry mounts

Myanmar's ruling junta has confrmed that it carried out an air strike on a village in which dozens of people were reported killed, drawing condemnation from the United Nations and Western powers.

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FILE PHOTO: Myanmar Army armored vehicles drive past a street after they seized power in a coup in Mandalay, Myanmar February 2, 2021 Reuters

Shahriar Alam stresses regional connectivity at India-Japan conclave in Agartala

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam has emphasized deepening relations in the region for shared prosperity through regional connectivity where the Bay of Bengal is the common strategic interlocutor. 

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On life support

During the last decade, Bangladesh's out-of-pocket spending on health care has increased significantly. According to the Bangladesh National Health Accounts (BNHA) 1997-2020 data, such expenditure rose from 62% in 2012 to 68.5% in 2020. Even though the government promised to bring down out-of-pocket health care expenditure to 32% by 2032, it is most likely to remain a pipe dream given the present reality.

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Is the BNP really an alternative?

It is true that in the past the BNP was in government for several terms. Sometimes by way of an election after seizing power through military coups, sometimes by direct or indirect support of Jamaat-e-Islam. Since 2013 the party has been frantically trying to return to state power. However, so far, the approach it employed has always been disruptive. Sometimes amid creating chaos and disrupting economic activities. Sometimes through an alliance with dozens of other political parties with opposing ideologies.

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BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and her son, acting party chairman Tarique Rahman Syed Zakir Hossain/ Dhaka Tribune

Letting our children play

Despite it being repeatedly discussed how important open spaces and playgrounds are for the all-round development of children, the actual number of such spaces in Dhaka has decreased consistently over the last few years.

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