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Mr. Muhith’s budget: Spending out of the rut

June 29, 2015
Mr. Muhith’s budget: Spending out of the rut

The Minister of Finance (MF) of the country, Mr. AMA Muhith, placed the 2015-16 Budget proposal before the Parliament on June 4, 2015. This was the seventh time he repeated the ritual without any interruption. No other MF has this distinction. During this long period he has raised the budget expenditure from BDT 1016 billion (actual) to BDT 2951 billion (budget) and the revenue earnings from BDT 795 billion to BDT 2084 billion in nominal terms. Expressed in real terms the increase would of course be more modest. Read more »

The personal is political

June 28, 2015
By Nadia Choudhury
The personal is political

I am a 21st century slave. I am given a slave name by my owner. Science is used to say I am less evolved. Theology is used to keep me from owning property. Biology is used to see me as a vessel where the rights of my body are not my own. I could be a Negro before the Civil Rights Movement, I could be a Jew before the Second World War, for I am enslaved, subordinate and still a second-class citizen struggling for my rights all the same, even today, over a century after I won my right to vote. Read more »

Cricket victories reflect larger resurgence of Bangladesh

June 26, 2015
By Subir Bhaumik
Cricket victories reflect larger resurgence of Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s back-to-back win in two ODI cricket series against Pakistan and India within two months is no flash in the pan. And this does not prove just its emerging cricketing prowess.
It is a manifestation of the all-round progress that South Asia‚Äôs youngest nation has made since Henry Kissinger sneeringly called it a ‚Äúbasket case‚ÄĚ after its birth through an ‚Äúocean of blood‚ÄĚ in 1971. Read more »

I forgive you

June 24, 2015
By Kayes Ahmed
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I forgive you

I just want everyone to know that I forgive you“.

So said Nadine Collier, the daughter of 70-year old victim Ethel Lance, in an emotion-choked and electrifying victim statement, when confronted with the evil of Dylann Roof.

She went on, ‚ÄúYou hurt me, you hurt a lot of people, but I forgive you‚ÄĚ.

This little runt of a man (a skinny misguided kid really) executed 9 people in a church after participating in an hour-long prayer and bible study. Read more »

The Awami League in our history

June 22, 2015
By Syed Badrul Ahsan
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The Awami League in our history

History took a new turn on June 23, 1949. There were some courageous men — Moulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani, Yar Mohammad, Shamsul Haque, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and, of course, Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy — whose names are today engraved in the Bengali consciousness. These men, grown acutely aware of the growing authoritarianism of the ruling Muslim League, thought it necessary to break loose of the organisation which had spearheaded the struggle for Pakistan and come forth with the Awami Muslim League. Read more »

A bigot, a coward, and a Nobel Laureate

June 21, 2015
By Kayes Ahmed
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A bigot, a coward, and a Nobel Laureate

Today I want to introduce you to a bigot and a Nobel laureate who ultimately is a coward and self-serving politician like the best of them. I am of course talking about Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese politician and the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Read more »

The Yulin Dog Meat Festival and our double standards

June 21, 2015
By Rainer Ebert
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The Yulin Dog Meat Festival and our double standards

I strongly condemn today‚Äôs slaughter of thousands of dogs for the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in the southern Chinese province of Guangxi. Some dogs are being boiled alive, some are being beaten to death, and some are being skinned alive. Read more »

Sheikh Hasina’s London visit and its political implications

June 20, 2015
By Abdul Gaffar Choudhury
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Sheikh Hasina’s London visit and its political implications

The Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, came to London on 12 June 2015 and returned to Dhaka on June 18, 2015. Her six-day visit was a private one. She came to London for medical treatment and to listen to the maiden speech of her niece, Tulip Siddiq, a newly elected Labour MP, at the House of Commons. Read more »

The tortuous road to Naga peace

June 19, 2015
By Subir Bhaumik
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The tortuous road to Naga peace

The publicity that surrounds the success of India‚Äôs ‚Äėcross-border‚Äô strike against rebels in Myanmar cannot hide the fact that the real failure of Indian intelligence was not in predicting the possible spot of the ambush but in anticipating the emergence of a rebel coalition in the jungles of Myanmar. Read more »

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