Archive for January, 2011

Becoming Bangladesh: sleeping with a mosquito

January 31, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Becoming Bangladesh: sleeping with a mosquito

I have to admit it. Since I started writing for bdnews24.com, I have gauged the reach my articles have enjoyed by the number of facebook shares that appear next to the headline. I also count the number of responses generated. On the basis of these two statistics, I decide what to write about next.
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Posted in Development | 3 Comments »

Losing the plot with Meherjaan

January 30, 2011
Asif Saleh
Losing the plot with Meherjaan

There are times when in the middle of posturing and profiling, we lose sight of the big picture. Arguing for a ban on the movie Meherjaan is one such moment.   Those who were asking for a ban, or who are happy that its distributors have pulled down the curtain on the film, forget that...
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Posted in Entertainment | 15 Comments »

Egypt — what’s next?

January 29, 2011
Haider A Khan
Egypt — what’s next?

The recent events in Egypt have unsettled the media pundits and Western academic advisers alike. After all, how can the recipient of the largest amount of US Foreign Aid in the Arab world and a close US ally be in such dire trouble politically from within?
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Blasts and more

January 29, 2011
Ramya Sarma
Blasts and more

The bomb that went off in an airport in Moscow killed 35 people. By any reckoning, it is not a huge figure considering the fact that casualties of terrorism have been numbered in thousands in the not too distant past, but it is, obviously, painful and devastating for both the victims and the world....
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Posted in Development | 1 Comment »

Scientists vs. economists?

January 27, 2011
Shamaruh Mirza
Scientists vs. economists?

Climate change is a scientific fact, and the effects are seen everywhere, from Australia to Bangladesh . The United Nations climate conference at Cancun in Mexico was held at the end of 20102, 3. Do the decisions taken at the conference respond adequately to the urgent threats from human activity?
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Posted in Environment/Climate | 12 Comments »

Mr. Medici, wherefore art thou?

January 27, 2011
MK Aaref
Mr. Medici, wherefore art thou?

Why is there such a dearth in public philanthropy in the arts? I am not saying that the rich of Bangladesh are parsimonious scrooges in the flesh. They are not.
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Posted in Lifestyle | 1 Comment »

A Letter to India…

January 25, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
A Letter to India…

Dear India, Recent killings of children in both the United States and Bangladesh have moved me. When I can’t wrap my mind around what can happen in this world, the order and structure imposed by verse can help clear my mind. Therefore, I have enclosed a poem at the bottom of the write-up.
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Posted in International | 44 Comments »

Shiraj Shikder, Mujib, Taher, Zia: Bangladesh’s blood parade truth still unknown

January 23, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
Shiraj Shikder, Mujib, Taher, Zia: Bangladesh’s blood parade truth still unknown

The intervention of the court to find out what really transpired that led to the hanging of Col. Taher is welcomed. It is significant not just because Taher was a man of history with many followers and admirers but also because his death is still shrouded in mystery.
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Posted in Politics | 15 Comments »

Opinion polls and municipal polls: error vs. reality

January 24, 2011
Shafik Rehman
Opinion polls and municipal polls: error vs. reality

Two daily newspapers, Prothom Alo and Daily Star, published the results of two opinion polls on 6 January 2011. Both the newspapers published summary of the polls on the front page. Full reports were published with graphics in tabloid sized special supplements.  Municipal polls to elect mayors and councillors were to be held on...
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Posted in Public Policy | 16 Comments »

Furore over Eastern and Western parenting skills

January 23, 2011
Hasan Zillur Rahim
Furore over Eastern and Western parenting skills

American media is abuzz with news of China these days. As President Barack Obama plays host to Chinese President Hu Jintao and both leaders agree to cooperate on various fronts, there is an undeniable undercurrent of unease and anxiety in America over China’s seemingly unstoppable ascendancy. China’s economy is the envy of the world. In...
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Posted in Development, Education | 3 Comments »

Stepping back from Grameen, Yunus and Bangladesh WikiLeaks

January 22, 2011
aladin
Stepping back from Grameen, Yunus and Bangladesh WikiLeaks

The basic tenets underlying good journalism can never be taken for granted, nor can they be reiterated too often.
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Posted in Uncategorized | 8 Comments »

Private moments

January 21, 2011
Ramya Sarma
Private moments

There has been a great deal said and written about the whole notion of privacy today, especially with invasive – and potentially intrusive – technology like the Internet and mobile telephony.
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A make-believe crisis in the stock market

January 20, 2011
ANM Hamidullah
A make-believe crisis in the stock market

A number of newspapers recently reported that in the past few days, nationalised commercial banks and financial institutions have been actively buying in the stock market in order to “bring normalcy” to the market.
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Posted in Economy, Finance | 7 Comments »

Felani’s hanging body over the road to connectivity

January 19, 2011
Rumi Ahmed
Felani’s hanging body over the road to connectivity

The year 2011 heralds completion of two-year of the Awami League-led Grand Alliance government, and marks the 4th anniversary of the so-called ‘1/11’ — a ‘military coup’ in disguise. Under close watch of police and RAB, New Year’s Eve celebration went fairly uneventful.
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Celebrating legal victory over the counter-revolution

January 19, 2011
NM Harun
Celebrating legal victory over the counter-revolution

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina marked the second anniversary of her present government with an address to the nation on January 6. It was a routine exercise highlighting her achievements in governance. Leader of the opposition Khaleda Zia joined issues with the PM and trashed the speech.
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Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments »

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