Archive for July, 2012

The soft stories of 1971

July 7, 2012
Adnan Morshed
The soft stories of 1971

My mother-in-law passed away gracefully, on the last day of March this year, in a private hospital in Dhaka. Farida Mohiuddin fought cancer with dignity and retained her profound sense of purpose until the last minute of her life.
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Posted in 1971 | 42 Comments »

Fair enough, but release the World Bank letter Madame Prime Minister!

July 31, 2012
Kayes Ahmed
Fair enough, but release the World Bank letter Madame Prime Minister!

“They suddenly raised the issue. I asked them myself give me proof and they could not give any substantial proof”. That was the response of the Bangladesh Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina to the reporter from BBC programme “HARDtalk” during an interview on Monday, July 30, 2012.
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Posted in Corruption, Development, Politics | 23 Comments »

In Srabon I remember the Shohagpur massacre of 1971

July 30, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
In Srabon I remember the Shohagpur massacre of 1971

It was 10th of Srabon 1971. “I came out and saw the army. They wanted to go inside. I put my hands up like this and said there was no one inside. They flung me away into the yard and dragged my husband and son outside. They shot them both right there, there.”
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Posted in 1971 | 13 Comments »

Remembering Roja: A devout festive nation

July 29, 2012
Rumi Ahmed
Remembering Roja: A devout festive nation

The last time I was in Bangladesh during roja, it was 1995. It has been 17 years since; I’ve regularly visited Bangladesh, but never during roja. Over the last 12 years, in this ‘bidesh bibhui’, ‘roja’ has been replaced by ‘ramadan’.
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Posted in Lifestyle, Religion | 18 Comments »

Wing walking

July 26, 2012
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Wing walking

I have never considered myself a coward. In fact, I fancied myself to be a risk-taker. Now that my poor father is squandering his golden years reading my articles, I suppose some of the confessions here will not take him by surprise, at least not too much.
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Posted in Uncategorized | 12 Comments »

Padma: Not just the bridge we tend to think

July 25, 2012
Wasi Ahmed
Padma: Not just the bridge we tend to think

Talking about Padma the other day a colleague of mine, an elderly and an erudite one, came up with an utterly new piece of analysis. Try as I did to disagree, I must thank him for the ingenuity with which he was able to firm up his analysis.
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Posted in Development | 25 Comments »

Humayun Ahmed: When the author and the reader became one

July 23, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
Humayun Ahmed: When the author and the reader became one

Humayun Ahmed’s body belonged to the writer but the soul belonged to us. The man who for nearly four decades had painted with words the middle-class sensibilities of an entire people has passed away.
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Posted in Literature | 55 Comments »

Humayun Ahmed: A thousand more years

July 20, 2012
Rumi Ahmed
Humayun Ahmed: A thousand more years

Today, my facebook page was a collage of grief. Every single friend of Bangladesh origin had something to say about the death of Humayun Ahmed — some sadness to share, some feelings of loss to express.
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Posted in Literature | 62 Comments »

Property prices in Dhaka – the next accident waiting to happen?

July 19, 2012
Nofel Wahid
Property prices in Dhaka – the next accident waiting to happen?

A friend of mine recently told me during a conversation that the price of an apartment in Dhanmondi is now Tk 30,000 per square feet (sq. feet). I was absolutely flabbergasted!
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Posted in Uncategorized, Urbanization | 15 Comments »

Fear and loathing in Colorado and Jihadis in my head!

July 24, 2012
Kayes Ahmed
Fear and loathing in Colorado and Jihadis in my head!

I saw the images of the aftermath of Colorado shooting in a place called WeiHai, Shandong Province in China. Late in the afternoon on Friday I had just gotten back to the hotel and was passing the lobby and someone called me over to watch TV
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Posted in International, Religious Extremism | 14 Comments »

On Professor Muzaffer Ahmad and Public Enterprise

July 17, 2012
Khademul Islam
On Professor Muzaffer Ahmad and Public Enterprise

In the early 1980s I was a young, and possibly callow, lecturer at Dhaka University. One day I was called on to be a discussant of a paper written by Professor Muzaffer Ahmad at a small seminar.
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The pen is mightier, if it chooses

July 16, 2012
Irfan Chowdhury
The pen is mightier, if it chooses

Gina Rinehart, an Australian mining billionaire and apparently the world’s richest woman, recently acquired a decisive shareholding in the country’s largest media outlet, Fairfax Media
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Posted in Media | 9 Comments »

The 1 percent vs. President Obama

July 28, 2012
Chrystia Freeland
The 1 percent vs. President Obama

Why have the rich turned against President Barack Obama? That has been a persistent theme of this campaign: We were reminded of it at the beginning of this week
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Posted in International | 2 Comments »

The autobiography of an unknown Bangladeshi

July 15, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
The autobiography of an unknown Bangladeshi

This is an amazing book because although it is the tale of the most successful Bengali politician of all times, it is one of the simplest stories told. The lack of pretension and straightforwardness of the narrative is humbling.
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Posted in History, Literature, Politics | 8 Comments »

Nearly finished brief biography of a well-known scintilla

July 14, 2012
Ahmed Shafee
Nearly finished brief biography of a well-known scintilla

There is a story about a young unknown author approaching a famous writer with a huge manuscript and asking him to suggest a title for it.
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Posted in Achievement, Science and invention | 8 Comments »

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