Archive for November, 2012

Fire deaths: The world that does not want to change

November 30, 2012
Kayes Ahmed
Fire deaths: The world that does not want to change

“The fire caused the deaths of 146 garment workers, who died from the fire, smoke inhalation, or falling or jumping to their deaths”. 
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Posted in Disaster, RMG | 13 Comments »

Hay Festival: Opening cultural gateways

November 29, 2012
K. Anis Ahmed
Hay Festival: Opening cultural gateways

The recently concluded Hay Festival Dhaka has left readers and writers with the excitement of coming into touch with vibrant literary discussions with our counterparts on other shores.
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Posted in Culture, Language, Literature | 9 Comments »

Nay to Hay?

November 29, 2012
Mridul Chowdhury
Nay to Hay?

The recent Hay Festival in Dhaka was a rare treat in many ways. Meeting some of the South Asian literary luminaries was a delight as expected, but meeting the ‘protesters’ of the Dhaka Hay Festival added a dimension to my experience that I was not prepared for.
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Posted in Culture, Language, Literature | 5 Comments »

An illusory comfort

November 28, 2012
Irfan Chowdhury
An illusory comfort

How much is a life worth? Not much, if you happen to be in a developing over-populated region, where high unemployment pushes citizens, specially the unskilled and lowly skilled, to accept any jobs ignoring the perils embodied in these jobs.
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Posted in Disaster, RMG | 5 Comments »

Price tag for murder

November 26, 2012
Rubana Huq
Price tag for murder

The owner of Spectrum, a factory that collapsed in 2005 resulting in 62 deaths has apparently been having nightmares for the last seven years.
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Posted in RMG | 57 Comments »

Nishchintapur fire: When the state and the people choose to be impotent

November 26, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
Nishchintapur fire: When the state and the people choose to be impotent

One is never sure how many workers die or is killed in industrial accidents like the one that has happened in Nishchintapur, Savar.
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Posted in RMG, Uncategorized | 23 Comments »

Regulatory surprises and the entrepreneurial spirit in Bangladesh

November 25, 2012
Syed Akhtar Mahmood
Regulatory surprises and the entrepreneurial spirit in Bangladesh

At first I thought it was a mis-spelling! But then, I did not expect this sub-district, the northern-most tip of Bangladesh, one half of the iconic phrase “From Teknaf to Tetulia” to have anything to do with my neighbourhood grocery in a suburb of Maryland, USA.
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Posted in Achievement, Development, Economy | 5 Comments »

Risks and pay offs of American foreign policy in Burma

November 23, 2012
Jyoti Omi Chowdhury
Risks and pay offs of American foreign policy in Burma

Recently, the newly re-elected US president Barack Obama visited Burma, which has been the most run of the mill rouge states in this region for a long time.
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Posted in International | 3 Comments »

Voting on the Lunatic Fringe

November 22, 2012
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Voting on the Lunatic Fringe

The Lunatic Fringe of the political spectrum is my favourite hang-out. This month, my nation re-elected a president whose emotional range in tone of voice rivals that of Stephen Hawking.
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Posted in International, US Election 2012 | 13 Comments »

Private sins, public punishments

November 21, 2012
Kayes Ahmed
Private sins, public punishments

A four-star general falls from grace. The American media is buzzing with “The Petraeus Affair” (as this latest sex scandal is dubbed). The empty-headed Talking Heads are breathlessly talking about what a horrible scandal it is
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Posted in International, Lifestyle, Politics | 9 Comments »

Proactive environmentalism

November 20, 2012
Adnan Morshed
Proactive environmentalism

One fine day in September I had a wonderful opportunity to listen to Sir Fazle Hasan Abed in Washington, DC. He spoke most eloquently about the ways BRAC sought to change the fate of the poor in Bangladesh.
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Posted in Environment/Climate | 4 Comments »

Justice delayed, justice denied

November 19, 2012
A. R. Chowdhury
Justice delayed, justice denied

The ugly spectre of war criminals in our community is creeping its way back onto the national agenda. Efforts to hold some of the perpetrators of war crimes in 1971 accountable continue today
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Posted in 1971, War Crimes Trial | 19 Comments »

Act now: Steps towards greater engagement

November 18, 2012
Masud Khan Shujon
Act now: Steps towards greater engagement

“Without knowledge action is useless and knowledge without action is futile”-Abu Bakr. We know our problems; we sometimes feel helpless and hopeless when facing them daily.
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Posted in Development | 21 Comments »

On tolerance and diversity

November 16, 2012
Prashanta Tripura
On tolerance and diversity

The International Day for Tolerance, observed on November 16, is meant to promote tolerance, i.e. “respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures
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Posted in 1971, CHT, Communal Discord | 5 Comments »

A prize for literature or political reality?

November 15, 2012
Mushfique Ahmed
A prize for literature or political reality?

This year’s Nobel Award in Literature, no doubt, points to a shift for the Swedish Academy. Was it a change of heart? May be; or perhaps, they decided to go off the script for a realistic change.
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Posted in Literature | 8 Comments »

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