No ‘Bridge’ over troubled waters?

July 2, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
No ‘Bridge’ over troubled waters?

The World Bank’s refusal to fund the Padma Bridge construction on grounds of corruption is the proverbial shit hitting the fan. The World Bank says that it had asked for action on ‘corruption’ relating to this case
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Posted in Corruption | 16 Comments »

Denying Rohingyas: Not in our name

June 17, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
Denying Rohingyas: Not in our name

The image of a Rohingya man pleading to be allowed into Bangladesh from Myanmar with folded hands and a weeping face says it all. But what the image doesn’t say is that the family was refused entry and they moved on to another destination, most probably the one they were trying to escape.
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Posted in Human Rights, Politics, World | 52 Comments »

Sagar-Runi murder case, Mahfuzur Rahman and a place called Bangladesh

June 10, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
Sagar-Runi murder case, Mahfuzur Rahman and a place called Bangladesh

The ugly smell from the Sagar-Runi murder case continues to rise and it’s probably going to get much worse. This painful, unsavoury and ultimately cruel episode refuses to die down no matter how much it is tried by the powerful.
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Posted in Law and Justice, Politics | 22 Comments »

Viva Nishat, viva Wasfia!

May 26, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
Viva Nishat, viva Wasfia!

How many countries in the world can claim that two of their daughters separately conquered the Everest within a span of a single week? None. But Nishat Majumder and Wasfia Nazreen did it.
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Posted in Achievement | 26 Comments »

How the BNP-AL soccer match nearly saved Bangladesh

May 21, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
How the BNP-AL soccer match nearly saved Bangladesh

Sheikh Hasina has said that she knows how to control those who want to agitate for elections under a caretaker government. In response to that the BNP leader Barrister Moudud Ahmed has said that they also know how to get their demands met.
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Posted in Satire | 14 Comments »

Ilias call home

May 15, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
Ilias call home

For a few hours last Thursday, many people who heard the news that someone had called from Ilias Ali’s phone were enthralled and excited.
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Posted in Uncategorized | 31 Comments »

Public universities in Bangladesh: Asking a donkey to give cow’s milk

May 6, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
Public universities in Bangladesh: Asking a donkey to give cow’s milk

The Jahangirnagar University situation is a good reminder of how amazing the situation has become in the public universities. While the agitation there is about removing the vice chancellor who has been publicly disgraced
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Posted in Education, Politics | 60 Comments »

But why do we all have to suffer?

April 29, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
But why do we all have to suffer?

So BNP is going to continue hartals till Ilias Ali is produced. What kind of cynicism is this that forces people to suffer on party to party issues that has nothing to do with them?
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Posted in Politics | 48 Comments »

Suranjit returns, Ilias disappears, Shahara promises…

April 22, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
Suranjit returns, Ilias disappears, Shahara promises…

The disappearance of Ilias Ali is bad news. What is worse is that it also smells of many other putrid things. The car of the BNP organising secretary was found abandoned on a busy city road and not just the passenger but the driver too have gone missing.
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Posted in Law and Justice, Politics | 20 Comments »

Pahela Baishakh, my way

April 14, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
Pahela Baishakh, my way

I am not very respectful of traditions but I do often end up rallying for them. As someone who has never participated in Baisakh festivities I am probably unmoved by calls to hold aloft the banner of national cultures.
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Joan Baez: Singing heroine of 1971 left out of Shommyanona list

April 10, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
Joan Baez: Singing heroine of 1971 left out of Shommyanona list

‘Bangladesh, Bangladesh Bangladesh, Bangladesh When the sun sinks in the west Die a million people of the Bangladesh’
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Ouderland and other international warriors of 1971

March 25, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
Ouderland and other international warriors of 1971

Bangladesh has instituted Bangladesh Freedom Honour to pay homage to the people who are not Bangladeshi citizens but actively supported the cause in 1971. As a part of this initiative, 129 international personalities and institutions have been named to receive the honour.
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Bangladesh lost the match but gained all the pride

March 23, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
Bangladesh lost the match but gained all the pride

Bangladesh played against two contestants on 22nd March. It lost to Pakistan by 2 runs in the final ball of the final over and never gave up till the end in a splendid display of determination.
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Posted in Sport | 31 Comments »

March 12: The people suffered

March 12, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
March 12: The people suffered

It was not the well attended rally that made Khaleda Zia and her BNP look much better than they have in many years but the high-handed tactics of the AL Government
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Posted in Politics | 30 Comments »

What do Biplob, Ghulam Azam and Sagar-Runi have in common?

March 1, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
What do Biplob, Ghulam Azam and Sagar-Runi have in common?

Lately, three cases are seriously affecting people’s already depleted confidence in the law and order situation. These cases are unrelated in content but significant in the essence of the maladies
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Posted in Law and Justice | 8 Comments »

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