The mystique of PM’s son

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In early 2009, only days after the Awami League-led alliance returned to power with a thumping majority, a Bangladeshi lobby group organised a seminar in collaboration with Johns Hopkins’s University’s South Asia division here in Washington. I covered the seminar not so much for its title “Future challenges for Bangladesh”, but mostly out of interest… Read more »

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Municipal polls — an analysis

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The recently concluded municipal elections highlight the current trend of Bangladesh politics, and add to the debate on the possibility of fair elections under ‘partisan’ governments. Before going into the messages the voters sent and what our democracy can learn from the process, let us give an overview of the results and other political issues… Read more »

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Opinion polls and municipal polls: error vs. reality

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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 11… Read more »

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A Christmas car ride

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Christmastime in the United States is a magical, special time of year meant to be spent in the warmth and company of family. Special meals, singing Christmas Carols, and gift-exchanging are common traditions that we enjoy during this most special of American holidays. If how we spend this holiday holds any special portents of the… Read more »

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