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No change likely after the pandemic

Makama Mahmud Chowdhury

 

‘The night is still, dark and dark,

There is no response so my sound of breathing is heard.' (Polli Janani by Josim Uddin)

Forest of Amla tree as trembles in fear of losing its leaves due to the harshness of winter, the destruction of the corona virus is shaking the earth and the earth is trembling now in fear. Human lives and resources are being lost; many important times of life are running out. If this terrible situation continues, the world will gradually become human empty. Like the silent darkness of the fairy tale mentioned in Josim Uddin's poem Polli Janani, it is horrible to go near someone in this prevailing dark...

Fourth Phase of Human Rights Education

A. R. Farrukh Ahamed


       Can we recall Parimal, a teacher of the city’s famous Viqarunnisa Noon School & College who violated his own students? It was almost five years ago. This incident then created huge public anger countrywide. Parimal was eventually arrested. But now we forget him as well as his misdeed and thus it has been almost completely sank into oblivion. By the time, there have been many more Parimals rooted across the country. Panna in Rajshahi, Maulana Sirajuddaula in Feni, Mufti Jashim in Narayanganj and so many others. We have examples of Parimals to show, but could do nothing to reign the situation.

Rapists are still at large and we just know a few of the...

Bodies’ die, but spirits are immortal

 Sir Frank Peters

 It’s men like Mahbubul Alam who give honour and respectability to the nation in which they are born. It’s people like Mahbubul Alam who bring respect, honour and admiration to the press corps. Usually ethical people achieve this status without any deliberate design or master plan. They, simply, be themselves and act out what their conscience dictates. Their good within, their code of ethics, was omnipresent from the moment their umbilical cord was cut .

Youth show Eid kindness to disadvantaged kids

      ------ Sir Frank Peters ----

A revolution to create a better Bangladesh has begun. It’s taking root at grass level in a small village near Gazipur. Nowadays, it’s quite common to hear negative remarks directed towards the youth – and with some justification. More and more school leavers, seemingly, are seen occupying the tattered decrepit seating at village tea shops and exchanging negative views that benefit no one, especially themselves. When truth is depleted, they make up lies just to keep the conversation going and, at times, that can have a more devastating effect on the minds of youth, worse even than Facebook.

Looking beyond the good economic news in Bangladesh

By Ali Riaz

Bangladesh’s economy will continue its high growth into 2020 according to the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Asian Development Bank. This comforts the government, serving as a morale booster for the ruling Awami League (AL). AL is being criticised for their part in the questionable December 2018 election, widely described by global commentators as ‘farcical’.

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Action against Snakebite

Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh

As global momentum to tackle snakebite envenoming grows, immediate action across the WHO South-East Asia Region is both possible and necessary

Snakebite is a serious cause of disability and death in mostly poor, rural and hard-to-reach communities worldwide.Though just 250 of 3000-odd species of snakes are medically important, their impact can be devastating:Across the globe, snakebite envenoming is reported to cause the death of up to 138 000 people annually, while up to three times that number are estimated to suffer amputation, physical or psychological disability. The need to take action is clear, and core to the principle of leaving no one behind. ...