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If you can’t take a joke, be the joke!

Sudhirendar Sharma I recall how scheming we were in our younger days to send gullible on a ‘fool’s errand’ to mark April 1, the most light-hearted day of the year when playing pranks and trying to get people to believe ridiculous things is universally accepted. From simple jokes to elaborate hoaxes, friends and relatives who consider themselves to be wise ... Read More »

সংকটকালে বিত্তশালীরা অসহায় মানুষের পাশে দাঁড়ান – পীর সাহেব চরমোনাই

ইসলামী আন্দোলন বাংলাদেশ-এর আমীর মুফতী সৈয়দ মুহাম্মাদ রেজাউল করীম (পীর সাহেব চরমোনাই)। মঙ্গলবার সকালে বরিশালের চরমোনাই এলাকায় করোনা ভাইরাসের মহামারীতে দূর্দশাগ্রস্থ পরিবারের মধ্যে খাদ্যসামগ্রী বিতরণ করেন। এসময় উপস্থিত ছিলেন সংগঠনের সিনিয়র নায়েবে আমীর মুফতি সৈয়দ মুহাম্মদ ফয়জুল করীম (শায়খে চরমোনাই) ও ৫ নং চরমোনাই ইউনিয়ন পরিষদের চেয়ারম্যান মুফতি সৈয়দ এছহাক মুহাম্মাদ আবুল খায়ের। Read More »

Slums-Camps, Terrorism: Worry about virus Hitting South Asia

By Samira Sadeque UNITED NATIONS, Mar 30 2020 (IPS) – As coronavirus makes its way through different continents, countries, and communities around the world having claimed more than 23,000 lives, experts are ringing alarm bells about the implications of the disease as it hits South Asia, which hosts almost 2 billion of the world’s population. In South Asia, the number ... Read More »

Story of triumphs, tribulations: Services for Autism in BD

By Saima W. Hossain DHAKA, Bangladesh, Mar 30 2020 (IPS) – A few days ago, a friend said to me that my focus on autism, although rather successful, had “sucked out all energy from other critical areas of social need in Bangladesh.” My friend wanted to know if I would be interested in expanding my visibility and successful approach to ... Read More »

Social-Green Deal, a European answer to coronavirus crisis

by Maja Göpel on 31st March 2020 @beyond_ideology Concluding the Social Europe series on ‘just transition’, Maja Göpel zooms out to elaborate the shift in narrative entailed. The biggest difference the coronavirus crisis has brought to political discourse is the destruction of an assertion: markets are best left alone to find solutions, quickly and efficiently, to any big problem. Getting ... Read More »

Spain hit by record virus deaths; NY demands reinforcements

Spain’s coronavirus deaths jumped by a record number Tuesday as the country’s medical system strained to care for its tens of thousands of infected patients, and the World Health Organization warned that the pandemic was far from over in Asia. In the United States, where the spread of the coronavirus has been accelerating, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo begged for ... Read More »

Sharp fall in its remittance inflow feared due to Copid-19

Amid slump in export earnings, experts say another big shock lies ahead for Bangladesh economy as its remittance inflow, the life line for many rural families, is likely to shrink significantly in the coming months as a coronavirus fallout. They said almost all the destinations of Bangladeshi migrant workers from where they send money back home are grappling with coronavirus ... Read More »

Plastic cutouts to replace live fans for German club

Berlin, Mar 31 (AP/UNB) — A German club’s supporters are planning to replace real-life fans with plastic ones when the Bundesliga resumes — and raise some money for a child’s medical treatment in the process. Borussia Mönchengladbach supporters have come up with a novel way to support their team, even though they probably won’t be allowed to attend games for ... Read More »

The countdown clock is clicking again for the Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — The countdown clocks have been reset and are ticking again for the Tokyo Olympics. The model outside Tokyo Station, and others across the Japanese capital, were switched on almost immediately after organizers announced the new dates — July 23 to Aug. 8, 2021. The clocks read 479 days to go. That seems a long way away, but ... Read More »