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SAARC is dead; long live SAARC

Why the cancellation of the 19th SAARC summit could mean new life for the regional grouping. By Manjari Chatterjee Miller and Bharath Gopalaswamy In less than two weeks, Pakistan was scheduled to host the 19th annual South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit. However, in September, after the terrorist attacks on the Indian army base in Uri, Kashmir, Indian ... Read More »

Diagnostic or disease contracting centres?

Mostafa Kamal Majumder The other day a man in his early sixties was awaiting the arrival of a doctor for exercise tolerance test of his heart at a famous diagnostic centre in Dhaka. The doctor, very busy doing his shift between doing echo cardiogram examinations and ETT, runs between two floors depending on the pressure of patients. Nurses at the ... Read More »

The case for burning ivory

Chris Alden and Ross Harvey Jo’burg – Kenya is about to destroy its entire stockpile of elephant ivory. More than 100 metric tons of “white gold” – both illegally harvested (confiscated from poachers or traders) and naturally accruing (from natural mortality) – will go up in smoke this weekend. In China – where the majority of the world’s ivory is ... Read More »

Trisha recalls her step father

Trisha Ahmed, stepdaughter of slain writer-blogger Avijit Roy, remembers him as a fun dad who taught her to be informed, bold, and unafraid.And by dying for his cause, her father gained worldwide attention to the oppression and murder of scientific thought in Bangladesh, she said.In a special article for CNN that marked a year of the Bangladesh-born American’s murder in ... Read More »

PBI asks to re investigate new year sexual assaults

A court has ordered a reinvestigation of a series of sexual assaults on women at Dhaka University during Bengali New Year celebrations. Accepting a prosecution plea on Tuesday, Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal judge Jayasree Samaddar ordered the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) to re-probe the case. The probe into the incident had been forced to a conclusion when ... Read More »

Bangladesh loses its way: Kuldip Nayar

Veteran Indian journalist Kuldip Nayar has expressed doubts about possibility of holding free and fair elections that can change the regime in Bangladesh in the near future.In an article published in The Statesman on 11 February, he also tacitly blamed New Delhi for backing an “authoritarian regime” in Dhaka.“It does not look as if Bangladesh would ever have free and ... Read More »

Ten inconvenient truths about Paris Climate Accord

Surya P. Sethi, India’s former Core Climate Negotiator To those who say the Paris Accord “signals an end to the fossil fuel era”; I say please look at Bloomberg’s commodities page – fossil fuels are being produced in never before quantities and sold at the lowest ever prices in real terms. With the current pledges we would, by 2023, likely ... Read More »

Greece’s other deficit

Alessandro Galli Oakland – For the past decade, much attention has been paid to Greece’s public finances. And when, in November, the country faced the first review of its reform progress under its latest agreement with its creditors – an exercise required to obtain a new infusion of bailout funds – its budget deficit was put under the microscope once ... Read More »

James Hansen, father of climate change awareness – Paris talks ‘a fraud’

The former Nasa scientist criticizes the talks, intended to reach a new global deal on cutting carbon emissions beyond 2020, as ‘no action, just promises’ Mere mention of the Paris climate talks is enough to make James Hansen grumpy. The former Nasa scientist, considered the father of global awareness of climate change, is a soft-spoken, almost diffident Iowan. But when ... Read More »

Muslims must confront ‘extremist ideology’ : Obama

President Barack Obama urged Muslims Sunday to confront the “extremist ideology” in its midst and ally with the West in combating the Islamic State group.”We cannot turn against one another by letting this fight be defined as a war between America and Islam,” Obama said in a rare televised address from the Oval Office following the California attacks.”That does not ... Read More »

The Copenhagen-Paris Express

by Lars Christian Lilleholt COPENHAGEN – In 2009, when Copenhagen hosted the United Nations Climate Change Conference, I was there as a member of parliament, and I had the feeling that I was witnessing a world-changing event. For years, negotiators had been working toward an ambitious, binding agreement to limit greenhouse-gas emissions, and the world’s attention was directed toward Denmark. ... Read More »

Pragmatism in Climate Policy

by Oliver Geden BERLIN – The diplomatic effort to forge an international agreement to mitigate climate change is undergoing a fundamental shift. The top-down approach that has guided the effort since 1992 is slowly being replaced by a bottom-up model. Rather than attempting to craft an accord based on legally binding restrictions on greenhouse-gas emissions, the new approach relies on ... Read More »

Iqbal Sobhan calls for more women participation

Prime Minister’s Media Adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury today called for increasing participation of women in policymaking activities of the government to raise their empowerment.”The dignity of women in a society reveals what progress the society has achieved. In this regard, we are in backward. Though participation of women has increased in different challenging professions, their participation in policymaking activities is ... Read More »

Asma Jahangir blasts Pak govt

Pakistani rights activist Asma Jahangir came down hard on her government for demonstrating disproportionately high passion” against the execution of Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed much more than those being hanged by military courts or Pakistanis executed in Saudi Arabia.Quoting the first ever woman president of Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan, online version of the country’s ... Read More »

Great role ahead is identifying solutions to climate change, Prof Lee

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – the international body for assessing the science related to climate change – has elected South Korean economist Prof Hoesung Lee as its new chair. Lee will lead the organisation into its next cycle, which will include producing and disseminating a Sixth Assessment Report. In addition to the chair, the IPCC also voted ... Read More »

The growth of organic

Danielle Nierenberg The Organic Trade Association (OTA), a membership-based organization of organic food companies, is working to bust myths about organic food. “Despite organic sales and accessibility at all-time highs, consumer confusion about organic benefits remains significant,” say Laura Batcha, CEO of OTA. “Consumers need to know the facts about organic so they can make the smartest choices for themselves ... Read More »

Opinion: Understanding education for global citizenship

By Kartikeya V. Sarabhai Ahmedabad, India, Dec 2014 (IPS) – Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) brings together concerns about the environment, economic development and social aspects. Since 1972, when the first U.N. Conference on the Human Environment was held in Stockholm, Sweden, there has been increasing awareness of the intricate link between conserving the environment and human development. The fact ... Read More »

Agri journalism course at DU

It is encouraging to learn through the Press that the Dhaka University (DU) is going to introduce a specialised course on agriculture journalism under the assistance of the agriculture development project, Catalyst. William H Allen, a professor of agriculture journalism at University of Missouri, has reportedly developed a course curriculum for the new agriculture journalism subject and a handbook in ... Read More »

Tragic end of a decent man in Bangladesh journalism

Mostafa Kamal Majumder The sad demise of eminent journalist Zaglul Ahmed Chowdhury on Saturday night has come as a shock to all not only because of the suddenness with which the end came to the glorious career of a gentleman in the profession of journalism but also for the callousness of motor vehicles operators that led to the accident causing ... Read More »

Obama pledges $3 billion for Green Climate Fund

President Barack Obama recently pledged $3 billion for Green Climate Fund (GCF) to help poor countries cope with the effects of climate change which include tasks like helping vulnerable communities with early-warning systems, stronger defenses against storm surges, and climate-resilient infrastructure. While making the pledge President Obama said ahead of G20 summit-“We’ll help farmers plant more durable crops. We’ll help ... Read More »

Of Kejriwal and Imran

Jawed Naqvi THIS is for my Pakistani friends who have often told me they see shades of Imran Khan in Arvind Kejriwal and for some Indian friends who have borrowed that view and propagate it as their own. In other words, they see the Indian anti-corruption icon as a flash in the pan with an erratic judgement of realpolitik. I ... Read More »

Parliament without real opposition

The country witnessed an unprecedented election in its history and through there is a parliament and a cabinet have already been formed. Who has actually benefitted, the AL, the BNP or the masses of the people of this land? People don’t have interest in politics and election. People didn’t respond to the call of the leader of the opposition to ... Read More »

Triumphs of Anna Chacha

Dr. M. S. Haq It is good to know the upper and the lower houses of India have now passed the lokpal bill and the champion of above bill Anna Chacha (Mr. Anna Hazare) has broken his latest round of fast following the passage of above bill. Anna Chacha – Congratulations! Keep up the good work especially, in the form ... Read More »

The Bangladesh paradox

By William B Milam Bangladesh is in crisis mode again. Every five years, as predictable as its annual monsoon, but not nearly as monotonous, comes the quinqennial political crisis. These occur because the Constitution mandates a general election every five years, and elections bring on crisis because incumbent parties spare no effort, no matter how legally or morally questionable, to ... Read More »

Point of view: Believe it or not!

Earlier people used to do politics for people’s interest and they spent their money and time for the people. Well off and learned people came to politics. Leaders were respected by all. Read More »

Point of View: Sheikh Hasina and thought on Development!

The newspaper headline “Hasina seeks vote to finish development tasks” has drawn my attention. Can I ask a simple question to her? What the incumbent government has done so far development in Bangladesh? Read More »