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With lockdown strengthened it’s time to expedite virus tests

Mostafa Kamal Majumder With the Muazzin (a man who calls devotees to prayers) asking devotees over loudspeakers on Monday to say prayers at homes, instead of going to mosques, five times a day, the public awareness about the war against the coronavirus pandemic has entered a new phase in Bangladesh. The same loudspeakers are normally used to pronounce ‘Azan’ calling ... Read More »

Remove baseless fears about funeral of covid-19 dead bodies

Mostafa Kamal Majumder The refusal to accept bodies of coronavirus victims for burial at graveyards in Dhaka City has come as a shock to all. The social media is filled with messages like this. The management of one graveyard in the heart of Dhaka has been found to have put up a big banner urging the authorities concerned to spare ... Read More »

Prices paid in the war against coronavirus

Mostafa Kamal Majumder The entire human race is in the grip of the coronavirus scare. The invisible enemy is so dreadful and deadly that even the frontline warriors including doctors and nurses are among its victims. Not even Chinese doctor Li Wenliang the whistleblower who tried to create awareness in Wuhan in early December was spared. Read More »

Low voter turnout mar Dhaka North and South City elections

Low turnout of voters has marred the charm of the just concluded elections of the two city corporations at Dhaka’s North and South. Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda has remarked that the actual voter presence in the just concluded elections would be less than 30 percent. Election commissioner Mahbub Talukdar has said that the voter turnout will be less ... Read More »

Dhaka City polls put EVMs, BD Election Commission to test

The elections to two city corporations of Dhaka North and South have generated much enthusiasm among the candidates of the two posts of Mayors and around 172 posts of Ward Councillors including 43 for women in reserved wards. But the high commands of the two major contending parties – The Awami League (AL) and the Nationalist Party (BNP) – have ... Read More »

Unbelievable sight of the Everest in a cloudy evening

Mostafa Kamal Majumder It was a partially cloudy afternoon at the Nepali resort of Nagarkot where I along with more than a dozen men associated with the Panos institute South Asia stayed for several nights doing a workshop. Sponsors were from Panos North East India. Tourists coming to this resort without fail try to have a glimpse of the Everest ... Read More »

Let rival student bodies coexist, love and check each other

The government has taken timely steps against two erring top leaders of BCL as complaints of seeking a share of development project money of Jahangirnagar University has come out in the open. The allegation has been made by none else than the vice-chancellor of the university Prof Farzana Islam herself. BCL is the student associate of the ruling Bangladesh Awami ... Read More »

None compensates the BD poor for the rawhide market collapse

The rawhide and skin merchants have started selling their merchandise – hide collected during the Eid-ul-Adha festival – after mediation by the apex business chamber FBCCI. Before the meeting with the FBCCI and the tanners, organised by the Ministry of Commerce, the merchants said they were prepared to export rawhide but did not have the papers like licences to do ... Read More »

Dengue lesson for Dhakaites: Don’t take health threat lightly

Mostafa Kamal Majumder A tiny kid of two years carried in the lap was telling his father, ‘I will not be given this’ as another child was screaming as a paramedic at a reputed private hospital was piercing a needle to collect blood to test for dengue. The pathological laboratory at the hospital in Mirpur 11 Section was working overtime ... Read More »

একটা কষ্টদায়ক অভিজ্ঞতা

আমার অত্যন্ত প্রিয় ফার্ষ্ট কাজিন হেনা এসেছিল ঢাকায় উন্নত চিকিৎসা নিতে। শনিবার বিকেলে সে ঢাকার এক অত্যাধুনিক বেসরকারি হাসপাতালে শেষ নিশ্বাস ত্যাগ করে স্বজনদের সাথে চলে গেল কুমিল্লা স্বামীর বাড়ীতে দাফনের জন্য। একজন সহজ সরল শিক্ষিকা দেড়মাস পর তার চাকুরী সমাপ্তি অন্তে অবসরে যাবার কথা ছিল। তার চিরকালের অবসর শুরু হয়ে গেল তার আগেই। চট্টগ্রাম পোর্ট ট্রাষ্টের অবসরপ্রাপ্ত একজন কর্মকর্তার ... Read More »

The WFP man was surprised as this man politely declined per diem in dollars

Mostafa Kamal Majumder After the April 29, 1991, devastating cyclone that ravaged the Southeastern coastal belt of Bangladesh with the official death toll put at 140,000; a spectacular post-cyclone agricultural recovery was achieved in the Kutubdia Island Upazila of Cox’s Bazar. The polder embankment around the island was rebuilt. Monsoon rains helped wash away the saline water whipped up by ... Read More »

লেবাসের অসম্মান করা অনুচিত নয়কি?

মোস্তফা কামাল মজুমদারইংরেজীতে বলে ‘ফেস ইজ দ্য ইন্ডেক্স অব মাইন্ড’। তার মানে, চেহারা দেখে মন চেনা যায়। এটাতো একটা চিরন্তন বাকধারা। আমরা একে অন্যকে চেনা ও বোঝার জন্য যে কয়টা জিনিষ পরখ করি তার মধ্যে অন্যতম হচ্ছে বেশভূষা – জীর্ণশীর্ণ, সাধারণ, স্মার্ট না আনস্মার্ট, চেহারা মলিন না হাস্যোজ্জ্বল; কোন কিছুর দিকে লক্ষ্য নির্দিষ্ট নাকি খোলা মন এবং যে কোন আকার-ইংগিতে ... Read More »

World Summit on Disaster Management begins in Mumbai, India

Mostafa Kamal Majumder A world summit on disaster management is being held in Mumbai the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra from 29th of January to the 1st of February. It will have a special media session to share experiences of leading media practitioners specializing in environment and disaster management. I was invited from Bangladesh but am not sure ... Read More »

আসাদ চৌধুরী আমাদের সবার কবি

মোস্তফা কামাল মজুমদার কবি আসাদ চৌধুরীকে দেখলে একজন সাধারণ সরল প্রকৃতির মাটির মানুষ মনে হয়। বিশাল তার ব্যক্তিত্ব কিন্তু সহজেই তার সাথে মেশা যায়। কথাবার্তায়, বেশভূষায় এটা পরিষ্কার হয়ে উঠে যে তিনি দেশজ সংস্কৃতির ধারক ও বাহক। ষাটের দশকে তার কবিসত্বা পাঠককুলের নজরে আসে। সে থেকে তিনি লিখেই চলেছেন। ঢাকার বাংলা কাব্যসাহিত্য সত্তরের দশকে কোলকাতার কাব্যসাহিত্যকে ছাড়িয়ে যায়। বাংলা সাহিত্যে ... Read More »

Wisdom helps soften rude political vocabulary in Bangladesh

Mostafa Kamal Majumder A charged political atmosphere that the long-awaited start of the process of general elections has created in Bangladesh has a calm undertone – thanks to the wisdom and pragmatism of the newly formed opposition alliance and its leader Dr Kamal Hossain. The last election of 2014 was boycotted by the BNP and almost all major political parties ... Read More »

People of BD want to see the success of political dialogue

After talking tough for months both the government and the combined opposition under the banner of Jatiya Jukta Front (National United Front) in Bangladesh have agreed to a political dialogue on Thursday, November 1, to facilitate the holding of the next general elections. Early this week the opposition sent a letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina demanding dialogue to end ... Read More »

Digital Security Bill makes BD journalists askance

The passage of the Digital Security Bill in Parliament on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, has been viewed critically by editors of newspapers and leaders of journalist unions of Bangladesh. From the government side, it has been said that all that were needed to establish the rights of journalists have been done. Read More »

NYT reflects free press’ deep roots in the US

Mostafa Kamal Majumder What the New York Times has done Last Thursday is nothing short of making a new history, publication of an anonymous opinion piece against the Trump administration that too from ‘a senior member’ of the said administration, in upholding the right to freedom of expression guaranteed by the US Constitution. Read More »

The fresh debate in Bangladesh on Electronic Voting Machines

Mostafa Kamal Majumder A fresh debate on the use of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) in the next election in Bangladesh has emerged with the Election Commission, as reported, opting to buy 2,535 new Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). The purchase of such machines comes months before the elections to be held sometime in December. The Bangladesh Election Commission had earlier said ... Read More »

For greater understanding in the information age

The week that ended on Saturday was marked by two philosophical utterances by two men from Malaysia and Bangladesh. Mahathir Mohammad who has written a new political history by getting elected the Prime Minister of Malaysia for the second spell at the age of 92, has said an international exchange of visits of young people for greater understanding would help ... Read More »

On-grid solar success is yet to start in Bangladesh

Zulker Naeen The spread of the off-grid power solution in Bangladesh started in 2003 using the stand-alone photovoltaic systems, known as the solar home systems. By 2017, the country installed 5.2 million solar home systems that offer a cost-effective mode of supplying power to remote off-grid households. Read More »

Football and digital accuracy in refereeing

Mostafa Kamal Majumder The FIFA World Cup final in Moscow termed as the best so far has once again marked the victory of the game of football all over. FIFA officials have praised Russia for making the event successful and memorable. The finalists France and Croatia probably deserve extraordinary credit in that both the winners and the losers celebrated it ... Read More »

খোমেইনী্র গড়া আদর্শ রাষ্ট্র ইরান ধর্ম ও গনতন্ত্রের মিশ্রণ

মোস্তফা কামাল মজুমদার ইরানে ইসলামি বিপ্লবের মহান ইমাম আয়াতুল্লাহ রুহুল্লাহ খোমেইনীর ২৯তম ওফাত বার্ষিকীতে একটা কথাই বারবার মনে ভেসে আসে। পশ্চিমা বিশ্বের এতো বিরোধিতা, অর্থনৈতিক নিষেধাজ্ঞা ও অবরোধ সত্বেও ইরান মাথা উঁচু করে উন্নয়নের পথে দৃপ্ত পদে এগিয়ে যাচ্ছে। এবছর ইরান-বিপ্লবের ৩৯তম বার্ষিকী পালিত হচ্ছে। পশ্চিমা বিশ্ব এখন ইরানকে হিসেব করে চলে। মার্কিন যুক্তরাষ্ট্রের প্রেসিডেন্ট ডোনাল্ড ট্রাম্প ইরানের সাথে সম্পাদিত ... Read More »

Press freedom does not come from lip service

In talks and discussion on the World Press Freedom Day on Thursday some intellectuals have blamed the absence of press freedom in the country on the lack of courage and self-censorship on the part of the journalists. But do their analyses depict the reality? Perhaps they don’t. The said analysts have not reflected on the structure of the media, where ... Read More »