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Memorable days: Narrow escape from bomb at Mushtaq’s meet

Mostafa Kamal Majumder Political violence in Bangladesh is an old phenomenon. I came face to face with a very destructive such violence on 23 May 1980 when a public meeting of Khondaker Mushtaq Ahmad came under a bomb attack in front of the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque. The largely attended meeting was organized at the end of a series of ... Read More »

Glorious days: How AL made BNP alienate JP in Parliament

Mostafa Kamal Majumder The Old Sangsad Bhaban at Nakhalpara was where I started my Parliament reporting. My seniors most of the time used to engage me to cover the question hour held at the start of sittings every day. The 1979 Parliament is sometimes referred to have had the richest composition with representation from Bangladesh’s political parties. The BNP had ... Read More »

Republic of Nepal, Dalit and Brahmin dominance

Written by Rem Bahadur Biswakarma It has been twelve years since Nepal became a federal democratic republic. The monarchy which was constitutionally considered as a symbol of Hindu feudalism was abolished on 3 June 2008 for Nepal to become a republic. Politically this was a historic achievement for Nepal and Nepali people celebrate this day like a festival. However, time ... Read More »

করোনা লাশ দাফন ও আমার অভিজ্ঞতা! গুজব, প্রচারণা বেশী মারাত্মক

শফকত হোসাইন চাটগামী করোনা ভাইরাস এটি বিশ্ব স্বাস্থ্য সংস্থার মতে একটি ছোয়াঁছে রোগ। এটি একজন থেকে অন্যজনে ছড়ায়। এজন্য এই রোগ হলেই তার কাছে আর যাওয়া যাবেনা!, করোনা রোগ মানেই মৃত্যু এমন ধারণা সৃষ্টি হয়েছে আমাদের মাঝে। চীন থেকে শুরু হয়ে এই মরণব্যাধি ভাইরাসটি আজ বিশ্বময় ছড়িয়ে পড়েছে। আক্রান্ত হয়েছে ৬০ লাখেরও বেশী মানুষ আর মৃত্যু হয়েছে প্রায় সাড়ে ৩ ... Read More »

Lockdown in Bangladesh sees violence against women rise

Lina Dilruba Sharmin, Sarah-Jane Saltmarsh and Shahariar Sadat Amena Khatun and her husband Ismail Hossain (not real names) experienced an extreme food crisis during the lockdown in Barguna district, in southern Bangladesh. They had no work and no savings. Almost at the point of starving, Amena’s father took Amena to see their local Union Parishad (UP) member, hoping to access ... Read More »

Housing is both a prevention & cure for Covid-19

By Maimunah Mohd Sharif and Leilani Farha NAIROBI, Kenya, May 13 2020 (IPS) – Public health officials are calling the “stay home” policy the sacrifice of our generation. To flatten the curve of COVID-19 infections, this call of duty is now emblazoned on t-shirts, in street art and a celebrity hashtag. Read More »

Mother’s Day observed in the shadow of pandemic

Mothers in any culture are cited as the source of unconditional love, and in honouring mothers, people honour all women. While some jobholders are getting to enjoy the comfort of home because of the global shutdown, mothers on the contrary are facing the heavier than usual workload. As the occasion is for expressing love and gratitude towards the mothers, they ... Read More »

Footballer Topu stands beside destitutes

DHAKA – Like the other sportsmen, national football team defender Topu Bormon also come forward to extend his helping hand by donating one week of fooding cost to two hundred under privileged families, who have been undergoing hardship due to lock down situation for COVID-19. The national defender donated the amount through his word councilor of Narayanganj on Friday last. ... Read More »

Positive info on social media must to remove COVID-19 stigma

DHAKA, May 02, 2020 (BSS) – Speakers at a virtual seminar here today called for spreading positive news on social platforms to remove fear and stigma associated with the coronavirus(COVID-19) pandemic in Bangladesh. The speakers made their remarks on live chat through a Webinar on “Rapid Assessment of Fear and Stigma Associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic in Bangladesdriveh” arranged by ... Read More »

Address stigma and prejudices against coronavirus victims

Mostafa Kamal Majumder The Narayanganj Sadar Upazila administration is campaigning to persuade the residents of a mahalla of the district town not to disturb the family of a doctor for contracting coronavirus. Shilpi Aktar, the doctor who has been seeing Covid-19 patients at the 300-bed hospital in the town for months finds 17 members of her family proving coronavirus positive. Read More »

Youths come to marginal farmers’ rescue amid virus outbreak

The government-declared shutdown to contain transmission of coronavirus disrupted the supply chain and brought economic activities to a grinding halt, hitting the low-income group and small-scale farmers the hardest. The unprecedented situation forced farmers in many places to sell their products at nominal prices – and some even left their vegetables to rot in the field. Moved by their plight, ... Read More »