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  • Lessons from the South African test series

    As they say, in the hard world of competitive cricket, “You are as good or bad as your last performance”.

  • Dealing with a chameleon

    The traditions of Myanmar's hermitage, of which the Burmese military remains a purveyor, sometimes come to the fore in awkward ways.

  • Is the bastion against Europe’s far-right hobbling?

    Political ideologies ranging from populist and nationalist to far-right neo-fascist have been making inroads into the European political landscape. In fact, capitalising on a migration crisis, economic inequality, increasing disillusionment with the European Union and a sense of lost national identity, right-wing parties have made electoral gains in a growing number of European countries.

  • If not Myanmar's, whose responsibility is it?

    Aung San Suu Kyi's opting out of the UN General Assembly session is a reflection of the same hiding syndrome that made the Rakhine state out of bounds for UN staff, aid agencies and the media for a long while.

  • Is there any end to the plight of Rohingyas?

    We think, the Indian prime minister has lost an opportunity to play an honest broker here. Given the prestige India enjoys with the Myanmar establishment—Suu Kyi saying “Myanmar looked up to India for (guidance) and support”—and Bangladesh's close ties with India, a process of engagement could be initiated by Modi.

  • Watch out for the Tigers!

    Bangladesh has done well for itself and world cricket by winning against Australia. Well, how it is emerging as a force of good for world cricket keeps you mulling over!

  • Rumble of a distant thunder?

    How much do the words of Winston Churchill, addressed to the former Soviet Union, ring out through the mists of the time of the Cold War: “Jaw-jaw is better than war-war.” The words of wisdom and statesmanship from a Second World War veteran are infinitely more relevant today in an age of nuclear proliferation, placing the button of annihilation at the hand of a desperado.

  • Kim Jong-un's methods in his madness

    A former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's policy of appeasement to Hitler couldn't stop the Second World War from happening. This infamous reference point is raked up by the free rein the North Korea's predictably unpredictable leader Kim Jong-un has had, according to some analysts. Whether this is a bad or good analogy only time will reveal; and we needn't wait too long to find that out.

  • Scrounging off public services

    Unaccounted for money is susceptible to be ill-spent in drug markets, small arms purchases or financing hideous agendas. All this can destabilise a society.

  • No one to own up to chikungunya, measles, but the victims?

    Chikun-gunya in Dhaka and measles in Sitakunda, Chittagong have combined to highlight public health mismanagement at its height.

  • G20 summit outcome beyond the cold prints

    Who could disagree, for example, with the conclusion that the social and economic benefits and opportunities of life from orderly and regular migration can be substantial?

  • Striking a different path to fighting terrorism

    On June 21, 2017, Islamic State militants destroyed Mosul's 12th-century al-Nuri mosque and its iconic minaret al-Hadba as Iraq's counter-terrorism units advanced within 164 feet of the structure.

  • Wind of change in Europe

    All this means two things. First, small people's voice is becoming heard and second, decent-minded souls far outnumber the hateful lot. The silent majority must speak up and take charge.

  • Cricket is a great teacher

    At a British-hosted reception a few days before the finals of the ICC Champions Trophy at the Ovals, Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli said, “People want to see England and India play in the finals.”

  • A godsend for the Tigers

    By a huge stroke of luck, or you may call it divine intervention or compassionate justice, the rain-affected Australia versus Bangladesh match had been declared a draw. One point each to both teams has been awarded. This has unlocked the way for Bangladesh to move to the semi-finals.

  • Eyes on the British election

    Less than a week is left to the snap election in the UK. The latest Gallup poll points to a neck-and-neck contest between the Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May and her opposition Labour Party contender Jeremy Corbyn.

  • The strategy of solidarity

    After the Man-chester carnage, there should no longer be any sense of disbelief at the invidious lengths to which terrorists can go to make their presence felt.

  • A scary glimpse of malware havoc?

    Since last week, the world has woken up to the “largest Ransomware attack in internet history.”

  • Trump's 100 days in western media

    Donald Trump made his preference clear as to whose company he would keep on the celebrative night marking his first 100 days in

  • Missing Mustafizur

    The IPL is nearing a climactic phase. Yet, it holds little excitement and appeal for Bangladeshis in general. Shakib, a world-class all-

  • Are the citizens being made pawns?

    There are two mind-boggling and brain-wracking issues for the citizens. One is the transport syndicate 'proving more powerful than the government' in connection with an enforcement drive against buses defying some 'corrective measures.'

  • Beyond the MoUs

    The large number of MoUs and deals signed between New Delhi and Dhaka during our PM's visit to India is evidently a product of government-to-government cooperation.

  • A visit high on hopes, reliant on trust

    Upbeat as we may be about 33 deals and MoUs to be signed between the two countries during the PM's visit, we cannot allow our focus to be diffused on Teesta water sharing deal.

  • The Dambulla magic of rains and gains

    Cricket lovers proposed and the rains disposed! Sri Lanka had set a stiff target of 311 for Bangladesh to chase in their second ODI at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium today.

  • Do Trump's numbers add up?

    Donald Trump's crazy Turkish dance of a saga continues. He has not just got his steps wrong, his numbers too are flying in the face of his pet theories and projects.

  • Narendra Modi and his newfound power

    After Modi's landslide victory in the trend-setting states of India, three straight gains have been garnered by BJP as the party in power and Narendra Modi as the country's prime minister.

  • An album on the poet of politics

    My first impre-ssion of Bangabandhu dates back to around the mid-sixties. A helicopter service had been in operation between Dhaka

  • Putin in a new light

    Predictably, what might be going through Putin's mind is restoring Russia's image from the dishonour it suffered through the Afghan debacle. Thus, in atonement for failure in Afghanistan, Russia is acting tough in the Middle East.

  • Women's public transport nightmare

    It is daily suffering for working women or female students who have to travel by bus across the city.

  • Special relations - A moving feast!

    Britain's special relations with the US may have come under stress; exactly the opposite of what British Prime Minister Theresa May had intended by embarking on a visit to the US last month.

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