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More to the goaty affair than meets the eye

More to the goaty affair than meets the eye

The folks here are not only a prying lot but also jealous of other people's indulgence in some favourite pastimes or the likes. Or else, they would not make the purchase of a select species of goat for Tk 1,500,000 (1.50 million) by a college student an issue. If someone's father has money, can't t


Venomous snakes in our vicinity

Venomous snakes in our vicinity

In a country where around 400,000 incidents of snakebite take place with reports of some 7,000 fatalities annually, the hype and resulting panic created over a particular type of snake, locally called Chandrabora, or Russell's viper (Daboia russelli) is indeed incomprehensible. In a land of snake c

A shining example of caring for birds

A shining example of caring for birds

Though unique, colourful, and beautiful, birds are often taken for granted and seldom receive human kindness, understanding, or protection. Some of those, however, can consider themselves to be lucky enough to be loved and taken care of by humans. And that is exactly what happened in Sherpur upazil

Organised charity in Qurbani

Organised charity in Qurbani

As the Muslims in Bangladesh celebrated Eid-ul-Adha last week along with the followers of the ummah worldwide, a heartening development makes the celebration more inclusive. Several people and organisations have arranged systematic distribution of sacrificed animals' meat during the Qurbani Eid. Th

No hostility towards Harijans, please!

No hostility towards Harijans, please!

Human rights have long been a buzzword globally. Most of the countries have committed to the protection of human rights through the adoption and ratification of different international statutes. However, how a state or society accepts human rights in its thinking is reflected in how it treats the c

Hasina-Modi bilateral meet and expectations

Hasina-Modi bilateral meet and expectations

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to start for Delhi on June 21, for Indo-Bangladesh bilateral summit meeting. This will be her second visit to Delhi within 11 days as she concluded her last trip to Delhi on June 10. According to diplomatic circles, such visit within such a short span of t

Economic benefits Eid-ul-Adha brings

Economic benefits Eid-ul-Adha brings

Eid-ul-Adha, the second-largest religious festival for people of Islamic faith, will be celebrated with due fervour and solemnity on Monday, June 17. Eid-ul-Adha, also known as the festival of sacrifice, is not only a solemn religious occasion, but also it has immense socio-economic impacts. A sign

True significance of ‘Qurbani’

True significance of ‘Qurbani’

The Muslims across the world will celebrate Eid-ul-Adha which is linked with their largest annual pilgrimage, Hajj, in the middle of this week. The sacred pilgrimage to Makkah is performed at least once in a lifetime by the Muslims with physical, mental and financial ability. The formal rituals of

Public transports in a shambles

Public transports in a shambles

The inhabitants of Dhaka city have been bombarded with the official jargon of turning the city into a 'tilottoma' or incomparably beautiful capital since the regime of HM Ershad. Although survey reports find the capital of Bangladesh as one of the world's least liveable cities, its administrators h

Eradicating child labour from Bangladesh

Eradicating child labour from Bangladesh

Along with the rest of the world, Bangladesh also observed  the World Day Against Child Labour on June 12. This year also marks the 25th?anniversary of the adoption of ILO Convention No. 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour (1999), which, in 2020, was the first ILO Convention to be universal

Bangladesh moves up a notch in ranking of fish production

Bangladesh moves up a notch in ranking of fish production

In the midst of all the doom and gloom surrounding the economy, it is good to know that Bangladesh now occupies the 2nd place in global freshwater fish production. According to a FAO report titled, 'The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2024', Bangladesh topples China to trail only India in

Is World War III imminent?

Is World War III imminent?

After witnessing the destructive power of nuclear bombs that the USA dropped on Japanese cities of Hiroshima (August 6, 1945) and Nagasaki (August 9, 1945) at the end of the World War II, the world came up with  a deadly truth. It is that any future war among countries possessing nuclear weapo

How much one needs for a decent living!

How much one needs for a decent living!

Very good looking and suave, he made a favourable impression on all who watched him speaking softly, never betraying impatience and anger. The high positions he graced and the personality he cultivated seemed to be made for each other. He was, moreover, an alumnus of the Department of English, Dhak