Monthly Archive: April 2013

Apr 26

Pregnant Women at Rana Plaza: Maternity leave, anyone?

News reports for the past three days have been abound with reports on the 8 storey building collapse at Savar, the terrible loss of innocent lives and the ongoing rescue operation to rescue the survivors of this horrible tragedy. A news report which magnetically captured my attention was the following, “Two infants, born under the …

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Apr 26

Savar Tragedy Course 101 : Are we ready to to face the next big calamity?

A nation came to a standstill as it witnessed a heartbreaking tragedy, one which has left an indelible mark on the conscience of a nation. Two days have passed since ‘Rana Plaza’, an 8 storey building collapsed at Savar in Bangladesh on the 24th of March at around 08:45 am. The building housed four garments …

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Apr 20

The Prothom Alo story and Chatra League controlled Shahbag

On the 14th of April, Prothom Alo, a leading Bangla newspaper, on its site published a short story, “TV Camerar Shamne Meyeti” (The girl in front of the TV camera), which was also published in the daily’s Pahela Baishakh supplement. The short story, titled “TV Camerar Samne Meyeti” (The girl in front of the TV …

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Apr 19

Mahmudur Rahman leads from confinement. We need to act now.

18th April was the fourth day after Mahmudur Rahman undertook a hunger strike to protest government actions and put forward three demands. The three demands were: 1. Withdrawal of case against his mother and acting chairman of Amardesh publications Mahmuda Begum and Sangram editor Abul Asad. 2. Opening up the publication house of Amardesh and …

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Apr 16

Amar Desh stops publication for now : Shah Abdul Hannan

The Amar Desh authorities, alleging government obstruction, have decided to suspend publication of the Bangla daily. At a press conference at Jatiya Press Club yesterday afternoon, they said the government had illegally “sealed off” their press and barred them from printing the newspaper even at Al Falah Printing Press of daily Sangram. Accompanied by Syed …

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Apr 15

The ‘golden boys’ of Hasina wreak havoc yet again

In a state of boredom, I opened my browser and opened the online news portal bdnews24. A topic hit my eye. I googled it and up came more results. The search was on Bangladesh Chatra League and in the past 24 hours, they had been involved with three instances of violence nationwide: 1. A BCL …

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Apr 13

The Fatikchhari saga and the myth of loudspeakers

The Fatikchori saga talks volumes. More than 5,000 people were accused on the 12th of April in a case filed for attacking law enforcers and obstructing their work during the fight. Of the accused, 100 were named. Three ruling Awami League men were killed and scores injured when locals gathered and attacked an anti-hartal procession …

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Apr 12

A call to free the Shibir President Delwar Hossain

The 11th of April, saw the enforcement of a dawn to dusk hartal/strike called by the largest student organization in Bangladesh, Bangladesh Islami Chatra Shibir. The student body called the strike to protest the arrest of its central president, Delwar Hossain, and police torture carried out upon him in the name of remand. A Shibir …

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Apr 11

Why ban Basherkella (again)?

Bangladesh is going through a difficult time in its history. State sponsored oppression has reached new heights. Police, ideally the saviour of the oppressed; the harbingers of the law, have become tools of oppression. Human rights in their hands have become akin to meaningless slogans, not values to be respected and preserved. Sadly, majority of …

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Apr 10

A web of lies and deceit: Exemplifying media terrorism against the Hefazat

For the past couple of weeks, I have been observing very closely the actions of the Hefazat-e-Islam and the reactions they have invoked, both among the masses and the government. I have observed the formation of a polarized situation that has been growing day by day. The organization has enjoyed wide support from the masses …

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