How far can the rights of the aggrieved extend?

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina did a commendable job when she asked the administration and her party leaders to inquire into the curious case of Gazi Tariq Salman, the now-famed Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) of Barguna. Soon after her reaction was made public, both the administration and Awami League leaders acted promptly, which ultimately led to …

Let the press do its job

As a communication for development professional, I have always had an interest in press freedom and freedom of expression. While surfing the internet recently, I made an amazing discovery: the Department of Films and Publications (DFP) in its website boasted to have documented the historic March 7 speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. This courageous …

The Lady of Justice

My rudimentary knowledge on ancient history dates back to 1997 when having no other choice, I got enrolled in the history department of a public university. My first year there started with ancient history and at one point our course teacher mentioned Themis. Her description was pretty interesting as she was depicted as a symbol …

The law of lawlessness

With two recent deaths of suspected militants in crossfire, and 11,312 arrests in less than a week, the law enforcing agencies seem to have turned a blind eye to the Appellate Division's directive on Section 54 and 167 that upheld a 2003 judgment of the High Court (HC) on Sections 54 and 167 of the …

‘Quality education, jobs Bangladesh’s key priorities’ – a chit chat with Nobel Laureate Finn Kydland

Bangladesh needs to encourage the youth by undertaking initiatives to promote entrepreneurs and ensure their participation in the development process, says Finn Kydland, Nobel Laureate economist and professor of economics at the University of California. He strongly feels that the government of Bangladesh has to ensure proper and quality education and jobs for the younger generation. “They …

Justice is yet to be done – an mp’s ‘wisdom’ and humiliation of a teacher

We are extremely grateful for the timely initiative of the education minister, whose ministry reinstated Shyamal Kanti Bhakta, the humiliated headmaster of Narayanganj Piyar Sattar Latif High School, and scrapped the school management committee after the investigation committee found allegations of the headmaster demeaning religion to be untrue. Even before taking the laudable step, the …

Bangladesh eyes online media controls

The Bangladesh government aims to regulate and monitor online news media, New Age newspaper reports. Many news portals show scant regard for accountability, says Information Minster Hasanul Haq Inu. Under proposed rules, news sites, including those run by newspapers and TV stations, must seek registration. They will be barred from carrying content that "demeans" the …