Guest Post by Saif, in response to Zia Hassan
Ready made garments industry is one of the most important sector for Bangladesh (after agriculture and foreign remittance). True this sector has many problems, but none should get more priority than the issue of workers safety and ensuring their basic rights. Continue reading
Interview with Ekushey TV’s Nadia Sharmin who was assaulted during the Hefazat rally yesterday. Whoever did it said to her “Why is a female journalist here?” before beating her up. Lets ignore the politics of this and see it for what it is: yet another assault by our society on women, on their right to be equal members of society and on their right to choose how to live their lives.
While the Daily Star was busy printing cartoons covering Khaleda Zia’s u-turn on the role of army, a smaller u-turn by our esteemed Finance Minister was predictably not covered. This is in line with Daily Star policy of being understanding towards Awami League blunders.
On Thursday, Finance Minister AMA Muhith suggested that the Hallmark factories could be re-opened. On the face of it, there’s nothing wrong with this idea. These are idle assets that can generate funds. These funds could then be used for the costs of the investigation and recovery of the embezzled money.
Source: টিনের চালে কাক
So the rumour on facebook and twitter is that Baridhara Society may be banning rickshaw pullers from wearing the dreaded lungi. Continue reading
Recently we had an internal debate on the merits and demerits of Amar Desh as a newspaper. My argument was that it’s news/editorial policy had a noticeable anti-Hindu stance to it.
Asked to gather evidence to support this, I did so unscientifically.
I went to google.com and searched the word হিন্দু for 3 newspaper sites – Amar Desh, Prothom Alo and Amader Shomoy.
On 22 March, Alal O Dulal
was officially 1 year old. Our first post was a quick blog post
by deyalpotrika on Bangladesh’s entry into the Asia cup final.
Since then, we published another 397 posts in one year. We started off with 6 part-time bloggers, some of whom used to blog at the now-retired Unheard Voice blog. We have since hosted writings by another 20-odd bloggers. We have pioneered in translating from Bengali crucial voices such as Faruk Wasif, Zia Hassan, and others who only write in Bengali. We also express our solidarity with other progressive blogs, including the forthcoming feminist blog Thot Kata.
There is actually a story to be written about technology and its use in our justice system. But bdnews24 has not written that story.
Instead it has written a complete non-story about a laptop making its debut at ICT-1. The meat of the story contradicts the headline (i.e. it was not the first time a laptop has been used in ICT), but that’s another matter. Even if it was accurate, I would have had one simple question: who cares?
This would have been a NEWS story if there had been a single line explaining the significance of this. Or if they had bothered to inform readers whether the defence lawyers are being allowed to use electronic aids despite them being ostensibly banned. But as I said, bdnews did not write that story.