Stories By 'The Daily Star'
The falling rate of enrolment in government primary schools across the country should be a cause for worry, given the stress on education at this level, although the number of schools has increased during this time, according to a Directorate of Primary Education (DPE) study.
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In the past several months, it seemed increasingly likely that Bangladesh would face an odd situation over the impending repatriation of the Rohingya refugees—returning them to an incorrigibly hostile Myanmar or letting them stay on at the expense of an already overburdened host country.
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Thanks to the rise of the #MeToo movement, issues related to sexual harassment and sexual assault, especially at the workplace, have received much-needed attention in recent times.
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The lack of recognition of women’s unpaid work in Bangladesh is something that has fortunately begun to be discussed. This was highlighted yet again at a press conference on Sunday marking the International Day of Rural Women.
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As per Oxfam’s latest “Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index”, Bangladesh ranked 148 among 157 (where a lower number means better performance) countries surveyed.
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After a brief hibernation, terrorism tried to rear its ugly head, again. On Friday, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) carried out an operation targeting a house in Mirsarai, Chittagong. During the operation, two JMB operatives exchanged fire with the law enforcement agency before exploding suicide bombs, killing themselves, according to the police investigators’ primary findings.
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