Shamsul Haque Basunia

Long time journalist in Dhaka, Bangladesh, covering economics and political affairs

Bangladesh – Sundarbans: coal-laden coaster capsize warning

A coal-laden coaster capsized in the Shelah River in the thick of the Sundarban mangrove forests of Bangladesh. The forestry department has filed for compensation in a case claiming five-billion-taka as the coaster has polluted to a large extent the…

Bangladesh activist lectures gov’t on importance of press freedom

Gov’t in the dark unless media is free, says Irene Z. Khan Irene Z. Khan, director general of the International Development Law Organisation, says development and democracy are not possible without the presence of a free media and freedom of…

Dhaka opens all social media platforms

Bangladesh government today unblocked all social media platforms including Skype, Twitter, WhatsApp and Viber. Mobile phone operators and Internet service providers in the country resumed the services after getting a letter from the telecom regulator. Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission Chairman Shahjahan Mahmood told…

Bangladeshis saddened by attacks on their media people

Faisal Arefin Dipan, owner-publisher of Jagriti Publications, was hacked to death in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The killing took place in Dhaka’s Shahbag area within hours of an attack on another publisher and blogger, at Lalmatia in the capital city on Saturday…

Jammu-Kashmir clashes continue to disrupt daily life

Pakistan Rangers violated the ceasefire on Saturday again with heavy firing and mortar shelling overnight that targeted nine Border Outposts of the Border Security Force and civilians’ areas in Samba district along the international border, leaving a labourer injured. After…

Assam and surrounding Indian states stability threatened

The Indian government is mulling the arrangement of polls for early next year in this region amidst the threat of large scale insurgencies by the United Liberation Front of Assam – ULFA and its associates among the CPI (Maoist) left…

Taliban eager to participate in a peace process for Afghanistan

The Taliban in both Afghanistan and Pakistan are now ready to bring peace in their regions. The former premier and Taliban apex leader Mollah Omar’s spokesperson said this on the eve of Eid festivities. Congratulating this gesture from the Taliban…

Dhaka: journalists raise voices against violent fundamentalism

Rise of fundamentalism is gradually engulfing the much sought for peaceful atmosphere in Bangladesh. Ansarullah Bangla team, a group of fundamentalists, recently threatened to kill 25 top intellectuals including information minister Hasanul Huq Inu, Vice-Chairman of Dhaka University AAMS Arefin…

Bangladesh: freelancing as number one job for young people

Rapidly, because of outsourcing, freelancing is becoming a most popular and favoured profession for the young people of Bangladesh. Especially, search engine optimization (SEO), Web design and building, also Photoshop skills exercising is also popular along with content provision and…

Rohingya – falling between the cracks

Myanmar has once again banked on its old trick to describe Rohingya Muslims as Bengalis to avoid its responsibilities amid growing international pressure on it to rescue thousands of boat people trapped at sea. Following the rescue of 208 people…

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