Articles by: Saifur Rahman Saif

The plight of Journalists in Bangladesh in the age of Covid-19

The plight of Journalists in Bangladesh in the age of Covid-19

Eidul Azha, a sacrificial festival for the Muslim, is due in Bangladesh on Saturday and many other countries. It is one of the two largest Islamic festivals. The majority Muslim Bangladesh celebrates the religious gala with due festive mood and share sacrificial meats with other Muslims, especially the poor. This year the Eidul Azha knocks the door of the Muslims[Read More…]

August 1, 2020 South Asia
Journalist Shamsur Rahman killing: waiting for justice for 20 years

Journalist Shamsur Rahman killing: waiting for justice for 20 years

Waiting for Godot is a play written by French playwright Samuel Beckett, which I watched on the television several years back. In the play- two characters- Vladimir and Estragon- were seen engaged in a variety of discussions and encounters while waiting for Godot, who never arrives. The play premiered in Paris on 5th January in 1953. Relative and colleagues of[Read More…]

July 17, 2020 South Asia
Unbeatable Footballer Belal Defeated by Covid-19

Unbeatable Footballer Belal Defeated by Covid-19

I’m not a footballer, nor a cricketer. And also not a fan, who is mad for football, but I like it. I used to watch football matches on the television screen while I was a schoolchild. I enjoyed local and the world cup football matches at that time. Bangladesh’s first division football player Belal Hossain’s magical playoffs with the football[Read More…]

June 26, 2020 World
New budget imposes tax on speech in Bangladesh

New budget imposes tax on speech in Bangladesh

In a text message, mobile phone operator Robi asked me, other users as well, to stay with it saying that the government has imposed 15 per cent taxes on talks. National Democratic Front’ president Dr MA Karim and general secretary Brigadier General (retired)  M Jahangir Hussain in a joint statement rejecting the national budget  for the fiscal year 2020-2021, saying[Read More…]

June 17, 2020 South Asia
What waits for Rohingyas?

What waits for Rohingyas?

Rohingya people, who have no identity of their own, are now facing another danger. Pandemic COVID-19 took away one of the Rohingya, who took shelter at a camp at Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh on the wake of genocide in their own land in Myanmar. United News of Bangladesh reported that the man died from coronavirus infection while undergoing treatment at[Read More…]

June 3, 2020 South Asia
My solemn tribute to journalist Fakhre Alam

My solemn tribute to journalist Fakhre Alam

Farkhre Alam of Bangladesh was not just a journalist, but also a poet and writer. He never speaks, but tells stories. In fact, when he speaks he talks as if he is telling stories. He was a contemporary journalist. He wrote smoothly with colloquial Bangla language, for which he have had his own style. I met him at his Chansra[Read More…]

May 14, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Thanks to the Kind `Ghost’ for Returning Journalist Kajol

Thanks to the Kind `Ghost’ for Returning Journalist Kajol

  Bangladesh’s main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader Ilias Ali is still going missing. Many others also followed the same fate. The ghost or ghosts, who made them victims of enforced disappearance, are not kind. But thanks to the ghost who kidnapped Shafiqul Islam Kajol and returned him back. Kajol, editor of Dainik Pokkhokal, was last seen in front of[Read More…]

May 5, 2020 Human Rights
A May Day with A Difference

A May Day with A Difference

The month of May travels me to the path of nostalgia as because I got married on a May day. I, along with my bridal party had to travel on a long bumpy road to wed my fiancé on the day of the ceremony. That’s a sweet recollection for me. And, May is also the month of May Day- International[Read More…]

May 1, 2020 World
Combating COVID-19: Bangladesh Perspective

Combating COVID-19: Bangladesh Perspective

Hotchpotch is my favourite food. But hotchpotch in service is not good, rather more than bad. In combating COVID -19, hotchpotch is seen everywhere in Bangladesh. Theft of relief materials by ruling Awami League men has become a regular phenomenon in the country. Shortage of testing kits for COVID -19 is another problem. American national Sally Dugman, who is noted[Read More…]

April 23, 2020 South Asia
A Faded New Year

A Faded New Year

The cloudy Tuesday’s dawn brought nothing- no rain, no nor’wester, but a smiling morning – a sunny day. Nor’wester is a seasonal storm in Bangladesh, the West Bengal in India as well. It sweeps over the region in Baishakh, the first month of Bangla calendar. Very often, it comes on the first day of the month. Defying hassles Bangla speaking[Read More…]

April 14, 2020 South Asia
Save Rohingyas from catastrophic COVID- 19

Save Rohingyas from catastrophic COVID- 19

Spring, the best season, is twinkling Bangladesh. Mango pods adore trees here and there across the country. Hopes are pinching dreams for big profit. In this flashy season optimism of Bangladeshis has been grabbed by a scare – COVID -19. Yes, ruling of coronavirus has been started the country. It has already occupied several places of the delta country- Bangladesh.[Read More…]

April 6, 2020 South Asia
Is Bangladesh capable to fight coronavius?

Is Bangladesh capable to fight coronavius?

With five reported deaths case of COVID-19, the question of tackling countrymen from the probable havoc. It’s a crucial question for Bangladesh as the country has, after all, no logistics to combat it. Bangladesh, which was liberated from Pakistan in 1970, is now claiming to touch the layer of the richest countries by 2041, although I see queues of shoppers[Read More…]

March 29, 2020 World