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Pantha Rahman Reza

I’m a dreamer, dreams of writing a kick-ass book someday.

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18 September 2015

Skepticism Follows Arrest of Four Philanthropists Who Care for Bangladeshi Street Children

Four people involved with the Adamya Bangladesh Foundation, which works to improve the lives of street children, face human trafficking charges. Supporters aren't convinced of the police case against them.

13 September 2015

#NoVatOnEducation Student Movement Is on the Rise in Bangladesh

“Constitution requires free universal education, but government proposes tax on education.” A new value-added tax on private university tuition meets with disapproval and mass protests in Bangladesh.

23 August 2015

Is a More Child-Friendly Bangladesh Possible?

Weighed down by heavy schoolbags and neglected by the government, is life about to get better for Bangladesh's millions of miniature citizens?

14 July 2015

Bangladesh's Rich Iftar Tradition in 12 Spectacular Photos

The streets in Bangladesh's capital are turning into open buffets for iftar, the sunset meal during the Islamic month of fasting.

8 July 2015

More Than 100 People Have Been Killed Extrajudicially This Year in Bangladesh

"We do not know what was done with my father. We do not know whether he is alive or dead. There is no progress in the case."

21 June 2015

Bangladesh's Monsoon Season Arrives, Bringing Joy, Headaches and Wonderful Photos

The beginning of Monsoon season is something to celebrate but flooding causes major disruptions to people's day-to-day lives.

19 June 2015

Talking About Sexual Violence Against Women in Bangladesh, One Blog at a Time

After the country's New Year's celebrations were multiple sexual assaults, women opened up as part of a special Women's Week of Blogging campaign about their experiences with sexual violence.

26 May 2015

Bangladesh Wants ‘Third Gender’ Hijras to Serve as Traffic Police

Hijras often face widespread discrimination and are shut out of employment opportunities. Bangladesh wants to recruit them as traffic police to help change that.

22 May 2015

In Bangladesh, It's So Long to Cyber Cafés

Cyber cafés in Bangladesh are shutting down because of easy Internet access on mobile phones. In the past five years, more than 40 percent have closed shop.

27 April 2015

The Beginning of a New Era for Bangladesh Cricket

"Congrats to Bangladesh on a comprehensive series win against Pakistan. They are growing in confidence since the World Cup."

5 April 2015

In Bangladesh, a Mobile App Provides a Platform Where Women Can Feel Free to Talk

Rising Voices

Maya provides a platform where women can freely speak about their emotional, medical, legal, and social needs anonymously, without being judged.

28 February 2015

Imported Bollywood Films Have Become Quite a Drama in Bangladesh

Popular Bangladeshi actor Shakib Khan joined protests against Indian movies being screened, arguing it would hurt the country's struggling film industry. Film distributors and cinema owners then banned his films.

27 February 2015

The Political Violence in Bangladesh Is Claiming Too Many Lives

I close the windows of my car, and think of buying a fire extinguisher. [Then], if a bomb is thrown inside my car, I'd be able to douse the fire.

8 January 2015

The Mobile Money Revolution Is Transforming Bangladesh

One study found that nearly 76% of rickshaw-pullers in Dhaka send money back home to their villages through mobile banking due to its safety and cost efficiency.

9 December 2014

Jaywalking Just Got Even Riskier in Bangladesh

People in Bangladesh often cross busy roads by stepping into traffic, rather than using the crosswalks built for pedestrians. This behavior is both a public safety and a traffic hazard.

30 November 2014

Solar Homes Helping to End ‘Power Discrimination’ in Bangladesh

45% of Bangladesh—mostly people living in rural areas—is without electricity access. The Solar Home System Project is revolutionizing that imbalance.

27 August 2014

A Private Hospital in Bangaldesh Held a Patient's Body Ransom Because the Family Couldn't Pay Up Immediately

The deficiencies in Bangladesh's government hospitals and the uncertainties regarding service prompts people to chose private hospitals -- at a huge expense.

24 August 2014

Critics Fear Bangladesh's New Media Monitoring Policy Will Stifle Free Expression

Global Voices Advocacy

Questions have been raised by many about the new draft broadcasting policy of Bangladesh. Such a policy was much due, but analysts say its regressive and will control the media.

28 July 2014

Bangladesh Authorities Shut Down a 200-Year-Old Brothel, Evicting Hundreds of Sex Workers

Pressure from religious leaders and conservative politicians is the suspected reason behind the closure. But the national platform of sex workers of Bangladesh accused local officials of land grabbing.

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