Farida Akhter

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    Subsidising business, depriving farmers

    by Farida Akhter | Updated at 12:00am on June 16, 2020

    THE budget for the fiscal year 2020–21 was announced amid the COVID-19 outbreak with rising number of detections and deaths. The infections are constantly rising...

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    Local varieties exist, not GMOs

    by Farida Akhter | Updated at 12:00am on May 17, 2020

    IN RAMADAN, the month of fasting of the Muslims, the demand for brinjal/eggplant/aubergine is the highest as it is one of the most popular items,...

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    COVID-19 and perspectives of the marginalised

    by Farida Akhter | Updated at 12:00am on April 19, 2020

    THE COVID-19 pandemic has affected lives of people disproportionately, particularly the women, the marginalised and people who remain ‘excluded’ for various reasons. The majority of...

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    COVID-19 and healthcare denial

    Farida Akhter | Updated at 12:00am on April 02, 2020

    IN A country where healthcare facilities are already inadequate, how are the government and private hospitals informally limiting their medical services? A largely unnoticed and...

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    Shaheen Bagh reclaims land, birth and death

    Farida Akhter | Updated at 12:00am on March 08, 2020

    THOUSANDS of women have been protesting since December 15, 2019 against the Citizenship Amendment Act, the National Register of Citizens and the National Population Register...

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    Sovereignty and rice

    Farida Akhter | Updated at 10:01pm on December 15, 2019

    FORTY-EIGHT years ago in 1971, Bangladesh emerged as a sovereign nation through a bloody liberation war, Mukti Juddha. We are now a sovereign country with...

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    Onion: getting out of pungent dependency

    Farida Akhter | Updated at 12:00am on November 05, 2019

    ONION became news headlines during September–October this year. It paused for a while as other critical issues such as Dengue fever, Riffat murder case and...

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    Rhetoric and reality

    Farida Akhter | Updated at 12:00am on September 29, 2019

    IN SOUTH Asia, Bangladesh is taking ‘pride’ to be the first country to introduce GMO food crops, despite protests from farmers, community organisations and scientists....

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    Deceptive IRRI strategy to get Golden Rice approved

    Farida Akhter | Updated at 12:00am on April 21, 2019

    ON MARCH 7, 2019 the director general of the International Rice Research Institute, Dr Matthew Morell visited Bangladesh Rice Research Institute....

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    Goats, women and Women’s Day

    Farida Akhter | Updated at 12:00am on March 08, 2019

    ON THE International Women’s Day, I would like to talk about goats and climate change and will argue why these issues are fundamental for women’s...