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    COVID-19 capitalisation

    Abu Jar M Akkas | Updated at 12:00am on April 19, 2021

    A PRAGMATIC purpose came up, calling for a change in the capitalisation of the word COVID-19. We at New Age have written the word in...

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    The book fair that flopped

    Abu Jar M Akkas | Updated at 12:00am on April 16, 2021

    THE book fair, if I hedge on my bet which is what we editorially almost always do, almost flopped this year. The fair was meant...

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    In breadth and width, but hardly in depth

    Abu Jar M Akkas | Updated at 12:28am on March 26, 2021

    WHEN we took the Secondary School Certificate Examinations, the first public examinations that the students had to take that time, in 1986, the pass rate...

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    The Roman cloak of Bangla texts

    Abu Jar M Akkas | Updated at 01:55am on February 21, 2021

    WHEN we write Bangla texts in Bangla script, we do not usually write how we pronounce the words. We, but for a few who are...

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    A fabled teacher of ours

    Abu Jar M Akkas | Updated at 12:00am on January 18, 2021

    KASHINATH Roy, our fabled teacher at the department of English in the University of Dhaka, left this world in the morning on January 17. Seventy-three...

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    Stretches of open space that make the mind

    by Abu Jar M Akkas | Updated at 12:00am on January 08, 2021

    A WALK straight into the Teacher-Student Centre up the farthest point — under the butterfly canopy, with the lawn and the cafeteria to the left...

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    Achchha. Achchha! Achchha?

    Abu Jar M Akkas | Updated at 12:00am on December 23, 2020

    NEWSPAPERS in Bangladesh hardly bother about what goes on linguistics front. This makes news on language and its components — words, grammar or pronunciation —...

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    The royal road to results

    by Abu Jar M Akkas | Updated at 12:00am on October 09, 2020

    WHEN I was taking my bachelor’s examinations in the English literature in the University of Dhaka in July 1993, one day as I finished walking...

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    A conspicuous absence of connectivity

    by Abu Jar M Akkas | Updated at 12:00am on July 20, 2020

    ON AN October afternoon in 2001, as I was leaving the central library of the University of Dhaka after interviewing a librarian, who was showing...

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    No space for vilification in a decided breach of trust

    by Abu Jar M Akkas | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2020

    THE adult spy-thriller Masud Rana is no longer solely Qazi Anwar Hossain’s. Not at least 260 of the novels. Not solely because a dispute running...

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