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How democratic is the constraint to vote against the party line...


The provision to declare vacant the seat of a lawmaker for voting against the party lines in parliament, has once again come up for discussion after the Bangladesh Supreme Court’s verdict... More

Wage board for journalists totally unnecessary: Finance minister


Journalists in Bangladesh get paid more than what civil servants do, and should therefore not have a wage board, Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said. He made the comment after a meeting... More

BD, KSA could be strategic partners: PM Hasina


BD Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said Bangladesh could be a strategic partner of Saudi Arabia through extensive training cooperation, capacity building, military infrastructure construction, shipbuilding among others. She said this... More

BD Student politics has become fierce on influence of arms, High...


The High Court has expressed frustration at the current state of student politics in its observation in the verdict on Biswajit Dar murder case. In Sunday’s judgment, the court observed that Bangladesh’s... More

Bangladesh developing four land ports to increase trade with India


The Bangladesh government has undertaken a new project to improve the infrastructure of three land ports in order to raise trade with India. The three ports are - Shaola of Sylhet... More

Muhith’s remarks on 16th constitutional amendment verdict horrifying, says BNP’s Moudud


A senior BNP leader has criticised Finance Minister AMA Muhith’s comments on the top court’s decision that declared the 16th constitutional amendment illegal. “A very senior cabinet member has said they... More

Malaysia detains illegal immigrants in raid on ‘Bangla Market’ in Kuala...


The Malaysian authorities have detained more Bangladeshis in a drive on a market at Jalan Silang in Kuala Lumpur conducted as part of the ongoing crackdown on illegal immigrants. The market is... More

Muhith obstinate to repeatedly pass 16th amendme


Finance minister AMA Muhith said the government will repeatedly pass the controversial 16th amendment of the constitution despite scraping it by the Appellation Division. "We’ll pass the amendment again in parliament and... More

Reality of a parliament election with parliament in force


The parliament is one of the most important constitutional organizations. Members of parliament from the same standing take part in the lawmaking process and running of the government. There has been... More

Both AL, BNP see new alliance a positive sign


The ruling Awami League and its political arch-rival BNP are sensing a new polarisation in politics ahead of the upcoming general election and they see it as a positive sign for... More

Islami Bank: Profit falls 53% as bad debts rise


Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd, the largest and most profitable bank in the country, has seen a significant fall in its half-yearly profit, only months after bringing major changes to its management. The... More

Cops need counsel from HQ to accept case under section 57


Bangladesh Police will have to take counsel from headquarters for accepting any case under the much-talked about section 57 of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act. Saheli Ferdous, assistant inspector general of... More

Bangladesh doubles wildlife sanctuary to save its tigers


Bangladesh has more than doubled the size of the wildlife sanctuary in the world's largest mangrove forest to try to protect endangered Bengal tigers whose numbers have fallen sharply, officials said... More

BD top court revives Supreme Judicial Council to sack its judges


The Supreme Court has reinstated Supreme Judicial Council, which was introduced by a military government, in the Constitution. The Appellate Division published the full verdict on the 16th Amendment, repealing the amendment... More

No scope to discuss court proceedings in JS or public: Chief...


Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha on Tuesday said there is no scope for holding discussion about the court proceedings in parliament or in public. “You are trying to create a division among... More

Human rights violations in Bangladesh: Hasina needs to act soon


Bangladesh has been witnessing increasing rights violations, including arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances, lengthy detention and extra judicial killings for the last few years. There are also instances of security forces harassing... More

SC wants to take away president’s power over lower court judges:...


The Supreme Court wants to "take away" the president's power over lower court judges described in the Constitution, Law Minister Anisul Huq has said. He made the remark after Chief Justice Surendra... More

Sundarbans, Rampal and blatant lies


A few days ago, the Bangladesh government rather smugly declared that UNESCO had given a go-ahead to the controversial Rampal coal-fired power plant to be constructed near the Sundarbans. The people... More

Judiciary and executive ‘not at war’, law minister says a day...


Law Minister Anisul Huq has sought to play down a clear tug of war between the judiciary and the executive over a number of issues, saying the two organs of the... More

The opposition disappears in Bangladesh


More than 320 people have been unlawfully detained or have disappeared in Bangladesh since Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League party took office eight years ago, according to Odhikar, a Dhaka-based... More

Bangladesh will be 30th largest economy in 2022


Bangladesh will be the 30th largest economy of the world in 2022 in terms of Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) Gross Domestic Products (GDP). Based on the International Money Fund (IMF) World Economic... More

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Accountability across the board -II

In his address to the Constituent Assembly on 11 August 1947, the Quaid said that “Jobbery, graft nepotism and bribe has to be put down with iron hand”. His vision of anti-corruption was reflected through “Prevention of Corruption Act... More

Two years into office, UNP-SLFP coalition government is...

It’s been two years since two of Sri Lanka’s largest political groupings - the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) - signed a MoU to cohabit in the government for two years to give... More

The US ready to turn Afghanistan into a...

After all the debate in the US on the Trump administration’s Afghanistan strategy, what we have today is a potentially destructive proposal to effect a full withdrawal and replace regular American forces with private contractors, which are nothing but... More

Another hornet’s nest stirred

The Modi government has developed a reputation to stir a hornet’s nest where one can be and should be avoided. With less than a month to go for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Myanmar visit, one of his controversy-prone ministers has... More

Accountability across the board

Sharif’s utter contempt of the Supreme Court’s (SC) recent ruling, and by default the rule of law, was exposed blatantly for public viewing during his YATRA along the GT Road. This confirmed that the 1998 PML(N) mob attack on... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Spiral into chaos  

Historically speaking, Balochistan in general and the Baloch community in particular are secular. Even in traditional Baloch society, the mullah is not a revered figure. Instead, he... More

Standoff with China prompts revamp of India’s regional policies

The denouement of the dangerous India-China military standoff in Doklam near the Sikkim border is hard to predict. But on the diplomatic and geopolitical plane, one definite... More

Squeezed by an India-China Standoff, Bhutan Holds Its Breath

India’s main garrison in the Kingdom of Bhutan sits only 13 miles from a disputed border with China. There is a training academy, a military hospital, a... More

India’s CEA declines Bhutan’s requests on CBTE

The Bhutanese government around two months ago, through diplomatic channels, sent a letter to the Indian government over Bhutan’s various concerns over the Cross Border Trade in... More

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Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate... More

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