Separation of the judiciary and deft manipulations

Former Chief Justice Mustafa Kamal had drawn up the verdict of the Masdar Hossain versus the State, regarding separation of the judiciary. Justice Kamal passed away two and a half years ago, but about... More

Implementation of 10 mega projects sluggish

The Bangladesh government is unlikely to complete any mega projects in its current tenure, to expire in January 2019, because of sluggish progress in their implementation in the outgoing financial year. Officials said that lower... More

SC circular ineffective

The government has issued a statement regarding a Supreme Court circular that 17 lower court judges cannot travel abroad without the apex court's approval. The statement, issued by the law ministry yesterday, said the SC... More

Chinese naval fleet visits Bangladesh

A Chinese naval fleet arrived at the Port of Chittagong in Bangladesh on Tuesday for a four-day friendly visit to Bangladesh. The fleet received a warm welcome from local overseas Chinese at the port. The... More

Bangladesh economy: Projected growth not reflected in reality

When the new crop of rice enters the market in Bangladesh, price of food grain falls. At least that is how it has always been in the past. This boro season, however, prices have... More

Chevron threatens to fire Bangladesh staff protesting asset sale

U.S. oil company Chevron has threatened to fire staff protesting against the planned sale of its assets in Bangladesh to Chinese investors, according to a letter seen by Reuters, in a row that could... More

Story of a Bangladeshi girl with Chinese Navy

The Chinese naval ocean-going visiting taskforce arrived at Chittagong, Bangladesh, the fifth stop of its voyage, on Tuesday morning. Amid the welcoming crowd on the wharf, a seven-year-old Bangladeshi girl was waving two little five-starred... More

Indian RSS attempts to convert Nazrul!

Kazi Nazrul Islam, the national poet of Bangladesh, the pride of the Bengali nation, the revolutionary who stood up against the British colonialists, against religious hypocrisy, against class and caste discrimination, is now being... More

‘SAARC, BIMSTEC inactive, ineffective’

Former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandarnaike Kumaratunga has slammed the SAARC and BIMSTEC for not doing anything to solve regional crises. “Both regional organisations failed to resolve any political problems,” she said, delivering a lecture... More

IDB to sell off its most shares in largest private sector bank...

The Islamic Development Bank is selling off two-thirds of its shares in Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited (IBBL) as part of its tenure strategy to drive maturing institutions. The Saudi-based lender is bringing down its share... More

Sheikh Hasina’s blunder: Bangladesh PM uses piety to mask misrule

Sheikh Hasina Wajed has inflicted many injuries on Bangladesh’s democracy. She has pursued a dogged vendetta against her main rival for the job of prime minister, Khaleda Zia, hounding her supporters and persecuting her... More

CJ’s opinion shall have primacy: BD HC

The chief justice is the key person in forming opinion as to the eligibility of persons for appointment in the higher judiciary and his opinion shall have primacy over that of the executive, observed... More

Islami Bank Bangladesh in dire straits

Islami Bank, the largest and most profitable bank in the country, has plunged into a bout of infighting within just five months of wholesale restructuring of the board of directors and top management. The conflict... More

Judiciary getting non-cooperation: BD CJ

Bangladesh Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha on Sunday said the judiciary was becoming dysfunctional due to non-cooperation from the law ministry. He asked Attorney General Mahbubey Alam to convey this to the government for a... More

‘Only Pakistan-bound journos should be monitored’

The parliamentary standing committee directive to monitor to Bangladeshi journalists while travelling abroad was actually intended only for journalists travelling to Pakistan on the invitation of the Pakistan government. Mehjabeen Khaled, member of the parliamentary... More

‘Some people feel they can commit any crime with impunity’

Kazi Reazul Huq joined the civil service in 1973. He became a member of the Human Rights Commission in June 2010 and continued in this capacity till 22 June 2016. In August, last year... More

Bangladesh govt backtracks from trailing journalists abroad

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has withdrawn its order instructing missions to watch activities of Bangladeshi journalists travelling abroad. A Bangladeshi diplomat posted in a Western country confirmed the withdrawal of the notice to More

BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office raided

Police on Saturday morning launched a search at BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office in Dhaka. BNP chairperson’s press wing member Shamsuddin Didar said police began to search at around 8:00am. Another member of the BNP... More

PM to fly for Riyadh tomorrow

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will fly to Riyadh on Saturday to attend Arab-Islamic-US summit hosted by Saudi king Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. US president Donald Trump, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Pakistani prime minister... More

Bangladesh to host OIC foreign ministers’ meeting in 2018

Bangladesh is set to host the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) foreign ministers’ meeting in 2018. The decision on Dhaka as the host city for the 2018 programme was made at a preparatory meeting of... More

I don’t care about any conspiracy: PM Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday reiterated her firm determination to take Bangladesh to its desired goal, saying that she doesn’t care about any conspiracies to this end. “I have been observing the conspiracies from... More


The elections’ mosaic

With general elections due somewhere after mid-2018, the expectations of the people and the stakes thereof has evolved dramatically with the political scenario changing almost on a daily basis. The Supreme Court (SC) verdict voiding Election Act 2017 and thus disqualifying Nawaz Sharif as party head has confounded all... More

Israel-India relations central to Delhi’s new Mideast Policy

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent visit to India has firmly underlined the growing ties between the two countries, both democracies but ruled by parties which sees radical Islam as existential threats. Led by the BJP which has influenced the national security discourse in a way that plays on... More

Maldivian political crisis continues as China indulges in saber rattling

More than 20 days into the political crisis in the Maldives, there is no light at the end of the tunnel. In fact, the situation appears to be worsening with the two sides taking irreconcilable positions even as China is said to be moving a fleet to the Eastern... More

On the Afghan Taliban’s ‘open letter diplomacy’

Writing an open letter is not something that has been done for the first time. In fact, the Afghan Taliban had welcomed the Trump administration into office by writing a letter and urging them of withdrawing from Afghanistan. The letter written this week, however, comes at a time when... More

Myanmar faces increased international pressure

The Myanmar government is desperately trying to deflect the growing campaign at the UN to impose sanctions because of its failure to solve the inter-communal violence that has torn its western region apart and caused nearly a million Myanmar Muslims – who call themselves Rohingyas – to flee to... More


Khalistan factor casts a shadow over Trudeau visit

Khalistan, the issue that kept India-Canada ties on ice through three decades from 1980, has reappeared as an issue more recently, taking away much of the warmth that was expected during Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ongoing visit to India. Former diplomats say the seeds of the current tensions were... More

Hasina is no Mujib

Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, exudes confidence. I visited Dhaka for the first time in April 1972, within four months of the birth of Bangladesh. Dhaka, then pronounced Dacca, was a small town, desperately trying to accommodate the demands of a sovereign state. There is no doubt that the... More

China will not fall into the ‘Thucydides Trap’ with India

The West’s notions of history and geography between Europe and Asia, are drenched in myriad cultural implications and can be traced back to ‘The Romance of Alexander’. This is a collection of essays mixing truth, epic drama and mythology, composed between the death of Alexander The Great in 323 B.C.,... More

How China and Pakistan could lay the Road to Peace in...

Referred to as an interminable and protracted war, the ongoing US-led war in Afghanistan is becoming a stalemate with no end in sight in the near or long term. Since the violence and bloodshed have been the most common phenomenon in an already war-torn region, the war is perhaps... More



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 Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is... More