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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... More

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


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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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,... 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... More

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


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... 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... More

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


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... 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.... More

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


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... 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,... 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)... More

No to partisan prosecution


The government has decided in principle to launch a permanent prosecution service with professional lawyers, by abolishing the long-standing practice of appointing partisan people as public prosecutors. "An independent prosecution... More

Yunus Centre scraps social business event in absence of police clearance


In a statement on Thursday evening, the centre said it cancelled the event to be held at Savar's Samajik Convention Centre "due to unavoidable circumstances". "We humbly apologise to the... More

BD Minister warns of severe flood next month


Bangladesh Water resources Minister Anisul Islam Mahmud has warned of a possible, large-scale flood in the country late next month and instructed the deputy commissioners to prepare to tackle... More

Bangladesh: Controversy of the Parliament Supremacy


The supremacy of the parliament is acknowledged and accepted throughout the world, debated in no country. The parliament is synonymous to the people, not a substitute. The parliament directly... More

Migrants in Europe: Dhaka to seek more time for verification


Dhaka on Tuesday finalised the terms and conditions for the return of irregular migrants from the European Union and agreed to bring back all its irregular nationals through a... More

COLUMN

Sirisena in a fix over release of Tamil Tiger detainees

With three major national level elections to face in the coming three years, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is under pressure from multiple sections of the Sri Lankan polity and society to deliver on his electoral promises. Among... More

New Afghan strategy offers war not victory or peace

In its search for a strategy that might bring a victory -- or even a semblance of it -- in its longest war ever, the US is ending up offering more years of warfare than peace to... More

Will the Sinha to Miah transition solve the crisis?

Chief Justice Sinha is already history after his flight to Australia amidst much drama and corruption allegations made by the Government. His has been a dramatic regime anyway which began with calls to uphold the supremacy of... More

Bank failure not an option

Over the years many highly developed economies with sophisticated markets and long functioning banking systems have faced significant banking crises or banking failures. The role of Central Banks is critical in not only preventing and/or pre-empting failures... More

Aung San Suu Kyi reveals the strategic plans for Rakhine

At long last Aung San Suu Kyi has finally revealed the government’s new strategic plans for the trouble state of Rakhine. This is essentially the long-promised roadmap constructed around the recommendations of the Kofi Annan Advisory Commission... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Afghanistan’s tryst with China begins – in Washington

Afghanistan has been accepted as a permanent member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Jin Liqun, president of the Beijing-based institution, formally presented a certificate confirming... More

Slowdown haunts Indian government unwilling to admit its mis-steps

Seventy years after independence, India’s economy is at a critical juncture. Two years ago, thanks to a surge in growth since 2005 and China’s slowdown, India celebrated... More

Missing a Nobel chance

The Nobel Peace Prize, 2017, has just been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Had India joined 122 other member-states of the United... More

Fight the lie with the truth

The truth about Myanmar must be told, 10,000 times 10 years, the government of Myanmar has committed genocide against the Rohingya people. This is not a complicated issue,... 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