PM for discussion on SC verdict in parliament

Bangladesh Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday asked ministers to prepare for discussion on Appellate Division judgement that dismissed a government appeal against a High Court verdict scrapping the 16th amendment to the constitution, which empowered parliament... More

No provision for interim government in Bangladesh constitution

The constitution of Bangladesh has no provision for an interim government. After the fifteenth amendment, only the prime minister has the authority to decide on how the government is to be during the elections, who the cabinet... More

Farhad Mazhar missing, found

Poet, writer and researcher Farhad Mazhar was found in Jessore Monday late night, more than 18 hours into his alleged abduction from the capital. Law enforcers said they found Mazhar on a bus near Noapara in Jessore around... More

BD SC scraps parliament’s power to impeach judges

The Bangladesh  parliament has lost its authority to impeach any apex court judge as the Supreme Court on Monday upheld a previous High Court verdict and declared illegal the 16th amendment of the constitution. A seven-member bench of... More

BD Cabinet approves draft law increasing defense chief’s tenure

The Bangladesh Cabinet on Monday approved a draft law increasing the tenure of defence chiefs from three years to four years. The approval was given at the regular weekly meeting of the Cabinet held at the Secretariat with... More

Bangladesh’s remittance nosedives 14.5% to five-year low in FY2017

Bangladesh's fiscal 2016-17 has ended with a sharp decline in the inflow of money sent by migrant workers. They remitted nearly $12.77 billion in the last fiscal year, which is a five-year low. The amount dipped around 14.5 percent... More

Militancy now under control: AL GS Quader

Bangladesh ruling part Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader today said that the menace of militancy and terrorism in the country is under control with the bold stance of the government. “We couldn’t root out militancy and terrorism... More

Top AL leaders inflated Swiss bank deposits by looting people: BNP

Top leaders of the ruling Awami League have looted people and transferred the money to their Swiss bank accounts, BNP leader Ruhul Kabir Rizvi has said in reaction to the figures released by the Swiss National Bank. "We... More

Fashion brands and unions sign new Bangladesh accord on fire, building safety

Leading fashion brands have joined global trade unions in signing a new accord on fire and building safety in Bangladesh to redouble their efforts to improve clothing supply chains. IndustriALL Global Union and UNI Global Union, together with... More

Bangladeshis’ Money in Swiss Banks: Deposits jump 20pc in a year

Bangladeshi nationals' deposits in Swiss banks rose 20.18 percent year-on-year in 2016 to 661.96 million Swiss francs or Tk 5,575 crore. The Swiss National Bank (SNB) came up with the data in its annual report titled “Banks in... More

Govt suspends 15% uniform VAT decision for two years

The Bangladesh government will follow the existing multiple rates of value-added tax for the next two fiscal years, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said in parliament. It means the government has reversed its initial plan for a 15... More

Bangladesh among 10 worst countries for workers, says labour rights report

Bangladesh is among the 10 worst countries for workers, according to a report by labour rights group International Trade Union Confederation or ITUC. The ITUC Global Rights Index 2017 report states that the continued suffering inflicted by the... More

PM tells JS of 2041 goal: $12,000 per capita income, economy $2.5...

Bangladesh's per capita income would reach $12,000 and the size of its economy $2.5 trillion by 2041, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said in parliament on Wednesday. “By 2041, Bangladesh economy will be the centre of the Asian economy.... More

Bangladesh infrastructure is world’s costliest, says World Bank

Building infrastructure in Bangladesh is costliest in the world, the World Bank said in a briefing on the national budget. The global lender made the statement as it presented a comparison of infrastructure spending from other countries. “Bangladesh’s spending... More

Attack on Fakhrul sends ominous signal for politics

Having faced insulting comments and criticism from the ruling party, secretary general of the opposition BNP Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir had wanted to go and stand by the side of the suffering people of Rangamati in the... More

The Guardian view on Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s impressive run in the Champions Trophy, though terminated by a thrashing from India in the semi-final last week, highlighted the cricket team’s striking progress and won deserved applause. This relatively young nation – which only won independence from... More

Yunus Centre says US senator’s letter on Hillary links is no investigation

The Yunus Centre has denied reports that a US senate committee has launched an investigation to determine whether former secretary of state Hillary Clinton used her position to intervene in Bangladesh government's probe of Muhammad Yunus. Senator Chuck... More

BNP leader Mirza Fakhrul’s motorcade attacked in Chittagong

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir's convoy has been attacked in Chittagong on his way to Rangamati to meet local people affected by landslides. BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has demanded arrest of those involved in the attack... More

Landslides death toll rises to 156, rescue operations called off

The death toll from landslides in Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar and the three Chittagong Hill Tracts districts has risen to 156 as firefighters recovered four dead bodies from different areas of Rangamati on Friday. With the newly-found bodies, the... More

Bangladesh needs to prevent the “exploitation” of textile workers: European Parliament

Bangladesh needs to “step up” its efforts to prevent the “exploitation” of textile workers, Members of the European Parliament have said in a resolution. “Textile workers in Bangladesh, many of whom are young women, suffer long working hours,... More

A tale of two bridges:  Padma Bridge construction costs highest in the...

With the amount being spent on the construction of Padma Bridge in Bangladesh, India could have made 19 bridges, each the size of their biggest one, the Bhupen Hazarika Bridge. India’s newly inaugurated Bhupen Hazarika Bridge is... More


No more PSLs abroad

“The pulsating cheering crowd in the National Stadium Karachi for the PSL Final, and subsequently for the three international T20s, underscored the return of peace to a city (and country) torn by internal strife. Bereft of any sports spectacle and living in cold fear for life and limb of their (and their families) because of open-ended threats from terrorists, political, religious and the criminal kind, the people of Karachi... More

Only non-interference will mitigate anti-India feelings in Nepal

New Delhi has been receiving shock after shock in the past few days from Nepal, a country which is the closest to India in religious and culture terms, and which Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited four times since he came to power four years ago. The simplistic theory of the votaries of Hindutva that Hinduism alone is enough to keep Nepal in the Indian sphere of influence has... More

Does international pressure matter anymore?

There was once a time when international pressure on domestic issues of the less developed countries mattered. People would look at the West as the great savior particularly in countries where human rights was at bay. During the cold war days, this was strong too and many decisions were taken on the basis of what global public opinion would say. However, in recent years this has mattered less and... More

Pompeo claims to “reset” ties with Pakistan but makes India “strategic...

Just few days before the arrival of the US Secretary of the State, Mike Pompeo, in Pakistan, the US officially cancelled US$300 million aid to Pakistan, signaling the acute low health of Pak-US ties. Then came Mike Pompeo, who stayed in Pakistan for a few hours, and went to India, claiming to have “reset” ties with Pakistan, implying as if deconstructing an old building (the military aid) was necessary... More

UN report accuses Myanmar’s military of genocide

The UN’s independent human rights investigators have issued the toughest verdict yet on the crisis in Myanmar’s war-torn western region of Rakhine State. The investigators’ report does not mince words and is going to have major ramifications, both within the country, and within the international community. In their report, they called on the UN Security Council to refer the Myanmar situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or for an... More



The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More