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‘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 he was appointed... 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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has withdrawn its order instructing missions to watch activities of Bangladeshi journalists travelling abroad.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 bdnews24.com in the early... 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 chairperson's press wing,... 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 Nawaz Sharif and... 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 the senior officials... 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 my childhood …... More

HC stays Khaleda’s trial in 3 more arson cases


The High Court Division of Bangladesh Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed trials of former prime minister and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in three more arson attack cases. In separate rulings the court asked the government to explain why... More

OBOR forum: BD to discuss BCIM corridor


The two-day Belt and Road Forum ended in Beijing on Monday evening with promises of joint action by participating countries. A high-level delegation from Bangladesh has attended the forum to discuss various issues like prospects of BCIM... More

Bangladesh Govt claims a record 7.24% GDP growth, WB projects 6.8%


Bangladesh government announced on Sunday that the country's GDP growth would hit a record 7.24 percent in the outgoing fiscal year, while the World Bank sticks to its earlier growth projection of 6.8 percent. Another multilateral lender, the... More

PM Hasina to join world leaders in May 21 summit in Riyadh


Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has accepted the invitation of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud to a summit to be attended by US President Donald Trump and other world leaders in Riyadh on May 21. The... More

Vision 2030: A smart move


Begum Khaleda Zia, chairperson of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), has declared the party’s Vision 2030. To many, it came too early with election scheduled for 2019. However, the party has made a smart move and tactically... More

BD FM Muhith says new budget will put pressure on people for...


Finance Minister AMA Muhith understands that the government will not be able to pressurise the people for revenue in the budget before the election, so he plans to do this in the upcoming one. Speaking at a pre-budget... More

Falling at the leader’s feet: Shades of Tamil Nadu in Bangladesh


The practice of politicians falling at the feet of their leaders to secure their “blessings” is common in Hindu India as it is part of the culture of respecting “elders” or “seniors”. In the South Indian state... More

BNP unveiled “Vision 2030”: Proposed to curb the PM’s powers, Upper Chamber...


Bangladesh main opposition party BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia unveiled “Vision 2030” on Wednesday, a set of proposals she said her party would implement if voted to power in the next national polls, for transforming Bangladesh into a... More

Seminar on “Right to Water: A New Paradigm of Environmental Law” held...


Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP)’s Department of Law, Faculty of Security and Strategic Studies, organized a seminar on “Right to Water: A New Paradigm of Environmental Law” on 9 May 2017. Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury MP, Speaker,... More

16th amendment hearing: Chief justice, AG trade heated words


Bangladesh Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha and Attorney General Mahbubey Alam had a heated exchange during a hearing on the appeal against the High Court verdict that scrapped the 16th amendment of the constitution on Tuesday. At one... More

Bangladesh opposes proposal of ADB regional hub


Bangladesh is opposed to any regional hub of the Asian Development Bank as most country and sub-regional offices are faring well, said Finance Minister AMA Muhith on Sunday. "I'm not in favour of the regional hub because the... More

WB wants deal on immunity


The World Bank has urged the Bangladesh government to sign an agreement to provide it with full immunity. Finance minister AMA Muhith on Thursday revealed the WB’s intention during the annual general meeting of the Asian Development Bank... More

Some officials giving govt bad advice: CJ


Bangladesh Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha said some over enthusiastic officials and employees were acting against the interest of the government by giving it bad advice. They are making recommendations that go against the rule of law, he... More

Bangladesh govt stifles freedom of expression: Amnesty


The Bangladeshi government has stifled freedom of expression by failing to protect dissenters and using repressive laws and tactics, London-based Amnesty International has said in a report. “Not only is the government failing to protect people’s freedom of... More

Pressure mounts on Bangladesh’s economy


The slump in agricultural production, negative growth of remittances and stagnancy in export earnings is mounting pressure on Bangladesh’s economy. Given the circumstances, it will be difficult to reach the projected growth rate. Bangladesh’s agricultural sector, particularly in... More

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Hybrid warfare: Strategic coercion against Pakistan

While a globalised world was a cherished goal to bring people together, globalisation is increasingly used by one or the other country or group of countries to dominate the rest of the world by a violent process. Looking around we see wars in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen where the powers that be are trying to bend the power game towards themselves. Conventional wars are now more often not... More

Bangladesh’s Hercules syndrome and rule of vigilante law

A rapist was killed and his body was left with a note that said the death meted out to him was punishment for his crime. It was signed Hercules. A couple of other reports have appeared with such declarations and they have aroused considerable interest in media, particularly social media, the motherland of speculations. Who could be the possible vigilante killer? Long history Extra-judicial killings are nothing new and last... More

India key to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, says former Portuguese...

“This has less to do with geography than with history,” Macaes writes in his insightful book Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order. “As two rising giants, China and India will play a disproportionate role in shaping the new world political and economic order, but like every claim on the future, their role remain ambiguous. In China's case, the question is whether it will eventually measure up to the task... More

BJP has communalised process of awarding Indian citizenship?

Political realities have temporarily halted the BJP’s brazen attempt to communalise Indian citizenship requirements to the advantage of the majority Hindus and to the detriment of the minority Muslims. Evidently, there is also a bias in favour of the north Indian majority and against the Tamil minority in the matter of giving citizenship. But this has not been brought to light in a major and sustained way yet, because the... More

Amid peace talks, India and Ghani flog the dead-horse of elections...

Last week, Moscow hosted delegations from the Taliban and Afghanistan’s political opposition in a bid to establish sound political contacts between the two actors. The delegation of the opposition parties included Afghanistan’s former president, Hamid Karzai, and at least two female members, including a human rights activist, Hawa Nooristani, and a former parliament member Fawzia Koofi. The meeting in itself underscored the new political dynamics that would probably be at... More

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


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

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