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  • Engaging the youth in electoral process

    As Bangladesh gears up for what may very well turn out to be the most crucial political exercise in its history, questions have arisen about the level of youth participation in electoral politics.

  • Tariqul Islam

    Tariqul taken to Singapore for treatment

    BNP standing committee member Tariqul Islam, who has been suffering from various health complications including kidney problems, is taken to Singapore on Tuesday morning for better treatment.

  • Election Commission is to update voter list in Dhaka city from October 14.

    Electronic Voting Machines must be introduced with caution

    Though EVMs have been used in local government elections, we have to keep in mind that the national election is completely different because of its size and political importance. So, before introducing EVMs in the forthcoming national election, the Election Commission (EC) should make voters and other relevant stakeholders confident in using this technology.

  • Rakhine: Where China meets India

    China and India's steady economic growth after centuries of stagnation is changing the economic landscape of Asia—lifting millions out of poverty. As economic interdependence between the two nations increases, their geo-political rivalry is also on the rise. Beijing and New Delhi have competing visions to expand their geo-economic interests and, perhaps, supremacy in the region and beyond.

  • Culpability through denial and inaction

    Finally, the barbaric regime of Myanmar has been put on the dock and found guilty of the crime of all crimes: genocide.

  • Dancing with the demon of destruction

    Arakan is burning. The Burmese rulers appear to be on the brink of achieving their much-longed-for a “final solution” of the Rohingya question.

  • Refugee protection, Rohingyas and Modi-fied India

    During a visit to India in 2013 as UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres observed, “India's refugee policy is an example for the rest of the world to follow.”

  • Have the critics read the judgment?

    They also threaten to wage a movement with a one-point demand of the CJ's removal. Any reasonable citizen would be concerned about the way the judgment was unnecessarily politicised.

  • Electoral security: Important for a fair election

    Unless the voters feel safe—and if the EC fails to deploy forces under its control within a security template that should have been prepared by now (and if the use of security forces is reactive rather than proactive)—it will be a total wastage of the 70 percent of the election budget apportioned to security.

  • What about the fourth estate?

    Since the fall of the military dictator HM Ershad in the early nineties, Bangladesh has largely been a democracy. Two democratically elected political parties have mostly governed the country ever since.

  • Disclosure laws should be on citizens' agenda for the next elections

    Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's removal from office was the subject of much attention in Bangladesh and elsewhere. But buried within the story about political turmoil and the future of civilian rule in Pakistan was a story about leaked information and disclosure of assets.

  • 16th Amendment struck down: More than just a verdict

    The “verdict” was already known to all of us; the appellate division of the Supreme Court upheld the verdict of the High Court (HC) that the 16th Amendment of the Constitution is “illegal and unconstitutional.”

  • CEC misreads EC's jobs

    Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda seems to have misread significant jurisdictions of the Election Commission and rights of the political parties by expressing inability to intervene if any registered political party's activities are hampered before the announcement of the polls' schedule.

  • Why not a code of conduct for the lawmakers?

    A CoC is important not only for ensuring justice but also to establish a lawmaker's accountability to the people and the parliament. There should also be a clear accountability system under the purview of the Ethics Committee led by the Speaker of the Parliament as its Chairman.

  • Points for hon'ble MPs to ponder

    The content and tenor of deliberations at the House on July 9 raise the question whether the MPs acted within their mandate. The answer is an unequivocal no. Article 94(4) of Bangladesh Constitution stipulates that the Chief Justice and the other Judges of the SC shall be independent in exercise of their judicial functions.

  • For a fairer electoral process

    Newspaper reports say that the Election Commission (EC) is going to start 'drawing' or 'redrawing' boundaries of parliamentary constituencies in the country.

  • Islamic extremism: The elephant in the room

    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's so-called 'Arab-Islamic-American' summit in which US President Donald Trump addressed heads of

  • Issuance of passports can be made easier

    Passports are issued to the citizens of a country for international travel. They are issued by the concerned department or by any of its overseas missions, to those who are citizens by birth or by descent.

  • Taking down the "Symbol of Justice"

    Finally, the Goddess of Themis had to step down. And she had to do so unceremoniously, under duress. Earlier, the elders of the

  • Rule of law and political use of Islam

    Political leaders and political parties professing a vision of a modern and progressive society need to take a stand based on principles and idealism and lead the people, appealing to and awakening their best instincts, instead of giving in to fear and prejudice.

  • When in doubt bring Ershad out

    You have to hand it to the former general/president. Nobody can really match the age-defying, flamboyant showstopper like Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad.

  • Upholding the dignity of higher judiciary

    Over the last year or so the executive and the legislative arms of the State appear to have geared up their disparagement of the higher judiciary.

  • The Lady of Justice

    The sculpture at the Supreme Court premise does not represent any idol. Rather, it is an inspiration and solidarity with the world in its respect for truth and justice.

  • Lest we forget - The legacy of Mujibnagar

    We should celebrate the lives of the iconic Mujibnagar figures, without whose leadership and bravery, it may very well have been difficult for Bangladesh to achieve what was certainly a miraculous victory.

  • Nababarsha in a different tenor

    Preparations for the Bengali New Year festivities are in full swing. The shops are abuzz with patrons looking for red and white attire...

  • A short history of a big deal

    Ms Banerjee has sat on the issue and been changing goalposts for six years, with Bangladesh hostage to its neighbour's domestic politics as a State government refuses to play ball with the Centre. It is ordinary Bangladeshis who are bearing the brunt of this impasse.

  • India must look out more for its neighbours

    As the largest country and economy in South Asia, India is expected to exhibit restraint and generosity in its relationship, particularly with its small neighbours. It should pursue an agenda of collective interest and mutual benefit with its neighbours — not one of self-interest at the expense of its neighbours.

  • The Teesta runs through it

    Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, is visiting India. This is her first bilateral visit to India since 2010. Being committed to a state visit to Japan, the Bangladesh prime minister was unable to attend the inauguration of Narendra Modi in May 2014, when the heads of government of SAARC countries had been invited.

  • Friendship is a flowing river

    Maintenance of good relations with the neighbours, friendship to all, malice to none — is the policy I pursue throughout my life.

  • Here's what's on the table for India and Bangladesh

    With Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visiting India from April 7, 17 agreements and bilateral MoUs have been finalised.

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