• BNP turns down allegation of ‘plot to topple govt’

    The top leaders of BNP turn down the government’s allegation that the party is conspiring with Israeli intelligence agency Mossad to topple the government.

  • US deputy asst secy Todd to visit Dhaka this week

    The US Department of State’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs William E Todd will lead an interagency delegation on a visit to Bangladesh.

  • Democracy pays heavily for Article 70

    The HC's observations have upheld what Awami League MP, Asaduzzaman Khan, had forecasted over four decades ago. Asaduzzaman, who was a member of the Constitution Drafting Committee in 1972, strongly opposed the inclusion of Article 70 to impose restrictions on MPs.

  • Democracy flourishes where the press works freely

    Today, we celebrate World Press Freedom Day. Established by the United Nations, it offers us an opportunity to celebrate the essential role that press freedom plays in democracy.

  • Who says we're not free?

    Last week, Freedom House, an independent watchdog organisation that conducts research and advocacy on democracy, political freedom...

  • New year to bring good days: Khaleda

    This Bangla new year will bring good days for the people of Bangladesh, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia hopes.

  • Dhaka-US renews pledge to fight extremism

    The US say it will remain beside Bangladesh in the ongoing fight against violent extremism and terrorism, which threaten societies that cherish basic human freedom.

  • Shujan slams EC, says UP polls ‘perverted’

    Civil society platform Shushashoner Jonno Nagorik (Shujan) slams the Election Commission and claims the union parishad polls were “perverted”.

  • Women aren’t safe now: Fakhrul

    BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir says that women are not safe in the country now due to frequent violence against them.

  • Will BNP think for a change?

    The BNP holds its national council today with the theme of freeing democracy from captivity, but democratic practice in its own home has remained absent since its birth in 1978.

  • BNP seeks govt cooperation for council

    BNP seeks “all-out cooperation” from the government to make the party’s sixth national council a success.

  • The Teacher and the Preacher: Lessons of History

    Those who are involved in these jihad-inspired terrorist activities are no different from the Pakistani collaborators during the Liberation War in 1971. They wish to turn us again into a subjugated people who will not be able to think for themselves but do the bidding of others.

  • Ex-driver of Suu Kyi nominated for Myanmar president

    Aung San Suu Kyi's party nominates her former driver and close aide to be Myanmar's next president, as the Nobel laureate looks to rule her former junta-run homeland through a trusted proxy.

  • Wait for leading role

    Bangladesh returned to democracy in 1991 and since then the country has been ruled by two female leaders. In between, there had been around three years of interim periods, basically to hold elections. Bangladesh is also a rare country in the world where the two largest political parties are being led by two women for over the last three decades.

  • Trump and Clinton

    The potential contenders

    The Democratic primaries have been remarkably free of rancour, thanks to the mostly civil and substantive political debate. The Republican primaries, on the other hand, have become a three-ring circus.

  • A Democracy of Crisis

    Psychologists have suggested that humans have a natural preference for negative news, the public experience of which they enjoy via mass media. The reason is not necessarily 'schadenfreude' or secret pleasure derived out of other people's misery.

  • UP polls: BNP aspirants being harassed, says Rizvi

    BNP alleges that the party’s possible chairmen aspirants for the upcoming Union Parishad polls are being harassed in many places.

  • Would someone stop the madness of these sycophants, please?

    There are many in our land, living either at home or abroad, who possess the unflinching dedication to the values of our Liberation War...

  • Thomas Shannon and Shahriar Alam

    US recognises Bangladesh’s commitment to democracy: Embassy

    Bangladesh maintained its broad commitment to democracy which is one of the core values of US government, its Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon has said.

  • This is no way to strengthen democracy

    Yesterday, seven honourable members of parliament demanded my trial for "treason" for publishing reports that they claimed to have led to Sheikh Hasina's internment. We fundamentally reject this link as it is not based on facts.

  • Elected autocrats and the decline of democracy

    If the dawn of democracy arrived in Athens 2,500 years ago, how has its day progressed in as many years?

  • Attack on the press a threat to democracy

    President Abdul Hamid yesterday said any attack on the press is a threat to democracy and that journalists must unite to fight the evil forces.

  • Development and Democracy: Time to look to the East

    It was December 6, 1971 in the White House situation room when the joint forces of Bangladesh and India were quickly marching towards Dhaka.

  • Govt striving to build a developed nation: Hamid

    The government has been striving to build a developed and enlightened nation within the structure of democracy, eradicating vengeance, bloodshed and political confrontation, President Abdul Hamid yesterday said.

  • Restoring democracy big challenge for us: Fakhrul

    There is no democracy and rule of law in the country and the big challenge is to restore it, BNP Acting Secretary General Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has said today.

  • Fakhrul for pursuing change in global political trend

    BNP spokesperson Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir says the party would take “right course of actions” in light of the changes in the global political trend to restore the country’s democracy.

  • Development up, democracy down

    It is nothing but an air of optimism for the present and the future if the major development activities --both at planning stage and under implementation by the Awami League-led government are considered. But the state of democracy in the country tells of another tale, not so happy or bright.

  • Democracy to be restored in 2016: BNP

    BNP hopes that people will be able to restore democracy in the country by defeating fascism and autocracy in 2016.

  • Work together to restore democracy: Khaleda

    BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia congratulates people on New Year Eve and calls upon all to get united to work for restoring the ‘lost democracy and voting rights’.

  • A departing diplomat's parting comments

    During the Meiji Restoration of 1868, the ruling oligarchy in Japan set out to "gather wisdom from all over the world". It sent "learning

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