Mohammad Al-Masum Molla

Mohammad Al-Masum Molla

Multimedia journalist with nearly 10 years’ experience in mainstream media in Bangladesh with a background in investigative journalism and environmental, political and human rights reporting.

BNP may go for 1-point demand

The BNP now plans to focus on one point: resignation of the Awami League government.

2d ago

3 reasons why Zaida won Gazipur polls

Development activities carried out by suspended Gazipur mayor Zahangir Alam, his close ties with the local Awami League leaders and activists and the voters’ sympathy for him were the main reasons for his mother’s victory in the mayoral polls, said voters.

3d ago

The message from Gazipur city polls

Zahangir’s charisma paid off and got his mother to the mayor’s office.

4d ago

AL loses in its bastion

It all happened quietly. There were hardly any polling agents for Zaida Khatun. Even her supporters could barely be seen in the largest city corporation of the country. Even during the campaign, her posters were rarely seen.

4d ago

Nothing but AL’s pride at stake

In a crucial battle of egos for the ruling Awami League, Gazipur city goes to polls to pick its mayor and councillors today, just a few months ahead of the general election.

5d ago

Blue-collar voters may hold the key

The time for electioneering in the Gazipur City Corporation election ended at midnight with very little campaigning done by candidates running for the mayor’s office.

6d ago

Gazipur City Corporation: Polls on Thursday, yet voters unenthused

If a person travels to Gazipur city, he or she may not realise that the election to the largest city in Bangladesh is on Thursday.

1w ago

What message does the CEC's comment on black money convey?

One recent comment by Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Habibul Awal caught the attention of many.

1w ago

Anti-Govt Movement: BNP looks to pick up tempo

The BNP starts countrywide anti-government demonstrations today and it plans to make the final push in July.

1w ago

It may be as bad as Sidr, or worse

Geographical location, wind speed, and a storm surge are the features that make Cyclone Mocha different from the recent cyclones that hit Bangladesh, meteorologists say.

2w ago

Why so many cyclones in May?

Weather conditions in May create a perfect recipe for cyclones in the Bay of Bengal

2w ago

The Zahangir model of navigating elections

Zahangir’s mother, who has never been in politics, is contesting for the mayoral post.

2w ago

BNP to warm up before big rally

The BNP will announce a series of fresh anti-government programmes within the next few days. However, the party is not likely to go for tough agitation at the beginning of this phase of the movement.

2w ago

Gazipur city a jinx for mayors?

None of the Gazipur mayors, whether from the Awami League or the BNP, could serve the city corporation for the entirety of their five-year terms.

3w ago

Two tremors near Dhaka raise concern

Two earthquakes with epicentres very close to Dhaka jolted the capital in a span of just 11 days, raising concerns among leading experts about more quakes and the country’s preparedness.

3w ago

Trouble brewing in AL’s backyard

It appears, then, that the Awami League’s bold rhetoric of development and prosperity, transparency and good governance, and fostering democracy is rendered hollow by its own partymen – unwittingly or not.

3w ago

Anti-Govt Movement: BNP weighing options for ‘final phase’

The BNP is planning to hold road marches or rallies as the final phase of the anti-government simultaneous movement.

3w ago

Sudan Conflict: Bangladeshis start leaving Khartoum

“There is a ray of hope at last. I can’t express my feeling, my gratitude to the Bangladesh government. We went through hell in the last 15 days. We did not even think we could return home alive.”

4w ago

‘A ray of hope at last’: Bangladeshis start leaving Khartoum

“There is a ray of hope at last. I can’t express my feeling, my gratitude to the Bangladesh government. We went through hell in the last 15 days. We did not even think we could return home alive.”

4w ago

Strife-torn Sudan: Bangladeshis in dire food crisis

Bangladeshis living in Khartoum, the capital of a strife-torn Sudan, are facing a severe shortage of food and also do not have enough money to buy any, as the prices of essentials have shot up amid a supply crisis.

Fire service: Ill-fitted for tricky city fires

Unplanned urbanisation over the last decade has worsened fire risks in the cities, but firefighters have not been given additional training and proper equipment so they can deal with the heightened threats and the changing nature of fire incidents.

BNP has lost its momentum

Just as BNP was about to come up with fresh programmes, Ramadan arrived, rendering all politics to the confines of the iftar table.

‘Don’t know if I’ll be alive till then’

It was raining bullets for most of two days near the shop in Khartoum where Monowar Hossain works. He was stuck inside the shop for three days.

'I don’t know whether I will be alive till then'

It was raining bullets for most of two days near the shop in Khartoum where Monowar Hossain works. He was stuck inside the shop for three days.

BNP goes for all-out boycott of five city polls

The BNP will go tough on its leaders and activists who will run for councillor in the city polls and those who will patronise them.

Who will be AL’s main challengers in the city polls?

The upcoming city elections are likely to be less challenging compared to those of 2013 and 2018.

No let-up in heat until Eid

The hot and dry weather during the day and plummeting mercury during the night are highly unusual phenomena in Bangladesh, said experts, blaming urbanisation and a set of weather conditions for the heatwave.

City Polls: Run and you’ll be expelled

The BNP has sent a message to the party’s rank and file that if anyone joins the mayoral election in the five city corporations, stern actions like expulsion and relief from all party posts.

The game of politics is like a Test match, not T20

AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader speaks to the media almost every day, and the BNP, quite predictably, is one of the key topics he addresses.

Can ballots ensure free and fair elections?

A genuinely inclusive election depends on a wide range of factors, many of which the Election Commission cannot even begin to address

Unease in BNP over city polls

Though the BNP has said it will not take part in the coming elections to five city corporations, the party fears that some of its leaders may run in the polls violating its directive.

Why does the EC want to talk with the BNP anyway?

This sudden move by the Election Commission seems to be for lip service.

Talks on Nat’l Polls: BNP doubts EC’s intention

BNP leaders think there is an ulterior motive behind the Election Commission’s sudden invitation to the party for talks about the next general election.

Political dialogues: The long road to nowhere

The problem in Bangladesh is that politicians consider compromise as a weakness and a sign of defeat

Movement, not polls

The BNP’s grassroots leaders have suggested the top leadership that the party should not take part in any polls under the incumbent government.

What BNP discussed with Indian envoy

A BNP delegation told Indian High Commissioner Pranay Verma that without a non-partisan interim government in place, it would not join any polls.

Dhaka, a victim of poor governance

If government officials were held responsible and accountable for every incident, things would have been corrected much earlier.

Govt agencies must be held accountable

After every fire and blast incidents, all fingers are pointed at the building and factory owners.

Building fire hazards: A city strewn with ticking time bombs

The recent incidents are similar to other cases seen over the years. The causes were electric short circuit, accumulation of gas in a confined space, and poorly maintained air conditioning units

Fire At Rohingya Camps: Many pointing at conflict between Arsa, RSO

Sunday’s fire that made 12,000 stateless Rohingyas homeless in a Cox’s Bazar refugee camp was the result of enmity between armed groups Arsa and RSO, said sources inside the camp. 

Ctg, CHT major hubs, Dhaka key destination

Chattogram and the three hill districts are the main hubs of wildlife trade in Bangladesh, according to a recent study.

Khaleda Zia in politics: Missed chance for BNP?

The BNP’s current risk-averse behaviour is not conducive to running a successful campaign

US, India, and the election in Bangladesh

The foreign diplomats appear to have become more active with the 12th parliamentary election less than a year away.

Debate if Khaleda can do Politics: Her health more pressing question

Amid conflicting statements from ministers over the legality of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia getting involved in politics, a more pressing question comes to the fore: whether she is physically fit enough to become active in politics.

Uprooted from a life once stable

Mehedi Hasan Mohon knew his life would never be the same when the Russia-Ukraine war began a year ago.

Presidential election, AL strategy and the next polls

The nomination of a president is not to be taken lightly.

AL's counter-programmes reveal its own insecurities

Announcing counter-programmes on the same day as the BNP, and often at a venue close to the BNP’s, raises the possibility of tension at best and outright violence at worst.

Hell was breaking loose: Bangladeshi student

Faysal Mahmud, a final-year comparative theology student at Gaziantep University, was dozing off in his dormitory room when the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Turkey.

December 10, 2022
December 10, 2022

All eyes glued to Golapbagh

After protracted negotiations, the BNP finally got permission for its rally today at a ground which was not its first choice by any means.

December 10, 2022
December 10, 2022

What the BNP may unveil at today's rally

The BNP is likely to announce the outline of a simultaneous movement with like-minded parties to press home its demand for an election-time caretaker government at today's rally.

December 7, 2022
December 7, 2022

‘Khela hobe’: Is our democracy our politicians’ plaything?

What game do our political leaders plan to play?

December 4, 2022
December 4, 2022

Govt having sleepless nights

The BNP yesterday said the government was in constant “fear” of the party’s December 10 rally in the capital and that it was having sleepless nights.

December 3, 2022
December 3, 2022

BNP ready for big show in own backyard

The BNP wants to show its strength by holding a successful event in Rajshahi, the last of its divisional “showdowns” ahead of the much-hyped Dhaka rally on December 10, a senior party leader said yesterday.

November 30, 2022
November 30, 2022

'Country being exposed to confrontational politics'

The BNP wants to hold the Dhaka rally in front of its Nayapaltan headquarters on December 10. But the government said the party must hold it at Suhrawardy Udyan, not Nayapaltan. Both the Awami League and the BNP are at loggerheads over the rally venue.

November 30, 2022
November 30, 2022

December 10 rally: Govt, BNP at odds over venue

The government and the BNP appear to be on a collision course over the venue of the latter’s much-talked about December 10 Dhaka rally as neither would budge on its stance.

November 27, 2022
November 27, 2022

A plot afoot to throw BNP leaders out of polls

The BNP yesterday alleged the government was conspiring to implicate its senior leaders in “false and fabricated” cases to make them ineligible for the national election “like it did to Khaleda Zia”.

November 26, 2022
November 26, 2022

Cumilla rally today: BNP faces few obstructions this time

Though BNP men faced transport strikes and obstructions ahead of most of the recent rallies in several cities, the situation in Cumilla was different before today’s rally.

November 23, 2022
November 23, 2022

Simultaneous movement: BNP may unveil outline at December 10 rally

At its December 10 rally in Dhaka, the BNP might announce the outline of a simultaneous movement with like-minded parties to press home the demand for an election-time caretaker government.