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  • Election Manifesto: Oikyafront pledges truth commission

    The Jatiya Oikyafront, if voted to power, will form an all-party truth and reconciliation commission to investigate the extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and false cases of the last 10 years.
  • Jatiya Sangsad election 2018

    It's businessmen's parliament again?

    Businessmen are likely to retain their dominance in the next Jatiya Sangsad. Participation of a large number of businessmen in the polls indicates that their presence in the new parliament will be overwhelming and money will influence the election. In the alliances led by the Awami League and BNP, around 62 percent of the contestants are businessmen, according to the data from 286 of 300 constituencies.
  • When laws fail to protect

    There is no dearth of laws in our country to protect people from danger. But none of them could protect Aritry Adhikary, a ninth-grade student of the city's Viqarunnisa Noon School & College, who took her life on Monday hours after she and her parents were allegedly insulted by some teachers of the school.
  • BNP Candidates for Dec 30 Polls: 150 finalised, rest in wait

    The BNP has finalised candidates in at least 150 constituencies and will pick contenders for the remaining seats after the Election Commission decides the fate of many of its leaders' appeals against rejection of their nomination papers.
  • Deprived leaders vandalise BNP Gulshan Office

    BNP's strategy works well

    The BNP's strategy of fielding multiple candidates in almost every constituency has worked effectively. Otherwise, the party would not have any candidates in a large number of seats, say senior party leaders.