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  • Flashes of good governance

    It is quite often that we are reminded of the pre-eminent virtues of good governance. Academics and practitioners of all categories have not missed any opportunity to apprise that all our efforts for socio-economic development will be set at naught if we cannot ensure good governance. As of now, experts are telling us that our ambitious and forward-looking budget will not bear the desired fruit if we cannot ensure propriety and discipline in the actual expenditure process.

  • The worrisome delinquency of law enforcement officials

    In recent times, offences and excesses committed by some police officials have become a matter of grave concern for the citizens as well as the controlling authorities.

  • The reasons behind police deviance

    An article titled, “The audacity to do what is right” (April 5, 2019), in this newspaper has implored the leaders of Bangladesh to help in the massive clean-up of the police force wherein “the biggest blemish on their image has been the blatant politicisation of the police by successive governments,

  • Police must follow the law before enforcing it

    The disgraceful spectacle of four law enforcement officials being apprehended for committing crimes like abduction, demanding ransom and rape have shaken public confidence to its core.

  • A citizen's expectations from the police

    As the Police Week 2019 commences today, it seems like an opportune moment to compile the thoughts of citizens on what they expect from their police force.

  • FM's call to generate revenue

    One can justifiably expect a lot from our newly inducted finance minister, for he is a chartered accountant by training, a seasoned politician with the experience of holding important public offices

  • Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Bangladesh Police Week 2019

    Our expectations from the new leadership

    The prime minister's call to party-men and supporters to remain calm and exercise restraint after assuming office for the third consecutive term strikes well with the ethos of a responsible democratic polity.

  • What our 'political masters' need to realise

    The staggering number of nomination seekers, more than 4,000 for the 300 seats in the National Parliament, from the two major political parties that have ruled the country for the better part of our independent existence, gives rise to hope and concern.

  • What our intelligence imperatives should be

    This newspaper on July 9, 2011 editorially commented that when state agencies step out of their defined terms of reference, the resultant sociopolitical scenario becomes dismal.

  • The president's worries and our politics

    The president of Bangladesh, while addressing the 51st convocation of Dhaka University, has implored to leave politics to politicians.

  • Everyone has a role to play

    Memories of the recent past, of school children campaigning to bring sanity and discipline on our roads, particularly in the capital city, are still fresh in the public mind.

  • What lies behind police corruption

    The recently published Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) survey report 2017 says that law enforcement agencies were the most corrupt among 18 departments and sectors involved in providing services to households.

  • What young Bangladeshis ought to know of Bangabandhu

    As the nation prepares to solemnly remember the gory happenings of August 15, 1975 when the emancipator of Bangalis was brutally assassinated along with most of his family members, it is only proper that the post-liberation generations, particularly the younger segment amongst them, get to know the real dimension of the towering Bangabandhu.

  • Why do we need an acceptable election?

    Readers may recall the very mischievously poignant slogan of deviant students of yesteryears who were bent upon adopting unfair means to pass public examinations.

  • 'Extra-judicial killings': Arbitrary as a process, random in its effects

    To this writer the expression “extra-judicial killing” is an apt illustration of the term “oxymoron”— that is, words put together which contradict each other. The expression has most likely been coined by journalists, and perhaps social scientists and rights activists, and curiously is not found in the legal lexicon. One could ask if there is actually anything like a judicial killing and if not, how could there be sense or meaning in the expression “extra-judicial killing”?

  • Some thoughts on the anti-narcotics drive

    Multiple deaths occurr-ing during the ongoing anti-narcotics operations have given rise to sharp reactions. While some quarters feel that the government of the day has seized of the gravity of the drug menace, others take a very critical view by saying that the authorities have indulged in rambling actions without seriously venturing to grasp the root of the malaise and adequately punish the masterminds. Some critics would doubt the very credibility of the

  • How relevant is the existing quota system?

    The recent demonstra-tions by students demanding an end to the existing Bangladesh Civil Service quota system in the recruitment process deserve urgent attention of the government. The rationale for the introduction of the quota system had its roots in the policy for recruitment to public service that was adopted in September 1972.

  • Coping with the cops

    Recent events relating to the serious wrongdoings of law enforcers may prompt the wary public to conclude that the misdeeds and gross dereliction of duties by our policemen have become a pathetic, recurrent reality and that nothing much can be done to change the situation.

  • POLICE RECRUITMENT: The worrisome abdication of power

    It was quite surprising to read the report that some senior police officers had proposed the suspension of their regulatory powers of

  • Let’s start with accountability

    January 8 marks the beginning of the Police Week 2018. Like previous years, there would be solemn exhortations to enforce the law impartially and protect human rights in public interest.

  • Looking beyond the failures of policing

    There could be no two opinions on the significance of responsible law enforcement in a democratic polity.

  • Apartheid in our neighbourhood!

    The expression “apartheid”, according to the Oxford Dictionary, means racial segregation, especially in South Africa. I am not sure if apartheid has, in real terms...

  • The gruesome grenade attack on an Awami League rally on August 21

    The tragedy of August 21

    Remembering the mayhem of August 21, 2004, we have to agree that the horrendous crimes committed on that day have left an indelible impact on the course and character of constitutional politics in Bangladesh.

  • 16th amendment verdict and the judiciary-executive dissonance

    At the crux of the debate is the concept of separation of powers and specifically the independence of the judicial organ of the state. It also brings to the fore the aspect of immutability of some features of the Constitution.

  • For a desirable prosecution service

    This newspaper has very rightly commented that the government's decision to start a permanent prosecution service by employing professional lawyers is a welcome move. In every criminal prosecution, the State is the complainant on behalf of the aggrieved people and it is thus only proper that public interests do not go by default on account of extraneous factors.

  • Honouring a young hero

    Without delving into the mystery of the virtue we call courage, we may perhaps say that courage is ubiquitous and is widely talked about and universally held in high regard.

  • For an inclusive national election

    Very recently, a think tank in association with electronic media arranged an animated discussion under the title “Political process and participatory election”, in a roundtable format at a local hotel.

  • The long battle against militancy

    The actual and potential damage caused by religious militancy or the so-called 'Islamist violence' can no longer be brushed aside in our parlance. Owing to factors both internal and external, this writer believes that even the pragmatic objective of marginalising religious militancy would actually be an awesome task, not to speak of eliminating religiously motivated violence. The reasons for such a view are grounded in reality.

  • Only social media cannot influence law enforcement

    The heightened media response and public outcry prompted by the rape of two girls at a Banani hotel in Dhaka city deserves

  • The unresolved Taqi-Tonu-Mitu cases

    Urder has always been the most grievous and heinous of all criminal offences in any society. Every civilised society intends to inflict