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  • Enabling political bullies

    Last week, a video went viral on social media of a protest rally by a group of students at MH Samorita Medical College. They were protesting against the alleged fee hike by the college.

  • Rise and fall of the Osman family

    The saga of the Osman family reminds us of a basic universal rule: No one can undermine you until you undermine yourself. The controversial activities of the Osman brothers have continued to bring the family ill repute.

  • Diplomatic challenges in contemporary times

    One question merits attention: How was Bangladesh able to handle the flow of nearly 700,000 refugees in just three months' time, and now helping 1.2 million of them?

  • What message did we get from Rangpur election?

    Now that the Rangpur election is over, some questions come up: How was the election? What message does it convey? What influence, if any, will it have on other upcoming elections?

  • 20 years of the elusive CHT Accord

    The Chittagong Hill Tracts Accord (CHT Accord), signed in 1997 with the promise to end armed conflict and grant a host of benefits to the indigenous Jumma people in the south-eastern region of Bangladesh, has rather increased tension in the last 20 years.

  • Hope for the best, prepare for the worst

    Amidst widespread international outcry and faced with the strong diplomatic stance of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the Myanmar government has been persuaded to repatriate the Rohingya refugees, according to an agreement reached between the two countries late last week.

  • Will the EC live up to its mandate?

    The Election Commission (EC) held a post-dialogue press briefing on October 26. At the briefing, the Chief Election Commissioner said that the commission must conduct elections in accordance with the laws made by the government. His statement, although significant, raises serious concerns.

  • Rohingya refugees

    Diplomacy and economic sanctions must go hand in hand

    The US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, sent mixed messages at the news conference in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, at the conclusion of his brief visit to Myanmar on November 15.

  • ethnic cleansing

    Call it genocide

    The UN calls the Myanmar army's aggression against the Rohingya “ethnic cleansing”. “Ethnic cleansing” is a term invented by Slobodan Milosevic. It's a euphemism for forced displacement and genocide. It's an insidious term because there is no international treaty law against it, whereas there are international laws against forced displacement and genocide.

  • 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.