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Integrity not practiced properly for lack of will: TIB

Dhaka, June 23 – Exercise of integrity is not done properly due to lack of political willingness which creates obstacles to prevent corruption, the establishment of good governance and accountability. Despite hiking allowances and salaries of the public servants—but corruption is not reduced at the expected level. The transparency international Bangladesh (TIB) disclosed this while releasing a research report on ... Read More »

Oikya Front looks for greater unity

Dhaka, Jun 10 – Jatiya Oikya Front will forge a greater unity with all the pro-liberation and anti-government political parties to wage a strong movement for the ‘restoration’ of democracy. “We’ll forge greater unity. We’ll continue our movement for the restoration of democracy and free people from the hands of the autocrat by creating a greater unity of all the ... Read More »

The Myth of Climate Wars?

by Alaa Murabit, Luca Bücken New York – In the years leading up to Syria’s civil war, the country endured three consecutive record-breaking droughts. By forcing internal displacement, the droughts arguably contributed to the social tensions that erupted in popular protests in 2011. But that does not mean that the Syrian conflict is a “climate war.” As extreme weather events ... Read More »

The Euro-elections in microcosm: Macron versus Le Pen

by Anna Nadibaidze Marine Le Pen didn’t surge forward in France, yet Emmanuel Macron lacked a winning alternative. It was the populists versus the progressives in the Euro-elections writ small. Throughout the European election campaign in France, it became clear that the vote was portrayed by all sides as a referendum on Emmanuel Macron’s presidency and his proposals for both ... Read More »

NDA’s second term: What it means for India’s environment?

by Mayank Aggarwal • Since 2014, the National Democratic Alliance government has carried out a series of changes in India’s environmental laws aiming to simplify them and promote ease of business. Many of such changes were marred by controversies as well. • As the NDA government returns to power with a mandate bigger than 2014, activists fear dilutions of the ... Read More »

AL-backed BCL leaders clash at DU over central committee

BCL Leaders clash at DU

Dhaka, May 13 – At least seven people were injured during a clash between two opposing factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) at Madhu’s Canteen of Dhaka University on Monday evening. Earlier in the afternoon, a 301-member central committee of BCL was announced through a press release, leading to a group who were deprived of desired posts to protest and ... Read More »

20-Party partners criticise BNP for Parliament-joining

Dhaka, May 13 – The BNP-led 20-party alliance yesterday vowed to take to the streets with a new political course of action over the contemporary issues including the demand for the release of BNP’s ailing chairperson Khaleda Zia. BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan stated this following a meeting of the 20-party opposition alliance at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office. ... Read More »

HC wants docs of Zia Trust graft case on appeal by Khaleda

Dhaka, April 30 – The High Court Tuesday asked lower court concerned to submit documents of Zia Charitable Trust graft case against BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia within two months as it accepted her appeal challenging the verdict in the case, official news agency BSS reported on Tuesday. The court also stayed part of that judgement, which fined Khaleda Taka ... Read More »

BNP backtracks from the stand on not joining Parliament

Dhaka, April 29 – In a major political development, the BNP yesterday backtracked from its earlier decision of not joining Parliament as its MPs-elect took oath in the evening yesterday, the last date of taking the oath. “Considering the critical juncture in the political arena, we have decided to join Parliament as part of our movement to restore the democracy ... Read More »

PM gives monetary support to AL victim of BNP-Jamaat torture

Dhaka, Apr 29 – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday gave Tk 20 lakh as financial assistance to Anwara Begum, a victim of torture unleashed by BNP-Jamaat terrorists during their 2001-2006 tenure, of Chakoria municipality in Cox’s Bazar district. Briefing reporters, Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said Sheikh Hasina handed over a cheque for the financial assistance to Anwara ... Read More »

Chief Justice concern over backlog of cases in courts

Dhaka, April 28 – Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain yesterday expressed grave concerned over the increasing of backlog of cases before the court and said that the backlog reached a critical stage. “There are so many cases pending in the Supreme Court that there isn’t enough room to keep the files. The situation is critical in one word and it ... Read More »

Hard to enforce hartal for ‘lack of democracy’: Fakhrul

Thakurgaon, Apr 12 – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday said it is now difficult to enforce a hartal in the country for ‘lack of democracy’. “Our party is going through a critical time after the election. BNP leaders and activists are in fear of getting arrested or implicated in false cases,” he said. Talking to reporters ... Read More »

BNP’s hunger strike for Khaleda’s release – Manna supports

Dhaka, Apr 7 – BNP on Sunday started a six-hour token hunger strike in the capital demanding its chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release from jail and her proper treatment. The programme began at the auditorium of Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh at 110:30 am. Leaders and activists of BNP and its associate bodies joined the programme amid tight security. The token hunger ... Read More »

Mukabbir takes oath as MP, Gonoforum expels him

Dhaka, April 02 – Ganoforum’s MP-elect Mukabbir Khan, who won the last national polls from Sylhet-2 constituency, yesterday took oath as a member of the 11th parliament. Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury administered him the oath at her office at the parliament building at about 12:00 pm. Gono Forum in a retaliatory action expelled Mukabbir Khan from the Party, sources ... Read More »

BNP slams govt for ‘failure’ to modernise fire service

Dhaka, Mar 30 – BNP on Saturday alleged that the government has failed to modernise the Fire Service and Civil Defence with modern life-saving equipment as it has only enhanced the capacity of law enforcers to “suppress the opposition”. Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also said many ... Read More »

Dr Kamal slams govt for ‘making economy bankrupt’ with loans

Dhaka, Mar 28 – Jatiya Oikyafront Convener Dr Kamal Hossain on Thursday alleged that the government is making the Bangladesh economy bankrupt by imposing a huge burden of loans on people in the name of develop projects. “The government is carrying out a campaign that the country is witnessing outstanding development but our economists analysing various statistics are saying that ... Read More »

Govt out to split BNP alliances: Fakhrul

Dhaka, Mar 24 – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday alleged that the ruling party is out to destroy their party’s unity with other parties in a planned way. Speaking at a discussion, he also warned BNP leaders and activists that they will not be able to oust the current ‘autocratic’ government only driven by emotion without ... Read More »

Mahi says, he had to take his father’s resignation letter

Dhaka, Feb 24 – Bikalpa Dhara lawmaker Mahi B Chowdhury on Sunday told parliament that his father former president Dr Badruddoza Chowdhury was forced to resign from his post as he did not visit the Mazar of late President Ziaur Rahman. He disclosed this while speaking on thanksgiving motion of the President’s address to the nation. Mahi, joint secretary general ... Read More »

Parliamentary control of Brexit is easier said than done

by Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust A frequent criticism of the Prime Minister is that she prematurely triggered the Article 50 negotiations in March 2017 and did so without a realistic plan for their conduct. If she had waited longer and planned better, her critics contend, she could have negotiated a more acceptable Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration than ... Read More »

Oikya Front field-level action for reelection from March

Dhaka, Feb 17 – The opposition Jatiya Oikya Front will launch field level political programme from March this year to meet their demands including holding a fresh election under a non-partisan neutral government. The decision was taken at a joint meeting of Oikya Front Steering Committee and Coordination Committee on Sunday at Ganoforum’s Motijheel office with its top leader Dr ... Read More »

JPC, IEB refuse Oikya Jote halls for public hearing

Jatiya Oikya Front (JOF) has accused the Awami League of playing fowl game to foil their public hearing program of the scheduled for February 24 to air what its leaders call gross irregularities and corrupt practices adopted in the December 30 election. Jatiya Oikya Front leader and General Secretary of the Gano Forum Mustafa Mohsin Montu said they booked the ... Read More »

Holey Artisan case witness unfolds

Dhaka, Feb 06 – Eyewitness Sharmina Parvin of the Holey Artisan Bakery case, on Wednesday appeared before a tribunal of Dhaka and narrated how the militants killed innocent people before her inside the capital’s Holey Artisan Bakery on the night of July 1 of 2016. Parvin, wife of Abul Hasnat Reza Karim, who was shown arrested in the Holey Artisan ... Read More »

Govt ‘monitors regulates’ media, alleges BNP

Dhaka, Jan 28 – BNP on Monday alleged that the government is trying to control the media to stop its criticisms and gag the voice of its opponents. “The media are being monitored and regulated regularly by a dark shadow after the national election so that no can say anything against the government,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul ... Read More »

Climate change as ‘threat multiplier’ – impacts peace

25 January 2019, Climate Change As climate change is increasingly recognized as a “threat multiplier” by scientists, political representatives, and civil society across the world, the United Nations Security Council held an open debate on Friday to discuss its concrete impact on peace and security, and focus on tangible ways to diminish the effects of global warming. “The relationship between ... Read More »

BNP rejects PM’s call to join parliament

Dhaka, Jan 25 – Terming Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s address to the nation deceptive, BNP on Friday turned down her call for taking oath by MPs of the party to join the 11th parliament. “People’s verdict was not reflected in the December-30 election as the ruling party indulged in a serious and unprecedented vote robbery. They usurped power through such ... Read More »

A teacher can be a child’s best friend or worst enemy

While mothers are known to suffer both in the coming of their children into this world and their going from it, nothing prepares them for the suicide of their offspring. That’s hell within hell. Parents have the misfortune of holding the hands of their children for just a little while, but the good fortune and Godly blessing of holding them ... Read More »

The New New Anti-Semitism

By Richard Falk 18 Nov 2018 – I along with many others am being victimized these days. They are being labelled anti-Semites, and in some instances, self-hating Jews as well. This is a Zionist and Israeli effort to shut down our voices and punish our non-violent activism, with special venom directed at the BDS Campaign because it has become so ... Read More »