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Democracy, authoritarianism and crises

by Sheri Berman on 30th March 2020 The coronavirus crisis may be a natural disaster but, Sheri Berman writes, how governments are responding is a product of their politics. An old adage has it that crises don’t make a person, but rather reveal what s/he is made of. The same applies to political systems: during times of crisis, their underlying ... Read More »

Khaleda in ‘good mood’ at Firoza

Despite having ‘serious’ illness, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, now quarantined, feels ‘mentally relaxed, said party Vice Chairman Dr AZM Zahid Hossain. He said the BNP chief’s daughter-in-law and her elder son Tarique Rahman’s wife Dr Zubaida Rahman are overseeing her treatment from London. Zahid, also former secretary general of pro-BNP physician’s body Doctors Association of Bangladesh (DAB), said 75-year-old Khaleda ... Read More »

Rizvi returns home from BNP office after 787 days

After staying for 787 days in the party’s Nayapaltan central office, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi returned home on Thursday, a day after party chairperson Khaleda Zia was freed from jail for six months. Rizvi left the BNP office around 2:15pm with bag and baggage for his Adabar house in the city. Amid the police drive against ... Read More »

Steps inadequate to deal with coronavirus: Dr Kamal

Dhaka, March 23 – Gonoforum on Monday alleged that the government’s steps to tackle the coronavirus situation in the country are very inadequate as it wasted too much of valued time to take preparations to overcome the disaster. In a statement, party president Dr Kamal Hossain and convener Dr Reza Kibria also said the government now needs to work out ... Read More »

JS special session on March 22-23

DHAKA – A special session of Jatiya Sangsad (JS) on the occasion of the Mujib Year will be held on March 22-23. President M Abdul Hamid will address the beginning of the session. Business Advisory Committee of the 11th JS took the decision at its 7th meeting held at the JS Bhaban with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the ... Read More »