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The struggle to restore our values Dr Reza Kibria The 2018 election is not just about changing a set of policymakers: It is a possible turning point in the struggle to restore our core values. If those who currently hold power manage to “win” the election, there is genuine fear that all the things that […]

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Our constitution and the goals of independence Dr Kamal Hossain The Constitution which we adopted on November 4, 1972 and which came into force on December 16, 1972 is unquestionably the outcome of our victory in the Liberation War, won at the cost of countless lives. It bears the signatures of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, […]

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The ex-factor in Bangladesh’s politics Supporters of BNP leader Ahsanul Haque Milon, who did not get party ticket for the December 30 election, stage a demonstration in front of the party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office on December 8. Photo: Anisur Rahman Badiuzzaman Bay There is no last word in politics. Politicians are rarely the […]

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Analysts: India Banking on Awami Victory in Bangladesh Election By Jaishree Balasubramanian and Kamran Reza Chowdhury on Dec 14, 2018 India is hoping the Awami League will retain power in Bangladesh’s upcoming election because it sees the incumbent government in Dhaka as key to its national security interests, including regional competition with China and counter-terrorism, […]

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Progress and regress of RTI in Bangladesh Shamsul Bari and Ruhi Naz As the Right to Information (RTI) regime nears completion of its first decade of existence, we asked a few scholars, advocates and users of the law for their views on its progress so far. Results were mixed. A common view is that Bangladesh’s […]

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Why we need a policy framework for displaced people PHOTO: ADAPTATION175.RSSING.COM Mohammed Mamun Rashid In more than 50 countries around the world, some 40.3 million individuals have been uprooted from their homes and displaced in their own countries as a result of conflict or human rights violations. Natural disasters, meanwhile, have caused the displacement of […]

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Minar Rashid    12 December 2018 ফ্যাসিবাদের উপর নান্দনিক ও ধর্মীয় প্রলেপ ======================= শামিম ওসমান বলেছেন , আমি ধমক দিলে নারায়ণগন্জে বিএনপি থাকবে না । সারা দেশেই বিএনপি টিকে আছে শামীম ওসমানদের বিশেষ দয়ায় । অন্যদিকে সাকিব , সুবর্ণা মোস্তফা , রিয়াজ , ফেরদৌস , পূর্ণিমা , অপু বিশ্বাস, শাওন , সুইটি সহ এক ঝাঁক […]

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EU Diplomats’ Statement on 11th Parliamentary Election Routine gesture or is there more to it? Jatiya Oikyafront leaders join hands on the rally stage at Sylhet Registrar’s Office ground in October 2018. The emergence of the coalition, headed by Dr Kamal Hossain, has brought a sea-change in the political landscape. PHOTO: SHEIKH NASIR Ali Riaz […]

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The present government of Bangladesh has proved itself to be the most powerful government of all times in the country’s history by establishing total control over all institutions. After the one-sided election of 2014, the manner in which it has monopolised power over the past five years has broken all past records. It has projected […]

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The Daily Star, December 10, 2018 11th Parliamentary Election What we need is a strong electoral system M Sakhawat Hussain It is the month of December, our victory month, and this is when we remember all the martyrs and the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who fought all his life to establish […]

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Is ‘anti-corruption’ only rhetoric or also a reality? ILLUSTRATION: Koroush Heirati/Behance Iftekharuzzaman December 9 is observed as the International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD) to mark the adoption of the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) in 2003. Beyond the rituals like rallies, seminars, awards and cartoons, IACD is intended to create greater public demand against corruption and […]

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Aritry’s deafening cry for help Outraged Viqarunnisa Noon School and College students demonstrating in front of campus on December 5, 2018. Photo: PRABIR DAS Nahela Nowshin Aritry Adhikary—a young life cut tragically short. Her parents probably had never imagined that their daughter would make headlines for the reasons that she did. The tragic suicide of […]

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