News Category : Opinion

Routine gesture or is there more to it

The statement of the heads of the diplomatic missions of the European Union, Norway and Sweden in Dhaka on Monday calling to “ensure a genuine, credible, inclusive and

Cooperation or interference: MP's role in local government

In the era of modern statehood, the concept of Local Government (LG) has been indispensable in lessening the burden of the central government in service delivery. Local government

Yellow vest protests economic catastrophe for France

The yellow vest protests have been a catastrophe for the French economy the finance minister says.France has seen four consecutive weekends of demonstrations against fuel tax

Preserve our open spaces

It was refreshing to see that the children of this city were given a chance to play in a car-free street on Manik Mia Avenue last Friday. The whole place was abuzz with their

The state of our banking sector

On November 18, the finance minister surprised almost everyone (not for the first time) by saying that those who highlight the sorry state of the banking sector are all

The real China challenge: Managing its decline

In 2009, The Economist wrote about an up-and-coming global power: Brazil. Its economy, the magazine suggested, would soon overtake that of France or the UK as the world’s fifth

Fictitious cases not fictitious claims

[Written statement of election commissioner Mahbub Talukdar delivered at a meeting held on Thursday, between the election commission and police officials regarding the upcoming

The missing catalyst for Iranian democracy

Just before imposing new sanctions on Iran, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the country’s “cabinet is in disarray, and the Iranian people are raising their voices even

Apprehensions about the election linger on

Dialogues have been held, but apprehensions concerning the election linger. The government has assured that the elections will be free, fair and credible, but that’s about it.

How the midterm elections could sway Trump’s foreign policy

I’ve been a witness to the way the world processes American political dialogue. As a young speechwriter, I was puzzled when my boss erased an applause line that could have been

Catch culprits of Gonoshasthya Kendra attack

Those who vandalised the Ganashasthaya Kendra at Savar have committed a serious criminal offence. The attacks were carried out step by step: on Thursday the attackers vandalised

Is populism a disease? Or a cure?

Populist nationalism is here to stay. Many still believe it a phase which, like surliness in adolescence, will pass and be succeeded by orderly, thoughtful maturity. But they will

My rude awakening – road transport day

Early in the morning on Oct 22, 2018, when I was shaving, the phone rang three times in quick succession. Thinking that there must be some sort of emergency, I was ready for the

Gearing up for the 2019 Indian election

The 17th parliamentary elections of India is knocking at the door. The election is scheduled to be held in April-May 2019. All necessary exercises are being undertaken by all

Does Gazipur poll postponement contradict the constitution

The immediate reaction of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda to the postponement of the Gazipur city elections was, “I do not know why the High Court has postponed

Will Khashoggi case bring down Saudi’s crown prince?

Saudi Arabia and especially its young crown prince – who has been variously portrayed as naïve, venal and blood-thirsty – appear to have vastly misjudged the reaction to the

Women’s empowerment and Sheikh Hasina

From sports to politics, from businesses to the armed forces, the women of Bangladesh are shattering glass ceilings left and right. They are at the forefront of a new, emerging

Bureaucracy under Digital Bangladesh 2.0

All governments rely on the apparatus of bureaucracy for governance. With the end of British rule in 1947, India and (West) Pakistan got on with their self-rule. West Pakistan,

Who is shaping Syria’s future ?

The three key players – Russia, Iran and Turkey – had enough time to set aside their differences at the Tehran Summit. And yet the differences persist. The bottom line is that

In defence of Digital Security Act

Certain quarters are criticising our newly passed Digital Security Act. Their main concern centres around a few sections. I had reviewed the early versions that were drafted by

It is undemocratic to want to have more democracy

In the present term the government had to become more forceful, because they had to crush the rise of the jihadists and the killers of bloggers, violent fundamentalism, and the

The Rohingya problem: Some reflections and much work to be done at the UN

Having been responsible, in 1971, for the humanitarian needs of about 600,000 Bangladeshi refugees, in over 50 Oxfam-supported refugee camps in all the States bordering India and

BRI: Design of the century, or debt trap ?

Dubbed as ‘design of the century’, the Belt and Road initiative generates both awe and apprehension in South and Southeast Asia, and the rest of the world too. It is on one

A grim endgame looms in Syria

The long, cruel agony of Syria’s civil war may be approaching a decisive moment as President Bashar Assad and his allies, Russia and Iran, prepare to mount a military offensive

The world in a perpetual state of war

At 11am on September 11, 2001 the Bush administration had already declared that al-Qaeda was responsible for the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. At 9:30pm a

US-India relations reach Unprecedented Heights

Soon after the signing of the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) with her American counterpart James Mattis in New Delhi on September 6, Indian Defence

A curious case of Extortion

The way Mozammel Hoque, a road safety campaigner, was arrested was hardly normal. A complaint was filed with the police by “a transport labour leader” accusing him of

Farewell to a master: Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul.

Sir VS Naipaul, the celebrated British writer and winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize for Literature, died on August 11, 2018. Kaiser Haq takes a look at the life and works of a man

Takeaways from 4th Bimstec summit.

It seems to be the fashion these days to set up regional forums to enhance economic cooperation among countries and raise the standard of living of the common man. But the time

Sylhetis, Assamese, Bongal Kheda, and the rolling thunder in the east.

In these Trumpian times, the northeast of the South Asian subcontinent does not grab headlines. Nothing of significance usually happens there to warrant that. Particularly when

Education as the freedom to create and to construct.

The theme for this year's International Literacy Day, “Literacy and Skills Development”, speaks of a pressing issue of our time, as the rate of job creation in the country

Making Dhaka liveable.

Bangladesh is progressing, and it has fulfilled the eligibility criteria to become a developing country for the first time this year. Yet, its capital city, Dhaka, continues to be

A feeling of homelessness

Anti-NRC campaigns refuse to acknowledge that Assam’s indigenous people are losing land and economic space The strident propaganda launched by some quarters against the

We need Kavanaugh to fix a Supreme Court that ignores Congress and imposes its own will

Americans who value public debate and cherish the system of government that our founders built for us should care deeply about the future of the Supreme Court. For decades now,

Ocasio-Cortezs socialist fairytale could destroy the American Dream

While President Trump is busy making America great again, Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – who is expected to win a U.S. House seat in November in a heavily

Paswan-led LJP seeks Ordinance to restore the SC/ST Act

Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan-led Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) on Thursday demanded that the Centre should bring an Ordinance to counter the Supreme Court’s judgement on dilution

Need for Governors true to oath of office: Fali Nariman

Eminent jurist Fali S. Nariman said the year 2018-19 needs Governors who are true to the oath of office and who must ensure that the person invited to be Chief Minister is capable

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