Zia's yes/no referendum is a shameful chapter of killing democracy: Sajeeb Wazed

Prime Minister’s ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy has said General Ziaur Rahman's yes/no referendum is the shameful chapter of killing democracy in Bangladesh. "General Zia, after the tragic murder of Bangabandhu's family, illegally seized state power through a ‘yes or no’ vote without any prior meetings, processions, or...

US Visa Policy: Who Will Cure Quinine?

Dr. Rashid Askari: The United States seems hell-bent on ensuring free and fair elections in Bangladesh. President Joe Biden seems to be carrying out a personal crusade to make sure that the upcoming 12th parliamentary elections in Bangladesh are held fairly and squarely. It sounds a good idea on the surface, but if you get to the bottom, you ma...

Bangladesh-China relations should focus on further development: PM Sheikh Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina described China as one of the major development partners of Bangladesh, saying the main focus of the bilateral relations between the two countries should be focused on further development of the two nations. "The main focus of the bilateral relations of the two countries should be on how to further develop our count...

Bangladesh, a happier nation than Canada, New Zealand, Finland, Sweden: HAMI

A renowned economist of Johns Hopkins University of the USA has found out that Bangladesh is a happier country than Belgium, Canada, Ireland, Finland, Bahrain, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and Sweden. The professor of applied economics measured the happy or misery state of the 157 countries around the world and came up with the result that Banglad...

US New VISA Policy for Bangladesh: Govt. expects undemocratic forces to refrain from misguided efforts to jeopardize electoral process.

The government of Bangladesh has said it expects that the local undemocratic forces that resort to violence, arson and destruction would remain cautious and refrain from their misguided efforts to jeopardize the electoral process as mandated by the Constitution. It is entirely up to the people of Bangladesh to sustain the hard-earned democratic...

Bangladesh’s community clinics get UN recognition

Hiren Pandit:  For the first time, a resolution on community-based health care was adopted unanimously at the United Nations. The historic resolution titled 'Community-Based Primary Health Care: A Participatory and Inclusive Approach to Achieving Universal Health Services' gave international recognition to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's ou...

HPM Sheikh Hasina leaves for Qatar to attend the QEF 2023

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left here this afternoon for Doha on a three-day official visit to attend the Qatar Economic Forum (QEF) 2023 to be held on May 23-25. A flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, carrying the premier and her entourage members, took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka at 3.13pm, Prime Minister's Press S...

Every state must enjoy equal status

Bangladesh has traversed a long way since Sheikh Hasina assumed power again in 2009. By virtue of her relentless efforts and determination to do good for the people, Bangladesh has achieved tremendous economic progress. Now Bangladesh has become a development role model of the world. And accordingly, Bangladesh has gained momentum to exhibit its...

No change in diplomatic security

There have been no changes in the diplomatic security in Dhaka with only escort services for clearing traffic congestion used by a few embassies have been revoked giving them options to hire from the members of the Ansar battalion who are specially trained to do such jobs.

Dr Wazed: Guiding Bangladesh’s entry into the nuclear era

ENGR. MD. TANVIR HASAN TALASH: In a war-torn country, the idea of an atomic energy commission seemed extravagant. At a science conference in Dhaka in 1972, headed by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, a consensus was reached that a separate entity like the atomic energy commission in a newly independent country would be...

'Smart Bangladesh' to make the country the next tech hub in Asia

Zunaid Ahmed Palak: In the last decade, Bangladesh has shown the world how revolutionary progress has been achieved by building the Digital Bangladesh vision as dreamt by our visionary leader Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. It has now embarked on a task to build a Smart Bangladesh and make it the next tech hub in Asia. Just a decade ago, Banglad...

Bangladesh is committed to implement SDGs: HPM Sheikh Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said Bangladesh is committed to implement the Sustainable Development Goals(SDG)including SDG-3 of the United Nations (UN) despite challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, Ukraine War and global crisis. The Prime Minister said this when former Prime Minister of New Zealand and Co-chair of the Chatham House C...

Bangladesh: Rising Star in Geopolitics

Dr. Pranab Kumar Panday: Since Sheikh Hasina came to office in 2009, Bangladesh has changed dramatically. She has led the country to unprecedented heights of prosperity, social advancement, and political stability. The country's tremendous economic growth is one of the crowning achievements of the Sheikh Hasina government. Over the past decade,...

BNP: A Right-wing Conservative Party with a Knack for Violence

Abdullah Al Noman Shamim: Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is considered to be a right-wing conservative party that has been in power in Bangladesh on several occasions, with its most recent stint being from 2001 to 2006. Since its inception, the party has produced a different direction that is not in line with the main ideology of the strugg...

Many country can learn from Bangladesh's innovative approaches: WB President David Malpass

As a long-standing partner, World Bank Group President David Malpass has said that they will support Bangladesh as it navigates a challenging global environment on its way to reaching upper-middle-income status by 2031. “I am confident that with the right set of policies and timely action, Bangladesh can achieve its growth aspirations,&rd...

World Bank moved away from Padma Bridge project owing to external pressure: HPM Sheikh Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday blamed the external pressure for the cancellation of $1.2 billion credit the World Bank had committed to financing the iconic Padma Bridge that Bangladesh finally constructed with its own money. "I regret that the World Bank moved away from financing this most important project (Padma Multi-purpose Bridge)...

Bangladesh' economy is a 'model' for the world: IMF MD Georgieva

Kristalina Georgieva, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), called Bangladesh's economy a 'model' for the world. Foreign Minister AKM Abdul Momen said she made these comments during a courtesy call on Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Riz Carlton Hotel in Washington DC on Saturday. The Foreign Minister sa...

Misrule of BNP-Jamaat: Crisis of Drinking Water Grips Urban Areas, Rural Crop Production Plummets by Half

Between 2001 and 2006, the BNP-Jamaat government embezzled funds from the power sector. Tarique Rahman, son of Khaleda Zia, illegally obtained and smuggled approximately Tk 10,000 crore under the guise of electricity, resulting in a decrease in power generation capacity. This affected rural farmers and caused an acute shortage of fresh water in ...

BNP-Jamaat misrule: BNP Leaders' Syndicated Price Hike and Black Market Cause Fertilizer Shortage, Farmers Unable to Cultivate Paddy

During Khaleda Zia's tenure as prime minister from 2001 to 2006, farmers suffered significant losses due to the scarcity of electricity for irrigation. Furthermore, the BNP-Jamaat leaders' involvement in a scandal prevented small farmers from planting their crops altogether. The power crisis left farmers with no choice but to rely on diesel or k...

Only Awami League exercises democracy, holds fair polls in Bangladesh: HPM Sheikh Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said that democracy in Bangladesh is practised only by her party, the Awami League, which has a history of holding free elections. “The Awami League practises a democratic system, and fair democratic practices prevail during the Awami League's rule,” she said. The prime minister, now on a fo...