BNP relies on ‘other force’ to go to power: PM Sheikh Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said BNP always looks for other force to assume power rather than going through the democratic process. “…whenever the election time arrives they (BNP) look for some other force who can put them in the power,” she said. The prime minister said this while visiting British cross party par...

Parliament Election Strengthened Democratic Progress in Bangladesh

The 12th National Parliament elections could be a significant event. The people of the country elected their representatives. Foreigners were very excited to watch our election. An ordeal for all. Hope everyone passed this ordeal. The Election Commission is fulfilling its due responsibilities for free and fair elections. The Election Commission ...

Bangladesh’s National Election: Legitimacy and Geopolitics

Bangladesh has successfully concluded its 12th national parliamentary election and the Bangladesh Awami League (AL) has formed the government for the fourth consecutive term under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The questions that are being reverberated by Sheikh Hasina’s opponents are: How would the international...

Empowering Change: Women in New Parliament

Ensuring women's participation in the national Parliament is vital for a truly representative and effective democratic system. Women bring diverse perspectives and insights, enhancing government efficiency. Their involvement ensures that overlooked concerns are prioritised in legislative discussions. Gender parity not only upholds values of equa...

Untangling the opposition’s baseless assault on Bangladesh’s Election

Within the complex fabric of Bangladesh's political terrain, the aftermath of elections frequently manifests as a contentious arena of competing narratives. Regrettably, a troubling pattern has arisen in which individuals who are unsuccessful in elections seek to undermine the legitimacy of the voting system, both domestically and internationall...

The Sheikh Hasina Era: Transforming Bangladesh's Destiny

Dr Rashid Askari: Sheikh Hasina is poised to become the world's longest-serving female head of the government. She reshuffled her cabinet that marks a significant shift in her attitudes to governance. Her line of work seems to be in keeping with the principles of the party manifesto. Sheikh Hasina started a new era that stands as a transformat...

What does the West want in the name of a ‘free and fair election’?

Professor Mizanur Rahman: After the 7 January election, many states such as China, India, and Russia congratulated prime minister Sheikh Hasina for her fourth straight victory. However, the reactions from the West were a bit critical and mostly careful. Therefore, the French newspaper Le Monde called it ‘mixed reactions’. In a stat...

HPM Sheikh Hasina focuses on three priorities as her new tenure begins

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the new tenure of her government would give foremost priority to keeping the development spree alongside containing the price hike of essential commodities and increasing people’s purchasing power. “Our prime task would be to keep continuing the ongoing development, contain the price of essentials a...

Despite political friction, election festivities underway in Bangladesh

Hiren Pandit: In the heart of South Asia, Bangladesh is witnessing festivity despite difficult circumstances as it approaches the parliamentary election scheduled for January 7. This significant political event is attracting attention not only within the nation but also from international observers. Candidates are leaving no stone unturned in ...

A Timely Manifesto to Build a Developed and Smart Bangladesh

Hiren Pandit: Awami League has announced its election manifesto with the slogan ‘Smart Bangladesh: Development is visible, employment will increase this time’ ahead of the 12th National Parliament elections on December 27. In the manifesto announced by Awami League, a total of 11 issues have been given special importance, including ...

Election Manifesto 2024: Agricultural Development for a Hunger-Free Bangladesh

"Food for All" is the core goal and commitment of the Awami League. The manifesto pledges to build a hunger-free Bangladesh. On Wednesday (December 27), the Awami League announced this manifesto for the 12th national parliamentary election. Agriculture is a primary driving force of Bangladesh's economy and livelihoods. Agriculture plays a cruci...

Election Manifesto 2024: More safeguards for minorities, end of intolerance

With the determination to make the nation smart, defined as free from dogmatism and anchored in harmony, Awami League has announced its manifesto for the upcoming 12th National Parliamentary Election. The manifesto, with the slogan “Smart Bangladesh: Visible Development, Increased Employment,” was announced by Awami League President...

Election Manifesto 2024: Expand Modern Urban Facilities to Every Village in Smart Bangladesh

Ahead of the upcoming 12th National Parliamentary Election, the ruling Awami League has announced its election manifesto, committing to extend modern urban amenities to every village. The manifesto, with the slogan “Smart Bangladesh: Visible Development, Increased Employment,” was announced by Awami League President and Prime Minist...

Election Manifesto 2024: Significant Steps to Foster Women Entrepreneurs

The election manifesto of Awami League for the upcoming National Parliamentary Election, scheduled on January 7, 2024, indicates that the government's development and administrative activities will continue to be aligned with policies for women. It states that efforts to empower women, achieve gender equality, enhance economic capabilities, and...

Election Manifesto 2024: Smart Bangladesh, Universal Healthcare System

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also the AL president, has announced the Awami League's (AL) election manifesto with the slogan "Smart Bangladesh", prioritising building a modern, technology-oriented Smart Bangladesh, alongside the pledge to modernise the healthcare sector with a Universal Health System, among other promises. She also prioritised...

Election Manifesto 2024: Mega Projects for Accelerating Economic Momentum

The manifesto of Awami League states that mega projects are crucial for achieving high growth rates. The biggest obstacles in the path of the country's development were the lack of necessary infrastructure in various economic sectors, including roads, electricity and energy, and ports. With this goal in mind, under the visionary leadership of Pr...

PM Sheikh Hasina's speech at the Declaration of Election Manifesto

Awami League President Sheikh Hasina today announced the party’s election manifesto for the 12th National Parliament Election slated for January 7, 2024.    Following is the full-text of the manifesto    Twelfth National Parliament Election Declaration of Election Manifesto Sheikh Hasina President, Bangla...

Awami League unveils election manifesto prioritising 11 key areas

Bangladesh Awami League has unveiled its manifesto for the 12th parliamentary election prioritising 11 key areas that include ensuring affordable commodity prices and creating jobs. With a theme of Smart Bangladesh, the party placed the manifesto with the slogan “Tangible development, employment will increase this time.”

Avoid conflict, work peacefully for participation of voters in election: PM Sheikh Hasina urges candidates

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday called for maintaining peace during campaign for the upcoming January 7 national election with a warning that even her own party members won’t be spared if found involved in any conflict. “Don’t interfere in another’s rights. In case of any conflict, even if men from my party get ...

"Vote for Boat": HPM Sheikh Hasina inaugurates election campaign in Sylhet

In front of a sea of supporters – numbering in the hundreds of thousands – Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina gave out a warning to the BNP: "If you play with fire, you will burn your hands." Addressing the BNP at the Awami League's public meeting in Sylhet's Alia Madrasa Field – which kicked off the party...