Partha Pratim Bhattacharjee

Mujib’s time in Kolkata was vital for his political upbringing

The 1940s was a tumultuous period in Kolkata politically and economically. The man-made famine of 1943, the Hindu-Muslim riots and the great Calcutta killings ravaged the socio-economic fabric of the society in east and west Bengal -- the effects of which are still felt.

1w ago

PM likely to visit India in September

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who returned from New Delhi on Monday after attending the oath-taking ceremony of her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, is likely to visit India again in September, according to sources.

1w ago

AL manifesto: Budget passes over some key promises

In its first proposed budget after assuming power for a fourth consecutive term, the Awami League government skirted round some of the promises the party made in its election manifesto for the January 7 parliamentary polls.

2w ago

14-party allies vent anger at AL

Several key partners in the Awami League-led 14-party alliance yesterday came down heavily on the ruling party, and rejected an AL plan to go for joint programmes until the ruling party changes its attitude towards the allies.

2w ago

There is a huge market for Bangla films, we need to utilise it: Goutam Ghose

In an interview with The Daily Star during his recent visit to Dhaka, Goutam discussed the golden era of Bangla films, their present and future, the difficulties Bangla film productions face, as well as his own vision. The director, widely known for his films like “Padma Nadir Majhi”, “Antarjali Jatra”, “Moner Manush”, “Sankhachil”, “Ma Bhumi”, “Paar” and “Kaalbela”, stated that the international standard of Bangla films has declined.

2w ago

People are tired of pointless elections. But does AL care?

it is high time for the Awami League to do some soul-searching.

2w ago

‘Political equations’ could be at play

A section of top Awami League leaders think there might be some “political equations” behind the US sanctions on former army chief Aziz Ahmed and his immediate family members.

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Phase 2 UZ Polls: AL working to contain feuds, increase turnout

Shifting focus from its earlier position to keep relatives of its lawmakers from the upazila election, the ruling Awami League now seeks to minimise internal feuds centering on the polls and increase the voter turnout.

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May 13, 2024
May 13, 2024

‘People will judge if I have succeeded or failed’

Dhaka North Mayor Atiqul Islam talks to The Daily Star about his achievements and failures during the four years of his mayorship.

May 8, 2024
May 8, 2024

Beyond Dollar: Bangladesh to seek over 36b yuan in Chinese loans

Bangladesh is going to seek more than 36 billion yuan, equivalent to $5 billion, as soft loans from China to reduce pressure on its dollar reserves.

May 5, 2024
May 5, 2024

Upazila Polls: AL, BNP struggle to keep a grip on grassroots

The upazila election has exposed how neither of the two major parties, the Awami League and BNP, has full control over the grassroots leaders.

April 24, 2024
April 24, 2024

Most parties shun May 8 upazila polls

Most political parties are either boycotting or did not field candidates for the upazila elections set to begin in phases from May 8.

April 23, 2024
April 23, 2024

Relatives in UZ Polls: Unfazed, AL MPs breach party directive

The ruling Awami League issues some directives and makes some strategic decisions before local government polls, but its ranks hardly ever abide by those.

April 22, 2024
April 22, 2024

Relatives in UZ Polls: AL chief’s directive for MPs largely unheeded

Awami League lawmakers’ urge to tighten their grip on the grassroots seems to be prevailing over the party president’s directive to have their family members and close relatives withdraw from the upazila parishad polls.

April 9, 2024
April 9, 2024

Upazila polls: Nepotism by AL MPs, ministers irks high-ups

The Awami League high command is annoyed with some ministers and party lawmakers for announcing the names of their close relatives as chairman candidates for the upcoming upazila polls.

April 8, 2024
April 8, 2024

Upazila polls: AL in for bitter infighting

In the wake of Awami League’s decision not to back any candidate and allow anyone to use the party’s electoral symbol in the upcoming upazila elections, many grassroots and central leaders are throwing their weight behind the candidates of their liking.

April 1, 2024
April 1, 2024

Bureaucrats to blame for cost, time overruns

Civil servants’ clerical attitude, inertia, and red tape are the key weaknesses in managing the economy, said immediate past planning minister MA Mannan.

March 31, 2024
March 31, 2024

Hefazat seeks to spread its network down to village

Hefazat-e Islam will form committees in every village, union, upazila and district to protect Islamic values.

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