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February 24, 2022
February 24, 2022

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Search Committee’s Final Hour

As announced, the Search Committee for the Election Commission will submit its recommendations to the president today, February 24, 2022.

February 18, 2022
February 18, 2022

Column by Mahfuz Anam: The Search Committee’s task is as moral as it is legal

At the very outset, the government said there was not enough time to make a law for the formation of an Election Commission (EC), which is mandated by the Constitution of Bangladesh since its adoption in 1972.

February 11, 2022
February 11, 2022

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Do we take our international partners for fools?

Since the US sanction on Rab and few of its present and former officials, there have been several comments from our ministers on the topic.

February 4, 2022
February 4, 2022

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Govt needs to review its practice of appointing VCs

Of the 48 current vice-chancellors (VC) in the public universities across Bangladesh, 39 are former office-bearers of some pro-government teachers’ bodies.

January 21, 2022
January 21, 2022

Column by Mahfuz Anam: We needed a law for EC formation, we’re getting one for Search Committee

What waited for nearly 50 years is now being implemented with super speed.

January 7, 2022
January 7, 2022

Column by Mahfuz Anam: What are our president’s powers?

The question in the title of this column was triggered by a press comment following our president’s dialogue with National Awami Party (NAP) leaders, published on December 27, 2021.

December 24, 2021
December 24, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: A convenience that is killing us

Using plastic is very convenient. But now it is posing a threat to our healthy living.

December 17, 2021
December 17, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Golden Jubilee Celebration - Media’s role and the diplomatic challenges in 1971

The mood of the moment is overwhelmingly celebratory. And why not? Not only are we observing 50 years of our independence, but we are doing so with a new sense of pride, accomplishment and, most importantly, confidence—confidence that we can face all the challenges that come our way.

December 3, 2021
December 3, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Our killer roads - Students have once again raised a vital issue

Just as we are making news as a role model of development, we are also attracting global attention as perhaps the only country in the world where school students need to demonstrate on the streets for days on end to demand road safety measures.

November 12, 2021
November 12, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Why is public convenience an alien concept for our decision-makers?

Starting from unannounced road blocks forcing commuters into hours of traffic congestion, to making important arterial roads off limits for visiting foreign guests, to cutting off gas and power for maintenance work without prior information, to unreasonable diversion of traffic for megaprojects, to frequent government price hikes of essentials—all are done without an iota of consideration for public convenience, leave alone rights.