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Budget fails to heed the pain of pandemic affected

When the death toll and infection number of COVID-19 recorded high in the country, the 49th annual budget of Tk 568,000 crore for 2020-21 shed focus on the mega projects that pose a way of mega corruption. When people are dying without meeting minimum healthcare, infected are being refused admission into public hospitals, income loss […]

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Bangladesh slips 2 notches in democracy index

Freedom of the World 2020 report The ruling Awami League (AL) has consolidated political power through sustained harassment of the opposition and those perceived to be allied with it, as well as of critical media and voices in civil society. Corruption is a serious problem, and anticorruption efforts have been weakened by politicized enforcement. Due […]

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Bangladesh slips 2 notches in democracy index

The ruling Awami League (AL) has consolidated political power through sustained harassment of the opposition and those perceived to be allied with it, as well as of critical media and voices in civil society. Corruption is a serious problem, and anticorruption efforts have been weakened by politicized enforcement. Due process guarantees are poorly upheld and […]

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Bangladesh slips in rule of law index

Bangladesh’s ranking has slipped to 115th from 112th a year ago in the rule of law index, drawn up by the US-based World Justice Project. The index ranks and compares 128 countries to shed light on “how the rule of law is experienced and perceived worldwide.”  Among the six South Asian countries, Bangladesh ranked fourth […]

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Tea politics and clientelism

Tea, the most popular aromatic beverage in Bangladesh, is clichéd as a warming incentive to motivate the soft soul of folk voters in local elections. Interestingly, almost in every vote campaign station nothing but tea will do. Even when candidates meet the crowd, often at a tea-stall, known as ‘village parliament’, a cup of tea […]

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