Bangladesh will be catapulted to third in the league table of death penalty countries, behind Iran and China if the executions of 152 border guards to death over ‘2009 mutiny’ are carried out, a process that was slammed by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, amongst others. In young and developing democracies like Bangladesh, the imprisonment of dissenting voices is commonplace, but not unsurprising. Yet it is the incendiary act of executing high-level opposition leaders before an election which risks plunging Bangladesh into turmoil. Criticism of legal processes aside, it is this challenge to the very fundamentals of a modern democracy that must concern all.
Building a sound government-NGO partnership in combating graft is a good practice in Bangladesh that can be replicated in many other countries, speakers observed at a function in Panama City. The special event on Bangladesh organised on the sidelines of the 5th Conference of State Parties (COSP-5) of the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) being held this week, according to a Foreign Ministry release issued on Friday. The event titled ‘Opportunities and Challenges in Government-Civil Society Eng...
Responding to a public interest litigation (PIL) writ petition, the High Court (HC) on Sunday issued rule asking the government and the Election Commission to explain why they should not be directed to bring amendment to the Representation of the People Order (RPO) to reintroduce the provision for ‘no’ vote. After a brief hearing on the PIL writ petition filed by two lawyers — Shahriar Majid and Rokanuddin M Faruq — an HC division bench comprising Justice Mirza Hossain Haider and Justice M Khurshid Alam issued the rule, which is returnable in two weeks.
Mobile phone operator Robi Axiata Ltd has illegally taken some Tk 830 million VAT rebate in its return that was submitted to the tax authority, a senior VAT official said. Of the amount, the VAT wing has already realised Tk 480 million from Robi's current bank accounts. The Large Taxpayers Unit (LTU) instructed banks to freeze all its bank accounts to realise the rest Tk 350 million. LTU under the Value Added Tax (VAT) wing issued a letter to the country's all commercial banks with an instruction to suspend transaction in the bank accounts of Robi until payment of its nearly Tk 350 million tax, reports the Financial express (FE).