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No Midterm, It Has Already Passed

No Midterm, It Has Already Passed

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has turned down the possibility of having a midterm election. She said it in response to a question during a press briefing held at Bangabhaban on December 3, after her return from Hungary. A journalist said many people are getting hints from talkshows that there might be a midterm election and asked her if she saw that same possibility as well. Hasina replied that there was no midterm anymore because the midterm had passed already. She also said that her government has already completed three years and if anybody was talking about midterm it must be about the next term. She also quipped that it is good to see dreams.

Police Drive Out Poor Possessors, But Rich Ones Drive Out Police

Police Drive
Out Poor
Possessors, But
Rich Ones Drive
Out Police

Dhaka North City Corporation mayor Annisul Huq said that there are two kinds of possessors now. The first kind comprises the poor who occupy footpaths and are driven out by police. The second kind comprises rich people who take possession of public land and then build houses and garages on them. These are the people who drive out the police. The mayors made his remarks at the opening ceremony of the annual general meeting 2016 of Dhaka Reporters Unity on November 29.

Give Election If You Have Courage

Give Election If You Have Courage

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has challenged the government that if it has faith in people and courage, then it should give a free and fair election under a neutral government with the participation of all political parties. He added that the government has nothing to fear because his party would accept whatever may be the outcome of that election. He was speaking at a meeting held at the CIRDAP auditorium on December 3 when he urged the government to engage in a dialogue to find out a peaceful way to transfer power. He also advised the government to shun its pride and arrange for an acceptable election by giving up its divisive politics.

Tearing Up Three Police Members

Tearing Up Three Police Members

Krishak Shromik Janata League president Kader Siddique resented that the country is gradually becoming a police state. He said he did not wish to live by lowering his head before any monster. He said it on December 2 after visiting the site where two people including a teacher of Fulbaria College was killed. He also said that those who organize rallies and protests with the permission of police have to stay under the police boots. Siddique further said police entered the campus and beat up students and teachers, adding that if he were a student he would have torn up at least three police members by their legs. He also warned prime minister Sheikh Hasina that there was a plot to kill her by unscrewing the fuel pipe of her airplane, and that those who killed her father are not going to spare her either.

Unilateral Decision on Holding Elections

on Holding

BNP standing committee member Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury does not think that any single party or group should unilaterally decide what should be the new method for holding elections. He said that like the neutral caretaker government formed in the past, the new election commission and caretaker government during the election time have to be formed on the basis of a consensus. He said a national consensus is a must to satisfy the expectations of 180 million people. Chowdhury said it during an interview with a vernacular daily on December 1.

Beware of Awami League Leaders

Beware of Awami League Leaders

The ruling party general secretary Obaidul Quader has cautioned the Chhatra League members that they might be exploited by the Awami League leaders. He has advised them to stay alert in this regard. While addressing a conference of the Dhaka University chapter of Chhatra League in front of Aparajeyo Bangla on November 27, he said that there is no need to please those leaders and they should instead try to please the student community and the people of the country. He also reminded them that should they fail to study and make themselves qualified, they will have to serve the leaders by guarding their interests.

Freedom Fighters are Children of Bangabandhu

Fighters are
Children of

Industry minister Amir Hussain Amu has termed the freedom fighters as the children of Bangabandhu and emphasized that Bangladesh would not have been born if Bangabandhu had been born first. He said that the freedom fighters liberated this country at the call of Bangabandhu, and today Bangabandhu is no more but his daughter prime minister Sheikh Hasina has taken the responsibility to implement his dreams. Amu further said that the country makes progress only when Awami League comes to power and it improves the plight of the people. He added that it is also the prime minister’s contribution that people can buy rice at BDT10. Amu said it while launching the distribution of rice at BDT10 in Nolchhiti upazila on November 29.

No Need for Pet Journalists

No Need for Pet Journalists

Information minister Hasanul Haque Inu asked journalists that they should criticize the government and tell where it is doing wrong but they should not act like villains. He said the government does not need pet journalists or agents but should they disobey the Constitution in the name of journalism, it will not be tolerated. He also asked not to weigh good and bad with the same scale. The minister made his remarks while opening the first mass media and journalism conference at the Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate auditorium on Dhaka University Campus on November 29.

No Other Country Has a Stronger Election Commission

No Other Country Has a Stronger
Election Commission

Joint general secretary of Bangladesh Awami League, Mahbubul Alam Hanif, has claimed that he does not know of any other country which has an Election Commission that has been formed in a more transparent manner as that in Bangladesh. He said it on November 29 in response to US ambassador Marcia Barnicat’s comment that a strong and neutral Election Commission is needed. He also added that the late president Zillur Rahman had formed a search committee in 2012 after discussion with all political parties, and formed the Election Commission as per the advice of that search committee. Hanif also said that BNP wants to make the electoral system and the Election Commission controversial in a planned manner.

Good with Shamim Osman, Even Better Without Him

Good with
Shamim Osman,
Even Better
Without Him

Selina Hayat Ivy, a mayoral candidate for Narayanganj City Corporation, informed that Shamim Osman’s people and the members of the Osman family are going to campaign for her. However, she said some of them will campaign openly and others will do it secretly. She was holding a strategy meeting with the central party leaders at Sheikh Hasina’s political office in Dhanmondi on November 27 when she added that it is good if Shamim Osman becomes active in the election campaign, but it will be even better if he remains inactive. Ivy further added that she would go to Shamim Osman but he must be dealt with from the center.



he power supply in Bangladesh has been one of the most persistently nagging problems facing the country as the accumulated effect of years of neglect is now taking much time and effort to solve it. Shortsightedness and plundering of previous governments made the matter worse as almost hourly load-shedding threatened to cripple life and economy In fact, there was no clear estimate of how much electricity was being generated in the country and what the shortfall was. Different sources threw different figures, which is a problem in this sector even now. It is still not clear how much power ...

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uring the past six-seven years, Bangladesh's power generation capacity more than doubled, from 4,942MW in 2009 to 11,265MW in 2015. Currently, about 68 percent of the population have access to e ...

The Whispers of History

A re we a nation which remembers its history well, if at all it does? We keep harking back to history, but we seem to be ignoring the tangible signs of history all around us. And, then, of course, are all those instances when we go into a careful obliteration of history. There are all those disturbing moments when we are p ...

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Standard Chartered Inaugurates Business Development Office at Karnaphuli EPZ

Standard Chartered has recently inaugurated a Business Development Office for Karnaphuli Export Processing Zone in Chittagong. This is the fourth such office after Dhaka, Chittago ng and Adamjee EP ...

Standard Chartered Inaugurates Business Development Office at Karnaphuli EPZ

Narayanganj is Nervous

The contest for the mayoral position in the December 22 Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC) poll is generating a lot of buzz in the country’s political sphere. Although the campaign has not offi ...

Narayanganj is Nervous

The Cost of a Spring

I t had started with a bang but ended with a whimper. The surging tide of change that swept the Arab countries about six years ago crashed on the shores of despair leaving those countries in chao ...

The Cost of a Spring

Naming the Nation’s Capital

Autocrats often have all-devouring urges, which are mostly whetted by their sycophants. And the Central Asian country proved to be no exception to that rule when Kazakhstan's parliament unanimous ...

Naming the Nation’s Capital
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“You scare me that you will jail me? International Criminal Court? Bull****.” --Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte hit out at Western threats to seek his indictment by the International Criminal Court (ICC) over his role in a bloody crackdown on drugs


“Once lawmakers come up with measures to transfer power in a way that minimizes any power vacuum and chaos in governance, I will step down.” --South Korea's scandal-hit president Park Geun-Hye said on November 9 that she was willing to resign early and would let parliament decide her fate as leader


“We have documents how land was purchased by the BJP just before demonetization. The party is looting the country without declaring emergency.” --West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said in Lucknow, India during her party’s demonstration at 1090 Crossing in Gomti Nagar on November 29


"How do we even know there is a woman under this Islamic textile?" --The anti-Islam Freedom Party (PVV) lawmaker Machiel de Graaf of Denmark said in parliamentary debate before the Dutch MPs approved ban of full-face burqa in some public places


"I cannot take it anymore. America! Stop interfering with other countries, especially the Muslim Ummah (community). We are not weak. We are not weak, remember that." --Read the Facebook post of Abdul Razak Ali Artan, the Somalian student, who went on a stabbing spree at Ohio State University on November 28

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Write Poetry to Boost Daily Well-being

Everyday creative activities like writing poetry or making new recipes can boost well-being as well as creativity in young adults, said lead researc ...

Moroccan State TV
Shows Women How
to Hide Domestic
Moroccan State TV Shows Women How to Hide Domestic Violence

Women in Morocco have reacted in horror after a program on state television demonstrated how they could use makeup to cover up evidence of domestic violence. The segment in the daily program Sabahiyat, on Channel 2M, showed a smiling makeup artist demonstrating how to mask marks of beating, on a woman with her face made up to appear swollen and covered with fake black and blue bruises. The show appeared on 23 November, two days before the International Day for the Elimination ...

The Lotus Feet
The Lotus Feet

Foot binding was the custom of applying painfully tight binding to the feet of young girls to prevent further growth. The practice possibly originated among upper-class court dancers during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period in Imperial China (10th or 11th century), then was adopted as a symbol of beauty in Chinese culture. Feet altered by binding were called lotus feet. Foot binding resulted in lifelong disabilities for most of its subjects. The earliest decree against foot binding was in 1902 by empress dowager Cixi. ...

Beware of Jet Lag!
Beware of Jet Lag!

Repeated jet lags may increase obesity-related liver disease as well as risk of liver cancer, a new study appearing in the journal Cancer Cell has warned. When we are exposed to light, our body's central circadian clock in the brain resets. When we constantly travel through different time zones, work night shifts, or push ourselves to stay awake at the regular sleep time, our central clock is being chronically disrupted, said researchers from Baylor University in the USA.This disruption also extends to clocks in other tissues that are controlled by the central clock, they said. ...


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