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Do Not Be Overenthusiastic to Cause Embarrassment

Do Not Be Overenthusiastic to Cause

President Md. Abdul Hamid has urged the district administrators not to do anything overenthusiastically which can cause embarrassment to the government and the bureaucracy. The president made the request while addressing the district administrators at a conference in Dhaka on July 26, in the wake of the incident with UNO Gazi Tareq Salmon. He told them that they worked for the republic and have been placed in respectable and responsible positions, which is why they should be very careful and tactful while performing their duties. The president also urged them to stay away from corruption since their salaries have been significantly increased.

The Country is Passing Through Despair

The Country
is Passing

Noted educationist professor Serajul Islam Choudhury claimed that the modern world is suffering under the barbaric acts of capitalism. He said the situation in Bangladesh is also alarming and the country is passing through despair. Chowdhury added that the people are hoping for an alternative political party or force to come out of this despair. He said it while talking to journalists at the DUCSU Bhaban on July 28.

Repetition of January 5 Will Not be Allowed

Repetition of January 5 Will
Not be Allowed

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said that Awami League has amended the constitution after coming to power through a voters-less election and now it is trying to use those amendments to hold an one-sided election. Mirza Alamgir emphasized that the repetition of the January 5, 2014 election will not be allowed by using the amendments as an excuse. He was speaking during BNP’s membership collection drive in Barisal, which was launched on July 26.

One Devil Engaged Behind Each Person

One Devil Engaged Behind Each

Krishak Sramik Janata League president Abdul Kader Siddique referred to the recent police intervention in a tea party they held at the residence of JSD president ASM Abdur Rab in Uttara of capital and said the government does not want that others get united and that is why it has engaged one person after him, one person after Rab, one person after SM Akram and one person after Dr. Kamal Hossain. He said the government has appointed one devil for each person. He made the allegation at a discussion organized by Jatiya Samajtantrik Sramik Jote on July 28.

The Highway to Development is Submerged in Water

The Highway to
Development is
Submerged in

Jatiya Party chairman Hussain Muhammad Ershad quipped that the government frequently claims how the country has embarked on the highway to development, but what is seen in reality is that the highway is submerged by water. He added that due to the water, the people are now realizing what development the government has achieved so far. Ershad said the government has failed to run the state and provide safety to people’s life and property. He said what one can see around oneself are terrorism and corruption. He further said that banks are being looted and even Bangladesh Bank’s money also have been plundered while the government sits on its hands. He was speaking at a party meeting at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh on July 29. He further said there is no peace anywhere and the Dhaka City has become unlivable.

People Will Bring Awami League to Power Again

People Will Bring Awami League to
Power Again

Bangladesh Awami League (AL) president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina said that people of the country must bring her party to power again, because the people are “enjoying” the fruits of development brought about by AL. She said the development has been possible due to the continuation of Awami League government. Hasina said it to party leaders and workers on the founding anniversary of Swechchhasebak League held on July 27 at Ganabhaban. Reminding of “subversive activities carried out by BNP and Jamaat”, the prime minister alleged that the enemies tried to foil elections last time, but the people will resist future conspiracies against Awami League and bring it to power.

No Alternative to Do or Die

No Alternative
to Do or Die

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) standing committee member Tariqul Islam asked his party leaders and workers to prepare themselves for the decisive battle ahead. He said the only option they have before them is either to fight or to die. Islam said the AL government is unfit for running the country, saying that it has nothing but the experience of stealing and plundering. The veteran BNP leader also accused the government of destroying the financial organizations in the country. He made his comments at the meeting of Jessore district BNP on July 27.

It Takes Courage to Do Politics

It Takes Courage to Do

Bangladesh Awami League (AL) general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader insisted that it takes a lot of courage to get involved in politics since one has to face many lawsuits. He said BNP vice-chairman Tarique Rahman does not have that courage. Quader added that BNP is a big political party and his party (AL) has no intention of going to polls without BNP and score goals in empty field. The minster made the comments on July 23 in response to questions from newsmen with regards to Tarique Rahman’s return to the country.

All of Us are Immersed in Corruption

All of Us are Immersed in

None other than Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, the finance minister of the government, has talked about the prevalence and horror of corruption in the country. He said corruption has infiltrated every pore of bodies of all and all have immersed in corruption. Muhith said indirectly everyone is associated with corruption. He also added that corruption could not exist if all were not immersed in it and whoever has power is most involved in corruption. He was speaking at the inauguration of Anti-Corruption Commission’s Hotline 106 on July 26. He also said that corruption cannot be eradicated with a call of Jihad.

“Water Drips Even on My Chair”

“Water Drips
Even on My

Chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha said that water drips even on the chair on which he sits in the main section of the Supreme Court building. Sinha said it at a farewell ceremony held for the country’s first female justice, Najmun Ara Sultana, at the Supreme Court auditorium on July 29. The chief justice added that the record rooms for the Appellate Division and the High Court division are also located in the same section of the building. He expressed concern that if a new building is built immediately, the judicial work might have to be carried out in an open field. He further said the proposal for the construction of a 20-storied building is stuck with ECNEC and the present building may not last longer than 5-6 years.



ne thing certain about politics in Bangladesh is that it has an evolving order in the midst of an emerging chaos. If closely observed, it is right now abiding by Newton's first law of motion. The object at rest stays at rest, while the object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction. One of the assumptions of the law of inertia is that it doesn't change unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. So the ruling party – Bangladesh Awami League – stays in power, while the opposition stays opposed. I ...

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Caught in the Crossroads


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Fire Causes BDT4.30 Billion Losses in a Year

The country has witnessed as many as 18,048 fire incidents in last one year causing an estimated loss of BDT4.30 billion, fire service officials said on July 22. "In the last one year from July ...

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With or Without It

As many as 50 million Bangladeshis, who lack National Identity (NID) cards, are in serious trouble. Having NID card is not mandatory as per the law, but lack of it denies citizens the enjoyment ...

With or Without It

The Cyber Risks

A total of 52 percent banks in the country are at high risk of cyber attack, a study by Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management (BIBM) has revealed. Of the banks surveyed, 16 percent are at grave ...

The Cyber Risks

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