Salaries Paid With Taxpayers’ Money
President Md. Abdul Hamid reminded the members of the police force that their salaries are paid with the taxpayers’ money. The president said that people have the right to seek protection for their lives and properties, and it is not a matter of compassion. Hamid was addressing the police force on January 25 at Bangabhaban during the observance of the Police Week 2017 when he also said, “People come to you in the hope of getting justice and service and you must ensure they do not suffer any kind of harassment by you.”
Police Do Not Persecute Journalists
Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal denied that two journalists were beaten up by police while they were covering the hartal in Dhaka. He said police never persecute the journalists although there are confrontations between the two sides at times. During the hartal on January 26 police badly thrashed two journalists in front of the Shahbagh police station who were then sent to Dhaka Medical College for treatment. When asked about it on January 27 in Moulavibazar, the minister replied, “You see, police never maltreats journalists although they push each other at times, which is natural. It was something like two friends knocking each other while walking together. It was something like that.”
Awami League Cannot Stay in Power in Its Sound Mind
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir is of the view that Awami League can never stay in power in its sound mind. He said this political party has already made the president’s initiative controversial. He was speaking on the second death anniversary of Arafat Rahman Koko on January 24 at the Nayapaltan central office of his party when he also accused Awami League of always destroying the balance of the country and making politics unstable.
80 Percent Divorces in Bangladesh Fueled by Indian Serials
President of the Federation of Television Professionals Organization, Mamunur Rashid, said that 80 percent of the divorces taking place in Bangladesh are directly and indirectly fueled by Indian serials. He said it is happening under the influence of the evil culture propagated by the Indian television plays and serials. Rashid claimed that the television channels in the country must obey the laws of 2006 and people must be rescued from the annoyance caused by advertisements. While speaking at a discussion on January 27, he insisted that the same laws must be obeyed in terms of bringing performers from abroad.
Awami League Has a History of Endangering Democracy
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia said in her message on the occasion of the Democracy Murder Day on January 24 that Awami League has come to power through the blind alleys of conspiracies and the Awami alliance by dint of its illegitimate rise to power and imbued with the spirit of BAKSAL has buried democracy that was won at the cost of so many lives. She said that Bangladesh has a history of endangering democracy and the fundamental rights of people.
Ask the Royal Bengal Tigers
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina took a dig at those who are resisting the construction of Rampal Power Plant when she said that they should ask the Royal Bengal tigers if they are facing any inconvenience. She was speaking at the 57 national conference of Engineers Institute of Bangladesh in Chittagong on January 28 when she also said that certain quarters are carrying out smear campaigns internationally to discredit the Rampal plant. Hasina said that the power plant is not going to be built in the Sundarbans, but these people are saying that it is going to destroy the Sundarbans. She asked those who are shedding tears for the Royal Bengal tigers in the Sundarbans that they should go and ask those tigers if they are facing any inconveniences.
Greed, Not Need, Drives Corruption
Iqbal Mahmud, chairman of Anti-Corruption Commission, is convinced that corruption persists in the country not due to need but due to greed. He was speaking at a workshop held at the ACC headquarters on January 24, when he also said the economy of the country is still largely inclusive, which is why not so much corruption is taking place due to need. He further added that most of the corruption is being driven by greed and ACC wants to build resistance to corruption in every layer of the society.
BNP Leaders Give Away Their Own Secrets
Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader quipped that one does not have to go to Bangabhaban to learn about the secrets of BNP, because its leaders are enough. Quader said it while taking a potshot at BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on January 23. He said it in response to Mirza Fakhrul’s claim that Quader had lied when he said that BNP had proposed the name of Justice KM Hasan for the Search Committee to form the new Election Commission. The Awami League general secretary also asked if Mirza Fakhrul had full confidence in those leaders who were part of his party’s delegation to Bangabhaban. He added that many of these leaders rant before the intelligence agencies in the fear of going to prison or being persecuted otherwise.
Real Education Absent in Academic Institutions
Former teacher of Dhaka University, Abul Kashem Fazlul Haque, lamented that real education is absent in the academic institutions of the country. On January 27 he was speaking at a discussion at National Press Club when he said that the current education system in the country is result-oriented only. He said that education has been confused with results, and the creative method has made students disinterested in education. Haque said that there are certain provisions in the constitution with regards to education and no government has so far followed those provisions. He added that primary education in Bangladesh is now divided into 14 categories, which is at once in contrast to the constitution and the national interests.
Even Billionaires Dodge Taxes
Chief justice S.K. Sinha resented that even billionaires do not pay their taxes in Bangladesh. They transact billions of taka, import goods using forged documents and fake bank guarantees, and whenever such matters are detected none of those involved are ever identified and captured. He said this is the real picture of the country. Sinha made these comments while talking to lawyers on January 28 at the Supreme Court auditorium. He said that he was not in agreement with the government decision to provide legal support to those who do not pay taxes.