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Every Election to Be Free and Fair in Future

Every Election to Be Free and
Fair in Future

Awami League president and prime minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, has said that every elec - tion in future would be free and fair. She also said that people should be able to vote as they wish and for whoever they wish to. Hasina made her remarks at the beginning of a joint meeting of Awami League’s executive and advisory committees held at Gonobhaban on January 30. She added that nobody would be allowed to play games with the people’s right to vote.

Government is Giving Away Secrets to Stay in Power

Government is
Giving Away
Secrets to Stay
in Power

BNP’s senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi has accused the government of handing over Bangladesh to India since it came to power. He said that the government had given up Bangladesh to India without any restraint. Rizvi said it in a press conference held at the party’s central office in Naya Paltan on February 3 when he also questioned the visit of the Indian high commissioner to the police academy in Sardah, Rajshahi, and blamed the government for conspiring to give away state secrets to India.

People in Incognito are Running the Government

People in Incognito are
Running the Government

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir does not think Awami League is running the government. Instead, he said he believes that there are people in incognito who are running the government and controlling everything. That, he said, explained why there is no political thinking reflected in the government’s actions. Mirza Fakhrul was speaking at a meeting held at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity on February 3.

Burqa for Sheikh Hasina

Burqa for Sheikh Hasina

Dhaka University’s UGC professor Ajoy Roy has cautioned the government against the communal amendments made in text books as per the demands of Hefazat-e-Islam. He said if it continues like this, then the prime minister too will be forced to wear burqa and hijab one day. He was speaking at a discussion session organized by Sommilito Samajik Andolon at the Liberation War Museum on January 29. He said we would rightfully ask you to identify the Hefazat sympathizers amongst you, punish them and produce them before the people. He said if the government fails to do that, it will not be able to present Bangladesh as a secular country before the rest of the world. He cautioned that a day might come when Bangabandhu’s daughter Sheikh Hasina will have to wear burqa and hijab.

BNP is Bound to Contest and Lose in the Next Election

BNP is Bound
to Contest and
Lose in the
Next Election

Health minister Mohammad Nasim insisted that the 2019 election will be held under Sheikh Hasina. He said BNP will be bound to contest in that election and lose it at the same time. In his opin - ion, people will vote for Sheikh Hasina after seeing all the development work she has done. Nasim was addressing a crowd in Sirajganj on January 28 when he also said that nobody will find-even the trace of paddy sheaf in the next election.

Development Without Good Governance

Development Without Good
Governance

Jatiya Party chairman Hussain Muhammad Ershad believes that there may be development in the country, but it does not have good governance. He said that so much development work had never taken place before. He was talking to journalists at Patuakhali Circuit House on February 4 when he also added that it is due to the absence of good governance that people including journalists are getting killed every day. He said he had never heard before that journalists died of gunshots. Ershad also said he would like to express his condemnation for such a heinous act.

People are Scared to Go to Polls Under the Elected Party

People are
Scared to Go to
Polls Under the
Elected Party

GM Quader, cochairman of Jatiya Party, observed that people are scared to go to polls under the elected government. He said it in the biennial meeting of National Jubo Sanghoti in Tangail on February 4. Quader said his party, however, is not afraid of participating in the election under the elected party, because elections are always held under the elected political parties in every developed country of the world including America. He said an election becomes controversial if not held under the elected party. But, he added, the people of Bangladesh are afraid of going to polls under the elected party because they do not believe the polls will be fair and neutral under its supervision.

BNP was Born Illegitimately in Military Barracks

BNP was Born Illegitimately in
Military Barracks

Awami League’s joint general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif said that BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was never respectful of the law because her party was illegitimately born in the military barracks. He was talking to journalists at his residence in Kushtia on February 3 when he told them it was expected that BNP leaders and activists would not be respectful of the law either. He added that lawsuits were filed against Khaleda Zia during the time of caretaker government. The court had asked her to appear 50 to 60 times but she had appeared for 8 to 19 times. Hanif hoped that Khaleda would abstain from the contempt she had shown to the law in the past.

Putting Parliament and Media Face to Face

Putting Parliament and Media Face
to Face

Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul, president of a faction of Bangladesh Federal Journalists Union, has expressed his concern that certain quarters are trying to put the parliament and the media face to face to create instability in the country. He said it while demanding withdrawal of a lawsuit against the prime minister’s information adviser during a rally held on the Chittagong Press Club premises on January 31. He said the dignity of journalists is being undermined in the parliament with the permission of the speaker when the journalists have no chance to defend themselves in the parliament. Bulbul also said that if this situation prevails, then some quarters, be it militants or enemies of this government, will try to create a confrontation between the parliament and the media to destabilize the country.

Only People Can Teach Democracy to This Government

Only People
Can Teach
Democracy
to This
Government

Former president of Bangladesh and Bikalpadhara chairman AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury claimed that the incumbent government is destroying democracy. He said only people can teach democracy to this government and the politicians must pursue that course of politics. Chowdhury said it while addressing the reception for Mahmudur Rahman Manna, the convener of Nagorik Oikya, on January 31.

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EDITORIAL

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he Valentine’s Day on February 14 will be celebrated as the day of love across the world. Though it is a fairly recent phenomenon in Bangladesh dating back to the first couple of years of this century, the day has been celebrated as an anniversary of love for hundreds of years. The first mention of Saint Valentine with romantic connotations is found in Chaucer's poetry about "Valentines" in the 14th century. The day is now viewed as a concentrated expression of love once a year. Lovers wait for this particular day with a great deal of zeal to pronounce their mutual affinities. They dress up, exchange gifts and flowers, and ...

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THIS WEEK
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The Cupid’s Call

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ove is a four letter word that holds an abundance of mystery, joy, questions and heartache. Love has changed its form countless times over the course of time. With the changes in social structure and people’s mentality, the concept ...

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IDLE MIND
by SYED BADRUL AHSAN
SYED BADRUL AHSAN
The Good That Conversations Do

G ood conversations are rare these days. That again is only natural when politics becomes polarized, to a point where every discussion on the affairs of state falls under the shadow of the partisan. Besides, there is also the fact that consumerism, which has in these past few decades been a predominant factor in Bengali life, has quite left the art of conversation stifled. Capitalism, as m ...

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SPORT
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Photo of the Week

Pottery display at Surajkund Mela, the world’s largest crafts fair, organized by Haryana Tourism and Surajkund Mela authorities in collaboration with the Tourism Ministry of India. The fair is held in Faridabad near Delhi from 1st Feb to 15th Feb every year.

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PERISCOPE

Solar Lamps Worth BDT30 Million Giving Insufficient Light

Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) set up 300 solar lamps from Kakrail to Arambagh, which cost BDT30 million. At that time a message of hope was given, that the use of solar lamps in the street ...

Solar Lamps Worth BDT30 Million Giving Insufficient Light
NATION IN THE NEWS

Rise of Teen Gangs

The rise of a gang culture amongst the teens in various areas of the capital is causing great concern to the local communities. Composed of juvenile delinquents between the ages of 13 and 19, the ...

Rise of Teen Gangs
BUSINESS & FINANCE

The Specter of 2010

Capital market watchers and analysts are bemused by a recent upsurge in the market as no reputed companies entered the stage of trading in recent times to offer initial public offerings (IPOs) in ...

The Specter of 2010
AROUND THE WORLD

Gambling on Grey Market

Cancer patients and their families in China often have to choose between nearly USD3,000 a month for an approved drug or pay a fraction of the price for a generic drug not approved for use in Chi ...

Gambling on Grey Market
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MORE THAN WORDS
MORE THAN WORDS

"There is nothing nice about searching for terrorists before they can enter our country. This was a big part of my campaign. Study the world!" --US president Donald Trump on January 29 defended his ban on refugees and travelers from several Muslim countries

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"They have forgotten that the Berlin Wall collapsed many years ago. Even if there are walls between nations, they must be removed." --Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said in his criticism of his US counterpart Donald Trump

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“No policeman in this country anywhere is allowed to enforce laws related to the drug campaign.” --Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has ordered police to halt all operations in his deadly war on drugs, in which more than 7,000 people have been killed so far

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“It all looks as if the world is preparing for war.” --Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev wrote in an essay published in Time magazine

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"I want to tell all Pakistanis today, I pray that Trump bans Pakistani visas so that we can focus on fixing our country." -- Pakistan Tehreek-i- Insaf chairman Imran Khan said, while condemning the travel ban imposed on Muslims by US president Donald Trump

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LIVING
Hunt for Happiness

Most of our pursuits in life are meant to bring us happiness. While it is debatable which road to happiness should one tread on, behavioral experts are now wondering if pursui ...

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LIVING ETCETERA
World's Longest Moving Line of Bicycles Sets Guinness Record in Dhaka
World's Longest Moving Line of Bicycles Sets Guinness Record in Dhaka

An incredible 1,186 cyclists have set the Guinness World Record for the longest line of moving bicycles after travelling together in a single file line down a highway in Bangladesh. The largescale event was organized by BDCyclists, a non-profit social community that aims to promote healthy living as well as reduce congestion and pollution in the area by encouraging locals to cycle to work. Participants were required to ride conti ...

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FUN FACTS
Human Brains Are Hungry!
Human Brains Are Hungry!

Studying 35 skulls from 12 hominin species, a team of researchers compared the size of openings at the base of the skull, where internal carotid arteries pass. They found that over more than 3 million years of evolution, hominin brain size increased 350 percent while cerebral blood flow increased 600 percent! That suggests that greater blood flow was highly selected for, even more perhaps than brain size. The brain’s growing demand for energy, the researchers speculate, was likely due to increased ...

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LEISURE
Actor John Hurt Dies at 77
Actor John Hurt Dies at 77

English actor John Hurt, the gravelly voiced British actor who garnered Oscar nominations for his roles in Midnight Express and The Elephant Man, has died at the age of 77. Known for playing tormented characters, Hurt memorably died on screen in the 1979 space adventure Alien when a creature exploded from his chest during lunch in the spacecraft mess hall. Hurt always stayed busy, working more than six decades in television, movies and voice work in England and the United States. He ...

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