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Chancellor of the University That Once Rejected Him

Chancellor of the University That
Once Rejected Him

President Md. Abdul Hamid in his address at the 50th convocation of Dhaka University quipped that he was the chancellor of the same university that had once rejected him. On March 4, the president went beyond his scripted speech to say that it surprised him to think that he has become the vice chancellor of Dhaka University. He revealed that he got third division in the Matriculation examination and referred in Logic in his Intermediate examination. He then added that when he applied for admission at this university, it even refused to give him the admission form.

BNP Will Not Be Allowed to Come to Power

BNP Will Not
Be Allowed to
Come to Power

Health minister Mohammad Nasim has emphasized that under no circumstances will BNP be allowed to come to power in the next election. He was speaking at a function organized by Chhatra League on March 10 when he further added that there is no point in giving a different formula for the election because Bangladesh will hold election in the same manner it is held in India, America and other democratic countries of the world. He said as per the Constitution, Sheikh Hasina should head the election-time government and the 2019 election will have to be held under her premiership.

The Risk of Becoming a Militant State

The Risk of Becoming a Militant
State

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said that the government’s over-efficiency in suppressing militancy is getting Bangladesh identified as a militant state before the rest of the world. In a discussion meeting held on March 9, Mirza Fakhrul mentioned the United States has identified three countries, which are Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. He said many Bangladeshis are facing visa problems today and those who are going to Singapore to find jobs are being sent back. He also added that it is because certain foreign powers had the objective of proving Bangladesh as a militant state and our over-efficient government has also convinced the world that Bangladesh is a militant state.

Waiting for Election Until the Day of Judgment

Waiting for Election Until the
Day of Judgment

BNP standing committee member Goyeshwar Chandra Roy has proclaimed that his party would not participate in an election under Sheikh Hasina. He was responding to the ruling party threat that BNP’s registration would be cancelled if it fails to go to the polls. On March 5, Roy said in a meeting held at Dhaka Reporters Unity that such a threat will have no impact on BNP because its objective is not to get power but to bring back people’s right to vote. He said his party will have to make a further sacrifice and it should be made clear that his party would wait until the Day of Judgment instead of going to polls under Sheikh Hasina.

There is No Politics in the Country

There is No
Politics in the
Country

Jatiya Party chairman Hussain Muhammad Ershad has commented that there is no politics in the country. He said at a function that politics is now confined to scathing attacks on the opponents. One side says they would not participate in the polls under Sheikh Hasina until the Day of Judgment. The other side insists that it would cancel the registration of the rival party if it does not participate in the polls. He said it on March 6 when more than three hundred BNP activists joined the Jatiya Party at its Banani office.

No Difference Between Invading Forces and BNP-Jamaat

No Difference Between Invading
Forces and BNP-Jamaat

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina claimed that the March 7 speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was distorted. She said efforts were also underway for a long time to erase the name of Bangabandhu and thus to distort history. The illegitimate occupiers of power tried to give misguided information to the nation, which is why the new generation has been deprived of the real history for many years. While speaking at the Krishibid Institute in the city on March 10, Hasina further said that those people eventually did not succeed in their evil scheme. She added that in reality there was no difference between the invading Pakistani forces and their collaborators BNP and Jamaat.

Development Without Democracy is Useless

Development
Without
Democracy is
Useless

BNP standing committee member Dr. Moin Khan believes that development without democracy is useless for the people. He was speaking at a discussion held on March 11 by Jatiyatabadi Mohila Dal to commemorate the imprisonment of BNP’s senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman when he said that the government is repeatedly saying that development is more important than democracy. Dr. Khan said his party would like to make it clear that development without democracy has no use for the common people as it benefits only a handful of people.

Teachers Now Flatter Student Leaders

Teachers Now Flatter Student
Leaders

Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader recently criticized the teachers at a Dhaka University event. He said that the teachers have lost their self-respect and are engaged in flatter - ing the student leaders. Quader also criticized the "luxurious" lifestyle of the student leaders. He was speaking as the chief guest at the 50th anniversary celebration of Dhaka University's Surja Sen Hall on March 10.

Saying Everything About Question Paper Leaks

Saying Everything About Question
Paper Leaks

Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid has blamed some teachers for the failure to prevent question paper leaks even when he has prior information about it. He said that question papers are being leaked on Facebook after the question papers are delivered to the teachers on the morning of the exam day. The minister complained that there is such a situation that he could neither speak openly about this subject nor tolerate it. Nahid further said at a human chain organized by the Anti-Corruption Commission that this will not be tolerated any more and the truth is that the country needs more teachers who have got a strong sense of values.

“What are You Doing?”

“What are You
Doing?”

The opposition leader in the parliament, Rawshan Ershad, attacked BNP after it called Jatiya Party a domesticated opposition party. The cochairperson of Jatiya Party said that BNP has been talking nonsense and calling Jatiya Party a domesticated opposition party. She then asked BNP, “If we are a domesticated opposition party, what are you doing?” She said, “You did not even go to the parliament.” Ever since Jatiya Party participated in the 10th parliamentary election and also took a number of cabinet positions, BNP has been taunting it as a domesticated opposition party.

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EDITORIAL

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rug addiction is probably the fastest growing social problem in Bangladesh, if not the number one social problem already. It is equally widespread in the urban areas as well as the villages as millions of young men and women are falling prey to this deadly habit. Drugs not only destroy the life of an addict, but also the lives of his or her family members, friends and acquaintances. The multiplier effect of drug addiction is such that one individual can wreak havoc on an entire locality. Multiply that threat by the multiplying number of addicts to get an idea about the snowballing impac ...

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rug abuse is alarmingly rising in Bangladesh, and the young generation is getting entangled in its web. Currently, Bangladesh has over 7 million drug abusers, according to a report by intelligence agencies and most of them are young a ...

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IDLE MIND
by SYED BADRUL AHSAN
SYED BADRUL AHSAN
Of Presidential Humor and Gravitas

T here is something of the refreshing sort in the air when a President or indeed a politician gives vent to humor. Ronald Reagan was known for his regular demonstrations of wit and, of course, there was Winston Churchill before him. And long before these two men, the sense of humor, which char ...

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Photo of the Week

Poison arrow frogs at the S.E.A aquarium located in the Sentosa Island of Singapore. The deadly species secrete toxins through their skins that are powerful enough to kill an adult. These species are diurnal and often have brightly colored bodies

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Memorandum of Understanding Signed between India and Bangladesh

Bangladesh and India signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on March 8 at the Economic Relations Division of the Ministry of Finance to undertake a project for construction of a Girls’ School ...

Memorandum of Understanding Signed between India and Bangladesh
NATION IN THE NEWS

No Room for Women!

Sabrina Rahman, an employee in a private company, was waiting at the Mohammadpur bus stand for her daily commute. Many buses came and went, but Sabrina could not even make it to the doorsteps du ...

No Room for Women!
BUSINESS & FINANCE

Boom Time for Flower Business

Flower is universal in its appeal to human senses. People have been using flowers to express their emotions for ages. Many poets, writers, artists, and musicians have used flowers as the symbol o ...

Boom Time for Flower Business
AROUND THE WORLD

The Rise of the Occult

The advent of democratic rule may have liberated the people of Myanmar from military rule, but they seem increasingly obsessed with the occult. From spells to win back an errant lover to help com ...

The Rise of the Occult
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MORE THAN WORDS
MORE THAN WORDS

"What would happen if we turned back when we forget it, if we opened it more times a day, if we read the message of God contained in the Bible the way we read messages on our cellphones." --Pope Francis has called on the faithful to consult the Bible with the same frequency as they might consult their cellphones for message

MORE THAN WORDS

"The Chinese hardliners, in their brain, that part of the brain, is missing." --Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama told U.S. comedian John Oliver in India's northern town of Dharamsala

MORE THAN WORDS

“There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less.” --US housing secretary, Ben Carson, provoked a firestorm by saying slaves brought from Africa were “immigrants,” a view that experts on slavery called inaccurate and a misleading reading of American history

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"It is a British problem, first of all because there is so much historical amnesia about what the empire really entailed.” --Indian MP and author Shashi Tharoor said while talking to Channel 4 News's Jon Snow

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"I may be old in terms of age but I still have young courage. I will reach the peak of Everest come what may." --Gurkha veteran Min Bahadur Sherchan, 86, said while talking about his dream to become the oldest person to conquer the world’s tallest peak, Mount Everest

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LIVING
Soda, Meat Up Breast Cancer Risk in Teens

Teenagers who consume a diet high in soft drinks, red and processed meat and low in vegetables may be at increased risk of developing breast cancer. ...

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LIVING ETCETERA

The number of people facing severe hunger worldwide has surpassed 100 million and will grow if humanitarian aid is not paired with more support for farmers, a senior United Nations official said. Dominique Burgeon, director of the emergency division at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said latest studies showed 102 million people faced acute malnutrition - meaning they were on the brink of starvation - in 2016, up almost 30 percent from 80 million in 2015. The hike was mainly driven by deepening crises in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia, where conf ...

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FUN FACTS

The antibiotic era started with syphilis. At the turn of the 19th century, syphilis was endemic and almost incurable. Syphilis was usually treated with inorganic mercury salts. Paul Erlich thought there might be a better way. His idea of a “magic bullet” that selectively targets only disease-causing microbes, and not the human housing those microbes, was based on scientists noticing that aniline and other synthetic dyes, which first were produced in the late 1800s, could stain some spec ...

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LEISURE
The Bard for the Underdog
The Bard for the Underdog

Sahir Ludhianvi was born on March 8, 1921, but he still lives in the hearts of Urdu poetry lovers in the world. The lyrics of many Bollywood movies have been penned by him and those songs have immortalized him in the hearts of millions of music lovers in many countries. It is said that the ‘sweetest songs are those that sing of saddest thoughts’ and that could not be truer for anyone than a young boy named Abdul Hai who grew up to become Sahir Ludhianvi in his later life.Abdul Hai had a troubled upbringing. ...

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