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Some People Do Not Find Democracy in the Country

Some People Do Not Find Democracy in
the Country

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina bitterly criticized those who are questioning the presence of democracy in the country. She has also alerted everyone about these people. The prime minister made this appeal while addressing a meeting at the Bangabandhu International Convention Center on March 18. She said there are some people who always betray and deceive the country and they do not find democracy in the country. She added that although those people cannot deny so much progress and development happening around them, they always complain that there must be democracy in the country as well. Hasina also said that such people, in fact, find democracy in martial laws and curfews.

Sheikh Hasina Has Divorced the People

Sheikh Hasina
Has Divorced
the People

Senior joint secretary general of BNP, Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, complained that the government is working in the interest of the Indians without giving preference to the will of the people. He was speaking at a discussion on March 24 when he said that people have divorced Sheikh Hasina since she has divorced the will of the people. Rizvi however said that the prime minister could not divorce her friend India because she can never do that since the Indian South Block holds all the keys to her power. He said this government has no choice but to move like a puppet any which way India turns those keys.

“Prime Minister Often Says Baseless Things”

“Prime Minister Often Says
Baseless Things”

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir castigated prime minister Sheikh Hasina for her comment made in Magura on March 21 that BNP had come to power in 2001 after giving an undertaking to the Indian intelligence agency and the United States. Mirza Fakhrul told journalists after laying wreaths at the mausoleum of late president Ziaur Rahman on March 22 that the prime minister often says baseless and untrue things, which have become a habit for her. He asked what the prime minister meant by her baseless and untrue statements and wanted to know if she meant that elections in Bangladesh are arranged by RAW and the United States. He also asked whether the voterless election of 2014, which brought the government to power, was organized by RAW and the USA.

The Incidents of Militancy are Not Credible

The Incidents of Militancy are Not
Credible

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir castigated prime minister Sheikh Hasina for her comment made in Magura on March 21 that BNP had come to power in 2001 after giving an undertaking to the Indian intelligence agency and the United States. Mirza Fakhrul told journalists after laying wreaths at the mausoleum of late president Ziaur Rahman on March 22 that the prime minister often says baseless and untrue things, which have become a habit for her. He asked what the prime minister meant by her baseless and untrue statements and wanted to know if she meant that elections in Bangladesh are arranged by RAW and the United States. He also asked whether the voterless election of 2014, which brought the government to power, was organized by RAW and the USA.

The Leadership Cult in Bangladesh

The Leadership
Cult in
Bangladesh

Former advisor to caretaker government and human rights activist, Sultana Kamal, observed that leaders are not worshipped anywhere else in the world like they are in Bangladesh. She said we are such a nation that the level of emotion with which we talk about our leaders is rare in the world. It is relevant, Kamal said, because there is no need for leader worship in other parts of the world. She made these comments speaking at the National Press Club on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination observed on March 21.

He Who Owns North Bengal Also Owns Dhaka’s Throne

He Who Owns North Bengal Also
Owns Dhaka’s Throne

Jatiya Party chairman Hussain Muhammad Ershad claimed that he who owns North Bengal also owns Dhaka’s throne. He said there are 32 parliamentary seats in this region and he could come to power if he won those seats. While addressing a rally in Rangpur on March 18 he asked people to give him one more chance. He further said that the next election will be the last election of his life and his party has to win that election. He said that the opportunity has come and it must be availed and eveybody now wants to join Jatiya Party because it is so popular now.

Identifying Anyone As IS Operative

Identifying
Anyone As IS
Operative

Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has denied the existence of Islamic State (IS) in Bangladesh. He said this to journalists after paying tribute to the martyred heroes of the police force on March 26 at Rajarbagh Police Lines. He insisted that should there be any IS operatives in the country then we would find them and identify them. The minister added that so far the authorities did not have the good fortune of identifying anyone who works for IS.

Driving Crows Out of Awami League

Driving Crows Out of Awami
League

Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader assailed those who are setting up various organizations using the his party's name. He said Awami League does not need godfathers and professionless professionals. He said this speaking before party workers in the Sylhet division on March 22. Quader said there are many who have opened their shops using the name of Bangabandhu and mentioned that he saw a banner of Digital League on his way to the meeting venue. He resented that there are This League and That League, Projonmo League and Hybrid League. He warned that such mischief will not be tolerated. He also warned that crows have got into the party and they are everywhere and these crows must be thrown out because there is no need to build a room inside a room and to hoist a mosquitio net inside a mosquito net.

Hypocrisy in the Name of Election

Hypocrisy in the Name of Election

Convener of Nagorik Oikkyo, Mahmudur Rahman Manna, has asked people to raise their voices against the hypocrisy of the Awami League government in the name of holding the next general election. He said the time has come for a progressive political force in the country and the people is that force. Manna was speaking in Chandpur on March 23 when he said that lawsuits, conspiracies, and threats will not be able to lower his head and those who are with him. He said it could not be done in the past and cannot be done in the future and vowed to take to the streets to fight for the rights of the people. Manna said that the plundering of the country started during the regime of Khaleda Zia but the Awami League regime has exceeded that record. He added that the 100 billion taka budget for the Padma Bridge now stands at 500 billion.

If Khoka Were Not Born

If Khoka Were
Not Born

Former foreign minister of Bangladesh Dr. Dipu Moni told a crowd in New York that unless a boy named Khoka were born in Tungipara of Gopalganj, Bangladesh with its red and green flag could not have been born. She was speaking at the celebration of the 97th birth anni - versary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on March 21 that if not for the birth of that boy, the Bengali nation could not have freed itself from the grip of the Pakistani military junta and raised its head in the world.

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EDITORIAL

O

liver Wendell Holmes, Sr., one of the best regarded American poets of the 19th century, once observed that the axis of the earth sticks out visibly through the center of each and every town or city. Dhaka had already seen that axis when the first urban settlements started in the 7th century. For many centuries since then, the city remained eclipsed under Buddhist and Hindu kings until it proved its mettle in 1608. The Mughals arrived and made it the capital of Bengal. Dhaka is already more than 408 years old as a capital city. The fortune of the city has waxed and waned many times in al ...

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COVER STORY
THIS WEEK
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Dhaka
in
Disarray

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he demand for urbanization is rising worldwide, so is the steady influx of city-bound rural people. New mega cities are being built up, and millions of people are leaving their rural surroundings behind for the lifestyle and opportuni ...

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IDLE MIND
by SYED BADRUL AHSAN
SYED BADRUL AHSAN
A Bengali in Pakistan

I t is deep in the night as I write. All around me is silence, in Islamabad. I arrived in Pakistan’s capital from Karachi a few hours ago at the invitation of the Institute of Strategic Studies, which is affiliated to the Pakistan Foreign Office. In a number of ways, the ISS operates in a man ...

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SPORT
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Photo of the Week

Indonesian villagers have their feet cast in cement blocks as they sit outside the presidential palace in Jakarta, as part of a protest to draw attention to what they say is environmental damage to their farmland from a cement factory

WEB ARCHIVE
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JUN 04 11 18
JUL 02 09 16 23 30
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PERISCOPE

Bangladesh-India Defense Cooperation Framework Finalized

Bangladesh and India are to sign a five-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) to formalize defense cooperation between the two countries. The draft MoU includes cooperation in the defense industry ...

Bangladesh-India Defense Cooperation Framework Finalized
NATION IN THE NEWS

Equipment for Efficiency

City corporations and municipalities are soon to be equipped with new machinery worth BDT4.21 billion in order to conduct waste management, construction work, etc., more efficiently. The machine ...

Equipment for Efficiency
BUSINESS & FINANCE

Clients are Complaining

The central bank has received a total of 4,530 complaints this fiscal year from customers, regarding the quality of service at commercial banks. The figure was 3,930 in the last fiscal. Which me ...

Clients are Complaining
AROUND THE WORLD

MOROCCO’S TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO THE AFRICAN FOLD

At the 28th Summit meeting of the African Union (AU) held in Addis Ababa in late January this year, leaders decided by an overwhelming majority to welcome Morocco back to its fold. The North Afri ...

MOROCCO’S TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO THE AFRICAN FOLD
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MORE THAN WORDS
MORE THAN WORDS

“I am ready to come out of the woods and to help shine a light on what is already happening around kitchen tables, at dinners like this.” --Former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said during a St. Patrick’s Day speech indicating that she plans to shed the low profile she has kept since the election

MORE THAN WORDS

“Far from being in retreat, democracy has been on the march.” --Former British prime minister David Cameron said while delivering the 94th Ogden memorial lecture at Brown University in the USA

MORE THAN WORDS

“I would like to visit again, and to talk to other scientists. But I fear that I may not be welcome." --British physicist professor Stephen Hawking fears that he may not be welcome in the US under the Trump administration

MORE THAN WORDS

“I will undergo the investigation sincerely.” --Ousted South Korean president Park Geun-Hye apologized to the public as she arrived at the prosecutors’ office in Seoul on March 21

MORE THAN WORDS

"A man in Kandahar may get USD4,000 for his damaged car while a woman in Gardez gets USD1,000 for her dead child." --Marla Keenan, senior director of programs at the Center for Civilians in Conflict, commenting on the compensation payment process for the families of thousands of Afghan civilians killed or injured in U.S.-led military operations

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LIVING ETCETERA

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FUN FACTS

Santa Cruz del Islote is a small island in an archipelago off the coast of Colombia. This little island, perched on coral, has four times the population density of Manhattan. With no water, and electricity just 5 hours a day, legend has it that about 150 years ago, a group of fishermen from the coastal town of Baru, were pleasantly surprised to discover that the island had no mosquitoes. The story goes that the men slept so peacefully that night that they decide ...

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LEISURE
Making the First Move
Making the First Move

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