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Democracy is a Vehicle of Progress

Democracy is a Vehicle of

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has termed democ - racy, not only as a system, but also as a vehicle of progress and safety for human beings. She said this while inaugurating the 136th assembly of the Inter Parliamentary Union at the south plaza of the national Parliament Building on April 1. Hasina also said that we are proud of our demo - cratic traditions, and see it not only as a system but a means to guarantee prog - ress and security for the people.

“Protect Your Paternal Property”

Your Paternal

While expressing his concern over the signing of the defense pact with India, BNP standing committee member Goyeshwar Chandra Roy has said that it would destroy the independence and sovereignty of Bangladesh. He took aim at the prime minister when he said that it was not too late to protect her “paternal property” by not signing the defense pact with India even if it costs her own life. Roy quipped that people do not think that the prime minister owns this country, but she thinks it is her paternal property. The BNP leader said this at the 26th founding anniversary of Jagpa held at Dhaka Reporters Unity on April 1.

The Prime Minister in the Soup

The Prime Minister in the

BNP’s senior joint secretary general, Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, has said that the prime minister is in a soup, trying to play too many games. He told jour - nalists during a press briefing at the central office of the party in Naya Paltan on March 28 that the prime minister is in trouble over buying two sub - marines from China because India is worried that Sheikh Hasina is under the growing influence of China. Rizvi added that India is anxious over this deviation of its tested friend, which is why it is insisting that Sheikh Hasina should sign the defense pact with it.

BASIC Bank’s Money as if Lost in a Casino

BASIC Bank’s Money as if Lost
in a Casino

Iqbal Mahmud, chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission, observed that the money that disappeared from BASIC Bank was as if it were lost in a casino, and his people are finding it very difficult to trace that money. He told journalists in his office on March 29 that 54 lawsuits have been filed in this connection and a charge sheet could not be issued in a single one of those cases. Mahmud said it could be viewed as a failure of the ACC. He added it is very difficult, really impossible, for ACC investigators to find out where all that money has gone.

Unemployment and Absence of Freedom of Speech

and Absence
of Freedom of

Jatiyo Party chairman Hussain Muhammad Ershad has lamented that people do not have the right to live in this country. He also said they do not have freedom of movement, nor do they have the right to speak or write freely. He said unemployment and the absence of freedom of speech are creating terrorism and militancy. Ershad added that there is no sound democracy in the country and politicians are not respectful of each other, and people now want to see a change in this situation. The Jatiya Party chairman gave his remarks while addressing the 34th founding anniversary of Chhatra Samaj on March 27.

Complacency Over a Couple of Raids

Complacency Over a Couple of Raids

BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia has urged everybody to unite to face terrorism and militancy at a national level. She emphasized that it is not possible to uproot militancy by carrying out a couple of raids. And she added that there is no scope for complacency by conducting a few raids to suppress militancy. Khaleda made these remarks on March 28 when she also said that absence of democracy, governance without accountability, lack of justice, and youth unemployment are the main reasons behind the rise of militancy in this Muslim majority country. She said these reasons have to be addressed and for that the people must be taken into confidence and their support is needed.

Military Pact with a Friendly Country

Military Pact
with a Friendly

BNP standing committee member Dr. Abdul Moyeen Khan has questioned the need for a military pact with India. He also said that it is contradictory to sign a military pact with a friendly country. Dr. Khan was speaking at a roundtable discussion in Khulna on April 1 commenting that if Bangladesh is surrounded by a friendly country on three sides, then why is that country so keen to sign a military pact with Bangladesh. He said the government has to explain to 160 million people why this pact is being imposed on the country.

Keeping Khaleda Out of Politics

Keeping Khaleda Out of Politics

Information minister Hasanul Haq Inu has claimed that the BNP chairperson has once again proven her sympathy for militants by saying that the raids on militants must be investigated and that militancy is filling the gaps created by the absence of democracy. He called Khaleda an agent and representative of Pakistan, and that she is an accomplice and an associate of militancy. The minister argued that she must be completely taken out of politics as much as militancy should be utterly uprooted and destroyed. While speaking at a press conference in the PID conference room on March 30, Inu also said that siding with militants is not a political strategy of Khaleda Zia but an ideological commitment.

Militants Want to Go to Heaven By Killing Police

Militants Want to Go to Heaven
By Killing Police

Mohammad Shafiqul Islam, DIG of Chittagong Police Range, said that militants want to go to heav - en by killing policemen. He said he had once asked a militant why he had turned to militancy and the reply was that the militant wanted to go to heaven by killing members of the police force. Islam said this while speaking as the special guest at a reception for freedom fighters organized by the district administra - tion on March 26

What are You Doing With the Judiciary?

What are You
Doing With the

Chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha told attorney general Mahbubey Alam that the country does not have a presidential system of government. He asked why the president was being referred to again and again under a parliamentary form of government. Sinha asked what were they doing with the judiciary. The chief justice said this on March 28 while commenting on the repeated prayer for time with regard to publishing the gazette for job discipline guidelines of lower court judges.



he recent textbook fiasco has been a textbook case of how a dot becomes a circle. First we ignored the quality of teachers. Then we ignored the quality of students. There have been rumors that schools were being asked to liberally grade examination papers so that the greatest number of students could get the highest possible marks. Then we had the rude awakening that only a tiny percentage of these high achievers could actually cross the threshold of university admission tests. Now comes the fat in the fire. Academic institutions in this country are starving for teac ...

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Teaching Without Teachers


eachers are vital to the achievement and success of the Education for All (EFA) movement, a global commitment to provide quality basic education for all children, youths, and adults. However, a shortage of qualified teachers in sever ...

Suspending Facebook, For Quality Education?

A s this article is being written, the government is yet to move on whether or not Facebook facilities will be suspended every day for six hours from midnight till the morning. The expectation on the part of citizens is that such a regressive move will not be made, that an enlightened view of ...

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Over 6 Million People in the Country Suffer from Depression

More than 4 people out of every 100 are suffering from depression. Experiences like unemployment, mental shock, deprivation, or mourning the death of a loved one, are the reasons behind this men ...

Over 6 Million People in the Country Suffer from Depression

On the Rise

The first one and a half month of the current year (until February 18) witnessed an unprecedented surge in child murders. A total of 45 children were killed during this time, according to Banglad ...

On the Rise

Depletion and Repletion

It has been a common feature for the last few years that stateowned commercial banks fail to recover the loans disbursed by them and sink in provision deficit and capital deficit. The government ...

Depletion and Repletion

A Third Life Term

Self-styled revolutionary Carlos the Jackal was once the most wanted fugitive in the world. Already serving two life terms for murder, he was given a third life sentence on March 28 for a deadly ...

A Third Life Term
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"Europe as a political entity will either be united, or will not be at all." --EU president Donald Tusk said at a special summit in Rome on March 24 to mark the 60th anniversary of the bloc's founding treaties.


"We have no intention to drag soldiers before the courts and send them to the gallows." --Former Sri Lankan president Chandrika Kumaratunga told a gathering in the northern capital of Jaffna, that soldiers who fought against the LTTE during the civil war, would not be dragged before the courts.


“France is the most political nation in Europe and the French are great tragic actors; right now we are in a very explosive situation that is pre-revolutionary.” --Jean-Luc Mélenchon, France’s hard-left presidential candidate, said in an interview with British daily The Guardian


"Many of us believe the strength of America is this integration of different cultures, different religions, people coming together.” --Indian-American Congressman Dr. Ami Bera said while urging US president Donald Trump to refrain from using Islamophobic language that pits one group against another.


“I am sure that I have not done anything wrong. My resignation is to uphold political morality.” --A K Saseendran, transport minister of Kerala in India, is quoted as saying after he resigned over the leakage of his lewd phone conversations with a woman

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Closing the Gap

U N member states have pledged to close the gender pay gap and reduce and redistribute unpaid care and domestic work that falls disproportionately ...


Beijing will open its first domestically developed automated subway line with self-driving trains this year. The 16.6-kilometer Yanfang Line, which is being debugged, will improve convenience of transportation for residents living in the city's southwestern suburb of Fangshan, state-run Xinhua news agency quoted an official as saying. The facility is the first fully domestically developed automated subway line on the Chinese mainland, a spokesperson with the Beijing Municipal Commission of Housing and Urban-Rural Development. In addition, construction is expected to be c ...


As often believed, lynching did not start in the old West or during Reconstruction. It actually started during the American Revolution. A justice of the peace and farmer in Virginia before the war, one colonel Charles Lynch, led a band of vigilantes to “bring to justice” British supporters and outlaws. Hanging someone without a trial became known as “lynching” after this particularly enthusiastic patriot. Nearly 3,500 African Americans and 1,300 whites w ...

Picasso’s Forgotten Wife
Picasso’s Forgotten Wife

A new exhibition has drawn Picasso’s first wife out of oblivion. She was forgotten as a “neurotic”, snobbish depressive who was supposedly a drag on the great artist. But the recent exhibition has shone a very different light on Olga Khokhlova, whom Picasso refused to divorce because he did not want to split his artworks and his vast wealth with her. Drawing on previously unseen letters, photographs, and films from the Picasso family’s private archives, Olga emerges as a majo ...


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