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Neither Side is Less Powerful

Neither Side is Less Powerful

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has laid emphasis on coordination between the three critical organs of government: the legislature, judiciary, and executive. She said that these three organs must work together to complement each other. In her words, neither side should try to supersede or show its might to the other two because none of them should be less powerful. The prime min - ister added that a state cannot function smoothly if there is conflict over who should follow whom, and who should accept whose decision. She said this on April 15 while inaugurating the new residential building for Supreme Court judges.

BNP Suffering from Fatigue

BNP Suffering
from Fatigue

Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury, an advisor to BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, has identified BNP as a party suffering from fatigue. He also said that BNP was in a slumber. Chowdhury pointed to a recent report that revealed hundreds of thousands of Bangladeshis are suffering from fatigue and claimed that BNP also fell in that same category. He was speaking at an event organized by the Daily Amar Desh on April 11 when he stated that BNP was failing to organize its own house.

Distance Between the Government and the Judiciary

Distance Between the
Government and the Judiciary

Chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha has complained that a vested quarter has been trying to create a distance between the government and the judiciary. He said that this quarter has been eternally engaged in its vicious attempt to alienate the government from the judiciary. He said that such misunderstanding between the two organs of government sends a wrong message to the people of the country. Sinha added that not long ago the government took a number of important decisions about the judiciary, and its custodian the chief justice, was not even informed. He insisted that those decisions were taken based on completely wrong information and by hiding the truth from the head of government. He gave his comments while opening the Judges’ Tower in Kakrail on April 15 as special guest.

A Fraction of Achievement

A Fraction of Achievement

Convener of Nagorik Oikkyo, Mahmudur Rahman Manna, said during a press conference on the agreements signed between Bangladesh and India that what has been achieved is only a fraction of what has not been achieved. He was speaking at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity on April 10 when he lamented that the Teesta water sharing agreement is stuck in a vortex of optimism while the Ganges Barrage Project remains uncertain. He said there was no discussion on the common rivers between the two countries and the details of the defense MoU are not clear. Manna added that the agreements signed include construction of 36 community clinics, transport service on the Khulna-Kolkata bus route, and the establishment of more border haats, but effectively the size of achievement is indeed a small fraction of what has not been achieved.

A Little Pilferage and Massive Development Works

A Little Pilferage
and Massive
Development
Works

Finance minister AMA Muhith said that massive development works are underway despite a little pilferage. He added that he could only laugh whenever he hears the opposition saying that there is no progress in the country. As a matter of fact, he emphasized, a lot of development activities are going on in the country. He said that despite a certain amount of pilferage, development has changed the face of the country. The minister said this while speaking at a reception accorded him in Jhalakathi on April 12.

Hasina Has Returned Empty Handed

Hasina Has Returned Empty Handed

BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia claimed that prime minister Sheikh Hasina failed to gain anything from India other than empty promises. She said Hasina had to return from India empty handed. Not only that, she added, certain agreements and MoUs have been signed to satisfy a legacy of Indian priorities. This was how the former prime minister explained the successes and failures of Hasina’s India visit during a press conference held at her Gulshan office on April 12. Khaleda insisted that the visit was a total failure in which Bangladesh has only given to India without getting anything in return.

Heart More Important Than Brain

Heart More
Important Than
Brain

Vice chancellor of Dhaka University, professor AAMS Arefin Siddique, said that the heart is more important than the brain in today's world. He was speaking at a neuroscience conference on April 15 when he addressed biochemists and microbiologists at the Neuroscience Research Center of Dhaka University. Siddique explained that the brain is certainly very important but the heart is even more important because in today’s world there are many talented people but very few kind ones.

Too Many Leaders, Not Enough Workers

Too Many Leaders, Not Enough
Workers

General secretary of Bangladesh Awami League, Obaidul Quader, resented that there are too many leaders in the party, but not enough workers. He then said there are too many parasites who must be extricated from politics. Quader said this at the opening of the 36th founding anniversary of the voluntary organization Sandhani in Savar on April 13. During his speech he claimed that Awami League is a huge political party and it has a publicity secretary although a separate organization named Publicity League has been founded already. He further said that when a party is in power many fake organizations sprout to exploit its name and these organizations have no other objective but to collect tolls.

BNP Leaders Suffering from Malnutrition

BNP Leaders Suffering from
Malnutrition

Health and family planning minister Mohammad Nasim quipped that BNP leaders are suffering from malnutrition and what they need is a plentiful nutritious diet. He said this is the reason why they do not know what to say and where to say it. The minister was speaking at a World Health Day function on April 9 when he also said that recently the two prime ministers of Bangladesh and India have openly signed some agreements but BNP leaders are irresponsibly calling them secret pacts. Nasim mentioned that the BNP chairperson has alleged that the Awami League has sold out the country through these agreements, and he (Nasim) asked how anybody can sell out a country. He accused BNP leaders of saying things without knowing all the facts.

Awami Legaue Knows Nothing But Power

Awami Legaue
Knows Nothing
But Power

Jatiya Party chairman Hussain Muhammad Ershad believes that Awami League knows nothing but power and it only wants to stay in power. He added that there is no safety for the life and property of the people in the country and people cannot write or speak about it. Ershad also said that people now cannot even sleep in peace and nobody knows who is going to disappear when. He said nobody keeps track of how many mothers have lost their sons. He said none of these issues existed when Jatiya Party was in power. Ershad pleaded that people should vote for him one last time because he has come to them in the last days of his life. The Jatiya Party chairman made his remarks in Narsingdi on April 10.

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EDITORIAL

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ne thing certain about politics in Bangladesh is that it has an evolving order in the midst of an emerging chaos. If closely observed, it is right now abiding by Newton's first law of motion. The object at rest stays at rest, while the object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction. One of the assumptions of the law of inertia is that it does not change unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. So the ruling party stays in power, while the opposition stays opposed. It is almost certain now, that t ...

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Hatching Up An Alliance

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atiya Party chairman HM Ershad recently announced that his party is going to step out of the Awami League-led grand alliance and form a new political alliance. The new alliance is likely to include at least 12 pro-liberation war and I ...

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IDLE MIND
by SYED BADRUL AHSAN
SYED BADRUL AHSAN
A Baishakh Ambience in London

O n the eve of Pahela Baishakh last week, I was among a large group of enthusiastic Bengalis in London. The enthusiasm was perceptible in the way they remembered the home country, despite their being citizens of the United Kingdom now. It is a most cheering sight observing the fervor with whic ...

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SPORT
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Photo of the Week

Six-year-old Maydiigo plays with seven-year-old Abaay at the village of Owdiinl in Somalia. Maydiigo and her mother, brothers and sisters, all moved to live with her relatives after her father died of cholera. The family had 16 farm animals but 15 of them died due to the drought.

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E-commerce to Generate Million New Jobs within 10 Years

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NATION IN THE NEWS

Dead Rivers Run Dry

Bangladesh is gradually losing its identity as a riverine country. The country used to be crisscrossed by over 1,300 rivers. According to the estimate of private research organization ActionAid, ...

Dead Rivers Run Dry
BUSINESS & FINANCE

The Slow Stride

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The Slow Stride
AROUND THE WORLD

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Laziness Can Be Contagious

Researchers found that people not only pick up on others' attitudes toward three personality characteristics -laziness, impatience, and prudence -bu ...

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A German historian Paul Hoser claimed that Nazi leader Adolph Hitler lived at Thierschstrasse 41 in Munich's Lehel district from 1920 till 1929, interrupted by a year spent at Landsberg prison for staging a failed coup in Bavaria. Writing in the quarterly VfZ, Hoser says the house was bought in 1921 by a Jewish merchant named Hugo Erlanger. He lost the house in 1934, after falling behind on mortgage payments. According to the research, Hitler treated his Jewish landlord "with courtesy" despite harboring strong anti-Semitic sentiments that would later contribute to the Nazi's murderous policy toward ...

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Located at the foot of Mount Sinai in Egypt, it is one of the oldest functioning monasteries in the world. It was built between 548 and 565 CE. One reason it has endured is its six-foot-thick granite walls. Another is that the monastery once sheltered and fed the Prophet Muhammad during his early travels. He gave specific orders that St. Catherine’s was to be left unharmed. Muhammad’s protection was written in a charter in the second year of the Hegira (626 CE) and that charter, called ...

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Hyderabad Wants Back Nizam Legacy Locked in Reserve Bank’s Vault
Hyderabad Wants Back Nizam Legacy Locked in Reserve Bank’s Vault

While nostalgia haunts Hyderabad on the last Nizam's legacy, residents have been allowed only two glimpses of the royal treasure trove: in 2001 and in 2006 when the jewels were exhibited at Salar Jung Museum for brief periods. Both times, the event drew hundreds of thousands of visitors before the treasures were sent back to the Reserve Bank of India’s vaults. The great grandson of the ...

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