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The President of the Government

The President of the Government

President Md. Abdul Hamid said he is not just the president of the government but the president of everyone in Bangladesh, which is why he has to listen to everybody and know about everybody. He added that the cry one hears in Sunamganj while harvesting paddy reaches all the way to Kishoreganj. He said, as the son of a peasant that cry always touches him and that is why he accepted the invitation to visit Sunamganj and he assured that people of the haor would not die of starvation. Hamid made his comments while visiting distressed areas of Sunamganj on April 17.

BNP is an Arid Land with Many Cracks

BNP is an Arid
Land with
Many Cracks

BNP’s joint secretary general Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal compared the many rifts within his party to arid land with cracks in North Bengal. He said the party has many divisions like a much divided land which is why the movement to find Ilias Ali is not gain - ing momentum. Alal also added, while speaking on April 17 at the Diploma Engineers’ Institute, that there are countess splinter groups within his party.

Do Not Use the Words “Crow” and “Chicken” Anymore

Do Not Use the Words “Crow”
and “Chicken” Anymore

After being criticized for addressing party workers as “crows” and “chickens”, Awami League gen - eral secretary Obaidul Quader has asked journalists with folded hands not to use those words anymore. He said he only used those words to entertain party workers who sit in a meeting for three to four hours. Since he got the general secretary’s post last October, Quader vowed to drive out infiltrators from the party. He then called the infiltra - tors “hybrid” at various meetings and seminars. Then he termed the infiltrators as “crows” and “chickens” for which he has been severely criticized on Facebook.

An Election That Can Be Called an Election

An Election That Can Be Called
an Election

BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan has informed that the BNP which boycotted the tenth parliamentary elections will participate in the next elections if it is a competitive election and all political parties participate. He was addressing a meeting in the capital on April 21 when he said that BNP always wanted to participate in the polls because it is a democratic party, but it will participate in an election that can be called an election. He added that it will not be appropriate to take part in an election that is just a game or a joke, a sham or a farce.

BNP is Bound to Go to Polls

BNP is Bound
to Go to Polls

Jatiya Party chairman Hussain Muhammad Ershad has insisted that no matter what BNP says, it has no choice but to go to the polls next time. He said the party would lose its registration if it fails to participate in the elections this time. While speaking to journalists at his residence in Rangpur, Ershad emphasized that BNP has no choice but to participate in the upcoming polls.

Critics Paved the Way for Bangabandhu Killing

Critics Paved the Way for
Bangabandhu Killing

Bangabandhu’s daughter and prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, claimed the criticism surrounding Bangabandhu since his return to the country had paved the way for his assassination. He said Bangabandhu and his family were eliminated to deplete the spirit of the Liberation War after which BNP founder Ziaur Rahman put antiliberation forces in power and placed the national flag in their blood-soaked hands. The prime minister said this at the opening of the new building for the Liberation War Museum in Agargaon on April 16.

Frequent Visits of Indian Army Chief

Frequent Visits
of Indian Army

BNP vice chairman Shamsuzzaman Dudu has raised questions about Indian army chief general Bipin Rawat’s second visit to Bangladesh in a single month. He said during a human chain held on April 21, that the Indian army chief is coming again on April 21 and he was here only last month. Dudu then asked why is it necessary for the Indian army chief to frequently visit Bangladesh. General Rawat visited Bangladesh from March 31 to April 2 prior to prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to India. Times of India has reported that the Indian general is going to visit Bangladesh again from April 27 to 30.

Prime Minister Has Handicapped Politicians

Prime Minister Has
Handicapped Politicians

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has blamed the prime minister for handicapping politicians in the country by not allowing them to speak up. He made his remarks while speaking at the National Press Club on April 20 on the fifth anniversary of Ilyas Ali’s disappearance. Mirza Fakhrul remarked that the prime minister goes to Bhutan to talk about autism while she has no clue about her own country. He also said this government has been steamrolling and crushing its opponents ever since it came to power and that such persecution of opponents does not happen anywhere else in the world.

Obaidul Quader was Devastated by Torture

Obaidul Quader was Devastated
by Torture

Awami League leader, engineer Mosharraf Hossain, told party colleagues on April 22 that the party’s general secretary, Obaidul Quader, was davastated by torture during the emergency rule. Hossain was describing the 1/11 days to Awami League workers of Chittagong North, when he said that he and Obaidul Quader were held in the same room during their detention after 1/11, and he saw how devastated Quader was. He informed that after DGFI took Quader away for four days, he told Hossain after his return that he would prefer to spend 12 years in prison instead of being subjected to DGFI torture.

Asked for a Cannon, But India Gave Biscuits and Lollipops

Asked for a
Cannon, But
India Gave
Biscuits and

Former president Dr. AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury quipped that the prime minister of the country went to India and the people waited like a thirsty lark. He said, while everybody hoped to see a rush of water flowing from the Teesta River, they gave us electricity. The prime minister asked for a cannon, but India gave us biscuits and lollipops, he added. Dr. Chowdhury was addressing a seminar at the National Press Club on April 16 when he also said it would have been better to visit Delhi after reaching an understanding with West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.



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Surprises at the Voting Booth

E lections often throw up surprises, especially in our times. In this past week, the French have shown how ready they are to eject their mainstream political parties from the scene and go for a new set of people to shape their future. Whether the future of France is now in the hands of Emmanue ...

Photo of the Week

Students in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, practice taking cover in a classroom at a school in the Mare slum. With rival drug dealers on practically every corner, and a militarized campaign to tackle them, shootouts have become so common that the school holds safety drills for students.

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Power Subsidy Hits BDT24.74 Billion in Eight Months

Subsidies in the power sector soared to BDT24.74 billion in the first eight months of the current 2016-17 fiscal, due to gradually rising electricity purchase from costly rental and quick rental pow ...

Power Subsidy Hits BDT24.74 Billion in Eight Months

Loads On the Roads

The number of vehicles on the streets of Dhaka are increasing alarmingly. In the last six years, the number of registered vehicles has doubled in this megacity. Currently, 78 percent of the count ...

Loads On the Roads

Consolidation or Consolation?

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to India on April 7-10 this year has drawn huge attention in both India and Bangladesh. By signing around three dozen, 35 to be specific, instruments in the ...

Consolidation or Consolation?

Death by Overwork

A workaholic Japan has unveiled its first-ever plan to limit overtime, but it has failed to satisfy the critics of karoshi or death from overwork. They believe the 100-houra- month cap will do no ...

Death by Overwork
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Two Names, One Meaning
Two Names, One Meaning

Minnesota is a mid-western U.S. state bordering Canada and Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes. Whereas Winnipeg is the capital of the Canadian province of Manitoba. These two names, Minnesota and Winnipeg, in two different countries, have the same meaning. Minnesota means “murky water” in Sioux. Winnipeg means “murky water” in Cree. ...

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