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Neither Side is Less Powerful, Hence Compromise is a Must

Neither Side is Less Powerful,
Hence Compromise is a Must

According to prime minister Sheikh Hasina, the three pillars of the state must compromise and work with each other. She said the state could not function smoothly if one pillar continues to blame another. Hasina urged the concerned parties to remain watchful in this regard. The prime minister inaugurated National Legal Aid Day on April 28 when she said that the Legislature, Judiciary, and Executive branches must walk together instead of try - ing to find fault with each other.

Chief Justices Do Not Express So Many Grievances

Chief Justices
Do Not Express
So Many
Grievances

Law minister Anisul Huq has said that the chief justices of other countries do not express so many grievances in front of the people. The minister said this at a reception held on National Legal Aid Day on April 26. Referring to chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha’s comments made at the Habiganj Bar Library on April 25, Huq told journalists that the chief justice could have talked to the government if he had so much dissatisfaction boiling inside him.

Economic Growth of Awami League Leaders

Economic Growth of Awami
League Leaders

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir claimed that economic growth has not come to Bangladesh but to Awami League leaders. He was addressing a conference of Thakurgaon district Chhatra Dal on April 29 when he also said that lies are being spread about the economy of Bangladesh and it is being said the country is experiencing increased economic growth. Mirza Fakhrul asked who the beneficiaries of that growth were. He said that growth has come to Awami League leaders, who are engaged in corruption to make it happen, whereas the common people are losing their economic growth every day.

Rise of Militancy in Absence of People’s Government

Rise of Militancy in Absence of
People’s Government

BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan believes that militancy has been rising in the country in the absence of a people’s government in power. He was speaking at a workshop organized by Mohila Dal in Pabna on April 29 when he argued that a government not backed by popular support is bound to be weak and militants take that opportunity to grow their strength. Khan added that is exactly what has happened under this government. He also took a jab at the general secretary of Awami League, saying it seemed he alone had knowledge of what should increase or decrease militancy.

Shutting Down Rampal Power Plant

Shutting Down
Rampal Power
Plant

Bikalpa Dhara president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury said that Awami League claims to have brought independence to the country, that it has also brought democracy, and it is a people’s party. He further said that Awami League now has to prove that it is truly on the people’s side by shutting down the Rampal Power Plant project. He added that he would ask the prime minister for the last time to listen to how the project would be injurious to the country because those who are carrying out the movement against the Rampal Plant are not enemies of the country. Chowdhury made his remarks at a roundtable held at the CIRDAP auditorium in the capital on April 22.

Stepmotherly Attitude Towards the Judiciary

Stepmotherly Attitude Towards the
Judiciary

Chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha has complained that every government in the country has shown a stepmotherly attitude towards the judiciary. He was attending a reception held at Habiganj Bar Library on April 25 when he insisted that it was nothing new today but that every government during its rule has treated the judiciary in the same manner. He further said that the administration never wanted it before and it did not want it now, that the judiciary should be able to function as an independent body. He added that those who are at the top echelons of the administration are always guided by some bureaucrats, which is why they are made to think that the judiciary is their adversary.

Crows, Chickens, and Hybrids

Crows,
Chickens, and
Hybrids

Jubo League chairman Omar Faruk Chowdhury has quipped that those who are calling others crows, chickens, and hybrids are also patronizing them. This top leader of an associate body of the ruling party said that those who wished to remove Sheikh Hasina from Awami League during 1/11 are now sitting in key party positions. Chowdhury was referring to Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader’s recent statements in which he called party infiltrators crows, chickens, and hybrids. Quader in the face of bitter criticism has agreed not to use those words in the future.

When Awami League is Its Own Adversary

When Awami League is Its Own
Adversary

Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader has warned that nobody would be able to save the party if it should become its own adversary. He said if Awami League continued to run like this, then it would not need BNP as its opponent, because Awami League would turn into its own opponent. Quader added that if that happens, then nobody would be able to save the party. The Awami League leader was speaking at the representatives’ meeting held by Chittagong North Awami League on April 22, when he made his observations.

Khaleda Not Paying Heed to Ziaur Rahman

Khaleda Not Paying Heed to Ziaur
Rahman

Founder of Gonoshasthaya Kendra, Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury, has complained that BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia is not paying heed to her party’s founder, late Ziaur Rahman. Chowdhury was speaking at the launch of a book titled Ziaur Rahman Bir Uttam, when he made his complaint. He said Ziaur Rahman had established the first commission on women's development and created the ministry of women's affairs. Chowdhury also said that it was Zia who had talked about giving more space to women. He then mentioned that Khaleda Zia had accommodated only one woman in the standing committee of her party and she is disregarding Ziaur Rahman.

Fat Cat BNP Leaders to the Haor Areas

Fat Cat BNP
Leaders to the
Haor Areas

Disaster management and relief minister Mofazzal Hossain Maya has suggested that BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia should send her fat cat leaders to the haor areas. He took a dig at Khaleda when he said that she may be unwell to go to the haor areas but her fat cat leaders should be sent to find out what is happening there. Maya made his comment while talking to journalists on April 23 after an inter-ministerial meeting held at his secretariat office.

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omen around the world have accomplished giant leaps. They have become astronauts, stateswomen, Playboy centerfolds, bandit queens, scientists, authors, and day laborers, infiltrating every rank that was once dominated by men. While Saudi women are still forbidden to drive, their cohorts elsewhere are flying planes and manning rockets. Why are there these dissimilar strides for women? For example, female athletes are now participating in every branch of sport. But the first female participation in the Olympics was in 1900 in Pari ...

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reaking the web of taboos and social pressure, women are increasingly being engaged in the workforce in Bangladesh like other countries of the world. However, their plight is far from over, as they are being subjected to various type ...

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IDLE MIND
by SYED BADRUL AHSAN
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When the Chief Justice Speaks

T he prime minister has of late wanted to know whether chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha consulted anyone before agreeing to have the Lady Justice statue put up on the Supreme Court premises. In this past week, law minister Anisul Haq advised the chief justice that he ought not to air his gri ...

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Photo of the Week

The Nepalese people throw vermilion powder at each other and play traditional musical instruments as part of the New Year celebration called Bisket Jatra, which is an annual event in Bhaktapur, Dhapasi, and Tokha in Nepal

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Plastic Goods Exports Up by 35.48 Percent in 8 Months

The government has set a target to export plastic goods worth USD60.80 million in the first eight months, from July to February, of the current fiscal 2016-17. However, according to the latest data ...

Plastic Goods Exports Up by 35.48 Percent in 8 Months
NATION IN THE NEWS

Are Repellents Safe for Humans?

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Are Repellents Safe for Humans?
BUSINESS & FINANCE

The Hidden Heist

Although the overall weighted average interest rate on lending has dropped to 5 percent in the banking sector, commercial banks are charging their clients higher interest rates — between 30 to ...

The Hidden Heist
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Islamophobia on the Rise

The number of Islamophobic incidents involving US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials has increased by around 1,000 percent since president Donald Trump took office in January, accordin ...

Islamophobia on the Rise
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People adopt unique personas for different social networking sites such as Facbook or LinkedIn, say American researchers at Pennsylvania State Unive ...

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Violent attacks on Jews dropped for a second straight year in 2016, but other forms of anti- Semitism are on the rise worldwide, particularly on US university campuses, according to a report released on April 23. Researchers at Tel Aviv University said assaults specifically targeting Jews, vandalism, and other violent incidents fell 12 percent last year. They recorded 361 cases compared to 410 in 2015, which had already been the lowest number in a decade. The figure reported on Sunday is the lowest since 2003, when 360 incidents were recorded. The report attributed much of the drop to increased security measures in Eu ...

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FUN FACTS

Richard Honeck is an American murderer, who served one of the longest custodial sentences ever to terminate in a prisoner's release in American criminal history. Jailed in November 1899 for the murder of a former school friend, Honeck was paroled on December 20, 1963, having completed 64 years and one month of his life sentence, and served a total of 23,418 days in jail. The longest prison sentence ever to end in ...

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Vinod Khanna Dies at 70
Vinod Khanna Dies at 70

The end snuck up on Vinod Khanna as he suffered away from the public eye, and his fans had no clue it was going to come so soon until they saw the picture of their emaciated and frail star, flanked by his wife and son standing in a hospital room. The Bollywood actor, who acted in 146 films in his career, was preparing himself for the last act of his life. Khanna, once acknowledged as one of Bollywood’s handsomest ...

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