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Unprincipled Journalism Hurts Both Country, Nation

Unprincipled Journalism Hurts Both
Country, Nation

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has said that unprincipled journalism or yellow journalism is harmful for both the country and the nation, and it can never be acceptable. She said it at once hurts the country, the nation, and the people. The prime minister then used a quote from Bangabandhu who said that unprincipled journalism cannot give anything to the politics, country, and nation and it cannot do any good but hurts the society in many cases. The prime minister made the remarks at an iftar program organized by Bangladesh Federal Journalists Union and Dhaka Journalists Union on June 4 at the National Press Club.

The Government on a Seriously Wrong Path

The
Government
on a Seriously
Wrong Path

Legal expert Shahdeen Malik said that the government through its compromising attitude is instigating extremism. He also warned that the government is walking on a seriously wrong path. He was speaking at a meeting on May 27, when he said that the recent removal of the sculpture was an indirect attempt of the government to create pressure on the Supreme Court. Malik also said that the government has surrendered to those who explain religion like it was done in the Middle Ages.

Awami League Has Lost Its Mind

Awami League Has Lost Its
Mind

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir claimed that Bangladesh Awami League has lost its mind ever since his party announced its Vision 2030 plan and the government has been suffering from the BNP-phobia. Mirza Fakhrul was addressing a protest meeting at Engineers Institution in the capital on May 27 when he said that the intelligence officials who went to search Khaleda’s office came out to say that they had found nothing. He said it raises question about who those intelligence people are and why they are misleading the government. The BNP secretary general also asked if those who are running the government are politicians or intelligence officials.

Where is the Tax Money Going?

Where is the Tax Money Going?

Jatiya Party lawmaker Kazi Firoze Rashid criticized the government for the mismanagement of the economy and wanted to know where all the tax money was going to. He said all that money was getting indiscriminately looted because there is no good governance in the country. He also added the prevailing anarchy would not have existed if there was good governance in the country. Rashid said during a unscheduled discussion in parliament on May 30 that the economy was facing an ominous situation for a long time and according to the report published in a national daily six state-owned banks have lost their capital worth BDT160 billion. He said it meant these banks are becoming bankrupt every day.

All Judges But Me are Free

All Judges But
Me are Free

Chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha resented that all judges but him are free. During the appeal hearing on May 30 on the 16th amendment of the constitution to give power to parliament to impeach a judge, Sinha asked how dependent the chief justice was. In his reply, attorney general Mahbubey Alam said that you are not dependent because everyday many comments of you are being published in the newspapers. The chief justice said that he does not say anything by calling a press conference and he speaks within his proceedings. He then complained that the judiciary is in a pitiable condition because the government gives computers to primary schools and union parishad offices, but the judiciary cannot give computer to the judges.

A Budget to Create Opportunities to Steal

A Budget to Create Opportunities to
Steal

In her reaction to the proposed national budget, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia said that it is all about plundering. This budget has created opportunities for the Awami League government to steal money. Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith submitted a BDT4.00266 trillion budget for the 2017-18 fiscal. The BNP chairperson expressed her reaction during an Iftar party. She called Sheikh Hasina an autocrat and added that the finance minister has nothing to do with the budget because everything is done on Hasina’s instruction.

Ministers are Made to Tell Lies

Ministers are
Made to Tell
Lies

Environment and forest minister Anwar Hussain Monju has admitted that ministers have to tell lies. He said during a press meeting at the secretariat on May 31 that he felt proud because whenever he was a minister he always worked with very brilliant people. He then identified a journalist who was reading the written statement distributed amongst press members and told him that it was better to listen to the minister because what was written was a bunch of lies. The minister then broke into laughter before saying that all ministers are made to tell lies.

Those Who are Wealthy

Those Who are Wealthy

Finance minister AMA Muhith insisted that the prices of commodities will not soar but fall if the VAT law 2012 is implemented. He claimed that it will be so because essential commodities have been given VAT exemption. He further said that those who have more than hundred thousand taka in the bank are wealthy people, which is why it is essential to increase excise duty on bank deposits. In his opinion, government’s budget implementation capacity has been enhanced and it is no longer relevant to question this capacity. While speaking at the post-budget Q&A held at Osmani Memorial Auditorium on June 2, Muhith claimed this budget was the greatest budget ever submitted.

Excise Duty on Bank Deposits is Sheer Extortion

Excise Duty on Bank Deposits is
Sheer Extortion

BNP leader Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury has called the excise duty imposed on bank deposits in the proposed national budget as sheer extortion. The former commerce minister criticized 15 percent VAT slapped on goods and services and said that the government is picking people’s pocket to pay for the deficits created by plundering of banks. He was addressing a meeting on June 2 when Chowdhury said that excise duty can be imposed on goods sold but not on bank accounts. He also said that there is no instance of imposing excite duty on bank accounts anywhere in the world.

Religion is Being Used for Election

Religion is
Being Used for
Election

Veteran lawyer and one of the leading framers of the constitution Dr. Kamal Hossain said that removal of the statue of Greek goddess Themis was a cheap way to use religion to win votes. He said mass killing and rapes were carried out in 1971 in the name of religion. The senior jurist said the provision of secularism has been incorporate into the constitution to separate politics from religion whereas the biggest challenge today is to maintain justice and moral principles. He made his comments at a remembrance meeting held on May 27 at the National Press Club.

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EDITORIAL

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lexander the Great cut the Gordian Knot after hearing an oracle promise that whoever could undo it would be the next ruler of Asia. That legend is haunting us in this country, albeit working backwards. In their contest for power to rule this country, our politicians are locked in an endless deadlock. They are caught in their tangled politics like spiders stuck in their own webs. Today, the one question every citizen likes to ask is how this country can ever get out of this quagmire. And some of them are already asking that quest ...

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THIS WEEK
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Path to the Polls

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lthough the 11th parliamentary election of Bangladesh is scheduled to take place in 2019, all the major political parties are already gearing up for it. As per the constitutional requirement, the election must take place within the 9 ...

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IDLE MIND
by SYED BADRUL AHSAN
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Politics Among the Arabs

T he Arabs are at one another again. The ruling powers in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have just decided to snap diplomatic and all other ties with Qatar. They have accused the Qataris of fomenting Islamist violence through providing support to such brutal organiza ...

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SPORT
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Photo of the Week

Kevin Richardson, popularly known as the "lion whisperer", interacts with one of his lions while out for a walk in the Dinokeng Game Reserve, near Pretoria, South Africa. Richardson seeks to raise awareness about the plight of Africa's lions, whose numbers in the wild have dwindled in past decades

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PERISCOPE

Power Outage Hits 9-year High

The worst power crisis in nine years, coupled with heat waves sweeping across the country, has made life unbearable for the people. The power crisis will continue till the arrival of the first drops ...

Power Outage Hits 9-year High
NATION IN THE NEWS

Confronting the Challenges

About one million women are living in the three hill districts of Rangamati, Bandarban, and Khagrachhari – with six challenges. These are discriminatory behavior, inheritance of property, divor ...

Confronting the Challenges
BUSINESS & FINANCE

Selling Islami Bank Shares

Islamic Development Bank (IDB), one of the founding sponsors of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited, sold all of its 86.9 million shares. At a price of BDT31.50 per share, three companies bought share ...

Selling Islami Bank Shares
AROUND THE WORLD

Europe’s Garbage Can

Bulgaria is the latest eastern European state that has accused multinationals of selling lower quality food in its market than in the west, and has launched a pan-European taste-test to prove its ...

Europe’s Garbage Can
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MORE THAN WORDS
MORE THAN WORDS

“What do you give him to eat? Potica?” --Pope Francis asked US first lady Melania Trump in an apparent dig at president Donald Trump over his waistline during the pair’s first face-to-face meeting at the Vatican while the word “Potica” referred to a decadent traditional Slovenian cake

MORE THAN WORDS

“But in reality there is no closeness and, as the Americans have said, they are just there to pump them for money like a milking cow, and later slaughter them.” --Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, launched a fierce attack against regional rival Saudi Arabia, saying it was being pumped “like a milking cow” by Americans

MORE THAN WORDS

"My handshake with him, it is not innocent." --French president Emmanuel Macron confirmed that there was indeed a deeper significance to the prolonged handshake he shared with his US counterpart Donald Trump in Brussels

MORE THAN WORDS

"We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands." --German chancellor Angela Merkel told a crowd at an election rally in Munich after she returned from a G7 summit which wound up on May 27

MORE THAN WORDS

"If you had raped three, I will admit it that is on me." --Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte said while he sought to reassure soldiers who might be accused of committing abuses under martial law promulgated on southern Mindanao Island

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LIVING
The Whole New Jupiter

NASA in a media teleconference has recently released the first in-depth science results from the Juno mission at Jupiter. The Solar System’s lar ...

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LIVING ETCETERA

A teddy bear hospital has been launched in the UAE where children can check-in with their 'sick' teddies, the first of its kind facility in the UAE to help minors overcome anxiety while seeing a doctor. In the opening session, teddy bears underwent a 'CT scan', and were led into the surgery ward to get anesthetics before their operation. The Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences houses the hospital which is a part of a program designed to teach school children hands-on about medical procedures and to decrease any ...

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FUN FACTS

Jamaican singer, songwriter, and reggae musician Bob Marley lived through his childhood in poverty. His music was discovered by local producers, which led him to immediate spotlight straight to the international stage. Unfortunately, he suffered from skin cancer at the early age of 32 from where his condition only worsened and led to his death on May 11, 1981. His famous last words to his eldest son, Ziggy Marley, were: “Son, money cannot buy life.” ...

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LEISURE
Empathy or Prejudice
Empathy or Prejudice

Scientists are claiming that the universal language of music may have a humanizing effect and reduce feelings of prejudice between people from different racial backgrounds. Researchers recorded a mock news story featuring an Arab and an American actor playing music together. They then showed the video clip to US participants who were not Arab. The team found that when viewing the two cultures collaborating on music, individuals in the study wer ...

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