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Corruption Will Not Be Tolerated

Corruption Will Not Be Tolerated

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina claimed that the rate at which the salaries of government officials in Bangladesh have been raised in the pay scale is a rare example in the world. She said the government officials, therefore, must see that the people are get - ting served. Hasina also insisted that now the salaries have been increased, and these officials must stop being corrupt. She warned that bribery and corruption would not be tolerated any - more. The prime minister said it during a meeting with the secretaries at the Bangladesh Secretariat on July 2.

HRW a Hired Organization

HRW a Hired
Organization

Ruling Awami League’s publicity and publication affairs secretary Hasan Mahmud has called the US-based Human Rights Watch a hired organization. He alleged that this organization works in accordance with the agenda of certain parties or groups. Mahmud spoke at a press conference on July 7 in Chittagong when he also said that the HRW issued no statement when some 21,000 Awami League leaders and workers were abducted and killed between 2001 and 2006. He also mentioned that British journalist David Bergman is working in Dhaka and he is providing all the data and information to HRW. The Awami League leader also said that HRW’s comments echo those of Khaleda Zia and Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.

Life is the Only Thing Left

Life is the Only Thing Left

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has said charge sheets have been pressed in 36 out of 86 cases filed against him. He also said Khaleda Zia is to go to court every week, before asking what she has done wrong. Mirza Fakhrul wanted to know who she should go to, what more the government is going to do and what is left there to be done. He resented that now taking life is the only thing left. The BNP leader made his remarks on July 6 at the party’s central office in Naya Paltan.

Those Who Talk About the 1972 Constitution

Those Who Talk About the 1972
Constitution

BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed has called those who talk about the 1972 constitution the willful sinners, who, what he said, should be ashamed of themselves. He said it was this constitution by which Bangladesh Awami League (AL) had replaced pluralistic democracy with one-party rule of Baksal in the country. While addressing a roundtable at National Press Club on July 8, he also said that the cancellation of the 16th amendment of the constitution was a historic decision which has further fortified the judiciary. He added that people are going to get justice and the Supreme Court is going to work like a protective shield.

“We are Also to Blame for Money Laundering”

“We are Also
to Blame
for Money
Laundering”

With regards to money laundering, finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith has said that it happens all over the world but it is happening at a higher rate in Bangladesh. He said, “We were to blame for it.” He also said that the official price of land in Bangladesh has been intentionally kept low. He said when one sells a piece of land at Tk 10 million and shows its price as Tk 3 million, the sum of Tk 7 million turns into ‘black money’. The minister said the government has been thinking of changing the official price of land in keeping with the market price. Muhith said it while opening a fountain in Sylhet on July 8.

Administration Has Got Rusty

Administration Has Got Rusty

Chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha has said that people would not find peace even if they have a lot of money until the rule of law is established in the country. He said he had dis - cussed the matter with the president and the prime minister and they also have realized it and are trying their level best. Sin ha further said that efforts are being made to overcome the struc - tural weaknesses in the legal system, but the administration has got rusty. While speaking at the reception held by by Comilla District Bar Association on July 7, the chief justice added that he has been talking about this subject for a long time to the dissatisfaction of some administrative officials.

They Could Not Digest Farhad Mazhar

They Could Not
Digest Farhad
Mazhar

BNP’s senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi believes that the government staged a drama by abducting noted essayist, poet, and columnist Farhad Mazhar to scare BNP. He said Farhad Mazhar is a poet, essayist, political commentator, and lyricist and argued why such a person (Farhad Mazhar) would go for staging a drama of abduction by going into hiding. Rizvi claimed that this drama has been entirely directed and produced by Sheikh Hasina and her government. He said it in a party meeting on July 4 after Farhad Mazhar was rescued from Jessore. He said the government could not but returns Farhad Mazhar.

Fishing in the Muddy Water

Fishing in the Muddy Water

Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader is concerned that certain quarters are conspiring to take advantage of the instability in the country and thus fish in troubled waters. He urged the people to stand united and remain alert under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina to foil the conspiracy. The minister told journalists, while opening the foot bridge near Mymensingh Medical College Hospital on July 7, that Farhad Mazhar was abducted to embarrass the government at home and abroad. He also said that the country must come first, and everybody must be careful so that no matter how much grievances they may have against a particular party, it does not hurt the country.

Unesco Has Surrendered to Lobbying

Unesco Has Surrendered to
Lobbying

Unesco has withdrawn its objection to Rampal Power Plant and Anu Muhammad, one of the activists of the movement for cancellation of the plant, has claimed that the UN body has surrendered to lobbying. He asked what it will matter to Unesco if the Sundarbans is destroyed. The National Committee to Protect Oil Gas Mineral Resources Power and Ports has been carrying out a movement for last four years for the cancellation of the 1320MW power plant being constructed jointly by Bangladesh and India at Rampal in Bagerhat. It was because of this committee’s concern that Unesco also had raised the objection. On July 6, Unesco reportedly lifted its restriction with some conditions at the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee held in Poland.

“I Have Created Rare History in the World”

“I Have Created
Rare History in
the World”

Jatiya Party chairman Hussain Muhammad Ershad claimed that he has made “rare history” by winning twice from five constituencies at a time while he was in prison. He said his party is not finished and it will win if there will be a fair election. He said his hands were not stained with blood and transferred power on his own volition. Ershad made these remarks at his Banani party office on July 4. He said his party has been out of power for 26 years and it has suffered much repression, injustice, and persecution but yet it has not fallen apart.

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EDITORIAL

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ees make honey, but it is easier said than done. They have to fly 55,000 miles and visit roughly 2 million flowers to produce a pound of honey. One bee colony produces 60 to 100 pounds of honey in a year. An individual bee's contribution is only 1/12 teaspoonful in its lifetime. These correlations between flowers and bees hit home after the 136th IPU Assembly concluded in Dhaka on April 5. Fifteen hundred guests from 131 countries met for five days. What they eventually produced is an ounce of wisdom that inequality is the mothe ...

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THIS WEEK
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Mixing Money With Politics

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n a democratic country, people from any socio-economic background are allowed to enter politics. While Bangladeshi politics used to be dominated by professional politicians, people from other professional background had direct and/or ...

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IDLE MIND
by SYED BADRUL AHSAN
SYED BADRUL AHSAN
Section 57 . . . and Other Disturbing Tales

L aw minister Anisul Huq has expressed his hope that Section 57 of the ICT Act will eventually cease to exist. Additionally, we have been given to understand that Section 57 could be repealed next month. There have been, we have cause to believe, intense deliberations on the law at meetings of the cabinet. All of this demonstrates the keen awareness the government now appears to be developing about a measure ...

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SPORT
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Photo of the Week

Children ride on a train as it goes past collapsed buildings near the children’s park opened during Eid-ul-Fitr in Damascus, Syria

WEB ARCHIVE
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PERISCOPE

Eighty Percent People in Bangladesh Now Get Electricity

The country's power sector has showed a rapid growth in the rece nt years, with currently providing 80 percent of the country's tot al population access to electricity, according to official sources ...

Eighty Percent People in Bangladesh Now Get Electricity
NATION IN THE NEWS

From Crops to Fuel

To ensure the eco-friendly organic fuel, Bangladesh government is planning to produce ethanol from grains. Experts fear that it might put country’s food security in danger because a substantial ...

From Crops to Fuel
BUSINESS & FINANCE

The Exodus Continues

As the ranks of the country’s millionaires continue to mushroom, many of them in their increasing numbers are sending money overseas at unprecedented levels either to pull their ill-gotten gain ...

The Exodus Continues
AROUND THE WORLD

No Petrol, No Diesel

The new ecology minister of France, Nicolas Hulot, announced on July 6 that his country will end sales of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 as part of an ambitious plan to meet its targets under ...

No Petrol, No Diesel
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MORE THAN WORDS
MORE THAN WORDS

"Yes, exactly that way." --German chancellor Angela Merkel told Die Zeit she stood by her suggestion that Europe can no longer entirely rely on the US, which she said after her last encounter with US president Donald Trump in May

MORE THAN WORDS

"There is no viable alternative to a two-state solution." --French president Emmanuel Macron said he supported a two-state solution to end the Middle East conflict as he welcomed Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas to the Elysee Palace

MORE THAN WORDS

“If they do not change their behavior, maybe we should change our behavior towards Pakistan as a nation.” --US senator John McCain warned that if Pakistan does not stop supporting the Haqqani network, the United States should change its ‘behavior’ toward Pakistan

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"It is important to work on granting citizenship to the Muslim community, that has been deprived of citizenship for many years." --UN high commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi urged Myanmar to grant citizenship to the Rohingya

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“Lalu will prefer to hang rather than succumbing to BJP pressure.” --India’s RJD chief Lalu Prasad told reporters after appearing at the special CBI court which is investigating into allotment of railway hotels’ contracts in 2006 when he was the Union railway minister

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LIVING
Drinking Water from Refilled Plastic Bottles Can be Harmful

Plastic bottle you are constantly replenishing could have the potential to leach chemicals and harbor harmful bacteria. In particular, there ha ...

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LIVING ETCETERA

The Hindus believe that Lord Krishna, with his tribe of Yadavs, travelled from Mathura in north India to build a new kingdom of gold in Dwarka at the western tip of the Saurashtra peninsula in Gujarat. The devotees, some among them historians, believe that after Krishna's death a great flood washed away the city. The date of the event is not clear. But there seems to be some consensus that it could be 1500 BC. The Department of Science and Technology in India is actively considering to entrust the mission to robotic vehicles that will go down into the sea near Dwarka to look for the fabled city and c ...

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FUN FACTS

Why did not the UN just spring straight into existence after 50 nations signed the UN Charter in San Francisco on June 26, 1945? One of the three-step ratification process required that a country had to deposit a protocol of the ratification to formally register the process. Nicaragua was the first country to announce its intention to ratify the Charter in early July. As the first country to ratify the United Nations charter, Nicaragua was the first country to join the U.N. ...

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LEISURE
Recognition of Paternity
Recognition of Paternity

Almost 28 years after the celebrated surrealist painter Salvador Dalí died, a 60-year-old Spanish woman has succeeded in winning a judicial order to have his body exhumed for DNA extraction so that she can know whether she is his daughter. Dalí died in 1989 at 85 and was previously thought to be childless — even largely celibate — although Pilar Abel, a tarot card reader, has been claiming since 2007 that her ...

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