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
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
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
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”
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
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
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
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 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”
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.