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Salaries Paid With Taxpayers’ Money

Salaries Paid With Taxpayers’
Money

President Md. Abdul Hamid reminded the members of the police force that their salaries are paid with the taxpayers’ money. The president said that people have the right to seek protection for their lives and properties, and it is not a matter of compassion. Hamid was addressing the police force on January 25 at Bangabhaban during the observance of the Police Week 2017 when he also said, “People come to you in the hope of getting justice and service and you must ensure they do not suffer any kind of harassment by you.”

Police Do Not Persecute Journalists

Police Do Not
Persecute
Journalists

Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal denied that two journalists were beaten up by police while they were covering the hartal in Dhaka. He said police never persecute the journalists although there are confrontations between the two sides at times. During the hartal on January 26 police badly thrashed two journalists in front of the Shahbagh police station who were then sent to Dhaka Medical College for treatment. When asked about it on January 27 in Moulavibazar, the minister replied, “You see, police never maltreats journalists although they push each other at times, which is natural. It was something like two friends knocking each other while walking together. It was something like that.”

Awami League Cannot Stay in Power in Its Sound Mind

Awami League Cannot Stay
in Power in Its Sound Mind

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir is of the view that Awami League can never stay in power in its sound mind. He said this political party has already made the president’s initiative controversial. He was speaking on the second death anniversary of Arafat Rahman Koko on January 24 at the Nayapaltan central office of his party when he also accused Awami League of always destroying the balance of the country and making politics unstable.

80 Percent Divorces in Bangladesh Fueled by Indian Serials

80 Percent Divorces in Bangladesh
Fueled by Indian Serials

President of the Federation of Television Professionals Organization, Mamunur Rashid, said that 80 percent of the divorces taking place in Bangladesh are directly and indirectly fueled by Indian serials. He said it is happening under the influence of the evil culture propagated by the Indian television plays and serials. Rashid claimed that the television channels in the country must obey the laws of 2006 and people must be rescued from the annoyance caused by advertisements. While speaking at a discussion on January 27, he insisted that the same laws must be obeyed in terms of bringing performers from abroad.

Awami League Has a History of Endangering Democracy

Awami League
Has a History
of Endangering
Democracy

BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia said in her message on the occasion of the Democracy Murder Day on January 24 that Awami League has come to power through the blind alleys of conspiracies and the Awami alliance by dint of its illegitimate rise to power and imbued with the spirit of BAKSAL has buried democracy that was won at the cost of so many lives. She said that Bangladesh has a history of endangering democracy and the fundamental rights of people.

Ask the Royal Bengal Tigers

Ask the Royal Bengal Tigers

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina took a dig at those who are resisting the construction of Rampal Power Plant when she said that they should ask the Royal Bengal tigers if they are facing any inconvenience. She was speaking at the 57 national conference of Engineers Institute of Bangladesh in Chittagong on January 28 when she also said that certain quarters are carrying out smear campaigns internationally to discredit the Rampal plant. Hasina said that the power plant is not going to be built in the Sundarbans, but these people are saying that it is going to destroy the Sundarbans. She asked those who are shedding tears for the Royal Bengal tigers in the Sundarbans that they should go and ask those tigers if they are facing any inconveniences.

Greed, Not Need, Drives Corruption

Greed, Not
Need, Drives
Corruption

Iqbal Mahmud, chairman of Anti-Corruption Commission, is convinced that corruption persists in the country not due to need but due to greed. He was speaking at a workshop held at the ACC headquarters on January 24, when he also said the economy of the country is still largely inclusive, which is why not so much corruption is taking place due to need. He further added that most of the corruption is being driven by greed and ACC wants to build resistance to corruption in every layer of the society.

BNP Leaders Give Away Their Own Secrets

BNP Leaders Give Away Their
Own Secrets

Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader quipped that one does not have to go to Bangabhaban to learn about the secrets of BNP, because its leaders are enough. Quader said it while taking a potshot at BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on January 23. He said it in response to Mirza Fakhrul’s claim that Quader had lied when he said that BNP had proposed the name of Justice KM Hasan for the Search Committee to form the new Election Commission. The Awami League general secretary also asked if Mirza Fakhrul had full confidence in those leaders who were part of his party’s delegation to Bangabhaban. He added that many of these leaders rant before the intelligence agencies in the fear of going to prison or being persecuted otherwise.

Real Education Absent in Academic Institutions

Real Education Absent in
Academic Institutions

Former teacher of Dhaka University, Abul Kashem Fazlul Haque, lamented that real education is absent in the academic institutions of the country. On January 27 he was speaking at a discussion at National Press Club when he said that the current education system in the country is result-oriented only. He said that education has been confused with results, and the creative method has made students disinterested in education. Haque said that there are certain provisions in the constitution with regards to education and no government has so far followed those provisions. He added that primary education in Bangladesh is now divided into 14 categories, which is at once in contrast to the constitution and the national interests.

Even Billionaires Dodge Taxes

Even
Billionaires
Dodge Taxes

Chief justice S.K. Sinha resented that even billionaires do not pay their taxes in Bangladesh. They transact billions of taka, import goods using forged documents and fake bank guarantees, and whenever such matters are detected none of those involved are ever identified and captured. He said this is the real picture of the country. Sinha made these comments while talking to lawyers on January 28 at the Supreme Court auditorium. He said that he was not in agreement with the government decision to provide legal support to those who do not pay taxes.

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f one takes a tour of Dhaka City on any day, one will know that the hawkers are a serious problem. In all cases they have taken over the sidewalks of the city, and in many cases they have also spilled over into the roads creating unspeakable sufferings for the city dwellers. Not only are traffic congestions a regular phenomenon, but it also becomes very difficult for the pedestrians to walk from one point of the city to another. Wh ...

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IDLE MIND
by SYED BADRUL AHSAN
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The Search for a New Election Commission

T he search committee entrusted with the responsibility of proposing names to constitute the next Election Commission has been at work. There is little question that the six members of the committee are determined to make a good show of themselves as they go about their delicate business. It m ...

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Photo of the Week

Gambia's longtime leader, Yahya Jammeh, left the country on January 22 after stepping down as president following tense negotiations amid the prospect of West African military intervention. He has arrived in Conakry, Guinea, according to a Gambia Civil Aviation Authority official.

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Emirates Signs Corporate Deal with University of Dhaka

Emirates airline has announced special privileges for the faculty members, officials of Dhaka University (DU), and members of thei r families. Privileges include special discounted fares while trave ...

Emirates Signs Corporate Deal with University of Dhaka
NATION IN THE NEWS

A Special Job Fair

With proper training and opportunities, people with physical and mental disabilities can become contributing members of the society. Even amidst limited resources and massive social obstacles, ma ...

A Special Job Fair
BUSINESS & FINANCE

Anniversary of the Heist

The sensational USD101-million cyber heist from Bangladesh Bank’s account was one of the highlights of 2016. Following the heist, the then central bank governor Atiur Rahman had to resign, and ...

Anniversary of the Heist
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The Fear of Russia

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“Mexico does not believe in walls. Mexico believes in bridges.” --Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto said while outlining a set of foreign policy goals that prioritize defending the country’s “national interests”

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"True democracy is a project that's much bigger than any of us. It is bigger than any one person, any one president, any one government. It is a job for all of us." --Former US president Barack Obama said in a video released on the unveiling of the Obama Foundation by Michelle and Barack Obama

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“If daughter’s honor is compromised, it only affects the village or community but if the vote’s honor is compromised, it impacts the entire nation.” --India’s Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav triggered a controversy on January 24, saying the honor of vote is more important than that of a daughter

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“I was raised Catholic, became Episcopalian & found out later my family was Jewish. I stand ready to register as Muslim.” --Madeline Albright, the first woman to run the State Department under former president Bill Clinton, joined thousands of people who have pledged to register as a Muslim

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“Because I think it a higher and more compelling duty to speak out on behalf of the faith, than to retain a public honor which precludes me doing so at this time…." --Gavin Ashenden, one of the Queen Elizabeth’s chaplains, resigned after criticizing a Glasgow church which allowed a Koran reading during one of its services

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LIVING
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Pakistan’s founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah gained notoriety in Bangladesh in 1948 for saying that Urdu should be the state language of Pakistan. The man who was insensitive to the sentiments of Bengali-speaking people, who formed the majority of its population, would have met poetic justice if he were alive. His own mother tongue Gujarati is facing an uncertain future in his country and at least its written form is in danger of a slow death although over 50 million people speak it worldwide. Even Pakistan’s National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has recently omitted Gujarati from the column asking the ap ...

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Boy Who Launched the Vanilla
Industry
Boy Who Launched the Vanilla Industry

Réunion is a small island in the Indian Ocean, famous for its vanilla. The vanilla comes from orchids’ pods, which are sweetly scented and ideal for perfume and food spicing. Unfortunately, the natural pollination reuqired a small bee, Melipona, which lives only in its habitat of Central America. Edmond Albius was a 12-year-old enslaved boy, when he developed a way to pollinate each orchid by hand. Edmond’s technique made vanilla profitable to grow outside of its native Mexico ...

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LEISURE
Leisure
Leisure

Yesteryear Bollywood actor Raveena Tandon is playing the title role in the upcoming film The Mother. As she started shooting, she could connect with her character well, and it slowly became difficult for her to dissociate from the film even after the shooting was done. She could not sleep for three nights and the worst was when she had to dub for it all over again. She could not stop crying once the dubbing got over. It took her some time to come back to her calmer self. “It was very disturbing,” said the ac ...

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