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We Have Proven We Did No Corruption

We Have Proven We Did No Corruption

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina said that it was a challenge for her and she has proven that her government had done no corruption. The prime minister said it in her reaction to the cancellation by a Canadian court of the lawsuit on alleged corruption in the Padma Bridge project. She said it during a Cabinet meeting held at the secretariat on February 13. Cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam told reporters after the meeting that Bangladesh’s position on the construction of Padma Bridge has been made clear. He added that the World Bank has failed to take up the challenge and that Bangladesh’s image before the world has only brightened further after the verdict.

Common Sense of Obaidul Quader

Common Sense
of Obaidul
Quader

BNP vice chairman Shamsuzzaman Dudu has questioned the maturity of Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader after his comment on BNP’s capacity to mobilize political movements in the streets. Dudu said that Quader’s suggestion to strengthen BNP was childish. He was speaking at a meeting in Chittagong when he urged his opponent to keep the police force where it belonged and then the BNP would show its might. He asked Quader how old should he grow before he could have intelligence and common sense. Dudu then questioned how he could be so unintelligent at the age of 65 or almost 70.

A Safe Full of Money

A Safe Full of Money

Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid talked about his limitations after listening to the demands of teachers regarding their salaries and bonuses. On February 18, teachers from all over the country gathered at a conference held at the Engineers Institution to demand the creation of new positions, payment of salaries to those under the MPO scheme, and arrange annual benefits and bonuses. While the teachers were raising slogans in the auditorium, the minister told them that they should not think that just because he worked for the government he could take any decision he liked. He also said that one should not think he had a safe full of money and he also had the key to it.

Election Under Hasina

Election Under Hasina

BNP standing committee member Goyeshwar Chandra Roy has rejected BNP’s chance of participating in the next parliamentary election under prime minister Sheikh Hasina. He asked why BNP should wait for five years if it must go to polls under Sheikh Hasina. He said in that case BNP could participate in the election of 2014. Roy made his remarks while talking to journalists after laying wreaths at the mausoleum of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman on February 18 on the occasion of the 37th founding anniversary of Tanti Dal. He said an election like that of January 5, 2014 had never happened before in the 60-year history of the Indian subcontinent. He said the voters did not go to the polling centers during that election, and they would not go again if the next election is also held in the same manner.

No Election If Khaleda Zia Goes to Jail

No Election If
Khaleda Zia
Goes to Jail

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has warned that it would not allow holding of any election in the country if BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia is sent to jail under false charges. Mirza Fakhrul was addressing a meeting at Dhaka Reporters Unity on February 15 when he further said that the people would not participate in an election if it is held after Khaleda Zia is sentenced. He also said that Dr. Muhammad Yunus is a pride for all and the entire world has been honoring him. He then added that the prime minister has personally targeted Dr. Yunus as an enemy because she thought she had deserved the Nobel Prize.

Save Awami League to Save Bangladesh

Save Awami League to Save
Bangladesh

Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader believes that Awami League has to be saved in order to save Bangladesh. He said it is essential to save the Awami League to protect Bangladesh’s democracy, the spirit of the Liberation War and the independence of the country. He was addressing party workers at the historic Madrassah Maidan in Rajshahi on February 18 when he further added the independence movement of Bangladesh had started from the southern region of the country.

The Schools for Conjugal Squabbles

The Schools
for Conjugal
Squabbles

According to parliament member ASM Firoze, Indian television channels like Star Jalsha and Z Bangla are the schools which teach conjugal squabbles. He said it while inaugurating power connection and the Kalaiya Union Parishad building in Baufol upazila on February 17. Firoze asked the people present at the ceremony that since they had electricity they should be careful about having dish connections, using which their womenfolks could watch Indian television channels. He told them these channels teach nothing but domestic spats and obscenities.

“Leave While You Still Have Your Dignity”

“Leave While You Still Have
Your Dignity”

BNP’s senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi suggested that the newly appointed chief election commissioner, KM Nurul Huda, should leave his post to avoid undesirable circumstances. Rizvi said at a press conference held on February 12 that he would like to request the new CEC to voluntarily abandon his post before undesirable political situation arose. He said that BNP had even objected to the appointment of the Search Committee and it had become clear why that committee was created. He also added that the president, the government and the search committee belonged to the same plan. Rizvi concluded that the president appoints as CEC whoever is chosen by the prime minister.

Safety in the Dead of Night

Safety in the Dead of Night

Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner Md. Asaduzzaman Mia said in a comment that the police is working to create an environment in which people should be able to walk safely in the city even in the dead of night. He was addressing a meeting held at the DMP Media Center on February 13 when he expressed this optimism. Commissioner Mia also added that DMP would ensure that people could go about the city in the middle of the night and they would not be victims of snatching, and girls could go to schools and colleges without falling prey to eve teasing. He insisted that much of that atmosphere had been created already.

Failure of the State

Failure of the
State

Professor Muhammad Zafar Iqbal expressed his concern over the leakage of question papers for the SSC examinations. He said these leaks would not have happened if the education ministry meant business. He asked what could be a greater failure than this when as a state we could not even ensure examinations were held in a sound manner. Iqbal said it to reporters while attending a function organized by Chittagong City Corporation Municipal Model High School and College. He further said that question paper leaks could not have happened if only the education ministry or the government had decided against that, which meant that decision was never taken.

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EDITORIAL

T

he recent textbook fiasco has been a textbook case of how a dot becomes a circle. First we ignored the quality of teachers. Then we ignored the quality of students. There have been rumors that schools were being asked to liberally grade examination papers so that the greatest number of students could get the highest possible marks. Then we had the rude awakening that only a tiny percentage of these high achievers could actually cross the threshold of university admission tests. Then comes the fat in the fire. Textbooks are scan ...

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Textbooks in Turmoil

Millions of textbooks rife with information errors, spelling mistakes, poor printing, and fundamentalist influences are exposing children to misguided education.Every year in the beginning of the year, books are distributed amongst scho ...

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IDLE MIND
by SYED BADRUL AHSAN
SYED BADRUL AHSAN
“Speak, Hands, for Me!”

A slap is not a sign of polite or sophisticated behavior. More than humiliating the recipient of the slap, it is a reflection on the one who gives it. We have reports of minister and Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader landing three slaps on the face of a new ruling party lawmaker i ...

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Photo of the Week

Security officials clash with members of the Economic Freedom Fighters during President Jacob Zuma’s state of the nation address. The South African parliament descended into chaos, with opposition politicians denouncing Zuma – at the center of corruption allegations – as ‘rotten to the core’ and brawling with guards, who dragged them out of the chamber.

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ADB Supporting Skills Training to Boost Job Prospects and Higher Growth

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Bangladesh signed an agreement for a USD100 million loan for up-skilling the young workforce, especially women, to increase job opportuniti ...

ADB Supporting Skills Training to Boost Job Prospects and Higher Growth
NATION IN THE NEWS

Jailed But Innocent

Stories of innocent people spending years behind bars without trial seem to be straight from the pages of novels. Popular Indian Bangla movie Shobar Upore depicted a similar story years ago, abou ...

Jailed But Innocent
BUSINESS & FINANCE

Red Lights on the Dashboard

The country’s current account balance, a record of all monetary transactions with other countries around the world, has taken a harsh turn toward the negative after enjoying a surplus over the ...

Red Lights on the Dashboard
AROUND THE WORLD

Voters Consider Streamlined Citizenship for Under-25s

Swiss voters are considering two issues that will affect immigrants and foreign companies in Switzerland, deciding whether to make it easier for "third-generation foreigners" to get Swiss citizenshi ...

Voters Consider Streamlined Citizenship for Under-25s
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MORE THAN WORDS
MORE THAN WORDS

“The last thing Canadians expect is for me to come down and lecture another country on how they choose they govern themselves.” --Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau said at a joint press conference in Washington with Donald Trump on February 13

MORE THAN WORDS

"It is time for us to unite and fight against the internal and external terrorists." --Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif ordered the law enforcement agencies to eliminate terrorists with "full force" after a suicide bombing at a Sufi shrine killed 88

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“One of the things that fuel terrorism is the expression in some parts of the world of Islamophobic feelings and Islamophobic policies and Islamophobic hate speeches.” --UN secretary general Antonio Guterres observed during his visit to Saudi Arabia on February 12

MORE THAN WORDS

"Our American friends know well that your tone on Europe and NATO has a direct impact on the cohesion of our continent." --German defense minister Ursula von der Leyen said in a hard-hitting speech at the Munich Security Conference

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"It was not we who started the war against you in 9/11; it was you and your dictators in our land." --Khalid Shaikh Mohammad, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the September 11 attacks, wrote in his 18-page letter addressed to former president Barack Obama

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Yale Founder, a Slave Trader

A painting shows Elihu Yale, the founder of Yale University in the United States, being waited upon by a collared slave. The painting is related to one held by the University ...

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LIVING ETCETERA

Sleep more. Enjoy sex more. That is the bottom line of a new study of mid - dle-aged and older women published in Menopause magazine, according to the Today morning TV show in the US. Research done at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona revealed that a majority of women surveyed - some 60 percent - who got at least seven to eight hours of sleep reported being more satisfied with their sex lives than those who slept less. So, perhaps not surprisingly, 56 percent of the women said they were somewhat or very satisfied with their current sexual activity. Insomnia was also ...

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FUN FACTS
The Silk Road or Sickness Road?
The Silk Road or Sickness Road?

There is new evidence of something that researchers have long suspected: along with people, goods, and ideas, the Silk Road also transported infectious diseases. Studying preserved poop in a latrine at a Silk Road way station, which was in use from 111 BCE to 109 CE, researchers discovered four species of parasitic worm. One particularly interesting find is the Chinese liver fluke. It is a parasitic worm, which causes diarrhea, jaundice, and liver cancer. Put tog ...

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LEISURE
Naked is Normal
Naked is Normal

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