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Conflict Amongst Muslims Benefits Arms Dealers

Conflict Amongst Muslims Benefits
Arms Dealers

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina said that conflicts and clashes amongst the Muslims are benefitting the arms dealers, and she also emphasized the importance of stopping the ongoing fights amongst them. All problems must be resolved through discussions, Hasina told Dr. Abdullah Bin Muhammad Bin Ibrahim Ali, speaker of the Muslim Shura of Saudi Arabia, who called on her on May 11. She resented that hundreds of lives are being lost in the conflicts, and clashes amongst Muslims worldwide, and many of them are being forced to seek refuge in other countries.

Bureaucracy is the Biggest Problem

Bureaucracy
is the Biggest
Problem

Anti-Corruption Commission chairman Iqbal Mahmud vented his grievance against the bureaucracy saying that he got a report from the water resources ministry in 10 months, although it was given a deadline of 10 days. Mahmud, who was once a top bureaucrat of the country, described bureaucracy as the biggest problem of the country. He said this at a seminar on anti-corruption held at the PIB seminar room on May 7. He told the audience that after he took office at ACC in March 2016, he noticed certain irregularities in the construction of the dam in Sunamganj and asked for a report from the water ministry. That report was sent to him 10 months later last February, when flood waters had already infiltrated the dam.

Prime Minister Usurped the Independence of Judiciary

Prime Minister Usurped the
Independence of Judiciary

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir complained that prime minister Sheikh Hasina herself has usurped the independence of the judiciary. He was speaking on the second death anniversary of BNP leader Nasiruddin Pintu on May 9 when he referred to the comments made by the prime minister with regard to the chief justice, S.K. Sinha. Mirza Fakhrul mentioned that Hasina on May 8 questioned how the chief justice could claim that there was no rule of law in the country and the judiciary did not have any freedom. Hasina then added that the chief justice would not know the answer because he himself has destroyed both. The BNP secretary general then told the audience, “There is no rule of law anywhere in the country, my friends!”

Those Who are Running the Country

Those Who are Running the Country

Legal expert Shahdeen Malik argued at a discussion on May 13 that no country can develop itself until it has rule of law and the police force is subject to that rule of law. Malik said development cannot come without those pre-conditions no matter how many billions of taka are spent on ambitious projects. Taking a dig at the government, he said those who are running the country are running it in the wrong direction. He said the present rulers are going to hurt themselves eventually and destroy the society in the process, which is not desirable for anyone. He added that the prime minister opens some 30 projects in a district within half an hour’s time, but this road does not always lead to development. He further said that certain countries in the Middle East once had a per capita income of USD15,000, countries which have now turned into virtual hells.

What Did Not Happen in Two and a Half Years

What Did Not
Happen in Two
and a Half Years

Chief justice S.K. Sinha has expressed his annoyance after the state asked yet again for more time to publish the gazette on discipline rules for lower court judges. When the state asked for more time for the 16th time on May 8, Sinha asked attorney general Mahbubey Alam if New York or Tokyo was the largest city in the world. The chief justice then quipped that it appeared to him that the largest city was Dhaka where the distance from the Supreme Court to Bangabhaban and Ganabhaban must be several hundred thousand kilometers. He added, since that distance could not be crossed in two and a half years, it may not be possible to cross that same distance in two and a half thousand years. He also asked the attorney general why it should take two and a half years to move the file.

Putting Together a Rainbow Nation

Putting Together a Rainbow Nation

BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia is keen to form a political culture with people of all stripes so that it will put together a ‘rainbow’ nation. At a press conference held on May 10, she presented a vision of the kind of nation the BNP would like to form after it comes to power. This projection of 256 articles has been named “Vision 2030”. Khaleda said that just as the rainbow appears with its seven colors in the autumn sky, the BNP would like to form a rainbow nation with people from across the social spectrum.

Khaleda’s Indulgence to Pakistani Propaganda

Khaleda’s
Indulgence
to Pakistani
Propaganda

According to civil aviation and tourism minister, Rashed Khan Menon, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia not only showed disrespect to the martyrs by questioning their number, she has also given indulgence to the false propaganda of Pakistan and its agents defeated in 1971. The minister said that even after coming to power in 2001, the BNP-Jamaat alliance actively tried to erase the spirit of the Liberation War. It was because of the ever-vigilant people of this country that they failed to implement their evil scheme, he added. Menon said this while speaking at National Press Club on May 13.

Khaleda Wishes to be President So That Her Son Can be Prime Minister

Khaleda Wishes to be President
So That Her Son Can be Prime
Minister

Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader believes that should BNP return to power, Khaleda will become the president of the country so that her son can be the prime minister. Quader said this in his reaction to Vision 2030 presented by BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia at a press conference on May 10. Khaleda said at that press conference that if BNP comes to power again it would like to create a balance of power by amending some of the excessive power given to the prime minister. Quader thinks it gives a clear hint for something else and asked how Khaleda could possibly respect the president of the country when the president appointed from her own party was removed from his office without any specific reason.

Party of Complaints vs Party of Solicitations

Party of Complaints vs Party of
Solicitations

BNP’s central committee vice president Mir Nasir Uddin told the grassroots level party workers in Cox’s Bazar on May 13 that a country cannot move ahead without democracy. He accused the Awami League government of resorting to killing, abduction, and falsehood to indulge in anarchy. Mir Nasir insisted that the government will not be allowed to hold a January-5-styled election again. He also said that there will be no election in the country that excludes the largest popular party of the country, BNP. The BNP leader further stated that Awami League calls BNP a party of complaints, but Awami League has turned into a party of solicitations because it is soliciting support from Delhi and that’s why it has remained in power so long.

Sexual Violence is Linked to Power

Sexual Violence
is Linked to
Power

Anu Muhammad, the member-secretary of the National Committee for Protection of Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports, has observed that the incidents of persecution arise from the desperation, recklessness and lack of respect for others instigated by power. He was speaking at a demonstration against sexual violence held by the students of Jahangir Nagar University on May 14. Anu Muhammad said that when a society is built on persecution, one of its major outcomes is sexual repression. He also added that those who are connected to power commit the acts of persecution by abusing power and showing their disregard for law.

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EDITORIAL

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he world is demographically lopsided more than ever before: old people are concentrated in rich countries, and the rest of the world is crowded with the young. Whoever said that the young shall inherit the earth must think again. As nations get more affluent, their populations also get more aged. In an increasingly prosperous world, the future generations are losing entitlement. The young are between the ages of 10 and 24, making a fourth of the global population. In 2010, an estimated 524 million people were aged 65 or older. ...

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LEADING INTO THE FUTURE

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he future of a country largely depends on its youth population. Youth activism and engagement can bring about important social changes. During times of national crises, it is the youth who bravely stand up to the challenges and often ...

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IDLE MIND
by SYED BADRUL AHSAN
SYED BADRUL AHSAN
Rainbow Dreams and Poignant Words

W hen Begum Khaleda Zia spoke of her party’s goal of creating a Rainbow Nation in Bangladesh last week, we were all reminded of Nelson Mandela. The great man, despite having spent twenty-seven years of his life in prison, emerged to inform the world that he was ready to transform the so long ...

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Photo of the Week

A demonstrator catches fire in Caracas, Venezuela after the gas tank of a police motorbike exploded during clashes in a protest against president Nicolás Maduro

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Emirates and EBL Sign a Partnership Deal

Emirates Airlines has partnered with Bangladesh’s leading new generation financial institution, Eastern Bank Ltd, (EBL), to offer an exclusive rate on flight tickets for EBL VISA, MasterCard credi ...

Emirates and EBL Sign a Partnership Deal
NATION IN THE NEWS

Unlocking a Deadlock

Following the government decision to snap utility connections to the tannery factories at Hazaribagh on April 8, the country’s tannery industry has incurred losses worth BDT26.87 billion so fa ...

Unlocking a Deadlock
BUSINESS & FINANCE

Yodel from Yokohama

For effective and successful utilization of aid and assistance to the benefit of the people and the country, Bangladesh has outpaced many member countries of Asian Development Bank (ADB) and is ...

Yodel from Yokohama
AROUND THE WORLD

Few and Far Between

The dramatic firing of FBI director James Comey has got the US president in a soup already. It is as much because the firing came in the midst of an ongoing probe into possible Russian meddling i ...

Few and Far Between
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MORE THAN WORDS

"So, I called President Xi Jinping, 'I am calling you at the behest of the president of the United States'." --Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte said in a speech in his hometown in Davao City

MORE THAN WORDS

"If the election were on October 27, I would be your president." --The former Democratic contender for US presidency, Hillary Clinton, took responsibility for her 2016 election loss but believes misogyny, Russian interference and questionable decisions by the FBI influenced the outcome

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“The National Front ... must deeply renew itself in order to rise to the historic opportunity and meet the French people’s expectations.” --Presidential candidate for the far-right National Front (NF) party, Marine Le Pen, said after conceding defeat to centrist Emmanuel Macron in France’s presidential election

MORE THAN WORDS

“Is South Korea a colony that has to cough up cash whenever the U.S. wants it to?” --Park Hee-ju, an anti- THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) activist in South Korea, told the left-leaning Hankyoreh newspaper

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"He tweets at 3am... sober. Who is tweeting at 3am sober? Donald Trump, because it is 10am in Russia. Those are business hours!" -A sulfurous jibe from Indian-American comedian Hasan Minhaj as he roasted Donald Trump at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner

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LIVING
The Reawakening

The BBC reported on May 4 that climate change is melting permafrost soils frozen for thousands of years. But that is not the only thing happening. As the soils melt, they are ...

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LIVING ETCETERA

The Islamic practice of triple talaq is unsustainable and bad in law because Muslim marriages are contracts that cannot be unilaterally rescinded by the husband, the Allahabad High Court in India has said. The court’s observation came while hearing a petition filed by a man whose wife is pursuing criminal charges against him for allegedly torturing her for dowry and then divorcing her when she refused to pay. Hearing in the case ended on April 19 and details of the judgment were made public on May 9. The Islamic practice under which a man can divorce his wife by saying ...

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FUN FACTS

The Amazon rainforest is the largest and most biodiverse rainforest in the world and counts for supplying 20 percent of the world’s oxygen. Covering almost 40 percent of the South American continent, reports suggest it would be the 9th largest country in the world had it been a nation. The rainforest includes parts across 9 different countries across the continent. It is the home to approximately 390 billion individual trees comprising of 16,000 species. Unfortunately, the Amazon rainfores ...

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LEISURE
Rishi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan Reunite for New Film
Rishi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan Reunite for New Film

Veteran Indian actors Rishi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan will be reuniting for a project after previously working together in films like Naseeb, Amar Akbar Anthony and Kabhie Kabhie, The details of which are yet to be revealed. Rishi took to Twitter, where he shared a photograph of Amitabh. He wrote that it is always a pleasure and an honor for him to work with the megastar. He also add ...

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