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National and International Conspiracies Surrounding the Polls

National and International Conspiracies
Surrounding the Polls

Bangladesh Awami League (AL) president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed concern over the “national and international conspiracies” surrounding the 11th parliamentary election. She said there could be multi-faceted conspiracies during the election, but AL would not do anything compromising the interests of the country. Hasina claimed that Jamaate- Islami and BNP engage in evil machinations every time the elections draw near and they have already appointed lobbies at home and abroad. She also cautioned that conspiracies might be underway this time as well. While addressing the AL’s nomination board for local elections on July 21 at Ganabhaban, she asked her party men to look for qualified candidates and work together.

Senior AL Leaders Proved They are Cowards

Senior AL
Leaders Proved
They are
Cowards

Food minister Qamrul Islam claimed that the grassroots leaders of Bangladesh Awami League (AL) were united during the 1/11 political changeover, but the senior leaders proved they were cowards. He said he witnessed the situation with his eyes and Sheikh Hasina got released because the AL workers across the country rallied in favor of her. He added that these workers never betrayed the party under any circumstances. Qamrul said it at a discussion on July 16 to observe Sheikh Hasina’s Arrest Day.

Forget the Map, Where is the Road?

Forget the Map, Where is the
Road?

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir is of the opinion that the roadmap announced by the election commission for the 11th parliamentary election will not end the real problem. He said the roadmap declared without prior consultations will not be a solution. He added that a roadmap is useless when there is no ‘road’, as no ‘road’ is in sight so far. Mirza Fakhrul said it in his instant reaction to the roadmap for the next general elections after it was announced by the election commission on July 16.

Lawmakers Themselves Have Proven How Unfit They are

Lawmakers Themselves Have Proven
How Unfit They are

Gana Forum president Dr. Kamal Hossain thinks that it was unfortunate the way the abrogation of the 16th amendment of the constitution was discussed in parliament. He added that through their discussions on the verdict they themselves have proven how unfit they are. Kamal said this in a press conference held after the extended meeting of his party at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh in the capital on July 22. “It is not right that parliament members should have the power to impeach the judges although they may impeach the president or prime minister of the country.” He said there is no conflict with the constitution here and one will have to understand why the independence of the judiciary is important. He insisted that the judiciary was the custodian of the constitution and it has to play the role of a referee. If other organs of the government exceed their powers, the judiciary will have to blow the whistle and flash the red card.

Too Many of Lenin in Left Parties

Too Many of
Lenin in Left
Parties

Noted leftist thinker, researcher, and historian Badruddin Umar has said that the problem with the country’s left-leaning parties is that they have too many ‘Lenins’ in them. He added that even students in their study circles do not believe that there is a communist movement in this country. He further said that there are people in this country who insist that there was never a communist movement in this country. In his interview with a vernacular daily on July 23, he resented that everybody believes he has emerged as a Lenin.

Cornering the Judiciary Not Good for the Country

Cornering the Judiciary Not Good for
the Country

Chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha has said that cornering the judiciary is not good for the country. He asked attorney general Mahbubey Alam on July 18 that he should remember that everybody has a responsibility toward the highest court of the country, the Supreme Court. Sinha made his remarks during a hearing on the High Court verdict which declared operation of mobile courts by executive magistrates illegal.

They Will Send Me to Prison Again If I Open My Mouth

They Will Send
Me to Prison
Again If I Open
My Mouth

Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna said that the ruling Bangladesh Awami League has even blocked people’s right to speak. He expressed his deep dismay over the ongoing political situation in the country while speaking at a function in National Press Club on July 19. He lamented that the country is still under the influence of Saturn. He said that condition is obvious when a party wins 154 out of 300 parliamentary seats uncontested and then takes power of the country. He said: “Those who are in power will send me to jail again if I open my mouth to tell them that truth.”

Khaleda Has Cataract in Her Eyes

Khaleda Has Cataract in Her
Eyes

According to shipping minister Shajahan Khan, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia has got cataract in her eyes, which is why she cannot see the development that have taken place in the country. Khan was speaking at a seminar at National Press Club on July 21 when he said that prime minister Sheikh Hasina has taken the country from lowincome to middle-income status. The minister further claimed that BNP does not see it when the whole world is saying that Bangladesh will have one of the leading economies by 2030.

Awami League Has Lost Its Balance

Awami League Has Lost Its
Balance

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) vice chairman Khandaker Mahbub Hossain believes that ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) has lost its balance out of fear for the framework of the caretaker government the BNP will unveil. He was addressing a protest rally organized by Jatiyatabadi Nagorik Dal at the National Press Club on July 21. Mahbub said AL knows that Khaleda Zia will announce the framework of the caretaker government on her return from London and that fear is making different AL leaders say different things. He criticized the AL leaders for saying that Khaleda has fled to London, adding that people have seen who had fled the country during 1/11. He emphasized that Khaleda does not have a habit of fleeing.

People Will Not Accept a Plan Made in London

People Will
Not Accept a
Plan Made in
London

Ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader taunted that Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia is making her plans sitting on the bank of Thames River in London. He was speaking in Brahmanbaria on July 20 when he claimed that people will not accept any plan made in London. Referring to BNP’s threat to launch a movement after the Eid, Quader quipped that BNP failed to launch a movement even for 18 minutes although 18 Eids have been observed so far because the party does not have that strength. He said even if there are waves in the Titas River, BNP’s ‘dead river’ will not see the tides again.

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EDITORIAL

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f education is the backbone of a country, language is the backbone of education. A language is a medium of learning and, therefore, it is essential that it is learned and used in its purest form to ensure quality of education as much as a mirror needs to be clean for clear reflection. It goes without saying that how correctly people speak their language is an indication of their education system. While much criticism has been levelled against the quality of our education system, the recent years have seen a serious decline in sp ...

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Messing With Mother Tongue

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he connecting road between Farmgate Chowrangi and Farmview Super Market was inaugurated in 2009, but the Bangla word for inauguration is still seen wrongly inscribed on the plaque as. On the nameplate of the Registration Complex at 4 ...

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IDLE MIND
by SYED BADRUL AHSAN
SYED BADRUL AHSAN
In These Rains, With Those Songs

I n these rains that make a havoc of life, you take shelter in old, nearly forgotten melody. It is especially when you think of the songs that once were part of life that you know how much of good music has gone missing in our times. You might have cause to remember the romantic numbers sung b ...

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SPORT
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Photo of the Week

An archery display at the village of Ton in Kyrgyzstan which hosted the Kyrgyz ‘Ethno- Fest’, a showcase of traditional nomadic art and lifestyle in the Central Asian nation

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NATION IN THE NEWS

The Employment Paradox

Thousands of young educated people are jobless in Bangladesh. They find it difficult to get jobs. Many of them are choosing unemployed life failing to match jobs in accordance with their qualific ...

The Employment Paradox
BUSINESS & FINANCE

Credit Card Defaulters

The banks leading in consumer banking, particularly in credit card business, have the highest number of loan defaulters as these loans are mostly disbursed without mortgage. The bank authorities ...

Credit Card Defaulters
AROUND THE WORLD

A Palace Coup

It happened on June 21 of this year when Saudi king Salman bin Abdulaziz summoned Mohammed bin Nayef, who has been a powerful figure in Saudi Arabia’s security apparatus for the past two decade ...

A Palace Coup
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A Little Bit of Generosity is Secret to Happiness

Scientists have found that generosity made people happier and promising to be more generous was enough to trigger a change in our brain giving us pl ...

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LIVING ETCETERA

China's economic might is catching up to the United States – or is seen to be catching up. That is according to a new report from the Pew Research Centre, which released results of a 38-nation survey on July 13. While the majority of those polled still correctly believe the US is the world's biggest economy, 12 nations – including Canada, Russia, and most of Western Europe – believe China has the largest economy in the world. Pew detected a dramatic shift: only six nations said Beijing possessed the world's strongest economy when the question was asked between 2014 and 2016. Since then, the number of countries th ...

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FUN FACTS

Paris Syndrome is a mental disorder that involves hallucinations, anxiety, hostility, and other stress-related issues, which are triggered by the extreme shock tourists face when Paris does not match up to their high expectations. Japanese tourists are known to be very vulnerable to this disorder, studies show 20 out of the 6 million Japanese tourists visiting Paris each year are faced with this disturbance. The phenomenon has only been known to occur in the Fre ...

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LEISURE
The Halal Sex Guide
The Halal Sex Guide

The Muslimah Sex Manual: A Halal Guide to Mind Blowing Sex is a book written by Umm Muladhat, which is believed to be her alias. This is a first-of-its-kind sex guide written specifically for Muslim women after anecdotal evidence suggested that many of them have little or no knowledge about how to enjoy sex. The book is available for order on Amazon as of last week. On the book's Amazon page, Muladhat says the origin of the book can be traced to a conversation she had some years ago ...

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