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Zia Family is a Family of Murderers

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has termed the family of late president Ziaur Rahman as a family of murderers. She

complained that Zia was involved in the killings of August 15, 1975 and Khaleda Zia, her son Tarique Rahman and her entire cabinet was involved in killing of August 21, 2004. She said that all the members of the Zia family are killers. Hasina made her comments at a meeting held on the anniversary of grenade attacks at Bangabandhu Avenue on August 21, 2004.

Sheikh Hasina is a Killer

While speaking at a press briefing at BNP central office in Nayapaltan, acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam

Alamgir accused the prime minister of killing hundreds of innocent people. Alamgir said that Hasina herself is a killer and her party Awami League is a party of killers. He also said that Hasina's comments on a sub-judice matter is tantamount to contempt of court. He further said that Hasina's comments were politically motivated, which is despicable and deplorable. He then mentioned that between November last year and January this year RAB and police have killed more than 500 party workers and abducted 65 party workers.

ACC Does Not Do Enough

Chairman of Anti-Corruption Commission, Md. Badiuzzaman, does not think his organization is doing

enough to prevent corruption. He was speaking at a seminar on corruption at Rajshahi University when he expressed this view. While presenting the keynote paper at the seminar he said he like most people also believed that the civilities of ACC were not enough to fight against the menace of corruption in the country. He added that if only the political force in the country could be used against corruption then it would be possible to bring down corruption to a tolerable level, if not completely eradicated.

BNP is a Party of Terrorists

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina's son and her advisor on information technology, Sajib Wazed Joy, has called

BNP a party of terrorists and demanded that it should be brought to trial. Joy made this claim in his Facebook status written in both English and Bangla. Joy wrote, "August is a dark chapter in the history of the Bangali nation and my family. They killed the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on August 15. On August 17 they exploded 500 bombs in the country. On August 21 they carried out grenade attacks to assassinate my mother prime minister Sheikh Hasina and killed 23 party workers and wounded more than 400."

BNP is Thunder without Rain

Civil aviation and tourism minister Rashed Khan Menon claimed that BNP is planning to roar and it has been talking big

at times but it cannot impalement its threats. He said it has proven many times in the field and that is exactly what they proved again in the recent rally. In fact BNP is all thunder and no rain. Khan was speaking at the Conference Lounge of National Press Club on the 28th death anniversary of Maulana Abdur Rashid Torkobagish.

Zia is History's Villain

Information minister Hasanul Haque Inu has said that BNP founder Ziaur Rahman is history's villain. He said Ziaur Rahman

purposefully had the children's park built at that site in Dhaka to hide the shame of Pakistan Army and the Rajakars. Inu said those who try to erase and distort history get hurled into its dungeon. The minister gave his remarks at a meeting held at Dhaka University Teacher- Student Center.

Bangladesh is a Land of Bribery

Jatiya Party chairman Hussein Muhammad Ershad lamented that there is no rule of law in the country at present. He said the

whole country is rife with politicization, bribery and corruption. Ershad said one has to bribe to get a job and nothing gets done unless palms are greased first. He concluded that Bangladesh has turned into a land of bribery. The JP chairman further added that there was one Hawa Bhaban during the BNP regime but it is now scattered all over the country.

Bangladesh in the Hands of Conjurers

BNP standing committee member Mahbubur Rahman has observed that an unhealthy political culture has been

created in Bangladesh in its history of 43 years. Rahman said that the plant of democracy is withering due to lack of nursing and what have become strong instead are envy, anger and the propensity to destroy one's adversaries. He added that Bangladesh was now trapped in the hands of conjurers and these conjurers again are trapped in the hand of godfathers. The BNP leader expressed his views at a roundtable held in National Press Club.

Digital BAKSAL in the Making

Bangladesh Jatiya Party chairman, barrister Andalib Rahman Partha, complained that the government is trying

to form a digital BAKSAL by controlling politics, media and the judiciary. He said it in an interview with a vernacular daily when he also added that the government once used a court verdict to abolish the caretaker system which was settled through the national parliament. Now the government is trying to undermine the judicial system by planning to give the power of impeaching judges to the parliament, Partha said.

Consultant Fees for Ministers and Bureaucrats

Jahangirnagar University professor Anu Muhammad resented that some ministers, bureaucrats,

consultants and propagandists are involved in conspiracy against the country in exchange of money. He has urged them to stop their mischievous activities and warned them at the same time that traitors will not be tolerated in the country soaked in the blood of martyrs. Muhammad was addressing a meeting of the National Committee for Protection of Oil, Gas, Minerals, Power and Ports.

Jamaat Will Go to Hell

Shipping minister Shahjahan Khan is convinced that if what is said in Quran and Hadiths are true then Jamaat-e-Islam

has no chance of going to heaven and they would certainly go to hell. Khan explained that they have committed crimes and told lies in the name of religion holding Quran in their hands. The minister said it while inaugurating tree plantation at the Swadhinata Angan in Madaripur.

Electricity is God's Greatest Gift

Jatiya Sangshad whip, Md. Shahiduzzaman Sarker, is of the view that electricity is God's greatest gift because it is hard to

think of life without electricity in the 21st century. He said that while production of electricity is a difficult thing, it is easy to use. Sarker reminded that it is evil to waste anything and the consumers must make sure that electricity is not wasted. He was speaking at the launching of power connection to 2,900 homes in Raspur and Chaksharif.

IDLE MIND
by SYED BADRUL AHSAN

Of a Family and Its Obsessions

Politics is not what it used to be. You only have to observe the shallowness, which defines the elder child of general Ziaur Rahman and Begum Khaleda Zia. The nearly fifty year-old young man has been in ...

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EDITORIAL


Like seeing the reflection of sky in a waterhole, the banking sector is where one can see the reflection of an economy. This is the sector where interest rates, deposits, withdrawals and LCs are the financial health indicators of a country. The banking activities go up in a vibrant economy, slowing down otherwise.

The current scenario of the banking sector in Bangladesh is causing concerns. The interest rates on deposits have fallen significantly and are likely to fall further. The number of LCs opened has dwindled. Lending has gone down because investment in the country is virtually stalled. The banks are sitting on idle cash ...

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