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Modi’s Role in Implementing Democracy in Bangladesh

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Adviser to BNP chairperson, Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, has argued that it is always said that BNP is anti-India, which is not actually true. He said the people of Bangladesh resented that the Congress government had backed the ruling party in Bangladesh to hold disgraceful elections on January 5, 2014. He further said that India being the largest democratic country in the world, it will play a significant role to preserve democracy in Bangladesh. He said people of Bangladesh will turn against Narendra Modi’s government if that does not happen, but they will not go against the people of India because they are our friends.

Ignore Bangladesh to End Up in Buriganga

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Sport journalist from West Bengal, Gautam Bhattacharya, said in his reaction, “The Indian team initially thought it would come to Bangladesh and then play, win and go back. Now everybody is saying that the Indian team has paid the price for its complacency and it has been rightly so.” He said one has to praise Bangladesh for dominating and winning the two matches against India and the best Bangladesh team has defeated the best Indian team. Bhattacharya also said that the Bangladesh team has truly mastered the ODI game and anybody who will ignore this team will be thrown into Buriganga like the India team.

Beat Me with Shoes If You Can

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The loudspeaker was blaring out the slogan “Let us beat Ivy with shoes on her two cheeks” in front of the Mayor Bhaban in Narayanganj. And that was when mayor Selina Hayat Ivy suddenly appeared in front of the loudspeaker and dared the demonstrators saying, “Here I am in front of you and beat me with shoes if you have the guts.” While everybody was taken by surprise, Ivy confronted Jubo League president of Fatullah Thana, Mir Sohel Ali, and another Jubo League leader Jan-e-Alam Biplob. She asked, “What are you doing here?” They replied, “You have called us dogs and you have done corruption and we are here to protest.” The protesters continued to shout slogans against Ivy, while she posed for photographs with a smiling face and standing behind a banner that had a slogan against her written on it.

160 Million Bangalis Handcuffed by BGP

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Independent lawmaker Haji Selim has resented that the Border Guard of Police (BGP) of Myanmar virtually handcuffed 160 million Bangalis when they handcuffed naek Abdur Razzaque of BGB. Selim made this comment during an unscheduled discussion in the parliament. He said Razzaque was not only not returned but was detained without holding any diplomatic interface or flag meeting. He complained that a picture of Razzaque was uploaded in BGP facebook that showed him bleeding from his nose and another showed BGP men standing behind him. He wanted to know why BGB could not bring him back to the country yet and questioned whether BGB was not strong enough to do it.

Tie Them with Electric Poles

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Jatiya Party lawmaker from Narayanganj-5 constituency, Selim Osman, has asked people to tie misbehaving boys and girls with the electric poles. He was exchanging views at the Police Superintendent’s office in Narayanganj when he also said that those kids should be fed and clad at the poles. Osman suggested that they should be made to spend the Eid while tied with the poles. He said it is the people who have to do it because police will be criticized if they go for such an action.

BNP to Lose Everything

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Relief and disaster management minister Mofzzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya has stated that no matter how much BNP and Jamaat are going to conspire against the government, there will be no parliamentary election in the country before 2019 and it has to happen under the leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina. Maya said BNP will lose everything if it refrains from participating in that election. The minister also warned there will even be no sign of its existence and that is what people of this country expect. Maya made his remarks at an extended meeting held at the central office of Awami League at Bangabandhu Avenue.

Khaleda Zia’s Days are Over

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In his response to BNP chairperson Khaldea Zia’s claim that BNP’s days are not over yet, food minister Qamrul Islam said even if her party’s days are not over Khaleda Zia’s days are surely over. The minister also added that BNP is on life support like a terminal patient in hospital. Islam was speaking at National Press Club when he claimed that it was the media that was keeping BNP alive. He further said that many of the BNP leaders are trying to contact his party because they no longer wish to be associated with BNP.

Even that Was Not the Best Game

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In the post-match press briefing Bangladesh cricket team captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza explained that just because they won the match did not mean they played a perfect game. He claimed that the team was rather perfect when they played against Pakistan, but that could not be repeated in the two ODIs against India. Mashrafe stated that those were not their best performances, but emphasized that the Bangladeshi players are no longer nervous when they bat or bowl which is the most important thing.

ACC Has Failed in Its Duty

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BNP spokesperson Dr. Asaduzzaman Ripon mentioned in a written statement sent to the media that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has failed in its duty to eradicate corruption. He also wrote that ACC has failed to objectively deal with corruption outside the influence of the ruling class. Even though cases are filed against the ruling party leaders it is nothing but eyewash because those cases are hardly followed up and most of them are given the clean chit and then taken off the hook. Ripon also added that it was not desirable by any means that the ruling party people should get clean chit and the opposition people should get charge sheet from the same government body.

Even Bangladesh Media Ridicules Me

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After losing the ODI series to Bangladesh, Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni told several Indian media believed that he alone was responsible for whatever happened in Indian cricket because everything happened because of him. Dhoni said even the Bangladesh media was ridiculing him and he was ready to quit if that should help and if that is deemed right by the Indian Cricket Board. When asked how long more he was wanted to be at the helm of the Indian team, he said he is enjoying cricket and would not mind to quit the captaincy to play as an ordinary player.

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EDITORIAL

I ndian prime minister Narendra Modi arrived in Dhaka on June 6 in his maiden visit to Bangladesh and signed a multitude of deals and agreements within the thirty-six hours of his stay. Like the afterglow of a fluorescent light, Modi’s visit is still turning in the public imagination in Bangladesh with plenty of hopes and a great deal of misgivings. He came riding on the waves of goodwill generated by approval of the Land Border Agreement in the Indian parliament after 41 years. But he left the people of this country dampened in their spirit after no progress was made on Teesta water sharing. In between, a large number of deals were signed during Modi’s visit all of which may or ...

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COVER STORY
THIS WEEK
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MODI
IN
DHAKA

I t was sheer excitement all the way. Indian prime minister Narendra Modi had clearly done his homework on Bangladesh. Once in Dhaka, he made sure that the audience warmed to him. And not for a single moment was there a sign that he was losing the audience. No one seemed to remember, or was willing to ...

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IDLE MIND
by SYED BADRUL AHSAN
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Memories of 1967

H ow many of us recall the war between three Arab states --- Egypt, Jordan, Syria --- and Israel in June 1967? It was a conflict, which altered forever the geopolitical configurations of the Middle East and political perspectives around the world. It left the Arabs devastated. It signalled the rise of an arrogant, triumphalist Israel, the ramifications of which are being felt even today ...

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SPORT
The Star from Satkhira

When Mustafizur Rahman came to bowl in the batting Powerplay of the third and final ODI against India at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, there was an obvious buzz at the cricket ground ...

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LEISURE
British Couple Become World's Oldest Newlyweds

A 103-year old man and a 91-year old woman held their wedding in Britain on June 13, becoming the oldest couple to get married in the world. George Kirby and Doreen Luckie, who have been together for 27 years, looked delighted as they tied the knot at a hotel in the seaside town f Eastbourne ...

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NATION IN THE NEWS

The Not So Smooth Journey

Once it was a popular proverb amongst the silk cultivators in Bangladesh: “The worms eat leaves in the forest and then spit out gold.” ...

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BUSINESS & FINANCE

G20 Countries Account for 85 Percent of Global GDP

The G20 or the Group of Twenty is a forum where policymakers of industrialized and developing economies meet to discuss key issues in the global economy. The G20 countries account for 85 percent of global GDP ...

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AROUND THE WORLD

Playing the Middle-class Card

Although Americans have elected plenty of rich presidents in the past, the 2016 presidential hopefuls are working harder than ever to play down their wealth to convince voters they are just like them...

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MORE THAN WORDS
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"I do not say that the political leadership is not mature. But I don't have the confidence that it (Emergency) cannot happen again." Senior BJP leader in India, LK Advani, said in an interview in the Indian Express

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"If need be, we will use them against India." Pakistan’s defense minister Khawaja Asif said that Islamabad would respond if forced into war by India, adding that his country’s arms are not meant for decoration

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"Let me tell you about my trouble with girls. Three things happen when they are in the lab: you fall in love with them, they fall in love with you and when you criticize them, they cry." British Nobel laureate, Tim Hunt, resigned as a professor at a London university after saying women scientists should work in segregated laboratories

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"Our country is in serious trouble. We do not have victories anymore." Donald Trump, American reality TV star and businessman, said while announcing his run for the White House in 2016

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“There is a rude Uzbek saying: ‘Who are you going to complain to if the judge rapes your mother?’” Hamid Ismailov, one of Uzbekistan’s most widely published writers exiled in 1992, said referring to president Islam Karimov’s reelection in March in a sham vote

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LIVING
Good Sleep May Improve Survival of Cancer Patients

Short sleep duration and frequent snoring during prediagnostic stage are associated with significantly poorer cancer-specific survival, particularly among ...

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LIVING ETCETERA
Aceh Imposes Curfew on Women to Curb Sex Violence

The capital of Indonesia's devout Aceh province has imposed a partial curfew for women, which it says will help reduce sexual violence but which critics say is discriminatory....

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FUN FACTS
First Commercially Successful Planes

The Sikorsky S-42 was a 1930s commercial flying boat designed and built by Sikorsky Aircraft to meet a 1931 requirement from Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) for a longrange transatlantic flying boat. The "Flying Clipper" and the "Pan Am Clipper" were other names for the S-42. Pan American Airways’ first Sikorsky Clipper flying boats were flying over Miami, circa 1934. Weighing 17 tons each, they were easily the largest commercial aircraft of their time. Pictured are the only ones of this model built. The Sikorsky Clippers had no ...

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LEISURE
Mithun Returns Saradha Money to Enforcement Department

Trinamool Congress MP and Indian actor Mithun Chakraborty on June 16 returned the money he had received from Saradha to Enforcement Directorate (ED). His lawyer B K Sarkar went to the ED office and handed over a check for nearly 12 million rupees, which Mithun had allegedly earned from the Ponzi company while taking part in one of its television shows. Incidentally, the day coincided with the actor’s birthday. ED officials said this has set a good example for others who benefitted from Saradha group. Mithun, who was ...

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