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A Government Built on Murder, Abduction, Attacks and Lawsuits

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BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia accused the government of staying in power through murder, abduction, attacks, lawsuits, falsehood and support of the police force. Khaleda said that is why police claims that while hilsha is the king of fish, police is the king of the country. “What a wonderful slogan!” she exclaimed. She was meeting with the leaders of Krishak Dal in her Gulshan office when she asked why the farmers cannot call themselves the king of the country when the police can make that claim because it is the farmers who feed rest of the country. She said the government lies when it says that the country is self-sufficient in food when it has to import half the food grains from abroad.

Threatened Ten Times a Day

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Home minister Asaduzzaman Kamal said that he gets threats over his mobile phone ten times everyday. He was addressing the meeting of the law and order committee in Habiganj when he also talked about cyber crime. The minister added that he had received threat even before arriving at that meeting and said that he believed that he was receiving those threats due to the sedition suit filed against Khaleda Zia. He said it was not Awami League’s job to inactivate or destroy another political party because it has always believed in and relied upon democracy.

Sheikh Mujib Surrendered to the Pakistanis

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Founding director of Gonoshasthaya Kendra, Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury, claimed that Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had surrendered to the Pakistanis ignoring the advice given him by Osmani and Tajuddin and took Dr. Kamal Hossain with him. He said that it would have been good to discuss today what was discussed in those days between Sheikh Mujib and Yahya Khan. Dr. Chowdhury was speaking at the VIP lounge of National Press Club on the 80th birth anniversary of martyred president Ziaur Rahman. He further added that Yahya died in 1980 and before his death he had given an affidavit in which he described Sheikh Mujib as a patriot and said that Mujib had done what was needed to defend the solidarity of Pakistan

Drops from Dholaikhal Did Not Make the Atlantic Ocean

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Controversial businessman Musa Bin Shamsher told journalists after his interrogation at the Anti-Corruption Commission office that he did not make the Atlantic Ocean with drops of water taken from Dholaikhal. He was referring to his vast fortune when he said it was impossible to take so much money out of Bangladesh by using the Hundi system. Shamsher mentioned that he has business interests in 40 countries of the world and with the armed forces of those 40 countries. He said all his earnings from those countries were deposited in Swiss banks and that he had brought billions of taka into the country. When asked about his illness, the tycoon said that he was suffering from death phobia which is a critical type of mental disease. He said he was suffering from this phobia since the authorities froze his money in the Swiss banks.

Publish the Names of Three Million Martyrs

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BNP’s standing committee member Goyeshwar Chandra Roy has demanded that the names of all three million martyrs of the liberation war should be published. He was speaking at the death anniversary of Arafat Rahman Koko when he warned the government that protest and hatred against the sedition case against Khaleda Zia will be spread all over the country. He said he did not believe in the principle that speaking the truth should be seditious and telling the lie should be patriotism.

“Prime Minister, You are Cheating”

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JSD president ASM Abdur Rab reminded prime minister Sheikh Hasina that her government is illegal. He accused her of cheating the people and said that she thinks what others are doing is illegal because she herself is involved in illegal activities. He was addressing a meeting at Muhammadpur in the capital demanding proper treatment for and release of detained politician Mahmudur Rahman Manna, when he further stated that the incumbent government is not of the people but of Awami League. He also said that after being rejected by the people, the government has turned this country into a police state and that it has been hurting the spirit of liberation war while speaking of defending it.

Deciding Whether BNP Will Stay

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Information minister Hasanul Haque Inu is convinced that the time has come to decide whether BNP should stay in politics or not. He was addressing the leaders and workers of Jasod when he told them that they have to decide whether BNP should be allowed to stay in the politics of Bangladesh. He was speaking at biennial conference of his party at Mymensigh Town Hall, when Inu said that Khaleda Zia will have to prove that she is not the leader of rajakars, militants and arsonists if she wants to do politics in Bangladesh. He emphasized that Khaleda will not be allowed to strengthen militancy on the soil of Bangladesh again.

Even ACC Teams are Involved in Corruption

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Anti-Corruption Commissioner Sahabuddin admitted that the ACC teams sent to investigate corruption in various organizations themselves get involved in corruption. He was speaking at the public hearing held on the Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha at Osmani Auditorium in the capital when he also said that corruption takes place in land registration offices, land offices, all offices of Health Ministry, Education Department, BTRC, City Corporations, and all offices of Public Works Ministry. He further said people are being harassed everyday and everybody knows why it is so but still we cannot change our mindset.

“Sheikh Mujib is Not a God”

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While commenting on the controversy over the number of martyrs in 1971, joint secretary general of BNP, Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, said that Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had played an important role in the independence movement and national politics. Kabir added that Mujib had mentioned that three million were killed during the liberation war but he was not god that his words could not be changed. He made his comments during a press conference in Rajshahi. He said Mujib was in prison and he never saw the liberation but those who fought that war never quoted that figure. He also added that the first prime minister of Bangladesh Tajuddin Ahmed had quoted the figure of one million, Awami League lawmaker Mohaimen Shaheb had quoted 130,000 and M.R. Akhter Mukul wrote in his book Ami Bijoy Dekhechhi 200,000.

Independence Turned into a Sham

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BNP vice chairman Shah Moazzem Hossain believes that the independence of the country has been turned into an utter sham. He said that nobody can stay in power through torture, persecution, abduction and killing. He said nothing but theft, robbery and murder is happening in the country now and people are not allowed to hold meetings and seminars. Hossain also added that people are not allowed to speak freely and then asked if that was why the liberation war was fought. The veteran BNP leader was speaking at a protest rally demanding the withdrawal of the sedition case filed against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.

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EDITORIAL

B loggers are people who regularly record their thoughts, opinions, or experiences by putting them on the Internet for other people to read. It is a modern-day phenomenon that emerged since the advent of Internet. In Bangladesh the wider population did not know about blogging as a passion or hobby until the controversy started over the ruthless killing of the first blogger, Rajib Haider, on February 15, 2013. Ever since then more bloggers have been killed by unknown assailants in the more or less the same gruesome manner. The matter has come to such a head that it ...

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THIS WEEK
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 THE ONLINE
 OPINION
  MAKERS

B log is a truncated expression of the term “weblog”. Generally, it is a webpage or website of personal diary or journal entries, although it can be much more than that. A blog can be a form of online journalism with less....

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IDLE MIND
by SYED BADRUL AHSAN
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Marilyn Monroe’s Mouth, Caligula’s Eyes

P olitics is getting to be nastier all around the world. Those of us who think Bangladesh is the only place where politicians squabble incessantly should think again. If anything, the on-going campaign for the White House in the United States has revealed some of the nastier aspects of politics that were not there earlier, at least not to this extent. Donald Trump, the...

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SPORT
A Forbidden Game

An Islamic scholar in Saudi Arabia has ruled that playing chess is forbidden in Islam...

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Performers in Diriamba, Nicaragua, posing after completing traditional dances during the San Sebastian festival, which lasts from 17-27 January when the local people offer local food and drinks to the visitors

CARTOON OF THE WEEK

Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 US vice-presidential nominee who became a Tea Party sensation and a favorite of grassroots conservatives, endorsed Donald J. Trump in Iowa, providing him with a potentially significant boost just 13 days before the state’s caucuses

PERISCOPE

Planning Ministry for Common CSR Guidelines

The government has decided to formulate a common guideline to regulate how profitable companies spend money on Corporate Social Responsibility. The Planning Ministry believes that profitable firms can contribute heavily in achieving....

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NATION IN THE NEWS

Footfalls of Midterm Polls?

Speculations are rife in the political corridors of the country that BNP will be splintered before the government announces date for midterm polls ...

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BUSINESS & FINANCE

Four Strugglers

Bangladesh Bank has appointed observers to salvage financially strapped banks, but four stateowned banks continue to fall behind...

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AROUND THE WORLD

The Newest Islamic State

Increasing alienation from the West and the need to contain the prevalence of sex tourism may have fuelled the president’s decision to proclaim his country an Islamic republic...

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MORE THAN WORDS
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“How can we subject prisoners to unnecessary solitary confinement, knowing its effects, and then expect them to return to our communities as whole people?” US president Barack Obama wrote in The Washington Post after he announced a ban on solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons

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"As oppressed peoples have demonstrated throughout the ages, it is human nature to react to occupation, which often serves as a potent incubator of hate and extremism." Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Secretary General, said while speaking at the UN Security Council

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“I believe in friendship between friends, political honesty among friends and upon my confidence...I am hopeful that the embargo at border points will be lifted.” Nepal prime minister KP Sharma Oli explained why he would not visit New Delhi until India lifts blockade of border posts

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“I do not believe in extension and will retire on the due date.” Said general Raheel Sharif, who will be the first army chief in Pakistan since 1998 to hang up his uniform after a threeyear tenure

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"Sometimes to resist means staying, sometimes resisting means leaving." French justice minister Christiane Taubira tweeted after she quit apparently in protest at government moves to strip convicted French-born terrorists of their citizenship if they have a second nationality

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LIVING
The Giving Hands

A major study asks whether the philanthropists and their foundations are now sidelining governments and influencing the work of international bodies ...

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LIVING ETCETERA
New Research Doubles Number of Muslim Soldiers in World War I

At least 20 percent of all recruits from the British Empire were Muslims, according to new research released on January 25. It also found that more than twice as many Muslim soldiers supported the Allied forces in World War One than was previously thought. Islam Issa, a lecturer in Birmingham City University, found that at least 885,000 Muslims were recruited by the Allies. The figure was previously estimated at nearly 400,000. His research was based on thousands of personal letters, archives...

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FUN FACTS
Zoroastrian Burial

In the Zoroastrian tradition, once a body ceases to live, it can immediately be contaminated by demons and made impure. In addition, the possibly-impure bodies could not be touched by earth or fire, both considered sacred. So burial and cremation were out. Zoroastrians solved the issue exposing the dead body to the elements and local carrion birds on top of flat-topped towers in the desert called dakhmas. With modernization in Iran, and dakmas illegal since the 1970s, some Zoroastrians have taken to burying their dead surrounded by concrete, which keeps the bodies from impurities and from touching sacred earth....

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LEISURE
British Adventurer Henry Worsley Dies Trying to Cross Antarctica Solo

Noted British adventurer Henry Worsley has died in an attempt to cross the Antarctica on his own in a trip backed by members of the royal family, his wife said on January 25. Worsley was just 30 miles from the finish when he called for help and was airlifted to a hospital in Chile on January 22 suffering from exhaustion and severe dehydration. He died in the Clinica Magallanes in Punta Arenas, Chile, “despite all efforts” of medical staf....

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