Where are We Heading with Growth Alone?
Former advisor to caretaker government, Sultana Kamal, expressed her concern if economic growth alone has any significance if everything else is left behind. She said, "We must see what are we giving up so much for? If we give up security, freedom, and every other thing, then where are we heading with growth alone? What is the purpose of this growth?" Kamal was speaking at a two-day conference organized by Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies when she presided over a session titled, "Democracy, Governance and Development".
All Windows of Democracy are Shut
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir lamented that all windows of democracy are shut in the country, a dangerous situation is prevailing, the government has become morally bankrupt and the convicts are running ministries. He also said that the government has taken a position against the people by implicating dissenting voices and journalists in false cases. Alamgir made his comments at a rally of Jagpa held at the auditorium of Bangladesh Photo Journalists Association in Purana Paltan.
Three Battles Fought in the Country
Information minister Hasanul Haque Inu claimed that three battles are being simultaneously fought in the country. One of these battles, he said, was to free the country from militancy. Another battle is being fought to develop the country and the third battle is fighting against corruption and partisanship to bring about good governance. The minister added that the rival in all these three battles is the messenger of chaos. Inu also added that the country needed cultured minds to win these battles.
“Honorable Prime Minister, Please Save Me”
Journalist Probir Sikdar has made an appeal to the prime minister on his facebook page, expressing deep concern that his life was under threat. He wrote in his facebook status that he was not asking for any favor in connection with the court cases he is fighting and that he was not at all perturbed by the charge sheet filed against him under section 57 in Faridpur because if the law is allowed to take it own course he is going to win. But Sikdar requested the prime minister to see that he could not be harassed by anyone anymore and no one could abduct him in the guise of law enforcement officials.
Shafik Rehman May Be Tried in the USA
Prime minister’s son and her ICT affairs adviser Sajib Wazed Joy has said that veteran journalist Shafik Rehman may be tried in a US court for his links with FBI agent Robert Lustyik. He also wrote in a post on his verified facebook page that it is a crime in the United States if a journalist resorts to illegal means to collect information. Joy also said that Shafik Rehman, who is not a US citizen, bribed an FBI agent to get confidential documents, which is tantamount to espionage and the punishment for it is imprisonment for life in a maximum security prison.
Allah Will Not Tolerate So Much Oppression
Jatiya Party chairman Hussein Muhammad Ershad complained that a culture of injustice has overtaken the country and anybody who speaks up either gets abducted or killed. He said there is no security in life and common people are looking for an assurance of safety. Ershad said that Allah would not tolerate so much oppression. Referring to the reserves heist in Bangladesh Bank, he said that BDT350 billion has been stolen from the banks, 200 women have been raped and 36 children have been murdered but nobody has been brought to book.
Everybody but Ruling Party Leaders is Getting Killed
Spokesman of Gonojagoron Mancha, Imran H. Sarker, said in his comment that everybody in the country except the ruling Awami League workers is get - ting killed in the country. Then he said that in some cases the ruling party leaders are also getting murdered. Imran wrote this on his facebook status in his reaction to the recent killing of Rajshahi University teacher Dr. AFM Rezaul Karim Siddiqui.
Children of Freedom Fighters are Anti-liberation Elements
Mayor of Chittagong City, AZM Nasir Uddin, believes that the children and wards of many freedom fighters are availing the quota facility for their ancestors but they are growing up with a mindset opposed to liberation and sovereignty of the country. He said that it was a matter of shame for the entire nation. He urged the freedom fighters to raise their children in the spirit of the liberation war and impart them not only institutional education but also bring them up as patriotic citizens of the country. The Chittagong mayor gave his remarks at the scholarship distribution ceremony for the children of freedom fighters held the city’s Theater Institute Auditorium.
Imran’s Audacity Has Crossed Its Limit
Awami League presidium member Nuh-ul-Alam Lenin has accused Gonojagoron Mancha spokesman Imran H. Sarker of crossing his limit with his audacity by saying that journalist Shafik Rehman has been arrested on imaginary charges. Lenin said it in a post on his facebook page. He also wanted to know how Imran could find out that the charges against Rehman were imaginary. He also said that Imran was now speaking in the language of war criminals and Khaleda Zia and made it obvious who was pulling the strings behind him.
All That Whispering Must Stop
Minister of Public Administration, Syed Ashraful Islam, openly expressed his dissatisfaction with the ministry officials. During a coordination committee meeting of the ministry he asked them to give up secrecy and bring transparency to their work. He said that the rules of business of the ministry clearly states that no file can be approved bypassing the minister and he instructed that all summaries should be shown to him before being sent to the president or the prime minister.