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Militants are Planning More Attacks

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The militant terrorists are planning to carry out more attacks in the country, said prime minister Sheikh Hasina, asking the law enforcement forces as well as the ordinary people to stay alert. She made her comments on July 13 during a video conference with the members of administra - tion and civil societies of several districts. She also mentioned the possible involve - ment of BNP and Jamaat in these attacks. The prime minister asked everyone to remain more agile.

Fighting Unitedly Against Terrorism

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Veteran politician and chairman of National Awami Party, professor Muzaffar Ahmed, said that the country is not in a good condition. He cited the examples of recent militant attacks in which innocent people were slain and even the foreigners were not spared. He said during an interview with a vernacular daily on July 12 that many people believe these militant attacks are outcomes of national and international conspiracies and that the militants must be defeated unitedly in the national interest. Ahmed urged all the patriotic and pro-liberation forces to rally together and fight against terrorism.

“We Had Prior Information of Gulshan and Sholakia Attacks”

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Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has claimed that they knew in advance that something was going to happen in Gulshan. The minister also said that police was watchful already. He was speak - ing at the Krishibid Institution Bangladesh on July 17 when he added that although they knew about a possible attack in Gulshan, they did not know where exactly it was going to take place. But police was able to arrive at the spot within three minutes of the incident, he said. Kamal then said that the same thing also happened in Sholakia where members of the police force were killed during an attack on a police check post.

Going to Heaven by Taking Lives

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Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid said that the people of Bangladesh hate terrorism and militancy and that Islam is a religion of peace which does not support taking the lives of others. He insisted that one could not go to heaven by killing others. Nahid was speaking at the opening of Suranjit Sengupta Women’s College on July 16 when he further said that everybody will have to be more alert to resist terrorism and parents must keep abreast of the hereabouts of their children. He added that teachers should find out about students who are absent in class for more than ten days and they must inform the guardians of those students.

Flight Tickets for Menon and Inu

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BNP standing committee member Mirza Abbas has offered tickets for Dhaka-USA flight to two incumbent ministers, Rashed Khan Menon and Hasanul Haque Inu. Abbas was speaking at a condolence meeting on July 12 at the Engineers Institution in the capital when he made the offer as reward for Menon and Inu if they could speak sensible things, without making habitual criticism of BNP.

Soaking in the Rain of Peace, Not of Blood

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Jatiya Party chairman Hussain Muhammad Ershad affirmed that peace will be restored in the country if his party comes to power. He said, “We would like to soak in the rain of peace, not of blood.” He asked where everybody was heading and where it would end. He wanted to know what could be more shameful than seeing the people of this country getting killed and the foreigners having their throats slashed. Ershad urged everyone to unitedly resist terrorism while addressing an anti-terrorism rally at the central office of his party office on July 16.

“One Country Proposed to Send Its Soldiers”

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Joint general secretary of Bangladesh Awami League, Mahbubul Alam Hanif, said that a large country had proposed to send its army to destroy militancy in Bangladesh after the Gulshan attack. He said Bangladesh did not accept that proposal because it will carefully review the situation and offers of help as and when needed. Hanif was speaking at a workshop in Khulna on July 13 to motivate imams to resist militancy and terrorism.

Extremism Cannot Not be Suppressed by Extremists

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Roads transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader referred to BNP’s call for national unity when he said BNP has to understand that extrem - ism cannot be suppressed by extremists and neither can it be resisted by them. The minis - ter said it while visiting the four-lane project on Dhaka- Chittagong highway on July 15. He said BNP will have to decide its main enemy between extremism and Awami League, and that is when its real intentions are going to be revealed.

National Unity is Impossible without BNP

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BNP has called for national unity to defeat the monsters of militancy and terrorism with the spirit of the liberation war in 1971. BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir claimed that his party has got the people with it and nearly 70-80 percent of people in the country support his party. He further said that it will be impossible to forge national unity and solve the ongoing crisis in the country without the participation of BNP. Alamgir said that if the ruling party decides to go for national unity without BNP, then it will build resistance against militancy and terrorism with the support of people. He was speaking at a meeting held on July 12 in the memory of the victims of Gulshan attack.

Rampal Power Plant Contradicts Spirit of Liberation War

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A former advisor of caretaker government and the convener of National Committee for the Protection of the Sunderbans, Sultana Kamal, resented that the government could not have signed the Rampal Agreement if it believed in the spirit of the liberation war because the former contradicts the latter. She asked how the government that claims to be a force in favor of the liberation war could sign an agreement that goes against the interests of the country. She complained at a press conference held on July 13 that the government is going ahead with its plans to build the power plant in Rampal despite concerns expressed at home and abroad that it is going to destroy the ecology of the Suderbans.

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EDITORIAL

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Lobbying” is the closest word in English to describe the Bangla word “tadbir.” It is not solicitation or bribery although these days that line has been blurred. A lobbyist ideally tries to influence political opinion to his or her benefit, but may not involve transaction of money. But bribery gives an offer of money "under the table" in order to subvert standard processes. Critics often liken lobbying to bribery in a suit.The above explanation is to clarify why we are doing a cover story on lobbying when we already did one on the middlemen a couple of weeks ago. The lobbyists ...

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L obbying has become an unwritten norm in every sector of Bangladesh. From familial to social to political to administrative levels, the practice of lobbying is evident everywhere. The situation has reached an ...

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IDLE MIND
by SYED BADRUL AHSAN
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Let the Grass be
Kept Green

I t is a bad idea. It is a terribly bad proposition. We speak of the suggestions made by some leaders of the ruling party affiliated Chhatra League that private universities should permit student politics on their campuses. Coming against a backdrop of the recent acts of terror in the country and the....

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SPORT
Rio 2016 in Numbers

On August 5, Rio de Janeiro will become the first city in South America to stage the Olympic Games. These will also be the firstever Olympic Games staged in South America ...

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

On July 16, hundreds of women in the country second largest city Bulawayo demonstrated against Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe's government by beating pots, symbolizing a nation facing starvation and economic hardships.

CARTOON OF THE WEEK

FBI Director James Comey rebuked Hillary Clinton and her team for being “extremely careless” in the handling of classified information but said that he would not recommend charges against the presumptive Democratic Party nominee for the US presidential race

NATION IN THE NEWS

The Last Journey Home

As many as 28,000 Bangladeshi expatriates have been brought home dead in the last 10 years. Data shows the procession of the dead from abroad is ...

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BUSINESS & FINANCE

Inflow Seen to Slow

The country’s most reliable source of foreign currencies is under threat. Remittances fell by USD422.9 million in less then one year as slumping oil prices ...

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AROUND THE WORLD

A President After Dark

U S president Barack Obama calls himself a "night guy," and as president, he has come to consider the long, solitary hours after dark as essential as his time ...

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LIVING
Microplastics Killing Fish

A new research has proved that the litter of plastic particles finding their way into the world’s oceans are killing fish and preventing them from reaching maturity...

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LIVING ETCETERA
UN Estimates Nearly 30,000 'Foreign Terrorists' in Syria and Iraq

Nearly 30,000 “foreign terrorist fighters” are currently in Syria and Iraq, said Jean-Paul Laborde, UN assistant secretary general and head of its Counter- Terrorism Committee. He also warned that the risk of attacks in their home countries was growing. Laborde urged countries to put in place a “filter system to distinguish between the large majority of (returning) foreign fighters, who are not dangerous... and those who are.” The former French judge also stressed that the international community had .....

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FUN FACTS
Lost Continent of Lemuria

In 1864, a zoologist surmised that because lemurs existed in Madagascar and India, but not the Middle East or Africa, there must be a lost sunken continent that once connected the two landmasses. He named the hypothetical land ‘Lemuria’. It was a popular theory until plate tectonics was discovered. Although sunken continents do exist – like Zealandia in the Pacific as well as Mauritia and the Kerguelen Plateau in the Indian Ocean – there is no known geological formation under the Indian ....

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LEISURE
Jane Seymour is Proud of Aging

British-American actress Jane Seymour said she is proud to have aged naturally and has never gone under the knife to look young. The 65-year-old opened up about her idea of aging gracefully while recreating her famous 1993 magazine cover. The former 'Bond Girl' said referring to the gown she wore for the iconic cover that she loved that dress, which she still has. She said that her hair color is still pretty much the same, and she does not do Botox or any shots or fillers or anything ....

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