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Only Awami League and Jatiya Party to Last

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While commenting that the political field in the country was empty, Jatiya Party chairman Hussein Muhammad Ershad said that BNP does not exist anymore. He said that in future only Awami League and Jatiya Party are going to last. Ershad was speaking at the Iftar party held by Jatiya Party of Dhaka North. The former president insisted that BNP would not be able to turn around and it was likely that Jatiya Party would stay in politics in future and contest in the elections on its own.

Getting Rid of Sheikh Hasina

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BNP vice chairman Shah Moazzem Hossain has said that the whole nation wants to get rid of Sheikh Hasina like she got rid of Syed Ashraful Islam. He added that it was not enough to sack Ashraful because the nation wants to see the government gone. Hossain was addressing a gathering of Jatiyotabadi Nagorik Dal at the National Press Club when he stated that this government was not an elected government and hence, it was illegitimate. He further said that the nation wants to know why this illegitimate government has removed Ashraful from his post and mentioned that all the ministers of this government including Qamrul Islam are corrupt.

Prime Minister Should Go Out in Disguise

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Opposition leader of the parliament Rawshan Ershad has urged the prime minister to go out in disguise and observe the poor plight of the people. She suggested that, if need be, the prime minister should wear a burqa and go out on the street one day. Rawshan made her appeal during the closing of the sixth session of the parliament. She asked the prime minister to see how people are making a living and that would get more respect as the daughter of Bangabandhu if she did that. She said people surrounding the prime minister will never tell her the truth and that there is a gulf of difference between what was seen and what she heard.

Laptop and Mobile, Not Militancy and Hurricane Lamps

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Information minister Hasanul Haque Inu urged Khaleda Zia to give up militancy and hurricane lamps and take the laptops and mobiles handed out by prime minister Sheikh Hasina. He was speaking at the launching of TV Guide Bangladesh mobile app introduced by Data Soft Systems Bangladesh Limited. The minister said that in 2009 Khaleda Zia had criticized Hasina’s promise to build the Digital Bangladesh saying that it could not be done with hurricane lamps and kerosene oil. But now the government has taken electricity, optical fiber and broad banding to the remote villages thus fulfilling its promise of building a Digital Bangladesh.

“There is No Treachery in Me”

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Sacked LGRD minister Syed Ashraful Islam has said that he cannot betray his blood because his father had not betrayed anyone and died for his leader. He said that such was the nature of his blood. Islam was addressing the Iftar party of Hossianpur Samity of Kishoreganj when he said that his father practiced honest politics and laid down his life for his leader Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He then told the people of his constituency that he was committed to stay with them whether he was a minister or not.

Fasting by Awami Leaders Not Acceptable

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Bikalpadhara president Dr. AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury is of the view that the fasting by Awami League leaders would not be acceptable because they failed to keep their promise. Chowdhury was speaking at an Iftar party organized by Bikapla Swechhasebak Dhara that the January 5 election was an election of commitment and now they are saying that they will not hold fresh polls. He said there is no difference between those who committed corruption and those who are committing corruption now.

BNP is a Sinking Boat

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According to Mahbubul Alam Hanif, joint general secretary of Bangladesh Awami League, BNP is now like a sinking boat and when the boat sinks its riders try to clutch at a straw to stay alive. Alam compared BNP’s condition to that plight while speaking at a ceremony in Kushtia where he distributed cash amongst the needy and laptops and projectors amongst schools. He also added that BNP is on the verge of breaking up and its leaders do not have enough faith in the party itself.

Praying for Good Sense to Prevail

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Former vice-chancellor of Dhaka University, Dr. Emajuddin Ahmed, has said he would like to pray for the government instead of criticizing it. He said he would like to pray that good sense prevails upon this government and that it should be guided by the spirit of Ramadan to think about holding midterm elections so that the country can get back the democracy it has lost. Ahmed told the members of All Community Forum at the National Press Club that the various quarters of the government are saying that the government is heading towards development instead of the elections. He emphasized that the development of the country will not be possible while democracy is kept pending.

Fall of Hasina’s Wickets

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Jagpa president Shafiul Alam Prodhan has quipped that all wickets of the Hasina government are about to fall any day. He said that would also mark the beginning of restoration of democracy in the country. He said the falling of wickets started with the removal of Syed Ashraful Islam and more wickets will fall soon. Prodhan said that it is only a matter of time that the Hasina government will be all out.

People Fasting without Eating Anything

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BNP vice chairman Abdullah Al Noman resented that people are fasting without eating anything because they cannot afford to buy food. He said people want to see change of this government. He was addressing an Iftar party organized by the former Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Forum of Chittagong University, when he termed the government as illegitimate and mentioned that this government cannot see the miserable condition of the people because it has not been elected by them. Noman also added that the country is going through an economic recession due to corruptions committed by the Awami League leaders.

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EDITORIAL

T he port city of Chittagong is the second largest city in the country, nestled on the banks of the Karnaphuli River between Chittagong Hill Tracts and the Bay of Bengal. For centuries it has been the gateway to foreign merchants, who visited this land and traded in commodities like pearls, rice, silk, muslin, spices and ivory. Modern Chittagong has come a long way from those early days of commerce to become a major hub of trade and industry. If Dhaka is the political capital of the country, Chittagong is its commercial capital. Most of the goods imported into and exported from Bangladesh are routed through the Chittagong port ...

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THIS WEEK
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Metastatizing Metropolis

C hittagong, the port city and commercial capital of Bangladesh, is one of the fastestgrowing cities with a population of five million and an emerging industrial hub alongside shipbuilding, steel mills and tourism. The city hosts 40 percent of the country's total heavy industries and is the second RMG ...

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IDLE MIND
by SYED BADRUL AHSAN
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All in the Family

P rime minister Sheikh Hasina has transferred responsibility for the LGRD ministry to her daughter’s father-in-law Khondokar Mosharraf Hossain. That is the latest instance of how close relatives have often happened to share berths in the same government. Earlier, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, the prime minister’s cousin, served as a minister in her cabinet. In Bangabandhu’s time, his...

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SPORT
The Changing Times in Bangladesh Cricket

By beating South Africa 2-1 in the ODI series last week, the Bangladesh team propelled itself to a different stratum of performance and ...

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LEISURE
Omar Sharif Dies at 83

Omar Sharif, figuratively speaking, ended in life where it began. He was born as an Egyptian and he also died as an Egyptian of a heart attack in a Cairo hospital on July 10. The iconic Hollywood actor was 83 at the time of his death. He rode out of the desert in the 1962 screen epic Lawrence of Arabia into a glamorous if brief reign as an international star in films like Doctor Zhivago and The Night of the Generals...

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NATION IN THE NEWS

Clash of the Titans

Growing Indian interest in the power sector is also partly motivated by its plan to thwart China’s business initiatives in Bangladesh

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BUSINESS & FINANCE

The New Mega Bank

Being a founding member, Bangladesh will own less than one percent stake in the China-led USD100-billion Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

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AROUND THE WORLD

A Suspicious Death

About 50 years later, the sons of Lal Bahadur Shastri, the second prime minister of India, are asking the incumbent premier to clear the air on their father’s death

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MORE THAN WORDS
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“I have just concluded……. if it becomes necessary, I shall travel to Washington, DC, get down on my knee and ask his hand.” Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has mocked America's decision to legalize gay marriage across all 50 states by vowing to travel to the White House and proposing to Barack Obama.

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“They are also trying to hack into everything that does not move in America.” US Democratic presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton said in a scathing attack against China during a Fourth of July campaign organizing event at a house party in Glen in northern New Hampshire

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"Had Benazir not appeared from sunroof of the vehicle, she might not have been killed." Retired SSP Imtiaz, a key security official of Benazir Bhutto, withdrew his earlier statement before the judge, who is hearing the former Pakistan prime minister’s murder case

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“I have got full faith and respect for Rabindranath Tagore, but the term adhinayak praises angreji shashak and it should be replaced with words ‘jana mana gana mangal gaye’.” Governor of Rajasthan and chancellor Kalyan Singh created a controversy by suggesting that the word ‘adhinayak’ in the indian national anthem should be removed as it praises the British rulers of pre-Independence era

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“In fact, and unfortunately, USD39 billion is spent on (the) military in only eight days.” Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai urged the world leaders at a UN education summit in Oslo to cut military spending to give all children access to 12 years of free education

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LIVING
Men in Red

It is not just the bull in the ring that reacts to matador’s red cape, but people in general also react when men wear red clothes, which send out a signal that they are angry and dominant. A new research has made this conclusion. ...

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LIVING ETCETERA
Foodgrain Prices to Decline Steadily in a Decade

A UN report has projected steady decline in prices of foodgrains over the next decade, attributing the gradual price fall to increase in overall agricultural production and diversification of dietary ...

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FUN FACTS
All about Numbers

The “8888” Uprising refers to a series of protests that took place in Burma during 1988 that culminated on the date 8/8/1988, hence the name. The student protests that evolved into the nationwide uprising were sparked by general Ne Win’s decision that the Burmese government would no longer recognize the newly replaced currency notes, 100, 75, 35 and 25 kyats, leaving only 45 and 90 kyat notes. They were left, it is believed, because 45 and 90 are divisible by nine. General Ne Win was notoriously superstitious and he considered nine a lucky number...

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LEISURE
Meenakshi Seshadri Holidaying in Mumbai

Meenakshi Seshadri, the 80s beauty pageant winner and top Bollywood yesteryear actress is on a vacation in India. Couple of weeks ago, she arrived at the tinsel town to visit her friends in the movie business. While she had plans to catch up with Rishi Kapoor and Karan Johar, it was also being suggested that Meenakshi would make a guest appearance in Sunny Deol's Ghayal Returns. But the actress downright denied it. Meenakshi now lives in Dallas, USA with her husband and two children. One hears that once her daughter ...

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