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BNP and Jamaat Mean Destruction

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Prime minister Sheikh Hasina accused BNP and Jamaat-e- Islami of doing destructive politics. She said they practice terrorism and their politics is aimed at wreaking havoc on the country. Hasina was speaking at a rally in Chapai Nawabganj when she said that they destroyed the power plants built by Awami League and they carry out destructive activities when they sit in power. The prime minister added that Khaleda Zia failed to pass the matriculation examination and she did not encourage her two sons to get education and instead taught them how to steal. She described how BNP burned people to death, torched vehicles and conducted subversive activities for almost three months starting from last January and concluded that killing people is an integral part of Khaleda's character.

Khaleda Zia Patronizes Blogger Killing

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Awami League's Publicity and Publication Affairs secretary Dr. Hasan Mahmud has accused BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia of patronizing blogger killings. He said those who encourage and give indulgence to murders in the name of political movement are also the real sponsors of these secret killings. Mahmud said that Khaleda Zia should be questioned on the murder of bloggers and that he would like to ask the law-enforcement agencies to take this matter into consideration.

Zia Involved in Mujib Killing

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Commerce minister Tofail Ahmed insisted that BNP founder Ziaur Rahman was involved in the killing of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He said it after laying a wreathe at the portrait of Bangabandhu in Dhanmondi. Ahmed complained that while Zia killed Bangabandhu, his wife handed the state power over to the antiliberation forces and appointed some of them as ministers. The minister added that Sheikh Hasina has been taking Bangladesh forward by completing the unfinished work of Bangabandhu and it proves that electing Hasina as the party chairman in 1989 was the correct decision.

Exceeding Malaysia by 2021

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Social Welfare minister Syed Mohsin Ali told his audience at the Bangladesh Medical Association Bhaban that Bangladesh would exceed Malaysia by 2021 in the economic sense. The minister mentioned that Henry Kissinger had once ridiculed Bangladesh by calling it a bottomless basket but prime minister Sheikh Hasina has proved him wrong. He said Malaysia would be surpassed by 2021 under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina and the grace of Allah. He then mentioned that begging belittles the beggar and his family before the eyes of others and the country does not get any service from the beggars.

No Need for Incompetent Protectors

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Executive director of Ain O Salish Kendra, Sultana Kamal, in her comment on police said that there was no need for incompetent protectors like them. Kamal was speaking at a protest rally to demand punishment for those involved in the molestation of girls on Pahela Baishakh. She complained against the police force and said that they had adopted their usual tactics by blaming it on those who had come to celebrate the day. She also expressed her grievances against the police who termed the molestation as mere prank and vehemently opposed the comment made by the police chief. She said she did not like that comment and thought the police force was incompetent.

Awami League has Stolen Nationalism

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According to BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia, Awami League has stolen nationalism. She said the talks of nationalism do not suit those who steal from the country and send that money abroad and those who resort to killing and abduction while snatching the rights of people. She was speaking at her Gulshan office on the role of freedom fighters at this critical juncture of the country, when she claimed that people are seeking deliverance from persecution and oppression. Khaleda also added that the autocratic government has sealed all the roads to end its misrule including the hope for holding fair elections. The BNP chairperson said Awami League has taken this country into its grip like an Octopus and this government is also shameless.

Intellectuals Taking this Country Backward

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Noted educationist professor Sirajul Islam Choudhury believes that intellectuals have been grading this country backward by creating confusion amongst the people. He said one group of intellectuals has formed the Committee of Hundred Citizens and another multiplied that number by ten to form the Committee of Thousand Citizens. Choudhury said the goal of these intellectuals is to keep their respective political parties in power and resented that they have no time to think of anything else including the murder of Twoki, a student from Naraynaganj.

The Election Commission is Worthless

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Former vice chancellor of Dhaka University and the convener of Committee of Hundred Citizens, professor Emajuddin Ahmed, has remarked that the Election Commission is a worthless entity. Ahmed was speaking at the VIP Lounge of National Press Club where he was speaking at a seminar on the plight of democracy and the recently held city corporation elections. He said the evidences of riggings done in the three city corporation elections were available with him, which would be handed over to the international organizations. He bitterly criticized the Election Commission and stated that he felt like calling it names and would have felt better if he could do so.

Existence is Enough for Jatiya Party

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The opposition leader in the parliament, Begum Rowshan Ershad, claimed that it is enough for Jatiya Party that it still exists. She said her party's biggest achievement is that it stayed intact even though it was out of power for 25 years, and that Jatiya Party deserves to be thanked for this reason alone. Rowshan was talking to journalists at the Media Center of Jatiya Sangshad when she also said that in her opinion Jatiya Party has lost the elections due to its organizational weaknesses. She categorized the recently held city corporation elections as peaceful since there was no incidence of violence or death. Rowshan also denied rumors that there is any kind of conflict between her and her husband Hussain Muhammad Ershad.

Bangladesh is a Happy Country

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Finance minister AMA Muhith has termed Bangladesh as a "Very Happy Country". He said it is true despite poverty and emphasized that poverty will be eliminated by 2018. Muhith made his remarks at a press conference held in his secretariat office. He said Bangladesh has made significant progress with poverty alleviation and the current poverty rate in the country is 24 percent which will come down to 11 percent soon. Muhith explained that residue of poverty which will still be there cannot be called poverty in the real sense. He argued that Bangladesh was born as one of the poorest countries in the world in 1971 but it has created so much pressure on poverty in last 45 years that the scourge will be eliminated within next four years.

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EDITORIAL

It is the budget time again. The Ministry of Finance and the Planning Ministry are busy again to give the financial plan for the government for next fiscal year. Next month they are going to tell us how the government is going to earn and spend to implement ambitious projects, support its regular functions and create opportunities for the people of this country to improve their plights. A budget is supposed to be more than an arithmetic exercise to calculate incomes and expenditures. It is supposed to have a philosophy behind it that should guide a nation to achieve its dreams. The dreams of this nation are economic emancipation, political freedom, religious harmony and equal rights amongst its people. How can a numberoriented annual plan help us

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COVER STORY
THIS WEEK
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Budget 2015:

Little to
Cheer about

Here comes the budget time again. Next month, the people of this country will get another budget for them, probably with little to cheer about. It is not because the finance minister does not want to present a cheery budget before the country, but because he is under compulsion to satisfy higher expenditure spree. It is already hinted that size of the national budget for fiscal year 2015-16 (FY16) will be 16 percent higher than the budget of ongoing FY15 ...

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IDLE MIND
by SYED BADRUL AHSAN
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Our Newspapers:
A Landscape of Mediocrity

Let us face the truth. The print media industry in Bangladesh is not in a happy state these days. That is rather intriguing, given that there are more than seventy Bangla language newspapers and close to ten English language national dailies published with regularity. Most of these newspapers are not in a position to pay their staff, at least not on days that are normally given over to salary payment. A good number of journalists and other staff wait for days on end for their salaries, not exactly knowing when they will come by the money. The result is disillusion...

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SPORT
Lifeline for Bangladesh

Whichever tournament Bangladesh makes it to or not, the world as well as the country will have a better idea about Bangladesh football ...

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LEISURE
Bail Not Jail for Salman Khan

A vibrant, multi-hued painting from Spanish painter Pablo Picasso set a world record for artwork at auction, selling for USD179 million on Monday, May 11, night. "Women of Algiers (Version O)" was part of a sale at Christie's auction house that also featured Alberto Giacometti's lifesize sculpture "Pointing Man," which was poised to set a record as ...

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PERISCOPE

Standard Chartered Signs Exclusive Deal with Samsung Mobile Bangladesh

Standard Chartered Bank, the leading international bank in Bangladesh, has recently signed a...

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One Million Still in Queue for Electricity Connections

Nearly one million applications for electricity connections are lying with different state-owned power distribution companies.

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NATION IN THE NEWS

A Haunted Hospital

The only hospital dedicated to freedom fighters and their families has remained closed for the last 17 years

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BUSINESS & FINANCE

Barack Obama Insists US Must Write Rules for Global Trade

US president Barack Obama has strongly argued in favor of an international trade agreement, saying that ...

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India May be World's Next Big Trading Bloc

A new Common Market is being formed. It has a bigger economy than the whole of sub-Saharan Africa ...

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AROUND THE WORLD

Finding Osama

American investigative journalist Seymour Hersh claims that the US forces were able to kill Osama bin Laden with Pakistani help and that it was not an all-American affair

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Raul Castro Hints Return to Church after Meeting the Pope

Cuban president Raul Castro paid a call on Pope Francis at the Vatican on May 10, to thank him for working for

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MORE THAN WORDS
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"I am looking forward to the trip to China ... the 21st century belongs to Asia." Indian prime minister Narendra Modi told Chinese media ahead of his highprofile visit to China

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"The attack represents a senseless act of violence against a peaceful community." Prince Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims, in his reaction to the attack on a bus carrying members of the Ismaili community in Karachi that left at least 43 people dead

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"He asked me and I said 'yes.'" Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel told Los Angeles Times about his decision to marry his partner Gauthier Destenay, an architect, with whom he has been in a civil union since 2010

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"Given the necessity to preserve the country's integrity ... The president Pierre Nkunrunzia is dismissed from his functions." Major general Godefroid Niyombare of Burundi said on a private radio station on May 13 that his country's president Pierre Nkurunziza's mandate was over

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"Before the victims, I also admit to this moral guilt here, with regret and humility. But as to the question whether I am criminally culpable, that's for you to decide." Oskar Gröning, 93, known as the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz", expressed his remorse at the end of his 50-minute speech in the courtroom in Germany

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LIVING
How Did Oscar Wilde's Wife Die?

The grandson of Oscar Wilde believes he has found the reason why his grandmother had died tragically 116 years ago. Constance Mary Wilde was only 40 at the time of her death. Speculation over her sudden death has ranged from

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LIVING ETCETERA
One in 3 New MPs in UK Parliament is a Woman

One in every three new MPs set to enter Britain's House of Commons on May 25 will be a woman. As many as 191 women MPs were elected to Westminster on May 14 - an increase from

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FUN FACTS
The Ceramic Camel

A ceramic camel was found buried in a tomb during the Northern Wei– Northern Qi dynasty, during the mid- to late-500s. Camels had first started appearing in northern Chinese tombs around the 200s and became increasingly popular. Adapted to their natural habitat in the steppes and mountainous deserts north of China, camels were used to transport military goods to and from the harsh frontier, and as a mount for traders and even members of the upper classes.The tomb's owner presumably hoped that this ceramic camel would continue to work for them in the afterlife.

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LEISURE
J K Rowling Under Attack on Twitter

Harry Potter creator JK Rowling is on the receiving end of a vitriolic attack through twitter over her support for the Labor party as well as for being against Scotland breaking off from the United Kingdom. Following the results of the British parliamentary election held on May 8, Rowling who moved to Scotland in 1993 became a target for online abuse. In 2014, just before the Scottish referendum, Rowling faced massive criticism for donating GBP1million to the campaign for a No vote in the Scottish independence referendum...

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