No Reason Why Students Should Fail
While describing various steps taken by her government, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said that there is no reason why the students should fail in the examinations. She said the government has created many opportunities in the education sector and it is possible to pass examinations if students concentrate on their studies. Hasina gave her remarks on May 11 when the SSC results were being handed over to her.
The Scope of a Constitutional Crisis
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir expressed his concern that the rift between parliament and the judiciary could lead to a constitutional crisis in the country. He said it while addressing a protest rally held at Reporters Unity’s Sagar-Runi auditorium on May 14. Alamgir urged the government to resolve this crisis through dialogue. He also emphasized on the need for national elections under a neutral, caretaker government as a way to defuse the crisis.
Coming Back to Power
Jatiya Party chairman, HM Ershad, has said that everybody knows how the country is being run right now. He said the country cannot run like this when terrorism, murder, militancy and extortion have skyrocketed. Ershad insisted that this situation must change and that change can come only through his party, which is why he would like to come back to power one more time. He also added that he would like to be used by others as a ladder for their climb to power.
“I Run This Campus”
Chhatra League VP of Islamic University, Mizanur Rahman Mizu, and his followers threatened vice chancellor of the university, Dr. Abdul Hakim, saying: “This campus will run as per my wish. I shall open it as I wish and also shut it down as I wish. I am going to shut it down right now and let me see how you run it.” Witnesses and teachers of the university who were present in the vice chancellor’s room said that two assistant registrars of the university were expelled because of their involvement in an attack carried out on certain university officials and vandalism. The Chhatra League demanded that those two registrars must be reinstate to their jobs.
Khaleda Takes Money from ISI
While calling BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia an agent of Pakistan, prime minister’s son Sajib Wazed Joy has claimed that the BNP leader has regularly taken money from ISI people to conduct elections. He said in a facebook posting that Khaleda Zia appointed war criminals as cabinet ministers and Pakistan had recently taken sides with Khaleda Zia when it raised the Bangladesh situation at a commonwealth meeting. He then quoted a diplomat who said that Pakistan’s proposal at that meeting was not acceptable to representatives of other countries.
The Country is Sinking into Darkness
BNP chairperson, Begum Khaleda Zia, bitterly criticized the government and said that illegitimate power grabbing has as if given the ruling elite the license for despotism. She added that they are sinking the country into the darkness of depravity. Zia said as if that s not enough, they are ruthlessly persecuting the civil servants who refuse to follow their orders. She said there is no alternative to a national election participated by all to put an end to the miseries of despotism and anarchy prevailing in the country. She made her comments in a written statement sent to the media on May 12.
Terrorism Rises Where Democracy is Suppressed
BNP’s standing committee member and convenor of Dhaka Metropolitan Committee, Mirza Abbas, urged his party leaders and workers to remain vigilant against the mischievous intentions of Awami League. He asked those who did not participate in the previous movements to stop taking rest and take to the street for the sake of their own survival. He said that Awami League has a reason behind issuing chargesheets against Khaleda Zia, because they do not do anything without an ulterior motive.
Terrorism Holding Back Tourism
Civil aviation and tourism minister Rashed Khan Menon blamed the spread of religious terrorism worldwide for being a drag on the tourism in Bangladesh. He said that Bangladesh no longer suffers from an image crisis on account of poverty, natural disaster and tidal waves but its tourism sector has been hit by growing militancy across the world. Menon added that eventhough the situation in Bangladesh is not comparable to that in Afghanistan or Pakistan, the perception outside is that the risk of terrorism exists in Bangladesh. The minister made his comments at a discussion held by Aviation and Tourism Journalists Forum, Tour Operators Association of Bangladesh and Association of Travel Agents Bangladesh held on May 12.
Impartial Journalism is Impossible
Prime minister’s information adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury believes that while journalists must be impartial, in some cases they do not have the liberty of being so. Chowdhury added that impartiality is impossible when independence and sovereignty of the country is at a stake, when democracy is under threat from inauspicious forces, and when people are burned to death in the name of politics. He said that it is the time when the journalists must write in favor of independence, sovereignty and democracy. The adviser said it at a reception accorded to editor Rahat Khan in Kishoreganj on May 13.
Image of Police Tarnished by a Few
Inspector general of police, AKM Shahidul Haque, announced that police would practice zero tolerance when it comes to drugs. He said that the image of police has been tarnished a few members of the force who use drugs and are involved in the trade. He was speaking at Manikganj Police Line on May 13 where he inaugurated the newly-built barracks for female police.