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Grameen Again: A State vs An Individual August 7, 2012

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The Council of Minister of Bangladesh has adopted a proposal on 2nd August 2012 to amend the Grameen Bank Ordinance 1983 to reduce the power of Board of Directors to select the Managing Director of the Bank and to empower the Chairman of the Bank to nominate the same on his own choice.
The proposals also include clauses that question the legality of Dr. Mohammad Yunus to enjoy the financial benefit after
the age of 60 yr that he had served as MD of the Bank. The Council of Ministers also asks the NBR to check the money he earned as wage earner and tax that he had evaded for that.

Dr. Yunus has expressed fear and frustration over the move of the Government as it will destroy Grameen Bank and deprive its women shareholder their due right and ask the countrymen to step forward to save the bank.

Dr. Kamal Hussain, an eminent jurist and an author of Bangladesh Constitution, wonders why Government is out to damage the reputation of Dr. Yunus . Dr. Hussain Zillur Rahman, an economic researcher and an Ex-Adviser to the Caretaker Government and Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam, ex-Finance Adviser to the last caretaker government also criticized the move of the Government.
In an editorial,Daily Star, the English daily cautioned that the amendment will undermine the Grameen Bank and the move will end in politicization.

The US also expressed its worry at Government actions on Grameen Bank and it sees the move as a disregard to the request Hillary Clinton made in her last visit to Bangladesh a few months back.

An ordinary citizen

Post script:

7th Aug 2012
NBR men swoop on 54 Grameen entitis

8th August 2012

NBR finds no wrongdoing in taxes by Grameen or Dr. yunus.

9th Aug 2012
58 leading women leaders ask Government to leave Grameen Bank as it is and not to change the ordinance and deprive the owners

Bangladesh: 61 District Administrators in 64 Districts December 22, 2011

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Government has appointed 61 distric adminstrators in 64 districs. 3 districts of hill tracts are excluded as elected chairmen are holding the post of chief executives in those districts.

The move follows after the government appointed administrators for Dhaka city corporation after dividing it into two.The district administrators are appointed from the district level leaders of the party.

BNP and opposition decried the move as contrary to the constitution. The local governmrnt experts also criticized the step taken by the government in this regard.

As the district councils are part of the local bodies, it was expected that due democratic processes would have been adopted for the district council. But the government didn’t go in that direction and prefer to consolidate their authority over the councils by appointing their own men.

But the thing that is to be ponder whether people will take the measures of the government easily or feel more alienated from the government as they are deprived of their right to choose their leaders at district level.

The appointment has a close similarily with the move of appointment of district govenors in 1974 when the same party was in the government.

Is the party going back to their old concept of governance? Will the people get a wrong signal from the move? Is the government afraid of going into public mandate for the posts?

An ordianry citizen

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Dhaka Divide : Question of Referendum December 6, 2011

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Syed Ashraful Islam, Acting General Secretary of AL challanges BNP to assess their popularity/ to justify their demand not to divide Dhaka by contesting in the coming city corporations elections of Dhaka.

Government is willing to hold the Dhaka city corporations election within next three months. But Election Commision officials said that it will not poosible on their part to hold the city corporation elections in that time period. Moreover, the tenure of the present officials will be ended by February, 2012 . They could at best declare the schedule and the next EC may hold the election. But they now are preferring the Next Election Commission to take the responsibility. The election become more uncertain at this transitional period as the acceptability of next election commission is yet uncertain . The name and the nature of selection is yet not declared by the government.

To the challange of Syed Ashraf, Mr.Fakhrul Islam, Acting General Secretary of BNP demands ‘Referendum’ on the issue of Dhaka divide. 

 But there is no provision of referendum in Bangladesh Constitution. It would have better if the provision would be there as in that case the people could express their opinion in critical national issues.

The ordinary citizen is a little confused why people’s choice is not there for national issues in our constitution. Is it that it was not there in our first constitution and was not thought of by the authors of the first constitution and the Father of the nation? Or is it that the provision was cancelled in a later amendment?

Many of the countries have utilized this provision in their national crisis. Very recently Greece has taken referendum on the issue on remaining in the Eurozone and they are trying to overcome their economic crisis in a collective way.

Bangladesh is facing two important national issues where referendum could be a way out to end the political stalemate, one is Dhaka Divide and the other is Caretaker Government.

Now a time has come, when people don’t like to left aside from the national issues and they want to actively participate in forming the decisions that are extremely important in shaping the future of their lives and of their country.

AL with their absolute majority in the parliament is making many amendments to their benefit, but can’t they amend the constitution to make provision of referendum to ensure people’s participation in national issues other than the general election. People would remember them for ever.

An ordinary citizen

‘Dhaka is divided’ November 29, 2011

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Government is considering to divide Dhaka into two parts to be taken care of by two city corporaations – North and South. It is not clarified which city corporation will be considered as the capital of the country.

A bill in this regard is under process of preparation and will soon be passed in the parliament.

A demand for Two Dhaka was not raised by any political party or any citizen group or by the city corporation itself. It was not even discussed in any public or expert forum.

How and why the idea came into the head of the Government is a mystery for the ordinary people.

The idea would be a unique step in the city administration of the world and Dhaka will be remembered either for it’s good or bad invention in the history. No city in the world so far divided on the plea for better delivery of service to the people.

With the passing of bill , the elected City Mayor Sadek Hussain Khoka will be relinquisheed of his dury. An administrator, appointted by the Government the qualfications of whom not defined in detail, will take over the charge of the city corporation. The new administrator will be responsible to arrange election within 3 months, if not, then within 6 months time.

Sultana Kamal, ex-Adviser, Caretaker Government opined against the move to relinquish an elected city mayoy in such a way as it is unconstitutional.

Akbar Ali Khan, a veteran ex- civil servant and also an Ex- Adviser said the move will create more confusion . He asked whether the ulility service providers will also be equally divided.

Dr. Hussain Jillur Rahman, an economist and ex- Adviser for Caretaker Government said it will create unnecessary turmoil and is a mean way of gaining political end.

Prime Minister Hasina tried to assure the nation that the move is to deliver better service to the city dwellers. But few people seem to be convinced.

If the move is to get political gain in the next city corporation election,then the move will be turned bomerung if the voters do not see any benefit in the move.

The corporation workers also staged their protest against the division. They expressed that the division will leave the south in financial crisis as the taxes in the south is not enough to sustain the expenses.

The South is old, dense and less prosprerous. Will the division of the city make them frustrated?

An ordinary citizen

Follow up :
29/11/2011
The bill to divide Dhaka was placed in Parliament and was passed in 5 minutes.
The people from all walks of life gathered at Shahid Minar and staged their protest against the division of Dhaka.
A cartoonist look at the division

30/11/2011
Dhaka split is challenged in the court. High court asks govt and EC to explain.
EC said it is not possible to hold voting within 90 days.
EC was not consulted.
BNP calls hartal on 4th December, 2011.
Councilors will stage protests in wards.

2/12/2011
AL challenges BNP to assess their popularity in next city election.
BNP demands Referendum on Dhaka split.

4/12/2011
Hartal observed in Dhaka. BNP processions were disrupted by police. Pro-govt activist organised processions at different places. Ex-Mayor Khoka was arrested and remain in police custody for an hour. Stabbed by the pro-govt activists while in police custody and admitted in United Hospital.

Opinion:
Dhaka split for narrow political gain- Ex-Mayor Sadek Hussain Khoka in Prothom Alo
‘We support today’s Hartal’-Syed Abul Maksud, Shahdin Malik, Piyash Karim, Nurul Kabbir, Asif Nazrul-Members of a Citizen Movement in Prothom Alo

Tipaimukh Dam: Is Bangladesh in the face of impending danger ? November 23, 2011

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22/11/2011
India has unilaterally signed an agreement for construction of Tipaimukh dam over Barak river in Monipur state of India.without counsulting or informing Bangladesh. This is against the norms and expectation as per international law. This is also against the bilateral agreements signed between India and Bnagladesh at differet times.

India was always giving hope that it will not do anything that will adversly affect Bangladesh. Even Monmohan when last visited Bangladesh when visited a few months back retaliated the same assurance. But in practice they are giving little heed to the interest of Bangladesh.

Regarding Tipaimukh dam, there is argument against the barrage within India also. The water experts and envronmentalists are agaisnt the barrage . They warn of econological disaster if the dam is constructed. The people of Monipur are protesting against the attempt of the central government. They are afraid of submersion of a large area in the vacinily, displacement of people and deprivation of livelihood. The dam will create havoc to the people on the downside of the river in Bnagladesh.

From the Bangladesh Government side, the State Minister of Water resource first speak on the issue. He said that it is an internal affair of India and India assured that it will not do anything that will harm Bangladesh. But the citizen groups and experts of Bangladesh expressed their concern over the issue and stand against the construction of the dam. Opposition BNP has taken up the issue to expose the weak stand of the government on the issue.

Frustration of people against the goverment is increasing and the odinary citizen fears that it will frustration of people will be reflected in the next general election.

An ordinary citizen

Follow up:
23/11/2011
Government at last responded to the issue. A statement from Foreign Ministry said that the government seek explaination on the issue from the Indian Government.
Prime Minister also spoke in the parliament toady and said that Bangladeesh will not tolerate any attempt that mayy affect the welfare of the people of Bangladesh.
But the tone of Bangladesh Minister Dipu Moni is softer and while she says that Bangladesh is convinced with the assurance of India that it will not do anything that will harm Bangladesh.
In the meantime BNP chairperson sent a letter to Indiam PM to settle the Tipaimukh issue by bilateral negotiation, joint survey and expert opinion.
Question is also arose whether Bangladesh should go to the international court. The Government yet not decided on the issue.

Padma Bridge: Dream yet not fulfilled October 28, 2011

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Padma bridge is a long cherished dream for the people of south of Bangladesh. Once done, it will connect the south with the other parts of the country. was thought to be a revolutionary step to eliminate the economic discrepency with the east .

A plan was chalked out and World Bank was set as the major donor for the project of about 6 billion dollar. It would provide more than 3 billion dollar and ADB, Jaica and IDB would share the rest of the burden. 
When people was hopeful about the start of the project , WB declared to stop the funding on the charge of corruptiontion in ralation to the handling of the project. Soonafter, ADB and Jaica also withheld their commitment. The finger pointed to the Communication Minister Abul Hossain who was recently heavily criticised for failure to maintain and develop the roads and hiighways of the country. Government said that no specific allegation was raised by the WB. Anti Corruption Commission made an enquiry into the allegation. The chief of the commission declared that they found no corruption in the project and there was attempt to wrong doing in the the process. 
 In the meantime the Prime Minister declared in a public meeting that Padma funding is stopped due to corruption of BNP government. the PM also assured the natiom that if WB dont provide thw money then alternatives are there to suppot the project. Muhith said later that government is not looking for any alternative source. The pending of the WB fund is only a temporary one .After one or two days she expressed that a Nobel Laureate of Bangladesh is behind the stoppage of the funding. The only Nobel Laureate of the country Dr. Mohammad Yunus immediately protested the assertion saying that he was always advocated for Padma bridge and as a citizen of the country he never thought of preventing any effort for the briadge and added that WB can’t take such a major decision on the opinion of an indivividual. Finance Minister Muhith two days later denied any involvement of Dr. Yunus in influencing the funding of WB.

Then two days later, the senior information officer of Finance Minister issused an statement complaining that the media misreported the finance minister. PM in the current parliamentary session expressed that complications regarding Padma project will be solved soon and no alternative souce will be required.

Among all the hopes and contradictions, the dream of people for Padma Bridge still remain unfulfilled.

An ordinary citizen

Media and non-political entity of local elections October 18, 2011

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Nayanagang city corporation election is set. Election Commission has confirmed the candidature of 6 candidates after screening. Two of them are part mayors and one is female with strong political background.

City Corporation elections are local elections. Constitutionally these are non political elections. Party will not nominate any candidate and no party should express their support for any candidate.

Political leaders sometime try to break the rule and this so happen in case of Narayangang election. While the expectation from the political leaders are poor, we have high hope on the media. But we feel frustrated when leading media fails to honour the rule.

Badrud Doza

Wall Street movement: Spilling over October 15, 2011

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People have started to occupy Wall Street for some 4 weeks back as a protest to the support that the corporate houses are getting from the government and the treatment they have offered to the people. The protest has a very close relation with recession in USA, bailout of banks by the state money, failure of the government steps to overcome the recession, no improvement of unemployment situation and no abatement of luxury of corporate bosses.

From initial small presence it is gradually swelling up with days and nearby streets and park are being occupied by the people. They are virtually camping in the areas.

Hundreds of protesters are already arrested and it’s spread causing a headache for the government.

People in sympathy to the movement are organizing protests in different cities of USA.

And now, it is spreading to the other cities of the world from Melborne to London.

Will there be any ripple of this movement in Bangladesh also where people are frustrated over the plight of the poor, state of governance and politics and immunity of the rich?

An ordinary citizen

Link: Follow Wall Street Movement

1st poster of wall street movement

The poster that inspires the movement

Broadcasting Policy , Media and Freedom of Expression October 5, 2011

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Bangladesh Government is mulling to introduce a broadcarting poilicy for the media in a view to regulate it to the tune set by the government.

The idea creates reaction among journsls, media workers and intelligentia.

They question the need of such a policy where dozens of rules are already imposed on the media. They think that this will be an unwise attempt on the part of the government to control the media that will curtail the freedom of expression and access to right to information. 


ABM Musa,a senior jouralist expressed in discussion meeting that when a government is nervous it tries to control the media and any attempt to control the media is obviously destined to fail.


An ordinary citizen

Links:
Draft broadcasting policy submitted to JS body-News
Cancel Draft broadcasting policy- speakers urge Government-news

Killing, clemency and justice October 5, 2011

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Bangladesh President has pardoned the killer of Nurul Islam as the news published on 21 July 2011. The news has steered the politicians and the public as well.

Nurul Islam was a political activist and a local leader of BNP and a potential threat in leadership to the rival political groups in Laxmipur.

The accused killer is a son of a leading political figure of AL.

Government defending itself said that BNP also in their term gave clemency to the murderer belonging to their own party and President has the right to pardon anyone on the recommendation of the Justice ministry.

Barrister Moudud of BNP said that two campaered case are not similar in nature. The judgment in BNP case was given by Martial Law court, the verdict of which is not uncontroversial.

Some claim that with the mercy in Nurul Islam’s case President failed to uphold the constitutional responsibility bestowed upon him and the mercy will encourage the killers to repeat the same unlawful act.

An ordinary citizen

Opinion:

President’s pardon, citizens’ concern : Syed Badrul Ahsan

Teesta river water sharing: Ensuring equal distribution September 26, 2011

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Most of the rivers passing through Bangladesh are coming through India after originating from the Himalayas.

Bangaldesh had already in an agreement on Padma river. Among the other rivers Teesta and Feni are the two important rivers on which new agreement are to be made.

I was listening to an analysis of a river expert who opines that the agreement should be among three parties. One party is Bangladesh, the second is India and the 3rd is the reiver itself and the water should be distributed equally among the three parties. Bangladesh was about to sign an agreement on Teesta River during the visit of Manmohan, the Indian Prime Minister. But at the last moment Mamata, the newly elected Chief Minister of West Bengal put her veto on the agreement. Though Center Government and PM of India were eager to sign a treaty , but ultimate they couldn’t bypass the opinion of Mamata. It was thought that Mamata was not duly consulted. But that was not the case. Mamata was briefed on the issue over the last few months. Then why she about turned from her earlier position it was not known. She liked to make a fresh survey on the draft proposl of the agreemnt.

Though our foriegn Minister Dipu Moni was hopeful of positive outcome evn before the day of visit, but the MoU was not ultimately signed during the visit of Indian Prime Minister.

As the Teesta River sharing was not signed, so the Transit was also not signed.But many question the relation between the two.

It was a bilateral negotiation. Neither UN nor any arbitrator was engaged in the process.Some experts was preferring to negotiate the water sharing though UN or other international body. The draft was also not disclosed in the Parliament or in the media.

Bangladesh Govt is hopeful to continue the dialogue on the Teesta river and come to a conclusion within 3 months from it’s setback.

An ordinary citizen

Transit: prospects and speculations September 5, 2011

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Manmohan Singh, PM of India is coming to Bangadesh. Many unsolved issues will be discussed and some MoU will be signed.

One of the important MoUs will be about transit. Foreign Minister Dipu Moni in a previsit presss briefing said that a MoU on trasit will be signed during the period. 
Depapriya Bhattacharjee, Fellow, CPD expressed that transit will bring tremoundous opportunity to Bangladesh but we shouldn’t mess it by ill thought and ill planned unnecessary hurried steps. He added that an independent and complete formulation of the agreement was needed and he is feeling uneasiness to the tidbit approach to the issue. 
 Many demanded to pubish the draft agreement in public but the government is not ready to accept this.

An ordinary citizen

Link:
Google search: Transit to India

One Farm, One home Project September 4, 2011

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One of the important agenda of the present govt is the one farm and one home project. The state minister for LGRD minstry said that govt is determined to see the project a success. He hopes that the process will create a revolution in Bangladesh.

But the eminent Economist and Researcher Dr. Hussain Zillur Ranman who was an adviser to last caretaker goverment said that the one farm, one home project is going to be a failure. He said that without any pilot project the idea is implemented at national scale.He added that policalistaion of the project will make the project a failure and wastage of national economy.

An ordinary citizen

Bangladesh: Deaths on the roads August 27, 2011

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Tareque Masud , a prominent art film maker and Mishuk Munir, a proneer electronic media organiser, died on raod crash recenly that stirred the whole nation. They were returing in a microbus from Manikgabg when a speedy bus hit them in the middle while turning a curve in a rain- soaked day. 3 more passengers were also died and few more injured including Catherine, Tarek Masud’s wife and Dali, a professor of Fine Arts of Chittagong University, the latter is in critical condition.

The deaths stirred the nation as the meritorius sons of the soil are dying without notice on the raods. The nation mourned the deaths. The event was hotly discussed in the media, the Minister of Roads and Highwyas was questiioned in the media and in the parliament. The Finance Minister answered the blames on him. Tragically, it was found that a minister not related with roads and highways is connected with the issue. He is the minister of shipping, President of labour federation. It is reported that he took 10000 licence from BRTA and issued them randomly without any formal examination and he also demanded 25000 more. He defended his position saying that if a man can identify a goat and a cow on the road, though ilitterate he can be given the driving licemce. The concept drew sarcasm from the public.

Among the causes for accidents on the roads, in addition to the illegal issuace of licence, rough/unfit roads, unfit vehicles, lack of traffic signs, denying traffic rules, lack of imposition of traffic rules, absence of punishment for major offences were found as the major causes.

The Minister for Roads and Highways defended himself saying that the Ministry of Finance didn’t release the requisite amount to work in due time. The Ministry of Finance denied the charge.

In the parliamentary session, the MPs of the same rank on the side of the government criticized the ministers on their failure to maintain the safely on the roads, control the price of essesntials, regulate the share market and maintain the law and order situation in the country. They demanded immediate termination of the failed ministers.

Prime Minister didn’t moved by the arguments of her own MPs rather she defended her concerned ministers saying that most of works thay did well except a few.

The Ministry of Roads and Highways started the repairworks and hope to start the full works after Eid.

But the people remain skeptic.

And fate of government will also be dictated by the tumbles people will suffer on the roads in the coming days.

An ordinary citizen

Post script: ‘The transit with India will be delayed due poor infrastructure in the country’ declared Finance Minister M A Muhith.

15th Amendment: Dramatic Changes, Sharp Criticism July 23, 2011

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On June 30, 2011 Bangladesh Parliament passed the 15th amendment of the constitution. The amendment made some dramatic changes in the constitution that includes abolition of the caretaker government, setting some unchangeable clause in the constition, dropping of the people’s mandate on any national issues and barring the critism of the constitution.

Though the attentiin of the politicians was more focused on the caretaker govt issue but the other issues are not less important. Gradually Gradually the legal experts and citizen groups are expressing their voice on these issues.

Government shows unnesessary haste in passing the the bill in reference to a supreme court judgment which is not yet fully published and which was not also fully followed in the bill. The haste also create confusion and inconfidence on the intention of the government move.

The citizen groups opined that the country didn’t yet gain the political maturity to conduct the national election neutrally without Govt interference and confrontation.

Whille politicians are engaged in bitter debate on caretaker issue, the legal exerts focused also on other debatable aspects of the amendment.

Shahdin Malik, a senior jurist said that he cried when he had gone through the amendment. He added govt has murred an otherwise good constitution by adding some unacceptable clauses. Dr. Kamal Hussain, one of the author of our first constitution in 1972 , said people have been disowned of the constitution but a democratic government can’t do this. He urged the people to form a people’s commission to resist the govt move to distort the constitution.

The actions and reactions related to the 15th amendment of the constitution will determine the future political course of Bangladesh.

An ordinary citizen

Links:

Salient features of 15th amendment: Daily Star
Caretaker system abolished
‘Despicable offence’ committed
self-defeating amendment

Caretaker Issue – is AL government uncertain about it’s win in the next election ? July 4, 2011

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The isssue that was once settled in 1996 , came to the limelight when supreme court in it’s part judgement declared the careteker government illegal. The judgment found BNP off-footed and gave the opportunity for the government to create political and psychological pressure on the opposition.

BNP reacted immediately and declared the protest They first declared a one day hartal, then they declared two days’ hartal. The people predict a confrontational days for the political parties and uncertain future for the country.

But the caretaker issue was a settled issue. It was accepted by the political parties and the people after AL rejected the february, 1996 election result and organised continuous agitation and the state governace came to a standstill.AL and its the then allies including JI proposed to hold the elction under the caretakertt government.

Since then, 3 consequative elctions was held under the caretaker government. The first and third was won by AL and the second by BNP. BNP also won the democratic elelction of 1990 after the fall of Ershad autocratic regime.

So, since 1990 , the honour to govern the country was equally shared by both the political parties,over the last 20 years. The CG system proved to be more neutral, more acceptable, more suitable for Bangladesh. Election under a political government in no way be acceptable to the people,it was rejected in the past.

Our political goverments also tried to corrupt the CG system. As the immediate past chief justice becomes the chief adviser of the caretaker government, the different poltical governents tries to promote the judges in such a way as to make the judge of their choice as the Chief Adviser of the CG.It is not only weakeng the system but also polluting the judiacy by politicization of the bureaucracy.

Nevertheless, the Caretaker system should be continued. A ractification in the appointment of the CA should be made. A competent neutral person may be choosen on the basis of consensus of the political parties to head the government in the interim period.

AL must have confidence on themselves. They have been elected twice through the caretaker system and have the potentiality to win the next election. But they will have to show the courage and confidence on themselves first.

An ordinary citizen

Caretaker Government:180 degree turn of parliamentary subcommittee June 4, 2011

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Parliamentary subcommittee co-chaired by Advocate Suranjit Sen Gupta was seriously discussing, apparently it was looking like that, the issue of the caretaker government -its form, tenure and who should head the CG etc. They started with a big bag in the media- invited the opposition leader, selective BNP law makers, PM, government lawmakers and the constitutional experts.
After days of dilemma none from the opposition participated in the dialogue. But tle leading jurists of the country including Barrister Rafiqul Hoque, Barrister Aminul Islam, Barrister Jahir put theiir suggestions to the subcommittee. All of them except Barrister Jahir have expressed their opinion in favour of continuing the caretaker government considering the political complexity of Bangladesh where no election under any government other than the caretaker would be acceptable by the people.

The vocal co-chairman of the committee asserted many a times that the caretaker government should be continued and they will proposed for it’s continuity with some modifications.

While the people were waiting to see the modifications in the offing, the committee met with PM in her office in the parliament. She opined that as the CG is declared illegal by the supreme court, there is no scope to keep the CG system in the country.
Just following the meeting, the tone of members of the committee changed. They started to comment against the caretaker government system as if they were ardent opponent of CG from long before. Only the co-chairman maintained the reserve and said that the issue is still open and the final decision will be made in the parliament. But we didn’t heard anything from the chairman of the committee over the past few weeks through out the dialogue.

BNP reacted sharply to the declation of PM and delared hartal on 5th June 2011 and a period political uncertainty starts with this.

An ordinary citizen

Ordeal of Limon May 30, 2011

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Limon was shot on the foot and he had to lose his left leg because of that. He came to limelight of the media because of the ordeal he had to undergo after that incident.

RAB earlier stated that he was mistakenly shot while they were chasing a gang of terrorists. LImon was standing nearby. But After initial treatment at Barisal Medical College, he was then transferred to Sher e Banga Orthopedic Hospital. He was amputated and is kept under tight security.

Son of a poor parents, he was a candidate for hsc exam(12th grade) this year. He was studying by earning his livelihod for himself and his family in parallel. His dream has been shattered because of the incident, After getting bail, he found himself in the Barisal jail. As his would was deteriorating he was admitted into the Barisal Medical College for second time. Doctors prefered to send him to Dhak Pangu (Orhopedic) Hospital again for better treatment. In the meantime , 5 enquiry committees submitted their reports and all the reports found Limon guilty and also found all the members of the family- his parents and siblings’ are involved with the terrorist group

In the hospital Limon asked the journalists to bring poison for them and let them die.

The Military Adviser to the PM said that the enquiry reports are true. There is nothing to deny. The State Ministry and the Law Ministry also endorses the inference of the adviser.

And the ordeal of Limon will be continued.

An ordinnary citizen

Opinion:
Abul Momen- Prothom Alo : http://www.prothom-alo.com/detail/date/2011-05-27/news/157474 (in bangla )

Chronology of events:
2.6.2011: Limon quizzed again
3.6.2011: Limon pleads with PM
7.6.2011: The Inquiry of the Home Ministry couldn’t find out by whose bullets Limon was injured

Care Taker Government and Supreme Court Judgment May 23, 2011

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Supreme court in a judgment declared caretaker system illegal in Bangladesh. It is to be noted that Bagladesg has introduced caretaker government system to hold national elections under a politically neutral tenvironment. The care taker government instituted for 3 months following the tenure of the elected government is over and headed by the immediate past chief justice. A group of advisers among the non-political personalities from the professionals are selected to support him. The CTG is basically assigned to hold the general election and to maintain the general administration. They are nor empowered to formulate any major rules and regulations and will not change the constitution,

Bangladesh virtually hold 4 national elections under the CTG and all of them were accepted by the people as fair and neutral. In the history of Bangladesh, these elections are best of its kind.

But to influence the composition of the ctg with an aim to influence the result of the ellection, the elected governments had tried in the past to promote their loyal judges to the post of Chief Justice, superceeding the seniors. This attempt has been made in 2001 and 2006 . In 2001, the cj didn’t fulfil the wish of his mentors.In 2006 , the oppostion to the manuever lead to the formation of a caretaker government headed by the president, who later had to handover the charge to a new set of advisers led by Dr. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed. This Ctg stays in power for long 2 years and tried to reform the political system but at last left the scene by holding an election in December 2008 in which AL gained a landslide victory.

Controversy arises on the tenure of the ctg and the manipulation of the promotion of the judges ? .

Supreme Court took the opinion of the Amicus Curiae. Most of the americus queri except one gave opinion in favour of CTG. Citizens groups also favour caretaker goverment.

8NP expreesed its opposition to any move form the concept of caretaker government. Ershad hails the idea. Jammat is not in a postion to say anything on the issue. Their top brasses are in the jail on the charge for crimes committed during the liberation war.

The issue will be discussed in the parliament. The motive of AL is not yet clear whether they will prefer a caretaker government or switch over to other form. The judgment of the supreme court open up the dual opportunity for them. They are tatking time to come to a conclusion.I am also suspecting that they will linger the discussion close to the end of their term and on the political reading at the last moment they will come to a decision.

People still would prefer an elelction under CTG. The alternative is an election under an independent election commission. But political government does not yet able to develop the confidence to conduct an independent election under an election commission.

Any attempt by the government to manipulate the result will bring no good to the government.

An ordinary citizen

Options Left for Dr. Yunus May 11, 2011

Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, GOVERNANCE, POLITICS.
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Verdict of supreme court has been given and as was predicted it was gone against Dr. Yunus and Board of Directors of Grameen.

Grameen has tried it’s best to mainatin it’s integrity and appeal to the high court against the order of Bangladesh Bank. High Court rejected it’s appeal. Then they appeal at the Supreme Court. Supreme Court also refused to consider their appeal. They appeal for review of the judgment again in the highest court. The lawyers are best of the country. They placed their arguments eloquently but neither the eloquency, nor the logic could change the determination of the judges.

Now, Dr. Yunus will have to leave the post that he was holding for 30 years. In a letter Yunus expressed that he is waiting for the decision of the Board of Directors. According to the Grameen Bank Ordinance,1983 it is the BoDs to decide the next managing director and to place to BB to approve it. It is not the other way round that BB will appoint MD and BoD will approve it. If government does not like to play in the mud, it should leave Grameen Bank to work by its own rule.
There is little chance that Government will nominate Dr. Yunus as the Chairman of Grameen Bank.

Then what is left for Dr.Yunus to do. His legal fight may not yet over. Governmnet may next take steps to incorporate the social enterprizes with Grameen Bank. There are about 44 ‘social business’ companies where Dr. Yunus is working as chairman or director in most of them. As these businesses are associated with different international companies, such as Danone, Adidas, Intel etc, any government attempt will not go unchallenged.

One option for Yunus is to look after the social business companies he has established. His second option is to be appointed as chief executive in an international body that is looking after the poverty alliviation program. UN may think to open an Special Commission to be headed by Dr. Muhammad Yunus that will look after provery alliviation program of different countries including Bangladesh.

The last option for Yunus is to enter into politics. He could only join politics if a social environment is created in Bangladesh to accomodate a person like him in our politics like ELBaradei in Egypt. ElBaradei is also a Nobel laureate.

An ordinary citizen

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