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A Photographer Named Shahidul Alam August 21, 2018

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Shahidul Alam: A Singular Voice in Photography for Dignity and Human Rights
Why did Bangladesh arrest Shahidul Alam?
Who Is Afraid of Shahidul Alam?
National Geographic calls for Shahidul Alam’s immediate release

In Search for Safe Road August 5, 2018

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Reckless driving takes two young lives
Protests flare up
Dhaka shaken by youth spirit

Protesters resolute

Students chased, beaten up in Mirpur, Ctg
Road safety demo continues for sixth day
Bus ‘strike’ makes people suffer

4 Daily Star journalists assaulted
Total disorder
Protest spreads outside Dhaka

Students take to streets, control traffic for 7th day

Bangladesh students paralyze Dhaka with road safety protests

Minute by minute: Saturday’s protest ends with violence in Jigatola

BCL in its element
a song commemorating the protest

শক্তির উদ্বোধন

Snapshots of a violent afternoon
Pounced again
Shahidul Alam picked up by DB
Actress Nawshaba on 4-day remand
How dare you hit my child!
FB being used to spread false information
Bashundhara battlefield

Global rights group slams Bangladesh government for attacks

UN worried about safety of children

Quota Reform Movement -A Disturbing Development July 7, 2018

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Quota Reform Demand: Demos roll into day 4

Commentary: Why this merciless beating?

Girl shares horrors of assault, abuse by anti-quota reform men, cops

Just arrest!

Quota reform movement: Students seek teachers’ support

Quota Movement: BCL swoops on reformists

Quota reform movement a conspiracy against government, AL leaders claim

রাবিতে কোটা সংস্কার আন্দোলনকারীদের ওপর ছাত্রলীগের দফায় দফায় হামলা

কোটা সংস্কার আন্দোলন অযৌক্তিক : স্বরাষ্ট্রমন্ত্রী

Quota reform: ‘BCL activists’ beat CU Chhatra Front men

‘হাতুড়ির নিচে জীবন’

জঙ্গিদের মতো ভিডিও দেওয়া ও ছাত্রীদের ব্যবহার করা হচ্ছে: উপাচার্য

‘Quota-reform leader Suhel picked up’

Quota reform movement: Demonstrators call for nationwide boycott of classes, exams starting Thursday

PM warns against anarchy

Quota: Legal notices issued to DU, RU on inactions against BCL

Students demand DU proctor’s resignation

Analysis and Comments on Bangladesh Budget 2018-19 June 8, 2018

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Lofty Goal,Fragile Base

No Cheers Tax Measures 

Safety Net Widens

Bowing to Banks

Business as usual Budget

Interest Burden getting heavier

Digital Services : when popular, made pricier 

Health Care uncared for 

A little for stock investors

No prescription for slow virus 

Digital marketing comes under tax net           

Bangladesh Budget 2018-19 June 8, 2018

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Budget at a glance : https://mof.portal.gov.bd/sites/default/files/files/mof.portal.gov.bd/page/e9e8a8c8_8a8b_4536_a18b_fc5ca696650a/At_A_Galance_en.pdf

Budget Speech : https://mof.portal.gov.bd/sites/default/files/files/mof.portal.gov.bd/page/b29661b6_927f_4012_9f83_5ac47dbd6ebd/Speech_EN_18_19.pdf
Summary of Budgt estimates :
https://mof.portal.gov.bd/sites/default/files/files/mof.portal.gov.bd/page/49a0b4a8_a06a_434d_ac0e_885d85f92ff7/afs_st_00_e.pdf
Supplemenary Budget :https://mof.portal.gov.bd/site/page/4deed460-37ed-4cfa-bf7a-d46c1fbc5238

Bangladesh Budget 2017-18 June 2, 2017

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Finance Minister MA Muhith proposed national budget for FY 2017-18 in the parliament on 1st June 2017 . I personally feel that to understand the budget one should go through the full budget, try to understand it, then analyse and then give one’s comment.

Budget in English – Index

Budget speech

Budget in Brief

Budget in Bangla – Cover page

Index 

Full Budget

Budget in brief 

Amnesty International on Bangladesh 2017 May 4, 2017

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https://www.amnesty.org/en/countries/asia-and-the-pacific/bangladesh/report-bangladesh/

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2017/05/bangladesh-dissenting-voices-trapped-between-fear-and-repression/

 

 

Islam Is Taking Over Europe – ‘Without Swords, Without Guns, Without Conquest’ January 26, 2017

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http://observer.com/2017/01/muslim-population-europe-religion-growing-worldwide/

Muslim devotees pray during the Friday noon prayers during the World Muslim Congregation, also known as Biswa Ijtema, at Tongi, some 30 kms north of Dhaka on January 13, 2017.

Most & Least Corrupt Countries January 25, 2017

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Most corrupt & Least corrupt countries of the world. Bangladesh is at 15th.  

Courtesy of Transparency International

Murder of the wife of a police officer September 14, 2016

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This is something unusual in Bangladesh- to kill the wife to take revenge on a police officer. But this happened on morning June 5 2016  at Chittagong when the mother of 2 children was shot dead from close range when she was  walking towards the school bus to lift her elder son. The husband, promoted to SP few days  earlier, away to Dhaka to join his new assignment.

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The event made Babu Akhter known to every citizen for the tragedy  and the pain deepens for the professional excellence and recognition that he had achieved by this time. People got the impression that his wife was murdered because of  his action against the militants and the terrorists over the last few years. Coming  back from Dhaka he himself lodged the case against the unknown killers and bowed to take the revenge. Police arrested few suspects,  2 of whom were also killed in the crossfire. sp-2

He returned back to Dhaka with his 2 children and started to stay in his father-in-laws house. Bereaved and shocked he didn’t join his office. A few days later he was taken to the Police Headquarter at midnight, he was quizzed for 15 hours his alleged involvement in the killing of his wife. He was released after the interrogation. Later we are informed from Police authority that he was given the option to resign from his job or to face jail. He preferred to resign. But he himself said nothing to the media. His father-in-law, who was also a police officer, denied any involvement of him in the murder. People raised question why on earth a man would kill his wife hiring miscreants and if he did the murder why it is not be proved by proper evidence and be punished by the judiciary. sp-3

Weeks later he went to the Police Office and put an application expressing his willingness to join his service withdrawing his earlier resignation. His application was forwarded to the higher authority. But before his joining was considered , his earlier letter of resignation was accepted by the President of the Republic and notified in the gazette. The whole process has made in a very short span of time  which is totally unprecedented in Bangladesh context. In the debate, Prime Minister has taken no side. But people had expected that his case would be considered fairly.

The termination was a double blow for the man.

And there is no progress in the murder case.

 

An ordinary citizen

Killings at Holey Artisan Bakery, Gulshan, Dhaka July 6, 2016

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On the night of 1st July  when I switched the knob to Somoy TV past 10 pm, I came across the live telecast of the seize of Holey Artisan Bakery at Gulshan by some gunmen. Breath-holding we were following the events. RAB, Police and people were gathered outside the area. Injured police and civil dressed person came out from dark to the scene and they were taken away for treatment. Then heard 2 officers have been killed by the miscreants and 30 police were admitted in United Hospital. Past 11 pm , Mr. Benajir Ahmed, Chief of RAB came to the spot and asked the reporters to stop their live telecast as it would benefit the miscreants and made the work difficult for law enforcers.

From then on, TV channels were only telecasting the update news on the event. I was listening to a lengthy analysis in 71 TV by a Top Security Analyst after 12 am. But he was fearing that the discussion might be heard by the miscreants also and might use it to set their strategy.Later we were informed that all the telephone and TV lines were cut off by the police by that time. The channel then telecast an interview with an Indian Citizen whose daughter was inside the cafe. He was asking why the law enforcers not then start negotiation with the hostage takers.

At 4 pm, there were no new updates. More people thronged the place, more law enforcers in the surrounding. People were pushed away beyond a barricade line.

Past 7-30 am, army made the raid and killed the miscreants-  6-7 in number (later the no is adjusted to 5). By this time, the miscreants have killed 20 hostages, 9 of them Italians, 7 from Japan and 3 from Bangladesh. Army rescued 11 hostages, 3 of whom are foreigners.

On my first thought , I was on the impression that the miscreants would be from Madrasha  (religious educational institutions) and astonished to find that most of them are from English Medium School/College or University and from well off families.

It is highly disturbing why these boys from affluent families took up this path of destruction for themselves and for others. Probably this conviction came out of psychological conflicts these children were suffering in their home and in society, more at home. In Bangladesh, affluence come more in illegal ways that may distort the psyche of these children and prompted them to take  up a short-cut way to correct the society and to pay off the debts of their parents.

An ordinary citizen

News Link : Dhaka cafe attack ends with 20 hostages among dead

Attack result of failed institution

Dhaka restaurant attack designed to reverberate globally

Sheikh Hasina must call Islamic Terrorism what it is 

Union Council Elections-killings and Clashes May 29, 2016

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Bangladesh is undergoing elections in phases at union council level – its grass-root. So far 92 people have been died in the election and many more injured.

Local elections was so far on non-party basis. This time the Government changed it to party-basis and total scenario has been changed. It is now turns into a festival of clashes, killings and vote rigging.

As predicted, pro-government  candidates won most of seats.

But democracy is decaying and people are loosing power.

 

An ordinary citizen

 

Judiciary vs Parliament on Removal of Judges May 7, 2016

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High Court in Bangladesh scrapped the 16th amendment that empowered the parliament to remove the judges from higher courts.[1] [2]
The members of Parliament in the running session hit out at Judiciary for making the amendment.[1][2] Attorney General indicates that Government will appeal against the amendment in the next working day.

 

An ordinary citizen

Bangladesh Bank, Governor, Selection Policy April 14, 2016

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There is no selection policy for Governor of Bangladesh Bank. 

Unemployment, Opportunity & GDP in Bangladesh April 9, 2016

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Employment survey 2015 of BSS is published. 

A PM and an Editor February 26, 2016

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Mahfuz Anam, editor of Daily Star, leading English daily in Bangladesh made a blunder by committing a mistake he had done in 2007-8 during the tenure of semi-army government in publishing some reports on Sk. Hasina, now PM of the country. The reports were provided by Army intelligence and published without independently verifying by the editor. Sk. Hasina was behind the bar for 11 months during the period and the then government was accused of trying to remove 2 leading ladies , Sk. Hasina and Khaleda Zia from politcics.

So far 79 cases have been filed , some of them are defamation and others are sedition cases, submitted by different citizens at different courts of the country. Ministers and MPs also expressed their anger and opinion against Mahfuz Anam. Sk. Hasina, after remaining silent for few days, at last speaks out her mind against the editor in a gathering of party leaders and activists.

International and national organizations of journalists and eminent citizens of the country protested against the harassment on Mahfuz Anam.

A minister urged to form a commission to inquire into the events of  1/11, the term that popularly represent that government.

The problem is that 1/11 government was supported then many of AL  and BNP lawmakers and many civil and military leaders.

 

An ordinary citizen

 

 

Facebook is closed in Bangladesh November 27, 2015

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Facebook is closed for more than 7 days in Bangladesh.Other applications such as Viber,Whats up, messenger and few more were also banned along with facebook. The FB is closed on the pretext of terrorist attacks before the execution of 2 War Crime convicts.[1]
The execution is over but the authority is no mood to open the FB. They may continue it on security reasons for indefinite period. Bloggers, foreigners, priest ,ethnic minorities have been attacked and killed in recent times by unknown assailants. Prominent intellectuals were also threatened through mobile messages. It is not well understood whether the facebook has played any role in these incidents.[1]

15 millions Bangladeshi use facebook, most of whom are young and students. Now many of them are using FB by bypassing the ban through proxy servers. As the days are passing by, the proxy users are increasing in numbers.[1] Satirical writings are also communing up on FB in the mainstream media.

The ban not only affected common users, but it also affected businesses based on FB, social services such blood donors, educational pages etc.

State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim, who was appointed just 1 and half months back, defended herself in a lengthy article published in newspapers claiming that the measure has saves many lives in Bangladesh. She also claims that technology will be countered by technology though FB lovers are not yet seeing any sign of that.

The ban has put the government at odds with the Facebook Generation in Bangladesh.

An ordinary citizen

Follow up:

18/12/2015

3 Ministries of Government of Bangladesh sat with Facebook representatives  coming to Dhaka.Ministries are Home,Post & Telecommmunication & Information and Communication Technology. They had detailed discussion.[1] Government wanted to have a Facebook administrator in Bangladesh and to filter the contents before they are floated in the facebook.[1] Facebook representatives didn’t give their decision immediately and told that they will send the reply later on.

Days for waiting lingering. [1]No reply came. But ban on facebook lifted ater 22 days. The lift coincided with the coming of Government ICT Adviser Shajib Wajed Joy to Bangladesh. Tarana declared that Facebook will never be closed except in emergency.

Then we see no Government agency was taking the responsibility of banning Facebook.

Ban is reimposed on Twitter, Skype and Imo.[1]

TIB and Bangladesh Parliament November 20, 2015

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Transparency International Bangladesh published its report on parliamentary sessions 2-6  of 10th Parliament in Bangladesh.[1] In the report TIB shows that parliamentarians spent most o their time on non-parliamentary issues and termed the sessions as ‘dancing dolls house’.

Just after its publication, TIB draws bitter criticism from the   ministers and members of the parliament in and outside of the house.

The criticism ranges from questioning the audacity of TIB, searching the monitory source of TIB, summoning TIB to parliament to explain their allegations, cutting of the source of money, banning the TIB etc.

TIB became an issue by itself to engage the members of the parliament in lengthy discussions.

Intellectuals urge the government to address the issues raised by TIB and not to shoot the messenger.

An ordinary citizen

 

Pay Hike, Price Hike and Tax Hike November 12, 2015

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New pay scale 2015 has been declared. Pay of the service holders have been virtually doubled. Administrative cadre is benefited most. University teachers and other cadres have shown their resentments. The pay scale will be implemented from next January 2016.

The effect of the pay scale has already started to fall in the prices of the essentials and fare of the transport. It will also be difficult for the private sectors to cope up with the rise in the pay.

Double rise of the pay, unprecedented in the history, will be a challenge for NBR to collect the money through taxes.Taxpayers will feel extra pressure from NBR to cover the necessity. An uneasy situation will arise from the conflict. There is an impression that the Government is trying to increase it privileged belt.

An ordinary citizen

Medical Admission, Question leaks and Future of a Nation October 16, 2015

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Medical admission-1Students are protesting question leaks in Medical Entry Exam for the last 1 month. Despite the disclosure and arrest of offenders by the government agencies even before the exam, Directorate of Health Service took the exam and declared the result.[1] The result came as a blessing for the non-meritorious back benchers. Despite leakage and protest government goes on taking admission that will be completed by 17th instant in government medical colleges.

m a -2The protesters organized processions, blockade of the important offices, signature collection, art and poster shows and fasting unto death. The police charged batton, injured and arrested students.[1][1b][2][3][4][5][5][6][7][7][8][9]

m a-Many question the justification of taking admission test by the administration(DG Health) instead of academic institute (BSMMU/DMC). Some opined that it may be a conspiracy to destroy the education of the country.Health Minister declared that there was no question leaks.Education Minister and Prime Minister said nothing so far on the issue.[1][2]

m a-3Academician,independent institutions, student organization and political parties expressed their concern and urged for a inquiry into the leak or cancel the result.[1][1][2] Otherwise they said it will create frustration among the students and that will not be good for the country.

An ordinary citizen