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Zuckerberg for free internet in Bangladesh May 13, 2015

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mark-zuckerberg-bdMark Zukerberg is arranging free internet for Bangladesh. I had an idea that the Facebook founder is a playboy guy, earning huge money and living a luxury life.

But he is a different man inside. He is set to change the world. Facebook is also changing its status from a social media to a platform for social change, academic interaction and business initiative.

Zukerberg declares to open the internet for all. He focused himself to make the internet available to people of the developing countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Bangladesh is the latest add to his caravan.[1][2][3][4]Free internet will be provided by internet.org [1] Already a few sites are declared free for browsing through telecom giant Robi in Bangladesh .Subsequently more sites and more internet providers will be included.

We very much appreciate his effort.

An ordinary citizen

AL in between confidence and inconfidence May 8, 2015

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farce election 1When the high ups in AL speak, they speak in full confidence. They are in the government and they run the biggest political party in the country. They represent the spirit of liberation war and they reflect the hopes and aspirations of people. But when it comes to election, the confidence fades away specially to translate it into action.

This is true for January 05 election 2014 and also becomes true for April 2015.

People had hope for a fair and neutral election for city corporations on April 28 2015. But at the end people deprived of the opportunity as AL lost confidence and preferred to win the election by force and by bad tactics.

An ordinary citizen

Opinion:

Winning and losing in city corporation elections : Mohammad Badrul Ahsan in Daily Star

CAN THE MAYORS DELIVER? Brig Gen Shahedul Anam Khan in Daily Star

Observations and Opinion on city corporation election May 1, 2015

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fair-2Prime Minister Sk Hasina has expressed her satisfaction over the election saying that it was the most peaceful election of the history.[1] Ministers and party leaders also talked in the same tune.[1]
A Committee of Thousand Citizens-a pro-government organization found no major irregularities.[1]

BNP rejected the election and demanded for a fresh one.[1] Professor Emajuddin, Chairman of Hundred Citizen termed the election as the worst in the history and compared it with the waste of the dustbin.[1]

Transparency International Bangladesh termed the election as embarrassing.[1]

Election Working Group labelled the election not credible.[1]

European Union and United Natiions urged for probe int the election anomalies.[1]

An ordinary citizen

Opinion:

 সবাই জিতল, হারল নির্বাচনটাই!  সোহরাব হাসান in Prothom Alo
রাষ্ট্রের দীর্ঘস্থায়ী ক্ষতি হলো: এম সাখাওয়াত হোসেন | in Prothom Alo

Are we doomed to flawed polls? Mahfuz Anam in Daily Star

 
Witnessing another election charade ; Ziauddin Chowdhury
 
ফার্স্ট ক্লাস নির্বাচন ও গণতন্ত্রের ভীষণ বিজয় শাহদীন মালিক -in Prithom Alo

An election where all parties are defeated April 28, 2015

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ote rigging -1Election in 3 city corporations is over long before it was time to be closed. The election was not held as was expected. The booths were taken over by force by party cadres and then they cast their votes in bundles to their candidates of choice.
I could give my vote in the morning but immediately after at 11-55 am party activists forced into the center and took the casting under their custody. Outside the center, I heard that BNP candidates had withdrawn their candidacy from the race.
Coming back to home, on TV I heard Barrister Moudud on behalf of BNP with Mayor candidates Tabith and Abbas wife on his sides declaring BNPs withdrawal on charge of massive vote rigging.

AL as usual denied any vote anomaly. Prime Minister also expressed her satisfaction over the election process. CEC has seen no irregularities in the election.

At the end, votes were counted and arrangement was made to declare the result from the election office.

Though the pro-government candidates are leading in the counts, but people has little interest in the result.

Many people opined that Government could arrange a fair and neutral election and that could bring more credit to them if even they couldn’t win all the seats.

The election brings defeat to all the participating parties.

An ordinary citizen

Pahela Baisakh, Scandal, Society & State April 27, 2015

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molestation -2Pahela Baishak-the 1st day of Bangali New year is a day of festival in the life of Bangalees. But the incident that took place on the day in the TSC area of Dhaka University is beyond imagination. Dozens of girls were molested by organised groups of youths in the stream of crowds.[1][2][3][4][5] The sadness is deepened as the police didn’t take active role to prevent the incident though the site was under strong surveillance of CCTV. Police forces were called but they refused to act. Some bold young men handed at least 5 culprits to the nearby police station, but they were released.The proctor of the university was informed but he remain inactive. The VC of the university is avoiding his responsibility by blaming the outsiders for the incident.[1]

The ministers who usually speak on every issue remain lip tied, even the PM also didn’t make any comment or give any directive.

So far none was arrested and the culprits could avoid the law.

The progressive organizations and independent individuals are protesting the incident and are urging the authorities to take action. [1][2][][][]

The incident reflects the social decay that we are in, the in-sensitivity of our authorities and the inaction of our state.

One can’t imagine what will happen next.

An ordinary citizen

Follow up:

Lubna Jebin, the teacher of JU who was assaulted in the campus, disclosed her reaction in the facebook status. [1]

City Corporation Election & Choice of Candidates April 17, 2015

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The campaign for mayoral election is at its peak.

In Chittagong, BNP supported Mr. Monjur who was the immediate past mayor of the city, has a clean image but ineffective as an administrator. He was least active in the  last opposition movement and kept more connection with Ex-Myaor Mohiuddin of AL He defected from AL during the last mayoral election, joined BNP  and won the election. Why BNP made such a choice is not clear to the ordinary citizens where they had a competent candidate in Dr. Shahadat, City Secretary of BNP  who is active , energetic, bold with good administrative record and good social connection. While BNP City President Amir Khashru Mahmud denied to be a candidate, Shahadat could be the choice. He was an aspirant for the post  and preparing background for long. BNP made a wrong choice in Chittagong. AL chose AJM Nasir as the Mayor candidate ignoring CDA Chairman Mr. Salam, MP & Industrialist Nurul Islam BSc and Ex-Mayor Mohiuddin. Nasir has a controversial background. Mr. Salam was a better candidate and preparing his background for mayoral election.

In Chittagong, People will face 2 bad choices and I am not sure whom they will prefer if an undisturbed election takes place, though the probability of that is questioned, because of the trend of the time and nature of candidacy. EC already declared 80% of the polling center as risky.

In Dhaka, one city corporation was turned into 2, a move of the present government that was highly criticized, the then elected mayor was thrown away and 2 administrators were appointed by the government The election was long awaited and people acclaimed the decision of the government whatever the political reason behind this.

election 4In North Dhaka, Industrialist Anisul Hoque is AL choice, with virtually no background of AL in the past and who compete as independent candidate against AL candidate Mr. Akram in last FBCCI election. No doubt,he is a competent candidate but how the insiders make room for him would be a vital issue for his success. BNP tried to put Abdul Awal Mintoo, a past president of FBCCI but his candidacy was dismissed by the Election Commission on minor technical ground. On assuming such a probability, BNP also made his son to file an application for the election. His nomination also faced challenged by EC but with the interference of the High Court, he stayed safe. A reluctant candidate initially, now campaigning hard but more known by his father than by himself, ordinary citizen will consider him a more immature candidate for the post. Here is a 3rd strong candidate, Mahi B Chowdhury, son of an Ex-President but in politics by himself for long , a good organizer and a representative of new generation. His weakness is that he belongs to a small party, not in BNP alliance but in a working relation. BNP could better lend its support to Mahi than put up a politically unknown son. BNP leadership couldn’t come out of its own eccentricity at the time of need.

election 3In Dhaka South, AL candidate is Khokon, son of ex-Mayor Hanif, a successful and better image Mayor of Dhaka. Khokon is also active in politics for years after the death of his father, an articulated man and likely with good organizing capacity. His rival is Mirza Abbas from BNP. Abbas is a central leader of BNP, a past Mayor of Dhaka city with a long political background but with a questionable earning of crores of money in the past. He is a fugitive and has more than 70 cases against him and denied straight bail from the High court. Government kept him technically away from campaigning. His wife is working for him and everyday urging the government for level playing field for all the candidates and hoping that his husband will be given bail on any day. Still if a fair election is there, Abbas may win because of the sympathy for him for repression he is suffering and trend of the time.

The fairness of election would itself be a challenge for the government and if it fails in the challenge, it will remain alienated from people.

An ordinary citizen

BNP was technically defeated for twice just over a year April 9, 2015

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defeat=1In January 5 2014  General Election that was boycotted by BNP, AL managed to win with absolute majority . AL won 153 seats uncontested, the remaining seats were divided among AL and its allies JP and others. BNP was technically defeated first on the day.

After 1 year, BNP started agitation  for re-election cancelling January 5 election of 2014. BNP failed to create momentum in the movement strong enough to  compel the government for re-election and it is technically defeated for 2nd time in a year.

Though AL managed to win in both the events but it is not sure whether this will give them a lasting foundation to rule the country for long time.

An ordinary citizen

Free Speech, Internet and Indian Supreme Court April 1, 2015

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Free speech-1
Supreme Court of India in a recent verdict scrapped a clause of the IT law that it thinks contradicts the constitution
The law states in section 66A:
Any person who sends, by means of a computer resource or a communication device,—
(a) any information that is grossly offensive or has menacing character; or
(b) any information which he knows to be false, but for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience, danger, obstruction, insult, injury, criminal intimidation, enmity, hatred or ill will, persistently by making use of such computer resource or a communication device,
(c) any electronic mail or electronic mail message for the purpose of causing annoyance or inconvenience or to deceive or to mislead the addressee or recipient about the origin of such messages,
shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years and with fine.

The law virtually allows the law-enforcing authorities to arrest anybody on any offence at any time.

The verdict upholds free speech and acclaimed by different section of people including social media enthusiasts. Before this many arrests were made for comments on the face book,blogs and websites. The teenage students also couldn’t escape the arrests.

Bangladesh also has its IT law. But little public discussion was made on the issue.

An ordinary citizen

City Corporations Election and BNP March 28, 2015

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City-1Government has declared elections at Dhaka and Chittagong cities. 29th March 2015 is the last day of submission of nomination papers for the candidates.

The declaration was made out of the blue.Demand for election in the capital was long been ignored and Government had split the Dhaka city into two parts and imposed 2 administrators years back. The sudden turn of the situation is thought to divert the attention of the public and parties from the opposition movement.

The aspirants started declaring their names. From  AL platform there are Anisul Hoque, Khokan-son of ex-Mayor Hanif, Hazi Selim. From the non-AL, non-BNP candidates Mahmudur Rahman Mann (in Jail) and Mahi B. Chowdhuury declared their candidacy. BNP officially yet not cleared its stand. But pro-BNP politicians are ready to contest if party takes  decision in favor of election.

Many questions the integrity of the election under such a government who manipulated January 5 General Election.

Still we, ordinary citizens, feel that participating in the city corporation election is the best option for BNP at present. It will bring BNP to normal politics, give the opportunity to organize meetings and processions and to bring people to its contact.

If the election is fair, there is chance of BNP winning the elections if their candidates are competent enough and if the election is not fair then  also people will be on their side.

An ordinary citizen

Opposition Programs fade away March 25, 2015

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fades away-1The blockade and hartals of the Opposition are faded away due to prolong use. Though the Opposition is declaring people are not participating in the program.

It is becoming impossible for the people to stay away from streets and from the work. 90% of them are daily earner. So it has gone beyond their patience’s limit and they come out ignoring the fear of being burned by petrol bombs or being otherwise injured.

The arson activities were not  also people friendly, rather people were victims of the  activities.
BNP, the main opposition must think to come out of the situation by innovating new programs.

An ordinary citizen

Opposition trapped into criminalism March 12, 2015

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The governmentpetrol bombs -1t strategy left for BNP little options to pursue to achieve their target of  getting a non-partisan government to have a neutral election. They were prevented from organizing any meeting, procession etc and their activists had to take up cocktails, petrol bombs as a means to disrupt the public life and to maintain their declared blockade and hartals.

Life is threatened for ordinary people and they fell victim to arson attacks. They were burned, killed, injured and crippled. The movement of opposition lost the character of a democratic one. But the leaders of opposition remain stick to the program. The ultimate goal of them also is to gain state power. For them end justifies the means. But the logic is not true for people.

An ordinary citizen

One-sided show March 6, 2015

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one-sided-1AL is singularly active in organizing processions , holding large gatherings,  street meetings, human chain almost daily  in the capital over the last 2 months. BNP is totally out of the scene. They were denied to hold public meeting on the 5th January, from then they are not seen on the streets. The other components of 20 party  also didn’t get any opportunity to show their presence. Lately Nagarik Okkya hold one or two sit-in program in the capital, not with any massive presence. Bir Bikkram Kader Siddiqui is on sit-in program for more than a month. His program was disrupted, dias was dismantled, supporters were prohibited, some were arrested also.

With the increasing presence of a single party in the political field in expense of other’s right, democracy is rapidly loosing its existence.

An ordinary citizen

 

 

Press and Freedom March 3, 2015

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press fredom-2Editors’ Council in Bangladesh issued an statement expressing concern over the state of freedom in Bangladesh.[1] Later the Information Minister Hasanul Huq Inu criticized the statement and refuted its content. The difference is also surfaced from within.[1]
Bangladesh put to 146th position in World Press Freedom Index 2015 recently published.[1]

An ordinary citizen

A mass referendum could solve the political conflict in Bangladesh March 3, 2015

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Referendum-1A mass referendum  that could solve the conflict and political uncertainty in Bangladesh. But there is virtually no chance of holding one in near future as the right of  mass referendum has been abolished from the constitution of Bangladesh when it had been amended last time by the present ruling party.

Where a conflict could be solved in a day, that is lingering for days and weeks resulting in disruption of normal life, deaths of  more than hundred people, injuries and disabilities of thousands, dislocations of traffic, arrest of economic development.

There lies the difference between a developed and underdeveloped country, civilized and an uncivilized society.

An ordinary citizen

Dialogue or No Dialogue February 20, 2015

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Dialogue-1On the background of deadly political conflicts[1][2], when the Opposition is in relentless blockade and sporadic hartals and Government forces are relying on state powers and engaging law enforcers to shoot the law breakers on sight, eminent citizens of the country took an initiative for a dialogue[1][2][3][4] between the opposing forces. They formed a committee with ex-CEC as head and mostly some ex-advisers of the past caretaker governments as the members of the committee[1]. They have sent a letter to PM and BNP Chairperson and asked them to initiate a dialogue and they also declared of preparing a democracy charter to be signed and  followed by all political parties.
After a day of silence, the Government Ministers started to reject the offer[1] and label the initiative as a conspiracy of 1/11 masterminds, an attempt to embarrass the government, a dialogue impossible with the killer opposition who are burning people alive[1][2].But BNP, the main opposition, welcome the dialogue. They expressed their willingness to participate in an election under a non-partisan government.[1][2][3]
Ban ki-Moon UN Chief also in a letter asked both the Prime Minister and Khaleda Zia to sit in a dialogue to solve the current political crisis.[1][2][3] The Government Ministers termed the letter of the UN Chief as a common reaction.[1][2][3]
A EU representative team recently met PM and Khaleda, expressed their concern over the situation and asked for stopping the violence and sit for a solution.
US also urged for dialogue.[1]
But a positive response from the Government is still waiting.[1][2]
People is looking for a peaceful solution of the conflict.[1][2][3][4][3][5]

An ordinary citizen

World Press on Bangladesh Crisis February 19, 2015

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New York Times- Bangladesh on the Brink
The Economist -Why Bangladesh polics is broken
The Economist-Showdown in Bangladesh
Crisisgroup.org-Mapping Bangladesh Political Crisis
South Asia Citizens Web: Bangladesh Politico: Understanding the 2015 political crisis in Bangladesh
Tony Blair Foundation- Foundation-Deadlock & Displacement in Bangladesh
En.haberler.com Bangladesh Crisis ‘Fast Approaching Point Of No Return’

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Viber and no viber February 12, 2015

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Viber -1When I was about to call my nephew at Perth, Australia we had to hear that Viber connection is disabled in Bangladesh.  It was 18.01.2015. Later informed that the Viber along with Tango, WhatsApp  were blocked due to security reasons on request from the Intelligence Departments. Then it was disclosed in the net that the measures were taken so that Tareq Zia, son of Khaleda and Senior Vice President of BNP couldn’t contact the BNP activists in Bangladesh and couldn’t encourage the arson.

We were thinking that Government may shut down the other means of communication with outside.

But on 22/1/2015, BTCR re-establishes the connection of viber. But this time it was not disclosed why the connection was re-established.

 

An ordinary citizen

 

All the spokesmen February 12, 2015

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contrast of color -1The country is passing through a tense and conflicting phase of politics. So the parties need their own spokesmen to express the party stand on different issues and events.
Al has in the line Hanif, Kamrul,Hasan, Suranjit, Ashraful Islam, Amu. Selim, Maya. BNP had Fakhrul, Rizvi, Selina Rahman and now  has Salauddin.
Most of the spokesmen are not formally designated. They have taken the responsibility on themselves. Many of them only love to talk to the media or try to please their bosses, sometimes repeating others, sometimes creating more confusion, creating more hatred to others or frustration for the people.

Where some spokesmen are enjoying full freedom of speech and movement, the others are restricted, even the free press is not free to give them shelter, hospital is not their comfort place, to be arrested is there destiny. Some are on the run, they hide their location , move in the dark, afraid to speak out in loud voices, depend on only print outs.

Contrast is the color of politics now.

An ordinary citizen

How to contain the opposition (2) February 4, 2015

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hypocracy-1 Bangladesh would be a model for other countries in future how to contain the opposition in a democratic setup. The steps are

Give no permission to opposition for meetings and rallies
lock the party office
arrest the spokesman
Confine the Chief in her office
Lock the gate
Beef up security
Cut off power
hurl bombs to create panic
threat to cut off food supply
attack the advisers
arrest the party leaders
arrest the advisers
implicate the leaders and Chief in arson and murder cases
level the opposition as criminals
Don’t give them any political space
treat them as terrorists
treat the situation as a law and order one
deploy special forces to maintain law and order
order to fire opposition activists on site
restrict the media
close some of them
Say no to any dialogue
No political compromise
Portray yourself as champion of democracy
Talk always in the spirit of liberation and freedom
threat those who promote any form of dialogue
shun any alternative to solve the situation

An ordinary citizen

How to contain opposition February 4, 2015

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BNP-1 It is noteworthy to observe the tactics Government has adopted to contain the opposition.

News links: [1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22]

Just a record of history.

An ordinary citizen

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