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The AL must assess the debacle in these elections objectively. It must take a dispassionate look at blunders that it has committed.


Tourism can be a new potential industry can help in creating a Brand of Bangladesh.


Nations are often condemned to live through the hypocrisy and perfidy of their political classes. Time was when both the Awami League and the BNP waged an intense struggle to have General Ershad driven from power.  They succeeded, in late 1990, and then went about making him pay for his sins.


The current AL lead government however it is an irony that it failed to convince the voters across the country that it is a better alternative than any previous government.


When revolutions are in quest of freedom and justice even after four decades of the happening, this means that they have gone awry. If hartals and demonstrations are staged with the same frequency, the scenario becomes all the more sombre. This is what has taken place in Bangladesh.


We have termed the Padma bridge project the ‘dream of the nation’. Our longest bridge, expected to stretch 6.15km long, would connect the south-western parts of the country with Dhaka and save hundreds of thousands of working hours and transport costs. Apart from offering such facilities, the Padma bridge is also expected to change our south-western region’s economic landscape to boost the national economy.


The former military dictator Ershad has dared the ruling Awami League the opposition BNP together to prove their popularity in a presidential election. Since such an election is against the spirit of constitution, he has even suggested that such an election might take place under an amended constitution.


The silver lining surrounding the reciprocal call for dialogue between the ruling Awami League and main opposition BNP appears to be fading out with BNP sticking to their gun.


The country is passing through a delicate stage of identity. On the one hand we have a group that believes firmly in the principles on which the country was founded. On the other we have a group that wants to reestablish an ideology that led to a failed nation. 


One piece of news about Rana Plaza tragedy did not find proper place in the media coverage. The media was busy covering the deaths and other aspects of the horrendous tragedy and did not highlight the fact that the BRAC Bank that was located at Rana Plaza had asked its employees to stay home because of the dangerous crack in the nine-storey building. What BRAC did would be normal and rational for any business establishment anywhere in the world because of the value of human lives and to do the contrary would be blatantly criminal. The five owners of RMG factories in Rana Plaza instead forced their workers to their workplaces and thus to their deaths. The government and the opposition that does not agree on anything were in agreement here on a core issue. The Minister of Information called the Savar tragedy, a case of murder. So did the opposition Leader Maudud Ahmed.


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