The thinking part of this country knows that the peace roadmap is just another architecture housing our emptiness.Each day this emptiness is widened by their long conferences, talk-show discourses, and white papers that continue to deceitfully fill our gaps.My heart battles with a biting question a “comrade”once asked saying “Is war, violence, or bad-mouthing advocacy the sourceof political riches? This question reveals to me the injustice of Liberatorsand former vulnerables living in style while the downtrodden continue their circle in themargins. How often we are self-deceived by the very principles we onceopposed. What then is the definition of our country’s future when our peaceis hanging on the fragility of sored-hearts whose destinies are out of“The house’s debates” and national conferences. Nearly one decade has seen this countrystill battling with perspectives clashes on what reconciliation would work. Different answerswith multi-syllable jargons that simply leave us with migraine headache are offshorebut none is chosen yet! My seventh grade niece’s mathematics teacher says reconciliationmeans there is a missing equation between two things that ought to be in the samebalance. If two things are the object of this country’s peace then why are we theonly ones being seen as obstacles. If there is a chasm thatneeds to be closed, then where is the second party? If there is a heartthat needs to be healed, then where is the breaker. If there is a sin thatneeds to be forgiven, then where is the repented brethren? And if thereis a crime that needs to be forgiven, where is the criminal? Or are theypoliticking our peace? Religious and legal wisdom suggest that while the burdenof forgiveness is with the victim, the task of resolution weighs on the doer.What wisdom do the peace architects’ strategic objectives, indicators, logical frame work,and constructed milestones suggest too?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leaders and activists on Tuesday decided to stage a sit-in programme in front of its Nayapaltan central office protesting at the jailing of their party chief Khaleda Zia in a graft case, reports UNB.BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said that police verbally gave them permission to hold the programme on the premises of the Institute of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh at Kakrail.As police did not get them written permission, they now took decision to hold the programme in front of their party office, said the BNP leader.BNP leaders and activists have already started gathering in front of the party office to stage the sit -in-programme.The party leaders and followers will observe the programme from 11:00am to 12 noon.On Saturday, Rizvi announced a three-day protest programme at a press briefing at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office after BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was sentenced to five years in jail in Zia Orphanage Trust case.As part of the programmes, the party leaders and followers will also observe a hunger strike from 9:00am to 5:00pm on Wednesday across the country.On 8 February, a special court convicted Khaleda and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the graft case.
A bank official and a woman were killed and 20 others injured after a bus plunged into a roadside ditch in Sadar upazila of Gopalganj on Tuesday morning, reports UNB.The deceased are Nurul Islam, 40, son of late Abdul Mazed Mollah, resident of Sultanshahi village. He was the senior officer (cash) of BASIC Bank. The other victim is Momena Begum, 25, daughter of Shahid Mollah, and a resident of Purbapara village in Kotalipara upazila.Police said the accident took place around 9:30am on the Gopalganj-Kotalipara road in Khanarpara.”The bus fell into a roadside ditch, killing two persons on the spot,” said Sirajul Islam, sub-inspector of Sadar police station.The injured were admitted to Gopalganj General Hospital.
New bollard-style US-Mexico border fencing is seen in Santa Teresa. Photo: ReutersA Democrat-led congressional committee challenged Tuesday the Pentagon’s plan to divert $1 billion to support President Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall on the US-Mexico border.Less than one day after acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan authorized moving the funds from existing Defense Department projects to border construction, the House Armed Services Committee said this move was not permitted.It was the newest challenge to Trump’s February 15 declaration of a “national emergency” at the border in order to obtain more than $5 billion to build a frontier wall to keep out illegal immigrants and drug smugglers, after Congress denied him the funds.The Defense Department “is attempting to circumvent Congress and the American people’s opposition to using taxpayer money for the construction of an unnecessary wall, and the military is paying the cost,” said committee Chairman Adam Smith.”This needs to stop… The administration should stop using our service members as a political tool and instead focus on building military capabilities and readiness and areas where we should focus our defense resources.””Congress will act as necessary to defend its Constitutional prerogatives,” Smith warned in a statement.Late Monday, Shanahan said he had authorized the move of the funds to help the Homeland Security Department build 57 miles (92 kilometers) of 18-foot (5.5-meter) fencing, to construct and improve roads, and install lighting to support Trump’s emergency declaration.Addressing concerns that the US military was straying out of its mission into domestic civilian operations, Shanahan cited US law that authorizes the military to support the counterdrug activities of other federal agencies.For two years, Trump has battled Congress for as much as $25 billion in funds to fortify the Mexico border with a massive wall.After Congress voted earlier this month to nullify the emergency declaration, Trump vetoed it, allowing the Pentagon to reallocate billions of dollars to the border “emergency.”Smith said some limited amount of “reprogramming” of Pentagon funds for emergency needs without congressional approval is normally allowed.But the shift of $1 billion, he said, is “a violation of that trust.”The House of Representatives narrowly failed to override the veto as it did not reach the required two thirds of votes (288), falling short at 248.”Thank you to the House Republicans for sticking together and the BIG WIN today on the Border,” Trump said in response on Twitter.Court showdownThe emergency declaration has also been challenged in court by 16 states that contend that the order was contrary to Congress’s power over the budget.Their lawsuit also questioned Trump’s categorization of illegal border crossings as a national emergency, saying data issued by the administration itself refuted the notion.Should the states prevail, the case could work its way up to the Supreme Court, setting up a precedent-setting showdown on the separation of powers.
Kolkata: The Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) today said the carcass meat recovery from dumping grounds in West Bengal would hopefully raise awareness on the health risks of consuming animal products. “With the extraordinary increase in lifestyle diseases, from kidney disease to heart disease, may be it is time we re-look at our diet…to move towards a greener diet over one including animal products,” FIAPO director Varda Mehrotra said in a statement here. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsStating that it has information that meat consumption in the city is going down, Mehrotra said that many people were avoiding it after reports that meat was coming from dead animals of dumping grounds.”Meat being sourced from rotten bodies of cats, dogs and even diseased animals in unhygienic conditions is not uncommon. Animals bred for the purpose of meat are routinely given anti-biotics, growth hormones and other drugs and their meat may contain these drugs with many viruses and bacteria. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”Hopefully this situation can bring awareness… the FIAPO director said.He said many people could not make the difference between the meat of carcass of dumping grounds and slaughtered animals as they were used to consume the final product with little or no consideration to where it was sourced.Mehrotra said research showed that multiple lifestyle diseases were routinely caused or heightened by consumption of meat, milk and eggs.The FIAPO referred to cardiovascular diseases where ‘elevated level of LDL cholesterol’ (commonly called bad cholesterol) is the major reason for development of vascular (cardiovascular and cerebrovascular) diseases. “To reduce the LDL cholesterol, we need to avoid trans fats, saturated fats and dietary cholesterol. The main sources of these three foods are meat, eggs, dairy, fish and seafood,” he said.Dr Pramod Tripathy, founder of ‘Freedom from Diabetes’ was quoted as saying, “hypothyroid, osteoporosis, diabetes, high cholesterol cardiovascular disease and cancer… all seemingly unrelated diseases have one thing in common. And that is, raised fasting insulin levels.”Insulin rises in the body because of insulin resistance. And insulin resistance increases because of excess fat, excess acid and insulin like growth factor (present in all animal products),” he said.Leading nutritionist and holistic wellness counselor Dr Ira Rattan said, “progression of PreDialysis Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) is slower on diets based on soya protein than on diets based on animal protein.”