** People rescuing an injured passenger from inside a passenger bus hit by a truck on Dhaka-Mawa Expressway in Shologhar area of Shreenagar upazila in Munshiganj on Thursday. ** Motorcycles allowed on Padma Bridge after 10 months ** Commuters charge extra fare, passengers disappointed ** 78 people killed in Yemen stampede ** Moon sighting committee meets today to ascertain Eid day ** 9 killed in road accidents in 3 districts ** US announces new $325 m military aid package for Ukraine ** Eid-ul-Fitr in Saudi Arabia today ** Eid exodus begins ** LPG price cut illusive ** 15 hurt as bus overturns in capital ** New interbank cheque clearing timings set for Eid holidays ** Four women hit by a train die in Tangail ** 12.28 lakh SIM users left Dhaka on Tuesday ** Sylhet engineer threatened over power outage ** People rush to village homes to spend Eid holidays with their near and dear ones. This photo was taken from Sadarghat Launch Terminal on Tuesday. NN photo ** Surge in cases of dehydration, diarrhoea amid summer heat wave ** Padma Bridge construction cost increases by Tk 2,412cr ** PM gives Tk 90m to Bangabazar fire victims ** Textile workers block highway demanding wage, Eid bonus ** Attack on PM's motorcade Ex-BNP MP, 3 others get life term ** Load-shedding increases for demand of electricity during heat wave ** Motorbikes to be allowed on Padma bridge from Thursday ** 5-day Eid vacation begins from today ** Take Nangalkot train accident as a warning about negligence of govt functionaries **

Readers’ Forum

20 February 2014

Guarding franchise

We think from now on January 5, could be observed as the D Day (Death of Democracy) because on that day people of Bangladesh lost their basic rights, they became just like floating debris, they do not count anymore. Everything is controlled by the people who have power, they can turn the nights into days and the days into nights. They can formthe government in a most unusual way and rule ever.
We are feeling suffocated as the whole country seems to have become a prison. The sons of this soil made supreme sacrifice to give us a free land but we are shackled in deep fear and dismay not knowing what the future holds for us.
January 5 election is not acceptable in any sense so an inclusive election under a CTG must be arranged immediately. People of Bangladesh must be granted a franchise.

Nur Jahan

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