Why Putin uses WWII to justify attacks in Ukraine

Vladimir Putin told the world in the lead-up to Thursday’s attacks on Ukraine that his operation aims to “denazify” Ukraine, a country with a Jewish president who lost relatives in the Holocaust and who heads a Western-backed, democratically elected government.

The Holocaust, World War II and Nazism have been important tools for Putin in his bid to legitimize Russia’s moves in Ukraine, but historians see their use as disinformation and a cynical ploy to further the Russian leader’s aims.

Israel has proceeded cautiously, seeking not to jeopardize its security ties with the Kremlin, despite what it considers the sacred memory of the 6 million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis in the Holocaust.

Here’s a closer look at how the ghosts of the past are shaping today’s conflict:

THE WAR THAT DEFINES RUSSIA

World War II, in which the Soviet Union lost an estimated 27 million people, is a linchpin of Russia’s national identity. In today’s Russia, officials bristle at any questioning of the USSR’s role.

Some historians say this has been coupled with an attempt by Russia at retooling certain historical truths from the war. They say Russia has tried to magnify the Soviet role in defeating the Nazis while playing down any collaboration by Soviet citizens in the persecution of Jews.

On Ukraine, Russia has tried to link the country to Nazism, particularly those who have led it since a pro-Russian leadership was toppled in 2014.

This goes back to 1941 when Ukraine, at the time part of the Soviet Union, was occupied by Nazi Germany. Some Ukrainian nationalists welcomed the Nazi occupiers, in part as a way to challenge their Soviet opponents, according to Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial. Historians say that, like in other countries, there was also collaboration.

Some of Ukraine’s politicians since 2014 have sought to glorify nationalist fighters from the era, focusing on their opposition to Soviet rule rather than their collaboration and documented crimes against Jews, as well as Poles living in Ukraine.

But making the leap from that to claiming Ukraine’s current government is a Nazi state does not reflect the reality of its politics, including the landslide election of a Jewish president and the aim of many Ukrainians to strengthen the country’s democracy, reduce corruption and move closer to the West.

“In terms of all of the sort of constituent parts of Nazism, none of that is in play in Ukraine. Territorial ambitions. State-sponsored terrorism. Rampant antisemitism. Bigotry. A dictatorship. None of those are in play. So this is just total fiction,” said Jonathan Dekel-Chen, a history professor at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University.

What’s more, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is Jewish and has said that three of his grandfather’s brothers were killed by German occupiers while his grandfather survived the war. That hasn’t stopped Russian officials from comparing Zelenskyy to Jews who were forced to collaborate with the Nazis during the Holocaust.

HOLOCAUST DISTORTION

Putin’s attempts to stretch history for political motives is part of a trend seen in other countries as well. Most prominently is Poland, where authorities are advancing a nationalist narrative at odds with mainstream scholarship, including through a 2018 law that regulates Holocaust speech.

The legislation sought to fight back against claims that Poland, a victim of Nazi Germany, bore responsibility for the Holocaust. The law angered Israel, where many felt it was an attempt to whitewash the fact that some Poles did kill Jews during the German occupation during World War II. Yad Vashem also came out against the legislation.

Havi Dreifuss, a historian at Tel Aviv University and Yad Vashem, said the world was now dealing with both Holocaust denial and Holocaust distortion, where countries or institutions were bringing forth their own interpretations of history that were damaging to the commemoration of the Holocaust.

“Whoever deals with the period of the Holocaust must first and foremost be committed to the complex reality that occurred then and not with wars over memory that exist today,” she said.

ISRAELI INTERESTS

The Holocaust is central to Israel’s national identity. The country comes to a two-minute standstill on its Holocaust remembrance day. Schoolchildren, trade groups and soldiers makes regular trips to Yad Vashem’s museum. Stories of the last cohort of Holocaust survivors constantly make the news.

Israel has butted heads with certain countries, like Poland, over the memory of the Holocaust. But Israel has appeared more reticent to challenge Putin and his narrative, according to some observers, because of its current security interests. Israel relies on coordination with Russia to allow it to strike targets in Syria, which it says are often weapons caches destined for Israel’s enemies.

Israel came under fire from historians in 2020 after a speech by Putin and a separate video presentation at a meeting of world leaders in Jerusalem to commemorate the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, which they said skewed toward his narrative and away from the historical facts.

Israel was conspicuously muted in its criticism of Russia in the lead-up to the attacks on Ukraine. Commentator Raviv Drucker wrote in the daily Haaretz that Israel was “on the wrong side of history” with its response, which initially sought to support Ukraine while not rattling Russia. On Thursday, Israel condemned Russia’s attacks as “a grave violation of the international order.”

Vera Michlin-Shapir, a former official at Israel’s National Security Council and the author of “Fluid Russia,” a book about the country’s national identity, said that Israel’s regional security concerns were of greater interest than challenging Russia on its narrative.

“Russia can provide weapons systems to our worst enemies and therefore Israel is proceeding very cautiously — you could say too cautiously — because there is an issue here that is at the heart of Israel’s security,” she said.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

BAN vs AFG 2022: Rejuvenated Bangladesh Eying to Wrap Up the ODI Series

Bangladesh hope to finish the series with a game in hand when they take on Afghanistan in the second ODI on Friday at ZACS, Chattogram. The Bangladesh campaign has soared in confidence after an amazing victory in the opening match. They will strive to carry over the euphoria of the last match in the second for an even more damaging performance. This will be a do-or-die contest for Afghanistan in order to stay alive in the series. The second ODI match preview of BAN vs AFG 2022 is discussed in this article.

Bangladesh vs Afghanistan ODI Series 2022: Second Match Preview

Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal should have faith in his lower middle order after a magnificent batting performance by Afif Hossain and Mehidy Hasan Miraz in the series opener. Oppositely, Afghan captain, Hashmatullah Shahidi must reflect on what went wrong in the first encounter. The game will begin at 11 a.m. (Bangladesh Standard Time).

Bangladesh

Bangladesh camp was skeptical of the lower middle order’s potential. However, Afif and Miraz’s unbroken match-winning stand in the first match has changed their opinion about the team’s lower middle order capability. The Bangladesh team now believes they can rely on their young players, which is a major improvement.

However, the selectors will keep an eye on the players who did not do well in the first encounter. Liton Das’s recent limited-overs performances have been disappointing. Yasir Ali, who made his ODI debut in the previous match, didn’t last long at the crease, while Mushfiqur Rahim hasn’t been in great form in international cricket. They must improve in the second encounter.

Apart from them, Bangladesh’s fast bowling trio, Mustafizur, Taskin, and Shoriful performed well in the opening game. Tamim Iqbal’s captaincy made a big impression. His bowler rotation was efficient, and he appears to have learned a lot as a captain. Bangladesh are most likely to use the same playing XI for the second match.

Read BAN vs AFG 2022: Attainable Milestones for Bangladesh Players in the Afghanistan Series

Predicted Playing XI

Top Order: Tamim Iqbal Khan (Captain), Liton Kumar Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Middle-Orders: Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mahmudullah Riyad, Afif Hossain Dhrubo, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Lower-Order: Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam

Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s captain, Hashmatullah Shahidi should bear the majority of the blame for the team’s loss in the first match. Medium-pacer, Fazalhaq Farooqi gave Afghanistan a great start by taking four wickets in his first stint. However, he was underutilized when he was required. Shahidi should have brought Farooqi into action when Afif Hossain and Mehidy Miraz were forming a partnership. Hashmatullah Shahidi’s bowling rotation of Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman was not very effective. Afghanistan’s captaincy must improve in the second match of the BAN vs AFG 2022 ODI series.

Afghanistan bowlers performed well in the first match, while the batters were relatively ineffective. Najibullah Zadran scored a half-century, while Rahmat Shah got off to a good start but couldn’t keep going. The biggest impediment for Afghanistan’s batters is their inability to play long innings, which they need to improve.

Predicted Playing XI

Top Order: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (Wicket-Keeper), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Middle Orders: Hashmatullah Shahidi (Captain), Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Lower Order: Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Yamin Ahmadzai, Fazalhaq Farooqi

Verdict

Bangladesh have gained ten points after winning the opening match of the series. They will go to the top of the ICC World Cup Super League points standings if they win the second match of the BAN vs AFG 2022 ODI series. Therefore, the Bangladesh campaign is focused on clinching the series in the second ODI. On the contrary, Afghanistan are a formidable opponent. They will strive to level the series with a strong comeback. Cricket fans should be ready for another exciting match on Friday.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Dhaka urges restraint and dialogue after Russian invasion of Ukraine

Bangladesh on Thursday expressed deep concern over the recent escalation of violence in Ukraine and urged all parties to exercise maximum restraint and resolve the crisis through dialogue and diplomacy.

“Such violence would seriously impact the peace and stability of the whole region,” said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday sharing Bangladesh’s position after Russian troops attacked Ukraine.

The government of Bangladesh said they are also assessing the possible impacts of the crisis on the economy of the region and beyond following the deteriorating situation in the region.

Meanwhile, the government of Bangladesh asked the Bangladesh nationals in Ukraine to move to a safer location and if necessary to Poland.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been maintaining close coordination with the Embassy of Bangladesh in Poland.

“We have been extending all out support to the stranded Bangladeshis there for their immediate repatriation to Bangladesh. For smooth coordination of the repatriation process, Bangladesh Embassy in Warsaw has already been strengthened with additional manpower and resources,” said the MoFA, adding that all types of consular assistances are being extended free of cost.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

UN chief urges Putin to ‘give peace a chance’ in Ukraine

The head of the United Nations implored Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday night not to attack Ukraine and to “give peace a chance,” a plea made just minutes before Putin announced a military operation in Ukraine.

The televised announcement came as U.N. Security Council members were pressing Russia to reverse course. The council had hastily gathered for an emergency meeting hours after Russia said rebels in eastern Ukraine had asked Moscow for military assistance, an announcement that immediately fueled fears that Moscow was laying the groundwork for war.

“If indeed an operation is being prepared, I have only one thing to say from the bottom of my heart: President Putin, stop your troops from attacking Ukraine. Give peace a chance. Too many people have already died,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the council.

Less than a half hour later, while members called on Russia to halt its confrontational moves, Putin announced a military operation that he said was meant to protect civilians. He warned other countries that any effort to interfere with the Russian operation would lead to “consequences they have never seen.”

It wasn’t immediately clear whether council members were aware of the development.

The council, where Russia holds the rotating presidency this month, was meeting just two days after another emergency session where other members expressed no support for Moscow’s decision to recognize two rebel regions of Ukraine as independent and to order Russian troops there for “peacekeeping.”

Council diplomats are now finalizing a draft of a resolution that would declare that Russia is violating the U.N. Charter, international law, and a 2015 council resolution on Ukraine, a diplomat said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the discussions were private. The resolution would urge Russia to come back into compliance immediately, the diplomat said.

Earlier Wednesday, diplomats from dozens of countries took the floor at the U.N. General Assembly to deplore Russia’s actions toward the country and plead for diplomacy.

Russia and ally Syria defended Moscow’s moves. But even China, which usually takes Russia’s side at the U.N., spoke up for the world body’s longstanding principle of respecting countries’ sovereignty and internationally recognized borders, while not mentioning Russia by name.

Echoing a narrative being broadcast to Russians at home, Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia portrayed his country as responding to the plight of beleaguered people in the breakaway areas. Russia claims Ukraine is engaging in violence and oppression, which Ukraine denies.

“We urge you today to focus on reining in Kyiv,” Nebenzia said.

Syria accused the West of using the assembly to pressure Moscow.

“The Ukrainian crisis was created by the Western states, led by the United States, to divide people and to undermine Russian security,” Ambassador Bassam al-Sabbagh said.

Meeting a day after Western powers and some other countries imposed new sanctions on Russia, the 193-member General Assembly didn’t take any collective action. But the comments from nearly 70 nations, with more scheduled for Monday, represented the broadest forum of global sentiment since the crisis dramatically escalated this week.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba implored countries to use tough economic sanctions, strong messages and “active diplomacy” to get Russia to back off. A lackluster response would jeopardize not only Ukraine but the concept of international law and global security, he warned.

“We need to use this last chance for action and stop Russia where it is,” Kuleba said.

Russia seized Ukraine’s Crimea Peninsula in 2014, and pro-Russia rebels have since been fighting Ukrainian forces in the eastern areas of Donetsk and Luhansk. More than 14,000 people have been killed in the conflict.

After weeks of rising tension as Moscow massed over 150,000 troops on Ukraine’s borders, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday recognized the two regions’ independence and ordered Russian forces there as what he called “peacekeepers.”

Guterres disputed that, saying they are troops entering another country without its consent.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Zakia murder in Gopalganj: Husband, 3 others get death penalty

A Dhaka Court on Thursday sentenced four people to death for torturing Zakia Mollik to death over dowry in Gopalganj in 2016.

The death-row convicts are –Zakia’s husband Morshedayan Nishan, his brother Ehsan Sushan, brother-in-law Hasan Sheikh and their employee Anisur Rahman.

Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-2 Judge Md Jakir Hossain handed down the judgment.

The court also fined Zakia’s husband Morshedayan Tk 5 lakh and the others Tk 3 lakh each.

According to the case, Zakia was tortured to death at Bedgram in Gopalganj district on February 5 in 2016 as she failed to bring money from her father’s house as dowry.

Later, Zakia’s father Jalal Uddin Mollik lodged a complaint at Gopalganj Police Station against four including Zakia’s husband.

The investigating officer in the case submitted a chargesheet against the four accused to the court on June 9 in 2016.

On September 7 of the same year, the court framed charges against the accused.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Malaysia will take more manpower from Bangladesh, a visiting minister tells PM

Malaysia is keen to recruit more manpower from Bangladesh particularly for the plantation sector, visiting Malaysian Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities Zuraida Kamaruddin said on Thursday.

The Malaysian minister said this when she paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the latter’s official residence Ganobhaban.

Zuraida Kamaruddin discussed the proposal whether workers can be recruited from Bangladesh through Government-to-Government (G2G) channel for the plantation sector, PM’s Deputy Press Secretary Hasan Jahid Tusher told reporters after the meeting.

With the proposed recruitment system, the visiting minister said they want to make sure basic rights and facilities, including decent accommodation and salary for the workers as well as to make the recruitment process easier, transparent and free of hassle and harassment.

They are eager to introduce a tracking system to oversee the workers, she said.

Zuraida Kamaruddin said Malaysia thinks that the existing bilateral relations between the two countries will be strengthened further.

The prime minister welcomed the proposal and hoped the bilateral relations with Malaysia would be stronger in the days to come.

The Malaysian minister lauded the PM for her successful Covid-19 pandemic management.

She hailed Sheikh Hasina as symbol of achievement for all the global women as what she said the Bangladesh leader is one of the most influential women leaders in the world.

Hasina thanked the Malaysian government for extending Covid vaccination support to Bangladesh and conveyed good wishes to the Malaysian prime minister.

Zuraida also conveyed the greetings of the Malaysian Prime Minister to the Bangladesh Premier.

PM’s Ambassador-at-large Mohammad Ziauddin, PM’s Principal Secretary Dr. Ahmad Kaikaus and the Malaysian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Haznah Md Hashim were present.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Hasina pins hope on youths to materialise Vision 2041

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said the new generation will take the country to a great height as youths are the soldiers of the Vision 2041.

“The new generation imbued with the spirit of patriotism and the ideology of the Father of the Nation will steer Bangladesh towards prosperity,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said this while unveiling the covers of 11 books published in the ‘Mujib Year’ through a colourful function at the auditorium of the International Mother Language Institute (IMLI) in the capital. She joined it virtually from her official residence Ganobhaban.

Hasina said the government has laid out the Vision 2041 to build Bangladesh as a prosperous and dignified country. “The new generation will be the soldiers of that and take forward the country. We’ll gradually become a developed country from the developing one.”

She said it will not be a difficult job to make the country a developed one by 2041. “That won’t be that much difficult. Inshallah, we’ll be able to do that.”

After the country’s independence, Hasina said, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman wanted ‘Golden Human Beings’ to materialise his dream of establishing Bangladesh as the ‘Golden Bengal’. “The Golden Human Beings are getting ready and that’s the most significant matter [for us],” she said.

She said the Awami League government has been able to bring massive changes in the country from 2009 to 2022 through reducing poverty levels, improving literacy rate, and ensuring food and nutrition security. “We’ve given importance to the use of modern technologies… and we’ve been successful to that end.”

Hasina said today people are using technologies, and the whole world is now taking advantage of that. “People are availing themselves of that opportunity to know the world. Bangladesh no longer falls behind in the dark now as the brilliant students of the country can now introduce themselves with pride everywhere in the world because of their knowledge. This is the biggest contribution of knowledge.”

She said today development is no longer urban centric since the government focuses on development from the grassroots level.

Hasina pins hope on youths to materialise Vision 2041

The prime minister also awarded the ‘Bangabandhu Scholar’ scholarship and distributed prizes among the final winners of the ‘Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Quiz’ competition.

Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s Birth Centenary Celebration National Implementation Committee organised the event.

On behalf of the prime minister, Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury handed over the prizes of ‘Bangabandhu Scholar’ scholarship among 13 meritorious students and final winners of ‘Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Quiz’ competition.

The Prime Minister said the government will continue the ‘Bangabandhu Scholar’ scholarship through the PM’s Education Assistance Trust Fund in the coming days. “We’ll put aside an allocation in that Fund for this scholarship.”

Chief Coordinator of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Birth Centenary Celebration National Implementation Committee Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury delivered the welcome speech while Convener of the International Publishing and Translation Sub-committee Prof Dr Fakrul Alam delivered speeches at the cover unveiling session.

The recorded speech of the Convener of Publication and Literature Programme Sub-committee Abul Maal Abdul Muhith was played on the occasion.

Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni delivered speeches at the prize distribution session.

Hasina said Bangladesh is a country of non-communal spirit and the new generations will be groomed with proper education with a focus on science to establish a prosperous country.

Referring to the publication of books on Bangabandhu, she said the books of articles, poetries, poems and rhymes will help encourage the new generation to know about Bangabandhu and Bangladesh.

Talking about quiz competitions, the Prime Minister laid emphasis on continuation of such competitions so that today’s generation can learn more about the great leader Bangabandhu.

She said the long struggle and sacrifices of Bangabandhu cannot go in vain in any way.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Domingo eyes to grab the series in 2nd ODI vs Afghanistan

Bangladesh will go all-out to win the second ODI against Afghanistan on Friday and take the three-match series 2-0, said the team’s head coach Russell Domingo.

The match will be played Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram, where the Tigers stunned the visitors with a four-wicket victory after a great fight-back by Afif Hossain and Mehidy Hasan Miraz.

The duo orchestrated a 174-run stand between them to guide the Tigers to a historic win.

The Tigers chased down a moderate target of 216 which had become harder after losing six wickets in just 45 runs.

In that match, Bangladesh conceded 18 extra runs with 13 wides. Domingo said it’s the point where Bangladesh need to focus more and improve further.

“It was a great match, but tomorrow is more important than yesterday,” the Bangladesh coach said on Thursday.

“We conceded 13 wides, we missed a catch and we lost six wickets in just 45 runs in the previous match. So we have to improve further. We have to play good cricket,” he said.

Bangladesh players came to this series after the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). They expected an easy win in the series opener which did not really happen despite showing some good bowling after being sent to bowl first.

Led by Mustafizur Rahman, Bangladesh restricted Afghanistan to 215 in 49.1 overs. But the batters failed to have a good start. They lost too many wickets to Fazalhaq Farooqi, a left-arm pacer. The hosts lost six wickets in just 45 runs.

“It may sound unbelievable, but it was true that I had kept hope alive ,” Domingo recalled the moment Bangladesh lost the sixth wicket in just 45 runs.

“Mehidy has a Test century and also played very well in BPL, and Afif is a cool-headed batter. So we thought it’s still possible if this two stay steady and play without added pressure.”

Bangladesh coach said the belief got stronger when Bangladesh needed 60 runs to win as the Afghanistan team was lacking more options in their bowling side and the wicket was behaving like a familiar one.

In his seven previous matches, Afif had only a fifty. But he has always been considered a batter who can keep the scoreboard afloat in any situation of the match, and the southpaw proved it in a crucial time.

“I want Afif to continue batting at number seven,” Domingo said when he was asked if he thinks to change the batting position of Afif.

“We have a genuine wicketkeeper who bats at the top of the order, and we also have a genuine spinner who also bats there. In this situation, Aiff is the best choice to bat at number seven, and we are not thinking to change his position now.”

Afghanistan’s premium spinner Rashid Khan was the main threat to Bangladesh batters, and along with him, Mujeeb Ur Rahman was also a big challenge for the hosts’ batters. But in the end, they were overshadowed by the young pacer Farooqi.

Bangladesh coach did not hesitate to praise Farooqi for his wonderful spell. He said the Bangladesh batters should play him carefully in the next matches. “He was outstanding in the first match. Those deliveries that dismissed Liton (Das), Mushfiqur (Rahim) and Yasir (Al) were so good. Our batters need to play him well.”

This series is a part of the World Cup Super League. Bangladesh played 13 matches so far in this league and won nine of them. If the Tigers win the next match, they will be at the top of the table with 10 wins surpassing England who have nine wins from 15 matches so far.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Prisoner dies at DMCH

A prisoner died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) Wednesday.

Nur Islam (60), an inmate of Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj, suddenly fell sick in the evening.

As the prisoner’s condition started to worsen, he was brought to the emergency department of DMCH.

Nur was declared dead at around 5.27pm, Inspector Bachchu Mia, in-charge of DMCH Police Outpost, said. “The body was kept at the hospital morgue for autopsy.”

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Ukraine seeks Indian intervention in ending Russian offensive

With Moscow launching a full-fledged attack on its eastern European neighbour, New Delhi on Thursday called for restraint from all sides as Ukraine sought Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention in ending the Russian offensive.

“Modi ji is one of the most powerful, respected world leaders. You have a privileged, strategic relation with Russia. If Modiji speaks to Putin we are hopeful he’ll respond,” Ukraine’s envoy in Delhi, Igor Polikha, told the local media.

“India should be much more actively engaged, given the privileged relation India has with Russia. Not just for our safety, but of your own citizen’s safety too, we need intervention of India,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Indian Embassy in Kyiv this morning advised all its nationals stranded in Ukraine to remain calm and stay put wherever they were.

“The present situation in Ukraine is highly uncertain. Please maintain calm and remain safe wherever you are, be it in your homes, hostels, accommodations or in transit,” the Indian Embassy said in an advisory.

Describing the situation as “highly uncertain”, the Embassy said, “All those who are travelling to Kyiv, including those travelling from western parts of Kyiv, are advised to return to their respective cities temporarily, especially towards safer places along the western bordering countries.”

An estimated 15,000 Indians are said to be currently in Ukraine.

Earlier too, India had called for a “peaceful resolution” of the Kyiv crisis. “We call for a peaceful resolution of the situation through sustained diplomatic efforts for long term peace and stability in the region and beyond,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi told the media last month.

Russia invaded Ukraine in the early hours of Thursday, with its armed forces crossing into the neighbouring country from all directions with tanks and heavy equipment. Global media outlets have reported about Russian missile strikes and explosions in major Ukrainian cities.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Walton to bring new Printon printers

Walton will initially roll out two models. The printers will be launched with different features, including fast wireless printing.

Priced at Tk16,750, Printon PMF22 has multi-tasking facilities – users can print, scan and photocopy.

Priced at Tk11,750, Printon PS22 model printer is designed for printing only.

The main features of Walton printers are 22 (A4) to 23 (letter) ppm print speed, 1200X1200 Dpi resolution, 600 MHZ processor and 128MB of memory with USB cable connection and wireless printing facilities.

Walton has also released printer toners for both devices. TNR16 model toner is priced at Tk1,985.

Customers can also get a printer toner refill kit weighing 65g at Tk650. The toner and refill kit are available at every Walton showroom.

Also, they will get a warranty facility of up to 1 year on these two printers.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

BNP’s 11-day programme to protest price hike

BNP and its associate bodies have worked out an 11-day countrywide programme, including demonstrations, to protest the growing price hike of key commodities and utility services.

The programmes have also been taken to push for the party’s demand for the sale of necessary commodities by the government at fair prices at the upazila level.

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced the programmes at a press conference at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office.

Beginning on February 26, he said, the programmes will continue until March 15.

As part of the programmes, Dhaka north and south city units of BNP will stage a demonstrations in the capital on February 26 while the party will observe the similar programme in all divisional cities on February 28.

BNP will also organise demonstrations in all districts on March 2 while in all upazilas across the country on March 5.

Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal will stage demonstrations across the country on March 6 while Jubo Dal on March 8, Swechchasebak Dal on March 9 and Krishak Dal on March 10.

On March 12, BNP will hold street meetings and distribute leaflets at all unions, wards and different markets across the country.

Besides, Jatiyatabadi Mohila Dal will stage demonstrations all over the country on March 14 while Tanti Dal on March 15.

Announcing the programmes, Fakhrul said the prices of essential commodities like rice, pulses and oil, and utility services, including water, electricity and gas, are going up uncontrollably. “It’s actually affecting the people of Bangladesh financially as their real income has declined substantially.”

He said many people have moved down from the middle class to the lower class while some rich people are slipping into the middle class. “This is the reality now.”

“So, we’ve decided to hold programmes to protest the rise in commodity prices and demand the sale of goods at fair prices at the upazila level. Our party’s senior leaders will take part in these programmes,” the BNP leader said.

He said they want to involve people with their movement through observing these programmes at the field level. “We urge people through this press conference to join all those programmes in their own interest.”

Fakhrul said the government has no control over the market. “They have no control over the market, law and order and production. Corruption has gone to such a stage that in each case the price of goods is going up by 20-28%.”

He alleged the government has created some syndicates at the market that are artificially raising the prices of all the essential items.

“There’s no accountability anywhere during the tenure of this government. The effect of the government’s extreme corruption is now hitting the market, but ultimately people have to pay the price,” the BNP secretary general observed.

Source: United News of Bangladesh