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Zeauddin Ahmed

  • Economist
  • Sat, 23 Sep 23

Former Managing Director of Bangladesh Bank and Former Managing Director of The Security Printing Corporation (Bangladesh) Limited, or Takshal 

A less commendable's thoughts on merit
Quota movement Thoughts on merit by less meritorious

A less commendable's thoughts on merit

Students across the country have initiated a movement called "Bangla Blockade," demanding the abolition of the quota system in government jobs. The "Bangla Blockade" involves sit-ins that aim to paralyze Bangladesh. They have been organizing protests and human chains since 2018, leading the Awami League government to issue a notification abolishing the quota system for first and second-class government jobs. In 2021, several children of freedom fighters challenged the government's decision to abolish the freedom fighter quota in the High Court. On June 5 of this year, the court declared the abolition of the reserved quota for freedom fighters illegal. The quota system was initially implemented by the Awami League government, and it was the same government that later abolished it.

Boycott is now a major tool in global politics
Boycott is now a major tool in global politics

Boycott is now a major tool in global politics

There is an ongoing debate on social media about the boycott of Coca-Cola. A survey was conducted in Bangladesh to determine the number of people in favor and against the boycott. The survey revealed that 89% of people are in favor of boycotting Coca-Cola. The call to boycott Coca-Cola was made after the Israeli attack on Gaza last October, but it did not receive much response initially. Recently, a Coca-Cola advertisement has reignited the subdued boycott campaign. The advertisement claimed that Coca-Cola's owner is not Jewish and that they have a factory in Gaza. Following this, renewed calls to boycott Coca-Cola have emerged. Taking advantage of this opportunity, the emotions of Bangladeshi citizens are being leveraged to boost the sales of local soft drinks. The company behind the local brand 'Mojo' has launched a campaign called 'Mojo Support Palestine' to stand by the affected people of Palestine.

Corruption and Power of Matiur Defeat Badiur Rahman
Corruption and Power of Matiur Defeat Badiur Rahman

Corruption and Power of Matiur Defeat Badiur Rahman

I was listening to Sheikh Badiur Rahman on Desh Television discussing Matiur Rahman, President of the Customs, Excise, and VAT Appellate Tribunal of the National Board of Revenue (NBR). Badiur Rahman was the Chairman of the NBR during the army-backed caretaker government. He joined Bangladesh Bank as an 'Officer Class One' in 1976 and later moved to Cadre Service after passing the BCS examination. I remember seeing him at the house of my elder brother Mohiuddin Ahmed, Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During their conversation, I noticed that Badiur Rahman only ate puffed rice (muri).

No restriction on journalists entering Bangladesh Bank
No restriction on journalists entering Bangladesh Bank

Bank

Fri, 21 Jun 24

No restriction on journalists entering Bangladesh Bank

The journalists boycotted the post-budget press conference chaired by the finance minister due to the ban on their entry to Bangladesh Bank. Traditionally, this annual event includes the governor's significant role in addressing questions on various economic issues such as inflation, government loans, liquidity crisis, defaulted loans, money laundering, and reserves. However, this year, journalists protested by refusing to attend the conference if the governor spoke, leading to his exclusion from the Q&A session. Consequently, questions that would typically be addressed by the governor were instead answered by Finance Minister, Prime Minister's Finance Advisor Moshiur Rahman, State Minister for Finance Wasika Ayesha Khan, and Finance Secretary Md. Khairuzzaman Majumdar.

Fearless diplomat Mohiuddin Ahmad
কূটনীতিক মহিউদ্দিন আহমদ

Diplomacy

Wed, 19 Jun 24

Fearless diplomat Mohiuddin Ahmad

We are five brothers and two sisters, diplomat Mohiuddin Ahmad, our second brother. He was an economics student at Dhaka University, on an interviewing scholarship he went to Karachi in West Pakistan to do his Masters. After completing his Masters in 1965, he took a job as a translator in Pakistan Radio, with a monthly salary of 200 taka. We were three brothers and one sister, school and college students. Our father Abdur Rashid Master passed entrance from GA Academy School, Feni under Calcutta University in 1924. In 1926, a zamindar Gangadhar of GM hat area of Feni established a minor school on the land given by Majumdars and he was the founding headmaster of that school. English medium schools with sixth standard were then called minor schools.

No one Knows about corruption of powerful while they are in power!
Unprecedented Benazir

No one Knows about corruption of powerful while they are in power!

I find it hard to believe the widespread allegations of Benazir Ahmed, the former Inspector General of Police, amassing substantial illegal wealth; after all, he had received the Integrity Award from the Ministry of Home Affairs. Integrity refers to righteous conduct, good behavior, and actions enriched with principles and ethics. The norm is to award officials and employees for honesty, integrity, and dedication to duty. Benazir Ahmed not only received the Integrity Award but also won the BPM Award five times for his brave role in the police force. If he lacked integrity, it would be unlikely for him to receive the BPM Award five times solely for his courage.