Personal political business as usual

Trip Start Jan 28, 2012
Trip End Mar 12, 2012

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Christiaan joined me in Dhaka from Indonesia. We had a late dinner at the RDRS guesthouse and it was a nice one, with small chicken kebabs, fried fish, dal and a nice salad. I slept a few hours this afternoon, after having been in a queue at immigration for 75 minutes...

The Daily Star of Sunday 29 January gives stories and pictures, which show Bangladesh's business as usual compared to my sabbaticl leave here in 2004 and 2005; the same lady players, see 'Government slaps ban, BNP shift date for mass procession plan' is one font page headline with a picture of BNP chairman Khaleda Zia. 'BNP out  to go to power 'using army', is another headline with a colour picture of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of the Awamai Leageu. The parties and ladies have been swapping places in the last decade.

The third big story and biggest picture is '50 hurt as JP men run amok' with police in action about  a clash  over recruitment at the Rangpur Medical College Hospital, stirred up by activists of the third party Jatiya Party. The fourth front page story is about reports from Canada that Niko paid a bribe for Bapex deal.

In a small box the readers learn that India has the worst air quality followed by Bangladesh, according to the 2012 Environmental Performance Index. 
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Han Heijnen on

Great to see you are enjoying Bangladesh. And still as it used to be, especially the politics.Thought of you fellows when Al Jazeera was reporting on the demonstrations in Dhaka. Good to hear that you already moved to the Sundarbans. Enjoy the peace and quiet.

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