"We must be united to make the independence meaningful and establish people's ownership of the country as the constitution itself ensures."
Dr KAMAL HOSSAIN
president of Gono Forum
at a meeting titled "National Unity to Meet National Challenges".
He has also said, "It is the duty of the people to talk about all these so that the country is protected from the (corrupt) people who virtually destroyed it and made us the victims of their unrelenting greed. The election must be fair so that the people can constitute the parliament."
"We expect that in future we will enjoy the good results of the changes that have so far been made. But ending the crises existing in the country and in the international arena, including in our neighbouring countries, will not be possible if the participation of the people is not ensured."
Sammilito Samajik Andolan.
"Our elected government has failed and it does not mean that non-elected government is the solution. We must find a way out."
M HAFIZUDDIN KHAN
former adviser to the caretaker government.
"The present government's main challenge and objective would be handing over power to an elected government by holding a free and fair election so that they get a congenial atmosphere for work."
Dr HOSSAIN ZILLUR RAHMAN
"We should watch carefully and see if the commission
becomes a watchdog or a lapdog."
secretary general, Amnesty International
about the proposed Human Rights Commission.
"I reaffirm our commitment to holding the national election by December 2008 and if possible even earlier."
Dr FAKHRUDDIN AHMED
"Oxygen and other gas cylinders are used for CNG-run vehicles and the genuine cylinders are not maintained properly… all these add up to high risk of explosions of cylinders endangering lives."
SUMIT KUMAR SAHA
Navana CNG Ltd.
"She asked me if it was possible to arrange a private marriage between her and Hasnat Khan."
former butler of Princess Diana.
Burrell says the late Princess wanted to marry heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, with whom she had an "extremely serious relationship". Burrell says he was under the impression that her boyfriend, Dodi Al Fayed, was not "the one".
Quotations Are Taken From Different Local And International Newspapers.
Compiled by: AHMEDE HUSSAIN
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