• Sunday, October 26, 2014

Editorial

Editorial

Bangladesh joins new Asian bank

The floating of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and Bangladesh's formal signing of the Memorandum of Understanding to become part of AIIB slated to start operations at the end of 2015 is welcome news. AIIB intends to play a key role in developing infrastructure in the Asian region. Although the World Bank opposed its formation, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has termed AIIB's entry to cater for infrastructure funding needs in Asia as understandable. Given Bangladesh's large financing needs spreading...

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EU climate energy deal

The EU, following a summit in Brussels, has agreed to reduce its carbon emission by at least 40 percent  in comparison with 1990 levels, provide at least 27 percent of EU energy from renewable sources by 2030 and cut energy consumption by at least 27 percent. We welcome the EU'sinitiative to cut carbon dioxide emissions and boost renewable energy ahead of next year's crucial climate change talks in Paris. It is the first major global carbon emitter to set such...

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Published Date: October 25, 2014
The evil that men do….

GOLAM Azam has passed into history.  He was sentenced to a very long term jail sentence on several counts for genocide and crimes against humanity. He was spared by death the agony of long incarceration. Golam Azam will remain a part of our history, and even after recollections of many events of our nation life become distant memories his role during the Liberation War will remain vivid in the nation's collective psyche. He will remain a part of our history...

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Published Date: October 25, 2014
Horrifying modern-day slave trade

THE horrific report that an unspecified number of job-seeking Bangladeshi youths are being enslaved under inhuman conditions in a remote island in Thailand for ransom following their capture by human traffickers has jolted us. Unlike in the usual cases where job hungry people voluntarily cooperate with human traffickers' design, the victims here were first entrapped by traffickers and then forcibly taken to boats to be finally shipped to an unknown destination. More than 130 such victims, most of them Bangladeshis,...

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Published Date: October 24, 2014
Voted above law!!

THIS is possible only in a country like Bangladesh. And we have written on this issue umpteen times and will continue ad nauseam to do so until this brazen and rank bad practice of violating traffic rules in a brazenfaced manner is stopped completely.    It is not ministers only that violate rules of the road. It is anybody who is somebody and owning a large vehicle violates traffic rules with impunity. Thursday's issue of this paper carried several pictures...

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Published Date: October 24, 2014
Road safety issues

THERE is no denying that serious problems and impediments to road safety both on the highways and the cities exist. We are informed that there are three separate committees involved in coming up with constructive steps which authorities need to implement to bring about an improvement in this area. Yet, year after year, nothing changes due to the fact that many of these committees fail to sit on a regular basis and their recommendations are simply ignored. We are appalled...

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Published Date: October 23, 2014
Barrages on the Ganges

WE are concerned about India's reported plan to undertake the construction of 16 barrages, one in every 100 kilometres of the Ganges under the Ganges waterway Project. If implemented, this would have a disastrous impact on the river Ganges and harm the ecology of both Bangladesh and India. In light of India's promise to not harm Bangladesh's interests, we are surprised that India has planned to build the barrages in an international river without consultation with Bangladesh as the lower...

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Published Date: October 23, 2014
Death under mysterious circumstances

TOO many questions remain unanswered as to how Asma died in the care of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH). After the hurried discharge by hospital authorities for burial, the unexplained wounds sustained by the victim on the forehead and blisters along her body, the explanation that she died of renal failure after a caesarian cannot stand serious scrutiny. Asma and her sister had earlier been caught by hospital authorities sneaking away with her newborn. Allegations have been raised that...

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Published Date: October 22, 2014
Natore highway tragedy

RECKLESS driving coupled with disregard for traffic rules on highways has again taken its deadly toll as a Rajshahi-bound bus from Dhaka crashed into another bus coming from the opposite direction near Natore killing 33 passengers. The bus from Dhaka turned to the wrong side of the road while overtaking a truck causing the accident.  An account of the accident from a passenger traveling in one of the buses provides yet another narrative of the tragedy: a third bus...

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Published Date: October 22, 2014
Time extension on safety welcome

IN a move that recognises efforts by the government to improve workplace safety and workers' rights in the aftermath of the Rana Plaza collapse, the 'Sustainability Compact' has recommended more time be given to authorities to make further progress in areas of concern. The review committee in Brussels hosted a 12-member team led by the Minister of Commerce to study progress made on various issues since July, 2013. The body appreciates government efforts in amending labour law, enabling registration...