• Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Editorial

Editorial

Pakistan's unending agony

IF proof were needed of the immense damage Imran Khan has been causing to Pakistan's fragile democracy, one has only to observe the anguish with which his party colleague Javed Hashmi has noted the manner in which he let his followers loose on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's residence in Islamabad. Three people have died and hundreds have been injured as a result of Khan's brashness. Khan now charges Sharif with murder when the fact is that it was he...

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Repatriation of Rohingyas

THE 8th round of foreign office consultations between Bangladesh and Myanmar has yielded some good results. The Rohingya issue, particularly expatriation of Rohingya refugees, who have been bearing tremendous hardship in refugee camps, over two decades in some cases, has been the major stumbling block in the improvement of our bilateral relationship. We are happy to note that a definite progress has been made by Myanmar's fresh commitment to start the process of repatriation of the stranded Rohingya refugees...

Editorial

Published Date: September 1, 2014
Containing child marriage

AN under aged mother produces  an undernourished child, and what you look at is a generation of underachievers.That about sums up the ill-effects of child marriage. Indeed,there is an increasing realization that by effectively combating child marriage we would be redressing a whole lot of other problems that spring from it.It is pivotal to cutting back on baby boom,maternal and child mortalities ,malnutrition and domestic violence.When such is the potential range of  benefits  promised by  eradication of  child marriage ,the...

Editorial

Published Date: September 1, 2014
DAP in a bind

IT is the second time in less than a week that we have been constrained to comment on the status of the detail area plan for the capital city. This is to reinforce even further our consternation at the prospect of DAP, the document which is the basis of the master plan for the development of Dhaka city, becoming irrelevant given the very abject manner in which the government  has chosen to bend its provisions to meet the interests...

Editorial

Published Date: August 31, 2014
Enforced disappearances on rise

The rising trend of the incidence of enforced disappearances has come as a rude reawakening for common citizens.  That is more so because going by the versions of the victims' relatives, apparently members of different law-enforcement agencies allegedly 'picked up' those persons.  Disturbingly, the police, when approached by victims' relatives, are often found unresponsive to their concerns. A human rights body, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), reports that some 74 people have been the victims of such disappearance in the...

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Published Date: August 31, 2014
Repair flood embankments

Nearly a third of the country is now inundated with water levels rising on all major rivers including the Jamuna, Padma, Teesta, Ghagot, Dharla and Arial Khan. These high tides are stripping away at flood protection embankments and spilling over to cause major havoc on infrastructure and agriculture. Though the government has mobilised food supplies and cash handouts, catering to the needs of some 900,000 people in the 19 affected districts will require much greater efforts. We understand that...

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Published Date: August 30, 2014
Violent murders in the city

WE have been shocked by the two very recent incidents of murder on subsequent days in the capital. One of the victims was a high profile TV personality and well respected religious scholar and Imam of the High Court Mosque. What is frightening is that these killings have occurred in the early part of the evening by forcing into the victims' homes and perpetrating the crimes virtually in the presence of the other inmates. We must put on record our...

Editorial

Published Date: August 30, 2014
Eviction drive in Turag

ANOTHER spurt of eviction activity in Turag is proving to be cosmetic , typically a case of morning showing the day.Impelled by a High Court order following a news report titled “Turag close to death” in this newspaper ,the three-day  drive to free Turag of some encroachments hit a snag on Tuesday,the  very first day of  its  launching. The  first thing to note is that by habitual or deliberate default ,eviction  drive is undertaken not   to nip an encroachment or...

Editorial

Published Date: August 29, 2014
Easing pressure on Dhaka

THE latest Poverty map published jointly by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, World Bank and World Food Programme reveals disquieting trends. Nearly a third of the estimated 50million people live in the capital city. That the poor are flocking to Dhaka and other major urban centers are indicative of the fact that all major economic activities are concentrated around these areas, while the rest of the country lags behind. The results merely go to explain why urbanization overall is...

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Published Date: August 29, 2014
BCL at it, again!

ACTIVISTS of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL)  forced Chittagong railway station to stop all its official functions on Wednesday evening. As the report goes, the BCL men wanted the railway station authority to fulfill their demand to supply tickets for six coaches of a Dhaka-bound express train for Friday.  Since the station master could not fully comply with their request, he and his staff drew BCL activists' wrath. It is learnt that earlier two other branches of Chittagong BCL had in...