• Friday, October 24, 2014

Editorial

Editorial

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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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...

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Published Date: October 21, 2014
When will pleasure trips end?

IN a country where thousands of crores of taka is siphoned off from banks without so much as whimper from the government, spending a sum of ten crores by Rajuk on wasteful trips, euphemistically called study tours, may look like pittance. But the issue is more fundamental than the sum involved. It is the planned and calculated manner of misusing public money by persons in high places of a government institution that is the point at issue. And unless...

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Published Date: October 21, 2014
JCD feuding spills out

OUTRAGED at the announcemment of the formation of JCD's new central committee, the faction feeling aggreived by the decision reacted violently. The reason behind such fierce expression of dissent has had to do with apparently not pursuing democratic procedure to form student body's new central committee. It didn't even spare vandalising the party's central office. The persuausive words of some central leaders fell on deaf ears on the infighting student activists. JCD's election rules were allegedly violated. In one instance,...

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Published Date: October 20, 2014
Declaring people non grata

A very insidious precedent has been set by the situation evolving out of the denial by Chhatra Sangram Parishad to take Piash Karim's body to the Shaheed Minar. The reason was that the views of the late professor on certain national issues were not in accord with that of the students' body. The matter did not stop there. Nine eminent persons including several journalists and educationists have been declared persona non grata in the Shaheed Minar by the said...

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Published Date: October 20, 2014
Trafficked Bangladeshis in Thai jungle

OBVIOUSLY lured by enticement of jobs desperate Bangladeshis often fall prey to traps laid out by wily traffickers. The latter promise something to the job-seekers but once in their clutch, they will be bandied about like chattels as though in an insidious version of modern-day slave trade. The case in point is the discovery of 37,53 and 81, largely Bangladeshi victims, in the last  month and on October 11 and 13 respectively in Thai jungles. They were enticed by job...