• Saturday, November 29, 2014

Editorial

Editorial

Saarc Summit ends on a positive note

AFTER a day of uncertainty marked by a stand-off of sorts between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif, who did not exchange greetings nor shook hands on the inaugural day, the second day saw them warmly shaking hands to the relief of everybody. And of the three agreements on the table, the most important one on structured cooperation in energy has been clinched. The other two, viz. motor vehicles and regional railway pacts, too have...

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Climate Fund use

AS one of the most vulnerable countries in the world , being exposed to threats of climate change , Bangladesh is a natural claimant to its share of adaptation and mitigation funds. That's why it devolves upon Bangladesh a responsibility to set an example in the use of such funds and show that our integrity and efficiency are beyond question. In fact , to gain access to $9.3 billion international green climate fund we need to ensure capacity building with...

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Global solutions for globalisation's problems

Global solutions for globalisation's problems

THE last few decades of globalisation and innovation have resulted in the most rapid progress that the world has ever known. Poverty has been reduced. Life expectancy has increased. Wealth has been created at a scale that our ancestors could not have imagined. But the news is not all good. In fact, the...

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Published Date: November 28, 2014
Modi's assurances on LBA, Teesta water deal

THE talks between Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the 18th Saarc summit in Kathmandu, have ended on a positive note. Indian premier has  reassured  Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that  two longstanding bilateral issues between next-door neighbours, Teesta water sharing deal and Land Boundary Agreement (LBA), would be resolved sooner rather than later. The good news is, unlike in the past, the LBA bill this time has not met...

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Published Date: November 28, 2014
Probe committee offers nothing

THE nationwide electricity shutdown on November 1 and the failure to find the reasons thereof by the committee are not only unexpected but downright disheartening. We have all been informed how due to a combined effect of fall in voltage and system frequency caused a chain reaction that shutdown plants originating from Bheramara. Yet the probe committee that published its final report has failed to trace the cause of this low voltage. Indeed the report has skirted the issue...

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Published Date: November 27, 2014
Question paper leak again

PRIMARY terminal examinations, the first gateway for several lakhs of youngsters to make it to the secondary level have made a blemished start, to put it mildly. Successive question paper leakages have actually placed the credibility and quality of exams under a question mark. We observe to our great surprise the same denial mode as had been experienced with other well-founded allegations of question papers having been out on Facebook or websites ahead of exams. While guardians complain of similarities...

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Published Date: November 27, 2014
Latif's surrender

LATIF Siddique's dramatic surrender to the law on Tuesday has ended all the furore created at home over some impolitic and reckless remarks that he made while abroad. It is noteworthy that despite his earlier acts of bravado, the former minister and presidium member of the ruling AL has finally seen reason to submit himself before law. Now it is up to the government to see that the law runs its own course and the matter brought to a...

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Published Date: November 26, 2014
Financial irregularities hit spotlight

FINANCIAL irregularities to the tune of nearly Tk6,200 crore has been detected by the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG). In its first ever media presentation, the data was compiled from 17 different audit reports and made public. It is sad to see that Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has topped the list of defaulters. Not only has there been gross negligence involved in realising fines and fees, serious anomalies have been detected in the manner in...

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Published Date: November 26, 2014
Turning digital dream into reality

WITH its large youth population, Bangladesh is poised to become an emerging IT-based economy, so said the country's state minister for Information and Communication Technology recently. The optimism does not also seem quite out of place, given that by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) ranking, compared to last year, we have moved a notch higher and been placed at 145th position among 166 countries on the global ICT index. What is more, at present, around 69 per cent of...

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Published Date: November 25, 2014
Tazreen two years on

IT is reassuring to note that safety conditions of factories have improved since the devastating Tazreen Fashion fire incident back on November 24, 2012. The credit for this goes to diligent inspection efforts by the two buyer-sponsored agencies -- Accord and Alliance -- assisted by the government, labour rights organisations and BGMEA. But we have to bear in mind the fact that improvement work is still in its initial stage and a large number of factories remain beyond any...