• Thursday, August 28, 2014

Editorial

Editorial

Stop trivialising DAP

NOTHING is more distressful when the authorities seemingly choose to ignore the Detailed Area Plan (DAP) for Dhaka. Judging by what has been printed in newspapers, we believe that some 47 projects have been approved this week that allow for residential plots to be built up on restricted zones like flood flow areas, water bodies and agricultural lands. Indeed, if that be the case we wonder if violation of DAP is being resorted to in the name of development...

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Glimmer of peace in Gaza

WE, along with the rest of the peace-loving people of the world, welcome the long-term ceasefire agreement finally reached between Israel and Hamas, the two hostile sides in the 50-day Gaza war. We believe both the Israeli leadership and Hamas representing the Palestinians in Gaza have come to realise the senselessness of the protracted hostilities. These claimed around 2200 lives, most of them civilians including children on the Palestinian side and some 69 people, five of them civilians on...

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Published Date: August 27, 2014
Indicting opposition men en masse

A Dhaka court on Monday charged 147 leaders and activists of BNP-led alliance for offences like assault on police, blasting of cocktails and creating panic during a  rally held by the alliance in March last year. It is indeed a rare instance of so many political leaders and workers being indicted in a single case in the country.  And it simply boggles the mind to think that the accused, many of whom are senior and respectable citizens, committed offences...

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Published Date: August 27, 2014
Tendering process flouted

ALLEGATIONS of anomalies in the purchase tender of three old ships have been raised against the Chittagong port authorities. By what has been revealed through investigative journalism, we are taken aback at the various instances of flouting set rules, from choosing a hitherto unknown company winning the bid to failure to clear customs duty before taking delivery of the said vessels. It is very interesting how authorities could allow a company to participate in the bidding that is said...

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Published Date: August 26, 2014
Dire condition of city roads

If one looks at the cluster of photos on yesterday's issue of The Daily Star, one is sure to be appalled at the horrific state of the city roads. What the city dwellers are bearing up with is a sad commentary on the state of affairs in the DCCs and its allied roads departments. Needless to say, these do not behove of the capital city; in fact, it's an outright shame for those in charge of the roads. There you...

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Published Date: August 26, 2014
BD–India border issues

THE latest round of bi-annual talks between the countries has just concluded in New Delhi. The press comments made by the two director generals talk of substantive issues like border killings, illegal border crossing and smuggling, and about the speeding up of trial of Felani, picture of whose gruesome killing by BSF still haunts us. As for the retrial we would hope that the committment would be followed up on ground so that justice is not denied. However, the two...

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Published Date: August 25, 2014
Using children as courier

THESE are very disturbing statistics that the annual report of the Department of Narcotics Control reveals. According to 'Narcotics Report -2013', children below the age of 16 are being used as carriers of drugs and narcotics. This practice had started in the early nineties, but has been growing at an alarmingly galloping rate – from six percent in 2002 when the survey started to 25 percent in 2013. The data is astounding, and one hopes that the relevant authorities would...

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Published Date: August 25, 2014
Problem of counterfeit notes

AS with most persistent problems affecting  public interest, the authorities tend to take these in  their strides having  verbally wrestled with them for a time and then going into a laidback ,nothing-doing strategy. And because  the heart of the problem  is not addressed it keeps  growing with  impunity and renewed vigour.The handling   of  fake currency notes is a glaring case in point. While appreciating the fact that  on Saturday,a seminar of policy makers, regulators ,bankers and international experts dwelt on...

Editorial

Published Date: August 24, 2014
Worrying signs in Pakistan

Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has clearly been muddying the political waters in his country. His belief that the last general election which brought Nawaz Sharif and his Muslim League to power was rigged flies in the face of reality. Khan has demanded the resignation of the prime minister and fresh elections. He says he will not negotiate with the government until Sharif resigns. By doing so, he is only pushing Pakistan, where democracy has largely been a tenuous affair...

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Published Date: August 24, 2014
Living dangerously on foothills

Every year monsoon arrives and like clockwork there are landslides in Chittagong burying and killing people, living in shanties on the foothills of hills. This is hardly news anymore. Yet we are forced to ask why the administration looked the other way when such hill slopes and foothills were being expropriated allowing for construction of residences on them decade after decade. Not only that, there appear to be no move to relocate people, mostly belonging to lower income groups...