• Saturday, July 26, 2014

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    Move against errant factories welcome

    No compromise on public health

    THAT a mobile court has caught four factories red handed in the act of producing poultry feed using waste material from tanneries is an exercise that must lauded. We have covered this issue in our paper previously and the health hazards caused in the human anatomy as a direct result of consuming poultry and fish that have fed on such fake and poisonous feed. Although the pre-Eid drive has confirmed existence of illicit activity by a section of producers, much more needs to be done on a wider scale to tackle this latest threat to public health. The Department of Livestock estimates there are around 100 factories in Hazaribagh making protein concentrates from solid waste generated from tanneries located there. Given the gravity of the situation, it has become imperative to frame rules and regulations under the recently formulated food safety act. There is need for better coordination among various government agencies including law enforcement to tackle this health menace. To put things in perspective, the fish industry alone requires an estimated 3 million tonnes of feed per annum and hence there will always be an incentive for corrupt practices. Containing this illicit business will require a...

Opinion

STRAIGHT LINE

Of politics and retirement

SOME political commentators are of the considered view that the inability of the major opposition to produce the fire and brimstone to effectively dislodge the government lay in the near geriatric composition of their top leadership. Such a view, though unpalatable, cannot perhaps be summarily brushed aside because our ground reality shows that at different tiers of the political leadership succession becomes possible only after death or disability. In fact, in our politics, nobody retires voluntarily. Dwelling on the apparently...

Pakistan army hits back

A  major operation by the Pakistan army has recently been conducted in the frontier areas bordering Afghanistan to try to control the militant groups that have so strongly established themselves there. The frontier region has long been a haven for numerous groups of local and imported armed militants; they have been there for ages, seemingly a law unto themselves outside the reach of the regular administration, but recently they have become bold and confident enough to challenge the Pakistani state...

Gaza: The role of Bangladesh as UNPO leader

BREAKING all international laws, Israel continues to carry out its genocide against the civilian Palestinian population in Gaza. As the world watches with shock and horror, the United Nations has merely condemned the Israeli assault and questioned the disproportionate use of lethal weaponry on an unarmed population which cannot leave Gaza as it is sealed off from the rest of the world and, according to BBC, “there is no safe place in Gaza.” The international community seems to be...

STRANGER THAN FICTION

Muslim Brotherhood, Jamaat-e-Islami and global jihad

Muslim Brotherhood, Jamaat-e-Islami and global jihad

JEWS and Christians ... should be forced to pay Jizya [poll tax] in order to put an end to their independence and supremacy so that they should not remain rulers and sovereigns in the land. These powers should be wrested from them by the followers of the true Faith [Islam], who should assume...

CROSS TALK

Published Date: July 25, 2014
Harmonising ourselves with the sea

STOIC philosopher Marcus Aurelius, who was also the co-emperor of Rome, said that a man's worth is no greater than his ambition. The Stoics believed that people shouldn't over-exaggerate moments of joy in an attempt to make them seem better than they really are or try to make them last longer than they...

Published Date: July 25, 2014
Building national resilience: An exciting imperative

WITH conflict, natural disaster and economic shocks dominating the headlines it's easy to lose sight of the fact that we live in a world of record high human development. Global per capita poverty, hunger, child and maternal mortality are all at historic lows, and continue to fall. And yet, our sense of unease...

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Letters

Letters To The Editor

Controlling use of plastic bottles

Controlling use of plastic bottles

Plastic bottles are being thrown everywhere after use; on the roads, lakes or rivers without any concern about the environment. Plastic bottles are not biodegradable. They are toxic and harmful to the environment. If the government can make it mandatory that on the return of each bottle to the shop, a fee of...

Letters To The Editor

Rethinking BCB decision

Perhaps members of the BCB could consider a six months' salary cut. This could be a time of introspection and reflection. One of the first things that could be done with this money is to pay in full all of the BPL players who remain unpaid. Remaining funds could be donated to the impoverished but mentally tough Bangladesh Chess Team representing their country at the Olympiad in August in Norway. Next could be to analyse why so many foreign...

Comments on news report

“Highways not fit yet,” published on July 21, 2014 MH Khan Only in countries like ours, they build roads with one year's validity. We should call international tenders and follow international standard when we intent to build roads. Dr. Ahsan Habib Quader and Sheikh Hasina can blame BNP and Khaleda Zia for these poorly planned and built roads! SM Why? AL was in power last 6 years and they could not fix the highways? I guess they were busy in proverbial “Highway Robbery”. Abul Kashem So, all...

Letters To The Editor

Published Date: July 25, 2014
We're unable to say, Bravo!

Now I am in a dilemma over to whom shall I write as the present government is not elected by the people and is least bothered about their feelings. They are trying to convince people that as the election was a constitutional necessity, they had no option. Awami League should not talk about constitution, since they have destroyed its spirit through the 15th amendment. In the July 18, 2014 issue of TDS, Mr Mahfuz Anam's commentary 'A job well done'...

Letters To The Editor

Published Date: July 25, 2014
A great example of humanity!

Recently an episode telecast by the Sony Entertainment Television in its 'Crime Patrol' series (real life events) has touched my heart. A man named Nasir had been on regular dialysis as both of his kidneys had gone out of order. He came in contact with a human organ trader who promised Nasir to manage one kidney in exchange of 4 lac rupees. Nasir paid the trader 2.5 rupees as advance. But the trader disappeared without keeping his commitment. Nasir...

Published Date: July 25, 2014
Comments on news report

“PM's UK visit to cement ties with West,” published on July 21, 2014 SM How could UK visit alone cement ties with the West? Is the UK still the master of western universe or the FM is suffering from some kind of elusion? Abul Kashem Do responsible people read the comments made by the readers? If so, how do they appear on TV shows with smiling face, and force us to swallow their 'satisfaction' over the visits? PlainSpeaker The present tie is with garment industries;...

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Editorial

Published Date: July 25, 2014
Another case of custodial excesses

IN yet another case of brutal torture in police custody, a student of City College of the capital has been undergoing treatment with one of his legs damaged beyond repair at the burn unit of the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH).  After arresting the student nicknamed Jisan on suspicion of involvement in the murder of a fellow student,  some members of the Dhanmodi police allegedly even threatened to kill the boy,  unless his family members paid them a...

Editorial

Published Date: July 25, 2014
Leather industry coming of age

THE local footwear industry is now worth Tk.7,000 crore per annum. What we are witnessing is nothing short of extraordinary, where small entrepreneurs are churning out good quality footwear which is competing with foreign brands in chic areas of the capital city and servicing the countrywide demand. We are witnessing local industry specialising in other products making investments in leather as the demand for footwear continues to post healthy growth. Besides already established brands, new entrants are taking on...

Published Date: July 25, 2014
Missed opportunity on Gaza

EXTERNAL Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's statement on the ongoing Gaza crisis during a discussion in the Rajya Sabha is an exercise in political correctness. By stating that New Delhi's stance on the Israel-Palestine issue has not shifted, and going ahead with a pro forma denunciation of violence, Ms. Swaraj has missed a golden opportunity to impress upon a domestic audience that the Modi administration is pursuing a fresh statesman-like approach on a complex global issue. Besides, she may have...

PLEASURE IS ALL MINE

Published Date: July 25, 2014
Shadow across free media: Why?

SOMETHING is wrong with both the means and the end. In Gandhi's eye, when the means is bad the end cannot be good. Fundamentally, it is the intent or motive that is pivotal to either adding to or unmaking a settled fact. The case in point is the government's apparent move to restore DCs' authority to cancel declaration of newspapers. This was embodied in the 1973 Press and Publications Act but subsequently revoked by Justice Shahabuddin, head of the interim...

Published Date: July 25, 2014
An open letter for the people in Gaza

WE are doctors and scientists, who spend our lives developing means to care for and protect health and lives. We are also informed people; we teach the ethics of our professions, together with the knowledge and practice of it. We all have worked in and known the situation in Gaza for years. On the basis of our ethics and practice, we are denouncing what we witness in the aggression of Gaza by Israel. We ask our colleagues, old and young professionals,...

HUMOROUSLY YOURS

Published Date: July 25, 2014
The Spin Doctors

VLADIMIR Putin just wanted Ukraine to let him in. After all, he won by a popular vote of 140%, including with that of Chuck Norris. But Ukraine had to be stubborn, to the point of shooting down a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 thinking he would fly overhead at the same time. 298 dead. Who knows how many more will die untimely deaths due to the stumble in AIDS research. Ukraine blames Russia for arming the rebels with Buk missiles, which...