• Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Op-Ed

Editorial

  • Editorial

    Public servants' falsifying FF certificate!

    They should be handed exemplary punishment

    THE government by having revoked the false freedom fighters' certificates that 35 public servants had been using over the years to illegally occupy different official positions and draw benefits illegally from the public exchequer has taken the first step towards holding these fraudsters to account. But considering the gravity of their offence, the government should not rest content with merely removing them from office.  They should be made to refund the money they have so far illegally taken from the government under the FF's quota. They also deserve exemplary punishment. By resorting to such heinous means to pass themselves off as freedom fighters, these people have tried to cheat the entire nation out of its glorious legacy of the Liberation War. Regrettably, this evil practice has been going on for too long giving it a kind of impunity. Small wonder the number of freedom fighters now stands at 2.12 lakh, which was 1.98 lakh in 2002. How are we to account for these additional 14, 000 FFs within the last 12 years?  The magnitude of the forgery and deception involving false certification as freedom fighters is mind-boggling. We would like to be reassured about Liberation War ministry's stated...

Opinion

GROUND REALITIES

Tajuddin Ahmed: Our history maker

Tajuddin Ahmed: Our history maker

TAJUDDIN Ahmed was a man of history. He understood the nuances of history. He was able to analyse history in all the forensic details that such analyses called for. Of greater importance than all this preoccupation with history on his part was his own role in the making of history. Between 17 April...

THE WORLD IN WORDS

Remaking Iran

IRANIAN President Hassan Rouhani recently marked the end of his first year in office not only with smiles, but also with further evidence of his efforts at domestic reform and geostrategic reorientation. In Iran's case, these two imperatives have long gone hand in hand. Rouhani now says that Iran would be willing to work with the United States in Iraq. The dire threat to both Iranian and US interests posed by the Islamic State (formerly the Islamic State in Iraq...

Pathway to a hunger-free Bangladesh

HISTORY has shown us that when conditions are right, famers have consistently responded with dramatic improvements in productivity growth. How will we feed 9 billion people by 2050 when there are already 870 million hungry people in the world today? It is estimated that even if large farmers increase their production by 20% by 2050, smallholder farms will need to more than double their current production in order to feed a growing population. Small farmers are always linked to the...

Will the BRICS Bank and Fund boost Global South?

THE 6th Summit of the BRICS took place last week in Fortaleza, Brazil with two landmark decisions, viz., to form a BRICS Bank and a Contingency Reserve Arrangement (CRA or the BRICS Fund) and bring them into operation by 2016.Initiated in mid-2009, BRIC became BRICS in 2010 when South Africa joined Brazil, Russia, India and China to form a grouping of 5 large emerging economies.  The key objective of the grouping was to have a bigger say in the...

BOTTOM LINE

Development of maritime law & UNCLOS

THE progressive development of international law through the restatement of existing rules or through the formulation of new rules by the Tribunals and Courts has been a continuous process within the comity of nations. The interpretation and application of maritime law of delimitation have been expounded by the International Court of Justice and Tribunals, although the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) provides a general guidelines of delimitation under Articles 15 (territorial sea) 74, (delimitation of EEZ)...

Published Date: July 22, 2014
Gaza bombed by deadly darts

IT is interesting to note that the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) claims “as a rule, the IDF only employs weapons that have been determined lawful under international law, and in a manner which fully conforms with the laws of armed conflict.” Physical evidence of munitions like flechette shells is turning up in Gaza. As stated in an article recently published in The Guardian, B'Tselem, an Israeli human rights organisation, describes a flechette shell as “an anti-personnel weapon that is...

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Letters

Letters To The Editor

Muslim leaders' inexplicable silence

The way Israel is attacking Palestine is simply awful. Nearly 600 people were brutally killed including children and women. But most of the global leaders are silent about this genocide. Even the leaders of the Muslim countries have failed to take any significant steps to stop this massacre. It is understood that the allies of Israel will act in favour of Israel. But why are the Muslim leaders silent? Dr. Md. Sayedul Hoque Baitul Aman Adabar, Dhaka  

Letters To The Editor

Inhuman eviction of sex workers

On July 20, I was crossing the road in front of the Press Club. There I saw hundreds of people preparing for a human chain. It was a protest of the sex workers against their recent eviction from a Tangail brothel. The placards in women's hands read: “We are sex workers not terrorists or criminals”, “We are human beings, we want our rights,” etc. The brothel was invaded by local politicians and fanatics who forced the sex workers to leave....

Letters To The Editor

Will Summit address condition of Gaza girls?

The Girl Summit has started on July 22 in London. The summit is aimed at mobilising domestic and international efforts to improve the lives of girls and women in the world's poorest countries. Hopefully, Gaza tragedy and the condition of girls in Gaza will receive due attention. Anami California, USA

Comments on news report

“Jan 5 polls flawed,” published on July 19, 2014 Mofi I don't see anything wrong in her description. We all want a fair election with participation of all major and minor political parties, and so does she. We welcome you to Bangladesh and hope you will play a constructive role within the diplomatic framework. Zman7 January 5 election is 'undeniably flawed', but thank God its outcome is undeniably a boon for Bangladesh in many ways: it brought back peace and calmness in the...

Letters To The Editor

Published Date: July 22, 2014
Communications minister's empty words

Communications minister's empty words

The people in the lower income bracket have been facing enormous difficulties during their journeys home and back to Dhaka at the time of Eid every year. The main reasons for such sufferings are: the miserable condition of roads, insufficient number of public transports and excessive transport fare. The communications minister has declared...

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Editorial

Published Date: July 22, 2014
Festive boon for the economy

WITH Eid-ul-Fitr around the corner, retailers are rushing to meet the huge demand for apparels by opening new stores and keeping shops open for longer. Pre-Eid shopping is seen as one of the biggest revenue generating periods for our economy. This is when local retail outlets are buoyed both by the seasonal demand and the substantial inflow of remittance sent by Bangladeshi people living abroad for the purpose of Eid shopping. For this reason, it is a halcyon time...

Editorial

Published Date: July 22, 2014
BIWTC's old vessels

ALONG with its regularly scheduled services, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) is adding to its fleet strength with repaired old vessels to meet the rush of Eid travellers. The BIWTC 's  reinstating some nearly eighty year old ships back into service highlights the inadequate fleet capacity of the state-owned corporation. More to the point, would the increased fleet strength, the way it's being done, upgrade the safety status overall? This question begs a satisfactory answer. Especially restoration of four...

Published Date: July 22, 2014
Germany: After one hundred years

JULY 28, 1914, was when the First World War broke out in Europe. Preceded by assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, the conflict quickly spread across the continent and enveloped its major powers. Germany, which had emerged as an industrial powerhouse following unification under the leadership of Otto Von Bismarck, jumped into the fray in the hope of containing the threat from France and curbing the ascent of Britain. Germany's defeat in the war sowed the seeds for...

In Memorium

Published Date: July 22, 2014
Golam Mostaqim, a witty and committed civil servant

Golam Mostaqim, a witty and committed civil servant

GOLAM Mostaqim, a former secretary to the Government of Bangladesh passed away on July 11. He was 61. Mostaqim was extremely accessible, friendly, candid, honest, and unpretentious. Coming from a middleclass family of Manikganj, he could empathise with the difficulties the ordinary citizens of our country usually face in government offices, therefore he...

Published Date: July 22, 2014
Vesting power of impeachment of judges in the Parliament: A perilous venture

ACCORDING to newspaper reports, the Ministry of Law and Parliamentary Affairs has floated a draft proposal for divesting the Supreme Judicial Council of the power to impeach judges of the Supreme Court and vest that power in the Parliament. The ministry believes that the power vested in the Supreme Judicial Council by the martial law regime of General Ziaur Rahman through a Martial Law Proclamation (and then ratified by the 5th Amendment to the Constitution) undermines the authority of...

Published Date: July 22, 2014
Girl Summit 2014:

CHILDHOOD should be a time of play and learning, within a safe environment, so that children can reach their full potential. But the prospects are not the same for boys and girls. Girls are less likely to finish school, get a higher education or enter the workforce. They are less likely to have a voice or control over their lives.   Girls and women have the right to live a life free from violence and discrimination, and reach their full...

Published Date: July 22, 2014
Operation Protective Edge: Myths and realities

THE ongoing violence on civilians in Gaza under “Operation Protective Edge” is raising several questions among the people around the world. The traumatised Palestinian children, their dead bodies, as well as the destruction, shown in the media sadden us immensely. War is nothing new for Palestinians. Children who are six years old in Gaza are facing war for the third time. This time, Operation Protective Edge is killing more civilians than ever. In much of the North American and western...