• Sunday, September 21, 2014

Opinion

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When Chinese dragon meets the Indian elephant!

President Xi Jinping of China just concluded a three day visit to India. The Chinese dragon came to the shores of India to meet the elephant. What has been the outcome of the visit? The world including Bangladesh is assessing this important visit and trying to see what these two giants have gained or lost. The visit itself was much anticipated. President Xi Jinping had recently come into supreme power in China and India's Prime Minister Modi had also...

Byline

A toast to strategic health

Once is never enough in the carefully crafted, meticulously guarded language of diplomacy. It is repetition which sets the pace. In his formal address at the banquet hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee, Chinese President Xi Jinping said he was convinced that a “China-India strategic and cooperative partnership will make even bigger progress and contribute to an even brighter future for our two countries and to progress and prosperity of this region and the world at large”. And then, in...

Scotland's choice: A triumph for democracy

The Kingdom of Great Britain was formed in 1707 through the union of England and Scotland. The Congress of the United States of America adopted a unilateral declaration of independence on July 4, 1776 and fought the Revolutionary War against Great Britain. Britain was defeated decisively in Yorktown in 1781 and recognized the independence of the United States in 1783. Ireland joined with Great Britain in 1801 to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. On January 21,...

War crimes trial and transparency of justice

War crimes trial and transparency of justice

It has been said that war crimes trials arise from high expectations that cannot possibly be met. Perhaps the Bangladesh war crimes trials have also raised such expectations…. We do know that in a self-respecting nation it is imperative that criminals who aided and abetted atrocities and crimes against humanity cannot, are not,...

Revisiting micro-credit

Many, including most donors, have recognized the important role that microcredit plays in poverty alleviation. In 2006, Prof. Muhammad Yunus, the champion of the microcredit concept, and the Grameen Bank, the pioneering microcredit institution, were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize "for their efforts … to create economic and social development from below". According to the Nobel Committee, “Yunus and Grameen Bank have shown that even the poorest of the poor can work to bring about their own development". Yet...

Ecological backlash: A blow for a blow

The system of Earth values many of us embrace is a rather narrow view of humans in the environment and an even narrower view of the purpose of nature. The main tenets of this view are: (1) The Earth has an unlimited supply of resources and it's all for us; (2) we are apart from nature and immune to natural laws; (3) and our success derives from the control of nature. Believing in the above tenets and consequently the need...

STRAIGHT LINE

Published Date: September 20, 2014
The perilous modus operandi

ENFORCEMENT aberrations in the form of deaths in doubtful encounters with lawmen has once again surfaced giving rise to justifiable concern. For understandable reason the media has once again taken a serious cognizance of the vexed subject of so called crossfire deaths and has questioned the legal sustainability and administrative credibility of this action. There are claims that such deaths resulted from actions that were legally permissible. We are, therefore, faced with a situation that warrants a pragmatic analysis...

BETWEEN THE LINES

Published Date: September 20, 2014
A weak prime minister

I did my duty” is the defence of former Prime Minister to the charge that he was aware of corruption taking place in the mobile (2G spectrum) and sale of coal mines and did not do anything to stop the corrupt deals going through. That he himself is above board goes without saying but it does not absolve him conniving at open corruption going on under his nose. The report by the former Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Ray is...

Published Date: September 20, 2014
Listing of Freedom Fighters

THE government has decided to make new list of Freedom Fighters (FFs). It seems that the embarrassment of the FFs will never end. In the first place the whole process of enlisting FFs initially was shocking. The responsibility was given to Muktijoddha Sangsad at district and upazila levels. Those who were in the Sangsad were juniors or not FFs at all in 1971. Some of those were Razakars or anti-liberation elements during the Liberation War. The wartime commanders and...

BITTER TRUTH

Published Date: September 20, 2014
Save tiger, save the Sundarbans

Save tiger, save the Sundarbans

WHILE addressing the inaugural ceremony of the 2nd Global Tiger Stocktaking Conference 2014 in Dhaka, Prime Minister Sk. Hasina has appealed to the global communities to come forward for saving the tigers worldwide by saving the nature.   In Bangladesh Sundarbans is the only abode of Royal Bengal Tigers.Unhappily, Sunderban's Royal Bengal Tiger is...