• Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Opinion

Saarc energy cooperation

THE 5th Saarc Energy Ministers Meeting has finalised the Saarc Framework Agreement for Energy Cooperation. Although Pakistan was missing from the meet, seven out of eight Saarc member countries have now come on board on sharing energy resource across borders. This is undoubtedly a very welcome step in the right direction given that it paves the way for member countries to buy and sell electricity as per individual country's needs. Signing of the framework is due to take place...

Natural gas price adjustment initiative

Natural gas price adjustment initiative

NATURAL gas has been the major primary energy input in the country for industrial, business and domestic consumers. Since the late 1960s, pipeline gas connections have been extended to domestic users, mainly in the urban areas, with the objective of expanding commercial uses of natural gas. At present, approximately 2 million domestic consumers...

Will Didi flex muscles against Modi?

PASCHIMBANGA Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, popularly known as Didi, is very fond of flexing muscles. She first demonstrated her muscle power by opposing the Teesta water sharing agreement with Bangladesh in 2012. Manmohan, then heading a coalition government, returned to Delhi without signing the highly publicized Teesta agreement. Didi triumphed. During the last general election, Didi challenged the Election Commission (EC) for ordering the transfer of four IPS and three IAS officers in Paschimbanga without consulting her. She publicly declared,...

Pias Karim: A different perspective

Pias Karim: A different perspective

I never thought I would write an obituary for Pias Karim, who was much younger than me. I came to know him some 35 years ago, when he was a diehard leftist, both in conviction and in practice. He accompanied me on the maiden trip his elder sister made to my home town...

SATELLITE CHANNELS AND MOVIES

Protection of culture or protectionism?

UPON a writ petition, the High Court Division (HCD) of the Supreme Court has asked the government to explain why three Indian satellite channels would not be barred from being telecast in Bangladesh. What the HCD would ultimately do in this legal battle is purely a matter of law to be settled by the HCD and it is not in any way the intention of this column to comment on the legal merits of the petition pending before the...

Is presidential clemency possible for war criminals?

LAW, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq on Sunday stressed the need for bringing an amendment to the constitution so that the convicted war criminals cannot get president's clemency in future. He said that former president Abdur Rahman Biswas had pardoned war crimes convict Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed. In the minister's view it cannot be ensured that the convicted war criminals would not get presidential pardon without amending the constitution. He said he would raise the...

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Parliament and judiciary: Striking a balance

Parliament and judiciary: Striking a balance

A Supreme Court (SC) lawyer recently filed a writ petition with the High Court challenging the legality of the 16th Amendment made to the Constitution of the People's Republic of Bangladesh regarding the removal of SC judges based on incapacity and misconduct (The Daily Star, 15/10/14). The amendment allows the parliament to impeach...

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THE NEW GLOBAL ECONOMY

Published Date: October 20, 2014
China's vicious growth circle

China's vicious growth circle

MOST economists have a reason to be worried about China's economy -- whether it be low consumption and large external surpluses, industrial overcapacity, environmental degradation, or government interventions like capital controls or financial repression. What many fail to recognise is that these are merely the symptoms of a single underlying problem: China's skewed...

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Diamond Jubilee of National Press Club

TODAY, October 20, the National Press Club celebrates its Diamond Jubilee (60th Birth Anniversary). As a witness to its evolution here are some nostalgic snapshots of my six decades long association with the National Press Club. In 1962, it brought out a historic procession, led by the legendary editor of Daily Azad Moulana Mohammad Akram Khan, protesting the repressive Press and Publications Act promulgated by the Martial Law regime of Ayub Khan. The government was forced to abrogate the law...

Published Date: October 20, 2014
'Our government is focusing on empowering women'

'Our government is focusing on empowering women'

The Daily Star (TDS): The government has taken quite a few positive steps to enact pro-women laws and policies. Which areas do you think the ministry needs to focus on more now? Meher Afroz Chumki (MAC): When it came to power, the government undertook initiatives for women's empowerment keeping in mind the MDGs. Now...