• Friday, September 19, 2014

Editorial

Editorial

16th amendment to the constitution

THE Jatiya Sangsad (JS) on Wednesday passed the 16th amendment to the constitution empowering parliament to impeach apex court judges for their misdemeanour or incapacity. It may be recalled that we had earlier critiqued in this column the cabinet's approving of the proposal on August 18 for this constitutional amendment. It's indeed a fateful moment in the nation's history since the bedrock of principles of separation of powers and the checks and balances between the three organs of the state...

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Hartal uncalled for and condemnable

THE two-day of hartal called by the Jamaat-e-Islami and that too 24-hour long ones are totally unacceptable. The court has given a verdict against accused Delwar Hossain Sayedee and it must be respected by all, including the party he belongs to. Hartals called and enforced by Jamaat during the last quarter of 2013 caused immeasurable suffering to both the people and the economy. The party's agitation programme is linked to organised terrorism and it cost the lives of 65...

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Published Date: September 18, 2014
SC verdict against Sayedee

THE Supreme Court in a verdict on Wednesday sentenced Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee to imprisonment till death for his crimes against humanity in 1971. While the victims' families and many others may not find it satisfactory we we accept this judgment which has been pronounced by majority opinion of a full bench of the Appellate Division. It has been delivered at the end of a long process of adjudication during which 48 days of hearings were held by...

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Published Date: September 18, 2014
Significant improvement in health sector

AS per a global study, Bangladesh has come out as one of 10 countries that have made commendable progress in improving child and maternal health. With child mortality falling significantly from 151 to 53 per 1,000 live births over a two-decade period, we welcome the continued efforts of primary health services in these areas. And it is not just children who have benefitted from better quality services; maternal mortality rates have also dropped markedly by 66 per cent over...

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Published Date: September 17, 2014
Deaths in shootouts

REPORTS of persons suspected or accused of serious crimes dying in gunfights with law-enforcement agencies are again in the news. Take, for example, the death of Shah Alam alias Kailla Babu at Moghbazar in the city on Monday. Police say, during an arms recovery operation he was killed in an exchange of fire with the law-enforcers. But some locals who reside near the scene of the said gunfight gave quite a different version of the incident to reporters.         Last Sunday,...

Editorial

Published Date: September 17, 2014
Authorities' Eid promises

EVERY year around this time authorities give out blazing outlines about how law and order shall be maintained during Eid festivities. And practically every year we see a deficit in implementation. Precisely how this year it will be different is something to be seen. The usual promises have been made regarding prevention of extortion of cattle traders coming to Dhaka. Yet only yesterday, the lead item in a national Bangla daily has pointed out that the bulk of the...

Editorial

Published Date: September 16, 2014
Eviction from railway land

WE agree that railway lands must be freed of illegal grabbers and encroachment. And no one can take issue with the authorities for taking actions to ensure the safety of the railway tracks and the safety of the railway passengers. But we certainly take issue with the method of the drive which commenced recently to free railway lands. It is, to say the least, highhanded and most inhuman. We feel that the slum dwellers as well as the many...

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Published Date: September 16, 2014
Jaywalking across flyovers!

IF one has viewed our yesterday's photo series of jaywalking by pedestrians along the Gulistan-Jatrabari flyover near Tikatuili then one must have had a chill running through one's spine. The photos showed cluster of pedestrians risking their lives while scaling over and slipping through the divider along the flyover. This kind of crossing is not only unlawful but also dangerous as one is likely get hit by a wheezing vehicle any minute. In case of a flyover, a fast travelling...

Editorial

Published Date: September 15, 2014
Save the moribund city

WE have used this space repeatedly over last several years to flag the dire straits that the capital city is in and the bleak prospect of its future as a city worth inhabiting. It already is the second worst city as far as the livable index is concerned and given the services rendered to the people living in Dhaka city, one wonders if things can get any worse for those nearly fifteen million of us who happen to endure...

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Published Date: September 15, 2014
Poor's access to justice

NEEDLESS to say,ensuring justice  to  poor multitudes  in our country should be a part and parcel of  our quest for establishing  a  rights based society. While there are efforts to alleviate poverty,implying a modicum of economic justice,they remain vulnerable to other forms of injustices in the social arena. A survey on the poor under a DFID supported Community Legal Service(CLS) programme  has revealed  that  95 percent  are unable to lodge FIR and 73 percent  to file a general diary.More than...