• Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Editorial

Editorial

When will pleasure trips end?

IN a country where thousands of crores of taka is siphoned off from banks without so much as whimper from the government, spending a sum of ten crores by Rajuk on wasteful trips, euphemistically called study tours, may look like pittance. But the issue is more fundamental than the sum involved. It is the planned and calculated manner of misusing public money by persons in high places of a government institution that is the point at issue. And unless...

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JCD feuding spills out

OUTRAGED at the announcemment of the formation of JCD's new central committee, the faction feeling aggreived by the decision reacted violently. The reason behind such fierce expression of dissent has had to do with apparently not pursuing democratic procedure to form student body's new central committee. It didn't even spare vandalising the party's central office. The persuausive words of some central leaders fell on deaf ears on the infighting student activists. JCD's election rules were allegedly violated. In one instance,...

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Published Date: October 20, 2014
Declaring people non grata

A very insidious precedent has been set by the situation evolving out of the denial by Chhatra Sangram Parishad to take Piash Karim's body to the Shaheed Minar. The reason was that the views of the late professor on certain national issues were not in accord with that of the students' body. The matter did not stop there. Nine eminent persons including several journalists and educationists have been declared persona non grata in the Shaheed Minar by the said...

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Published Date: October 20, 2014
Trafficked Bangladeshis in Thai jungle

OBVIOUSLY lured by enticement of jobs desperate Bangladeshis often fall prey to traps laid out by wily traffickers. The latter promise something to the job-seekers but once in their clutch, they will be bandied about like chattels as though in an insidious version of modern-day slave trade. The case in point is the discovery of 37,53 and 81, largely Bangladeshi victims, in the last  month and on October 11 and 13 respectively in Thai jungles. They were enticed by job...

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Published Date: October 19, 2014
Kalam's inspiring words

What could be a more propitious conjunction of events than the 110th birth anniversary of MCC&I, Dhaka, kicking it off with a celebration of the youth in a dialogue with 700 university students and that addressed by the iconic former Indian President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. The outcome was suffused with inspirational messages of which Abdul Kalam is a brilliant wordsmith that have had a spellbinding effect on the youth. We thank the MCC&I, Dhaka for bringing the friend-philosopher-guide...

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Published Date: October 19, 2014
CHT Peace Accord

Despite repeated promises, the government is yet to take concrete steps to ensure the full implementation of the CHT Peace Accord 1997. Almost 17 years have passed since its signing, but human rights violations and land occupation, instead of being addressed, is increasing at an alarming rate in the region. According to indigenous groups and human rights organisations, even the most basic demands in the accord have not been addressed. For instance, even though the government was supposed to hand...

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Published Date: October 18, 2014
Limon's ordeal ends

AFTER more than three years of hell, the tribulation of a hapless boy of 19 has come to an end. While Limon's legal battle might be over we wonder whether he has got justice. Can the state recompense his losses in any meaningful way? On the brighter side, Limon should consider himself lucky he has lost a leg only; more unfortunate victims of police coercion are not alive to tell their tale. Limon was made the target of deliberate victimisation...

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Published Date: October 18, 2014
Falling birth rate

AN outstanding improvement has taken place in containing birth rate in urban slums. It has dropped from 2.5 in 2006 to 2.0 in 2013. For non-slum and semi-urban women the rate is 1.7 per mother. If this trend persists, we are looking at equalisation of birth and death rates after the population reaches 18 to 18.5 crore mark. Therefore, the existing projection of our population stabilising after it peaks in the next 20 years at 22 crore can be...

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Published Date: October 17, 2014
Sagar-Runi murder investigation

IT is absolutely disheartening that the progress in the investigation of the most gruesome killing of the journalist couple has made no progress at all. It has been 32 months that the couple was brutally murdered, and from what we can glean from media reports, the investigating authority has come to a cul-de-sac. Such a pathetic status of a sensitive case, which has seen the regime of three home ministers, is absolutely unacceptable. Not only because they were members of...

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Published Date: October 17, 2014
Felling of roadside trees

A good number of mature Mahogany and Rain trees along the highways linking Jhenidah to Chuadanga and Jessore are reportedly being indiscriminately felled by loggers. Flouting the rules, these valuable timber trees have allegedly been sold by the Ziila parishad administrator at nominal prices depriving the public purse, on the one hand, and to the detriment of the environment, on the other. What appears from this disconcerting report from the southwestern part of the country is that the public official...