• Tuesday, December 23, 2014

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Big salary raise for public servants

THE Pay and Service Commission has proposed a 100 percent hike on salaries of public servants on average, which, if implemented, would raise the government spending on salary and allowance by 63.7 percent. The proposal also recommended that the government provide additional benefits to its employees, including mandatory health insurance, a flat and, for officers of grade three and above, car loan facilities. In principle, we are for reasonable and attractive incentive packages for government employees. We are also heartened...

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Plight of Dalits

THE horrific form of oppression carried out against the Dalit community came to light in a public hearing organised by right groups on Sunday. The community scattered across the country has increasingly been falling victim to various forms of injustice and discrimination by the 'socially privileged.' This sheer display of negligence shown to a lower caste is reflective of prejudice that shouldn't have any place in modern day society. It is primarily a social vice to stigmatise a class of people....

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Published Date: December 22, 2014
Chilling truths about political degeneracy

MAY be our political parties, especially the ruling party, won't see eye to eye with the diagnosis of the Brac Institute of Governance and Development about multi-party democracy having degenerated in an ascending order over the last three decades. But this finds resonance with what we in the media have known and dilated on through our reports, analyses and comments. Public perception too is no different, as is reflected by opinion polls from time to time. The Brac report aptly...

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Published Date: December 22, 2014
The Shitalakkhya's plight

IF pictures speak a thousand words then the one carried by this newspaper on the front page yesterday showing the condition of a major river speaks volumes. The unscrupulous sand traders have filled in almost half of the Shitalakkhya east of the Kanchpur Bridge creating an artificial bend.     It speaks volumes about man's greed overriding the need to protect one's national resources. It speaks volumes about how the lead agency in this regard -- the BIWTA -- has turned...

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Published Date: December 21, 2014
Imperilled trafficked workers

This year alone, we have witnessed an alarming increase in trafficking and smuggling of Bangladeshi migrant jobseekers through the Bay of Bengal under false promises of jobs. A recent report by the UNHCR estimates that 53,000 people from Bangladesh and Myanmar have attempted the unsafe sea passage to Malaysia and Thailand this year, during which 540 people died from beatings, starvation or dehydration. As we observed another International Migrants' Day on December 18, it has become more imperative than...

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Published Date: December 21, 2014
Consumers pay heftily for LPG

For more than five years now, the government has failed to arrest artificial price mark-up by private companies who deal in liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) used by consumers in the country. It defies understanding how the state-owned Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) sells a cylinder at Tk. 700 while private companies sell the same at Tk. 1,450. Going by what has been reported in this newspaper, we understand that companies and not consumers are getting the benefit of the annual...

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Published Date: December 20, 2014
Shipping minister's out of turn comments

THE observations of the house committee on forest and environment ministry, deploring Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan's remarks that the oil spill in the Sundarbans would not adversely affect the world's largest mangrove forest and its biodiversity, echoes our feelings.   The shipping minister has been known for his out of turn comments. And oftentimes he forgets that he firstly represents the people as a minister and instead puts on his labour leader's hat. The most recent was his comment after...

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Published Date: December 20, 2014
Tannery relocation making headway

WE note with a degree of optimism that the overall process of relocating 155 tanneries from Hazaribagh, where these were polluting the environment severely, to Savar, is moving ahead. At long last, the 11-year gridlock on the crucial agenda shows a sign of breaking. Some physical progress has been reported from the relocation site. Clearly, there is a palpable need to fast-track overall project implementation as the deadline of completion by June, 2015 is close at hand. The statistics speak...

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Published Date: December 19, 2014
Heinous attack on hills people

INDIGENOUS people of Naniarchar upazila of Rangamati whose houses and shops were ransacked and torched and temple looted allegedly by some Bengali settlers on Tuesday have refused to accept relief materials and cash provided by the administration. They rather demanded that before everything else, their houses and shops be rebuilt and given assurance against any further attack of this kind in the future. The local indigenous population's sentiments and fears are not without grounds. The nature of the damage done...

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Published Date: December 19, 2014
Field study without fund allocation?

THE so-called study launched by the forest department in an attempt to ascertain what impact the oil spill has had on the environment is turning out ludicrous. Not only has there been no financial allocation made for a serious impact assessment study to be conducted, we are told that the forest department is yet to take any real steps to arrest the continued degradation of the ecology of the Sundarbans. Precious time is being lost due to inaction. It...

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