• Saturday, November 01, 2014

Editorial

Editorial

Faking freedom fighter identity

WE are appalled that a top leader of the war heroes' platform, Muktijoddha Sangsad, has been found to be a fraud with a fake freedom fighters' certificate, according to a probe by the ACC.   The malpractice of using forged certificates by people in positions of power has become pervasive and is a cause of grave concern for the nation. The ACC last month identified five high-ranking government officials, including three incumbent secretaries, who obtained fake freedom fighter certificates. Another...

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Urbanisation ignores the poor

OVER 10 per cent of the population live in the capital city and some 532 urban growth centres concentrated in a little over 11,000 square kilometres of the total landmass, contributing to over 60 per cent of the GDP. It is sad to witness that 4 out of 10 poor people in Dhaka city live in slums having little access to the basic amenities of modern life. These include lack of sanitation, access to educational and health facilities, security,...

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Published Date: October 31, 2014
Jamaat's 3-day hartal

THE 3-day hartal called by Jamaat, which will, in essence, put the country on a six-day hiatus, is totally unacceptable. The party must respect the verdict given by the International War Crimes Tribunal and follow due process of the law. If it disagrees with the death sentence, it can appeal against the verdict, as it has done in all previous cases, instead of imposing hartals and causing immeasurable sufferings to common people. The party iscurrently, on one hand, partaking in...

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Published Date: October 31, 2014
Upholding children's rights

IN a recent meeting attended by the government, human rights bodies and the United Nations Population Fund, the complex issue of protecting children's rights was discussed in detail. What emerged was that not one but several interventions are needed in tandem if rights of children and adolescents were to be protected. With more than half the urban and 7 out of 10 rural women ending up in child marriages and nearly 1 in 8 girls giving birth before the...

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Published Date: October 30, 2014
Nizami brought to justice

WITH the International Crimes Tribunal-1 sentencing Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami to death, another top leader of the party gets his comeuppance. He adds to the list of five other infamously high-profile convicts marking an advanced stage in the long-awaited trial process as a whole. Nizami has been found guilty in 8 of the 16 charges leveled against him after 22-month-long trial proceedings marked by hurdles. Those included tribunal reconstitution, rehearing of the closing arguments and deferment of verdict by...

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Published Date: October 30, 2014
City unsafe for women

A recent nationwide survey carried out by ActionAid has unveiled some disturbing facts. Nearly half the respondents are of the opinion that women face harassment in public places and 9 out of 10 women experience one form of sexual harassment or another in crowded places such as public transportation hubs. With most women preferring to avoid making a formal complaint to law enforcement agencies due to cumbersome procedures that are perceived to be stacked against the complainant, the practice...

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Published Date: October 29, 2014
Reversing trend on child marriage

THE recently concluded Bangladesh Girl Summit jointly organized by the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, BRAC and DFID hoped to provide a platform where children and adolescent activists can play a proactive role in the prevention of  child marriages. The summit, the first of its kind to be organized in the country brought together diverse viewpoints on how best to combat the age-old  practice of parents marrying off their children before they finish secondary schooling. What has been brought...

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Published Date: October 29, 2014
Highway robbery apparition

A heart-rending incident of   banditry and carnage took place at Madhuklali point under Faridpur district on the Dhaka-Jessore highway at the wee hours of night into Sunday. A felled tree had been placed across the road   forcing three vehicles to stop near the Ariakandi bridge as the dacoits with arms swooped on one of them. They robbed passengers of their money as they hacked their way out critically injuring several passengers. They carried out   the mayhem completely unchallenged. In such...

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Published Date: October 28, 2014
Charges against BNP leaders lack credibility

ARREST of 63 BNP workers including the president of Jubo Dal betrays the unwarranted treatment of the AL of its political opponent. Not only have the BNP workers been charged under the Special Powers Act, six of them have also been taken on remand.   The reason given by the police for the arrest is unacceptable. To say the least, suspicion of 'planning to instigate' is very tenuous, if not ludicrous, and does not stand up to legal scrutiny. And...

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Published Date: October 28, 2014
UPs inactive standing committees

APPROXIMATELY 90 percent of the Union Parishads (UP) do not have functional standing committees. These committees are crucially important for the discharge of mandatory responsibilities of elected UPs. In the first place, 13 committees that are to be part and parcel of each UP and devoted to different concerns -- education, health, family planning, social welfare, disaster management, agriculture, fisheries and livestock -- are non-functional. In the second, their importance lies in the fact that they comprise of elected representatives...