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Troubled state affairs making polls uncertain PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 12 October 2008

All major parties should work together now

The chief Election Commissioner has declared that the complete voter list would reach their hands by October 12 and the schedule for the elections would be announced on November 1 or 2. The Chief Adviser of the Emergency Government Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed has repeatedly been assuring the nation that the elections would be held on schedule.
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Truth and Accountability Commission PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 11 October 2008

266 but no politician seek clemency so far

Tac set timeline for the ill-gotten wealth owners to confess to their corruption and seek mercy will expire on October 30. TAC Chairman Justice Habibur Rahman Khan on Wednesday said 266 applicants including 22 women have made confession to their corruption and expressed their willingness to surrender the illegal properties to the public exchequer but no politician has applied yet.
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Global financial crunch PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 10 October 2008

Bangladesh to be hard hit

Collapse of the US sub-prime mortgage system resulting in global financial crises has not only engulfed the entire US and European financial and banking system but also affected the global economy. The crux of the problem is that banks and financial institutions have, for many different reasons, gone bankrupt and had to be bailed out by States such as the US government pumping in US$ 700 million into the system and the UK government nationalizing banks and other financial institutions.
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Power, gas price hike PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 October 2008

Agriculture, industries to be hit

The recent move to raise the prices of electricity and gas is indeed an unwarranted move The Emergency Government had already approved a 16 per cent increase in electricity price for distribution agencies with effect from October 1 paving the way for power tariff hike in January.
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Power price hike would mean failure of govt PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 October 2008

The price enhancement of electricity is much to the agony of the consumers. The Energy Regulatory Commission has already decided to raise the price of electricity for wholesale purchasers and distributors at the rate of 16 to 18 per cent. They include Dhaka Power Distribution Company Dhaka Electric Supply Company ,Rural Electrification Board , West Zone Power Distribution Company  etc. Under the BERC law of 2003 the responsibility for taking decision on any proposal for raising the price of electricity and fuel rests with the BERC while the government is responsible for its execution.

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FDI dips by 16 percent PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 October 2008

It relates to stable political system,  infrastructure

FDI in Bangladesh had reportedly fallen by 16 percent over the last one year. This was stated by the World Investment Report which cited political unrests as well as lack of adequate gas and power supply as the main reasons behind such a fall in FDI. The report also stated that Bangladesh has been able to tap into a mere 3.4 percent of the global flow of FDIs.
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More awaited dialogue may end in fiasco PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 October 2008

Though the people were or may be expecting a dialogue between the country's two top leaders that could contribute positively to resolving the political crisis , some others considered the proposal as a futile exercise given their mindsets and the protracted war of attrition. Meanwhile, the issue has taken a new turn with conflicting comments coming from the government, political parties and the initiator of the move.

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Drive for poverty alleviation PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 October 2008

Employment generation thru long term plans need of the hour

According to Bangladesh Economic Outlook report half of rural and one-third of urban households have been forced to reduce their food consumption as the food prices shot up and due to reduction in consumption of food children of about 87 per cent of rural households and 75 per cent of urban households are facing health related problems. It said under-consumption of food due to price hike led to high dropout rate of the school children.
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Deterioration of law and order situation PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 October 2008

More anti-crime drives needed

The rise of incidents of extortion, mugging and other sorts of crimes, mark deterioration in the law and order situation in the city recently which has worried and disturbed the government greatly and prompted it to ask the law enforcers to deal with the law breakers firmly. But no indication of any improvement in the situation is visible yet. Meanwhile, Transport leaders and workers on Friday threatened to paralyze the transport sector by launching tougher protest programmes if the administration fails to stop extortion and provide security.
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Only a little progress in fighting corruption PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 October 2008

CPI 2008

As per corruption index 2008, published worldwide by Transparency International  Bangladesh has been the 10th most corrupted Country among some 180 countries listed in the index. The good thing is that Bangladesh has climbed up three places and the bad thing is that it is still perceived as one of the most corrupted Countries in the world.
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Gas Sector and crisis therein PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 September 2008

According to reports, the gas sector is in utter crisis with the Petrobangla finding no immediate options to manage the situation. With no other economically viable alternative available, gas is the only resource on which both the power and the industrial sectors have become heavily dependent over the last two decades. Also over the last two decades, Bangladesh has neither been very careful nor very meticulous in exploring and exploiting this single natural resource of utmost importance to the Nation.

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Business leaders and politics PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 September 2008

Businesspersons have as much right as anyone else to be concerned about political or any other issues and they have a right to express those views either individually or collectively. As a matter of fact, due to the power of their wealth they are more likely to be heard and their opinions considered more sympathetically by the government as well as politicians, than any other socio-economic group within our polity.

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Import of vehicles should be restricted PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Traffic congestion tackled

Participants of different walks of life in a discussion Saturday urged the government to ban the import of transports for private use in the country to ease the problem of traffic congestion in the capital. They also proposed to keep the roads of the capital free from any obstacles by restricting the movement of private transports and parking of vehicles on the city roads.
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Health policy must be pro poor PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 21 September 2008

The controversial draft health policy is a glowing example of such unwarranted action. So, rightly, Physicians have urged the government not to implement the proposed health policy which, among other things, seeks to privatize the government hospitals and health complexes. They said, if the new health policy is implemented, the government hospitals and health complexes will be handed over to the private sector.

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Govt should remain alert while taking foreign loans PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 20 September 2008

Recently a MOU between the World Bank and the Government of Bangladesh was signed in which the WB would provide a credit of US$ 350 million for setting up power plants in Bangladesh. WB's senior energy specialist Alan.F.Townsend said that several projects, including the setting up of two 300 megawatt power plants, would be implemented from 2008 to 2016 with the money. But it is learnt that several conditions would be attached to the loan although it's a soft-loan for 40 years given under International Development Assistance but neither the Government nor the WB specify, to the media, the conditions under which these loans were obtained.

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Employment generation programme PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 20 September 2008

Move to help poor out of poverty

The employment generation programme for the hardcore poor, seasonal unemployed people and marginalized farmers got off across the country from Monday to help them out of lean-time penury. Names of around a million seasonal unemployed have already been registered in 64 districts and some 1.59 lakh projects have been selected for providing them with works. The caretaker government has undertaken the budgetary measure for employment generation for extreme poor.
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Tri-partite talks for national interest PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2008

The Caretaker Government seeks a tri-partite sit-in to resolve issues of national interest as disclosed by its chief spokeperson. Khaleda Zia, the BNP Chairperson has expressed a rather muted willingness for such talks but the AL has come back strongly against it saying that Sheikh Hasina has to be "permanently" released and that Khaleda Zia has to "seek public apology for all the misdeeds of her regime" before such a dialogue took place.

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Downtrend in remittances from expatriates PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 September 2008

According to reports from Bangladesh Bank, remittances from expatriate Bangladeshis have fallen by about Taka 600 crorer between July and August this year. The key reason cited for such a drastic fall, in remittances, is the unrest created centering Bangladeshi workers in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia over the last few months which led to the expulsion of some 1500 Bangladeshi workers from these two countries.

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Move to establish rule of law PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 15 September 2008

Barrister Rafiqul Haque is an eminent lawyer and when he comments on law and legal aspects he does so with the authority of a lifetime of experiences and knowledge behind him. Recently he said, he worked to release some big politicians charged with corruption by the Emergency Government to establish the rule of law. Doubtless he means well but his comments reflect one particular perspective and other perspectives need to be taken into consideration too. The other perspective is how does one define the rule of law and what constitutes rule of law.

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On Non-government Organizations PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 September 2008

in practice most of the NGOs are engaged in various businesses which have little if anything to do with development of Bangladesh or of its people. Nonetheless NGOs continue to exist and operate in large numbers in the Country. Recently the Emergency Government has been trying to get some of the Country's largest and most renowned NGOs to cooperate with it in key development and rehabilitation projects but these NGOs are ill disposed to do so considering that the profits to be gained out of such involvements are not large and lucrative enough. One such ongoing project is the rehabilitation of some 30,000 children engaged in different risky jobs.

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Govt inertia during last few months PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 September 2008

No significant performance of the government is noticeable during the last six months. Inflation, unemployment and the constantly rising prices of essential commodities are eating away at the core of our people's ability to survive . We are not provided with requisite electricity, gas, water and all the other utilities so necessary for living in urban, sub-urban and even in rural areas.

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