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City, Municipality Polls primarily a success PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 August 2008

Election under CG

The polls to four city corporations and nine pourasabhas were held peacefully marking the completion of the first phase of the electoral process under this government. The most important aspect of these is that after a long time the voters turned up in huge number enthusiastically and were able to exercise their voting rights in an ambience free from fear, threat and intimidation.
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Functioning of TAC questioned PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 August 2008

The newly formed Truth and Accountability Commission(TAC) on its operation issued a public notification asking people concerned to voluntarily admit corruption, deposit their ill-gotten wealth and assets to the state exchequer and be forgiven in return. Launched for a five-month term the much talked about TAC, will allow corrupt suspects to seek mercy by voluntarily confessing to their graft, and by depositing their ill-gotten wealth.

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In hope of an effective SAARC Summit PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 August 2008

The 15th summit of the eight-member South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation opened in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo today though expectations are not very high. When the regional association was formed way back in 1985, there were high hopes that effective cooperation between the member states would change the face of South Asia where nearly one and half billion of the world’s population lives.

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Fuel consumption declines PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 August 2008

CNG use could avert consequences of dirty oil trade

Consumption of high prices octane and petrol has reportedly halved since the recent hike in retail prices. The reasons are: high prices and conversion to compressed natural gas We can now reasonably hope that with this downswing in consumption and the hike in prices BPC''s losses would come down to a minimum and, keeping with the international price fluctuations, it would be able to cut prices also.
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Making SAARC summit meaningful PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008

Against the backdrop of incomplete summits long on promises but short in results, we place our faith in Dhaka’s official assessment that this time the summit was productive and business-oriented. India’s decision to dismantle all trade barriers for all its SAARC partners looks a good beginning and indicates change of mind in the Indian establishment. Given the necessary goodwill it will be possible to build on this major breakthrough.

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Holding of upazila polls PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

Govt could have a compromising attitude towards major political parties

A proposal placed by AL presidium member Amir Hossain Amu on July 28 called for holding the elections to the parliament and upazillas simultaneously on the same day. This proposal has come against the backdrop of a political crisis caused by continued difference and strain in the relations between the government and the major parties. The crux of the political crisis is the discord between the government and the political parties on the timing of the holding of upazila polls and lifting of the emergency.
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Legitimacy of the Emergency PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

The High Court has recently struck down two ordinances signed by the President on the contention that the Emergency Government "has no authority to enact any law which is not related to election and emergency issues". Lawyers are saying that other ordinances, if challenged before the High Court may also be cancelled or annulled in the same way and for the same reasons.

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Employment of foreign medics PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

Interest of local ones be given priority

Appointment of foreign doctors and nurses in the private hospitals and clinics of Bangladesh has recently drawn attention of the government. With a view to controlling and streamlining such appointments, the ministry of health has almost finalized a set of guidelines to this effect. When approved, the foreign doctors and nurses would have to take registration from the Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council and the Directorate of Nursing respectively for being employed in any local private health facility in the country.
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Defeating Graft thruí legal procedure PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Bangladesh has recently been ranked as one of the most corrupt nations in the world. But it is not possible to curb corruption by filing indiscriminate cases or holding meetings in different districts, ACC Chief told an opinion exchange meeting with government officials on institutional initiative to prevent corruption, at the Deputy Commissioner‘s office at Naogaon. Patriotism and accountability of government officials are necessary to make the nation corruption free.

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Bangladesh should claim its legitimate sea territory PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Bangladesh has unfortunately failed to stop India and Myanmar encroaching upon its maritime territory. The seismic survey of Bangladesh’s territorial sea line has now become crucial as a UN set deadline for lodging maritime claims is to expire in next three years exposing Bangladesh to risks of losing a vast territory in the Bay of Bengal. Bangladesh signed by the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea called in 2001 and under the law we are obligated to lodge our claim on the maritime boundary by 2011.

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Bribery scandal scars Lok Sabha vote PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 July 2008

One of the striking features of Indian Democracy is that the politicians will continue to rule India either from the ruling party or from the opposition bench.  The government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh won a crucial trust vote in parliament, but Indian democracy took a huge beating. The mud slinging ahead of the vote that culminated in opposition lawmakers waving wads of money in parliament, which they said were offered to them as bribes to buy their support, has scarred the Indian polity forever.

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The Idea Of Truth Commission PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 July 2008

Unlike Truth Commission established by Nelson Mandela in South Africa, the Truth Commission in Bangladesh comes with a twist, the purpose being to quickly dispose of certain types of criminal offences involving defalcation and looting of public wealth. As to why the Emergency Government is in such a hurry to dispose off such serious offences related to corruption, is difficult to understand and even more difficult to support particularly when there are existing "laws of the land" to deal with such offences in due course of time and through due processes.

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Service delivery by local govt. thru' accountability PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 July 2008

It is striking that in consultations with the public, local government invariably appears near the top of people's aspirations, and the country's civil society strongly advocates it. Yet very little progress has been made, primarily because the political class views the emergence of independent local government as a threat.  With over 150 million people, Bangladesh is one of the world's largest countries with a unitary government.

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Encouraging use of solar energy PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 July 2008

In a country like Bangladesh where 90 per cent of the population lives in rural areas, it is quite vital for any government to meet the energy needs of the vast region. There is a very little scope to increase net cropped area. Agriculture is the major sector of national economy. It employs 77% of labour force and accounts for about 45% of the GDP. The total tree covered forest of Bangladesh is 18% of total area.

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Putting an end to extra-judicial killings PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 21 July 2008

The death of Mashiul Alam Sentu, a prominent Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal leader in a shootout with RAB members on Wednesday has once again brought the issue of extra-judicial killings to the fore. He is the latest addition to the long list of people who have lost their lives in similar fashion. Bangladeshi brand of miscreants, criminals and terrorists must be rank amateurs.

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On fertilizer crisis PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 20 July 2008

Fertilizer shortage has been a regular feature in almost every peak planting season over the past 18 months . As has been pointed out and proved before, one of the major reasons for the crunch has been the absence of a sensible coordination between relevant agencies and timely distribution so that farmers get what they need during the peak cultivation season.

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On unopposed release of Nizami PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 19 July 2008

Matiur Rahman Nizami's release on a two-month interim bail in the GATCO case Tuesday evening has raised many eyebrows. What is curious, however, is the decision of the military-controlled government and the Anti-Corruption Commission to not move the Appellate Division for a stay on the High Court's order, as they have done in the case of Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia and two other accused in the case.

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Water-logging in the capital PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 July 2008

A section of real-estate developers, govt employees responsible

Adviser CS Karim, on Monday expressed his government's inability to tackle Dhaka's fast intensifying water-logging problem without the help of the residents. 'Everything is being occupied gradually and we do not know whether it is a curse of development or a curse of unplanned urbanisation,' he remarked at a public forum. While confusion over this issue may linger for unknown reasons among those in power, it is clear to us that it is millions of ordinary working class people who live along the periphery of the capital who are the worst sufferers as a result of water logging.
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Google's dominant role PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 July 2008

TEN years after it was founded in a Californian garage by Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Google has become the dominant player in the global online advertising market and one of the biggest multinational companies in the world.

Brin and Page return to the MediaGuardian 100 this year, having made way in last year's list for their company's chief executive, Eric Schmidt.
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Let interest of the citizens be saved PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 July 2008

The change that came with the caretaker administration taking office was characterized by marked improvement in the law and order situation in the country. However, by far the greater achievement that came with the changeover was that the unstoppable downward slide that had set in prior to the cut-off date of one-eleven did instantly screech to a halt.

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Check posts need to be taken care of PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Crimes surge alarmingly

Incidents of murder, mugging and rape have increased significantly in the capital over the last three months. While the police have reportedly stepped up their vigil and have made a few breakthroughs in apprehending the alleged perpetrators of serious crimes in recent times, we are yet to see a decrease in crime.  A particularly gruesome act was the murder of two minor school boys after sexual assault in Dhaka's Moghbazar area last April.
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