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Truth and Accountability Commission PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 May 2008

A welcome gesture indeed

Truth and Accountability Commission is a welcome gesture by the caretaker government. The trial of graft cases in not-so-transparent manner has raised eyebrows in the society. The lower trial courts often see the main accused not being produced on lame excuses, thus apparently delaying the process. On the other hand, the higher judiciary appears to be divided over judgments, which has shaken confidence of the people on dispensation of justice from the apex courts.
On formation of National Security Council PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

The Home Ministry has reportedly circulated a paper among all other ministries suggesting formation of a Cabinet Committee on National Security,  a National Security Council and a Joint Intelligence Unit to counter terrorist threats in a coordinated way. Interestingly at a time when the Home Ministry and some people are demanding the NSC a study conducted by Global Peace Index, an independent think tank, has ranked Bangladesh as the most peaceful country in the region.

Food and fuel pricing must be taken into consideration PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 May 2008

Preparing budget

The recent talk between the finance adviser and the business leaders at Hotel Sonargaon in the capital perhaps sheds a little light on preparation of a balanced budget. Issues related  to business, price spiraling and agriculture figured in the talk. The Finance Adviser did not forget about agriculture and assured that subsidies will continue and, also, there would be schemes to raise the income of the poor.
Let tree plantation be a success PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 May 2008

The government has set a target to plant 10 crore saplings across the country under public and private initiatives during the forthcoming rainy season. This is a welcoming programme. Again, the time of tree plantation has been extended from one month to three months this year considering the importance of plantation in the changed climate situation. Forestation is urgently necessary for our very survival.

CG should meticulously prepare next budget PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

The caretaker government(CG) must take extra caution to prepare the national budget 2008-09 in such a way that the democratic administration does not find it embarrassed to implement it. Rates of growth in the agricultural sector should not continue to lag behind those in manufacturing and services as it did in 2007-08. It is still feared that high inflation could entrench itself since the central bank has not tightened monetary policy and is unlikely to do in the near future.

Let it be a fruitful dialogue PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 May 2008

Finally the long awaited trumpeted dialogue kicks off. The entire fate of the poll roadmap announced by the government depends on its outcome. We appeal to both the sides to act responsibly this time so that the talks do not fumble and fail leading to stability of the state.

Focus on agriculture must to reduce poverty PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2008

Bangladesh is primarily an agrarian economy. Agriculture is the single largest producing sector of economy since it comprises about 30% of the country’s GDP and employing around 60% of the total labour force. According to the report, GDP growth originating in agriculture is about four times more effective in reducing poverty than GDP growth originating in other sectors.

Manpower export abroad PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

It is very sad to note that some Bangladeshi agencies tarnished country’s image regarding manpower export to Malaysia. Punitive steps must be taken against these agencies through proper investigation so none dares to indulge in such anti-state acts. They caused a great loss for the nation and dimmed all prospects of our hard-working workers going there and earning precious foreign exchange for our country.

Energy crisis hangs over PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

With oil prices climbing dramatically, it is just a matter of time before its mighty waves hit Bangladesh also. There is something very mysterious about the galloping oil prices.. Before the oil embargo of 1973, oil price was hardly two dollars a barrel, in 1995-96 it was between ten and twelve dollars and now it is 128 with experts predicting 150 to 200 in not-too-distant a future.

The disabled deserve due share PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 May 2008

The Chief Adviser, Dr Fakharuddin Ahmed at a conference recently gave a clarion call to people of different social strata  to contribute in a bigger way to the welfare of the disabled as part of their social obligation. He was speaking at a reception to mentally retarded sportsmen and women in the city on Saturday. It is highly encouraging to note 48 mentally challenged sports persons clinched 71 medals including 32 of gold in Shanghai Special World Olympic Games last year.

Right steps must to halt train accidents PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 18 May 2008

No breakthrough in curbing train accidents though one followed the other in short gap of time has yet been achieved in the country. On 16th April 1853, the first train in the Indian subcontinent set off from Bombay for twenty-one mile trundle down to Thane. Since then train travel has been a cheap and convenient means of travel for the people of Bangladesh and the rest of the SAARC region.

Rajuk could implement Uttara Project PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 17 May 2008

We now hear of a residential project, now under implementation by Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakha that is set to dot the Dhaka horizon. The nine square kilometer project is known as the Uttara third phase. RAJUK has promised serene and peaceful environment, all modern facilities and an infrastructure designed to accommodate future demands. Dhanmondi, Mohammadpur and Mirpur Dhanmondi, Banani, Gulshan, Baridhara and Uttara all have become almost like slums with a degree of commercialization that is sickening.

Prioritizing environmental issues PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 16 May 2008

A disaster-ridden world looms as a result of climate change due to environmental pollution and other harmful effects of economic activities today. More and more people in our country are migrating from rural areas to urban locations because of frequent natural disasters such as floods and cyclones, which wreak havoc in the rural areas causing death and destroying houses and shelters of the poorer people, making the regions unlivable .

Proper agriculture policy must to boost farm output PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 May 2008

There was a time when Bengal used to produce more food than its population needed. With population growing at a brisk pace and agriculture not getting the attention it deserves, the scenario has changed radically. If a recent study is any indication, a large section of our people suffer from calorie needs.

Need for an effective local govt. commission PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 14 May 2008

The decentralization of power to local government institutions and their representatives helps enables the state to serve the people at all levels throughout the country. The Adviser at a workshop recently held said that the government would very soon set up a local government commission in fulfillment of the need for devolution of power to serve the people and allow all public agencies to reach the people in all walks of life.

Abrupt fuel price hike PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Bangladesh perspective

At a time when people are simply reeling under mismanagement in every field from steep prices of essentials and intolerable cost of living during the administration of the caretaker government, we do not understand how the Finance Adviser will tackle what he said social unrest due to hike in oil prices, as he warned weeks ago.  It is a harsh reality that oil price has hit the 126-dollar-a- barrel mark.
Keeping trade gap within limits PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 May 2008

This year the trade deficit during the July-February of the current fiscal has grown about 47 per cent amounting to about 4.46b US dollars compared to the corresponding period of last year. This was very much expected as prices of food items and oil have hit an all time high. The situation has been further compounded by the caretaker government’s unwillingness to restrict import of non-essential items.

Preparation of budget PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 11 May 2008

Mobilization of more revenue needed

Mismatch between the available resources and the expenditure needs has always leave the government hard put in preparing budget of developing country like Bangladesh. Again, the scopes for mobilizing revenue from indirect taxes are shrinking owing to external as well as domestic constraints. Yet the size of the national budget has been growing with every passing year because of the expansion of economic activities in the private sector and resources coming from those related areas as taxes and duties.
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