Editorial

Budget 2019-20: Prospect of dual focus on infrastructure and human indices

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MNA Editorial Desk:Today the National Parliament will go into the budget session for 2019-20 fiscal. This will be the third session of the incumbent 11th parliament after the second. Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal will place the national budget, his first, for fiscal year 2019-20 before the House on June 13 while the whole nation will be eyeing for a dynamic and progress oriented budget for the next one year. The current Awami League government under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had presented and managed the last ten consecutive budgets which were mostly highly ambitious and development oriented ...

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Budget 2019-20: Anticipation of mass-orientation & new dimensions

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MNA Editorial Desk: We are standing at the verge of another budget declaration–budget for the fiscal year 2019-20. This year it is going to be slightly different as a new Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal will present his first budget. People are having huge expectations on this budget as it is expected to be dynamic and goal-oriented. Former Finance Minister AMA Muhith, who has helmed the country’s budget preparation 12 times were criticized on several occasions for not tough and anti-people budget though he had been a great part of the many development initiatives of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during ...

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Sheikh Hasina’s homecoming day & start of a blissful history

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MNA Editorial Desk: On May 17, 2019 we had observed the 38th homecoming day of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Though we as a nation do not realize the importance of this day totally and colour it with political angles but this day is very significant in the history of Bangladesh. With the grief of losing her whole family except her sister Sheikh Rehana, who was with her abroad during the barbaric and inhuman killing of all her family members, she returned to Bangladesh from deportation ignoring dictator’s bloody eyes on May 17, 1981. Her return changed the political scenario of ...

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Ramadan: Month of peace turns into month of suffering

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MNA Editorial Desk: We are observing the holy month of Ramadan right now–a very important month of the year to every Muslim all around the world. Bangladesh, being a Muslim majority country, every year observes this month with utmost dignity and citizens engage themselves in religious activities with Siyam and special prayers like Salaat-it-Tarabeeh. A holy environment sustains all around the country which provides a sense of peace into our lives. But unlike other Muslim majority countries of the world, Ramadan every year comes with some hassles into the lives of citizens of Bangladesh and this year the hassles reached ...

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Cultural decay: Spread of peculiarity to destroy nation’s future

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MNA Editorial Desk: Status of a country is influenced by many factors like; economy, humanitarian factors, technological progress and many things else. Culture is also an important factor as it shapes up the characteristics of a nation which drives a country towards progress and development while protecting a specific self identity. There are special features of every culture which the citizens of a country bear and try to protect. But unfortunately we are observing a huge degradation in our cultural attributes and we are actually moving to a culture which can be regretfully termed as ‘culture of fraud and illusions’. Though ...

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Burning Nusrat must ignite a moral war in Bangladesh

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MNA Editorial Desk: Yet another battle was lost a few days ago when a bright prospecting life of an Alim examinee Nusrat Jahan Rafi died on April 10 after she was set ablaze on April 6 due to making a complaint of rape against the principal of her madrasa at Sonagazi of Feni district. She lodged the complaint few days back after getting brutally raped by Siraj Ud Dowla, the madrasa principal and was getting continuous threats to lift the case. But as a brave soul, she denied to do so and even pledged to fight until death to ensure ...

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Children’s Day: Assurance of rights against futile celebration

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MNA Editorial Desk: Along with the progress of mankind throughout the world, different humanitarian issues are now of serious priority especially throughout the last few decades. Not only in developed worlds but also in least developed or developing countries like; Bangladesh, these human rights issues are followed with importance today. Many events around the globe such as wars or child labour have elevated the vitality of children’s rights. In different countries there are many activities to promote the status of children’s rights and one of those activities is celebration of Children’s Day. In Bangladesh children’s day is celebrated on March ...

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Fire incidents: Result of unfathomable corruption and sheer ignorance

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MNA Editorial Desk: 2019 can be marked as the year of fire incidents in Bangladesh or to be more precise its capital Dhaka city as at least five major fire incidents were reported those caused minimum hundred deaths and many injury. The number of fire incidents has increased more than threefold across Bangladesh since 1997; with the year 2018 seeing a daily average of 53 with high possibility of crossing that in 2019. Despite having incidents after incidents, we are yet to take any significant measure to improve the situation both in proactive and reactive measures. But every citizen of ...

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Indo-Pak relations remain key to regional stability and progress

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MNA Editorial Desk: India, we all must agree, is the most important and most powerful neighbour and ally of Bangladesh. Even before our inception in 1971, India had play some crucial roles in the liberation, restoration, development and progression of Bangladesh. Especially in South Asia, no country can ignore the importance of India and its economy not only due to its vastness and power but also for its significant development in terms of matching with the modern world. Hence, the government and its orientations are very important for the neighbouring countries as we are standing at less than a month ...

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Traffic jam: Education and health services remain imperative

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MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh, being a fast developing country, has established itself as a role model of development in front of the world. Along with this development, the lifestyle of the citizens is also rapidly changing especially due to the adoption of new technology and notable economic growth. With all the developments projects in hand to be completed within the next ten years, this change is going to be highly visible. But several hassles associated with availing services associated with basic rights of the citizens still remains. Particularly, the gaps are more associated with the rural area people while hassles ...

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New DNCC mayor: Scores of tasks and stern challenges ahead

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MNA Editorial Desk: Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) has got a brand new mayor in the form of ex-BGMEA chief Atiqul Islam after the position was vacant for over a year due to the unfortunate demise of ex-DNCC mayor Annisul Huq in 2017. Atiqul has a very short time, just over a year, to work as a mayor unless he gets re-elected in the next scheduled mayoral polls. That gives him a little while to create an impact. His predecessor Annisul Huq was a charismatic DNCC mayor as he took many bold changes and transformed many parts of his constituency ...

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Urbanizing rural areas and environmental conservation

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MNA Editorial Desk: During the last decade, Bangladesh has placed itself as a role model of development in front of the whole world. Many development projects were implemented and many are still going on. We must acknowledge the effort of the current government and the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who was elected the leader of the government for the consecutive third term few months back. Till now, the development of Bangladesh has majorly concentrated on the city areas, especially Dhaka, the capital. Though connectivity and utility has spread in the rural areas also, there is a lot ...

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International mother language day and promoting multiculturalism

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MNA Editorial Desk: February 21 is approaching soon. Along with being an iconic day for the 1952 Bengali Language movement, it attained great importance as international Mother Language Day. This recognition has brought the focus of the whole world on the struggle that this nation had to go through to preserve the right of the beloved language. This day is also known as ‘Shaheed Dibosh’ or ‘Martyr’s Day’ as many from then East Pakistan died from the ruthless bullets of the West Pakistani force on the same day of 1952 while they were holding a demonstration in demand of Bengali ...

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Amar Ekushey book fair and thoughts for cultural thrive

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MNA Editorial Desk: Amar Ekushey Book Fair, one of the greatest yearly events of Bangladesh, has returned to millions of readers again this year and will be open for all throughout the month of February. This fair is a tremendous platform to bring the publishers, writers and readers together. This is all about books and booklovers. It has become endemic to our culture while holding the ideal of our language movement of 1952. This month-long book fair is not only intended to interest people on books rather it is to familiarize the young generations of Bangladesh with the ideals of ...

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Averting diversion and manipulation remains key in war on drugs

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MNA Editorial Desk: Spread of drugs has been one of the most devastating problems of Bangladesh today as it has spread its black claws all over the country and is destroying the future generation. Bangladesh has made tremendous developments during the last decade under the astute direction of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and that is going to continue with her successive third term as the head of state. However, along with that development comes the question of sustaining the progress which is a duty bestowed on the shoulders of the youths of the nation. But drug abuse is actually damaging ...

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Changing Kolkata: Momentous inspiration for megacity Dhaka

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MNA Editorial Desk: Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal of India is the closest neighboring foreign city of Dhaka. Both the cities hold a lot of similarities in terms of culture and characteristics–major of which makes them the largest two cities of the world is the most number of Bengali speaking people. There is a strong tie between the cities. Both the cities have gone through immense development during the past decade. While Dhaka is focusing on building a better infrastructure, Kolkata is focused on being an aesthetic city. We have a lot to learn from Kolkata. Dhaka has been ...

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Dust pollution: A menace to the existence of Dhaka citizens

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MNA Editorial Desk: Environment has turned into a great concern as our beloved Dhaka city is going through modernization for decades. Among different types of pollutions, dust pollution has become a great trouble for the citizens of this megacity during the winter. There are many areas of the city which makes it impossible for the people to breathe comfortably due to dust particles in the air. Though this problem exists throughout the year, in winter or dry season the problem goes bizarre. Unplanned development works, brick kilns, openly left out drain sludge, uncovered construction materials and many things else are ...

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Offsetting Dhaka traffic requires pragmatic & coordinated approach

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MNA Editorial Desk: Traffic jam has become intolerable over the last few days in Dhaka city after the national election. Citizens of this city are going through continuous hazards caused by this heavy traffic. With schools opened after the year-end vacation along with ongoing metro rail project and Dhaka elevated expressway project works, ongoing Dhaka international Trade Fair, rise in private vehicles of ride-sharing companies and many things else, the situation turned hazardous to the most. It seems like there is no end of the sufferings of the citizens of Dhaka as there is no visible steps to remove Dhaka ...

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War on corruption: Tracing a starting point and eliminating inequality

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MNA Editorial Desk: We have just started a terrific new year with a new government in Bangladesh after a much awaited national election. The people have given their verdict in favour of the ruling party of 2008 onwards–Bangladesh Awami League or to be more specific in favour of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s leadership as they are going to form government for the consecutive third term. PM Hasina prior to the national election expressed her commitment on zero tolerance to corruption among many other commitments. It was even given highest priority in her party’s manifesto. After getting elected also, she again ...

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Triumph of Bangladesh and few expectations from the government

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MNA Editorial Desk: We have just begun our journey with a new year and also a new government of Bangladesh. 2019 has come with lots of expectations and hopes as Awami League is going to form the government for the consecutive third term under the leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s daughter Sheikh Hasina. For shaping up the future of our beloved country, this year is going to play a vital role. Considering the huge development works throughout the last decade, we are standing at a point where we have to be more focused with the development projects in the ...

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Responsible words: Imperative for enriching political leadership in BD

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MNA Editorial Desk: As human being, we should act responsible at every steps of our life. This responsibility does not reflect only in our acts or works rather in our speech also. We cannot be irresponsible with our words as that can easily hurt any person or a group. For leaders, it is more important as usually a large audience is keen to receive their words. Leaders speak to influence and inspire their audiences, to change the way people think, feel and act. Irresponsible words can just do the opposite and in the current political context of Bangladesh, irresponsible words ...

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Neutrality: A concept to be redefined and realized in elections

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MNA Editorial Desk: Neutrality or impartiality is a word which is related to both human virtues as well as responsibilities. If on different instances of life, we can keep an impartial stance, then that will become part of our virtues. On the other hand, while performing a task if we act unbiased to all stakeholders pushing towards the best possible results, then it will be related with our responsibility. This virtue is highly required when someone carries out a responsibility which calls for soliciting disputes between the parties. Requiring thorough analysis of situation and facts, disputes are mostly settled to ...

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Aritri’s demise and prospective crossroads for our education system

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MNA Editorial Desk: A school going girl has took her own life on Dec 3. She hailed from a well off family and a renowned school of the country. She was a student of class 9 of Viquarunnisa Noon School and College. Her name was Aritri. She was caught during copying in the exam using her mobile phone and her parents were called in by the school authority. As her parents reached the school the next day, the principal and few other teachers insulted them so ruthlessly and threatened to rusticate her from the school. Aritri could not tolerate her ...

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Flouting people in electoral events to hurt democracy

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MNA Editorial Desk: Holding an election is not only about the Election Day. Rather it is a set of works conducted through a period of time involving several stakeholders like the political parties, their leaders and nominated candidates, the government, the election commission, the media, the law enforcers, the administrators, the election observers and most importantly the people. In a democratic country, the people are of main essence. But standing 26 days away from the 11th national election of Bangladesh, we are observing many movements for several weeks but astonishingly, we must feel that, the people are being most ignored ...

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Electoral integrity & key roles of media and election observers

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MNA Editorial Desk: We have often talked about the roles of people, leaders, government, political parties or election commission in elections, especially in a democracy. But the media and the election observers have to also play key roles in such events. With the 11th national election of Bangladesh in a month, different stakeholders have already started playing their parts which can be very vital in the outcome of that election. Though we just observe media as the news provider of elections but the role is much more which is similar in the case of election observers too. We do not ...

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Clashes, violations and doubts mark election milieu

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MNA Editorial Desk: Hopefully Dec 30 is going to be another landmark in the political history of Bangladesh as the 11th national election is scheduled to be held on that day. Heavy movements and showdowns centering this important political event are going on. Awami League has started its nomination process immediately after election schedule declaration. Jatiyo Oikya Front and other parties followed soon. Aspirant nomination seekers, who started campaign in their respective areas even few months back, of two major alliances turned very active to portray their popularity which even resulted in violation of several rules and regulations of electoral ...

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11th National Election: Implication encircling the people & the leaders

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MNA Editorial Desk: After declaration of election schedule on Nov 8, the 11th parliamentary elections on Dec 23 have become a reality in front of the Bangladeshi people. With several twists in the form of huge demands and dialogues, Jatiyo Oikyofront has also confirmed to participate in the much anticipated elections though they have urged to delay the elections for a month which was very much possible under the provisions of the constitution. But on Nov 12, the Election Commission has rescheduled the elections on Dec 30, a seven-day delay from the first date. For the last decade, Bangladesh has ...

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