Editorial

Budget 2018-19: Full implementation is the key to success

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MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh is moving towards a very eventful upcoming 12 months as the budget has been announced for the fiscal year 2018-19 on 7th June. This particular fiscal year is very important because it will create an impact on the outcomes of the 11th national elections and with the new government irrespective of Awami League, BNP, Jatiya Party or any other entity in power, the policies and philosophies of the proposed budget will face severe challenges while the budget itself is expected to create a lot of challenges. Finance Minister AMA Muhith unveiled a budget of Tk 4,645.73 ...

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Living off luxury: An important trait of leadership in democracy

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MNA Editorial Desk: Leadership is made up of many qualities such as dedication, sacrifice and effort. Instead of pursuing a life of luxury a good leader always crave for welfare of the people, society and country. These become more important when a leader works in democratic environment. He or she should lead by examples to drive his or her followers in working for cumulative benefits. Throughout the world, no leader could achieve any goal without making sacrifices. The roads for them are not strewn with flowers but full of thorns. But they endure the pains and suffering focusing on certain ...

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War on drugs: BD requires right actions

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MNA Editorial Desk: Drug War: The future of a country is much dependent on the quality – knowledge, education, mindset etc. of its youth and Bangladesh is not any different on that perspective. If the youth of a country is not progressive, that country cannot win any race. Bangladesh in recent times has set itself as an example of development and we are actually in a race to outrun ourselves requiring huge participation of our youth. But regretfully, in spite of having huge potential, our young generation is facing a great enemy – ‘Drugs’. Widespread availability and usage of different ...

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Democratic leadership & responsibility: Learning from Mahathir

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MNA Editorial Desk: In the global political arena, several interesting events took place recently and one of the most important of those is Dr. Mahathir Mohamad getting elected as the 7th Prime Minister of Malaysia at the age of 92. He seemed to take a new challenge after all these years as he won the election against a party from which he first became the Prime Minister of Malaysia in 1981 and held the chair continuously till 2003. It was very unusual that a single person remained in power for such a long time in a democratic country but Mahathir ...

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Local govt elections: A question on accomplishment

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MNA Editorial Desk: The recent politics of Bangladesh is having an election-centric vibe while we are quickly approaching the national polls scheduled for end of this year and also five city corporation elections slated to be held prior to this. Both the ruling and opposition parties are considering these city corporation elections as the dress rehearsal of the 11th general election and putting high emphasis on the likely outcome. In spite of huge differences in the form, importance and style between local government and national elections, the rivalry, mass communication and election-oriented activities are in full form for these CC ...

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Children of Ethnic Cleansing: Myanmar’s undeniable responsibility

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MNA Editorial Desk: Rohingya crisis, a severe humanitarian issue, has struck Bangladesh with around a million refugees. Myanmar army’s barbaric oppression and torture has compelled more than a million people to flee in Bangladesh from the Rakhine state of Myanmar. These people, mostly Muslims, have faced extreme torture, been victims of killings and rape and been mentally traumatised as the Myanmar military started the third phase of this torture with the help of local Buddhists in 2016. Despite their effort to stay in own country, these Rohingyas could not sustain the continuous tortures and eventually most of them left Rakhine. ...

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Ideological stance is a must to become a ‘leader’

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MNA Editorial Desk: Politics all around the world is actually a fight of establishing particular ideologies. Every leader in history was committed to certain principles and built their identity over those. Without ethics and dedication towards the welfare of people, society and country, leaders cannot grow and it is true at all levels. Bangladesh also should not be any different from that but some interesting developments in this regard were observed recently. As the 11th national parliamentary election is scheduled to be held on late this year or early next year, we are standing only few months away to elect ...

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Outlines of democratic government: Lesson from 1990

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MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh from its birth in 1971 started the journey as a democratic country. In spite of that, we have gone through several ups and downs in maintaining that stature and even after 47 years of independence, we cannot confidently claim that full democratic practice exists in Bangladesh. After brutal killing of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975, Bangladesh was practically ruled by autocratic military leaders for 15 years which had pulled us significantly backward to establish democracy in our beloved country according to our constitution. After democracy was restored in 1990, the autocratic military leadership was eliminated ...

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Combined effort needed to eradicate corruption

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MNA Editorial Desk: Corruption has turned into such a phenomenon in Bangladesh that it became identical to our name. Without any debate it is the biggest problem of Bangladesh. Corruption has long term effects on national economy, ethics, moral, honour, growth, development etc. It has been a continuing problem of Bangladesh as we are in a habit to find ourselves in the list of the most corrupt countries of the world. During 2001-05, we held onto our position as the most corrupt country of the world while as per Transparency International’s (TI’s) Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), Bangladesh was the 15th ...

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From Ldc To Developing Country: Govt’s mega projects to change face of BD

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MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh, with its continuous development since independence in 1971, is being considered among one of the most promising countries of South Asia. Through recently becoming eligible in all three criteria for graduating from Least Development Country (LDC) to developing country, the effort of the Bangladeshi government was recognized. The current government, under the valiant leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has adopted several mega projects which are expected to change the face of Bangladesh within the next decade. These mega projects will definitely contribute in becoming a developing country by 2021 and developed country by 2041. Despite ...

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From LDC To Developing Country: Challenges ahead of Bangladesh

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MNA Editorial Desk: Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s birthday came in with a joyous declaration for the citizens of Bangladesh this year as it was declared that for the first time, Bangladesh has qualified in all three criteria set by the UN for graduation from ‘Least Developed Country’ (LDC) to ‘Developing Country’ status. Hence, the UN declared the country is eligible for graduation from LDC in 2024. For around a decade, all can feel that development has been given a lot of emphasis as the government under the valiant leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has initiated ...

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Moving beyond bilateralism: Approach to enhance global cooperation

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MNA Editorial Desk: In today’s world, where the relationship among nations is not only political or geographical, but also highly economical, bilateral relations between two nations are getting more significance day by day. The world has become smaller with improvement in terms of technology and communication. Nations now eye on the global markets while developing their products and business. Moreover, countries are engaging themselves in becoming development partners of other countries. The interaction among the countries today has become more dynamic and development oriented. Hence, the bilateral relationship is going beyond its usual concept and affecting more lives all around ...

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March 17: Historical Perspective

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MNA Editorial Desk: The history of Bangladesh has experienced diverse ups and downs throughout the decades. This country for its critical placement among strong neighbors, who also experience lots of turmoil among themselves, had been the victim of regional interests. Bangladesh achieved independence in 1971 through a bloody 9-month long liberation war. It finally achieved freedom on December 16, 1971 as we all know it officially. But from another context, Bangladesh actually achieved independence on March 17, 1972. During the volatile days before the liberation war, the Pakistan (former West Pakistan) government was exploiting erstwhile East Pakistan in every possible ...

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Nepal-Bangladesh Trade Relations: Great prospect for development partnership in South Asia

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MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh, being a fast developing country holds significant position among the South Asian countries, one of the most prospective regions of the world. The economy of Bangladesh is slowly moving from import-oriented to export-oriented. We have been looking for opportunities to create a market for our products across the world and Nepal, another important South Asian country holding a great prospect for Bangladesh as a promising development partner. Moreover, Nepal, being the 6th nation and one of the first recognizing countries of independent Bangladesh shares a strong bond with Bangladesh, which can be enriched with the enhanced ...

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Reforms in Saudi Arabia to project fresh light on world’s Muslims

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MNA Editorial Desk: Saudi Arabia holds the two holiest cities of the Muslims — Makkah and Madinah. Despite its wealth and religious riches, throughout the last century, Saudi Arabia has been criticized for its religiously conservative mindset which many believe had pushed the country to refrain from social and political development while becoming incompetent in today’s competitive world. It was also said that, the country was suffering hugely in terms of humanitarian context. Though these might not all be very true, but serious concern was there until several humanitarian and policy reform were declared by the current honorable King Salman ...

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An admirable initiative of Saudi government for pilgrims

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MNA Editorial Desk: Makkah and Madinah, located in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, are two of the holiest and most sacred religious destination of millions of followers of Islam all around the globe. Muslims rush to Makkah to visit the holy Kaaba, known as Baitullah Sharif or the house of Allah. Madinah holds the shrine of prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM), the most respected human ever born in all times. The shrine of the prophet is located inside the Masjid-Al-Nabawi, a mosque built by the prophet himself after he completed hijrat from Makkah to Madinah. There is no word to describe ...

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Guardianship of Makkah and Madinah: An eternal right of Saudi Arabia

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MNA Editorial Desk: Islam is the fastest growing and second largest religion of the world. Around 1.6 billion people around the globe are Muslims with their main concentration in Asia, Middle East and African region. These huge numbers of Muslims are very sensitive towards Islam’s two holiest cities – Makkah and Madinah, both are located in the Saudi Arabia. Makkah holds the holy Kaaba, known as the house of Allah and Madinah houses the shrine of the Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM). There is no place on Earth as revered, as central or as holy to as many people as Makkah. ...

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Protecting children’s rights in BD: Reality lies far from expectation

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MNA Editorial Desk: Children are the creator’s most precious gift to mankind and most precious as future of a nation depends on them. We need to protect them from all adverse situations to the best of our ability. Children cannot fight alone for their rights. They are dependent on the adults for that. Hence, children’s rights are one of the most discussed areas of human rights as well all around the world. Children have several rights including that to special protection. Food, healthcare, education etc but they remain vulnerable to adversities through a good part of their lives. Therefore, it’s ...

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Women’s rights: An integral part of protecting human rights in BD

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MNA Editorial Desk: Within four walls of the house they are mothers, daughters, sisters and wives. In the society they are friends, philosophers and guides. Thus, the women, like anywhere in the world, in Bangladesh also, form an integral part of human race and almost half of human populace. Therefore, neglecting or ignoring women’s rights is an inhuman act. Though in Bangladesh women rule the roost in politics and governance, but we cannot undermine women and their role in anyway nor can see them as downtrodden compared to their men. Neglecting women’s rights is a violation of human rights – ...

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Turbulence feared ahead of national election

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MNA Editorial Desk: Politics in Bangladesh is turning more and more dramatic as we approach the eleventh national election by the end of this year or in early 2019. Many events are making the overall political scenario vulnerable to volatility in the recent months. Though there is no strong election-oriented move yet, so many plots have been created on which we might find seeds laid for chaos in the coming months. Both Awami League and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), the ruling and main opposition parties, are trying to strengthen their grip over national politics. AL, the ruling party holds a ...

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Protecting human rights: Imperative for improving lives in Bangladesh

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MNA Editorial Desk: Human rights, as a concept, have gained huge importance all over the world in the last few decades. We are hearing a lot about the protection of human rights now-a-days. Many local and multinational institutions have devoted their works to ensure the rights of people to provide them a sense of equality, safety and to rid them of deprivation. In the context of Bangladesh also, human rights is gaining much attention today. But still, it is being violated every day. Hence, a lot is required to be done to protect human rights in our country. In simple ...

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For Myanmar’s Army, Ethnic Bloodletting Is Key to Power and Riches

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MNA Editorial Desk: For Myanmar’s army, the campaign of atrocity it has waged to drive hundreds of thousands of ethnic Rohingya Muslims out of the country is no innovation. The force was born in blood 76 years ago and has been shedding it ever since. Its founders, known as the Thirty Comrades, established the army in 1941 with a ghoulish ceremony in Bangkok, where they drew each other’s blood with a single syringe, mixed it in a silver bowl and drank it to seal their vow of loyalty. The army that they formed led the nation to independence in 1948. ...

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Democracy faces tough reality in BD

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MNA Editorial Desk: Politics in Bangladesh is trudging though a tough course especially ahead of the coming parliamentary election due to be held in December this year or in early 2019 as provided by the constitution, to mark the end of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s second consecutive five-year term in power. The incumbent PM has already completed four years in her second term and is vying for a third five-year tenure through the polls so her government can finish many unfinished development and infrastructural project to suit the requirements of a middle income country Bangladesh aspires to achieve by 2021. ...

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Who Is Narendra Modi? India’s Controversial Prime Minister May Offer A Role Model For Donald Trump

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MNA Editorial Desk: Riding high on unprecedented polling numbers and rapid economic growth, India’s controversial Prime Minister Narendra Modi will give the keynote address at the opening session of the 48th annual World Economic Forum (WEF) this Tuesday. The WEF is the annual meeting of the world’s great, good, or just plain rich held every January in Davos, Switzerland. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, is the star attraction. His American counterpart Donald Trump may or may not make it to Davos, due to the U.S. government shutdown. If he does go, the Swiss locals may not make him feel ...

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Electoral system and democratic governance in Bangladesh

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MNA National Desk: A free, fair and credible election in a democracy requires an electoral system creating level playing field for all political parties while promoting people’s participation in the polls. Bangladesh since its independence has gone through several changes in its electoral systems as it started as a parliamentary form of government, then switched over to presidential system and again shifted back to parliamentary system in 1991. After independence, there have been 10 national elections under different electoral systems and democracy has been under continuous threat from changing patterns of the elections. After the country’s liberation in 1971, seven ...

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Role of political parties in democratic governance

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MNA Editorial Desk: A free and fair election with all-party participation is one of the main prerequisites of a democratic government. In this process, several entities need to play some fundamental roles to ensure that the people can partake and utilize their voting power appropriately to elect their representatives. Among the stakeholders, political parties are required to perform an important part as they deploy the candidates for the people to vote and also make sure the government carries out their duties as expected to uphold people’s rights. We, as people, look at these parties and their leaders to shape up ...

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Role of voters: A key factor for successful democracy

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MNA Editorial Desk: In a truly democratic society, it is important to ensure a government that follows the will of the people rather than forcing them to follow it and democracy as a concept was in most simple words explained by former US president Abraham Lincoln as “government of the people, by the people and for the people”. Hence, democracy is not a government by some of the people and requires participation of all people; though in most cases, that is not possible but attempts should be there for full participation. We tend to put the responsibility of an election ...

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