Editorial

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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Imprecise & wide agenda diminishes political efficacy of dialogues

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MNA Editorial Desk: One word hovering around all the Bangladeshi citizens in recent days is ‘Dialogue’. In light of the current context of the national politics as well as the propinquity of the next national election, it was the demand of every stakeholder. This dialogue was supposed to break the ice among the political parties. It was also anticipated to reach an equilibrium point which will facilitate to hold an election with all parties’ participation. The existing ruling party Awami League is taking everything by the book and is moving towards holding the 11th parliamentary elections resolutely. On the other ...

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Jatiyo Oikyofront: Directionless, rugged & sluggish movement

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MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh has enthralled the world with its uprising as during the last few years we are being considered as a role model of development. It is mostly due to several large projects and bold steps of the current government which have fastened our upward growth in almost all development indices. The whole world has acclaimed our good works and it is very important that in the upcoming years also, this development works receive stronger pace and vigour.  For this reason, from a citizen’s perspective, it is very important that we choose the right political parties to form ...

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Election manifesto & political parties’ accountability to the citizens

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MNA Editorial Desk: All the political parties of Bangladesh are much energized now-a-days eyeing on the 11th National election scheduled to be held within less than three months. Everywhere we are experiencing the hype of the upcoming election. Local markets, tea stalls and any other public gathering places are filled with political discussions especially the issue of a free and fair election. Moreover, voters are betting on their favourite candidates to receive the party nominations and are getting often involved in heated arguments. But till now the political parties are yet to declare their election manifestos. Our citizens seem to ...

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Political vow needed to fight environmental insecurity

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MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh being a developing country is going through different challenges especially with its huge population and limited resources. But similarly as the whole world, environmental insecurity is becoming one of the major threats for our country. Though we cannot control some of it, there are many human misdeeds that are driving faster environmental degradations in Bangladesh. The government has taken many steps to fight this phenomenon; the most recent is introducing a long term plan named Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100. But the implementation has been a challenge till now. Hence we are still under severe environmental threats. ...

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Environment deserves grave priority from the policymakers

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MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh, a developing country of the world, has changed its landscape with large flyovers, high-rise buildings, millions of motor vehicles and many things else. This development was very fast during the last decade. Bangladesh has placed itself as a role model of development and was acclaimed by the world community for its efforts. The citizens are also enjoying the benefits to some extent though it should be much more considering the sphere of these development projects. But while we are talking about these progressive works, one important thing is being ignored and that is environment about which ...

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Corruption: Main obstacle to progress

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MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh, being a small country on the globe with huge population, has drawn the attention of the whole world with its prompt improvement in different development indices. Specifically during the last few years, this improvement got strong pace due to the current government’s praiseworthy focus on achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) along with commitment towards accomplishing Vision 2021 and 2041 as well. To attain those targets, several large development projects have been launched along with emphasizing on human indices. We have moved forward in all aspects which is very much visible in all evaluations but question remains ...

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SHEIKH HASINA: RISE OF AN INCREDIBLE WORLD LEADER

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MNA Editorial Desk: Today is the 72nd birthday of Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. She was born on September 28, 1947. Eldest daughter of the greatest Bengali of all times, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Sheikh Hasina is three-time Prime Minister of Bangladesh today. Due to her tireless and relentless efforts, Bangladesh is at the door of becoming a middle income country after overcoming so many obstacles. With grief of losing her family from inhuman and barbaric killings, she returned to Bangladesh from deportation ignoring dictator’s bloody-eyes on May 17, 1981. Beside adverse political, social and economic ...

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New laws & decisions: Realization vital for people’s welfare

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MNA Editorial Desk: The year 2018 has been an eventful year till today with multiple noteworthy activities like; quota reform protest, road safety protest, dramatic political events and many things else. With the upcoming national election, the year might be holding in a lot more ups and downs in the upcoming months. With several people’s issues in sight, it was uncertain if the solutions will be provided by the government prior to the election. But, appreciably, the current government is addressing different issues raised from those protests held by the students. Ostensibly, the government is keen to solute these matters ...

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Political alliance: Inadequate to bridge the distance with people

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MNA Editorial Desk: With everything on course, we are approaching the 11th national election of Bangladesh to be held very soon. The political field is becoming vulnerable with so many uncertainties revolving around this poll. Few feels that the path is very clear for the ruling party to claim victory and hence forming the government for the third consecutive period. Many people think that there will be some extraordinary movements prior to the poll and the opposition parties will come alive to clinch the victory as they believe the ruling party has lost its touch with the voters. Few movements ...

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Rohingya repatriation: Fake photo propaganda creates concerns

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MNA Editorial Desk: Even after more than a year, the fate of 7.5 lacs Rohingyas remains in uncertainty as they lost their rights to live on the soil where they were born and brought up. From august last year, this third phase of Rohingya influx to Bangladesh took place and as Bangladesh opened its door to provide shelters to these people who were brutally tortured by the Myanmar Army and their associate Buddhists, this number grew so large within a very short time. These men, women and children were forced to abandon their houses, lands, properties and lives. This is ...

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BIMSTEC: Hopes & apprehensions for regional cooperation

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MNA Editorial Desk: Around the world, all the countries today are now bound by the concept of globalization. Trade, politics, economy and every other aspect is now being chased by this phenomenon. It is not possible to grow without the influence of external stakeholders. Hence, regional cooperation has become very vital and the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) is a forum like such for seven South Asian and Southeast Asian countries. This regional forum in recent times received a lot of attention after cancellation of SAARC summit in 2016 due to conflicts between India ...

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Knowledge and awareness of rules: Key to national progress

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MNA Editorial Desk: After celebrating the Eid-ul-Azha, the Dhaka city is regaining its usual crowded look. Along with the teachings of sacrifice from this occasion, there were many other teachings for the citizens. We all have responsibility to keep this city liveable, but certainly lack interest to do so. Instead we keep blaming the authority. Several protests were wadding the media in recent days which called for several actions from the authority. But we cannot avoid our own responsibility as we are actually missing out on awareness about ways of leading lives and hence are creating chaos. Moreover, once aware, ...

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Fake news, rumors, propaganda: Malevolence on the rise

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MNA Editorial Desk: Fake news, a form of propaganda and rumor has become a dangerous phenomenon in today’s world with creation of thousands of online news sources and social media. Technology is considered to be a blessing towards improvements in our lives. But issues like fake news are making us stand against the worldwide evolution in technologies as people are being victimized by the troublemakers around the globe. Several such problems were encountered throughout Bangladesh in recent times which made our government to look for strong strategies to fight this problem. The root of this problem actually lies in our ...

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11th National Election: Reality After The Dress Rehearsals

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MNA Editorial Desk: It is not very far that we are going to participate and observe the 11th national election scheduled to be held at the later part of this year. All the city corporation elections which were scheduled to be held prior to the national election are over. The results of these local government elections were very important as those were considered to be the dress rehearsal of the general election though conducted in a much less significant parameter. In the last few City Corporation elections country’s largest opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party also participated and made the polls competitive. ...

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Beauty of democracy ties with leaders’ conscience

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MNA Editorial Desk: Democracy is one of the most practiced government system around the world and it projects sheer beauty if embedded with sacrifice and accountability. It asks for the leaders to take responsibility of their words or works and complete dedication towards the welfare of the people. Democracy calls for participation of the people in forming a government of their choice as well as entitles them for answers. In spite of worldwide adoption of democratic concept, democracy is flawed or not in full practice in most countries including the initiators of democracy. Hence now extent of democratic practice becomes ...

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Rohingya crisis: August is back again!

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MNA Editorial Desk: Tomorrow we are entering the month of August – a month which has several significances for us as a nation. This month contains the ‘National Mourning Day’.  On 15th August, 1975, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with most of his family members was killed brutally by the anti-liberation war force. But, over such an important incidence of our national history, this month found a prolific significance last year. During August 2017, thousands of Rohingyas started to flee into Bangladesh from neighboring Myanmar as they were tortured and oppressed severely by the Myanmar Army. ...

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Save Bangladesh Bank from becoming a mystery!

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MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh Bank, the central bank and apex regulatory body for the country’s monetary and financial system, is turning out to be a mysterious organization day by day. In recent years, this esteemed organization of the country has been under severe question due to its relation to several scams. We have even seen removal of its governor based on some allegations of negligence towards his duty. But still its image is under serious threats due to more and more wrong incidents. Being one of the controlling and regulatory authority of the whole banking and financial sectors of Bangladesh, ...

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Education system under challenge: BD must act fast with precision

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MNA Editorial Desk: Education is said to be the backbone of a country. Hence, it is very important that the citizens are provided with proper education facility. Proper education will build the competency, excellence and potential of a person and that will turn him as an asset for the country rather than a burden. Education is also fundamental to the development and growth of a nation. A country needs to take steps to flourish the potential of human mind and to capitalise the potential of its citizens fully, and there is no effective way for doing so than education. Bangladesh ...

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Voter’s trust on EC: Clear and detailed message is mandatory

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MNA Editorial Desk: In recent days, the most talked about issue throughout the country seems to be the 11th National Election scheduled to be held by the end of this year. While the participation of the country’s largest opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) under the current electoral format is still under question, the ruling party Awami League (AL) is actively preparing their fields to participate in the upcoming election to regain the power of the government for the third consecutive time. Meanwhile, the Election Commission (EC) is going through a quite busy time as after the new CEC’s taking office ...

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VAT: Prospect of integration with social security

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MNA Editorial Desk: The national budget of Bangladesh for the fiscal year 2018-19 was presented by the finance minister AMA Muhith just a few days ago. Still there are many discussions going on regarding the size of the budget and several changes or provisions of it. One of the most important targets to accumulate the earnings for the expenditures in the proposed budget is by collecting tax revenue from the citizens, a job National Board of Revenue (NBR) is doing with immense precision. It was said that, the government targets to have 10 million registered taxpayers by the fiscal year ...

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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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