Editorial

DSCC & DNCC Elections: People’s welfare must be at core

Dhaka

MNA Editorial Desk: The election of two Dhaka City Corporations is going to be held on Feb 1. Though initially it was scheduled to be held on Jan 30, due to a major festival of the Hindu community, Saraswati Pooja, it was shifted. The mayoral and councillor candidates are running their campaigns in full pace as this year’s city corporation election has brought huge festivity in all areas of Dhaka city. The roads are all covered with festoons, banners and posters of the candidates. The environment is filled with loud innovative songs praising the candidates. In the Dhaka South City ...

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Bangabandhu’s principles: Top priority in ‘Mujib year’

Dhaka

MNA Editorial Desk: The countdown for the birth centenary celebration of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman began on January 10, the homecoming day of Bangabandhu, through a gala opening ceremony. The whole country eyed on the program as it is once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of and witness such a celebration. The ruling party Awami League has already declared March 17, 2020 to March 17, 2021 as the ‘Mujib Year’. Throughout the year there will be multiple programs and events marking the works, struggle and achievements of Bangabandhu. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina formally inaugurated ...

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DSCC & DNCC elections 2020: Candidates must keep their promises

Dhaka

MNA Editorial Desk: The mayoral elections of two city corporations of Dhaka, one of the worst liveable cities of the world, are scheduled to be held on January 30. Mayors are majorly responsible for the liveability of a city and also its development. They are also accountable to ensure the comfort and peace of the citizens to a great extent. Dhaka city dwellers are suffering from different problems for a long time and it is becoming more troublesome to live in this city every day. The next mayors of Dhaka’s two city corporations hence should plan and execute a series ...

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Democratic practices in political parties: Key to future of politics in Bangladesh

Dhaka

MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh, being a democratic country, provides open opportunity to practice politics to its citizens and participation in political activities from different groups and societal level is quite satisfactory. Though there are very few established or impactful political parties existing in the political field of Bangladesh, millions of people are engaged or associated with these parties from different aspects. This provides a great scope for strong democratic practice. Recently, the councils of top political parties and its affiliated organizations had been on the news. Many of these councils were held long after its usual time. New committees were ...

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Communal stability: Turning into a vital factor in South Asia

Dhaka

MNA Editorial Desk: In this era of globalization and open market economy, communal stability is a key element towards the development of a nation or a zone. But throughout the world, we are experiencing a negative mark in this area. Especially if we look into the South and Southeast Asia region, the situation is very alarming and the activities of South Asian giant India is making the situation worse with their new citizenship act which challenges secularism by injecting religion into national policy. Everyday thousands of people are being victims of religious persecution in this region and it will not ...

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Rohingya Crisis at ICJ: Plausible outcome and stance of Bangladesh

Dhaka

MNA Editorial Desk: Rohingya repatriation is still under severe question despite efforts from all around the world. Unfortunately the Myanmar government may not have received enough pressure to solicit the matter yet. Bangladesh has been hosting around a million Rohingya refugees since August 2017 who have fled their homeland under serious oppression and torture which the United Nations termed as ‘ethnic cleansing’. Though the world community significantly contributed in aiding this huge number of refugees on the Bangladeshi soil, they did not pressurize Myanmar to repatriate this homeless group. Hence, the fate of these Rohingyas still remains under question. The ...

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Road Transport Act 2018 must ensure welfare of citizens

Dhaka

MNA Editorial Desk: The Road Transport Act 2018 had come into effect few days back. Though it is yet to be implied in full extent, it has already created severe chaos and panic. We have been the victims of transport strike for a short period immediately after the implementation of this law. The law was passed in parliament on September 19, 2018. More than a year after it was passed into a law, the Road Transport Act, 2018 officially came into effect across Bangladesh. The authorities in charge of enforcing the law, however, are not fully prepared for the job ...

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Unrealistic price hike of commodity products and restoring accountability

Dhaka

MNA Editorial Desk: Onion, a highly used commodity product in Bangladeshi kitchens, has broken all records in terms of price as well as percentage of price hike within a given period of time. The recent price hike of onions has been the talk of the nation as people everywhere are discussing this unusual jump. This issue was covered not only by the Bangladeshi media but also the international media on several occasions. Moreover, anyone, who uses social media, is receiving thousands of posts related to this onion price hike every day from the frustrated citizens. We have made a culture ...

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Jahangirnagar University protest: No silver lining behind the clouds

Dhaka

amid a student-teacher demonstration for the removal of the Vice-Chancellor Farzana Islam. The protests demanding the VC’s resignation over corruption allegations started in late August. After a short break, teachers and students under the banner of ‘Jahangirnagar against Corruption’ resumed agitations few days ago, when the authorities did not meet their demands. Meanwhile the protesting students and teachers were attacked by students and teachers supporting the VC in the name of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) which led to the closure of the university though the protestors did not comply and continued with their demonstrations. VC Farzana Islam stayed firm on ...

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Nusrat murder: Failure must not be satisfying

Dhaka

She was brutally set ablaze leading to her murder after five days fight to survive after filing a complaint against her madrasa principal for sexual molestation by the followers of the accused. The incident took place April 6 this year after 10 days of the molestation and Nusrat died on April 10. The whole country was shocked at the sheer brutality and joined the protest. All united in a demand for justice, change and to resist sexual violence in the country. People marched in lines, holding banners reading ‘Justice for Nusrat; Justice for Bangladesh’ for several days. The government and ...

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Protecting religious freedom in BD calls for restoring conscience & humanity

Dhaka

MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh, being a Muslim-majority nation, holds secularism as its core principles while the freedom of religion is guaranteed by its constitution. Though Islam was included in the constitution as the state religion in 1980s secular principle of the 1972 constitution was reestablished later in 2010. It states that, other religions can be practiced in harmony and gives equal rights to all citizens irrespective of their religion. The major religion in Bangladesh is Islam (90 per cent), but a significant percentage of the population belongs to Hinduism (9 per cent). Other religious groups include the Buddhists, Christians and ...

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Oath of BUET students and promise of a prospective change

Dhaka

MNA Editorial Desk: Killing of Abrar Fahad, a second-year student of electrical and electronic engineering of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) has been a major concern and issue till he was beaten to death on October 7 by allegedly Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the ruling party Bangladesh Awami League’s student wing, leaders and activists at BUET’s Sher-e-Bangla Hall. He was a promising soul and lost his life for expressing his own opinions freely. Abrar was brutally beaten to death over accusing him to be linked with Chhatra Shibir, student wing of anti-Bangladesh political party Jamaat-e-Islami. It was never ...

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Student politics of BD: A heritage we need to protect & purify

Dhaka

MNA Editorial Desk: Student politics is blended with every glorious achievement of Bangladesh. From the language movement to the national independence, the students were involved at every stage of writing the name of this nation on the world map. After independence also, the students led various movements to restore and protect democracy in this country. Unfortunately, the glory of student politics is under serious question due to ill use of power, degradation of humanity and widespread use of student politics for wrongdoings. Especially after recent brutal murder of Abrar, a student of BUET, few days back, the moral decay in ...

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Affiliated organizations of AL require reform & central control

Dhaka

MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh Awami League is the largest political party of the country and being the ruling party for the consecutive third term and its chairman Bangabandhu’s daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has taken this party to such a level that any politically involved person now wants to be a part of it. The easiest way to be a part of Awami League is to be a member of any of its affiliated organizations or wings. There are hundreds of affiliated organizations of this party and hundreds more are in line. People are rushing to be a member of ...

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Purging sins from sports and culture: Key to protecting youths

Dhaka

MNA Editorial Desk: Recently gambling in casinos inside different sports clubs has been the talk of the country. Huge corruption and malpractices were revealed surrounding these sports clubs. According to the instructions of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the government has started a drive against corruption throughout the country and its first phase was apparently against these casinos or to be precise against illegal gambling which has become a sports of money as the gamblers are often termed as ‘players’. This gambling has ruined many families of our country by taking away every possible asset of these families. But the addiction ...

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Sheikh Hasina At UNGA: Global harmony, regional peace and human rights

Dhaka

MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina will deliver her speech at the 74th Annual General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on September 27. This is going to be her 16th speech at UNGA, a record for any Bangladeshi premiere ever. She has transformed herself from a Bangladeshi leader to a global leader in the course of time. Her influence has gone beyond the 1.7 million Bangladeshi people. She has been vocal on different global issues and played a very significant role in soliciting and addressing global concerns. Bangladesh has received huge ...

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Workplace safety: Enacting laws remains key to progress

Dhaka

MNA Editorial Desk: Workplace safety for workers can be termed as one of the most important business issues in today’s world. With introduction of human resource management concepts in the modern economic sphere, employee safety is receiving more and more attention. Especially in the developed countries, workplace safety is given utmost importance but the case is not the same for the developing and least developed countries. Bangladesh is also standing a lot behind in ensuring workplace safety at different organizations. Till today, it has been the act of the individual organizations in our country but the government has to play ...

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Int’l delegation to asses Myanmar’s preparation for Rohingya repatriation: Minister

Myanmar

MNA Editorial Desk: Myanmar is going host an international delegation in the Northern Rakhine State to show the preparation taken by them for the repatriation of Rohingyas, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has said. The delegation, which includes envoys from different counties, will assess whether the right condition for repatriation exists or not, the minister said while talking to media after a seminar held in the city on Wednesday. Responding to a question regarding the international media report that Mayanmar government has built infrastructure in the 40 per cent of the Rohingya dominated area in Rakhine, the foreign minister ...

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Assam NRC: Decisive future relations between India & Bangladesh

Dhaka

MNA Editorial Desk: Assam, a state of our neighboring country India, has been in the headlines during the last few weeks as humanitarian crisis seems to be building up there. The issue remains with the current population of Assam. Indian government and many of the Assamese citizens do not consider the whole population of Assam as its own. True that is as along with the locals, many migrated to Assam many years back. But it is the same story of millions of settlers all around the world and after living for generations and serving the economy of a country, no ...

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Leadership creation and removing intruders remain uphill tasks for Awami League

Dhaka

MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh Awami League is the oldest political party of the country. It has been active in politics before and after the independence of this nation. For over 70 years, this party has been leading the political environment of Bangladesh and being a part of this party itself is a great achievement for anyone who wants to make a career in politics. On top of that, Awami League being in the government for consecutive third term has made a position inside the party like a golden egg which everyone wants to chase. In this process, many leaders and ...

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Social movement with patriotism vital to fight dengue

Dhaka

MNA Editorial Desk: Dengue scenario is getting fiercer throughout Bangladesh this year. Though we have been familiar with dengue for few years but this year the outbreak is like an epidemic. Initially the disease was contained inside Dhaka but it did not take much time to spread outside. Over the last few days, hospitals outside Dhaka are receiving more dengue patients than those in the capital. Considering the state of healthcare facilities in rural areas, it is evident the situation is getting more alarming. We are now trying to fight dengue in the hospitals but in reality, it should be ...

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Jammu and Kashmir: Religion and politics must not cease humanity

Dhaka

MNA Editorial Desk: From the beginning of August the regional politics of the Indo-Pak sub-continent is experiencing a tremendous turbulence over the newly arisen issues of Jammu and Kashmir-a state of our neighboring country India. Jammu and Kashmir had always been in news, especially Kashmir, due to regional conflicts over that area among India, Pakistan and even China. This conflict had been a deciding factor of the regional politics of this subcontinent and religion had played a great part in this conflict. The history of Jammu and Kashmir lies in its regional setting, both before and after India and Pakistan’s ...

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Self awareness is required to prevent diseases like dengue

Dhaka

MNA Editorial Desk: Recently we have been listening a lot about dengue fever in Bangladesh, especially in Dhaka, and the situation seems to be out of control. According to fresh data from DGHS, a total of 24,804 people were admitted to different hospitals across the country including Dhaka between January 1 and August 3 while 17,388 of them were released from hospitals. A total of 7,398 patients are treating treatment at different hospitals across the country right now, according to health emergency operation centre and control room of the DGHS. The viral disease, dengue, has spread in all the 64 ...

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Geological challenges remain crucial in controlling floods in Bangladesh

Dhaka

MNA Editorial Desk: Geographically Bangladesh is mostly a low land area which is prone to severe floods every year especially, during the rainy season. Although altitudes in the northern part of the plain reaches up to 105 meters (344 feet) above sea level, most elevations throughout the country are less than 10 meters (33 feet) above sea level. With such low elevations and numerous rivers, canals, ponds and other water bodies, recurring floods are a predominant physical feature of our country. About 10,000 square kilometers of the total area of Bangladesh is covered with water and larger areas are routinely ...

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Global politics & migration: Showing patience to Priya Saha’s appeal is crucial

Dhaka

MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh is well known for communal harmony among the global community despite some conspiracies and rise of fundamentalists on different times. There was no period when the minorities were continuously targeted for oppression. Particularly during the last decade, it will not be wrong to say that minorities especially the religious minorities are enjoying noteworthy preferences in all aspects. There is no incident of brutal prolonged religious unrest anywhere of the country. Though Bangladesh is constitutionally an Islamic state, everyone acknowledged the country to be an example of religious and communal harmony. Despite this context, Priya Saha, a ...

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Political commitment: Most vital to uproot rising teen crimes

Dhaka

MNA Editorial Desk: Crime has been a vital challenge for human evolution throughout the time as we have heard about different types of crimes at different corners of the world through ages. Bangladesh has also shared the same experience. But in recent times the scenario has turned bizarre. Number of crimes has increased unimaginably in our beloved country mostly in the form of rape, murder, drug abuse, eve-teasing, harassment, torture, fraud, corruption, money laundering etc. It is not about the type of crimes but the way of execution, which is very alarming. The attributes of the victims are appearing as ...

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Road accidents: Fatal to the victims & economy of Bangladesh

Dhaka

MNA Editorial Desk: Road traffic accidents and injuries are a global tragedy and now turned into a growing and serious problem worldwide and the safety situation is very severe in developing countries like Bangladesh. An alarming rise has been observed in the number of road accidents in Bangladesh during the last decade. Bangladesh is a developing fast and logically motorization is required at both urban and rural areas, which is very evident in Bangladesh. For an economy to prosper, communication and connectivity is very important–an area where Bangladesh developed a lot during the last few years. The whole country including ...

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