Editorial

Covid-19: Altering the global dimension & threats for BD

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MNA Editorial Desk: The global coronavirus crisis has taken a leap into the lives of all the people in the world as already 189 countries of the world has been affected. Around 0.35 million people are officially affected by this deadly COVID-19 virus while around 15,000 already lost their lives and the scenario is expected to go worse. According to experts, millions of lives will be lost within the next few months. Bangladesh is also facing this crisis. It is hard to concretely tell how many people are already contaminated by this virus and how many actually died. Bangladesh is ...

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Glorify Bangabandhu’s birth centenary by following his principles

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MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh is celebrating the birth centenary of its greatest leader, the best Bengali of all time, the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Sheikh Mujib is the name of the brightest star of this nation, whose name is written in the golden letters in the history of Bangladesh. Today, we can breathe in the free air of an independent country, walk unchained on a free soil and can chase any of our dreams–all these are mostly the contribution of this great personality. Intellectual leadership, prudent wisdom, uncompromising soul and heart filled with love for his ...

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Sustaining Economic Growth: Inclusive development & spirited future generation remain key

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MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh has transformed into a role model of development during the last decade. Several infrastructural developments as well as improvement in human indices have led to this successful journey. This development has significantly reflected in economic progress also. We are performing well on different economic parameters as shown in different reports. Without economic growth, it is impossible for a country to move forward. Economic development is bound to be pursued on both short-term and long-term basis where sustainability becomes the most critical factor. Many countries of the world have experienced sharp economic incline on several occasions, but ...

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Fighting coronavirus is vital to protect world’s future

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MNA Editorial Desk: Around 2,500 people died worldwide and over 76,000 are infected from the deadly COVID-19, a form of commonly known coronavirus. It has been declared a world health emergency as the medical experts and the scientists are yet to find any viable cure of this dangerous disease. The doctors are depending on treatment of different symptoms of the disease till now but it is inadequate to save the infected certainly. Most importantly, there is no sign of slowing down of the spread of this virus. Every day we are getting news of new patients infected with coronavirus in ...

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Amar Ekushey Book Fair 2020: Pleasant experience required to protect a culture

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MNA Editorial Desk: Festive atmosphere and overwhelming participation of people can be termed as the attribute of ‘Amar Ekushey Book Fair 2020’. Thousands of people are rushing everyday to this fair irrespective of their intention of buying books. This year the historical book fair has received new vigour with the participation of innumerable kids. The timing of this fair is very significant in 2020 as we are standing very close to the 100th birth anniversary celebration of the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and this fair has also been dedicated to that historic moment. Though the perimeter ...

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SDG 5: Non-secular leadership is core to achieve gender equality

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MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh along with many other countries of the world is chasing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which is set to be achieved by 2030. There are 17 goals set in the SDGs. One of the most important is the goal 5 commonly known as SDG 5. It emphasizes elimination of all forms of discrimination against women and girls, elimination of all forms of violence against all women and girls, and elimination of harmful practices affecting child and women. This goal is titled as ‘Gender Equality’, referring to same rights to men and women in different contexts. Bangladesh ...

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New Dhaka City mayors: Time to turn promises into reality

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MNA Editorial Desk: Dhaka city has received two new mayors on Feb 1. After an intense election, the new mayors of Dhaka North City Corporation and Dhaka South City Corporation along with newly elected councillors will take office soon. Before the election, they made thousands of promises to the city residents focusing on the development and welfare of this megacity as well as its citizens. But the promises are not enough as we have seen severe failures of the former mayors and councillors in the past. The citizens of Dhaka are mistreated and victims of fake promises for a long ...

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ICJ ruling: Myanmar’s compliance and global pressure remains key

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MNA Editorial Desk: More than 750,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar after a military crackdown in 2017. They entered the neighbouring Bangladesh crossing the river with tremendous risk on their lives. Bangladesh was valiant in open its border for this huge number of floating people on humanitarian grounds. These Rohingyas were forced into fetid camps across the border in Bangladesh. They have lost all their assets, human rights and honour on their own soil. United Nations investigators concluded that the brutal military attack with the support of accomplice Buddhist locals had been executed with genocidal intent over these minority Rohingya Muslims. The ...

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

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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’

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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