Editorial

Political vow needed to fight environmental insecurity

Political

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

Political

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

Political

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

Sheikh Hasina

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

Political

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

Political

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

Political

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

Political

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

Political

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

Political

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

Political

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

Political

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!

Political

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!

Political

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

national election

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

Bangladesh

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

Bangladesh

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

Bangladesh

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

Bangladesh

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

Bangladesh

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

Bangladesh

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

national election

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’

Bangladesh

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

Bangladesh

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

Bangladesh

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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