Editorial

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

Bangladesh

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

Bangladesh

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

Bangladesh

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

Bangladesh

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

Bangladesh

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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Good political leaders: A prerequisite for sustainable democracy

Bangladesh

MNA Editorial Desk: Politics is the noblest profession in the world though many might argue on that and a political leader devotes his life for the welfare of the people of his constituency as well as for the country. He works to ensure the basic rights — food, clothing, shelter, education, treatment of his people. But to keep this profession a noble one, there is no alternative of having good political leaders. Bangladesh being a democratic country practices people’s participation in choosing their leaders or representatives through elections. Different parties place their candidates at different constituencies and people elect their ...

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Sustainable Democracy: Voting rights and role of education

Bangladesh

MNA Editorial Desk: We often hear the word ‘Democracy’ uttered by both the politicians and our countrymen. We also hear the slogan ‘save the democracy’. It can sometimes confuse us as we take it as the only mean to ensure people’s rights in our beloved country. But it is really bewildering that if we really understand the concept of democracy. It gives us freedom, but does not free us from our liability to the society or to the country. Democracy can be explained as a government system where citizens exercise power directly or elect representatives to form a governing body, ...

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Megacity Dhaka: History and heritage fighting to survive

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MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh capital megacity Dhaka has a rich ancient, historic background dating back to the 7th century. It was initially part of the Kamarupa kimgdom, then ruled by Hemanta Sen of Sen dynasty in the 9th century. From 1608 onwards, Dhaka was successively ruled by the Turkic and Afghan governors hailing from the Delhi Sultanate. During the Mughal Empire the then capital was moved from Rajmahal to Dhaka and named after Emperor Jahangir. During the Mughal period, Dhaka turned into the major commercial emporium which encouraged a much higher concentration of trade, business and commerce along with spread ...

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Dhaka city traffic jam: A capital failing to advance

Bangladesh

MNA Editorial Desk: Dhaka city population, currently estimated at nearly 19 million, is larger than that of 174 countries of the world and traffic jam is undoubtedly the biggest hassle for Dhaka dwellers. It is hurting our health, mentality, financial position and the country’s economy. We are losing USD 336 mln every year in loss of fuel cost due to the slow traffic movement. With such a large population, Bangladesh government needs to adopt highly focused planning and actions to eliminate the traffic jam from this growing megacity. If we ask the citizens about the most disturbing thing in Dhaka ...

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Food Hazard in Dhaka: A threat to citizens’ health

Bangladesh

MNA Editorial Desk: Dhaka citizens have become prone to various food related diseases in past few decades. They are exposed to outside foods to some extents and hygiene and purity of those are ever under questions. Along with urbanization, greater numbers of people are working at offices and are bound to take foods outside. There are thousands of hotels and restaurants along with so many open food shops. With so much dust and germs in Dhaka’s environment along with inadequate availability of clean drinking water, diseases derived from foods are increasing everyday. One of our major costs today is the ...

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Sound pollution: A killer in disguise

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MNA Editorial Desk: Everyday life of city dwellers especially in the Dhaka city has become full of chaos, Along with several hazards like intolerable traffic jam, extreme air pollution and water pollution; sound pollution has also become a major problem of living in the prominent cities. We are surrounded with waves of  harmful sounds whenever we step out of homes. We are not even safe from sound pollution inside our homes as noise from different sources keeps creeping in. However, most people are unaware of the consequences of being exposed to sound pollution, as they are in the cases of ...

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Pope Francis’ visit: Renewed emphasis on harmony, love and peace

Bangladesh

MNA Editorial Desk: Pope Francis, religious leader of 1.2 billion Catholics all around the world, is scheduled to visit Bangladesh from November 30 to December 2, 2017. Before arriving in Bangladesh, he will visit Myanmar from November 27 to 30. His program was declared in late August of this year. He will be the second pope to visit Bangladesh after Pope John Paul II’s visit in 1986. Cardinal Patrick D’Rozario has labelled the visit of Pope Francis as the ‘blessing from God’ as 3,75,000 Catholics of Bangladesh will get the opportunity to feel the presence of their religious leader alongside ...

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Water-logged Dhaka: Questions of survival for a city

Bangladesh

MNA Editorial Desk: Rain is supposed to be a blessing but it turned into a curse for the citizens of Dhaka in recent years. Even a little rain floods the streets causing tremendous hassle and hazard for them. It seems like there is no drainage system in Dhaka city and the water has nowhere to move. Moreover, the waste materials and sewerage water mixing with this logged water create serious health risks. This year, the monsoon has stayed for a long time giving a vibe of climate change in Bangladesh as well as in our neighbouring countries also. The people ...

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Decaying manners and protecting our social values

Bangladesh

MNA Editorial Desk: We always judge a person by manners whenever we meet him first. The character of a man is portrayed by the manners he conveys during interaction with another human being. We often think of a person good or bad only considering his manners though he might be just opposite of that by heart. Not only in the view of a personal interaction rather in every aspect of societal, communal, national, political or professional interaction, we must nurture manners so that, we convey a good message to our audience from every angle. But, it is very regretful that, ...

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Political harmony: A critical factor for development of Bangladesh

Bangladesh

MNA Editorial Desk: Most of us call the politics in Bangladesh very dirty now-a-days. We often hear that, the gentlemen do not get involved in politics. This is because of the tendency of throwing darts at each other which has become the characteristics of Bangladeshi politics in recent years. The ruling party and the opposition parties several times got into the acts of demeaning each other by calling bad names and unconstructively criticizing one another. It is required to practice constructive evaluation of the activities of the government or the opposition — but if something good does not come out ...

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Rohingya crisis: Need of education becomes most imperative

Bangladesh

MNA Editorial Desk: Despite growing international concern and expression of sympathy, the Rohingya is fleeing to Bangladesh to escape military crackdown in Myanmar. Their number has already swelled to more than 500,000 in less than two months, and is rising by leaps and bounds everyday as the Myanmar army continues the ‘ethnic cleansing’ drive to push all the Rohingya Muslims from their country. Meanwhile, Bangladesh suffers the brunt of the military’s brutality in the Buddhist-majority Myanmar as the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has provided shelter for the refugees and piling up food and medical support for them with ...

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Communal harmony and peace: Bangladesh sets unique example

Bangladesh

MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh is a land of diversity and equality. Constitutionally secular, it is diverse in terms of religion, ethnicity and language of its citizens. In spite of that, communal harmony does prevail in every aspect of our country. There are people from different religions and groups which constitute the 160 million population of Bangladesh. Muslims being the largest with over 90 percent of the total population, here also live the Hindus, Buddhists, Christians and also some people from other faiths. Underlying difference exists in terms of ethnicity and language but that does not impede peaceful cohabitation. The tribal ...

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Suu Kyi: In need of right direction for Myanmar

Bangladesh

MNA Editorial Desk: Throughout the world, we find brutal pictures of communal violence for decades. Wars are going on at different parts of the earth with loads of hatred and ill feelings towards the people representing different communities, religion or ethnicity. The root cause of all wars being fought around the world is caused by either economic interest or communal difference. In recent times, we have seen Myanmar to get engaged in ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Rohingyas of its Rakhine state. Thousands of innocent men, women and children are being killed; women are getting raped; houses are being burnt and all ...

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SHEIKH HASINA: RISE OF A REMARKABLE WORLD LEADER

Bangladesh

MNA Feature Desk: Today is the 71st birthday of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. She was born on September 28, 1947. Eldest daughter of the greatest Bengali of all times, nation’s father Bangabondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Sheikh Hasina is the three time’s 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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Sheikh Hasina’s 71st birthday today

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MNA Editorial Desk: Today (Thursday), 28 September, marks the 71st birthday of prime minister and Bangladesh Awami League president Sheikh Hasina. Sheikh Hasina, the eldest of the five children of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Begum Fazilatunnesa, was born at Tungipara of Gopalganj in the then Faridpur district on this day in 1947. Awami League and its affiliated organizations are scheduled to be celebrating the day through organising various humanitarian events and activities and discussions on the life and achievements of Sheikh Hasina. There will also be cultural events and milad and doa mahfils in the ...

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Annan Commission Versus 1993 Rohingya Repatriation Agreement: Suu Kyis intention and dilemma

Bangladesh

MNA Editorial Desk: Myanmar’s State Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi, previously known as democracy leader in the years of oppressive military rule in her country, and winner of Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, has now become assn icon of hatred due to her approval and pursuance of one of history’s worst genocides against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state, bordering Bangladesh. Since August 25 this year around half a million Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh to save their lives from atrocities of Myanmar military and fundamentalist Buddhists who killed thousands of men, raped scores of women, beheaded ...

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Rohingyas Crisis: Global community should come forward

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MNA Editorial Desk: As the Rohingya crisis escalates into an unfolding tragedy, the United Nations appealed to the global community to support the ongoing humanitarian efforts for the refugees “regardless of politics”. According to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) report, nearly 90,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh in last 11 days. Besides, many people drowned in Naf River while crossing the border. But this is very pathetic that, there is no visible protest in international arena over the ongoing brutal incidents in Myanmar. Giving only statements, the international community ended their tasks in this regard. About 55 dead ...

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Deafening silence of Aung San Suu Kyi

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MNA Editorial Desk: In awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Aung San Suu Kyi, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced that it wished “to honour this woman for her unflagging efforts and to show its support for the many people throughout the world who are striving to attain democracy, human rights and ethnic conciliation by peaceful means”. 26 years later, the Rohingyas as well as many people around the world would disagree with the trusting assessment of the committee. Expectations from Suu Kyi to take a firm stand on the Rohingya situation increased when on October 9, 2016, in an attack ...

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Stop Genocide in Rakhine State

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MNA Editorial Desk: Myanmar is carrying out genocide against its 1.3 million Rohingya Muslim population – one that is being ignored, in the most part, by the international community, despite acknowledgement by the United Nations that mass killings, torture, gang rapes and forced deportations are occurring. The Rohingya are the world’s largest stateless community and of one of its most victimized minorities. Using a dialect similar to that spoken in Chittagong in southeast Bangladesh, the Sunni Muslims are loathed by many in majority-Buddhist Myanmar who see them as illegal immigrants and call them ‘Bengali’ – even though many have lived ...

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