Editorial

Moving beyond bilateralism: Approach to enhance global cooperation

Bangladesh

MNA Editorial Desk: In today’s world, where the relationship among nations is not only political or geographical, but also highly economical, bilateral relations between two nations are getting more significance day by day. The world has become smaller with improvement in terms of technology and communication. Nations now eye on the global markets while developing their products and business. Moreover, countries are engaging themselves in becoming development partners of other countries. The interaction among the countries today has become more dynamic and development oriented. Hence, the bilateral relationship is going beyond its usual concept and affecting more lives all around ...

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March 17: Historical Perspective

Bangladesh

MNA Editorial Desk: The history of Bangladesh has experienced diverse ups and downs throughout the decades. This country for its critical placement among strong neighbors, who also experience lots of turmoil among themselves, had been the victim of regional interests. Bangladesh achieved independence in 1971 through a bloody 9-month long liberation war. It finally achieved freedom on December 16, 1971 as we all know it officially. But from another context, Bangladesh actually achieved independence on March 17, 1972. During the volatile days before the liberation war, the Pakistan (former West Pakistan) government was exploiting erstwhile East Pakistan in every possible ...

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Nepal-Bangladesh Trade Relations: Great prospect for development partnership in South Asia

Bangladesh

MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh, being a fast developing country holds significant position among the South Asian countries, one of the most prospective regions of the world. The economy of Bangladesh is slowly moving from import-oriented to export-oriented. We have been looking for opportunities to create a market for our products across the world and Nepal, another important South Asian country holding a great prospect for Bangladesh as a promising development partner. Moreover, Nepal, being the 6th nation and one of the first recognizing countries of independent Bangladesh shares a strong bond with Bangladesh, which can be enriched with the enhanced ...

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Reforms in Saudi Arabia to project fresh light on world’s Muslims

Bangladesh

MNA Editorial Desk: Saudi Arabia holds the two holiest cities of the Muslims — Makkah and Madinah. Despite its wealth and religious riches, throughout the last century, Saudi Arabia has been criticized for its religiously conservative mindset which many believe had pushed the country to refrain from social and political development while becoming incompetent in today’s competitive world. It was also said that, the country was suffering hugely in terms of humanitarian context. Though these might not all be very true, but serious concern was there until several humanitarian and policy reform were declared by the current honorable King Salman ...

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An admirable initiative of Saudi government for pilgrims

Bangladesh

MNA Editorial Desk: Makkah and Madinah, located in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, are two of the holiest and most sacred religious destination of millions of followers of Islam all around the globe. Muslims rush to Makkah to visit the holy Kaaba, known as Baitullah Sharif or the house of Allah. Madinah holds the shrine of prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM), the most respected human ever born in all times. The shrine of the prophet is located inside the Masjid-Al-Nabawi, a mosque built by the prophet himself after he completed hijrat from Makkah to Madinah. There is no word to describe ...

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Guardianship of Makkah and Madinah: An eternal right of Saudi Arabia

Bangladesh

MNA Editorial Desk: Islam is the fastest growing and second largest religion of the world. Around 1.6 billion people around the globe are Muslims with their main concentration in Asia, Middle East and African region. These huge numbers of Muslims are very sensitive towards Islam’s two holiest cities – Makkah and Madinah, both are located in the Saudi Arabia. Makkah holds the holy Kaaba, known as the house of Allah and Madinah houses the shrine of the Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM). There is no place on Earth as revered, as central or as holy to as many people as Makkah. ...

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Protecting children’s rights in BD: Reality lies far from expectation

Bangladesh

MNA Editorial Desk: Children are the creator’s most precious gift to mankind and most precious as future of a nation depends on them. We need to protect them from all adverse situations to the best of our ability. Children cannot fight alone for their rights. They are dependent on the adults for that. Hence, children’s rights are one of the most discussed areas of human rights as well all around the world. Children have several rights including that to special protection. Food, healthcare, education etc but they remain vulnerable to adversities through a good part of their lives. Therefore, it’s ...

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Women’s rights: An integral part of protecting human rights in BD

Bangladesh

MNA Editorial Desk: Within four walls of the house they are mothers, daughters, sisters and wives. In the society they are friends, philosophers and guides. Thus, the women, like anywhere in the world, in Bangladesh also, form an integral part of human race and almost half of human populace. Therefore, neglecting or ignoring women’s rights is an inhuman act. Though in Bangladesh women rule the roost in politics and governance, but we cannot undermine women and their role in anyway nor can see them as downtrodden compared to their men. Neglecting women’s rights is a violation of human rights – ...

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Turbulence feared ahead of national election

Eid

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

budget

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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