Gas price hike comes as big shock


MNA Editorial Desk: The BERC announced the 22.7 percent average hike in gas prices on Thursday. It will be effective in two phases in March and June. The decision of the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) to hike gas prices has triggered discomfort among different sections of consumers. A nearly 23% increase in tariff will be made effective in two phases from the first day of the next month, in a situation where gas supplies are also constrained by disruptions at many places. The Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB) President Golam Rahman has said the organization is thinking about a ...

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Amar Ekushey Granthamela: The Spirit of Bengali Nationalism


MNA Editorial Desk: The much-awaited month-long book fair “Amar Ekushey Granthamela” begins on the Bangla Academy premises and extending into the Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the fair and a four-day international literature conference which was attended by prominent litterateurs from Austria, Germany, Puerto Rico, Malaysia, Russia, China and India. The fair will remain open for 30 more minutes daily than the previous years. It will remain open for all from 3:00pm to 8:30pm on workdays, 11:00am to 8:30pm on holidays, and 8:00am to 8:30pm on February 21. This year, Bangla Academy and 409 publishing houses ...

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Alarming increase of air pollution in Dhaka city

Air pollution

MNA Editorial Desk: Air pollution is one of a variety of man made environmental disasters that are currently taking place all over the world. Air pollution may be defined as an atmospheric condition in which various substances are present at concentrations high enough above their normal ambient levels. Dhaka city is more than 400 years old. Over these years the population has increased many folds. Dhaka city is expanding in all direction east to west, north to south, population is increasing in geometric progression but the civic amenities cannot keep pace with the growing demand. The capacity of various utilities ...

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Effectiveness of International Court of Justice

International Court

MNA Editorial Desk: This paper covers the effectiveness of International Court of Justice (ICJ), the UN system’s highest judicial body. The ICJ settles legal disputes between states, who must agree to abide by the Court’s jurisdiction before their case will be heard. The ICJ also gives advisory opinions on legal questions submitted to it by UN bodies and agencies. Here, particular emphasis is given to the efficiency of ICJ. I  will  do  my  best  to  be  as  crisp  as  possible  and  to  communicate  my  thoughts  about  the  International  Court  of  Justice  and  its  capability regarding use of power.  I intend ...

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Protecting the Sundarbans from devastation


MNA Editorial Desk: Sundarbans, a magnificent and unique ecosystem of the world, faces an existential question today with a coal power plant to be set up at Rampal. It has been a content of discord between environmentalists and those who are pushing the plant. Both sides are giving out their own arguments in favour of and against the plant to be set up within 14km of the mangrove forest. The recent capsizing of a coal carrying ship in the Sundarbans has raised the stakes on the assessment being carried out by UNESCO on the Rampal power plant. Located on the ...

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Interest groups not always good for Democracy

Interest groups

MNA Editorial Desk: Interest groups, also called special interest group or pressure group, any association of individuals or organizations, usually formally organized, that, on the basis of one or more shared concerns, attempts to influence public policy in its favour. All interest groups share a desire to affect government policy to benefit themselves or their causes. Public policy in Bangladesh is shaped by a wide variety of forces, from polls and election results to interest groups and institutions, both formal and informal. In addition to political parties, the influence of diverse and sometimes antagonistic political forces has been widely acknowledged ...

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Bangladesh witnessed an epidemic of attacks in 2016


MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh witnessed a spate of violent attacks against secular bloggers, academics, gay rights activists, foreigners, and members of religious minorities in 2016, Human Rights Watch said in its World Report 2017. Referring to the attacks on Holey Artisan Bakery and Solakia eid prayers, the report reads: “Although Islamist extremist groups, including the Islamic State or ISIS, claimed responsibility for most of these killings, the government blamed domestic groups, and said some had links to the main opposition political parties. “Thousands of people were arrested, and dozens of alleged members or supporters of extremist groups are said to ...

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The rise of conflict around the world in 2016


MNA Editorial Desk: In 2016, the world is facing the prospect of more strategic competition between strong nations with conflicting interests on the one hand, and an increase in fragility and disintegration of states on the other. When these two trends merge, as they have done in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, for example, conflicts become more likely to take on regional and global dimensions. Pulling together a list of the wars most in need of international attention and support in 2016 is challenging for all the wrong reasons. For 20 years after the end of the Cold War, deadly conflict ...

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Questions remain unsolved on European safety after Berlin attack


MNA Editorial Desk: Last Monday, 24-year-old, Tunisian national Anis Amri plowed a truck into a Christmas market, killing 12 people and injuring 56 in Germany’s deadliest attack in over three decades. Amri was killed during a shootout with police in the suburbs of Milan. But it left authorities facing threatening questions about how an armed suspected terrorist had been able to travel hundreds of miles on public transport before being caught. No attack has claimed so many lives in Germany since 1980, when a bomb killed 13 people and injured hundreds at Munich’s Oktoberfest. No police cameras were monitoring the ...

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Migrants Day: Migrants’ rights are human rights

Migrants Day

MNA Editorial Desk: International Migrants Day: All immigrants, irrespective of their legal status, have human rights. While states have the right to regulate the entry and stay of non-nationals in their territory, they can only do so within the limits of their human rights obligations. International Migrants Day is an international day observed on 18 December as International Migrants Day appointed by the General Assembly of United Nations on 4 December 2000 taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world. On 18 December 1990, the General Assembly adopted the international convention on the protection of ...

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Human Rights Day: Stand up for someone’s rights

Human Rights Day

MNA Editorial Desk: Human Rights Day is observed by the international community every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year, Human Rights Day calls on everyone to stand up for someone’s rights! Disrespect for basic human rights continues to be wide-spread in all parts of the globe. Extremist movements subject people to horrific violence. Messages of intolerance and hatred prey on our fears. Humane values are under attack. The formal inception of Human Rights Day dates from 1950, after the Assembly passed resolution ...

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Secularism Didn’t Reflect Our Social Spirit


MNA Editorial Desk: Assuming power with three-fourths majority in 2008 general elections, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League government revived secularism as one of the state principle in 2011, following a Supreme Court ruling in 2009. But it kept the provision of state religion untouched, due to sensitivity of the issue and out of fear of losing votes. Minorities have opposed this decision ever since. In addition to the attacks on secularism from the usual suspects that is, those who want Bangladesh to be an Islamic theocracy and believe that it is the secular character of the state that is ...

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November 7: A Day of Memoirs of Great Grief


MNA Editorial Desk: It is November 7, a day which some of us celebrate as National Revolution and Solidarity Day but for many, this is a day of memoirs of great grief. After brutal killing of Bangabandhu on August 15, 1975 along with many of his family members, four national leaders; Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmed, M. Monsur Ali and Quamruzzaman were killed in the safety of Dhaka Central Jail on November 3, 1975. It was done under the supervision of Major Faruque, Major Rashid and Khandokar Mostaq Ahmed. Following that massacre, Khaled Mosharraf, Bir Uttam, who was a sector ...

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Jail Killing Day: A Chapter of Brutality

Jail Killing Day

MNA Editorial Desk: The Jail Killing Day, considered as a chapter of brutality of the nation’s history, commemorating the assassinations of four national leaders is being observed mournfully across the country today. On this day the four Liberation War heroes of Bangladesh – Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmed, M Mansur Ali and AHM Qamaruzzaman were killed in captivity by some Army officers. They were assassinated inside the Dhaka Central Jail on November 3, 1975 — 79 days after Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members were killed on August 15, 1975. In separate messages, President Abdul Hamid ...

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Going Abroad for Work: A dilemma turned tragedy

MNA Editorial Desk: Every year, many Bangladeshis are going to abroad for work but this derived from some unemployment dilemma has turned to huge tragedy for us. Bangladesh is a small developing country of Southeast Asia and a major problem for this country is its huge population which drives scarcity of resources and opportunities for its people. The country is densely populated and it is said that, there is very low opportunity of work for the work-eligible people of the country. For last two-three decades millions of Bangladeshis went abroad for work. Many settled there and many kept earning their ...

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Irregularities in rice distribution among ultra-poor


MNA Editorial Desk: Though Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has frequently warned that, severe action will be taken if irregularities are found in distribution of low-cost rice among the ultra-poor, but within few days of the programme, there have been reports that chairmen and members of different union councils issued cards against well-off families. While many card-holders come up with the allegations that they haven’t get the amount of rice allocated by the government. Reports are also there that the rice allocated for the ultra-poor has been sold on the black market in many areas. Evan though PM warned that the ...

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এলাকার মানুষজনের কাছে ওরা ’খরগোশ শিশু’

এলাকার মানুষজনের কাছে ওরা ’খরগোশ শিশু’ রুপা একটু গম্ভীর হলেও মিম চঞ্চল বেশি টেলিভিশন যেমন প্রিয় তেমনি অবসর পেলেই রুপা মিম লুড খেলতে বসে যায় খরগোস শিশু হিসেবেই চিনছে এলাকার মানুষজন ওদের । দু বোনের বয়সের দুরত্ব ৯ বছর হলেও দুজন দুজনার । ঘুম থেকে উঠে ঘুমোতে যাওয়া অবধি খেলার সাথি …রুপা খাতুন বয়স ২৬ বছর । আর মিম খাতুন – এর বয়স ১৭ বছর । তারা দুই বোন । দেখলে যে কেউ মনে করতে পারে হয়তো টুইন বেবি ।রুপার উচ্চতা ৩১ ইঞ্চি এবং মিম এর উচ্চতা ২৬ ইঞ্চি । ওরা বাস করে বাংলাদেশের চুয়াডাঙ্গা জেলার আলমডাঙ্গা উপজেলায় । বাপ ...

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Congratulations to Sheikh Hasina and Obaidul Quader


MNA Editorial Desk: Congratulations to Sheikh Hasina for being reelected as President and Obaidul Quader for being elected as the new General Secretary of Awami League. Mir Mosharref Hossain, Chairman of Mohammadi Group of Companies and Chief Editor & MD of Mohammadi News Agency (MNA) has expressed his delight in this new leadership of the ruling party. He has congratulated the new General Secretary of Obaidul Quader for stepping up as a bright leadership for the country’s oldest political party and wished him to perform with excellence under the supreme guidance of our honorable Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina. Mir Mosharref ...

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Bangladesh-China Relations: Economic opportunities boosted by strategic cooperation


MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh-China relations has come out as a strategic movement in South Asia in recent days. For centuries, we have seen power shifting from one end of the world to the other and for the last two decades, the United States has positioned itself as the biggest super power. After the contravention of USSR, no countries could actually challenge that mighty giant. But in recent years, China appears to have posed a difficult challenge to America both as an economic and an emerging military super power. This does not come on account of its huge size or its ...

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Eradication of Poverty: The current scenario of Bangladesh


MNA Editorial Desk: Today, 17 October, the world is observing International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2016 with the theme – “Moving from humiliation and exclusion to participation: Ending poverty in all its forms.” The theme this year – selected in consultation with activists, civil society and non-governmental organizations – highlights how important it is to recognize and address the humiliation and exclusion endured by many people living in poverty. In recent times, the government of Bangladesh is undertaking a number of planned strategies to eradicate poverty and extreme poverty from the country. Besides, the Constitution of Bangladesh also ...

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Protection of human rights and access to justice


MNA Editorial Desk: Fundamental rights in the Constitution of Bangladesh, and the national human rights instruments acceded to by Bangladesh, deliver the normative outline for protection of human rights and access to justice for all people. The 1972 constitution of Bangladesh provided some rights to its citizens. These rights are called fundamental rights. There is another category of rights called human rights. The term ‘human rights’ does not mean any right used in special sense. Human rights are those legal and moral rights which can be claimed by any person for the very reason that he is a human being. ...

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Safety of female students on campus


MNA Editorial Desk: The issue of female students’ safety on campus has recently spotlighted through several crimes occurring at educational institutions. A female student must feel comfortable and safe at her campus. If not, this will likely lead to poor academic performance and decreased social activity. Keep in mind that campus safety should also refer to the surrounding neighborhoods because chances are your child is going to be out exploring his new environment. All educational campuses must do their best to keep campus housing a safe area. Sexual assault on female students and physical violence are main issues of concern ...

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Sanitation in drinking water supply: A serious issue

drinking water

MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh being a highly  populated  country  with  inefficient  waste  management  system,  sanitation  in  drinking  water  supply has been a serious issue. Maintaining sanitation is important for well-being and dignity of people, and its consideration in water supply system is very important because majority of human diseases are water borne. These diseases might have enormous loss on economic and social sectors. Some  efforts  have  been  made  to  integrate  sanitation  issue  in  water  supply,  but  it  has  been  poorly  budgeted  and  activities  of  government  and  non-government  activities  are  not  integrated. The government of Bangladesh has prioritized access to the ...

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Load-shedding in rural areas rising continuously


MNA Editorial Desk: Rural electrification is considered to be a yardstick of development, but the load-shedding in the rural areas is rising continuously. During the 1960s, rural electrification was defined as a tool of rural development and expansion of the civilization. But still the country’s all villages are yet to be brought under electrification. There has been power supply discrimination between rural and urban areas, even a kind of discrimination also prevails in the rural areas where wealthy people manage to get power depriving the poor villagers. Load-shedding – the bane of Bangladesh’s power supply system – is far worse ...

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Poverty: A companion of Bangladesh


MNA Editorial Desk: Poverty is a constant companion of most of the people of Bangladesh due to some specific reasons for which the rich are becoming richer and the poor are becoming poorer. Poverty reduction and implementation of livelihood of the poorest of the poor has always been one of the major goals of all development. Bangladesh is a country of 160 million people with a population density 1142/sq.km. Bangladesh economy is not big and developed enough to support such a vast population and high incidence of poverty is the ultimate result. Though Bangladesh is making good progress in the ...

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Nation to observe the anniversary of Grenade Attack

Grenade Attack

MNA Editorial Desk: With due respect and firm promise, the nation is set to observe tomorrow the 12th anniversary of the deadly Grenade Attack on an Awami League public rally on August 21 in 2004. The attack was clearly targeted to kill the then opposition leader and now Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and other party leaders. The attack was carried out at 5.22 PM after Sheikh Hasina then leader of opposition finished addressing a crowd of 20,000 people from the back of a truck. For observing the 12th grenade attack anniversary, the ruling AL, its associate bodies, its left-leaning allies ...

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The tragedy of maternal filicide in Bangladesh

maternal filicide

MNA Editorial Desk: The tragedy of maternal filicide, or child murder by mothers, has occurred throughout the world and has become a topic of anxiety in Bangladesh at the recent time. From the past few years the country has been observing a sever tendency of killing children by their parents. Filicide is the deliberate act of a parent murdering their own child. The word filicide derives from the Latin words filius meaning ‘son’ or filia meaning daughter, and the suffix -cide meaning to kill, murder, or cause death. ‘A filicide’ may refer both to the parent who killed his or ...

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