Editorial

Gender discrimination at all community levels

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MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh suffers from gender discrimination and it is presenting at all community levels. We can see that gender discrimination between women and men is quite strong. In Bangladesh, women are dependent on men through their lives: fathers, husbands, and sons. Discrimination refers to the ability to make or find out the difference to sensitivity, judgment, of something in our daily life. There are many types of discrimination such as gender, age, race, and many more. Among them gender discrimination is very common around the world. Gender discrimination is when men or women are discriminate against as a ...

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Issues of flood management should be considered

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MNA Editorial Desk: The issues of flood management should be considered from different angles of development of quality of life, impact on physical environment, socio-economic situation and environmental protection etc.  It is usually found that different techniques are experienced in different parts of the world to tackle the flood difficulties. Bangladesh is one of the most flood prone countries in the world, which is situated in south Asian sub-continent. Since early sixties of the last century the country has accepted different kinds of measures for flood management with mixed practices. Rapid population growth generates extra pressure on the land of ...

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Bangabandhu guide us to our future

Bangabandhu

MNA Editorial Desk: Bangabandhu, the conqueror of death and darkness, had left behind a burning flame to lit our path and guide us to our future. No asset can be greater for the Bengalis than the ideals that Bangabandhu had passed on to us. The grief-filled August has come once again to remind us of the sad demise of the father of the nation in 1975. Bangabandhu never flinched from doing or saying anything he thought was right. In this sad month of August, as the rains of Sravana pelt us with intimations of tragedy, it is time to remember ...

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People infected by taking adulterated medicine

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MNA Editorial Desk: As the common people are being infected with different diseases by taking adulterated food, the impure medicine are also risky. The adulteration of medicine is also a serious threat for public health. Medicine is not a product like other general commodities. It is much sensitive product, no doubt. We all know that adulterated medicine, substandard quality medicine and even date expired medicine can bring calamitous consequence for country. The great danger of counterfeit and sub-standard medicine is they are silent killers damaging important organs, but people who are taking the medicine do not understand it. Adulterated or ...

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9/11 shocked global standpoints on terrorism

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MNA Editorial Desk: 9/11 shocked the international system, changing global standpoints on both the threat of terrorism and the tools essential to stop it. In spite of the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in May 2011, the world is still—a decade after September 11 (9/11) — looking for an effective way to react to the global terrorist threat. In current years, terrorist networks have changed, moving away from a dependency on state sponsorship; many of the most dangerous groups and individuals now operate as nonstarter actors. Taking benefit of porous borders and unified international systems—finance, communications, and transit—terrorist ...

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Water pollution became threat to aquatic species

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MNA Editorial Desk: Water pollution is beyond the limit in most of the water sources, and became a great threat to the survival of aquatic species in Bangladesh. The rivers of Bangladesh are the worse target of pollution, particularly the rivers which stands in the neighborhood of the Dhaka city is being polluted extremely. The dissolved oxygen level of many of the rivers’ water has touched at fatal level. Due to over spilling of pollutants during the rainy season, the agricultural lands are polluted that they have lost their crop mounting ability and hence remain unused all the year round. ...

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Developments needed for primary education

education

MNA Editorial Desk: In spite of many successes during the past decade, major developments are still needed in order for all children to receive the advantages of primary education. In terms of access, the high enrollment rates achieved for both boys and girls do not yet equate to covering all the children in Bangladesh. It is currently estimated that there are more than 3 million out-of-school children throughout the country. Schooling opportunities are also very limited for some specific groups such as working children, disabled children, indigenous children and those in remote areas or living in extreme poverty. Even for ...

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Bangladesh is one transit points for human trafficking

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MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh is one of the source countries as well as transit point for human trafficking. Every year thousands of people are trafficked out. In a study, it has been found that among the trafficking victims, the women and the children are in the most susceptible situation. The notion of trafficking is quite vital; the parameter of the term ‘trafficking’ is repeatedly developing in response to the growth or change of political, economic and social conditions. Human trafficking along with arms business is the second largest criminal industry in the world and the yearly revenue for this is ...

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Fight against child labor in Bangladesh

Child

MNA Editorial Desk: While significant achievements in the fight against child labor continue to be made in Bangladesh, some 1.2 million children are still locked in its worst forms. Child labor in Bangladesh is common, with 4.7 million or 12.6% of children aged 5 to 14 in the work force. Out of the child laborers involved in the work force, 83% are employed in rural areas and 17% are employed in urban areas. Employment ranges from jobs in the informal sector such as in agriculture and domestic service, to jobs in the formal sector, such as in the garment industry. ...

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Criminal activities marked a sharp rise on highways

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MNA Editorial Desk: As Eid-ul-Azha nears fast, criminal activities like hijacking of Dhaka-bound sacrificial cattle-carrying trucks, armed robbery and extortion have marked a sharp rise on the national highways across the country. The robbers did not just snatch the passengers’ money and valuables; they hacked and stabbed them with sharp implements, leaving passengers critically wounded. This horrifying incidents are the example of how dangerous the roads and highways of the country have become. Worried traders have blamed insufficient police patrols on highways for a spate of highway robberies now. Transport owners and workers are reportedly being forced to feed extortionists ...

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Endemic corruption and irregularities in health sector

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MNA Editorial Desk: Governance challenges in this sector exist that hinder further achievements. According to TIB’s National Household Survey (2012), 40.2% of the recipients of health services from public institutions became victims of irregularities and corruption while receiving services. Many doctors at district and upazila hospitals remain off-duty during office hours, while patients are suggested to go to private diagnostic centers or chambers. Patients at the public hospitals also have to pay bribes for beds, tests, ambulance and other services. Besides, political influence and lobbying are used for transfer or remaining in a privileged facility for longer period. For promotion ...

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Rights of domestic workers in our society

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MNA Editorial Desk: Domestic workers provide a vital service in our society but little do we care about the rights of our domestic workers. They work day and night performing daily household chores. We cannot even think of passing a single day without them in our urban lifestyle. Domestic workers are of two types; those who work inside of our homes i.e. household workers/maids, caretaker etc. and those who work outside of the home i.e. car driver, security guard/gate-man etc. Most of the domestic helps working inside the home are women while most of the drivers and guards are overwhelmingly ...

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Unfit vehicles plying on Dhaka

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MNA Editorial Desk: A huge number of unfit motor vehicles are plying on the city roads of Dhaka in violation of set laws and posing threat to commuters’ safety, besides contributing to traffic congestion and environmental hazards. The suffering public is only too aware of the total lawlessness in the transport sector. The alarming number of vehicles on the road without fitness is an indication of the appalling state of affairs. The road communication system is proceeding in a totally uncontrolled and undisciplined manner. It seems as if there is no one in charge of the sector. Neither the communications ...

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Rights of indigenous people in Bangladesh be a misery

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MNA Editorial Desk: Rights of indigenous people in Bangladesh can only be described as a misery. Indigenous people in Bangladesh face threats to their way of life and their rights are not protected as the government is overlooking long-standing land ownership rights. The indigenous population encompasses about 3 million people, a small percentage of Bangladesh’s estimated 160 million inhabitants. They belong to 54 different ethnic groups in a country the size of Iowa. The country is nearly 90 percent Muslim and about 10 percent Hindu, with a handful of Christians and Buddhists. About 90 percent of indigenous people have lost ...

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Road accidents becoming common threat to life in Bangladesh

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MNA Editorial Desk: Road accidents are becoming a more common tool of threat to life in Bangladesh. A total of 186 people were killed and 746 others were injured as some 127 incidents took place on road, rail and river ways across the country during the nine-day Eid holidays. Of them, 172 people died in road; 11 in waterway; and three in railway accidents in the country since July 1, said Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity (BJKS) in its report. The BJKS road accident monitoring team says that 46 percent of motorcycles, 32 percent of buses, 18 percent of three-wheelers and ...

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School dropout numbers are increasing in Bangladesh

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MNA Editorial Desk: School dropout rates in Bangladesh, with a population of 150 million, have always been high, but new research suggests that the numbers are increasing. Despite the recent progress in enrolment, there has been a dropout rate of 21% in primary education, according to the Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report. From 2005 to 2013, the net enrolment rate increased by 10.1 per cent—from 87.2 in 2005 to 97.3 in 2013—while the average dropout rate slump more than half from 10.2 per cent to 4.3 per cent during the same period, the report says. Most of the ...

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Malnutrition in Bangladesh remains a severe problem

malnutrition

MNA Editorial Desk: Over the years, even after several development projects, malnutrition in Bangladesh remains a severe problem. At least 53,000 children die every year in Bangladesh due to malnutrition as the country is exposed to the highest rate of child and maternal malnutrition in the world. Furthermore, 45% of deaths among the Under-5 children are caused by malnutrition since millions of children suffer from one or more forms of malnutrition, including low birth weight, stunting, underweight and Vitamin A and Iodine deficiencies. It is malnutrition that places the children into a state of pressure to regularly suffer from psychological ...

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Protection of the minority communities

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MNA Editorial Desk: There have been consistent attacks on members of the minority communities and they should receive protection for humanity. They are oppressed, their temples and churches are damaged, their houses and businesses are burgled. It is ordinary for their property to be taken over, or they are enforced to sell their land at cheap prices. Militants have attacked and killed them, including their priests, workers, preachers and other religious leaders. The most recent killing was of the Hindu priest Ananda Gopal Ganguly in Noldanga union, Jhenidah, bringing a cloud of pessimism to the area. During the six-phase UP ...

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Adulteration in cosmetics or poisonous beauty products

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MNA Editorial Desk: Adulteration in cosmetics can be defined as – addition of foreign substances, being contaminated by chemicals, or a poisonous or deleterious substance with beauty products. Several  environmental  factors  relating  to  storage  e.g. light,  humidity,  oxygen,  temperature  etc.  can  produce detrimental  effects on  stored products, but more deterioration usually results from a combination of these factors, which leads to the development of living organism including molds, mites, bacteria etc. Flying in the face of all rules and regulations, fake and substandard beauty products have flooded in many cities of Bangladesh. Rural markets in almost every district in our ...

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Dhaka city drainage system has become a curse

drainage

MNA Editorial Desk: Dhaka city drainage system has become a curse. People of the city, instead of enjoying cooler weather and heavy rain, now had to deal with making their ways through flood and sewage water before Eid. Parts of the city went under water. In the densely populated city, woes of people knew no bounds. In 1954, 1956, 1988, 1998 devastating floods occurred submerging 70 percent or more of the country. Along with the country most of the Dhaka city except pockets of high spots went under various depths of water. There was flood water in old city, eastern ...

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Food Adulteration becomes severe health concern

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MNA Editorial Desk: Food Adulteration becomes severe health concern in Bangladesh. Adulteration of foods has become a national issue. The problem is not only ignoring the human rights for safer food but also endangering public health seriously with numerous acute and chronic diseases. Our future generation will be seriously affected with vulnerable physical and mental growth inflicted by food adulteration. Adulteration of food with toxic chemicals harmful to health has reached an epidemic proportion in Bangladesh. The newspapers have dubbed it as the ‘silent killer’. It is very difficult to find a sector of food industry which is free of ...

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Restored democracy in Bangladesh and two political parties

Democracy

MNA Editorial Desk: Democracy was restored in Bangladesh in the early 1990s but the country has been blemished by a deep distrust between the two main political parties – the Awami League (AL) and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). This suspicion stands in the way of strengthening democratic organizations, such as the Electoral Commission (EC). As a result the main opposition does not want to run for elections while the ruling party controls the EC and is demanding the formation of a neutral government to oversee the poll. This issue led to a logjam in 1995 and 2001 and the suspension ...

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Awami League observing its 67th founding anniversary

Awami

MNA Editorial Desk: Awami League, the country’s oldest political party, is observing its 67th founding anniversary today. Founded on June 23, 1949, at the historic Rose Garden in the old part of Dhaka, it has been transformed into a mass organization of the people of the country by leading all the democratic-political-social-cultural movements including the long arduous freedom struggle and the War of Liberation. The party played the lead role in all the democratic movements apart from leading the nation in the War of Liberation in 1971 under the leadership of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Prime ...

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Extrajudicial Killing in Bangladesh

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MNA Editorial Desk: The Bangladeshi government should authorize an independent investigation into a recent spate of alleged extrajudicial killings by security forces in Bangladesh. The government should publicly order law enforcement agencies to ensure the safety of all those taken into custody. Joint Forces consisting of the Bangladesh Police, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), and the Border Guards Bangladesh continue to arrest opposition supporters, some of whom are accused of involvement in terrorism and militancy. Security forces claim that the deaths after arrest occurred during “crossfire,” which has previously documented is used by security forces as a common euphemism to ...

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Father’s Day a celebration honoring fathers

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MNA Editorial Desk: An special day for a special person –  Father’s day is just like that as it is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. This Sunday, families across the world will mark the special bond between fathers and their children. For many, this is often done through the giving of gifts and cards. Others prefer to enjoy a meal and quality time. Father’s Day across the world The date when Father’s Day is celebrated varies from country to country. It is celebrated in Canada, the United Kingdom, and ...

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Economic growth in South Asia expected to accelerate

Economic

MNA Editorial Desk: Driven by a strong expansion in India, coupled with favorable oil prices, economic growth in South Asia is expected to accelerate. The region is among the greatest global beneficiaries from cheap oil, as all countries in it are net oil importers. In the last quarter of 2014 South Asia was already the fastest-growing region in the world, a World Bank report said. According to the twice-a-year South Asia Economic Focus report, regional growth is projected to steadily increase from 7 percent in 2015 to 7.6 percent by 2017 through maintaining strong consumption and increasing investment. Given India’s ...

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Are we dominated by the Indian cultural aggression?

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MNA Editorial Desk: In the era of globalization, a question comes to our mind as Bangladeshis- are we dominated by the Indian cultural aggression? In the era of globalization one culture can mix up with another without harming the individuality of the respective culture. But when this culture-intermingling turns into cultural domination, the individuality of a particular culture remains under threat. This is what is happening here in Bangladesh right now. And this domination is taking the turn of imperialism day by day. Cultural Imperialism refers to the creation and maintenance of unequal relationships between civilizations favoring the more powerful ...

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