Editorial

Fight against child labor in Bangladesh

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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

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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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Child abuse: a silent crime in Bangladesh

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MNA Editorial Desk: Child abuse in Bangladesh is a silent crime. Child sexual abuse is increasing day by day and it is affecting every level of the Bangladeshi society. Child sexual abuse can occur inside the family, by a guardian, step-parent, siblings or other relative or outside the home, for example, by a friend, neighbor, child care person, instructor, or stranger and the workplace. Disable children is more vulnerable to abuse. When sexual abuse has happened, a child can create a variety of upsetting emotions, thoughts and behaviors. No child is mentally readied to adapt to rehashed sexual stimulation. Indeed ...

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Waste management projects by City Corporations

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MNA Editorial Desk: According to reports, several waste management projects by City Corporations is yet to be in action. The two city corporations in Dhaka are stressed with their waste management schemes due to absence of adequate land as well as difficulties shaped by unlawful land inhabitants. The new mayors, however, are self-assured that they can repair the systems in six months. Both Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) launched development projects to improve the capital’s waste management system in 2013. One of them, titled “Urban Public and Environmental Health Development Project,” was aimed at ...

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‘Third gender’ is a word or a gender

Gender

MNA Editorial Desk: A sudden look over the word ‘Third Gender’ brings a question to the mind that if ‘Third Gender’ is a word or a gender as a deep thought on this world can create cloud inside our heads. The third gender, commonly used word for the transgender is an identity-based category for people who do not identify themselves as either male or female.  This may include people who want to perform or want to be presented as a gender that is different than the one which was assigned to them at birth, based on genitalia or other criteria. ...

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Bangladesh yet to take steps against child marriage

Bangladesh

MNA Editorial Desk: The Bangladesh government is yet to take adequate steps against child marriage, in spite of promises to do so, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released recently. Instead, in steps in the wrong direction, after her July 2014 pledge to end child marriage by 2041, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina attempted to lower the age of marriage for girls from 18 to 16 years old, raising serious doubts about her commitment. Bangladesh has the highest rate of child marriage of girls under the age of 15 in the world, with 29 percent of girls in ...

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Women in Bangladesh made a quiet revolution

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MNA Editorial Desk: Women in Bangladesh have made major strides or it has been a quiet revolution over the past decades, putting the South Asian country at the forefront among the least-developed countries in addressing gender disparity. Since the World Conference on Women in Mexico in 1975, which was a milestone in the battle for equality Bangladesh has been at the forefront among the least-developed countries (LDCs) in addressing gender disparities. Bangladesh has the eighth lowest gender gap in political empowerment in the world. This is partially due to the fact that it has had a female head of state ...

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The consequences of climate change

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MNA Editorial Desk: Global climate change has already had observable effects on the environment and the consequences of climate change can be very ferocious. Glaciers have shrunk, ice on rivers and lakes is breaking up earlier, plant and animal ranges have shifted and trees are flowering sooner. Effects that scientists had predicted in the past would result from global climate change are now occurring: loss of sea ice, accelerated sea level rise and longer, more intense heat waves. Taken as a whole, the range of published evidence indicates that the net damage costs of climate change are likely to be ...

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‘Begum’ Editor Nurjahan Begum passed away

Begum

MNA Editorial Desk: Nurjahan Begum, noted journalist and editor of the weekly ‘Begum’, passed away on Monday. In the capital’s Square Hospital she breathed her last. Nurjahan is survived by two daughters. The news of Nurjahan’s demise was received with shock and gloom, with President Md. Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Jatiya Sangsad speaker Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and different socio-political figures expressed their condolence over the death and expressing their sympathies for the bereaved family members. Born in Chandpur on June 4, 1925, Nurjahan was the child of renowned journalist Mohammad Nasiruddin, who was the editor of ‘The ...

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Climate change impact on coastal area

climate

MNA Editorial Desk: Impact of climate change on the coastal area of Bangladesh can be very vital for the overall ecosystem of this belt. Of all the countries in the world, Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change on coastal area. The regular and severe natural hazards that already batter the country – tropical cyclones, river erosion, flood, landslides and drought – are all set to increase in intensity and frequency as a result of climate change. Rising sea levels will increasingly inundate Bangladesh’s coast, and dramatic coastal and river erosion will destroy land ...

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