Editorial

Congratulations to Sheikh Hasina and Obaidul Quader

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Poverty

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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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