Child abuse: a silent crime in Bangladesh


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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Sexual harassment in educational institution

protest against sexual harassment

MNA Editorial Desk: Sexual harassment in educational institution is still rife. The High Court of Bangladesh issued landmark directives on the prevention of sexual harassment seven years ago. Sexual harassment that takes place at workplaces, educational institutions and public places. The 2009 directives defined sexual harassment and directed employers and authorities of institutions to provide mechanisms to prevent and prosecute offenses of sexual abuse and harassment. But according to UN Women Bangladesh’s 2013 situational analysis in eight universities, 76 per cent of female students had faced incidents of sexual harassment. Mahtabul Hakim, UN Women’s Coordinator of Ending Violence against Women ...

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Fire safety in Bangladesh and raising concerns

Fire safety has become a major issue in Bangladesh in the recent few years and is raising critical concerns. It is also a buzzing word in Bangladeshi garment factories. Poor electrical installations and bad maintenance often create significant fire hazards as we have seen from our experience. A fire broke out at a slum in the city’s Farmgate area and another ravaged a jute mill in the southern district of Khulna on Wednesday morning. This year on April 13, 18 and 27, a massive fire erupted near the DhanSagar Station, which the forest department says were actually acts of arson. ...

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Bangladesh receiving little attention for assailants


Bangladesh is receiving little attention in comparison to other countries in South Asia such as Pakistan or Afghanistan for the recent activities of assailants or militant groups. As the fourth largest Muslim state in the world, Bangladesh’s standing has been encouraging. Bangladesh’s counter-terrorism response is currently at a critical juncture and its preparedness to counter emerging threats remains under scrutiny. Operational responses alone are proving inadequate. The government must scale up capacity in the cyber and digital domain, particularly on social media networks, and build up technical capabilities and expertise for monitoring and countering violent extremism online. Bangladesh still lacks ...

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G20 advise growth opportunities beyond ultra-easy policy to spark global economy

On Saturday, the top economies of the world anticipated on a declaration to recommend the world to look for options for growth opportunities other than ultra-low interest rates as well as printing money to get over from the vulnerability of global economy. Alongside, they promised future structural reforms as they believe that would intrigue activity. The G20 (Group of 20) finance ministers and central bankers have gathered in Shanghai for a two-day meeting. A draft of the statement, which is to be issued at the end of the meeting, projected huge concerns and policy frictions that was driven due to ...

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