• Thursday, December 18, 2014

Freedom in the air

Editorial

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Capital flight triples in a year

THE Global Financial Integrity (GFI) in its latest study has found that capital flight from Bangladesh has tripled in the last year from US$1.78billion up from $593million a year ago. The country ranked 4th in South Asia and shows a disturbing trend which indicates that there is little confidence in the political stability of the country. The flight of such large sums of monies is also an indicator of how little control policymakers have over the transfer of such...

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Carnage in Peshawar school

WE have no words to express our shock and horror at the carnage perpetrated by jihadist militants against schoolchildren at a military-run public school in Peshawar of Pakistan on Tuesday. We condemn in the strongest possible terms the dastardly attack on a school causing death of some 132 children and nine staff members including teacher.  Our heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved families. By claiming responsibility for the monstrosity enacted, the Pakistani Taliban have once again exposed their evil face. Those...

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Published Date: December 17, 2014
BCL activist shot dead

IT is deplorable that the unrelenting infighting of Bangladesh Chhatra League for establishing dominance over Chittagong University has resulted in the death of Taposh Sarkar, a first-year BCL activist, on Sunday. The factional divide has spiraled out of control over the last few months, as reported by the media, all but paralysing the university. Even the Prime Minister herself last month warned the members to stop the frequent infighting on campus. The murder of Taposh signals that even the primier's...

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Published Date: December 17, 2014
Barendra museum heist

ACCORDING to a prominent Bengali daily, as many as 185 artefacts including ancient statues, Terracotta, currencies besides countless publications, have been smuggled out of the Barendra museum which is administered by Rajshahi university. The appalling news was revealed at a special meeting held by the museum's advisory committee recently. Based on an investigation carried out by the advisory committee, fingers have been pointed at two former directors for their alleged involvement in removing the antiques. There have been several...

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Published Date: December 16, 2014
Our Victory Day

THIS is a day that occurs every year in our life with a mixed feeling. On this day 43 years ago the gallant sons and daughters of the soil, the valiant freedom fighters, gave meaning to the flag of Bangladesh by wresting the burning sun from the sky and planting it firmly on the flag of Bangladesh. 16 December is testimony to the fact that the rightful aspirations of a people cannot be snubbed by force. But victory for us...

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Published Date: December 16, 2014
Lima talks end

THAT some 190 nations have struck a deal in Lima to submit plans to combat climate change by limiting green house gas emissions by 2015 is a halfway house outcome. There is no substitute for a transparent and verifiable system of measuring emission cuts. And if this can't be ensured then the increasing rise in global temperature can't be efficiently scaled down. Moreover, the point is if the countries are to succeed in a year's time to form the basis...

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Published Date: December 15, 2014
Time for decisive action long overdue

FIVE days after the devastating accident, we are appalled at the government's lackluster attempt at containing the oil spill in the Sundarbans, despite repeated and urgent appeals from different quarters to speed up the clean-up operation. The government began its tedious manual operation four days after the incident, deploying only 200 workers -- a delayed move that, according to experts, is totally inadequate in containing the oil spill which has now spread across at least 350 square kilometres of...

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Published Date: December 15, 2014
Why this coercive method?

THIS is downright violation of child rights in the name of rehabilitation of so-called street children of Karwan Bazar. Some social welfare directorate officials with police help on Saturday randomly picked up and forcibly hauled a bunch of boys and girls on to a parked microbus. The fear-stricken children raising a hue and cry, the jostling crowd came to their aid, resisting the move to take them away. Neither the social welfare staff nor the policemen could furnish an official...

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Published Date: December 14, 2014
Their supreme sacrifice remembered

On this very painful day, we remember and grieve the lives of our brightest intellectuals, mercilessly killed by the Pakistani occupation army and its local collaborators on the eve of victory in 1971. It was a systematic, if desperate, attempt to deal one last blow to the emerging nation:  to deny it its intellectual wealth and cripple its progress. And so, between December 12 and 14, they picked up and put to death the luminaries of intellectual world --...

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Published Date: December 14, 2014
IT services taking root nationwide

With the establishment of digital service centres in more than 4,500 village unions and some 460 urban digital centres at ward level under 11 city corporations, millions of people are getting the benefit of government services which had earlier been a challenge in terms of time spent, and bribery and hassle entailed. With United Nations Development Fund's technical assistance, the establishment of such digital centres in unions fully equipped with computers, audio and visual equipment and high speed internet...

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