• Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Editorial

Editorial

Deaths in shootouts

REPORTS of persons suspected or accused of serious crimes dying in gunfights with law-enforcement agencies are again in the news. Take, for example, the death of Shah Alam alias Kailla Babu at Moghbazar in the city on Monday. Police say, during an arms recovery operation he was killed in an exchange of fire with the law-enforcers. But some locals who reside near the scene of the said gunfight gave quite a different version of the incident to reporters.         Last Sunday,...

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Authorities' Eid promises

EVERY year around this time authorities give out blazing outlines about how law and order shall be maintained during Eid festivities. And practically every year we see a deficit in implementation. Precisely how this year it will be different is something to be seen. The usual promises have been made regarding prevention of extortion of cattle traders coming to Dhaka. Yet only yesterday, the lead item in a national Bangla daily has pointed out that the bulk of the...

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Published Date: September 16, 2014
Eviction from railway land

WE agree that railway lands must be freed of illegal grabbers and encroachment. And no one can take issue with the authorities for taking actions to ensure the safety of the railway tracks and the safety of the railway passengers. But we certainly take issue with the method of the drive which commenced recently to free railway lands. It is, to say the least, highhanded and most inhuman. We feel that the slum dwellers as well as the many...

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Published Date: September 16, 2014
Jaywalking across flyovers!

IF one has viewed our yesterday's photo series of jaywalking by pedestrians along the Gulistan-Jatrabari flyover near Tikatuili then one must have had a chill running through one's spine. The photos showed cluster of pedestrians risking their lives while scaling over and slipping through the divider along the flyover. This kind of crossing is not only unlawful but also dangerous as one is likely get hit by a wheezing vehicle any minute. In case of a flyover, a fast travelling...

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Published Date: September 15, 2014
Save the moribund city

WE have used this space repeatedly over last several years to flag the dire straits that the capital city is in and the bleak prospect of its future as a city worth inhabiting. It already is the second worst city as far as the livable index is concerned and given the services rendered to the people living in Dhaka city, one wonders if things can get any worse for those nearly fifteen million of us who happen to endure...

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Published Date: September 15, 2014
Poor's access to justice

NEEDLESS to say,ensuring justice  to  poor multitudes  in our country should be a part and parcel of  our quest for establishing  a  rights based society. While there are efforts to alleviate poverty,implying a modicum of economic justice,they remain vulnerable to other forms of injustices in the social arena. A survey on the poor under a DFID supported Community Legal Service(CLS) programme  has revealed  that  95 percent  are unable to lodge FIR and 73 percent  to file a general diary.More than...

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Published Date: September 14, 2014
Women's worth grossly undervalued

The socio-cultural curse of widespread discrimination including violence against women is rooted in the fact that their economic worth remains mostly undervalued at best and not valued at all at worst.Even in cases where women are paid for their work, it still is highly inequitable compared to what their male counterparts get. More demeaning to the women's intrinsic worth is the substantial underestimation of the role in GDP  for the failure to reflect the unaccounted for value of women's...

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Published Date: September 14, 2014
BIMSTEC HQ in Dhaka

A decade after its formation, BIMSTEC, which stands for 'The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation' and encompasses five nations from South and South East Asia, a permanent secretariat has been set up in Dhaka. Experts are lauding it as a major step in realising the vision of “shared development” across 14 sectors spanning from trade and investment, communication, energy, poverty alleviation and counter terrorism. What is of import is to take forward the initiative...

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Published Date: September 13, 2014
Death on the tracks

THIS is not the first time we are reporting on the death of individuals on railway tracks in Kawran Bazaar area. Any death is a tragedy and when multiple deaths occur, our hearts go out to the bereaved families of the deceased. What answer will authorities give this time round? That an illegal fish market has been thriving on railway tracks is open knowledge and to feign ignorance will simply not do. Every time a tragedy like this occurs,...

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Published Date: September 13, 2014
Post-flood concerns

THE flood waters are receding in major districts. With that comes the possibility of post-flood outbreak of waterborne diseases. This is nothing new. Safe drinking water has always been a problem in the immediate aftermath of a flood as sources of fresh drinking water become scarce or contaminated. It is not surprising to find large numbers of people becoming sick with dysentery, fever and skin ailments. While relief operations are going on in various parts of the country, the...