• Thursday, July 24, 2014

Editorial

Editorial

Drug court's verdict welcome

IN a welcome judgment a Dhaka drug court on Tuesday awarded the highest punishment under the law to a pharmaceutical company owner and her two staff members for manufacturing an adulterated drug for children. Being the first case of such conviction, the court has thus set the stage for holding to account other spurious drug makers, the deadly impact of whose products is yet to be unraveled.   The convicted drug manufacturer, as the case statement goes, was responsible for...

Continued EU market access

GOING by what the outgoing head of the EU delegation William Hanna has stated, the duty free access Bangladesh gets to the EU market has proved to be a tremendous opportunity for exports. Indeed, EU remains the country's single largest export market, with exports going up by a significant 57 per cent over the last three and a half years. It speaks volumes for the quality of our products and the RMG sector as a whole. That said, for...

Editorial

Published Date: July 23, 2014
Public servants' falsifying FF certificate!

THE government by having revoked the false freedom fighters' certificates that 35 public servants had been using over the years to illegally occupy different official positions and draw benefits illegally from the public exchequer has taken the first step towards holding these fraudsters to account. But considering the gravity of their offence, the government should not rest content with merely removing them from office.  They should be made to refund the money they have so far illegally taken from...

Editorial

Published Date: July 23, 2014
So it's media's fault!

THE communications minister asserts that 80 per cent of the highways are in good shape adding that media has published three-year old pictures in an apparent bid to underplay the progress in the road repair work. We find Mr. Quader's statement unfortunately lacking in depth. If he is so sure that the media is reusing old photographs, let him furnish these as proof of such misrepresentation. Then media will admit its mistake. This is the least we could expect...

Editorial

Published Date: July 22, 2014
Festive boon for the economy

WITH Eid-ul-Fitr around the corner, retailers are rushing to meet the huge demand for apparels by opening new stores and keeping shops open for longer. Pre-Eid shopping is seen as one of the biggest revenue generating periods for our economy. This is when local retail outlets are buoyed both by the seasonal demand and the substantial inflow of remittance sent by Bangladeshi people living abroad for the purpose of Eid shopping. For this reason, it is a halcyon time...

Editorial

Published Date: July 22, 2014
BIWTC's old vessels

ALONG with its regularly scheduled services, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) is adding to its fleet strength with repaired old vessels to meet the rush of Eid travellers. The BIWTC 's  reinstating some nearly eighty year old ships back into service highlights the inadequate fleet capacity of the state-owned corporation. More to the point, would the increased fleet strength, the way it's being done, upgrade the safety status overall? This question begs a satisfactory answer. Especially restoration of four...

Editorial

Published Date: July 21, 2014
State terror unleashed on Gaza

THE death toll is now over 400 following Israel's decision to increase its military offensive on the Hamas in the Gaza strip. The Israeli military is now engaging in ground assaults to add to their air-strikes in their bid to curb the Hamas. We condemn this abject display of violence and implore world leaders to stop diplomatic procrastination and pressure both sides to engage in peace talks. Treaty dialogue is imperative at the moment as UN reports have stated...

Editorial

Published Date: July 21, 2014
Robber gangs at Sundarbans

A large number of  people depending on the Sundarbans for their livelihood are being preyed on by bandits   on a regular basis for all sorts  extortions. Their tyrannical  strangle-hold  in  the area, thanks to pathological lack of  control  by the local administration , particularly the forest department , keeps  impoverishing the people and denying the government of revenues. The honey collectors, fishermen, crab catchers and golpata traders  have to collect “forest permits” from the gangs' agents  to be able to...

Editorial

Published Date: July 20, 2014
The tragedy of Malaysian flight

One disaster breaks hearts. A second one scares the world over the growing hazards to international travel. Not long ago, a Malaysian Airlines flight went missing without a trace. And now the shooting down of flight MH 17 raises an entirely different set of questions. One is pretty certain that a missile attack brought down the aircraft on the Russia-Ukraine border. As many as 298 lives have been lost. The calamity, for that is what it is, has left...

Editorial

Published Date: July 20, 2014
Thumbs up for domestic RMG market

Keraniganj has become the hub for readymade apparels produced by small factories that cater to the domestic market for both adults and children's wear. With some 8,000 small factories churning out products ranging from children's clothing to T-shirts and jeans, they service the lower and middle income groups of Bangladesh. Indeed, from what has been published in this paper, sales touch Tk1,000crore during the month of Ramadan. What is interesting to note here is that denim (jeans) constitute 50 per...