• Friday, November 21, 2014

Editorial

Editorial

Biman insiders in smuggling racket!

TUESDAY'S arrest of three high level Biman officials along with two private citizens in connection with 12 November's seizure of 2.6 kg smuggled gold at Shahjalal International Airport has been a real eye-opener. The incident has blasted the myth that it is only petty Biman employees who in collusion with outside syndicates are involved in the smuggling. It also sheds some light on how the crime has been continuing unabated despite apprehension of culprits in the act from time...

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Rescue of trafficked Bangladeshis

THE rescue of some 576 people from a cargo trawler near St. Martin's Island on Monday is a case of successfully foiling the human traffickers' bid to illegally smuggle Bangladeshi citizens out of the country, thanks to Bangladesh Navy.  The rescued people informed that they were bound for Malaysia where they would be provided with job, so had promised their captors.  In fact, this is yet another instance of intercepting the traffickers who have since long been engaged in...

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Published Date: November 20, 2014
Youths as propellers of robust growth

ACCORDING to a report recently published by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 47.6 million or nearly a third of Bangladesh' population comprise  young people, aged between 10 and 24 years. To take advantage of this huge demographic potential, policymakers need to make targetted investments in developing human capital ; for it is the youth population that has the capacity to become drivers for change and growth in the country. Although Bangladesh has made commendable progress in primary school...

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Published Date: November 20, 2014
Right to Information

THE Right to Information (RTI) Act, if used judiciously, can be a powerful instrument for the governed to hold the government accountable. However, despite the crucial role RTI can play to shed light on the corrupt and unlawful practices of politicians and public and private institutions, journalists in the country have so far been largely unenthusiastic about using it. Even five years after its enactment, RTI has reached only 5% of the total population. It is usually argued that the...

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Published Date: November 19, 2014
Violation of female migrants' rights

THE plight of female migrant workers, despite their increasing contributions to the country's remittance earnings, is rarely ever highlighted in discussions and policymaking on “manpower” and migrant rights. It is a matter of great concern that a majority of female migrant workers face different forms of violence in the workplace, including physical and sexual abuse, and are exploited either by employers or recruiting agencies. According to a study published by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) earlier this year, 65%...

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Published Date: November 19, 2014
Absence of elected councilors

SINCE the bifurcation of the city corporation into two zones some four years ago, due to an absence of election to these two corporations, government appointed administrators and officials have taken the place of elected representatives. Hence the bulk of Dhaka city residents are unable to avail themselves of the most basic of services within acceptable time spans. Many services like getting a birth certificate which used to be a matter of one working day nowadays may take anywhere...

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Published Date: November 18, 2014
Dastardly killing of RU professor

WE condemn in the strongest terms the brutal killing of Professor Shafiul Islam of Rajshahi University. The fingers are being pointed at extremists groups, and even one such group has claimed responsibility for the killing. It seems that the Rajshahi University has become unsafe for teachers given that in the last ten years Prof. Islam is the third teacher to be killed, all victims of religious extremist groups One fails to understand the motive of the killing. The deceased was...

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Published Date: November 18, 2014
Get into winning habit

BANGLADESH has sealed its most successful Test series victory ever by whitewashing Zimbabwe 3 - 0. It was also our maiden Test whitewash series. Our heartiest felicitations to the Tigers. Now with a big victory comes an even bigger responsibility, and that is to continue winning. Not that we haven't booked a Test victory before, but it's the sheer margin of victory that stands out this time around. Now that we have been consistent in one series, the expectation will be...

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Published Date: November 17, 2014
Traffic jam due to Jubo League rally

VEHICULAR movement came to a virtual halt on Saturday, stuck up in traffic snarl up that affected the greater part of the city for several hours. Even pedestrian movement was hampered. The suffering was caused by the processions of the youth front of the Awami League, both foot and vehicle, which had literally commandeered most of the main thoroughfares of the capital on their way to Suhrawardy Udyan, the meeting venue, from various parts of the city.  Even some...

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Published Date: November 17, 2014
Tax on savings of low income earners

THE government is collecting taxes on the savings and pension schemes of low and very low earners whose income is tax-free, eating away at what are often their only asset accumulated through a lifetime of hard work. What is ridiculous is that many of these people have to pay 15% of the profits on savings as advance income tax since 2012 because they do not have a TIN, and they don't need to have one, as opposed to 10%...