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No progressive force can be found in the country now
No progressive force can be found in the country now

Education

No progressive force can be found in the country now

In seeking an answer to the question of which path Bangladesh is on, we must examine the clear objective of establishing a powerful, prosperous, and democratic state. Mere protest and resistance against malevolent forces yield no significant benefit; at best, they may only replace one corrupt power with another. Constructive thought and action are necessary. We must break the existing laws, regulations, and structures to establish better ones, not to perpetuate disorder. We need to break down the old to build anew, not just to destroy. The focus now must be on building.

Why are so many citizens invisible to state law?
Why are so many citizens invisible to state law?

Editorial Views

by Editorial Desk

Fri, 14 Jun 24

Why are so many citizens invisible to state law?

It is the responsibility of the state to register the birth of its citizens. The Bangladesh government has made significant strides in this regard. However, according to the latest census, over 17 percent of the population still does not have a birth certificate. This translates to approximately 29.2 million people without birth registration. Such information was revealed in a socio-economic demographic survey conducted by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) last Wednesday (June 12).

Eviction of Mironjilla settlement of Harijan community by City Corporation is lack of conscience
Eviction of Mironjilla settlement of Harijan community

Politics and Bureaucracy

by Chiroranjan Sarker

Thu, 13 Jun 24

Eviction of Mironjilla settlement of Harijan community by City Corporation is lack of conscience

The measure of a society's civilization is determined by the rule of law it upholds. Alongside race and religion, humanity is a significant aspect of a country. Ignoring this humanity and the rule of law, an eviction drive was carried out in the Mironjilla settlement of the Harijan community in Ward 33 of Banshal, Dhaka. In this eviction drive, one person, overwhelmed with anger and despair, attempted suicide. Despite being supposed to attend school in their uniforms, students joined a human chain to protest against this eviction.

Natural gene bank Halda river should be kept pollution free
Natural gene bank Halda river should be kept pollution free

Editorial Views

by Editorial Desk

Thu, 13 Jun 24

Natural gene bank Halda river should be kept pollution free

The Halda River, flowing over the districts of Khagrachari and Chittagong, is highly significant for several reasons. The main reason is that every year, the river witnesses abundant spawning of species such as Rui, Katla, Mrigel, Kalibaus, and Carp fish. Halda is the only tidal river in the world from where a significant amount of spawn from Rui and Carp species is collected. No other tidal river on Earth allows for the collection of spawn from Rui species.

What are the consequences of Israel Palestine conflict?
What are the consequences of Israel Palestine conflict?

Diplomacy

What are the consequences of Israel Palestine conflict?

The horrific massacres in Gaza are undoubtedly distressing. Amid the prevailing discontent in the Arab world, various perspectives have emerged regarding the ongoing conflict in Gaza, leading to a divided public opinion. Questions have arisen about whether the decision to engage in intense conflict in Gaza was solely made by Hamas or if there were other resisting factions or allied forces involved in making this crucial decision. In such an unstable period, when the entire region was on the brink of a potentially catastrophic situation, this decision seems to have further exacerbated the situation

Government allocation for education should be increased
Government allocation for education should be increased

Editorial Views

by Editorial Desk

Wed, 12 Jun 24

Government allocation for education should be increased

Education is considered as a cornerstone for the development of civilization and the enhancement of human resources. Therefore, in order to establish a consensus-based education system in advanced countries, their governments are compelled to increase expenditure in this sector. In our country, the government is also striving to bring about qualitative changes, including increasing expenditure in this sector, with the aim of ensuring a consensus-based education system. However, due to various problems and crises, including insufficient allocation in the government budget for education, the desired goals in the country's education system have not yet been achieved.

Opportunity to convert black money into white money, for whose benefit?
Opportunity to convert black money into white money

Economics

by M A Khaleque

Tue, 11 Jun 24

Opportunity to convert black money into white money, for whose benefit?

Finance Minister Abul Hasan Mahmud Ali has presented a budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year (2024-2025) with a total size of 7 lakh 97 thousand crore taka. Of this, revenue is 5 lakh 41 thousand crore taka, and the expenditure is 2 lakh 56 thousand crore taka. This means there will be a deficit of 2 lakh 56 thousand crore taka in the budget. To cover the budget deficit, loans totaling 2 lakh 51 thousand 6oo crore Taka will be obtained from various domestic and foreign sources. Of this, 90 thousand 700 crore Taka will come from foreign loans. Additionally, it is expected that 4 thousand 400 crore Taka will be received as grants to help cover the budget deficit. Due to the failure to collect the desired level of revenue from domestic sources, Bangladesh is increasingly becoming dependent on foreign loans. Currently, Bangladesh's tax-to-GDP ratio is 7.6%, which is the lowest among South Asian countries.

Why do cities flood whenever it rains
Why do cities flood whenever it rains

Editorial Views

by Editorial Desk

Tue, 11 Jun 24

Why do cities flood whenever it rains

Previously, newspaper headlines would read: "Chittagong submerged after a day's rain," "Sylhet city flooded after a night's rain," "Dhaka city inundated after a day's continuous rain." Now, it doesn't even take a whole day of rain. An hour of rainfall is enough to flood the cities. This year, the monsoon hasn't even started in full force. Yet, with the occasional rain we’ve had, reports of flooding in the three major cities have already come in.

No one Knows about corruption of powerful while they are in power!
Unprecedented Benazir

Politics and Bureaucracy

by Zeauddin Ahmed

Mon, 10 Jun 24

No one Knows about corruption of powerful while they are in power!

I find it hard to believe the widespread allegations of Benazir Ahmed, the former Inspector General of Police, amassing substantial illegal wealth; after all, he had received the Integrity Award from the Ministry of Home Affairs. Integrity refers to righteous conduct, good behavior, and actions enriched with principles and ethics. The norm is to award officials and employees for honesty, integrity, and dedication to duty. Benazir Ahmed not only received the Integrity Award but also won the BPM Award five times for his brave role in the police force. If he lacked integrity, it would be unlikely for him to receive the BPM Award five times solely for his courage.

Govt needs to be more stringent in preventing child marriage
child marriage

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by Editorial Desk

Mon, 10 Jun 24

Govt needs to be more stringent in preventing child marriage

If the rate of child marriage remains at 50 percent in a country even after two decades of the twenty-first century, it is undoubtedly a matter of great shame for that nation. Child marriage clearly highlights numerous negative aspects such as education, health, poverty, dowry, social customs, and religious and social pressures within a country. If child marriage in a country decreases by only 2 percent each year, it is even more alarming. This is the case in Bangladesh. At this rate, it could take Bangladesh 215 years to eliminate child marriage. The question is, will Bangladesh wait 215 years, or will it take stricter measures to prevent child marriage?

Austerity Budget 2024-25
Austerity Budget 2024-25

Economics

by Jahangir Alam

Sun, 9 Jun 24

Austerity Budget 2024-25

With a commitment to building a happy, prosperous, advanced, and Smart Bangladesh, Finance Minister Abul Hasan Mahmood Ali has presented the new budget for the fiscal year 2024-25 in the parliament. This is his first budget, the 25th budget of the Awami League government, and the 54th budget of Bangladesh. It is also the 21st budget under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The size of the budget has increased rapidly during this government's tenure. In the fiscal year 2009-10, the total budget was BDT 1,10,523 crore. After 15 years, in the fiscal year 2024-25, it has increased by 621.12% to BDT 7,97,000 crore. The proposed new budget is 4.62% higher than the original budget of the current fiscal year and 11.56% higher than the revised budget. The size of this budget is 14.20% of GDP. The original budget size for the current fiscal year was BDT 7,61,785 crore, which was 15.21% of GDP. The size of the first budget after independence was BDT 786 crore. The proposed new budget is 1,014 times higher than that budget.

A pleasant victory in cricket
A pleasant victory in cricket

Sports

by Ekramuzzaman

Sun, 9 Jun 24

A pleasant victory in cricket

What a wonderful comeback! And it has happened as desired and in due time. It was much needed for the revival of the image in international cricket. The sky of cricket has cleared of clouds. The rays of light are visible. We were all looking towards that light. Our hopes from before are still there. We want rich cricket. We want healthy competition on the field.