Editorial

Dhaka should have taken independent stand

INDIA deciding to pull out of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Summit that its perennial rival Pakistan was to host in Islamabad in November 9–10, with Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan following suit, has practically…

September 30, 2016 · 0 comments · Editorial

UDC inactivity a bane for urban planning

THE inactivity of the high-powered urban development committee set up a decade ago to oversee development of the capital is unfortunate…

September 30, 2016 · 0 comments · Editorial

Going blanketly without tenders is worrisome

THE government appears, worryingly though, to grow into a habit of giving projects to foreign, and local, firms and companies without putting the job out to tender. The appointment of foreign contractors in at least seven big projects…

September 29, 2016 · 0 comments · Editorial

Time to contain defaulted industrial loans

DEFAULTED loans in the industrial sector continue to rise. The defaulted industrial loans stood, as New Age reported on Wednesday, at Tk 25,067.66 crore in the 2015–16 financial year, 32.62 per cent up from Tk 18,901.27 crore in 2014–15…

September 29, 2016 · 0 comments · Editorial

No more sporadic effort to address city traffic chaos

THE government’s plan to reinstall sensor-based signals, which can assess queues of vehicles stuck in congestion and instantly feed the information into the automated control system at the crossing for systematic dispersal…

September 28, 2016 · 0 comments · Editorial

Education ministry’s failure to stitch in time

THE stipend programme that the education ministry runs for girl students coming about to run into a snag is worrying. The ministry set up the fund with Tk 10 billion, kept as seed money in fixed deposit…

September 28, 2016 · 0 comments · Editorial

A welcome ACC move that entails a lot more to do

THE Anti-Corruption Commission’s investigation of its officers and employees on charge of their engagement in corruption and irregularities leading to departmental cases — although this is not for the first time such efforts…

September 27, 2016 · 0 comments · Editorial

No compromise on ending overloading on highways

THE demand of transport owners for a change in the Motor Vehicle Axle Load Unit Control Regulation Policy 2012 beats reason. The transport owners submitted, as New Age reported on Monday, recommendations to the government on Thursday demanding…

September 27, 2016 · 0 comments · Editorial

Govt must have ways not to repeat textbook mess

POOR-QUALITY paper stock, low-grade ink and shoddy glue binding that were used to print primary school textbooks, distributed in January this year, have made most of the books unusable well into six months the students started using them…

September 26, 2016 · 0 comments · Editorial

More reasons for decentralisation of power

THE staggering income inequalities between the people living in the capital and in outlying areas, as a study report presented at an international conference in Dhaka on Saturday showed, are, indeed, alarming…

September 26, 2016 · 0 comments · Editorial

Internal borrowing rise bane for economy

A HUGE increase in government borrowing from domestic sources in the immediate past financial year does not, indeed, augur well for the economy…

September 25, 2016 · 0 comments · Editorial

A deplorable failure in literacy plan efforts

THE government’s failure to complete the preparatory work for the five-year Basic Literacy Project, by way of which the government in February 2014 planned to provide basic literacy and life skills for 4.5 million of the adult and the adolescent…

September 25, 2016 · 0 comments · Editorial

Govt should walk the talk on highway extortion

THE home minister has warned the people involved in extortion at ferry terminals and on highways of stern action. The minister, as New Age reported on Friday, after a home ministry meeting on security and law and order at ferry…

September 24, 2016 · 0 comments · Editorial

Food testing in a mess for shortage of public analysts

THE testing of food, animal feed and fertiliser for compliance with specifications and safety regulations appears to have been mostly ignored since the creation of the position of public analysts, or food analysts, responsible for…

September 24, 2016 · 0 comments · Editorial

School ground rental and a budgeting issue

GOVERNMENT primary school ground, and even classroom, coming to be rented out by the managing committees and teachers for wedding ceremonies and birthday and circumcision parties brings to the fore a gross violation of a directive…

September 23, 2016 · 0 comments · Editorial

Yet another deadly launch capsize in Barisal

YET another launch capsize left at least 13 people dead in Barisal on Wednesday. Several others were still missing. The launch started to sway because of heavy current and finally sank at Dasherhat, as New Age reported on Thursday…

September 23, 2016 · 0 comments · Editorial

Abuse of laws can’t uphold the rule of law

THE High Court summons on the upazila nirbahi officer of Sakhipur, who led a mobile court as an executive magistrate, for sentencing, under the Information and Communications Technology Act, a schoolboy to two years’ imprisonment in Tangail…

September 22, 2016 · 0 comments · Editorial

No more apathy to influential people breaking laws

TWO politicians, a jurist and a rights activist rightly pointed out in a New Age report on Wednesday that Bangladesh would not be developed if politicians and influential people continued to disobey laws…

September 22, 2016 · 0 comments · Editorial

Drug-resistance threat warrants proper attention

AN INCREASE in drug-resistant superbugs has given rise to concerns at global level. Drug-resistant infections in people and animals, if allowed to remain unchecked, will leave some 28 million people in poverty by 2050, as New Age reported…

September 21, 2016 · 0 comments · Editorial

Caution called for in BRTC truck service expansion

THE plight of the truck service of the Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation — as one in three trucks are declared out of service and dumped — and fresh efforts to rev up the truck service with plans for the procurement of 500 trucks — leave a few issues to be sorted out…

September 21, 2016 · 0 comments · Editorial

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