Editorial

Language of neo-liberalism

Language is critical to this process of calming the anger of the people. In the detail it obfuscates; in the macro, it depersonalises. Words like ‘PTSD’ and ‘outsourcing’ remove the clarity and even the human element from the description, serving—at a granular level—the same purpose as the ‘imperfect world’ rhetoric serves at a macro level. Where we assign the blame—and […]

October 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Editorial

Enough is enough

IN 1971, we gained our freedom from Pakistan; the people of Bangladesh dreamt of living with dignity, with their heads held high and gain economic prosperity. Unfortunately, and with much shame, we must admit that 42 years have elapsed after the war of independence but we are not free, we still breathe in perpetual fear, the people are being exploited. […]

October 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Editorial

Govt, opposition need to find a middle ground

THE content of the telephonic conversation between the prime minister and the leader of the opposition, which was leaked initially to a couple of private-sector electronic media outlets early Tuesday and subsequently aired by almost all private television channels and posted in different internet portals, social media included, is likely to disappoint and even disturb many, especially those who have […]

October 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Editorial

Political opportunism at its worst

IT IS indeed unfortunate that the government has backtracked on its decision to enact the Qoumi Madrassah Education Act 2013 intended to establish a new authority to evaluate and monitor the activities of qoumi madrassah education boards and chalk out a mechanism of inspection of qoumi madrassahs and a policy for their management apparently in the face of a threat […]

October 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Editorial

Afghanistan: countdown to US withdrawal

Attention may now turn from the Arab uprisings to Afghanistan as the US and NATO forces prepare to leave in 2014, writes Deepak Tripathi FOR three years, the world’s eyes have been focused on the Arab uprisings and subsequent events, but now the attention is going to turn to Afghanistan as US-led foreign troops prepare to leave the country next […]

October 29, 2013 · 0 comments · Editorial

Let good senses prevail

BOTH the mainstream political parties need to realise that their failure to peacefully resolve the ongoing impasse could lead to further deepening of political uncertainty and also social disorder. However, let alone a resolution, there is yet to be a concrete move towards a dialogue between the feuding camps. Meanwhile, the ruling and opposition camps remain rigid on their respective […]

October 29, 2013 · 0 comments · Editorial

RMG factory owners’ latest trick

THE readymade garment factory owners, it seems, are willing to use anything as a pretext to prolong, if not postpone, the ongoing negotiations towards an upward revision of the minimum wage for workers in the RMG sector. On Sunday, according to a report published in New Age on Monday, they did not turn up at the meeting of the minimum […]

October 29, 2013 · 0 comments · Editorial

An auspicious invention

THE invention of a bio-pesticide by a group of scientists at Dhaka University, for agricultural use, is, indeed a welcome piece of news. As New Age reported on Sunday, the bio-pesticide, developed from a bacterium and tested successfully on different vegetables such as eggplants, cabbages and cauliflowers, is likely to play a crucial role in reducing dependence of the farmers […]

October 29, 2013 · 0 comments · Editorial

CONCLUDING PART: The lead actor slides down the world stage

A NUMBER of countries are now changing their policy on US dollar-backed reserves. Central banks are losing trust on the US dollar, and moving away from it. About 18 percent of China’s trade is settled in yuan, its currency. A number of countries, especially China will increase pressure for global acceptance of their currencies as alternative to the US dollar […]

October 28, 2013 · 0 comments · Editorial

Still not enough

NEW Age reported on Sunday that readymade garment factory owners were likely to place a revised proposal to the wage board, suggesting Tk 4,430 as minimum wage for workers, in the face of protests and criticisms by workers and civil rights groups. The proposal is 30 per cent higher in basic wage along with food and transport subsidies. It seems garment […]

October 28, 2013 · 0 comments · Editorial

No scope for dithering over talks on election-time govt

THE gleeful enthusiasm with which the national media, print, electronic and online, treated, and society at large greeted, the telephonic conversation between the prime minister and the leader of the opposition on Saturday tends to reveal a disconcerting truth — that even an exchange of pleasantries, let alone a dialogue, between the two top political leaders of the country has […]

October 28, 2013 · 0 comments · Editorial

Yet more instance of favouritism

THE recent promotion of 276 doctors to the rank of junior consultants although they could not meet the requirements has understandably raised a few eyebrows. As New Age reported on Sunday, the health ministry ordered their promotion on the recommendation of the departmental promotion committee, bypassing the Public Service Commission. Notably, the health minister has repeatedly called for promotions on […]

October 28, 2013 · 0 comments · Editorial

PART I: The lead actor slides down the world stage

ONLY days ago, the Ohio Clock, sitting near the US Senate Chamber since 1815, turned silent as the US government risked running out of money. After 16 days, a hastily sealed cross-party deal made the Ohio Clock tick again. Now, the clock continues to tick, and the time continues to move, and new time travels in. But the times of […]

October 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Editorial

Living in a limbo

I JUST cannot wait for the elections to get over; unless it is, the citizens of this country, it seems, will have to continue living in uncertainty. From today begins a 60-hour non-stop hartal. How can we afford the country to be at a standstill for three days at a stretch? The political leaders battling amongst each other for state […]

October 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Editorial

Govt must stop politicking about political impasse

The political crisis continues to deepen because of the apparently calculative political move of the incumbents to exhaust the energy of political opponents who are desperate to create a level playing field for the forthcoming general elections. When the opposition political camp/s backed by millions of supporters have consistently been urging the incumbents, particularly the all-powerful prime minister Sheikh Hasina […]

October 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Editorial

Early apparel factory inspection a must

With the two worst-ever industrial accidents in a row, first the Tazreen Fashions fire in November 2012, in which 111 people died, and then the Rana Plaza collapse in April, which left at least 1,133 people dead, when the United States suspended its generalised system of preferences facilities given to a number of Bangladeshi products, mostly non-apparel, on grounds of […]

October 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Editorial

Khaleda Zia’s proposed interim govt and related issues

It is not always true but on the question of interim government, Khaleda Zia is on the right side of history and popular outlook and opinion. It has not always been the case but the BNP so far has taken the high road in the issue, including Khaleda Zia pledging and urging others to abstain from personal attacks and offensive […]

October 26, 2013 · 0 comments · Editorial

Muhith’s outrageous remark on Yunus

Abul Maal A Muhith, the finance minister of the Awami League-led government, called Dr Muhammad Yunus a terrorist. Almost all the members of the party have made such derogatory comments about the Nobel Laureate at one time or the other. For example, Syed Ashraful Islam, the LGRD and cooperatives minister and AL general secretary, once said. ‘How could Muhammad Yunus […]

October 26, 2013 · 0 comments · Editorial

A welcome piece of legislation

THE passage of a private member’s bill in parliament on Thursday, criminalising torture in custody and stipulating a minimum punishment of life-term imprisonment with fines for members of law enforcement and security agencies or government officials for death, torture and inhuman treatment in custody, fulfils a long overdue obligation of Bangladesh as a signatory to the Convention against Torture and […]

October 26, 2013 · 0 comments · Editorial

Manna Dey: master of melodious nostalgia

ONE may not be a traditional modern Bangla song aficionado but whatever the preferred genre there is one song which perhaps transgresses all sections of music to stand with its profound uniqueness. That number is ‘Coffee House er shei addata’, undoubtedly the most famous of all Manna Dey numbers and an almost certain feature in the ten best Bengali songs […]

October 26, 2013 · 0 comments · Editorial

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