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Union Council Elections-killings and Clashes May 29, 2016

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Bangladesh is undergoing elections in phases at union council level – its grass-root. So far 92 people have been died in the election and many more injured.

Local elections was so far on non-party basis. This time the Government changed it to party-basis and total scenario has been changed. It is now turns into a festival of clashes, killings and vote rigging.

As predicted, pro-government  candidates won most of seats.

But democracy is decaying and people are loosing power.

 

An ordinary citizen

 

Judiciary vs Parliament on Removal of Judges May 7, 2016

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High Court in Bangladesh scrapped the 16th amendment that empowered the parliament to remove the judges from higher courts.[1] [2]
The members of Parliament in the running session hit out at Judiciary for making the amendment.[1][2] Attorney General indicates that Government will appeal against the amendment in the next working day.

 

An ordinary citizen

Bangladesh Bank, Governor, Selection Policy April 14, 2016

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There is no selection policy for Governor of Bangladesh Bank. 

Unemployment, Opportunity & GDP in Bangladesh April 9, 2016

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Employment survey 2015 of BSS is published. 

A PM and an Editor February 26, 2016

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Mahfuz Anam, editor of Daily Star, leading English daily in Bangladesh made a blunder by committing a mistake he had done in 2007-8 during the tenure of semi-army government in publishing some reports on Sk. Hasina, now PM of the country. The reports were provided by Army intelligence and published without independently verifying by the editor. Sk. Hasina was behind the bar for 11 months during the period and the then government was accused of trying to remove 2 leading ladies , Sk. Hasina and Khaleda Zia from politcics.

So far 79 cases have been filed , some of them are defamation and others are sedition cases, submitted by different citizens at different courts of the country. Ministers and MPs also expressed their anger and opinion against Mahfuz Anam. Sk. Hasina, after remaining silent for few days, at last speaks out her mind against the editor in a gathering of party leaders and activists.

International and national organizations of journalists and eminent citizens of the country protested against the harassment on Mahfuz Anam.

A minister urged to form a commission to inquire into the events of  1/11, the term that popularly represent that government.

The problem is that 1/11 government was supported then many of AL  and BNP lawmakers and many civil and military leaders.

 

An ordinary citizen

 

 

Facebook is closed in Bangladesh November 27, 2015

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Facebook is closed for more than 7 days in Bangladesh.Other applications such as Viber,Whats up, messenger and few more were also banned along with facebook. The FB is closed on the pretext of terrorist attacks before the execution of 2 War Crime convicts.[1]
The execution is over but the authority is no mood to open the FB. They may continue it on security reasons for indefinite period. Bloggers, foreigners, priest ,ethnic minorities have been attacked and killed in recent times by unknown assailants. Prominent intellectuals were also threatened through mobile messages. It is not well understood whether the facebook has played any role in these incidents.[1]

15 millions Bangladeshi use facebook, most of whom are young and students. Now many of them are using FB by bypassing the ban through proxy servers. As the days are passing by, the proxy users are increasing in numbers.[1] Satirical writings are also communing up on FB in the mainstream media.

The ban not only affected common users, but it also affected businesses based on FB, social services such blood donors, educational pages etc.

State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim, who was appointed just 1 and half months back, defended herself in a lengthy article published in newspapers claiming that the measure has saves many lives in Bangladesh. She also claims that technology will be countered by technology though FB lovers are not yet seeing any sign of that.

The ban has put the government at odds with the Facebook Generation in Bangladesh.

An ordinary citizen

Follow up:

18/12/2015

3 Ministries of Government of Bangladesh sat with Facebook representatives  coming to Dhaka.Ministries are Home,Post & Telecommmunication & Information and Communication Technology. They had detailed discussion.[1] Government wanted to have a Facebook administrator in Bangladesh and to filter the contents before they are floated in the facebook.[1] Facebook representatives didn’t give their decision immediately and told that they will send the reply later on.

Days for waiting lingering. [1]No reply came. But ban on facebook lifted ater 22 days. The lift coincided with the coming of Government ICT Adviser Shajib Wajed Joy to Bangladesh. Tarana declared that Facebook will never be closed except in emergency.

Then we see no Government agency was taking the responsibility of banning Facebook.

Ban is reimposed on Twitter, Skype and Imo.[1]

TIB and Bangladesh Parliament November 20, 2015

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Transparency International Bangladesh published its report on parliamentary sessions 2-6  of 10th Parliament in Bangladesh.[1] In the report TIB shows that parliamentarians spent most o their time on non-parliamentary issues and termed the sessions as ‘dancing dolls house’.

Just after its publication, TIB draws bitter criticism from the   ministers and members of the parliament in and outside of the house.

The criticism ranges from questioning the audacity of TIB, searching the monitory source of TIB, summoning TIB to parliament to explain their allegations, cutting of the source of money, banning the TIB etc.

TIB became an issue by itself to engage the members of the parliament in lengthy discussions.

Intellectuals urge the government to address the issues raised by TIB and not to shoot the messenger.

An ordinary citizen

 

Pay Hike, Price Hike and Tax Hike November 12, 2015

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New pay scale 2015 has been declared. Pay of the service holders have been virtually doubled. Administrative cadre is benefited most. University teachers and other cadres have shown their resentments. The pay scale will be implemented from next January 2016.

The effect of the pay scale has already started to fall in the prices of the essentials and fare of the transport. It will also be difficult for the private sectors to cope up with the rise in the pay.

Double rise of the pay, unprecedented in the history, will be a challenge for NBR to collect the money through taxes.Taxpayers will feel extra pressure from NBR to cover the necessity. An uneasy situation will arise from the conflict. There is an impression that the Government is trying to increase it privileged belt.

An ordinary citizen

Medical Admission, Question leaks and Future of a Nation October 16, 2015

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Medical admission-1Students are protesting question leaks in Medical Entry Exam for the last 1 month. Despite the disclosure and arrest of offenders by the government agencies even before the exam, Directorate of Health Service took the exam and declared the result.[1] The result came as a blessing for the non-meritorious back benchers. Despite leakage and protest government goes on taking admission that will be completed by 17th instant in government medical colleges.

m a -2The protesters organized processions, blockade of the important offices, signature collection, art and poster shows and fasting unto death. The police charged batton, injured and arrested students.[1][1b][2][3][4][5][5][6][7][7][8][9]

m a-Many question the justification of taking admission test by the administration(DG Health) instead of academic institute (BSMMU/DMC). Some opined that it may be a conspiracy to destroy the education of the country.Health Minister declared that there was no question leaks.Education Minister and Prime Minister said nothing so far on the issue.[1][2]

m a-3Academician,independent institutions, student organization and political parties expressed their concern and urged for a inquiry into the leak or cancel the result.[1][1][2] Otherwise they said it will create frustration among the students and that will not be good for the country.

An ordinary citizen

Freedom in the World and Bangladesh September 18, 2015

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slide9‘More aggressive tactics by authoritarian regimes and an upsurge in terrorist attacks contributed to a disturbing decline in global freedom in 2014. Freedom in the World 2015 found an overall drop in freedom for the ninth consecutive year.

Nearly twice as many countries suffered declines as registered gains—61 to 33—and the number of countries with improvements hit its lowest point since the nine-year erosion began. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a rollback of democratic gains by Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s intensified campaign against press freedom and civil society, and further centralization of authority in China were evidence of a growing disdain for democratic standards that was found in nearly all regions of the world.[Overiew:Freedom in the world][1]
Bangladesh received a downward trend arrow due to increased legal harassment and attacks on bloggers, the passage of restrictive amendments to the Information and Communication Technology Act, and the deaths of dozens of protesters during demonstrations over verdicts by the country’s war crimes tribunal.[Trends in Bangladesh: Freedom in the world][2]

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Bangladesh in Democracy Index September 18, 2015

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Democracy_Index_2014_The Democracy Index is an index compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit, that measures the state of democracy in 167 countries, of which 166 are sovereign states and 165 are United Nations member states. The index is based on 60 indicators grouped in five different categories measuring pluralism, civil liberties, and political culture. In addition to a numeric score and a ranking, the index categorizes countries as one of four regime types full democracies, flawed democracies, hybrid regimes and authoritarian regimes.The index was first produced for 2006, with updates for 2008, 2010 and the following years since then.(Wikipedia)

Bangladesh ranked 85th in 2014 ranking.[1][2]

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Raunaq Jahan: Political Parties in Bangladesh-Challenges of Democratization July 25, 2015

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Political parties-1Raunaq Jahan, a well-known political scientist of Bangladesh origin working in a US university has written an analytical insight into the challenges of democratization of the political parties in Bangladesh.
A review of the book is published in Prothom Alo and a report and a review in Daily Star.

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Cricket and Politics in Bangladesh July 18, 2015

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cricket -1Bangladesh is flying on wings over his successive successes in Cricket. In the latest, BD has beaten mighty South Africa in One day international by 2-1 in the last weeks. Before this he also beat Pakistan and India in series. The cricketers become national heroes, all are house hold names, Government declared gift and honor of immense magnitude for the players, Media is filled with their praise. Even politicians, who are more like hear to the praise of themselves, are praising the cricketers. Cricketers become symbol of unity for the nation.

politics-1This is in contrast to the party and politics in Bangladesh. Now the politics is the most hated subject,though people sometimes compel to discuss it; parties are instrument of sucking the poor in particular and the people in general; and politicians are the most corrupt section of the society.

People are comparing the two and hoping that one day our politics will be as beautiful and as pure as our cricket.

An ordinary citizen

Bangladesh leaps into lower-middle income group of countries July 3, 2015

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Garmets-1World Bank declares Bangladesh leaps into lower-middle income group of countries. Its Gross National Income per capita (GNI) becomes $1314 as assessed by Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics on May 14 2015. The group contains the countries with income ranging from $1046 to $4125.[1][2] Bangladesh now  35th largest economy in WB’s ranking.[1][2]

We are feeling richer. But are we?

How the GNI is calculated?
Gross national income (GNI) is defined as the sum of value added by all producers who are residents in a nation, plus any product taxes (minus subsidies) not included in output, plus income received from abroad such as employee compensation and property income.

So GNI does not reflect the poverty, unemployment, non-investment, disparity, deprivation around.

An ordinary citizen

Rape is rising in Bangladesh June 26, 2015

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stats of Rape in BangladeshDaily star published on 15th June 2015 a study on rape in Bangladesh. A horrific picture comes out of the study.

The trend is rising. Women organizations are protesting. But is that enough? Human Rights groups are speaking. But laws seems to be weak, atleast in application. Law enforcers are not equally active in all cases.

The rapists, sometimes in groups, look to take the offence as game. They take themselves protected and think somehow they can escape the law.

The state looks to be ignorant or ignoring the situation.

The society seems loosing the power to protect our sisters and daughters.

Where are we heading to?

An ordinary citizen

Modi’s visit to Bangladesh June 20, 2015

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modi-8Indian PM Naredra Modi made a 2 days visit to Bangladesh on 6-7th instant.[1] The visit was taken very enthusiastically both from Bangladesh and India.[1] Nearly 2 dozens deals have been signed between the 2 governments.[1][2]

BNP, the main opposition that so far based their politics on anti-Indian strategy, expressed their satisfaction over the attitude of Narendra Modi, its chairperson Khaleda Zia also had a meeting with the visiting PM and explained her party’s position towards India and asserted the lack of democratic practice in Bangladesh .

Among the deals there are border treaties, transits, electricity supply and private investment in Bangladesh. Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee also was present on the 1st day with Modi. But the deals missed Tista river issue in the list that was a major concern for Bangladesh.[1]Modi ,however, assured that river linking will not harm Bangladesh.[1]

How far the deals would be beneficial for Bangladesh, only time will say as the details of the treaties are not yet published  and what comes out during the phase of implication is uncertain.[1]

Ex-PM Monmohan Sing termed Modi a better salesman than himself.[1]

An ordinary citizen

Bangladesh Budget 2015-16 (2) June 12, 2015

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Bangladesh Budge 2015-16 in NBR website

Budget news on Business News 24bd.com

Proposed budget for FY 2015-16: Rhetoric and Reality- an editorial in Financial Express

Allocation Energy & Power Sectors

A budget by the oligarchy, for the oligarchy

Budget 2015-16 is not Textile Sector Friendly

Growth, revenue targets highly ambitious: Fitch

CPD doubtful about collecting revenue target

Budget not farmers’ friendly

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Bangladesh Budget 2015-16 June 5, 2015

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Finance Minister MA Muhith has laid down the budget for the fiscal year 2015-2016.

Link for Budget: Ministry of Finance-Budget Document 2015-16

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Abandoned Migrants June 3, 2015

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migrants-1Thousands of Rohingyas and Bangladeshi people are floating on the seas. Many died in the jungles of Thailand. Many died on the sea. Many of them pushed away to the sea when tried to land ashore.
migrants-2These people are trying to migrate to Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia from Myanmar and Bangladesh in a hope for better future but they actually trapped in a deadly cycle of kidnapping, ransom and death. A notorious gang of officials, politicians and criminals from multiple countries or a nexus to carryout this notorious act.
We are informed of the situation only when media discloses the horrifying stories in the jungle of Thailand, in the shore of Bangladesh and the plight of these people on the sea.
migrants-3In Bangladesh, no one is taking the responsibility. Ministry of Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment and Ministry of Foreign Affairs are pointing to the Ministry of Home Affairs for any action and explanation of the situation. Government has not yet come out with any specific directive on the situation.Law enforcers are killing the arrested suspects on crossfire bypassing the law. The measure is criticized by many as this will remove the grass root link to the gang and save the kingpins.

migrants-4Rohingyas are migrating as they are not recognized, facing ethnic cleansing and suffering rape and killing on their own land where the government doesn’t like to recognize as citizens. Bangladeshi people are trapped to migrate out of unemployment, effect of climate change and decreased legal opportunity of jobs in the Middle East and other countries.

The plight of migrants also brings back the memory of pushing back of the Rohingyas few years back when they attempted to get shelter in Bangladesh despite repeated call from UN and other countries.

International communities this time asking different countries to respond to the crisis. But so far the reaction is not adequate.

Bangladesh should make a total inquiry of the situation and bring the criminals to justice and create more opportunity of jobs at home and abroad. International community also compel Myanmar to recognize Rohingyas as their own citizen.

An ordinary citizen

Zuckerberg for free internet in Bangladesh May 13, 2015

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mark-zuckerberg-bdMark Zukerberg is arranging free internet for Bangladesh. I had an idea that the Facebook founder is a playboy guy, earning huge money and living a luxury life.

But he is a different man inside. He is set to change the world. Facebook is also changing its status from a social media to a platform for social change, academic interaction and business initiative.

Zukerberg declares to open the internet for all. He focused himself to make the internet available to people of the developing countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Bangladesh is the latest add to his caravan.[1][2][3][4]Free internet will be provided by internet.org [1] Already a few sites are declared free for browsing through telecom giant Robi in Bangladesh .Subsequently more sites and more internet providers will be included.

We very much appreciate his effort.

An ordinary citizen

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