Inadequate number of NICUs The birth of every healthy baby brings joy to the family. On the other hand, after birth, the illness or death of the newborn brings affliction to the family. Sadly, more than 30 in per thousand children die within 28 days of delivery in Bangladesh. Every year the number of these premature deaths is 62 thousand. One of the reasons for this is inadequate NICU for newborns. According to UNICEF, 88pc of neonatal deaths are preventable....
The government on Monday night cut fuel prices by Tk 5 per litre in line with the 10 percent slash in the import duty of diesel by the National Board of Revenue (NBR). The price adjustment comes 23 days after the government’s record fuel price hike on August 5. Adjustment of such a small margin drew huge criticism from common people. They slammed the government for “playing a cruel joke” with them after the prices of diesel, kerosene, petrol and...
Lt Col Nazmul Huda Khan :Bangladesh has emerged as a major source of migrant workforce and accounted for around 12 million migrant workers since 1976 in about 174 countries; out...
Human rights of tea workers must be upheld Due to low wages and deprivation of all kinds of civic facilities, tea workers are lagging behind in all indicators of quality of life. It is alleged that even though new wages are supposed to be implemented every year, the tea workers have not been given new wages in the last 19 months. Tea workers were protesting to demand an increase in wages. When the owner offered to add 14 taka to...
The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) is going to resume its drives against unregistered hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centers after a three-month break. The hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centers, which have already applied but are yet to get registered, will also not be allowed to run their operations. There are around 2,000 unregistered establishments in operation, which have no necessary documents to get registered. The DGHS said legal action will be taken against the doctors if anyone is found...
Human rights of tea workers must be upheld Due to low wages and deprivation of all kinds of civic facilities, tea workers are lagging behind in all indicators of quality of life. It is alleged that even though new wages are supposed to be implemented every year, the tea workers have not been given new wages in the last 19 months. Tea workers were protesting to demand an increase in wages. When the owner offered to add 14 taka to...
Scope of research inadequate Research scope in Bangladesh is generally inadequate among graduate and postgraduate students. Many students do not know critical thinking and analysis. Students concentrate on reading materials and do not construct their own opinions and logic based on research. However, research in Bangladesh prefaces in universities for graduate or post-graduate programs. This causes trouble for a student, because he is not familiar with research methodologies. Research tasks should start at an undergrade level to amplify research skills....
Michelle Bachelet :As you know, after four years as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, my mandate ends next week, on 31 August. The world has changed fundamentally over the course of my mandate. I would say the profound impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ever-increasing effects of climate change, and the reverberating shocks of the food, fuel and finance crisis resulting from the war against Ukraine have been the three major issues.Polarization within and among States has reached...
It seems unbelievable how members of a theft gang dismantle not a motorbike, not even a car, but an entire bus within hours. However, the theft gang makes this impossible thing possible. After stealing the bus, they first take it to a colluding workshop. There, the mechanic dismantles the bus into pieces within just two to three hours. Then the machinery is sold to scrap shops, while other parts of the body are sold to metal factories in Narayanganj to...
Country’s public transport and public spaces, particularly buses, are ‘mostly unsafe’ for women as they are frequently harassed and bullied physically and mentally. An online survey of over 5,000 women spread across 24 districts in the country has revealed that nearly 87 per cent of them have faced some form of harassment at least once in their lives.The findings also revealed that 36 per cent women face sexual harassment regularly on public transport, like buses, launches and trains, and at...
Prevent campus bullying Almost every school in our country is proudly boasting about having the best facilities for their students. But in utter despair, those facilities don’t seem to cover prevention of bullying. In fact, it’s the schools’ duty to look after their students’ well-being – both physical and mental. Very often, victims of bullying are too intimidated to share their feelings. Therefore, schools should carefully handle these matters. Every student should be treated equally and teachers must be mindful...
The Bangladesh-India Joint Rivers Commission on Thursday finalised the text of MoU for interim water sharing of Kushiyara River. The Kushiyara water-sharing agreement is likely to be signed during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to New Delhi on September 6-7. Bangladesh brought up the issue of using water from the Kushiyara to irrigate 5,000 hectares of farmland. At the meeting, held after 12 long years, the Bangladesh delegation also expressed its concern over the delay in signing the Teesta water-sharing...
No need more public universities Public universities are being established everywhere in Bangladesh. Recently, the approval of two more public universities has come in the media. Is there any need of public universities everywhere in the country? I think the quality of university education should be improved without increasing the number of universities. No university in Bangladesh is in a high position in the world ranking. Students are getting fewer opportunities to study in foreign universities. But the universities of...