Dr. Saiful I. Dildar
Mohammad Ruhul Amin
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২৮তম বর্ষ ৬৪৩তম সংখ্যা ১ এপ্রিল ২০১৯ইং
এই পৃথিবী হউক মানবের তরে
গরিব উপেনের দুই বিঘা জমির উপর শ্যেনদৃষ্টি
পড়িয়াছিল মহারাজের। তাহার নূতন বাগানটি আরো
সুন্দর করিয়া সাজাইতে চাহেন উপেনের শেষসম্বল
জমিটুকু দিয়া। রবীন্দ্রনাথ ঠাকুর তাহার ‘দুই
বিঘা জমি’ কবিতায় আঁকিয়াছেন পরাশক্তিধরদের
লোভের এমন মানসভূমি। লেভ তলস্তয় তাহার ‘সাড়ে
তিন হাত জমি’ গল্পে দেখাইয়াছেন, আদিগন্ত বিপুল
ভূমি ক্রয় করিতে গিয়া পাখোম কীভাবে মারা গেল
জমি দখলের অন্তিম মুহূর্তে। শেষাবধি কবরের
জন্য তাহার প্রয়োজন হইল মাত্র সাড়ে তিন হাত জমি।
এইসকল কথা এখন অবশ্য চর্বিতচর্বণ। পরাশক্তিদের
নিকট ইহার কোনো মূল্য নাই। পরাশক্তিধররা যেন
একটি রোবোটিক সিস্টেমের মধ্যে পরিচালিত হন।
তাহাদের কোনো মানবিক বোধ নাই, সহমর্মিতা নাই,
সমব্যথিতা নাই। তাহারা কেবল আগ্রাসন বোঝেন,
লাভ আর লোভের বেসাতিতে ডুবিয়া থাকেন। অথচ
মানবসভ্যতা বিকাশের নেপথ্যে ছিল জীবনকে
সহজ-সুন্দর-স্বস্তিময় ও নির্মল করা। একবিংশ
শতাব্দীতে আসিয়া বিজ্ঞান-প্রযুক্তির কল্যাণে
বিশ্বব্যাপী উৎপাদন বাড়িতেছে, সম্পদ বাড়িতেছে,
মাথাপিছু গড় আয়, অর্থনৈতিক প্রবৃদ্ধি বাড়িতেছে।
সকল দেশেই কমবেশি বাড়িতেছে প্রাচুর্য ও
ভোগবিলাস। কিন্তু এত প্রাচুর্যময় পৃথিবীতেও
মানুষের মনে স্বস্তি নাই, শান্তি নাই, মুক্ত
বাতাসে নিঃশ্বাস লইবার ফুরসত নাই। কাউন্সিল অন
ফরেন রিলেশন্সের সর্বশেষ গবেষণা অনুযায়ী,
বর্তমানে বিশ্বের প্রায় ২০টি রাষ্ট্রে সংঘর্ষ
বা যুদ্ধ পরিস্থিতি বিদ্যমান রহিয়াছে। ইহার
মধ্যে ১৬টি রাষ্ট্র সংকটময় অবস্থায়। আমরা
দেখিয়াছি, ২০০১ সালে টুইন টাওয়ার ধ্বংসের পর
নূতন নূতন অজুহাতে যুদ্ধ-মৃত্যু আর আগ্রাসন
বিস্তৃত হইয়াছে বিশ্বজুড়িয়া। দেশে দেশে নিভৃতে
ছড়াইয়া পড়িতেছে এক হিমশীতল ‘ভয়ের সংস্কৃতি’।
পরাশক্তিধরদের ইচ্ছাতেই চলে নূতন ভাঙাগড়া। এই
ভাঙাগড়ায় কত জনপদ ধ্বংস হইল, কত মানুষ প্রাণ
হারাইল, কত মানুষ ছিটকাইয়া পড়িল তাহার উন্নত
জীবন হইতে, গায়ে গাঁথিল শরণার্থীর তকমা
পরাশক্তিদের তাহাতে কিছুই আসে যায় না।
পরাশক্তিধররা যেন দানব হইয়া উঠিয়াছে। তাহাদের
মনে রাখা উচিত মানবের তরে মাটির পৃথিবী,
দানবের তরে নয়। তাহারা অন্যের ঘরে নাক না
গলাইয়া নিজেদের ঘরে মনোনিবেশ করুন, নিজেরা
শান্তিতে থাকুন, অন্যদেরও স্বস্তিতে থাকিতে
দিন। নচেত্ দেয়ালে পিঠ ঠেকিয়া যাওয়া বিপন্ন
মানুষেরা রুখিয়া দাঁড়াইবেই, বাহির করিবেই নূতন
New Indian envoy
Riva Ganguly takes up her assignment
Human Rights Report
Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly
Das calls on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her
Sangsad Bhaban office on Sunday, March 10, 2019.
Riva Ganguly Das has taken up her assignment as the
High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh. Prior to
her arrival here on March 1, she was the Director
General, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).
On March 10, the newly appointed Indian High
Commissioner met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and
said both countries have the scope to open new
windows for cooperation.
The Indian envoy termed Bangladesh one of the
important countries and development partners of her
Riva said the cooperation between the two
neighbouring countries will continue on a win-win
Talking about enhancing connectivity in the region,
Riva said this will bring economic prosperity for
all the countries of the region.
A career-diplomat, Riva Ganguly who speaks Bengali,
Hindi, English and Spanish, joined the Indian
Foreign Service in 1986 and is a Post Graduate in
Political Science from Delhi University.
BHRC & IHRC Human
Rights Report on March 2019 in Bangladesh
Total 152 persons
killed in March 2019
Human Rights Report:
The documentation section of
Bangladesh Human Rights Commission (BHRC) and
International Human Rights Commission-IHRC jointly
furnished this human rights survey report on the
basis of daily newspapers and information received
from its district, sub-district and municipal
branches. As per survey it appears that 152 peoples
were killed in March, 2019 in all over the country.
It proves that the law and order situation is not
satisfactory. Bangladesh Human Rights Commissions
extremely anxious about this situation. In the month
of March, 2019 average 5 people were killed in each
The Law enforcing agencies and related Govt.
departments should be more responsible so that
percentage of killing March be brought down to zero
level. To institutionalize the democracy and to
build human rights based society the rule of law and
order must be established everywhere. Through
enforcing rule of law only such violation against
human rights can be minimized.
It appears from documentation division of BHRC:
Total 152 people's killed March, 2019
Killing for dowry 3 , killing by family violence 21,
Killed due to social discrepancy 37, Political
killing 11, Killed by Law enforcing authority 30,
Killed due to BSF 2, Killed due to doctor negligence
2, Abduction 7, Assassination 9, Mysterious death
24, Women & Chilled killed due to rape 6.
Killed by several accidents: Killed by road accident
272, Suicide 11.
Besides victims of torture:
Rape 27, Sexual Harassment 7, Torture for Dowry 5,
Acid throwing 2.
High Court seeks
detailed reports on unfit vehicles
Human Rights Report:
The High Court on Wednesday asked the concerned
authorities to submit a detailed report within April
30 on unfit vehicles plying on the roads across the
country and drivers without a valid license.
The Chairman of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority
(BRTA), Inspector General of Police (IGP), Deputy
Commissioner of Traffic Police of Dhaka (North and
South) and the director of BRTA's Road Safety
Department were asked to submit the report.
The court also asked why the fitness certificates of
the vehicles are not renewed timely and how many
transport's registrations and driving licenses are
pending for renewal.
A bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and
Justice KM Hafizul Alam passed the order on a suo
moto (voluntary) move following a report published
in an English daily on 23rd March with the headline
"No fitness docs, yet running".
Supreme Court lawyer Syed Mamun Mahmud brought the
report before the court.
The court issued a rule seeking an explanation as to
why the failure and inactiveness of the concerned
authorities to stop plying of vehicles without
fitness and registration should not be declared
The rule also sought an explanation as to why the
Motor Vehicles Ordinance-1983 and related rules
should not be followed strictly.
The secretaries to Road Transport and Bridges
Ministry and Home Ministry, Inspector General of
Police, BRTA chairman were asked to respond to the
rule in four weeks.. .
offers to mediate to solve Kashmir problem
Human Rights Report:
chief Mamata Banerjee claims she can solve the
Kashmir problem. "Send me to Kashmir. I will stay
there for a few months and try to solve the
problem," the West Bengal chief minister said in
Kolkata on Wednesday.
As the Valley continues to be a vexed question
defying solution for decades, Miss Banerjee claims
to have the answer to the Kashmir problem and the
ability to bring peace.
Miss Banerjee held out her prescription for Kashmir
when she was asked whether the Kashmir tangle
figured in the Trinamool manifesto for the Lok Sabha
poll released during the day. She immediately
responded to the question and said "after the change
of the government at the Centre" if leaders of
Mahagathbandhan want, she can initiate a move to
"resolve the Kashmir problem."
"Peace and harmony should be restored in Kashmir at
any cost. If the leaders want, they can send
me to Kashmir. I don't want any chair for that. I'll
stay in Kashmir for a few months and will try to end
the impasse by taking women, youth and students into
confidence," she said, report The Statesman.
When asked whether it was possible to restore peace
in Kashmir valley, Mamata Banerjee iterated : "Nothiing
is impossible. If you have the political will, you
can restore peace in the Valley. "
"People never believed that peace can return to
Junglemahal. But I've taken the people into
confidence, initiated different development projects
and distributed rice at Rs 2 per kg through public
distribution system. I restored peace in Junglemahal,"
Miss Banerjee said, adding : "In Darjeeling I first
went there as railway minister and initiated
dialogues with the then GJMM leaders. Later, I
visited the hills many times, created development
boards and finally restored peace by launching
development programmes and forming the district of
Human Rights Report:
Celebrating the women
of Bangladesh: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a
photosession with the sucessful women of different
sectors at the inaugural function of the
International Women's Day in Dhaka. Photo - PID
Every public document and those of UN agencies
proclaim loudly that there would not be any
discrimination between but men and women but in the
in real world the discrimination continues in many
fields. Of all the discriminations, the gender-based
one is most obvious and widespread. To attract the
attention of all across the world, International Day
of Women is observed to sensitize the people of all
gender to achieve equality in status.
The theme for International Women's Day (8 March)
this year, "Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for
Change", puts innovation by women and girls, for
women and girls, at the heart of efforts to achieve
Achieving a gender-equal world requires social
innovations that work for both women and men and
leave no one behind. From urban planning that
focuses on community safety to e-learning platforms
that take classrooms to women and girls, affordable
and quality childcare centres, and technology shaped
by women, innovation can take the race for gender
equality to its finishing line by 2030 has been the
aim of International Women's Day.
It begins with making sure that women's and girls'
needs and experiences are integrated at the very
inception of technology and innovations. It means
building smart solutions that go beyond
acknowledging the gender gaps to addressing the
needs of men and women equally. And ultimately, it
needs innovations that disrupt business as usual,
paying attention to how and by whom technology is
used and accessed, and ensuring that women and girls
play a decisive role in emerging industries.
It all started after the Socialist Party of America
organized a Women's Day on February 28, 1909, in New
York, the 1910 International Socialist Woman's
Conference suggested a Women's Day be held annually.
After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in
1917, March 8 became a national holiday there. The
day was then predominantly celebrated by the
socialist movement and communist countries until it
was adopted by the feminist movement in about 1967.
The United Nations began celebrating the day in
resumes trial of 'tortured' women's rights activists
Human Rights Report:
A Saudi court on Wednesday resumed the trial of
prominent women activists facing charges related to
their human rights work and contacts with foreign
journalists and diplomats, in a case that has
sharpened international criticism of the kingdom.
The women, including rights campaigner Loujain al-Hathloul,
university professor Hatoon al-Fassi and blogger
were expected to respond to the charges, including
some that rights groups say fall under an article of
the kingdom's cybercrime law stipulating jail
sentences of up to five years. Diplomats and media
were denied entry to the hearing and escorted from
the building, despite petitioning the authorities to
attend amid global scrutiny of the case, the Reuters
news agency reported.
Three dozen countries, including all 28 EU members,
Canada and Australia, have called on Riyadh to free
the activists. Nine prominent US senators wrote a
public letter last week asking King Salman for the
immediate and unconditional release of prisoners
held on "dubious charges related to their activism,"
citing many of the women currently on trial. Earlier
this month, the New York Times reported that a
covert Saudi death squad that Middle East Eye
exposed in October had been involved in the
detention and abuse of the activists who were
detained last spring and summer.
The squad is reported to have operated under the
guidance and supervision of Mohammed bin Salman, the
Saudi crown prince, who the CIA believes ordered the
murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi last
year. Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post
and Middle East Eye, was killed by the unit, known
as the Tiger Squad, in the kingdom's consulate in
Istanbul on 2 October. The death of Khashoggi, a
prominent critic of the Saudi government, has
severely tarnished the reputation of the crown
prince who Saudi officials deny ordered the murder.
Major parties ignore
children in their election manifestos
Both political parties
and alliances are very vote focused in their
manifesto which is power. And that is why all
attention is being paid to the adult voters. Not
surprisingly, after years of advocacy, it's obvious
that political parties are not very moved by the
state of what has been promised and kept as far as
children are concerned.
Although , Bangladesh has been "chided" at the UN
Child Right Committee for the last five years for
failing to finish the agenda promised, political
parties that is current and future governments have
not recognized children as priorities as per their
electoral declarations. While Bangladesh has been
quick to sign the dotted lines on many international
protocols, they have been less active in keeping the
commitments made on the same page.
Bangladesh has certainly made progress but the
progress has always been measured in aggregate data
and doesn't show how it affects two very vulnerable
groups, women and children. While it's true that
parties have made promises on improving the life of
adult women, fact remains, one of the most at bay
group are adolescent girls who suffer from some of
the most difficult lives in Bangladesh compared to
what has been possible to achieve. And Bangladesh is
Some major concerns
Some major issues have been pointed out by many
agencies which fail to make any media noise.
Malnutrition, early marriage and access to rights to
education are safety are key issues that has been
lost in the electoral noise.