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Day: December 12, 2014

Human Rights or Human ‘Farce’ Day
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Human Rights or Human ‘Farce’ Day

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam Human Rights or Human 'Farce' Day Are we moving towards a polity of 'sanctioned thuggery'? That is what our Human Rights Day is -- a farce. A country that has shameful number of extrajudicial killings, extremely high number of disappearances and, most disturbingly, a government which is at best nonchalant or at worst tacitly acquiescing  of it can only observe the International Humans Rights day as a human 'farce' day.  There was a time when we were known for our poverty. Thankfully those days are partly over. However now we are more and more becoming known as a country increasingly indifferent to violations of human rights and one that sanctions organised thuggery by ruling party musclemen and more disturbingly by law enforcers themselves. According to the hig...
Govt investigators reach Sundarbans oil spill site
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Govt investigators reach Sundarbans oil spill site

  Two probe bodies formed to investigate the oil tanker capsize incident on the Shela river near the Sundarbans, a Unesco natural heritage site, visited the spot this morning. The committees will inspect the reason of the accident, measured impact of the oil spilling and whether there are any negative effects of spraying the ‘oil spill dispersant’. A total 400 litres oil out of 3.58 lakh found at the oil tanker, said M Giasuddin, managing director of the owning firm, Harun & Company.  Earlier, the shipping ministry formed a three-member committee to investigate the accident. While the Ministry of Environment and Forest has formed another seven-member committee led by its additional secretary Md Nurul Karim. Mallik Anwar Hossain of Khulna University and Prof Dr Dilip Kumar ...