Introduction of big farm like those in the western countries is the solution for minimizing output cost of farm production, Dr. Shamsul Alam of Planning Ministry suggested to government for transforming agriculture for 21st century. He is also against imposition of higher import duty on import agricultural commodities like rice and sugar. It’s hurting `consumer sovereignty’, he said yesterday in the 15th Annual Conference of Bangladesh Agricultural Economist Association.
What’s a solution! Reading this suggestion, only one sentence came in mind, `we are fortunate, we are not economist!’ Many of unfortunate marginalized farmers is feeding the country people, now fortunate agriculturists putting his legs on the unfortunate fate of these millions of marginalized farm producers. What’s an education?
When you are alone, you are very small about nothing; when you are with your family and real friends, you are something; when you are connected with others for equitable growth expressing solidarity under an association like cooperative, you could be make yourself bigger! You can bring a great change in the society with other by act together!
Many of people or institution or association has been working for a long days for bringing a positive change of poor people, but we have achieved a little more compared to the efforts and finance is spent for this purpose. Many of we are working build a nation to claim rights, but a very few react with it. Why? We have been tried to build Community based organization, institution for claiming rights, but what the the real scenario? They have a very little impacts. So, need an alternative. Need an alternative based on the necessity of community people. Without researching, we could say people want to survive. Need to develop a mechanism for ensuring their survival.
We have discussed it with our young volunteers day by day and concluded we need a solidarity among us, we need solidarity for our personal growth under an association (we called it cooperative) instead of individualism. Solidarity entrepreneurship came to our ground of thoughts for equitable growth for individual under a cooperative. Lets Try!
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The volunteers, mostly students from different universities and colleges have given an exciting experiences for social transformation with their enthusiastic behaviors! 4 years ago, the journey started with only few volunteers to raise the youth voices against injustice, particularly injustice in the economic sector. With the volunteers, we raise demand for budgetary allocation for youth employment which yet to be undone effectively. The volunteers participated in campaign programme with different networks demanding climate justice, reforming fiscal budgetary process, online privacy, consumer rights, farmers rights! From these campaign, they learn and inspire to form an institutional process which will bring a real change within the individual and society as well!
The Tax Justice campaigners from Austria briefed that for every $1 in aid to developing countries, several dollars slip out through tax dodging. As much as US$255 billion is lost every year to governments around the world because of the no or low taxation of funds in offshore centers. And Also the IF campaign lunched in UK briefed, “Enough food for everyone IF governments stop big companies dodging tax in poor countries, so millions of people can free themselves from hunger”.
The WSIS Forum 2013 being held in Geneva from 13-17 May 2013 for asserting future of information and communication technologies, I read a mail message today; enabling environment for information and communication technologies was also an issue for the discussants participated in WSIS Forum. I don’t know, what they discussed, it seems, they discussed about the technical issues related to ICT. Reading another news in the Huffington Post captioned, Bangladesh Bloggers Face Constants Death Threats since Government leveled them Atheist, a question arises in mind, `Have the discussants of enabling environment of WSIS Forum discussed about an enabling environment for these bloggers who are the walking inside of ICT and for what, getting a life threat from fanatic believers?
“When I see them on the UN canteen menu, then I’ll think about it…..”, the comment has given a well feedback on this research. The research said, over 2 billion people worldwide already supplement their diet with insects. So, United Nations (UN) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) should join with them to supplement diet with insects.
One of my Facebook friend gave the links with a status,” the world produces more food to feed the people of the globe, but there have a problem of distribution. So, we need to focus on the fair distribution rather recommending to eat insects.”
Research describes its data and information generated by applicable methodology based on the socioeconomic environment of the research context. When we conduct study on political context, it must need to analyses the socioeconomic and political atmospheres to represent data and information for future action. But now a days, research is used only for serving narrow political interest of vested interest group and so-called researchers just use some research ideas to assert some information which supports interest of their masters as well as penny makers.
Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), a Hong Kong based non-governmental human rights organization releases a fabricated press note captioned “a massacres demonstrators” on Hefazat events which have given an imaginary numbers of death toll 2,500. The local newspapers and electronic channel found it 6. It should not support any loss of lives, but when politics were inside, we must count it. Local human rights organization, “Odhikar” circulated this press note in the mail serves to portrait a false picture of Bangladesh. Farhat Mazhar, the founder member of OHDHIKAR, once he was atheists, now playing an important role for religious fanatics to build a Taliban styled religious Bangladesh. Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) becomes an ally of religious fanatics as well as ill-motivated politicians of Bangladesh who want to break the democratic practices of Bangladeshi political system.
The death toll rises to 513 in Rana Plaza. It is shocking news that the number isincreasing. There have not any initiatives for industrial relations in Bangladesh. So, the labour of RMG units lives in a death trap only for surviving alive with less than minimum monthly wages. The workers are fighting for hiking the wage, some are asking living wage. These are the everyday struggleof garment workers. But the Tazreen Fashions, Spectrum and Rana Plaza have raised another question to the garment workers about life. What they prefer life or death? So, there have a lot of issues which should deal effectively. But the shining of sun does not show any positive signs to solve the long lasting problem. Garment owners are reluctant to give the trade union rights to the workers and hike the monthly wages for their survival. So, we are living with fear to hear another shocking news in anywhere of the industrial areas.
Touching the ON button of remote control of the television in the morning before leaving home for work, the eye watched the `Savar Tragedy‘; a high-rise building collapsed and more than five thousands of people trapped under the building. Fire services, Army and police along with thousands and thousands people tried to rescue the trapped people. But it was understood that the nation would again find over hundreds of dead of garments workers.
The irregularities and violation of laws are taking life day after day, but we are not awaking in proper ways. How long it could continue?
There is no answer, but we have to answer it. International Labour Organization (ILO) is just observing the days without making any effective pressure on behave of labour and workers. Another day on World Day for safety and health at work is coming after four days! Before coming the days, hundreds of workers died in the building collapsed. What would the position of ILO in this year in Bangladesh?
The war crime tribunal has already given verdict against war crime of Bachchu Razarkar as death penalty and Razarkar Quader Molla as life imprisonment. The people welcomed the verdicts of Bachchu Razakar. But hearing the verdict against Razarkar Quader Molla, people of Bangladesh astonished as like me. The angers broke out when the bloggers and online activists took places at Shahbugh intersection protesting the verdicts and demanding death penalty to Razarkar Quader Molla.
Democratic Budget Movement, a national platform of budget activists is working for decentralization and democratization of the national budget in formulation and implementation for reducing regional disparity and inequalities and for ensuring public participation in budget formulation and implementation process. As part of the activity and struggle of steering committee of Democratic Budget Movement organized a preparatory meeting for National Convention to be held on 26-28 December 2012 at Cox’sbazar, Bangladesh.
The fiscal budget of the government of Bangladesh is formulated by a bureaucratic process which could not address the regional disparity and there have not any scope of participation of people in the budget formulation process. Democratic Budget Movement (DBM), a national alliance of budget activists met the policy makers on 23 November 2012 at Parliament Member’s Club Auditorium, Parliament Bhaban, Dhaka. As a steering committee member of Democratic Budget Movement, I on behave of Online Knowledge Society participated in this meeting.
With an caption “Building a better world, partnering with youth”, United Nations observed the International Youth Day 2012 today, 12 August 2012. May be the call did not reach to Bangladesh, so the day spent without any noise with a quiet silence! But youth’s role are vibrant in movement of change which are recognized by all, irrespective of social and political arena! Youths were played a important role against British colonial regime, youths organized historical language movement, they resisted the Pakistani regime and actively took part in independence war of Bangladesh. There have many more golden history of youth in Bangladesh. Youth have a great role in re-gaining democracy in Bangladesh and power of youths are also recognized by all to give a absolute majority of the present government leaded by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
In connection of UN resolution, two day long international conference on “Peoples Empowerment and Development” has kicked off in Dhaka today for the welfare of the world’s one billion bottom line people. More than 80 high level delegations from 63 member countries of United Nations have come to Bangladesh to discuss about the development model presented by Honorable Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina in the United Nations General Assembly in last year.
Highlighting sustained democracy and empowerment of the people as fundamental instruments for development, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s model placed the following mutually reinforcing peace multipliers as essential preconditions for sustainable peace: (i) eradication of poverty and hunger, (ii) reduction of inequality, (iii) mitigation of deprivation, (iv) creation of jobs for all, (v) inclusion of excluded people, (vi) acceleration of human development, and (vii) fighting of terrorism. Moreover, all these need to be addressed in cohesion placing people at the center of all development and peace endeavor.
“Remittances from the Bangladeshi wage earners abroad stood at $10.64 billion during the first 10 months of the current financial year (July 2011-April 2012), a 10.41 percent growth over $9.61 billion during the corresponding period of the last fiscal. Total remittances sent by the expatriate Bangladeshis until May 25 stood at $11.57 billion. Central bank governor Atiur Rahman has expressed hope that remittances by expatriate Bangladeshis in the current financial year may cross $13 billion – $1 billion more than the last fiscal. Source: Remittances may top $13 bn: central bank“
We read the forcast of governor of Bangladesh Bank, but what is our finance minister thinking! Have any plan to sustain the growth of remittances? We are informed by different media that he is going to present budget for 2012-13 fiscal year, worth around Tk.1.90 trillion. How much he will alocate for the expartriate Bangladeshies and unemployed youths seeking for employment within the country and abroad? We hardly observe the answers on this issues who are one of the major driven force of our economy.
AVAAZ: To Facebook, Microsoft and IBM:As concerned customers from around the world, we urge you to immediately drop your support for the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). Our democracy and civil liberties are under threat from the excessive and unnecessary Internet surveillance powers it grants to the US government. The Internet is a crucial tool for people around the world to exchange ideas and work collectively to build the world we all want. We urge you to show true global leadership and do all you can to protect our Internet freedom.
The US federal government and big companies want a limitless new power to spy on online users like you. And they plan to get them via legislation called CISPA — the “Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act” (HR 3523).
The global development community is just beginning to discover the extent to which climate change is a driver of displacement and migration across the world. According to the Internal Displacement and Monitoring Center, more than 42 million people were displaced in Asia and the Pacific since January 2010, and many of these individuals were forced to move by storms, floods, or other weather-related events or natural hazards. In the same report, IDMC reveals that the Asia-Pacific region accounted for 77 percent to 87 percent of the total number of people displaced worldwide from 2008-2010.
Bad news: The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said major donors’ official development assistance fell 3 percent in 2011.
Seventeen countries committed to spend 0.7 percent of their gross national income on aid by 2015. This positioning of aid targets stemmed from an idea by the World Council of Churches in 1958, when the first goal was set to 1 percent of donor countries’ GNI. Due to several technical issues, the target was scaled down to 0.75 percent — a goal several developed countries refused to accept.
Savings is a traditional practice of rural people, particularly of women in Bangladesh. Youth folk formed club or associations in the rural areas for increasing their saving funds in a short time by giving credit to their neighbors. About all the clubs and associations could not be sustained due to absent of long time vision or a visionary leader. But a few people from these association or club formed an money lending organization as well as micro-credit institution in Bangladesh for doing financial business.
A pre-budget consultation held with leading economists where minister or economists, there were no one to focus on employment generation while millions of unemployed youths are fighting for work. The economists suggested for introduction of a minimum level of income tax on holders of Taxpayers Identification Numbers (TIN), enforcement of an appropriate policy on subsidies, bringing about reforms in the provisions for wealth tax and putting in effective efforts to improve urban transportation and housing sector through budgetary intervention. But everyday millions of people are coming to urban areas particularly in the Dhaka city for searching employment which should be the major concern of discussion of pre-budget discussion, unfortunately minister and economists have forgotten it.
One in four of the world’s children have stunted growth – meaning their body and brain has failed to develop properly due to malnutrition. Eighty percent of stunted children live in just four countries, BBC wrote a news captioned 500m children’ at risk of effects of malnutrition on a survey conducted by Save the Children, UK which covered families in Bangladesh, Peru, Pakistan and Nigeria. One third of parents surveyed said, their children complained about not having enough food to eat while many families could not effort meat, milk and vegetables for their children caused for malnutrition. The survey suggests much more needs to be done to tackle malnutrition in the world’s poorest countries.