May 22, 2014
Growth and Development
Commonwealth lauds political stability of Bangladesh
Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) recently confirmed that per capita income has risen to $1,190 from $1044 in 2012-13 fiscal year. Concurrently, the bureau estimated that the growth is likely to cross the 6 percent mark during the fiscal year despite the violent campaign led by the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and Jamaat-e-Islami in the first half of this year.
Mentioning Bangladesh’s excellent development performance and success in poverty alleviation, United Nations envoy praised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s political commitment to poverty reduction, women’s empowerment, and natural disaster risk reduction. Bangladesh’s poverty rate reduces as economy expands substantially, in terms of purchasing power parity, in the fiscal year 2012-13.
The regional director of UNDP, Haol ang Xu, applauds Bangladesh’s effort in cutting down urban poverty by 13% in last four years. Urban poverty came down from 42% to 29% in last four year, a UNDP report said.
UNDP lauds Bangladesh’s leadership in building resilience at the community level to face changing climate challenges and vulnerabilities.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) provides support to Bangladesh for skill-training of 1.25 million young workers. This collaboration will equip the workers of Bangladesh to find jobs and meet the changing needs of labour market.
The latest report of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations emphasized the growing role of Bangladesh in feeding the world by its fish and aquaculture produce. Bangladesh is the fourth leading country in the world for inland fisheries production.
War Crimes Tribunal: Ending 38 Years of Impunity
To get rid of the unfortunate reality of denial of justice and fulfilling the long-desired demand of the relatives of three million martyrs, Bangladesh government commenced the International Crimes Tribunal in 2010. Evidence has revealed against the perpetrators who led genocide, terror, rape and murder during the liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971.
The perpetrators must face justice; no matter how long it takes, no matter what political parties the perpetrators belong to.
Jamaat-e-Islami leaders Nizami and Sayeedee have been charged with genocide, war crimes and other crimes against humanity. They commissioned heinous international crimes through their affiliate organizations like Al-Badr, Al-Shams and Razakars, a fact testified at their trials by multiple witnesses. Jamaat-e-Islami is a militant and fundamentalist group.
Bangladesh Awami League