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1 January, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Thoughts about the New Year

PEOPLE ROUND THE WORLD CELEBRATE IT IN A JOYOUS MOOD HOPING THAT THEY WOULD CONTINUE TO BE BLESSED WITH JOY, HAPPINESS AND PEACE IN THE TWELVE MONTHS OF THE YEAR AHEAD

This is the time of year when we say goodbye to the old and welcome the new; to review 2017 and judge whether we are better or worse off than we were 12 months ago. The New Year is an occasion for celebration everywhere in the world in varying degrees. Bangladesh is no exception to this. People round the world celebrate it in a joyous mood hoping that they would continue to be blessed with joy, happiness and peace in the twelve months of the year ahead.
   As law and order is of much importance for a disciplined society, so is its need for Bangladesh. Any breach of it may bring about immense social disorder. Our previous experiences require us to be more cautious, especially where a big gathering is concerned. Some rowdy people take the various celebrations as an opportunity to assault and sexually harass women and girls in the crowd. It is worth mentioning here that on the night of December 31, 1999, some youths harassed a woman to its extreme extent on the premises of Teachers and Students Centre of Dhaka University where she had gone for millennium celebrations along with three friends who were driven away from the scene also assaulted. After that, the festival of Bengali new year was also stained with incidents of sexual assault on women at the Dhaka University campus on April 14, 2015 evening. On another occasion of Pahela Boishakh, several women were sexually assaulted by a group of young men on two buses of a public university.
  And unfortunately each time, the allegation has gone against the police members for their being negligent of responsibilities. The government, law enforcing agencies and concerned authorities have tried to portray those inhuman incidents as scattered or isolated incidents. On the other hand, the country's eminent and common citizens have been deeply concerned, as ever, over the recent spate of inhuman incidents.
  Each New Year’s eve brings forth an avalanche of messages and words of inspiration from the political leaders. However, people will feel relieved if they reach a consensus on the core issue of avoiding violence and bloodletting. It is the economy that has to perform very well to ensure the progress and prosperity we want to have in future. The year 2017 should be another solid step in that direction.
 Bangladesh is moving ahead steadily. Let us further strengthen our resolve on the first day of 2018 to build the nation. We wish our readers and patrons a very happy new year.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
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