of Higher Morality Education
Title of paper: Ethics of Launch Accidents
Date of examination: 1 August 2003
Full marks: 100 Time: Depends
a. There are 50 questions in this paper. Answer as per conditions.
b. The questions are of equal value, if you have values, that
c. Each question has only two possible answers, a 'Yes' and,
you got it, a 'No'. My goodness, you are well prepared, aren't
d. If you answer 'Yes' to a question, only then you may continue
with the next question.
e. Otherwise, stop immediately. Your exam is over.
Was 'MV Nasreen 2' a launch?
2. Does that it mean it plies on a river or a waterway?
3. Was the said launch supposed to be a licensed vessel?
4. Was the said launch supposed to be manned by licensed personnel?
5. Did 'MV Nasreen 2' leave Sadarghat Terminal on the evening
of 8 July, 2003?
6. Was it a passenger launch?
7. Do people travel on this launch, meaning human beings?
8. Were many things that which can be defined as cargo loaded
on to the vessel?
9. Does every licensed vessel have an allowable number of persons
that it can carry?
10. Does every licensed vessel have an allowable quantity of
cargo by weight/volume that it can carry?
11. Was 'MV Nasreen 2' on that tragic night carrying more passengers
than it was allowed to?
12. On that tragic night was it carrying more cargo than it
was allowed to?
13. Is this what is commonly known as overloading?
14. Can a launch of the kind and build of 'MV Nasreen 2' sink
due to overloading?
15. Is that common sense?
16. Are officers instructed to stop overloaded launches?
17. Should not someone have stopped that perilous vessel from
leaving the Sadarghat Terminal?
18. Is that employee or are those employees not answerable to
19. Are not BIWTA and BIWTC governed by the Ministry of Shipping?
20. Without looking above, can you name at least one government
agency responsible for the control of operations of river going
21. Is human safety one of the integral parts of operation?
22. Does a vessel, known as a launch, plying on a river come
under the purview of the Shipping Ministry?
23. Is there such a ministry in Bangladesh?
24. Is there a minister for that ministry?
25. Is that minister supposed to be responsible for everything
to do with shipping, its successes and failures?
26. Did the vessel go down in a confluence of rivers near Chandpur?
27. Did hundreds of people die in the river cataclysm?
28. Was it a terrible accident?
29. Is it true that no one knows even today exactly how many
people died on that night?
30. Does not the lack of information about the number of deaths
demean the dignity of the citizens of a country?
31. Do families suffer terribly when their loved ones die?
32. Have you undergone the pain following the death of a loved
33. Does not every politician proclaim while campaigning for
votes that he will protect his countrymen, safeguard their interest
and stand beside them in any need; and matters to that effect?
34. Did not all the elected ministers holding office on the
night pledge likewise in public meetings?
35. Should not concerned government officers, including the
minister, rush to the spot after any tragedy that befalls the
people of this country?
36. Don't the voters deserve such attention from persons holding
37. Do not such visits raise the morale of the affected people?
38. Should not ministers, local MPs, civil administration, police
and others responsible have visited the site of the accident
as soon as it was practical?
39. Is it true that over the past 21 months hundreds of people
died in launch accidents?
40. Is not the concerned Minister responsible for each and every
matter related with the shipping sector?
41. Does it not make the concerned Minister responsible for
the loss of human lives by considering that those for whom and
that for which he is responsible failed miserably?
42. If the concerned Minister had issued instructions and even
then the system was failing, does it not mean that the concerned
minister has no command over his officers?
43. Has not the repeated launch accidents and large number of
deaths embarrassed the government time and again?
44. Did the Prime Minister appoint a Shipping Minister to look
after the sector, believing that he could do it?
45. Did the Prime Minister have confidence in that person?
46. Has not that Shipping Minister let down the Prime Minister?
47. Is it true that news appeared in dailies that the Prime
Minister reprimanded or was unhappy with the Shipping Minister
for mishandling the sector or parts thereof?
48. Is the Prime Minister refraining from dumping the Shipping
Minister because she respects his honour?
49. Should the Shipping Minister not also reciprocate and show
respect to the Prime Minister?
50. Should the Shipping Minister resign?
Results: Only one candidate failed because he answered 49 questions
to the affirmative. The rest of you passed.