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The Daily Star wish list

As the Awami League-led government steps into its fourth year today, The Daily Star would like to see the government urgently complete a number of urgent tasks that the AL pledged in the election.

1. Resolve stalemate over caretaker government

2. Form an acceptable Election Commission

3. Make the parliament functional

4. Stop confrontational politics

5. Make local government bodies effective

6. Make the Anti-Corruption Commission stronger

7. Ensure full independence of the judiciary

8. Make the Human Rights Commission effective

9. Make the Information Commission effective

10. Punish manipulators to restore public confidence in share market

11. Prioritise projects to ease traffic congestion in the capital

12. Ensure road safety by impartial law enforcement

13. Curb unruly activities of ruling party operatives

14. Ensure end of river pollution and punish grabbers

15. Address secret killings and disappearances

16. Tightly manage market price to control unbridled price hikes

17. Fast implementation of large scale road infrastructure projects

18. Ensure corruption free project implementation

19. Improve ties with middle-eastern countries to expand manpower export market

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This is an important follow up. Thanks to The Daily Star. I hope that the government will pay attention to the list seriously.

This list represents the opinion of common citizens of Bangladesh in a greater extend.

: Mohammad Rahman

There are no alternative choices other than doing it right at the first place all the time. That is the only way to progress forward and our politicians and civil administrations at all level must not hinder away from it.

How Daily Star forgot: strengthening the local government and decentralization of the administration is the key to total development?

: Shamima Begum Shelley


  • Rubo
    Friday, January 6, 2012 12:59 AM GMT+06:00 (214 weeks ago)

    Your wish list is incomplete, please add -

    20. Drop incompetent ministers.

    21. Replace Foreign and Home ministers.

    22. Induct experienced leaders like Tofael Ahmed, Amu, and Saber in the cabinet.

    23. Make sure ministers talk less and work more.

  • Ronald
    Friday, January 6, 2012 01:40 AM GMT+06:00 (214 weeks ago)

    This is indeed a funny list...Really? Do you really belive that any GOVT of Bangladesh would do anything productive or anything that may lead to something good for the general public.

    Minus 2 formula doesn't look so bad now...

  • javed helali
    Friday, January 6, 2012 10:51 AM GMT+06:00 (213 weeks ago)

    Number 20 should: Jail perpetrators of acid attacks on girls to 14 years RI.

  • Akhtar Hossain
    Friday, January 6, 2012 02:13 AM GMT+06:00 (213 weeks ago)

    Making the government accountable is the greatest thing media can do. Hats-off to Daily Star for taking the lead in a candid, non-partition way.

    Let's start IMMEDIATELY with #13 in your list: Curb unruly activities of ruling party operatives

  • Choudhury
    Friday, January 6, 2012 02:15 AM GMT+06:00 (213 weeks ago)

    I guess this list will remain always a Wish List. I do not see anyway this unpatriotic government can address these issues.

  • Ashad
    Friday, January 6, 2012 02:51 AM GMT+06:00 (213 weeks ago)

    It's very unfortunate that the Daily Star did not add the trial of war criminals to their wish list. Also they forgot to wish anything against the corrupt politicians who established reign of terror, laundered money and committed crime against humanity.

  • BK
    Friday, January 6, 2012 01:06 AM GMT+06:00 (214 weeks ago)

    About the last wish: Even they (Middle-Eastern Countries) want your wife/daughter work at their house and get raped? Even they want to drop cases against war criminals? Try to stand up yourself with dignity. Make a wish to give importance to further increase incentives to new industries, factories, business organisations where our people can find jobs and work with dignity.

  • M.S .Choudhury
    Friday, January 6, 2012 03:29 AM GMT+06:00 (213 weeks ago)

    Does DS has no wish list regarding the country's foreign policy. Since it does not have any wish list regarding Our relationship with our neighbours, I believe this newspaper sanctions the look only at India policy and forget the rest.

  • Anonymous
    Friday, January 6, 2012 07:21 AM GMT+06:00 (213 weeks ago)

    I like to add one more wish: Change the top leader.

  • Annonymous
    Friday, January 6, 2012 08:13 AM GMT+06:00 (213 weeks ago)

    Very good proposal.

  • Dewan
    Friday, January 6, 2012 02:33 PM GMT+06:00 (213 weeks ago)

    Thanks to Daily Star for the wishes , we know country like ours we have thousand of wishes need to be fulfilled but again whatever the wishes the DS raised good enough as a point of initiation and plan for next year wish, we couldn't even express our wish for last 40 years publicly but now we can, however the govt. has thousand jobs to do in order to drive this country into a respectable position, We always had a wish but couldn't express, now we can, may be after 40 years we will see this wishes became reality. We know how bad our politicians are. So lets keep wishing that's what we can do.

  • Mahfuz Rashid
    Friday, January 6, 2012 02:22 PM GMT+06:00 (213 weeks ago)

    Its a good initiative to prepare such a list. However I doubt our leaders will listen.

  • Sami
    Friday, January 6, 2012 11:47 AM GMT+06:00 (213 weeks ago)

    You cannot really fulfill The Daily Star's wish to improve ties with Middle Eastern Countries without abandoning AL, Election PLEDGE- TRIAL OF WAR CRIMINALS! A question of whether our sovereignty and dignity is more important than begging the Arabs for 100,000 more jobs! Most of the wishes you have are credible and should be addressed but probably were not part of the election manifesto of 2008.

  • Shatyabadi
    Friday, January 6, 2012 11:20 AM GMT+06:00 (213 weeks ago)

    We thank The Daily Star for the good work that they have done through out the year and also for this wish list. As concerned readers of STAR we have one wish. Try to be even more fair and don't tow AL line as you seem to be doing often.

  • eshan
    Friday, January 6, 2012 10:39 AM GMT+06:00 (213 weeks ago)

    Get over the obsession about India.

  • Mohammad Nurul Hoque
    Friday, January 6, 2012 09:55 AM GMT+06:00 (213 weeks ago)

    I like this wish list.

  • Shah Mostain Billah-Canada
    Friday, January 6, 2012 09:49 AM GMT+06:00 (213 weeks ago)

    We would like to add three more urgent tasks to this list. Stop extra-judicial killing. Stop withdrawal of criminal cases under political considerations. Ensure public hearing by the appropriate parliamentary body as a part of vetting process in the appointments to the constitutional posts including Judges of the Supreme Court.

  • drkarim
    Friday, January 6, 2012 06:33 AM GMT+06:00 (213 weeks ago)

    And starting land reform, without which vision 2021 is impossible. Health policy is very precarious and not included in your list following S Korea is a model example for development quickly. Opposition BNP also should have social commitment in economic development giving hundred percent loan from bank to migrant skilled persons is very urgent. Coal policy is mandatory with the help of opposition leaders. Furthermore, who is the govt? It is us, and should be done by ourselves. So, demonising AL only will be unfair.

  • Dr. Shaidul kazi, Finland
    Friday, January 6, 2012 05:11 AM GMT+06:00 (213 weeks ago)

    Thanks The Daily Star for publishing such a wish list to the AL government. A brilliant initiative. Without media democracy is like without guardian. However, in a democratic political system the party in power cannot do anything properly without the cooperation & constructive criticism from the oppositions. Consequently, I would advise The Daily Star to publish another wish list for the oppositions.





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