CITY CORPORATION ELECTIONS 2013: Mayoral campaigns gain momentum

Mayoral aspirants have intensified their campaigns for the upcoming city corporation polls in Rajshahi and Sylhet. In Rajshahi, mayoral aspirants continued seeking votes, although downpours that plagued the city yesterday hampered their campaigns. The downpours led to water-logging in some areas while incessant rain at times forced the aspirants to seek shelter and ease off […]

Mahasen turns thousands of farmers into paupers;Eight Upazilas affected

EIGHT UPAZILAS OF PATUAKHALI Crops on one lakh 28 thousand hectares of land in the district have been totally damaged as cyclone Mahasen accompanied by tidal surges hit the coastal region on Thursday, said sources at the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE). The croplands went under water as tidal surges washed away flood control embankments […]

The tragedy of local government

  Pakistan’s local governments are representative but not yet participatory. Real benefit of the system will accrue the day local elected members are allowed to administer themselves. The post-Musharraf governments in Pakistan in 2008 closed down the local governments functioning under the control of the Pakistan Muslim League- Quaid-e-Azam (PML-Q), Mutahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and […]

Women justify reservation policy in panchayats

Bharat Dogra portrays Indian women leaders in local governments In 1993 one of the most important step for the empowerment of women and increasing their participation in decision making was taken by reserving 33% seats for women in panchayat raj institutions. This paved the way for election of around one million at the village, block […]

The tragedy of local government

Pakistan’s local governments are representative but not yet participatory. Real benefit of the system will accrue the day local elected members are allowed to administer themselves. The post-Musharraf governments in Pakistan in 2008 closed down the local governments functioning under the control of the Pakistan Muslim League- Quaid-e-Azam (PML-Q), Mutahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and others. […]

UNDP chief hails crucial role of local government in fight against poverty

Kampala, Uganda – Maximising the power of local government will be crucial to realizing the ambitions of a post-2015 global development agenda which can lead to eradicating extreme poverty, tackling inequalities and putting the world on a sustainable path. That was the message from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark during a keynote […]

Decentralisation delusion

There is no political will to hand over the powers and resources to local govts to respond to people’s needs On April 24, 2013, India celebrated the 20th anniversary of the passage of the 73rd and 74th constitutional amendments mandating the creation of a third tier of the elected government—the panchayati raj institutions (PRIs)—in rural […]

The Village Court (Amendment) Bill, 2013 passed in the Parliament

The Village Court (Amendment) Bill, 2013 passed in the Parliament

The Jatiya Sangsad passed The Village Court (Amendment) Bill, 2013 on 18 September 2013 with a provision to incorporate several new clauses into the existing Village Court Act, 2006 for the smooth carrying out of judicial activities at the village level. This represents a major achievement and presents itself as a key tangible result of […]

Increasing the impact of Local Government

The unity of this country will be immeasurably enhanced by giving the regions a greater say in decisions made at the Centre – for even the proponents of maximum devolution grant that certain decisions, in particular those relating to national security issues, must be made at the Centre. That is why the Liberal Party has […]

Increasing the impact of Local Government

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Increasing the impact of Local Government

The unity of this country will be immeasurably enhanced by giving the regions a greater say in decisions made at the Centre – for even the proponents of maximum devolution grant that certain decisions, in particular those relating to national security issues, must be made at the Centre. That is why the Liberal Party has […]

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