Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Price hike adds to transport woesA traffic-congested road in capital Dhaka
- ucanews.com reporter, Dhaka
- May 18, 2011
One such group of people badly affected are students who came from rural areas to the capital for education, who say they are suffering terribly because of soaring transport fares and daily essentials.
‚ÄúAs the bus fare soars I need to squeeze my monthly expenses. Otherwise the allowance I get from my family will finish before time,‚ÄĚ said Ashesh Rema, 23, a tribal Garo Catholic college student in Dhaka.
‚ÄúThey (transport operators) are charging almost double the fare and we‚Äôve no other choice but accept the pain,‚ÄĚ said Chandana Gomes.
There are 30 Christian hostels in Dhaka directly or indirectly run by priests, Religious and laypeople.
The hostels that the Church runs make it possible for poor students and those from remote rural areas pursue an education in quality schools and colleges situated mostly in and around Dhaka.
The hostels provide students with supervision, proper boarding and lodging and a place to study, free of charge or at affordable prices.
‚ÄúTransport operators at their whim charge extra money from us. Commuters are often seen arguing with bus conductors,‚ÄĚ said James Karmoker, a credit union worker.
Karmoker said the high prices of daily essentials have hit hard the mostly lower and middle class people.
The government on Monday increased per kilometer bus and minibus fares by 35 paisa. The bus fare will now be 1.45 taka for minibuses and 1.55 taka for buses. The minimum fare of passenger buses has been fixed at 7 taka. The new fares are due to¬† come into effect tomorrow. Last week the government raised prices of diesel, kerosene petrol and octane by 2 taka per liter.
The government said revisions were needed to offset the impact of soaring international oil prices.
Since¬† the fuel price hike, many transport owners have raised fares arbitrarily. Prices of essential commodities, especially vegetables have risen.