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
Power price hike 'ignores people'
Protesters say costs have doubled in a yearActivists protest in Dhaka
- ucanews.com reporter, Dhaka
- October 2, 2012
On Sunday police used batons and tear gas to disperse several hundred protesters in the capital when they tried to march on the Energy Ministry. The clashes left around 50 injured.
Yesterdayâ€™s rally was more peaceful but anger at the sixth power price rise during the present governmentâ€™s term in office was near boiling point.
Activists say the price rise is a move to please the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the hope of securing further loans for development projects.
â€śThis is beyond contempt because previous rises are already hurting millions of people, and the government once again has bowed to IMF directives and ignored the public interest,â€ť said Sheikh Muhammad Shahidullah of the National Committee for Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports, a leftist coalition group.
â€śIf the rise is not reviewed we will launch more drastic action such as strikes, blockades and sit-in protests,â€ť he added.
Last month, Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission chairman Syed Yusuf Hossain announced power prices would rise by 15 to 17 percent beginning in October.
The move has been widely criticized as the government is far from meeting power demands, failing to end power outages and missing its targets for extending facilities to more areas.
â€śPower prices have doubled in the last year. People like me are finding it difficult carry out our day-to-day business,â€ť said Shaymol Gomes, 35, an electrician.
The hikes are forcing traders to increase their prices which means essentials are costing more.
â€śIâ€™ve had to increase the price of my products, to meet the additional costs over the past year,â€ť said Tauhidul Islam, a baker.
"In the end it is always the little people who sufferÂ most."
Power plant project splits opinions
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