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News of: Monday, 2nd of March, 2009
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday told parliament that her government has sought assistance from the US and UN, and will request the UK as well for cooperation in probe into the massacre at BDR headquarters last week.
A large number of army officers yesterday expressed their deepest emotions, frustrations, excitement and expectations at a three-hour grand conference with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina discussing the BDR carnage in which the nation lost at least 73 people, including 60 officers.
The government yesterday decided to deploy members of the armed forces across the country indefinitely to help law enforcement agencies arrest the absconding rebels of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and recover the missing firearms and ammunition.
Over 1,500 Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) men, who left the Pilkhana headquarters during or after the mutiny, reported back to the headquarters yesterday.
Another body of an army officer killed during the mutiny at the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) headquarters at Pilkhana floated out of a sluice gate in the city's Nawabganj yesterday, raising the death toll to 74.
Lalbagh police Saturday night filed a case against over a thousand Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) members for their links to the mutiny at BDR headquarters in Pilkhana.
Routine activities of the border security force resumed at all Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) camps across the country yesterday as normalcy returned after the massacre of BDR men in its headquarters in Dhaka.
Most of the BDR Jawaans who killed the army officers during the BDR mutiny were quite young and most of the killings were carried out and over between 10:30 to 11:00 am, immediately after the chaos started at Darbar Hall at the BDR headquarters.
The parliamentary discussion on obituary motion on slain BDR officials turned into a blame game yesterday with treasury and opposition bench lawmakers blasting each other.
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday rescheduled the elections to 45 reserved seats for women in Parliament to March 30 and the by-elections to seven vacated parliamentary seats to April 2.
The government has decided to remove discrimination in the distribution of food rations to police members.
The three-day national mourning in remembrance of the atrocious killing of BDR officers at their headquarters in Pilkhana ended yesterday.
40. Lt Col Golam Kibria
The namaz-e-janaza of 41 army officers and BDR director general Maj Gen Shakil Ahmed's wife brutally killed at the BDR Headquarters will be held today at the National Parade Square in Dhaka at 10:00 am, said an Inter-services Public Relations (ISPR) press release.
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday handed over 49 Bangladeshi nationals who were rescued from sea near the Andaman island last December to Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) through Benapole check post.
Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina sought the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) assistance in investigating the BDR mutiny to identify the real culprits and punish them.
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates yesterday touted military success in Iraq, and stressed he did not expect changes to US troop drawdown plans there.
Saarc member states on Saturday have agreed to establish a high-level panel of 'Eminent Experts' to strengthen the group's anti-terrorism mechanisms as it underlined its resolve to combat the menace in the region.
Iran has enough fissile material to build a nuclear bomb, top US military officer Admiral Mike Mullen said yesterday, marking the first time the United States has made such an assessment.
Outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert vowed yesterday to hit back "severely" if militants in the Islamist Hamas-run Gaza Strip continue to fire rockets into Israel.
Sri Lanka yesterday rejected fresh calls for a ceasefire with Tamil Tigers rebels as security forces hit stiff resistance in their efforts to secure final victory in the island's ethnic conflict.
Thousands of opposition supporters defied the Armenian authorities yesterday to rally on the first anniversary of the country's deadliest political clashes since the 1991 break-up of the Soviet Union.
EVER since the dastardly acts of a section of BDR men came to light, we, through several editorials have expressed our deepest sorrow at the tragic events. We commend the armed forces for the way it has held its grief in check and gone about performing its duties in the most professional manner.
US President Barack Obama has begun to live up to the expectations of the peace loving people around the world. He has declared that the US will end all combat operations in Iraq through withdrawing two-thirds of the US forces deployed in the war-ravaged country by August 2010. The declaration amounts to offloading the legal and moral burden associated with the Iraq war, which he inherited while stepping into the White House.
AN immutable law governing power is that it cannot be shared, because the one holding the sceptre brooks no competitor. Perhaps because of the spirit of that law, Sheikh Hasina has surrounded herself with diehard loyalists in her ministerial team. That is fine. Anyone in her place would do the same in this country. Although it ensured her grip on the levers of the power many feel that a good deal of experience and efficiency has been compromised, leaving the vital flanks of governance vulnerable.
THE Congress has begun its campaign -- for the general elections of 2012-13. All over Kolkata, the party has put up hoardings of a smiling, heavily-dimpled Rahul Gandhi. The visual message is "cute." The written message is unambiguous: this is the face of the future. He may be forced to share the limelight with his elders in 2009, but this is the last compromise. The campaign accepts that Dr Manmohan Singh is the Congress candidate for prime minister this year, but marks him as a transition figure, or in Arun Jaitley's phrase, as a "night-watchman."
IF anything has tarnished the honeymoon period of the new government it is the student wing of the Awami League, that has been involved in conflicts with itself and with others since the landslide victory of AL-led alliance in the December 29 election.
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has decided to launch its mega tournament Super Cup on March 11.
It is expected that some important decisions would be taken in the Bangladesh Cricket Board's (BCB) next meeting on Wednesday.
Kumar Sangakkara and Thilan Samaraweera notched brilliant hundreds to help Sri Lanka recover from early wobbles on the opening day of the second Test against Pakistan here Sunday.
The sixth round of the Premier Division Cricket League resumes today after a three-day national mourning break following the mutiny at the BDR headquarters in Pilkhana.
England's bid for a series-levelling victory over West Indies ran into Ramnaresh Sarwan who fashioned his third hundred of the series in the fourth Test on Saturday.
The National Bank Dhaka Metropolis Premier and First Division Volleyball Leagues will start tomorrow at the Volleyball Stadium.
South Africa made a confident start in their second innings as they set out to salvage the first Test against Australia at the Wanderers Stadium here on Sunday.
Novak Djokovic closed up a little on Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at the top of the world rankings by winning the 12th title of his career in the Dubai Open on Saturday.
Graeme Swann has admitted that Ramnaresh Sarwan has become a thorn in England's side after the West Indies batsman struck his third hundred of their Test series on Saturday.
In the lead-up to the Johannesburg Test AB de Villiers spoke of his desire to become the best batsman in the world. It's a bold ambition for a player currently sitting 21st on the ICC's Test batting rankings. But for a man who has just turned 25 and has enjoyed the most prolific year of his career, it's a commendable aspiration.
The Indian board's plan for six of its cricketers to turn out in New Zealand's domestic competition ahead of the Tests is in doubt with the New Zealand players' body saying it will not pull Indian Cricket League (ICL) players out of state squads to facilitate the games.
The 30th Parachute National Women's Chess Championship will resume today with the seventh round of the competition at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall-room.
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has condoled the death of BDR Director General Major General Shakil Ahmed, other army officers, jawans and all loss of lives in Wednesday's mutiny at the BDR headquarters.
The global anti-doping body Saturday endorsed a one-year ban placed on Pakistan's Mohammad Asif, saying it will not appeal against the punishment.
Rafael Benitez came close to conceding defeat in the Premier League title battle after a shock 2-0 defeat at Middlesbrough left Liverpool struggling to keep leaders Manchester United within sight.
Juventus edged Napoli 1-0 on Saturday to keep their Serie A title hopes alive by cutting Inter Milan's lead at the top to six points.
Andrey Voronin hit his fourth goal in four games on Saturday to help put Hertha Berlin back on top of the Bundesliga as the leaders sealed a 2-1 win over bottom club Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand insists Jose Mourinho has what it takes to succeed Alex Ferguson as the Red Devils' manager, in an interview due out Thursday.
Real Madrid reduced the gap on bitter rivals Barcelona at the top of the Spanish League table to four points on Saturday when substitute Guti and veteran skipper Raul scored in a 2-0 win at Espanyol.
Strugglers Valenciennes scotched Lille's attempts to have a say in the French title race on Saturday with a 2-0 success which denied the former a temporary share of second place in the table.
Local clothing brands are flourishing on the back of increasing demand from domestic buyers, said major brand operators.
Stocks jumped yesterday, shaking off market jitters over an armed mutiny by disgruntled border guards.
Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation has initiated a move to develop sports tourism by organising more sports events in the country, said the chairman of the state-owned tourism agency.
Southeast Asian leaders called Sunday for urgent cooperation and reform to tackle the global financial crisis, as they pushed on with their dream of forming an EU-style community by 2015.
Success in strawberry cultivation in Barisal has created enthusiasm among local farmers to go for massive cultivation of the fruit.
It was hailed as the "great Indian retail revolution," but a slowing economy and over-ambitious expansion have left many retailers struggling with what analysts now say were hyped expectations.
Germany rejected appeals Sunday for a single multibillion euro (dollar) bailout of eastern Europe, even after Hungary begged EU leaders not to let a new "Iron Curtain" divide the continent into rich and poor.
When times were booming, Asia's factories would sometimes struggle to keep pace with the global demand for cars, semiconductors and electronics goods.
Asian currencies ended the week mainly lower against the dollar, with the yen in particular expected to weaken further amid a gloomy outlook for the economy.
Japan's worst economic crisis since World War II is far from over as its heavy reliance on exports leaves it vulnerable to crumbling demand in recession-hit world markets, analysts say.
Oil prices rallied this week, buoyed by signs of stabilising energy demand and hints of Opec production cuts, but gold lost its sparkle after breaching 1,000 dollars per ounce the previous week.
The struggling Thai economy is likely to contract further in the first three months of this year as exports take a hit from the global financial meltdown, the prime minister said Sunday.
Up to 6,000 Taiwan civil servants may lose their jobs as President Ma Ying-jeou's administration plans to build a leaner but more efficient government, a report said Sunday.
EU leaders were hoping to present a united front Sunday at a summit dedicated to the economic crisis, after weeks of wrangling over protectionism which has led to fears of "a new iron curtain".
The European Central Bank is set to cut its interest rates to all-time lows Thursday after eurozone economic activity hit its own record low in February and the bloc shed a quarter of a million jobs.
HSBC has weathered the financial crisis better than many of its rivals, but the banking giant is still expected to announce it needs more capital when it unveils its annual results Monday.
South Korea's trade balance swung to a surplus of 3.29 billion dollars in February from a deficit of 3.35 billion dollars a month earlier, customs data showed Sunday.
The government will build 104 flats at Lalmatia Housing Estate in the city for selling those to the civil servants.
The India border guards yesterday resumed erecting barbed wire fencing along their side opposite the Monipur camp in Dinajpur and BDR personnel resisted the efforts.
Different organisations and human rights bodies yesterday continued to condemn the killing of the army officers at Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) headquarters in the city.
Just a week ago, Lt Col Shamsul Azam, a commanding officer of BDR engineering corps, was busy planning the marriage ceremony of his eldest son, but now his family members are now preparing for his (Azam) funeral.
A minor girl and a schoolboy were killed in separate road accidents in Chapainawabganj and Gaibandha yesterday
The High Court (HC) verdict directing the government to take steps to install “speed governor seals” in all modes of public transport to control speed and reduce road accidents was not executed even in the last one year after its delivery.
Mehrin Mujib, spouse of slain Colonel Mujibul Huq, demanded proper investigation into the Wednesday's massacre in the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) headquarters at Pilkhana in the city and exemplary punishment to the killers.
Lt Col Abu Musa Kaiser Ahmed, who was killed during the BDR massacre at the headquarters of the border guards in the city, was laid to rest with state honour at his family graveyard at Bhara Muhuri at Chakaria in Cox's Bazar yesterday.
A 125-member team of police will join the United Nations' peacekeeping mission in Congo.
The Dhaka University (DU) authorities have postponed all the examinations scheduled for today at the centres of Arts Faculty and the Curzon Hall due to unavoidable reasons, says a DU press release.
BDR jawans lodged a strongly protest against the Indian BSF move to construct a road near Giragaon border under Atwary upazila in Panchagarh yesterday.
Shaheed Comrade Tajul Day was observed yesterday, marking the 25th death anniversary of Tajul Islam, one of the pioneers of the workers' movement in the country.
Rail communication between Dhaka and North Bengal was snapped for about four hours after one of the compartments of a Dhaka-bound train was derailed at Mashakhali at Gafargaon yesterday.
Due to some unavoidable circumstances, Jago Bangladesh 2009, the challenging walkathon from Teknaf to Cox's Bazar through the longest beach in the world, has been deferred and will now be held on March 27-29.
The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed all processes of holding elections to Chandpur Primary School Teachers' Association (CPSTA).
Tonmoy Pal, a second year student of pharmacy department of Jahangirnagar University, was found dead in the river Buriganga on Saturday night.
Detective Branch of Police arrested six alleged smugglers along with Indian sarees and cloths worth about Tk 2 crore from the river Madhumati near Chamta in Sadar upazila yesterday.
Ibrahim Cardiac Hospital and Research Institute organised a 'Free Heart Camp' to celebrate the founding anniversary of Bangladesh Diabetic Association on Saturday.
The Supreme Court (SC) will deliver its verdict today on the leave to appeal filed by 29 sitting High Court judges against the HC verdict directing the government to reappoint 10 additional judges with seniority.
A Dhaka court yesterday recorded statements of three more prosecution witnesses in connection with the August 21 grenade attack cases.
The annual election to the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) for its 14 executive posts, including president and secretary, will be held on March 24 and 25.
The Annual Commander Conference, National Flag Giving Parade and 8th Tigers' Reunion-2000 of EBRC, scheduled for March 5 at Chittagong Cantonment have been postponed due to unavoidable reason, said an ISPR release.
Eminent educationist and writer Prof Muhammad Zafar Iqbal has received a death threat from outlawed Islamist outfit Harkat-ul Jihad al Islami (Huji).
The High Court (HC) yesterday rejected eight petitions filed by controversial businessman Giasuddin Al Mamun seeking bail in eight separate criminal cases filed against him.
People from all walks of life here yesterday demanded proper investigation into brutal killings of the brilliant army officers and their family members at BDR headquarters on January 25 and exemplary punishment of the killers.
Acting registrar of Rajshahi University (RU) having alleged links with BNP and Jamaat resigned yesterday.
An attempt to murder case was filed against Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sangahti Samity (PCJSS) chief Santu Larma and 13 other members of the outfit with Kotwali Police Station here yesterday.
People of char areas in Fulchhari upazila are enjoying fruits of their voluntary service as a bamboo bridge, set up across a tributary of the Jamuna, has eased their communication with the 'mainland' on two sides of the river.
Field workers and organisers of Jubo Karmasangsthan Society (Jubok) and its depositors yesterday laid seize to Chandpur Deputy Commissioner's Office demanding punishment to five detained Jubok officials and arrest of other fugitives.
Police yesterday recovered body of a girl child from a paddy field in Dhutrabari area under Shivalaya Police Station.
Detective Branch (DB) of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP) Saturday night unearthed two fake cosmetics factories and arrested four people including a woman from Rajshahi city.
Indian Border Security (BSF) abducted a personnel of Bangladesh Armed Police from the frontier village of Nayanpur in Brahmanpara upazila Saturday night.
Students of fine arts department of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday staged a one hour sit-in in front of administration building demanding immediate withdrawal of all additional examination fees.
A few days ago our democracy was at stake. After two years of hiatus, we have again embarked on the road to democracy through the Awami League's winning a landslide victory at the elections. The result is unprecedented in our political history. Having the earlier experience of the BNP regime vivid in our minds, we are worried that this absolute power could lead the AL to an unfair exercise of power and consequently dysfunctional democracy.
Though children's labour may be necessary to the survival of some families, it does not represent the ideal for children or their families. Putting children to work too early can stunt their development socially and educationally as well as expose them to physical risks. This does not even factor in the daily peril faced by children working as prostitutes or soldiers.
Energy resources like water, gas, electricity and petroleum crude oil are indispensable in the running of a country. In our daily life we use them for making our lives easier. But the thing is that our manner of using these is indiscreet, as we do not hesitate squandering them carelessly. For instance, let us consider water and how we misuse it.
It is learnt from The Daily Star (26 January 2009) that Pabna University of Science and Technology (PUST) is going to admit 200 students under two faculties. The subjects that will be taught are Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE) and Mathematics under the faculty of Science and Engineering. The other faculty is Business Studies, with the subject Business Administration.
The Trans-Eurasia Information Network (TEIN) is one of the new initiatives endorsed by ASEM III (October 2000, Seoul, Korea) to connect research networks between Asia and Europe by linking EU's GEANT, the pan-European gigabit research network, with Asia's research networks such as the APII Testbeds in order to promote information exchanges in research and development and education.
Road 11 in Banani has become a nightmarish highway of sorts!
In politics, no ruler or politician is above criticism. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman has faced multifarious criticisms, particularly over the actions of his administration after our liberation. There are people who believe that he was a first class leader but not an administrator of that rank. But we all ought to admit that he was the main architect and founder of our country.
CNN recently released an exclusive interview of US President Barack Obama with Al-Arabia Television. This interview is considered as part of President Obama's commitment during his election campaign to improve relations between the US and the Muslim world.
I was not at all surprised. I have rather been trying to look for the benefits from the DU teachers' greeting spree! Though students missed their classes, with this hands-on demonstration on “political science” the students can learn “constructive politics” and master the art of succeeding in traditional Bangladeshi Politics. Not bad!
Although Barisal is one of the six divisions, it has been neglected by all governments. All previous governments made promises but their words did not come true. Education is imperative for all development activities but there is no university in Barisal city. If we look at all other divisional cities, we will find a different picture. Even many district towns have public universities. Doesn't it bear testimony to the unequal treatment meted out to Barisal? Although the present government has already treated Barisal badly not including anyone in the cabinet from the region, we hope it will set up a university in the city in order to make Barisal a part of Digital Bangladesh.
The AL said before the election that it would appoint the deputy speaker from the opposition. Within days of winning the election the AL has forgotten that pledge. We feel disgusted, but we are not surprised. Clearly, what was once a “pledge” has now become a “lie”. And to cover up that lie the AL is now planning to create a new seat for a second deputy speaker!
There is an unnecessary obstacle in our economic sector.
A few years ago Mohakhali Railway overbridge was constructed and it has facilitated traffic movement on the road to some extent. But a big problem still continues to afflict the residents of the area. People of Mohakhali DOHS, Shahinbag, Arjat Para, etc., have to go to Mohakhali kutcha bazar everyday with big serious risks to their lives as they cross the road. This is an everyday hazard which puts a lot of pressure on their nerves. Hence a foot overbridge connecting Mohakhali kutcha bazar is a long felt necessity.
A daughter of mine recently got her Ph.D from Harvard and came home for a few weeks to meet family and friends before returning to Harvard to do research as a prestigious Swartz Fellow in the newly established Department of Neuroscience. Her sponsors were so keen to have her that they paid a huge amount of money as special fees, so that her H-1B visa for a temporary worker could be processed in only two weeks. The embassy here too was very cooperative and gave her a visa within two days of the interview.
At least eight people were killed yesterday in two suspected US missile strikes in northwest Pakistan, near the Afghan border, security officials said.
After setting a deadline to pull US forces from Iraq, President Barack Obama is shifting gears quickly to Afghanistan and Pakistan as he lays out a broad, regional approach to fighting extremism.
Major donors are expected at a meeting in Egypt today to pledge billions of dollars to reconstruct the Gaza Strip, but only if the enclave's rulers Hamas agree to play no role in spending the cash.
Iran yesterday called upon Syria to cooperate in supporting Palestinian unity, reconstructing the war-torn Gaza Strip and in punishing Israel.
The UN atomic watchdog will take its first look at Iran's nuclear programme since the change of president in the United States at a meeting starting today.
Pioneering work by Japanese stem-cell researchers two years ago has taken a major step forward, helping the quest for versatile, grow-in-a-dish transplant tissue, according to papers published yesterday.
Southeast Asian leaders urged Myanmar's junta to follow its so-called roadmap to democracy during an "open" discussion with the country's prime minister, Thailand's premier said Sunday.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is using her second overseas trip to assess Mideast peace prospects, reconnect with European allies and remind her Russian counterpart that US efforts to rebuild relations with Moscow have their limits.
Afghan political leaders yesterday accused President Hamid Karzai of trying to "sabotage" the country's presidential election after he asked the Election Commission to explore moving the vote up four months.
Global warming could delay the start of the summer monsoon by five to 15 days within the next century and significantly reduce rainfall in much of South Asia, a recent study has found.
Former US President George W. Bush has been named among such businessmen as have faced corruption charges, in an upcoming HarperCollins book.
When archaeologists on a dig in southern Portugal last year flipped over a heavy chunk of slate and saw writing not used for more than 2,500 years, they were elated.
Congress has decided to hunt for new allies while retaining the old ones in its bid to return to power at the Centre after the Lok Sabha elections. The grand old party's strategy revolves around getting new alliance partners like the JDS in Karnataka, Trinamool Congress of Mamta Banerjee in West Bengal, DMDK led by actor- turned-politician Vijaykanth in Tamil Nadu, apart from the existing partners.
In a bid to assuage the international community's concerns about developments in Pakistan, the government of Pakistan has said that it had nothing to do with the disqualification of the Sharif brothers'.
At a staggering Rs 10,000 crore, the Lok Sabha polls this summer would cost more than what Barack Obama and others spent in the US presidential race.
Thirteen years after signing a treaty, India and Nepal are all set to establish Pancheshwar Development Authority for construction of the ambitious 6000 MW Pancheswar multi-purpose project on the Indo-Nepal border.
Taliban militants have established secret hideouts in Karachi and it 'could take the city hostage at any point', according to the Pakistani police.
President Pratibha Patil Sunday rejected the recommendation of Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami to remove his colleague Navin Chawla, who is now expected to preside over the coming Lok Sabha polls.
Arts & Entertainment
The month-long 'Amar Ekushey Grantha Mela 2009' ended on February 28; though instead of fanfare a shadow of gloom loomed large.
Cultural activists in Tangail condemned the barbaric massacre at BDR Headquarter in Dhaka and observed the national mourning last Saturday. At the local Shaheed Minar, artistes and activists paid homage to the Army officials and their families brutally killed by rebel BDR jawans.
Dr. Muhammad Samad is one of the distinguished poets of the '70s. His discerning vision and passion, reflected through words, have enriched our literature. For inspiration, Samad inclines towards romanticism and nature.
The art advisor to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad urged a visiting Hollywood delegation to apologise for "insults and slanders" about Iranians in films, the ISNA news agency reported on Saturday.
U2's 12th album, "No Line on the Horizon," a kaleidoscopic quest, rivals 1991's "Achtung Baby" for audacity and innovation.
After a decade, an 'Ekushey Book Fair' was held in Kushtia (from February 21 to 28). Kushtia Shilpakala Academy and district administration jointly organised the fair at the local Shilpakala Academy premises.
Drama serial "Mama Bhagney" will be aired tonight on Banglavision at 8:15pm. Jointly written by Nazrul Islam and M.S. Rana, and directed by Golam Sohrab Dodul, the humorous serial depicts the relationship between a man and his three nephews.
On the occasion of International Women's day, Ekushey TV will air a special TV play “Swopno, Bastob o Dipannita” on March 8. Written by Rounak Hasan and directed by Chayanika Choudhury, the play will be aired at 7:45 pm.
Talk show "Road to Democracy" will be aired tonight on Rtv at 7:30 pm. Based on contemporary issues, politics, economics and international affairs, “Road to Democracy” is Rtv's regular talk show aired every evening at the same time.
TRAGEDY has been part of Bengali collective life for as long as we can remember. Death by violent means has been a pattern of life, of the end of life that we have known for ages. Three million of our compatriots died at the hands of the Pakistan army in the year we wrested freedom for this nation. In 1975, in the space of a mere three months, we lost to assassination the entire leadership that had led us through the long, tortuous struggle for liberation. The corpse of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman lay sprawled on the staircase of his home; and the bodies of nearly his entire family littered the place. And then came the night when the four leaders of the Mujibnagar provisional government were gunned down in the putative security of prison.
IT'S only natural that emotions will be high among the army personnel, more so the officers, after the exposure of harrowing stories of brutality inside BDR headquarters. Not to be so would be abnormal. With every passing day pictures of barbaric acts by the mutineers are being bared to us. It is difficult to believe that genuine BDR jawans could have carried out the senseless killings. The brutalities have reinforced the suggestion that the rebels were not working on their own.
From: Nury Vittachi.
Dear Sir or Madam,