News of: Friday, 27th of March, 2009
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The law enforcement agencies yesterday denied arresting British citizen Faisal Mostafa, alleged patron of the militants' den busted in Bhola, while his relatives in Dhaka and Manchester claimed he has been detained since Wednesday.
The nation yesterday celebrated its 39th Independence Day paying glowing tributes to the Liberation War martyrs and calling on the government to hold the trial of war criminals.
British citizen and chief of UK-based NGO Green Crescent Dr Faisal Mostafa, cleared twice of terrorist bomb plot charges in 1996 and 2002 in the UK, had been sentenced to four years' imprisonment for possessing illegal arms and another 56 days in November for trying to board an aircraft with a gun.
As fund constraint stalls a vital donor-funded $189-million project to install three gas pipelines and compressors necessary to increase the country's gas supply, the energy ministry on Tuesday decided to reduce the number of pipelines and compressors down to two.
These stunning pictures claimed to be of the first few minutes of the BDR carnage are available on the Facebook. The Daily Star could not confirm the authenticity of the photos. The Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) department of the defence forces was also not aware of such pictures. However,
Chief Justice MM Ruhul Amin has constituted a one-member High Court (HC) bench to settle the question whether a person sentenced in absentia can seek bail from the HC without surrendering to the trial court.
Every day more than 700 diarrhoea patients from different parts of the capital flock for treatment at ICDDR,B as the government is yet to take effective measures for clean water supply. About half of the patients are infants and children.
The investigators of Chittagong arms haul are now trying to identify the vessel that carried the huge cache of deadly weapons to the Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Ltd (CUFL) jetty in the early hours of April 02, 2004.
At least nine people were killed and 30 others injured in a road accident yesterday morning at Lohagara upazila of the district.
A soothing atmosphere now prevails at capital city Dhaka, as it is now free of chaos and traffic jam to a large extent.
BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday said his party has no objection to trying war criminals but no innocent should be harassed in the name of justice.
Jamaat-e-Islami Amir Matiur Rahman Nizami yesterday said militancy has been invented to impede development of Bangladesh keeping the frontier unprotected.
Four people, including a vice president of Awami Swechchasebok League's Dhaka city unit and a Juba League member, were killed in separate incidents in different parts of the capital yesterday.
Two people, including upazila unit Awami League (AL) vice-president, were wounded as a bomb blasted in the AL leader's house at Laxmipur village in Muladi upazila of the district yesterday.
Asia and the Pacific face a "marked risk" of social unrest as the global financial crisis bites, but the region continues to lead international prospects for recovery, a UN survey said Thursday.
The curtain will drop on the country's most expensive football tournament today when archrivals Abahani and Mohammedan lock horns in the Citycell Super Cup final.
Around 100 Bangladeshi workers returned home from Malaysia due to joblessness yesterday, the day when Foreign Minister Dipu Moni went there likely to discuss labour issue with the leadership of the country.
Investigators, assigned for investigating the last month's BDR carnage, started collecting witness accounts yesterday from the residents living around the BDR headquarters.
Shelling killed 54 civilians in a supposed "no-fire" zone in Sri Lanka's war between the government and separatist Tamil rebels while 30 more Tamil Tiger rebels were killed in fresh fighting in the island's north yesterday.
More than 20,000 protesters ringed the prime minister's office Thursday, demanding the government resign, deriding its distribution of checks to millions of low-income workers as a payoff.
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) pushed in at least 34 Bangladeshi nationals, who were detained in Indian jail for long, through Bhomra border in Sadar upazila Wednesday night.
The United Nations yesterday criticised arbitrary detention in Afghanistan as widespread and unacceptable, calling for an immediate review in order to protect rights.
A car bomb exploded near a crowded market in a mainly Shia area in Baghdad on Thursday, killing as many as 20 people, Iraqi officials said, in the fifth major attack in Iraq this month.
Myanmar's opposition party urged the US to open talks with the country's junta, a spokesman said Wednesday, the last day of an American diplomat's visit amid signs of a shifting US approach to the military rulers.
Nine detained BDR men have died in inexplicable circumstances since March 9. Of course, the BDR, under its new management, has given it out that the men died of heart attacks or have committed suicide. At a time when intense investigations are going on to unearth the conspiracy behind the carnage that left 55 army officers dead at Pilkhana in February, it is worrying that reports have kept coming in of BDR men in detention dying. We are dismayed by such happenings; and we would like to make it clear that explaining these deaths away being a result of cardiac arrests or suicide is becoming untenable. All of us remember the frequency with which people died in 'crossfires' during the period of the BNP-led alliance government. Those reports of 'crossfires' did not hold water. In much the same manner, the nine BDR deaths are beginning to raise some uncomfortable questions.
The Prime Minister has dreams and vision for a prosperous Bangladesh. She is also under pressure of a massive popular mandate to deliver goods to people in terms of stable law and order, good governance and catering to basic needs of the majority who are poor. Little wonder, therefore, that rather early in the day, a couple of weeks ago, she had addressed a letter to the secretaries exhorting them to quicken their pace of work in implementing the directives of the government, so that people can receive the intended services sooner rather than later.
March 9: Naik Subedar Mozammel Haq reportedly commits suicide by hanging himself from a ventilator fan of a toilet on the third floor of the orchestra bhaban at the BDR headquarters in Pilkhana.
YESTERDAY, this nation turned thirty-eight years old, a time of life when an individual stands at the threshold of middle age. But a nation is expected to live hundreds of years, and thirty-eight for it is still formative days. It doesn't have to worry about dwindling eyesight, hurting knees, fluctuating blood pressure, not even receding hairline or diabetes. A nation is still young and fresh, hope and freedom roaring in veins.
THE tragedy at Pilkhana was no mutiny; it was premeditated mass murder. We could have called it a mutiny if the BDR jawans had held the army officers captive until their demands were met, but by the time the negotiations had started all the army officers had already been executed. The intention was to destabilise the country, and these cold- blooded murderers had no intention of ventilating their grievances and returning to their barracks.
Welcome to this year's super heavyweight championship bout.
All eyes will be on Abahani and Mohammedan in today's Super Cup final that is worth Tk 1.20 crore but Brothers Union and Chittagong Mohammedan will try to entertain the crowd during the third-place playoff, which starts at 3 pm.
About 10,000 tickets were sold in advance for today's final of the Citycell Super Cup.
GP-BCB National Cricket Academy defeated the Bangladesh Under 19 team by 49 runs in an Independence Day in a low-scoring limited overs exhibition match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
A record-breaking partnership brought centuries for Ross Taylor and Jesse Ryder to steady New Zealand after a shaky start on Day One of the second Test against India here Thursday.
Mohammad Yousuf and a few other Pakistan players may be heading towards a tricky legal wrangle with the Indian Cricket League (ICL) after reports have emerged that they are planning to end their association with the unauthorised Twenty20 league and return to international cricket.
Sourav Ganguly has made it clear that he is not completely convinced about John Buchanan's multiple-captain theory for Kolkata Knight Riders, the Indian Premier League (IPL) team he led last year.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who missed the Napier Test because of a back spasm he sustained on the eve of the match, is likely to return for the next game in Wellington. He went for an MRI scan and is okay, the stand-in captain, Virender Sehwag, has said on Thursday.
Twenty-four players are sharing the top position in the points table with two points each after the second round of games ended in the preliminary phase of the Mercantile Bank 35th National Chess Championship at the chess federation hall room.
South Africa fast bowler Andre Nel joined English county Surrey on a three-year contract after announcing his retirement from international cricket on Wednesday.
David Warner, the explosive opener, has Dale Steyn in his sights as he aims for a spot in Australia's squad for the Twenty20 World Cup in England in June. Warner and Shane Harwood, the Victoria fast bowler, have been brought into the visiting outfit for the two warm-ups for the one-day series in South Africa.
Former world No.1 Kim Clijsters of Belgium on Thursday announced her return to competitive tennis almost two years after retiring from the sport at just 23 years old.
England bowler James Anderson admits the return of all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has boosted the side ahead of Friday's third one-day international.
Rupali Bank and Uttara SC won their respective matches in the relegation phase of the First Division Cricket League yesterday.
Multi Screen Media (MSM), formerly Sony Entertainment Television, and World Sports Group (WSG) have been signed as the official broadcast partners for the DLF Indian Premier League (IPL) in a fresh nine-year deal running through to 2017 for a whopping 8,200 crore rupees.
West Indies' spring tour of England could be severely undermined after it emerged five senior Caribbean players are threatening to withdraw from the series and play in the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL).
England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff on Wednesday threw his support behind caretaker coach Andy Flower who has overseen just one victory on the Caribbean tour.
Jahangirnagar University held an Independence and National Day Chancellor Cup Football Competition at the university premises in Savar, to mark March 26 yesterday.
Michael Vaughan believes Andrew Strauss is the right man to lead England into this year's Ashes despite the team's recent lack of success.
Germany does not currently have a world-class goalkeeper worthy of helping the national team win next year's World Cup, insists both ex-captain Oliver Kahn and national goalkeeping coach Andreas Koepke.
Wigan's chairman Dave Whelan has launched an extraordinary attack on his Newcastle counterpart Mike Ashley, claiming he knew the Magpies were set to nosedive as soon as he saw Ashley wearing a replica shirt in the boardroom.
Strikers Loic Remy and Peguy Luyindula were called-up into the French squad on Wednesday for back-to-back World Cup qualifiers with Lithuania following a training ground injury suffered by Jimmy Briand.
Pele says his comments about supposed drug use by Brazilian soccer stars Robinho and Ronaldo have been misinterpreted.
Scotland midfielder Darren Fle-tcher believes George Burley's side can stun Holland in Amsterdam - if they right the wrongs from the last meeting between the countries.
Japan and North Korea go in search of crucial home victories on Saturday to boost their World Cup final hopes, while heavyweights Iran and Saudi Arabia meet in a must-win match in Tehran.
Chelsea have launched an initiative aimed at identifying promising young players from a south Asian background in a bid to address the community's chronic under-representation in English football.
Ronaldo scored twice to lead Corinthians to 2-2 draw with Ponte Preta on Wednesday in the Sao Paulo state championship.
Liverpool's Albert Riera warned his Spanish teammates that Turkey, who face the Euro 2008 champions in a World Cup qualifying game on Saturday, are a "very aggressive" team which "plays as one."
Juventus chief executive Jean-Claude Blanc said on Wednesday that the Italian giants will sign a star player in the summer.
FIFA vice-president Chung Mong-Joon said Thursday he was "shocked and disappointed" at Sepp Blatter's proposal to enforce an age limit on Olympic football players.
Real Madrid announced Thursday it expected record revenues for the 2008/2009 season of 407 millions euros (552 million dollars), up from 366 million previously.
A hike in scrap metal prices in local markets has pushed the prices of mild steel (MS) rod by 20 percent in a span of two months.
Paragon Agro, a concern of Paragon Group, plans to cultivate organic tea, aiming to exploit the growing consumer demand for the product in domestic and global markets.
Banking stocks lost around 25 percent of their market capitalisation in last one year because of the investors' increased interest in short-term speculative gains instead of long-term returns.
The country's leading bicycle maker and exporter Meghna Group is going to launch British brand 'Raleigh' bicycle in the local market in the next two months.
With their parent company in bankruptcy, the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune have announced plans to combine their foreign reporting operations.
Asia's markets continued to advance Thursday as investors remained confident that the global economic downturn could be easing.
Eastern and central Europe could nosedive into a deep depression without international multi-billion-euro funding such as the IMF-led package granted this week to Romania, analysts warned Thursday.
Thailand started handing out "gift cheques" to more than ten million low-income earners Thursday as part of a stimulus package aimed at curbing the impact of the global financial crisis.
The dollar continued to lose ground against the euro in Asian trade Thursday as signs of an improvement in the ailing US economy encouraged traders to take more risk.
Oil prices rose on Thursday in a "technical" bounce following an overnight decline on data showing that demand in the United States, the world's biggest energy consumer, remained weak, analysts said.
China said it aims to build Shanghai into an international financial hub by 2020 to reflect the nation's economic strength and the rising status of its currency.
BanglaLion, one of the three WiMax licensees, yesterday said it is set to bring the whole nation under the WiMax network within one year, reaching out the benefit of wireless high-speed internet broadband services.
South Korea Thursday announced tax cuts to spur car sales during the economic slump but urged automakers to respond with a cost-cutting drive.
Grameenphone has reappointed 122 former employees to new roles in the company.
Italian manufacturing sector confidence plunged to a record low in March as foreign and domestic orders for Italian goods shrivelled, the research body Isae reported Thursday.
The much-hyped relocation of the tanneries from Hazaribagh in the capital to the proposed 'leather estate' at Savar is still stuck in the ruts, with tannery owners blaming bureaucratic tangles for the unusual delay in the relocation process.
When Jim Neill got laid off, he sent around a farewell email with a subject line designed to get people's attention: "Free food in the employee lounge."
Internet usage in the Philippines is on the increase but rarely for doing business online -- most people are using the web for social networking or to play games, according to a survey Thursday.
The outgoing Kuwaiti cabinet on Thursday approved the 2009/2010 state budget which projects a sharp drop in revenues and a four-billion-dinar (13.8-billion-dollar) deficit, Finance Minister Mustafa al-Shamali told the official KUNA news agency.
Growth in eurozone private sector loans dropped sharply in February, European Central Bank data showed Thursday, with analysts underscoring weaker demand and tighter conditions imposed by cautious commercial banks.
Toyota will continue to sell the current Prius when the revamped version goes on sale in May in an unusual move likely to help the top-selling hybrid ride out a threat from rival Honda.
Hong Kong's richest man Li Ka-shing warned Thursday that Hutchison Whampoa faced its toughest trading conditions in recent times, after announcing profits at his flagship firm fell 42 percent in 2008.
Singapore said Thursday that visitor arrivals fell 15.2 percent in February from a year ago as the global economic slump weighed on tourism.
At least 150 shanties were gutted in a devastating fire at Chandanaish upazila in Chittagong on Wednesday.
A woman died after drinking formalin by accident at a clinic in Chapainawabganj on Wednesday night.
Speakers at an Independence Day programme yesterday called on the young generation to help bring anti-liberation forces to book.
Different political and socio-cultural organisations celebrated the 38th Independence Day by paying rich tribute to the martyrs of the liberation war with a call for quick implementation of the government decision to try war criminals under the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act 1973.
Dhaka University Vice Chancellor (VC) AAMS Arefin Siddique on Wednesday said rule of law and empowerment of women should be established in every sphere of life to strengthen the path of democracy that can pave the way for ultimate development of the country.
With a commitment to presenting healthy entertainment, thoughts and ensuring objectivity and professionalism, Desh TV, a new private satellite channel, went on air yesterday coinciding with the celebration of the 38th Independence Day.
President Zillur Rahman hosted a reception on the occasion of the Independence and National day at Bangabhaban yesterday.
Eight people were killed and 125 others injured in separate road accidents in Faridpur and Manikganj yesterday.
Newly elected President and Secretary of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) AFM Mesbahuddin and SM Rezaul Karim yesterday said they would not hesitate to stand against the government if it takes any action against the spirit of the constitution and separation of judiciary from the executive.
The Independence Day was observed across the country in a befitting manner yesterday.
Supreme Court lawyers MK Rahman and Murad Reza were appointed additional attorney generals (AAGs) on Wednesday.
Four former lawmakers of Awami League and some senior leaders of the party yesterday boycotted the Independence Day programmes of the district administration in protest against 'misbehaviour' with a veteran freedom fighter by the deputy commissioner.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members yesterday celebrated the fifth anniversary of the crime busting elite force by offering condolence to the family members of those killed during the February 25-26 BDR mutiny.
Three people were electrocuted in Shyampur area in the city last night.
Thanks to our Dhaka Stock Exchange new President for his powerful strides to bail out our capital market from the vicious cycle around Z category shares wrought about by some crafty wrong doers. Z category shares transaction in percentage of our total turnover may not be that high. But the damage caused by it goes much deeper down the spine of our capital market system. It has produced such satire in our capital market that sounds as it were: Invest in bad shares and be rewarded. Invest in good shares and be punished. This hints at decaying of intrinsic value in our capital market system.
No doubt Bangladesh has immense potential in tourism. But still it is not developed due to the lack of interest and proper policy of the government. The recent announcement on establishing a national tourism board is a ray of hope for the development of tourism industry in Bangladesh. But it is not enough, because tourism industry is an amalgam of other industries like transportation, accommodation, international technology etc.
In order to protect the vegetables from pests, chemical pesticides are used. But the producers as well as consumers are not aware of the ill effects of the pesticides. Nowadays, we observe some efforts by the law enforcers to ensure formalin-free fish and stop adulteration of restaurants foods. But they overlook the pesticides used while growing vegetables and other agricultural products.
National security is matter of topmost priority. That BDR Headquarters and other military establishments exist without adequate video surveillance and digital identification is just unthinkable to me. Even before Bangladesh goes digital, our armed forces need to do so immediately. It is sad to read how the investigators have to rely on amateur cell phone videos to look for suspects. Many rosters had been burnt which make it impossible to determine the whereabouts of the personnel. This could easily have been avoided if each personnel were assigned a digital identification card. This would make their whereabouts easier to find and also the information could not be burnt as it would immediately (at the speed of light to be precise) make its way to a central digital information storage hub (say a facility in the cantonment).
The fundamental principle of all religions is to try to be a good human being, though there are different ways to achieve the goal. Our Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Pbuh) is the truest human being the world has ever seen. But some people, who claim to be the followers of Islam, engage in activities that violate the basic tenets of the religion.
US President Barack Obama on March 20, 2009 made a historic appeal to the Iranian people, urging an end to decades of animosity and offering a honest engagement with the Islamic Republic. It proves that he is a person of great wisdom who wants to have a peaceful relationship with every country.
A few days ago I purchased a hot water bottle from a drug store. I wanted to buy a local product but was told that the quality of the local product is not good. Hence I had to buy an imported product at a higher cost.
I would very much welcome the cancellation of Pakistan cricket team's tour of Bangladesh. I think this is a very good decision by the government. There is no denying that terrorists have got no sympathy even for sportsmen who are considered goodwill ambassadors of their country. The recent attack by the terrorists on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Pakistan is an example that even the sportsman are not sparred by them. Thank God, the Sri Lankan team members narrowly escaped.
The rulers of Myanmar are oppressing the Rohingya Muslims. Though they are the legal citizens of Myanmar, but their social and political rights have never been recognised. They can't perform their religious duties, they can't marry without the permission of the govt. They can't move from one town to another without permission. The dictators are trying their best to finish the Rohingya Muslims. The Rohingyas are now foreigners in their own country. There were 3.5 million Rohingyas, and 1.5 million have escaped from Myanmar and they are passing through great uncertainty.
Recently, Paramita's story in DS drew my attention. I was astonished to see her patriotism and love for the mother tongue. I can visualise my own childhood in the eyes of this little girl. She spent her money which she got as prize for poetry recitation, for building a Shaheed Minar. She did this spontaneously to show her love for the martyrs of the language movement. It was a spontaneous expression of her love for her mother tongue too. Nowadays what our countrymen lack is patriotism. But when I read the story of a school girl's love for the country and our mother tongue, I got back my lost faith.
Thanks to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for directing the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs to arrange special programmes for rehabilitating the hapless street children and ensuring social and economic security of women.
The ACCA students, particularly in Chittagong, are facing many problems. Since the course is not so established and familiar in the context of Bangladesh, students cannot determine what is happening during taking tuition. The main problem is created by tuition providers, especially the new ones. They lack experienced and skilled personnel in administration. In fact, their management is too weak to run such a professional course. Furthermore, it is widely complained that, they take the ACCA fees from the students but do not pay to the ACCA in time.
AIG and the other failing banks in the USA have set new and absurd standards for executive privileges. They give guaranteed bonuses; while the organisation reels under astounding losses! Funnily, individual amounts of this bonus are more than the gross income of many US taxpayers! Indeed the USA is the land of milk and honey! These fat salaried executives get the honey of bonuses in these hard days of economic downturn, regardless of losses suffered, conveniently milked from poor taxpayers! This is the refined way of robbing the bank without guns and masks!
I am really sympathetic towards Md. Lutfar Rahman (Letter to DS on March 20, 2009), as I too am feeling the pain and suffering each and every day caused by the careless behaviour of the rickshaw-pullers on Dhaka streets.
In the human body, all the systems simultaneously work in a co-ordinated way and in full harmony for a definite purpose, namely, to keep the body alive. Even the smallest movements we do everyday, such as breathing or smiling, are outcomes of perfect co-ordination in the human body.
I am very sceptical about the selection of the AL cabinet. Most of them do not have any technical knowledge or experience in their respective fields. It takes knowledge, vision and administrative skill to run a ministry. As a supporter of the AL, I wish the situation will be rectified very soon, before further damage is done to the economy.
Washington is planning new drone attacks on militant targets in Pakistan as part of its overall review of military strategy there and in Afghanistan, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday.
Despite India's decision to move the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament to South Africa out of security fears, another major terror attack in the country is "inevitable," according to a leading US think tank.
Tamil Tiger rebels have lost more of their territory in northern Sri Lanka and their total defeat is now "imminent," a government minister said yesterday.
Operatives in Pakistan's military intelligence agency provide cash, supplies and strategic advice to militants in Afghanistan where the United States is fighting a resurgent Taliban, the New York Times said Thursday.
A Pakistan-based Islamist militant group warned Wednesday of fresh attacks against Indian troops, as the army said a "large number" of guerrillas were poised to infiltrate Kashmir.
The PMK, a constituent of the ruling UPA at the Centre, is all set to join the AIADMK-led front in Tamil Nadu as the party's top policy making body, the General Council, decided at its crucial meeting.
A brilliant green tree frog with huge black eyes, jumping spiders and a striped gecko are among more than 50 new animal species scientists have discovered in a remote, mountainous region of Papua New Guinea.
Problems for former Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf seem to be increasing day by day following the filing of a petition in the Supreme Court seeking his trial on sedition charges.
The US has offered a $5 million reward for information on Baitullah Mehsud, a senior leader of the Tehrik-e-Taliban who is linked to the assassination of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto.
Arts & Entertainment
Our small screen is a kaleidoscope that presents various colours of life. Today, the television has become a powerful and effective medium that consists of a galaxy of dazzling stars. Many celebrities over the years have contributed to their respective fields and gained popularity as an acknowledgement for their dedication. One of them is Banna Mirza, whose beauty, grace and reflective demeanour have won the hearts of many.
The three-day National Pantomime Festival 2009 ended here recently with a call to becoming more vocal against all social injustices.
A two-day programme to celebrate the International Theatre Day (March 27) ends today at the auditorium of Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC). The programme, featuring plays by Anton Chekhov Theatre Group and Charunidom School of Acting, started on March 25. On the first day, Anton Chekhov Theatre Group staged its production "Kansat-e Shomnath."
The aspiration of Indian dream-merchants has finally come true! "Slumdog Millionaire," filmed in the Dharavi slums of Mumbai, has swept the Oscars this year, winning awards for Best Adapted Screen-play, Cinematography, Sound Mixing, Film Editing, Original Score, Original Song, Direction and Film. Thus 'history' of some sort has been made, since Indian participation in this mother of all film awards so far had been confined to minor achievements such as costume designing and, of course, the Lifetime Achievement Award conferred to legendary helmer Satyajit Ray.
Single-episode play "Bar Bar Phirey Ashey" will be aired today on Channel 1 at 9:20pm. Written by Rokeya Islam and directed by Sadek Siddiqui, the play has Arman Parvez Murad, Shohel Khan, Shahriar Nazim Joy and Tazin Ahmed in the lead roles.
In the write up "The art of recreating the past," published in yesterday's issue of the Arts & Entertainment, Tahmima Anam's first novel "A Golden Age" is mentioned as the winner of "2008 regional Commonwealth Best First Book prize." The book went on to win the Commonwealth Overall Best First Book Award in 2008. We regret the error.
IT seems that the debate over what would have been a better option to contain the Pilkhana mayhem is far from dying down. The government reckoned that political negotiation was the way to deal with the mutineers. As the gruesome events unfolded after the fateful morning of February 25, it was discovered that mutineers had killed scores of our valiant army officers in what appeared to be a systematic carnage.
IN the manpower industry our policy makers seem happy with the ever-increasing remittances, though frequently irritated by media exposures of the unsavoury activities of unscrupulous manpower agents. This juxtaposition of visible remittance by temporary migrants and unethical activities of some recruiting agents, has suddenly attracted most of the think-tanks' attention to this hitherto uncared for sector. Dialogues, round-tables, seminars are focusing on how to nurture and revamp the golden egg laying goose and curb the exploitation of workers.
IT'S the weirdest thing. Your columnist has been surprised to receive loads of invitations to be keynote speaker at financial gatherings. I'm off to another one today, this time in Macau.
The world is heading towards complete digitalisation. And in this case, Bangladesh is NOT lagging behind.
Faced with a torrent of complaints over its latest redesign, the social networking hub Facebook has vowed a series of "improvements" to eliminate clutter and make the website more user friendly.
A robot named Cosmo has become six-year-old Kevin Fitzgerald's unlikely ally in his uphill everyday battle with developmental difficulties.