• Saturday, November 01, 2014

Opinion

Maritime crimes: Bangladeshis in Thai jungle

Maritime crimes: Bangladeshis in Thai jungle

NOT much time has passed since the BBC online reported the heart-rending news of discovery of 171 people, mainly Bangladeshis, from Thai jungle camps. The Bangladeshis are victims of organised slave trade. Tempted by the prospect of jobs, they were taken to be sold as slaves. Bangladeshis seeking work in South East Asian...

BETWEEN THE LINES

Action more important than disclosure of names

IN the midst of debate on the illegal foreign account holders, the names of those who were given amnesty a few days before the debate have been forgotten. Apparently, they are from both the main political parties, the Congress and the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). Otherwise, the shouting would not have stopped in such a short time. One other noticeable point is that there has not been even a cursory mention of how the account holders came to accumulate...

The curry at a crossroads

HUMOURIST Naveed Mahbub titled one of his columns Korma Karma (The Daily Star September 26, 2014), narrating story of the glamorous curry kingdom of the 'Chefs from Sylhet' in the United Kingdom. The story of the 'curry' travelling all the way across the riverine routes and the oceanic depths is the subject of this article. Mr. Mahbub has mentioned that one Sake Dean Mahomed is reputed to have started the first curry house in Britain, named Hindustani Coffee House, in...

BITTER TRUTH

University admission test: Hasty decision will not help

THE decision of the Dhaka University (DU) authorities to ban admission seekers from sitting for admission test for the second time is a pragmatic one considering the situation. But it has put the admission seekers of 2014 batch in a quandary because they were caught unprepared by the abrupt decision. There is no denying that allowing the students to sit for the test a second time forces first time admission seekers to face unequal competition. Students passing the HSC...

Shah Jalal Intl. Airport

The ninth worst airport in Asia

The ninth worst airport in Asia

  SHAH Jalal International Airport has been ranked as the ninth worst airport in Asia in a survey conducted by an organisation called Sleeping in Airports. Passengers who had the privilege of passing through this airport will know very well why it made it to the list of worst airports in Asia. Compared to a...

Hartal: Children the sufferers

<i>Hartal:</i> Children the sufferers

JAMAAT has called for 72 hours of hartal on Thursday, Sunday and Monday. When one hears such news, the things that come to mind are economic shutdown, destruction of vehicles and adults getting hurt. But how many people think about the children?   I went to a local hospital during hartal in December, 2013....

CROSS TALK

Published Date: October 31, 2014
Ghulam Azam and our revenge paradox

Ghulam Azam and our revenge paradox

DEATH solves all problems -- no man, no problem,” Joseph Stalin is quoted as saying in Anatoly Rybakov's 1987 novel Children of the Arbat. If the late Russian ruler had indeed said those words, he must be turning in his grave since Ghulam Azam died last Friday. Death didn't solve all problems for...

Published Date: October 31, 2014
Reflecting on the 3rd US-Bangla dialogue

BASED on reports appaering in various media , it can be undenaibly said that, as a continuation of the US-Bangladesh's annual partnership dialogue, the recently held third dialogue has eneded positvely. The two countries had covered all the expected areas, for instance -- security co-operation, coast guard , cliamte change, peacekeeping and certain areas of US concern like workers' safety and labour rights in Bangladesh. Moreover the countries had reviewd the progress in the existing fields of co-operation. On the...

PLEASURE IS ALL MINE

Published Date: October 31, 2014
Damned if you do, damned if you don't!

Damned if you do, damned if you don't!

WE have an unc-anny genius not to notice any change in tone, temper and texture of the overall political atmosphere so possessed are we with our programmed inputs like robots. Soon perhaps, we will be entering the animated phase of robotic technology which is in for taking over some human loads, as it is. Only that we are ready candidates for such an unthinking existential transformation. It risks replacing application of human intelligence to be constantly improving not regressing as some other nations are doing before our own eyes. Remember, Tunisia which heralded the Arab Spring through a self-immolation incident has in a historic vote given a ringing verdict with...

Published Date: October 31, 2014
Is the WTO heading for a failure?

FOR developing countries that have emphasized an export-led growth strategy, the multilateral trade rules, as represented by the WTO, are critical.  It is, therefore, important to look back at the Bali WTO Conference and to assess why the understandings reached there are not taking concrete shape. When the Bali WTO Ministerial Conference concluded with a bang, it was a sound heard around the globe.  The WTO appeared re-energized.  It is almost eleven months since the conclusion of that Conference.  Perhaps,...