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How to rob a bank in Bangladesh

How to rob a bank in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, we sometimes play We Also Have. This is a parlor game in which we can say, with pride, that we now have the things that could previously be found only in other countries. In the 1990s, it was satellite television (we also have MTV!); in the 2000s, it was shopping malls and high-rise buildings and multiplex cinemas. This year, it was a Hollywood-style bank heist. In January, a man going by the name of Sohel and his accomplice Idris successfully stole 169 million taka (about $2.2 million) from...

Bangladesh’s travelling pain

Bangladesh’s travelling pain

In “Regarding the Pain of Others,” Susan Sontag writes, “being a spectator of calamities taking place in another country is a quintessential modern experience.” In Bangladesh, it appears that we are the spectators of — and collaborators in — our own calamities. Every few months, we witness a major tragedy, knowing all the while that once the dust has settled on the terrible thing that just happened, it is only a matter of time before another one is splashed across the front pages of our newspapers. Take August, for example. It was Eid al-Fitr, the celebration that marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Thousands of urban migrants...

Holocaust survivors accuse Israel of 'genocide'

Holocaust survivors accuse Israel of 'genocide'

Dozens of Holocaust survivors, together with hundreds of descendants of Holocaust survivors and victims, have accused Israel of “genocide” for the deaths of more than 2,000 Palestinians in Gaza since the conflict erupted in July. In an open letter released by the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network and published as an advert in The New...

Most people now live in cities: UN

Most people now live in cities: UN

More than half of humanity now lives in cities, and even more will soon. The world will have to confront how to make cities more fit for human habitation. Those are the conclusions of a report released Thursday by the United Nations, raising new challenges including cholera, classrooms and food production, reports The New...

Obama to propose ending NSA's phone call sweep

Obama to propose ending NSA's phone call sweep

The White House wants the National Security Agency to get out of the business of sweeping up and storing vast amounts of data on Americans' phone calls. The Obama administration this week is expected to propose that Congress overhaul the electronic surveillance program by having phone companies hold onto the call records as they...

Shooting in Afghanistan Hotel

Bangladeshi among 9 killed

Bangladeshi among 9 killed

At least one Bangladeshi national is among the nine killed in a Taliban attack on a high profile luxury hotel near the presidential palace in Kabul of Afghanistan on Thursday. The victim has been identified as Wasim Alimuzzaman, better known as Wasim Zaman, 65, hailing from Gopalganj. He retired from a United Nations job a couple of years back and joined a Malaysia-based non-government organisation, relatives confirmed. According to a New York Times report, another Bangladeshi national might also have been killed in the attack but that could not be confirmed till last night. Contacted over the phone, Sharfuzzaman Jahangir, a cousin of Wasim Zaman, told The Daily Star yesterday evening that...

2 Bangladeshis among Taliban attack casualties

2 Bangladeshis among Taliban attack casualties

Two Bangladeshi nationals are among the nine killed in a Taliban attack on a high-profile luxury hotel near the presidential palace in Kabul on Thursday, according to a New York Times report. One of the Bangladeshis was a dual US-Bangladeshi national, The Washington Post reported quoting the US Embassy.   The attack claimed the lives of...

US pledges 1 billion for Ukraine

US pledges 1 billion for Ukraine

Secretary of State John F Kerry brought a pledge of 1 billion dollars in US loan guarantees for Ukraine’s new anti-Russian leadership as he arrived in Kiev to show solidarity with former opposition leaders now facing a military standoff with Moscow reports the Washington Post. Kerry was in the Ukrainian capital for talks Tuesday that...

$40m aid for Rana Plaza victims

$40m aid for Rana Plaza victims

Four retailers join Bangladesh government to create an estimated $40m compensation fund to aid the Rana Plaza victims. No US-based retailers participate in the arrangement

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