Two things come easy in Bangladesh -- getting big bank loans and blissfully failing to repay. The money in the vaults seems to be the easiest prey today.
Many private banks and influential individuals are illegally employing armed guards in violation of the firearms law.
Janata was almost a sound bank, the best among its state-owned peers until last year. It saw a dramatic fall in just six months since January this year.
It was the cabinet's oath-taking night after the 2001 parliamentary elections. The phone rang in the newsroom of The Daily Star. On the other end of the phone was the quivering voice of a man who, in his Dhaka University student days, was an infamous “armed cadre” of a political party.
He was hardly known to outsiders until his father, General Ziaur Rahman who became Bangladesh's president in the process of several coups and counter-coups, died in another military putsch in May 1981. Through a Bangladesh Television programme, the countrymen, eventually came to know of Tarique Rahman. And today, he is facing life term as the court verdict goes. From the crux of political power he now lives the life of a fugitive.
It is a piece of paper full of lies and yet it is the legal government document that allows a person to drink alcohol in Bangladesh.
Devoid of the whims, high-handedness and the Cold War propositions of the bilateral and multilateral donors, smaller countries had found a new source of financing in China. Its funds could be easily tapped without being imposed with the harsh conditions like those of the World Bank and the IMF
His Bhootergoli home seemed like a tubular, elongated chamber; dark and air heavy; dimly lit even at night. But it always gave the feeling of an art gallery.
As we understand, budgets are drawn up to prioritise where to spend money and how to do it. It is also about how to collect that money. The end result would be growth, prosperity and a people better equipped to face the tomorrow.
It has been exactly six months when the Rohingyas started streaming into Bangladesh to escape the ethnic cleansing in Myanmar and it took exactly the same many months for the world to forget them, to make them truly nobody's children.
As women narrate their stories of shame– of how they were raped repeatedly by Myanmar army to the media, the case becomes even more convincing for UN special representative of secretary general to put soldiers on dock at the ICC in Hague, as she promised. Only one problem, and not a small one at that, may throw the spanner in the wheel – that Myanmar is not a signatory to the Rome Statute to the ICC.
When Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said during her Dhaka visit that Bangladesh-India relation “goes far beyond a strategic partnership”, that certainly created a ripple across many fronts – from global politics, to the Myanmar generals to the hapless Rohingyas.
After the shame of Bosnia, there should not have been a Myanmar. Yet, Myanmar happened because the big nations on both sides of the East-West divide have rendered the UN an ineffective organisation, a platform to talk and not to take actions.
1994 should have been a watershed year in human history; a year to feel ashamed of humanity's failure to stop a genocide that resulted in the deaths of 800,000 mostly Tutsis in Rwanda; a year to mend the mistakes that allowed the atrocities to happen, and to build solid defence against such atrocities in the future; it should have been truly a year of re-learning the lessons from death and destruction.
Myanmar's promise to take back the Rohingyas, who have taken refuge in Bangladesh, looks empty and seems to be a tactic to ease international pressure. This is reflected in the contents of a hasty statement put on the official website of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi hours after Myanmar Union Minister U Kyaw Zeya concluded his Dhaka visit.
It has been over three weeks that the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres had issued a letter, unprecedented in the last 28 years since the 1989 Lebanon conflict, to the Security Council for its action on the ethnic cleansing in Myanmar.
Bangladesh boasts as being the world's number two garment exporter. Every third European has a T-shirt made in Bangladesh on his back. Every fifth American wears jeans manufactured in Bangladesh.
Two years ago, Bangladesh felt a “strengthened bond” with India that “would benefit people of the two countries as well as of the
Although it came quite late in the series of events, the UN Security Council statement Wednesday just reminded the world how terrible
Seldom, if ever, in history has a world hero fallen so fast into disrepute. Never have so many people and organisations representing
Indian Premier Narendra Modi's stance on the Rohingya issue has emerged as another example of how the plights of the ethnic
I am a 'Janagon'—an 'Amm-public'. If you still don't get it, then let me spell it out for you, because I know you are an 'Amm-public' too—the ever-so-celebrated mango people. I hope you now realise who I am as well as who you are.
The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army or Arsa, an armed group that emerged in Rakhine state in 2013, has no sizable weaponry to sustain the struggle. But that is how things remain in the beginning – small but potent.
The latest wave of Myanmar's killing of Rohingyas and the preceding world reaction to the continued genocide happening in the Southeast Asian country have truly put these hapless people at the risk of complete annihilation.
By all indicators it was deemed to be the best performing bank in Bangladesh, posting a profit of Tk 2,300 crore last year, leaving any
Year after year, the government has been allowing this easy scheme of plundering our banks -- a group of politically well-connected people will stretch their long arms and take loans from state-owned banks with all kinds of shady schemes. Then they will forget to pay back.
Mega dreams require mega shake-ups, sometimes crushing ones, especially if you have little control over costs and transparency. Finance Minister AMA Muhith's proposed budget has come with the same impact -- putting the people through the VAT machine to take out every mint possible to be spent on a budget that is bigger by a quarter than the present one.
Bangladesh is caught in a limbo between dreamy possibilities and the nitty-gritty of reality. The possibility of moving at a much faster rate is tempered by the grim reality of the current architecture that denies that speed.
At the end of his ruthless massacre and war against an unarmed people, General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi who led the Pakistan army in the killings, described the genocide of Bangalis in his book “Betrayal of East Pakistan” as “a display of stark cruelty more merciless than the massacres at Bukhara and Baghdad by Chengis Khan and Halaku khan or Jallianwala Bagh by the British General Dyer.”
Shahin is no Priyanath Bose. Nor does his outfit come anywhere near the Great Bengal Circus. Yet he is carrying forward the legacy of circus in Bengal through thick and thin.
It is incredulous that the World Bank, with its expertise on almost anything under the sun, failed to understand through its legal departments that the so-called evidence was all moth-eaten and flimsy.
It is incredulous that the World Bank with expertise on almost anything under the sun failed to understand through its legal departments that the so-called evidence is all moth-eaten and lame. This one single incident will have dented the organisation’s standing in the eyes of the nations.
The bafflement and bewilderment among the saner heads are now widespread as the US election results show Trump has triumphed.
We will never be able to feel his pain and trauma. We will never know his helpless nights in the dungeon of the jailhouse.
We will never be able to feel his pain and trauma. We will never know his helpless nights in the dungeon of the jailhouse. Because even the strongest empathy will fail the experience.
As a debate rages over the Rampal power plant and its impact on the Sundarbans, a substantive amount of information is available for us to reach some conclusion. The plant may have a far-reaching impact on the world's unique mangrove forest.
The land mass that rose from the sea bed from the siltation of two mighty rivers, the Ganges and the Brahmaputra, supports a
For Dhaka commuters, taxi woes may be over soon. Uber, the global taxi service company, is all set to hit the Dhaka roads within weeks. With Uber taxis plying around, Dhaka’s commuting experience will change forever.
The day he floated into Bangladesh from Assam more than two weeks ago, his fate was sealed.
I could swear it was the same market and the same bridge where the man-eating leopard used to stroll 90 years
So politics is going to enter the private universities, which so far remains outside the realm of student politics that has
So politics is going to enter the private universities, which so far remains outside the realm of student politics that has emerged so acrimonious and often violent. The announcement by Bangladesh Chhatra League to form committees in all private universities to fight militancy has made us all worried.
In the last few days we were baffled by police versions of various crimes. Take the latest murder of Police Super Babul Akhter’s wife Mitu’s murder.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith has really dreamt of a big budget in every respect -- from expenditure to revenue generation. And he no longer wants to live in the 6 percent GDP class to push beyond 7 percent. But his big dream promises to put extra pressure on people across the board, as he plans through his VAT and other tax proposals to extract that extra penny from every pocket.
In the stumbling block of concrete mess at Moghbazar, Minhaz Abedin waits patiently every day, worrying about his unemployed son, something he has been doing for the past three years now.
If you have ever had the opportunity to fly on the Airbus A380, the biggest jetliner in the world, nicknamed the Superjumbo, then you would love to know that the enormous engines, each producing around 70,000lbs of thrust, of these double-decker planes may contain a critical set of technologies invented by a Bangladesh-born scientist, RifatUllah.
Surprise, surprise! Why are these headlines – Traffic goes haywire, City chokes on jam and so on -- hogging the newspaper pages? So what if the cars stop dead on the streets? Well, I did not feel anything and I crisscrossed this small city and reached all the spots on time yesterday! What was wrong with all these people!