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It appears that the international community has finally started to move on addressing the plight of the Rohingyas in Myanmar and the refugees who crossed to Bangladesh. The questions are whether it will bear any fruits and whether the help will come soon enough for millions inside and outside Myanmar.More than 123,000 Rohingyas from the Rakhaine state has crossed the border to Bangladesh in the face of security operation of the Myanmar Army sine 25 August. Attacks on police and military posts by ARSA prompted the operation. The response of the government is not only disproportionate but described as 'genocide' by many. The simmering conflict since last October has now turned into a catastrophe. The conflict can be traced back to decades of discrimination and persecution of the Rohingyas by the Myanmar regimes and growing radical Buddhist nationalism in the country. These have contributed to the radicalization of Rohingya movement.Indonesia has proposed a 4+1 formula. These four elements consist of (i) restoring stability and security; (ii) maximum restraint and non-violence; (iii) protection to all persons in the Rakhine State, regardless of race and religion; and (iv) the importance of immediate access to humanitarian assistance. Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has placed the proposal to Aung San Suu Kyi. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke Tuesday with Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. As current head of the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation, Erdogan had discussed the violence with around 20 world leaders. Bangladeshi Nobel laureate Professor Muhammed Yunus has sent an urgent letter to the UN Secretary General urging immediate actions. Pakistani Nobel laureate Malala Yusufzai has also criticized Suu Kyi for her silence on t

By Ali Riaz on বুধবার, ০৬ সেপ্টেম্বর ২০১৭ ১০:৪৩

Supreme Court’s (SC) verdict on 16th Amendment is extraordinary considering its observation and analysis on the deep impact of the government on the quality of lives of citizens.The verdict in several places, as reported in the media, lashes out the  bad impact of concentration of power within government over Bangladeshi society and outlines how deteriorating situations in arenas of rights and freedom are directly linked to governance.At one place it sums up the present scenario strongly where it argues: “… the combined result of all this is a crippled society, where a good man does not dream of good things at all, but the bad man is all the more restless to grab a few more bounty..”But surely this is not the Sonar Bangla- our founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman envisioned. This is not the Sonar Bangla—for which our three million fellow countrymen sacrificed their lives.Indeed, the verdict took a very critical look into the executive and legislature and concluded that at present somewhat independent entity of the government though sinking is the judiciary of the country.We are yet to see any detailed response from other two parts of the government.However, in this context, it is necessary to revisit the concept of separation of power among three branches of the government—executive, legislature and judiciary—and checks and balances between these branches—in order to understand the conceptual terrain in which the SC delivered this verdict.At the outset, one should note that most governments have three branches—executive (civil service), legislature and judiciary. The term "trias politica" or "separation of powers" was coined by Charles-Louis de Secondat, baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu, an 18th century Fren

By Mubashar Hasan on শনিবার, ০৫ অগাস্ট ২০১৭ ২০:৩৬

“Over the years, the meanings of the [Statue of Liberty] have grown until she has become an international icon of freedom and liberty, the most recognizable symbol of democracy in the world,” says the National Park Service, which has responsibility for both the statue and Ellis Island.America will mark the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty on October 28 with a huge birthday party. The statue will be honored with a flotilla of ships in New York Harbor, musical performances, speeches, a cake and a massive fireworks display. There will also be a naturalization ceremony welcoming 125 people as U.S. citizens.The 93-meter-high copper beauty was a gift from the people of France in 1886, in recognition of the friendship established during the American Revolution. Completed in France in 1884, the statue was disassembled, shipped to New York, and reassembled. On October 28, 1886, it was dedicated in front of thousands of cheering spectators.The idea of the statue originated around 1865 with Édouard de Laboulaye, a French law professor, politician and writer who wanted to foster the bond between the United States and France with a monument dedicated to their shared ideals of freedom and independence.Artist Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, who was known for large-scale work, was commissioned to design the sculpture. Bartholdi traveled to the United States to look for a location for the monument and decided on a small island in New York Harbor called Bedloe’s Island (renamed Liberty Island in 1956).Since the statue was a joint effort between America and France, it was agreed that the American people would build the pedestal while the French people would be responsible for the statue and assembly. In France, funds came in from city governments,

By Channel i Online on সোমবার, ০৩ জুলাই ২০১৭ ২০:৫৯

On April 30, 1789, George Washington, standing on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York, took his oath of office as the first President of the United States. "As the first of everything, in our situation will serve to establish a Precedent," he wrote James Madison, "it is devoutly wished on my part, that these precedents may be fixed on true principles."Born in 1732 into a Virginia planter family, he learned the morals, manners, and body of knowledge requisite for an 18th century Virginia gentleman.He pursued two intertwined interests: military arts and western expansion. At 16 he helped survey Shenandoah lands for Thomas, Lord Fairfax. Commissioned a lieutenant colonel in 1754, he fought the first skirmishes of what grew into the French and Indian War. The next year, as an aide to Gen. Edward Braddock, he escaped injury although four bullets ripped his coat and two horses were shot from under him.From 1759 to the outbreak of the American Revolution, Washington managed his lands around Mount Vernon and served in the Virginia House of Burgesses. Married to a widow, Martha Dandridge Custis, he devoted himself to a busy and happy life. But like his fellow planters, Washington felt himself exploited by British merchants and hampered by British regulations. As the quarrel with the mother country grew acute, he moderately but firmly voiced his resistance to the restrictions.When the Second Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia in May 1775, Washington, one of the Virginia delegates, was elected Commander in Chief of the Continental Army. On July 3, 1775, at Cambridge, Massachusetts, he took command of his ill-trained troops and embarked upon a war that was to last six grueling years.He realized early that the best strategy was to harass

By Channel i Online on সোমবার, ০৩ জুলাই ২০১৭ ২০:৫০

Dirty pictures are coming up. These people are dirty, so are their pictures. Glitters of gold or diamond, or crystal covered hotels could not cover up their ugly faces. These people are now unmasked, so are their black money.A doctoral student in psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, claimed that having more money typically leads to more aggressive, selfish and “morally reprehensible” behaviour.Do we agree on the findings of the research conducted by the Berkley student? How does it actually lead the rich to the grubby road of corruption? The centrality of corruption in our country lies in the sphere of politics, the ones who allow the corruption and empower the evils of our society who became rich and doesn't care anymore about whether their sons committed a heinous crime to parents taking it positively about the question leaks regularly and to students that they'll pass exams getting the Q-paper early in hands.These are not just obscure views, these are realities which now determine the fates of many by affecting many more. The trails of the bad impact stretch to the farthest of our thoughts. It goes beyond our imagination. These are the common scenes where the root to the moral and ethical collapse has shaped. And the end result- conscience has doomed before the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage.Forget thinking about the climate change over the environment and how livelihoods of people would be affected, think the grave and demonic power of money where million others will be caged, although apparently they would look free. The rich sometimes how we define as 'filthy' has turned the table of morality upside down and took all the power in their back-pocket and pushed the good citizens right back to the walls. It starts and builds steadily

By Taufique Ahmed on মঙ্গলবার, ১৬ মে ২০১৭ ১৫:৩৫

Why Banani rape case is getting such attention, many ask that question. I say why not? Is class factor of the accused playing a role behind it? Yes, of course. Isn't the type of the incident different from any other such cases? It is.Characteristically it is different as retired Major General and analyst Abdur Rashid says. This is not a rape only, it involves many other evil elements. Trick, deception, threat of guns during the incident and use of social position after the incident, physical

By Julhas Alam on রবিবার , ১৪ মে ২০১৭ ১২:৫৫

Selfless, loving, inspirational: these are some of the words friends use to describe Xulhaz Mannan, a dedicated colleague, loyal friend, and fierce champion of human rights who was brutally murdered in April 2016.  He was not just my colleague; he was my friend and part of the U.S. Embassy family.  Today, on the anniversary of his death, I’d like to share the tremendous impact he continues to have on all of us who were fortunate to know him.Selfless Xulhaz lived a selfless life, working tirelessly to shape a society to be more diverse and inclusive.  Whether at work, with friends, strangers or in the privacy of his own home, he put others before himself.  Colleagues at the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development regarded him with special affection.  Even today, colleagues smile when they recall how Xulhaz worked for two years with a community organization without compensation, recognition, or expectation of reward.  The value he placed on human relationships far outweighed that of money.  In fact, he shared money willingly.  Generous in spirit and in kind, Xulhaz exemplified true Bangladeshi hospitality and selflessness.  When he died, tributes to his loving nature poured in from around the world.  A theme emerged – he welcomed newcomers to Bangladesh arriving from all corners of the globe and took the time to introduce them to all that is wonderful about this country.  We continue to hear from people whose lives he touched.Loving Xulhaz was also a loving person.He treated everyone with the highest amount of respect and love and showed great enthusiasm in all that he did.  He loved not only his friends and colleagues, but the arts, flowers, and plants–so much so that he planted a banana tree in his basement!

By Marcia Bernicat on সোমবার, ২৪ এপ্রিল ২০১৭ ১৬:২৫

I want to congratulate all students in Bangladesh who have received offers of admission from one of the over 4,500 accredited institutions of higher learning in the United States. Graduates of U.S. universities have gone on to become leaders and innovators in many fields around the world, and you should be proud of the invitation to join a select group of young people whose lives will be changed forever by the dynamism, openness, and quality of campuses across the United States.Offers of admission are the product of much careful thought and hard work, both by the students who apply and by American universities that conduct a rigorous review of these applications. We recognize the energy and creativity you poured into essays about your dreams and ideas, the hard work it took to prepare for English language and other examinations, and the commitments you fulfilled to community service and extra-curricular interests.Over one million international students are now in U.S. higher education institutions, maintaining the United States’ long-standing position as the world’s top host nation for international students. This is a testament to the unmatched quality of American higher education in the eyes of international students and their families.Bangladesh has an impressive history of sending bright and talented students to the United States. Last year more than 6,500 Bangladeshi students attended universities and colleges in the United States. Bangladesh ranks 11th globally for graduate students and 26th for undergraduate students studying in the United States.International students from diverse backgrounds strengthen ties between the United States and countries around the world, developing the relationships between people and communities that are necessary to solv

By Marcia Bernicat on বুধবার, ১৯ এপ্রিল ২০১৭ ১৬:৫৬

Half of the world population is now connected with internet and half of them are active in facebook. The social media is now something so big that one can’t deny its influence.With one fourth of the world population is active in facebook, the rest 75 percent can’t live without its influence in their daily life, in their social life and even in taking a decision that who will rule the country. The latest US election is one good example.What do the users do in facebook? The answer is -- all we know-- giving posts, photos and videos, liking posts of others in different emotional modes, sharing other posts and commenting, including news links of mainstream and parallel media.Newsfeed is nowadays so important that 75 percent of mainstream media reach online audiences through facebook.Facebook in such a way became part and parcel of many who share almost everything of their daily life and are influenced by other posts and news links. A major part of the facebook netizens in fact eat, drink and dream facebook.With half of the Bangladesh netizens, approximately 30 million people, are active in the social media particularly the facebook, here comes the question: are many of them addicted to facebook?Yes, some of them are so.We came to know about two hapless mothers through a newspaper report that their sons became so addicted to facebook that they are acting like drug addicts-- unleashing domestic violence and threatening to go for a killing like in the case of Oishee who allegedly murdered her parents.Once very good students and known as good boys in their schools, the eleven graders are now doing everything to have money for data purchase, and remaining with facebook through smart phone almost 24 hours a day.These are two cases we came to

By Channel i Online on রবিবার , ১৬ এপ্রিল ২০১৭ ১৮:১১

Many of the new generation who witnessed the trial of the war criminals on charges of crimes against humanity-- killing, genocide, arson and looting-- and their execution are not aware of how a protest turned to be a mass movement, continued years after years and finally it could materialise a popular demand of the trial.Filmmaker Kawsar Chowdhury took an initiative to tell new generation the story through a documentary called 'GonoAdalat’.As the world premiere of the documentary was on air a day after the Independence Day this year on 'Desh TV’, not only the new generation went through a living past but also for the elders it was a revisit to the glorious history of a symbolic public trial of the topmost war criminal Ghulam Azam.The public trial took place on March 26, 1992 and it launched a mass movement for the trial of the war criminals, a demand raised since the independence.A historic photo shows that some family members of the 1971 martyreds, carrying posters in front of the Bangabhaban, the presidential palace, to press home the demand of the trial of the war criminals. One participant of the demonstration, Jahanara Imam would later lit a torch of a movement over the GonoAdalat.The trial had actually began, but all it stopped after the assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on August 15, 1975.The war criminals not only escaped the trial, but also they got back the right to revamp the Jamaat-e-Islami and other political parties, banned after the independence for their involvement in war crimes.Ghulam Azam, who as Ameer of East Pakistan Jamaat committed all the crimes against humanity in 1971 escaped from Bangladesh immediately before the independence and took shelter in Pakistan and continued a bid fo

By Zahid Newaz Khan on মঙ্গলবার, ২৮ মার্চ ২০১৭ ১৭:১৮