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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

After the historic 'Shahabag Movement' in February 2013, Dhaka, social media gets a new dimension in Bangladesh and it acts like the fruitful opposition of the government till now. As a re-sentence of the movement, a surprising number of passengers enter into the world of social platform and they start playing the role as an alternative media. But the coin is not same both sides. A numerous number of crimes and sexual harassment are occurring through the networking site. A recent study by Bangladesh Police has shown among the 250 militants arrested in the last two years, 82% of them were radicalized through social media platforms including the Facebook. A Few days ago, Facebook authorities refused the proposal to sign a memorandum of understanding with Bangladesh Police. Before that police asked for requiring additional identification during opening an FB account as a Bangladeshi. As we know Facebook is a highly confidential site the authorities never disclose any information. And as per their rules they can’t sign such MoU with any country. Undoubtedly Facebook is the trendiest social networking site in the country. At very present the country has nearly three crore Facebook users. It became the voice of the people and mirror of the society. People often actively give their opinion, feedback and criticize throughout the alternative platform of media where the position of mainstream media were silence. Various small attempt of social movement-- movement against corruption, movement for humanity took place. Even the increasing number of internet users in rural level also participate in the mainstream by social media. Nevertheless, suddenly, a draft to amend the most controversial law, particularly section 57 of the Information Communication Technology Act 2013 has

By A.S.M Riad on মঙ্গলবার, ২১ মার্চ ২০১৭ ১৩:০২

Sri Lanka captain Rangana Herath's full toss and Mehedi Miraz sweeping that to the deep backward square leg means not only hitting the winning runs of an ordinary test match, those are extremely precious runs for winning the ninth test match and what best could we have expected than winning it on the occasion of playing Bangladesh's 100th test match. It definitely was fitting to see the captain Mushfiqur Rahim while he was running and cheering aloud. His sixth test win as a captain and incredibly valuable indeed. It was an encouraging series draw (1-1) but for the very first time Bangladeshi boys beat Sri Lanka and they beat the lions on their home soil- astonishing the result for the team and the country. Stalwarts like Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal were 'key' to the victory in this memorable test match, however contributions from the young guns Mosaddek Hossain, Mehedi Miraz, Soumya Sarkar, Mustafizur Rahman, Sabbir Rahman proved that Bangladesh are right on money- that these young lads will in near future, will take the accomplishments or the burdens on their responsible shoulders. People can notice how brilliantly Bangladesh's young members are growing ever so steadily in recent years.  The win definitely was celebrated by the Bangladeshis, living in Bangladesh and abroad. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called the team and conveyed her wishes and thanks for pulling off such an epic, historic victory. National Manager of BCB Game Development Department, Nazmul Abedin Fahim said the regularity of playing tests with England, New Zealand, India and then Sri Lanka is the main foundation of the victory. The privilege of continuation of test matches has paid off and the players have taken full advantage of it. Since October, Bangladesh has taken part in four tes

By Taufique Ahmed on সোমবার, ২০ মার্চ ২০১৭ ১৪:৫১

Finally it has been final. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be visiting India on April 7-10. She’ll go to the next-door neighbour on a bilateral official tour after seven years although she had been in Goa in October last year to attend the BRICS-BIMSTEC Summit and had talks with her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi. It was however not an official visit to India. There are many issues to be discussed about and many things to decide during her official visit, But, military cooperation seems to be on top of the agenda from Indian side with India is offering a long-term defence cooperation pact against the backdrop of recently commissioning of two submarines-- Nobojatra and Joyjatra-- bought from China which many believe New Delhi did not like or it has a welcoming attitude towards the purchase although China is a key supplier of military hardware for Bangladesh for a long time. Local, Indian and international media reports indicated that `leaving aside several bilateral issues, including the unresolved Teesta water-sharing treaty, India proposed a long-term comprehensive defence pact with Bangladesh that encompasses training, sale of military hardware and wide range of military to military cooperation’. Bangladesh however is reluctant to sign an agreement on defence cooperation. Instead, sources concerned said, it wants an MOU (memorandum of understanding) `to have a beginning’ for a long-term arrangement for the future. Dhaka made it position clear to the then Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikkar (who took oath as Chief Minister of Goa this week) who during his end-November 2016 visit to Bangladesh `ditched the idea of greater military cooperation’ between the two next-door neighbours. His visit, the highest level of Indian defence delegation to Dhaka in 4

By Zahid Newaz Khan on বৃহস্পতিবার, ১৬ মার্চ ২০১৭ ১১:১৩