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The story goes that in 2012, when World Bank pulled out of the $3 billion Padma Bridge project, the Sheikh Hasina government in Bangladesh expected India to cash in on the opportunity. Bilateral relations were on a roll since 2010. India had already offered $1 billion assistance including $200 million aid to kickstart the bridge construction, and promised more assistance.

 

In the case of Bangladesh, it may not be possible to develop a Saudi-type de-radicalisation program complete with a gym and swimming pool. However, it can be possible to replicate elements from the Saudi, Singapore, and other international models which have worked well in deradicalising extremists. Ultimately, the desired goal is for the former extremist to disavow his extremist ways, and discover the real Islam.

 
Hatred poured on to Badrul from all over the country, when the video of chopping Khadiza like a butcher became viral on different social sites. Badrul’s Facebook page was flooded with public comments, full of anger and hatred.  
 

Bangladesh now acts as a conduit for India’s security and stability in the Indian Northeast, and Bangladesh has become the fifth largest remittance source for India. Bangladesh has expressed all its good intention to mitigate the stateless Arakanese refugee (known as Rohingya) crisis and provided support to Myanmar to neutralise the Burmese insurgent groups.

 

It was a bizarre scene by any measure. On a local Bengali television channel in London a few days ago, a United Kingdom-based activist of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party made it known that the late General Ziaur Rahman was a ‘statesman’ acknowledged by the entire world.

 
Lengthy delays in switching to electronic documentation has led to a Sri Lanka’s export competitiveness being eroded, according to the findings of Verité Research, a think-tank, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce has warned.   
 

Someone once said, if you want to find out about the general outlook of a society, then look for their ways of entertainment. Seeking advance apology from those readers who think I write way too much on movies, the recently released film called Aynabaji can be used by sociologists to understand what celluloid fun for a wide number of people actually entails.

 
 
More than a decade ago, I was invited to a businessman’s house for dinner where I met his spouse and two daughters. At that time, Bangladesh Nationalist Party was in power. We were all chatting together in the living room and his children were sitting with mine in the dining room talking about their schools and education.  
 

From a space of total confidence where it had no thought of any opposition, the mood has shifted to battling a tiny opponent. How the government handles itself and tries to build public opinion will be worth watching.

 
Bangladesh’s booming IT sector also came into discussion, and many promised to use the internet to gather more knowledge regarding Digital Bangladesh, which really helped the ruling Awami League get more votes in the last national elections.  
 


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