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ইকোনমিস্টের ‘বিতর্কিত প্রতিবেদন’ মামলা ঠুকবে কে?

Perspective Bangladesh: How young Entrepreneurs leading IT sector in Bangladesh

Perspective Bangladesh: How young Entrepreneurs leading IT sector in Bangladesh


Thanks to the advancement of Information Technology of Information Superhighway. The world has turned into a global village. At present Information Technology (IT) is a broad vision area that has taken into special consideration in part of our daily lives. The Government has declared IT as a booming sector among all at present statistics of IT sectors carries development in the e-business penetrating the sector of Garments & Textiles , real estate , Pharmaceuticals, banking & all others to make daily transaction easier & paperless. Thanks to the ruling governess to put Bangladesh into era of digital platform. Jewels are born after many decades thus it is noted that in Bangladesh such young talents conceived the idea of developing a software company comprising all supports of e-business into the era of Bangladesh computerization. A young dedicated team including a world 49th ranked talent software engineer formed Divine IT Limited- A Bangladesh base complete software engineering & solutions company lead by Iqbal Ahmed F. Hasan (Russell), the CEO who is the brain child to dedicate such innovation towards the good cause of Bangladesh software development industry and took it into the height of globaliziation by self motivation. The CEO is a young dynamic corporate minded entrepreneur who dreamt of making software industry compact with e business which is the crying need of the hour of Bangladesh. Divine IT Limited started its journey in the year 2005 by developing two major framework of software development which comprise of PHP & Python languages that took the lead role into commercialization of Enterprise Resource planning for various businesses. Furthermore Divine IT Limted has taken major two initiative – one social orientation & second commercialization to concentrate software industry development in Bangladesh. Thus introduction of FurinaPHP came into existence keeping up social orientation role in the mass student community . The company itself distributing such software to the all education institution to gear up & promote the students in the realism of job market. Besides PrismERP developed in Python is playing a pivotal role in distribution , manufacturing , multi level marketing , real estate & solar industry of Bangladesh. Such contribution is not only to the corporate world but it is competing with the giant ERP software manufacturing companies globally. On contrary, The present Ruling Governess need support of Information Super Highway backward linkage. Thus , Information Technology in hardware & software field needs adequate attention by concerned authority not only by private entreprenuers.The Government should give hand of support to the private entrepreneurs to commercialize both Hardware & Software Industry in stable manner by directing financial institution as umbrella. The Software industry backed by BASIS ( Bangladesh association of Software & information services ) played a turning role for the private entrepreneurs to deal through all related development of IT sectors which needs Government attention to make it more happening. Needless to point out- that the call by the Manifesto of Bangladesh Government to make Bangladesh – A Digital platform needs all support to IT sector and days are very near to make it feasible & praiseworthy. ( The brain child writer Mr.Omar Yasser Mallick is the present chief of Eastern News Agency , ENA – First National News Agency of Bangladesh. This article is intended to contribute searching of young “talents” of Bangladesh which is the Cyring need of the Hour)

3 'PCJSS' men shot dead




Rangamati, Aug 22 (bdnews24.com) — Three tribal men, local residents say members of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti (PCJSS), have been shot dead at Kaptai.

Witnesses said a group of 10-12 people opened fire at them on Friday morning in Agarpara area of Chitmaram union council when the men were taking tea at a shop.

Rangamati's assistant superintendent of police Pranab Kumar Roy told reporters that officials were on their way to the scene to recover the bodies.

"Details will be available after they return," he added.

Kaptai UNO Hajera Khatun also confirmed the incident.

The dead were identified by the residents as local PCJSS leader Debi Chakma alias 'Rocky' and PCJSS supporters Lati Khoi Marma and Kati Thoai Marma. They were supporters of a peace deal signed between the government and the PCJSS in 1997, ending nearly two decades of tribal insurgency in the troubled Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).

A new tribal group, United People's Democratic Front, was created later to campaign against the peace deal.

Both the groups are blamed for resorting to violence to keep their dominance in the troubled region.

PCJSS assistant secretary for information Sajeeb Chakma, however, denied that the dead were their supporters and blamed UPDF for the attack.

He demanded immediate arrest of the people behind the incident.

UPDF leader Alakesh Chakma denied the allegation, saying that the killings were a result of internal feud of PCJSS.

"UPDF has no activity at Kaptai," he said.

Due to the prevailing land disputes, bloody clashes still take place between ethnic minorities and Bangalee settlers as well as between two groups of the ethnic people.

On April 17, four Bangalee settlers were killed in violence at Ramgarh and Manikchhari in Khagrachhari while scores of tribal people were injured and their homes were burnt.

On May 21, four people were killed following a fierce gun-battle between PCJSS and UPDF.

The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in its 10th session in New York in May urged the Bangladesh government to expedite the accord's implementation and expressing its grave concern over the delay, which is causing violence in the region.

Officials say complicated land dispute is a major barrier to the smooth implementation of the accord.

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Visa launches new Financial Literacy Initiative in Pakistan





Karachi, August 11, 2011: Visa, a leading payment solutions provider, has launched its new MyMoneySkills website (www.mymoneyskills.pk ) also featuring a free FIFA World Cup™ branded educational video game designed to help people of all ages across Pakistan strengthen their knowledge of personal finance. Unveiled at recently held press conference attended by leading print, electronic and online media, Visa’s dedicated financial literacy website in Pakistan is a core part of the company’s global commitment to reach 20 million people worldwide with financial literacy information by May 2013.


Providing fundamental personal finance information in both Urdu and English on topics such as learning how to plan a budget, preparing for the future, using a credit card wisely and spending responsibly, MyMoneySkills and Financial Football form an engaging platform for young people, families and schools to improve their financial literacy skills.

Commenting on the launch of the website in Pakistan, Mr. Amer Pasha, Country Manager for Visa in Pakistan and Afghanistan said ‘‘Mymoneyskills.pk will become the cornerstone of Visa’s Pakistan financial literacy effort. Pakistan is growing market and is a priority for Visa, which is why this is one of the few regions where we are launching dedicated website in Urdu in order to cater larger audience.’

Commenting on the launch of dedicated financial literacy website for Pakistan, Ms. Lama Kabbani, Corporate Communications Manager for Visa in the Middle East, said: ‘This website is further to what Visa started earlier this year by conducting first ever seminar on ‘Financial Inclusion’ exclusively for media personnel in Pakistan. We plan to organize more such seminars not only for media but also for students and parents.’ Visa has created a multifaceted program to teach individuals how to better manage their finances. The website, available in Urdu and English, covers financial basics such as budgeting, saving, bank account management, using cards wisely, online shopping and precautions against fraud.’ She further added.

Harnessing the popularity of football in the Pakistan and worldwide, Visa has created the FIFA World Cup™- themed Financial Football, a free, fast-paced, educational video game that tests players' knowledge of financial management skills as they advance down field and try to score goals. Pakistan is the fifth region in which Visa has rolled out the game, following UAE, Brazil, the U.S. and Mexico.

Financial Football and MyMoneySkills are the latest components of Visa’s decade-long commitment to financial literacy which has helped millions of people worldwide learn how to manage their money wisely.

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About Visa

Visa is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable digital currency. Underpinning digital currency is one of the world’s most advanced processing networks—VisaNet—that is capable of handling more than 10,000 transactions a second, with fraud protection for consumers and guaranteed payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank, and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa’s innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: Pay now with debit, ahead of time with prepaid or later with credit products. For more information, visit www.corporate.visa.com
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How America Could Collapse Scarce domestic manufacturing leaves the United States highly vulnerable to accidents and problems abroad.






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A few months ago, a friend in the entertainment industry told me of a new business model in Hollywood: hoarding videotapes. Apparently, the earthquake in Japan knocked offline a Sony factory that makes certain types of tape. That factory was also in the tsunami zone, so now there’s a serious tape shortage threatening the television industry. The NBA scrambled to get enough tape to broadcast the NBA finals; one executive told the Hollywood Reporter, “It’s like a bank run.”

In the last few years, economists have spent a lot of time and energy thinking about bank runs. A bank run happens when depositors think a bank is weak and scramble to get their money out before it collapses. “Tight coupling” of financial institutions, like when banks are overly dependent on each other, can create a cascading series of problems for the system itself. We saw this with Lehman Brothers when it went bankrupt. Its AAA-rated debt instruments lost value unexpectedly; that caused money market funds that held those presumably safe bonds to suddenly lose value. A shadow bank run was the result, as investors rushed to withdraw from the money market funds.

Worryingly, there’s been very little consideration of how systemic collapses can happen in another, perhaps more dangerous realm—the industrial supply system that keeps us in everything from medicine to food to cars to, yes, videotape. In 2004, for instance, England closed one single factory, which caused the United States to lose half of its flu vaccine supply.

Barry Lynn of the New America Foundation has been studying industrial supply shocks since 1999, when he noticed that global computer chip production was concentrated in Taiwan. After a severe earthquake in that country, the global computer industry nearly shut down, crashing the stocks of large computer makers. This level of concentration of the production of key components in a globalized economy is a new phenomenon. Lynn’s work points to the highly dangerous side of globalization, the flip side of a hyper-efficient global supply chain. When one link in that chain is broken, there is no fallback.

Lynn has continued to study industrial supply shocks and says, “What I have found most interesting recently is the apparent role supply chain shocks played in triggering a synchronized slowdown of industrial economies in April—production down (in USA, China, Europe, Southeast Asia), jobs down, demand down, GDP numbers down—due almost entirely to the loss of a single factory that makes microcontroller chips for cars.”

Today, the problem manifests as shortages of videotape or auto parts, but the global supply chain is so tangled and fragile that next time it could be electronics, weaponry, or even food or medicine. As Lynn noted in an interview with Dylan Ratigan, China controls 100 percent of the national supply of ascorbic acid, which is a basic food preservative. Leading oncologists are already warning that we are experiencing severe shortages of generic yet pivotal cancer drugs, because there’s no incentive for corporations to make them.

According to Lynn’s groundbreaking book End of the Line, the essential problem is a basic shift in the way that American multinationals operate. In the 1980s, the competitive manufacturing threat from Japan led most large companies to eliminate waste in their production facilities. As a result, they stopped keeping spare parts on hand. Eventually, companies began outsourcing production itself, as profits came increasingly from extractive monopolistic power over an economic system. Walmart is an important example; its profits come from the power it can exert on its suppliers, telling them what to make and how to make it, while the company itself functions as a giant autocratic marketplace and trading operation. Increasingly, this is the model of success in our global economy. Boeing, Cisco, Apple—all of them rely on their power over an ecosystem of production facilities halfway around the world. They have become rent extractive profit-machines, which is a relatively new phenomenon.

DNA Evidence CAN Stop Serial Rapists





It was an ordinary day in October, 2002. Julie Weil and her infant son were picking up Julie’s daughter, three-year-old Emily, from her Florida preschool at noon. As Julie buckled her daughter into her car seat, she felt a sudden blow to the head.

That day, Julie was raped four times in front of her children.

After the initial blow, Julie’s attacker hijacked her minivan and took the family to a hidden, far-away place near the Everglades. There, he ordered Julie to disrobe, threatened her three-year-old daughter and forced both of her kids to watch as their mother was savagely assaulted.

Julie wasn’t the first woman this man had raped, nor, perhaps, the last. To help police catch him, she endured a two hour, head-to-toe forensic exam immediately after the assault. Because the rapist had ejaculated in Julie’s mouth, the exam only turned up a speck of DNA on the T-shirt she had worn, which matched the DNA profile taken from another rape victim. Police knew they were looking for a serial rapist, but they didn’t yet have a suspect.

Months later, Julie got a call from police: They had a DNA match. Her rapist had been arrested after beating his pregnant girlfriend at a hotel, and the swab from his mouth matched the DNA collected from Julie’s T-shirt. That phone call marked the beginning of a long road to closure.

I spoke to Julie about about her experience for my piece in the new issue of Ms., “How to Stop a Serial Rapist.” Here, she opens up about what it’s like to undergo a forensic exam and a rape trial, and, at long last, to see a conviction.

Ms. Blog: Tell me about the forensic exam.

Julie Weil: Getting there is half the battle. First, there’s all the anxiety of getting into a car with a stranger–in my case a police officer. [When you get there], you’re forced to disrobe and they impound all your clothes; they took my shoes, my bra, underwear, top, pants. You put on a hospital gown and get in stirrups like you were going to the gynecologist, and for hours they comb your body looking for errant hairs. They take a blue light and shine it over all the surfaces of your body looking for DNA–semen, saliva. They do very thorough internal exams, and they photograph everything that they’re doing. It is people probing you, trying to help you in retrieving evidence, but in order to do that they have to go to the most intimate areas of your body, in essence your soul.

How long was the exam?

With the photographing, the scraping, the probing, you’re in stirrups or in the gown for about two hours, at least. I think that’s part of the reason that I’m fighting so hard to get this DNA backlog legislation [the SAFER Act] passed in Washington, because it’s such a personal experience to get those items in [the rape kit]–those samples, those tests–that you feel like a piece of you is sitting in that box on the shelf in the police station that nobody’s testing.

What do you know about the man who raped you?

He was a serial rapist, he had abducted three sets of women and children before me and before he moved on to stranger violence he was a date-rapist and spousal abuser. All along the way he had shown these patterns of behavior and he was never stopped. People who have the predilection to do these kinds of crimes aren’t going to stop until they’re caught. I just encourage people that, as horrible as rape-kit exams are, they’re so necessary. Without them we can’t get these guys off the street.

What did the nurses find during the exam?

It was horrible. On me, after that very long period of time, they found nothing. But it was kind of unique in that I was forced to swallow the ejaculate all four times, and he knew that going into it. He knew that he was getting rid of the evidence that way. Once the DNA gets into your stomach it’s long gone, there’s no way they can retrieve it, and so they didn’t find any DNA on my body. He had shaved himself so there was no hair or hair residue.

Can you tell me about the trial process?

It took four years, from the time he was arrested to the time we went to trial. It was a continuous frustration. He changed attorneys six times, and every time that was another delay. Witnesses move out of town, and it’s hard to get the person who ran the DNA because now they’ve moved to another lab, out of state. Every time there’s a delay that’s one day further away you are from closure. When you make it to then end of the process, no matter how long it is, and you secure a conviction, oh my gosh, I think that’s the biggest achievement of my life.

What role did the DNA play in the conviction?

It played a huge role. That’s the thing with DNA–even in a date-rape case when you know who the person was, you always have to have DNA, because that’s what everybody hangs their hat on now. Even though it seemed like this was a cut and dried case–because what woman would consent to being raped in front of her children in the middle of the day?–[the defense] still took that [consent] angle.

The only cross-examination they really did in the case was against the DNA expert, because I think that any jury who hears confirmed DNA evidence and [the experts] say it’s a 1 in 6 billion chance it could be anybody but this guy, that’s so compelling.

Where is the case now?

Everything is over. The appellate process is over. He has seven consecutive life sentences plus 15 years. And that’s just for what he did to my family. As a victim, it’s nice to have a judge who didn’t lump all four rapes [committed against me that day] into one life sentence, because each time he raped me was a [separate] torturous offense. And he got a separate life sentence for kidnapping my son, kidnapping my daughter and kidnapping me.

That kind of recognition from the legal system, even though it seems petty (because obviously he can only serve one life sentence), is recognition that what he did warrants life sentences seven times over. Just in some symbolic way it makes you feel like you can get some closure.

To read more of Julie’s story and learn why testing rape kits can stop serial rapists, join the Ms. community or pick up the new issue, on newsstands now.

If you identify with Julie’s story as a victim of sexual assault, don’t hesitate to contact the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE(4673) or online at www.rainn.org.
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M5.9 quake jolts Japan disaster zone






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M5.9 quake jolts Japan disaster zone A 5.9-magnitude earthquake shook northeast Japan Friday morning. AFP

TOKYO —

A 5.9-magnitude earthquake shook northeast Japan Friday, jolting the area devastated by a quake and tsunami in March, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties and no tsunami warning.

The quake hit at 3:22 a.m. at a depth of 38 kilometers, with its epicenter 18 kilometers from Iwaki city in Fukushima Prefecture, the United States Geological Survey said.

Fukushima has been the site of the world’s worst nuclear crisis in 25 years since the March tsunami damaged an atomic plant there, which leaked radiation into the air, soil and sea, and forced thousands to leave their homes.

Tokyo Electric Power Company, operator of the crippled plant, said it had noticed no additional problems resulting from the latest quake, which also shook buildings in Tokyo.

The Japan Meteorological Agency measured the quake at 6.0 and its depth at 50 kilometers.

The tsunami generated by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake in March wiped out whole stretches of the country’s northeast coast, leaving more than 20,000 people dead or missing.

Japan, located at the junction of four tectonic plates, experiences 20% of the strongest quakes recorded on Earth each year.


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Nonstop rainfall halts normal life in country





Dhaka, Aug 10 (The-Editor): Nonstop downpour halted normal life in the city along with other sides of the country.

The non-stop rainfall that began on Monday would start easing up in the capital and adjoining districts after today.

However, in other parts of the country, the heavy monsoon would continue for a few more days, said met officials.

Flash flood has already knocked down at many places in several southern districts.

In Dhaka, the nonstop downpour created tailback to test people’s patience facing the natural disaster.

Many parts of the city went under knee-deep water. The worst-affected areas are Shantinagar, Mouchak, Moghbazar, Rampura, Badda, Jatrabari and Gulshan.

While contacted, Himadri Rehman, a NGO officer, said he had to face intolerable traffic congestion erupted for the heavy downpour while coming to office at Mohammadpur from his Rampura residence.

Some motorcyclists and pedestrians were forced to take buses or other vehicles to avoid the rain, adding to the pressure on public transport.

Meanwhile hundreds of commuters, seen stranded on both sides of most of the city roads alleged Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) stating that most of the roads went under construction in monsoon season that caused waterlogging.

However Wasa, in a press statement, claimed most of the city streets have been cleared of waterlogging.

56mm rain was recorded in Dhaka in 12 hours ending at 6:00pm yesterday.

The highest rainfall in the country was recorded at Hatiya in Chittagong, which was 254mm in 12 hours from 6:00pm Monday. Cox's Bazar was second with 218mm.

Sea ports in Chittagong, Cox's Bazar and Mongla have been asked to hoist local cautionary signal number three and fishing boats and trawlers in the Bay of Bengal were advised to proceed with caution, said met office bulletin.

BNP to stage demo Thursday





: The main opposition party BNP will stage demonstration countrywide on Thursday in protest the arrest warrant issued against Tarique Rahman, party senior vice chairman, and control the price hike of essentials.

The programme came from around two-hour joint meeting of the party began at 11:30am at its central office in Naya Paltan of the capital.

The opposition party is also protesting the abolition of caretaker government system and police attack on Zainal Abdin Farroque.

Recently, BNP launched its move to form anti-government movement platform by gathering allies to resist the next parliamentary elections under the Awami League-led coalition government.

Earlier on June 30 the parliament abolished the 15-year-old caretaker government system, allowing national elections under elected government.

As per the move party chief Khaled Zia had a sitting with Kader Siddiqui, the Krishak Sramik Janata League (KSJL) president.

Meanwhile Mirza Fakhrul had met Col (retd) Oli Ahmad, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) president, and Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, the Bikalpa Dhara president for gathering allies to restore the CG system.

The main opposition party BNP will stage demonstration rally in the capital on Wednesday and protesting a case filed against party Chairperson Khaleda






The main opposition party BNP will stage demonstration rally in the capital on Wednesday and protesting a case filed against party Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

Besides it, the party will also hold demonstration countrywide on Thursday to protest the same issue.

Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, acting secretary general of the party, on Tuesday came up with the announcement at a press briefing at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office around 11:30am.

On Monday the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed a case against Khaleda and three others for abusing power to establish Zia Orphanage Trust.

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TCS, Infosys, MindTree, HCL and other Indian IT companies to suffer as angry America wants its jobs back



TCS, Infosys, MindTree, HCL and other Indian IT companies to suffer as angry America wants its jobs back

Some American corporations are retaining a small, but highly-prized slice of software jobs at home, mindful of the record unemployment levels and the anger among locals who see work being shipped overseas.

For Indian software providers such as TCS, Infosys and HCL, such a development – it is not expected to become a mainstream trend – could chip away a fraction of new jobs that could have been off shored to them. In an interview with Bloomberg on Monday, Charlene Begley, chief information technology officer of GE, said his company was rethinking the strategy of outsourcing more than half of its IT work.

Already, GE has announced plans to add 15,000 jobs in the US over three years, 1,100 of which will be at the Detroit IT centre. Walmart has also decided to drive the development and design of its e-commerce platform from a new centre in Brisbane, California.

WALMART PUTS OFF BANGALORE CENTRE

Walmart will not open its own captive technology centre in Bangalore, a person familiar with the retailer’s decision said last week. In the latest job posting on its website, Walmart has advertised nearly 150 new technology jobs in Bentonville, Arkansas. “Some of this, let’s say at least a quarter of these, could have easily been managed out of a captive centre Walmart was evaluating to open in India,” the person said.

At least a dozen executives at US-based firms and local American authorities said more companies would shift high end technology jobs as they are under pressure from their local constituencies to create jobs. “Companies like GE are under social pressure to demonstrate they care by creating local jobs. They have been practising economic sense for years and reaped enough profits,” said a senior executive at one of the top US tech firms. He requested anonymity because his company counts GE among its top customers.

In January, GE Chairman & CEO Jeffrey R Immelt was named the head of US President Barack Obama’s panel on jobs and competitiveness, which also includes the leaders of America’s biggest firms, including Xerox and Intel.

“There is pressure to create jobs in the marketplace, as well as demands on technology to create revenue impact in the front office. Both these trends actually play to create jobs in onsite locations – the former as a good corporate citizen, and the latter in recognition of the new levels and roles that IT has to play in these days of mobility, social networks and advanced analytics,” said Vineet Nayar, CEO of HCL Technologies.

He declined comment on GE’s outsourcing strategy but said customers are increasingly asking vendors to play a role. “For instance, if you were to look at what has been happening in HCL, the cosourcing deals we do with customers have already brought 9,000 employees who were with customers into HCL ranks,” Nayar added.

Co-sourcing involves the transfer of a client’s workforce to the payroll of the vendor, a switch which ensures job security to local workers who would then become part of multi-year outsourcing contracts. Experts say creation of more local jobs in the US is not likely to have any material impact on India’s $60-billion outsourcing sector.

“The costs of switching out of outsourcing relationships are too high for most, but I think you can expect to see more companies finding ways to create jobs in the US,” said Esteban Herrera, COO of US-based HfS Research, which advises customers on outsourcing.

“But it is likely GE will be sending less high-end work to India based on this strategy; meaning growth, and especially growth in complex processes and services, will likely decrease or stop altogether.” While GE has been outsourcing to India for over three decades, Walmart started its offshoring pilot with Infosys only last year.

GE currently outsources nearly $1 billion of software development and backoffice projects to Indian companies such as TCS, Wipro, Genpact, Patni Computer and MindTree. TCS is GE’s largest Indian IT vendor, accounting for about $200 million of business a year. Genpact, originally a GE back-office captive, currently gets almost 40%, or around $450 million, of its revenues from the company.

“As a percentage, the jobs moving back are very small. For example, if 500 out of 60,000 jobs move back it is a drop in the ocean. The kinds of jobs that are moving back are select, niche jobs such as design. Politics is a factor, but it is not the only factor why this is happening,” said Phaneesh Murthy, CEO of iGate, which counts GE among its top customers.

With inputs by N Shivapriya

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

How should journalists deal with blame?

Journalists, whether reporters, editors or broadcasters, can end up being convenient targets of blame when the stories they publish stir up public controversy. The bigger the issue, the bigger the blame.

Also, public figures who get "bad press" might claim they were misquoted or their remarks taken out of context. They may blame the reporter or the news organization for dwelling on casual remarks instead of the intended messages.

If you have come across situations in which you felt you were unfairly blamed as a result of your reporting, please share your experiences, and offer any lessons that journalists around the world can learn in order to cope with similar challenges in the future.

Five news resources for information on China




China's vast global influence means more reporters are interested in covering the nation. Here are IJNet's top picks for following the country in English.

In addition to mainstream media outlets like the Wall Street Journal’s China Real Time Report and Evan Osnos from the New Yorker, there is a wealth of information about China in English available online. Here is a few alternative ways to understand the country.

China Digital Times

CDT is a bilingual news website covering China’s social and political transition, aggregating breaking news, analysis, and commentary about China. It provides a selective collection of up-to-the-minute news and the content is organized into main categories including: politics, economy, society, law, culture, sci-tech, world, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Founded by Xiao Qiang, the Director of China Internet Project and an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California at Berkeley, the site is updated frequently with a handful to a dozen pieces daily.

EastSouthWestNorth

ESWN is a website with English translations of Chinese articles, comments and recommended readings by independent media researcher Roland Soong. Founded in 2003, it's one of the earliest successful bridging sites that connect the Chinese-language publishing world and the English-only-reading audience.

Soong picks up sources from social media, discussion forums and Chinese blogs as well, which offers him a different perspective from mainstream western media. For example, when commenting on the latest train tragedy in Wenzhou, he listed several widely-distributed rumors on the Chinese internet.

China Media Project Newswire

CMP Newswire provides regular summaries of breaking news, important commentaries and other tidbits from Chinese media, translated with background by CMP staff. It monitors Weibo extensively and generates well-researched and multi-faceted posts on a daily basis.

The China Media Project is run by the Journalism & Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong and offers a rich resource of contacts with mainland Chinese media.

chinaSMACK

chinaSMACK has a very colorful, photo-centric interface, which perfectly underlines its position of translating the most hot or viral on Chinese-language internet. Sources draw from China’s major BBS forums and social networking websites. Its articles also feature translations of select comments made by Chinese netizens in response to the topics, pictures, or videos being discussed, as a way to reflect how some Chinese netizens react, feel, or think.

Baidu Beat

Baidu Beat gives you a peek into what Chinese Internet users are looking for online. Baidu is China’s leading search engine and “Today’s Top 10 Search” offers a brief daily overview of what is the latest trend in China by aggregating what all those individual search queries add up to.

Author Yolanda Ma is IJNet's senior Chinese editor.

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Limon Secures Bail: RAB Case

Limon Secures Bail
The High Court has granted a six-month bail to Limon Hossain, who has been behind bars in a case filed by the Rapid Action Battalion.

The bench of justices Nazrul Islam and Anwarul Haque approved the ad-interim bail on Thursday upon plea from the legal aid organisation Ain O Shalish Kendra.

The court also asked the government to explain why a judicial commission should not be formed to look into the so-called shootout in which the college student from Jhalakathi was lost in the leg by the paramilitary personnel on Mar 23.

The court, at the same time, asked why Limon should not be permanently granted bail.

The government has two weeks to respond to the court.

On Wednesday, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) chairman Mizanur Rahman questioned the lower court's sending to jail Limon.

He also questioned the late-night release of the adolescent boy from Dhaka's National Institute of Trauma and Orthopaedics.

"Limon is an adolescent boy. Can he be sent directly to the jail?"

"If yes, under which section of the law? These are now the questions. Not only the NHRC, the entire nation wants to know it," he said.

The NHRC chief also wondered how the hospital authorities had released a patient like Limon at night and why his release order had been handed to police.

Jhalakati senior judicial magistrate Nusrat Jahan on Tuesday night put Limon behind bars after hearing a petition filed by police against him under the arms act.

She ordered authorities to take him to jail and instructed the jail authorities to ensure his treatment.

Limon was later admitted to the prison cell at Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital (SBMCH) in Barisal.

He had been sent to Barisal Central Jail and then to SBMCH from the Jhalakati Central Jail around midnight on Tuesday.

The Barisal Central Jail authorities had received Limon around 2:15am on Wednesday and sent him to the SBMCH prison cell.

On Tuesday, he was taken before the Jhalakati sessions judge for hearing on a bail petition in the same case.

Judge Faruk Ahmed fixed May 9 for next hearing. Prior to that, Rajapur police sub-inspector Ariful Islam and three other policemen escorted him from Pongu Hospital to Jhalakati.

His father Tofajjal Hossain also accompanied him.

On Monday, Limon was granted bail on a bond of Tk 10,000 in a case filed for 'obstructing government duty, making attempts to murder and injuring RAB personnel'.

Limon's mother, Henuara Begum, also filed an attempt-to-murder case against six RAB-8 men and six unidentified people.

Police submitted charge sheet in the case under arms act last week claiming that Limon is a member of 'Mizan-Morshed' gang. Charges were brought against him under the Juvenile Crimes Act.

A RAB team reportedly shot Limon, who used to work in a brick kiln, in the leg after taking him to a place adjacent to his house at Jamaddarhat in Rajapur Upazila of Jhalakati on Mar 23, less than a fortnight before his Higher Secondary Certificate examinations were to begin.

When the matter drew widespread criticism, RAB director general Mokhlesur Rahman on Apr 11 said Limon might be an innocent victim.

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