June 10, 2014

Acsu, the BCCI agent

The long awaited verdict of BPL fixing scandal revealed shocking revelations. The tribunal on Sunday questioned the role played by International Cricket Council's (ICC) Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (Acsu). It termed Acsu's way of dealing with corruption as “unfortunate” and “wrong”.

According to the 59-page report, Acsu knew beforehand that the match between Dhaka Gladiators and Chittagong Kings on February 2, 2013 was fixed.

Why did Acsu allow a fixed and corrupt match to take place? And why did they not inform BCB about it when, according to Services Agreement, they were supposed to assist the board in overseeing, managing, implementing and enforcing all aspects of the tournament code?

A report published in the Dhaka Tribune on June 10 mentions the tribunal was not impressed with the justifications provided by Acsu.

Now, is it not totally incomprehensible as to how an ICC specialized unit fails to provide strong reasons for not stopping a fixed match?

Intelligent people need only an indication but history has it that BCCI had signed a contract with ICC which demanded they be favored over other council members.

Who would be benefited if BPL was done and dusted due to corruption? Yes, the BCCI.

Here you go--- 'I need a favor. I have to maintain the IPL mania.'

And I tell you what, the way BPL had started its journey it really did threaten the one way traffic of IPL.

How to maintain the glamor of IPL? Simple. Stop BPL from flourishing by just cutting the roots of it. Get the ICC to start bossing in the tournament without giving any room to BCB.

BCCI knew full well that the poor BCB has neither muscle power nor money to recover from such a big scale corruption scandal.

Now, it is all a theory and may well be unfounded. But is it really that far-flung?

March 25, 2014

What is toll?

Honestly speaking, I don’t understand the point of implementing toll system on the highways. The citizens have to pay toll fee to use their own road! Why?

We already give our taxes as per the requirement set by the government. Excuse my ignorance, I honestly don’t see why do I need to pay toll?

It sounds laughable when some officer of Roads and Highway Division claims: “This is service for the people. Revenue from the toll will be used for development.”

Seriously? Please! We all are aware of the grand level of corruption in the public sector, thanks but no thanks.

December 28, 2013

Don’t let socializing on Facebook jeopardize your relationships

Have we ever thought about Facebook’s disadvantages or the negative sides?

I think, we have. But we didn’t dwell on the thought and moved on. Here’s the danger, some reports have said that Facebook is fast becoming a major factor in marriage conflicts and increasingly being used for a source of evidence in divorce cases.

Interestingly, Facebook is popular among people for the simple reason that it is a means of communication and you can share information in a lot faster manner.

But who thought Facebook has the potential of breaking marriages?

According to an article on ABC news published last year in March, a third of all divorce filings in 2011 contained the word “Facebook,” according to Divorce Online. And more than 80% of US divorce attorneys say social networking in divorce proceedings is on the rise, according to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Having said that, Facebook is made the cause of all the trouble and not the root of the problems per se.

It is said that greater availability of information online through social media has created a variety of problems in relationships at every level. Alright, but why would it matter if the person using Facebook were responsible enough to refrain from making nasty comments about their spouse and to be away from sending inappropriate messages to the members of the opposite sex?

These are little things the users have to focus on when they are using social media. It only takes one insignificant mistake to just ruin a marriage.

I think one should really take social media seriously because one would think their personal profile is not seen or checked by others as they are extra careful about not leaving it off guard. But we are forgetful. You forget once and your luck overcomes you and reveals all your secret to your spouse. Once your spouse finds out about your clandestine acts, chances are that you will lose their trust for life which in effect will jeopardize the relationship. Worse, the marriage will be over.

Maybe, these suggestions are not common to come from a guy. Especially from an unmarried guy at that but these are just my two cents on what I understand about marriage and relationships. You do not need to take me for granted.

December 17, 2013

Indian deputy Consul general Devyani Khobragade arrest case

The arrest of Indian deputy consul general Devyani Khobragade in New York recently has deeply offended India. The diplomat was arrested for alleged visa fraud.

The IFS officer is accused of giving false information while applying for a visa for a “babysitter and housekeeper” she brought from India, and of underpaying the help.

An article published in Times of India says she had limited immunity as a consular officer and could be arrested only if her crime was grave.

Indian officials are arguing if her offenses were so grave, why was she released later on the $250 bill?

Yes, the charge filed against her was indeed grave. If proven guilty, She could get up to 15 years in jail.

While it is understandable why the US authorities took her into custody, I do to understand why will a middle-level diplomat be humiliated in such a way?

What is most disturbing about the incident is that she was publicly handcuffed, humiliatingly strip searched and kept in a cell with drug addicts after her arrest.

Worse still, she was taken into custody on a street in New York as she was dropping her daughter to school. Meaning she was arrested and handcuffed in front of her daughter.

Being a senior foreign diplomat, she had certain rights and therefore had to be treated with decency. But apparently, the US officials were indifferent to her status as a diplomat.

As expected, the angry Indian government has asked all US Consulate personnel and their families to turn in their ID cards immediately.

Infuriated BJP leader Yashwant Singh said, "The media has reported that we have issued visas to a number of US diplomats' companions. Companions means that they are of the same sex. Now, after the Supreme Court Ruling (on gay sex verdict), it is completely illegal in our country. Just as paying fewer wage was illegal in the US. So, why doesn't the Government of India go ahead and arrest all of them! Put them behind bars, prosecute them in this country and punish them?"

December 14, 2013

Some thoughts on Mollah execution

I think the main problem with Quader Mollah execution was not merely the outside pressure. Rather the problem from the very beginning was that the whole trial process was flawed.

I regret that I was fool enough to not follow David Bergman's blog on Bangladesh war crimes trial at first.

I always found it difficult to understand as to why would the international media care about the Bangladesh war crimes trial. Yes I understand they were against the death penalty but why would they even give a hoot about Bangladesh's internal matters? Again, they could run stories on the trial considering it was a big enough event but criticizing a trial which was supposedly of the internal standard?

That is because as Bergman says the entire trial process and the hanging of Mollah was 'filmsy.'

The witness who was brought to the court hadn't even seen Abdul Quader Mollah. She said someone else told her that Quader Mollah killed her family!

It goes without saying that when a person is executed based on hearsay then something is horribly wrong.

Which is exactly what The Economist opines in a blog published on December 13th.

There could be many other reasons why the trial process should have done justice to its name.

For one thing, this trial was by and large the most significant trial in the history of Bangladeshi people. Hence, it absolutely needed to end well.

June 12, 2013


Jiah Khan suicide....

I haven't seen her movies. Hence, I don't know her. She was young and probably had a long life. But she wasted it completely. For something as silly as failing in love. I don't want to sound rude but that's what it is. You do not commit suicide for being a failure.

wait. My mind is blank now.

June 02, 2013

Back from a hiatus.

Due to workload, I really could not focus on my personal blog for the last few months. As I get some time for myself I decide to write about my experience at Dhaka Tribune. Well.....It's been busy. It's been crazy. All in all, it's been an experience worth talking about.

While there's freedom to voice my opinions, I still had to somewhat suppress my stance on a few issues. Since DT is my employer and it wants me to limit my activities on facebook and on the blogosphere I had to kind of give in to their terms and conditions or else my loyalty to my org is incomplete.

Despite all of that, I am liking it there. Considering that there is a friendly environment in the office. Almost everyone in my section is very nice, except for a few snobs. And I sincerely hope they will come to their senses sooner rather than later.