Those who play recklessly with life, bring them under purview of punishment
On February 29th, a tragic fire incident at a building (Green Cozy Cottage) on Bailey Road in the capital resulted in the loss of nearly fifty lives. This tragic incident of the fire has deeply saddened and affected every conscientious individual in the country. Such incidents of tragic fires are never acceptable in any way. Certainly, it is true that fire incidents, one of the most significant and widespread disasters, are not new in the bustling capital of Dhaka. Occasionally, we find ourselves as witnesses to such tragic accidents. When a fire or any similar accident occurs in a place, there is often a flurry of activities and discussions for a few days. Investigative committees are formed, and the matter is pressed. Perhaps another incident occurs, and the memory of the previous one fades from our minds.
Who set fire to Bailey Road?
Leap Year, which occurs every four years with February having 29 days, is marked by a deeply sorrowful, tragic, and painful incident. On this day, a terrifying fire engulfed a building on Bailey Road in the capital city, claiming the lives of nearly half a hundred people.
Aaron Bushnell's Suicide: A Call to Conscience and Collective Responsibility
Aaron Bushnell, a member of the US Air Force, tragically ended his life by self-immolation in front of the Israeli embassy in Washington. His act was a stark protest against the unyielding support provided by the US to the ongoing violence inflicted by the Israeli military in Gaza. At just twenty-five years old, Bushnell's premature death serves as a poignant statement against this support. As flames engulfed his body, his cries rang out: 'Free Palestine, Free Palestine.' I watched the video of his suicide only once.
Lingering Effects Expected to Persist for Years
February 24 marks the two-year anniversary of the Russia-Ukraine war, which commenced on February 24, 2022. Observers suggest that neither side has been able to secure a decisive victory thus far, and the prospect of either side emerging triumphant in the future appears bleak. It is possible that at some juncture, this conflict may cease, or both nations may opt for a ceasefire. The global community, espousing peace, eagerly awaits such a momentous occasion. However, regardless of when this war concludes, its repercussions are bound to endure for an extended period. Initially, Ukraine may have anticipated direct involvement from the United States and its NATO allies, which could have swiftly shifted the course of the conflict in Ukraine's favor.
Ukraine: Two years in the web of trust and mistrust amid war
Two years ago, Russia began a full-scale invasion of neighboring Ukraine. This war is still ongoing. Russian President Vladimir Putin still believes he can win the Ukraine war. Western analysts have been discussing this in a new assessment of the conflict. In the two years of the Ukraine war, more than five million people have been displaced. Western analysts say that Putin's efforts to defeat Ukraine and expand dominance in Ukraine are still ongoing. Rather, compared to a year ago, Putin is now significantly more optimistic about this war victory. Behind Putin's optimism lies the failure of the United States' $60 billion military aid bill for Ukraine, limited success on the battlefield, and recent incursions into Ukraine's strategically important eastern city of Avdiivka. After taking control of Avdiivka, Putin directed his defense minister to launch further attacks.
Pakistan's election with predetermined results
Hafiz Naeem ur Rahman, a candidate of Pakistan's Jamaat-e-Islami party, has won a seat in the local legislature of Karachi city but has announced his resignation from the seat. According to his account, the candidate supported by Imran Khan's PTI received significantly more votes than him. He secured 26,000 votes, while his rival, an independent candidate supported by the PTI, Saif Bari, received 31,000 votes.
When the individual seeks a shadow of development
We are constantly reminded to pay VAT and taxes to further the government’s development initiatives. All fine and good! The massive development projects sprouting up have, so we’re told are mostly being built with our money, meaning taxpayer contribution. Nothing could be better than depending on fewer, expensive loans. That the exhortations aren’t enough there’s a marvellous system of tax on tax ranging from Advance Income Tax to cool deductions from bank accounts of tax and Excise duties and almost 25% added to bills when eating out. And one can barely top-up cell phone bills before the scythe of tax is applied.
What is the strategy behind the military actions of the US and UK?
The Houthis have attacked commercial vessels in the Red Sea. They claim to be expressing solidarity with the Palestinians. However, there is no doubt whatsoever that the Houthis are attempting to gain legitimacy in the Arab world. At the same time, they are trying to restore their eroding support within the country through acts of aggression like attacking ships. On average, 68 vessels pass through the Suez Canal daily. Twelve percent of the world's total commercial goods are transported through this route. Hence, the recent targeting of commercial vessels by Houthi rebels in the Red Sea over the past two months is not something the international community can overlook.
Hasina's meeting with Zelensky: Conveying a diplomatic message
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has returned to the country after participating in the 60th Munich Security Conference, which was deemed highly significant on the global stage. Held in Germany, one of Europe's most powerful nations for the past 60 years, the conference originated in 1963, initially focusing largely on the Western world. At that time, amidst the backdrop of the Cold War and the ongoing arms race, the conference served as a pivotal platform for discussions on security, particularly concerning the United States and the Soviet Union.
The concerns of the West regarding Iran
Another important waterway for transporting energy and goods through the Middle East is the Bab El Mandeb Strait of the Red Sea. Yemen's Houthis have gained massive support and popularity among the Muslim world by attacking Israeli and Western-owned commercial ships there. The United States and the United Kingdom are now conducting airstrikes against Houthi rebels, who are supported by Iran. The Houthis are not backing down. Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis, along with the capital Sanaa, have risen in protest against these attacks. The united people have expressed solidarity with Palestine. Houthi leaders have stated that if Israeli killings in Gaza do not cease, they will continue their attacks unabated in the Red Sea. No amount of force will deter them. In Syria, fighters from the Revolutionary Guards have joined hands with members of Iran's proxy Hezbollah in support of Bashar al-Assad in the civil war. Many undercover agents of the Revolutionary Guards have been deployed throughout the Middle East.