Ditshego: ‘Replace a beer bottle with a book’

first_imgThe importance of reading and the impact literacy have on society were highlighted at the World Book Celebration in Johannesburg this week.Tebogo Ditshego, author and entrepreneur, with actor Thapelo Mokoena at the fifth World Book Celebration, held in Johannesburg on 30 May 2017. Mokoena says: “if we do not tell our stories, we will never be our own heroes”. (Images: Melissa Javan)Melissa JavanTebogo Ditshego, founder of the online book club ReadABookSA, said we needed make sure we prioritised the right things. “We say we can’t afford books but on weekends we make a plan to get drunk. How about we replace the beer bottle with a book? What would our future then look like?”Ditshego was one of the speakers at the fifth annual World Book Celebration, held in Auckland Park in Johannesburg on 30 May 2017. The event was hosted by public relations company Ditshego Media in collaboration with ReadABookSA and OR Tambo International Airport.It was also the celebration of the first anniversary of Ditshego’s self-published book, Kasi Nerd. Ditshego is also one of Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part ambassadors.Speakers included South African actors Masasa Mbangeni and Thapelo Mokoena, entrepreneur Lebo Gunguluza, author and playwright Siphiwo Mahala, and Emmanuel Bonoko, the founder of EBonoko Foundation. Bonoko is on the 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 list.Tebogo Ditshego and Emmanuel Bonoko at the fifth World Book Celebration in Johannesburg on 30 May 2017. Bonoko says that the true value of success includes having a legacy.A thirst for knowledgeDitshego, founder and chief executive of Ditshego Media, urged South Africans to not only take care of their children, but to make sure their children had a thirst for knowledge. We must make being intelligent look good, he said.“It’s not about having swag, but rather to have intellectual swag.”The volume of the thirst for knowledge should be turned up; we should turn up at book clubs instead of dance clubs.In addition, Ditshego spoke about land, saying people had a spiritual connection with their land; they needed to reconnect with the land. “Connect with yourself first — know your [African] history. If you don’t know where you come from, how will you know where you’re going?“In every one of us there is a story,” he said, and pointed out that he wrote Kasi Nerd in six weeks. Its messages included that education would set you free and that you could not have a free mind if you did not read.Audience members at the World Book Celebration each received a copy of Kasi Nerd, signed by the author.Glad to have my book sighed before leaving for home. What a humble beast @TebogoDitshego is.#KasiNerd #WorldBookCelebration pic.twitter.com/HEF92jPP0K— Solitude (@PulengMathekga) May 30, 2017Lessons from reading booksMbangeni, who plays Thembeka in Scandal, spoke about the books she had read as a child. Through books she found her first friends, she said. “Books taught me that you can choose your own adventure.”Books also ignited your imagination, an important tool in an actor’s toolbox.In this room are books,poems that are waiting to be written- Ms Masasa #worldbookcelebration #kasinerd— Solitude (@PulengMathekga) May 30, 2017Mokoena said that wealth of knowledge informed every decision he made. He grew up in Ladismith and came to Johannesburg to study chartered accounting. He had no interest in accounting, but lack of knowledge made him want to study the field.He found out about film and the arts industries when he was studying at the University of Witwatersrand in Braamfontein. “I discovered institutions where I started feeling what I wanted to do. Being surrounded by that energy is what I enjoyed about being in these spaces.“My interest in the art of storytelling grew and grew.” He dropped out of accounting and started classes at the film school, Afda.Without reading he could neither act nor create stories, Mokoena said, adding that he was busy reading about and researching for the role of a journalist. “For the past seven years now I’ve become a solid reader. So many truths are found from reading books.”Mokoena encouraged the audience to tell their stories. “Let’s take the pen, the camera and the scriptwriters back… Unless we tell our stories, we will never be our own heroes.”“Until we tell our own stories, we will never be the heroes in the stories we read.” @ThapeloMokoena #WorldBookCelebration #KasiNerd pic.twitter.com/yDZC5UXXcD— Tebogo Ditshego (@TebogoDitshego) May 30, 2017Implementation is keyBonoko said he had seen many people who had ideas, but who never took action. “The world is inspired by people who get things done,” he said. “Implementation is key… be more of a doer.”Many things that trended on Twitter did not add value to communities, he said, urging South African youth to spend time on issues that would have an impact on the country.His message was spread on Twitter:Let’s strive for ownership – Emmanuel Bonoko #KasiNerd— FezileNomzamo (@fezilenomzamo) May 30, 2017“Let’s rechannel our energies to things that matter.”- @EMMANUELBONOKO #WorldBookCelebration#KasiNerd— Sydney Madibo (@sydneymadibo) May 30, 2017Bonoko said we should collaborate to be successful as a nation. “Let’s support each other; let’s be there for each other.“I learned from my mentor: ‘never assume someone is less important based on where they are today, because you don’t know where they’ll be tomorrow.’”Attendees at the fifth annual World Book Celebration in Johannesburg on 30 May 2017:Xolani Mogale and Lucky Nkoma enjoy the event.Noxolo Ntsokolo, Sindiswa Mkhwanazi and Onneile Khwene talk about the World Book Celebration.Poet Tebatso Mokoena, a performer at the World Book Celebration.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Nation Branding in action: reaching the masses in 2018

first_imgIt is imperative that one takes the time out to look back and reflect on the efforts put into achieving a successful year. To review the work and the impact it has unearthed and most importantly opportunities that arose to help leverage in improving the mandate that Brand South Africa has to fulfil.As the custodian of the Nation Brand, tasked with marketing and managing its image, Brand South Africa makes efforts to continuously engage and collaborate with stakeholders in business, government and civil society. To articulate and get support in order to strengthen the Nation Brand’s competitiveness.Reflecting on the economic, political and social landscape, 2018 was an eventful year in South Africa. For Brand South Africa, it meant we had our work cut out for us in ensuring we continue to drive a positive narrative of the Nation Brand that inspires its people and is admired globally.Our flagship programme, Play Your Part, made positive strides reaching over 12 million people, encouraging South Africans to be active citizens, for corporates to strive for a positive footprint that influences and contributes to the upliftment of our communities.Let’s, for a moment take a trip down memory lane, some of the most creative – and award-winning – campaigns executed over the past financial year with the help of our creative agency – The ODD number.Over the past year, Brand South Africa, and our 100% Black Owned Advertising Agency, The Odd Number were proud recipients of multiple awards at the Loeries Awards. A testament to the messaging that resonates with citizens, the creative executions went on to win other awards such as the coveted Marklives Ad of the Year, Pendorings, and a couple of Ad of The Month awards. A proud moment for us indeed!The year ahead promises to be a great one for the country as we celebrate 25 years of democracy and for Brand South Africa as we strategically utilise challenges to further strengthen the Nation Brand image, and together with our partners we’re looking forward to inspiring new ways for our beloved Mzansi and the whole world to see.last_img read more

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Soggy conditions are slowing planting progress around the state

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Jeremy Goyings, Paulding Co.I am actually in a sprayer right now spraying a field we just got done planting. There is some drizzle moving in so I think we will be done for a little while anyway.We got about a third of the corn in prior to today. We hadn’t run for about a week and a half there until last night when we fired up at midnight. We got 120 acres of corn in last night. We are just shy of about a third of our beans in.We are feeling pretty good about our progress. I was getting nervous when it got down to 40 degrees at night two or three days after we got it in the ground. The crops are waiting for some warm weather to explode, but they are still growing. We need some nice 70-degree days to get everything to pop at the same time. Everything is treated. I am sleeping well at night knowing the seed is treated. We are just waiting on some sunshine now.We do not have anything you can row yet. We planted the first corn on April 26 and 27 and those cold nights have been holding it down. I would say with as many cold nights as we had, there could be some uniformity issues. They are calling for low 70s here and a half-inch to an inch of rain in the next few days. That should be good for the stuff that is in the ground.I would say if we got two or three good drying days we could get back in. Close to Paulding we are a little ahead of the game but over by the Indiana line we are about on par with most of the neighbors.The wheat looks beautiful. It seems to have taken the nitrogen really well. It is nice and green and growing strong. I am optimistic about the wheat.For the rest of this weeks reports, click here.last_img read more

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In Maharashtra, youth beaten for protesting bridal ‘virginity test’

first_imgThree young men from the Kanjarbhat community were badly beaten by members of their community’s ‘caste panchayat’ in the city’s Pimpri-Chinchwad area on Sunday night for voicing their opposition to the tribunal’s practice of conducting a bridal ‘virginity test’.A First Information Report (FIR) under Sections 143, 147, 149 (pertaining to rioting and unlawful assembly), Section 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), Section 506 (criminal intimidation), and Section 427 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was lodged against 40 persons at the Pimpri Police Station on Monday.Two persons have been arrested so far.The police acted on the complaint of Prashant Indrekar (25), who, along with his cousins Saurabh Machhle and Prashant Tamchikar, was roughed up for opposing the Panchayat’s practices.According to the police, the incident occurred around 11.30 p.m. on Sunday night.“A caste tribunal of the Kanjarbhat community assembled after a community marriage on Sunday night, with the tribunal ‘elders’ decreeing that the bride had to take a virginity test. A number of ‘panchayat’ members vented their ire against Indrekar and his friends, who were present on the occasion, for their campaign on social media speaking out against such practices,” said a senior official at the Pimpri Police Station.A gang of about 40 persons from the community inflicted injuries on the three young men using fists and blunt objects.In December last year, several progressive youth the Kanjarbhat community, including Mr. Indrekar, created a WhatsApp group titled ‘Stop the V-Ritual’ (the ‘V’ standing for virginity), which elicited an enthusiastic response.One of the creators of the group was Vivek Tamchikar, a student at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai (TISS). Their initiative has the backing of the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS), an organisation that fights superstitious beliefs.The regressive practice of a bridal ‘virginity test’ is rife in the Kanjarbhat community and forcibly imposed through the diktats of illegal caste tribunals. In it, a newly-married couple is generally taken to a hotel room and the groom is given a white bedsheet and asked to use it during consummation of the marriage. If the groom displays a bedsheet with blood stains on it, the bride has ‘passed’ the test. If the bedsheet has no blood stains, the bride is accused by the tribunal of having had sexual relationships in the past.“In many instances, ‘caste panchayat’ members actually sit outside the room during the act of sexual intercourse on the wedding night. It is to put an end to this degrading and demeaning practice and to preserve our dignity that we began this WhatsApp group,” said Mr. Indrekar.On November 25 last year, Siddhant Indrekar (21), a resident of Kanjarbhat Nagar in Yerwada, had lodged a complaint against the ‘caste panchayat’ at the Vishrantwadi police station.“Police are tardy in taking action in such cases despite ample proof of the activities of the ‘caste panchayats’, including demands of money for various rituals. But the police often do not register such cases under the Social Boycott Act [the Maharashtra Protection of People from Social Boycott (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2016]. How long must progressive members within such communities pay with their life and security before cases are lodged under the new law?” asked Nandini Jadhav of the MANS.last_img read more

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M.J. Akbar questions IQ of govt. critics on Doklam

first_imgUnion Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar said on Saturday that those criticising the government’s handling of the 2017 Doklam crisis had “no knowledge, understanding or IQ” about governance. Mr. Akbar, while speaking at a function at an educational institute in Mapusa, North Goa, said the silent manner in which the government had handled the crisis was noteworthy. Mr. Akbar’s comments assume significance in the context of Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s comments during an interaction in London, where he criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the manner in which the government had handled the Doklam stand-off. Mr. Akbar, without naming Mr. Gandhi, said, “I seriously do not wish to use any harsh words because it may be inappropriate, but some people who have been talking have clearly proved over and over again that they have no knowledge, no understanding, no IQ of what governance is all about.” He said he wished the critics would not discuss Doklam and “betray their inability to understand our country and its values by words and thoughts that have been fed into their mouth”.Calling the stand-off between the Indian and Chinese armed forces as one of the most significant events in India’s foreign policy history, he said the two countries had decided to be “mature nations”. “We have differences, of course. Our largest differences are over the borders with China. That differences must not become disputes and disputes must not become confrontations,” he said. Even the most difficult problems can be resolved through diplomatic channels, Mr. Akbar said.Mr. Akbar also said that Naxal violence had declined. He said, “Look at the impact of Mudra scheme on some of the most important problems we are facing. It is a fact that Naxal violence has come down. Why has it come down? Because the people are seeing development come to their areas, which they have never seen before.”last_img read more

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Akhilesh Yadav, SP Ministers under CBI scanner in mining probe

first_imgThe Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday said the role of mining Ministers in Uttar Pradesh between 2012 and 2016, which includes Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, may be probed in connection with a fresh case of alleged illegal mining of minor minerals registered on the direction of the Allahabad High Court.Mr. Yadav, then Chief Minister, had held the additional portfolio of Mining between 2012 and 2013.District Magistrate namedThe CBI has registered the FIR against 2008-batch IAS official and then Hamirpur District Magistrate B. Chandralekha and 10 other individuals, besides unknown officials and persons. Among those named in the FIR are SP Member of Legislative Council Ramesh Kumar Mishra and Sanjay Dixit, who had fought the 2017 election on a Bahujan Samaj Party ticket.“Acting on the Allahabad High Court directive in 2016, we had instituted seven preliminary enquiries on allegations of illegal mining in seven districts. Two of them (related to Kaushambi and Shamli) were earlier converted into regular cases, while the third pertaining to Hamirpur was registered on January 2,” said an agency official.The official said searches were carried out on Saturday on 14 premises of the accused persons in Delhi, Hamirpur, Lucknow, Kanpur and Jalaun.Violate NGT ordersThe FIR alleges that that public servants allowed illegal mining of minor mineral between 2012 and 2016 by the fraudulent granting of fresh or renewed leases. Officials also allegedly permitted mining by the existing lease-owners during the “obstructed period” when the National Green Tribunal had barred the activity. The leases were also issued in violation of a May 2012 order of the State government for e-tendering.“Other persons were allowed to excavate and steal minor minerals, extort money from the lease holders and drivers of the vehicles transporting minor minerals,” the CBI official said, adding that the alleged illegal activities caused wrongful loss to the exchequer and undue gain to the accused persons.The agency alleges that Ms. Chandrakala, as the then District Magistrate of Hamirpur, allowed mining in violation of the e-tendering order. She also issued and renewed leases during the “obstructed period”. During the searches on her premises in Lucknow and Noida, the CBI found details of a locker and two bank accounts, besides jewellery and documents.Others arraigned in the case include Adil Khan, a lease holder, who had allegedly got the licence on the recommendation of the then Mining Minister Gayatri Prajapati; Moinuddin, the then geologist/mining officer of Hamirpur, from whose premises the CBI seized ₹12.5 lakh in cash and 1.8 kg of gold; Mr. Mishra’s businessman brother Dinesh; mining clerks Ram Ashrey Prajapati, Ambika Tiwari; retired mining clerk Ramavtar Singh. and Karan Singh.“Searches on the premises of Mr. Ramavtar Singh, who also held a mining lease in the name of another person, led to seizure of ₹2 crore in cash and about two kg of gold,” said the official.last_img read more

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Private Sector Entities Show Interest in Employing Teachers Following Job Fair

first_imgStory Highlights An increasing number of private sector entities are taking up the slack to employ teachers 300 resumes have been forwarded to eight private sector entities Teachers are being sought to fill a wide variety of jobs The Ministry of Education is reporting that following the hosting of a teachers’ job fair in August, some 300 resumes have been forwarded to eight private sector entities, which have expressed an interest in employing persons with teacher-training qualifications.This is in addition to about 1,000 teachers who registered with, or were screened by potential employers, many of whom were from the private sector.Participating organisations at the two-day fair included: the University College of the Caribbean (UCC), GoGSAT Limited, Sagicor Life Jamaica Limited, National Commercial Bank (NCB), Sandals Group, Kirk Distributors, Choices Career and Educational Services, Registrar General’s Department (RGD), Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) and the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF).Speaking with JIS News, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Mrs. Elaine Foster Allen, said an increasing number of private sector entities are taking up the slack to employ teachers that the public education system is unable to absorb within the current budgetary constraints.“Teachers are being sought to fill not only teaching vacancies, but a wide variety of jobs for which their skills set is suitable – financial advisors, sales/marketing representatives, hospitality industry workers, and military service,” she noted.Assistant Vice President for Sales and Distribution at Sagicor Life Jamaica, Mr. Merrick Plummer, who attended the job fair in search of financial advisors, said the training and experience of the teacher make him or her perform well in the field.The job of a financial advisor entails the sale and servicing of financial security products and Mr. Plummer believes teachers are potentially good at this job, because “the profession of teaching causes the individual to be well organized, a great listener, goal oriented and able to explain the (insurance) policies and provisions.”Resort chain, Sandals, also made 35 teachers happy during the job fair by interviewing and offering them jobs.“I came to the fair on the first day and I did not get an interview. I am so glad I returned on the second day,” an elated Physical Education (PE) teacher told JIS News.Sandals had expressed a preference for teachers with training in Human Ecology, who are suitable for employment in the areas of housekeeping and food services, but the resort chain also has a place for PE teachers in its recreational area.At the end of the job fair, Sandals requested additional resumes of teachers trained in Early Childhood Education for likely deployment to its family-oriented resort properties.According to Janelle deFreitas, Counsellor at Choices Career and Education Services, “understanding personality strengths and weaknesses puts persons at an advantage to finding out what they are good at and the natural skills they possess.”Ms. DeFreitas, who was one of several presenters at the job fair, counsels teachers to begin by taking a quiet moment with a pen and paper to identify their strengths and weaknesses. “Once they have identified their skills, teachers should market themselves  by networking,” she says.The Ministry of Education is also developing a data bank of unemployed teachers, which it will make available to potential employers.last_img read more

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Bahamas records 90th murder in Freeport

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #SouthBahamia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 25, 2017 – Grand Bahama – A man was shot and killed in Freeport overnight and a report says the gunman waited for the man at his home on Yorkshire Drive in #SouthBahamia and then killed the man.   The shooting took place around 10 Wednesday night and brings the murder toll for the country to 90; a 39% increase over last year.#MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

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StubHub now lets you buy tickets using Apple Pay in your mobile

first_imgApplePay users can now pay for StubHub tickets on their mobile browsers.   StubHub Tired of too many apps on your iPhone? Good news: If you ever want to buy concert tickets on StubHub using Apple Pay, you can now just use your mobile browser, the company announced Thursday.Apple Pay is a digital wallet service that lets users make payments via their iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and even Mac laptop. As of June 2019, Apple Pay was available in 41 countries worldwide using near-field communication technology, which allows you to simply tap your phone to a terminal to complete a transaction. The new capability occurs at a time when fans are already using Apple Pay in about 20% purchases for which it is available, StubHub said. The company believes the feature will increase Apple Pay’s footprint for StubHub users in the US. StubHub said its latest move reflects its commitment to consumer privacy. Currently, Apple Pay requires authentication using TouchID fingerprint recognition, FaceID facial recognition or a PIN before a transaction takes place. “By expanding the security and convenience of Apple Pay to mobile web browsers, we’re making it even easier for fans to be a part of the live experiences they love,” said Jason Zhang, group product manager at StubHub. Competitor payment systems such as Samsung Pay and Google Pay also incorporate fingerprints as authentication features, but they boast less of a footprint worldwide. Samsung Pay covers 24 countries worldwide, while Google Pay covers 29. “We do anticipate that more fans will use Apple Pay for their ticket purchases, Brad Glasser, StubHub’s senior manager of global product and technology communications, said in an emailed statement. “Now that the method is available on more platforms, we’ll see an organic increase in traffic.” Tags 7:31 Originally published Aug. 1, 12:59 p.m. PT.Update, 1:18 p.m.: Adds comment from Glasser. Post a comment Mobile Apple Pay vs. Samsung Pay vs. Google Pay Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 0 Apple Paylast_img read more

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85 families of lost ones cry for justice

first_imgParvez Hossain`s daughter Hridy holds up a picture of her missing father at a gathering held to demand the return of forced disapperance victimsSumi Akhter broke down while narrating how she found her husband Nurul Alam’s body in the Karnaphuli river.The police picked up Nurul Alam, a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal leader of Chattogram unit, from his home on 30 March 2017. The next day Nurul’s body was found in the river with bullet wounds in the head, and his hands and legs tied up.Sumi came to Dhaka with her 16-month-old child, demanding justice.Mohammed Ripon came from Jashore for his brother Rezwan. A school student, Rezwan, was picked by a group of people claiming to be policemen from Benapole Bazar area on 3 August, 2016. He has been missing since then.Masum’s mother Ayesha Ali was too choked with emotion to speak and failed to control her tears. Masum was abducted on 4 December 2013 with seven others from the capital’s Nakhalpara area. JCD leader Sajedul Islam. was among them.Families of Sajedul, Masum and others have been staging programmes in an effort to get them back.These families, along with the families of extrajudicial killing and abduction victims, formed an organisation, Mayer Dak. On Saturday, the platform organised a public hearing demanding justice for abduction, extrajudicial killings, and victims of torture by law enforcement agencies in the capital’s National Press Club.A total of 85 families attended the hearing. No one could hold back their tears as at the three-hour hearing as the speakers broke down in anguish.Chaired by Sajedul Islam’s mother Hajera Begum, the programme was attended by politicians, members of civil society, and human rights activists.The relatives of disappeared people urged prime minister Sheikh Hasina to rescue them or find out whether they were dead of alive.Badrul Alam, a businessman from Sylhet, shared his experience of police torture. The police picked him up three years ago on suspicion and broke one of his ankles. They also shot him and the bullet  remains lodged near his stomach.“I do not know why they picked me up. Police intercepted my motorbike while I was on my way home. They tortured me severely and said if I was killed, there would no longer be any arson in Sylhet. Believe me, I was not involved in politics and all the journalists of the city know this. I was saved by media reports,”, Badrul said, still limping when he moved.Minor girl Hridy Hossain, daughter of Bangshal Chhatra Dal leader Parvez Hossain,  wanted to know the whereabouts of her father. Parvez’s father Shafiuddin passed away in 2016 after going desperately searching for any trace of his son.Samiha Zaman, daughter of former ambassador Maruf Zaman who was abducted on 4 December last year, sat at a corner of the stage, holding up a photograph of her father. Rajab Ali Mandal, an aged person from Jhenidah, wept for his son. Police picked his son up from his home during Ramadan of 2016.“His body was found the next day with a bullet in his head. I still do not know what his fault was,” he said. Kushtia Islamic University student and leader of Islami Chhatra Shibir Al Mukaddas and Waliullah was picked up from a Kushtia bound Hanif Paribahan bus in Savar on 4 February, 2012. No trace of the then has been found as yet.Mukaddas’s uncle Abdul Hai said, “There is evidence that they were picked up at a RAB check post, but their whereabouts are still unknown. The families filed a writ in the High Court, which directed to bring them before the court. But the order is withheld now.”Freedom fighter Abdul Matin, father of Cumilla Chhatra League leader Shawon, asked, “Did we liberate the country for this?”Chhatra Dal leader Sajedul Islam’s sister Sanjida Islam said, my brother was picked by a RAB-1 vehicle. We have been all over, but no one even showed any sympathy. Only we know how we have been passing these endless nights. We filed a writ at the High Court, to no avail.”RAB was accused of killing Brahminbaria businessman Shahnur Rahman on 29 April 2014. His brother Hafez Mehedi Hasan said, “We filed a case but did not get any justice. My only question to that major of RAB is, what was my brother’s fault?”Political and civil society leadersNagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna said, “It seems fruitless to plead to the government to get your dear ones back . They just turn a deaf ear as they are unelected and not liable to the people.”Human rights organisation Odhikar president CR Abrar said, the officers who think that they would get indemnity on political consideration are wrong. They will have to face punishment.He also asked the families to keep a record of the officers involved in the incidents.Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal secretary Khalequzzaman said, everyone knows that law enforcers are killing in cold blood, but terming this as crossfire. Everyone except the government knows about it.Dhaka University teacher Asif Nazrul said, the agony of the missing person’s relatives is endless as they cannot even bury the body, they just wait endlessly.Ganashanghati Andolon’s Junaid Saki said, most of the cases of abduction are political and so the state would have to take responsibility.He also said, the ruling party politicians should understand they might face the same fate if the law enforcers remain unaccountable. Journalist Mahfuz Ullah, Jatiya Mukti Council secretary Faizul Hakim, former MP Nilufar Chowdhury, Communist party leader Ruhin Hossain Prince, Odhikar’s director Nasiruddin, among others, spoke at the programme.The programme ended amidst sobbing of the relatives. Presiding over the programme, Hazera Begum, an aging mother of a missing son, in her concluding speech said, “My days seen unending without my son. It is too painful.”*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Imam Hossain and Galib Ashraf.last_img
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