My Interview With a Rohingya Refugee: What Do You Say to a Woman Whose Baby Was Thrown Into a Fire?

She told me (and everything she said was consistent with dozens of other witness accounts) that Myanmar government soldiers stormed into her village in August and burned down each house. They separated the men from the women and summarily executed the men. Then they raped the women.

But before raping her, Rajuma said, the soldiers snatched her baby boy from her arms and threw him into a fire. The baby was screaming for her as he burned to death.

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Joy: We hope remittance will come into Bangladesh legally

Joy, speaking at the launching ceremony, said anyone can now send money to Bangladesh from abroad using PayPal. The process usually takes 40 minutes but will not take more than two hours.

“There is no annual charge. There is a fee of $5 for a transaction below $1,000 but there is no fee if the amount is above $1,000,” he said. “You can send the money 24/7.”

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PayPal in Bangladesh: One-way payment gateway

nternational online payment gateway PayPal is finally gearing up to launch its services in Bangladesh. State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak confirmed the matter to The Daily Star on 10th of October. He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy would launch the service on October 19, the second day of ICT Expo-2017.

For instance, Bangladesh will not allow users to send out money abroad via PayPal, due to the central bank’s arcane foreign exchange rules. That will make it just a one-way money channel — at least for now.

Bangladesh has been considering the launch of PayPal since 2011, sparking enthusiasm among IT freelancers and other users. But their celebrations will be muted.

Sajeeb Wazed Joy, ICT adviser to the prime minister, will inaugurate the PayPal services from Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka.

Though entrepreneurs and freelancers in the information technology sector have hailed the long-awaited step, they also have some concerns.

Sajeeb Wazed Joy, ICT adviser to the prime minister, and ICT state minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak interact during a programme in Dhaka.

State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak said freelancers would benefit from the services when asked about PayPal operating in Bangladesh. It will make digital transactions easier and increase inward remittances, he added.

The PayPal account-based online payment system is currently available in 203 countries across the world. In South Asia, it is available in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

PayPal has 203 million active users. Bangladeshis can sign up for an account through the official website or through apps on iOS and Android devices.

While Bangladeshi users will not be able to send money abroad, they will also be barred from making online purchases or booking hotels.

But it brings a huge benefit to the freelancers engaged in remote work: they will be able to receive funds from abroad into their e-wallets. “That was our first goal,” said Palak when asked about the benefits and restrictions.

Bangladesh has over 1,500 Facebook app developers and nearly 3,500 developers working for Google.

The PayPal service will be available through its Xoom Express, a digital payment service provider, according to Palak.

San Francisco-based Xoom, a member of the PayPal family since 2015, launched its money transfer service to Bangladesh in 2015 in collaboration with Social Islami Bank.

The government is discussing online purchases and money transfers via PayPal, Palak said indicating that these services could be made available with permission from the central bank.

Palak looks to Finance Minister AMA Muhith and Bangladesh Bank to ease the restrictions going forward. “I think they will open them up in order to make us more relevant in the global economy.”

“The services could start after the central bank alters policy.”

To add to the frustrations of potential users, Bangladesh limited PayPal services to only nine banks: Sonali, Rupali, Islami, Agrani, Janata, Uttara, Pubali, Social Islami and BRAC Bank.

Freelancers still have some questions regarding the services’ operation.

“We often see people losing out on opportunities because they do not have PayPal,” freelancer Ishtiaque Ahmed Tomal told

“But the amount the banks will charge and the exchange rates they’ll offer on foreign currency are a matter of concern.”

“Many use Payoneer to bring money into the country,” said a freelancer who works at Upwork and who wishes to remain anonymous. “They charge $30 per year. If anyone opens a Payoneer account through me I receive $25.”

“I received a MasterCard through the service and can withdraw money from any ATM in the country.”

Many others have already managed to make PayPal accounts through other means, the freelancer said, though the situation is troublesome. The accounts could be closed immediately if PayPal comes to know of them.

Freelancers also say they also have problems with government banks and point to their limited ATM networks.

PayPal will eventually be available through all banks, said a deputy general manager at the Bangladesh Bank Payment System Department.

“We are planning to allow users to spend dollars abroad,” he said when asked about the restricted payments.

Source: bdnews24 online

European dream becomes nightmare mirage for Bangladeshi

Tortured, sold as a slave three times and consumed with guilt after seeing his cousin drown before his eyes, Bangladeshi teenager Khaled Hossain fears he will never recover from the trauma of his failed attempt to reach Europe.

While hundreds of thousands of Rohingya escape into Bangladesh fleeing what UN calls “textbook ethnic cleansing” in Myanmar hoping for a better life, there is an exodus of Bangladeshis who feel salvation lies elsewhere.

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Secret of gold finally found: precious metals are forged in cataclysmic collision of neutron stars

The secret of creating gold has fascinated alchemists for thousands of years, but now scientists have finally solved the mystery.

Precious metals are forged in the cataclysmic collision of neutron stars and then flung out into the universe where they eventually aggregate with other stardust into larger bodies, like planets or comets.

Previously scientists had theorised that such cosmic smashes could create the vast amount of energy needed to create gold, platinum and silver, but for the first time, they have actually recorded it happening.

On August 17, astronomers in the US picked up a signal from two neutron stars crashing together 130 million years ago, when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth.

The impact, known as a ‘kilanova’ was so powerful that it shook not only space but also time, sending ripples – or gravitational waves – through the fabric of the universe.

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Scientists have found that sugar ‘awakens’ cancer cells and makes tumours more aggressive

The findings of a nine-year research project conducted by VIB, KU Leuven and VUB are being hailed as a crucial breakthrough in cancer research as scientists finally clarify how the Warburg effect – a phenomenon in which cancer cells rapidly break down sugars – stimulates tumour growth.

Published in the academic journal Nature Communications, the project was started in 2008 with a focus on how tumours convert significantly higher amounts of sugar into lactate compared to healthy tissues.

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