Without a nation there is nothing to brand

first_imgNation branding challenges and successes faced by Eastern European countries such as Ukraine, Bulgaria and Kosovo, in the wake of political and social change in the region since 1989, were held up as lessons in nation branding.Professor Nadia Kaneva offered the analysis in a presentation titled “The branded national imagination and its limits: Insights from the post-socialist experience” given at a Brand South Africa Competitiveness Forum for South African academia. Held at the University of Pretoria, Tshwane, on 5 October 2016, the forum aimed at in-depth analysis of global and domestic issues influencing the reputation and competitiveness of the nation’s brand.“As communism was ending, the Romanian flag allowed for a discourse around the future of the Nation” says Dr. Nadia Kaneva @Brand_SA forum pic.twitter.com/31tJ98AQhF— Guido van Garderen (@GuidovGarderen) October 5, 2016Presenting at the event were key academics in the fields of business, humanities and political science, from a host of South African universities and tertiary institutions.The goal of the dialogue is to compile all presentations and contributions into a peer-reviewed journal, with a view to positioning South Africa as a thought leader in nation branding. Key to the success of that journal will be the keynote contribution from Kaneva.Bulgarian-born Kaneva is an associate professor in the University of Denver’s media, film and journalism faculty. She is a globally respected and widely published researcher who uses critical sociology and media studies to dissect the commercialisation of politics and culture in Eastern Europe through nation branding and reputation-building.Kaneva’s ultimate conclusion – that in order to be more effective, an imagined nation brand should align closer to and more realistically to the changes in the nation and its people – was honed through extensive research on radical changes in Romania after the fall of communism, post-conflict Kosovo during the 2000s and the relationship between Ukraine and Russia as recently as three years ago.The lessons learnt in the research can be just as easily applied to any nation brand, especially for emerging economies like South Africa, she says.In introducing Kaneva, University of Pretoria deputy dean of humanities Professor Maxi Schoeman highlighted the importance of getting an outsider view on building South Africa’s brand internationally, someone objective enough to weigh up the differences and similarities between the country and nations with similar histories.The science and application of nation branding was now very much part of mainstream academia and an essential tool for governance, Kaneva said at the start of her presentation. As a legitimate interdisciplinary field, the study of nation branding included elements of media and marketing ideas, anthropological study, business theory and sociology.Yet, Kaneva argued, developing and managing a national brand and reputation would always be a highly political and therefore delicate process, the success of which did not always lie in the area of savvy marketing or critical theory.This was evident in post-socialist Eastern Europe countries experiencing the swift changes of political and economic experiments, Kaneva said.Extensive global multichannel marketing campaigns by Romania and Kosovo highlighted each country’s promise in its people and economics in a vastly depoliticised way, focusing on things such as tourism and investment and replacing a more realistic national identity with something more market-oriented, in other words, what “the outside world wanted to see”.In 2009, two years after gaining independence, Kosovo’s first attempt at marketing the country to the outside world was in the form of a television commercial, The Young Europeans. While carrying a positive message of reconciliation and cultural tolerance as well as an eagerness to partake economically in the European Union, it told little about the country and its people to outsiders (investors, tourists) that would differentiate it from any other European nation.While initially successful, there was a negative reaction from citizens, who felt misrepresented by this imagined nation brand. As Kaneva says, a rejection of idealised, imagined branding is ultimately counter-productive to what a country brand really wants to achieve.Watch The Young Europeans:At the crux of the argument, Kaneva says, is honesty with the nation brand, creating an identity that can actually be recognised by the people it is supposed to be representing.Offering solutions to link the imagined nation brand closer to reality, Kaneva highlighted the following:Recognise that nation branding has a political element and embrace it, with all its shortcomings and diversities.Invest in programmes and policy that encourages and grows both citizen engagement and development in the nation and its brand: let people inform the national message.Look beyond the data of perception ratings to formulate effective nation brand evaluation and measurement: outside views, particularly those formulated with data, are important, but other research models are necessary to get the complete picture of a nation.Diminish the focus and use of transnational mass media nation brand advertising; look to niche marketing opportunities for creating a truer, most consistent national image and reputation.Concluding her presentation, Kaneva said that reconstructing and refreshing national identities, particularly for nations with a history of significant political and societal transformation, should always consider the transformations of the people it represented, adding that, “without a nation there will be nothing to brand”.Download full presentationSouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Expansion of Maharashtra Cabinet on the cards

first_imgAs the State government gets ready for the last session of the current Assembly, the news of a possible Cabinet expansion is making the rounds again. The monsoon session begins on June 17. While details of a meeting between senior BJP leader and Revenue and Relief Minister Chandrakant Patil with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Monday were not made public, sources said it was to discuss the possibility of expansion.State Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, in an interaction with mediapersons, said, “Yes, there is a possibility of Cabinet expansion. The ultimate right to decide rests with Chief Minister. More ministers would mean better governance. Therefore, there is a possibility that cabinet expansion may take place,” he said.Political circles are also discussing the possibility of former Leader of Opposition and senior Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil joining BJP and getting a cabinet berth. However neither BJP sources nor Mr. Vikhe-Patil’s aides have confirmed this yet.last_img read more

Jeremy Lamb hits halfcourt buzzer beater, Hornets down Raptors

first_imgLATEST STORIES “It feels great,” Lamb said. “We fought so hard the whole game. Everybody who came in contributed and played well. They made a big run late. It just feels good to get that win and cap it off like that.”Toronto looked to have won the game after Kawhi Leonard hit the go-ahead basket with 44 seconds left, then blocked Kemba Walker at the other end.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsCharlotte got one final chance after Leonard missed a jumper with 5.8 seconds to go. Pascal Siakam knocked the inbounds pass away from Lamb, who chased the ball into the back court before launching the game-winning 3-pointer.“He made a tough shot,” Siakam said. “I don’t know how I could have defended it better. Yeah, March Madness.” View comments MOST READ Hornets coach James Borrego called Lamb’s basket “a contested bomb.”According to ESPN, Lamb’s winning shot was from 48 feet, making it the second-longest, game-winning buzzer-beater in the past 20 seasons. Tyreke Evans hit a 49-footer against the Grizzlies on Dec. 29, 2010.“I know he threw up a prayer,” Walker said of Lamb’s long heave. “I guess the basketball gods were on our side tonight. That was an unbelievable shot.”Walker had 15 points and 13 assists and Willy Hernagomez had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Hornets, who overcame an 18-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Boston on Saturday.“It’s a big win,” Walker said. “That’s an unbelievable team over there. They’re going to be a force to be reckoned with in the playoffs. That was impressive.”ADVERTISEMENT Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) protects the ball from Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Jeremy Lamb added a dose of March Madness to Sunday’s NBA action.Lamb banked home a half-court shot at the buzzer and the Hornets beat the Toronto Raptors 115-114, Charlotte’s third straight win.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Zion Williamson, Duke survive UCF’s late misses, reach Sweet 16 Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Dwayne Bacon made five 3-pointers and scored 20 points, and rookie Miles Bridges scored 16 for Charlotte, which began the day 2 1/2 games behind eighth-place Miami and 1 1/2 games behind ninth-place Orlando in the Eastern Conference playoff race.“I feel like this is turning our way,” Borrego said. “If we keep playing this way, we’re going to give ourselves a chance.”Leonard scored 28 points and Siakam had 23 for the Raptors, who lost consecutive home games for the second time this season. Toronto lost to New Orleans on Nov. 12 and Detroit on Nov 14.All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry returned for Toronto after missing the previous two games because of a sore right ankle. With Lowry in the starting lineup, the Raptors were at full strength for the first time since the trade deadline acquisition of center Marc Gasol, and the subsequent signing of free agent guard Jeremy Lin.Still, having a full complement of players didn’t pay off for the Raptors, who surrendered 18 points on 13 turnovers. Toronto had 22 turnovers in Friday’s home loss to Oklahoma City, one shy of their season worst.Charlotte led 109-96 with 7:50 remaining. Then Toronto’s Fred VanVleet hit back-to-back 3-pointers and dunks from Siakam and Leonard cut it to 109-106 with 5:26 to go.Leonard’s jumper made it a one-point game before Bacon ended Toronto’s 12-0 run by making one of two at the foul line.Siakam and Bacon swapped layups before Leonard tied it with a pair at the foul line.The Hornets led 58-57 at halftime.Ten of Charlotte’s 12 field goals in the third quarter were 3-pointers, including five from Bacon. The Hornets set a franchise record by making 10 of 15 from long range in the third. Charlotte took a 95-83 lead into the fourth. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Google Philippines names new country director Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TIP -INSHornets: Charlotte shot 18 for 41 from 3-point range. … G Tony Parker was away from the team for personal reasons. … F Cody Zeller (left knee) missed his seventh straight game and F Nicolas Batum (illness) missed his second straight. F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (concussion protocol) was absent for the third straight game. … Charlotte made nine 3-pointers in a quarter against Sacramento on Jan 25, 2016.Raptors: Toronto recorded an assist on each of its first six baskets and 11 of 12 in the first quarter. … Gasol started and scored 17 points. … The Raptors came in 29-8 at home, tied for the second-most home wins in the NBA.BEEN A WHILELamb was asked whether he remembered the last time he hit a half-court buzzer-beater.“In my driveway growing up, counting down by myself,” he said.STILL SORELowry said his ankle is still sore, but he wanted to get back into game action before the playoffs.“It’s a work in progress,” he said. “This is a good first step for me.”UP NEXT Hornets: Host San Antonio on Tuesday night.Raptors: Host Chicago on Tuesday night.last_img read more

Fabianski reveals how Pellegrinis changed West Ham

first_imgWest Ham United goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski believes their new-found form is due to Manuel Pellegrini’s ability to change the squad’s mentalityAfter losing his four Premier League games, Pellegrin has since led West Ham to seven wins in their last 13 attempts.The good run of form has moved the Hammers up to ninth-place in the standings and Fabianski reckons Pellegrini’s footballing philosophy has now been embraced by the entire team.“We were a group that needed a bit of time to find the balance within the team, to find the right way and what suits us when it comes to playing – the shape, the tactics – and what suits the manager best when it comes to picking a team to perform,” Fabianski told the club website.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Since the first four games we lost, after that, I think we’ve been in pretty good form during this period and I think the manager knows more about us as a group and what to expect from every single player, and what suits him best to get the best out of the team.“It was tactics and the mentality of the group [that have developed] as well. We understood more what his demands are, especially on the mental side of the game, his approach and how he wants his team to behave on the pitch in different circumstances. We understood his ideas of being a team a lot better.”Pellegrini’s side will next host Watford at the London Stadium this Saturday, where they hope to extend their winning run to five matches.last_img read more

MediaNext Show Thriving in the Age of Transformation

first_imgNEW YORK—Relevancy and innovation will help brands, and especially magazine publishers, not only stay afloat in the age of digital transformation, but also enable them to thrive. That was the message delivered by keynote speaker and Meredith Corporation’s National Media Group president Tom Harty during the final day of the MediaNext Show, FOLIO:’s annual conference. “Change plus innovation equals sustained growth,” said Harty, who took the stage this morning at the Marriot Marquis in New York City. “Change plus innovation has allowed us to go from a traditional publishing company to a national marketing and communications company across a variety of platforms. At Meredith, that means building and maintaining the ability to connect. We reach 100 million U.S. women, about half of this is through a digital channel.”Speaking to about 200 media professionals from a variety of industries, Harty laid out four principals for thriving in the age of digital transformation: 1. Focus on your core business.2. Leverage technology, but not at the expense of your core business.3. Stay relevant. Keep innovating.4. Be accountable. Capitalize on the power of magazines.“[Innovation] means remembering who you are not,” he said. “We are not a technology products company, we are a content company and a sales and marketing organization.”Harty added that by expanding the ways a brand can connect with audiences, publishers can extend revenue opportunities. By embracing technology and a variety of platforms, a magazine then helps to create relevancy among readers, which will help them to thrive.One way Meredith is doing this is both through organic growth and acquisition activity. Harty said Meredith felt threatened for a period of time by Allrecipes.com, but was able to stay relevant and continue to thrive by acquiring the online giant.“We acquired Allrecipes.com, the leading website for food around the world, and it doubled our digital footprint,” he said. “Thinking back to what Meredith is made of, we didn’t have a lot of food brands, but it was the number one content topic.”In addition to expanding their online presence, Harty says that the brand addition presented the company with a variety of new revenue opportunities because of the Allrecipes.com audience: 50 percent of the traffic to the site is mobile, and 50 percent of that traffic is happening in-store—presenting unique opportunities for advertisers to target buying-empowered consumers.“Being a public company means our shareholders demand growth—technology enables us to reach audiences across 1 billion touch points,” he said. “It’s a slow progression, but we are believers.”last_img read more

Middlesex Sheriff Announces Completion Of 19th Annual Youth Public Safety Academy 1050

first_imgCHELMSFORD, MA – Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian thanked the cadets, families and community partners involved in the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office 19th Youth Public Safety Academy (YPSA) this summer. Over 1,300 youngsters applied for this year’s summer camp, with over 1,050 participating.“YPSA is a true community program – it’s about our kids, our officers and firefighters, and our hometowns,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “I am so happy we could welcome over 1,000 children to the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office this year to learn safety skills, challenge themselves and make new friends with classmates and officers alike.”YPSA cadets experience a week full of activities structured around team building, safety education and engagement with law enforcement officials. This year, cadets came from forty-four Middlesex County communities, including Acton, Arlington, Ashland, Ayer, Bedford, Belmont, Billerica, Boxborough, Burlington, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Concord, Dracut, Dunstable, Everett, Framingham, Groton, Hopkinton, Hudson, Lexington, Littleton, Lowell, Malden, Marlborough, Maynard, Medford, Melrose, Natick, Newton, North Reading, Reading, Sherborn, Shirley, Somerville, Stoneham, Stow, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough, Waltham, Watertown, Wakefield, Westford, Woburn and Wilmington.Officers and firefighters from many of these communities joined cadets throughout the camp. Several public and private organizations also provided educational resources, including AT&T of Massachusetts, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services (DFS), the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC), and the National Park Service (NPS).This year, a $23,500 grant from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) allowed the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office to accept an additional 146 cadets from its waitlist as well as hire additional staff.“We are incredibly grateful for the support of EOPSS and all of the72 public and private organizations who assisted with this year’s Academy,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “They truly make YPSA the success that it is, and we hope to have all of them back next summer as we celebrate our 20th year.”Registration for next year’s YPSA is expected to open in early March, 2019. For information on the Academy and the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office’s other community-based programming, please visit middlesexsheriff.org/community.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related51 Wilmington Students Graduate From Middlesex Sheriff’s Youth Public Safety AcademyIn “Government”Attorney General Awards Middlesex Sheriff’s Office A Healthy Summer Youth Jobs GrantIn “Police Log”Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Receives State Grant For Popular Youth Summer CampIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Fords Fiesta Focus transmission troubles attract NHTSAs attention report says

first_img Tags 2016 Chevy Colorado diesel: A 7,700-pound hauler, 30-plus mpg runabout 0 6 Photos 2015 Ford Focus offers more safety and better looks More From Roadshow Ford null Originally published at 12:08 p.m. PT.Update, 1:40 p.m. PT: Adds statement from Ford. 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line review: A legit compact performercenter_img Enlarge ImageFord’s Focus and Fiesta models have been plagued by serious issues with their PowerShift dual-clutch automatic transmissions. Roadshow Way back in 2009, Ford’s new Fiesta hit dealer showrooms across the US. It was the first Fiesta to hit the US in decades and it looked better than ever, and its fuel economy figures were seriously impressive. That latter attribute was thanks in large part to their new and innovative dual-clutch automatic transmissions, which Ford called PowerShift, and referred to internally as DPS6.Here we are 10 years later, and those transmissions are proving to be a massive thorn in not only owners’ sides, but increasingly they’re becoming an issue for the mothership back in Dearborn. The problems with the transmission include many reports from owners that it will drop into neutral between gears, leading to a lack of acceleration. Other reports state that the cars will lurch forward and shift jerkily.These issues are so prevalent, and Ford’s reaction to owners’ complaints have reportedly been so unsatisfactory, that now the US government is looking at getting involved.Several Democratic congressmen — including Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey, who is on the committee that oversees the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — have called for a review of the ongoing situation, the Detroit Free Press reports.Ford dealers interviewed by the Free Press stated that they hadn’t received clear instructions on how to handle customer concerns going forward, or how (or whether) to charge customers for transmission repairs to their PowerShift-equipped vehicles.Ford’s representatives stated that the company had issued a service bulletin explaining how to handle the increased number of customer concerns and informed dealers that affected vehicles brought in before July 19 would receive extended warranty coverage, something it’s done before for individual components of the transmission. The bulletin promised further communication on or around the 19th, but to our knowledge, no new bulletins have been issued.”The DPS6 transmission was all-new technology from Getrag when it was introduced nearly a decade ago to improve fuel economy in Fiesta and Focus models. We launched those vehicles in good faith — like others, only after they reached key development milestones. Quality issues emerged after they were on the road,” Ford representatives said in a statement. “We acted quickly and determinedly to address those issues. Resolving them took longer than we expected — that frustrated and was inconvenient for many customers, some still today, which we regret. Along the way, we have rightly gone to great lengths to correct the problems: understanding what caused them, alerting dealers and consumers, recommending and making repairs, and extending warranties. In the meantime, automobiles using the DPS6 transmission were and remain safe to drive.”Given the likely cost of each individual repair, combined with the sheer number of vehicles equipped with the faulty gearboxes around the US, a forced recall by NHTSA would likely be a very, very expensive proposition for Ford. 2014 Ford Fiesta Ford Now playing: Watch this: 2016 Ford Explorer review: Go road-tripping in Ford’s updated, EcoBoost-powered SUV Share your voice 2:31 Car Industry Hatchbacks Sedanslast_img read more

SBI Reports First Profit Growth in Six Quarters

first_imgThe State Bank of India on Friday reported its first profit in the last six quarters due to the higher interest income and stability of bad loans.It said that the net profit surged 3.3 percent year on year to 33.49 billion rupees ($545.22 million) in its fiscal first quarter to 30 June, while the interest gained in the quarter rose 15 percent from a year earlier to 364.87 billion rupees.The bank’s gross non-performing assets (NPAs) declined to 4.90 percent of overall advances at the end of June versus the 5.56 percent in the previous year.Net non-performing loans as a percentage of total assets were 2.66 percent in the June quarter from 2.57 percent in the previous three months but gross non-performing loans were 4.9 percent compared with the 4.95 percent in March quarter, the bank said in a press release.But the stocks plunged after it reported its quarterly growth. Stocks fell 21 rupees lower at Rs 2415 per share during trading hours on Friday.Slower credit growth and rise in bad loans dragged the bank’s profits lower for every quarter since the three months ended in December 2012.The bank accounts for nearly 59 percent owned by the Indian government have pleaded this year to raise scrutiny of bad loans by doing regular reviews, reported Reuters.On Thursday, the Reserve Bank of India directed Asset Reconstruction Companies to invest 15 percent in security receipts issued by them. This regulation has been formulated by the RBI to consolidate the sale of bad loans in the banking system.In April, SBI sold off its NPAs worth Rs 3, 500 to Rs 4, 000 crore of the financial year 2013-14 to asset reconstruction companies.Indian lenders have been in hope of growth led by new government, RBI regulations and approvals of new projects. The economy grew less than five percent in the past two fiscal years, which led more borrower defaults and declination.last_img read more

From Lucifer to Puli Murugan here is the list of highest grossing

first_imgHow Malayalam movies perform in Tamil Nadu.PR HandoutMalayalam movies have been finding its audience in Tamil Nadu and especially in Chennai in the recent years. Not just Malayalis, Tamils in urban places in the state have started watching Mollywood movies which has turned out to be a good sign for the film industry.At this stage, Mollywood films are majorly attracting Malayalam-speaking audience and Tamil youths in urban centres who won’t complain watching the films with sub-titles. Here, we are listing out top five movies which have done notable collection in Tamil Nadu:Movie Name: Lucifer Release Date: 28 March, 2019 Actor Prithviraj Sukumaran’s directorial debut Lucifer, which has Mohanlal in the lead, is in the numero uno position at the list of highest grossing Malayalam movies in Tamil Nadu. The action-packed mass entertainer has grossed over Rs 2.1 crore in the state.Movie Name: Premam Release Date: 29 May, 2015 Nivin Pauly, Sai Pallavi, Madonna Sebastian and Anupama Parameswaran’s romantic comedy remains a landmark movie as it ran for over 300 days in a multiplex in Chennai. The movie had blown away the youths with its visually-arresting songs, content and the performance of the actors. Especially, the people had fallen in love with the performances of the female leads. The film had earned around Rs 2 crore in the state. Remember, the film had earned when the ticket prices were less compared to now.Movie Name: Odiyan Release Date: 14 December, 2018 VA Shrikumar Menon’s Odiyan was a fantasy drama based on the legend of the Odiyan clan. Mohanlal and Manju Warrier played the leads in the flick, which raked in Rs 1.26 crore in Tamil Nadu.Movie Name: Bangalore Days Release Date: 30 May, 2014 Romantic movies being favourite genre of Chennaities, multi-starrer Bangalore Days won the hearts of the youths, again. Anjali Menon’s creation had earned Rs 1.20 crore in Tamil Nadu.Movie Name: Puli Murugan Release Date: 7 October, 2016  Mohanlal’s Puli Murugan was an action-packed film directed by Vysakh. The presentation, content backed by some fine VFX works were enough to attract the audience. The film earned Rs 95 lakh in its lifetime in the state.last_img read more

Police confident Gulshanlike attack no longer possible

first_imgOn the evening of 1 July in 2016, five militants entered the Holy Artisan Cafe and Bakery with crude bombs, machetes, pistols, and took dozens of people, including 18 foreigners, hostage.Twenty hostages, including 17 foreigners, were killed as the militants sprayed them with bullets indiscriminately or cut their throats to confirm their death inside the cafe.Besides, two senior police officers – Banani Police Station then officer-in-charge Salauddin Ahmed Khan and Detective Branch assistant commissioner Robiul Islam – were shot dead when police tried to overpower them.Thirteen people, including three foreigners, were rescued while 20 bodies of the hostages were recovered from the restaurant after a successful operation led by the 1st Para-commando Battalion, an elite force in the Bangladesh Army, codenamed ‘Thunderbolt’ the following day (2 July). Five militants and one restaurant staff were killed and one suspected militant was arrested during the drive.A case was filed with Gulshan police station in connection with the terror attack. Later the case was shifted to Detective Branch of DMP. Now, Inspector Humayun Ahmed of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit (CTTC) has been investigating the case as its investigation officer (IO). The militants have no strength to carry out attacks like the one on Holy Artisan Bakery due to their weakening through anti-militant drives across the country, reports UNB.Monirul Islam, the chief of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit, claimed this.”They may try to get reorganised again but we’ll hunt down the absconding militants, too,” he was quoted to have said during an interview with the news agency recently.Though the militants had been planning to do something again in March or during Ramadan but their efforts went in vein due to simultaneous anti-militant drives carried out since March this year, he said.”The terrorist attack on Twin Tower was the deadliest one for the USA. We can term Holey Artisan attack like ‘Twin Tower attack’ in our country,” said Monirul.The CTTC chief said the investigators have already identified the perpetrators involved in the attack. “The militants who went to the spot or directly involved in the attack, were killed on the spot,” he said.He said the militants who were directly involved in planning as well as to coordinate the attack have already been identified.”So far, eight militants who were involved in planning and coordination in the attack have already been killed in different places across the country during anti-militant operations in the last one year,” Monirul said.About financing in the Gulshan Bakery attack, Monirul said, “It seems that attack on the Holey Artisan Cafe; was a low-cost terrorism attack. It might cost Tk 8-9 lakh. They (militants) collected the money from their own sources. There was no need to collect money from foreign sources.”Replying to a question, the CTTC chief said firearms and explosives which were used in the Gulshan Cafe; attack were brought from Chapainababganj and Jessore.”We’ve already arrested Mizanur Rahman alias Boro Mijan from Chapainababganj. He was shown arrested in the Gulshan Cafe; attack case and he confessed to his involvement in supplying firearms and explosives for the attack.”He said investigators have already identified five suspected militants-Mizanur Rahman alias Chhoto Mizan, Sagar, Sohel Mahfuz, Rashed alias Rash and Basharuzzaman alias Chocolate-who were involved in the deadliest attack.last_img read more