BICN 3 - 16 Feb 2000
Volume 3 Number 11
IN THIS ISSUE
Attention Expats &
Bangladeshis Plan for a Sound Financial Future Now
Update on the bicn.com
Team Semi-Bye Harold, Hello Jodie
An Evening with the S T A R
S Acid Survivorīs Foundation Benefit
"We Are Saving
Lives" ICDDR,B Annual Hospital Endowment Fund Ball
Washington DC General
Meeting & Cultural Show, American Association of Bangladeshi Engineers and
Asian Study Group
Mahasthangarh Trip, Monday Group
+Books from Mr Kashem
Development As Freedom by
The Book of Tea
The Janhangirnama Memoirs
of Jahangir, Emperor of India
+Letters To The Editor From All
+Early February Events
+A Little Later On
+New Ongoing And Regular
Dance Instruction at Srishti
published first & third Wednesdays September to May from Dhaka Bangladesh by
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. Providing your items in BICN format is ***greatly*** appreciated (especially
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** Attention Expats & Bangladeshis Plan for a Sound Financial
Future Now **
Your time abroad represents the perfect opportunity to
- Utilize your tax status
- Maximize your returns on your savings & investments
- Plan for a sound financial future
Sovereign is an international financial consultancy firm represented in
Bangladesh by Peter Doran, senior consultant and portfolio manager based in
Bangkok. He will be visiting Dhaka the first week of March, and he can meet
privately with you to provide free confidential advice on such matters as:
- Pension planning
- Education fee planning
- Multicurrency mortgages
- Regular contribution saving plans
- Lump sum investments
- Offshore banking
- Portfolio management
- Financial planning
- Offshore companies and trusts
For a no cost appointment with Mr. Doran in Dhaka first week of March, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or contact Mr. Doran by fax or telephone as follows:
Before Wed 1 March: Bangkok fax +66(2) 631 1556, tel +66(2)631 2047
From Wed 1 March to Tue 7 March: Dhaka tel/fax +880(2)8822148
Sovereign also has offices in Bangkok, Singapore, Seoul and Tokyo email
email@example.com for more
information or to make an appointment.
** Contemporary Bengali Instruction **
Nondita Chowdhury offers Bengali instruction to individuals and groups:
+Course 1, Survival Bangla 20 2-hour sessions focusing on speaking and
+Course 2, Basic Bangla 20 2-hour sessions with the introduction of
reading and writing +Individual instruction tailored to students needs
Ms Chowdhury was principal of Heed Language Centre (199197), and has over 20
years experience in Bengali instruction. Lessons given at her school in Gulshan
or learner's home or office. Courses cost Tk6000 per person for groups of two to
seven, or Tk7500 for one person, includes all materials. For more information,
email firstname.lastname@example.org, include your name & telephone number.
** Update on the bicn.com Team Semi-Bye Harold, Hello Jodie **
Harold has departed for greener pastures (Texas...?) but will continue as
head gadget maker (he's started work on a BICN screensaver). To see Harold's
work, visit the website ( http://bicn.com/ ): his nifty contributions include
the time&dateinBangladesh display, the Taka exchange rates vs world
currencies converter, the RPMConsultants website, etc.
Jodie in Paraguay (crossposted there from Dhaka in 1998) is joining as
Proofreader/Fact Checker. Now there's a telecommute for ya, eh?
We could still use one more helper or two, to do any of the following:
- Associate editor (generate content for the newsletter/website)
- Event editor
- Online presence development (generate links to bicn.com at other web
sites, generate visitors to bicn.com through online promotions)
- Offline presence development (flyers, banners, media releases,
participation in community events, partnering/exchanging with offline
- Advertising manager (this can be a paid commission position if you are
keen) *Web site development & maintenance
Email email@example.com for more
** An Evening with the S T A R S Acid Survivorīs Foundation Benefit **
On 17 Feb at 8pm, join top TV, cinema and sports personalities at the
Sheraton Hotel Dhaka for "An Evening with the S T A R S Acid
Survivorīs Foundation Benefit"
08-09 pm: STREET PARTY food, snake charming, fortune telling,
musicians, novelty performers, raffle (big prizes)
09-10 pm: MUSIC PROGRAMME top stars
10-11 pm: INTERNATIONAL BUFFET
11- pm: DANCE with RENAISSANCE & PENTAGON
Tickets Tk 1500 each at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel.
** "We Are Saving Lives" ICDDR,B Annual Hospital Endowment
Fund Ball **
The ICDDR,B Hospital Endowment Fund Ball,affectionately known as the "Diarrhoea
Ball," will take place 7:30pm Friday, 18 February, at the Sonargaon Hotel,
Dhaka Bangladesh. The Ball will feature Music by Pentagon, dancing, an auction
with some exciting and unique gifts including special dinners, airline tickets
and works of art.
The Hospital Endowment Fund supports patient care and related services at the
Dhaka ICDDR,B hospital, which treats over 100,000 patients annually, most of
them children, for diarrhoeal and related diseases. The Dhaka hospital SAVES
LIVES DAILY: over 99.5% of patients entering the hospital with lifethreatening
diarrhoeal disease are treated successfully.
The ICDDR,B Centre is a unique scientific research institution in the
developing world. Millions of lives have been saved and millions more improved
as a result of the Centre's contributions to the diarrhoeal disease control and
management; child survival strategies; nutrition; vaccine evaluation; and
population research and services. Through the pioneering efforts of ICDDR,B and
its Dhaka hospital Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT) is now the standard treatment
for diarrhoeal disease management throughout the world, saving millions of lives
Ball tickets are Tk1500 per person. Raffle tickets at Tk500 per 20ticket book
are also available. Raffle prizes include round trip airline tickets to
attractive destinations in Asia and one special grand prize airline destination
to be announced; dinners for two at many of Dhaka's best restaurants and clubs;
weekend hotel accommodations; beauty salon packages and more!
To buy ball and raffle tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org
for personalized ball and raffle ticket book delivery to your (reasonably
findable) Dhaka home or office address at no additional charge. Please be sure
to include the event name; number of tickets wanted; your name, address, and
telephone number; and best times to contact you.
To become a corporate or individual sponsor or for additional information,
contact Vanessa Brooks at ICDDR,B, tel 9881626 from 9 to 5 Sun through Thu,
email email@example.com . See you
at the Ball!
** Washington DC General Meeting and Cultural Show, American
Association of Bangladeshi Engineers and Architects (AABEA)**
The AABEA is pleased to invite you, your family and friends to its 19 Feb
Annual General Meeting and Cultural Show, 4pm9pm Guy Mason Recreation Center,
3600 Calvert Street, N.W. Washington, DC.
Agenda: 4:00 4:30 Registration 4:30 5:00 Annual General Meeting
5:00 7:00 Technical Seminar/Speeches 7:00 8:00 Cultural Show
songs, dances, jokes, recitations, raffle 8:00 9:00 Dinner
Adults & children over 7 years USD7, children under 7 free. To RSVP by 12
Feb or for more info, email BRokonuddi@aol.com
** Asian Study Group Mahasthangarh Trip **
The ASG is pleased to announce a trip to Mahasthangarh February 1113, 2000.
The itinerary that follows is provisional and details are subject to final
confirmation. We anticipate that the cost will not exceed Taka 4,000 per person.
A number of members have already signed up for the trip, but there are places
left. If you would like to join us please email no later than Thursday, February
3. A trip orientation will be held at the Preston residence and is tentatively
scheduled for Monday, February 7, at 5:30 p.m. Further details will be provided
shortly. For more info, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fri 11 February 0700 Depart Dhaka by minibus 1130 Arrive Rural
Development Academy, Bogra, lunch. 1300 To Mahasthangarh, tour site and
museum with guide. 1700 Return RDA Bogra, overnight (simple, clean
Sat 12 Feb
- 0800 Depart Bogra for Paharpur by minibus
- 0900 Tour Paharpur site and museum with guide
- 1030 Depart Paharpur for Rajshahi
- 1230 Arrive Rajshahi, lunch
- 1330 To Rajshahi museum, tour museum with guide.
- 1530 To Puthia site and temples
- 1700 Return to Rajshahi
Sun 13 Feb
- 0700 Depart Rajshahi by minibus
- 1030 Arrive Dhaka
** Asian Study Group The Monday Group **
The Monday Group is a very informal subgroup of the Asian Study Group.
Participating members usually share the organizational responsibilities for
weekly meetings on a wide range of topics focused on the Subcontinent. Meetings
are normally held during the day.
Monday Group members pursue sociocultural subjects that pique their
interest some lively and entertaining, some serious and provocative. In
the past year, members visited a jute factory, viewed a video on rape, learned
about workers within the garment industry, met rickshaw wallahs, and observed
the production of traditional Bengali shawls.
For more information on the Monday Group, email email@example.com
BOOKS FROM MR KASHEM
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info
or to order. Free delivery service in Dhaka. Overseas customers, use the links
provided below to visit each book's entry at barnesandnoble.com.
Development As Freedom by Amartya Sen, winner of the 1999 Nobel Price in
Economics. Oxford University Press, 1999/2000. 366pp. Tk820. Publisher: "Sen
explains how, in a world of unprecedented increase in overall opulence, millions
of people living in rich and poor countries are still unfree. Even if they are
not technically slaves, they are denied elementary freedom and remain imprisoned
in one way or another by economic poverty, social deprivation, political
tyranny, or cultural authoritarianism. The main purpose of development is to
spread freedom and its 'thousand charms' to the unfree. Freedom, Sen
persuasively argues, is at once the ultimate goal of social and economic
arrangements and the most efficient means of realizing general welfare.
"The world's poor and dispossessed could have no more articulate or
insightful a champion among economists that Amartya Sen. By showing that the
quality of our lives should be measured not by our wealth but by our freedom,
his writings have revolutionized the theory and practice of development. The
United Nations, in its own development work, has benefitted immensely from the
wisdom and good sense of Professor Sen's views." (Kofi Annan, UN
SecretaryGeneral). Tk820 from Mr Kashem. USD19.25 from barnesandnoble.com
(retail USD27.50), click for more information: http://bicn.com/fwd/fwd2bnbook003.htm
The Book of Tea. Anthony Burgess and a group of historians, writers, and
journalists introduce us to the techniques of tea cultivation, and follow the
great clipper ships to the Far East in their quest for the most extraordinary
varieties. From Donna Seaman BookList: 'Tea has always been associated
with ritual and pleasure. This capacious, lushly illustrateddare we say,
coffeetablebook presents a vivid history of tea's cultivation, commerce, myth,
and connoisseurship. Photos and text whisk us to the bountiful tea gardens of
India, China, and Japan, where we learn about the entire process of planting,
plucking, sorting, withering, fermenting, and drying. The colourful careers of
tea baronsincluding the first Englishman to "solve the mystery of Chinese
tea," Robert Fortune; tea industrialist James Taylor; and, of course,
Thomas Twining and Tom Liptonare recounted. Tea's culture, both in the East and
in the West, is examined in detail, from the specifics of ceremonies to the
shapes of teapots, samovars, cups, bowls, and glasses, and tea's traditionally
beautiful packaging. Various favored settings for tea consumption in England,
Holland, Russia, Morocco, Afghanistan, Egypt, Japan, China, and India are
identified and compared, from alfresco gatherings to dining rooms of luxury
trains, tea salons, tents, stalls, and palaces. The final chapter categorizes
the flavors and properties of many different blends of tea and suggests optimum
methods for brewing and serving. An elegant and informative volume rich in
anecdote and art.' Flammarion 1992, 256 pp., colour throughout. Printed in
Italy. Tk4800 from Mr. Kashem, at barnesandnoble.com, USD35 (retail price
The Janhangirnama Memoirs of Jahangir, Emperor of India. Translated,
edited, and annotated by Wheeler M. Thackston. Freer Gallery of Art / Arthur M
Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, in asoociation with
Oxford University Press, New York / Oxford, 1999. 502pp., many colour and
B&W plates. Tk2600. New translation of the memoirs of the builder of the Taj
Mahal, by a professor of Near Eastern languages at Harvard University (also
translator & editor of "The Baburnama, Memoirs of Babur, Prince and
Emperor", Oxford University Press 1996 [Ed.: which I have and enjoyed
greatly.] Tk2600 from Mr Kashem. USD45.50 from barnesandnoble.com (retail
USD65), click for more information: http://bicn.com/fwd/fwd2bnbook004.htm
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR FROM ALL OVER
Fan mail from Belgium: "Your newsletter provides information about the
subcontinent that you don't see elsewhere.... The website is simple but
interactive & informative. It's interesting to see other points of view,
especially of expats who are resident in Bangladesh for a while. Thanks for all
of your efforts to make this world a better place to live in. With regards, E
Huq, Deloitte & Touche, Diegem Belgium."
EARLY FEBRUARY EVENTS
All events are in Dhaka unless otherwise noted. Entry to some events is
restricted eg to members contact the organizers for information.
Thu 3 Feb BWA New Year dinner. Invitation only, invitees will be full
and associate members plus associate member waiting list, and their
spouses/partners. Ladies attending should bring a small gift <Tk 200 value.
4-15 Feb 40th Solo Painting Exhibition of Jalal Ahmed. Opening at 4pm
with special guests US Ambassador John Holzman and eminent artist Aminul Islam.
DD Art and Crafts Gallery, House 20 Road 99 Gulshan, RSVP 9128354-8 .
4-11 Feb Solo Rickshaw Painting Exhibition of the Artist Alinoor.
Alliance Francaise de Dhaka, 3-8pm daily.
Mon 7 Feb: BWA Committee Meeting, 7:30pm. For more info including venue,
email email@example.com. All BWA members welcome to attend if they wish to discuss
something with the committee, or contact a committee member. For more info
including venue, email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Fri 11 Feb Valentine Dance, Canadian Club.
Fri 11 Feb Dhaka American Women's Club Champagne & Chocolate Party,
710pm. Members only, for more info including venue email email@example.com
1113 Feb Asian Study Group Mahasthangarh trip. See community
announcement item (above) for full details.
Sat 12 Feb UNWA General Meeting, 10am, Kings Kitchen, 109 Gulshan
Avenue, Gulshan. Programme will include announcement of the Nominating Committee
2000, and a demonstration of jewellerymaking by Mrs. Chandra Black who
specializes in pearl jewellery. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sun 13 Feb Music & Dance Troupe from Okinawa Japan, 630pm Osmani
Hall. Presented by Bangladesh Shilpakalpa Academy & Embassy of Japan. Some
free passes available to Bangladesh expats, call 8810087 x155, 157, 158 to
Mon 14 Feb UNWA Coffee Morning, 10am. Everyone is welcome, especially
newcomers! To advise if you plan to attend, and for more info including venue,
Tue 15 Feb Submission deadline for next issue of BICN. Email your
community announcements, personal classifieds, article contributions, website
finds, commercial ads, etc., to email@example.com
. Providing your items in BICN format is ***greatly*** appreciated (especially
A LITTLE LATER ON
Thu 17 Feb: An Evening with the S T A R S, Acid Survivorīs Foundation
Benefit See community announcements item (above) for more info.
Fri 18 Feb ICDDR,B Hospital Endowment Fund Ball ("Diarrhoea
Ball"), 7:30pm Sonargoan Hotel ballroom. For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org
. Tickets are Tk1500 from ICDDR,B External Relations Office in Mohakhali. Or,
email email@example.com for personalized
ticket delivery to your home or office at no additional charge include the
event name; number of tickets wanted; your name, address, and telephone number;
and best times to contact you.
Sat 19 Feb - Washington, DC, Annual General Meeting and Cultural Show. See
community announcements item (above) for more info.
Sat Feb 19 - UNWA Monthly Activity, visit the Institute Of Fine Arts at Dhaka
University. Departure from the American Club at 10.30 AM. sharp. To sign upa and
for more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Mon 21 Feb - National Holiday, Shaheed Day / International Mother Language
Thu 24 Feb - African Night BBQ Party. BAGHA Club. Tickets Tk500 at the BAGHA
bar, advance purchase only.
Sat 26 Feb - DAWC "Borders East" (formerly known as the DAWC Book
Sale). Venue TBA, email email@example.com
Mon 28 Feb - UNWA Monthly Lunch, 12:30am, BHC Club. Sign up and payment for
the luncheon at the General Meeting. Cost Tk 300. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fri 3 Mar - United Nations Women's Association Silver Jubilee Celebration,
Sonargaon Hotel Poolside, 7:30pm. Celebrating 25 Years in Bangladesh with an
international night. Dinner and entertainment from around the world. National
dress. Tickets Tk 1250, available from email@example.com
Tues 7 Mar - UNWA visit to the Mother Theresa Home for Abandoned Children.
The Home is one of a number of organizations/projects supported by UNWA. Email
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Fri 10 Mar - DAWC 50s, 60s, 70s party.
Sat 11 Mar - UNWA Annual General Meeting, 10am. Email email@example.com .
Wed 15 Mar - Glitter Party at the Australian Club. Tickets on sale to Oz Club
members 2-4pm starting 22 Feb, to members of other clubs from 23 Feb. Sun - Tues
14-16 May, Oslo: European Network of Bangladesh Studies Sixth Workshop,
"Bangladesh - Changing Identities and Economic Transformation," hosted
by the Department of Sociology at the University of Oslo, with NORAD funding.
For more information, see the website http://www.bath.ac.uk/Centres/CDS/enbs.htm
Sat 25 Mar - Scheduled visit of US President Clinton to Bangladesh.
** Programme Coordinator: Capacity Building for International Cooperation,
The European Centre for Development Policy Management, Maastricht. **
ECDPM aims at the improvement of international cooperation between Europe and
countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP countries), through
capacity mobilisation in poor countries, the promotion of policy dialogue
between those countries and Europe and through information exchange., the Centre
has built a name for itself as an independent It has a full-time staff of 25 and
part-time consultants in Europe and elsewhere and is funded through an endowment
and core contributions from various European countries. Candidate requirements -
creative manager with ten years relevant experience, at least five in developing
countries, preferably Africa, proven interest in European international
cooperation and institutional development. Proven skills in the management of
comparable programmes in Africa-Caribbean- Pacific; thorough knowledge of
institutional capacity building, proven capacity for policy research, workshop
facilitation, and fund raising; fluent spoken French and English, and proven
writing capacities in one or both; master's or doctor degree in a relevant
discipline; willingness to engage in extended travel from Maastricht. Starting
annual salary is Euro 50.000 with growth possibilities, plus benefit package.
Apply by 15 Feb to Dr Louk de la Rive Box, Director ECDPM, OLV Plein 21, 6211 HE
Maastricht, The Netherlands (Fax: + 31 43 3 502 902, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information: http://www.oneworld.org/ecdpm .
NEW ONGOING / REGULAR EVENTS
Srishti Cultural Centre, teaching classical, creative, and Bangladeshi dance,
for adults and children, Fridays 4:30p-5:30p, Saturdays 3-4p, Black Belt
Academy, Road 2 Plot 8, Gulshan-1. Organizer and dance teacher Anisul Islam Hero
studied Bharatanatyam in India for five years. He has been a member of the
national dance troupe of Bangladesh and has given many solo performances in
Bangladesh and abroad in Europe, Asia, and the United states. Hero taught at
Deep Sheekha School for street disadvantaged children and at Kalyani School for
the mentally handicapped. He is a regular performer and choreographer for
Bangladesh television. Email email@example.com
+Visitors to BICN website since inception (Apr 98): 20,908 (582 in the last
two weeks). BICN ezine subscribers: 576 (+9 in the last two weeks)
+Personal classified ads and community organization and event announcements
appear FREE. Advertising rates apply to other items. Discounts available for
small businesses, advertising packages, etc. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
+BICN Fans - support BICN by using these links for your online shopping:
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+Mr Kashem's Roving Rickshaw Bookstore ordering information - Email your
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most welcome. Mr Kashem provides FREE personal book and magazine
delivery service to your home or office in Dhaka. For overseas orders:
1. We ship at cost from Bangladesh via FEDEX courier or airmail. Tell us what
books you want plus the ship-to country, and we'll send you a quote for these
2. BICN handling charge is USD3 for each order plus USD1 for each item.
3. Once your order is finalized, prepayment will required by USD or CAD check
on a US or Canadian bank, or an international money order / bank draft, made out
to Sara Bennett, and snail mailed to Sara Bennett, c/o nhc, 4823-99th St.,
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