BICN 2-15 March 2000
Volume 3 Number 13
IN THIS ISSUE
+From the Editor
- First Anniversary Observed of
Bangladeshi Missionary's Death in Sierra Leone
+News & Announcements
+... And Some Questions
+Books from Mr Kashem
+Early March Events
+A Little Later On
+Non-Commercial Classified Ads
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FROM THE EDITOR
--If this newsletter seems a little different (more webby stuff and less
calendar), that's because I'm out of Bangladesh for the month of March. Now if I
had someone in Dhaka to help me as BICN Associate Editor ... hint, hint!
--My goal for BICN for the publication year ending mid-May 2000 was to reach
600 subscribers. Well, that happened well ahead of schedule a few days ago and
at current growth rates, by mid-May there will be well over 700 subscribers.
Thanks to all of you who have passed the word about BICN and encouraged your
friends and colleagues to subscribe - the Bangladesh international community
grapevine is BICN's most important source of new subscribers.
First Anniversary Observed of Bangladeshi Missionary's Death in Sierra Leone
23 Feb, ZENIT News Agency http://www.ewtn.com/vnews/getstory.asp?number=47064
The Catholic community of Bangladesh celebrated the first anniversary of the
death of its first "martyr," Sister Maria Sueva, one of Mother Teresa
of Calcutta's Missionaries of Charity. She was killed on February 22, 1999 by
rebels in Sierra Leone, where she assisted the neediest.
"We are very proud of Sister Sueva's sacrifice," Bishop F. Anthony
Gomes of Mymensingh said during the homily of the commemorative Mass held in
Madhabur, which is 200 kilometers from Dhaka, the capital.
Maria Sueva was born on January 6, 1956. At first she was a missionary in
former Yugoslavia, later in the Ivory Coast, and finally in Sierra Leone. At
present there are some 100 Catholic missionaries from Bangladesh around the
world. They are all Missionaries of Charity, the Congregation founded by Mother
Teresa of Calcutta.
-- Contemporary Bengali Instruction --
Nondita Chowdhury offers Bengali instruction to individuals and groups:
+Course 1, Survival Bangla - 20 2-hour sessions focusing on speaking and
understanding +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 (1991-97), 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.
--- Liberation War Atrocities as "Gendercide" ---
For an excellent, well-written overview of the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation
Water atrocities, see http://www.gendercide.org/case_bangladesh.html
--- Asiaonline, Online Magazine for Asian --- --- Communities in Berlin &
. [I didn't see a whole lot there but if you have a special interest in this
area, go for it.]
--- "Temporary" ISP Account Access in Thailand & the
Next time you (and your computer) are in Thailand and have the urge to check
your email, go to http://www.loxinfo.co.th/webnet/html/index.html
and order an instant temporary ISP account. Rates are quite competitive, at
THB500 for 20 hours or THB750 for 35 hours (THB37=USD1). There are access
telephone numbers in Bangkok plus some other Thailand locations.
My friend Brent, currently on mission to the Philippines, informed me that,
"Here in the Philippines they have a very good system for 'temporary'
Internet access. You go to any computer shop (or maybe even a 7-11) and buy an
Internet access card, similar to a phone card. You buy 1 hour, 10 hour or 20
hour durations - one hour for 50P, 10 hour for 300P, or 20 hours for 500P
(40P=USD1). The card has a scratch sticker like a lotto ticket. Under the
scratch sticker you have a logon and password. Total time to complete the
transaction is about the same as buying a Coke."
--- Government of Bangladesh Website ---
Tanvir Chowdhury of News From Bangladesh ( http://www.bangladesh-web.com/news/
) writes: "One of the better new Bangladesh websites is http://www.bangladeshgov.org
. This is of course the Bangladesh government site. It has comprehensive
information on all the ministries & government affairs, SAARC, agriculture
info and research, chamber of commerce, and a bunch more . Very simple,
clean-cut, informative site. It provides the type of information which otherwise
in Bangladesh you have to run around to get -- you know, simple things, like
email addresses and fax numbers of ministries."
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
--- Invitation for Abstracts, Chemical Technology --- --- Session,
TechTransfer 2000 - Change Bangladesh --- --- Through Technology 28-30 April
2000, Atlantic --- --- City, New Jersey, USA ---
Abstract deadline: March 31, 2000, Electronic submission preferred. Abstract:
200-300 words. Presentation: 15 minute followed by five minute discussion.
Paper: hard and soft copies to be received at the session. Travel & lodging:
participants' responsibility. Please submit your abstracts on related areas to email@example.com
. Session sponsored by Bangladesh Chemical and Biological Society of North
--- Second and Final Call for Papers, European Network --- --- of Bangladesh
Studies Sixth Workshop, "Bangladesh: --- --- Changing Identities and
Economic Transformation," --- --- 14-16 May 2000, University of Oslo,
The overall goal of this workshop is to investigate the link between changing
identities and economic transformation in Bangladesh. Two sub-themes are
suggested - cultural-political and social-economic. You are invited to submit a
paper - please submit abstracts by end March 2000 with full papers to follow by
end April 2000. You are also welcome to register for the workshop as a
discussant/participant. For more information visit the ENBS website at http://www.bath.ac.uk/Centres/CDS/enbs.htm
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
--- DAWC 60's 70's 80's Dance Party has been moved again! ---
FINAL DATE: FRIDAY, APRIL 7TH. We apologize for any inconvenience, but it
will give us an extra week to tie up the details! See calendar below for event
--- Dhaka Stage Auditions For --- --- Woody Allen's Comedy --- ---
"Don't Drink The Water" ---
Dhaka Stage announces auditions for its next production: "Don't Drink
the Water", a comedy by Woody Allen set to be performed on May 16th - 19th.
The production will require 14 actors: 7 women and 7 men. We will attempt to set
rehearsals to the convenience of the greatest number. Auditions will be held on
two evenings: Saturday March 11th and Sunday March 12th at 7:00 pm in the home
of the director Aland Russell. Please bring your calendars so that you may
inform the director of dates available. Contact Aland for directions and any
other questions - email email@example.com
or call 018-222-884.
... AND SOME QUESTIONS
Looks like we gotta help out the current Lonely Plant Bangladesh author, from
whom I just got this email:
"Hi there, I'm Richard Plunkett and I'm updating the Lonely Planet guide
to Bangladesh. I was in the country for three months last year, but now that
I've almost finished writing it all up I realise there's stuff I missed. Anyway,
I was wondering if you could help me with the following questions, if you have
"Can you recommend any budget places to stay in the
Gulshan-Banani-Baridhara area? I found a few NGo guesthouses but they aren't
really geared towards budget travellers. All the commercial guesthouses are
quite expensive. If there are any you can think of, please let me have the
address, price and phone number if possible.
"Anyone ever been to Kuakata? I couldn't get there because my schedule
was cut short by hartals. I know there are some cheaper hotels than the Parjatan,
but again I need some recommendations with price info.
"Any reliable places to hire cars in Dhaka?
"For medical care in Dhaka I've got Elizabeth House, The US medical
centre, Dr Wahab, and Monowara hospital if you're desperate. Any other
"Thanks a million, I look forward to hearing from you,
"Richard Plunkett" Email firstname.lastname@example.org
BOOKS FROM MR KASHEM
Email email@example.com for more info
or to order. Free delivery service in Dhaka. Overseas customers, please visit
the UPL website at http://www.uplbooks.com
Jagatpur, 1977-97: Poverty and Social Change in Rural Bangladesh by Kamal
Siddiqui. 476pp, hard cover, Tk 550, University Press Limited, Dhaka, published
in January 2000. From the publisher: "This is a longitudinal study seeking
to explain poverty in rural Bangladesh during the two decades between 1977 and
1997. More explicitly, the objective has been to delineate the processes within
the rural society which caused, aggravated, maintained and reduced poverty in a
typical Bangladeshi village during the above period. On both occasions, long
drawn and painstaking field work was undertaken within a holistic framework of
analysis. [... ]Given its extraordinary methodological rigor and penetrating
analysis of the causes of poverty, this book will be difficult to be ignored by
both academics and practitioners in the field. "
Entrepreneurs and Economic Development: The Remarkable Story of Garment
Exports from Bangladesh. By Munir Quddus and Salim Rashid. University Press
Limited, 2000. From the Publisher: "This is the first book that presents a
comprehensive analysis of the apparel export industry of Bangladesh. [...] The
authors focus primarily on the role of the entrepreneurs, the men and women who
have led the industry over the years. [...] The book also discusses future
challenges for the industry and the policymakers as the present structure built
under the GATT rules come to an end in the year 2005."
EARLY MARCH EVENTS
All events are in Dhaka unless otherwise noted. Entry to some events is
restricted eg to members - contact the organizers for information.
3&4 Mar - JOI in Concert, Osmani Memorial Hall, 7pm. "London East
End Bangladeshi 'Joi Bangla' sound." JOI was recognized in 1999 with the
BBC Asia Music Award.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mon 6 Mar - JOI in Concert, Chittagong, 7pm. Additional info above.
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 email@example.com
for more information.
Wed 8 Mar - BWA Newcomers Coffee Morning, 10am. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat 11 Mar - UNWA Annual General Meeting, 9:30am at Haveli Restaurant on
Gulshan Avenue. Selection of the new board for 2000/1. Email email@example.com
Sat&Sun 11&12 Mar- Auditions for Dhaka Stage production of Woody
Allen's "Don't Drink the Water". See announcement above for more info,
email firstname.lastname@example.org or tel
Tue 14 Mar - Deadline to submit items for the next issue of BICN. 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.
A LITTLE LATER ON
16-18 Mar - Eid-ul-Azha (subject to moon)
Fri 17 March: UNWA Welfare visit to Families for Children, an orphanage in
Uttara. Departure at 1pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fri 17 Mar - National holiday, Bangabandhu's Birthday
Sat 25 Mar - Scheduled visit of US President Clinton to Bangladesh
Sun 26 Mar - National holiday, Independence Day
Tue 28 Mar - BWA Monthly Lunch at Spaghetti Jazz, 12:30pm. Email email@example.com
Thu 30 March: UNWA Monthly Luncheon, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fri 7 Apr: [NOTE NEW DATE} DAWC 60s/70s/80s Dance Party, US Mission club 8pm.
Tickets Tk500, on sale in March from the USMC office for expat club card
holders. Ticket includes snacks and floorshow at 10pm. Cash bar. Be sure to wear
a costume from your favorite decade. Sponsorship to this charity event welcome.
28-30 Apr, Atlantic City NJ: "Tech Transfer-2000: North America"
(TT2000:NA) convention. "This conference will bring together potential and
actual actors in Technology Transfer to Bangladesh. The most important group,
who can contribute directly to the transfer of technology to Bangladesh, are
Non-Resident Bangladeshis (NRB) who are Technologists, Scientists, Engineers,
Investors, or Entrepreneurs. They are the strongest link of Bangladesh to modern
technology and industry. TT2000:NA is being organized and hosted by TechBangla
and enthusiastically co-sponsored by AABEA, BCBSNA, EB2000, BSCDI, ComputerNet
and other NRB organizations. For more information see http://www.TechBangla.org
or contact: in Bangladesh, Tanvir Chowdhury, Editor http://www.bangladesh-web.com/news
, tel +880(2)8827413, email Tech2000@bangladesh-web.com
; in USA, Shaikh Mizan, Coordinator, TechTransfer-2000:NA, email email@example.com
, tel +1(706)613-7808, fax +1(706)542-5771.
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
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