BICN 16 Mar - 5 Apr 2000
Volume 3 Number 14
IN THIS ISSUE
+From the Editor
+Feature Article – 199,999,999
Reasons to Learn Bengali?
+News & Announcements
+Books from Mr Kashem
+Late March / Early April Events
+A Little Later On
+Non-Commercial Classified Ads
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-- 199,999,999 Reasons to Learn Bengali? --
Did you know Bengali is the fifth most common language spoken? Here are the
world’s top ten languages:
1. Mandarin (almost 900 mil) 2. English (over 300 mil) 3. Spanish (close to
300 mil) 4. Arabic (about 200 mil) 5. Bengali (almost 200 mil) 6. Hindi (less
than 200 mil) 7. Portugese (more than 150 mil) 8. Russian (more than 150 mil) 9.
Japanese (over 100 mil) 10. German ( about 100 mil) =
Bangladesh is now a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, and you
may have read in the local papers, the suggestion that Bangladesh should now
lobby to get Bangla made an official language of the UN! The current official UN
1. English 2. French 3. Mandarin 4. Russian 5. Spanish 6. Arabic
Why these six? Hmmm… I don’t know, but we can observe that this list
comprises the four most spoken languages, plus the languages of the two other
victorious powers of WWII (after which the UN was set up), Russia and France.
-- 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
+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 email@example.com, include your name & telephone number.
-- New Website for Thanarbaid Health Care Centre, Bangladesh --
Thanarbaid is “a rural health movement in Bangladesh, promoting health for
all people by involving the rural poor in their own healthcare.” URL is:
For more information, contact webmaster Jason Morgenson at firstname.lastname@example.org
(or email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
-- 25 years in Bangladesh --
In Dhaka’s mobile expat community, three years is a long time. Sue Headlam
has worked continuously for 25 years in Chandraghona Hospital in the Rangamati
Hill Tracts on a community health programme.
There are many people in Dhaka who may not know of Sue or the work she has
done, but they will have witnessed the results of her work. In many homes in
Bangladesh, the soft furnishings would be in Chandraghona fabric from an income
generating weaving project for destitute women that Sue started using old
bicycle wheels and wooden looms. Over the years, tribal breastcloths, bags,
bedspreads, tablecloths, trousers, shirts, aprons, shawls have been bought by
expatriate families in Dhaka and displayed in many countries around the world .
Now, Sue is planning to return to England to look after her aging parents. To
say farewell and honour her for her long service to Bangladesh, there will be a
party for her on Friday 7 April at 7.30pm, at the BAGHA Club. Please join us.
Chandraghona fabrics and ready made items from will be available for purchase to
support the legacy that Sue leaves behind in Bangladesh.
-- Celebration of Bangladesh Independence Day in New York City 26 March --
The America Bangladesh Friendship Society (ABFS) is going to celebrate the
30th Independence Day of Bangladesh in New York City on Sunday, March 26, 2000.
In this celebration, ten US Congressmen and other distinguished dignitaries are
expected attend, including Congresspersons Benjamin A. Gilman, Chairman,
International Relations Committee; Charles E. Rangel; Nadya M. Velaquez; Nita
Lowley; Gary Ackerman; William J. Pascrell, Jr.; Joseph Crowley; Jerrold Nadler;
and Edolphus Towns; New York city and state officials; distinguished Bangladeshi
guests including the Bangladesh Ambassador to the US and the Bangladesh
Permanent Representative to the UN.
The celebration will include presentation of documentary film on the
liberation war of Bangladesh and a colorful cultural performance highlighting
the ideals of the liberation war and the struggles for emancipation of the
--- Bengal Studies Conference, 34th Meeting, May 5-7, 2000 --- --- University
of Wisconsin-Oshkosh ---
On line registration, call for papers, location of conference, transport,
accommodation, and other relevant information is available at
Or contact Professor Zillur Khan, Department of Political Science, University
of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, tel (920) 424-0924, fax (920) 424-0739, email khan@uwosh
-- Job Announcement - Human Rights Director --
Organization: Women, Law and Development, International Location: Washington,
DC, USA Closing date for applications: Unknown
“Women, Law and Development International promotes women's full and equal
participation in society by advancing universal respect for human rights,
expanding rights education and legal literacy among women, and challenging
discriminatory socio-economic barriers. Committed to capacity-building, advocacy
and expanding women's rights networks, WLD collaborates with researchers,
advocates, activists and monitors throughout the world to identify legal,
cultural and economic impediments to women's enjoyment of human rights, to
develop activist strategies, and to train women's groups to advocate before UN
and governmental bodies for policies that recognize women's rights.
“Job Description: The Human Rights Director has overall responsibility for
the human rights dimension of WLDI's multidisciplinary work in research,
training, and advocacy. The Human Rights Director oversees WLDI's Global Human
Rights Advocacy Training program. Based on the manual Women's Human Rights Step
by Step, this initiative builds understanding and skills in women's human rights
advocacy. Working with the President and Director of Programs, the Human Rights
Director provides expertise in human rights concepts, guiding the design and
implementation of WLDI's work in economic rights and violence against women.
Specific responsibilities include:
- Planning and conducting human rights advocacy training; - Supervising and
guiding the work of regional Human Rights Advocacy staff; - Coordination of
training and technical assistance with participants and an international roster
of experts; - Liaising with program participants and providing technical advice
and guidance; - Raising funds and liaising with donors; - Program evaluation and
dissemination of learnings; - Developing human rights curricula and training
“Extensive international travel is required. The primary qualifications for
the position are an extensive background in human rights strong program
management skills. WLDI seeks to identify applicants with:
- extensive experience in human rights advocacy and organizing at the UN and
national levels; - understanding of gender; - training experience; - excellent
program management skills; - fundraising experience; - demonstrated ability to
work collaboratively; - ability to manage multiple tasks, delegate and supervise
others, and work under pressure; - excellent conceptual, writing, communication
and interpersonal skills; - demonstrated personal commitment to women's human
rights; - international experience; - fluency in one major international
language plus English; and - an advanced degree in law, public policy, human
rights, international relations or women's studies.
“Salary will be commensurate with experience. WLDI offers a comprehensive
benefits package that includes health and dental insurance, vacation, and
savings programs. WLDI is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minority
candidates are encouraged to apply. Interested and qualified candidates should
mail or fax a cover letter and resume to: Human Rights Director Search, Women,
Law & Development International, 1350 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 407,
Washington, DC 20036. Fax: 202-463-7480.
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
LATE MARCH / EARLY APRIL EVENTS
All events are in Dhaka unless otherwise noted. Entry to some events is
restricted eg to members - contact the organizers for information.
6-18 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 Mar - UNWA Monthly Luncheon, email firstname.lastname@example.org
1 Apr - Garment Bazaar, AIS/D Gym, 10am-2pm.
Sat 1 Apr – BWA outing to Monno Ceramics Factory. Open to children and
spouses. Please bring drinks and a packed lunch. Email email@example.com
A LITTLE LATER ON
Wed 5 Apr – BWA monthly general meeting, 3pm. Talk by Sue Hedlam about her
last 25 years in Bangladesh and Chandraghona Fabrics. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thu 6 Apr – Faure Requiem performance by Cantemus at Canadian Club. Fri 7
Apr – Farewell party for Sue Headlam, 7:30pm, BAGHA Club.
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.
8 Apr – AIS/D International Fair, 4pm-8pm. Cultural show performed by
children, parents and teachers. Taste of the nations, a selection of food from
around the world. 40 charity stalls. A chance to purchase all those gifts in one
place to take back home in the summer! Children's bouncy castle and games.
Barbecue and drinks. Please bring a picnic blanket. This is a fund raiser by the
PTA as we would like to improve playground equipment in the elementary school.
Please support this event especially if you have children at the school but if
not everyone is welcome!
Wed 19 April – BWA Newcomers Tea, 3:30pm. A talk will be given by Phil
Commons about back problems and how to set up a clinic in Dhaka. Email email@example.com
Thu 27 Apr – BWA welfare visit to Tikhana House, 3:30pm. This is the home
for acid victims that has been set up by the Acid Victims Foundation. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Sat 29 April – BWA Monthly lunch at the Skyroom, 12:30pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
5-7 May - Bengal Studies Conference, 34th Meeting,University of
Wisconsin-Oshkosh. On line registration, call for papers, location of
conference, transport, accommodation, and other relevant information is
available at http://www.uwosh.edu/bengal/
. Or contact Professor Zillur Khan,
Department of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, tel (920)
424-0924, fax (920) 424-0739, email email@example.com
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
16-19 May: Dhaka Stage production of Woody Allen's Comedy "Don't Drink
The Water". Email arussell@ais-dhaka
NON-COMMERCIAL CLASSIFIED ADS
Mother Theresa Home for the Elderly and the Homeless is looking to purchase
soaps, detergent, as well as antiseptic cleaning products at Whole Sale prices.
Anyone having information on how and where they could do this, please contact
Regine Whittlesey, tel 8814602 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Missionaries of Charity Homes would like to collect any old clothes or
pieces of scrap material for multi-purpose uses. Even western style clothing is
welcome. Contact Mia Obdam (8826559) if you have anything you can donate.
From Chris Mack: “I am in the process of leaving Bangladesh and selling my
car to my driver who wants to start a driving business. If you need a car with a
very good English speaking driver - available by day, week or longer - please
call 018215523 for details.”
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