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BICN 20 Apr - 3 May 2000

Volume 3 Number 15


+News & Announcements 

-- Pulitzer for Bengali-American Writer -- 

-- UTSHOB 2000 Gala Fund Raising Dinner & Dance Event 27 April -- 

-- Support the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed: Book Your International Air Travel at Bextrade --

+This Week's Sponsors

-- Expats & Bangladeshis, Plan for a Sound Financial Future Now with Sovereign --

-- Badhon, The Largest Matchmaking Agency in Bangladesh -- 

-- Contemporary Bengali Instruction --

+Events Calendar, Dhaka & Beyond

+New Regular & Ongoing Events


-- New World Bank Health Sector Report On Line -- 

-- About Islam -- 

-- Another Bengali Font -- 

-- Motoring in Dhaka? -- 

-- Bangladesh-Related Environmental Economics --

+Non-Commercial Advertisements 

-- Help Wanted: Teachers for Grace International School -- 

-- Help Wanted: CARE-Bangladesh Assistant Country Director for Administration & Finance -- 

-- Independence War Video Sought -- 

-- Journal of Bangladesh Studies -- 

-- Passbook Car Wanted --

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-- Pulitzer for Bengali-American Writer --

By South Asia correspondent Aasiya Lodhi

[From: ]

A Bengali-American writer, Jhumpa Lahiri, has won this year's Pulitzer Prize for Literature. She was awarded the prize for her debut work, Interpreter of Maladies, a collection of short stories, which reflects on life in the United States and in her parents' native Calcutta. At the age of 32, she is one of the youngest recipients of the prize and was chosen over many other award-winning novelists.

Ms Lahiri, although not born in India, has travelled to Calcutta several times, and says her experiences there have provided a rich creative source for her writing. She says she still feels a sense of emotional exile in the US, which she has tried to capture in her stories.

Ms Lahiri, who recently won the Pen-Hemingway prize for best first fiction, has received widespread critical acclaim for her short stories, which first appeared in the New Yorker magazine last year. The magazine named her as one of the 12 most promising young writers in the US. She is now writing her second book, a novel.

-- UTSHOB 2000 Gala Fund Raising Dinner & Dance Event, 27 April --

[At the Winter Garden Hotel Sheraton, 8:30pm. Live music by the musical bands the Adequettes, Bangla, Renaissance, and others, art auction and raffles with airline tickets. Email  .]

UTSHO is a residential school for children whose mothers cannot keep their children with themselves. In some cases the mother is in prison, in some cases she is garments factory worker and works long hours, in some cases she is a live-in domestic servant and in others she is a commercial sex worker.

There are 40 children who live in UTSHO and another 21 are non-residential children. The school serves the dual purpose as a refuge and a school for both its students and its staff as many of the teachers at the school are themselves women who have sought shelter facilities in the city.

UTSHO is located in the East Rayer Bazar area of the city and has been in operation since the end of 1983. Each child is sponsored locally by individuals. The other expenses of the school are met through fund raising activities which include a canteen and catering service which operates out of Green Road; a garage sale held in the Rayer Bazar playground once a year and several cultural programmes which are supported by local artists.

Last year for the first time a dinner and dance event was organised at the Winter Garden, Hotel Sheraton. This was a great success not only in terms of raising funds but also for publicity. In the following is a brief description of UTSHOB 2000.

For more information, contact: Safia Azim, UTSHO BANGLADESH, A2-7 Kalindi Apts., 36 Indira Rd. Dhaka 1215, email  .

-- Book Your International Air Travel at Bextrade & Support the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed --

Mention CRP when you book your next trip with Bextrade, and CRP will receive a donation. You or your organization will also receive a monthly statement of your contributions.

CRP is a national voluntary non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of the disabled in Bangladesh.

Bextrade contact info: tel 8618220-7, 8611891-5 x1280 or x1284, cell 017-522083, fax 8617744, email  . Address Bextrade Ltd. Travel Services, BEL Tower, 19 Dhanmondi R/A, Rd #1.

[I just booked some trips at Bextrade with an agent named Tohorul, who has been very efficient and courteous. Not only that, but he now has the distinction of being the first travel agent in Dhaka to send me my itinerary by email. Nice touch! -Ed.]


-- Attention Expats & Bangladeshis - Plan for a Sound Financial Future Now --

Your time abroad represents the perfect opportunity to

1. Utilize your tax status 

2. Maximize your returns on your savings & investments 

3. 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 last week of April, and he can meet privately with you to provide free confidential advice on such matters as:

-Pension planning 

-Education fee planning 

-Multi-currency 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 last week of April, email or contact Mr. Doran by fax or telephone as follows:

Before Fri 21 April: Bangkok fax +66(2) 631 1556, tel +66(2)631 2047

From Fri 21 April to Sat 29 April: Dhaka tel/fax +880(2)8822148

Sovereign also has offices in Bangkok, Singapore, Seoul and Tokyo - email for more information or to make an appointment.

-- Badhon, The Largest Matchmaking Agency in Bangladesh --

Now you can find your match through the Badhon on-line database! If you are fed up with the tiresome process of 'arrangements' for finding a match, try Badhon. We have been offering matchmaking services in Bangladesh for the last five years. For more information, check out or email us at . This week's featured candidate:

"27 year old, eldest daughter of a Dhaka-based industrialist, comes of a well-educated family background. SSC in 1987, MSc Dhaka University, currently in USA pursuing MS course leading to Ph.D. 5 ft 5 inches, divorced with no children. Suitable candidates residing in Bangladesh or elsewhere contact Badhon with reference code # B 1886."

-- 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, include your name & telephone number.


-- New World Bank Health Sector Report On Line --

>From Syed Akhtar Mahmood, The World Bank: "For those of you interested in the health sector of Bangladesh, the World Bank has just published a comprehensive report that is available on-line" at:  

-- About Islam --

Very nice site about Islam, well worth a visit: 

-- Another Bengali Font --

Recently I found the Univ. Oregon's font web site, which for Bengali has the font Sonar Gaon at: 

-- Motoring in Dhaka? --

>From : "I would like to inform you about a new website about motoring in Dhaka: Drive Time Dhaka at [no longer online]. It contains details of all cars and motorcycles in Dhaka, including dealer information and car prices. It is a guide for car buyers and is not a commercial site. I am sure it would be helpful for expatriates living in Dhaka."

-- Bangladesh-Related Environmental Economics --

If this is your cup of tea, see  .



Email  for more info or to order. Free delivery service in Dhaka. Overseas customers, please visit the UPL website at .


All events are in Dhaka unless otherwise noted. Entry to some events is restricted eg to members - contact the organizers for information.

--Late April / Early May Events

7-21 Apr: "Image of the City", 10th solo painting exhibition, miniatures, by Kazi Salahuddin Ahmed, Alliance Francaise de Dhaka, 26 Mirpur Rd. Dhanmondi. Open daily 5-8pm. Email  .

Fri 21 Apr: Service with Good Friday liturgy, St. Thomas's New Centre, New Eskaton Road, 10:00am. English-speaking Congregation of St. Thomas's, Church of Bangladesh.

Fri 21 Apr: Pop Quiz & Tex-Mex Buffet. Quiz starts promptly at 8p. Buffet tickets Tk350 at BHC bar - quiz is free. Buffet served at half time. Purchase tickets by Apr 19.

Fri 21 Apr: Good Friday Service, Dhaka International Christian Church, 4:30pm, at the Korean Church in Bashundara. For a map showing how to get there, see http://bicn/bangladesh/refshelf/localmaps.htm .

Sat 22 Apr, Washington DC/Alexandria VA: Kabbya Jalsha. "Washington DC Kobitanuragi proudly presents its first KABBYA JALSHA, a different kind of program ever in the DC area, a unique combination of carefully selected poems and songs... Join us in this extraordinary evening of Poetry and Music: At Patrick Henry School Auditorium, Alexandria VA, FREE ADMISSION. Performers include: distinguished individuals from Voice of America, Bangla Department, eminent celebrities from New York and local artists. For further details contact:  or  .

Sun 23 Apr: Easter communion service at the Armenian Church, Armanitola, 5pm. English-speaking Congregation of St. Thomas's, Church of Bangladesh.

Sun 23 Apr: Easter Egg Hunt/Party, sponsored by DAWC at the U.S. Embassy Club. For toddlers aged to 7 years old, chaperoned by an adult expat club card holder. Cost Tk100. Activities include: Egg Hunt (we hope to find them before the crows do), egg decorating, cookie decorating, and egg relay games.

Mon 24 Apr: UNWA members lunch, Kasturi Restaurant. Email  .

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 .

Thu 27 Apr: UTSHOB 2000 - Gala fund raising dinner & dance event, Winter Garden Hotel Sheraton, 8:30pm. Live music by the musical bands the Adequettes, Bangla, Renaissance, and others. There will be an art auction and raffles with airline tickets. See UTSHO item above in "News & Announcements". Email  .

Fri 28 Apr - 4 May: "Mandi - Dying Rituals", a photography exhibition by Shameem Hasan at Alliance Francaise. 9am-noon & 5-8p Sunday-Friday, closed Saturday. Email  .

28-30 Apr, Atlantic City NJ: "Tech Transfer-2000: North America" (TT2000:NA) convention. See  . Email or .

Sat 29 April BWA Monthly lunch at the Skyroom, 12:30pm. Email .

30 Apr - 7 May, London: Week Long " Bangladesh Film Festival" organised by Rainbow Film Society at Genesis Cinema, Mile End Road, London-E1. For ticket/invitation & more information email  or  Films to be screened: Suprovat by Kabir Anwar, Onna Jbon by Sheikh Niamot Ali, Abdar by Shuvash Datta, Golapi Ekhon Traine by Amjad Hussain, Chitra Nadir Pare by Tanvir Mokammel, Ekhoni Shomoy by Abdullah Al Mamun, Banglar Bodhu by A.J.Mintu, Siphahi by Kazi Hayat, Emiler Goenda Bahini by Badal Rahman, Dipu Number Two (Sub-Title) by Murshedul Islam, Muktir Gan by Tareq / Kathrine Masud

Fri-Sun 5-7 May: "Do You Believe in Fairy Tales?" Adult musical comedy, 8:00pm snacks & punch, show at 8:30pm. BHC Club, tickets Tk500, all proceeds to CSKS, an NGO working with street children.

5-7 Jan 2001, New Orleans LA: "Efficiency vs. Equity: Emerging Issues in Capital and Labor Markets in Bangladesh", conference of the Association for Economic and Development Studies on Bangladesh (AEDSB), at the Allied Social Science Association (ASSA) Annual Meetings. AEDSB invites authors in all disciplines to submit papers for review by an independent committee of scholars; the five best papers will be selected based on academic merit, relevance, and significance for public policy in Bangladesh. Submit complete papers by June 1, 2000. For more info, email  or


GAP is a youth club for 7-11 year olds, meets every Thursday from 3pm to 4:30p at Grace International School. More info, email  .

Lifestyle is a youth club for 11-14 year olds, meets every Sunday from 7pm to 8:30pm. More info, email  .


5-7 May - Bengal Studies Conference, 34th Meeting,University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. See  , email  .

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 

16-19 May: Dhaka Stage presents Woody Allen's "Don't Drink the Water", AIS/D auditorium 7:30 pm. Tickets will be Tk 350, available soon at AISD, American Embassy, BHC, Bagha Club, and the International Club. Don't miss this hilarious comedy about embassy life. Email arussell@ais-dhaka  .

27-28 May, Chicago USA: 5th North America Bangla Literature & Culture Convention. Assembly Hall Auditorium, Illinois State Building, 9am to midnight. Admission, both days $20, one day $15. Dance, drama, music, video clips, seminars and workshops. Sponsored by the Illinois Bengali Communtiy and Bangla Literature & Culture, Inc. Previous conventions were: 1993 &1997 in Chicago, 1998 in New York, and 1999 in Dallas. For more information, email  or call 847-490-0036 / 847-673-6353.


-- Help Wanted: Teachers for Grace International School --

Grace International School is a multi-cultural Christian School teaching English National Curriculum to expatriate children from 32 countries.

The school is seeking applications for a Reception Teacher and two Primary School Teachers. The candidates sought are enthusiastic, committed Christians who have appropriate qualifications and preferably two years' teaching experience, for posts in 2000/2001 and 2001/2002. Package includes ....

2 year contract Airfare Accommodation Living Allowance

For further details of the teacher package and an Application Form contact Andrew Gordon, Principal, phone/fax: +880 2 88 100 88 email  .

-- Help Wanted: CARE-Bangladesh Assistant Country Director for Administration & Finance --

CARE-Bangladesh invites applications from qualified candidates for the position of Assistant Country Director for Administration & Finance. Job Summary: The purpose of this senior management position is to assure the integrity and efficient functioning of CARE-Bangladesh administrative and finance operations in Dhaka and the 23 field offices. The annual budget exceeds $50 million. The position reports to the Country Director and, in his absence, assumes the role of Interim Director. It oversees Administration, Finance, Budgeting, Transport Services, Resource Acquisition, Internal Audit, Procurement, and MIS. Interested candidates are requested to apply with a forwarding, detailed bio-data, a copy of Photograph mentioning two referees to the Manager-HRM, CARE-Bangladesh, House # 61, Road # 7/A, Dhanmondi R/A, Dhaka by May 10, 2000. Females are specially encouraged to apply. Candidates who applied earlier need not apply again.

-- Independence War Video Sought --

"I am looking for a copy of a video on Bangladesh's Independence or on the War of Independence or whatever. It seems I heard one was available at Aarongs but I have asked there recently and they said 'No.' I know one has been shown on TV and there is one showing now at Dhaka in the Museum. I would really like to locate one. I am an American who runs an English-medium school in Chittagong called the William Carey Academy. We have 234 students up through 7th grade. Most of these children are Bangladeshi. I really want these students to know more about their heritage. I would prefer the video to be in English since we are an English medium school but it would be OK if it were in Bangla since we teach Bangla every day too. Thanks for any help you can give or find or any referrals. Marilou Long, WCA Administrative Director, email  ."

-- Journal of Bangladesh Studies --

JBS is a peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the Bangladesh Development Initiative (BDI) and the Association of Economic Development Studies on Bangladesh. The second issue of the Journal of Bangladesh Studies (JBS) is in preparation and will be available in June 2000.

JBS invites academics and experts to submit scholarly papers for the December 2000 issue. For more information, contact an editorial board members: Ashraf Ali, Bangladesh Development Initiative, email  ; Syed Saad Andaleeb, School of Business, Penn. State Univ., email:  ; Farida Khan, Dept. Economics, Univ. Wisconsin-Parkside, email:  ; Munir Quddus, Dept. Economics, University S. Indiana, email  .

Subscriptions to JBS (two issues annually) are US$15 for individuals in the United States; US$100 for institutions; and US$30 for individuals in other countries (includes first class postage). To reserve your copy of the June 2000 issue, please subscribe by mid-May. Send subscriptions to: Syeda Khan, c/o Bangladesh Development Initiative, 812 Hope Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15220, USA.

-- Passbook Car Wanted --

Wanted: A passbook car in good condition for personal use. Contact Dr. E.G.P.Haran (Tel: 011-801337) or email: 

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