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BICN 18-31 May 2000

Volume 3 Number 17


+News & Announcements 

-- Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed: Shop Now Open in Banani -- 

-- US Presidential Election, the Internet, and Americans Overseas --

+This Issue's Sponsors

-- Travel Agent: "K" Line Air -- 

-- Apartment To Let, Fully Furnished Three Bedrooms in Gulshan -- 

-- Office To Let, Near Sonargaon/Sheraton -- 

-- Worldwide Shipping & Transportation Services: Bay Consolidation -- 

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

-- WORLD OF DISCOVERY: Using Play as an Educational Experience for Young Children --

+Events Calendar, Dhaka & Beyond



+Non-Commercial Advertisements 


BICN is published first & third Wednesdays September to May from Dhaka Bangladesh by Sara Bennett. To SUBSCRIBE, email 

BICN welcomes your community event announcements, personal classified ads, letters to the editor, short articles - all appear FREE. Commercial advertisements appear for a small fee.

BICN does not publish during the summer (June-August). The next publication date will be Weds 13 Sep 00. Submission deadline will be Tue 12 Sep 2000. Email items to .

Subscribers on 17 May 2000: 696 


--Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed: Shop Now Open in Banani --

The CRP now has a shop open in Banani at House 50, Road 1, Banani. It is open daily from 10am to 8pm. The shop carries useful, attractive items made by craftsman trained in the rehabilitation programs at CRP. Among other things, this is the only place in Dhaka that carries handcrafted adjustable Balans chairs, beautiful croquet sets in wooden boxes, and colourful handpainted rocking horses!

-- Summer Internship Available (NY USA): Youth Organizer, Census Project --

The Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund (AALDEF), founded in 1974, is the first organization on the East Coast dedicated to promoting the legal rights of Asian Americans through litigation, legal advocacy, and community education. AALDEF€ '²s Census 2000 Project is a campaign to ensure every Asian American participates in the upcoming census. An accurate count of Asian Americans will ensure that the community receives its fair share of federal funds, state resources, and political representation.

Job description: Assist in the execution of AALDEF's outreach and educational efforts on the census, primarily in Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. Training on the census and community organizing will be provided. Some evening and weekend work and travel within New York City are required.

Responsibilities include: Organizing street outreach activities and events on the census; cultivating relationships with community and organizational leaders; mobilizing their efforts in conducting census outreach; Working with ethnic media

Desired qualifications: Bilingual in an Asian language; excellent organizational skills; familiarity with Asian American community issues; commitment to social and economic justice.

Other information: salary $3,000 for 10-week period approximately 5 Jun to 11 Aug. To apply, send cover letter, resume, and two references by May 22 to AALDEF Census 2000 Project, 99 Hudson Street, 12th floor, New York, NY 10013-2815. Fax 212-966-4303. For more information contact Glenn D. Magpantay, Democracy Project Director, 212-966-5932. AALDEF is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.


-- Travel Agent: "K" Line Air --

For the cheapest airline & cruise tickets, for hotel & car reservations, for tour packages and all your other travel needs, please call: "K" Line Air at tel +880(2)934-0852/3, Mr Babar at cell (018)222840 or Mr. Tarik at (011)850950, or email .

Take a cruise from Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, or Vietnam!

-- Apartment To Let, Fully Furnished Three Bedrooms in Gulshan --

Available for immediate occupancy - fully furnished 3 bedroom apartments in the Gulshan diplomatic area. Email . After 19 May, call Mr. Asif at (011)80 70 60

-- Office To Let, Near Sonargaon/Sheraton --

Available for lease - 2500 sq. ft. office space. One block from Sonargaon Pan Pacific Hotel and two blocks from Hotel Sheraton. Email . After 19 May, call Mr. Asif at (011)80 70 60

-- Worldwide Shipping & Transportation Services: Bay Consolidation --

For your worldwide ocean & air shipping & transportation needs, please call Bay Consolidation Ltd. at 831-6860/1 or email

-- 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, email us at, or call us at 8916966, 8918851 (Uttara branch), 9331198, or 9342254 (Dilu Road branch).

This week's featured candidate:

"Twenty-two year old woman, SSC in 93,doing her BBA in a local private university, she lives in the family-owned house in Gulshan. Her father is the owner of a shipping company that owns/operates an ocean-going ship. She has four sisters and one brother. Code # B1376."

-- WORLD OF DISCOVERY: Using Play as an Educational Experience for Young Children --

WORLD OF DISCOVERY, a playgroup for young children from 2 to 4 years of age, is accepting applications for the next school year starting September 2000. Depending on interest, we plan to offer two sessions: one morning and one afternoon session or one early morning and one late morning session.

WORLD OF DISCOVERY was begun in 1995 by an American woman named Jane Thompson as part of the Dhaka International Christian Church (DICC) Ministry to the community. After Jane left Bangladesh in 1996, a group of parents continued to run WORLD OF DISCOVERY for their children. Now, four years later, it continues to exist as an alternative to available preschools in Dhaka but it is no longer associated with the DICC. We have been fortunate to have some remarkable expatriate teachers, both in the past and at present, who have capably nurtured our young children by using play as an educational experience and helped in their transition to pre-KG and KG in bigger settings.

If you are looking for a place with small enrollment numbers and a safe & secure environment for your toddler, then we may be the place you are looking for. We are conveniently located in a private residence with a beautiful large yard in Gulshan.

Before 31 May, brochures & registration forms can be picked up from the playgroup during school hours (9-11:30 am, Sun-Thurs) at 13 South Avenue, Gulshan (west of Sajna Restaurant). Or contact Mrs. Dilkash Ahmed, Administrator tel 017-539072, email or Mrs. Priya Sethi, Head Teacher, 881-0150, email:


To have a Bangladesh-related event included in the Event Calendar in September, please email the time, date, place, description, and email contact address to by Tues 12 Sep 2000.

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

12-25 May: Art exhibition by Baish Kadir at Alliance Francaise, 26 Mirpur Rd. Dhanmondi. Opening 4pm 12 May, open daily thereafter 9am-noon, 5-8pm. Email

-- Late May Events --

16-22 May: "Nature of Bangladesh", exhibition of photographs by Siraj, Enam, and AIS/D teacher Ian Lockwood. Zainul Gallery, Institute of Fine Arts, Dhaka University. 2-8pm daily.

Thu 18 May: Italian Night, International Club. Special Italian food & dancing. Members Tk700, others Tk850.

Fri 19 May: Party, American Club pub, 7pm until closing. DJ, new pub menu.

Fri-Tue 19-23 May: Abu Salim's solo exhibition of water colour painting, Drik Gallery, House 58, Road 15A, Dhanmondi. Open 3-8pm daily including weekends and holidays, admission free. For more information, email or visit or

Sat 20 May: United Nations Women's Association (UNWA) outing to a garment factory. 10am. Email .

Thu 25 May: Fiesta Latina dance, Dutch Club. 8:30pm onwards. Tk300.

Thu-Mon 25-29 May: Environment & Social Development Organization's (ESDO) exposition of environment-friendly bags, Drik Gallery, House 58, Road 15A, Dhanmondi. Open 3-8pm daily including weekends and holidays, admission free. Mayeen at Drik writes: "ESDO started working in 1991 with a clear philosophy to contribute to the country's ecological balance and physical condition. ESDO organizes the exposition as part of their 'anti-polythene campaigns' to promote environment-friendly alternative products. In this third exposition, various like-minded activist groups and individuals including Prabartana, Grameen Uddog, Karupalli, Bangladesh Jute Diversification Centre, Craft Vision, MBSK (Dinajpur), Zereen, Prottay Crafts and designer Shahrukh Shahid will display their products. ESDO will reward the best-product in a closing ceremony on the 29th may at 6:30pm." For more information, email or visit or

Fri 26 May: Dhaka American Women's Club Cabaret Night starring Teri Khan. Dinner 7:30pm, show 8pm, and disco 10pm. Tk750 adult, Tk400 child under 12, disco only Tk300, all profits go to charities. Tickets on Sale at AIS/D elementary office with Joya, Middle School/High School office with Rezia, and adminstration office with Anne Blackburn. Email .

Sat 27 May: May Fair, Dutch club, 11a-4p. Last souvenir shopping before summer! Admission adults Tk100, children free.

Sat & Sun 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. Email or call 847-490-0036 / 847-673-6353.

Mon 29 May: United Nations Women's Association (UNWA) monthly lunch at Young Bin Kwan. 12.30pm. Email .

-- A Little Later On --

Thu 1 Jun: Dinner & dance party, Nordic Club. 8pm. Tk500 including dinner.

Fri 2 Jun: British Women's Association is organizing teams to take part in the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed's wheelchair race in Gulshan. Afterwards, there will be a pot luck brunch at a committee member's home, from 10.30am onwards. Please bring a dish and that doesn't mean your husband, although he can come along too!! Email for more info.

Wed 7 Jun: British Women's Association Afternoon Tea, 3.30pm. Please join us! Email for venue.

Thu/Fri 22/23 Jun: Music Day 2000 at L'Alliance Française de Dhaka. Thursday evening rock bands, Friday afternoon, classical, folk, etc. Interested musicians are invited to register by contacting reception at tel 861-1557. Email

Sun 25 Jun (Washington DC): Bangladeshi-American Community Picnic at the largest picnic shelter in Greater Washington area to socialize and enjoy fun games and Bangla BBQ with family, friends, colleagues and other community members. Noon to dusk, Corporate Picnic Shelter, Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, Virginia. Tel. 703 631 0550. Facilities include huge, multi-featured outdoor swimming pool, miniature and disc golf, children's playground, surprise games for children and adults, etc. Minimum donationUS$25 per nuclear family and/or US$5 per person 6 years and older. Please let us know if you are coming, so we may plan accordingly. For further information, please email .

Wed 5 Jul: British Women's Association monthly meeting. Email for venue.

Sat/Sun 29/30 Jul Somerset NJ: Y2K BUET Alumni Reunion. See Adult & youth activities.

Wed 2 Aug: British Women's Association monthly meeting. Email for venue.

Tue 12 Sep: Submission deadline for the next issue of BICN, to be published 13 Sep 2000.

5-7 Jan 2001, New Orleans LA: "Efficiency vs. Equity: Emerging Issues in Capital and Labor Markets in Bangladesh", Association for Economic and Development Studies on Bangladesh (AEDSB) conference. AEDSB invites authors in all disciplines to submit papers; submission deadline 1 June 2000. For more info, email or


-- Bangladeshi-American Foundation Website --


-- US Presidential Election, the Internet, and Americans Overseas -

From Steve Davis, Associate Professor, Syracuse University (upstate New York), S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications:

"We are working on a book on how the Internet is affecting the presidential election. We are in the process of identifying 75-100 people from around the country and the world to participate in a series of interviews about the election. The interviews will cover what participants are seeing on the Internet and what they think about it; whether they are using any interactive features; whether they are using the Internet for partisan purposes (to promote a candidate) or for research (to learn about a candidate); and so on.

"We are VERY interested to include Americans overseas who:

o Have a very strong interest in the presidential race, plan to vote and are following the campaign closely o Get significant news and information from the Internet

"Would any of your subscribers be interested? Those who are should contact me by email at or . Finding Americans overseas has been our biggest challenge. "


-- WANTED: Passbook Car --

Wanted a used car, preferably a passbook car, in good condition. Please contact Dr. E. G. P. Haran, cell 011801337 or email

-- FOR SALE: Passbook Car --

1997 Toyota Corollam, perfect Condition, only 21,000 km, only US$7,500. Call 9886922 or email

-- HELP WANTED: Summer Intern --

Summer internship is again available for students with the Bangladeshi-American Foundation. While there is no payment for the internship, it allows the participant to develop skills in certain field and at the same time help a community organization. Our last intern, Mr. Md. Sajedur Rahman, prepared the website ( and is now maintaining it. Interested students are encouraged to send CVs to and indicate period of availability. From: Badrul Haque for The Bangladeshi-American Foundation, Inc.

-- Employment Sought: Cook/Bearer --

Ronita has worked for us for three years as cook, housecleaner, marketer, and laundress - she does it all! She has a pleasant disposition and is hardworking, reliable and honest. I recommend Ronita ex. highly. She is available 1 June. Please call 018215523 or email for more info.

-- EMPLOYMENT SOUGHT: Driver & Guard

DRIVER - Kabir has driven our family car for the past year, running errands and deliveries throughout Dhaka. He takes general care of our LandRover Defender, drives the children to and from activities. He is a good, safe driver with no accidents or "scrapes" for time he worked for us; punctual, reliable, dependable. Maintains good relationships with other household & office employees. He knows Dhaka well and has been flexible with regard to working hours. He rides his own motorcycle to and from work.

CHOWKIDAR/MALI/BEARER - Tawfeek has worked for the past several years as a chowkidar and general helper for our family and IOM. He keeps the outside of the building clean and in good shape, including the garden and mowing the lawn, he also walks and washes the dog. He assists the cook and ayah/bearer with chores, especially for parties or when there is heavy work. He is reliable, honest and helpful and works well with the other household help. He is pleasant and very respectful of the children (including three young women). He also sings beautifully and writes songs. Call 881-4602 or email

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