BICN 5-18 October 2000
Volume 4 Number 4
IN THIS ISSUE
Outage Earlier This Week
Freedom: Reporters Sans Frontieres
This Issue's Sponsors (Commercial Advertising)
Ecotours to the
Bandarban Hills: Special Package for Dhaka Expats
Largest And Only Computerized Matchmaking Agency In Bangladesh
Women's Club Monthly Luncheons
Events Calendar, Dhaka & Beyond
Long Distance Computer-To-Phone Calling Services Available In Bangladesh
published first & third Wednesdays, September to May, from Dhaka Bangladesh.
BICN welcomes announcements, personal ads, letters to the editor,
press releases, and articles - all such items appear FREE.
Commercial ads are USD8 / Tk450 for <100 words -
commercial includes all ads advertising an apartment/house/land for rent/sale;
ads for employment available or sought other than household staff; ads for
products and services offered for sale. ONLINE SECURE CREDIT CARD PAYMENT
FACILITY NOW AVAILABLE - WORLDWIDE.
Email all inquiries & items to email@example.com
. Next issue submission deadline Tue 17 Oct 2000. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
to subscribe. Sara Bennett, Editor.
(c) BICN. BICN items may be freely reprinted with this attribution:
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FROM THE EDITOR
** Bicn.Com Temporary Outage Earlier This Week
If you tried to email me on Sunday or Monday (or Tuesday?) of this week, and
your message came back "undeliverable", this was because bicn.com was
temporarily off the air. Not because of anything at the ISP that hosts the BICN
site. Rather, what happened is that the main network routing tables got
corrupted, at least some of the bits used to find bicn.com. Sorry for the
** Guarding Press Freedom: Reporters Sans Frontieres
Throughout the world, the organization Reporters Sans Frontieres defends
jailed journalists, press freedom, the right to inform and be informed, in
accordance with Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. RSF has
branches in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and UK,
representatives in Bangkok, Washington, Abidjan and Istanbul, and more than a
hundred correspondents worldwide.
RSF sends out urgent (bilingual English/French) email alerts when reporters
are threatened or harmed in the countries it monitors. To subscribe to this
service, visit http://www.rsf.fr or
email asie@rsf .
Here is a recent (10 October) RSF alert about interference with journalists
++ Journalists prevented from reporting about the disappearance of an
In a letter sent today to the home affairs minister, Mohammad Nasim, RSF
expressed its concern about attacks by the authorities of Lakhipur, Chittagong
against journalists reporting on the disappearance of BNP politician Nurul
Islam. RSF asked to the minister to intervene with the local authorities to stop
the attacks so that journalists can work freely. General secretary of RSF Robert
Ménard reminded the minister that his duty is to "protect journalists who
are exercising their right to inform."
According to RSF information, a journalist for Dainik Prothom Alo, Ekramul
Haq Bulbul, was obliged to leave Lakhipur on 6 October after an attack by armed
men. He was wounded and hospitalised. The reporter was investigating the
involvement of the chairman of Lakhipur in the disappearance of the BNP
Two days earlier, on 4 October, a Dainik Manabzamin reporter, Sheikh Mamunur
Rashid, was threatened with death while looking for information in Lakhipur
about the disappearance. Policemen and municipality workers raided the hotel
where Rashid stayed and threatened him with "reprisals".
Abu Taher, the chairman of Lakhipur and local leader of the Awami League,
threatened to "break the limbs" of journalists who implicated him in
the disappearance of the BNP politician. He told the reporters "to leave
the town or face very dire consequences."
THIS WEEK'S SPONSORS
** 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
Courses run for five days per week over four weeks and cost Tk6000 per person
for groups of two to seven, or Tk7500 for one person, includes all materials.
Individualized instruction is also available at Tk400/hour per person. 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. For more information, email email@example.com
, include your name & telephone number.
Ecotours to the Bandarban Hills: Special Package for Dhaka Expats
Dying to escape Daffy Dhaka? International vacation breaks worn you out? Join
us in the Bandarban Hille in southeastern Bangladesh and visit the easygoing Mru
people, boat along the Sangu river, walk through verdant hills, stay in a
hilltop cottage, imbibe a little moonshine, and sway to hypnotic Mru music!
Dhaka expats booking one month in advance in groups of 3-6 qualify for up to
25% discounts. Profits go directly to indigenous projects.
Contact Reng Yu, your tour coordinator, anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
or mobile 018-318345, or click http://www.bangladeshecotours.com .
Badhon, The Largest And Only Computerized Matchmaking Agency In Bangladesh
Badhon now lets you find your match through its online data base! No more
tiresome process of 'arrangements' for finding a match. For further details
check out http: //www.badhon.com/
or write to us at email@example.com
, or call
or visit our Uttara or City offices.
Badhon Uttara: House 19, Road 30 Sector 7, tel 8916966, 8918851, 8921067,
fax: 8918798. Badhon City: 18, Dilu Road, tel 9331198 or 9342254. Matchmaking
services since 1995.
Freelance Employees Sought
Dhaka based ad agency seeks to staff two part-time freelance positions (you
take the work home as needed on a job-to-job basis, you DO NOT have to quit your
(1) Bangla Typist, must be able to translate from English to Bangla, must
have your own access to an Apple Macintosh computer.
(2) Macintosh Computer Operator proficient in Illustrator and Photoshop to do
support work, other applications helpful, must have your own access to an Apple
Email your name, contact information, and CV to: firstname.lastname@example.org
** Dart League Forming
Tk200/person, email email@example.com
** Dhaka American Women's Club Monthly Luncheons
There will be a DAWC luncheon the second Tuesday of every month at the
EVENTS CALENDAR, DHAKA & BEYOND
To have your Bangladesh-related event - in Dhaka or anywhere else in the
world - included in the next Event Calendar, please email the time, date, place,
description, and email contact address to firstname.lastname@example.org
by Tues 17 Oct 00.
All events are in Dhaka unless otherwise noted. Entry to some events is
restricted, eg to members - contact event organizers for more information.
Tue 24 Oct - United Nations Day, UN agencies exhibit at the Sonagaon Hotel in
front of the fountain, from 0900 to 1600. Email email@example.com
Tue 24 Oct - UNWA General Meeting from 1100 to 1200 in the Sonargaon Hotel.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Thu 26 Oct - Country & Western Dance, Canadian Club, 6-9 pm dinner, 10pm
Fri 27 Oct - Une soiree de danse indienne, Alliance Francaise, 26 Mirpur Rd.
Dhanmondi, 7pm. Email email@example.com
Fri 27 Oct - UNWA Ball, this year's theme is "Culture of Peace".
Sonargaon Hotel Ball Room, 700pm on. Ball tickets Tk1500/person. UNWA Ball
Raffle Tickets are Tk30/ticket, Tk150/book of five - see BICN V4 N3 for details.
Your small donation will surely make a difference in other people's lives! For
ball & raffle tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tue 31 Oct - Kid's Halloween Party, American Club, Tk200/child, tickets from
club waiters. Refreshments & games.
Early November & Beyond
Sat 4 Nov - Relay Marathon/Half Marathun, International School Dhaka,
Basundhara, 8am start. Preregister by Tues 31 Oct. Teams of 10: adult runners or
student runners over 14 or walkers, Tk2000/team. Half marathon, teams of 10:
kids under 10 Tk1000/team or students between 10 & 14, Tk1500/team. Email isd@bol-online
, tel 8517301/7.
Wed 8 Nov - BWA Nearly New Clothes Sale & Monthly General Meeting. Get
your unwanted clothes washed, ironed, and on hangers with a suggested price tag.
Any unsold items will be donated to the Christmas Bazaar. Items of clothing may
be dropped during the day of the sale. Refreshment provided. A great fun
venue email BWA@bicn.com .
Thu 16 Nov - Oktoberfest, German Club. Tickets Tk1100.
Fri 17 Nov - Christmas Bazaar, Canadian Club, 10:00 - 15:00.
Sat 18 Nov - Symposium, "Women & human rights - what are the issues
& how are they being addressed?" 2-5pm BRAC auditorium. Hosted by UNWA,
DAWC, BWA and other organisations - see BICN V4 N3 for details.More info contact email@example.com
Sat 18 Nov - BWA Outing to Workshop on Human Rights at the BRAC Center,
Thu 30 Nov - The Dhaka Caledonian Society's Annual St. Andrews Night Ball, at
the British High Commission Club. Six course meal, Scottish Dancing and Disco.
Tickets are limited, so to avoid disappointment ACT NOW! Email either firstname.lastname@example.org
Wed 15 Dec - BWA Christmas Murder Dinner.
Starts Fri 15 Dec - Chobi Mela Asian Photography Exhibition at the National
Museum. Runs for one month. Organized by Drik Gallery in cooperation with
Alliance Francaise, Goethe Institut, Royal Netherlands Embassy, British Council,
and Pathshala-The South Asian Institute of Photography. See last issue's feature
article for more info. Email email@example.com
December: Convention, TechTransfer-2000:Bangladesh (TT2000:BD). See BICN V4
N3 for details.More info email firstname.lastname@example.org
** Free Long Distance Computer-To-Phone Calling Services Available In
Some of you living in Bangladesh may remember (fondly?) using Net2Phone to
make inexpensive international calls over the Internet. Then BT&T and the
GOB got together and told all the Bangladesh ISPs to block Net2Phone if they
wanted to keep having phone lines (that's the story I heard anyway).
I heard recently that there are two Internet calling services still available
from within Bangladesh. Check out:
http://dialpad.com - free
computer-to-phone calling to any US number
http://hottelephone.com - free
computer-to-phone calling to selected countries
Haven't tried them, if you do, let the rest of us know how it was.
Always free: ads to buy or sell used personal / household items or hire or place household
staff, lost & found. Email your information to email@example.com
. Note that for security/privacy reasons, ads contain only names
and email addresses - residential addresses and phone numbers are not normally
FOR SALE: GS Suzuki motorbike, excellent condition, one expat owner, 23,000
kms, well looked after. Tk90,000 or near offer. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR SALE - 82 Liteace Van, runs well, fair condition, good tyres, Tk95,000 or
near offer. Email email@example.com
HOME WANTED FOR MUTT. We have a six year old male mutt named Marmite and
would like to find a home for him. He has had all his shots annually and grows
attached to his owners quickly. He's am outdoor dog. We recently inherited him
but find ourselves moving to Dhaka to apartment life. He does not need walking,
keeps the guards awake and the critters away. He's very low maintenance, and we
hope to find him a home before our move in mid-November. If interested, please
email firstname.lastname@example.org .
HELP? Owners of Donvier Ice Cream Makers: I brought my machine and forgot the
reciepe book. Does anyone have one I could copy? Contact Jo at email@example.com
EMPLOYMENT SOUGHT: If you need a chowkidar or mali part-time or as relief
help, we'd like to find our hard-working day chowkidar/mali Alam supplementary
work as we no longer need him full-time. Alam is a pleasant, hard-working,
responsible individual who has been doing some household tasks as well. He
understands some English, lives in our compound, and we are flexible as to when
someone else could use him. Contact Jo at firstname.lastname@example.org
EMPLOYMENT SOUGHT: Sontosh Costa worked for me as a "Cook-Bearer"
Nov 99-Sep 00 during which he was honest, reliable, punctual, loyal, capable,
and hard-working. He can prepare good Eastern and Western dishes, manage all
aspects of a two-person household (shopping, cooking, washing, cleaning, running
errands, and odd jobs). Good spoken and written English. Sontosh takes
initiative and is pleasant nice to have around. Prospective employers, email email@example.com
and I will put you in touch with him..
EMPLOYMENT SOUGHT: Cook or Cook/Bearer. James Gomez available immediately.
Excellent versatile cook, bakes delicious pastries, suitable as cook/bearer for
a single person or cook for larger family. Continuously employed for 20 years,
literate, speaks English well, honest, reliable very loyal. Flexible,
accommodates cheerfully to the demands of a lively family and dinner guests
dropping in without minimal notice. Prefers to live in during the week as his
family lives near Tongi.. For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org
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