BICN 7-20 Dec 2000
Volume 4 Number 7
From the Editor
A Life-Saving Investment - The ICDDR,B Hospital
This Issue's Sponsors (Commercial
Offered For Sale - Easy Bangla
Software for Foreigners & Bangladeshi Children Abroad
To Let - Ground Floor of Gulshan
For Rent - Large Baridhara
Help Wanted - Public Relations
Coordinator at AIS/D
Contemporary Bengali Instruction
Ecotours to the Bandarban Hills:
Special Package for Dhaka Expats
Events Calendar, Dhaka & Beyond
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From the Editor
Is it just me, or is this holiday season even MORE frantic than usual!?!
Well, I have no doubt whatsoever that you are all surviving more gracefully that
I, but in case you need them, here are my holiday survival rules:
1. Messy cookies made by four year olds taste better than perfect cookies
made by a grown up.
2. Given a choice, your friends and your family would pick *you* - your
smiles, your hugs and kisses, and your time - over any boxed-up gift you could
3. It doesn't matter if the ornaments are hanging from the dog's ears if your
kids are happy.
4. For many of us, the winter holidays can be a sad and discouraging time:
Too-high expectations - too much to do - conflicts within the family (now or in
the past) - the anniversary of a family loss... Try this: Give a BIG charitable
donation to your church or a social welfare organization you admire. See if you
don't feel MUCH better about yourself and the world.
A Life-Saving Investment - The ICDDR,B Hospital Endowment Fund
Patients who enter the ICDDR,B Treatment Centre in Mohakhali, popularly known
as the Cholera Hospital, are treated free of charge. At minimal cost, the
Hospital provides receive accurate diagnosis, oral rehydration solution (ORS),
intravenous fluids, antibiotics, nourishing meals, nutritional guidance, and
practical guidelines for remaining healthy after they go home.
The Hospital has saved many lives. As one young unemployed engineer
testified, "I had spent much of my savings going from one doctor to
another, but it was only here at the Cholera Hospital that my child received the
help she needed. I like the way the doctors and nurses treat us here, and my
daughter is now well."
Today 350-600 new patients are seen at the Hospital daily and treated for
their life-threatening illnesses at less than USD15, with patients paying only a
Tk10 registration fee. During the floods of 1998, the Hospital treated over
190,000 very sick people.
The Hospital is a charitable organization. It cannot use research funds and
is not receiving enough Government funding to pay for patient care, even though
it has an international reputation as one of the best infectious diseases
hospitals in the world. In 1991, the Hospital Endowment Fund was begun with
local contributions, and these now pay for almost a month's worth of treatment
annually. To cover operating costs for the remaining 11 months of each year, we
are seeking support from resident and non-resident Bangladeshis, and from
resident and non-resident foreigners committed to supporting Bangladesh
development and social welfare. Tax receipts for donations from USA and UK
contributors are now available through partner charitable organizations in those
countries. US contributors can make out their checks to Child Health Foundation,
- Outside Bangladesh, mail it to Child Health Foundation, 10630 Little
Patuxent Pkwy, Centruy Plaza Ste 126, Columbia Maryland 21044.
- In Bangladesh, hand deliver or courier to Office of Finance, ICDDR,B,
Airport Rd Mohakhali Dhaka.
In this festive winter holiday season, we ask that you consider making a
charitable cash donation to the Hospital Endowment Fund, or, if you prefer,
supporting our fundraising activities by:
Donating raffle prizes
- Purchasing raffle tickets - great stocking stuffer!
- Purchasing tickets for the River Cruise to Matlab on January 20 (Tk1500
each) - holiday gift possibility for your family and friends
- Purchasing tickets for the ICDDR,B Ball on 2 Feb (Tk1500 each, available
at the Sonargaon) - another holiday gift option
- Arranging a treatment ward tour for your club or other organization
To donate, purchase tickets, arrange a tour, or for more information, contact
ICDDR,B at 988-1626 or email email@example.com
. Many thanks for your support!
This Issues's Sponsors
Offered for Sale - Easy Bangla Software for Foreigners & Bangladeshi
Easy Learn Bangla software by '212 Soft Bangladesh' will help you learn
Bangla by yourself at home in a short time. It is very user friendly and fun to
play with; foreigners who tested it for us gave us very positive responses. .
Features of the program include:
- Introduction to the Bangla language
- Bangla alphabet and numbers, with animated writing order, scientific
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- Easy Bangla Grammar, a simplified approach to Bangla Grammar
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To run the software, you need to have a computer with Windows 95 +, Pentium
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To purchase, visit Aarong's Dhanmondi or Tejgaon outlets; or email firstname.lastname@example.org
to arrange delivery to your home or office (by courier to international
addresses). Software price net of shipping is Tk1000 / USD18. For more
information, please contact Dr. Aminul Karim Chowdhury, 212 Soft Bangladesh,
S/25 Noorjahan Rd, Mohammadpur, Dhaka-1207, Bangladesh, tel +880(2)8115958, cell
To Let - Ground Floor of Gulshan House
1. Ground floor of two-storey house available for lease or rent 2. Situated
within 100 yards of Danish, German and Australian Embassies 3. Built on 1/3 acre
plot 4. Has large well- maintained lawn that is covered with roses and other
seasonal flowers, can be used for large receptions 5. Ground floor has
independent entry into the house 6. Ground floor consists of:
o Three bedrooms with dressing room and bath/toilet attached o Drawing room o
Study room with attached bath/toilet o Dining room o Kitchen o Veranda inside o
Garage o Servant quarters o Separate bath/toilet facility for servants, separate
servant's gas connection for cooking can also be provided if desired
This accommodation will be available late November or early December. Please
contact: Zainul H. Khan, res tel 882 1563, office tel 891 2440 or 891 7864, fax
Large Baridhara Apartments for Rent
Two 3,000 sft apartments with 3 bed rooms with attached bathrooms, spacious
family lounge, living and dining space, big kitchen, walk in pantry, laundry
room, south facing balconies, maid's room, stand-by generator, and 2 covered
parking spaces each are available on Dutabash Road, Baridhara. The apartments
are close to the British High Commissioner's and Japanese Ambassador's
residences. For terms and inspection, please call 956-5209 (day) or 988-1666
(evening & weekend) or email email@example.com
Help Wanted - Public Relations Coordinator at AIS/D
The American International School/Dhaka is seeking applicants for a
short-term public relations consultancy with the school. The position would
entail developing a public relations plan for the school and implementing the
initial stages of that plan. Approximately 160 hours of work are required,
flexibly scheduled. Compensation is at the Secretary pay scale, level 5,
pro-rated. Final report to be submitted by April 15, 2000.
Deadline for applications is December 20.
Contact Cecilia Johnson, AIS/D Personnel Officer, for a job description and
application form. AIS/D telephone 882-2452, 882-2860
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, call Ms Chowdhury at 8020650, or
email firstname.lastname@example.org , 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 Hills 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 email@example.com
or mobile 018-318345, or click http://www.bangladeshecotours.com
Teams Sought for "Tug of War Competition" at the BWA/DWAC
Too slow for the Dhaka Relay Marathon? Never made the six a side soccer team?
Then this is for you: enter a tug of war team at the Christmas Bazaar on the 8th
December from 1pm to 4pm! Rules:
- Teams will comprise 8 people including at least one lady
- Substitutions allowed between pulls
- Best of three pulls
- Straight knock out competition.
Enrolment fee Tk500 per team. Late entry on day space permitting. All
proceeds to the BWA/DWAC supported charities. Fantastic prizes for winning team.
Sponsors wanted! Email firstname.lastname@example.org
to reserve a team place.
At the ARA every Saturday 3-5pm, for adults & high school students.
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 email@example.com
by Tues 14 Nov 00.
All events are in Dhaka unless otherwise noted. Entry to some events is
restricted, eg to members - contact event organizers for more information.
Wed-Sat 6-9 Dec - Dhaka Stage presents "Wyrd Sisters" by Terry
Pratchett, ISD Bashundhara at 8pm.
Fri 8 Dec - Second Advent Church Service, Dhaka International Christian
Church, meets at the Korean Church, Bashundhara, 4:30pm. Following the service
at 5:45pm, all are invited to bring and share Christmas cuisine from you own
cultures or traditions for a shared finger buffet. Then at 6:30pm international
Christmas presentations by different national communities who will present some
aspect of their seasonal celebrations.
Fri 8 Dec - InterClub Tennis Final. C league, 10:30am ARA. B league, 10am
Intl Club. A league, 2pm Intl Club.
Fri 8 Dec - BWA & DAWC Big Charity Christmas Bazaar & Fair at the
French School Playing Field (entrance on Park Rd). 1pm-4pm. Tickets Tk50 at the
gate, under 3's free. Games, entertainment, Santa Claus and elves, handicrafts,
tambola, raffle, book sale, bake sale, Santa's Grotto, white elephant sale, tug
of war, over 45 invited vendors & refreshments! Fun for all!!!!
Sat 9 Dec - Canadian Club children's Christmas party. Sat 9 Dec - AIS/D
Clothing Bazaar, old gym, 10a-2p, Tk10/entry.
Sat 9 Dec - Cellist Phillip Hazra & Pianist Shanta Gunsekera classical
duet recital. 7:30pm. Flat 5N, House 4, Road 84, Gulshan. Mr Hazra and Ms
Gunasekera teach strings and piano respectively to students in Dhaka. Admission
to the recital is free, voluntary donations will be accepted toward the costs of
cancer treatment for Mr Hazra's mother.
Sun 10 Dec - UNWA Newcomer's Coffee, 3:30pm, email UNWA for venue.
Sun 10 Dec - Combined holiday concert, International School Dhaka canteen,
7pm. Dhaka Chorus & Morning Sky will perform. Voluntary donation.
Tue 12 Dec - DAWC Monthly Luncheon, ARA 12:30pm. USD5/person.
Tue 12 Dec - UNWA Executive Committee, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wed 13 Dec - UNWA Seasonal Party at ICDDR,B Guesthouse, starts at Iftar
timing. "For the first time in over 15 years, three religions hold their
major celebrations within the week of December: the Hanukkah on the 22nd,
Christmas on the 25th, and Eid on the 27th. Families throughout the world are
gathering to give thanks, presents, and share food, music, and prayers. The UNWA
Seasonal Party will allow UNWA members to share cherished traditions."
Event features traditional songs, a buffet dinner, and an exchange of wrapped
gifts (Max Tk50) between UNWA members. Reservations must be made by 9 Dec, by
sending Tk500 in a sealed envelope to one of the organizers - email email@example.com
for delivery addresses.
Thu 14 Dec - BAGHA Craft Fair 4-8pm. Entry free.
Fri 15 Dec - Third Advent Church Service, Dhaka International Christian
Church, meets at the Korean Church, Bashundhara, 4:30pm. Following at 7pm, there
will be an informal carolling evening at a private residence (email firstname.lastname@example.org
or email@example.com for venue, or
ask at the church service), bring a plate of finger food to share.
Fri 15 Dec - BAGHA Jazz Night. Free for BHC & BAGHA members, other expat
club card holders + 1 guest Tk50/entry at the gate.
Fri 15 Dec - DAWC Children's Christmas Party, ARA 2-4pm. For kids 0-10 years
[NOTE the upper age limit has increased from 8 to 10]. DAWC kids free, other
expat club card member's kids Tk100/kid. Tickets at the door. Santa, games,
cookie decorating, jr. tambola, more.
Fri 15 Dec - BWA Christmas Murder Dinner. Closing date for tickets 7 Dec,
some tables still available, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Starts Fri 15 Dec - Chobi Mela Asian Photography Exhibition at the National
Museum. There's now a great website for this event at http://www.chobimela.org/
. Email email@example.com .
Sat 16 Dec - Victory Day (Bangladesh holiday).
Mon 18 Dec - BAGHA Christmas Quiz, 8pm. Tk100/entry, all proceeds to charity.
Mon 18 Dec - DAWC event, American community traditional evening of Christmas
carolling, email firstname.lastname@example.org for venue.
DAWC members, please bring a sweet or savory dish to share.
Tue 19 Dec - Submission deadline for next issue of BICN.
Late December & Beyond
Thu 21 Dec - First Christmas Re-enactment. Ever wondered what it would be
like to be in Bethlehem, Year 0? You are encouraged to invite friends to
participate (yes, dress up)) for this re-enactment. Free tickets (attendance
limited to 120) are available from Grace International School or Dhaka
International Christian Church (meets 4:30pm Fridays at the Korean Church).
Tickets give full details.
Thu 21 Dec - Jamat-ul-Bida (Bangladesh holiday, subject to moon).
Fri 22 Dec - Fourth Advent Church Service, Dhaka International Christian
Church, meets at the Korean Church, Bashundhara, 4:30pm.
Fri 22 Dec - Hanukkah
Sun 24 Dec - Shab-e-Qudar (Bangladesh holiday, subject to moon).
Sun 24 Dec - Singing by Candlelight, at the Australian High Commission Club.
Bring your own candle & wax guard.
Sun 24 Dec - DICC Christmas Eve Open House, 7:30pm after AHC carolling.
Private residence, email email@example.com
Mon 25 Dec - Christmas (Bangladesh holiday).
Mon 25 Dec - Christmas Day Service, 10:30am, venue TBA. Bring a plate of
sweet eatables to share. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
for more info.
Wed-Sat 27-30 Dec - Eid-ul-Fitr (Bangladesh holiday, subject to moon).
December: Convention, TechTransfer-2000:Bangladesh (TT2000:BD). See BICN V4
N3 for details. Info email email@example.com
Sat 6 Jan, New Orleans, LA - Association for Economic Development Studies on
Bangladesh (AEDSB) session at the Allied Social Science Associations meeting
January 5-7. AEDSB session title, "Efficiency vs. Equity: Emerging Issues
in Capital and Labor Markets in Bangladesh." Presiding: Erik Thorbecke,
Cornell University, M. Kabir Hassan, University of New Orleans, Anisul M. Islam,
University of, Houston - Downtown, and Syed Abul Basher, York University,
Sat 7 Jan - Orthodox Christmas, services at the Armenian Church in Old Dhaka.
Sun 10 Jan - BWA Monthly Meeting at 3pm, talk by Angie Roques from the
British Council about nursing in Bangladesh. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat-Tue 14-16 Jan - UK Trade & Education Fair 2001. Dhaka Sheraton. For
trade info email Jon Geddes, Commercial Section, British High Commission Dhaka, email@example.com
. For education info, contact Ripa Walie, education Promotion Manager at British
Council Dhaka, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat 20 Jan - ICDDR,B Hospital Endowment Fundraiser, River Cruise to Matlab.
Tk1500/person, families welcome. Day will include speed boat rides, bazaar
shopping, fishing, and other family fun. Leave Mohakhali at 7am, return 9pm.
Contact email@example.com for tickets.
These tickets make great holiday gifts!
Sun 21 January - UNWA newcomer's tea, 10.30am. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fri 2 Feb - Annual ICDDR,B Endowment Fund Ball, Sonargaon Hotel.
Tk1500/person. Reserve a table of 10 now by contacting ICCDR,B External
Relations at 988-1626. Raffle tickets @ Tk25, book of four @ Tk100 will be
available and announced shortly. Raffle tickets make great holiday gifts!
Wed 7 Feb - BWA Annual General Meeting at 3pm. Talk & photo exhibition -
details to be finalised at a latter date. Email email@example.com
February - Street Children's Party, BAGHA Club.
Wed 7 Mar - BWA Monthly Meeting. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
** Chobi Mela Photography Exhibition Website
Looks great - at:
** HIV/AIDS in Bangladesh - 2000 Update
"Epidemiological fact sheet on HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted
infections, 2000 update - Bangladesh" is now available online ( 336kb .pdf)
Always free in BICN - personal classified ads, this means ads to buy or sell
personal household items, to hire or place household staff. For security/privacy
reasons, ads contain only names and email addresses - residential addresses and
phone numbers are not normally published.
FOR SALE: "I have a quarter size child's violin that I would like to
sell. This instrument is a Suzuki No. 220, manufactured in 1996, and purchased
new in London by AIS/D music teacher and musician Teri Khan for over USD300. I
purchased it from her in 1999 for USD250 and my daughter Ariel used for one year
under Philip Hazra's instruction 1999-2000. Ariel has moved on to the piano, and
it seems a shame to leave the violin lying idle if there is a child that would
like to take violin lessons. The price is Tk12,000, email email@example.com
to make arrangements to see the instrument. Includes violin, bow, rosin, chin
rest, all in a hard shell case with zippered canvas weather cover." Email firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR SALE: Nordic Trak Pro cross-country skiing exercise machine. Like new
condition, asking USD500. Email email@example.com
EMPLOYMENT SOUGHT: If you need a bearer/cook, I'd like to find my
hard-working day member of staff new employment. Shahajada is a pleasant,
hard-working, honest and responsible individual who undertakes household tasks
well. He understands English well and can read and write. Contact Mahmood on 018
220814 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
TRACING A FRIEND: "I am trying to trace my best friend's whereabouts. I
have not seen him for 26 years, I miss him very much as he was more than a
brother to me. His name is Kawsar Ali (Ranju), and he was my best friend while I
attended Dhaka University in 1967-72. "Ranju, if somehow, you get this
e-mail, please contact me at email Mir.Shahidullah@WellsFargo.com
, tel +1(612)677-5419, fax +1(612)667-9712, or write me at Wells Fargo Equipment
Finance, Investors Building, Suite 300, 733 Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN
COMPUTER MONITOR WANTED: Colour or B&W 14/15 inch monitor in workable
condition wanted, to be fitted to an old 386 PC. If you have such a monitor for
sale, email email@example.com .
FOR SALE: Basketball backboard (slightly smaller than regulation), hoop and
net (both regulation). Brand new. Would make a great Christmas gift. USD50 or
Tk2700. Email for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
FREE TO GOOD HOME: three healthy well-groomed dogs to be given away. One 18
month old female, fully vaccinated. Two males, one 18 months old, one five
months old, both fully vaccinated, older one is neutered. They come from a good
home and wish to give them to a good home. Email email@example.com
SEARCHING FOR SOMEONE: "I am trying to contact Shejuti Daulah from
Dhaka, Bangladesh. My wife and I met her in January 1999 at ANZ Bank where she
was working. I would greatly appreciate if anybody knows her and they can
forward my message. Thank you, Mohammed Amin - email firstname.lastname@example.org
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