BICN 21 Dec 2000 - 03 Jan 2001
Volume 4 Number 8
From the Editor
New Book - Just My Luck: Memoirs of a Police Officer
of the Raj
This Issue's Sponsors (Commercial
Ebenessel Intl School - Another
Educational Option for Expatriate Families in Dhaka
Employment Opportunity for Coordinator and English Teachers for EIS
Offered For Sale - Easy Bangla
Software for Foreigners & Bangladeshi Children Abroad
Ecotours to the Bandarban Hills:
Special Package for Dhaka Expats
Position Vacant - Secretary/
Receptionist Oxfam GB
New Book: "We Live in Chittagong,
Bangladesh: A Personal Guide"
A Life-Saving Investment - Support
the ICDDR,B Hospital Endowment
Events Calendar, Dhaka & Beyond
World Bank South Asia News Releases
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From the Editor
I'm partied out and it's only 20 December! Happy holidays to all.
New Book - Just My Luck: Memoirs of a Police Officer of the Raj
By P.E.S. Finney, O.B.E. Dhaka UPL 2000. 275pp. Tk400 (USD7.50)
From the Foreward, by Chris Finney [the author's son and currently a water
resources planner in Bangladesh]: "Huge changes have, of course, taken
place [since my father's time in Bengal]. It is difficult to imagine, for
example, that in 1925 much of the area ... near Rajshahi, the fourth largest
city of Bangladesh, was thick jungle inhabited by aboriginal tribes and by
leopards, wild pigs, and other animals.... Reading the memoirs with a critical
eye, it seemed that they might be of interest to those with a taste for the
history of the Raj period....."
From Chapter 1: "Shortly afterwards [in 1926] I had another
communication from the India Office asking me to stipulate which Province I
would like to be sent to. I thought it was very nice of them to ask me. Most
people at the exam had recommended the Punjab as the best Province, so I put
"For other choices I had no idea which to nominate. By luck I happened
to see a copy of 'The Times' newspaper a day or so later. There was a lurid and,
I suppose, somewhat alarming account of terrorist activity in Bengal; the
Commissioner of Police, Sir Charles Tegart, had been shot and bombed; Mr. Day, a
civilian had been murdered, and so on. I sensed adventure and excitement. I
thought, 'This is the life for me, I shall be riding round on my horse with my
revolver dealing with terrorists.'
"I was about to Bengal as my second choice, when suddenly I felt caution
was necesssary. I got out my atlas and discovered the Province was about 22
degrees north of the equator. It couldn't be very hot! So down it went - a
decision that in the event I never regretted. I later found that all the
successful candidates had put Bengal last. I suppose someone in the India Office
thought that the silly mutt who put it so high on his list had better go there.
So, at the age of nineteen and a half I sailed for Bombay, along with all my
colleagues, on November 14th in the [thirty year] old P&O mailboat the SS
China . . ."
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This Issue's Sponsors
Ebenessel Intl School - Another Educational Option for Expatriate Families
Starting next year, Ebenessel International School (EIS) in Bashundhara, also
known as the Korean School, is opening its doors to expatriate families of all
nationalities. We provide an American educational curriculum, based on a
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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
Position Vacant - Secretary/ Receptionist Oxfam GB
Oxfam GB is seeking an experienced Secretary/Receptionist to support its
South Asia Regional Management Centre for approx 15 weeks commencing 14/1/00,
whilst our regular Secretary takes maternity leave. Key competencies for the
- Fluent written and spoken English; - Working knowledge of Bangla; -
Computer literacy (email, Internet, word processing, spreadsheet skills); -
Sound numeric skills; - Strong communication and interpersonal skills; -
Effective time management; - Commitment to the aims and objectives of Oxfam.
If you have a strong administrative or secretarial background, meet the
criteria above and would be interested to support Oxfam through this temporary
role, we encourage you to contact us in writing at the following address before
3/1/00: The Office Manager, Oxfam GB South Asia Regional Management Centre,
House 157, Block E, Road 12, Banani, Dhaka. . Please visit the website at
www.oxfam.org.uk before applying. Interviews will be held in early January.
New Book: "We Live in Chittagong, Bangladesh: A Personal Guide"
Chittagong International Women's Association proudly launched this their
first book in Chittagong in early December.
This glossy book is a combination of practical information and personal
experiences from women who have lived and continue to live in the port city. It
contains original colour and B&W artwork by Jane Riles, as well as colour
photographs by Caroline Bauer.
Members from 18 countries contributed to the book on a wide range of topics
includingn poverty, food, and recreational activities. The book contains
invaluable information for anyone planning to visit or live for any length of
time in Chittagong, or in fact, anywhere in Bangladesh. All profits will go to
charity. Price Tk600. For more information or to order a copy, email firstname.lastname@example.org
A Life-Saving Investment - Support the ICDDR,B Hospital Endowment
Local expatriates and Bangladeshi community are invited to help the
"Cholera Hospital" remain open for the free medical treatment of
patients with severe diarrheas and malnutrition. At a cost of USD10 to USD15 per
life saved at the ICDDR,B hospital, your contribution is a LIFE-SAVING
- Raffle tickets - Buy bundles of them for your house and office staff!
Contact Jennifer Breiman at 882-5658 or email@example.com
. Prizes include airline tickets from GMG, Singapore, Thai, Northwest, and
others as well as restaurant meals, bicycles from Nitol, China sets from
Bengal Ceramic and Mono, boat cruise seats with Luna and Yves and Guide
Tours, and luxury handicrafts from Folk, Aarong, Kumudini, Aranga, Sally Ann
Shop. For 25 taka each, this is an affordable way to help health care and
get a chance at a prize!
- Saturday January 20 River Cruise to Matlab - For families to see the great
rivers and visit the river port town where the most famous health
interventions and demographic surveillance has been conducted over the past
35 years. Included: all food, village tours, weekend market, fishing,
speedboat rides, sports, 7am - 9pm! Tickets are Tk1500 each, available at
the US Commissary and Folk Bangladesh (Road 104) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
. There is a limited number available so we suggest you include them on your
- Friday 2 February ICDDR,B Ball at the Sonargaon - Tickets are available
for purchase now. Because most people prefer to reserve tables for their
friends or office, these are available only from ICDDR,B and must be paid
for in order to be collected, at Tk1500 each. Contact Vanessa's office to
reserve and send payment: 988 1626 email@example.com
- Friday 2 February Silent Art Auction: Art objects are being donated by
famous artists for a Silent Auction prior to the Ball. If you have paintings
or sculpture you would like to share, contact Asem Ansari at ICDDR,B 881
1751-50, ext. 2123. Thank you to Pierre Cloquin and Ian Lockwood for their
photographs, Joy Charlton(Victoria Deppert's mother) for etchings, and the
DIT 2 shops for antiques and paintings contributed for this part of the
fundraising. More is needed to make this a success.
Contact Jean Sack, firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information on how your donation can be a tax-deductible contribution
in the UK or USA.
Journal of Bangladesh Studies Call For Papers
Journal of Bangladesh Studies (JBS) is inviting academics and experts in
various fields to send scholarly papers for publication in its next issue in
June 2001. JBS is a peer-reviewed journal published by Bangladesh Development
Initiative (BDI) and the Association for Economic and Development Studies on
Bangladesh (AEDSB). The main purpose of the journal is to promote the
development of Bangladesh. JBS is directed at individuals who are educated,
involved, and interested in development issues. It targets a wide base of
readers including academics, students, researchers, policy-makers,
administrators, practitioners, donors and their agents, and anyone else who is
interested in Bangladesh and its pursuit of development.
Articles are solicited from authors and experts engaged in a variety of
fields including economics, political science, sociology, psychology,
management, agriculture, engineering, basic sciences, education, anthropology,
and related fields. Articles should address the country's development problems
and prospects from a theoretical or analytical perspective prevalent in academic
disciplines. Authors are encouraged to prescribe actions and measures that are
meaningful, practicable, and amenable to the sector(s) or issues they address.
Articles must also be comprehensible to the wide target audience. Thus, while
the articles must be grounded in theory, analysis, and referenced work, they
must also reach an audience outside the specific disciplines of the authors
without being perceived as popular, journalistic writing.
Both short communications and full-length articles may be submitted. For more
information and submission detailes, email the editor at email@example.com
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 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.
17-23 Dec - Chobi Mela Photography Exhibition, Nepal by Nepalis, at Shilparag,
House 15, Road 16, Dhanmondi, 10am-4pm every day, opening 3:30pm.
17-23 Dec - Chobi Mela Photography Exhibition, Saibal Das- Circus Women, at
Russian Cultural Centre (House 510, Road 7, Dhanmondi) 9am-4pm everyday,
17-31 Dec - Chobi Mela Photography Exhibition, John Kippin- My Work , at
Gallery Chitrak (House 21, Road 4, Dhanmondi) 10am-8pm everyday, opening-
17-31 Dec - Chobi Mela Photography Exhibition, Héloïse Blier- My Sister
Morgane: Why Her And Not Me?, at Alliance Francaise (26, Mirpur Road, Opposite
to Science Laboratory) 9am-noon, 5pm-8pm everyday, opening 3:30pm.
17-31 Dec - Chobi Mela Photography Exhibition, Out of Focus- 'Monoronjon Noy,
Obhijatra', & Launching Ceremony of Calendar 2001- Photos In 'Our' Language,
at Shishu Academy (Opposite to Curzon Hall, Dhaka university Campus), 11am-7pm
everyday, opening 3:30pm.
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
Early January & Beyond
Tue 2 Jan - Submission deadline for next issue of BICN.
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
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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
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EMPLOYMENT SOUGHT: If you need a bearer/cook, I'd like to find my
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TRACING A FRIEND: "I am trying to trace my best friend's whereabouts. I
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