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BICN 5 Apr - 2 May 2001

Volume 4 Number 14

From the Editor


Letters to the Editor

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Feature Article

Open Letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Press Freedom In Bangladesh - Reporters Without Borders (RSF)

This Issue's Sponsors (Commercial Ads)

Offered for Sale - Easy Bangla Software (Version 2.0 With Voice) For Foreigners & Bangladeshi Children Abroad

Effective Bangla Language Center (EBLC)

Community Announcements

Aikido in Dhaka - New Martial Arts Instruction Offered 

Bangladesh Youth Federation in Montreal 2001 

Theatre for Development - Reproductive Health In Asia, from Caroline Jane Kent 

World Bank Approves $30.6 Million To Help Bangladesh Reform Legal/Judicial System - Project will support first phase of Government's long-term program

Events Calendar, Dhaka & Beyond


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From the Editor 

Thanks to the subscribers who wrote in with comments and suggestions about BICN. Based on the response, I would like to invite all interested in the continuation of the BICN email newsletter, to my house in Gulshan for a short discussion, on Tues 17 April from 5:30pm to no later than 7pm. Light refreshments will be provided.

The purpose is not to pressure you to volunteer your time or contribute your money (God forbid), the point is to sit together and try to figure out some reasonable, appropriate, creative (!?) way to mobilize community support, through individuals, clubs, etc., that would allow BICN to continue to publish. It would be especially helpful if representatives from interested organizations, clubs, etc., could attend.

To RSVP and for the address, email  . If you are interested but unable to attend on that day, please let me know in any case.

I'm sorry this excludes subscribers who live elsewhere, but this just seems the best way forward at this point.

Letters to the Editor

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Feature Article

Open Letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Press Freedom In Bangladesh - Reporters Without Borders (RSF)

Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina Prime Minister Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh Dhaka, Bangladesh

Paris, 29 March 2001

Your Excellency,

On several occasions you have expressed your attachment and that of your government to press freedom and the respect for pluralism of information. However, Reporters Sans Frontières and Bangladeshi journalists' associations can only note, with serious concern, the increasing number of sometimes extremely harsh attacks on journalists and freedom of expression. The impunity that protects the authors of these violations of press freedom and the people behind them is a cause of deep concern to our organisation. As your country enters into an election period, we urge you to put your commitment to press freedom into practice.

The choice of justice has, for the moment, has not been made. While government officials, civil servants and local authorities openly display their contempt for the security of journalists and for independent information, it is the duty of the Head of State to clearly draw the lines to follow, in accordance with the democratic commitments of Bangladesh. Two recent events afford you with the opportunity to put a stop to this worrying trend and to take fair decisions.

First, we would like to draw your attention to the case of the United News of Bangladesh press agency journalist Tipu Sultan whose hands were broken on 25 January 2001. Several witnesses identified the assailants as henchmen of the ruling party MP in Feni. The journalist also identified the culprits. Despite the seriousness of the attack and the national and international protests, no investigation was carried out and the assailants enjoy full impunity. The journalist, currently hospitalised in Dhaka, has lost the use of his hands. Of course you have given one hundred thousand takas (around 2,000 euros) in compensation to the injured journalist, but do those responsible for this violent act not deserve punishment?

Secondly, inside your government, some officials recently asked for the suspension of BBC news programmes broadcast on the national radio station until one of the editors has been removed from the editorial staff. Some of your supporters accuse Syed Mahmud Ali of participating in the coup d'état in 1975 against the father of Bangladesh, Shiekh Mujibur Rahman. These accusations appear to be a way to attack the BBC, while several testimonies have indicated that they are unfair. A member of your government said that "Mahmud Ali will not work in a neutral way since his political affiliations have been unmasked". Following these accusations, the BBC reiterated its support for Mahmud Ali and said he has never been quoted in any of the official investigations regarding this dramatic event. Such threats against a foreign media journalist are in complete contradiction with the respect for pluralism of information. They are also reminiscent of the methods of former military regimes, especially that of General Ershad which jailed a BBC correspondent for several weeks in 1989 and banned BBC reporters from entering the country.

We also denounce the constant deterioration of the working conditions of Bangladeshi journalists. Since the beginning of this year, Reporters Sans Frontières has registered 24 assaults on journalists, ten of them by political activists. According to the organisation Bangladesh Human Rights Bureau, 26 journalists have been victims of physical violence. We deeply regret that members of your party, the Awami League, and members of the youth movement linked to it, especially the Chattra League, are behind a large number of these extremely violent attacks. Police have also committed several abusive arrests and violent acts during detention. Recently, on 9 March, police arrested Panthanibas Barua, the Purbokone correspondent in Chittagong, in south-eastern Bangladesh, accused of publishing articles on corruption inside the local police. This journalist is reportedly still detained. In the west of the country, the correspondent of the Dainik Bhorer Kagoj in Rajbari was arrested on 26 February following a complaint lodged by the officials of a hospital who feel defamed by articles on corruption in the establishment. The journalist was beaten, splashed with boiling water and forced to sleep in a four-foot wide room. Finally, on 25 February nine journalists were assaulted by policemen during a press conference organised by students in Tangail in northern Dhaka. Three of them were hospitalised as a result. In all these cases, we respectfully ask you to take the necessary measures in order that the authors of violence against reporters are punished as soon as possible.

Noting that the violence against the media comes from all political sides ­ the ruling party and the opposition ­ we suggest that you intervene at the level of the leaders of the most important parties so that concrete solutions can be found to stop this violence. The leaders of the opposition parties must also take their responsibility and order an end to violence against journalists. Reporters Sans Frontières regularly denounces violent acts by supporters of opposition movements such as Chattra Dal and Chattra Shibir, who harass and assault reporters accused of being hostile to their movements.

We remind you that the investigation into the murder of Shamsur Rahman, correspondent for the Dainik Janakantha and contributor to the BBC World Service, never reached any conclusion. Yet you and your interior minister personally promised to make all means available to ensure that the culprits were identified and arrested. This murder, which deeply shocked the entire country (tens of thousands of people went to his funeral), could be linked to articles on connections between local Mafia, armed groups and certain journalists. Until September 2000, two months after the murder, police arrested and interrogated some suspects. Journalists linked to political-Mafia groups were suspected but the exact motives were never established and none of the killers or persons behind the murder are in jail.

Reporters Sans Frontières is also worried about new forms of censorship used by the authorities. On 28 February, the person in charge of the web site noticed that the site had been disconnected, only 24 hours after it was launched. The state-owned provider has allegedly cut off this web site dedicated to the human rights situation in the country, until an investigation has been carried out. Moreover, in January 2001 the Bangladesh National Museum, under the ministry of culture, tried to censor some pictures of "The war we forgot", an international exhibition on the Independence War of 1971. According to the authorities, certain pictures showing bodies of pro-Pakistani militias killed by independence fighters could have shocked minors.

On the eve of the June 2001 general elections, we urge you to fully consider the importance of your future decision. Beyond power struggles, this freedom guarantees the democratic future of Bangladesh. We hope to see clear signs of your commitment in this respect in coming weeks.

Thanking you for your attention to our requests,

Yours faithfully,

Robert Ménard General Secretary

This Issue's Sponsors (Commercial Ads)

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Community Announcements

Aikido in Dhaka - New Martial Arts Instruction Offered

An 4th degree black belt from Aikido Headquarters in Japan has begun teaching adults (16 years old and up) on Fridays and Saturdays from 10am-noon at the Elementary School, International School Dhaka, Bashundhara. What is Aikido? (from ): "Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba (often referred to by his title 'O Sensei' or 'Great Teacher'). On a purely physical level it is an art involving some throws and joint locks that are derived from jiu-jitsu and some throws and other techniques derived from kenjutsu. Aikido focuses not on punching or kicking opponents, but rather on using their own energy to gain control of them or to throw them away from you. It is not a static art, but places great emphasis on motion and the dynamics of movement. Upon closer examination, practitioners will find from Aikido what they are looking for, whether it is applicable self-defence technique, spiritual enlightenment, physical health or peace of mind. O Sensei emphasised the moral and spiritual aspects of this art, placing great weight on the development of harmony and peace. "The Way of Harmony of the Spirit" is one way that "Aikido" may be translated into English. This is still true of Aikido today, although different styles emphasise the more spiritual aspects to greater or lesser degrees. Although the idea of a martial discipline striving for peace and harmony may seem paradoxical, it is the most basic tenet of the art." See for more.

Bangladesh Youth Federation in Montreal 2001

Bangladesh Youth Federation announces its annual convention, Montreal summer 2001. Convention highlights will include seminars on issues facing Bangladeshi North Americans as a result of growing up in a multicultural society. A panel of Bangladeshi North Americans from traditional and not-so-traditional professions (musicians and authors to engineers and lawyers) will provide career and college advice. The evening will culminate in a cultural show showcasing Bangladeshi youth talent - singing, dancing, skits, poetry readings, and more!

Detailed location and date information for the Montreal 2001 conference will be announced shortly. Check back at for current information. If you are interested in attending the convention or performing in this year's cultural show, please contact the Executive Committee: .

BYF was established in Montreal, September 1995, as a non-profit organization by and for young Bangladeshi North Americans who are living and developing their identities in the U.S. and Canada while learning more about their Bangladeshi heritage. BYF members keep in touch with one another through the BYF discussion group at and through local chapters. To learn more about your area's chapter email the Executive Committee at .

Theatre for Development - Reproductive Health In Asia - from Caroline Jane Kent

It is not exactly Shakespeare, though equally entertaining. The "Theatre for Development" (TfD) is a participatory activity to sensitise rural communities in Bangladesh towards the reproductive health needs of adolescents. The project run by Save the Children Bangladesh and UK within the EC/UNFPA Initiative for Reproductive Health in Asia (RHI), combines using theatre for generating an analytical dialogue, with the establishment of a youth-friendly clinic, which provides family planning and basic health care services.

Bangladesh has one of the highest rates of women aged 15-19 giving birth in Asia (115 births per 1,000 women, State of the World Population 2000, UNFPA). To find out more about this particular project as well as other projects operating within the RHI, please take a look at the new RHI Newsletter 

World Bank Approves $30.6 Million To Help Bangladesh Reform Legal/Judicial System - Project will support first phase of Government's long-term program

DHAKA, March 30, 2001The World Bank today announced the approval of a US$30.6 million credit to assist Bangladesh in making its civil justice system more efficient, effective and accountable. The funds will finance an initial 6-year project aimed in particular at improving case management, reducing delays and case backlog, and improving access to justice, especially for the poor and women.

"Effective laws and judges are not sufficient to improve the system if excessive delays, high fees, undue interference and lack of awareness limit people's access to justice," said Mohsin Alikhan, World Bank team leader of the project. "While reforms on all levels are needed, developing a system and institutions which are capable of meeting demandthrough both formal and informal dispute resolutionis important. The focus of the new project is therefore on developing an efficient court system."

The Legal and Judicial Capacity Building Project is designed to address the most pressing problems of timeliness and accessibility while paving the way for subsequent reforms in other areas. It will cover the first phase of the Government's long-term strategy to build a well-functioning system capable of improving the financial, commercial, industrial and social life of the nation.

The Government's program is outlined in its "Strategy for Legal and Judicial reforms" which was developed following extensive consultations with civil society, legal professionals and concerned government officials throughout the country. Main elements of the Government's strategy are based on diagnostic studies completed by the country's own legal community, drawing, where necessary, on international experts, many of whom came from within the South Asia region and whose countries have judicial systems similar to Bangladesh.

"The consultative process was of fundamental importance in developing a truly home-grown reform program," said Akhtar Hamid, World Bank joint team leader for the project. "It not only provided invaluable input to the government's strategy, but was also a tremendous learning experience for the people of Bangladesh."

Key elements the project will focus on are:

Case Management. The project will train judges and administrative staff in modern case management, to reduce administrative workload of judges and speed up the judicial process. Where relevant, alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation, will be encourage to reduce caseloads. Court-room facilities will be expanded and improved to allow more cases to be heard simultaneously.

Court Administration. Policies and structures will be created to enable the judiciary to assume responsibility for its own policy-making and administration, and to free it from dependence on the Executive for personnel, facilities, financial management and planning. Administrative services for the judiciary will be enhanced at the national and district levels.

Access to Justice. Affirmative action criteria will be applied to improve women's representation on the bench. Judges and their staff will be given training in gender sensitivity. The project will strengthen formal and informal dispute resolution mechanisms intended to benefit the underprivileged, and improve access to existing sources of legal aid for the poor and women.

Incentive System. The project will seek to reduce irregular practices and undue interference in the system by introducing better accountability mechanisms with appropriate checks and balances, and improving the incentive system. It will implement automated case management, install proper supervision by higher courts and develop monitorable performance standards all of which will increase transparency.

The Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs will have overall responsibility for implementing the project, and the Supreme Court will be responsible for court-related reforms. Mechanisms have been incorporated into the project to support implementation coordination. An Oversight Committee, consisting of the Chief Justice, the Law Minister, and the Chairman Law Commission, will provide policy guidance and project oversight. A Consultative Group, comprised of a broad spectrum of Bangladesh civil society, will meet at least once a year to receive and provide input on broad issues affecting the judicial system and ensure civil society is aware of the implementation of judicial reforms.

The total project cost is US$43.7 million with US$30.6 million provided by the International Development Agency, the concessionary lending arm of the World Bank (the credit has 40 years to maturity and a 10-year grace period), US$2.0 million provided by the Canadian International Development Agency, US$2.4 million provided by Danish International Development Assistance, and US$ 8.7 million provided by the Government of Bangladesh.

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 by Tues 1 May 1.

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


Ongoing through 12 April - Solo exhibition of photographs by Pierre Claquin, "Paintings on the Berlin Wall" at the Goethe Institute of Dhaka, House 10, Road 9 (New), Dhanmondi. The photographs were taken in April 1990 and document the famous "East Side Gallery" of the Berlin Wall where artists expressed themselves freely. The opening will be on 27th at 6 pm.

Thu 5 Apr - Swing into Spring, disco at the Canadian Club, 10pm-2am. Tickets Tk300.

Thu 5 & Sat-Wed 7-11 Apr - Set Design Exhibition, British Council auditorium.

Fri 6 Apr - Vocal chamber music concert by Cantemus, Morning Sky, and Expatria at the Armenian Church, Old Dacca at 4pm. Tickets Tk250 adults, Tk50 students, available from Folk Bangladesh, Video Connection, choir members or email Jane Angell at .

Sat 7 April - First day of Passover

Mon 9 Apr - BAGHA Quiz Night.

Mon 9 Apr, New York: "Preliminary findings concerning the relationship between urinary arsenic and well water arsenic in Araihazar, Bangladesh and the response to early remediation efforts - impressions from two recent trips," Columbia University's Superfund Basic Research Program Seminar Series, 3-5pm in the Monell Auditorium at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at 61 Route 9W, Palisades, New York. Monell Auditorium is located in the International Research Institute (IRI) building, for directions see . Email 

12 Apr - International World Beat Night. 8pm-1am ARA. Tickets Tk500 at participating clubs.

Thu 12 Apr - Maundy Thursday Service, 7pm at Dhaka International Christian Church (DICC), Korean School, Bashundara

Fri 13 Apr - Good Friday Communion Service, 4:30pm Dhaka International Christian Church (DICC), Korean School, Bashundara

Sat 14 Apr - Bengali New Year.

Sun 15 Apr - DICC Easter Sunrise Service, 6am American Club. Bring breakfast dish for sharing afterwards.

Sun 15 Apr - Community Easter Sunrise service, 6am on the steps of the Parliament buildings in Dhaka for all those who would like to join with the churches of Dhaka for the celebration of Easter.

Sun 15 Apr - Easter Sunday communion service at the Armenian Church in Old Dhaka. For info phone Mr Martin at 7316953.

Tue 17 April - Discussion of how to continue BICN, all interested subscribers invited, 5:30pm-6:30pm at the editor's home in Gulshan - light refreshments will be provided. RSVP & venue, email  .

Sat 21 Apr - ARA Club Garage Sale.

Sat 21 Apr - UNWA General Meeting, 11am-1pm. Email for venue etc.

Mon 23 Apr - BAGHA Quiz Night.

Fri Apr 27 - The Beat Goes On! DAWC's 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's Night - Many of your Favorites will be There! Diana Ross, Gail Gaynor, Bill Haley and his Comets, Credence Clearwater, Cher, Ray Charles, Janis Joplin, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Jimmy Hendrix and more. Don't Miss it! 8:00pm American Club, Tk 500 entrance, snack, show. Dress: Decade of your Choice. Open to all Expat Card Holders. Photo ID required. Bring Taka cash for bar. No club chits accepted. This is a fundraiser and all proceeds go to local charities.

Sat 28 Apr - UNWA Newcomers Tea, 11am. Email for venue etc.

Mon 30 Apr - UNWA Lunch (last Monday monthly), 11:30am. Email for venue etc.

May  & Beyond

Tue 1 May - Deadline to submit items for next edition of BICN.

Wed 2 May - Calcutta String Orchestra performs Western classical music at AIS/D.

5-7 May - BUET- UNU International Workshop On Technologies For Arsenic Removal From Drinking Water. Pre-registration is required but there is no fee. For more information and registration form, contact Professor M. Feroze Ahmed, Department of Civil Engineering, BUET, tel 9663693, email ; or Dr. M. Ashraf Ali, Department of Civil Engineering, BUET, tel 8614640/7625, email 

Mid May - BWA Yard Sale 10am-12 noon. An opportunity to sell lots of things especially if you are leaving this summer. Contact BWA to purchase your selling space and whatever you sell is for your pocket. Email for more info.

End of May - BWA musical evening to raise funds for Acid Survivors Foundation. If you wish to contribute your musical skills, let us know. Email for more info.

4-6 Jan 2002 - Association for Economic and Development Studies on Bangladesh (AEDSB) Conference in Atlanta GA at the Allied Social Science Association (ASSA) Annual Meetings. Authors in all disciplines are invited to submit papers on the general theme "Bangladesh in the Global Economy". Submissions are not restricted to AEDSB members and are especially encouraged from graduate students. A submission fee of $10 is required from non-members submitting from outside Bangladesh. Deadline to submit completed papers is May 15, 2001. Email: or 


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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.

DRIVER WANTED: The ideal candidate would live in Tongi/Uttara, have an H.S.C. education, be very good with children, enjoy work, be honest, encouraging and have great perseverance. If he could do minor repairs to the car as well as driving it carefully, even better. Does this sound like someone you know who is looking for a job? Contact: 

FOR SALE - Lego and Lego Duplo for sale. Email .

ELECTRICAL ITEMS ­ AVAILABLE MID-APRIL 2001 - Phillips 21" Television Set: Dual system, Remote with many functions, etc ­ 20 months old 1 ps. Tk 20,000 (US$350) Phillips Music Centre: CD, Cassette and FM/AM Radio with remote control (2 years old) 1 ps. Tk 12,000 (US$ 200) Filter Coffee Maker 1 ps. Tk 1,300. Email .

BEARER-COOK AVAILABLE MID APRIL 2001 - Batcha has looked after us for the last 3 years. He came with us to our Flat when we moved in and has fulfilled all our expectations. Batcha is a cheerful and lively young man, very conscientious and is a good timekeeper. He communicates well in English and is learning to read English. He is never too conspicuous and fits into the family very well. His duties for us have been Cleaning, Washing & Ironing, Cooking and dish washing. He also runs errands and when required will go to the market. He keeps reliable accounts if this is necessary. Batcha has a range of speciality dishes. He cooks Bangla food and makes an amazing Bolognese sauce. He has added to his repertoire over the last two years which now include Chicken Caciatore, Pork Chasseur and so on ­ but he has his own names for these dishes. He can also roast chicken and meats. Desserts include Fruit Crumbles, Pancakes with lemon filling and Creme Caramel. He is eager to learn more recipes if supervised over the first couple of times. Batcha lives with his family in Badda and commutes on his bicycle. He is happy to fit in with your schedule and Hartals are never a problem. Email .

CAR FOR SALE - 1989 Toyota Corolla (passbook), excellent for running around town, new AC - new clutch - new brakes - new muffler - engine recently serviced. Available early April, only £500/$725. Email .

LODGINGS SOUGHT - American male, 26, seeks furnished apartment/room to rent from March 30 - June 15, 2001, in Gulshan or Dhanmondi areas of Dhaka. Willing to negotiate price. Can live with male/female/family. VERY easy to live with and a non-smoker. Recent MS graduate of the U of Minnesota in Health Informatics and will be working short-term on an immunization/child health project with Management Sciences for Health as an Alexander Fellow. I enjoy exercising, reading, and hiking. Contact: .

DRIVER SOUGHT - The ideal candidate would live in Tongi/Uttara, have an H.S.C. education, be very good with children, enjoy work, be honest, encouraging and have great perseverance. If he could do minor repairs to the car as well as driving it carefully, even better. Does this sound like someone you know who is looking for a job? Contact: .

CLEANER/AYAH AVAILABLE - Jasmine has been our cleaner/ayah for the last two years and is looking for another job in early April. She has been cleaning the houses and looking after the children of Concern expatriate staff for many years now and is absolutely superb. Our flat is always immaculate and she also washes clothes, does all of the ironing and is undaunted by endless dirty nappies. She has been looking after our baby son for the last five months and is brilliant with him. She understands and can speak basic English. Jasmine is a pleasure to have around the house with her happy face and cheery nature and we have absolutely no hesitation in recommending her for a similar position. If you are looking for a cleaner/ayah then please let me know by emailing me at ..

AYAH/BEARER AVAILABLE - Our ayah has worked with us for 2 years. She was excellent as an ayah, reliable and dependable with the children. She also helped clean, and did other useful jobs round the house during her free time. We recommend her for anyone needing an ayah or bearer. Contact  for more info..

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