Vocal against all social injustices – Pantomime

The cultural revolution of Pantomime? – The three-day National Pantomime Festival 2009 ended here recently with a call to becoming more vocal against all social injustices

Pantomime Movement organised the festival to mark its 14th anniversary at the Theatre Institute Chittagong (TIC) on the theme ?Internationality in Pantomime Practice.? The Chittagong-based group has been active with regular performances on stage and the streets since 1994. The organisation was the brainchild of Debangshu Hore, who is now involved with theatre in Dhaka. pentomime

GLOBAL WARMING – BANGLADESH STANDS

GLOBAL WARMING issue is one of the most concentrable issue. The current recession was unexpected and the economy is going down everyday….same the preperarion for global warming facts should? innitiated.

Bangladesh tops the 2009 Global Climate Risk Index, a ranking of 170 countries most vulnerable to climate change compiled by Germanwatch, an international nongovernmental organization that works on environment and development issues. The nation is particularly at risk because it is a vast delta plain with 230 rivers, many of which unstably swell during the monsoon rains. This geology, combined with river water from the melting Himalayan glaciers in the north and an encroaching Bay of Bengal in the south, makes the region prone to severe flooding. The situation is made worse by the prevalence of intense storms, a marker of climate stresses. Sidr, the Category 4 cyclone that ravaged southern Bangladesh in November 2007, killed some 3,500 people, displaced 2 million, and wiped out paddy fields. Sidr was followed by two heavier-than-normal floods that killed some 1,500 people and damaged about 2 million tons of food. The United Nations warns that a quarter of Bangladesh’s coastline could be inundated if the sea rises 3 feet in the next 50 years, displacing 30 million Bangladeshis from their homes and farms. If that happens, the capital, Dhaka, now at the center of the country, would have its own sea promenade.

Bangladesh has so far invested more than $10 billion to reduce vulnerability to natural disasters by building embankments and cyclone shelters. But it needs billions more to build similar infrastructure in the next 15 years to mitigate the threats, along with enhancing research on climate-resistant agriculture. Compounding the problem are predictions that the accelerated loss of Himalayan ice fields, which flow into rivers providing the main source of fresh water for Bangladesh, may lead to catastrophic drought in less than a generation. At a press conference in Dhaka in November, United Nations Secretary General Ban ki-Moon exhorted developed countries to not let the global financial crisis impede efforts to fight climate change. “The leaders of the developed countries should not neglect the issue of global warming,” he said.

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“Frogs Marry” as part of a ritual to bring rain

More than 250 people in northern Bangladesh have attended a wedding ceremony between two frogs frog-marry

Its a Traditional faith that when frong marry and sing the rain comes !!! So praying for rain Bangladeshi organised FROG MARRY .

Source : AFP : More than 250 people in northern Bangladesh have attended a wedding ceremony between two frogs as part of a ritual to bring rain to the parched region, a newspaper said Friday.

The “bride” and “groom” came from two neighbouring villages 110 kilometres (68 miles) north of the capital Dhaka, according to the Bengali paper Jugantor.

Villagers organised the wedding ceremony because the region was suffering a water shortage as it waited for monsoon rains to arrive, according to school teacher Noor Mohammad Kalon, who was a guest on behalf of the “groom.”

“More than 250 men, women and children came to the wedding. We all danced and sang,” the teacher, 42, told AFP by telephone, adding that the guests were served a traditional wedding feast of rice, lentils, fish, beef and sweets.

“The bride and groom were in special wedding dress. We blessed them in the ceremony and released them in a nearby pond afterwards.

“Last night there was rain. I believe it was because of the wedding.”- AFP

BANK LEADs OF BANGLADESH – Recession Banking

Bangladeshi commercial banks have started slashing their interest rates on deposit this month in line with the central bank’s latest interest rate policy.while interest rates on lending remained almost the same in the country’s banking sector.

Bangladesh Bank (BB), slashed its interest rate on repurchase agreement (repo) and reverse repo after nearly seven months aiming to offset the ongoing global financial recession through boosting fresh investment.

“Slashing interest rates on deposit by the commercial banks will encourage investment of fresh funds in different sectors that would also help offset the impact of ongoing global economic recession on the country’s economy” Analyst.

Market is now having more liquidity than the end of the last calendar year because of falling trend of import payments and export performances recently,” the chief executive officer of a private commercial bank said, adding that more banks might also cut their interest rates on deposit in the next months in line .

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Meanwhile, only one commercial bank reduced its interest rates on lending this month, while two banks raised interest rates on lending for different sectors, the BB officials said.

The country’s commercial banks are now offering interests in the range between 5.25 per cent and 13.50 per cent on fixed deposit schemes, while the rates for saving accounts varies between 2.50 per cent and 8.00 per cent, according to the central bank statistics.

Currently, the banks provide loans to large and medium scale industries at interest rates ranging between 11 per cent and 15 per cent and to small industries between 10 per cent and 16.50 per cent.

Interest rates on housing loans range between 11.50 per cent and 16.00 per cent and consumer credits 10.50 per cent and 19.00 per cent.

The banks lending rates on working capital to large and medium scale industries range between 10.50 per cent and 16.00 per cent and for small industries between 10.50 per cent and 16.50 per cent, the BB data showed.

Bangladesh world banking :

The central bank of Bangladesh purchased $15 million more in U.S. dollars from two commercial banks on Tuesday to keep the inter-bank foreign exchange market stable.to help?Banks comply with the net open position (NOP) rules for holding the foreign currency fund properly.The central bank continues its intervention in the inter-bank foreign exchange through selling and buying of the U.S. currency directly and providing overdraft facilities to the banks.

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17th March, 2009 the BB similarly purchased $18 million from two private commercial banks on the same ground.

The central bank of Bangladesh started the intervention in the market by buying the U.S. currency directly from the commercial banks on Jan. 15. to keep the market steady.

Since then, the BB has bought $307.20 million from commercial banks as part of its intervention in the market, they confirmed.

Moni aimed good relation between new governments in Dhaka and Kuala Lumpur.

Considering various espect ,no argument that Malaysia and Bangladesh?is? potential? for each other .

Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister Dipu Moni?set ?visit to Malysia ,?is aimed at establishing better ?relations between the new governments in Dhaka and Kuala Lumpur .Dipu Moni will leave for Malaysia on Thursday to attend a 3-day general assembly of Malaysia’s ruling party and establish relations .

??Malaysia’s new leadership will be elected at the general assembly of United Malays National Organization (UMNO) to be held on March 26-28.

Bangladesh’s Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain will join her in Kuala Lumpur from Geneva.

But on the sideline, the two Bangladesh ministers will take up with Malaysian leaders the issue of 55,000 Bangladesh workers who got calling visas but were recently denied access to get their jobs in Malaysia.

????>>>The Malaysian government put restriction on the acceptance of new workers from Bangladesh in the wake of economic recession.

Malaysia is one of the largest destinations for Bangladeshi overseas jobseekers and also one of the key sources of remittances for Dhaka.

????Over 400,000 Bangladeshi workers are now employed in construction, plantation and service sectors in Malaysia

Agreement renewed on water transit between India and Bangladesh

Bangladesh and India renewed the Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Travel for two years .The renewal of the prevailing water transit agreement will have the same terms as before. The protocol was first signed in 1972 and it is being renewed after every two years.

Analysis : The agreement has been in force for many years, but it has to be updated and modernised if Bangladesh is to reap further benefits from the arrangement,

Bangladesh receives levy of 20 million taka (about 285,714 U.S. dollars) annually from India for allowing Indian goods ship to use Bangladesh’s waterways.

????During the negotiations here Bangladesh proposed to increase the levy to 50 million taka (about 714,285 U.S. dollars) annually. It was agreed that a technical committee will study it and give report within next four months

The signing of a deal with a South Korean firm to expand internet to Digital Bangladesh

With the vision of The Prime Minister’s election pledge to build Digital Bangladesh began Thursday with the signing of a deal with a South Korean firm to expand internet to all divisional cities and important district towns.

As part of a BDT2.8 billion (USD42 million) project titled ?Internet Information Network Expansion?, jointly financed by the Bangladesh and Korean governments, KT Corp will deploy fibre-optic IP backbone infrastructure for BTCL linking six divisions and 17 district towns over 18 months. ?The project will provide high speed internet access to the mass[es],

South Korean is providing BDT1.7 million in loans for the IP project, or 60% of the Total required investment. Residential users will be provided with maximum access speeds of 256kbps over the network, according to BTCL, which added that WiMAX wireless broadband technology would be rolled out gradually in areas where deployment of fibre-optic infrastructure proved unfeasible.

Recent estimates put BTCL?s broadband subscriber base at just 40,000, in a country of 145 million people, which would represent a woefully slow growth rate from the telco?s official reported figure of 26,500 (mostly corporate) high speed customers at September 2007. Total internet users in the country are reported to be approaching one million, up from 450,000 at end-2006. The Internet Information Network Expansion project was intended to be started in July 2006 and completed by June 2009, but a long bidding process delayed its execution.

KT wins Bangladesh network deal :

South Korean telco to establish nationwide network, Internet access for Bangladesh Telecom by 2010.

KT Corp., South Korea’s largest fixed-line and broadband company by revenue, said Sunday it has clinched a 28-billion won (US$19.9 million) deal with a Bangladesh company to provide network infrastructure there, Yonhap News Agency reported.

The deal with Bangladesh Telecommunications Co. calls for KT to establish a comprehensive, nationwide communications network for Internet access by 2010, the report said, citing the South Korean company.

Nuclear power plant proposed by Russia

IN Recent time Bangladesh is looking for the physible power plants to meet up the upgrowing power demand of the contry.Russia is making endeavors to assist Bangladesh to construct a nuclear plant to meet the energy needs in the south Asian country.

Russian Ambassador to Bangladesh Gennady P Trotsenko on Sunday submitted a formal proposal to Bangladesh’s State Minister for Science and ICT Yeafesh Osman for setting up a nuclear power plant to meet the country’s growing demand for energy,
Russian team of experts would soon come here to discuss this issue with the concerned authorities.

The state minister told reporters that they would study the proposal and hold further discussions on it with the Russian expert team.
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Earlier, reports said Russia has proposed backing for a 1000-megawatt nuclear power plant at Rooppur.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told parliament on March 18 that her government would set up a nuclear power plant to meet the growing demand for power.

?We are taking initiative to set up a nuclear power plant at Rooppur site,? Hasina said responding to question from a member during the prime minister’s question-answer session in the parliament.

China and South Korea also offered assistance to Bangladesh for setting up the nuclear power plant.

China is willing to support Bangladesh to set up a nuclear power plant on the China-Pakistan model.

International Atomic Energy Agency has already agreed to provide assistance to Bangladesh and approved a Technical Assistance Project on Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant for the cycle 2009-2011

Centre For Good Governance

Bangladesh is thursty for good governace ,in spite of having good wishes lack of governance research Goverment fails many time to take proper innitiative. To help Goverment through good governance research Centre For Good Governance is an innitiative
What is CGG?
Center for Good Governance (CGG) is a center for academic research on various development issues relating to Good Governance & reforms.

The CGG is a different kind of institution working independently from all kind of powers: political parties, lobbies and social forces. The actions and interventions of the Center are impartial, non-partisan. The CGG?s main objective is to create and disseminate knowledge and new ideas in order to implement the strategies of good governance that is democratic principles and processes which favor transparency, accountability, efficiency, the rule of law, people’s participation and consensus in making economic, social and political choices.

www.goodgovernancebd.org
The action of the CGG is centered around four main points:
1)Developing & proposing new instruments to reinforce democratic governance.
2) Reinforcing the analytical ability & capacity of the civil society, political parties and elected members, as actors of the democratic process.
3) Promoting democratic culture, citizen consciousness & citizen participation in governance particularly empowerment of women in the governance.
4) Promoting concept of accountability, transparency & efficiency of the electoral system.

Short Biography :

Rotarian Syed Ahsanul Alam is a well known academician, institution building personality and an activist for Good Governance. He has lectured widely at various business schools including Chittagong University , USTC, Open University, Premier University , ABAC Thailand and also in Singapore .Mr. Alam has contributed numerous articles to leading business journals. His past administrative posts includes Vice Rector IIBT ( Premier University ), Treasurer USTC (SWC), Honorary Special Representative of the President, USTC.

Prof. Alam is Chairman, Imperial Foundation and his first love isbuilding institutions. He has been a pioneer in introducing postgraduate business education in the private sector. He was the honorary founderCoordinator of the Faculty of business, USTC. He is the founder member of IIBT-( Premier University ), member governing body IAHS(USTC), representative of the VC- National University in the governing body of S.M.A degree college.

He gives lavishly of his time and efforts to various social and educational institutions. He was the Organizing secretary of Bangladesh kidney Foundation (BKF) Chittagong .
He is Managing Trustee of S.N.Alam foundation, adviser to BHMA, life member of BKF, Diabetic Association, Social welfare Project (GOB), Old Placidian Association, Bawa School and Chief patron of Sangeet Bhaban. He was research fellow at the Institute of Bangladesh Studies (IBS), Rajshahi. As an adviser and researcher he has consulted with many organizations at home and abroad.

Born in Chittagong he comes from a reputed family with an industrialist Father S.N.Alam and physician mother Dr. Hosne Ara. Former Director of health (GOB). Prof. Alam is happily married with Dr. Sabina & is the father of one son Shaheer & daughter Neshmeen

World recession solution through Global CITIZEN concept-2

World recession solution through Global CITIZEN concept-1

World recession solution through Global CITIZEN concept-2

HUMAN and Developing Humanity? :From time history we get democracy is the best solution for Governance. Democracy is the root of humanity.

To impliment the concept its must to develop moral education of the global leaders. Morally when the world leader can understand that world is a human village and all the part of the world is necessary for other part ( Contry). All the creation ,production of any part of the world can be helpful for all. This is Human and humanity.

From this understanding the world leader will be far away from war – because war is distructive , loosing money, wealth, constructions production .

high lights from Global CITIZEN Concept-1

Reasons for Current recession of Global economy.1. Imbalance production 2.Monopoly market economy 3.war and security expenses(destructive economy)4.Claasified contry

1. Developing active and trusted world leadership?2.decreasing??millitary innitiatives to ensure human security -? 3. minimize boarder security 4. world production and distribution policies.5. developing human rights upto the mark . 6. Developing information technology 7. Education for all?..