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Concert for Bangladesh


Organized by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, The Concert For Bangladesh was held on this day (1-Aug-1971) at Madison Square Garden, New York.

Other famous performers were Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and Leon Russell.



Presidents of Bangladesh
Ziaur Rahman
From 21-Apr-1977 to 30-May 1981
Prime Minister:
Shah Azizur Rahman - (15-Apr-1979 to 24-Mar- 1982)

Presidents of Bangladesh
Abdus Sattar
From 30-May-1981 to 24-Mar-1982
Prime Minister:
Shah Azizur Rahman - (15-Apr-1979 to 24-Mar- 1982)

Presidents of Bangladesh
Prof. Iajuddin Ahmed
From 21-June-2002
Prime Minister: Khaleda Zia



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Presidents of Bangladesh
Prof. Badruddoza Chowdhury
From 14-Nov-2001 to 21-Jun-2002
Prime Minister: Khaleda Zia

Presidents of Bangladesh
Justice Shahabuddin (Acting)
From 6-Dec-1990 to 8-Oct-1991
Presidents of Bangladesh
Sayeed Nazrul Islam (Acting)
From 17-Apr-1971 to 10-Jan-1972
Prime Minister:
Tajuddin Ahmed - (25-Apr-1971 to 13-Jan-1972)

Presidents of Bangladesh
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
From From 17-Apr-1971 to 12-Jan-1972
Presidents of Bangladesh
Abu Sayeed Chowdhury
From 12-Jan-1972 to 24-Dec-1973
Presidents of Bangladesh
Mohammad Mohammadullah (Acting)
From 26-Dec-1973 to 25-Jan-1975
Presidents of Bangladesh
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
From 25-Jan-1975 to 15-Aug-1975
Presidents of Bangladesh
Khandakar Mushtaq Ahmed
From 15-Aug-1975 to 6-Nov-1975
Presidents of Bangladesh
Abu Sadat Mohammad Sayem
From 6-Nov-1975 to 21-Apr-1977
Presidents of Bangladesh
Hossain Mohammad Ershad
From 24-Mar-1982 to 27-Mar-1982
Presidents of Bangladesh
Abul Fazal Ahsanuddin Chowdhury
From 27-Mar-1982 to 11-Dec-1983
Chief Martial Law Administrator:
Hossain Mohammad Ershad (24-Mar-1982 to 11-Dec-1983)

Presidents of Bangladesh
Hossain Mohammad Ershad
From 11-Dec-1983 to 6-Dec-1990
From 11-Dec-1983 to 30-Mar-1984 he was also the Chief Martial Law Administrator.
Prime Ministers:
Ataur Rahman Khan - (30-Mar-1984 to 9-Jul-1986)
Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury - (9-Jul-1986 to 27-Mar- 1988)
Moudud Ahmed - (27-Mar-1988 to 12-Aug-1989)
Kazi Zafar Ahmed - (12-Aug-1989 to 6-Dec- 1990)
Presidents of Bangladesh
Abdur Rahman Biswas
From 8-Oct-1991 to 9-Oct-1996
Prime Minister: Khaleda Zia

Presidents of Bangladesh
Shahabuddin Ahmed
From 9-Oct-1996 to 14-Nov-2001
Prime Minister: Sheikh Hasina

Presidents of Bangladesh
Jamiruddin Sircar (Acting)
From 21-Jun-2002 to 6-Sep-2002
Prime Minister: Khaleda Zia


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Cricket:
Bangladesh Vs Australia

1st Test: Australia won by 3wkts
2nd Test: Australia won by an innings and 80 runs
1st ODI - Aus won by 4 wkts
2nd ODI - Aus won by 67 runs
3rd ODI - Live







First Bangladeshi Jewellery shop in Sydney...



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Non Resident Bangladeshis` Petition to get included in the voter list




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Published on: 27-Sep-2099


Open Forum -
Current Topic: Flood in Bangladesh - Relief effort in Sydney


Published on: 9-Sep-2099


Open Forum    Topic: Political Crisis in Bangladesh

Top leaders of both major political parties are in jail. What does it say about the care taker govt? What does it mean for the nation?

Published on: 9-Sep-2099


.....From the Bangladeshi Communities in other cities in Australia.....


Published on: 7-Jul-2009


Open Forum - Current Topic:
Umbrella Organisation for Bangladeshi Community


Published on: 8-Apr-2099




Bangladesh Association of NSW.
Bangladesh Society Sydney
Bangla Proshar Committee
Ekushe Boi-Mela Parishad
Macarthur Diversity Services Inc.
Parramatta Migrant Resource Centre
Sydney Peace Foundation



Published on: 1-Apr-2099




Blacktown Dental Surgery
Campsie Healthcare Medical Practice
Fintax Accountants
Grafton Street Medical Centre
IT: RBIT Solutions
Loan Market
Loan: Mortgage Broker
Meat: Blacktown Halal Meat
Music: Bangladesh Music School
Music School: Sirajus Salekin
NybSys Australia
OzePac Solutions Group
Phoenix World Travel
Phone Card: ABT Connect
Phone Card: Kring Kring
Prestige Auto Smash Repair
VIP Decorating Services


Published on: 8-Jan-2099


Radio/TV

Betar Bangla
Sunday at 12.00 PM on 98.5 FM

Ekushe Betar
Friday at 4 PM on 100.9 FM

Radio Bangla Australia
Sunday at 4:00 PM on 89.7 FM

Ruposhi Bangla Betar, Sydney
Saturday at 1:00 PM on 89.7 FM

SBS Radio Bangla Program.
Monday at 4:00 PM on 97.7 FM

Voice of Bangladesh
Sunday at 2:00 PM on 99.9 FM


Published on: 1-Jan-2099




Bangla Radio Canberra
Brisbane Bangla Radio
BB Tv on Channel 31
Betar Bangla
SBS Radio Bangla Program
Voice of Bangladesh

ATN News
Bangla Vision
BTV
Channel i
Diganta Television
Ekattor tv
Ekushey TV
NTV
RTV
Star Jalsha
Somoy Television

2099-1-1
Published on: 1-Jan-2099




Aus Bangla
Aust Bangladesh Business Council
Bangabandhu Council Australia
Bangladesh High Commission
Bangladesh Association Darwin
BD Awami League, Aust Branch
BNP Australia
Bangladesh Consulate, Sydney
Bangla Chhobi
Bangla Prosar Committee
Banglapost.com.au
Banglasociety.com
Bangla AU
Bangla Media Dot Net
Bangla Academy Australia
BD Welfare Society,Campbelltown
Bangla Natok
Grameen Bank
Grameen Support Group
Hothat Random
IFTWCB
ixpat.com
Live Gaan
Melbourne Bangla Theatre
Oz Bangla
Ouderland
POBD.NET
PriyoAustralia.com.au
Probasy
Quakers Hill Masjid
Sabbir Chowdhury
Selim Reza
Shurolok
Sonar Bangla
Sydneybashi Bangla
Sydney Utshab



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Made in Universe
মাসুদ পারভেজ

ওয়াশিংটন পোস্টে কয়েকদিন আগে পড়েছিলাম "পৃথিবীর চার-ভাগের-তিন-ভাগ হ্যাজেলনাটের উৎপাদনকারী দেশ তুরস্কে এ'বছর খারাপ আবহাওয়ার কারণে হ্যাজেলনাটের উৎপাদন অন্য বছরের তুলনায় ৩০% কম হয়েছে। আর এর ফলে আন্তর্জাতিক বাজারে চাহিদার তুলনায় সরবরাহ কম হওয়ায় হ্যাজেলনাটের দাম গত বছরের তুলনায় ৬০শতাংশ বেশী। হ্যাজেলনাটের উচ্চ মূল্যের প্রভাবে পৃথিবীর বড় বড় চকলেট উৎপাদনকারী কোম্পানিসহ নাটেলা (Nutella) মেকার - Ferrero গ্রুপ এ'বছর তাদের হ্যাজেলনাট সমৃদ্ধ প্রোডাক্টের মূল্য বাড়ানোর সিদ্ধান্ত নিয়েছে"।

Ferro গ্রুপের হেডকোয়ার্টার ইতালিতে হলেও প্রায় সব মহাদেশে তাদের কারখানা রয়েছে - যেখানে তৈরি হয় বিভিন্ন ধরনের প্রোডাক্ট যার ইনগ্রেডিয়েন্ট এবং র'মেটেরিয়াল তারা সংগ্রহ করে পৃথিবীর বিভিন্ন দেশ থেকে। যেমন ধরা যাক - বাচ্চাদের প্রিয় নাটেলা ব্রান্ডের ৭৫০গ্রামের এক জার তৈরিতে ১০০গ্রাম হ্যাজেলনাটের প্রয়োজনে Ferro গ্রুপ পৃথিবীর উৎপাদনের প্রায় ২৫শতাংশ হ্যাজেলনাট কিনে নেয় তুরস্ক থেকে, আর এই নাটের সাথে মালয়েশিয়ার পাম-অয়েল, নাইজেরিয়ার কোকো,…ইত্যাদি মিশিয়ে…প্যাকেজিং প্রোডাক্ট চায়না থেকে সংগ্রহ করে প্রতি বছর ২৫০,০০০টনেরও বেশি নাটেলা বিভিন্ন দেশের কারখানা থেকে তৈরি করে পৃথিবীর ৭৫টিরও বেশি দেশে বাজারজাত করছে।

১৭০বছর ধরে সুস্বাদু চকলেট তৈরি করে সারা পৃথিবীতে বিখ্যাত - সুইজারল্যান্ডের লিন্ট (Lint)। রং, স্বাদ এবং গন্ধে পৃথিবীর সেরা ওয়েস্ট আফ্রিকার ঘানার কোকো লিন্ট চকলেটের প্রধান উপকরণ। আর এই কোকো - ইউরোপিয়ান ইউনিয়নের দুধ-চিনি, তুরস্কের হ্যাজেলনাট, আমেরিকার এলমন্ড,...ইত্যাদির সাথে মিশে তৈরি হয়…“মাস্টার চকলেটর সিনস ১৮৪৫”-এর লিন্ট চকলেট যা’ পৃথিবীর প্রায় সব দেশেই পাওয়া যায়।

উন্নত তথ্য-প্রযুক্তি, যোগাযোগ ব্যবস্থা, শিল্পায়নে বিনিয়োগ, প্রোডাক্ট স্ট্যান্ডার্ডাইজেশন, উন্মুক্ত বাজারনীতি, ক্রম-বর্ধিত ডিস্ট্রিবিউশন নেটওয়ার্ক, সময়োপযোগী রেগুলেটরি সিস্টেম,…ইত্যাদির অত্যাধুনিক ইন্টিগ্রেশনের ফলে বিশ্ব-বাণিজ্যে পৃথিবীর এক প্রান্ত থেকে অন্য প্রান্তে, এক দেশের র'মেটেরিয়াল কিংবা ফিনিশড প্রোডাক্ট অন্য দেশে পৌঁছে যাচ্ছে। এক্সপোর্ট-ইম্পোর্টের সুফলতায় পণ্যের সহজলভ্যতার মাত্রা বহুগুণে বেড়েছে যা’ মানুষের চাহিদা, রুচি, ব্যবহার ইত্যাদিতে ব্যাপক পরিবর্তনের পাশাপাশি বিশ্বের উন্নয়নশীল দেশে বিভিন্ন ইন্ডাস্ট্রিতে নতুন-নতুন কর্মসংস্থানের সুযোগ সৃষ্টি করেছে। একইসাথে বিশ্বের বড় বড় কোম্পানিগুলি ব্যবসায়িক সাফল্যের জন্য তাদের ফিনিশড প্রোডাক্ট কিংবা সেবার খরচ কমাতে উন্নত দেশ থেকে উন্নয়নশীল দেশে লেবার-মার্কেট তৈরি করছে যার ফলে অনশোর থেকে অফশোরে জব ট্রান্সফার হচ্ছে। গত একবছরে অস্ট্রেলিয়ার বড় বড় কোম্পানি – Qantas, Telstra, Optus, Big4 Bank…থেকে কত জব অফশোরে ট্রান্সফার হয়েছে তার সঠিক তথ্য Australian Bureau of Statistics দিতে পারবে।

হঠাৎ মনে হলো…গত বছরে ইউনিভার্সিটি থেকে গ্রাজুয়েট হওয়া সচ্ছল পরিবারের ডেভিডের গল্প। ১৮তম জন্মদিনে মায়ের কাছ থেকে উপহার পাওয়া এলার্ম ক্লকের (মেড ইন জাপান) আওয়াজে সকাল ৬টায় ডেভিড ঘুম থেকে উঠে, ইলেকট্রিক রেজারে (হংকং) শেভ করে, টুথপেষ্ষ্ট (থাইল্যান্ড) দিয়ে দাঁত মেজে, সাবান (ইন্দোনেশিয়া) দিয়ে গোসল করে, বাথ-টাওয়েলে গা মুছে (পাকিস্তান), টি-শার্ট (বাংলাদেশ) আর ট্রাউজার (ইন্ডিয়া) পরে অস্ট্রেলিয়ার লেবানিস ব্রেড, চীজ, বীফ, সবজি আর সস দিয়ে দু’মিনিটে স্যান্ডউইচ-প্রেসে (ভিয়েতনাম) wrap বানানোর মাঝে কফিমেকারে (কোরিয়া) ব্রাজিলের কফি-বীন দিয়ে ব্লাক-কফি বানিয়ে ঝটপট সকালের নাস্তা খেতে খেতে রেডিও (চায়না) অন করে “সানরাইজ” প্রোগ্রামের সর্বশেষ সংবাদ শুনে নেয়। নাস্তা শেষে প্লেট (আমেরিকা), গ্লাস-কাপ (থাইল্যান্ড), চামচ (চায়না) ধুয়ে, কম্পিউটার (চায়না) অন করে, কিবোর্ড (মালয়েশিয়া) আর মাউস (তাইওয়ান) চেপে ইন্টারনেটে প্রতিদিনের মতো আজও অস্ট্রেলিয়ান জব খুঁজতে শুরু করে ডেভিড। অনেক খোঁজাখুঁজির পরে নিজের রেসুমির সাথে সিলেকশন ক্রাইটেরিয়ার প্রায় সব মিলে যায় এমন এক জবের এডভারটাইজমেন্ট দেখে পজিসন-ডেসক্রিপশন সম্পর্কে আরো জানার জন্যে বিজ্ঞাপনে দেয়া ওয়ান এইট হানড্রেড টেলিফোন নাম্বারে ফোন করে ডেভিড। ওভারসিস কলসেন্টারের অপর-প্রান্ত থেকে ফিলিপিনো অ্যাকসেন্টের উত্তরে জেনে নেয় কাঙ্ক্ষিত পদের বিষদ বর্ণনা, এভাবে সকালের কয়েক ঘণ্টা জব খুঁজে বেশ ক্লান্ত হয়ে যায় ডেভিড। মনে পড়ে আজ কয়েকটি বিল পরিশোধের লাস্ট-ডেট। ইন্টারনেট ট্রান্সফার করার জন্য ব্যাংকের ওয়েব-পোর্টালে গিয়ে দেখে সিস্টেম ডাউন তাই আর কি করা...বিলের হার্ড-কপি নিয়ে ডেভিড পোস্টঅফিসে যাওয়ার আগে ক্যালকুলেটরে (তাইওয়ান) হিসাব করে নেয় আজ বিল দেয়া আর শপিংয়ের জন্য মোট কত ডলার লাগবে…ঘরের কাপড় চেঞ্জ করে, বিজনেস শার্ট (শ্রীলংকা), জিন্স (সিঙ্গাপুর), হাতঘড়ি(সুইস), জ্যাকেট (মেক্সিকো) আর জুতা (ইতালি) পরে, গ্যারেজ থেকে গাড়ি (জার্মানি) বের করে, গ্যাস-স্টেশনে গিয়ে গাড়িতে তেল (সৌদিআরব) নিয়ে, পোস্টঅফিস আর শপিং-সেন্টারের কাজ সেরে পড়ন্ত বিকেলে বাসায় ফেরে। জব-হান্টিংয়ের ডিসএপয়েন্টমেন্ট অনুভূতি আর সারাদিনের ক্লান্ত দেহে টেলিভিশন (ইন্দোনেশিয়া) ছেড়ে একটু বিশ্রাম করতে করতে ডেভিড ভাবছে….যেদেশে প্রধানমন্ত্রী born-ইন ওভারসিস, ইউনিভার্সিটিতে প্রতি তিনজনে একজন বিদেশী স্টুডেন্ট, আর চারিদিকে “মেড ইন ইউনিভার্সের” এতো পণ্যের ছড়াছড়ি - সেদেশে অস্ট্রেলিয়ানরা জব পাবে কিভাবে?…সত্যিই কি তাই? হয়তো কিছুটা সত্যি,..হয়তোবা একেবারেই নয়!!! তবে এটা সত্যি যে - সেপ্টেম্বর ২০১৪তে অস্ট্রেলিয়ার গত ১২বছরের ইতিহাসে সর্বোচ্চ ৬.৪শতাংশ আনএমপ্লয়মেন্ট রেট পত্রিকার প্রথম পাতার শিরোনামে এসেছে। আর সত্যিই বা’ হবে না কেন? নিত্যদিন আমরা এদেশে যা’ কিনি কিংবা চারিদিকে যা’ দেখি তা’তো সবই বিদেশের তৈরি। এবোরিজিনালদের বাঁশ-কাঠের কিছু স্যুভেনির ও তাঁদের আর্ট-ওয়ার্ক, লোকাল মার্কেটের কিংবা শপিং-সেন্টারের শাক-সবজি, ফল-মূল, মাছ-মাংস, চীজ-দুধ সহ প্রায় সবধরনের খাদ্যদ্রব্য, আর কেমিস্ট-শপের ফিস-অয়েল সহ বেশির ভাগ ওষুধপত্র ছাড়া “অস্ট্রেলিয়ান মেড” জিনিসপত্র কোথায়? তবুও পরম শান্তি…বিষাক্ত ফরমালিনযুক্ত খাওয়া খেতে হয় না এদেশে!

ভেবেছিলাম আজ ছোট করে লিখবো, কিন্তু তা’ আর হলো না। ১৯৯৫ সালে আমার সহধর্মিণী এবং আমি হিরোশিমা পীস মেমোরিয়াল মিউজিয়াম দেখে জাপানের দ্বিতীয় বৃহত্তম শহর ওসাকাতে বাসায় ফেরার পথে হাতের বাড়তি সময় কাজে লাগনোর জন্য জাপানে আমাদের প্রিয় ডিপার্টমেন্ট স্টোর – Daimaru-তে ঢুকে পড়ি…অল্পসময়ে আমার সহধর্মিণী খুঁজে পায় তার জন্য পছন্দনীয় এক সুন্দর সোয়েটার…ঝটপট কিনে উঠে পড়ি বুলেট-স্পিড ট্রেন – সিনকানসেনে। হিরোশিমা থেকে ওসাকার ৩০০কিলোমিটারের দূরত্বকে এই ট্রেন ১০০মিনিটে আরামপ্রদ-ভাবে নিরাপদে পৌঁছে দিচ্ছে। ট্রেনে উঠে প্যাকেট খুলে আমার সহধর্মিণী তার সদ্য কেনা সোয়েটার দেথতে থাকে আর ভীষণ আশ্চর্য হয়ে আমাকে দেখায় সোয়েটারের ট্যাগে লেখা “মেড ইন বাংলাদেশ”...দুজনের মনটা ভরে যায় আনন্দে। টোকিও থেকে ১৯৯৯সালে সিডনিতে প্রথম বেড়াতে এসে ডেভিডজোন্সে গোল্ডেন বর্ডার দেয়া আকর্ষণীয় ডিজাইনের নিখুঁত কাজের ডিনার সেটের পেছনে “মুন্নু সিরামিক-মেড ইন বাংলাদেশ” লেখা দেখে খুশীতে আত্মহারা হয়েছিলাম। ২০০১সালে নিউইয়র্কে টুইন-টাওয়ার ধ্বংসের আগে ওয়ার্ল্ড ট্রেড সেন্টারে এক হস্তশিল্প সামগ্রীর বিশাল দোকানে বিদেশী ক্রেতাদের কাছে বাংলাদেশের নকশীকাঁথার বিপুল চাহিদা দেখে অভিভূত হয়েছি…সেসময়ে লস এঞ্জেলসের ওয়ালমার্ট থেকে কেনা বাংলাদেশের তৈরি Van Heusen ব্র্যান্ডের শার্টের কোয়ালিটিতে মুগ্ধ হয়েছি। ২০০৫সালে সিউল এয়ারপোর্টের ডিউটি-ফ্রি শপে বাংলাদেশের তৈরি উন্নতমানের দামী লেদার জুতা, ২০০৯সালে সিঙ্গাপুরে মোস্তফা ডিপার্টমেন্ট স্টোরে “কাজী পেয়ারা–Product of Bangladesh”, ২০১৩সালে বেইজিংয়ের ওয়াংফুজিয়ান ডিপার্টমেন্ট স্টোরে বাংলাদেশের তৈরি লেদার জ্যাকেট বিক্রি হতে দেখে আনন্দে আপ্লুত হয়েছি। বিদেশে যখন যেখানে বাংলাদেশের পণ্য দেখেছি কিংবা কিনেছি, মনের অজান্তেই বলে উঠেছি - "বাংলাদেশের পণ্য কিনে হও ধন্য"।

এক দেশের এক্সপোর্ট অন্য দেশের ইম্পোর্ট…এটাইতো বিশ্ব বাণিজ্য। মাইগ্রেশনের সুফলও এনেছে ব্যবসা-বাণিজ্যে, রপ্তানি-মুখী শিল্পে, দেশে-বিদেশে নতুন-নতুন কর্মসংস্থানের। আর সেজন্যই তো’ ১৫বছর আগে আমার দেখা সিডনির লাকেম্বাতে যেখানে একটিমাত্র বাংলাদেশী গ্রোসারী দোকান ছিলো সেখানে আজ অন্তত: ১৫টি বাংলাদেশী দোকান-রেস্টুরেন্ট অনেক মাল্টি-ন্যাশনাল দোকানের সাথে প্রতিযোগিতায় হরেক রকম বাংলাদেশী পণ্য সাজিয়ে মানুষের চাহিদা মেটাচ্ছে।

ডেভিডের গল্প নিতান্তই কাল্পনিক, বাস্তবের সঙ্গে নামের, চরিত্রের কিংবা পণ্যের মিল নিছক কাকতালীয়,…এর সাথে হয়তো বাস্তবের মিলের চেয়ে অমিলই বেশী…তবুও “মেড ইন ইউনিভার্সের” আন্তর্জাতিক পণ্য আস্থা, নির্ভরতা আর সুনামের সাথে ছড়িয়ে রয়েছে দেশে দেশে…মহাদেশে…

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Published on: 30-Oct-2014


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বাংলাদেশ ইসলামিক সেন্টার অব নিউ সাউথ ওয়েলস (বিআইসি ) এর নির্বাচন সম্পন্ন


গত ১৯ অক্টোবর, ২০১৪ রোজ রবিবার লাকেম্বার পেরি পার্কের অস্ট্রলিয়ান ন্যাশনাল স্পোর্টস ক্লাবে বাংলাদেশ ইসলামিক সেন্টারের (বিআইসি) নির্বাচন সম্পন্ন হয়। নিউ সাউথওয়েলস ল সোসাইটি থেকে সম্পূর্ণ নিরপেক্ষ রিটার্নিং অফিসার ডেভিড স্যাক্স এর তত্বাবধানে সকাল ১০ টা থেকে বিকেল ৫ টা পর্যন্ত এই নির্বাচন পরিচালিত হয়।

বিকেল ৫টার পর যথাযথ নিয়ম অনুযায়ী নির্বাচনের ফলাফল ঘোষণা করেন ডেভিড স্যাক্স। জনাব ইমামুল হক বিআইসি’র সভাপতি ও জনাব আরিফ রহমান সাধারণ সম্পাদক নির্বাচিত হন এবং তাঁরা সহ ১৫ জনের একটি কার্যকরী কমিটির রূপরেখা ঘোষণা করেন রিটার্নিং অফিসার ডেভিড।

উপস্থিত বাংলাদেশী কমিউনিটির গণ্যমান্য ব্যাক্তিবর্গ নির্বাচনের ফলাফল ঘোষণার পর স্বতঃস্ফূর্তভাবে সবার পক্ষ থেকে নব নির্বাচিত কমিটির সুন্দর ভবিষ্যত কামনা করেন এবং এই নব্য গঠিত কমিটির সফলতা কামনা করে দোয়া করেন সারিহিলস মসজিদের সাবেক সভাপতি জনাব হারুন উর রশিদ।

ধারাবাকিক মামলায় জর্জরিত মৃত প্রায় এ সংগঠনটিকে অনাগত দিনগুলোতে সাবলীল গতিতে পরিচালনার উদ্দেশ্যে যেকোন গঠনমূলক পরামর্শ সানন্দে গ্রহণ করতে প্রস্তুত এই নব নির্বাচিত কমিটি। এই আশাবাদ ব্যক্ত করে কমিউনিটির সবার কাছে দোয়া চেয়েছেন বিআইসি’র নব্য গঠিত এই কার্যকরী পরিষদ।

এখন থেকে এই কার্যকরী পরিষদের নিয়মিত কর্মসূচি বিআইসির ওয়েব সাইটের (www.bangladeshislamiccentre.org) মাধ্যমে কমিউনিটির সবাই অবহিত হতে পারবেন।



বাংলাদেশ ইসলামিক সেন্টারের (বিআইসি) প্রচার ও প্রকাশনা সেল থেকে প্রচারিত ও প্রকাশিত।
যোগাযোগ :০৪১৩ ৫৮৫ ৯১২, ০৪৩২ ৭৫২ ৪৭৪







Published on: 28-Oct-2014






Published on: 27-Oct-2014


Human traffickers prey on
poor Bangladeshis
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Published on: 26-Oct-2014


Memories of Durga Puja
Dr. Fakrul Alam

The very first time I heard Shah Abdul Karim’s heart-stirring song, “Age Ki Shundor Din Kataitam” I was transported to my childhood years in Dhaka‘s Ramkrishna Mission Road and the Durga Puja days we used to revel in then. Karim remembers lyrically “how happily” he and other village youths would spend their childhood days, “Hindus and Muslims, singing Baul and Ghetu songs all together!” He goes on to narrate how he and his friends would listen to Ghazi, Baul and Ghetu songs during the monsoons as they raced their boats or watch jatras being staged in Hindu households and how politics and religion would never come in the way. He concludes wistfully: “I keep thinking: we'll never be happy like then. Though I once believed happiness was forever. Day by day things get worse and worse. Which path will distraught Karim now follow?”

Karim’s song always strikes a responsive note in my heart because I too recall how joyously my friends— whether Muslim or Hindu— and my family members would spend the Puja days every year in our Ramkrishna Mission Road para or neighborhood. Although my memories of those days have dimmed considerably by now one thing I still remember clearly is this: after the two Eids, Durga Puja was the most important festival to light up our young lives then. Alas, those days are gone, not only for me, but for most people growing up in a para in Dhaka: the pernicious mixture of parochial politics and religious fundamentalism that led to Partition, 1971, all subsequent riots and clashes and the endemic violence we live through have ensured that the kind of atmosphere we once used to breathe have been disappearing from the whole region (and not only our country) steadily.

One explanation for the spontaneity with which we would participate in the Ramkrishna Mission Puja festivities is demography. Our para consisted mostly of Muslims but also of not a few Hindus; our nearest neighbors, for instance, were two Hindu families. True, the events leading to Partition had created a divide of sorts between people speaking the same language but belonging to different religions and yet on most occasions we interacted freely with each other. Every day we would hear the ululations linked to prayers in our Hindu neighbor’s house just as they would listen to the azan drift into their homes five times a day from our neighborhood mosques (sans loudspeakers!) summoning the faithful to join the congregation. On puja days they would send us prasads and we too would share sweets our mothers would cook for our religious festivals with them. Pakistan was very much a state built around one religion, but do I deceive myself or were ordinary people much more secular and much less bigoted then?

Another reason for the ease with which we moved in and out of Ramkrishna Mission stemmed no doubt from the attitudes of the people who directed Ramkrishna Mission. Much like the Catholic American missionaries who ran the school and college where I would get my basic education, the saffron-clad men of this mission were always tolerant of para children irrespective of their religion. We were allowed to play football in the Mission field, bathe in its pond for hours, pick the bokul flowers from its trees or while they were strewn in the shades, chat for hours on its lawn, or read in its Reading Room. Occasionally one of the missionaries who would spend most of their time meditating or leading prayers for Hindus would even drop in for a chat with my parents, both devout Muslims but very pleased to have our “others” in our midst. Sure, there were limits even then, for we would not go inside Hindu prayer rooms and our Hindu friends would never disturb us during our prayer times, but open-mindedness and forbearance ensured that most of the spaces we lived in our community were shared ones.

In any case, Durga Puja in Ramkrishna Mission was the most memorable experience of another religion I have ever had. The moment we would hear the tak dum tak dum of the drums pervade the spaces of our neighborhood in the mostly warm but occasionally hot and humid end-autumnal days full of fleecy clouds in nearly –always blue skies our hearts would flutter. Those thrumming, magical beats announced unmistakably that the time for another fun-filled Saradiya Puja week had come! The dhakkis or drummers, I do believe, were our Pied Pipers, for we would sprint like the spellbound children of Hamlin then to the open field in front of the Mission Prayer hall the moment we heard them. We would find them there pounding away on their drums, swaying and smiling and showing off their skills on those ponderous-seeming but colorfully decorated and deep-echoing dhols !

The whole of Ramkrishna Mission became a spectacle of sights, smells and sounds for the next few days. No matter where or when we went to the Mission during the festival season we would experience a riot of colors, a medley of sounds, and a range of flavors that made the Durga Puja days unforgettable. Durga Puja in Ramkrishna Mission was truly in the carnivalesque mode, for there was an unmistakable mela or fair-like quality to it. Hindu men and women would come dressed in their fineries, the married women glowing because of their vermilion smeared-foreheads and multi-colored saris, the men looking happy and yet self-conscious in their bright but heavily-starched new dhotis and the children beaming and giggling because of anything and everything. We too would dress up for the occasion because whether Hindu or Muslim this was an occasion to meet people, mingle, chat, display and (for the boys) ogle. The sound of the drums would merge with the tinkle of mandiras, the chiming of bells, the unique note coming from conch shells, the ululation of women, the chanting of the mysterious but solemn-sounding Sanskrit prayers and the incessant chatter of not quite focused devotees. Indeed, there was a constant buzz in the Mission compound everyday from mid morning till late in the evening. In the Mission field hawkers would sell hot and spiced-up pickles and chutneys, delectable sweet and/or sour savories and flavored and syrupy drinks. At times the missionaries and volunteers would serve watery but delicious labra khichuri to anyone who cared to line up and eat from the plantain leaves. The smell of the different food items sold throughout the day would blend with the smoke and scent of the ceremonial dhups or incense lighted for the occasion. The press of the crowd, the feeling of excitement exuded by the people who sat to watch events or wander from place to place and the assorted Bangla dialects heard all around us created a matchless mix. But of course Puja was mainly a holy occasion for the Hindus of the city. While we Muslim children did not understand a lot of what went on and were often mystified by the seemingly endless cycle of rituals, there was much to keep us absorbed in at least a few of the religious events. At the centre of the Puja, undoubtedly, were the idols built for the occasion. They are traditionally unveiled on the sixth day and placed on a pandal, a temporary structure erected for the veneration of the goddess Durga. Even if we did not know the import of all that we saw who could not but be overwhelmed by the centerpiece, the resplendent goddess, ten weapons in her ten hands, a benign smile on her face, glowing in light golden colors, draped in a flaming red sari, standing on her lion mount, taming the demon Mahisasur? Also awe-inspiring were the attendant deities (how “filmy” are the idols made now!). We were captivated by the welcoming melodies of agamoni and intrigued by the chandipat or reading from the Hindu scriptures. Day and night we were enthralled by the rituals of anjali as the deity was offered flowers and prayers. For most of us one of the more fascinating moments of Durga Puja came on the ninth day, when a little girl was made the kumari, symbol of pristine beauty. But the climactic event was the immersion of the deity in the Mission pond on the tenth day. From the morning of this day we would witness intense activity. First, devotees would begin preparations to move the deity, then the pandal would be carried to the pond to the sound of ululations and finally the Durga would be immersed in the pond water to chants affirming her victory and predicting her triumphant return the next year.

The Durga Puja days mesmerized all of us in the para in many other ways. For instance, the dhaakis seemed to punctuate the days and nights of the Puja week with aarati or ritual dances, gyrating and drumming with abandon and delighting us children. In the evenings kirtans or devotional songs absorbed older people who were content to muse to musical tunes even in the middle of a crowd. But what fascinated most people young or old was the jatra that was staged in any one of these evenings. Like the morality plays that I would read about later in my English Studies when studying the history of the theater of Elizabethan England, this folk genre had angels and demons, characters like Vice and Conscience, music and dance, pathos and farce. In short, it was made out of a recipe guaranteed to please. Its plot, typically taken from an episode of a Hindu epic, was of the kind that would keep children as well as adults spellbound.

All in all, Durga Puja was a truly enthralling and synaesthetic experience; no wonder our senses were satiated by the end of the Puja week! The most important thing, I now realize, was that for nearly a week our para came alive and we had become part of a carnival that had gone on for days. And in the process our neighborhood had managed to come somewhat closer, for this was one religious occasion where differences were overcome to a great extent.

In 1967 my family moved from Ramkrishna Mission Road to another part of Dhaka and I have never been to another Durga Puja held there since then. But by 1965, a change had already come over our para. The India-Pakistan war that erupted in the middle of the year widened the rift created by partition, a rift that seemed to have been bridged to a great extent in a neighborhood like the one we lived in. A few of our Hindu neighbors left for India after the war. The rest, I know from subsequent visits, have migrated to India over the decades. The Ramkrishna Mission Puja, I hear, is still a huge event, but I doubt very much if the whole neighborhood comes alive during puja week like it used to when I was there.

Will coming generations in our part of the world ever rediscover the joy that comes from knowing that despite different beliefs, people can participate spontaneously in each other’s festivals and even delight in them fully? In 1985, after six years spent in Canada, I remember walking past a Durga puja pandal in Khulna with a nephew. I asked him, “Have you ever gone inside and enjoyed the puja festivities?” “No” he said, “there is a smell that comes from the dhup that they use that I can’t stand. Besides, we aren’t supposed to!” It was a moment that first made me realize that the dream of a secular, tolerant, humane Bangladesh had received a jolt in the years that I had been away. Subsequent events have been even more upsetting for those of us who believe in the values encapsulated in that part of our original (1972) constitution that was later “amended”. It is thus that Shah Abdul Karim’s song has so much resonance for me that every time I hear it I keep thinking of the Durga Puja celebrations in Ramkrishna Mission that I had been part of once upon a time: “How happily once we village youths would spend our days, Hindus and Muslims…. “I keep thinking: we'll never be happy like then. Though I once believed happiness was forever... Day by day things get worse and worse”.







Published on: 18-Oct-2014


Education minister of Bangladesh
Nurul Islam Nahid welcomed to Sydney


In an official tour the Education Minister of Bangladesh Mr Nurul Islam Nahid, leading a three-member delegation team, arrived in Australia on September 29, 2014.

The Jalalabad Association of New South Wales Inc. along with the Awami league Australia jointly held a reception in his honour in Sydney, Australia on the 1st of October 2014.


Jalalabad association Vice President (Nanu Miah) and the Organization secretary (Jillur Rahman) welcoming Mr. Nurul Islam Nahid.




The minister discussed about the key issues of Bangladesh in the education sector. He emphasized on improving education and strategies in place to make sure Bangladesh prospers into the twenty first century. He said Australia will offer scholarships to young teachers of Bangladeshi universities to gain training in Australia to improve Bangladeshi education standards to that of the western countries.

Members of Jalalabad Association thanked the minister for joining them for dinner and wished him a safe journey back home.


Members of Jalalabad Association







Published on: 15-Oct-2014






Published on: 8-Oct-2014


Prof Yunus is in Australia
Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus has arrived in Australia this morning to deliver key note speech at Focusing People's Architecture, an international conference and exhibition in Canberra and Sydney organised by Bangladeshi Architects in Australia (BaA)...Details...


Published on: 7-Oct-2014


Bangladeshi Architects in Australia (BaA)
Prof Mohammad Yunus is in Australia



Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus has arrived in Australia this morning to deliver key note speech at Focusing People's Architecture, an international conference and exhibition in Canberra and Sydney organised by Bangladeshi Architects in Australia (BaA) in association with the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) NSW. He will also inaugurate a Yunus Centre at the Monash University in Melbourne on 12th of October.

During his visit Professor Yunus will meet with the Federal Minister for Social Services, Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister for Social Services representing the Australian Prime Minister and Senior Australian Government Bureaucrats to share policy advice. He will also meet with senior executives from Australian corporate sectors and leading universities to share his thoughts, philosophies and way forward for his unique concepts on microfinance and social business to assist people to move beyond welfare dependency, to build long term financial and social capability.

Professor Yunus will have exclusive sessions with the Bangladeshi Architects in Australia and the Australian Institute of Architects.

Focusing People's Architecture is a continuation of the ongoing series of seminars and exhibitions in Australia hosted by the BaA and AIA over last five years.

The BaA with the spirit of "thinking outside the traditional mindset" plans to launch two flagship projects during this visit of Professor Yunus:
1. Social Business and Affordable Housing in Bangladesh; and
2. Housing Guide to Complement Cultural Capital in Australia.

For more information please contact Rumana Jamaly, Member, Bangladeshi Architects in Australia (BaA) on rumanajamaly@gmail.com.





Published on: 7-Oct-2014



Bangladesh Australia United Society

Blacktown-hills Islamic Centre,Quakers Hills

Eastern Sydney Islamic Welfare Services

Parramatta Islamic Centre


Published on: 2-Oct-2014



Bangladesh Society for Puja and Culture
Australian Bengali Hindu Association
Sydney Utshab
Vakta Mandir Sydney


Published on: 12-Sep-2014


SHATTERED
DREAMS


Bangladeshi students travel to the UK in hope of a prestigious education only to find the reality is quite different       Courtesy of Al Jazeera
Published on: 24-Sep-2014


সুন্দর ফন্টের জন্য SolaimanLipi ডাউনলোড করে নিন...

বাওয়া'র বর্ণাঢ্য আয়োজনে মুগ্ধ পার্থবাসী
আরিফুর রহমান খাদেম

গত ৬ই সেপ্টেম্বর ২০১৪ ছিল বাওয়া'র (Bangladesh-Australia Association of Western Australia) জীবনের এক স্মরণীয় রাত। বাংলা সংস্কৃতি বা বাংলাদেশকে মনে ধারণ করার রাত। পার্থবাসীর মতে, বিভিন্ন বয়সের রংবেরঙের দেশীয় সাজসজ্জায় ৬০ - ৭০ জন স্থানীয় শিল্পীদের স্বতঃস্ফূর্ত অংশগ্রহণে দেশীয় সংস্কৃতির এত বড় বর্ণাঢ্য আয়োজন তারা অতীতে উপভোগ করেনি। এটা ছিল বাওয়ার ৩২তম বার্ষিক আয়োজন। প্রায় সাড়ে তিন ঘন্টাব্যাপী পার্থের এক স্থানীয় থিয়েটারে প্রায় ৭০০ দেশি বিদেশি দর্শকদের হাস্যোজ্জল উপস্থিতি ছিল চোখে পড়ার মত। পশ্চিম অস্ট্রেলিয়ার বেশ কয়েকজন প্রভাবশালী মন্ত্রী, এমপি, সরকারী কর্মকর্তা ও কিছু বিদেশী নাগরিকের উপস্থিতিও পুরো অনুষ্ঠানকে অলংকৃত করে। তাছাড়া, বাওয়ার এ অসাধারণ আয়োজনকে স্বীকৃতি দিতে সম্প্রতি পশ্চিম অস্ট্রেলিয়ার পার্লাম্যান্টে অনুষ্ঠানটির বিভিন্ন দিক, বাংলাদেশের কৃষ্টি, ঐতিহ্য ও কালচার নিয়ে এক বিশেষ আলোচনা হয়, যা নিঃসন্দেহে বিশ্বের দরবারে দেশের ভাবমূর্তিকে প্রজ্বলিত করতে গুরুত্বপূর্ণ ভূমিকা রাখবে।

অনুষ্ঠানের শুরুতেই পার্থে বেড়ে উঠা ছোট্ট সোনামণিদের কণ্ঠে অত্যন্ত নিখুঁতভাবে ধ্বনিত হওয়া বিশ্বকবির লেখা আমাদের সকলের প্রিয় জাতীয় সঙ্গীত 'আমার সোনার বাংলা আমি তোমায় ভালবাসি' হল ভর্তি দর্শকদের মনকে এক অনাবিল আবেগের খাঁচায় বন্দী করে দেয়। শিশুরা তাদের সুরেলা কণ্ঠে অস্ট্রেলিয়ার জাতীয় সঙ্গীতও পরিবেশন করে। নিজ চোখে না দেখলে কেউ বিশ্বাসই করবে না যে এ শিশুদের জন্ম বাংলাদেশের বাইরে হয়েছে। জাতীয় সঙ্গীতের পরপরই বাওয়ার সভাপতি প্রফেসর রুহুল সেলিম, প্রধান অতিথি ও বিশেষ অতিথিরা বক্তব্য রাখেন। বক্তব্যের পরপরই শুরু হয় একের পর এক সব মজার ঘটনা।

পর্যায়ক্রমে স্থানীয় শিল্পীদের অংশগ্রহণে হারানো দিনের দেশাত্মবোধক ও জনপ্রিয় গান, নাচ, নৃত্য সহ সমসাময়িক বিভিন্ন বিষয়ের উপর বাস্তবভিত্তিক মজার মজার নাটিকা দর্শকদের হৃদয়কে গভীরভাবে স্পর্শ করে, যা পার্থবাসী আজীবন মনে রাখবে। পুরো সন্ধ্যায় কিছুটা ভিন্নতা বা বৈচিত্র্য আনতে এবং ভিন্ন সংস্কৃতিকে সম্মান প্রদর্শন পূর্বক অনুষ্ঠানে আরও স্থান পায় স্বস্ব দেশীয় সাজে সজ্জিত ভারতীয়, নেপালি ও ল্যাটিন আমেরিকান গান ও নৃত্য। ছোটবড় প্রতিটি শিল্পীর নিখুঁত কারুকাজ, পোশাক, অঙ্গভঙ্গি ও অভিনয় দর্শকদের প্রতিটি মুহূর্তকেই আনন্দে মাতিয়ে রাখে। এমনকি কেউ কেউ হাসতে হাসতে মাটিতে লুটিয়ে পড়েন। অস্ট্রেলিয়ার এত কর্মব্যস্ত জীবনের ভিতরে থেকেও শিল্পীরা তাদের অভিনয় প্রতিভা ও দক্ষতা বিভিন্ন কৌতুক সম্বলিত সংলাপের মাধ্যমে এমনভাবে ফুটিয়ে তুলেছেন, যা বাংলাদেশের অনেক পেশাদার নাট্যাভিনেতাদেরও হার মানাবে। তন্মধ্যে উল্লেখযোগ্য নাটিকাগুলো ছিল সম্প্রতি অনুষ্ঠিত বিশ্বকাপ ফুটবলের উপর বাংলাদেশি সমর্থকদের মধ্যে তীব্র বাকযুদ্ধ, কাতার ফেরত সোলেমানের বিয়ে করার খায়েস, অস্ট্রেলিয়ায় আসা নবীন ছাত্রদের জীবন-যুদ্ধ এবং প্রবাসে থাকা কিছু প্রবীণ ও নবীনদের দেশ নিয়ে স্মৃতিচারণ ইত্যাদি ইত্যাদি।

টেকনাফ থেকে তেঁতুলিয়া পর্যন্ত বাংলাদেশের অভ্যন্তরের বিভিন্ন ঐতিহাসিক স্থান, ঘটনাবলি ও বিষয়াদির উপর নানা রকম প্রামাণ্যচিত্রও স্থান পায় এ বিশেষ সন্ধ্যায়। প্রযুক্তির আশীর্বাদে প্রোজেক্টর ও মাল্টিমিডিয়ার সফল ব্যবহারও দর্শকদের বেশ আকর্ষণ করে। বিশেষকরে স্টেজ পার্ফরম্যান্সের পাশাপাশি ও প্রাসঙ্গিক ঘটনাবলির উপর ভিত্তি করে ব্যাকগ্রাউন্ডে বাংলাদেশ এবং অস্ট্রেলিয়ার বিভিন্ন প্রান্তের নয়নাভিরাম দৃশ্যগুলো দেখে কিছুক্ষণের জন্য হলেও মনে হয়েছে সবাই বুঝি স্বদেশেই আছি। অনুষ্ঠানে র্যা্ফল্ ড্রয়ের মাধ্যমে দর্শকদের জন্য বেশ কিছু আকর্ষণীয় পুরস্কারেরও আয়োজন করা হয়। আয়োজকরা তাদের এ নিখুঁত কারুকাজ ও উদ্যোগের জন্য সত্যিই প্রশংসার দাবিদার।




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Published on: 16-Sep-2014


90° North (Part 3)
My trip to the top of the World
Azam Chowdhury


Story of a Bangladeshi man who stood on the North Pole!


Published on: 15-Sep-2014


90° North
My trip to the top of the World

Azam Chowdhury



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I can feel the excitement is building up inside me. I am sure it is going to be the most exciting moment of the trip. Less than 400 people each year are lucky enough to get this opportunity. Thinking I am one of them, made me very proud. All day we were waiting for that moment to reach our final destination. There was a competition about who can predict the exact time of arrival at 90° N. As sea ice constantly changes its thickness, on top of that arctic fog is another natural phenomenon. The ship’s captain personally took control of the navigation zigzagging through the pack ice. As there is no fixed speed at which an icebreaker can break pack ice, it was very difficult to predict what time the ship will reach North Pole. At 10 a.m. in the morning I predicted we will reach North Pole at 8:30 p.m. But around 3:30 p.m. our ship encountered very thick ice. As a result the captain had to stop the ship for 4 hours to prepare the ship to break through the thicker ice. We passed through the thick ice without any major drama, except this time we felt like we were inside a giant rock crusher. The ship was rolling from side to side and up and down. The dining room was in a real mess. Then our expedition leader announced that we have encountered very thick and hard ice and advised us to hang on to the railing when walking around the ship. Then at 11:45 pm the expedition leader announced that we were very close to the North Pole. We all jumped up from our beds, quickly put on warm clothes and went to the bow deck. It was very windy and cold. With the excitement of reaching the North Pole, the wind and cold didn’t bother us at all. We were anxiously waiting for that wonderful moment.






GPS Reading showing 90 deg North

The exact point of 90° N was in the middle of a pressure ridge. As a result the captain was trying hard to manoeuver the ship to the exact point. But thick ice kept pushing our ship slightly away from the 90°N. To get to the exact point the captain was backing the ship 400/500 m and kept trying to get to the exact 90° North. It was such an exciting moment. After a few more tries finally exactly at 45 minutes past midnight, 25 July 2012 the captain blow the ships loud horn which indicated that we were at 90°N point. We were all waiting on the front deck for this moment. Everybody was yelling and shouting, doing high 5 with the person next to him. What a moment that was, knowing I am one of those few lucky ones who managed to reach 90° N (top of the world).


Bangladeshi flag raised on the North Pole

It was really an unforgettable moment thinking I was now standing on top of the world. When we were celebrating our achievement, our expedition leader gave us a bit of bad news that due to the thickness of the sea ice and unstable nature of the pressure ridge at 90°N, it was too dangerous to walk around there and our ship was not be able to drop anchor there. The captain was going to look for a suitable place to drop anchor around 90° N. We were slightly disappointed but considering the safety of the expedition team members we didn’t mind that at all. The icebreaker carries two 700 tons anchors and the ice has to be thick and strong enough to carry that load. Finally the captain found a suitable ice shelf not very far from 90° N, strong enough to drop the anchor and flat enough so that all the expedition team members can land on the ice, walk around and have a BBQ party. We spent almost all day at 90°N. As tradition goes, the ships crew made a large hole on the ice so that some crazy enough people could go for a skinny dip in the icy cold water of the North Pole. I was tempted to have a go, but since I left Dhaka, my sinus was playing up and I had constant runny nose. Thinking of the future activities I decided not to try the plunge. The captain warned us that according to the measurements, the seawater is extremely cold, so it would not be a good idea to have a skinny dip in that icy cold water. Some of the vital organs of the body might get frozen. So the people, planning to have a skinny dip got the message and decided to wear at least under garments.


Praying before plunging in Icy Cold Water


There were about ten people who did the plunge. Except two persons, no one could stay more than 30 seconds in the water and after that they were pulled out of the water by the ships crews on standby.

In the afternoon around 4 p.m. we set sail south on our way back to Murmansk via Franz Joseph Lands. Before we left the North Pole, our expedition leader dropped a Time Capsule to the bottom of the Arctic Ocean in which we were told to put our business card or any message we liked to put. As I didn’t have my business card, I found my daughter’s business card, wrote my name on the back, and put that in the Time Capsule. Who knows, may be after 500 years someone will recover that time capsule from the bottom of the Arctic Ocean and would know, Nazmul Chowdhury was here on July 25, 2012 and he did not have his business card with him, so he wrote his name on the back of his daughter, Anita Chowdhury’s business card instead.


Putting the business cards in the Time Capsule

On our way back from the North Pole, the expedition leader Jan announced that we were going back through Franz Joseph Lands and, weather permitting, we were trying to transfer everyone on to the Table Top Mountain by helicopter. We would also be able to see some beautiful sea birds nesting on the rock ledge near Franz Joseph Lands.

We were really very excited. When it was my turn to board the helicopter, one of the jokers in the group said “don’t worry Naz, if the chopper crushed in that icy cold water you will survive only 3 minutes, then it will be all over. You wouldn’t feel a thing. I turned around and told him who said I was worried, in fact that was what I wanted – a quick death. He laughed.

Jan was right, the view from the top of the Table Top Mountain was spectacular, absolutely breathtaking. In the evening, our expedition leader organized an auction night to raise money for Polar Research. I decided to bet for three items. The captain’s hat, which he donated to the cause, Navigation chart of our trip to the North Pole and if both failed I would go for the Russian made ceramic polar bear. I missed the captain’s hat for merely €50 Euro. Then I started my bet for the navigation chart. I was doing ok up to 200 Euro. I thought I have reached my limit and now was time sit back and watch. Then a betting war started between two Swedish couples. Both couples were determined to get that navigation chart. Very soon betting reached €10,000 Euro. I was glad I stopped betting after 200 Euros. Expedition leader was a very clever auctioneer, giving both couples free vodka while they were betting. Within10 minutes betting reached €15,000 Euros. We all thought there was no way they would be crazy enough to pay higher than €15,000 Euros for that chart. But after few more vodka they just kept going. The entire room was full of excitement. Everyone was waiting to see who will be the ultimate winner of that chart. The way they were betting it was very hard to predict. When they reached €20,000 Euros everybody thought betting was finished. But surprisingly, both couples wanted to keep going. By that time even I was feeling thirsty. When they reached €25,000 Euros, finally other couple said “ok you can have it”. After that successful auction we all had a free drink that night. €25,000 for an old Navigation Chart? Wow. Next morning I asked Jan (the expedition leader) about those couples. He said they both were millionaires from Sweden and none of them wanted to lose.

After arriving back to Murmansk, we were given the whole morning to go and look around Murmansk city. Some of the group members decided to go for shopping in the city center. I decided to go and see some of the memorials and first nuclear ice breaker Lenin which is now a museum.

Nuclear Powered icebreaker Lenin, The world's first nuclear powered surface ship, now rests in the docks of Murmansk and has been turned into a museum. It also features as a showcase for the Russian nuclear fleet. Ice Breaker Lenin was commissioned in 1959 and after 30 years of service Lenin was de-commissioned in 1989.

Alyosha Statue - known as Alyosha to locals, this 30-meter-tall statue of a soldier overlooks the city and was built in 1974 to commemorate the Soviet defense of the Arctic during World War II.

In the afternoon, we were taken straight back to Murmansk Airport for our flight back to Helsinki. Our Finnair chartered flight arrived exactly on time to pick us up and after another memorable trip of my life, I said good bye to Murmansk and headed towards home via Helsinki and London.



THE END

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Published on: 15-Sep-2014


ফিরোজা বেগম আর নেই!
প্রখ্যাত নজরুলসংগীত শিল্পী ফিরোজা বেগম মঙ্গলবার (৯/৯/২০১৪) রাত ৮টা ২৮ মিনিটে অ্যাপোলো হাসপাতালে ইন্তেকাল করেছেন (ইন্না লিল্লাহি ওয়া ইন্না ইলাইহি রাজিউন)...... বিস্তারিত......


Published on: 10-Sep-2014




Published on: 9-Sep-2014






Published on: 9-Sep-2014


‘For you my friend, anywhere anytime’
Mostafa Abdullah



“কিছু কিছু বন্ধু রবে স্মৃতিতে অম্লান – আর বাদ বাকি সব শালা . . .((গালি)) . . .”


Ranjan Banarjee recited this line in one of our lunch time আড্ডা (Gossips) at the ICDDR,B; The International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh where I worked for two six year contracts between 1980 and 1994. Ranjan is no poet and he heard this line from somewhere he had no clue about. Ranjan came to Dhaka from Ottawa as an accompanying spouse with his wife Nipa Banarjee. Nipa Banerjee was posted at Dhaka as the Trade Commissioner for Canada. Ranjan himself was an employee of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) where he worked as a Foreign Service Officer and also as a Trade Commissioner. At the ICCDR,B he joined us as a Consultant in our team. He was a fine company and a great connoisseur of food. He discovered so many exotic eateries in the old Dhaka during his three years of stay, which I could never imagine finding all those in my whole life. Guess where he was discovered in Sydney by some of his ex-colleagues of ICDDR,B. Off course it had to be in a restaurant in Blacktown. His one other favorite punch line was that his grandmother had dipped him in the holy waters of the Ganges when he was very young, and thus been absolved of all of his past, present and future sins. So he was free to try out all of the forbidden pleasures of life including devouring গোমাংস (beef) as much as he wished. However this piece is not about Ranjan. I just could not resist using his line to begin this write-up and hence this brief introduction. I do wish to revisit Ranjan and other good friends at some other later time.

After leaving ICCR,B I started working for PA Consulting Group (New Zealand) from 1995 in their Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded project in Bangladesh as a Senior Systems Consultant. The project aimed at upgrading the Financial Management System of the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) and the Dhaka Electric Supply Company (DESCO). Mr. Peter Stehli, an Englishman, headed the project. Peter in his early seventies, was a professional accountant who was also a graduate of linguistics from the University of London.

I was Peter’s number two in the project. Any time he drafted a report, a letter or even a note that was to go out of office, he passed it on to me for my review and comment. Being raised in an environment where the boss could not be wrong, even when one is, I always said fine. After a few days Peter asked me how come I always said ‘fine’ to everything that he gave me for review. I had no answer as I could not tell him that not only our work culture discourages pointing mistakes of the boss but could also be seen as disrespect towards the Superior. Peter explained that he himself could not be right one hundred percent, all the time, and my job as his deputy was to double check that. Once that was cleared, I never had any problem telling him wherever corrections or improvements were required.

However, that wasn’t to be the case to be with a senior bureaucrat of the government of Bangladesh, with whom we needed to deal regularly for project activities. This very gentleman was ‘Mr. Know it all’ who took pride in doing all the talking himself and wouldn’t listen much. Besides, his English was rather poor and he had difficulty understanding Peter’s conversations. Most often his responses to Peter had no relevance to the subject matter of the meetings and most encounters ended up in frustrations for us. He used to be always flanked by his deputies in the meetings but none cared to ever point out to him that the boss may not have understood what Peter had said or interpreted in Bangla for him.

In one such routine meeting we urgently needed a resolution to an issue very pertinent to the progress of the project. But the boss’s conversation clearly pointed to the fact he did not understand what Peter had requested of him. As our frustrations grew, I decided to speak to him in Bangla to tell him what actually Peter said. As soon as I did that he looked at me with such blood shot eyes that if it had the flames, it sure would have burnt me to the stake. I knew that my days were done with this honorable officer of the government. We returned from the meeting empty handed without any resolution. On our way back I told Peter what had happened. He kept quiet and I wasn’t sure what he had thought of it.

A couple of days before the next scheduled meeting we were advised that I need not attend the meetings any more. Peter Stehli refused to attend the meeting without me and it had to be cancelled. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) requested Peter to patch up with the officer and suggested that he needed to attend the meetings, even if it was without me. Peter refused and offered to resign instead. Fortunately for us the gentleman got transferred to another ministry soon and the business continued as usual with his replacement. The rumor had it that ADB’s long hand had something to do with the transfer. And I learnt my lesson not to ever tell any Bangladeshi boss that he or she may have got it wrong.

Peter resided in Hotel Sheraton for almost first half of his five year tenure in Dhaka. Every morning while leaving for work he used to collect a pocket full of changes in ten taka notes from the cahiers office. The small kids at traffic stops knew Peter’s car too well to run for it as soon as it stopped. Peter seemed to know some of these kids even by their names. Peter gave away each of them a ten taka note whenever he could. Our office driver Siraj couldn’t be very happy about it. Siraj often shouted at the kids not to touch the car since they soiled it with their dirty hands. He complained that due to this he needed to wash the car more often than needed. On one such occasion a little girl responded; ‘ক্যান, সাবে আপনেরে ব্যাতন দেয় না’? (What’s your problem? Don’t you get paid for your work’?) Peter wished to know what the girl had said and as I interpreted it, he burst into laughter and gave that girl two additional ten taka notes. He commented ‘given the opportunity she would have made a fine lawyer’.

There were few that came to his office at regular intervals and collected handouts from Peter under various pretexts. Since I sat closest to peter’s office he often called me in to interpret for them. Each one had a new story to tell to beg for more and more money at each of these visits. I could figure out that some of the stories were concocted to pry on Peter’s goodness of heart. I used to get upset at times and at one instance I told Peter if he realized that some of these guys are taking him for a ride with made up stories. He looked at me and smiled ‘Don’t you think I can understand that too? Had I been in any one of their shoes, I would have probably done the same thing or worse’. I asked myself; how come I could not think like him.

Peter left the project and Bangladesh into retirement in the year 2000. Later in 2003 I assumed the role of Head of the project for PA Consulting Group (USA) under USAID funding. At my work I needed someone with critical knowledge of Bangladesh energy sector to draft me a capital requirement analysis and plan for Bangladesh energy sector. I could not think of any better person than Peter for the job. But I wasn’t sure if he would be interested to come back to work for six to eight weeks from his retirement. I apologetically called him and made the request. He replied ‘for you my friend, anywhere anytime’. Peter came to Dhaka and worked for six weeks. He turned up an output which equaled to at least ten to twelve weeks of work.

This was one of my happiest and a proud moment of my professional life. It is not because I had my former boss work for me, but because it was an attempt on my part to show my reverence for him, for the person he had been and for upholding my honor by putting his own job on the line.

Thank you Peter.





Published on: 1-Sep-2014


Share Accommodation Wanted

I am Mohammad Mostafa Kamal from Bangladesh. I have got my PR 189 and coming Sydney on 18th October 2014 with my wife and a year and half old child.

I am trying to find share accommodation in Lakemba or neibouring areas.

If you have any such accommodation available could you please let me know. My contact details are given below.

Mohammad Mostafa Kamal
Mob: +8801713201798
email: mostafa308@gmail.com
Skype: mohammad_mostafa_kamal



Published on: 23-Aug-2014


90° North (Part 2)
My trip to the top of the World
Azam Chowdhury


Story of a Bangladeshi man who stood on the North Pole!


Published on: 21-Aug-2014


90° North
My trip to the top of the World

Azam Chowdhury



< Part 1
PART 2
Part 3 >


Andre was a friendly young Russian about 35 years old. He knows very little English. He was trying hard to communicate with me. I told him that I live in Australia but was born in Bangladesh. I wasn’t sure how am I going to make him understand where Bangladesh is. Then I asked him whether he knew where Bangladesh is? He tried hard in his broken English to show he knows Geography very well. I was not sure what he meant by that. He realized that he is not getting through to me, he got up, opened his information folder, grabbed a piece of paper and a pen, drew a map of the Indian Sub-Continent and showed me the exact location of Bangladesh, then Dhaka and Chittagong in his map. I was really surprised. He didn’t stop there, he even showed me all the rivers of Bangladesh in his map and where they are flowing into the Bay of Bengal. When I asked how did he know so much about Bangladesh, he told me that when he was in school he won the Geography Olympiad in the entire Russian Federation. He just loves to study geography. I wish I could speak Russian or he could speak a bit more English, then we could have had a wonderful discussion. We left Murmansk at 6:00 p.m.


Murmansk Harbour

After dinner he asked me whether I would like to have a drink with him at the bar. I told him I have been travelling for 2 /3 days and was a bit tired. Then he left and I decided to get some sleep. Around 3:30 a.m. he came back to the cabin, I got up with the noise and looked outside and saw the bright sky outside. I asked him is it already morning? He said no, it never gets dark here in summer. We both went to our beds again and after a couple of hours Andre got up and told me he was going to the smoking room for a smoke and ask me whether I smoked. I told him that I didn't. He seemed to be very surprised that I don’t drink or smoke. He came back after an hour and went back to sleep. After breakfast we sat next to a window and watched the fog covered Barents sea for a while. Then I went to my cabin and had a chat with Andre. After lunch I went to the Aft Salon to listen to Kara’s lecture on comparison of Northern Arctic with Antarctica. Kara is a Biologist from Alaska. She travelled extensively in both Antarctica and Northern Arctic.

Next day I woke up at 6:30. Looked outside through the window. The sky looked a lot clearer than yesterday. Barents sea is very calm compared to South Atlantic. Only few birds were flying overhead. Apart from that nothing significant was visible. Outside temperature was around – 4°C. I decided not to go out on the deck before breakfast. In the other corner of the room, Andre was still sleeping like a baby. All he does is drink and sleep. Around 8 a.m. I went to the dining room and had my breakfast. As I didn’t have dinner the night before, I was hungry. After breakfast, I saw Andre entering the dining room for his breakfast. Today at 4:15 p.m, we saw the Polar ice shelf for the first time. It was a spectacular sight. Our Icebreaker was steaming ahead at 16-17 knot per hour through the packed ice.


Kittiwake Flying overhead

All we could see was white packed ice all around us. I spent some time admiring the sea ice. Temperature was below zero and it started to drizzle. So I decided to return and rest in the cabin. Around 6:30 p.m. there was an announcement about polar bear sighting. I quickly got dressed, grabbed my camera and went to the upper deck. By the time I went there, bear had disappeared in the ice pack. So with a bit of disappointment I returned to my cabin.

Andre reminded me that I had an invitation to the Captain cabin for a cocktail drink. I said "really"? He said there was an invitation letter on my desk. I wasn’t sure where it was, so he showed me the invitation card on my desk, which I didn’t even bother to open earlier thinking it is another information sheet they constantly provided. I asked Andre whether he was going too. He said no, it is for invited guests only. He explained that during the trip the Captain invites 6 people for captain cocktail party and I was one of the lucky ones. It was already getting late. So I quickly changed into something comfortable and went to the captain’s Cocktail Party. After drinks he told me, through his interpreter that he never met anyone from Bangladesh in his ship before. I told him that I was honored to have a drink and meet the captain of the world's largest and most powerful nuclear powered Icebreaker. He smiled and said if I wanted I can take a picture with him. I was really happy to see how polite and gentleman he was. After saying good bye to the captain and his interpreter, we left captain’s cabin to the briefing room.


With Captain Valentin Davydyants

We had a helicopter briefing at 7:00 p.m. We were told our helicopter will start flying from next day, weather permitting of course. In the Arctic the weather changes every hour, same as I found in Antarctica last year. After dinner I went up to the upper deck to take some more pictures. The wind was too strong and the temperature was 0° degree, so I decided to come back to the cabin. I had a look at all the picture I had taken.

At 12:30 a.m. I woke up with the announcement from our team leader Jan that there was a polar bear close to our ship. So quickly I got up, put on some warm cloths again, grabbed my cameras and went to the upper deck. Wow, it was really a very exciting moment of my Arctic expedition. There was a single polar bear wondering around. The captain stopped the ship so that everyone can have a look at the majestic animal from close up. Such a huge ship stopped next to him or her, seemed it didn’t bother the polar bear at all. Our ship stayed motionless for almost 15 minutes. I must admit it was worth every minute. I am sure it will be the highlight of my trip to the Polar region.


Polar bear roaming in the arctic

Then the captain decided to leave the bear alone and resumed our course for 90° North. In the morning, I looked outside through my cabin window. Sea ice was all around. All white and our ship going through the pack ice at 17 – 18 knots. We could feel the vibrations and bumps when breaking ice with great speed. In the below deck the noise was unbearable. I really felt sorry for those passengers who were in deck below. With the excitement of Polar Bear sighting, Andre and I both had very little sleep so after lunch we both had an afternoon nap only to wake up with the announcement from our expedition leader, Jan, reminding us again that we will be having BBQ dinner and afterwards there will be an open deck party. The ship was already stopped so that catering crews could organize BBQ and sitting arrangement on the deck.
After the BBQ we had music and dance for an hour then at 9:30 ship started to move again for our final destination. I looked through the window, it was foggy and our ship was still crushing through the pack ice. I thought these pack ice must be much harder than the previous days, because noise was unbelievable and the ship was rolling like we are in the middle of a stormy sea. From time to time captain was stopping the ship and reversing some distance then forward again with a new course.


Midnight Sun

Later on I asked Jan why the captain is doing that. He said when the ice gets too thick, the captain changes the course so that ship can break through the ice easily. He reminded me that this is the only ship design to break through 10 - 12 feet thick ice. After lunch Jan announced that we will be reaching 89° North soon. That means after that we will have 60 more miles to go before we will reach 90° North.


To be continued . . . . . . . .


< Part 1 Part 3 >






Published on: 21-Aug-2014


90° North (Part 1)
My trip to the top of the World
Azam Chowdhury


Story of a Bangladeshi man who stood on the North Pole!


Published on: 10-Aug-2014


90° North
My trip to the top of the World

Azam Chowdhury



PART 1
Part 2 >


I always thought what it would be like to stand on the top of the world. But as the Geographic North Pole is on the thick ice shelf on Northern Arctic Ocean, the only way to get there is by powerful ice breakers. After doing some research, I decided to book through a Russian Expedition company that uses Russian Navy’s most powerful nuclear powered ice breaker called 50 Years of Victory, which is the most powerful ice breaker in the world. I thought it would



Ice breaker - 50 Years of Victory


be wonderful to see how it breaks through thousands of miles of thick ice, and also how it would feel to stand on top of the world at 90° north. Because of the limited number of seats available for the expedition, I made my booking 9 months ahead of the scheduled trip. I had already planned to visit Bangladesh so I decided to start my journey from there.

After some anxious months, I finally left Dhaka on the 16th of July 2012. For some reason, I wasn’t feeling very excited. I knew anything and everything can go wrong. Jet Airways Flight to London via New Delhi left Dhaka on time at 9:20 am. When I decided to start my North Pole trip from Bangladesh I knew I was taking a big risk. Once I took off, I was relieved that finally I am on my way to the North Pole.

Jet Airways flight from Dhaka to Delhi was fairly un-eventful; except the young man sitting on the other side of the aisle kept talking to me. He would be around 25, cleaned shaved, wearing brand new shirt, trousers and shoes. He was going to Doha and asked me where I was going. Then he started his complaints, at first he complained for not getting a refresher towel, then he complained about not having a printed menu in the seat pocket. I started reading the newspaper. Then he said in Bengali "Ashole ki janen? Eida ekta faltu airline".

After 2 hours layover in Delhi, our flight left for London. After less than 8 hours, we arrived at London Heathrow Airport at 6:30 PM local time. My next connecting flight to Helsinki was at 7:30 next morning. I went to the food court and had something to eat then went to terminal-3, found a long bench without handles and lied down. Couldn’t sleep for long because of the noise. Around midnight the terminal was totally empty and managed to get some sleep.


Finland:
Helsinki - Around 6:30 in the morning Finnair check in desk opened. I went and stood in the queue. We left London Heathrow Airport exactly at 7:30 am as scheduled and arrived Helsinki at 10:15 am local time. On my way to the hotel from the airport I asked the Taxi Driver why the roads were so empty and so few cars on the road. She replied, almost 50% of the Helsinki Population takes their holiday during summer. Usually they go to the countryside. Helsinki is a small city but very neat and clean. I checked into the Hotel and after lunch I was feeling restless and went down to the hotel lobby. I met Ajit who is a hotel employee from India. He was very friendly and suggested a few interesting places to see in and around Helsinki. I went for a walk around the lake at first, which was close to the Helsinki Crown Plaza where I was staying.

In the Northern Hemisphere the sun remains high in the sky until very late. It was after 10:35 pm. I could see the sun is still up and outside was very bright. During summer months, Helsinki gets about 18 hours daylight and it doesn’t get dark before 11 pm. After two days I left Helsinki with rest of the group for Murmansk. This was my second Finn Air flight. Finn Air is a relatively small Airlines and I was really surprised to see their efficiency and punctuality.


Russian Republic:
Murmansk - We arrived at Murmansk, located in the extreme northwest part of Russia. With an average yearly temperature of 0°C, Murmansk is the world’s largest city north of the Arctic Circle. Average temperatures exceed 0° degrees Celsius only from May through October. The average low during the coldest part of the year in Murmansk is approximately −14 °C. However, temperatures routinely plunge below −20 °C during winter. Murmansk was Soviet Union's most important nuclear fleet and submarine base.



Murmansk City


This is the first time I set foot on Russian territory and naturally was eager to see the Russian efficiency. As Murmansk is the homeport for Russian Navy’s Nuclear and submarine fleet, security in and around the airport was very tight. But there were only a few well-dressed woman police officers inside the small terminal building. There were only 3 custom booths with 3 custom officers checking our travel documents and arrival cards. They were working like 3 industrial robots. They didn’t talk and had no expression on their faces. After customs clearance, we were directed by a soldier towards our buses waiting outside to take us to Murmansk harbour. Once again there was no talking, just looking at us and pointing to the buses. We saw there were more Russian soldiers outside and around the terminal building. It was very cold and windy outside, and to make things worse, it started to rain. It took us 45 minutes to go to Murmansk harbour. The road to harbour was almost traffic free. Either side of the road was covered with natural pine forests and there were a few lakes, made our journey quiet scenic. When we reached the harbour we could see our giant nuclear powered icebreaker in front of us next to a Russian Navy’s nuclear powered Aircraft Carrier.

Although we were told not to take any pictures in or around Murmansk harbour, but few people couldn’t resist the temptation. They kept on talking pictures even though it was still raining outside.

I was really surprised to see such an important place is in such a mess. It looked like a ship wrecking yard. Rusty ship parts, old propeller, old lifeboat were scattered all over the place. Soldiers were standing with their guard dogs. We were told to remain in the bus until further notice. Then after about 15 minutes customs police came on board our buses to check our passports again. He was very polite and quietly checked all the passports and left without saying a word to anyone, not even to our Russian driver. After another 10 minutes our buses were allowed to pass through the double security gate.



Our buses had to negotiate through all sorts of obstacles to park next to the gangway to go on board our ship. It was a long climb and when we reached the top of the gangway for the very first time we saw a smiling face greeted us and said, "welcome on board". He was our German born expedition leader, Jan. Once we were in, we had to surrender our passport and we were showed our cabins. It was a very proud moment for me. I always wanted to see how a nuclear powered ship or submarine works, now I was in one of them, and it was going to be my home for next ten days. I was very excited. When I went into my cabin I saw my roommate’s luggage already in the room. But surprisingly my luggage did not arrive yet. I decided to go out and join rest of the group for briefing. After the briefing, I came back to my cabin and met my room mate Andre from Moscow.


To be continued . . . . . . . .

Part 2 >







Published on: 10-Aug-2014


Bangladesh Society Puja and Culture
New Executive Committee


Published on: 8-Aug-2014


Bangladesh Society Puja and Culture
Media Release


This is to inform the community members that ‘Bangladesh Society for Puja & Culture Inc.’ (BSPC) has held its Annual General Meeting 2014 on Sunday 20July 2014 at Marayong South Public School, 64 McClean Street, Blacktown. The following BSPC members are elected as new Executive Committee for the period of 2014-2015. New Executive Committee members are as follows:

TitleName
PresidentMr Subal Chowdhury
Vice PresidentDr Ranjana Sarker
General SecretaryMr Pradip Saha
Assistant General SecretaryMr Bipul Roy
TreasurerMr Nikhil Paul
Cultural SecretaryMrs Kalpana Majumder
Public Relations Secretary (PRS)Mr Nirmal Chakraborty
MembersMr Dhruba Bhowmik
Mr Debashis Dutta
Dr Santosh Roy
Mr Haridas Paul



New Executive Committee Members (standing in the back row) with the Election Commissioner Dr Renu Deb-Das


Published by-
Nirmal Chakraborty, Public Relations Secretary, BSPC 2014-15
Date: 02 August 2014




Published on: 8-Aug-2014


Bangladeshi-Australian boy wins gold medal in Informatics Olympiad 2014


Published on: 4-Aug-2014


Greek court acquits farmers who shot
28 Bangladeshi strawberry pickers


Published on: 31-Jul-2014



Seminar on controversial changes to Racial Discrimination Act


Anisur Rahman: Australian Federal government is thinking about making some controversial changes to the Racial Discrimination Act (1975). Proposed changes will affect sections 18C and 18D of the act. Section 18 C prevents a person from insulting, humiliating, offending or intimidating another person or group on the basis of their race. Section 18 D outlines exemptions to protect freedom of speech for artistic or cultural works. Many people feel that the changes to this act will increase racial vilification based on ethnicity, race, language and religion.

The Indian Telegraph, a community newspaper published from Sydney, held a seminar on the 24th of July 2014 at the Marayong Community Centre (Western Sydney) to discuss the proposed changes with parliamentarians, community leaders and legal experts. There was a five member panel to discuss the issue and answer the questions raised by the community.


From left: Pallavi Sinha (Lawyer), Michelle Rowland Federal MP (Labour), Geoffrey Lee NSW MP (Liberal), John Robertson (Opposition labour leader of NSW) and Aisha Amjad (Lawyer).

The seminar was attended by a sizeable number of Indian and Bangladeshi community members.



Liberal leader Geoffrey Lee asked the community to rest assured because this is only a proposal and it hasn't been submitted to the parliament as a bill. There is a considerable opposition from many quarters and it will never happen.

Opposition labour leader of NSW John Robertson insisted to remain vigilant and asked the community members to contact their local MPs through email to voice their concern until the issue is dead and buried.




Published on: 30-Jul-2014






Published on: 23-Jul-2014


FAREWELL SPEECH
Faruk Kader


Imran tried to imagine what his farewell speech would be, if he was made to walk out of his present job. He has already attended a couple of farewell morning teas rolled out for a number colleagues in his work-place. Only one colleague ended his career on his own term, while the others had to accept redundancy. He has been working as Senior Planning Engineer, Brisbane Water, a leading water retailer of Australia, for more than 3 years and was looking to continue few more before retiring. This has become uncertain with the current downturn in the job market which began when the Liberal Party came into power after their resounding victory in Queensland state parliament election. The ruling Liberal Party has already chopped off thousands job in a bid to return to surplus budget and was determined to do more. Who knew what more job-cut plans they have up in their sleeves!

Job-cuts in Imran’s organisation came in the guise of re-structuring – a common ploy in this country, perhaps anywhere in western world, to cut down the cost of running an organisation behind the smokescreen of drive for efficiency and productivity. Re-structuring or reform of Imran’s organisation began last year, which immediately spawned speculations of the impending job cut. The big bosses at the top started volleying their reform ideas to the hapless employees in a series of presentations. The net result: three posts of General Manager were created at the top hierarchy, while a number of managerial posts abolished and couple of sections merged to downsize the staff numbers, leaving the fate of incumbent position holders in balance. As the road to reform slowly demystified, the fates of the staff not making to this journey were sealed one by one.

The most recent farewell morning tea that Imran attended turned beyond everybody’s imagination something into a funeral ceremony, when the departing staff, a Manager, could not hold back his feeling of utter disappointment and shock, and broke down soon after he began his farewell speech. He hardly spoke few sentences when his swelling emotion spilled out - he started sobbing, his voice quivered and body twisted. He somehow pulled himself together - a virtuoso of these English speaking people, wholeheartedly agreed by Imran, and finished his speech. The uncertainty looming large in the minds of all present made the atmosphere gloomy. Imran met this guy many times in office corridors and exchanged Hi and Hallows – he was all smiles and easy going; now it looks like the heaven has come crashing down on him. His emotional outburst did overwhelm his group of female staff as well and they silently wept – sending out waves of compassion to this poor man’s tortured soul. Later on Imran found out that this guy’s section has been merged with another leaving him high and dry. It was like our Bangladeshi minister without portfolio, with the difference that our minister, although without power, can enjoy all the benefits of a ministerial position. The outgoing manager had served the organisation with distinction for long years, well-settled in life with his family. Now he has been put aside by his organisation and his bitterness about this treatment would be hard for him to swallow.

Since migrating to Australia about a decade back, Imran like many other migrants fell into the vicious cycle of job hunt. The cycle is something like that: You are hired by a rising company, the company enjoys a period of boom – lots of work, then something happens in international economy, contracts dry up for the company and it rings alarm bell for the midlevel personnel like Imran; managers and executives remain untouched because they have a job ahead to steer the company ship out of rough waters and to eke out a new survival strategy. Then one day you are shown the exit door and you start polishing your CV and armed with that start knocking at the recruiting agents and send out desperate calls to your professional network. In the last eight or nine years, Imran had a similar number of jobs, all contract ones – a few of them lasted for about couple of months. Permanent jobs eluded him all along till the one he is doing now. Permanency in job is a misnomer in Australia and elsewhere in western countries. This is the reality here, as one would understand, in stark contrast to Bangladesh, where one once employed in a government job can last till his retirement. Sometime, resignation from a government job in Bangladesh can take months, even years because of bureaucratic bungle.

For about three years after the global financial crisis, Imran has been enjoying a period of relative calm and economic prosperity, offered by the present job towards the end of his career. Even this period had few hiccups, you could say, small shake-ups before a major upheaval. Although he was able to avoid redundancy, he had to enter a new contract with his employer which stripped him of few previous incentives. But the fear of redundancy was not gone; every now and then speculations of redundancy would pop up and shatter the illusion of job security, when someone fed with tip-offs from head office spoke out his concern to his team members. Actually, Imran was very much conscious of this reality and he realized prevention of redundancy was not an option, if he was in the firing line. That’s why he has been preparing himself for this eventuality to make his exit with some dignity.

Since the beginning of this job-cut in Imran’s work-place, Imran regularly shared with Rehana, his wife of about 30 years, what’s happening in his office. Rehana has been by Imran’s side through his tumultuous career and shared both his jubilations of getting a new job and sense of despair when it came to an end. But this was never like before, being engaged in a psychological warfare against the adversity of life lurking in the dark. She didn’t show any visible signs of worry in the past. As Imran poured out today’s gloomy tale of the outgoing manager to Rehana, she was quite moved, while in the back of her mind she experienced a heightened awareness of life’s fragility. Unable to hide her inner turmoil, she almost broke down, “What we are going to do, if it happens to you?” “I have started looking for jobs elsewhere”, Imran replied vaguely, as his attention was drawn to the TV footage of hundreds protesting on the street against the impending job-cuts in public health sector.

The semi-paranoid about the job-cut was affecting Rehana. Almost everyday, when Imran reached home after the day’s work, Rehana would often ask him the question, “What’s latest happening in your office?” Imran tired from office, would work out a smile for her to assure that he was still at bay from redundancy. When they went to bed following the daily rituals of dinner and watching TV programs, a short bed-time conversation would ensue. Imran opened up, “You know, two girls of the customer service were given farewell today.”
“What happened to them?”
“Their contracts expired and not renewed; poor girls!, now they will have to queue at the Centrelink for the dole and look for jobs, which would not be easy given the dull job market.”
Imran felt the concern of Rehana. He knew, if job-cut strike him like a lightning from blue, they would be in the same boat as many others have already been made to be.
Imran drew Rehana close to him, “Don’t worry; so far I didn’t hear anything about our section. We are quite busy at the moment and my performance is well-regarded by my boss”.
Rehana moaned with sleepy eyes trying to remain awake, “I rather worry for you. You have to remain busy to keep you going and cheerful.” Imran understands what Rehana implied – when they first came to Australia they had a terrible time without job and with Centrelink’s meagre support. And Imran almost became depressed. Only a resurging job market buoyed by the mining boom brought about by the steeply rising Chinese economy came to their rescue. Imran kissed the sleepy eyes of Rehana, then whispered into her ear, “We have come a long way Rehana and we have seen times both good and bad. Even if we have to face bad time, we would see through it together. Let’s not worry now and go to sleep.”

Imran stopped talking about job-cuts in his office after realization of its toll on Rehana. It seemed the tide of first major job-cut in the office has ebbed. Imran didn’t hear any further job-cut in the office. For the time being the atmosphere of uncertainty took a back-seat giving the employees a respite to move on.

The year was drawing to an end and x-mass was knocking at the door. The atmosphere in Imran’s work-place turned pregnant with the staff’s expectation about x-mass celebration and the long holiday. All around the staff radiated happiness and joy and engaged in chatting about their holiday plans. Office work slowed down and plans for x-mass celebration in work place were rolled out well ahead of x-mass day. Plans included x-mass lunch, x-mass morning tea and competition for group-wise x-mass decoration, Secret Santa and Raffle Draw. The Sri Lankan female colleague of Imran’s team put on a decoration with all her team members reaching out for help. The whole office floor decorated with x-mass outfits exuded all around happiness and joy: the uncertainty about job cut all but was erased from the staff’s minds.

On the x-mass eve, Imran and Rehana went to Brisbane city centre to watch x-mass celebration. At the city centre, they merged with the crowd lined in wait for the X-mass party to parade through the city centre. This x-mass parade has been happening for the last two years, sponsored by the fashion retailer giant Myer. First the kids came along dancing and singing x-mass carols and waving to the cheering crowds, followed by teen age boys and girls beating drums - the marching kids and teen age boys and girls put on red and white dress. Then marched the artists, who performed a ballet piece from Nut Cracker Suite, the world famous x-mass ballet. Some of them leaped into the air, some somersaulted in sheer ecstasy. A few paused on their march to offer a selphie snapshot to the more flamboyant members from the watching crowd. In this festive mood, everybody was happy and no distinction could be made about the degree of happiness writ on the faces of crowd. Among the crowd, who knew, there could be jobless ones or people coping through tight budget or even had terminal patients back at home to care about. The joy and sprit of x-mass permeated the hearts of Imran and Rehana. Finally, the carriage of Santa Clouse driven by two deer came hopping along. The Santa waved his hands to the cheering crowd and as it passed by Imran, he was greeted by the Santa by his smiling face with a blinking eye. Imran thought: Did he know this guy masquerading as Santa, being aware that the guy performing as Santa could be a hired one. Many casually work as Santa during x-mass at shopping malls to entertain kids, in the process earning some bucks to feed themselves.

The day before x-mass holiday, Imran received a letter neatly tucked into an official envelope marked, “Confidential” left on his desk. Seeing the letter in Imran’s hand, his team leader Richard joked,“ Your termination letter; may be we are here for another farewell morning tea.” Imran laughed but with a fleeting shade of gloom on his face. Richard came to his cheerful self instantly and patted on Imran’s back saying,” You have in the envelope something to cheer about.” Imran regained his composure and returned his compliment, “I could guess”.

Imran took the letter home and gave it to Rehana, pretending to be sad. Rehana was not sure what to do but she was fooled into believing in something ominous about the envelope after watching Imran’s carefully crafted disappointment on his face. She cried out, “Don’t tell me you have lost your ….!” Imran couldn’t pretend for long – it was against his nature. Finally, he broke into a smile that assured Rehana that it was nothing that sort. Rehana took a long breathe, then without bothering to look at the letter, gingerly put down the envelope on the tea table. Her face brightened up for the moment and then she spoke to Imran almost in a hushed voice, “You know, I have applied for a casual job with Coles and they have invited me to an interview tomorrow. It’s only fair that I give you a hand… “




Published on: 16-Jul-2014


টাঙ্গাইলে চিরনিদ্রায় খ ম ফারুক
bdnews24.com এর সৌজন্যে


Published on: 6-Jul-2014


New CEO for Ntv Australia

Mr MD Rashedul Islam has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ntv Australia Inc. Prior to this, Mr Islam served as the head of editorial and associate editor of updatebdnews.com. He is also member ff Bangladesh Online Journalist Forum, Australia Press Club, President of Bangladesh Student Association Australia Inc, Managing Director Dexus Corporate media Ltd, Member of Financial Services Australia, Associate Member of CPA Australia, NSW Youth Labor Delegate, Secretary of The Association of Bangladesh Voice Australia, Executive Director of GNWSA and member of United Nation Youth Association (UNYA) Australia.





Published on: 29-Jun-2014


Ramadan Mubarak
Mostafa Abdullah


1

Anas ibn Malik reported: A man said, “O Messenger of Allah, should I tie my camel and trust in Allah, or should I untie her and trust in Allah?” The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Tie her and trust in Allah.”

After my last article ‘The Divine Intervention’ was published in bangla-sydney.com, I came across this hadith of our prophet. I felt that it completely summarized what I intended to say in that article. I passed the hadith on to some of my friends and received some very interesting feedbacks, including some requests for further elaboration on it. This was a tough call for me. Nevertheless, I inferred that I must have had some insights of my own to attempt to write the article in the first place. So I set on to write this elaboration of my own.

May Allah forgive me for my ignorance and whatever I may say which may not be correct.

2

Among others, one rhetorical question that I faced; ‘If I do my work to the best of my abilities, does it really matter whether I trust in God or not?’ I would think that a straightforward, simple answer would be; if one believes in Allah, it does matter. But if one doesn’t, it would really be up to them. However, I have doubts that such a simple answer would suffice.

Let us consider the situation of a street beggar in the Dhaka city. A beggar must hope or believe that his/her effort is likely to yield something. And with that belief, he reaches out to you when you pass by in your car. He makes his case to everyone he can. Sometimes you grant him his wish, sometimes you don’t. When you do, do you give to everyone that stretches out his or her hand? Most often it is no. Your choice of person to give depends on who appeals to you most; in other words, the one who presents himself as the most deserving.

If the beggar relies solely on his belief but makes no effort, he would most likely die of starvation. By the same token, we must trust Allah while we go about our business to the best of our abilities. We must strive to do our best to present ourselves to be the most deserving. The outcome, however, is not in our hands just as the outcome of the beggar’s efforts is not in his or her hands.

Allah in His infinite magnanimity decides what is best for us, while we see only in the context of what is perceivable by us. We only see what is present before us, Allah sees in totality and decides and acts accordingly. (Ref: Surah Al-Kahf, verses 65 to 82 of the Holy Qur’an).

The truth of these verses hit me hard when the liberation movement for Bangladesh started on the night of 25th March, 1971. Most Bengalese that lived in a neighborhood of Mirpur, where our newly built house once stood, were massacred by the Biharis. We were spared the annihilation as at that time we lived elsewhere. Our house of thin walls and tin roof at Mirpur was completely destroyed in a tornado ten years earlier in 1963.

After our house was destroyed I often heard my father say ‘Nothing happens without a reason. The One above knows it all and He must have had a good reason’. He would say that we human beings can only see what is in front of us and what we can perceive. But Allah sees it in totality and decides accordingly. I believe that Allah in His enormity, for reasons best known to Him, may have had decided long before to save this family of three and hence caused us to leave the property by destroying it.


3

At the grey old age of 68, most often I am the oldest in Bangladeshi social gatherings (dawaats). This brings upon me a strange responsibility at times. Sometimes, the host requests me to lead a Du’a for some reason or other. First, I have rarely performed such acts in the past and I am hardly ever prepared for it. Most often it turns out to be, on my part, an insincere act.

By terming it ‘insincere’ on my part, I am in no way suggesting that we should not be performing Du’a as often as we do. In fact, one should ideally be in a state of Du’a at all times. Du’a is a privilege that Allah, in his overwhelming kindness has bestowed on us. One ought to be prepared at all times to ask for Allah’s forgiveness with the due fervor and humility that it commands; by appreciating its presence and indispensability in our lives and not as a passing social gesture.

I consider Du’a to be an appeal, an application for mercy and for salvation to Almighty Allah. When we make an application for anything; be it a job, a promotion, a raise or a grant, we put on our best face, best attire, best write up and generally make the best effort we can. We do it in order to earn the pleasure and favor of the one to whom we apply.

Do I contemplate if I am worthy of making an application to Allah? Have I prepared myself at all for standing in front of Him, for Him to find me deserving? I find myself saying no.

What must one do to make himself/herself presentable for application to Allah? Same as one would do for all earthly business matters – only in this case, it is about our salvation and it is the pleasure of Allah that is being sought. There may be a thousand and one opinions among the Ulemas as to the ways in which Allah’s pleasure may be earned. Any number of them could be right or wrong and Allah is the best judge. However, I suppose all the learned scholars may agree on one common denominator; that one has to be a believing Muslim.


4

But that again poses some serious questions as to the definition of a Muslim.

Following the anti-Ahmadi riots in Lahore, Pakistan in 1953, a public court of inquiry was appointed with Justice Muhammad Munir as President and Justice M.R. Kayani a Member to investigate the cause of disturbance.

The report published in April 1954, stated on page 215: ‘The question, therefore, whether a person is or is not a Muslim will be of fundamental importance, and it was for this reason that we asked most of the leading Ulema to give their definition of a Muslim,……’.

It follows on page 218: ‘Keeping in view the several definitions given by the Ulema, need we make any comment except that no two learned divines are agreed on the fundamental. If we attempt our own definition as each learned divine has done and that definition differs from that given by all others, we unanimously go out of the fold Islam. And if we adopt the definition given by any of the Ulema, we remain Muslim according to the view of that alim but kafir according to the definition of everyone else’. (Source: The Clash of Fundamentalisms by Tariq Ali).

With this in view I again resorted to give myself an everyday worldview of the definition of a Muslim. In our everyday world, we join or become members of groups, clubs, unions, professional networks and so on. As one joins any such entity and declares him/herself to be a member, he/she is obliged and bound by the basic tenets of such an entity. To have the privilege of calling oneself a member one must observe certain minimum obligations of that organisation or the group.

Let us consider the situation of the Bangladesh Army. For that matter it could be the army of any country. To be able to claim to be a member of the regular Bangladesh Armed forces, amongst other things, one must take the oath of allegiance, train to be a soldier , continue to train to improve combatant skills, wear uniform as required and come to the defense of the nation when called for.

During the Liberation War of Bangladesh, a great many freedom fighters fought alongside our regular armed forces. Some of those freedom fighters even exceeded in their bravery, achievement and sacrifices in comparison to the others.

However gallant combatants they were, none of them can claim to be a member of Bangladesh Armed forces unless he or she observes and follows minimum tenets of regular armed forces. By the same token, could anyone who does not follow and observe the basic tenets of Islam claim to be a Muslim?


5

As we all know these are five basic tenants of Islam:
1. Shahadah: declaring there is no god except God, and Muhammad is God's Messenger
2. Salat: ritual prayer five times a day
3. Sawm: fasting and self-control during the blessed month of Ramadan
4. Zakat: giving 2.5% of one’s savings to the poor and needy
5. Hajj: pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in a lifetime if he/she is able to do

In my opinion, one must be prepared to observe and perform these five basic tenets to be able to claim to be a Muslim. And only then I feel reassured that I may be worthy of acceptance of my Du’as as a Muslim by the Almighty Allah.

Once one has attained these minimum requirements, one ought to improve on it further through studies, devotion and practice in order to be a better Muslim. This is almost similar to the situation of the defense personnel in our analogy. A soldier, after attaining basic requirements, is required to improve on it throughout his life through training and exercises. He is committed to becoming a better soldier.

One may mistake that I am questioning the right of prayer for non-Muslims or of the ones that do not fit my notion of a Muslim. That would be the least of my intentions. On the contrary, I am willing to defend, to the best of my abilities, anyone’s right to prayer as long as it does not interfere with someone else’s.

My premise is: as in any other situation in our everyday life, to be eligible to claim the membership to Islam, one ought to observe and adhere to its basic rules and requirements. I suppose it would be equally true for any other organized religion.

Allah knows best if I am right. May Allah forgive us for our ignorance, mistakes and sins. May He give us the courage to seek the Truth. May the month of Ramadan bring the best out of us. May we refresh our souls by placing limits on ourselves as a way to gain greater personal insights.

Ramadan Mubarak.







Published on: 24-Jun-2014



Bangladesh community held their annual fund raising program - Good Morning Bangladesh in Blacktown, Glenfield, Lakemba and Mascot this year. This is part of Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea to raise funds for the Cancer Council of NSW. A total of $20240.00 was raised in four programs.

Money raised by year...
Published on: 19-Jun-2014


Matt Thistlethwaite MP speaks about
Good Morning Bangladesh
at the Australian Federal Parliament


Published on: 3-Jun-2014


Matt Thistlethwaite MP speaks about Good Morning Bangladesh at the Australian Federal Parliament


May 28, 2014

Matt Thistlethwaite was referring to this event:





Published on: 3-Jun-2014



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Published on: 30-Apr-2014


শত হাজারের মাইলফলক অতিক্রম করলো
GOOD MORNING BANGLADESH


Published on: 29-May-2014


সুন্দর ফন্টের জন্য SolaimanLipi ডাউনলোড করে নিন...

শত হাজারের মাইলফলক অতিক্রম করলো
GOOD MORNING BANGLADESH


গত ২৫ শে মে ছিল “গুড মর্নিং বাংলাদেশ - বিগেস্ট মর্নিং টি” ক্যান্সার কাউন্সিল ফান্ড রেইজিং আয়োজকদের জন্য একটি বিশেষ স্মরণীয় দিন। ইস্টার্ন সিডনির ম্যাসকট পাবলিক স্কুলের প্রাঙ্গণে “গুড মর্নিং বাংলাদেশ” ১০০,০০০ ডলার সংগ্রহের মাইলফলক অতিক্রম করল। ২০০১ সালে যে প্রোগ্রামটি ব্লাকটাউনে মাত্র ৮০০ ডলারের নিচে সংগ্রহ করে সেই একই প্রোগ্রাম আজ ২০১৪ সালে শত হাজার সংগ্রহের মুখ দেখল। দশে মিলে কাজ করার এ একটি জ্বলজ্বলে সাফল্য।

সকাল নয়টা থেকেই আসতে শুরু করে আশে পাশের লোকজনেরা। চা এবং পেঁয়াজু / পুরি ততক্ষণে রেডি প্রায়। সকাল ৯ টা থেকেই অনুষ্ঠান প্রাঙ্গণ অংশগ্রহণকারী আর ক্রেতা দর্শকদের কোলাহলে মুখরিত হয়ে ওঠে। স্টলগুলোতে নানা ধরনের মুখরোচক আর সুস্বাদু পিঠাসহ পরাটা,মাংস, ভাজি লাবরা, কাবাব ও বিভিন্ন পদের মিষ্টির ছিল বিশাল সমাহার। সদ্য ভাজা পরোটা, সদ্য হারি থেকে নামানো ভাজি, মাংস আর গরম গরম ভাপা পিঠা আর বিফ পেস্ট্রির গন্ধে ভরপুর ছিল রৌদ্র ঝলমলে ইস্টার্ন সিডনিতে অবস্থিত ম্যাসকট পাবলিক স্কুলের বিশাল আঙ্গিনা।

সকাল দশটায়” গুড মর্নিং বাংলাদেশ” ম্যাসকট প্রোগ্রামের প্রধান আয়োজক আজাদ আলম সবাইকে স্বাগত জানান। এরপর অনুষ্ঠানের গ্রন্থনা-কারি আমাদের নতুন প্রজন্মের মুখ লুতফুন হোসেন অত্যন্ত সাবলীল ভাবে প্রাতঃকালীন এই অনুষ্ঠানটি পরিচালনা করে। শুরুতেই ক্যান্সার কাউন্সিল অস্ট্রেলিয়ার কিভাবে পদযাত্রা আরম্ভ হয় এর সংক্ষিপ্ত বিবরণ দেয়। অনুষ্ঠানের প্রথম বক্তা ছিলেন বাংলাদেশ কমিউনিটির বর্ষীয়ান এবং সবার শ্রদ্ধেয় ব্যারিস্টার সালাহ উদ্দিন আহমেদ । বাংলাদেশি কমিউনিটি কিভাবে এদেশের বিভিন্ন কর্মকাণ্ডে বিশেষ করে চ্যারিটেবল কাজে জড়িত আছে তার জরিপ তুলে ধরেন।

এর পরে বক্তব্য রাখেন প্রধান অতিথি এ এলাকার ফেডারেল এম পি ম্যাট থিসেলথওয়েট। তিনি তাঁর বক্তব্যে অস্ট্রেলিয়ার বিভিন্ন সেক্টরে বাংলাদেশিদের উল্লেখযোগ্য অবদানের ভূয়সী প্রশংসা করেন এবং এরূপ মানবিক কাজে তার ব্যক্তিগত আগ্রহের কথা প্রকাশ করে। স্টেট এম পি রন হনিগ এবং মাইকেল ডেলী তাদের স্ব স্ব ভাষণে বাংলাদেশি কমিউনিটির বিভিন্ন কর্মকাণ্ডে নিজেদেরকে জড়াতে পারেন বলে সৌভাগ্যবান মনে করেন এবং যে কোন গঠনমূলক ব্যাপারে সাথে থাকার আশ্বাস দেন।
এই প্রোগ্রামের বিশেষ সারপ্রাইজ ছিল প্রাক্তন প্রেমিয়ার অফ নিউ সাউথ ওয়েলস ক্রিস্টিনা কেনেলি। যিনি বর্তমানে বোটানি কাউন্সিলের বেন কেনেলির স্ত্রী। বেন কেনেলি নিজেও অনুষ্ঠানে উপস্থিত ছিলেন। তিনি সকলকে ধন্যবাদ জানান এবং বাংলাদেশিদের স্বতঃস্ফূর্ত সেবা মূলক কাজের প্রশংসা করেন।

পরবর্তীতে বক্তব্য রাখেন ড শহিদুর রহমান। তিনি তুলে ধরেন ইস্টার্ন সিডনি ইসলামিক ওয়েলফেয়ারের কিছু কর্মকাণ্ড। ম্যাট্রাভিলের ইসলামিক কমিউনিটি সেন্টারের রিফার্বিসমেন্ট অতি সিগ গির সমাপ্ত হবে বলে আশা প্রকাশ করেন এবং স্টেট সরকারের ফান্ড এলোকেশনের ব্যাপারে এম পি মাইকেল ডেলির ব্যক্তিগত প্রচেষ্টার প্রশংসা করেন।

ডা আয়াজ চৌধুরী যিনি বলতে গেলে এই প্রজেক্টের গোড়া থেকেই সক্রিয়ভাবে ভাবে জড়িত, তিনি তুলে ধরেন গুড মর্নিং বাংলাদেশ আয়োজকদের আর একটি বড় প্রজেক্টের কথা। আহসানিয়া মিশন ক্যান্সার হাসপাতাল প্রতিষ্ঠার ব্যাপারে এই গ্রুপের ওতপ্রোতভাবে অংশগ্রহণের কথা, প্রবাসী বাংলাদেশিদের শিকরের প্রতি নিঃস্বার্থ মায়া মমতার কথা। এ বছরের গোড়ার দিকে হাসপাতালের উদ্বোধন করেন মাননীয়া প্রধান মন্ত্রী শেখ হাসিনা । হাসপাতালটি নির্মাণের বেশিরভাগ অনুদান আসছে চ্যারিটেবল ফান্ড থেকে। ইতিমধ্যে কয়েকটি ব্রাঞ্চে যেমন রেডিও থেরাপি এবং কেমোথেরাপি সেবা প্রদানের কার্যক্রম চালু হয়েছ। গরিব মানুষদের স্বল্পমূল্যে সেবা প্রদানই এই হাসপাতালটির মুল লক্ষ্য।

এ প্রসঙ্গে জনাব আয়াজ অস্ট্রেলিয়ায় বসবাসকারী বাংলাদেশিদের প্রতিশ্রুতি হিসেবে আহসানিয়া মিশনের পরিচালনা বোর্ডকে ২৫০০০০ ডলার প্রদানের কথা ব্যক্ত করেন ।এর কিয়দংশ ৭৫০০০ ডলার ইতিমধ্যে সংগ্রহ করা হয়েছে বাকি অর্থ সংগ্রহের প্রচেষ্টা স্বরূপ আগামী ২২ জুন লিডকমের সাবার্বের ওস্টেলা হলে ফান্ড রেইজিং ডিনারের ব্যবস্থা করেছেন। উপস্থিত সবাইকে এ প্রোগ্রাম আসার জন্য তিনি অনুরোধ করেন।।

ড আব্দুল হক যিনি এই মুভমেন্টের সফল বাহক, সবাইকে মুক্ত হস্তে দান করার জন্য আহবান জানান। তিনি বাংলাদেশিদের এই নিঃস্বার্থ প্রচেষ্টা বিভিন্ন কমিউনিটি থেকে শুরু করে ফেডারেল পার্লামেন্টে সেশনেও যে আলোচিত এবং প্রশংসিত হয়েছে সে খুশির খবর সবাইকে জানান। “গুড মর্নিং বাংলাদেশ” ৬ষ্ঠ বৃহত্তম(based on community effort) অর্থ সংগ্রহকারী হিসেবে ক্যান্সার কাউন্সিল নিউ সাউথ ওয়েলস পরিসংখ্যানে স্থান দখল করেছে।

সংক্ষিপ্ত ভাবে বক্তব্য রাখেন রকডেল এলাকার বিশিষ্ট সমাজ সেবক ড মুহাম্মদ হাবিব উল্লাহ রকডেল বাংলা / আরবি স্কুলের পক্ষ থেকে। তিনি কমিউনিটির বিভিন্ন সেবামুলক কাজে সবাইকে এগিয়ে আসতে অনুরোধ করেন এবং আজকের এই আয়োজনে সবার স্বতঃস্ফূর্ত অংশগ্রহণের জন্য ধন্যবাদ জানান।

ড মাকসুদুল বারী অনেকদিন ধরেই বাংলাদেশ ডিজাস্টার রিলিফ কমিটির সাথে জড়িত। তিনি তাঁর বক্তব্যে আগামীতে আজকের এই ধরনের সঙ্ঘবদ্ধ স্পিরিট কিভাবে কাজে লাগানো যায় তার রূপরেখা তুলে ধরেন। তিনি প্রস্তাব করেন, সামারের কোন এক রবিবারের দুপুরে ওপেন এয়ার লাঞ্চের ব্যবস্থা করে সংগৃহীত অর্থ বাংলাদেশের কোন নির্দিষ্ট প্রজেক্টে দান করা যেতে পারে।

এই প্রস্তাবের সমর্থনে পরবর্তী বক্তা জাকির হোসেন তার সদ্য দেশ থেকে আসা ছোট্ট একটা ঘটনার কথা তুলে ধরেন। অসহায় মানুষের পাশে দাড়িয়ে তাদের আশাময় হাসি কার না দেখতে ভাল লাগে। এক রাজমিস্ত্রি কর্মঠ যুবক , যে ৬ তলা থেকে পরে গিয়ে পঙ্গু হয়ে বিছানায় কাতরাচ্ছিল তার জন্য একটা হুইল চেয়ার যে কি অভাবনীয় পাওয়া তা শুধু তার খুশি মুখ দেখলেই বোঝা যায়। জাকির হোসেন সিডনির নতুন সেবা সংগঠন “মা কেয়ার বাংলাদেশ” এর ফান্ড থেকে হুইল চেয়ার কেনা এবং চিকিৎসা বাবদ কিছু অর্থ প্রদান করেন।

ড বারি এবং জাকির হোসেন ভবিষ্যতের এই ওপেন এয়ার লাঞ্চ প্রোগ্রাম সফল করার ব্যাপারে গুড মর্নিং বাংলাদেশে এর মুল উদ্যোক্তাদের নিকট থেকে গঠন মূলক পরামর্শ পাওয়ার আশা প্রকাশ করেন এবং একটি ওপেন এয়ার লাঞ্চ প্রোগ্রাম যার সুফল শুধুমাত্র বাংলাদেশি জন কল্যানমুলক প্রজেক্ট ই প্রাপ্ত হবে এই আশ্বাস দিয়ে উপস্থিত সবার সহযোগিতা কামনা করেন।

বক্তৃতা পর্বের পর সারপ্রাইজ ছিল লাইভ মিউজিক উপস্থিত সবার জন্য। নাঈম হালিম আমাদের প্রতিশ্রুতিশীল ভায়োলিন বাদক। স্কুলের গণ্ডি পেরুতে তার এখনও তিন চার বছর বাকি। অথচ এরই মধ্যে নাঈম অপেরা হাউস, টাউন হলের মত বিখ্যাত স্টেজে ভায়োলিন বাজিয়ে অনেক প্রশংসা কুড়িয়েছে। প্রায় ১৫ মিনিট ধরে এক নাগারে বাজিয়ে বেশ মুনশিয়ানার পরিচয় দিল সে। অস্ট্রেলিয়ার ভাব মূর্তি উজ্জ্বল করার জন্য আমাদের নতুন জেনারেশন যে নিজস্ব গতিতে এগিয়ে যাচ্ছে নাঈম তার প্রমাণ।

সবার শেষে, “গুড মর্নিং বাংলাদেশ” ক্যান্সার কাউন্সিল এর বিগেস্ট মর্নিং টি এর ব্রেকফাস্ট প্রোগ্রামের ইস্টার্ন সিডনির সমন্বয়কারী আজাদ আলম উপস্থিত সবাইকে প্রাণবন্ত অংশগ্রহণের জন্য এবং ক্যান্সার কাউন্সিলে অর্থ দানের জন্য ধন্যবাদ জানান। বিশেষ করে মহিলাদের স্বতঃস্ফূর্ত অংশ গ্রহণ এই অনুষ্ঠান সফলতার সিংহভাগ দাবিদার বলে উল্লেখ করেন এবং উপস্থিত সবাই বিশেষ ভাবে করতালি দিয়ে তাঁদেরকে ধন্যবাদ জানান। আগামীতে সবাইকে সাথে থাকার আমন্ত্রণ জানিয়ে জনাব আজাদ আলম অনুষ্ঠানের সমাপ্তি টানেন।

এই মেলা থেকে বিক্রিত সমুদয় অর্থ ক্যান্সার কাউন্সিলে প্রদান করা হয়। এ দিনের সংগৃহীত অর্থের পরিমাণ ছিল ৬০০০ ডলার যা গত বছরের অঙ্ককে ছাড়িয়ে গেছে।





Published on: 29-May-2014


A Green Apple goes to the Big Apple
Mostafa Abdullah



1

On an August afternoon in 1975 a green apple like me who rarely ventured outside of Dhaka embarked on a plane bound for New York City, the Big Apple. It was on a Thai Airlines flight bound for Delhi, probably the first one out of Dhaka after the assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. There were only few of us who joined other passengers on board going to Delhi from Bangkok via the then Dacca. Today’s Dhaka used to be spelled as Dacca, the spelling given by the colonial English.

I landed at Delhi for an overnight connection on a Lufthansa flight for New York. Next morning as I was heading to board the New York bound flight from Delhi airport; I was stopped by uniformed personnel that took me into an adjacent room. I was queried for sometime about Sheikh Mujib’s assassination. I suppose when they realized that I was not a person of interest, they let me go minutes before the flight departed.

2

The flight landed at New York on a Sunday afternoon and my supposed receiving party wasn’t anywhere around. However, I had the taxi voucher and instructions as to how to get to the designated hotel. After clearing the Immigration and customs I needed quit a long time to figure out how to get out through a large glass door that opened and closed, it seemed, at its own whim. After observing the passengers going in and out through the door for some time, I cleverly followed someone to the door, and amazingly, the door opened and I slipped out cleverly, I thought. I checked into the hotel room in the evening; tired, hungry and terrified. Bolted the door from inside and spent the night half asleep in empty stomach.

Outgoing passengers from Bangladesh were allowed to carry only $20 worth of foreign currency. In addition I hid another $20 in my underwear. I needed to eat some breakfast but I was afraid to spend any of that money. Finally the pangs of hunger overtook the economic consideration and I walked downstairs to eat something. I chose the cheapest breakfast and after savoring it I returned to my room to find out that the door wouldn’t open from outside. I desperately tried to open the door by turning, twisting and banging the door knob in vain.

A few minutes through the efforts to open the door, a barrel shaped huge black guy in equally dark uniform emerged from the lift and shouted at me in burly voice to get away from the door. I tried in vain to tell him that I was merely trying to re-enter my own room. He demanded to see the key. I said I did not have it and I wasn’t aware that I needed one. He wasn’t convinced and led me to the manager’s office in the apprehension that I was probably trying to break in into the room for stealing. The manager demanded to see my Id which I couldn’t produce as I had all my papers inside the room. However, to make the long story short, I was finally able to return to the room with the help of a duplicate key from the manager’s office.

3

My first job at New York was to visit UN office that sponsored my scholarship. I needed to collect required papers and first month’s stipend before heading for Washington DC the following morning. Washington DC is where I would be spending the next eighteen months. My instructions said that the UN office is located on the same street as the hotel, about a mile away on the left.

I decided to walk the mile; first because I did not wish to spend any more money and second I could not be sure if the New York cabbie would take me to the right place. I was repeatedly warned of the darker sides of the big apple by my friends and well wishers. As I walked towards the UN office I looked around to find some landmark that I could remember. I wanted to make sure that on my way back to the hotel if I spotted the landmark, I would know for sure that I am not lost. About half a mile down the road I noticed a big red sign in a store front ‘Peoples Drug Store’. That seemed like a very good landmark to remember and unlikely to be missed. About half a mile further down the road I found the UN office and took the lift upstairs.

I was led to a young lady’s desk who introduced herself to be my case officer. She gave me a long introductory briefing and got down to doing the required paper works. It got to the lunch time and the young lady said that she had already taken the rest of the day off and wasn’t going to return after lunch. She advised that I needed to see the Supervisor when she would be back from her lunch. After lunch I walked up to the Supervisor’s desk and told her that the other young lady wasn’t going to work with me anymore as she wouldn’t return after lunch. The middle aged hefty looking Caucasian lady stared at me from behind her round glasses with squinting eyes and demanded to know; ‘why, what did you do to her’? I just did not know what to say and started fumbling and most probably replied ‘I haven’t done anything to her’. She changed her stance and seemed as if she was having fun and said ‘relax lover boy, sit down and let me fix you’, and got down to finishing the rest of the paper works for me. That’s when I realized that it was my first encounter with the American kind of wit, of which lot more were to come.

After finishing at the office, I headed back for my hotel, on foot again. I was very watchful to find the ‘Peoples Drug Store’ to make sure that I was heading in the right direction. A short way down the road I was very pleased to find my landmark; the Peoples Drug Store. I knew I was on the right track. Happily I kept on walking and walking until it seemed that I may have walked a bit longer than I should have, and yet the hotel wasn’t on sight anywhere. May be it is a bit further up and I kept on walking. Lo and behold, soon I came across another Peoples Drug Store! A passerby told me that I walked exactly in the opposite direction and as I found out later that there were Peoples Drug Stores in every other corners. (CVS acquired Peoples Drug Stores in 1990).

4

The following morning I would be heading for Washington DC, a fine place to be, to spend the next two years. But before I talk about Washington DC, let me say a bit more about my next visit to New York City a year or so later.

I have worked as Consultant for the most part of my later life. However, the first time that I came to know what a Consultant is, was about 35 years back. Returning from a daylong conference, as we walked through the infamous 42nd street in the New York City eyeing through the adult storefronts and booths, a voluptuous middle aged lady invited us in a husky voice to step inside the store and meet with any of the Consultants to seek any advice or assistance needed. Peeping inside we noticed a group of scantily dressed women with over-flowing makeup and inviting smiles. They were off course the members of the oldest profession on earth, and that they were also being addressed as ‘Consultants’. I suppose one need not have a genius of an imagination to guess the kind of consulting services that were on offer.

Almost 20 years later, the Chairman of the Bangladesh Power Development Board called us, a group of ADB Consultants; ‘prostitutes of the western world’, after a heated disagreement in a meeting in his office. I wondered how on earth the Chairman knew that the consultants are also called by the other names too!






Published on: 28-May-2014














Published on: 26-May-2014



Mascot


Published on: 30-Apr-2014



Blacktown


Published on: 30-Apr-2014



Glenfield


Published on: 29-Apr-2014


The sunny side of life
Mostafa Abdullah



All of us sometime or other come across situations that we reminiscence later with a smile. It is even better if one is able to share that smile with others. Following is a collection of some of the amusing anecdotes that I came across in my real life. Let me share it with you for a share in your smile.

1

A middle aged gentleman in his shorts and singlet came out of the Dr. Syed Farabi’s (GP) room with a script for blood tests in his hand. Not seeing the medic anywhere around to give his blood sample, he yelled ‘where is the vampire?’

2

Each time the new Trainee returns from a client visit, my daughter asks him if the meeting had gone OK. ‘How was it this time?’ she enquired, as he entered the room. The trainee hesitated and seemed a bit embarrassed. ‘Something may have gone wrong’ she thought and wished to know whom did he meet this time. The trainee replied ‘there were two others in the toilet; I do not know who they are’.
This time the trainee wasn’t returning from a meeting but from the Men’s room.

3

The train stopped at a station on way to the city on a Sunday afternoon. A young couple got on board and came across another couple that they knew from beforehand. The incoming couple asked ‘Hey, you guys are still in love?’ The other replied ‘no, we are married now’.

4

While addressing the audience at the end of a performance tour of Bangladesh, the famed Indian play writer and director Habib Tanvir said ‘Bengalese are too good. They will love you so much, you cannot imagine. They will love you and feed you, feed you and feed you, and feed you to your death’.

5

As a passing gesture I once asked the well known painter Qayum Chowdhury as to how he had been. With a somber smile and a deep sigh he said he had saved enough money at the ripe old age of his and bought himself a car and also could afford to have two eggs every morning for breakfast. He dreamt of a smooth sail in life henceforth. Just when the Doctor shattered his dream by prescribing that he needed to walk more and not to ride the car so often in order to combat diabetes and should avoid eggs by all means to ward off cholesterol in the blood!

6

The young press photographer while shooting pictures of Moulana Bhashani on his 90th birthday said he hoped to take Moulana’s picture on his 100th birthday too. The Moulana is said to have smiled and replied; he would be glad to see him again, if the young photographer survived that long.

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The End.
But keep on smiling.
Just as much as you need that smile, others who see you need it more.










Published on: 5-May-2014






Published on: 30-Apr-2014



I have developed a lot of admirations for Mr. Mostafa Abdullah having read his beautiful pieces of short memoirs in recent times. He had been a wonderful addition to the contributors to Bangla-Sydney.com. His memoirs beautifully reconnect present with the past with a positive outlook about the present. His writing is lucid, stylish, elegant and a joy to read.
He and his compatriots IT professionals are the first generation of Bangladeshi migrants to Australia. Their life experiences and role in the community, hopefully, would be valued and appreciated by the current and future generations.

- Faruk Kader



Published on: 29-Apr-2014






Published on: 29-Apr-2014


The Trip Down Under
Mostafa Abdullah



1

The year 1977 was very eventful for me. I resigned from the government service, tied the marital knot and moved to Australia.
Once released from the government service and being relieved of the uncertainties of the moment, another kind of uncertainty hit me heard on the face. I was unemployed with no immediate prospect of finding another work. The wedding date was set for June 26 and preparations were on in full swing. I put up a brave face but worried my brains out.
I went to see my good friend Kabir at his place of work at the Agrani Bank in Motijheel next to Hotel Purbani. Kabir’s other name is Babu, and a perfect Babu he had been all his life, in his attires and looks. I told him that I had resigned from my job and needed to find some work. He thought I was kidding and ordered for two cups of tea. When I was finally able to convince him that I wasn’t joking, he canceled that order of tea and took me out to lunch at the adjoining restaurant at Hotel Purbani.
Over the lunch we explored various possibilities of finding a suitable work but none seemed much promising. Towards the end of the meal Kabir mentioned that he had known someone who had recently migrated to Australia. He suggested that I could explore this possibility. Australia was the last thing on my mind but I thought of giving it a try. After lunch my friend Kabir headed for his office and I walked upstairs in the same building to the Office of the Australian High Commission in Bangladesh.

2

The Commission’s office in those days was easily accessible as opposed to how it is now, where one has to wait outside on the road for hours, rain or shine, to be called in one after the other. I approached the reception and told her of the reasons for my presence. I was told to wait and after a few minutes a white lady, rather a young girl in her early twenties, led me into a meeting room next to the reception. I told her that I was there to explore the possibilities of migrating to Australia. She enquired of my background and as she found out that I had recently returned from United States being trained on Information Technology, she seemed more receptive.
She handed me few application forms and a bunch of booklets about life and prospects in Australia. She suggested that I read the booklets thoroughly before returning the application forms as this could be a major decision on any ones part to resettle in a new country. I kind of felt assured that if I applied, I am likely to be successful.
A week passed and my efforts to find some other suitable work yielded no definite hope. I submitted the application the following week. There was no application fee and I thought what have I got to lose. Next few weeks were very hectic with wedding arrangements and my frustrations swelled over not landing any suitable job or seeing any hope for it. Just had it always happened to me; whenever I came across a blind wall, a door opened up for me sooner or later, this time sooner than later. Four weeks after filing the application I received a letter from the High Commission for a formal interview.
The same young lady that I met earlier took the interview. There wasn’t much to talk about other than her asking me if I had made up my mind to migrate to Australia, if the application was successful. I said convincingly yes, though back of mind I wasn’t sure as to what I may do. In about next eight weeks time the approval for immigration arrived and I prepared to leave for Sydney in September 1977, leaving my newlywed wife behind in steamy eyes and choked goodbye. She joined me in about six months afterwards.

3

The entry to Sydney through Mascot streets with its drab looking shops and houses was less than inviting for someone hoping to make a new life in another country. That notion soon changed after being around the city and some of its spectacular land marks. However, later on, all that seemed dwarfed in front of the picturesque suburbs, winding roads that snaked up and down the hills, the beaches and the natural beauties of this land. I was glad that I decided to come here.
We arrived on a Monday morning and were received at the airport by Dr. Moklesur Rahman and Alam Bhai. Shahadat Ali accompanied me with his family on the same flight. Dr. Rahman did not know us personally but decided to drive us from the Airport when informed that a set of new Bangladeshis were arriving. Rahman Bhai would do that for any one that came new, put them up in his place, feed them and finally help settle them to be on their own. There were also others that always came forward to help and assist the new arrivals. To name a few, which in no way includes all, were Alamgir Bhai, Salauddin Bhai, Shahidur Rahman Bhai, Jhunu Bhai, Momen Bhuyian Bhai, late Khan Bhai and others.
I put up at Alam Bhai’s place in Randwick. Next morning, on his way to work, Alam Bhai took me to a recruiting agent’s office at the Centre Point. The lady at the agency introduced herself as the “story writer” and sat down with me to rewrite the story of my life; my CV. She pointed me to a building at the Kent Street from her glassed window and advised me to go there for a job interview. As I was about to leave she suggested that I be accompanied by one of the girls from the office who would direct me to the building at Kent street. While coming out I noticed that there were many other recruiting agents’ office in the same building. It occurred to me that the Agent might have suspected that on my way out, I may try out some other agency as well. She probably wanted to make sure that I go to their nominated employer without any distraction. It seemed likely because there were more employers than employees in the market during those days.
I was interviewed by Arnott’s Biscuits Limited and offered a job of a Programmer on the spot at an annual salary of $10,000. To someone like me who arrived the day before, it seemed like Godsend and I accepted it without any hesitations. The salary seemed adequate in comparison with cost of living in those days. For example I paid only $40 per week for our apartment at Randwick in those days.

4

Most Bangladeshis lived in Randwick in those days. It started with students coming to the University of New South Wales followed by first wave of few immigrants. For those of us of living in the Eastern Suburb, the thought of going beyond Parramatta seemed like going on to the other side of Australia. From mid eighties, the Bangladeshis started moving to East Lakes, Hillsdale and on to the West. However, there were already few that lived in West and North-West from earlier on.
We had no idea where to find Halal meat until about two years later when my mother came to visit us. The only Halal meat shop in this part of the city was at Cleveland Street and an Indian grocery at Bondi. Things like fresh green chili, karalla (bitter gourd) and likes were rare. If anyone spotted any of such things, he or she would call the rest to inform where to rush for it. Thanks to the diverse immigration, otherwise the Aussies wouldn’t have known that there are foods other than burnt meat and boiled potatoes. All most all the fruits, vegetable and fish shops used to be owned by the Greeks in those days.
Women in Saree or Shelwar Kamiz were a rare sight, not to talk about anyone in a Hijab. We looked at any colored skinned man or woman eagerly to see if he or she spoke Bangla, if not, at least Hindi or Urdu. Suddenly in 1978 the Eastern suburbs became flooded with colored young boys roaming around on the weekends. A very welcome sight and felt like a breath of fresh air. About 180 boys came from Bangladesh to be trained as Aircraft maintenance engineers with Qantas. We formed an all Bangla cricket club under the stewardship of Alamgir Bhai and played cricket every weekend at the Bondi Oval. It turned out to be a picnic day for the families, cheering the players from the sideline. Today one may find it hard to imagine Alamgir Bhai with the bat in his hand and stepping forward for a regulation cover drive to the fence. The former Planning Minister, the then High Commissioner for Bangladesh in Australia, Air Vice Marshal Khandakar sometimes came from Canberra to be to be with us at the field.
There were often few passersby that stood for moments to watch an unusual sight of so many colored guys playing in their midst. On one particular day we noticed a bit larger crowed than usual that gathered around. Later it came to light that one of the boys told an enquiring passerby that the West Indies team was practicing in the field.

5

There was only one Bangladesh Association, but no Parishads of today. Almost everyone that was actively involved with the Association wished to be its President. We had our usual post and after-dinner sessions of passionate debates about the future and wellbeing of Bangladesh. Apparently not much seem to have changed accept that the community has become much larger with diverse interest and opinion.
Along with other mainstream Australian communities Bangladeshis are also now a significant contributing group towards development of this nation. Through the efforts of some researchers, we now know that the first Bengali to set foot in this island continent came some times after 1860 with the Afghan Camel riders that shaped the Australian outback.
I think it is time now that we should attempt to put on record our past, struggles and contributions for and in this new land. Unless we start now most of our stories are likely to go into oblivion. We owe it to our oncoming generations to let them know how and where they came from. But more importantly we owe an explanation to them as to what made us to decide, to deprive them of being raised in the land of their forefathers.




Published on: 22-Apr-2014


Borrowed Time on Disappearing Land
Bangladesh confronts the consequences of climate change. Scientists believe 18 million people will be affected in Bangladesh by the rising sea level in next 40 years!

Courtesy of New York Times


Published on: 17-Apr-2014


Australia Bangladesh Business Council
Press Release


Published on: 15-Apr-2014


Australia Bangladesh Business Council
Press Release


The 9th Annual General Meeting of the Australia Bangladesh Business Council (ABBC) was held at the Red Rose Function Centre in Rockdale on 16 March 2014.

The newly elected members of the Executive Committee for 2013-15 are as follows:

Chairperson: Mr. Areef Sheikh
Vice Chairperson: Mr. Monirul Islam
Secretary: Mr. Foez Dewan
Assistant Secretary: Mr. Ashrafi Mian
Treasurer: Mr. Kamrul Islam

Executive Members:
Barrister Nipa Dewan
Mr. Miraz Hossain
Mr. Abu Khan
Mr. Asif Kawnine
Mr. Mohammad Zaman
Mr. Reaz Hyder



Patron Hon John Dowd. Chancellor, Southern Cross University. The members who attended the annual general meeting unanimously appointed the Hon John Dowd AO QC as the Patron of ABBC. John Dowd is a former Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, and former Attorney-General and Leader of the New South Wales Opposition. He holds a number of appointments within Australia and internationally.

The newly-elected Chairperson, Mr. Areef Sheikh expressed his optimism with the “young vibrant and energetic” team that he will lead for the next 2 years. He said that there are a lot of “untapped… trade and commerce opportunities between Australia and Bangladesh”, and this organisation will try its best to facilitate use of this “enormous potential”.

The Australia Bangladesh Business Council thanks all its members for their continuing support, and looks forward to working even more closely with all businesses, corporate and trade bodies in both Australia and Bangladesh.

For more information, please visit abbc.org.au or call us on 0404 000 042.

Foez Dewan
Secretary
Email: info@abbc.org.au




Published on: 15-Apr-2014



প্রথম আলো এর সৌজন্যে


Published on: 12-Apr-2014


T20 Bangladesh 2014 Flash Mob, Adelaide - Australia




T20 Bangladesh 2014, Flash MOB - SYDNEY, Australia




T20 Flash Mob by Bangladeshi Students of Darwin University, Australia




Published on: 12-Apr-2014


প্রবীণ সাংবাদিক
এবিএম মূসা আর নেই!


Published on: 9-Apr-2014


Australia Bangladesh Business Council
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING


Published on: 26-Feb-2014


His Excellency Lt Gen Masud Uddin Chowdhury's Farewell

His Excellency Lt Gen Masud Uddin Chowdhury, the High Commissioner for Bangladesh to Australia will soon be ending his 5 years' diplomatic posting in Canberra, and on current indications he is tentatively scheduled to depart Canberra with his family for Bangladesh in the last week of March 2014. On behalf of the Bangladeshis living in Canberra, a Committee has been formed to bid farewell to HE and family on account of their prolonged, strong and deep association they have had with our community.

The Farewell Committee hereby cordially invites all of you along with your lovely family on the occasion to the Farewell function (dinner).

Date: Saturday 15 March 2014.
Time: 6:00pm sharp to 9:30pm
Cost: $25 per person
Venue: To be confirmed later

We have invited HE and his family and he has kindly accepted our invitation and agreed to come for the function. The presence of one and all along with their family members will be greatly appreciated and acknowledged. We trust this will be the best way to express our sincere gratitude, friendship and appreciation to HE for his valued contributions to our community and to our homeland as her High Commissioner to Australia for the last 5 years.

The Committee earnestly looks forward to your kind participation.

Let us bid a cheerful and memorable 'adieu' to His Excellency and his family.


Sincerely,

On behalf of the Farewell Committee:

Zillur Rahman (Co-convener)
Borhan Ahmed (Co-convener)
Dr Abdul Quadir
Dr Shahriyar Wahab


RSVP: Thursday 6 March 2014 (It is extremely crucial for all potential attendees to RSVP by this strict deadline to help determine final attendees’ numbers, assist with timely and effective catering arrangements and avoid any unwarranted disappointment later).

Dr Abdul Quadir: 0402140833; quadirs1@gmail.com
Kamrul Ahsan Khan: 0452441952; kamrul_k@hotmail.com
Shafiq Ahmed Rana: 0437371897; shafiq_ahmed_rana@yahoo.com.au
Syed As-Sayeed: 0401165008; sayeedcanberra@gmail.com
Ziaul Hoque Bablu: 0411031942; ziaulhoquebablu@gmail.com
Dr Kamal Ahmed: 0403476190; kua32@hotmail.com
Dr Imran Ahmed: 040423098662; a.imran@adfa.edu.au
Anamul Bhuiyan: 0412090769; anamul.bhuiyan@humanservices.gov.au
Dr Shahriyar Wahab: 0413161318; smswahab@gmail.com
Jalaluddin Anis: 0422342970; anis1stnov@yahoo.com
Shamsul Huda: 0434674176; info@4thd.com.au





Published on: 4-Mar-2014


The Divine Intervention
Mostafa Abdullah


1

About three months before our wedding I quit my job at the Bureau of Statistics. This may have caused some discomfort for my would-be in-laws in explaining to their friends and associates as to what I did for living. My bride also got her fair share of teasing from her friends. They teased her that she must have been very desperate for marriage to agree to be married to a good-for-nothing unemployed bloke. I heard later that she took a long time to say Kabul (formal acceptance of marriage proposal by the groom). Maybe she had her second thoughts! However, I was unemployed by choice, but it wasn’t completely my doing. If I remained at the job I could have ended up as a guest of the state, behind bars, as opposed to being pampered as a natun jamai in the Shahur Bari (new groom at in-laws house).


2

After returning from USA I started working for the computer centre of the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics located inside the Bangladesh Secretariat complex at Bijoy Nagar Road. I was put in-charge of the project for data entry of the Bangladesh census data. There were 30 data entry machines and twice that number of operators working in two shifts. All the operators were casual hire and used to be paid in cash at the end of each week. A senior administrative assistant under my watch took care of the payments and all other nitty-gritty affairs of administering. I kept myself busy with the technical and operational aspects of the data centre.

I noticed that one of the Data Entry Operator was my class mate at the university. He seemed uncomfortable working as an operator in front of me. To ease out the situation I invited him to my office one day and assured him that he need not hesitate to call on me if he ever felt so. He however maintained his distance in line with the office decorum. One day, while no one was watching he requested to see me after work. He came to my office the following evening very cautiously and with an anxious watch all around him. I assured him that I was the only one there and no one was watching. He had the following to say and left in hurry. I was too naïve then to understand his reasons for such unusual cautious behavior.

Each week operators received their pay from the Admin Assistant by signing on a register book. It was alleged that they were being paid less than the amount earmarked by the donor agency of the project. The payment amounts were written in pencil next to their names in that register book. This didn’t definitely seem right and when an operator wished to know why it was so, he was fired on the grounds of insubordination! I smelled of rat. It seemed very inappropriate to me; a young and a newly appointed officer of the government. I vowed to eradicate irregularities from my (?) office. Next day I spoke to few of my colleagues about it. Most had nothing to say but one advised that I should keep quite. But by then I was honor bound not to back out.

I called the Admin Assistant to my office and asked for the payment register to be sent to me. He seemed caught by surprise but recovered soon. With a look of contempt he told me that I need not worry about that. The payment register was in appropriate place with him. When I insisted, he said that he would see to it. The week passed by and neither the Admin Assistant or the register showed up in my office. My young blood said; fight on. My honor was at stake in front of my class mate and other operators.

On the following payment date I arrived at the operators’ room before the Admin Assistant came there with his register book. On seeing me he announced that payment could not be made on that day due to some unavoidable circumstances. He returned to his office with the money and the book. I boiled in rage and wrote a very strong letter to my superior describing his activities with recommendation for severe punishment. Two days passed and in the mean time, and very few in the office spoke to me much. On the third day as I arrived at the office I was greeted by office messenger with a letter in his hand. I acknowledged the receipt of the letter and opened it. The letter read that I was transferred with immediate effect to one of Bureau’s temporary storage facilities at Tejgoan. My Admin Assistant had long hands that reached the top most chair of the Division.


3

My immediate reaction was to do away with government service. I sought the advice of one of my dependable seniors who also happened to be the overall in-charge of bureau’s all storage facilities. He said that officially he must advise me to join immediately at the Tejgoan storage. Off the record he made me aware that the Tejgoan facility was notorious for misappropriations and theft. Anyone could be implicated easily there and may even end up in jail for nothing. I foresaw who and what was I up to. I needed to get out of the government service in any way I could.

Everyone discouraged me saying that it was much harder to get out of government service than getting in. I was most unlikely to succeed in my attempts. I felt desperate at times but did not give up hope and kept on searching for an avenue. I said to myself again and again what my father used to say: “nothing happens without a reason, the One above knows it all and He must have had a good reason to make it happen”. Throughout my life whenever I came against a blind wall, a door opened up for me sooner or later, by some Devine Intervention.

This time the Devine Intervention came in the form (Usila) of one Mr. Sanaullah Sheikh. Mr. Sheikh ran a prestigious consulting house called SARM Associates. SARM Associates was later bought over by the Islam Group of Zaharul Islam Khan after Mr. Sheikh retired from professional life. I worked briefly at the SARM Associates while at the final year of the university. While working there he offered me to coach his sons at home after hours. This way I had easier access to Mr. Sheikh, an otherwise a highly formal person in official dealings.

I told him of my precarious situation and sought his help. He thought for a moment and picked up the phone and called the Secretary of the division that I worked in. He told the Secretary that he needed me for a very important project of his own. He requested for the Secretary’s favorable consideration to my application for resignation. When the telephone conversation ended Mr. Sheikh told me to see the Secretary next morning with an application in hand for resignation. The following day I saw the Secretary first thing in the morning. He didn’t seem very pleased with me but never the less approved my application. I was out of the government service no sooner. Through all this something good came out. But that’s another story that I will narrate later.


4

Mean while I will end this one with a short story that I heard from a wise old man:
As flood water was rising steadily everyone scrambled for safer grounds, except one who claimed that he had complete trust in God and that God will surely save him if danger really befell him. As rising water came closer, a neighbor offered to help him to move away with them. He refused. The water kept rising and drowned his house half way. He took shelter on a makeshift bamboo platform with all his possessions. A passing boat offered to help him but he again refused claiming that his faith was too strong to abandon his trust in God. The water rose further and this time he had to abandon most of his possessions and took shelter on the roof of his house with his only remaining possession; a goat. A passing helicopter spotted them and threw a rope for him to climb up. The goat jumped to the safety of the copter as it sped away.
The water rose further and finally drowned the man completely. In desperation he shouted to the God as to why God did not save him in spite of his complete faith in Him. God smiled and replied that He sent help three times to save him but each time he refused to recognize it. First it came through a neighbor, then a passing boat and a finally a helicopter. Even the goat saw it, but he didn’t.
One has to have the mind’s eye to recognize when God’s help come or in other words: The Devine Intervention takes place.



Published on: 23-Feb-2014



Australia Bengali Hindu Association
Bangladesh Society for Puja and Culture
Published on: 6-Feb-2014


The Street Singer
সেদিন সকালে ধানমন্ডি লেকের ধারে প্রাতঃহ ভ্রমনকালে দেখা পেলাম এই লোকটিকে। নাম তসলিম। মনের খেয়াল খুশীমত গান গেয়ে বেড়ায়। বিভিন্ন মাজারে ঘুরে বেড়ায় আর তাতেই তার খাবার জোটে। বাকী সময়টা প্রধানত পথে পথে ঘুরেই কাটায়। বিভিন্ন ধরনের গান গাইতে পারে সে। তবে তার পছন্দ বিরহ বিচ্ছেদের গান এবং আধ্যাত্বিক গান। ১৬ বছর ধরে এ ভাবে পথে পথে গান গেয়ে বেড়াচ্ছেন তসলিম। তার কাছে একটা গান শুনতে চাইলাম,মনের খুশীতেই গেয়ে উঠলেন, ভিডিওতেও ধারন করার সম্মতিও পাওয়া গেল।

Architect Zia Ahmed during his recent visit to Bangladesh


Published on: 1-Feb-2014


Obituary

Col. (Retd.) Dr. Mohammed Muffazil Ali (1916 -1914)

Dr. Ali passed away on Saturday 25 January 2014 from respiratory and other complications at the CMH, Dhaka Cantonment. He is the father of Dr. Reza Ali, Director of Emergency Medicine at the Blacktown and Mount Druit Hospitals in Sydney.
Dr. M. M. Ali had a distinguished medical career after finishing his Matriculation (School leaving examination) in 1939 and MBChB from Calcutta Medical College in 1947. After serving as House Surgeon in Dhaka Medical College and other colleges in Bangladesh he went to UK in 1954 to progress towards fellowship. He worked in different hospitals in England and Scotland and completed his FRCS (Edinburgh) in 1964.

The then Pakistan President Ayub Khan asked him to return to his home country. He was directly appointed as a General Surgeon in the Pakistan Army and posted in Dhaka. During 1952 language movement he treated the martyrs and in 1969 mass uprising saved Sgt. Fazlul Haque by removing bullets. As a reprisal he was transferred to an outback post in West Pakistan. He and his family were repatriated through the Red Crescent to Bangladesh after spending more than a year in a Prisoner Camp like conditions.

On his return he was placed as Chief Surgeon of Bangladesh Armed Forces in 1973. He helped set up the ‘Pongu Hospital’ 1973-83 targeting the disabled freedom fighters. He was involved in the establishment of Bangladesh Medical College, the first private medical college in Bangladesh during 1985-88. From 1983 to 1993 he continued private practice and worked as a Surgeon in ‘Gono Shaystha Kendra’, NGO charity organisation.

Dr. Ali in his relentless effort to save lives carried out operations as long his fingers were nimble and he used to sew to retain the agility of his fingers. He believed that a doctor’s duty is to serve the cause of humanity.

Dr. M. M. Ali left behind his wife, 1 daughter, 3 sons and 8 grandchildren.

- Mamoon Rashid






Published on: 30-Jan-2014


Irresistible Suchitra Sen
Faruk Kader

I grew up in a family which over indulged in going to movies for recreation. The old town of Dhaka (Previously called Decca) where I grew up had a large number of cinema halls at busy places and corners: Rupmahal, Star, Lions, Nagarmahal, Nishat, Tazmahal and many more. I am talking about the days before 1965, when Indian movies were regularly exhibited in cinema halls on commercial basis in erstwhile East Pakistan. My two college going elder sisters were an ardent follower of Indian movies, both Hindi and Bangla. They talked about Suchitra movies like Harano Sur, Shilpi, Pothe Holo Deri, Sagarika and Dilipkumar movies like Deedar, Daag and many more with consummate passion among themselves. Their animated faces while they talked and reconstructed a specific sequence would hold my deep attention. Uttam-Suchitra movies would occupy a major part of their pastime spent in recapitulating movie sequences. My fascination about celluloid was thus passed on to me by my sisters.

My first chance to watch a Suchitra movie materialised rather when I was a kid only. It was as well my first experience of movie in a cinema hall. At that time cinema was forbidden to the kids by the elders. My mother, my two elder sisters and we two brothers went to see Hospital starring Suchitra and Ashoke Kumar, the evergreen hero of Bolywood at that time, in Rupmahal in Sadarghat. We two kid brothers made it probably as there was nobody to look after us at our home. After so many years, I still could vividly remember the song sequence in Hospital showing Suchitra and Ashoke Kumar on a boat ride in a lake. Suchitra was singing to Ashoke Kumer, “Ai Sundar Swarnali Sandahai” exuding hypnotic charm in a highly charged romantic atmosphere. The haunting voice of late Geeta Dutt lent the sequence an aura of magic. Movies with Suchitra in lead romantic roles invariably had such unforgettable moments. Irrevocably, the other song sequence involving Suchitra and Geeta Dutta with such magical spell that comes to my mind is Tumi Je Amar from Haraono Sur. The song sequence of Suchitra and Ashoke Kumar from Hospital still captivates me. I saw a few more Suchitra movies after liberation of Bangladesh in 1971 that included Harano Sur, Deep Jele Jai, Sat Panke Bandha and Uttar Phalguni. I saw Uttar-Falguni last year in Toronto, Canada when I was visiting my brother and his family. We went to a local library to borrow few DVDs and invariably, this particular DVD got my attention.

After liberation, quite a number of Indian movies were exhibited on popular demand. The local film distributors who had their cans of imported Indian movies gathering dust in their stores were more than happy to lend the movies for public show. The shows drew large crowds for obvious reason and rekindled movie lovers’ expectation of rerun of Indian of movies as was during pre-liberation period.

Suchitra movies were always special for her deeply committed acting, exquisite beauty, hypnotic charm and romantic indolence. The popularity of Suchitra-Uttam movies no doubt was due to the duos romantic appeal, however, Suchitra in my opinion was superior when it came to acting. Uttam quite often was typecast as weak romantic lover of humble social background in the lookout for heroin’s empathy; he was quite happy to do that and never made serious attempt to break away from this pattern. However, Suchitra with her depth of acting talent played complex and diverse heroin’s roles like that of nurse Radha in Deep Jele Jai. Suchitra infused life into this character of a nurse in a mental hospital who roleplayed as the beloved to mental patients become insane by the betrayal of real beloveds. The tremendous appeal of this movie came from Suchitra’s hypnotic and consummate acting. Many cine goers like me were left in the end completely devastated by Radaha’s admission to the doctor, “Kaka Babu, Ami Obhinoy Janina, Ami Obhinoy Korte Parina”. The roleplay had been too much for her and she fiddled with her mind far too extreme. Now her inner-self turned against her leaving her shattered and life turned upside down.

Suchitra married Dibanath Sen at quite an young age. There was strong rumour that Uttam and Suchitra were in love. They were most probably in love and but hardly they courted or not at all. Both being married made their lives quite hard, I reckon. Perhaps, Uttam was desperate to get Suchitra in his life, but, Suchitra remained steadfast committed to her family. In the end, the unrequited love between these two did what was required by an enduring love story of mythical proportion. Suchitra maintained a strictly and closely guarded private life after retiring from her film career for reasons hardly understood by anyone.

I didn’t belong to the generation of Suchitra Sen, but, her irresisrable charm transcended generation. That’s why we see people of Pabna town taking a unwavering stand to preserve the relics of Suchitra (alias Roma Sen)’s childhood life, which an over-whelmingly many of them never witnessed, but, felt very close to their heart and identified as an inseparable part of their cultural identity and legacy. Truly, they believed that it’s a cause worth fighting for.



Published on: 22-Jan-2014



অন্তিম যাত্রা শেষকৃত্য
মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়


Published on: 17-Jan-2014




Published on: 17-Jan-2014


An Officer and a Gentleman
Mostafa Abdullah

I vaguely remember either reading a book or seeing a movie called “An Officer and a Gentleman”. I do not remember anything of the storyline. However, whenever this particular phrase comes to my mind I have always pictured a ‘complete man’. I am dedicating the following episode of my life to one such person who made a difference in my life.

In my sleep, I heard a loud bang – a very loud one. I found myself on the floor, out of my bed. Few more ground shaking blasts thundered over our house. And then it was quiet. After some time, there was the rumbling of passing vehicles on the Mirpur Road, about 100 yards away from where we lived. We were temporarily living at Kalabagan across Dhanmondi’s road no. 32 at that time.

As we found out shortly afterwards, the early dawn blasts were the attacks on Sheikh Mujib’s residence by a handful of renegade military officers, which killed him and most of his family members except the two daughters. The nation was stunned and shocked. There were also jubilations as well as fears and apprehensions; overall an air of uncertainty and numbness prevailed everywhere.

I was about to leave for USA in a week’s time on an UNDP funded training program though the Census Commission. At that time, I had worked for about two years in the Census Commission located at Shantinagar, across the Shantinagar Bazar. I was the youngest of the officers at the Commission, compared to the three other Assistant Commissioners who were of my equivalent rank and position. My selection for the training program wasn’t viewed very favorably across the office and efforts underwent to make the situation otherwise. The Head of the Commission – the Chief Census Commissioner Mr. Kazi Bahauddin Ahmed thought I was the right person. And here I was, getting ready to leave. At that moment, no one knew what was going to happen in the country next, and I worried if I could ever make that trip.

After about two days the situation calmed a little bit and I went to the office, mainly to find out if I could still go. There were not very many people in the office and I sought to see the Chief Census Commissioner Mr. Ahmed. I wanted to know if I could still go. The answer was a clear “no”. He explained that as there was no government in the country then and everything was supposed to be in a status quo. Until the situation stabilized and an appropriate government authority was in place, he could not give a sanction to my departure. In fact, he thought he should be barring me from leaving the country.

I sat there stunned, dumbfounded seeing my hopes of training in USA and consequently, of a brighter future vanish – being taken away from me. I thought of pleading to him to reconsider, but nothing came out of me. He looked straight into my eyes for some time and then spoke: “Nobody will gain much if you do not go out for this training. However, if you are able to return home with the training, both the country and you are expected to be winners”. He then softly said that officially he was unable to sanction my going away under the circumstances. However, if I hadn’t seen him, he wouldn’t have known whether or not I had left the country in the meanwhile.

He suggested that I leave the office quietly and not to mention to any one that I had seen him. He left it on me to decide my next move and with a smile said that he believed whatever decision I took, it was unlikely to cause any major upset for the government or the country. I left for USA on the first available flight out of Dhaka the following week. Mr. Ahmed supposedly did not know anything about my departure, and I committed no illegality as I had the Government order in my hand to leave for the training.

When I returned from USA after about a year or so, Mr. Ahmed was probably retired from his position and I was to join another department, this time the Bureau of Statistics. I often thought of trying to meet him and tell him about the break in life he gave me. Somehow it did not happen until one day when per chance I came across him at the Gulshan 1 Shopping centre. I approached him and introduced myself. I told him how grateful I have been for the break he gave me and how I have fared so far because of that.

I also told him how happy I was being able to see him and tell him about the impact of his act of generosity towards me. I told him that I had feared that I would never get the opportunity to meet him to express my gratitude for what he had done. He gave a hearty laugh and said: “You must have thought that the old man may have gone to the heavens by now”. He most graciously said that I got what I deserved. I often wonder if there would ever be such an Officer and a fine Gentleman in the Bangladeshi bureaucracy.

Most others, with the exceptional few, would have barred me from leaving for the training. He did not. He, I suppose, stepped out of the narrow realm of Government rules and regulations and decided to opt for the broader good of an individual and consequently of society as a whole. I believe he was the one who believed in pushing others up as opposed to many who would drag others down for the satisfaction of seeing themselves ahead. I wish him the best here and hereafter.

Throughout my life I have had breaks such as this one from numerous places and people. I often wondered; are these mere coincidences that I am in the right place or with the right person at the right time? Or, are these all engineered from somewhere or by someone. I have sought for an answer but been afraid to tread too far. I fear that I may be lost in a terrain of which I am not a worthy traveler. So I have opted to take a simpler path; the path that lets me believe that these are all Divine Interventions.

As for the Devine Interventions, I wish to talk more about it soon.

NB: Fortunately I was able see Mr. Bahauddin Ahmed during my recent trip to Bangladesh. He is very sick and frail, completely bedridden. I gathered from his silent motions that he was pleased to see me. May Allah grant him what He considers best.


Published on: 15-Jan-2014


Fund Raising
for the Victims of Communal Violence in Bangladesh


Published on: 13-Jan-2014


Fund Raising for the
Victims of Communal Violence in Bangladesh

On 5th January 2014, after the 10th parliamentary election, the Hindu community in Bangladesh was violently attacked, which shocked mankind around the world. The properties of Hindus were looted and their houses and business establishments were burnt. Affected families have no room to live, nothing to wear and nothing to eat. To provide financial support to those victims, we are raising funds.

If you are interested to contribute, please send your donation with your name and email address so that we can notify you with delivery of your contribution to the victims. All fund raised would be sent via BIVA a local NGO, which is currently working with affected people in Jessore.

Please send your donation by using the following bank detail by 19 January2014:

Bank Name: Commonwealth Bank
Account Name: Ajoy Kar
BSB:062913
A/C No.:10905107

Alternatively, you can give your donation to one of the members shown below :

Adelaide:
Amal Chakraborty (0422473881)

Brisbane:
Saon Baidya Pappu (0450516001)

Canberra:
Ajoy Kar (0422340462)
Anamul Bhuiyan Mukul (0412090760)
Jotish Roy (0401943960)
Newton Muhury (0422324168)
Probir Sarker (0434409668)
Shahadat Manik (0416119969)
Sumon Mahbub (0401188786)
Syful Islam Sohail (Bangla Bazar)(0401205724)
Vaskar Biswas (0423962895)

Melbourne:
Provat Ghose (0478090506)

Perth:
Ujjal Das (0434256286)

Sydney:
Anupam Chowdhury (0422182780)
Gowtam Das (0423331595)
Parag Das (0412821000)

For further information about this fund raising activity please contact Ajoy Kar at 0422340462.



Published on: 13-Jan-2014


              Bangladesh High Commission
         Consular Camp in Sydney
            (Schedule for January - June 2014)


Published on: 10-Jan-2014




Published on: 13-Dec-2013


Dr Qaiyum Parvez's Mother Passed Away
Mother of Dr Qaiyum Parvez of Glenwood, Mrs Hosneara Begum (87), passed away in Bangladesh on 27-Nov-2013. She has been suffering from age related complications. Her body has been laid to rest next to hers husband's grave in Noakhali. She is survived by six daughters, two sons and eighteen grandchildren. We express our sincere condolences to all the members of her family. Let her soul rest in peace!


Published on: 1-Dec-2013



I strongly agree with eminent writer Ms Dilruba Shahana that BRAC has tremendous contribution to increase the literacy rate in Bangladesh specifically for girls. I visited most remote corners of Bangladesh and had a chance to come across BRAC schools. There were some areas where it was nearly impossible to reach for spreading any program. The BRAC has reached that area and built a school. I found their schools in the areas of char, bil, haor, island, forest, tila, hill most definitely in the slam where there was no formal education programs.

Thank you Dilruba Shahana.

Regards,
Shashanka




Published on: 28-Nov-2013


               Bangladesh High Commission
 Bangladesh Participates in the Australian Int. Sourcing Fair (AISF) 2013 Melbourne


Published on: 10-Nov-2013




Bangladesh Society for Puja and Culture
St George Hindu Community
Published on: 29-Oct-2013



Bangladesh Islamic Centre, Sefton
Blacktown-hills Islamic Centre,Quakers Hills
Parramatta Islamic Centre
Miranda Community Centre
Published on: 13-Oct-2013



Bangladesh Society for Puja and Culture
Australian Bengali Hindu Association
Bangladeh Puja Association Australia

Published on: 2-Oct-2013


Ex President of Bangladesh Association of NSW Mr Abdul Mannan Passed Away!

After suffering from Quadriplegia for two years, following an accident in Bangladesh, Mr Abdul Mannan passed away in Prince of Wales Hospital yesterday (9-Oct-2013) around 6 pm. A senior citizen, Mr Mannan came to Australia around 1978. As an active member of the community he was involved with Bangladesh Association of NSW and showed his social commitment as convener of Parramatta Bangla School right from the beginning. He is survived by his two sons Sumon and Adnan.
He will be burried at the Rookwood Cemetary following Namaj-e-Janaja at the Lakemba Mosque on Friday (11-Oct-2013) at 12:50 pm
- Mizan Chowdhury, Castle Hill


Published on: 10-Oct-2013



প্রথম আলো'র সৌজন্যে

আজাদ আলম

Published on: 9-Oct-2013



To promote tourism in Bangladesh a new website has been launched from Sydney. See link below. Entrepreneur Fuad Ahmed said, his firm, Aus Bangla Tourism Pty Ltd. in collaboration with Bangladesh High Commission Australia and Tourism Board Bangladesh has decided to organize an event styled “Bangladesh Tourism Night” on 23 November 2013. Website
Published on: 8-Oct-2013


New Management Committee of
Bangladesh Aust Disaster Relief Committee


Published on: 4-Oct-2013



We need your support for 25 under-privileged but very bright children to continue their HSC in Bangladesh - Grameen Support Group


Published on: 3-Oct-2013


   যুদ্ধকালীন চট্টগ্রামের ত্রাস সাকার ফাঁসির আদেশ
Courtesy of bdnews24.con


Published on: 1-Oct-2013




যে সাক্ষ্যে কাদের মোল্লার ফাঁসি...


Published on: 17-Sep-2013




Published on: 13-Sep-2013


India must focus on its women
India should learn from neighbouring Bangladesh about how to tap the energy of women in its efforts to spur development, according to Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen.
  Courtesy of ALJAZEERA


Published on: 21-Aug-2013


Revenge of History: Reflections on a Bangladesh tragedy
A discussion about the recent tragedy in garment industry in Bangladesh at RMIT University in Melbourne.


Published on: 14-Aug-2013




Raised in Australia, Amit Khan is a young economist of Bangladeshi background working in the banking sector in Sydney. After his recent trip to Bangladesh he wrote this insightful article to highlight Bangladesh's positive achievements over the last two decades which often go unnoticed.
- Anisur Rahman

Published on: 9-Jul-2013




Published on: 7-Jul-2013



First film from Bangladesh to screen at Sydney Film Festival......

$10 ticket offer for bangla-sydney readers. Go to the link below. Select Sat 15 Jun show. Don't select any of the $19.50, $15.00 or $14.50 tickets. Enter Bangla in the Promotional code and click the Validate button. $10 offer will be displayed. Select number of tickets you want to buy and follow the instructions. Link

Published on: 11-Jun-2013


Good Morning Bangladesh Raised $22580

Bangladesh community held their annual fund raising program, Good Morning Bangladesh, in Blacktown, Glenfield, Lakemba and Mascot on 5th of May, 12th of May, 19th of May and 26th of May 2013. This is part of Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea to raise funds for the Cancer Council of New South Wales. A total of $22580.00 was raised - Dr Abdul Haq

Money raised by year... Graph

Published on: 11-Jun-2013


Notice of the Fourth Community Meeting
Bangladesh Australia Disaster Relief Committee


Published on: 14-May-2013




Published on: 8-May-2013





Published on: 8-May-2013




Published on: 14-May-2013





Published on: 14-May-2013


RMIT Forum
Calls for Consumer Action
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) organised a forum in response to the recent disastrous building collapse in Bangladesh, which left hundreds of garments workers dead and thousands wounded....Details...


Published on: 15-May-2013




Published on: 18-Apr-2013




Published on: 2-Apr-2013


URGENT APPEAL
    Bangladesh Australia Disaster Relief Committee


Published on: 3-May-2013


New Address for Sydney Consular Camp
Bangladesh High Commission will organize the Consular Camps in Sydney for the month of May at Parramatta Heritage Centre, 346A Church Street, Parramatta and for June at Dundas Community Centre, 27 Sturt Street, Telopea....Details...


Published on: 30-Apr-2013





Published on: 18-Apr-2013





Published on: 2-Apr-2013


Condolence Meeting
Bangladesh High Commission has organized a Condolence meeting to mourn the sad demise of the Hon’ble President late Mr. Md. Zillur Rahman who has passed away on 20 March 2013......Details...


Published on: 24-Mar-2013


Google Doodle for the Independence Day of Bangladesh Sent by Kazi Haque


Published on: 26-Mar-2013


Human Rights: Bangladesh
Following Ed Husic MP's motion Luke Simpkins MP, Laurie Ferguson MP and Craig Kelly MP spoke in the Parliament about Bangladesh......Details...


Published on: 25-Mar-2013


H.E. the High Commissioner's message on the occasion of the 43rd Independence and National Day of Bangladesh.


Published on: 25-Mar-2013


Condolence Meeting

Bangladesh High Commission
Canberra

Circular


Bangladesh High Commission has organized a Condolence meeting to mourn the sad demise of the Hon’ble President late Mr. Md. Zillur Rahman who has passed away on 20 March 2013.

The meeting will be held on 28 March 2013 at 07: 00 PM.

Program

Date: Thursday 28th March 2013

Time: 07:00 PM

Venue: Bangladesh High Commission
57 Culgoa Circuit, O’Malley, ACT 2606.


The High Commission would like to request all members of expatriate Bangladesh Community to attend the Condolence meeting to pay homage to the late President Mr. Md. Zillur Rahman.




Published on: 24-Mar-2013


Situation in Bangladesh Discussed in Australian Parliament

Ed Husic, Federal MP for Chifley (Blacktown-Mount Druitt) moved a motion in the Parliament on 18-Mar-2013 regarding the current political situation in Bangladesh. Dr Abdul Haq of Hassal Grove and Dr Nargis Banu of Rooty Hills got mentioned......Details...

Published on: 21-Mar-2013




Dear Bangla-Sydney

I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate you on your 10th birthday. I am sure, you, as a web magazine, certainly have become a part of many non-resident Bangladeshi’s online friend. I would like to congratulate your author Anis bhai who has worked so hard for the community for the last 10 years. Very well done. Be there with us.

Regards

Samiul kabir



Published on: 18-Mar-2013




Anis Bhai,

Heartiest congratulations on the 10th anniversary of BANGLA-SYDNEY. Thank you very much for your tireless effort to run the website uninterrupted for last 10 years. Unbiased reporting and presentation style have made Bangla-Sydney so popular among the Bangladeshi Australians.
Keep it up. Long live BANGLA - SYDNEY.

Abdul Haq
Hassallgrove



Published on: 13-Mar-2013




Congratulations! For last five years we have read and thoroughly enjoyed the website. It is very informative and extremely enjoyable. It is a source to know about the Bangladeshi community in Sydney.

We hope bangla-sydney will continue to be our favourite website for the time to come.

Many happy returns.

Mushtaq & Sufia Khan
Director and Financial Advisor
Safe Insure Pty Ltd



Published on: 12-Mar-2013


Protest Meeting against Atrocities on Minorities in Bangladesh

We believe you are aware of the ongoing atrocities against the minorities in Bangladesh. We are holding a meeting on Sunday 10 March 2013 to protest such atrocities. Date: 10 March 2013 (Sunday) / Time: 3:00 pm / Venue: St George Community Centre, Premier Street (rear of St George Bank), Kogarah 2217 (only 2 minutes from Kogarah Station). Your attendance is requested. - Dr Samir Sarkar and Sanjib Mohajan / Ph: 0418413740
Published on: 7-Mar-2013



Bangladesh Society for Puja and Culture

Published on: 11-Feb-2013



Bangladesh Puja Association, Australia
Bangladesh Society for Puja and Culture

Published on: 4-Feb-2013


See Dr Tanveer Ahmed go back to Bangladesh with Channel 7 in this story about shipbreaking in Chittagong. Channel 7 Sunday Night 630pm. This will be a pretty unique story about Bangladesh on prime time commercial TV in Australia.
Sneak preview


Published on: 15-Feb-2013


Gold Cup Cricket Final
Gold Cup Cricket Tournament 2012-13 final match (organised by Bangladesh Association of NSW) will be held on Sunday 03-Feb-2013 at 09:30 AM at the Peter Hislop Park (Crn of Everley Ave & Chisholm Rd) in Auburn. Lunch time refreshment will be served. For more information please call 0423 439 039.


Published on: 29-Jan-2013




Published on: 21-Jan-2013




Published on: 24-Jan-2013


Accommodation Wanted

Bangladeshi PhD student with wife and a kid (1 year 10 months), moving to Sydney from Dhaka in Feb 2013. Looking for suitable accommodation near UNSW or surrounding areas. Accommodation required from 27-Feb-2013. Please write with details to Kamrul: mhas089@aucklanduni.ac.nz or to hasankdu@yahoo.com. Or just give me a call +880-1811146574.
Published on: 17-Jan-2013



Dear editor,

Many thanks for your recent appeal to help Murad, from Sydney, NSW.

I found your invitation to be a clear and responsible message to the community for an urgent cause. Your appeal was sensitive and motivating too.
I particularly appreciate your easy-to- follow "Steps to be a Donor". Hopefully that will be of good educational value, for many of us.

May Allah bless Murad and his family, his parents and carers and give them strenth to face the challenge.

Thanks for maintaining such an useful web site for probashi Bangladeshis in Australia and for others too.

Khoda hafez.


Dr. Maqsud Omar
NSW, Australia.


Published on: 1-Jan-2013


Bangladesh Puja Association
New Committee Formed


Published on: 31-Dec-2012



Bangladesh Society for Puja and Culture Utshab

শিবের স্ত্রী দুর্গার আত্মকথন - আশীষ বাবলু

Published on: 4-Oct-2012




Blacktown-hills Islamic Centre
Parramatta Park Eastern Suburb

Published on: 20-Oct-2012


Female Vocalist Needed

I am looking for a female vocal who enjoys to perform duet Bangla songs specially Bangladeshi songs of Nancy, Kona, or songs of the latest or old Kolkata Movies. Please note that the tone and scale synchronising is very important therefore some time to rehearse and voice recording is required. This will be organised by discussion. No cost is involved for audio recording. If you are serious about music and prefer to perform duet please email Rubai Huda < rockbreath@yahoo.com > or call 0469 861 307
Published on: 25-Oct-2012



Bangladeh Puja Association Australia
Australian Bengali Hindu Association
Bangladesh Society for Puja and Culture Utshab

শিবের স্ত্রী দুর্গার আত্মকথন - আশীষ বাবলু

Published on: 4-Oct-2012


Richard Branson Speakes in Defence of Grameen Bank

"Grameen Bank is an inspiration. Don’t let Bangladeshi politicians meddle with it" - Sent by Sirajus Salekin
Published on: 7-Oct-2012




Published on: 22-Aug-2012


House for Sale at Gazipur, Bangladesh

2 bed-room small house for sale on 9 katha land ( approx) in Chhyabithi, Gazipur. Please contact : nepean1@gmail.com
Published on: 1-Oct-2012


Radio Voice of Bangladesh

From 14-Oct-2012 broadcasting timeslot of Radio Voice of Bangladesh will be changed from 2 pm Sundays to 11 am Sundays. Transmission frequency will remain unchanged, 99.9 FM.
- Nargis Banu
Published on: 1-Oct-2012


Origin of the rice variety Kasalath

A very important paper was published in Nature magazine describing a line of Bangladeshi rice, Kasalath, a very important line in Palnt Biology, simply as Indian. I protested everywhere and finally this admission from IRRI corrects the error
- Dr Abed Chaudhury IRRI Website

Published on: 26-Sep-2012


                                Press Relese
The Institute of Engineers, Bangladesh
                  Australia Chapter


Published on: 11-Sep-2012







A fund raising BBQ organised by a group of young girls in Sydney to buy two incubators for a hospital in Bangladesh.


Published on: 9-Sep-2012


কাউন্সিল নির্বাচনে বাংলাদেশী প্রতিনিধিত্ব

এ বছর অনুষ্ঠিতব্য সিডনির বিভিন্ন সিটি কাউন্সিল নির্বাচনে বেশ কয়েক জন বাংলাদেশী কাউন্সিলর পদের জন্য প্রতিদ্বন্দ্বিতা করবেন। প্যারাম্যাটা থেকে প্রবীর মৈত্র ও ড. শাহাদাত চৌধুরী এবং হলরয়েড কাউন্সিল থেকে সুমন সাহা। এরা সবাই অস্ট্রেলিয়ান লেবার পার্টির মনোনীত প্রার্থী। এ ছাড়াও ক্যাম্বেল্টাউন কাউন্সিল নির্বাচনে স্বতন্ত্র প্রার্থী হিসেবে দাঁড়াচ্ছেন আবুল সরকার। অস্ট্রেলিয়ার রাজনীতিতে বাংলাদেশীদের অংশগ্রহণ অত্যন্ত আশাব্যঞ্জক ঘটনা। নির্বাচনী প্রচার শুরু উপলক্ষে সুমন সাহা গত শনিবার (২রা জুন ২০১২) প্যারাম্যাটা লেক রিজার্ভে একটি বারবেকিউর আয়োজন করেছিলেন। বৃষ্টি সত্ত্বেও প্যারাম্যাটা কাউন্সিল, অস্ট্রেলিয়ান লেবার পার্টি এবং কমিঊনিটির বেশ কিছু লোকজন অনুষ্ঠানে উপস্থিত ছিলেন।
সুমন সাহা ড. শাহাদাত চৌধুরী

আবুল সরকার প্রবীর মৈত্র

বাংলা ফন্ট দেখতে সুন্দর না লাগলে এই লিঙ্ক থেকে SolaimanLipi ডাউনলোড করে নিন     Link

Published on: 5-Jun-2012


Do you live in Northern NSW?

I got my PR visa last month and planning to come to Sydney on 14 Sep 2012. I have to live in Northern NSW. I am trying to find someone from Bangladesh in Tamworth or Armidale for some initial support. If you live in these areas or know someone who does could you please contact me. My email address is: aituhin@gmail.com - Aminul Tuhin
Published on: 1-Sep-2012


New Committee
Bangladesh Society for Puja and Culture


Published on: 30-Aug-2012



Australian Muslim Welfare Centre
Blacktown-hills Islamic Centre
Bangladesh Australia United Society
Parramatta Park

Published on: 15-Aug-2012


Bangladesh High Commission
Will Observe National Mourning Day


Published on: 9-Aug-2012


Narrative of the Post-liberated Bangladesh
- An obituary note from Dr Khairul H Chowdhury

The war of liberation and the national liberation brought about the breakdown of the power of middle-class values. In the new situation, the middle class adjusted itself to have a passage to higher wealthy and powerful class of Bangladesh. There was a renewed zeal to avail themselves of the fruits of independence. In the literary narratives the change of atmosphere was quite remarkable. Not many creative writers could contain this great rollover of our time. Humayun Ahmed stands out to be the writer who brought the reality in his fiction. He has developed a craft in his ever increasing corpus of novels which is essentially his own. The novels were written on surrealistic terms in pre-liberated Bangladesh. In the content, Humayun has become more and more concerned with social reality. Most of his novels were written about the contemporary society. The decay of moral values in the society, human frustration, merriment and festivity became the subject matter.

The society I meant here is not only the urban middle-class one, but the subalterns as well. It is the reality of all classes that has been largely depicted in the novels.

His legacy lives on with the genre of fiction that he has created with craft and thematic structure.

Now, he has left us for his journey to an "undiscovered country from which no traveler returns". Wonder, what would be his craft and subject matter if he returns and write for us again!

May Allah accept you in heaven, my brother!




Published on: 20-Jul-2012


Remembering Humayun Ahmed
Dr Abed Chowdhury

In 1974-1975 as a new student in Dhaka University Chemistry Department I got to know a young teacher. Shy and restless he walked in rapid pace looking firmly on the ground and seemed occupied in deep thought always. A cigarette was often in his hand. Students often commented of his shyness in the class, about how he looked away when he was talking to them. He had already attained a certain fame with his book “Nondito Norokey”, as the department Chairman Professor Ali Nawab reminded us when introducing him.

In the subsequent years, maybe only 2, since he left the country around 1977-78 I got to know him very well. Often visiting his Babar Road house where we used to have great adda and fun and joy in very simple things, such as making potato chip which a very simple chip-maker, as one instance I remember.

Those were very turbulent but simpler times when people had little material things compared to now but a close relationship often prevailed between people. Humayun Sir loved the tea I used to often bring for him from my home area and often asked for it; I was happy to keep him supplied with tea. He urged me to write and organized such that I was included in the departmental TV program. I found that he was very bright, very simple and full of fun and humour. He used to be very close to Ahmed Sofa who was a big guru for all of us in those days.

Later he ended up in Fargo in North Dakota and I was in Oregon and also in Seattle, Washington where I met him when he visited his brother Dr. Zafar Iqbal. After coming back to Bangladesh, he set upon writing seriously and made history. Everyone knows that part of history. In those days, starting from 1984 till 1990 I met him a few times, often in the chemistry department. Our converstions used to be like this:

Humayun Ahmed: Tumi ki ekebarey chole ashso deshey:

Me: Na sir, berate ashsi

HA: Ekebarey asho nai keno?

Nothing was more important to him. He wanted all of us, who had left that the country to come back and soon. Because I lived in Seattle in those days he often used to urge me to “convince Zafar to come back home soon”.

For a long time I did not see him. He had entered another space by then. He had left the Chemistry department and had become a hyper celebrity. When a TV character created by him was to be “killed” in a TV episode there was a procession against it. His movement was curtailed, he often had a body guard with him. He had become a legend, an icon, the most popular writer of bangle language of all times.

During that period of high frenzy I met him during the publication of his book “Jotsna O Jononir Golpo”. I was visiting Bangladesh briefly and my friend Faridur Reza Shagor asked me to come over to the venue where the book was being launched. There I met Mazharul Islam who took me to see Humayun Ahmed; he came forward and gave me a hug and invited me to come to a party at Dhaka club at night. I remember I had to buy a pair of proper shoes to enter that party as I was going around wearing sneakers. I realized that time had changed in Bangladesh for our generation. I was happy to be in that party however where I met Prof. Anisuzzaman and Sunil and Swati Ganguly. Humayun Ahmed at one point came and hugged me and Sunil together and stood like that for a while. I was exposed to a part of his personality that I had never seen before. Years fame and celebrity status had changed him but he remained deeply warm and affectionate and had opened up in a way that I had not seen earlier.

Two days ago I talked to Mazhar Bhai as he, Sir to all of us, lay in a comma. I felt as though a part of me was ripped apart, that those days that I had spent with him had now suddenly become a deep fountain of grief; one feels such emotion only for closest of relatives and loved ones. That Humayun elicited such profound grief in me is a sign of his greatness and humanity.

These two days he was constantly in my mind, and has been in the mind of millions. I reached Dhaka tonight to hear that the end has indeed come for him.

With unbound grief we remember him who has given us so much in his life and leaves a grief stricken nation in his passing. From the depths of our hearts we now accept him in the community of those immortal ones, who although are not amongst us physically, we still always carry them in our hearts, as though they are alive. He now belongs to such a timeless center of Bangladesh’s memory.



Published on: 20-Jul-2012



Achievements of two Bangladeshi Young Cricketers in Sydney Grade Cricket... Details... Photos...
Published on: 27-Jun-2012


Bangladeshi Broadsheet

New Bangladeshi community website launched in Melbourne

Published on: 14-Jun-2012



Courtesy of Prothom Alo
Published on: 4-Jun-2012


Good Morning Bangladesh Raised $12802

Bangladesh community held their annual fund raising program, Good Morning Bangladesh, in Blacktown, Glenfield and Lakemba on 29th April, 13th May and 20th May 2012. This is part of Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea to raise funds for the Cancer Council of NSW. A total of $12802.00 was raised and deposited to the Cancer Council fund - Dr Abdul Haq

Money raised by year... Graph

Published on: 31-May-2012


Munni's Operation Date: 28th May, 2012

I am IMRAN, Munni's husband. We really are overwhelmed to have such tangible support from the Bangladeshi community. We’ve realized what humanity is... details...


Published on: 25-May-2012


Munni`s Operation Date: 28th May, 2012

Dear all,

I am IMRAN, Munni`s husband. We really are overwhelmed to have such tangible support from the Bangladeshi community. We’ve realized what humanity is.

We visited to Prof. Dr. BC McCaughan (Thoracic Surgeon) with new CT scan report on 18th May, 2012. He suggested another Hepatobiliary and Liver Transplant Surgeon named Dr. Charbel Sandroussi during operation as the tumour compressed Munni’s liver also.

We went to Dr. Sandroussi on 22nd May, 2012 and he told us that some portion of her liver, few portions of stomach and abdomen wall muscle need to be removed along with major portion of her left lung. However, the good news is that the tumour is removable. It is a major operation. Will take a 6-8 hours or more.

Operation date has been fixed on 28th May, 2012 at the Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) Hospital, Sydney. During her staying in hospital, my daughter, Rayya will be looked after by me and or neighbours in Ingleburn.

Please pray for Munni.

Thankfully,

MD. IMRAN KABIR
PhD Student


Published on: 25-May-2012




Lakemba
Published on: 26-Apr-2012


What a Success!



Dr Abdul Haq (Organiser of Good Morning Bangladesh) informed me Munni's operation will cost $32,500. As of 17-May-2012 (1:00 pm), $17,909 has been raised - Anisur Rahman

As of 18-May-2012 (7:00 pm) a total of $32,375 has been raised. The appeal is now CLOSED. We now hope and pray for a successful operation. Our thoughts are with you Munni.
Published on: 16-May-2012




Glenfield Lakemba
Published on: 26-Apr-2012




Blacktown Glenfield Lakemba
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Published on: 28-Mar-2012


Watch Asia Cup FINAL - Pakistan vs Bangladesh Live on hitcric.info

Close all the pop up ads and enjoy the match.
Published on: 22-Mar-2012


Press Release
Bangladesh Society for Puja and Culture


Published on: 15-Mar-2012


Address Change: Consular Camp in Sydney

From March 2012, Bangladesh Consular camp in Sydney will be held at the Parramatta Town Hall. For new address, revised schedule and applicable fees please check Details...
Published on: 7-Mar-2012


1971 Liberation War Film Festival
From February to April 2012 a number of films will be screened in all major cities in Australia


Details of the screening will be published on this page as they become available.



First movie of the Festival:

Melbourne


(With English Subtitle)

Date: 5-Feb-2012
Time: 3:30 pm-7:00 pm.
Venue: Bangladesh High Commission Auditorium, 57 Culgoa Circuit, O’Malley, Canberra

Film Festival will be inaugurated by the ACT Minister Joy Burch MLA.
His Excellency Lieutenant General Masud Uddin Chowdhury, the High Commissioner for Bangladesh to Australia will attend the function as Special Guest.

(Light refreshment will be served)

Contact:
Parag Das (0412821000), Nazrul Islam (0402961137), Kamrul Ahsan Khan (0401 683 930), Kamal Uddin (0432327188), Enamul Bhuiyan ( 0412 090 769), Ezaz Al Mamun (0433451929) and Ajoy Kar (0422 340 462).



Perth


Joyojatra (depicts the time of the liberation war).

Date: 5-Feb-2012, Sunday
Time: 4pm to 7pm
Venue: Curtin University, Room 402.220

Chief Guest: The Minister for Heritage and Multicultural Interest in WA Hon Mr. John Castrilli MLA has been invited but yet not confirmed.

(Refreshment will be provided)

We would highly appreciate your presence to support the festival to retrieve the proud moment of the history.

Contact:
Dr Azam Mushrafi 0411 038 358
Nazrul 0411 830 307



Published on: 29-Jan-2012



Bangladesh Society for Puja and Culture
Bangladesh Puja Association
Sharbojonin Saraswati Puja
Published on: 22-Jan-2012


Rapid rise of solar power usage in Bangladesh

Sent by Mushtaq Khan
Published on: 14-Jan-2012


Solar power lights up Bangladesh




Published on: 14-Jan-2012


Big thank you for 8 Notes
from Children`s Hospital

Proceeds ($1835.00) of a fund raising concert held on 29-Oct-2011 by
8 Notes, a Bangladeshi Band in Sydney, has been donated to Westmead Children`s Hospital.     Certificate Letter Receipt
Published on: 29-Dec-2011


                      Court Order on
Bangladesh Islamic Centre of NSW Dispute


Published on: 19-Dec-2011


Bangladesh High Commission
Victory Day 2011 Programme


Published on: 1-Dec-2011


Bangladeshi Man Dead in a Car Crash

Shah Md Touhid Uddin of Perth had a fatal car accident near Gingin (90 Km north of Perth) in Western Australia on 17-Nov-2011. He was travelling to Geraldton with his wife and 14 month old daughter. Around 8 pm his car was hit by a Holden Commodore. Touhid died instantly. His wife and daughter were airlifted to Perth. They were admitted in an intensive care unit. They have been released today. Touhid`s Namaz-e-Janaza was held on Saturday the 26th. Post mortem report is expected tomorrow. Police is investigating the cause of the accident. Touhid graduated from BUET in 1996. He came to Perth in 2008. Bangladeshi community in Perth has come forward to help and raised around $30,000 for the family - Mushtaq Khan
Published on: 28-Nov-2011


Australia helping reduce the impacts of climate change in Bangladesh


Published on: 27-Nov-2011


               Bangladesh High Commission
 Bangladesh Participates in the Australian International Sourcing Fair (AISF) 2011


Published on: 9-Nov-2011


               Bangladesh High Commission
 Bangladesh Participates in the Australian International Sourcing Fair (AISF) 2011


Published on: 9-Nov-2011


               Bangladesh High Commission
 Bangladesh Participates in the Australian International Sourcing Fair (AISF) 2011


Published on: 9-Nov-2011




Australian Muslim Welfare Centre
Blacktown-hills Islamic Centre
Parramatta Park
Published on: 1-Nov-2011


Includes six open stage performances by Baul Shilpis from Bangladesh...for information contact Shaheen Murad 0406 139 416...


Published on: 24-Oct-2011


Shurjo Barta Eid SMS Competition!

ShurjoBarta is a Web to SMS service from Bangladesh. Go to their website, create an account and you can send 10 free SMS per day to any mobile phone in Bangladesh. They are running a Qurbani Eid-Greetings SMS competition. Send a funny SMS to 01552753602. Really good ones will be displayed on their website. If your message is among the most popular ones you will win the opportunity to send 100 free Bartas (SMS) everyday during the Eid period - Fida Haq, Dhaka.

Shurjo Barta Website Popular SMS
Published on: 30-Oct-2011


Bangladeshi Laptop "Doel" Released


Published on: 19-Oct-2011



YES, with your support, she can! Aditi Barua, a very talented singer from Bangladeshi community, made it to the semi final. Please visit the Indian Australian Idol 2011 website, watch the video clips and vote for the deserving candidate. Voting closes on 25-Oct-2011.
Indian Australian Idol 2011 website Sirajus Salekin
Watch the video clips Cast your vote
Published on: 16-Oct-2011


Bangladesh Australia
Disaster Relief Committee AGM


Published on: 31-Aug-2011



Tanveer Ahmed has just published his first book “The Exotic Rissole” which explores growing up in Australia from his Bangladeshi background. Former Premier of NSW Bob Carr launched the book in Sydney last week.

A chapter from the book Launch photo

Canberra Event Melbourne Event
Published on: 7-Oct-2011



If there is anything, in your capacity, you can do for Anila and many other children like her in Bangladesh, please contact Anila's father Ashfaque Ul Kabir (ashfaque01@gmail.com). He is trying to set up an organisation to look after these children when the parents pass away - Anisur Rahman
Published on: 5-Oct-2011



Bangladesh Puja Association Utshab
Sharbojanin Durga Puja BSPC South Aust
Published on: 13-Sep-2011


Burwood Library presents Shafeen Mustaq
FREE TALK AT BURWOOD LIBRARY

Shafeen Mustaq, author of Financial empowerment of women in Bangladesh through microcredit. The book investigates the impact of microcredit, through the lending practices of Grameen Bank and others, on the empowerment of rural Bangladeshi women.
Published on: 7-Sep-2011


Media Release
Bangladesh Community Council


Published on: 16-Sep-2011


Bangladesh Society for Puja and Culture
New Executive Committee Formed


Published on: 2-Aug-2011



Great effort by a handfull of Bangladeshis in Darwin to support a school in Chorfashion, Bhola - Anisur Rahman

Published on: 6-Jul-2011



Related article in SMH

Published on: 4-Jul-2011


High Commission Moves to New Address

From 1-Jul-2011 Bangladesh High Commission will move from 43 Culgoa Circuit to 57 Culgoa Circuit...Details...


Gen Masud out of foreign ministry
Published on: 20-Jun-2011



Bangladesh community held their annual fund raising program - Good Morning Bangladesh in Blacktown, Lakemba and Glenfield on 15th, 22nd and 29th May 2011. This is part of Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea to raise funds for the Cancer Council of NSW. A total of $10384.00 was raised in three programs and deposited to the Cancer Council fund.
Money raised by year... Photos

Published on: 9-Jun-2011

Good Morning bangladesh 2011
Blacktown:
Published on: 9-Jun-2011

Good Morning bangladesh 2011
Blacktown:
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Good Morning bangladesh 2011
CEO of Cancer Council of NSW Dr Andrew Penman attended the Blacktown program
Published on: 9-Jun-2011

Good Morning bangladesh 2011
Blacktown:
Published on: 9-Jun-2011

Good Morning bangladesh 2011
Lakemba:
Published on: 9-Jun-2011

Good Morning bangladesh 2011
Lakemba:
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Good Morning bangladesh 2011
Glenfield:
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Good Morning bangladesh 2011
Glenfield:
Published on: 9-Jun-2011


Dr. Maqsud Omar Wrote:

Many thanks for publishing such an intelligent, thought-provoking article.

I read online Bangla magazines, published in Sydney. I may have
missed some articles in the past, written on Prof. Yunus too.

I will be very keen to know what was the reaction of local Bangladeshis to Prof Yunus issue.

Khoda hafez.

Dr. Maqsud Omar
Woodcroft



Published on: 6-Jun-2011


Krishti`s Next programs

Chandler Community Centre
Keysborough,
Melbourne, VIC 3173
Date: 09-Jul-2011
Organizer: Srotar Ashor Melbourne



Venue: Granville Town Hall,
Date: 24-July-2011
Time: 5.00 pm
Organiser: Bangladesh Assocation of NSW




Published on: 6-Jun-2011


Suja Sarker Wrote:

Dear Anisur,

I am not totally agreeing to the view of all comments so far from the community, as the first time I flew from Bangladesh to Australia in 1988, it was very difficult for me to use a fork and knife, even I did not know that the fork should be held in the left hand and the knife with the right hand. So who is to be blamed?

Suja Sarker



No one will laugh at you if you hold the knife with your left hand. Some people are left handed. Nothing wrong with that - Anisur



Published on: 6-Jun-2011



Artists of Bangladesh Idol Concert are in Sydney

Published on: 4-Jun-2011



Artists of Bangladesh Idol Concert are in Sydney. They arrived in Melbourne
on the 26-May-2011. After performing at the Melbourne concert on
28-May-2011 they arrived in Sydney on 31-May-2011.

ENJOY THEIR SHOW ON 5TH JUNE AT 6 PM,
AT THE MARANA AUDITORIUM, HURSTVILLE.


Published on: 4-Jun-2011


Anayet Luhit Wrote:

Thanks very much for extraordinary article, I have noticed that other functions Bangladeshi breach the manner, They do not want to show ethics just want to use the power for example i am leader of this group. Once at Martin Place i was in the line to take out money from ATM and behind me one of the NSW powerful politician was waiting and i offered him to go first but he did not go. Look at them and at look us!!!

I have seen some Bangladeshi they introduce themselves as a Indian even though they were not born here. I do not understand what makes them happy if they say i am Indian....

One foreigner told me one day i really like Bangladeshi but one thing i do not like so i said what? He mentions, i have seen Bangladeshi when they see any other Bangladeshi they show attitude and smartness and do not want to talk to each other.

We really need to talk about this kind of issues.

Thanks,

Anayet Luhit




Published on: 3-Jun-2011


Hasneen Jahan Wrote:

I have just read your article on Bangla-Sydney. I agree with your opinion. I am not an Australian citizen. I came here for study and saw a huge bangali community. But when I see the culture and mentality of some Bangladeshis I feel disappointed. There is huge lack of proper etiquettes. I heard from some people that Bangladeshi people can`t drink, thats why they can`t adjust or build communication with the mainstream society. But I think this is a lame excuse. The problem is they don`t know how to show the manners in workplace and cultural functions. Drinking is not an essential for this. Obviously I am not talking about all Bangldeshis here. There are some delicate persons as well. But majroty represents the society! Thanks for this article.

Regards,

Hasneen Jahan
PhD Candidate




Published on: 3-Jun-2011


Begum Shahida Wrote:

I would like to thank you for this exceptional analytical article. I hundred percent agree with you and your expression that you made in this article. We know most of our expatriate Bangladeshis are really not familiar with correct table manner and ignorant of everyday social etiquette. It really hurts me when I overhear other communities criticizing our way of life and our social culture. I encourage you to keep writing in this manner hoping it will promote change we needed.     (Edited)

Regards,
Begum Shahida
MANLY



Published on: 1-Jun-2011


Zakir Hossen Wrote:

I completely understand your situation and feel sorry for you and other civilised bystanders. I personally hate queue jumpers and love to speak on their face to embarrass as much as possible which help others and help him in future.

I feel similarly ashamed when I see Bangladeshi young boys disturbing girls on the train and loudly speaking on the way back home from Uni or college.

I wonder what better can we expect from a nation who had life long practice of fighing for everything from dawn to dask, be it in the table of food, be it on the traffic of roads, be it in the queue of banks, be it in the competition for jobs.

All I can suggest is Bangladesh Educational Boards should introduce a manners and etiquettes course in childhood classes which might save us from embarrasments before other nationals.

Zakir Hossen
KOGARAH



Published on: 1-Jun-2011




Published on: 11-Apr-2011




Published on: 28-Mar-2011


Tragic Death of an Engineering Student!

Taha Rezwan, a 3rd year Electrical Engineering student from Bangladesh at the University of Newcastle, died on Monday, 16th of May 2011 (Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Rajiun). He was only 24. It appears he fell from a balcony on the 3rd floor of the university library around 10:00pm and later died in hospital. His body was brought to Sydney from Newcastle on Tuesday evening. We pray for his departed soul and express our heartfelt condolences to all members of his bereaved family. His father Md. Rezwanul Hoque lives in Abu Dhabi. His parents are expected to arrive from Abu Dhabi on Thursday. According to his uncle, Engineer Mohammad Monsurul Hoque of Stanhope Garden, his burial will take place at Riverstone Cemetery (Garfield Road West) on Friday, 20th May 2011 following Namaj-e-Janaza at Lakemba Mosque after Jumaa prayer. Jumaa khutba at Lakemba Mosque starts at 12:10pm.

Published on: 18-May-2011


Yunus' place in history is secure
- Fakhruddin Ahmed

The Bangladesh Supreme Court has upheld the High Court's verdict that Professor Yunus's removal from Grameen Bank is legal. So Professor Yunus has been permanently removed as the managing director of his brainchild, Grameen Bank. This is a sad day for Bangladesh...Details...

Published on: 15-May-2011


Yunus' place in history is secure
- Fakhruddin Ahmed

The Bangladesh Supreme Court has upheld the High Court's verdict that Professor Yunus's removal from Grameen Bank is legal. So Professor Yunus has been permanently removed as the managing director of his brainchild, Grameen Bank. This is a sad day for Bangladesh...Details...

Published on: 15-May-2011




Published on: 21-Mar-2011


Join the members of Bangladesh Forum For Community Engagement and plant a tree for you mother on Mothers Day, 8th May 2011. This event is hosted by Bush care office of the Hills Shire Council as part of the Annual National Tree Planting Event organised by Trees for Mum on Mother’s Day...details...


Published on: 28-Apr-2011




Published on: 4-May-2011


Launching of Australia's Biggest Morning Tea 2011

Bangladeshi community was invited to take part in the official launching of Australia`s Biggest Morning Tea held on 13-Apr-2011 at Martin Place, Sydney...Video...

Published on: 22-Apr-2011



Poster

Published on: 6-Apr-2011





Published on: 11-Apr-2011


A Bangladeshi-American Student`s Experience in Rajshahi

Chaos. It rang out in the streets of Rajshahi. It swept by on overloaded, careening buses on their way south to the capital, Dhaka, from far-north Rangpur. It snaked through the marketplaces, tripping up customers searching for their favorite sabjiwallah, or vegetable vendor. Like every other corner of the hustling, bustling, overcrowded little South Asian nation of Bangladesh, this typical, everyday sense of mild chaos did not spare the Rajshahi Cancer Hospital and Research Center...Details...

Sent by Mushtaq Khan
Published on: 3-Apr-2011


Bangladeshi Dentists` Get-together

An informal get-together of Bangladeshi dentists in Australia was arranged by Dr. Nahid Sayma at her residence (Stanhope Gardens, Sydney) on 13-Mar-2011. Around 30 Bangladeshi dentists attended the program. The primary agenda of the meeting was to establish an organisation of the Bangladeshi dentists in Australia. The name of the group was elected to be "Bangladeshi Dentists` Forum" in the presence of Dr. Nahid Sayma, Dr. Abdul Awal and Dr. Firoz Iqbal. Photo...
Published on: 3-Apr-2011



Get-together of Bangladeshi dentists in Australia at Dr. Nahid Sayma`s residence at Stanhope Gardens, Sydney (13-Mar-2011)



Published on: 3-Apr-2011





Published on: 28-Mar-2011


Save Arpita's Life!

I am making this appeal on behalf of Rahel Minoti Mondol (my classmate). She is the mother of a two year old girl named Arpita who is suffering from heart complicacy since her birth.

Arpita has two holes in her heart. She needs open heart surgery. This type of treatments are generally not successful in Bangladesh.

Only hope is Dr. Devi Sheti who practices in Vellore, India. Arpita’s mother is a nurse and father is an NGO worker in Meherpur.

They took her to Calcutta twice and done all possible medical investigations. They have also visited Dr. Devi Sheti's assistant in Calcutta who strongly recommended them to go to Vellore for the surgery.

The likely cost of the operation is 6 lacs Tk, excluding the travelling and living expenses. They have already spent lacs of Taka on doctors and medical investigations.

Recently, the baby’s health deteriorated due to pulmonary complicacy. To save her life she needs the operation without further delay. Parents are trying to organise money. At this stage, the family is looking forward for financial assistance from friends, relatives and generous people at home and abroad.

For last few weeks, I am leading a fund raising campaign among my friends in Bangladesh and here in Australia.

If you are in a position to help please make a donation for Arpita.

Arpita’s mother's mobile number is: +88 01721 562029. Anyone can contact her for further details.



You can send money directly to Arpita’s mother, Rahel Minoti Mondol (by Western Union or Money Express etc), or deposit it this account:

Joy Francis Mondol
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
BSB: 065903
Account No: 1064 7072


I will send the money to her.

Looking forward for your cooperation.


Joy Francis Mondol
0402 370 783



Published on: 24-Mar-2011




ড. ইউনূসের স্বদেশে হেনস্তা আর বিদেশে বন্দনা নিয়ে যাঁরা অধিকতর জানতে চান, ওয়েবসাইট আর পত্রপত্রিকায় পড়ে বুঝবেন, বিদ্বান সর্বত্র পূজ্যতে...

Published on: 21-Mar-2011





Published on: 21-Mar-2011


Grameen Support Group Meeting


Date - Sunday, 20 March 2011.
Place - 65 Spurway Steet, Ermington, Sydney.
Time - 4.00-5.30 PM sharp.

Contact: Sk. Rafiq Hasan - 0412 756 703
Nazrul Islam- 0421 594 332.


AGENDA:

- To discuss on the current controversy of removing Prof. Yunus from the position of Managing Director of Grameen Bank by the Bangladesh Government.

- To discuss as to how & when the scholarship's savings account can be changed to fix deposit account.

- Updating of postal & email addresses of current account holders.

- To discuss some of the salient Grameen statistics.

- Miscellaneous.




Published on: 18-Mar-2011


Bangladesh Mela 2011





Published on: 14-Mar-2011


Talent Day 2011

17th annual Talent Day program was held on 27-Feb-2011 at the Hassallgrove Community Centre in Sydney`s west. This program initiated by Dr Abdul Haq, now organised by Bangladesh Forum for Community Engagement (since 2009) honours our bright kids - those who made it to OC, selective schools and those who successfully completed their HSC...Video...


Published on: 10-Mar-2011


Bangladesh Association Darwin
Launched New Website


Published on: 24-Feb-2011


Bangladesh Society for Puja and Culture
New Executive Committee Formed


Published on: 22-Feb-2011



Due to India vs. Bangladesh world-cup match and some other unavoidable circumstances the show has been postponed to 1st week of June. Detail info will be posted shortly - Rahul Ganguly

Published on: 27-Jan-2011




Published on: 19-Jan-2011


Accomodation Needed

Recently I`ve got Australian PR and I must enter Australia before 17-Mar- 2011. I`m an Engineer and my wife is a Doctor. We have two daughters, 4 months and 6 years. We would like to stay in Sydney for two weeks then return to Bangladesh. I prefer homestay with Bangladeshi family. We need just one bed room and a shared kitchen. I shall pay for that. I`m planning to come to Sydney on 12-Feb-2011 and return to BD on 25-Feb-2011. We`ll also visit Melbourne from 18 to 21 February 2011. If you have a spare room please contact: Md Ariful Islam (Executive Engineer, Dhaka WASA, Tel: 880-1715006326)

Published on: 10-Jan-2011


In Memory of late Faruque Ahmed

The committee and the members of Jalalabad Association of NSW inc. announces for general information that a memorial meeting will be held this Sunday to discuss the life and achievements of late Faruque Ahmed who passed away on the 24 December, 2010. Besides the members of the association the meeting is expected to attract the attendance of the wider Bangladeshi community, his colleagues and associates from the Taxi industry of Sydney and personalities from state politics. Please be there if you wish to share the spirit of the occasion. At the end there will be a Du`a offered for his salvation and eternal peace. The details of the meeting are as follows:

Date: Sunday, the 9th January, 2011
Place: St. Peters Town Hall, 39 Unwin Bridge Road, Sydenham
Time: 4 pm


Fakhruddin Ahmed Chowdhury
On behalf of Jalalabad Association of NSW inc.


Published on: 6-Jan-2011


Abu Saleh Musaji Khan Passed Away!

The father of Latifa Khanum (Minu), Zahidul Khan (Lattu) and Badrul Alam Khan (Badu) is dead. Abu Saleh Musaji Khan died earlier this week in a Jessore hospital of respiratory disease. He was aged in his early 90s. He was the son of landowners and had a love of literature and world affairs. He retained a secular outlook on life, influenced partly from living on the border through partition. During the few visits I made to Bangladesh, I remember that he would wake every morning and lister to BBC Bengali radio in his village residence. He visited Australia once in the early 1990s and found seatbelts and showers awkward. He is survived by seven children, many grandchildren and several great grandkids, both in Bangladesh and Australia.- Dr Tanveer Ahmed Shuvo
Published on: 29-Dec-2010


Faruque Ahmed Passed Away!

With heavy heart and great shock we announce the sad passing away of Faruque Ahmed, a prominent Bangladeshi living in Sydney. He was the secretary of Taxi Council of NSW, a very prominent personality and well known in the Taxi industry of Sydney. He died as a result of a massive heart attack on last Friday morning. His namaz-e-janaza will be held in Lakemba mosque after Maghreb prayer on Tuesday (28-Dec-2010). After Asr (5pm) prayer on that day the body will be available for viewing. The body will be sent to Bangladesh for burial on Wednesday. At the time of his death Faruque was 51 years of age and he was never married- Fakhruddin Ahmed Chowdhury
Published on: 26-Dec-2010


BDeshTV Launched

BDeshTV, a Texas (USA) based media company, started its journey in 2010. It has developed an online video infrastructure, OVI+ (TM, patent pending), and a first ever Non-Resident Bangladeshi (NRB) centric online TV. BDeshTV.com (powered by OVI+) will offer 24-hour free online Bangla TV channels and on-demand videos ...Watch it now...

Published on: 21-Dec-2010


Seraj Islam Nipu Passed Away!

With a heavy heart I inform our community of the sudden death of Seraj Islam Nipu last night (17-Dec-2010) at 6:30 pm. He suffered a massive heart attack on the 16th of December at his own residence in Harris Park. He was taken to Westmead Hospital immediately. Doctrors struggled to keep him alive on the life support system but all efforts failed (inalilla...rajeun). Former student of BUET, Seraj Islam Nipu has been living in Sydney for last 7 years. He was only 40 years old. His Namaj-e-Janaza will be held at Lakemba Mosque (67 Wangee Rd, Lakemba) after Isha prayer at 9:30 pm tomorrow (19-Dec-2010). His body will be flown to Bangladesh for burial. His wife (Romsha Rahman) requested everyone to pray for his departed soul. I express my sincere condolences to all the members of his family. May Allah give them strength to cope with the shock and pain of this untimely death- Rafiq Hasan
Published on: 18-Dec-2010


Please Plant a Tree
When You Visit Bangladesh


Published on: 10-Dec-2010



In Sydney, we, Bangladeshis, organize various seminars and discussions, usually on political issues. How often, we ask ourselves ``who have created a ghetto out of Dhaka?`` Nazmul has taken a historic step to open our eyes, so that we can clearly see the destructive changes that took place in Dhaka in recent years.

What Nazmul concludes may not happen overnight, but he has exposed the weaknesses in the planning and development process. My discussions with Bangladeshi engineers and architests in Sydney have been fascinating! Almost none of them can see any problem with the ``remarkable`` job done by the town planners and builders in Dhaka!

Have we ever asked for accountability from the bunch of planners, officials, developers, politicians who were involved in ``unlawful and unsustainable planning`` for years and made millions out of these policies?

It is time for Bangladeshi community in Sydney to condemn the bad planning and development in Dhaka.

We might invite Nazmul and others to re-educate us through seminars and workshops about the penalty we will pay for creating a messy capital in Bangladesh.

Thanks Nazmul for well-written articles on ``Bubble-Burst`` in Dhaka.

Dr. Maqsud Omar
nepean1@gmail.com
Sydney.




Published on: 1-Dec-2010




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Published on: 1-Dec-2010


Bangladesh Gold Cup
Cricket Tournament 2010
BD Gold Cup Cricket Tournament going to start on 28-Nov-2010 at Auburn Park. Final match will be held on 30-Jan-2011. Twelve teams are perticipating this year...Details...


Published on: 24-Nov-2010


Former Principal of Residential Model College Passed Away

Father of Zakia Mazid of Holsworthy, Mr. Shah Mohammad Zahurul Hoq, passed away on 15-Nov-2010 at LABAID hospital at Dhaka (inna lilllahey...razeun). His body was put to rest at the family graveyard in Jamalpur. In his long career Mr Hoq had served in various responsible positions at Bangladesh Forest Department; Jute Research; Khulna Public school and college (principal) and finally retired as principal from Dhaka Residential Model College. He also had several overseas postings in Nigeria and England. Mr Hoq is survived by one son, two daughters and 4 grandchildren. He will be mourned by a large number of students whose lives he touched.
Published on: 22-Nov-2010


First Bangladeshi-American
Elected to US Congress

Voters in the state of Michigan have elected the first Bangladeshi-American ever to represent them in the U.S. Congress...Details...

Sent by Mushtaq Khan
Published on: 17-Nov-2010


GrameenCall Eid Bonus

We are offering $3 EID BONUS (FREE 75min talking time to Bangladesh) to greet your family and friends during EID-UL-AZHA festive, you can take this opportunity by LOGIN via our web portal using your account email address and password. You will be given $3 worth of credit as soon as you LOGIN through MEMBERS LOGIN (Located at the right hand corner of GRAMEENCALL homepage). If you do not remember your password, you can obtain that from GrameenCall homepage grameencall.com.au and request password RESET, you will receive a new password to your email address immediately - GrameenCall Team
Published on: 16-Nov-2010




Australian Muslim Welfare Centre
Bangladesh Welfare Society Campbelltown
Blacktown-Hills Islamic Centre
Parramatta Mosque
Published on: 31-Oct-2010


Share Accomodation Available

Large room in Granville area with built in wardrobe, TV, air-conditioning, gas cooking & hot water. Separate bill for electricity, gas and internet. Convenient transport, shop and amenities, car space. Bangladeshi couple only. Please contact: 98853099 / 0423276297
Published on: 8-Nov-2010



Dear Anisur Vai,

I liked the writing of Mr. Nazmul Ahsan Sheikh. Currently I have been living in Canada for last 6 + years. When I landed here, I never could think this country is going to be my country. Always I had a dream to go back to Bangladesh and eat Bangladeshi food and stay with my relatives and friends. After struggling for 5+ years now I have started to think that I should have an accommodation in Dhaka. I have no one in Dhaka where I could stay for couple of days to do the administration! Being a woman and two daughter’s mother could never think to live in a hotel!

What an immaculate topics he presented in your publication! I have a heart burning for not being able to invest the savings to Bangladesh and pain to think the money to invest here in Canada. We migrate to different country to get ensured of Onno, Bostro, and Basosthan. But what a game! In my own country I can not afford to buy accommodation whereas with the same money in Canada I can buy two apartments!
I really liked your publication with more other topics like “Protiti, Borshoboron , Mita Haque ebong Amra.”
Valo thaken apni, abong sofol hok apner e prochesta !
Onek onek shuvokamona roilo!

Akhtar Jahan



Published on: 25-Oct-2010


Open Letter for Bangladeshi Community Dr Tanveer Ahmed


Published on: 18-Oct-2010




Published on: 20-Sep-2010


Let's save Masud


Dear All,

Just located Masud through a friend in BD. The news clip is attached.

Someone from BD needs to lead the charge first to assess his circumstances and then we all need to contribute financially to support this rehabilation effort before it is too late.

He is in Atwary upazilla of Panchagarh district. .... He is sick, cannot walk properly. His speech is also blurred. If you talk to him you can't understand unless his wife translates.

If you want to talk to him (or his wife) you have to call in the evening (Bangladesh time). The phone number is 01717134905

Let's see who (ex-ROM) volunteers from BD to lead the charge? I am also trying to find our old school-mates to contribute.

Regards,
Kabir (Jr)
Brisbane, Australia
12-Oct-2010

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Dear Kabir,

Are you talking about this young man, 2nd from right (back row)?
Next to Chakma ; right?



Thanks,
Anis mic
Sydney, Australia
12-Oct-2010

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Yes, Anis Bhai!

The story is too sad! He has been under terrible family situation since 1995 or so. Has been in poor physical and mental health as well.

Salaams, Kabir (Jr)
Brisbane, Australia
12-Oct-2010

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Dear All,

Mukul has already spoken to Masud through interpreter (his wife). Masud had Meningitis - not sure at what stage is he now! Whatever is the case or prognosis, for sure any form of financial support will be of great help. He had been in dire financial situation since 1996 or so. He could not afford medical treatment. He could not provide for his family etc.

Mukul will visit him within next one week. I propose Mukul to be the focal point in BD in Masud Rehabilitation Efforts. Can we all send donations to Mukul (Qamruzzaman Mridha), now in Dhaka, who will collect money and do the needful to help him. Nowadays money can be sent to BD through Western Union within a few minutes (at the speed of email) at a fee of $15.

Mukul I will send my donation to you through Western Union. Can you please reply back with your exact ID name in BD, so that you can receive the money from any Western Union outlet without password. I will SMS you the MTCN and approximate amount so that you can collect. Please also send us your mobile number or we can email you the MTCN via email.

Ahsan Bhai, can you please forward this email to all ex-ROMs urging donation for Masud.

Salaams, Kabir (Jr),
Brisbane, Australia
12-Oct-2010

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Dear Kabir,

Pls ask everyone to deposit donation to my HSBC account in Sydney given below:

Qumruzzaman Mridha
BSB: 342094
a/c: 439015412
HSBC Bank, Castle Hill Branch, Australia


I will pay a rate 1.00 Tk higher than normal plus my contribution for him.
I will also let u know what else we can do for him.


Best Regards,

M Q Zaman
Dhaka
12-Oct-2010

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I am so sorry to hear that. He is a good man. We should help him the way we could. One person should collect money and give him directly, may be that way he will know who are we. I will call him. Whose BD number is that kabir??

Anis mare
USA
12-Oct-2010

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Dear Anis Bhai,

That number is Masud ’ s. His speech is not understandable – then his wife will interpret. He had Meningitis a couple of years ago; I am not sure of prognosis. In any case, Masud had been in big tr ouble since 199 6 or so, finacially, emotionally & physically . He was in apal ling situation when Mukul (Mridha Qumruzzaman) and me last met hin in 199 6 or so.


Mukul will visit him within a few days.


Regards, Kabir (Jr)
12-Oct-2010

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Kabir,

I will call him tonight and let you know.

Anis mare
USA
13-Oct-2010

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Dear Mukul,

I have transferred my donation to your account.
It will be in your account tomorrow. Please keep us posted.

As far as I remember he was studying medecine in Romania. Did he finish the degree?


Thanks,
Anis mic
Sydney
13-Oct-2010

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Dear Anis Bhai,


Thanks. I will convey your good wishes to him.


Yes, he did finish medicine and so did Sui Prue. After returning home Masud joined Health and had postings in different districts and finally joined BIRDEM.


He got married. His first wife died in an accident. Then he got married again. He has 2 kids, one from each relationship.
He fell sick in 2005 and looks like wrongly diagnosed.

Best Regards,

M Q Zaman
Dhaka
13-Oct-2010

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Anis,

I just talked to Masud. He has difficulty with speech. I think he had some difficulty to remember all our Romanian friends. He is still working. I had long discussion with his wife. I think he has some mental issue after loss of his first wife. He is in Dinajpur at his parents house.
She says financially she is pulling through with 2 children but we should do our best whatever we can.

Is there any other option to sent money to Mukul? Intercontinental transfer may be difficult. I have never tried it or we can send check to Ranjan or Ahsan bhai??

Thanks to all.

Anis Mare
13-Oct-2010

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Dear Anis Bhai,

Sending money to BD is very easy these days.
I do that time to time through Internet Banking. Straight from my everyday savings account
to my brother's account in BD. Get's there in 2/3 days.
Costs about Aus$25.

Kabir suggested using Western Union. I heard their system is very simple, instant and cost effective.
But I never used it.

For me it was very easy because Mukul is in BD. I transferred money to his Australian account.
I think he can withdraw from that account from Dhaka.


Regards,
Anis mic
13-Oct-2010

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Dear Anis Bhais,


Yes, I have a FC account in Dhaka. It takes only 24 hrs to transfer by internet.
Also I have proposed to pay 1 Taka more in exchange from my pocket from the highest rate available.

Best Regards,

M Q Zaman
Dhaka,
13-Oct-2010

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Zaman,

Thanks , I will use you Australian account. Hope you are having good time in Bangladesh.

Take care.

Anis mare
USA
13-Oct-2010




Published on: 13-Oct-2010


Share Accomodation Available

Large room with built in wardrobe, gas cooking, hot water, TV and new air-conditioning. Granville area. Rent excluding bills (electricity, gas & internet). Close to transport, shops and amenities. Car space available. Bangladeshi couples only. Contact Md. Nazrul: 9885 3099, 0423 276 297, 0425 267 480

Published on: 10-Oct-2010





Published on: 20-Sep-2010


...Moon has been sighted...Eid-ul-Fitr tomorrow 10-Sep-2010 Friday...EID MOBARAK...

Australian Muslim Welfate Centre
Bangladesh Welfare Society Campbelltown
Parramatta Mosque
Quakers Hill Masjid
Published on: 7-Sep-2010


     Appeal to Expatriate Bangladeshis
        Nazrul Islam, President, Grameen Support Group Australia, Inc


Published on: 4-Sep-2010


Watch Father and Son on ABC

Watch Dr Tanveer Ahmed(Shuvo) with his father, Afsar Ahmed, on ABC1 after the airing of a documentary about population and migration on Thursday (12-Aug-2010) evening at 8:30 pm. They will be part of a discussion with politicians. It is part of the documentary presented by Dick Smith on a visit to Bangladesh. The documentary raises questions about the morality of taking skilled migrants from poor countries and the prospects of water shortage in an overpopulated country.
Published on: 9-Aug-2010


Siddiqur Rahman started his golf club days as a ball boy, one of the junior caddies who carried bags for the members of the Kurmitola Golf Club (KGC). Seeing talent in Siddique, KGC officials used to lend him clubs to practice - this was the beginning of his golfing career. Recently Siddiq has became the first Bangladeshi to win a professional golf tournament...Details... Sent by Kazi Zaman


Published on: 8-Aug-2010



Thanks for your recent article on Grameencall. I am a happy customer of Grameencall. It is so pleasing to see such a company with Bangladeshi-Australian owner, who are offering an excellent product, with clear accounting system, good-quality connection and absence of unethical practices, often seen while using various phonecards.

Hope Grameencall executives will maintain a satisfactory quality control system.

Dr. Maqsud Omar
Woodcroft, NSW.


Published on: 2-Aug-2010


Bangladesh issues war crime warrants
Report

Sent by Noman Shamim

Published on: 27-Jul-2010




Published on: 27-Jul-2010




Published on: 27-Jul-2010





Published on: 27-Jul-2010


Nurjahan Chowdhury Passed Away!

Mrs Nurjahan Yasmin Chowdhury (wife of Mr Ruhul Huqq Chowdhury of Hassalgrove) passed away today (26-Jul-2010) around 1:30 pm at the palliative care unit of Mount Druitt Hospital in Western Sydney (Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Rajiun). She has been suffering from Ovarian Cancer for last 3 years. A very kind and friendly person Mrs Chowdhury will be missed by the Bangladeshi community in Sydney. She is survived by her two sons (Abdullah, Rahel) and one daughter (Rubaiyat). We pray for her departed soul and express our heartfelt condolences to all the members of her bereaved family. Her burial will take place at the Riverstone Cemetery tomorrow (27-Jul-2010) following Namaj-e-Janaza at the Auburn Gallipoli Mosque (Turkish Mosque) at 12 pm after Zuhr prayer.
Published on: 26-Jul-2010


Flat for Sale in Dhaka Bangladesh

3 bedroom flat available for sale at PC Culture Housing Society, Mohammadpur. 3 toilets (2 ensuites), 3 balconies, 1521 sft, 2nd floor roadside corner flat. Two sides open. Fully tiled floors and toilets walls. Large kitchen with cabinets. Only 1 year old, Secure ground floor parking. Please call: (02) 9761 5911 Mobile: 402 388 834
Email: mohammed@bettertiles.com.au
Published on: 20-Jul-2010



Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC, CVO the Governor of New South Wales, has agreed to be present as the Principal Guest and a large number of other dignitaries from Bangladesh and Australia are expected to attend this gala evening...Details...

Published on: 15-Jul-2010


Notice to All Bangladeshi Medical Doctors

The convening committee of Bangladesh Medical Society of NSW is organizing a day long family program at the Waterview Restaurant, Bicentennial Park, Homebush, NSW on 1-Aug-2010 (Sunday) from 10am to 5pm. Events will include scientific seminar, five star lunch, general meeting, afternoon tea and election of an Executive Board for 2010/2011. There are beautiful playgrounds for kids to enjoy outdoor activities. Catering cost for the event is $25 per adult but only $50 for the whole family. Please confirm your interest by emailing any of these persons: Email addresses

Constitution of BMS Membership form

Published on: 7-Jul-2010


Notice to All Bangladeshi Medical Doctors

List of email addresses:

Dr. Faizur Reza Emon mfreza@doctors.org.uk
Dr. Faruque Riffat faruqueriffat@hotmail.com
Dr.Jessie Chowdhury jessie.chowdhury@hotmail.com
Dr.M Shareef ud Dowla msdowla@hotmail.com
Dr.Moinul Islam Dr.moinul@yahoo.com
Dr.Motiur Rahman motiur16@yahoo.com
Dr.Najmun Nahar najmun_y@hotmail.com
Dr.Reza Ali rrali@hotmail.com
Dr.Sayed Farabi farabi25@yahoo.com
Dr.Shaila Islam zahid22@optusnet.com.au
Dr.Zakir Parvez zakir.parvez@gmail.com



Published on: 7-Jul-2010


Kristy will perform in Darwin

Kristy is heading for Darwin soon to perform in “Bangladesh Cultural Night 2010”. Organised by BD Association, Darwin, their first concert will be held on 10-Jul-2010 at the Darwin Entertainment Centre...More...


Published on: 6-Jul-2010


Kristy will perform in Darwin

“Kristy” is the first Bangladeshi musical band in Sydney. They have been performing almost in every Bangladeshi festival each year. Their performances are very professional and enjoyable.

Kristy is heading for Darwin soon to perform in “Bangladesh Cultural Night 2010”. This show is organised by Bangladesh Association in Darwin. First concert will be held on 10th July 2010 at the Darwin Entertainment Centre. There will be a second show on 11th July.

This is not the first time Kristy performs outside Sydney. They have already performed in Melbourne and Canberra. Kristy has a very strong line-up in their band. Current line-up: Drum - Sanjoy, Keyboard - Shoeab, Base Guitar - Emon, Lead Guitar - Tapon/Mitul and Vocal - Shusantu/Shuvo.


From left: Shusantu, Sanjoy, Tapon and Shoeab


Published on: 6-Jul-2010

Bangladesh Cultural School Excursion 2010

Published on: 5-Jul-2010

Bangladesh Cultural School Excursion 2010

Published on: 5-Jul-2010

Bangladesh Cultural School Excursion 2010

Published on: 5-Jul-2010

Bangladesh Cultural School Excursion 2010

Published on: 5-Jul-2010

Bangladesh Cultural School Excursion 2010


More Photos...
Published on: 5-Jul-2010

Bangladesh Cultural School Excursion 2010.

Published on: 5-Jul-2010

Bangladesh Cultural School Excursion 2010.

Published on: 5-Jul-2010

Bangladesh Cultural School Excursion 2010.

Published on: 5-Jul-2010

Bangladesh Cultural School Excursion 2010.

Published on: 5-Jul-2010




Photos...

Published on: 1-Jul-2010


Samia Choudhury passed away!

Samia binte Sirajul Haque Choudhury, a senior member of Bangladesh Community in Sydney passed away yesterday (29-Jun-2010) at 10:50pm at the St. Joseph Hospital in Auburn (Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Rajiun). She lived in Erskine Park for about 20 years before moving to Auburn last year. A teacher of NSW TAFE Samia was diagnosed with lung cancer 2 years ago. Soft spoken, pious and kind hearted Samia was well known for her generosity. She and her family members donated a large amount of money to the Ahasania Mission Cancer Hospital in Dhaka. We pray for her departed soul and express our deepest condolences to all the members of her bereaved family. Her Namaj-e-Janaza will be held after Zuhr prayer today (30-Jun-2010) at 12:00 pm at the Lakemba Mosque (67 Wangee Rd, Lakemba). She will be buried at Riverstone Cemetery (Cemetery Rd, off Garfield Rd West) this afternoon at 2:00 pm. All community members are requested to attend her Namaz-e-Janaza and the burial – Dr. Abdul Haq
Published on: 30-Jun-2010


$8012.50 raised for the
NSW Cancer Council

Bangladeshi community in Blacktown, Lakemba and Glenfield area held their annual fund raising (breakfast) program on 9th, 23rd and 30th of May 2010. A total of $8012.50 was raised in three programs. Entire amount has been donated to the Cancer Council NSW on behalf of the Bangladeshi community.

Money raised by year...

Published on: 22-May-2010


                Election 2010 Results
Bangladesh Welfare Society Campbelltown


Published on: 9-Jun-2010


Gathering of Bangladeshi
Medical Doctors
Sent by Dr Zakir Parvez


Published on: 20-May-2010



Rick ends his culinary tour in Bangladesh, the country that spawned thousands of ‘Indian’ restaurants in Britain...
    Sent by Sayed Faiz

Published on: 27-May-2010


Chief Justice of BD Visits Australia

Hon’ble Chief Justice of Bangladesh Mr. Justice Mohammad Fazlul Karim attended the conference titled “Non-Adversarial Justice: Implications for the Legal System and Society” held in Melbourne, Australia from 04 – 07 May 2010 at the invitation of Professor Greg J Reinhardt, Executive Director, AIJA...details...

Published on: 19-May-2010


Microcredit, the Middleman and the
Modern woman
      Shafeen Mustaq

Women have traditionally been the object of orthodox ideas of representation and absorbed these into their ways of being. Bangladeshi women traditionally brought up with conventional religious, gender and class instruction develop ingrained ideas of how to be conservative in order to be socially acceptable. Through the injection of micro-credit and income generation, this condition has gradually been changing in villages across Bangladesh through a process of adapting to a new role in society.

Bangladesh's economy has grown by a steady 6% a year in recent years, and the World Bank reported that the percentage of Bangladeshi people living on less than US$1 a day has been reduced to 40% from 49% (latest figure as at 2005). In June 2009, I travelled to Bangladesh to conduct research interviews for my thesis on the effects of microcredit on women’s empowerment. I spoke to women who had lived below the poverty line as well as their husbands, several male borrowers and the employees of the microcredit intuitions. The women were aged 23-64 and had been engaged in a microcredit loan with Grameen, Bangladesh Rural Agriculture Centre (BRAC), Islami Bank or the NGO Proshika from 1-25 years.


The women I interviewed spoke openly regarding their experience with microcredit. Their testimonies confirm that they experienced sustained socio-cultural and economic empowerment as a result of involvement in microcredit schemes. Borrowers said they were motivated to apply for a microcredit loan due to the encouragement from bank workers and the success of other women.
Borrower participation was based on similar factors: minimal skills, a need to contribute to the household income and self improvement. The women agreed to the conditions set by lending institutions such as Grameen and BRAC and took on new tasks which developed their skill set to reflect their new status as women with greater empowerment, agency and financial input into their family.

The women acknowledged that gender and class are factors in play within a society that shapes them and how they interact. Bank workers elucidated that in addition to the women, they themselves were led to conform to the archaic ideologies in society through religious, class and gender related hegemony. The common woman was pressured into accepting political or cultural motives for religiousness and absorbing it into her way of being and hence restricted from achieving empowerment and realising her potential.

Employees of microcredit institutions affirmed that even if women recognised they were being dictated to, they were unable to alter the status quo. Now, due to a sustained injection of microcredit along with cultural education women have the confidence to assume economic and social standing. A woman’s participation in the economic arena allows her to acquire cultural and economic experience and develop through interactions in the workplace.

As a result existing familial and social relationships are reshaped due to
new found confidence, interpersonal skills and the new role of income earner which commands a different kind of respect to that of mother and housewife. Women who were previously only a daughter, wife or mother, now knew how to read and write, little things such as having their own loan books afforded them a sense of control which aided their empowerment.

All those interviewed recounted the strong opposition that microcredit institutions and their workers first met with in villages. Women involved in producing a cultural capital through microcredit loans by moving outside the home were seen as rebels as a Bangladeshi woman’s place is traditionally at home. Her entry into the economic field changed the dynamics and gender divisions which dictated society. Consequently, a women’s empowerment is limited by the religious, class and gender boundaries placed on them and affects the degree of change or empowerment experienced by the women.

The results of the interviews indicated that women engaged in microcredit loans from lending institutions benefit directly from their sustained interaction with the institution, co-workers and the work they do. Women reported higher verbal proficiency, the ability to write their names, a boost in self confidence and independence. The women also felt motivated to further their skill set or widen their sources of income generation through further loans in order to benefit from a further injection of primitive capital in light of the increased autonomy, agency and respect they received as a result of their financial contribution to their households.

While the microcredit schemes of Grameen, BRAC and other microcredit institutions all set their own conditions (not all of which are beneficial for the client), microcredit has provided village women in Bangladesh the opportunity to gain communication and interpersonal skills, independence and a position of authority within the family environment. It has motivated them to grow and develop skills which allow them to proceed onto skilled labour and open up new avenues of opportunity.



Published on: 7-May-2010


DU Alumni Association Get-together

A get together (meet and greet) of the members of the Dhaka University Alumni Association Australia (DUAAA) will be held on 8-May-2010 at the Parramatta Town Hall, Parramatta. Mr. Raquibuddin Ahmed, Secretary General, Dhaka University Alumni Association Bangladesh (DUAA) will attend the function as the guest of honour. Enquiries related to membership of the association and the get together can be made to Anis Majumder, Secretary General, DUAAA on 0411 021 837 or by e-mail: dualumni@optusnet.com.au

Published on: 27-Apr-2010


Appeal for Addrita

Addrita is diagnosed with a serious blood disorder. She will not survive long if sent back to Bangladesh. This is an appeal to the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship to let her live in Australia...Please sign the petition...

Published on: 7-May-2010


Yes he can!

As the son of a first generation migrant from Bangladesh, Arka Dasgupta could have been a doctor or an engineer. But he chose acting and he is doing well. Arka is currently performing in a stage play, Animals Out of Paper, in a leading role with Tara Morice (lead female actress in the 1992 film Strictly Ballroom)...Details...

Published on: 21-Apr-2010


সিডনীতে ডিজিটাল বাংলাদেশ শীর্ষক সেমিনার
গত ৪ঠা এপ্রিল ২০১০, রবিবার, বাংলাদেশ আওয়ামী লীগ আষ্ট্রেলিয়া শাখার উদ্যোগে, ইউনিভারসিটি অব ওয়েষ্টার্ন সিডনীর প্যারাম্যাটা ক্যাম্পাসে ডিজিটাল বাংলাদেশ ও প্রবাসী বাংলাদেশীদের ভুমিকা শীর্ষক একটি সেমিনার আনুষ্ঠিত হয়। অনুষ্ঠানে সভানেতৃত্ব করেন সিডনী ইউনিভারসিটির সিনিয়ার লেকচারার সৈয়েদা জাকিয়া হোসেন। মূল বক্তা ছিলেন এডিথ কোয়েন ইউনিভারসিটির বিজনেস এবং ল বিভাগের ডিন, প্রফেসর আতিক ইসলাম এবং জনাবা নাহিদ রাশিদ; তিনি মোনাশ ইউনিভারসিটিতে পি এইচ ডি কার্যক্রমে নিয়োজিত রয়েছেন। প্রফেসর আতিক ইসলাম ডিজিটাল বাংলাদেশ এর নানা দিক নিয়ে আলোচনা করেন এবং এর বিভিন্ন সমস্যা এবং সম্ভাবনার কথা তুলে ধরেন। নাহিদ রাশিদ তার পি এইচ ডি গবেষনার অংশবিশেষ, বাংলাদেশে ই-গভারনেন্স এর চ্যালেঞ্জ সম্পর্কিত প্রতিবেদন প্রফেসর শামস রহমানের সাথে যৌথ ভাবে উপস্থাপন করেন। প্রফেসর শামস রহমান বাংলাদেশ আওয়ামী লীগ আষ্ট্রেলিয়া শাখার সভাপতি এবং এই সেমিনারের প্রধান উদ্যোক্তা। মূল উপস্থাপনা দু’টির পর ছিলো প্রশ্ন-উত্তর পর্ব এবং মুক্ত আলোচনা। অংশগ্রহনকারীদের মধ্যে সেমিনার এর বিষয়বস্তু সম্পর্কে প্রচুর উৎসাহ লক্ষ্য করা যায়। - ছবি -

Abstracts of the papers presented...
Published on: 18-Apr-2010


Bangladesh Australia Disaster Relief Comm.
Notice for Third Community Meeting


Published on: 12-Apr-2010

Digital Bangladesh Seminar 2010
Dr Syeda Zakia Hossain
Published on: 18-Apr-2010

Digital Bangladesh Seminar 2010
Prof Atique Islam
Published on: 18-Apr-2010

Digital Bangladesh Seminar 2010
Prof Shams Rahman and Ms Nahid Rashid
Published on: 18-Apr-2010

Digital Bangladesh Seminar 2010

Published on: 18-Apr-2010

Digital Bangladesh Seminar 2010

Published on: 18-Apr-2010

Digital Bangladesh Seminar 2010

Published on: 18-Apr-2010


DU Alumni Association Canberra
First social get-together


A Convening Committee of all former Dhaka University (DU) students/graduates presently residing in Canberra has been formed with Mr Ali Hossain as Convener and Mr Borhan Ahmed and Kamrul Ahsan Khan as Joint Conveners at a preparatory meeting held in Canberra on 8 April 2010, attended by a number of former DU students and their spouses. All participants present at the meeting will also collectively serve as members on the Committee.

The Committee is now pleased to announce that a first ever social ‘Get-together’ Event for all these students/graduates will be organized in Canberra on Saturday 15 May 2010. Specifically, the proposed event is aimed at providing an ongoing social networking avenue among all former DU students. It would be expected to help build and promote ongoing and enhanced friendship and interaction among all former students of the University and their family members. Several Sub-Committees have been constituted by the Convening Committee to organize the entire Event in a befitting manner.

The Committee has been entrusted with the responsibility of successfully hosting the ‘Get-together’ Event, ensuring all-out participation and collaboration from all former DU students and their families in Canberra, and to finally taking forward the initiative of forming a virtual Dhaka University Alumni Association in Canberra of all former students living in Canberra. Once finally and formally established and launched, this entity will continue to play an active role in facilitating positive work for the Dhaka University and for our motherland ‘Bangladesh’. It is noted that the vision and mission of this new entity will be similar to those of the Dhaka University Alumni Association (DUAA) in Bangladesh.

Details on venue, timing and programs for the Event, including other future organizational matters will be released shortly and gradually by email and through local web site for information of all concerned. On current indications, the event will include a cultural function, documentary film show, photo exhibition, dinner etc.

The Secretary General of DUAA, Mr Raquibuddin Ahmed, and other guests are expected to attend the ‘Get-together’ Event.

The Convening Committee most sincerely and wholeheartedly invites all former DU students and their lovely family members to join this Event scheduled for Saturday 15 May 2010 in Canberra. The Committee also takes the opportunity to request all concerned to please come forward and extend their helping hands to make the ‘Event’ a great success.

The Committee gratefuly thanks all former graduates and their family members in advance and seeks their cooperation as valued partners of this new Alumni movement of all former DU students/graduates in Canberra in the coming weeks and months ahead.

With regards

Convening Committee, former Dhaka University Students/Graduates, Canberra, Australia

For further information please don’t hesitate to contact us

Ali Hosain - 62871755 (H), 0412811662 (M)
Borhan Ahmed - 6206 4243 (w); 62554340 (H), 0421553171 (M)
Kamrul Ahsan Khan - 6156 3606 (H), 0401683930 (M)



Published on: 14-Apr-2010


Bangla Loko Mela 2010 Shafeen Mustaq

The Bangladeshi Australian Welfare Association (BAWS) hosted a mela (cultural fair) at Seddon Park in Glenfield on Saturday 27 March 2010. The event was a well organised and fun filled fare for families and friends of all cultural backgrounds...Details...


Published on: 12-Apr-2010


Bangla Loko Mela 2010

Shafeen Mustaq: The Bangladeshi Australian Welfare Association (BAWS) hosted a mela (cultural fair) at Seddon Park in Glenfield on Saturday 27 March 2010. The event was a well organised and fun filled fare for families and friends of all cultural backgrounds.



The mela started a little past noon and was slow to pick up due to the afternoon heat. Undeterred the members of parliament, the Mayor of Campbelltown, Aaron Rule, and several other community representatives gave short speeches to the crowds encouraging the diverse and rich cultural experience and wealth of wisdom and experience that the Bengali community adds to the society. There was also a speech regarding the new community watch initiative which aimed to address the growing violence and theft in the area. The participation and approval of the local community members as well as the announcement of such an initiative showed that Bengalis in the Campbelltown area were catalysing change in their uptake of and participation in activities that enhanced community welfare. As the evening became cooler everyone came out in their finest to listen to the band, the speeches and watch the amazing dancing and singing performances by local talent.



There were rides for the kids, clothing and jewellery stalls, Mendhi and book stalls and of course food stalls. The wonderful aromas of a wide variety of food wafted through the field carried by a soft wind that caressed the curious visitor and assailed them with a whiff which made mouths water. From satay sticks to samosas, Dhal puris to jhal muri, from pan to pani puri and tandoori to haleem, there was no end to the wide array of possibilities for ones palette. Banoful sweets also had a stall which would especially excite the sweet tooths out there with rasgullas and chom choms designed delectably on display.



The mela was a huge success and a hit with families, friends and neighbours, many from non Bengali backgrounds who came out of curiosity and left with a better understanding of Bangladeshi culture and traditions and of course a taste of our unique cuisine. It integrated items of interest to the young and old, the Bengali and the non-bengali and provided them with an opportunity to interact and experience a cohesive and friendly environment. Congratulations to the BAWS for such a wonderfully organised and executed event which allows us to practice, display and retain our cultural heritage.





Published on: 12-Apr-2010


                  Bangladesh Society for Puja and Culture
          New Committee Formed


Published on: 7-Apr-2010


Bangladesh High Commission, Canberra
Machine Readable Passport (MRP)

The Government of Bangladesh has decided to introduce Machine Readable Passport and Machine Readable Visa from 01 April 2010. But, initially it will be issued in 10 regional Passport offices within Bangladesh...Details...

Published on: 6-Apr-2010


মুক্তিযুদ্ধে বাংলাদেশ
গত ২০শে মার্চ আনির্বাণ সিডনী নামে একটি সংগঠন এ্যাশফিল্ড পোলিশ ক্লাবে আমাদের মহান মুক্তিযুদ্ধের উপর নির্মিত আনেকগুলি প্রামান্য চিত্রের দুই দিন ব্যাপি এক প্রদর্শনীর আয়োজন করে। ১১টি প্রামান্য চিত্রের পাশাপাশি প্রদর্শিত হয়েছে মুক্তিযুদ্ধ যাদুঘর থেকে প্রকাশিত যুদ্ধকালীন স্থির চিত্রের এক বিশাল সংগ্রহ। প্রধান আয়োজক ইফতিখারুল ইসলাম এবং তার সংগঠনের সকলকে বাংলা-সিডনীর পক্ষ থেকে, স্বাধীনতার মাসে এ ধরনের ব্যাতিক্রম ধর্মী একটি অনুষ্ঠানের আয়োজন করার জন্য জানাই আন্তরিক অভিনন্দন ... ছবি...


Published on: 4-Apr-2010

Muktijuddhe Bangladesh

Published on: 4-Apr-2010

Muktijuddhe Bangladesh
Mostafa Kamal
Published on: 4-Apr-2010

Muktijuddhe Bangladesh

Published on: 4-Apr-2010

Muktijuddhe Bangladesh

Published on: 4-Apr-2010

Muktijuddhe Bangladesh

Published on: 4-Apr-2010


Fear of a Brown Planet –
Finding the funny in difference


By Shafeen Mustaq

Nazeem Hussain and Aamer Rahman are two talented and worldly individuals who have found their niche in the world of comedy as a way of expressing their opinions. Whether you agree with them or not, you are guaranteed a laugh. The two are in the middle of their second national tour, Fear of a Brown Planet (FOABP) Returns and I spoke with Bangladeshi Australian, Aamer Rahman, about the touring experience and how audiences are responding to the new show.

The show features Mohammed El-Leissy (Vic State Finalist, Raw Comedy 2007), Nazeem Hussain (Vic State Finalist, Raw Comedy 2007) and Aamer Rahman (Vic State Winner, National Runner-Up Raw Comedy 2007). With a hoard of awards to their name, the Nazeem/Aamer duo is supremely confident about their shows. Aamer tells me that the responses to the shows have been very good and the audience even better. He acknowledges that they have some strong views but asserts that they have had no complaints. “Even if people don’t agree with us they see the humour and laugh...No matter how racist or closed-minded a person is, if you can joke about something Australians really respect it," he said.

The shows premise is “Tackling the topics of immigration, race relations, and the War on Terror head on, Fear of a Brown Planet Returns promises to shock and awe audiences with their anarchic take on politics and race at home and abroad. As always, it's uncompromising, ruthless and cheeky - guaranteed to be more fun than a night in Guantanamo.” Aamer says that there is no specific motivation for their content. “We just talk about what we known and comedy is our way of expressing our views and getting it across to a range of people.”

Aamer speaks passionately about comedy and insists that this is his chosen career. “I did Law and I was miserable”, he said. “I don’t want to be miserable. I enjoy comedy and it’s an excellent way of getting my opinion across.” When asked about the political nature of the shows content Aamer refers to comedians he grew up with. “They never distinguished between Comedy and Politics and neither do Nazeem and I.” While Aamer is modest about his achievements, citing himself as a cross between a comedian and a science fiction buff, his achievements and accolades establish his efforts to catalyse change in modern society. Aamer does hip hop inspired screen and t-shirt printing while also maintaining and active role in the community and touring for FOABP. The two have also been funded by VicHealth to work on a three-year project exploring racism in Melbourne. With such exciting and enthusiastic projects under their belt, Aamer and Nazeem spend much of their time in each other’s company. On their friendship and dynamics Aamer says that while they fight most of the time, he and Nazeem and close friends whose comic styles complement each other and he can see them performing together for a long time to come. Aamer’s next big step is to perform at the comedy club in Dhaka at the end of this year. It will be his first time performing in Bangladesh and he is very excited to be addressing new topics to a new audience in a mixture of Bangla and English.

Nazeem and Aamer’s FOABP is currently part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and they will be performing in the Sydney Comedy Festival at the Factory theatre from 27th April to 1 May 2010. Whether or not you agree with their views, this show will be a must see for the laughs and the insights into the evolving identity of Muslims in Australia, what they think and most importantntly, how they find the funny in difference. For more information and to book tickets to their show, please log onto http://www.brownplanet.com.au



Published on: 2-Apr-2010


House for sale in Bangladesh

8 katha land + 2BR house in Chhyabithi housing society, Joydevpur. Excellent transport, no flooding problem, all town facilities are available. 3 mins drive from main Bus stand. Uttara is just 40 mins drive away. Recently allocated within RAJUK. Please contact: nepean1@gmail.com

Published on: 31-Mar-2010


3rd Solo Art & Photography Exhibitions of Zakia Hossain

    Opening Night: 31-Mar-2010, 7 pm. End Date: 10 April 2010, 4 pm
Venue: MLC Powerhouse Design & Art Gallery, 449 Harris Street Ultimo.
      Bangladeshi artist Zakia Hossain lives in Sydney for last ten years.
Details about the exhibition...     About Zakia Hossain...
Published on: 10-Jan-2010


BEN Joined Ekushe Academy in Cleanup Australia Day

On the 7th of March 2010, Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN) Australian Chapter joined the Sydney based organisation, Ekushe Acdemy Australia Inc., in Cleanup Australia Day 2010 – the 20th Year of this world’s first initiative. At 8.00am on the day, volunteers started gathering at the UTS Rowing Club Car Park, registered themselves as volunteers and then joined the Cleanup.

Over 30 volunteers, from both Bangladeshi and mainstream Australian society, have donated a total of nearly 100hrs of volunteer time in the cleanup. The areas that they joined were the UTS Rowing Club Car Park, Richard Murden Reserve, Blackmore Park and the nearby areas within Haberfield and Lilyfield councils.

Ekushe Academy has been participating this event over the past 8 years and BEN joined the event for the first time. BEN believes that by collaborating in such community activities better outcomes are possible. One of the biggest gains has been to get to know each other who participate in this generous activity.

BEN expects a more strengthened cooperation and participation in the 2011 Cleanup Australia event. It is worth mention that participants are fully covered by the Cleanup Australia insurance.



Published on: 28-Mar-2010


Notice of Special General Meeting
Bangladesh Society for Puja & Culture


Published on: 8-Mar-2010


Bangladesh Welfare Society, Campbelltown
Crime prevention comm. awareness meeting


Published on: 23-Mar-2010


অধ্যাপক আবদুল মুক্তাদির এর জন্মশত বার্ষিকী উৎযাপিত

গত ২৭শে ডিসেম্বর ২০০৯, ঢাকার নিউ ইস্কাটনস' বিয়াম অডিটোরিয়ামে আয়োজিত এক আড়ম্বরপূর্ণ অনুষ্ঠানের মাধ্যমে ৪০ বছরেরও অধিক সময় ধরে প্রথমিক ও মাধ্যমিক শিক্ষাক্ষেত্রে অবদানের জন্য বাংলাদেশের প্রখ্যাত শিক্ষাবিদ অধ্যাপক আবদুল মুক্তাদির এর জন্মশত বার্ষিকী উৎযাপনের মধ্য দিয়ে তাঁকে সম্মাননা জানানো হয়। শিক্ষক, শিক্ষা-প্রশাসকসহ সমাজের বিভিন্ন স্তরের গণ্যমান্য ব্যক্তিবর্গ উক্ত অনুষ্ঠানে অতিথি হিসেবে উপস্থিত ছিলেন। বাংলাদেশ সরকারের প্রাথমিক ও গণশিক্ষা অধিদপ্তরের মাননীয় মন্ত্রী জনাব ডাঃ আফসারুল আমীন অনুষ্ঠানে প্রধান অতিথির পদ অলংকৃত করেন। অনুষ্ঠানে বিশেষ অতিথিদ্বয় হিসেবে উপস্থিত ছিলেন একুশে পদকপ্রাপ্ত অর্থনীতিবিদ জনাব ডঃ মুজাফ্ফর আহমেদ ও ঢাকা বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ের মাননীয় উপাচার্য জনাব আ. আ. ম. স. আরেফিন সিদ্দিক। অনুষ্ঠান উপলক্ষ্যে বাংলাদেশ সরকার স্মারক ডাকটিকেট প্রকাশের মধ্য দিয়ে এই বিশিষ্ট শিক্ষাবিদের প্রতি সম্মান প্রদর্শন করেন। ছবি


Published on: 22-Mar-2010


অধ্যাপক আবদুল মুক্তাদির এর জন্মশত বার্ষিকী উৎযাপিত

গত ২৭শে ডিসেম্বর ২০০৯, ঢাকার নিউ ইস্কাটনস' বিয়াম অডিটোরিয়ামে আয়োজিত এক আড়ম্বরপূর্ণ অনুষ্ঠানের মাধ্যমে ৪০ বছরেরও অধিক সময় ধরে প্রথমিক ও মাধ্যমিক শিক্ষাক্ষেত্রে অবদানের জন্য বাংলাদেশের প্রখ্যাত শিক্ষাবিদ অধ্যাপক আবদুল মুক্তাদির এর জন্মশত বার্ষিকী উৎযাপনের মধ্য দিয়ে তাঁকে সম্মাননা জানানো হয়। শিক্ষক, শিক্ষা-প্রশাসকসহ সমাজের বিভিন্ন স্তরের গণ্যমান্য ব্যক্তিবর্গ উক্ত অনুষ্ঠানে অতিথি হিসেবে উপস্থিত ছিলেন। বাংলাদেশ সরকারের প্রাথমিক ও গণশিক্ষা অধিদপ্তরের মাননীয় মন্ত্রী জনাব ডাঃ আফসারুল আমীন অনুষ্ঠানে প্রধান অতিথির পদ অলংকৃত করেন। অনুষ্ঠানে বিশেষ অতিথিদ্বয় হিসেবে উপস্থিত ছিলেন একুশে পদকপ্রাপ্ত অর্থনীতিবিদ জনাব ডঃ মুজাফ্ফর আহমেদ ও ঢাকা বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ের মাননীয় উপাচার্য জনাব আ. আ. ম. স. আরেফিন সিদ্দিক। অনুষ্ঠান উপলক্ষ্যে বাংলাদেশ সরকার স্মারক ডাকটিকেট প্রকাশের মধ্য দিয়ে এই বিশিষ্ট শিক্ষাবিদের প্রতি সম্মান প্রদর্শন করেন। ছবি


Published on: 22-Mar-2010


Australian Forum for Minorities in Bangladesh
Protest Meeting on Atrocities Against the Indigenous People in Chittagong Hill Tracts


Published on: 17-Mar-2010


Parramatta Council thanks Mayor of Dhaka

I am very pleased to inform you that the following motion which I moved on 8-Mar-2010 at our Council meeting was seconded by Liberal Councillor Andrew Wilson and was passed by the overwhelming majority. Before passing the motion a very good discussion took place on this motion.

I am touched by all your support.

"The Motion:

That Council receives the report on the naming of a Road in Dhaka, Bangladesh after an Australian, the Late AWS Ouderland who fought the liberation war in Bangladesh.

That Council formally thanks the Mayor of Dhaka City Corporation by issuing a letter of thanks by the Lord Mayor. The letter to be copied to the High Commissioner of Australia in Bangladesh, Bangladesh High Commissioner in Australia, Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs."


Prabir Maitra


Published on: 14-Mar-2010


Yielding to the Magic of Professor Yunus
Shafeen Mustaq


Who would have thought that one of the most charismatic speakers of our time is a simple, humble and effervescent economics professor from one of the smallest countries in the world? And yet when he enters the room there is a collective hush, a palpable lifting of spirits and undercurrent of excitement. One ‘feels’ that one is in the presence of genius, of a man who single-handedly revolutionised the way we think about credit. A man who put his money (and a lot more besides) where his mouth is.

Professor Mohammed Yunus was in Sydney and Melbourne for only three days in which he had two public speaking engagements courtesy of the Sydney Peace Foundation, a foundation which made him the inaugural recipient of their Peace prize in 1998... eight years before the penny dropped in Oslo! It was my good fortune to be meeting him a second time and be inspired yet again by a simple and rational call to action. The first time I met him was in Grameen Bank in Dhaka when I went to conduct research for my thesis in June of 2009. But that is a whole other story.

The second was in Sydney on 8th March 2010 where Professor Yunus presented a lecture aptly titled, ‘Abolishing poverty – the human rights priority’ He spoke to a packed theatre at the Wesley Mission Centre in Pitt St Sydney on 8th March 2010. And a hall full of people, two babies included, listened in pin drop silence as the man himself recounted the humble beginnings of Grameen Bank. Professor Yunus is an economics professor, a banker and a managing director, but most importantly, he is a motivator. He motivated a small group of women with a loan of 24 US dollars and thus began the Grameen story. He motivated women in rural villages in Bangladesh and empowered them to live better, healthier and more fulfilled lives for themselves and their children and now.. now professor Yunus is motivating individuals all around the globe to rethink credit, to rethink lending and most of all rethink the reasons we do business.

He says, We can do business to make a profit, it feeds the inherent selfishness in man to protect himself and his family. But where has that gotten us? In the wake of the global financial crisis in which everyone is rethinking the way we conduct our financial transactions, Professor Yunus is introducing the idea of social business, stemming from the inherent selflessness also in mankind. “The impulsive tendency humans have to help those in need can be put to good use in business”, he expounded. He spoke passionately, logically and most of all practically about the social business phenomena and how it can be implemented to bring about lasting change and abolish poverty.

Professor Yunus gave the example of Grameen’s partnerships in social business. With Danone to make yoghurt for undernourished children, with Veolia water to provide clean drinking water in the villages and with Adidas shoes to provide footwear for under one US dollar with the aim of preventing diseases such as hookworm. These partnerships yield profits which are invested back into the company and no pofit is taken by individuals. “The success of a social business is in the extent it helps others and not in the net profit.” emphasised professor Yunus. A social business asks, “How many children have we gotten out of malnutrition with our micronutrient enriched yoghurt?” as opposed to “How much money have we made?” It all sounds so simple and so real. And there he was, talking the talk AFTER walking the walk. A rare sight indeed.

Professor Yunus is a man who dared to believe in the power of individual ability. A man who defied conventional banking practices and gave microcredit to women. A man who is now defying the age old reality of poverty through his insistence that we, in our clamour for money and selfish business interests have stolen the human rights of others and condemned them to poverty. Professor Yunus emphatically stated that no individual is lacking, no individual is condemned to poverty. It is our denial of human rights that has led to a state of poverty for some individuals over others. And it is now our individual and collective responsibility to ensure that we strip away the fear and hesitance imposed by a sustained state of poverty and empower those less fortunate with their due human rights and in doing so abolish poverty worldwide. Professor Yunus says this so calmly, so rationally that it really does seem like a reality rather than a possibility.
For a man who has accomplished so much, Professor Yunus is overwhelmingly humble in his dress (he wears only Grameen check, woven and manufactured by Grameen workers) and manner. His clear and confident voice carries and reverberates in my mind long after his lecture has ended. His emphasis that individual action can bring about sustained change is evident in his own achievements. And I leave believing in the power of individual action and inspired once again to catalyse change and believe that a world sans poverty can be a reality.

My heartfelt congratulations to Professor Yunus for all his accomplishments, and for being an inspiration to so many people around the world. We hope you continue to help and inspire many more for a long time to come!




Published on: 12-Mar-2010


Naming of Dhaka road after Auderland (BP) will be discussed in Parramatta Council

I gave a notice of motion for our next Council meeting to be held on Monday, 8-Mar-2010 for our Lord Mayor to thank the Mayor of Dhaka City Corporation for naming a Dhaka road after Auderland (Bir Protik) - an Australian who fought the liberation war in Bangladesh. The item will be discussed and a decission will be taken.

Public Galary (level 4, Council Chamber Building, located behind Parramatta Town Hall) is open for all during council meetings. The meeting will start from 6:45PM. Any interested person is welcome to attend the meeting

- Prabir Maitra, Councillor, Parramatta City Council

Published on: 5-Mar-2010


               Bangladesh High Commission
 BD parliamentary deligation visits Australia


Published on: 3-Mar-2010


Cleanup Australia Day
Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN) will join Ekushe Academy Australia Inc in the Cleanup Australia Day programme on 7-Mar-2010. Why don't you join too...Details...


Published on: 1-Mar-2010


একুশের কবিয়াল আব্দুল লতিফ

গনসঙ্গীত শিল্পী আব্দুল লতিফের মৃত্যু বার্ষিকী স্মরণে....

Published on: 26-Feb-2010


    স্বদেশ ভ্রমনের ছড়া - আনিসুর রহমান


Published on: 20-Feb-2010


             Bangladesh High Commision, Canberra

Language Martyrs Day and International Mother Language Day Programmes

Published on: 23-Jan-2010


Bangladesh Association of NSW
Gold Cup Cricket Tournament 2010

Gold Cup Cricket tournament, organised by Bangladesh Association of NSW, started on Sunday 31-Jan-2010 at the Auburn and Lidcombe cricket grounds. Twelve teams (in two groups) will compete for the trophy this year...Details...


Published on: 14-Feb-2010


Bangladesh Association of NSW
Gold Cup Cricket Tournament 2010

Gold Cup Cricket tournament, organised by Bangladesh Association of NSW, started on Sunday 31-Jan-2010 at the Auburn and Lidcombe cricket grounds. Twelve teams (in two groups) will compete for the trophy this year.




Cash Prize

Man of the match for:

Minor Semi Final $50x2

Semi Final $100x2

Final $150x1

Man of the Tournament will receive a Syd-Goldcoast return ticket.

Final match will be held on Sunday 28-Mar-2010 at the Auburn Park (Auburn Girls High School Field).


For more information please contact:

Mosharraf Hossain Babu 0422 437 417
Nasim Samad 0433 795 968



Published on: 14-Feb-2010


Joyeeta`s grandma got her Phd at 81!

Joyeeta`s dad is from Bangladesh, mum (Cho Cho) is from Burma. They are well-known to our community but we didn`t know her grandma lives in Thailand, teaches English at a Bangkok university and recently got her Phd in "Educational Leadership" from Assumption University at the age of 81. Congratulations grandma! This is not the end of the story, she has started her work on her next Phd program on Buddhism!! Bangkok Post news...

Published on: 31-Jan-2010


Accomodation Needed

My wife and I are coming to Sydney (from Bangladesh) as students at the end of February 2010. I am looking for shared accomodation in a house or flat, within $100-$150 p/w. If you have anything available that will be a great support for initial settlement. Please contact Shahed gmshahed@gmail.com or sms me at +880-1817508293.
Published on: 30-Jan-2010


Ahmed Saber's comment on:




I liked the way the story is told, in plain Bangla with lots of humour. It gives an insight of the everyday life of the struggling Bangladeshi students. This is an eye-opener for those of us, who are sitting on the other side of the fence. Congratulations Sadeq, keep it up.

Ahmed Saber
Baulkham Hills


Published on: 21-Jan-2010




Community Relations Commission of NSW Government has acknowledged Mr Nirmal Paul's contribution to the community.

Key areas:

1. Establishment of the world’s first International Mother Language Day Monument at Ashfield Park;

2. Support given to the organising committee of the Deepavali Festivals at the NSW Parliament House.

3. Leadership given to the Bangladesh Society for Puja & Culture Inc

4. Foundation of an organisation named Mother Languages Conservation Movement International Inc.


Dr Swapan Paul


Published on: 18-Jan-2010


              Bangladesh High Commission
         Consular Camp in Sydney
            (Schedule for January - June, 2010)


Published on: 8-Jan-2010




Bangladesh Association of New South Wales going to arrange its 15th Gold Cup Cricket Tournament, at Auburn Cricket Ground. Tournament will start 3rd Sunday of January, 2010 All interested teams please contact the numbers bellow.

Rahmat Ullah: 0413 006 887

Nasim Samad: 0433 795 968

Jamil Hossain: 0418451022

Mosharraf Hossain (Babu): 0422 437 417, 0423 439039


Published on: 31-Dec-2009


Bangladesh Rock Fest

All our performers' visa and travel arrangements are complete. We are expecting them to arrive in Sydney on 30-Dec-2009. Our concert will start on time.     Bablu/Tempestra Entertainment

Published on: 28-Dec-2009


Tasmin Osman Passed Away!

We are deeply saddened by the untimely death of Tasmin Osman (42), wife of Sheikh Osman Dilon, who passed away peacefully (innan….rajeun) yesterday, 15-Dec-2009, at 9:20pm at the Westmead Hospital. She was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer on 27-Nov-2008. A very happy, friendly and pious woman Tasmin will be missed by the Bangladeshi community in Sydney. She is survived by her three daughters, Ashfia, Samara and only one year old Jaiyana. With a heavy heart we pray for her departed soul. May the Almighty give them courage and strength to cope with the immense loss.

Her Namaj-e-Janaza will be held after Magribh at the Lakemba Mosque, Sydney. She will be buried in a family cemetery in Bikrompur, Bangladesh.
Published on: 16-Dec-2009


Money management in Bangladeshi slums

SafeSave was started by Stuart Rutherford 13 years ago. A former British aid worker, he had watched the emergence of microfinance. This is the concept on which microlending has been built and imitated around the world. However, Mr Rutherford believes that the very poor should not be forced to borrow solely to set up a business...Details...

                                                                Sent by Mushtaq Khan

Published on: 7-Dec-2009


Bangladeshi professor receives highest national award!
Associate Professor Mahfuz Aziz, an engineering lecturer at the University of South Australia, has won the nation’s highest honour for university teachers - "The Prime Minister's Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year"...Details...


Published on: 2-Dec-2009



The Australia Bangladesh Business Council held its annual general meeting in Sydney on Sunday 22 November...Details...

Published on: 29-Nov-2009




ABBC Elects New Chairperson

The Australia Bangladesh Business Council held its annual general meeting in Sydney on Sunday 22 November.

The Council seeks to foster the friendship and understanding and commercial activities between Australia and Bangladesh.

Those elected to key positions were Chairman – Brian Armstrong, Vice Chairman – Delwar Hossain, Secretary – Zahidul Islam, Assistant Secretary – Reaz Hyder, Treasurer – Kamrul Islam.

“The success of the council depends on the commitment and teamwork of the elected executive committee and the input and cooperation of the business community,” said the chairman, Brian Armstrong.

The Council invites businesses and individuals to become a member of the Council to further its objectives.

For details contact the Secretary, Zahidul Islam
(mobile 0401 875 819, email: zahid@axon-group.net).


ABBC Website



Published on: 29-Nov-2009




Australian Muslim Welfare Centre
Bangladesh High Commission, Canberra
Bangladesh Islamic Centre
Bangladesh Muslim Welfare Society Australia
Bangladesh Welfare Society Campbelltown
Blacktown-Hills Islamic Centre
Lakemba Bangla School
Lakemba Eid Celebration Committee
Matraville Public School
Parramatta Town Hall
Belmore, Kogarah


Published on: 8-Nov-2009




First photo Children First Foundation Moira Kelly
Marathon Operation, SMH Moira in tears
Bangladesh High Commission, Canberra

Courtesy of Sydney Morning Herald, HeraldSun, Children First Foundation

Published on: 23-Nov-2009


Eid Mubarak!

Bangladesh islamic centre of NSW Inc has arranged Eid Prayer in Sefton Mosque (11-13 Helen St, Sefton).

Prayer will be held on Saturday the 28th of november, 2009 at 8am sharp.

You are cordially invited to take part in prayer with us. Any queries please contact Kabir Ahmed on 0431560896 or Mohd. Zakir Hossain on 0430040490.

Please Note, prayer places are available for women as well.


Kind Regards,
Mohd. Zakir Hossain
Publication Secretary,
Bangladesh Islamic Centre, NSW
Mobile: 0430040490


Published on: 22-Nov-2009


Bangladesh Association of NSW
New Executive Committee Elected


Published on: 5-Nov-2009


              Bangladesh High Commission
         Consular Camp in Sydney
            (Revised Schedule for Nov - Dec 2009)


Published on: 26-Oct-2009


Bangladesh Association of NSW
Notice of AGM and Election 2009-2010


Published on: 23-Sep-2009


BD leads South Asia in fighting hunger
Bangladesh has ranked 13th among 29 vulnerable countries in terms of combating hunger by successfully reducing its rate over the last few years...details...
Sent by Sadaruddin Chowdhury


Published on: 22-Oct-2009


Tragedy hits a Bangladeshi family

Iman Akter, a 3 year old boy, fell from 3rd floor window in Koghrah. Half an hour later he was dead... Report...

Sent by Prabir Maitra

Published on: 19-Oct-2009


Sirajus Salekin`s mother passed away!

Nazma Latif, mother of prominent singer Sirajus Salekin, passed away at 2am today, 21-Oct-2009, in Bangladesh (inna lila....rajeun). A kind hearted woman of charming personality, Nazma Latif was 74 years old and suffering from several age related conditions. We pray for her departed soul and express our deepest heartfelt condolences to all the members of her bereaved family and friends.
Condolence Messages... Photo...
Published on: 21-Oct-2009


bangla-sydney.com
News and Views of Bangladeshi Community in Sydney...



Buy / Sell / Giveaway...
Accomodation Wanted / Accomodation Available!

                                                                                                                         Go to the Bottom

Do you want to buy, sell or just want to giveaway something? Put a free community announcement here.
Are you a student? New in Sydney? Looking for a flat mate or shared accomodation? Use this free community notice board...



Published on: 20-Oct-2009


           Bangladesh High Commission, Canberra

Dhaka International Trade Fair
Press release on special benefits to NRBs
Applications are invited from foreign students for admission at the AFMC
Change of email address

Published on: 11-Oct-2009


Change of email address
Bangladesh High Commission, Canberra

Dear All,

Could you kindly note the changed email address (hoc@bhcanberra.com) of the High Commission for Bangladesh in Canberra for sending queries on general information or any other specific issue other than consular matters. For consular matters you may send email to old one consular@bangladoot-canberra.org as well as to the new email address consular@bhcanberra.com


Md. Nazrul Islam
Counsellor & Head of Chancery
Bangladesh High Commission
Canberra
Tel. 02 6290 0511
Fax. 02 6290 0544
Email: hoc@bhcanberra.com
Web. www.bangladoot-canberra.org


Published on: 11-Oct-2009


Bangladesh High Commission Eid Greetings

H.E. Lieutenant General Masud Uddin Chowdhury, High Commissioner for Bangladesh to Australia and Mrs. Jasmin Masud will be available from 4.00 P.M. to 6.00 P.M. at the Bangladesh House, 25 Numeralla Street, O’Malley, Canberra, ACT 2606 on Saturday, 26 September 2009 for exchanging Eid Greetings with the distinguished members of Bangladesh Community on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr...Md. Nazrul Islam, Counsellor & Head of Chancery
Bangladesh High Commission, Canberra

Published on: 21-Sep-2009


Press Release
Bangladesh Islamic Centre of NSW

Fakhruddin A. Chowdhury

Published on: 19-Sep-2009


Bangladesh Society for Puja & Culture
New Committee for 2009-2010 formed


Published on: 16-Sep-2009


Bangladesh Society for Puja and Culture
Notice for Annual General Meeting 2009


Published on: 5-Sep-2009


Save Pintu Chakma`s Life

On behalf of a friend - Rana Jyoti Chakma (tel. +971 -50 -5907 683, Abu Dhabi) I am making an Appeal through Bangla-Sydney website for financial help, on compassionate ground, for the kidney treatment of Rana`s cousin Pintu Chakma (a 33 year old family man) of Khagrachari. Rana used to study (UNSW) in Sydney in the early nineties and now teaching in the United Arab Emirates.

Pintu`s both kidneys have failed, he is currently on dialysis, and is under treatment of renal specialist Dr Sarwar Iqbal at Birdem Hospital Dhaka. Pintu is the main income source for a large family, and it is unfortunate and sad that he is now in need of a urgent kidney transplant.

Family members and others have kindly offered to donate a kidney if compatible, however the complex pre-testing, tissue matching and transplant operation, and subsequent long-term stabilisation and maintenance of transplanted kidney requires significant amount of cash. While Rana is helping and an appeal is concurrently being run by the Daily Star newspaper (2 August 2009) in Bangladesh (Inu Chakma, Account No. 4795, Bangladesh Krishi Bank, Khagrachari Branch) any amount you donate will greatly help Pintu`s treatment and long term well being of him and his distressed family.

Donations in Sydney can be made to his brother in law`s account (Chatswood) - Account Name: Tanu Murang, BSB No. 062 140, Account No. 1070 1744, Commonwealth Bank. Please mention your name and refer your donation is for `PINTU`. Donation can also be directly made to Tanu by contacting him on Mob: 0413 924 509, or email: tanu_r20@hotmail.com

Thank you kindly for your consideration and support.

Kind regards

Helal Morshedi
Holsworthy, 20 August 2009


Published on: 24-Aug-2009


Bangladeshis in City to Surf 2009



On Sunday (9-Aug-2009), the Sun Herald City 2 Surf was held with a record participants of 75,000 runners. This year the City 2 Surf (14 km run from Sydney CBD to Bondi Beach), has established itself as the World biggest Community Fun run in the world.

Like every year, few members of our community participated in the run. Our star performer was "young and evergreen" Ahmed Saber, who finished the 14 km run in 82 minutes.

Here are the list of our successful participants and time to finish 14 km run as we came to know (There could be few others):



1. Ahmed Saber (Bella vista) - 82 minutes


2. Sirajul Islam (Quakers Hill) - 83 minutes


3. Nawshad Shah (Quakers Hill) - 94 minutes


4. Noor Hossain (Rosehill) - 104 minute


5. Sarfaraz Alam Babu (Mount Druit) - 114 minute


6. Sameer Chowdhury (Castle Hill) - 155 minute


7. Shahrouz Chowdhury (Castle Hill) - 155 minute





Published on: 18-Aug-2009


              Bangladesh Islamic Centre of NSW
AGM & Election for 2009-2011


Published on: 24-Jul-2009


Urgent Press Release:
Bangladesh Awami League Australia

The National Mourning day of Bangladesh, which will be observed by Awami League, Australia has been rescheduled for 23rd of August 2009, Sunday instead of 16th August, at the same venue. The chief guest is Chief Whip of National Parliament of Bangladesh Prof. Abdus Shahid will be accompanied by Mr. Shaomol Roy, Member of Jubo League Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Awami League, Australia will hold a Milad Mahfil on 16th August, Sunday, at it's Party office at Lakemba Library (crn of the Boulevard and Croydon St) at 6pm sharp. All are invited to attend the Milad Mahfil.

This Press Release is sent on behalf of Dr. Shams Rahman, President and Mr. Anisur Rahman Ritu, GS of Bangladesh Awami League Australia.

Al Noman Shamim.
Member
Bangladesh Awami League, Australia



Published on: 15-Aug-2009


               Bangladesh High Commission
       Programme for National Day 2009


Published on: 4-Aug-2009




Published on: 28-Jul-2009


Voice of Bangladesh

Every Sunday from 2 pm to 3 pm on 99.9 FM



Published on: 29-Jul-2009


Story of 3 meritorious students in BD!

Dear Expatriate Bangladeshis, My request to you is, please spare a few minutes to read these lines and the linked article by renowned columnist Mr Ronesh Maitra (Janakantha - 22/6/09). This is a story of three meritorious students who obtained Bangladesh Golden GPA-5 in SSC by gritty determination, hard work and untold sufferings...Details...

Published on: 24-Jul-2009


Story of 3 meritorious students in Bangladesh!

Dear Expatriate Bangladeshis,

My request is to spare a few minutes to read these lines and the linked article by Ronesh Maitra (Janakantha - 22/6/09) LINK

This is a story of three meritorious students who obtained Bangladesh Golden GPA-5 in SSC by gritty determination and hard work of untold sufferings.

Saiful Islam, a student of 'Ithkhola Technical Institute & BM College' who worked as a 'Cooli' along with his father, a day labourer to feed the family members and continued schooling.

Hasan Ali, a student of Durgapur High School who worked as a day labourer to help his father, also a day labourer as well as a hawker-treader to sell plastic goods in villages to give succour to the family. Mukti Rani, a student of 'Syed Ashraf Ali High School, Khankandi, Madaripur District. Her father earned TK100 a day as a tailor. She continued her study with a little bit of help from others. All the above three children of the poor families are worried that possibly this is the end of their dream to be medical doctors.

They have the merit and the ability but not the means to achieve what should have been their due. These are very poignant and telling stories. These young people may be able to contribute to the society and the country to an unlimited extend that we may not comprehend now just as the life-story told recently by the renowned economist and the present Governor of the Bangladesh Bank Mr. Atiur Rahman, most of you may have been aware of that.

In our monthly Grameen Support Group meeting on 3 July 2009, we have decided to explore the possibility of creating a fund to assist these three meritorious and aspiring doctors. Following is the proposal:

TK2,000/ per month each = TK6,000/ = A$120.00 per month x 12 = A$ 1440.00, say A$1500 per year.

If we get 15 people who are willing to contribute $100 once i.e just over A$8.00 per month, we can start this fund.

If we get many interested people, say, 120, then we can create a perpetual fund of $12,000, that can put in a fixed deposit with Grameen Bank and that accrues interest of A$1200 per year @10% interest. In that case, after the completion of education of these three, the assistance can continue to other three meritorious students.

We want to make sure that the money goes directly to the recipients regularly and we get feedbacks from the principals of the colleges they study. In order to run this with transparency and credibility, we want to approach the Managing Direct, Grameen Bank Education Program. As you may know, Grameen Bank has such program for the children of Grameen Borrowers. Grameen monitor children's educational progress regularly. This will be outside Grameen's own program, but the bank will be willing to do similar monitoring for us.

I solicit your views and advice, in this regard. Please don't hesitate to call me if you like to on (02) 9670 2745.

Hope to hearing from you soon as it needs quick action.

Nazrul Islam
St Clair
nazislam09@bigpond.com


Published on: 23-Jul-2009


Share Accomodation Available

Bangladeshi student, looking for 2 single girls or a married couple to share a 2 bedroom unit in Merrylands. Bus to Parramatta at the door. 8 minutes walk to Merrylands station. Please contact Samira 0433678659.

Published on: 8-Jul-2009





Published on: 17-Mar-2011


Bangladesh Association of NSW

MEDIA RELEASE: Bangladesh Association of NSW Inc., since its inception, was engaged in promoting Bangladeshi culture in Australian. We are happy to inform the community about the recent activities in line with our broader objectives...Details...

Published on: 30-Jun-2009


              Bangladesh High Commission
         Consular Camp in Sydney
            (Schedule for July - December 2009)


Published on: 18-Jun-2009


Bangladesh Community Council Inc
2009-10 Election Circular


Published on: 16-Jun-2009


Poor kids from Bhola raised $800 for the victorian bush fire victims!

A heart warming story of 16000 kids from the flood affected Bhola Island in Bangladesh who raised $800 for bushfire victims of Victoria...Details...
Sent by Dr Ezaz Al Mamun, Canberra
Published on: 15-Jun-2009


World Environment Day Celebrated in Canberra

Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN) Australian Chapter observed the World Environment day in Canberra on 5 June 2009 at Bangladesh Community Hall at O’Malley. The meeting discussed issues surrounding the world environment especially likely impact of climate change in Bangladesh and rest of the world...Details...
Photos
Published on: 14-Jun-2009


Morning Tea for
Cancer Research

On 28th of May this year people all over Australia organised Mornig Tea at workplace to raise funds for cancer research. Known as Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea it can be organised by individuals or organisations any time during the months of May and June. Campbellltown Bangladeshi Women's Group LUSOM organised Morning Tea for the first time on Sunday 24 May 2009 at the Campbelltown Bangla School. They have raised a total of $1309.55 (food sale $792.55, donations $517). The entire money has been donated to the Cancer Council. LUSOM would like to thank all participants, volunteers and Bangladeshi community in Campbelltown for the great support. Photos
Published on: 11-Jun-2009


Seminar on Water and People of Bangladesh

To observe the World Environment Day celebrated we are pleased to invite you to a community environment seminar organised by the Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN)...Details...
- Swapan Paul


Published on: 10-Jun-2009


A collection of letters written during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971. Collected by Grameen Phone and Prothom Alo and published as a book.
Sent by Chowdhury Sadaruddin, Darwin


Published on: 9-Jun-2009


Partho Barua's Concert in Sydney



Concert organised by BANGLADESHI IDOL


Published on: 7-Jun-2009


Mr Nazrul Islam's Father Passed Away

Advocate Abdur Razzak, father of Mr Nazrul Islam, Consul of Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra passed away at the age of 78 on Friday 29 of May 2009 in Bangladesh ( Innah Lillahe...Razeun). Mr Nazrul Islam has left for Bangladesh to be with his aggrieved family and to attend his funeral. We pray for his departed soul - Kamrul Ahsan Khan
Published on: 1-Jun-2009

BWSC Annual Cultural Night 2009.


Photos sent by Bangladesh Welfare Society, Campbelltown.
Published on: 1-Jun-2009


Bangladesh Association of Australia

Press Release in relation to AGM and 2009-2010 executive committee election...Details...


Published on: 21-May-2009



On a tour of a retirement village by a group of 50+ Bangladeshis in Sydney
Photos...
Published on: 20-May-2009


Money raised by Good Morning Bangladesh by year:












Published on: 12-May-2009


Good Morning Bangladesh - Glenfield

A total of $2467.00 have been raised from Good Morning Bangladesh 2009 -Glenfield program. $1160.00 from food sale and $1307.00 from donations.
The entire amount will be donated to Cancer Council NSW on behalf of the Bangladeshi Community.

Money raised by year... Graph

Published on: 12-May-2009


Aussi Bangla Smile Team Back from Bangladesh

After a successful fundraising effort in January this year Aussi Bangla Smile, a team of doctors and nurses from the Neapean hospital in Sydney went to Bangladesh in March. Full report on the trip Photos

Published on: 7-May-2009

Aussi Bangla Smile`s 2009 Trip to Bangladesh
The team on the Jibon Tari. After the last case. 39 cases in 4 days there.
Left to right - Heike DeNeef, Dr Hasan Sarwar, Dr Danny Briggs, Dr Knox Low Angela Brady, Barbara Mitchell,
Lorraine Clarkstone, Maria Kells and Judy Barlow
Published on: 7-May-2009

Aussi Bangla Smile`s 2009 Trip to Bangladesh
Some pre op patients Jibon Tari.
Published on: 7-May-2009

Aussi Bangla Smile`s 2009 Trip to Bangladesh
The team leaving Sydney on March 12, 2009
Published on: 7-May-2009

Aussi Bangla Smile`s 2009 Trip to Bangladesh
This is one of the sponsorship certificate people received for their donation.
Published on: 7-May-2009

Aussi Bangla Smile`s 2009 Trip to Bangladesh
Mothers and Babies post op in recovery. Begum Khaleda Zia Medical College
Hospital Dhaka.
Published on: 7-May-2009

Aussi Bangla Smile`s 2009 Trip to Bangladesh

Published on: 7-May-2009

Aussi Bangla Smile`s 2009 Trip to Bangladesh


More Photos...
Published on: 7-May-2009

Aussi Bangla Smile`s 2009 Trip to Bangladesh.
In a blackout on the Jibon Tari Floating Hospital moared at Chandpur.
Published on: 7-May-2009

Aussi Bangla Smile`s 2009 Trip to Bangladesh.
The two teams working simultaneously on Jibon Tari.
Published on: 7-May-2009

Aussi Bangla Smile`s 2009 Trip to Bangladesh.
Pre and post op patients 1
Published on: 7-May-2009

Aussi Bangla Smile`s 2009 Trip to Bangladesh.
Pre and post op patients 2
Published on: 7-May-2009

Aussi Bangla Smile`s 2009 Trip to Bangladesh.
The team with Bangladeshi staff at the Square Hospital, Dhaka.
Published on: 7-May-2009

Aussi Bangla Smile`s 2009 Trip to Bangladesh.
Lorraine Barbara and Angela with nursing staff BKX.
Published on: 7-May-2009

Aussi Bangla Smile`s 2009 Trip to Bangladesh.
Out to dinner with Dr Hasan's family in our new 3 piece clothes.
Published on: 7-May-2009


$5023.40 raised for the
NSW Cancer Council

Bangladeshi community in and around Blacktown held their 9th annual fund raising breakfast program last Sunday (3-May-2009). A total of $5023.40 have been raised (food $3023.40, donation $2000). Entire amount will be donated to the Cancer Council NSW on behalf of the Bangladeshi community.

Photos... Money raised by year...

Published on: 5-May-2009

GDNC on BDR Massacre
Zia Ahmed, President, International Forum for Trial of War Crimilas of Bangladesh.
Published on: 23-Apr-2009

GDNC on BDR Massacre
Tito Scohel, General Secretary, International Forum for Trial of War Crimilas of Bangladesh
Published on: 23-Apr-2009


Professor Shams Rahman

Dr Shams Rahman has recently been appointed as the Professor of Logistics & Supply Chain Management, and Head, Logistics & Supply Chain at the School of Management. Professor Rahman, a former British Commonwealth scholar, has worked in various Universities in Australia, United Kingdom, Bangladesh and Thailand...Details...


Published on: 13-Apr-2009


Bangladesh Gold Cup Cricket Final

Organised by Bangladesh Association of NSW the 14th Bangladesh Gold Cup Cricket Tournment final match will be held on 5-Apr-2009, Sunday at the Auburn Park, Auburn, corner of Macquarie St. and Simson St. Eight teams participated this year - Randwik Raiders, Heffron T, Western All Star, The Dominators, KCP, PIFI, Strathfield BD and Green Boys. Semi final will be held on 29-Mar-2009 at the same venue.
- Jamil Hossain 0418 451 022 / Nasim Samad 0433 795 968

Published on: 26-Mar-2009


Notice of Urgent General Meeting
Bangladesh Welfare Society, Campbelltown


Published on: 25-Mar-2009


Do you want to study in Australia?

Macquarie University representative, Mr Tanveer Shaheed is visiting Bangladesh from 12th to 15th April 2009 to talk to Bangladeshi students who want to study in Sydney. Last year 8 students from Bangladesh have been awarded Macquarie University International Scholarships into Bachelor and Master degree programs through this admission process. Please inform your relatives and friends in Bangladesh who would like to pursue further study in Australia...Details...

Published on: 3-Apr-2009


Bangladeshi Girl Wins Turkish Music Award!

Afrida Musarrat Mamun (Prieta), daughter of Mahmuda Runu and Abu Syed Mohammed Mamun of Holsworthy is a student of year eight at the Sule College (Turkish School) in Preston (South-west Sydney). On 28-Mar-2009, Saturday, Prieta participated in a talent quest called the Australia wide Turkish Olympiad. Her Turkish song won the competition. As the winner of the first prize she will represent Australia in the worldwide competition in Istanbul later this year.
We congratulate Prieta on her brilliant success. Video

Published on: 30-Mar-2009


Bangladesh High Commission Website has been redesigned. Please have a look.


Published on: 30-Mar-2009


Bangladeshi Girl Wins Turkish Music Award!




Published on: 30-Mar-2009


Bangladesh Society for Puja and Culture
Independence Day Celebrations and Sports


Published on: 26-Mar-2009


Over $10,000 given to Red Cross

Bangladeshis in Melbourne have achieved their projected target. They have raised a total of $10151.00 for Victorian Bushfire Appeal. The closing event at Chandler Community Centre incurred a small cost of $50.00. $10101.00 ($10151- $50.00) has been donated to Australian Red Cross. Thank you very much for your generous support.
- Kamruzzaman Balark, 0438381179 or 97557090

Published on: 26-Mar-2009


Fund Raising Appeal for BEN

As you all know through BEN’s posting and other messages from the BEN coordinator Dr. Nazrul Islam, that through BAPA, you BEN members have made a difference in the struggle for stopping continual environment degradation in Bangladesh...Details...

Published on: 19-Mar-2009






Dear BEN members and friends,

It is again time to raise some fund for 2009.
As you all know through BEN’s posting and other messages from the BEN coordinator Dr. Nazrul Islam, that through BAPA, you BEN members have made a difference in the struggle for stopping continual environment degradation in Bangladesh. In particular, our partner institution BAPA has achieved wide recognition in Bangladesh, including a Nagar Padak award from the City Corporation, Dhaka.

However, addressing environmental issues are continual process and success hinges to an important degree on available resources, including financial.
In the past we have received generous support from many of you and we wish to thank you very much for your past support. We hope we can count on your support this time around as well.

BEN has set a target this year of 23, 000 US dollars. Besides the regular commitment to BAPA, which amounts to about 6 lakh Taka per year, the budget this year also needs to cover for the planned ICBEN 2010 conference in Dhaka on January 2010, which will mark the 10th anniversary of formation of BAPA. As in the past ICBEN 2000 and 2002 conferences, this is expected to bring together specialists, activists and policy makers to the table. Given the scope of the conference, including all aspects of Bangladesh environment, the budget is relatively larger than specialized conferences.

You can deposit your contribution to the following accounts or handover your contribution to any of our fund raising team in Australia. The account to deposit your money is:

Name: Kamrul Ahsan Khan
BANK : ANZ
BSB number: 014272
Account Number:530433284

Please let me send an email once you have deposited your contribution.

BEN also will send you a receipt and document all the collected funds in BEN
website. Last year's contribution is shown in
http://www.ben-center.org/ben/BEN_Internal/BENFundRaising_2007_2008

Also, you may want to know that all the money collected for BEN goes to BAPA in Bangladesh.

Sincerely

The BEN '08-09 fund raising team:

Kamrul Ahsan Khan,
Canberra
kamrul_k@hotmail.com
Phone+61 401683930 (Cell) +612 62967176 (AH)
Coordinator ,BEN Australia

Dilruba Sahana,
Melbourne,
manzur@netspace.net.au

Swapan Paul,
Sydney,
swapanil@yahoo.com



Published on: 19-Mar-2009


Dr Nargis Banu`s father passed away

Dr Nargis Banu`s father Mr Syed Ahmed has passed away in Dhaka yesterday (11-Mar-2009) at the age of 85. Dr Banu (director of Voice of Bangladesh Radio program) with her daughter, Nabila (9) has left for Bangladesh at noon today to attend his funeral. Mr Syed Ahmed was a succesful teacher and a respected head master. He will be survived by his eleven children and thousands of students at home and abroad. We pray for his departed soul.

Published on: 12-Mar-2009


              Bangladesh High Commission
         Consular Camp in Sydney
            (Revised Schedule for March - June 2009)


Published on: 11-Mar-2009


New Committee Elected for BSPC

Annual General Meeting of the Bangladesh Society for Puja and Culture Inc. was held at Granville Town Hall on 22-Feb-2009...Details...
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Published on: 1-Mar-2009



Bangladesh Society for Puja and Culture Executive Committee for 2009-10.



Published on: 1-Mar-2009


What`s Happening in Bangladesh?

Something is going on in Bangladesh. We are not sure what. It involved BDR and Army. If you have any news please go to the News updates link below and post it for us.

CNN News Link SBS Video Tanks on the street

Published on: 25-Feb-2009


Bangladeshis in Melbourne raised $9000 for Victorian Bushfire Victims!

Bangladeshi community in Melbourne has raised around $9000.00 for Victorian bushfire victims. Thank you very much for your generous contribution. Our aim is to raise another $1000.00 by this week. So we can donate a round figure of $10,000. I know, many people missed the event on last Saturday. The whole fund will be donated to The Australian Red cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal - Kamruzzaman Balark

Published on: 23-Feb-2009


AGM Bangladesh Society for Puja and Culture Annual General Meeting of Bangladesh Society for Puja and Culture will be held on 22-Feb-2009...Details...


Published on: 9-Feb-2009




Script : John Martin

Set & Props & Poster : Shuva Mojumder

Music : Shammi

Light : Fahim Mostafa, Golam Mostafa

Costume : Nahida Sultana from Bangladesh

Choreography : Parly

Supported by: Cantarbury Bankstown Migrant Resource Centre, Alapon, Merrickville West Public School, Bidesh Bangla, A1 Printers

Direction : Moushumi Martin


Published on: 18-Feb-2009

Pakha o Pekhom..
Mr. Nazrul Islam, councilor representing Bangladesh High Commissioner handing out certificates.
Published on: 18-Feb-2009


Bangladesh Society for Puja and Culture
Unauthorised AGM Notice


Published on: 16-Feb-2009


Spice of Life

A book by a Bangladeshi nutritionist settled in Darwin, Atia Nasreen Ghani and Dr. Jessie Chowdhury from Sydney. It is an endeavour to help curry lovers eat healthy food. Nasreen wrote in the preface of the book, ``I have tried to emphasize that you can eat spices and stay healthy``. Nasreen is a nutritionist and Jessie is a practicing medical doctor. This is a great combination of minds to deal with the subject. The book has ten chapters. It talks about your health, disease, diet, obesity, healthy life style and shopping tips. At the end of the book there are 25 recipes of spicy but healthy dishes.

A great book to have in your collection. Look for it at the Ekushe Boi Mela and Boishakhi Mela stalls. Retail price $15. To get it by post contact Nasreen Ghani by email: Nasreen.Ghani@kormilda.nt.edu.au

Cover photos, front & back

Published on: 12-Feb-2009


New Committee Elected for Bangladesh Australia Disaster Relief Committee
Annual General Meeting of Bangladesh Australia Disaster Relief Committee was held on 8-Feb-2009. A new twelve member executive committee headed by Md. Rahmatullah has been elected...Details...



Published on: 9-Feb-2009


           Notice for Annual General Meeting
Bangladesh Aust. Disaster Relief Committee


Published on: 28-Dec-2008


Jahid is looking for Bangladeshi Food.

Can anyone from Melbourne please help...Details...

Published on: 6-Feb-2009


Aussi Bangla Smile Trivia Night

A team of doctors and nurses from the Nepean Hospital are performing life-changing surgery on cleft lip patients in Bangladesh. They need our support. Join the Trivia Night. Help raise money for a noble cause...Details...


Published on: 27-Jan-2009


Australian of the Year Awards
Chowdhury Sadaruddin will represent NT

Chowdhury Sadaruddin, a Bangladeshi Australian from Northern Territory will represent his state at the Australian of the Year Awards this year in Canberra. He will represent NT in the `Local Hero` category as the winner of the category in NT. The event will start at 4:30 PM on 25-Jan-2009, Sunday at the lawns of Parliament House, Canberra. Over a million people will watch the event on television. Nine network will be telecast the event live. The ceremony will be followed by a live concert of famous Australian musicians.
Published on: 21-Jan-2009


               Bangladesh High Commission
         Dual Citizenship: Clarification


Published on: 21-Jan-2009




Tempestra Entertainment is proud to present the first Bangladeshi music festival and the first Day/Night Bangladeshi musical event `Open Air Concert` in Sydney, Australia. The festival is on the 7-Feb-2009 and is scheduled to start in the afternoon and continue all the way till 10 pm featuring artists: Bappa Majumder, Balam, Mila and S.I. Tutul.


Their visa and other travel arrangements have been completed. They are due to arrive in Australia on the 4-Feb-2009. This festival is a new initiative of Tempestra Entertainment.

Venue: Belmore Sports Ground. 5000 people seating capacity. Full rain & Sun protection. Venue gate will be open at 12:00 noon. Show will start at 2:00pm.

Food: Food & soft drinks will available on the ground. People are advised, not to bring food with them. Only children’s food is allowed.

Sound & Lighting: Digital sound systems and gorgeous lighting are provided by very famous Australian company.

For more detail please visit www.tempestraentertainment.com

- Mohammed Kabir (Bablu)


Published on: 19-Jan-2009


Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka
Bangladesh played Tri-nation final against Sri Lanka
at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur on 16-Jan-2009.
Bangladesh 152 (49.4 ov), Sri Lanka 153/8 (48.1 ov)
Sri Lanka won by 2 wickets (with 11 balls remaining)
Scoreboard


Published on: 16-Jan-2009



Photos...



Published on: 7-Jan-2009


Bangladesh Miracle!

Bangladesh is smaller than the state of Florida in USA. It has the population of 150 million. It is the same thing as if half the population of USA has moved to Florida. But something miraculous is happening... Sent by Mushtaq Khan, Carlingford


Published on: 6-Jan-2009

Bangladesh Awami League Victory Celebration in Sydney

Published on: 6-Jan-2009

Bangladesh Awami League Victory Celebration in Sydney

Published on: 6-Jan-2009

Bangladesh Awami League Victory Celebration in Sydney

Published on: 6-Jan-2009

Bangladesh Awami League Victory Celebration in Sydney

More Photos...
Published on: 6-Jan-2009

Bangladesh Awami League Victory Celebration in Sydney.

Published on: 6-Jan-2009

Bangladesh Awami League Victory Celebration in Sydney.

Published on: 6-Jan-2009


Bangladesh Association of NSW
Cricket Tournament 2009 - Important Announcements

Following decisions were taken in an executive committee meeting of Bangladesh Association of NSW held on 7th of December 2008....Details....



Published on: 5-Jan-2009


Bangladesh Association of NSW
Cricket Tournament 2009 - Important Announcements

Following decisions were taken in an executive committee meeting of Bangladesh Association of NSW held on 7/12/08.

- The fixture of the tournament will be finalized in a meeting to be held on 11th January,2009 at Peter Hislop park, Everley Rd, Auburn, at 3 pm with the presence of team captains or representatives. All the cricket lovers are cordially invited to attend the meeting.

- The possible start date of the Tournament is 1st of February 2009.

- The tournament will be held at Peter Hislop park, Everley Rd, Auburn.

- Total number of teams will be decided before the meeting on 11th.

- All the possible team captains and their managers are invited on that meeting.

- Preliminary matches of the tournament will be of 25 overs, Semi-Final 30 overs and the Final will be of 35 overs.

- Each team can register upto 14 players for the tournament, 11 players can play in any one game.

- Total registration fee will be $700 for the tournament ( $600 entry fee + $100 deposit).

- Each team has to pay their fees by 11th of January 2009 when they come for the follow-up meeting.

- Every team must submit one copy of photograph of each registered player before the tournament starts.

- If anyone has any question regarding the Tournament, Please contact Mr Quayum, Mr. Jamil, Mr. Rahamatullah or Mr. Mosharraf Hossain

Kind regards
Mohammad Quayum,
President, Bangladesh Association of NSW






Published on: 5-Jan-2009




Bangladesh Election Commission

Vote BD



Published on: 27-Dec-2008


               Bangladesh High Commission
 Eid ul Azha and Victory Day get together


Victory Day Programme

Published on: 16-Dec-2008


International Human Rights Day
Australian Forum for Minorities in Bangladesh will celebrate Human Rights Day and Victory Day on 14-Dec-2008, Sunday.


Published on: 14-Dec-2008


Open Forum Topic: Bangladeshi Students in Australia


Published on: 14-Dec-2008


               Bangladesh High Commission
    Residential plot at Purbachal and Uttara


Notice of caution from RAJUK

Published on: 11-Dec-2008


End of year Celebration
MDSI Women's Group

Bangladeshi Women`s group is a community group run by the CALD Women`s Worker of Macarthur Diversity Services and funded by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship`s Women`s Project. To celebrate the end of the year, the group went on a river cruise along the Georges River at Liverpool with other groups from MDSI on 3rd December...Details...


Photos...

Published on: 11-Dec-2008


End of year Celebration
MDSI Women's Group



Bangladeshi Women`s group is a community group run by the CALD Women`s Worker of Macarthur Diversity Services and funded by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship`s Women`s Project. The purpose of this project is to increase Women`s community awareness, and enhance social support networks so that they can actively participate in community development activities and access the mainstream services.

Since the group established, the women meet every fortnight at Minto and participate in a number of information sessions, workshops on health, naturopathy, Yoga, money management and so on. The group was also involved with community programs like Campbelltown City Council`s Riverfest, Harmony Day Celebration, Women`s Day and promoted their culture and tradition appropriately in the mainstream community.

To celebrate the end of the year, the group went on a river cruise along the Georges River at Liverpool with other groups from MDSI on 3rd December. It was a great day for the women with a lot of laughter, chatting, sharing and enjoying the company of other women from diverse backgrounds, music and food of course!

Share their enjoyment and happiness when you look at the snapshots!



PS: The group will meet again regularly from the first week of February 2009 and will have a lot of interesting activities to go on! If you are a Bangladeshi woman and living in the Campbelltown LGA you are more than welcome to join the group!

Want to know more! Please call Rokeya on 46271188.



Published on: 11-Dec-2008


Eid Al Azah Namaz

Venue: PARRY PARK
cnr.of King Georges Rd & Punchbowl Road, Lakemba

Time: 7:30 am

Date: 8th of December Monday

Organised by Bangladesh Community Council Inc. & Lakemba Bangla School

Contact:

Masood Chowdhury 0433211668
Abdul Wahab Bokul 97505959
Jamil Hossain 97403421



Published on: 7-Dec-2008


Bangladesh High Commission Holiday Notice

The Bangladesh High Commission will remain closed from 08 December to 10 December 2008 on the occasion of Eid ul Azha
- Md. Nazrul Islam, Counsellor & HOC

Published on: 5-Dec-2008



I am a bit surprised to see the Eid Zamaat Date and Time.
Some people advertise it will be on 8th and some people saying on 9th. Which one is correct and what base.

Also I have heard that Lakemba mosque(Lebanon Community) announced on 8th same as Afghan Community. Looks like we (Bangladeshi Community) aren`t able to setup our mind which one we should follow. Very upsetting...

Shahidur Rahman
Bella Vista


You might find your answer in this poem: Eider Chad


Published on: 4-Dec-2008


New High Commissioner for Bangladesh to Australia
The newly appointed High Commissioner for Bangladesh to Australia, Lieutenant General Masud Uddin Chowdhury, ndc, psc, has presented his letter of credence to the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Her Excellency Ms. Quentin Bryce AC, in an official ceremony at the Government House in Canberra this morning...Details...


Published on: 2-Dec-2008



Congratulations Dear Chowdhury, we are proud of you. You are the first
Bangladeshi who has won the award as local hero category Australian of the
year.

As a muslim community leader in Darwin receiving the award might encourage
other muslim community leaders bringing light to life.

Monirul Islam


Published on: 30-Nov-2008



Dear Anisur vai,

I am a reguler reader of your news paper. And we came to believe that what
this papaer says is always right.

I could not attend Zakir Hossain`s program. I loved to read your article with
pics. I came to know about `Bangladeshi australian Nominated for australian of the year`. I liked this article also. But, I am very sorry to say that in your article on `Poet Joy Goshami` you have mentioned that this was arranged by `Baccchader Bangla School` Bangla academy. I really did not get it.

I knew Bangla academy is itself an organisation where Bangla School is just a part of it. And even it is not only `Bacchader Bangla School` as far as I know ......bororau ai school a porte ase (only to know bangla).

Bangla Academy has huge links like Bangla school which you can find visiting their website. As a well known editor I did not expect this from you.

Thanking you,
Kashfia, Sydney


Published on: 28-Nov-2008



While the circular is about increasing the ‘no visa required fee’ to $80 it does not however provide any explanation for the increase. I think people seeking the service would like to know the basis for the increase or is it too embarrassing for the High Commission!

I simply don’t understand the reason for the increase, specially the timing of it! Is it to ensure less people from Australia and NZ travel to Bangladesh owing to such high, exuberant and unreasonable fees in the wake of the global financial crisis? Would Bangladesh benefit more by allowing less people traveling the country in the time of financial crisis?

Perhaps the people seeking such services has a right to know why there should be a fee at all while Bangladesh Govt benefits financially by such visits from expatriates. While previously there were no fees, a fee was introduced and then cancelled. Then again a new fee was introduced and now an urgent (!?) increase.

Why is the HC so desparate for cash! The community has an interest to know why they have to pay $80 (which the HC thinks as 'only') for a 5 minute service. How is the price proportionate to the service or justifiable???

Please forward this email to the HC officials and I hope they post a circular to the community explaining their background.

A concerned Community member


Published on: 27-Nov-2008



I congratulate the concerned community member who raised the issue of increasing fees by Bangladesh High Commission for the no visa required seal. It is surprising to see 45.45% ($55.00 to $80.00) jumps in fees for “no visa required” rubber stamp. The price increase may sometimes become inevitable based on circumstances but almost doubling it without proper explanation is unacceptable. Is there is any justification to increase the fee for “No visa required seal” by 45.45%!!

I welcome the new Honourable HC to closely look at it and rethink about this exuberant rate of fees and charges.

Monirul Islam Monir
Baulkham Hills

Published on: 27-Nov-2008



Thanks to the webmaster for posting our comments.

I have previously expressed my comments as a concerned community member and
deliberately chose to remain anonymous. In fact I wanted to verify if others
in the community felt the same way about the consular services.

I am now convinced that many in the community feel the same way as I do and
we have seen a very quick response from Mushtaq Khan and Munirul Islam.
Thank you to both for putting forward their comments on the issue.

The High Commission has a moral duty to set fair prices in proportion to the
services provided. We should bear in mind that a visit to Bangladesh by a
non-resident is financially beneficial to Bangladesh and the fees should be
structured in a way that encourages people to visit Bangladesh more
frequently than less.

Wasim Mahmud


Published on: 27-Nov-2008


Bangladeshi Australian awarded the NT Local Hero 2009 Award

Chowdhury Sadaruddin, a Marine Surveyor from Darwin, has been awarded the Northern Territory Local Hero 2009 Award under Australian of the year award ceremony last night (24/11/2008). The award was given by the Chief Minister of NT Hon Paul Henderson at the Parliament House of NT. Chowdhury Sadaruddin will now be representing NT at the national Australian of the year 2009 ceremony under the same Australian Local Hero Category which will be presented by the Prime Minister of Australia at Canberra on 26th of January 2009.
Photos

Monirul Islam

Published on: 26-Nov-2008


               Bangladesh High Commission
    Revised fees for some consular services


A concerned Community member Mushtaq Khan
Monirul Islam Wasim Mahmud

Published on: 26-Nov-2008


Bangladeshi Australian Nominated for Australian of the Year Chowdhury Sadaruddin, a Marine Surveyor from Darwin, has been nominated as the finalist in one of the categories of Australian of the year awards called "Australia`s Local Hero". The award will be given on Monday the 24th at 05:30 PM at the NT Parliament House by the Chief Minister...Details...


Published on: 21-Nov-2008


Climate change ground zero

Sydney Morning Herald report on the effect of global warming on Bangladesh
Sent by Mushtaq Khan

Published on: 10-Nov-2008















Celebrating Ten Years of BEN

On the occasion of tenth anniversary of its foundation, Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN) held an all-day-long event at the University of Western Sydney (Parramatta Campus) on 1st November 2008 in Sydney. It was participated by Australians and Non-Resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) in Australia.

There were three sessions of the event, an inaugural session, a seminar and a public forum. All participants contributed to the theme of the seminar, namely Bangladesh Environment, through their suggestions and recommendations.





Published on: 5-Nov-2008


BEN Seminar in Sydney

On the occasion of tenth anniversary of its foundation, Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN) held an all-day-long event at the University of Western Sydney (Parramatta Campus) on 1-Nov-2008 in Sydney...Details...


Photos...

Published on: 4-Nov-2008


Lively and Productive Event on Bangladesh Environment in Sydney, Australia.

On the occasion of tenth anniversary of its foundation, Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN) held an all-day-long event at the University of Western Sydney (Parramatta Campus) on 1st November 2008 in Sydney. It was participated by Australians and Non-Resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) in Australia.

There were three sessions of the event, an inaugural session, a seminar and a public forum. All participants contributed to the theme of the seminar, namely Bangladesh Environment, through their suggestions and recommendations.

Mr. Kamrul Ahsan Khan, Coordinator, BEN Australian Chapter, welcomed the guests and underscored the need for cooperation between Australia and Bangladesh on the global issue of global warming and environment protection.

The first session had a few guest speakers, that included Federal MP for Parramatta Hon. Julie Owens (Sydney); Acting High Commissioner Mahbub Hassan Saleh; Member of the Legislative Council of New South Wales state, John Kaye of Australia Greens; and Mr. Adam Wolfenden, of Aid Watch/Friends of Earth. Senior Lecturer Dr Mamta Choudhury was MC for the inaugural session.

A Bangladeshi young girl Serah Choudhury read out the written appeals on the importance of protecting environment on behalf of the younger generation.

A vote of thanks was given by Dr. Swapan Paul, the Convenor of BEN, Sydney Branch to the guest speakers for their participation and their speeches.

At the session, a website of BEN was inaugurated by Barrister Harun ur Rashid (who was in Sydney from Bangladesh). The website provides up-to-date information of the activities of BEN in containing the adverse effects of global warming on Bangladesh. The address of the website is: http://priyoaustralia.com.au/ben, Speakers stressed the need of Australia to lead the world in combating the effects of global warming by reducing the emission of greenhouse gases and extend cooperation to the needs of Bangladesh in containing the impact of global warming on the country.

At the seminar session there were keynote speakers that include Barrister Harun ur Rashid, former High Commissioner for Bangladesh to Australia; Dr. Debashish Mazumdar and Mizanur Rahman Mazumdar on three separate topics, namely the Environment of Bangladesh: Socio-economic Perspectives and a Way Forward, Environment of Bangladesh: Water Pollution, Water Crisis and Remedies and Environment of Bangladesh: Institutional Support, Problems and Prospects in respective order.

After presentation of the keynote papers, two academics Prof Dr Shams Rahman, Prof Dr Vincent Gomes, and environment specialist Dr Swapan Paul made constructive comments on these papers as discussants.

The public forum (third session) included the presentation by Dr. Nilufar Jahan, of BEN, Australia on the current and proposed activities of BEN in promoting awareness among Non-Resident Bangladeshis (NRB) in Australia and providing support to Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (BAPA) on its current environ-friendly programmes. many participants took part in the discussion, including Mr Ronesh Maitra (visiting Sydney), Mr Afsar Ahmed of BDRC , Academic Mrs Zakia Mr Anisur Rahman (editor bangla-sydney.com), Dr Narayan Das, Dr Masud, writer Monaem Sarker, principal Shamsun Nahar, Probir Maitra and many others academics, environmentalist & community leaders.

In this session certificates and prizes were given to the winners of essay-writing competition on the occasion.


The event was the second one in providing a link between NRB and Australian government and society to keep abreast degradations of Bangladesh environment and the ways to confront the adverse impacts in Bangladesh through joint collaboration, cooperation and assistance. A third event of BEN will be held in early April in Melbourne.

Suggestions were made to reduce pollution and preserve the natural flow of river Buriganga, and means and strategies to keep clear air and healthy soil in Bangladesh. Education on and awareness of environment were identified as key elements to all people in Bangladesh, especially in the countryside. All school -students from primary to higher secondary must be imparted education on environment and how to meet challenges with its degradations in the country.

The questions and answers at the seminar were animated and lively. The seminar demonstrated that NRBs in Australia are not sitting idle to combat the degradations of environment in Bangladesh. BEN is making all efforts to make awareness of this massive problem among NRBs in Australia but also providing funds in projects in Bangladesh of BAPA.

The holding of the BEN seminars is commendable and the organisers must be congratulated on their current activities in Australia.

Kamrul Ahsan Khan


Published on: 4-Nov-2008



Last Sunday, 26-Oct-2008, Bangladeshi community, mostly in and around Blacktown, got together at the Charlie Bali Reserve for a family event appropriately named, Friendship Day. This event had been initiated and organised by Dr Abdul Haq and his family and friends for many years. This is the first time it has been organised by a newly formed organisation, Bangladesh Forum for Community Engagement headed by Dr Ayaz Chowdhury. Photos...
Published on: 3-Nov-2008



Acting High Commissioner of Bangladesh Mr. Mahbub Hassan Saleh will attend the programme as a special guest - Al Noman Shamim

Published on: 1-Nov-2008


Bangladesh Association of NSW

The AGM and election for 2008-09 was held on 26 October 2008 at its registered office at 65 Spurway St, Ermington...Details...

Published on: 31-Oct-2008


Success of Bangladeshi Environmentalist

Yet another expatriate Bangladeshi has been gaining prominence slowly but steadily in the international arena. Dr Sajed Kamal has been working on renewable solar energy for more than a quarter of a century. Recently he has won Boston Mayor's Green award for community leadership in energy and climate protection...Details...
Sent by Dilruba Shahana, Melbourne
Published on: 31-Oct-2008


Does Anybody Care? Bangladesh is drowning due to global warming and rising sea level. Does anybody care? A video clip on a film by Afsan Chowdhury. Sent by Kamrul Khan, Canberra


Published on: 30-Oct-2008


                        Notice of AGM and Election
            Bangladesh Association of NSW


Published on: 26-Oct-2008


Top 11 on their way to Sydney!

Top 11 singers of Channel I's Shera Kantha 2008, have completed their travel arrangements. Accompanied by five musicians and the presenter Farza Brownia they will arrive in Sydney on the 24-Oct-2008 for the performance on the 25th and 26th of October at the Sir John Clancy Auditorium, University of NSW. $30 tickets are all sold out. For $50 & $70 tickets contact your local Bangladeshi grocery stores.

Published on: 20-Oct-2008


Bangladeshis nominated for the ID awards!

Two Bangladeshis have been nominated for this year's ID People award at the ID World Congress, scheduled on 18-20 November, 2008 in Milan, Italy...Details...


Published on: 16-Oct-2008


Two Bangladeshis nominated for the ID awards!

Two Bangladeshis have been nominated for this year's ID People award at the ID World Congress, scheduled on 18-20 November, 2008 in Milan, Italy.

Five awards are given each year in 5 categories. It is considered as "the Oscar" in the ID/Biometrics/ Border Control/Smartcard industry.

The names of the nominees have been posted in the ID World website and voting has begun. All the finalists will be present in the event on 18th November in Milan and the award will be declared and presented ceremonially.

We all are aware that quite silently Bangladesh achieved an outstanding feat having successfully electronically registered the adult population and providing distinct National ID cards, which only a few developed countries have achieved so far albeit with much lesser population. This remarkable milestone was reached under the able and determined leadership of MAJOR GENERAL MD. SHAFIQUL ISLAM and ABDULLAH FERDOUS.

You would be proud to know that Gen. Md. Shafiqul Islam has been nominated for the prestigious "ID World International ID People Award 2008" under the category "Outstanding Achievement Award". Mr. Abdullah Ferdous has been nominated for the prestigious "ID Community Award".

You may kindly follow the link below, read profiles of all the nominees and cast your vote and be part of this global event!

Website

Abdur Razzak
Quakers Hill



Published on: 16-Oct-2008



Congratulations! Bangladesh won against powerful New Zealand by 7 wickets. What a good news!! It's like "Anek Diner Pore abar Brishty Elo".

It would be really nice if you open up a discussion forum on this on Bangla-Sydney.com.

Cheers.

Prabir Maitra

Published on: 11-Oct-2008


Translation of an interview of Dr. Geoffrey Davis published in Prothom Alo in 2005.



(With Kamrul Ahsan Khan and Dr. Abul Hasnat Milton)



1. When did you go to Bangladesh?

As best I can recall, in February of 1972.

I have not got my passport from that era, so I cannot be precise as to the date but I was on the first flight from Dum Dum with the BBC team which was rather exciting because the portside wheel outside my window would not come up and would not lock into place.

We circled Dhaka to use up the fuel because the crew was certain that we would not be able to land very well. As we went over the perimeter fence at Dhaka the wheel clicked into place so we landed uneventfully.

2. How did you get involved with Bangladesh?

Planned Parenthood Federation in London had heard of the West Pak program to impregnate Bengali women on the grounds that a good Muslim will fight anyone except his father. I am told that this idea came from Tikka Khan. This was apparently given as an order to officers as we discovered during debriefing of some of the officers after the war in Comilla. This idea really got up the nose of the people trying to help the Bengali women.

Authorities in Western Europe began to look for somebody who could terminate advanced pregnancies and I had just published the first paper on this in the Lancet (medical journal in England) and they came to me.

I had just met people from Population Services International and they said it would be a good idea if I went so on very short notice I packed my instruments and went to Dhaka.

The project was under the joint flag of the United Nations Family Planning Association (UNFPA), Planned Parenthood International and World Health Organisation (WHO).

The whole project was fairly covert because nobody wanted to be associated with an abortion program. International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) paid my fares and per diems but no salary, so I had a fairly lean time.

3. What did you do?

My main activity was to establish termination clinics in what was left of the hospitals outside Dhaka. In Dhaka there was an established clinic in Dahnmundi (suburb of Dhaka).

Its activities continued during my stay and I had very little to do with it.

I organized teaching cadres for doctors in the regions and demonstrated techniques, which I must say astonished most of them. After one very large meeting I was taken aside by the predisent of the local medical association who said, ‘Of course you know what you are doing is illegal’. And I said, ‘No it isn’t. I have been assured that the law has been changed’.

I went then straight back to Dhaka to see the secretary of state Rab Chaudry to be reassured about this. I said, ‘You might have made some announcement but nobody knows about it’. So he then said, ‘I will give you a letter clarifying your position while we notify all concerned as to the change in the law’.

I carried this with me and cannot recall ever being called upon to show it.

In addition to terminating pregnancies (and it was estimated that at the end of the war there were one million pregnant women in Bangladesh so it was a fairly large project) and in the course of this it became obvious that most of these women had multiple sexually transmitted diseases of varying severity and these had to be treated.

I have no data on the aftermath of these infections, but their very nature suggest that they have interfered grossly with the fertility of the women involved.

In addition to the termination of pregnancies there were a lot of very young infants with sick or absent mothers and we handed these over to a variety of agencies. A lot of these children are now enjoying life in the United States, Canada, Australia and elsewhere.

4. How long were you there for?

I was there until, I think, the end of August 1972.

6. How did you feel working in Bangladesh?

The work was something that had to be done.

I think there is no precedent for a program of this kind. One wonders what happened to the German women overrun by Stalin’s troops at the end of World War II. No one ever speaks of this. There is no literature, no nothing.

I felt that Tikka Khan’s program was an obscenity, comparable to Heinrich Himmler’s Lebensborn ministry in Nazi Germany (q.v.)

It gave me some satisfaction to know that I was contributing to the destruction of the policies of West Pakistan.


7. Are you still in touch with Bangladesh?

Yes, I am still in touch but only episodically.

I have not been back to Bangladesh, but I have been to India several times since this episode.

8. What do you think about current Bangladesh?

I feel they deserve better luck with government than they appear to have now and I think it will require very drastic action on the part of someone to correct things.

Perhaps an appeal to the Russians might help, having regard for their great interest in the past in getting their hands on an Indian Ocean port. At the time that I was there Chittagong Harbour was crammed with Russian ships and not just salvage ships. It is also the case that in every hotel or guest house we stayed in in the provinces the register (if they had one) contained page after page of Russian names from the middle 1960’s on.

9. Memorable events

My introduction to the Hotel Inter-Continental was very memorable. As we got to the lobby there was a sound of automatic gunfire very close to us and the unmistakable smell of cordite. As we discovered later that day, the kitchen staff had all been shot in their kitchen on the grounds of political unsuitability. I have no idea who shot them and didn’t care to ask questions about it.

Another memorable event was on the road to Rangamati (the most beautiful town site I have ever seen in my life). We were driving past a very large rock and suddenly came under fire from a machine gun. We stopped the Land Rover which had been hit quite a bit, got out and shouted, ‘What do you think you’re doing?’ A very shamefaced Bengali came out from behind the rock carrying his machine gun and said, ‘I am so sorry. I thought you were Americans’.

The third thing is I wanted to see Cox’s Bazaar because the only place in Bengal whose name I knew was Cox’s Bazaar because in the first atlas I ever got in Preparatory School I found it on the bay of Bengal coast with the most unexpected name.

We set out to drive down there and we encountered the Indian Army. All of it. Mile after mile after mile of tents and trucks. They were there to stop the Burmese from coming across the border. Indian troops are terrifying to behold.

10. Have any Bangladeshi government officials ever contacted you to recognize your work?

No. The only contact I have had has been recent, and this has not been with the government.


Published on: 11-Oct-2008


Bangladesh beat NZ by 7 wickets!

Visiting NZ team was beaten by the Bengal Tigers yesterday by 7 wickets. They were playing the 1st ODI in Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur. What a great way to start the series! Schedule

Prabir Maitra

Published on: 10-Oct-2008


Dr. Geoffrey Davis Passed Away

Dr. Geoffrey Davis, an Australian doctor, who helped thousands of Bangladeshi women raped by the Pakistani Army during the Liberation War in 1971, has passed away in Sydney on Friday 3-Oct-2008...Details...


Interview of Dr. Geoffrey Davis
    (with Kamrul Ahsan Khan and Dr. Abul Hasnat Milton, in 2005)


Published on: 10-Oct-2008



Dr. Geoffrey Davis passes away

Dr. Geoffrey Davis, an Australian doctor, who helped thousands of Bangladeshi women raped by the
Pakistani Army during the Liberation War in 1971, has passed away in Sydney on Friday 3-Oct-2008.

Dr. Geoffrey Davis visited Bangladesh in 1972 to help the victims with abortion and to assist the management of war babies. He also helped thousands of women who contacted venereal disease and developed complications due to trying indigenous methods of abortion.

This is great loss for the grateful people of Bangladesh. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his bereaved family.

The funeral of Dr Davis will be held at 1 pm on Monday the 13-Oct-2008 at the Roockwood Crematorium. Bangladeshi Community is welcome to attend Dr.
Davis's Funeral in order to pay tribute to his noble departed soul.


Photo: Dr Geoffrey Davis, in Bangladesh, 1972


Published on: 10-Oct-2008


Purgatory in New York Film Festival

Purgatory, a film made by a young Bangladeshi film maker, Hasan Naim Miraz, living in Melbourne, has been accepted for the New York Film Festival.

In the acceptence letter Director of Acquistions Cyndy Johnson said:

"CONGRATULATIONS! We are delighted that Purgatory has been officially selected for exhibition in the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival. We will be organizing a fantastic event featuring films and videos from around the world, including Canada, Australia, France, China, India, Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Ireland, England and of course, all over the U.S."

The festival will be held in March 2009.

Purgatory was one of the four film shown at the Melbourne Film Festival organised by the Bangladeshi community in Melbourne in July 2008.


Purgatory is a story about feelings of love, emotion, pain and lonliness. The story reveals the impact on an individual when he looses the main source of his hapiness, his family. It’s about what happens to a person when his life becomes empty in a twinkle of an eye. Shams’s life is a cruel fusion of past and present only, He sees no future.



Hasan Naim Miraz with his wife Alpana at the Melbourne Film Festival


About New York Film Festival


Published on: 5-Oct-2008


Don't forget Shoeb during Eidul-Fitr!

I went to see Shoeb this morning (Sunday) at St.Joseph Hospital, Auburn with my wife and another family. He is anxiously waiting for his family to arrive. His wife and newly born baby will be arriving this week. Then, he might be released from the hospital. Once released, he and his family will need lot of support from all of us.

From the community, we should try to support him as much as we can. I think, during the coming Eid-ul-fitr, we can take the initiative to raise funds from all Bangladeshi organised Eid prayers. I will appreciate if you can pass this message to the organisers of these prayers. We will raise funds for him at the Quakers Hill prayer.

Let's all pray for his complete recovery.

Regards,
Abdul Haq
Mob: 0425260239
28/9/08


Published on: 28-Sep-2008



`JOY` is an action-packed feature film about a young Bangladeshi man,
living in Perth, Western Australia, and is a story for every one who has had
to fight the bullies of society...Details...


The Team... Auditions...

Published on: 23-Sep-2008




`JOY` is an action-packed feature film about a young Bangladeshi man,
living in Perth, Western Australia, and is a story for every one who has had
to fight the bullies of society. It will feature state-of-the-art special
effects and mind-blowing computer graphics.

The film will be spoken in Bangla, with subtitles in English. Bangladeshi
and Australian actors will be cast in all of the major roles, and the film
will be produced with emphasis on the Bangladeshi market.

We will be shooting in Perth in January 2009 and are about to begin the
exciting task of searching for cast, extras and crew from within the
Bangladeshi community around Australia.

`JOY` also provides investment and sponsorship opportunities for
Bangladeshi-Australian Businesses, with excellent perks offered for
investors as well as high profile publicity for anyone who wants to be a
part of the production.

Tina McKimmie
Assistant Producer


Published on: 23-Sep-2008


FIRST BANGLADESHI WINS AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL POLLS

Prabir Maitra, a Bangladeshi now leaving in Australia, has been elected a Councillor in the elections just held to the Parramatta City Council in Sydney defeating his opponents with a huge difference in votes. He is the first Bangladeshi to be elected to any public office in Australia.

Son of Ranesh Maitra, a senior leftist politician, and Purobi Maitra, a Mahila Parishad activist, Prabir Maitra joined the Australian Labor Party in 2001 and has since remained actively involved in mainstream politics in Australia. His nomination from the ruling Australian Labor Party was a recognition of his active engagement in politics over the last seven years.
Prabir Maitra completed his Master’s in Electronics Engineering from Bulgaria and returned home in 1987. As a student, he was an active member of Bangladesh Students Union, a progressive and non-communal organization. After serving in many reputable organizations in Bangladesh, including CARE-International as an IT Specialist, he migrated to Australia in 1997 along with his wife Dr. Aparna Goswami and daughter Ihita Maitra. Later they had a son born in Australia. Mr. Maitra now works for the Childrens Hospital at Westmead, Sydney.

Mr. Maitra is actively involved in a number of social and cultural organisations in Sydney including Bangladesh Scoitey for Puja and Culture, Australian Forum for Minorities in Bangladesh, Bengali Association of New South Wales, Bangladesh Environment Network(BEN) and Ekushey Academy Australia. He held executive positions in many of them. As a human rights activist, he mobilized public opinion against persecution of religious and ethnic minorities in Bangladesh and earned popularity among all sections of people here irrespective of caste, creed, religion and nationality.

Kamrul Ahsan Khan


Published on: 19-Sep-2008



I am very happy to see a newly formed community group has come forward to support Dr Hasan's wonderful work in Bangladesh. Congratulations!

Anisur Rahman
Baulkham Hills


Published on: 16-Sep-2008


              Bangladesh High Commission
      Consular Camp in Melbourne


Published on: 12-Sep-2008


Australia and Bangladesh Settle Air Services Arrangements
Direct flights between Australia and Bangladesh are a step closer following the signing of an inaugural air services Memorandum of Understanding...Details...
Sent by Shikder Nasimul Haque, Melbourne


Published on: 8-Sep-2008


              Bangladesh High Commission
         Consular Camp in Sydney
        (Revised Schedule for September - December 2008)


Published on: 4-Sep-2008



A vision of new Bangladesh by Dr Abdul Haq

Published on: 27-Aug-2008


Bangladesh High Commission
Special Benefit for NRBs

This is to inform that the applications of Non-Resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) for receiving Special Benefits in 2009 will be processed by the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment...Details...


Ramadan Working Hours

Published on: 26-Aug-2008


Bangladesh High Commission, Canberra


21 August 2008

Press Release

This is to inform that the applications of Non-Resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) for receiving Special Benefits in 2009 will be processed by the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. The list of selected Non-Resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) for Special Benefits in 2009, as and when decided by the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment, will be available on the website of the High Commission.





Published on: 26-Aug-2008


Architectural Excellence in Bangladesh!



Architectural Excellence in Bangladesh, a seminar and a week long exhibition organised in Sydney by Bangladeshi Architects in Australia (BAA).



Published on: 25-Aug-2008


Dr Tanveer Ahmed

Dr Tanveer Ahmed Shuvo (s/o Afsar Ahmed, Epping) is running for local government in his area for Marrickville. He is well known in Bangladeshi community through his wide ranging activities in media and politics. He represents someone who has real potential in advancing Bangladeshi interests both locally and in Bangladesh. He is already attracting significant media attention with Current Affair running a story about his running this week. He is seeking interested people from the Bangladeshi community to help with the campaign. It will be a low level campaign involving media and leafleting. His email address is: drtahmed@gmail.com

Published on: 20-Aug-2008



National Mourning day observed in Canberra
National Mourning Day was observed on 15-Aug-2008 at the Australian capital city of Canberra. Bangladesh High Commission organized a programme to observe the day with due solemnity...Details...


Published on: 17-Aug-2008



National Mourning day observed in Canberra
National Mourning Day was observed on 15-Aug-2008 at the Australian capital city of Canberra. Bangladesh High Commission organized a programme to observe the day with due solemnity...Details...


Published on: 17-Aug-2008


National Mourning day observed in Canberra



National Mourning Day was observed on 15-Aug-2008 at the Australian capital city of Canberra. Bangladesh High Commission organized a programme to observe the day with due solemnity. The programme began in the morning with the hoisting of Bangladesh national falg at half-mast by the Acting High Commissioner. One-minute silence was observed. A special prayer was offered for the salvation of the departed souls of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members.

These were followed by an open discussion meeting on the significance of National Mourning Day at the conference hall of the High Commission. High Commission officials and a good number of Bangladesh community members participated in the programme. The speakers paid their tribute to Bangabandhu and praised the present Caretaker Government for re-introducing the observance of National Mourning day. They spoke about the importance of working unitedly from the basic premise - Bangladesh, earned through the historic war of liberation, to realize our dream of a happy and prosperous Bangladesh, free from exploitation.

A portrait of Bangabandhu, gralanded with white flowers, was on display at the conference hall. The community members, present on the occasion, highly appreciated the well thought-out programme organized by the High Commission.

Program was addressed and attended by acting high commissioner Mr Mahbub Hasan Saleh Principal Begum Shamsun Nahar. Mr Abed Chaudhury, Mr Kamrul Ahsan Khan, Dr Kamal Uddin, Anamul Bhuiyan, Dr Sadequr Rahman, Dr Ajoy Kar, Mr Golam Mostofa, Mr Mohiuddin Ahmed and others members of the community.

Kamrul Ahsan Khan
Canberra


Published on: 17-Aug-2008


Bangladesh High Commission
will observe National Mourning Day


Published on: 15-Aug-2008



Chorom Patra reminded me of those horrible days of 1971. Mukul Bhai was one of the main fugures of Bangladesh who through his literal contribution kept all Bangladeshis motivated. Probably Chorom Patra was one of the programmes that was listened to by most of the people of Bangladesh. No doubt he was a great talent. But it surprises me how I had forgotten him soon after the independence? Probably many others like me had forgotten him too. He should be remembered and revered by all of us. Why don't we get together sometimes and remember his works and his total contribution to the country? Mukul Bhai is still among us and he should be remembered.

Mushtaq Khan, Sydney


Published on: 11-Aug-2008



Macquarie University, ranked in the top 200 universities in the world, is one the leading University in Australia. From August 18-21, 2008, representative from Macquarie University will be visiting Dhaka and Chittagong to recruit students for the first time...Details...

Please feel free to inform your relatives/friends who are in Bangladesh and would like to pursue further study in Australia - Tanveer Shaheed


Published on: 6-Aug-2008



I enjoyed reading the article. No doubt that Anoar Ahmed, Naim Hassan and Wasim Atiq are highly talented people. I hope they will be able to produce more films and receive international awards. I wish I could see their production. It is an encouragement for all the Bangladeshis living in Australia. Great job.

Mushtaq Khan, Sydney


Published on: 4-Aug-2008


Bangladesh Environment Network Seminar

“Role of Non Resident Bangladeshis (NRB) in Protection of Bangladesh Environment” 2-Aug-2008, Canberra...Details...

Published on: 2-Aug-2008


Bangladesh High Commission
Special Benefit for NRBs

Applications are invited from Non-Resident Bangladeshis (NRB) for special benefits in 2009...Details...


The deadline for receiving the applications by the High Commission has been extended till 7-Aug-2008

Published on: 31-Jul-2008


Habib's 2nd Concert in Sydney

We are pleased to inform that Bangla Vision Entertainment is going to organize a grand concert night of Habib and Ferdous wahid.

Habib is ‘The new Sensation’ in Bangladeshi music industry at this moment.

The event is scheduled for 2nd November, 2008 at “Enmore Theatre”, Newtown.
This is a prestigious historic venue in Sydney.

This is their 2nd tour of Australia but the main attraction is, this time they are coming with full hands. People will get the real taste of Habib’s live concert. Australian born Bangladeshis will get a chance to perform with them and promote themselves.

The quality sound system and the gorgeous lighting will make the concert truely remarkable.

Md M Rahman
Bangla Vision Entertainment.
E-mail: banglavisionentertainment@live.com.au


Published on: 23-Jul-2008


              Second Community Meeting
Bangladesh Aust. Disaster Relief Committee
Main Agenda: Construction of a Cyclone Shelter in Bangladesh
20-Jul-08, 11am, St Peter’s Hall, Cnr Unwin Bridge & Swan Rd, Sydenham


Published on: 20-Jul-2008


              Bangladesh High Commission
Press Release on Melbourne Consular Camp


Published on: 14-Jul-2008


              Bangladesh High Commission
Press Release on Melbourne Consular Camp


Published on: 14-Jul-2008



Sent by Chanchal Khan, from Bangladesh

Published on: 11-Jul-2008


General Command

An analysis of current situation in Bangladesh, published in
          Sent by Abdul Mahbub Nasim


Published on: 30-Jun-2008


              Bangladesh High Commission
Press Release on Sydney Consular Camp


Published on: 26-Jun-2008


MILES LIVE IN SYDNEY - Ashiqur Tanim


Tempestra Entertainment has done it again…

Music mania hit the Marana Auditorium on Sunday night as Miles brought their Evening of “Music and Passion” to Sydney. The initials MILES shone on the doors and the crowd couldn’t resist holding their breath as the BAND of the moment made their way onto the stage.


Big band was the theme of the night with musicians on a slightly slanted stage equipped with drums, guitars, keyboards and of course pairs of flamboyant “Sunglasses”.

The stylish Bangladeshi band began the night with their famous song “Jala Jala” much to the delight of the men in the audience. The many men brought along to the night appeared amused by the way the females fawned over the Band, especially when they started singing “O Hridoy Hina”.


“The lighting and the sound was absolutely stunning” – said someone from the audiance. Another said: “Though the sound was a bit loud, it was much clearer than the other concerts we recently came across. But I’ll have to say that the stage presentation and the lighting were gorgeous. I’ve never seen a Bangladeshi concert here, with this much amount of lighting”. It’s obvious from the concert and the reaction of the crowd that Tempestra Entertainment has been able to improve their quality while maintaining their standards. They have taken this entertainment business to a higher level. It is very unlikely for the Bangladeshi organizers here in Australia, to spend such a huge amount of money on lighting and sound systems; but Tempestra Entertainment as usual, proved this wrong.

Ending the night with a sincere thank you to everyone involved in the event and their fans, Miles sang the all time favorite “Firiya dao”.

It was clear as everyone walked out with smiles on their faces that Miles has done their job of making the audience swoon, clear proof that Bangladeshi music isn’t dead even being so far away from home.


** Miles will be ending their Australia tour with a Final Concert on 28th June'08 Saturday at Bankstown Town Hall, Bankstown. Tickets are Available at all Bangladeshi Grocery shops in Sydney. Ticket Price: $ 30/-, $ 40/-, $ 50/- & $ 100/-.**





Published on: 26-Jun-2008


Website Launched: albd-australia.org

Bangladesh Awami League, Australia Branch, has launched a
new website on 22-Jun-2008.


Published on: 24-Jun-2008




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Published on: 17-Jun-2008

Bangladesh Community Council Committee 2008

Published on: 17-Jun-2008


Important Notices
Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra

Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra has moved to 43 Culgoa Circuit, O'Malley. Phone and fax numbers remaind the same...Details...

Published on: 10-Jun-2008


BEN-Australian Contributes $1600 to BAPA

BEN-Australia, the Australian Chapter of Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN), which is a global network of non-resident Bangladeshis (NRB), has contributed AUD $1600 (sixteen hundred Australian dollar, equivalent to about Tk 97,000) as its regular annual contribution to BEN central fund to support Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA)...Details...

Published on: 8-Jun-2008


BEN-Australian Contributes $1600 to BAPA



BEN-Australia, the Australian Chapter of Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN), which is a global network of non-resident Bangladeshis (NRB), has contributed AUD $1600 (sixteen hundred Australian dollar, equivalent to about Tk 97,000) as its regular annual contribution to BEN central fund to support Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA), the pro-environment organization in Bangladesh that is mobilizing people and working vigorously for the protection of Bangladesh environment.

The cheque for the amount was handed over to Professor Anu Muhammad, a social activist and BAPA member, who is currently visiting major cities of Australia to speak about Bangladesh's energy problems and the environmental implications of various energy options, including open pit mining at Phulbari in Bangladesh. The cheque was handed over by Kamrul Ahsan Khan, coordinator of BEN-Australia.

Many academics from the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra University, local environmentalists, and leaders of AidWatch were present at the ceremony. It has been several years now, that BEN-Australia has been contributing to Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA) through BEN's central fund.

BEN-Australia is undertaking various programs to mobilize NRBs in Australia to support the environment movement of Bangladesh and protect the country from an environmental disaster. It is now planning to hold events in July-August to celebrate 10 years of BEN, which was launched in the United States on July 10, 1998.

Prof. Anu Muhammad thanked BEN-Australia members for their continued support to the environment movement of Bangladesh

Press release
BEN-Australia team


Published on: 8-Jun-2008


Important Notice
Regarding High Commission Phone Lines

Bangladesh High Commission, Canberra, will move to move to new location on 1-Jun-2008...Details...

Published on: 1-Jun-2008


Bangladesh ranks number one peaceful country in South Asia

Sent by Alamgir from Newbury
Published on: 28-May-2008



Report... Photos...
Published on: 21-May-2008

Bangladesh Association of Australia - Rabindra Nazrul Joyonti
From left: Dr. Monzur Hamid Kochi, Gama Abdul Kadir, Ajoy Dasgupta and Harunur Rashid
Published on: 20-May-2008

Bangladesh Association of Australia - Rabindra Nazrul Joyonti
From left: Al Noman Shamim & Dr. Abdur Razzak
Published on: 20-May-2008

Bangladesh Association of Australia - Rabindra Nazrul Joyonti
Anisur Rahman, editor bangla-sydney.com was honoured for his contribution to the community.
Published on: 20-May-2008

Bangladesh Association of Australia - Rabindra Nazrul Joyonti
Popular singer Amia Matin, honoured for her contribution in music.
Published on: 20-May-2008

Bangladesh Association of Australia - Rabindra Nazrul Joyonti
Youngest member of the Association Mosleur Rohaman, honoured for his contribution for the Association.
Published on: 20-May-2008

Bangladesh Association of Australia - Rabindra Nazrul Joyonti
Last year's President of the Association, Faruk Khan was honoured.
Published on: 20-May-2008

Bangladesh Association of Australia - Rabindra Nazrul Joyonti
Last year's General Secretary, Alauddin Alok was honoured.

More Photos...
Published on: 20-May-2008

Bangladesh Association of Australia - Rabindra Nazrul Joyonti.
Khondoker Zahid Hossain, Avijit Barua, Sumi Dey, Amia Matin, Fatema Bita, Sultana, Shamol, Amanullah Prodhan and Shurovi Noor.
Published on: 20-May-2008

Bangladesh Association of Australia - Rabindra Nazrul Joyonti.

Published on: 20-May-2008

Bangladesh Association of Australia - Rabindra Nazrul Joyonti.
From left: Shafin Rashed, Dipa Dasgupta, Shamimul Islam, Al Noman Shamim & Shurovi Noor.
Published on: 20-May-2008

Bangladesh Association of Australia - Rabindra Nazrul Joyonti.
Fazlul Bari, senior staff reporter of Janakantha.

More Photos...
Published on: 20-May-2008

Bangladesh Association of Australia - Rabindra Nazrul Joyonti..
Avijit Barua and Amia Matin
Published on: 20-May-2008

Bangladesh Association of Australia - Rabindra Nazrul Joyonti..
Dr. Manzur Hamid Kochi
Published on: 20-May-2008

Bangladesh Association of Australia - Rabindra Nazrul Joyonti..
Avijit Barua & Sumi Dey
Published on: 20-May-2008

Bangladesh Association of Australia - Rabindra Nazrul Joyonti..
Sreyoshi
Published on: 20-May-2008

Bangladesh Association of Australia - Rabindra Nazrul Joyonti..
Fatema Bita
Published on: 20-May-2008


Good Morning Bangladesh - Glenfield

Breakfast program to raise funds for NSW Cancer Council, Good Morning Bangladesh (Glenfield) was held on 11-May-2008. A total of $1385.00 was raised. Money raised by year...


Published on: 19-May-2008


Press Release
High Commission Moves to New Location

Bangladesh High Commission, Canberra, will move to the following address with effect from 1-Jun-2008...Details...

Published on: 16-May-2008


Cyclone Shelter Meeting
Bangladesh Australia Disaster Relief Committee (BADRC) held a special meeting on Sunday 11-May-2008 at Ermington to discuss the possibility of building a cyclone shelter in Bangladesh. Acting High Commissioner Mr. Restadul Islam came up with the idea. He presented a step by step action plan to implement the project and offered his voluntary services to act as the liaison point in Bangladesh. He will be returning to Dhaka next month. BADRC has raised about 40,000 dollars through post Sidr fund raising activities. Cyclone Shelter project will cost around 150 to 200 thousand dollars. Committee decided to go ahead with the project. Further details of the project will be announced soon.... Photos...


Published on: 14-May-2008


An appeal to the United Nations

Recently, I met a Bangladeshi sister Councillor Lutfa Begum in
East London. She is organising a petition to be sent to
the United Nations this July (2008). I supported and signed the petition myself. I appeal to every Bangladeshi to sign the attached petition. If you have queries, please contact Cllr. Lutfa begum at Cllr.Lutfa.Begum@towerhamlets.gov.uk - Nahid Kabir, Perth The petition...

Published on: 14-May-2008


AID/WATCH is pleased to be hosting a Climate Change and Development speaking tour of Bangladeshi academic Prof. Anu Muhammad during May 12-23rd. The tour will visit Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Katoomba and the Hunter Valley.     When and Where...     About Phulbari Coal Project...

Details...     Sent by Flint Duxfield, AID/WATCH

Published on: 9-May-2008


              Bangladesh High Commission
Press Release on Brisbane Consular Camp

Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra will organize consular camps twice a year in Brisbane. The first consular camp will be organized on
07-Jun-2008...Details...


Published on: 9-May-2008


              Bangladesh High Commission
A Letter from the Acting High Commissioner


Published on: 8-May-2008


Good Morning Bangladesh 2008 (Blacktown)

Breakfast organised by Bangladeshi community in and around Blacktown to raise funds for NSW Cancer Council was held on Sunday, 4-May-2008. Attended by a large number of people the program raised $4250.05 (including on-line donations).     Photos...     Money raised by year...

Published on: 7-May-2008

Good Morning Bangladesh 2008 (Blacktown)

Published on: 6-May-2008

Good Morning Bangladesh 2008 (Blacktown)

Published on: 6-May-2008

Good Morning Bangladesh 2008 (Blacktown)

More Photos...
Published on: 6-May-2008

Good Morning Bangladesh 2008 (Blacktown).

Published on: 6-May-2008

Good Morning Bangladesh 2008 (Blacktown).

Published on: 6-May-2008

Good Morning Bangladesh 2008 (Blacktown).

Published on: 6-May-2008


Money raised by Good Morning Bangladesh
By year:



2001 Blacktown $900.00

2002 Blacktown $1257.60

2003 Blacktown $1335.00

2004 Blacktown $2190.00

2005 Blacktown $3200.00


2006 Blacktown $4047.90
Glenfield $2266.00
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Total $6313.90


2007 Blacktown $3885.00
Glenfield $1365.00
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Total $5250.00


2008 Blacktown $4250.05
Glenfield $1385.00
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Total $5635.05


2009 Blacktown $5023.40
Glenfield $2467.00
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Total $7490.40



2010 Blacktown $4176.65
Glenfield $1675.85
Lakemba $2160.00
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Total $8012.50



2011 Blacktown $5641.50
Glenfield $1232.50
Lakemba $3510.00
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Total $10384.00



2012 Blacktown $6425.00
Glenfield $2601.00
Lakemba $3776.00
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Total $12802.00



2013 Blacktown $11380.00
Glenfield $1750.00
Lakemba $4220.00
Mascot $5230.00
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Total $22580.00


2014 Blacktown $8010.00
Glenfield $1250.00
Lakemba $5175.00
Mascot $5805.00
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Total $20240.00




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GRAND TOTAL: $107590.45
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Published on: 6-May-2008


Youth Play: Passageways of Suburbia

Sponsored by Bangladesh Society for Puja and Culture young boys and girls staged a play "Passageways of Suburbia" at the Polish Club, Ashfield on 3-May-2008. The play is about the issues and conflicts of growing up with two different cultures. Play back sound track was used for the dialogue. That's a big no no for stage play. Direction could have benefited getting advice from experienced people. Overall, a great effort.     Photos...

Published on: 6-May-2008


Amitabh will play Mujib!

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan and his celebrity family members have all tentatively agreed to take part in a film based on the life of Bangladesh's founding leader, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman...Details...

Sent by Kamrul Ahsan Khan, Canberra




Published on: 4-May-2008


Bangladesh Society for Puja and Culture Inc presents youth drama Passageways of Suburbia on 3-May-2008 at Polish Club, Ashfield .....Poster....


Published on: 3-May-2008


Appeal to Oppose Phulbari Coal Project

In conjunction with the people of Phulbari, Bangladesh and NGOs around the world, AID/WATCH is calling on its supporters to let Australian decision makers know how much of a bad idea this project is...Details...

Sent by Tito Scohel

Published on: 1-May-2008


Planning Meeting for Good Morning Bangladesh

The usual planning meeting for Good Morning Bangladesh (breakfast program to raise money for NSW Cancer Council) was held on 27-Apr-2008 at 12 Cassar Place, Oakhurst. Different aspects of the program were discussed. This year arrangement has been made to make online donations. You can click this LINK... to make an online donation. A tax receipt from the Cancer Council will be e-mailed to you immediately. Photo...
Published on: 28-Apr-2008


Workshop on Investment in Bangladesh The Australia Bangladesh Business Council has organised an Investment Workshop for non-resident Bangladeshis living in Australia. The workshop will be held at 11 am on 27 April 2008 at St. Peters Library Hall, Sydenham with four member delegation from Dhaka Stock Exchange...Details...


Published on: 27-Apr-2008

Good Morning Bangladesh 2008
At the planning meeting on 27-Apr-2008
Published on: 27-Apr-2008


Workshop on Investment Opportunities
in Bangladesh

The Australia Bangladesh Business Council has organised an Investment Workshop for non-resident Bangladeshis living in Australia. The workshop will be held at 11 am on 27 April 2008 at St. Peters Library Hall, Sydenham.

A four member delegation from Dhaka Stock Exchange Limited, including Mr. Salahuddin Ahmed, Chief Executive Officer and Mr. Kazi Firoz Rashid, Director will attend this workshop. The executives of Dhaka Stock Exchange will highlight the present scenario of Bangladesh economy, capital market, opportunities of investment by non-resident Bangladeshis and the procedures for investment.

The Australia Bangladesh Business Council is pleased to invite non-resident Bangladeshis with interest in exploring investment opportunities in Bangladesh to attend this workshop. Registration for attending this workshop is free, but an expression of interest is essential for reserving a place.

If you are interested to attend this workshop, please register your interest by calling Mr. Mizanur Rahman Mazumder, Chairman, Australia Bangladesh Business Council on 0449 042 908 before 25 April 2008.


Published on: 22-Apr-2008



Dear John

Your article "Ei jonmodaag muchhi kemon kore" has really touched the feelings of many Bangladeshis like me. I do not know why they are doing this. I always thought stupidity has a limit; they proved me wrong. Isn't it funny that they eagerly look for remittances that we send home, but tell us to get lost? What an irony! Someday they will tell us that we are person
non grata!

Mohammed A Razzaque


Published on: 10-Apr-2008



Thank you martin, what a wonderful composition it is!

You have articulated all of our inner feelings, love, spirit and dream about our country. I wonder how could they think like this sensitive issue so abruptly.

Nationality is our Birth connection; our inherited right. How dare they are trying to abandon us. They cannot. You have so nicely depicted that they are afraid about our will force and they are afraid about our expectations. I like your statement "Bangladesh is the land of all possibilities".

Physically we may not be there, we all have strong bondage that we own it, we love our motherland, no one can take that away.

I appreciate you for your wonderful feelings about our country and taking such initiatives to organize us towards our birth connections. Bangladesh is ours, no matter where we are, we are all connected and working hard to make a difference. We all have a stake - we are aware about that.

Thank you Martin once again for your valiant intake.

Best wishes,

Adil




Published on: 9-Apr-2008



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Hon. Laurie Ferguson MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Settlement Services attended the official launch of Bangladeshi Community & Business Directory at Parramatta MRC on 1-Apr-2008. In his speech at the ceremony he emphasized on the need for an umbrella organisation in the Bangladeshi Community...


Published on: 7-Apr-2008


Laurie Ferguson spoke about the need for an Umbrella Organisation

Hon. Laurie Ferguson MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Settlement Services attended the official launch of Bangladeshi Community & Business Directory at Parramatta MRC on 1-Apr-2008. In his speech at the ceremony he emphasized on the need for an umbrella organisation in the Bangladeshi Community...
Video...
Published on: 7-Apr-2008



                          Bangladesh Online Sattelite Tv Guide
Published on: 7-Apr-2008


Open Forum -
Topic: Umbrella Organisation for Bangladeshi Community


Published on: 7-Apr-2008


Independence Day Program in Canberra

Reception organised by the High Commission, soccer match organised by the Bangladesh Association in Canberra, month-long film festival organised by Ouderland memorial committee...Details...

Published on: 2-Apr-2008


Bangladesh Independence Day Program
in Canberra


Bangladesh High Commission organized a reception on the occasion of 38th Independence & National Day of Bangladesh in Canberra.

Acting High Commissioner Mr. Restadul Islam spoke on the occasion Mr. Nazrul Islam, Counsellor of the High Commission conducted the program. Deputy Chief of Protocol at DFAT Mr. Colin Hill was the Guest of Honor and also spoke at the reception.

Both Bangladesh and Australian National anthems were played at the reception. Mr. Restadul Islam recalled the contribution of freedom fighters who sacrificed there lives for the independence of Bangladesh and also paid his tribute to late Mr W S A Ouderland BP, an Australian citizen and only recipient of Gallantry award Bir Protik for his contribution to our liberation war. He also mentioned our nation is proud of the glorious past and is confident to build the country free from poverty and corruption to achieve our dream Bangladesh for which millions of people sacrificed there lives.

The program was attended by members of the diplomatic missions in Australia, representatives from Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Defense, different Australian government organizations, parliament, judiciary, university, other walks of society and Bangladesh Community.

In Canberra Bangladesh Association is organizing a Soccer match to mark the Independence Day on 30 March. Bangla Radio also organized special radio program to mark the independent day.

Ouderland memorial committee organized a month-long Film festival "Itihash Kotha Koy", Book Fair & Photo Exhibition, discussion program to focus on the history of Bangladesh liberation movement and the glorious past of our nation to local Australian & Bangladesh Community. Full-length featured films and important documentaries based on Liberation war are being shown during the Film festival in different parts of Canberra & Queanbeyan. Two shows have already been held in Canberra. Next show will be held on 29 March in Queanbeyan.

PriyoAustralia Web portal based in Canberra is also observing the occasion by publishing Articles, news and also by joining as media partner of the month-long film festival organized by Ouderland memorial committee.

Kamrul Ahsan Khan
Canberra


Published on: 2-Apr-2008


Bangladeshi Community & Business Directory Launch

The Baulkham Hills Holroyd Parramatta Migrant Resource Centre invites you to the launch of the Bangladeshi Community & Business Directory. The Hon Laurie Ferguson MP Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Settlement Services will launch the directory...Details...


Published on: 1-Apr-2008


New Nation - Ancient Land

Today is the 37th Independence Day of Bangladesh. A new nation but our history goes back to 1700 BC. Over last 3500 years this piece of land, we call Bangladesh today, was ruled by many kings, rulers, empires and dynasties. Here is a comprehensive list of rulers of Bengal...Details...

Published on: 26-Mar-2008







Published on: 20-Mar-2008


Canberra Film Festival March`2008

A month-long Film Festival began yesterday on the occasion of celebrating Independence Day of Bangladesh in Canberra by Ouderland Memorial Committee."Etihash Katha Koy"- a discussion meeting, film show, book and photo exhibition on Liberation movement "AMRA CHOLI OBIRAM" was organized yesterday at Community Hall of Bangladesh High Commission at O"Malley. Similar programs will also be organized in other cities of Australia such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth etc.

The theme of the program "Etihash Katha Koy" includes a discussion meeting, film show, book fair and photo exhibition on Liberation movement. Former Secretary to Government of Bangladesh Dr. K M Das, former senior Bangladeshi Diplomat Mr Badiuzzaman Khan, Counsellor of Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra Mr Mahbub Hassan Saleh, Web Master of Ouderland Website Mr Masih Babu, and Convenor of the Ouderland Memorial Committee and Editor of Ouderland Website Mr Kamrul Ahsan Khan participated. The discussion preceded by the film show. The discussion meeting was conducted by Dr Kamal Uddin, Join convenor. of Ouderland Memorial Committee. The speakers paid their tribute and deep respect to the great martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the independence of Bangladesh, and to all the freedom fighters who fought, assisted, and psychologically and morally supported the war of liberation. They urged every one to come forward to build Bangladesh as one of the prosperous countries in the world. The speakers also highlighted the contribution of Mr Ouderland Bir Protik, a foreigner freedom fighter, for his significant contribution towards our liberation. The speakers also emphasized on the dissemination of correct information on the history of liberation war the glorious movements that led the nation to the struggle for independence through books, films, media and other cultural activities. Convener Mr. Kamrul Ahsan Khan requested the Bangladesh High Commission to modernize the Ouderland Library so that readers could feel interested to read and know more about Bangladesh history and culture. Dr Kamal in his speech paid tribute to Bangabandhu and other national leaders who contributed immensely to our national liberation movement.

A multi Media presentation on the role of Mr Ouderland B.P was presented by Mr Muhith Masih Babu. In his presentation he explained the Ouderland website and emphasized on his significant contribution towards our independence. He also mentioned the honour given to late Mr Ouderland by attending his funeral by the then Bangladesh High Commissioner Mirza Shamsuszamman. This imitative of honouring Mr Ouderland was highly appreciated by large number of Australians as well as by Bangladeshis living around the world.
Distinguished personalities, like federal MP Annette Ellis, former High Commissioners of Bangladesh to Australia Mirza shamsuzzaman and advisor Ouderland Memorial Committee, former Army Chief and Secretary of Sectors Commander Forum in Bangladesh Lt. Gen. Haroon ur Rashid sent greetings and well wishes to the community and the Ouderland Memorial Committee for the success of the program.

Book exhibitions on liberation movement were also organized during the function. A good number of books on the history of Liberation movement were displayed.

A good collection of pictures on Libation movement "AMRA CHOLI ABIRAM" was also displayed during the program was highly appreciated by the audience. This picture exhibition was also held earlier in Brisbane, Sydney and Canberra. Ouderland Memorial Committee is also planning to have similar sort of photo exhibitions & Film show in other cities of Australia.

In the second part of the program a documentary "Stop Genocide" was screened followed by the full featured film "Jiban Theke Neya"- directed by famous film director and writer late Zahir Raihan. This film and the documentary were made based on pre-liberation struggle and the Bangladesh liberation war.

The next film show will be held on 16 March, 2008 Sunday at 11 Grote Place, Kambah, and southern part of Canberra. Full feature film "Aguner Porosh Moni" by Humayun Ahmed and a documentary "Tear of Fires" by Sentu Roy will be shown on that day.

Kamrul Ahsan Khan
Canberra, Australia
Mobile: +61 0401 683 930


Published on: 16-Mar-2008


Canberra Film Festival - March'2008

Organised by Ouderland Memorial Committee a month-long film festival began in Canberra on 9-Mar-2008 to celebrate the Independence Day of Bangladesh...Report & Photos...

Published on: 15-Mar-2008


$11,880 raised at BADRC Fundraising Dinner

Bangladesh-Australia Disaster Relief Committee (BADRC) organised a fund raising dinner on 3-Feb-2008 at the Ambala Function Centre, Milsons Point. The dinner was attended by members of Bangladeshi as well as wider Australian community.

Shadow Treasurer, Hon. Malcom Turnbull attended the dinner as the chief guest and the keynote speaker. It was a very successful initiative. A total of $11,880 was raised.

This was one of many intitiatives taken by BADRC to raise funds for the recent cyclone victims in Bangladesh. Previous initiatives raised $17,800 for the victims.

BADRC is discussing with Bangladesh Embassy in Canberra and the Govt. of Bangladesh about the possibility of constructing a permanent cyclone shelter with the fund raised; in one of the affected areas.



Published on: 14-Mar-2008


$11,880 raised at Fundraising Dinner

Bangladesh-Australia Disaster Relief Committee (BADRC) organised a fund raising dinner on 3-Feb-2008 at the Ambala Function Centre, Milsons Point. The dinner was attended by members of Bangladeshi as well as wider Australian community...Details...
Photos...

Published on: 14-Mar-2008


Attn: Bangladeshis in Melbourne

Bangladesh High Commission has changed the venue of the Melbourne consular camp at the last moment. New venue has been announced "for the convenience of all". But no apologies given for the inconvenience caused...Details...

Published on: 13-Mar-2008


AFMB Human Rights Seminar

Australian Forum for Minorities in Bangladesh observed World Human Rights Day on 16 December 2007. A seminar organised on that occasion was followed by the 37th Victory Day celebrations. Photos...

Published on: 9-Mar-2008


              Bangladesh High Commission
Press Release on Melbourne Consular Camp


Published on: 8-Mar-2008



A month-long film festival will be organized by Ouderland Memorial Committee in Canberra on the occasion of Independence and National Day of Bangladesh...details...


Published on: 6-Mar-2008


`Itihash Kotha Koy`



A month-long film festival will be organized by Ouderland Memorial Committee in Canberra on the occasion of Independence and National Day of Bangladesh.

It will be held at different locations in Canberra. Feature films and documentaries on our historic War of Liberation will be shown during the month- long film festival.

The film festival will open with the first show at the Community Hall of Bangladesh High Commission on 09 March 2008. Five other shows will be held in north and southern parts of Canberra & Queanbeyan. Time, place & name of the films of five other shows will be announced shortly.

The objective of this film festival is to honor the great freedom fighters and also to project the history of our War of Liberation to our community and to our Australian friends as well, who supported our just struggle for independence.


Name of Films for the first show on 09 March 2008:

1. Jiban Theke Neya, Directed by Zahir Raihan 1970.


2. Stop Genocide, Directed By Zahir Raihan 1971.


A number of books and photographs on our historic War of Liberation will be exhibited during the opening show.

Date: 09.03.08
Time: 3 pm to 7 pm, Sunday

The Ouderland Memorial Committee has a plan to hold similar programs throughout Australia.


All are invited, Free Entry.

Kamrul Ahsan Khan, Convener
Dr Kamal Uddin, Join Convener
Ouderland Memorial Committee

Website


Published on: 6-Mar-2008



A young Bangladeshi woman, Nazneen, arrives in 1980s London, leaving behind her beloved sister and home, for an arranged marriage and a new life. Trapped within the four walls of her flat in East London, and in a loveless marriage with the middle aged Chanu, she fears her soul is quietly dying. Her sister Hasina, meanwhile, continues to live a carefree life back in Bangladesh, stumbling from one adventure to the next. Nazneen struggles to accept her lifestyle, and keeps her head down in spite of life's blows, but she soon discovers that life cannot be avoided - and is forced to confront it the day that the hotheaded young Karim comes knocking at her door.

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About Sarah Gavron / DIRECTOR About Monica Ali / AUTHOR




Published on: 4-Mar-2008


MNM SuperMarket

74/A Walters Road, Blacktown NSW 2148, Ph: (02) 9831 1580

Frozen Fish, Beef, Goat, Lamb, Chicken, Vegitables, Parata, Spices, Rice, Lentils, Bread, Milk, Phone cards, Soft drinks, Natok, Bangla & Hindi movies....
For all your Bangladeshi grocery needs come and visit us...

Cheapest price guranteed


Open Daily from: 9:30 AM - 9:00 PM









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Owner: Mehjabin Hossain


Published on: 27-Feb-2008





Founder:
1. Training Institute for Blind Deaf and Dumb, Dhakha (adjacent to Dhaka Education Boad)
2. Barua's Institute of Music, Dhakha
3. Chittagong Music Club, Chittagong
4. Sangeeta Music School, Chittagong
5. Dhruba Parishad, Chittagong - Responsible for conductiong up to
    masters level courses and examinations in different parts of
    Bangladeshon in all diciplines of music - Vocal, Dance, Instrumental,
    Recitation, Arts and crafts.

Headmaster
1. Rangunia High School, Chittagong
2. Uttar Rangunia High School, Chittagog
3. Fateya bad High School, Chittagong
4. Mariam Nanag High School, Chittagong
5. Silak High School, Chattagong
6. A.K.Khan High School, Chattagong
7. Ramu High School, Chittagong
8. Ukhiya High School, Chittagong
9. Khagrachari High School, Chittagong

Teacher of Mathematics:
1. K.P.M. High School, Chittagong
2.Santinagar Girls High School, Dhakha
3. BAF Shaheen High School, Dhakha
4. K.L. JUbilee High School, Dhakha
5. Azimpura Girls High School, Dhakha



Published on: 21-Feb-2008


Meeting with BEPZA Executive Chairman

In order to stimulate rapid economic growth in Bangladesh, particularly through industrialisation, the government in Bangladesh has adopted an open door policy to attract foreign investment in Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA) is the official organ of the government to promote, attract and facilitate foreign investment in the Export Processing Zones...details...

Published on: 20-Feb-2008


Press Release
Bangladesh High Commission Canberra

The Executive Chairman of Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA) Brig. General Ashraf A. Yussuf, afwc, psc will be visiting Australia from 15-21 February 2008 to encourage the Australian business houses and individual investors to invest in Bangladesh....details...

Published on: 19-Feb-2008



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Chief Justice of Bangladesh - on Independence of Judiciary

Honarable Chief Justice of Bangladesh Md. Ruhul Amin visited Sydney recently. A community reception was hosted in his honour by Prof. Anis Chowdhury and Mr. Nazrul Islam in an Indian restaurant in Anangrove. This should serve as a wake up call for the hibernating Bangladeshi Associations in Sydney. Accompanied by other members of the delegation a soft spoken Chief Justice explained the true meaning of the recently achieved independence of judiciary in Bangladesh.

Sorry about the background noise - Webmaster


Published on: 15-Feb-2008


Chief Justice Ruhul Amin

Chief Justice of Bangladesh Md. Ruhul Amin visited Sydney recently. A community reception was hosted in his honour by Prof. Anis Chowdhury and Mr. Nazrul Islam in an Indian restaurant in Anangrove. This should serve as a wake up call for the hibernating Bangladeshi Associations in Sydney. Accompanied by other members of the delegation a soft spoken Chief Justice explained the true meaning of the recently achieved independence of judiciary in Bangladesh.


Published on: 15-Feb-2008


Meeting with BEPZA Executive Chairman

In order to stimulate rapid economic growth in Bangladesh, particularly through industrialisation, the government in Bangladesh has adopted an open door policy to attract foreign investment in Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA) is the official organ of the government to promote, attract and facilitate foreign investment in the Export Processing Zones.

The primary objective of an Export Processing Zone is to provide a special area where potential investors would find a congenial investment climate, free frm cumbersome procedures.

The Executive Chairman of the Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority is visiting Australia during February and is scheduled to be in Sydney on 20 February. The purpose of the visit is to:

• Meet with possible investors in the BEPZA;
• Meet with non resident Bangladeshi Australians living in Australia; and
• Mmeet with relevant government officials.

The Australia Bangladesh Business Council is facilitating a meeting with the Executive Chairman on 20 February 2008 at 3.00 pm at Level 2, Club City Central, 565-567 George Street, Sydney. Anyone interested in attending should contact the Chairman of the Council, Mizanur Rahman Mazumder telephone 0422 008 733 or by email globalsafety@iimetro.com.au or the Assistant Secretary of the Council, Abul Mintu, telephone 0409 472 700 or by email austbang1@Gmail.com.


Published on: 13-Feb-2008


In Honour of Chief Justice Md. Ruhul Amin

A delegation headed by Honourable Chief Justice of Bangladesh Supreme Court, Md. Ruhul Amin, is in Sydney. To enable our community members to meet and exchange views with the Chief Justice and his distinguished colleagues we have organised a gathering this Sunday...details...



Published on: 10-Feb-2008


Bangladeshi Dance Troupe in
National Multicultural Festival 2008

Revised Schedule for the Lunchtime shows     Members of the Team

Published on: 10-Feb-2008


State vs Kaihana Hussain News Archive

Kaihana Hussain, a 17 year old Bangladeshi-Australian girl is accused of killing her mother, Yasmine Hussain, and attempted murder of her father, Dr Muhammad Hussain, in October 2006

Published on: 10-Feb-2008


In Honour of Chief Justice
Md. Ruhul Amin

We are pleased to announce that a delegation consisting of some ditinguished members of Bangladesh judiciary is now in Sydney. The delegation is headed by Justice Md. Ruhul Amin, the Honourable Chief Justice of the Bangladesh Supreme Court.

To enable members of our community to meet and exchange views with the Chief Justice and his distinguished colleagues we have organised a dinner this Sunday (contributory). You are cordially invited to attend.

Date: 10-Feb-2008, Sunday

Venue: KASHI INDIAN RESTAURANT
233 Annangrove Road, Annangrove
Tel: 9679-0790

Time: 6:30 pm

Sincerely,
Professor Anis Chowdhury
Md. Nazrul Islam


Published on: 9-Feb-2008



A thank you note
from Dr. Hasan



Dear
    Prabir Maitra,
    Mushtaq Khan,
    Atiqur Rahman,
    Dilruba Shahana and
    Mahamuda Runu


Thank you very much for your comments. Your apprication is very important to our team. We are inspired to do more work. Of course you can get involved easily. We need everybodies help.

I have to mention that this work was not done by me alone. It was my idea but lot of other people helped me along the way. I have to mention a few names.

First of all my wife Dr. Mashreka Sarwar Mukti. She is a great help. Then Dr. Khalilur Rahman(my Anaesthesiologist elder brother) and his team. About ten other Anaesthesdiologists were diectly involved.

I have to thank Dr. SL Sen, Plastic Surgeon and his team, a group of Pediatric Surgeons, Dr. Quamruzzaman, Dr.Shafiqul Haque, Dr.Kabirul Islam, Dr. Shahid Karim, Dr. Bijoy Das, Dr.Aziz, my Maxillofacial surgical colleagues - Dr.Motiur Rahman Molla and his team.

I am grateful to the wonderful nursing staff in Dhaka, Pabna, Rajshahi and Rangpur. I am grateful to Dr. Latifur Rahman (Anaestetist) from Rajshahi. He was a great help. I am also very thankful to Dr. Mosaddek Hossain from Rangpur.

I have to thank the OT staff and my Pabna Popular Hospital Ward Boys. These ward boys are great people. They work so hard for their money. They are so nice and helpful. Always smiling. They are more then happy to organize patients from their villages. I am happy to operate on these kids. It is a great reward to see their beautiful smile after they get better. About 200,000 patients need this surgery in Bangladesh. It is a big job and it needs a collective effort from all of us.

About my Australian colleagues in Aussi Bangla Smile, they are fantastic people. I will tell their stories someother time.

Dear Atiqur Rahman, I am coming to Bangladesh at the end of February 2008. We are planing to operate about 30 patients in the Dhaka Community Hospital. Of course you can sponsor a patient. We will post your patient`s photo in this Website. Please give me a call on this mobile no. 01711838400 in last week of February. You are more then welcome to join our team in Dhaka Community Hospital.

Thank you,
Dr. Hasan Sarwar (Manik)
hsarwar@iprimus.com.au


Published on: 7-Feb-2008




Published on: 4-Feb-2008


                   Fund Raising Dinner
Bangladesh Aust. Disaster Relief Committee

  3-Feb-2008, 7pm, Ambala Function Centre, 41 Alfred St, Milsons Point


Published on: 3-Feb-2008



Amazing report "Bangladeshi Fred Holows". Great job. Millions of thanks to bring this to the attention of the world. Big Big salute to Dr.Hasan Sarwar and the Aussie Angels.

Mahmuda Runu


Published on: 2-Feb-2008



After a long time I have read a heart-rending article. It is wonderfully worded with a mix of emotion, sadness and optimism. Thank you for the article you have written.

I have no language how to congratulate Dr. Hassan on his great effort to give life to the hundreds of unfortunate children of Bangladesh. You are a great man. We are proud of you.

Through this article you have opened my eyes. Now I can see how unfortunate those kids are at home. Is there any opportunity to raise funds for this project?
I hope Bangladeshi community in Sydney will come forward to take part in putting smile on those helpless children.

Regards,
Mushtaq Khan


Published on: 1-Feb-2008



Thank you very much for publishing the news titled "Bangladeshi Fred
Hollows". It's really very inspiring to see the news. I hope this will
inspire many of us to come forward and help our helpless people in many
different ways.

My heartfelt thanks and salute to Dr. Hasan. Also to you for your
contribution to bring it to our attention.

Regards,
Prabir Maitra


Published on: 31-Jan-2008




Aussi Bangla Smile     Bangladesh's Fred Hollows - by Anna Coren
About Fred Hollows     Photos     Smile Train Video

Prabir Maitra     Mushtaq Khan     Atiqur Rahman
Dilruba Shahana     Mahmuda Runu
Published on: 30-Jan-2008


BEN on Selim Al deen

Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN), a global network of non-resident Bangladeshis, expresses deep sorrow at the passing away of Selim Al Deen, the preeminent dramatist of the country...details...


Published on: 25-Jan-2008


BEN on Selim Al deen


Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN), a global network of non-resident Bangladeshis, expresses deep sorrow at the passing away of Selim Al Deen, the preeminent dramatist of the country. Selim Al Deen in many respects was to Bangla drama what Jibanananda was to Bangla poetry. Very few dramatists of Bangla literature, on both sides of the political divide, have brought so much of historical depth and so minute observation and so deep a love of nature as Selim Al Deen did. He would spend sleepless nights to see the color of stars and hear the sound of fog and dew drops.

Among his other achievements, he was the founder of “Gram Theater,” a group through which he projected the drama that could be found not in the limelight of urban middle class life, but in the vast realm of Bangladesh villages and in the fathomless depth of history of Bangladesh society and culture extending thousands of years into the past. Based on his profound comparative literary analysis, Selim could claim that the history of Bangla drama was more ancient that that of drama in Europe, a profound claim indeed.

From his deep love for humanity, Selim could early on sense the plight of the Adibashis in Bangladesh. He therefore devoted himself to capturing in drama the life and struggle of Adibashi people of the country.

Selim Al Deen’s deep love for Bangladesh’s nature, her flora and fauna, her people, his concern for Bangladesh’s Adibashi people are all that BEN and Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA) are engaged in upholding. In his premature passing away, the environment movement lost one of its most insightful sympathizers. BEN hopes that others of Bangladesh’s cultural and literary field will try to fill in the large void left by Selim Al Deen, emulate his unparalleled love for Bangladesh’s nature, and rise up to the task of saving it from further degradation.

BEN expresses its deep condolences to the family, relatives, friends, colleagues in the field of drama and literature. BEN hopes that efforts will be made to popularize Selim's works, particularly among the younger generation, helping them find their identity in this often confusing globalized world.

Through his magnificent works, Selim Al Deen will live on!

Dr. Nazrul Islam
Convenor, Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN)


Published on: 25-Jan-2008


$17,800 Donated to Cyclone Relief Fund

Bangladesh Australia Disaster Relief Committee (BADRC) has transferred $17,800 to the High Commissioner's Relief Fund. High Commission will send the money to the Chief Adviser's relief fund for Sidr victims.
Published on: 8-Jan-2008


Condolence message at the death of Justice K M Subhan


Dear friends, colleagues, and community members

Bangabandhu Society (Parishad) expresses its deepest sorrow at the recent
death of Justice K. M. Subhan, the President of Bangabandhu Parishad in
Bangladesh. Justice Subhan has been a prominent personality in Bangladesh
and internationally. Apart from his professional achievements as a High
Court Judge and an Adbassador to Poland, Justice Subhan played a very
important role in defence of the Liberation War ideals and other progressive
causes. He was a brave person who did not hesitate to take positions that
would put him at risk. His courageous stand as a Judge against the martial
law in the late 1970s that cost him his job is a monumental history in
Bangladesh. He made substantial contributions to the propagation of human
rights nationally, regionally, and globally, where he held important
positions. There are few such people combining progressive ideals,
intellect, and courage. His death is an irreparable loss for us all and the
cause of democracy, secularism, and human rights.

Bangabandhu Parishad offers its sincere condolences to Justice Subhan's
wife, family members, friends, and innnumerable admirers in Bangladesh and
abroad. We hope that the memory of Justice Subhan will live on, and members
of the younger generation will find inspiration from his work, idealism, and
courage. May the Almighty bestow peace on his departed soul.

Rafiqul Islam
Convenor, Bangabandhu Society (Parishad)
Sydney, Australia


Dr M Rafiqul Islam
Professor of Law
Macquarie University
Sydney, NSW, 2109
Australia
Phone: 612 9850 7082
Fax 612 9850 7686
Email: rafiqul.islam@mq.edu.au


Published on: 4-Jan-2008


              Bangladesh High Commission
Press Release on Sydney Consular Camp


Published on: 4-Jan-2008


Condolence message at the death of Justice K M Subhan Bangabandhu Society (Parishad) expresses its deepest sorrow at the recent death of Justice K. M. Subhan, the President of Bangabandhu Parishad in Bangladesh.... Details...


Published on: 3-Jan-2008



It is good to see that a community radio has organised a dinner program to
celebrate the victory day. But it was incorrect to mention that no community
organisation has come forward to celebrate the event. In fact the Australian
Forum for Minorities in Bangladesh organised the Victory Day celebrations on
the 16th Decemeber, 2007 at the Polish Club, Ashfield - also a seminar on
Human Rights in Bangladesh. The advertisement of the event was published on
all the major community websites including www.bangla-sydney.com. Many
community members and leaders were present at the event.

Thank you.

Prabir Maitra


Sorry, I made a mistake. I thought it was seminar only, like the ones you did before. So, yes, Minority Forum did, majority didn't.

- Webmaster




Published on: 22-Dec-2007


Bangladesh High Commission

Press Release on the Press Conference organised by this High Commission in Sydney on 19 December 2007 on the Post SIDR relief, reconstruction and rehabilitation programme of the Government of Bangladesh...details...

Published on: 21-Dec-2007


Ashrafuzzaman Uzzal

Meet this extraordinary Bangladeshi man who has travelled over 40 countries on his bicycle. Already an author of two books Ashrafuzzaman Uzzal stared travelling at the age of 24 with only 950 dollars in his pocket.
About Uzzal & his books Some of Uzzal's travel photos...

Published on: 17-Dec-2007



Shahana

Just for your information, UBA's intent is to hand the
assistance to the closest surviving female head of
households. that may not always be possible - or
sometimes, even appropriate - but we will do our best.

Muhit Rahman,UBA(United Bangladesh Appeal)


Published on: 15-Dec-2007


Bangladesh Business Session

Bangladesh High Commision, Canberra in cooperation with Bangladesh Association of NSW invites you to a Bangladesh Business Session on 9-Dec-2007, 10am to 1pm at the St Peter’s Hall, Sydenham...details...

Published on: 9-Dec-2007


Money Raised for Sidr Relief


Many organisations are raising money for the cyclone victims in Bangladesh. To keep the community informed please email your reports to me (anisur57@gmail.com) and I'll publish them on this page - Webmaster


Total Raised so far: $25,982.55



Bangladesh Australia Disaster Relief Committee is very pleased that Dr. Abdul Haque of Hassalgrove has collected $1000.00 for the victims of Cyclone Sidr and donated to the Bangladesh Australia Disaster Relief Committee account in presence of the Acting High Commissioner of Bangladesh. Mr. Abdul Haque is well known in our community for his charitable activities.

We have also collected $310 from those who attended the gathering on 25/11/07 in honor of the Acting High Commissioner of Bangladesh. We appreciate such generous acts from our community members.

- Abdul Halim Chowdhury - 28-Nov-2007
I have deposited total $2,705 in the Bangladesh Australia Disaster Relief Committee account this week for the Bangladesh Cyclone Relief Appeal as follows:

a) $2,000 cheque donated by Parramatta Islamic Cultural Association.
b) $605 cash donated by "The Hills District Monthly Islamic Discussion meeting"
c) $100 cash as my personal donation this week.

Please note that Tax receipt are not required and these money should go to Bangladesh Govt. Chief Advisor's Relief Fund.

- Mizan Choudhury, Castle Hill - 7-Dec-2007
Mrs. Shahwar Kirmani of Kingslangly has collected and donated $600.00 to the Bangladesh Australia Disaster Relief Committee.

- Abdul Halim Chowdhury - 11-Dec-2007
There was fund raising event “Probhati” held in the morning of 9th December at Village Green, Blacktown where people donated variety of traditional breakfast food. There were few hundred people attended the event who bought the food to raise fund.

From the event we collected cash donations of $1012.00.
A generous business person of our community has donated $1000.00 (chq)
From the food sell we received $1371.65.

A total of 3383.65 was raised by "Provati". We are grateful to Dr. Abdul Haque, Dr. N. C. Das, Dr. Sawpan Paul, Mr. Shushovon Das and Ahmed Enterprises Pty Ltd for their support for this successful event.

- Abdul Halim Chowdhury - 11-Dec-2007
Many members of our community also deposited money directly in the Disaster Relief Committee's Bank Account. As at 2pm on 11/12/07 total of such deposits are: $2973.90.

- Abdul Halim Chowdhury - 11-Dec-2007
On 7-Dec-2007 Bangladeshi community in and around Campbelltown organised a fund raising dinner followed by an auction of donated goods. $15,010 was raised.

- Media Report - 19-Dec-2007



Published on: 30-Nov-2007


An idea to raise money and donate


Dawat is a part of our culture. It will remain as part for some time. Why not we try to use it for a better purpose in particular to donate some money for the victims of the Cyclone Sidr.

Culturally we like to spend our leisure time with friends in a family environment. This brings the concept of Dawat. We have another cultural value that we do not go empty handed when invited. We take some gifts for the host. Note the Aussi also have the similar culture- they bring a bottle.

By combining these two cultural values we can achieve some greater benefit. Attendees of a Dawat are almost known (friends/family friends). So we know who is coming.

To attend a Dawat we have to spend a few hours to buy the gift. That present invariably a duplicate because either the host has already got it in his/her garage or next attendee has bought the same gift from the same shop or from a different shop. If in doubt please check how many flower vases or how many crystal bowls you have in your home.

Now instead of bringing a present, give the amount you have decides to spend on buying a gift to the host in a envelop. The host now can use the gift effectively for his/her needs or desire. He or she can donate in his/her name to charity.

Every Dawat is returned by a palta Dawat. So we can continue this process and achieve greater socializing and donate without effecting too much in our wallet.

At this moment we need such actions to help our brother and sisters in Bangladesh who are in desperate situation. The host can donate the collected amount to the Bangladesh Australia Disaster Relief Committee, BSB:762-028 A/C: 5009269, Commonwealth Bank or to any other organization of his/her choice.

Abdul Halim Chowdhury


Published on: 24-Nov-2007



I appeal to all people were born in Bangladesh and those whose parents were born in Bangladesh. Bangladesh is our motherland and we are in debt to our motherland and it's people. We are a big number in Australia now and we can make a difference.

Let us donate at least $100 from each family immiedietly. Only $100 is not much compared to our expences in Australia but it is big amount for people dying in Bangladesh. This is a moral demand from our own soil. If 1000 people donate $100 each, we can collect $100,000 immiedietly and can send 60 lakhs Taka to Bangladesh cyclone affected people within a week and make a difference.

Please donate and deposit now at least only $100 in the bank account of Bangladesh Australia Disaster Relief Committee. I would request the committee to send the money after one week (whatever is the amount) to Bangladesh on an urgent basis. Money is required now not later.

Mizan Choudhury
Castle Hill

Published on: 23-Nov-2007


Let Islamic Cultural and Propagation Centre organise your Qurbani

Islamic Cultural and Propagation Centre ( ICPC ) is a non-political organization. It has been providing a voluntary services to the Bangladeshi community for many years.

Among other services, every year during Eidul Azha we arrange Qurbani for the Bangladeshi community. One third of the proceeds of the Qurbani go to the genuinely needy people in Bangladesh.

If you are interested please fill in the attached form and contact one of the volunteers in your suburb.

Belayet Hossain
Phone- 0403 491 805 Qurbani Application Form...


Published on: 22-Nov-2007


Thank you for your support

Bangladesh Australia Disaster Relief Committee (BADRC) is pleased to have raised $16880 for the flood victims of Bangladesh. We hope this amount may bring some relief to our brothers and sisters in Bangladesh and help them get back on their feet again ...details...


Published on: 21-Nov-2007


Thank you for your support

Bangladesh Australia Disaster Relief Committee (BADRC) is pleased to have raised $16880 for the flood victims of Bangladesh. We hope this amount may bring some relief to our brothers and sisters in Bangladesh and help them get back on their feet again.

During the past months Bangladeshi community in Sydney has shown tremendous fellow feelings. The community has shown its sympathy for a student who was suffering from cancer and assisted him financially. Then came the news of disastrous flood in Bangladesh. For a small community like us, the total amount of donations given to various organizations/parties within a short period time is commendable.

We are very happy to inform you that we received highest individual donation of $2000 from a very generous patron from our community. He is well established in his medical profession and is a respectable person with a very big heart. We gracefully accepted his donation.

Next highest donation was received from a generous Australian living in the country side. One of our volunteers approached him for donation. Next day he handed in a donation of $1500. No word is enough to express our gratitude to him.

A young person from our community who is holding high position in corporate world in financial sector in Sydney has donated $1000 and has collected $680 more. He has grown up in front of our eyes in Sydney. Along with his success he holds a compassionate heart for the needy. We are proud of him.

Our remaining donation is the result of sincere and relentless efforts by self motivated volunteers from our community - Momin Bhuyian, Dr. Fazlul Haque, Mizan Chowdhury, Navid Jalal, Abdullah Yousuf Shamim, Nawshad Shah, Abdul Jalil, Prottay Khan, Ziaul Hoque, Ahsan Farazi, Shaeen Khan, Kabir Hossain, Dr. M Bari, Irana Ahmed, Raihan, Farhad Khan, Osman Dilon and other silent achievers. I would like to say a big Thank you to all of you.

Over and above the BADRC is grateful to all the patrons who have donated generously. Your donations have inspired us to carry out our duties in a difficult situation. We salute you.

Abdul Halim Chowdhury
Convenor, Bangladesh Australia Disaster Relief Committee
Published on: 21-Nov-2007


Cyclone Relief Appeal

            Bangladesh Australia Disaster Relief Committee

Mizan Chowdhury Halim Chowdhury
Published on: 20-Nov-2007



Numerous recent research studies and publications have established that arsenic contamination of ground water is geological, therefore arsenic removal cannot be done at the source, but its remedies must be found and addressed at the water delivery stage.

In this context, Dr Abul Hussam's SONO water filtering device is an important practical solution in making ground water safe to drink. It will have obvious preventative health and environmental benefits, hopefully for the millions of people in Third World countries. There is also an added benefit in its simple, accessible and cost effective utilisation in rural areas of our region. I believe it is increasingly being made available in Bangladesh by local NGOs, and there is potential for its wider use in other countries as recently reported in the daily Janakantha.

In fact, indigenous method of treating arsenic contaminated ground water (deep tube well water) with sand has long been used in rural areas of Bangladesh, with increased rainwater harvesting and use. However, with improvement in literacy, and local NGO development activities, there is growing awareness about safety of drinking water among rural people, and scientifically proven filtering system or device is always preferred, and must therefore be encouraged.

Apart from arsenic in water, Dr Hussam's filtering device is reportedly also removes other impurities and it is understood to be a better tool to treat arsenic contamination. As it adds to the long fight against arsenic poisoning and making water safe to drink in rural areas, we must therefore congratulate and thank Dr Hussam and his research team for this valuable contribution. We hope that the coordinated effort will continue in private, public, and academic sectors to fully alleviate the curse of arsenic contamination in ground water from Bangladesh and other affected countries throughout the world.

Helal Morshedi
Sydney, 20 November 2007

Published on: 20-Nov-2007


Online Petition

Please follow the web link to sign an online pitition to the government of
Bangladesh to bring the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War Criminals to justice. PetitionOnline Sent by Mahbub Patwary

Published on: 13-Nov-2007



Thanks to Joynal Abedin for his efforts in sending this interesting & exemplary dedication by an Expatriate Bangladeshi. Link to the Pictures of the filters:

Pictures of SONO filter

Safiq

Published on: 12-Nov-2007


Ruhul Chowdhury's Mother Passed Away

Mrs Rafiqunnessa Chowdhury, mother of Ruhul Huqq Chowdhury of Hassall Grove NSW, and wife of the Late A.M. Abdullah Chowdhury, passed away on the 8th of November at her home in Sylhet, Bangladesh (Inalillah…Rajeoun). Duaa Mahfil...
Published on: 11-Nov-2007


Abul Hussam's Arsenic Filter

Read the story of a Bangladeshi man whos invention is already helping millions of people and got him an international reputation. (Photo and article...courtesy of TIME Magazine)
Sent by Jaynal Abedin

Prabir Maitra Shafiq Helal Morshedi
Published on: 9-Nov-2007


New Bangla Website

Few Bangladeshi students in Australia have established a news website named banglapost.com.au. It willpublish news in Bangla and English.
Published on: 5-Nov-2007



Ittefaq 1-Nov-2007
Published on: 2-Nov-2007



Friendship Day, annual picnic organised by Bangladeshi Community in Blacktown council area, was held on 2-Sep-2007 at the Charlie Bali Reserve Report... Photos... Sports Results...
Published on: 1-Nov-2007


Dipayon Passed Away

We inform you with a heavy heart that Dipayon, a Bangladeshi student in Sydney who has been fighting with cancer for last six month, has passed away last night - Al Noman Shamim. About Dipayon...
Dipayon's Funeral...
Published on: 29-Oct-2007


AGM, Bangladesh Association NSW

Annual General Meeting of Bangladesh Association of NSW will be held on 28-Oct-2007 at 65 Spurway St, Ermington, at 12 pm. Last date for membership renewal is 21-Oct-2007. Only the financial member are entitled to participate in the election. If you have any queries please call Moshraf Hossain (Vice President) on 0422437417 or Ali Milon (General Secretary) on 0401904805... Samdani Golam President, BD Association of NSW
Published on: 28-Oct-2007


AN OPEN LETTER TO ORGANIZERS... Australian Islamic Welfare Society Inc. Macquire Fields


Dear brothers/ sisters,

It is good to see that Bangladesh-community members in Sydney-south are talking initiatives to build an Islamic centre there.

I would like to bring the following points to the attention of the organizers:

1. Do You have a clear constititution and transparent guideline about registration of the property.

2. Will u prepare A Realistic plans for maintenance, public affairs and parking facilities soon?

3. Will it be wise to present
a copy of architectural plans
policies and procedures
auditing method
future plans to publish annual report

while collecting funds for the project?

4. Won't it be more impressive to collect funds in Bangladeshi gatherings...where all relevant documents can be displayed and organizers can answer to queries from community members.

People who take initiatives to plan and implement community projets deserve our gratitude and compliments; they also have the responsibilities to avoid confusion, bitterness, cracks in the community, while such projects are carried out.

Khoda hafez.

Dr. Maqsud Omar
Woodcroft
Published on: 25-Oct-2007


Hanif Sanket and Australia


As always it was a pleasure to watch Hanif Sanket. But at the same time I am sadden by the comments he made in the show on 21 Oct 2007 at the Homebush Sports Centre.

He is a great performer, no doubt. He should have stayed above controversy. He shouldn’t have lost his temper like that. The way he has gone on about the rumours and all about Kangaroo, I think at the end of the day it is the people who started the rumour won the day. It wasn’t the audiences’ fault that the hall was not full. And he shouldn’t have started the show with that negative attitude; it created negative vibe till the end of the show. None of the audiences could connect to the show.

For organisers, please remember you are living in Australia. 15-20 min late can be considered, but not 2+ hours late!! And also, that venue is for indoor games not for stage performance, unless you put the stage in the middle.

Dear Mr Sanket, Yes we are Bangladeshi and proud of it, but we also are very good Australians. We are proud to call ourselves Bangladeshi-Australians. So please show some respect to Australia. Because of some people, you cannot blame the whole country.

Kavi Zaman, Quakers Hill
Published on: 22-Oct-2007




ABL is a non- profit charity Public Library. The library was founded in July 2007 by a group of Librarians, IT professional, Business Analyst, Artist and Journalist. It aims to circulate Bengali books, films, music and reference materials to the Bengali community and institutions within Australia.

The team:
Munir Hosain - Library Manager
Bushra Khanum - Librarian
Mustarin Shuvra - Library Administration
Emrul Ahmad - Business coordinator
Dinangkur Kundu - Web Master
Dr. Tanveer Ahmed - Projects coordinator
Sagar Sen - Country Co-ordinator- Bangladesh

Local Contact:
Mustarin Shuvra - Sydney, NSW
Phone: 02 4621 2587
Mobile: 0421448176
Iqubal Faruq - Darwin, NT
Phone: 08 8932 8018
Mobile: 0421653436
Shahadat Manik - Canberra, ACT
Phone: 02 6296 1685
Mobile: 0416119969

Published on: 18-Oct-2007


Preparing You for the Job You are Trying to Get in Australia

A 7 day employment related course organised by Parramatta MRC for the newly-arrived Bangladeshis...details...

Published on: 15-Oct-2007


CES raised $18000 for the flood victims

Community Education and Services Centre Inc. (CES Centre), a community organization run by the Bangladeshis in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney has raised $18000 through a fund raising dinner on 16-Sep-2007....
Full report with photos...
Congratulations! More info.
Published on: 9-Oct-2007


International conference on
Indigenous Peoples and Environment in Bangladesh (IPEB)


Published on: 25-Sep-2007



    Photos...
Published on: 20-Sep-2007

Bangladesh Night in Orange
Ziaul Hoque Bablu talking about the recent flood in Bangladesh
Published on: 20-Sep-2007

Bangladesh Night in Orange
Deputy Mayor Orange
Published on: 20-Sep-2007

Bangladesh Night in Orange
Joyeta
Published on: 20-Sep-2007

Bangladesh Night in Orange
Mrs Tanzia
Published on: 20-Sep-2007

Bangladesh Night in Orange
Collecting donations for the flood victims. $1,841 was raised.
Published on: 20-Sep-2007

Bangladesh Night in Orange

Published on: 20-Sep-2007


Bangladesh Night 2007

Bangladesh Association of Australia (Bonik) held its Annual Cultural Night at the Senior Citizens Club, Lakemba on 8-Sep-2007. Photos...
Published on: 19-Sep-2007

Bangladesh Night 2007

Published on: 18-Sep-2007

Bangladesh Night 2007

Published on: 18-Sep-2007

Bangladesh Night 2007

Published on: 18-Sep-2007

Bangladesh Night 2007

Published on: 18-Sep-2007


$347 Raised at the Campbelltown Arts Center


The Bangladesh Australia Disaster Relief Committee (BADRC) express sincere thanks to Mr. Ifftekhar Abdullah and the organizers of the musical event at Campbelltown Arts Center on 9th September 2007 for allowing us to set up a food stall to raise funds for the Flood victims of Bangladesh. Our special thanks to singer Tapan Mahmood whose name, fame and musical talent has drawn crowds from East, West, North and South of Sydney, for his spontaneous support for the efforts of BADRC.

Mr. Shah Alam and his friend deserve thanks for their help in setting up the food stall. We also thank Mr. Harun Rashid Azad of Betar Bangla for preparing the food.

The BADRC is proud of the executive members Mr. Afsar Ahmed, Dr. Narayan Das, and Md. Rahmatullah for their time, efforts and endurance of the chill of the cold night to organaise and attend the food stall.

Most of all we praise the patrons of the function for their open hearted support to raise $347.00.

Abdul Halim Chowdhury
Convenor,
Bangladesh Australia Disaster Relief Committee (BADRC)
Published on: 17-Sep-2007



Hello Ms Shahana,

Thanks for your query, and I enjoyed reading your contributions also previously.

As I am aware, Chemists in Australia wouldn`t recognise a prescription from overseas (such as from Bangladesh), because such a prescription do not include Doctor's Provider Number, which registered GPs/Doctors in Australia do have, and must document on a prescription.

Even if an Australian Doctor provides a prescription, without Medicare Card or insurance related documents or other recognised papers/requests (perhaps for student and visitors) a Chemist will be very reluctant to dispence the item. But I know, in emergencies, hospital chemists/chemists dispence medicines for non citizen inpatients on doctors` requests in Australia.

It is the unfortunate realily, no it is not legally possible (if not checked or caught that is different) to buy and carry prescription medicines from Australia for non-citizens/others living overseas.

Helal Morshedi
14-Sep-2007
Published on: 17-Sep-2007


$347 raised at the Campbelltown Arts Center

Bangladesh Australia Disaster Relief Committee (BADRC) has raised $347 at Tapan Mahmood`s program on 9-Sep-2007 at the Campbelltown Arts Center ...details...

Published on: 17-Sep-2007


Appeal to the Bangladeshi Community

My name is Ben Wilson and I am a 4th year occupational therapy student from the University of Newcastle. I am currently involved in a project which involves depicting occupations in an international context. For the content of this work I have chosen to focus the work of Dr Mohammad Yunus and the Grameen bank in Bangladesh...details...

Published on: 6-Sep-2007


Appeal to the Bangladeshi Community


My name is Ben Wilson and I am a 4th year occupational therapy student from the University of Newcastle. I am currently involved in a project which involves depicting occupations in an international context. For the content of this work I have chosen to focus the work of Dr Mohammad Yunus and the Grameen bank in Bangladesh.

My aim is illustrate how the use of microcredit has had a positive effect on well-being for many people throughout Bangladesh, particularly women.

Further to this, the project involves a visual representation of our chosen issue through an artwork that will be displayed in the university gallery.

It is my wish to incorporate into this artwork actual Bangladeshi Taka, however so far I have been unsuccessful in sourcing any through foreign exchange companies. As a result, I am appealing to the Bangladeshi community in Australia in anticipation that you may be able to be of assistance. I fully intend to purchase these notes and simply require assistance in sourcing them. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Ben Wilson
benjamin.wilson@studentmail.newcastle.edu.au


Published on: 6-Sep-2007


Bangladesh-Australia Disaster Relief Committee

Minutes of the Special General Meeting held on 19-Aug-2007

Published on: 30-Aug-2007


Bangladeshi Idols in Australian Media

Recently, "Close-up One" (the famous Musical talant hunt program of Bangladesh) winners of 2005 and 2006 has visited Australia along with music director Shawkat Imon and Producer Tanveer Khan. Interestingly this program got some attention in the Australian Media. Sydney Morning Herald has published a colourful coverage of the event and interviews of the stars in its special Sunday edition. Also, in the web edition of the newspaper it has used a multimedia presentation of the concert and the interviews...Parvez Shonchoy...

Multimedia presentation
Published on: 27-Aug-2007


MEDIA RELEASE
Bangladesh Society for Puja and Culture

BSPC has handed over a cheque for $4,290.00 to Dipayan Choudhury, a Bangladeshi student in Sydney battling with cancer....details...

Published on: 21-Aug-2007


Bangladesh Society for Puja and Culture

MEDIA RELEASE - Dipayan Contributions

19 August 2007



This afternoon the Executive Committee of Bangladesh Society for Puja & Culture Inc handed over a cheque for $4,290.00 and cash $65.00 to Dipayan Choudhury, a Bangladeshi student in Sydney battling with Cancer. The amount was collected by many volunteers who thankfully responded to the Society’s request. During this time, Dipayan’s mother was present beside him with a few members of the Executive Committee and the community.

The Society is grateful to all those members of the Society and the community at large including many non-Bangladeshi kind-hearted individuals for their generous support. The Society can only say ‘Thank you’ to all.

Last week Dipayan was released from hospital for a few weeks and has been under close observations.

The Society will continue this campaign for this humanitarian cause. Please visit our website (www.bspc.org.au) for updates and contact prs_bspc@yahoo.com.au or any member to make your contributions.

The Executive Committee
Bangladesh Society for Puja & Culture Inc


Media Enquiries:
Dr Bikash Ghosh, Public Relations Secretary prs_bspc@yahoo.com.au
Published on: 20-Aug-2007




Published on: 19-Aug-2007


Press Release
Bangladesh High Commission Canberra

Bangladesh is facing one the worst flood in living memory. Government of Bangladesh has undertaken a number of measures with its own resources to tackle the effects of this devastating flood....details...

Published on: 13-Aug-2007


Bangladesh High Commission Canberra

Press Release


Bangladesh is facing one the worst flood in living memory. Government of Bangladesh has undertaken a number of measures with its own resources to tackle the effects of this devastating flood.

Although the Government has not sought any international assistance for flood relief but there may be Governments and individuals including the expatriate community wishing to donate funds etc. In such cases, it has been decided by the Government of Bangladesh that it will receive only cash, food grains, water purification tablets and portable water purifying machines in case of Governments or organizations and only cash in case of individuals.

Cash assistance may be sent directly to the following address or drafts drawn against the same could be sent to this Mission for onward transmission:

Account Name: Chief Adviser's Relief and Welfare Fund Account
Number: 33004093 (Current Account)
Bank: Sonali Bank
Branch: Prime Minister's Office Branch Tejgaon, Dhaka
SWIFT Code: BSONBDDHCNT

13 August 2007
Published on: 13-Aug-2007


Open Forum -
Topic: Flood in Bangladesh - Relief effort in Sydney


Published on: 12-Aug-2007



Sydney Harbour Crouise. Organised by Bangladesh Community Council
and Lakemba Bangla School. 5-Aug-2007, 11 am

Published on: 5-Aug-2007


Mr. Nurul Huda went home!

The body of Mr. Nurul Huda (Amia Matin's father) has been sent to Bangladesh on 31-Jul-2007. His younger daughter Sumi arrived in Sydney on 28-Jul-2007 and returned to Dhaka with her father's body. He will be buried in Dhaka. May his soul rest in peace. Mr. Nurul Huda (67) passed away on 25-Jul-2007. He came to Australia on a family visit.
Published on: 3-Aug-2007




Published on: 2-Aug-2007


Mr. Nurul Huda`s burial - not today

Mr. Nurul Huda's burial is not happening today. His only other daughter, who lives in Bangladesh, is on her way to Sydney. The family has decided to wait for her arrival. His Namaj-e-janaj and Doa Mehfil will go ahead as planned.
Published on: 28-Jul-2007


Amia Matin`s Father Died in Sydney.

Mr. Nurul Huda (67), father of well known singer Amia Matin passed away in her Holsworthy house yesterday (25/7/07) at around 11 AM (innalilla...razeun). Retired director of Bangla Academy, Mr. Nurul Huda came to Sydney a month ago to visit his daughter's family. Father of two Hr. Huda's wife died some years ago. His other daughter lives in Bangladesh. Mr. Huda will be buried in Sydney.

His Namaj-e-Janaja will be held at 1 pm on Friday (27-Jul-2007) at the Lakemba mosque after Jumma prayer.

A Doa mehfil will be held for Mr. Nurul Huda on Saturday 28-Jul-2007 at 2 pm at the Macquaire Field Community Hall (5 Fields Street).

On behalf of bangla-sydney we express our sincere condolences and deepest sympathy to Amia Matin and her family.

Published on: 25-Jul-2007


Bangladesh Australia Disaster Relief Committee


Notice for Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Date:  29/07/2007  (Sunday)
Time: 11 AM to 1 PM
Place: St. Peters Library, Sydenham (corner of Unwin Bridge Road and Swan St.)

Agenda:
1. Election or selection of the members of the management committee 
   (Convenor, General Secretary, Treasurer, Public Relations Secretary 
   and at least 5 members)
2. Discussion re Future fund raising activities
3. Any other issues the attendees may wish to discuss. All members of the
   Bangladesh community are cordially invited to attend the AGM and show 
   your commitment for a good cause.

Your active participation and positive contribution will be much appreciated.
Please bring along as many supporters of the good cause as you can. 
The management appreciates your continued support. 
Food packets will be sold to raise funds.

Kind Regards
Afsar Ahmed
On behalf of the Bangladesh Australia Disaster Relief Committee

Published on: 15-Jul-2007




Published on: 12-Jul-2007


Book Review:
Hundred Years of Bangabhaban

Hundred Years of Bangabhaban has recently been published to mark and capture the last 100 years of its history. The publication is an initiative of the current President of Bangladesh, Professor Iajuddin Ahmed. It is a scholarly work, and a major step towards writing institutional history of our region. Reviwed by: Helal Morshedi

Published on: 9-Jul-2007


Janaza and Dowa Mahfil

Late Abdur Rahim Mollah Namaz-e-Janaaza was held at the Minto mosque on Friday (6-Jul-2007) after Jumma prayer. It was attended by over 2000 people. His body was not released by the authorities in time so it was held as a `Gaebi Janaza`. A Dowa and Milad Mahfil has been organised for Abdur Rahim Mollah on Saturday, 7-Jul-2007, after Magrib prayer at the Macquarie Fileds Community Hall, Saywell Rd. Macquarie Fields. His body was taken to Lakemba Mosque (Wangee Rd, Lakemba) on Sunday (8-Jul-2007). A 2nd Janaza was held there after Magrib prayer. His body will be taken to Bangladesh for burial. - Masood Chowdhury
Published on: 7-Jul-2007


Abdur Rahim Mollah Passed Away
We are very shocked to announce the sudden death of Abdur Rahim Mollah of Ingleburn today (4-Jul-2007) at around 4:45 pm. (Innalilla...rajeun). Apparently he suffered a massive heart attack while jogging this afternoon. An ambulance was called by the people on the street. He was pronounced dead on the way to hospital. An active member of Bangladesh Welfare Scociety Campbelltown, Abdur Rahim Mollah was a very capable man and a dedicated community worker. He will be sadly missed by his family, friends and the Bangladeshi community. We pray for his departed soul.

Published on: 5-Jul-2007




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Published on: 29-Jun-2007


Open Forum - Topic: Bangladesh Association of Australia


Published on: 20-Jun-2007




Published on: 19-Jun-2007

Bangladesh Association of Australia - Election 2007

Published on: 18-Jun-2007


ABC's 7:30 Report on Bangladesh

To watch the video clip please go to this link scroll down the page and click on this image.
7:30 Report

Sent by Mahi Huq
Published on: 9-Jun-2007




Published on: 8-Jun-2007




Published on: 4-Jun-2007

Bangladesh Cultural Night 2007
Md. Quaiyum, Azizul Hakim, Shahriar Nazim Joy and Rahmatullah in `ADAM KHANA`
Published on: 4-Jun-2007

Bangladesh Cultural Night 2007
In `ADAM KHANA`
Published on: 4-Jun-2007

Bangladesh Cultural Night 2007
Shahriar Nazim Joy, Rahmatullah, ???, ???, Saleh Ibne Rosul in `ADAM KHANA`
Published on: 4-Jun-2007

Bangladesh Cultural Night 2007
Asif Akbar Concert
Published on: 4-Jun-2007

Bangladesh Cultural Night 2007
Asif Akbar

More Photos...
Published on: 4-Jun-2007

Bangladesh Cultural Night 2007.
Rumana and Joy in a vibrant youthful dance.
Published on: 4-Jun-2007

Bangladesh Cultural Night 2007.
Popular Bangla folk music diva Momtaz
Published on: 4-Jun-2007

Bangladesh Cultural Night 2007.

Published on: 4-Jun-2007


Sydney Trade Show
Sydney Trade Show fetches more than million dollar spot order for Bangladesh
- Bangladesh High Commission


Published on: 22-May-2007



Bangladesh is going to participate in the ensuing trade exhibition `Asia on Show` Press Release from HC Asia on Show Website
Published on: 18-May-2007


Election related Press Release
Bangladesh Association of Australia

Page 1 Page 2

Published on: 15-May-2007



This is an advertisment by Australian Forum for Minorities in Bangladesh
Published on: 13-May-2007




Published on: 11-May-2007


Open Forum Topic: Good Morning Bangladesh

Published on: 10-May-2007

Good Morning Bangladesh 2007
Alamgir and Mrs. Haq busy frying parata
Published on: 10-May-2007

Good Morning Bangladesh 2007
Mukhter Hossain, Rosy Farouque, Kobita Parvez and Nafiza Chowdhury

More Photos...
Published on: 10-May-2007

Good Morning Bangladesh 2007.
No breakfast at home! Ladies are having a great time...
Published on: 10-May-2007

Good Morning Bangladesh 2007.
Zia, Jaynal, Martin & Mostafa

More Photos...
Published on: 10-May-2007

Good Morning Bangladesh 2007..
Nazrul, Obaidur, Farouque, Shaheedul, Saber, Absar and Shafiq
Published on: 10-May-2007

Good Morning Bangladesh 2007..
Dr. Kamal, Momen Bhuiyan, Ruhul Chowdhury and Shamsul Hoque

More Photos...
Published on: 10-May-2007

Good Morning Bangladesh 2007...
Rafiq busy with the BBQ
Published on: 10-May-2007

Good Morning Bangladesh 2007...
Gunjan Tripathi (Regional Director, Cancer Council of NSW, Western Region), Dr. Abdul Haq,
Nausheen Rahman (National Marketing Co-ordinator, Cancer Council of Australia)
Published on: 10-May-2007

Good Morning Bangladesh 2007...
Dr. Reddy, Hon. Louise Markus (Federal MP for Blacktown), Dr. Abdul Haq
Published on: 10-May-2007

Good Morning Bangladesh 2007...
Good Morning Bangladesh.....where every cup counts......
Published on: 10-May-2007



We are surprised to read Mr. Anonymous' comment. Is this the way some typical young Bangladeshi men grew up? We expected apology from BBP to Mrs Huq, instead Mr. A demanded respect from her. Don't you know if you want respect from the seniors you have to respect them first.

We have been present that day and witnessed what happned. Anyway for your information she didn't want or ask any special treatment from BBP. She gave them her plan they accepted. If you invite someone people in your house, before they finished their dinner will you ask them to leave you house for later guests? Instead of paid artists wouldn't the volunteer artists expect more respect and better treatment?

- Admirer





Published on: 9-May-2007

Ek Boishakh 1414.........
Once a family doctor of many Bangladeshis in western Sydney, following a stroke couple
of years ago, Dr. Chowdhury is wheelchair bound today. Selection of Dr. Chowdhury for the Bangabandhu Award
this year was highly appreciated by the community.     Photo: Monirul Islam
Published on: 2-May-2007


Shave my hair off!

Three Bangladeshis from Darwin recently participated in the `Shave Day` fund raising activity. Mr. Amin Islam individually collected around $11,000. Mr. Sofiqur Rahman Tony and Ragib Ahsan participated as part of Buslink Group of Darwin. All three participants like to thank all the people who kindly supported this event - Sadaruddin Chowdhury, Darwin Photo...
Published on: 18-Apr-2007


Sunday April 15, 2007 : Cricket Masala Main Competition


My name is Naiian Yazdani. I have been appointed captain of the Bangladesh Cricket Masala team for 2007. Last year we had lots of support from the community. It was fantastic. We are looking forward to your support this year too. It is on at Bankstown oval on 15-Apr-2007 from 9am. There will be food and a fair, please visit www.cricketmasala.com.au for further details - Naiian Yazdani
Published on: 15-Apr-2007


Tiny tiger roars its cricket defiance

An article by Michelle Cazzulino in todays Telegraph (Page 24). She wrote about unkind comments made by Australian Cricket commentators and Bangladeshi community's reaction over the tigers victory against South Africa. Link

Online article has a different title - Webmaster
Published on: 11-Apr-2007


Bangladesh beat South Africa by 67 Runs
Jugantor Nayadiganta Daily Star


Published on: 9-Apr-2007


An appeal for sponsoring a 10-bed Ward for Ahsania Cancer Hospital , Dhaka

I sincerely believe that with generous support from all our community members, we will be able to sponsor a 10-bed ward in the name of Bangladeshi Community, Sydney...More...- Dr. Abdul Haq


Ahsania Cancer Hospital Website
Published on: 8-Apr-2007


          Ultimo Pyrmont Uptown Festival, 31-Mar-2007 ...Poster...


Don`t miss the little Bangladeshi dance group of the Gomes and Correya sisters performing "We [Dhakai] are [Jamdani] Animals" on the CHILDREN'S & YOUTH STAGE between 11.25 and 11.30. This is the first time any Bangladeshi group is participating in this festival - Fida Haq
Published on: 31-Mar-2007


Congratulations Tigers!
What a wonderful National Day Gift!

Bangladesh made it to the Super 8 Full Scoreboard

Published on: 26-Mar-2007


Please cut and paste the following message in an email to couple of your Non Resident Bangladeshi friends:


Dear ..............

Would you like to be a voter in the next election in Bangladesh?
Please have a look at the following petition and sign it if you agree.

http://www.bangla-sydney.com/my_message_book.asp

Thanks,
...................




Published on: 22-Mar-2007



Bhorer Kagoj Cricinfo Jugantor
Amader Shomoy Shamokal
Published on: 18-Mar-2007


Bangladesh Gold Cup
Cricket Tournament 2007 FINAL

11-Mar-2007 / 10 AM / Eric Mobbs Reserve, Castle Hill
Bangladesh Cricketers Vs PIFI Details...


Published on: 11-Mar-2007


Bangladesh shocks New Zealand by 2 wkts

Anybody travelling to Auckland lately? Don`t forget to smile and say hello to the locals even if everyone still thinks Bangladeshs` victories are all flukes. Let them think so, and in the mean time let`s celebrate! No matter if it`s a warm-up or real World Cup match.
- Akhteruz Zaman Cricinfo Report
Published on: 7-Mar-2007


Bangladesh Gold Cup
Cricket Tournament 2007 FINAL

11-Mar-2007 / 10 AM / Eric Mobbs Reserve, Castle Hill

Bangladesh Cricketers Vs PIFI, final match of the Bangladesh Gold Cup Cricket Tournament will be held on 11/3/2007. Congratulations to both teams for making the final. PIFI is a new team in the competition and it is a tremendous achievement for them.

On the day there will also be a trial for selection of players for the Cricket Masala. Bangladesh Gold Cup Tournament will participate in the Cricket Masala as Bangla Gold Cup.

The day’s programme is set out below:

1. Selection trial match starts at 10:20AM

2. The Final:
First innings starts at 12-00PM and finishes at 1-40PM or earlier
Second innings starts 10 minutes after the first innings finishes.
and will last for maximum of 100 minutes.

3. Lunch 3:30PM

4. Prize distribution 4:15PM
Published on: 6-Mar-2007


13th Annual Talent Day Celebrated

Children of Bangladeshi community who make it to the selective schools and those who pass the HSC are honoured every year by Dr. Abdul Haq and his family. They have been doing this for last 13 years. Photos...
Published on: 1-Mar-2007




Published on: 23-Feb-2007


Parramatta MRC requires a Bangladeshi Worker

Expression of interest is sought in writing to fill in a locum position for the months of April and May 2007 for a Bangladeshi Community Settlement Services (CSS) worker...Details...

Published on: 22-Feb-2007


ATTENTION: Boishakhi Mela Organisers

I am very much concerned to see that both Boishakhi Melas are happening on the same day (21-April-2007)! I am a poor Bangladeshi and there are many other young people like me who miss get-togethers like this very much. We would like to attend both Melas, but won't be able to because of the date conflict! These two Melas used to happen one week apart at Burwood. Dear organisers, please do something about it if it is not too late.
- Mostafa Akber Fahmy
Published on: 14-Feb-2007


Bangladesh Gold Cup Cricket Tournament 2007

The Cricket Tournament organised by Bangladesh Association of NSW is on. Please click here to see the match schedules...Details...

Published on: 11-Feb-2007


"Good Morning Bangladesh"
on NSW Cancer Council Website


Published on: 2-Feb-2007


Bangladeshi Community in Blacktown Donated 60,000 Tk to AMCH


Published on: 26-Jan-2007


Consular service fee goes up

Bangladesh High Commission, Canberra decides to `rationalise` the fees charged on Bangladesh nationals living in different parts of Australia...Details...

Published on: 18-Jan-2007


Priyo Australia will Celebrate Australia Day



Dear All,
 
Australia Day (January 26) is the biggest day of celebration in the country. 
On this day we come together as a nation to celebrate what’s great about 
Australia and being Australian. It’s the day to reflect on what we have 
achieved and what we can be proud of in our great nation. This time we are 
pleased to announce that www.priyoaustralia.com is going to launch a special 
issue on Australia Day with the participation of young Bangladeshi 
Australians. This issue will contain articles, drawings, poems, interviews 
etc. from young Bangladeshi Australians expressing their thoughts on growing 
up in Australia. We expect boys and girls from Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra 
and Brisbane to be participating in this special edition. It would be 
greatly appreciated if we could get your involvement as well. These are some 
of the ways in which you can become involved:

 
 
Essay Competition:
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You can choose one of the following two topics and write an essay (maximum 
1000 words) and send us through e-mail –

 
Topic A.   According to you, what does it mean to be Australian?     Or,
Topic B.   What do you think makes Australia great?
 
There are some attractive prizes for this competition. So, get into the 
action right now!!!

 
Write an article: 
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You would be required to write a short ½ page- 1 page article discussing any 
of the following questions or topics – 
 
• What do you think defines an Australian? Define yourself as an Australian
• Your thoughts on multiculturalism in Australia
• Things you love about living in Australia
• Explain life for you growing up as a young Bangladeshi Australian (maybe include some dot points)
• Do you think you have gotten more out of life by having 2 different cultures supporting you?
• Using our unique Bangladeshi background to involve and advance ourselves in the Australian 
  community e.g. multiculturalism 
• What are the common values we find between Australian and Bangladeshi cultures
 
You can use these questions/topics as just a guideline and/or use your own 
questions/topics. 

 
Interview: 
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This will be an audio recorded interview… so no glamour make up required. 
The questions that will be asked can also be used in the article. 

What do you know about Australia day? 
What is your aspiration about growing up in a Bangladeshi/Australian community? 
What can we do better to enhance social integration within the Australian community? 

What are your thoughts on having a youth summit for Bangladeshi Australians 
all over Australia?
 
 
Poem:
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If you’re quite the poet, please don’t hesitate to write a poem for the 
issue. We would very much appreciate a poem based on Australia or growing up in Australia. 
 
 
Drawing: 
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This is for all those artistic ones who find writing a chore. A drawing or 
painting would not only add color and life to the issue but would also be a 
great way to express thoughts and emotions on living life in Australia. Any 
creative piece of artwork that represents Australia, Australia day or 
growing up in Australia would be greatly appreciated. 
 
 
Personal Page:
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Whether you do an essay, article, poem, interview or none of them, a 
personal page from every one of you would be great. This personal page is 
mainly a page that you design with photos of your friends and/or any shots 
from special events. You can include quotes or an inspiring word or two. On 
the page you will need to introduce yourself, how long you’ve been in 
Australia for and why you appreciate living here so much. Getting a personal 
page from as many individuals as possible would be great for the issue. 

 
These are all just suggestions and ideas, if you have any other way in which 
you would like to contribute to the special issue or if you have any other 
ideas for the creating of this issue please feel free to contact us.

 
 
Deadline for your invaluable contribution:    January 21, 2007.
 
 
Contact: 
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Nabilah reza (Kishoree)                                                  
0423 266 626
billyreza@hotmail.com                                                        

M. Murshed Haider (Anjohn)
0422 854 547
anjohn28@yahoo.com 



Published on: 16-Jan-2007


Priyo Australia will Celebrate Australia Day

www.priyoaustralia.com is going to launch a special issue on Australia Day. This issue will contain articles, drawings, poems, interviews etc. from young Bangladeshi Australians. Details...
Published on: 16-Jan-2007


Tragic Death!

I am very sad to inform our friends that our dear friend S. M. Forhad Chowdhury (Razib) of King St, Kograh died in a car accident in Chittagong.

Forhad Chowdhury came to Australia as a student in 2004 and completed his masters in computer science from UTS in 2005. He went to Bangladesh in December to see his family and friends.

The tragic accident happned on Saturday (13-Jan-2007). Forhad was on his way to Cox's Bazzar with two other friends. Near Chokoria around 7:30 pm their car hit a speed breaker and the driver lost control. The car was then hit by an on coming mini bus. Forhad and one of the friends died on the spot. Other friend who was driving the car survived the crash.

Forhad passed SSC from Chittagong Collegiate School in 1995. HSC in 1997 from Ispahani School and College and he got his Electrical Engineering Degree from IIT, Gazipur in 2002.

We pray for the departed souls and wish his family get the strength to cope with this tragic loss.

Irfan Ali
3/50 Illawara St.
Allawah, NSW 2218
0408 131 998

Published on: 15-Jan-2007


Tragic Death!

I am very sad to inform our friends that our dear friend S. M. Forhad Chowdhury (Razib) of King St, Kograh died in a car accident in Chittagong.

Forhad Chowdhury came to Australia as a student in 2004 and completed his masters in computer science from UTS in 2005. He went to Bangladesh in December to see his family and friends. Details...

Irfan Ali, Allawah, NSW, (0408 131 998)
Published on: 15-Jan-2007


Tempestra Presents

With Bappa Mozumder

Update: Bappa arrived in Sydney Photo...
Published on: 6-Jan-2007


Wiley Park Public School

30th or 31st December 2006,
(According to the Lakemba Mosque)

7:30 AM

Crn. King Georges Road & The Boulevard
(Entrance through 'The Boulevard')

Organised by: Lakemba Bangla School and Bangladesh Community Council.
Published on: 26-Dec-2006


Bangladesh Music School

14 Universal Street, Eastlakes, NSW 2018.
Phone: (02) 9341 5266
Mobile: 0433 307 474 and 0401 002 320




Published on: 21-Dec-2006



Here it is again for you Mr. Saha - Webmaster


Thank you Bangla-Sydney

I like to thank you for the national anthem in your site on the Victory Day. It was really very nice. I was so happy to hear that after a long time. I was thinking about my past for few miniutes, how we all used to sing this song in school. It gave me the opprotunity to think about my past. I won't be able to explain that....

- Sukdev Saha
Published on: 20-Dec-2006


Bridge competition in Gold Coast

Bangladeshi Community in Gold Coast enjoyed their first ever Bridge competition (Auction) final on 10-Dec-2006, Sunday. Sanjib-Tapan team is the winner, Babul-Iqbal team got the second place and Sanaul-Usof team came third. Over a month long competition started on 31-Oct-2006. It was co-ordinated by Sanjib Bhowmick. The winners will receive their awards at the Victory Day Celebrations on 17-Dec-2006.
Sanjib Bhowmick, Phone: (07) 5532 0206 (H), 0432 088 916(M).
Published on: 14-Dec-2006


Business Directory

bangla-sydney.com will provide free listing to all Bangladeshi owned businesses in Australia under the Business Directory. Please email your Business name, short description about the type of business, opening hours, contact details and address to webmaster@bangla-sydney.com
Published on: 12-Dec-2006


Prof. Yunus Received Nobel Peace Prize

Thanks to satellite tv and live webcast Bangladeshis around the world had a chance to watch one of the greatest ceremonies on earth. It was such an emotional experience for us to watch a humble woman from a poor Bangladeshi village receive the most prestigious award in the world. Prof. Yunus, you have achieved the unimaginable. You have empowered the downtrodden women of Bangladesh. You have launched them to the world stage. We salute you. Video Clip...    
Published on: 11-Dec-2006


International Human Rights Day
Australian Forum for Minorities in Bangladesh will celebrate Human Rights Day on 10-Dec-2006, Sunday.


Published on: 10-Dec-2006



I am profoundly amazed by the honest,courageous and unbiased article written in a simple fashion about the prevailing democratic arena in Bangladesh. I totally agree to the key comments made by Prof Chowdhury that there is no sanity in the political mechanism in our country and it is indeed about time for everyone to rethink how the major two political parties should deliver their committments to the ill fated nation.

Many scholars at his level had written so many articles on the political history or system of Bangladesh Government and a very few came about with an unbiased or factual comments and I personally thank him for this.

It is not only the two major political leaders should fix their misdeed in the name of democracy the literate as well as political conscious society both within and outside the country ,as a whole, should play their respective role in establishing a true democratic society in Bangladesh.

Let us now not debate or talk rubbish about who was the father of the nation or who was a great leader at this crucial hour where undoubtedly our whole political situation is at stake as the nation progresses to a government election. We do not want thousands of millionaries created out of ripping off the poor hard working people rather a simple, honest and healthy democratic society which millions of people died for.

Tauhid Aziz, Sydney
Published on: 5-Dec-2006


Is Bangladesh A Democracy or Autocracy
By Professor Mahfuz R. Chowdhury Professor Chowdhury teaches Economics at C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, USA.


Tauhid Aziz, Sydney Monirul Islam
Published on: 5-Dec-2006




See details on the Bangladesh High Commission Website


Published on: 5-Dec-2006




Published on: 29-Nov-2006



Sharmishta
My name is Sharmishta. I have been selected for OC placement 2007 at the Kingswood Public School, Kinswood.

I studied at the Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School in St. Marys and this year at Claremont meadows Public School, Claremont Meadows.

I have received lots of trophies and certificates for my academic achievements and local community activities. I received a state finalist medal from Premier Bee spelling competition 2006 at ABC radio and Television broadcasting center. I love reading, music, science, sports.


Sharmishta with her mum & dad, Nilima and Sanjib Mohajan (Pintu).



Raisa Islam
My name is Raisa Islam. I go to Mascot Public School. I have been selected for the Oportunity Class. From next year I'll go to Woollahra Public School.

I love reading books. The thickness of the book doesn't worry me. Besides my studies I also enjoy participating in different Bangladeshi cultural activities like acting, reciting and dancing.





Please meet my mum and dad:
Humaira Sayeed and Zahidul Islam

Your message...age(Zahidul Islam,Zahidulislam@mat.slr.com)

Dear Parents, if your son or daughter made it to the selective or OC schools this year please send his/her photo and a short description to us. Our email address is: anisur57@gmail.com
Published on: 26-Nov-2006


Angela Going to Bangladesh

Are you a Bangladeshi living in Perth? May be you can help Angela. She is going to Bangladesh in 2007.     Read Angela`s email...
Published on: 24-Nov-2006



Hello,

I am a speech pathologist who specialises in stuttering. I hope to go to Bangladesh in 2007 to teach student clinicians there to help people who stutter. I am interested in meeting some people in Perth from Bangladesh before I go.

I would very much like to make some videos of people who stutter to help teach the students there.

If there is any information or help you can offer me I would be most grateful.

Kind regards,
Angela Cream
angela.cream@health.wa.gov.au
Published on: 24-Nov-2006





Ria,

We tried to give a reception to IRENE KHAN but she was unable to make time for us.

Masood Chowdhury
Bangladesh Community Council Inc.




Published on: 22-Nov-2006





I have read the short article written by Ria. Her comment about ignoring the internationally acclaimed talent Ms. Irene Khan touched us. Yes, we must admit, it is a shame for the 30,000 Bangladeshi Australians that we did not organise any reception for her. We commend Ria`s comments.

Yes, our organisation (JAG, Justice And Government) will sincerely try to send our congratulations to her and invite her to attend our functions in her next visit to Australia. Thanks.

- Jamil Shibli, Canberra




Published on: 22-Nov-2006


No Reception for Irene Khan!

I think it`s very sad that someone like Irene Khan has recently visited Sydney to receive the Sydney Peace Prize, and none of the Bangladeshi community organisations have bothered to give her a reception or recognise her achievement... - Ria     More...

- Jamil Shibli - Masood Chowdhury
Published on: 21-Nov-2006


No Reception for Irene Khan!

I think it`s very sad that someone like Irene Khan has recently visited Sydney to receive the Sydney Peace Prize, and none of the community organisations have bothered to give her a reception or recognise her achievement.

Yet when those MP's and ministers come from Bangladesh, they are welcomed grandly by the organisations, and the leaders of our community get busy trying to ensure their comfort.

Irene Khan, the first woman, the first Asian and the first Muslim to head the largest human rights movement in the world - Amnesty International, is surely a well deserved citizen of Bangladesh. Is she not worth giving a reception or a show of appreciation? Shame on the Bangladeshi community. Shame on us.

- Ria
Published on: 21-Nov-2006





I find Monirul Islam's progressive thinking very encouraging.

"It is not an offence wearing the veil..............or the mini skirts"

I hope this will help Bangladeshi parents change their attitude. I hope they will find it easier to allow their daughters to wear mini skirts if they want to.

I hope they will not subject them to verbal or sometimes physical abuse for wearing mini skirts.

Even if it helps some parents that's a step forward.

- Rumki




Published on: 16-Nov-2006


Alexander Downer's letter to Prof. Yunus

Forwarded to us by the Bangladesh High Commission - Webmaster

Published on: 8-Nov-2006


    International Conference in Dhaka

An international conference on Business, Investment and Policy Research is sheduled in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 14 and 15 January 2007.   Details
Dr. Mohammad Ziaul Hoque MBA Ph.D
Monash University, Australia

Published on: 1-Nov-2006


If there is a will, there is a way!

Open an account with Grameen Bank. Help remove poverty from Bangladesh. It's really that easy. - Grameen Support Group, Australia

Account opening form
Those who opened accounts already
If you have any questions? Please write to:
Grameen Support Group, Australia
Published on: 31-Oct-2006


Second Bangladeshi to Receive Sydney Peace Prize Ms. Irene Khan, the Secretary General of Amnesty International will receive the Sydney Peace Prize 2006.
More...   Previous winners...


Published on: 30-Oct-2006


Time for Celebration!
Professor Yunus is the first Bangladeshi to win a Nobel Prize. We all feel like celebrating it. I have organised a community meeting to discuss how to celebrate this momentous event in a befitting manner. You are cordially invited. Please join us and give us your thoughts.

Venue: Migrant Resource Centre (MRC), 15 Hunter Street, Parramatta
Date: 22-Oct-2006, Sunday / Time: 2.30 PM - 5.30 PM

Nazrul Islam, Grameen Support Group, (02) 9670 2745, 0421 594 332


Published on: 22-Oct-2006


'Mohammad Hossain's Intensive Care'

On SBS 19-Oct-2006, 8:30 PM
This is humanistic, observational doco-making at its absolute best.
-Lynden Barber, Sydney Film Festival


Three months after arriving in Australia from Bangladesh on a student visa with his new wife Nahida, 25 year-old Mohammad Hossain was diagnosed with tuberculosis meningitis and admitted to Liverpool Hospital's Intensive Care Unit. This film documents the struggle of ICU director Gillian Bishop and her staff to find the appropriate treatment for Hossain's illness and interpret events to Nahida.
Published on: 19-Oct-2006


Annual Iftar Program 2006
Bangladeshi Families will organise their annual Iftar Program on 15-Oct-2006 at the Rooty Hill mosque. Details...


Published on: 15-Oct-2006


Bangla Mela 2006

Date: 9-Sep-2005 Saturday / Time: 10.00 AM
Venue: Ingleburn Public School (Cnr. Cumberland & Oxford Rd.)
Organised by: Bangladesh Welfare Society Campbelltown

Contact Details:
Nazrul Islam Syed Abdur Rahim Mollah JP
Acting President General Secretary
Mob: 0419283657 Mob: 0412314011

Published on: 9-Sep-2006


Friendship Day 2006
A Picnic day for the Bangladeshi families living in and around Blacktown
Venue: Kookaburra Picnic Area, Nurragingy Reserve, Doonside
Cost: $30 per family. Contact: Dr. Abdul Haq - 9628 4568   Program...


Published on: 3-Sep-2006


Message from Rajshahi

Dear Visitors, My father passed away on the 12-Jun-2006. So I rushed back to my home in Rajshahi. I was `lucky` to get home in time to attend my fathers burrial. I want to express my heart felt gratitude to Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra and some close friends who made it possible. I`ll be back to Sydney on the 13-Jul-2006. Unfortunately I wont be doing any major updates to this site till then. I am sure you will understand
- Anisur Rahman, your webmaster from Rajshahi, 22-Jun-2006
Published on: 22-Jun-2006


Fellow 69 Welfare Club

All friends who passed their HSC in 1969 please forward your name, contact details & e-mail address to the undersigned to become members of the "Fellow 69 Welfare Club".

This is an organisation with its base in Bangladesh trying to re-establisg cntact between long lost friends. The club holds regular get-togethers and assists friends who need help.

This is a great idea for those who live overseas. When you visit Bangladesh using our up to date record you can easily contact your ex-class mates.

Fellow'69 office will communicate to all members directly.

If you are keen and need more information please do not hesitate to contact me at the following address.
 
Kamal Uzzaman                 Ph/Fx (02) 9625 7676 
55 Winten Drive               Mob: 0421 739 429 
Glendenning 2761              E-mail: kamal05@bigpond.net.au   

Published on: 5-Jun-2006




Published on: 1-Jun-2006


LETTER FROM AUSTRALIA:
How will Bangladeshis cope
with Western values

Tanveer Ahmed`s article in the 20-May-2006


Published on: 23-May-2006

Haripada Kapali
Dr. Abed Chaudhury offering a bunch of flowers to Haripada Kapali. In a reception organised by
Prothom Alo and Dutch-Bangladesh Bank, Jessore, Jan/2006. Haripada Kapali, a poor farmer, developed a
new kind ofcrice now known as `Haridhan`. It has an amazing 40% higher yeild.

Dr. Zafar Iqbal in the background.

Published on: 23-May-2006


BANGLADESH
A SHINING LIGHT
Ishraque Chowdhury
Traditional economics insists on that economic development being the key driver of financial systems. Thus, less developed countries had to develop before the financial systems could. Since the 1970s this view has been challenged....full report...


Published on: 18-May-2006


Mobile Phone Boom in Bangladesh

Bangladesh's booming mobile phone industry has emerged as a key driver of the cash-strapped nation's economy, creating nearly 240,000 jobs and adding 650 million dollars to gross domestic product ...details...

Published on: 15-May-2006



Our dear Dr Monoj Das (Monoj da) has passed away. It is a sad and heartbroken news for all of us. He was such a nice and beloved person. We and all his family members here and back in Bangladesh will miss him dearly. It is the saddest thing that has happend to his near and dear ones.

I would like to convey my heart-rending condolences to his bereaved family members and lets pray for the eternal peace for his departed soul.

- Sujit Das
Published on: 15-May-2006


Good Morning Bangladesh (Glenfield)

Breakfast for Cancer research, organised for the first time in Glenfield this morning (14-May-2006) was very successful. A total of $2266.00 was raised.
Published on: 15-May-2006


Good Morning Bangladesh 2006

Bangladesh community's annual breakfast program to raise funds for NSW Cancer Council has been attended by a large number of people this morning (7-May-2006).
Money raised: $4047.90
Credits
Published on: 11-May-2006

Good Morning Bangladesh 2006 (Blacktown)
From left: Dr. Abdul Haq, Ms. Louise Markus (Federal MP for Blacktown), Mrs. Nazneen Ahmed and Mr. Shafir Ahmed.
Published on: 9-May-2006

Good Morning Bangladesh 2006 (Blacktown)
???, Farook Bhuian, Nazrul Islam and Akbar Hossain.

More Photos...
Published on: 9-May-2006

Good Morning Bangladesh 2006 (Blacktown).
Dr Haq with R Batta and Dr Reddy, two members from the Indian community. They came to see the Breakfast program.
Published on: 9-May-2006

Good Morning Bangladesh 2006 (Blacktown).
My camera is red too
Published on: 9-May-2006

Good Morning Bangladesh 2006 (Blacktown).
From left: Farhana, Mahfuza, Khairia, Wazad, Shahid, Monsur and Labeeb. They brought `Shiraj Doula Khichuri`

More Photos...
Published on: 9-May-2006

Good Morning Bangladesh 2006 (Blacktown)..
Dr Haq and Dr Razzak
Published on: 9-May-2006

Good Morning Bangladesh 2006 (Blacktown)..
Rakin and Shumi
Published on: 9-May-2006

Good Morning Bangladesh 2006 (Blacktown)..
Tanvir, Dr. Haq and Dr Chowdhury
Published on: 9-May-2006

Good Morning Bangladesh 2006 (Blacktown)..
Gunjan Tripathi, Regional Manager of NSW Cancer Council.
Published on: 9-May-2006


Quarantine Matters!

When you visit Bangladesh please do not bring sweets containing milk. These products can introduce foot-and-mouth disease in Australia.

Details from Australian Quarantine Services... Sent by Swapna Shahnaz
Published on: 8-May-2006



A panel discussion on the need for Bangladeshi politics in Australia.
Participants: H.E. Ashraf-ud-Doula, Dr. Quaium Parvez, Dr. Momammad Abdur Razzaque, Mr. Nehal Neamul Bari and Mr. Kamrul Ahsan Khan
Published on: 7-May-2006


Good Morning Bangladesh 2006

In preparation for the Good Morning Bangladesh 2006, the organisers had a planning meeting at Dr. Qaiyum Parvez`s house on 30-Apr-2006. This year there will be two Breakfast programs. First one in Blacktown on 7-May-2006 and the second one in Glenfield on 14-May-2006. Good Morning Bangladesh is a Breakfast program to raise funds for Cancer Research.
Photo... Money raised by year...

Published on: 3-May-2006

Good Morning Bangladesh 2006
From left (sitting) : Kobita Parvez, Asha, Laila Haq, Ila Kamal, Shoma and Sara
(standing): Anwar Akash, Dr. Abdul Haq, Nazrul Islam, Al Mamoon, Md. Nurullah, Kamal Uzzaman,
Dr. Qaiyum Parvez, Abul Kashem, Nazrul Islam
Published on: 3-May-2006


Ex Marine Academy CEO Passed Away

Mr Nurul Amin, ex-CEO of Marine Academy, Chittagong has passed away. He collapsed during the funeral of his wife who passed away a day earlier. It was such a sad incident. They both died within 8 hours.

During my brief teaching assignment in 1977 in the Academy, we were very closely associated with Mr Nurul Amin`s family. Mr Nurul Amin remembered every name of every student from the 1st batch and was aware of their whereabouts.

Last night we went through a large number of our family photos with this wonderful couple with a very heavy heart. May God rest their souls in peace. You may send condolence message to smabdullah@yahoo.com for posting at www.bangladeshmariners.com     Dilwar Ali( 6th batch) / Melbourne


Published on: 1-May-2006



Cricket Masala is an innovative Super 6 format Cricket tournament to be held on 9th of April 2006. Top players from Sydney Grade Cricket will take part in the tournament. Bangladesh team will be captained by ex national team captain Aminul Islam. Cricket Masala Website...
BD Team...     Under 18 Team...
Published on: 22-Apr-2006


Get-together of Bangladeshi Students

Bangladesh Association of NSW Inc is organising a grand get-together of all Bangladeshi students studying in all the tertiary educational institutions in Sydney and Wollongong on Sunday, 16-Apr-2006, between 11AM and 3 PM at the Parramatta Park in Sydney. All members of the community including their families are welcome to participate. Please attend and make the Association work for the community. Dr Masudul Haque, President
Published on: 17-Apr-2006


Australian Media on the 1st Test

Australia swamped by Bangladesh - The Age 11-Apr-2006
Minnows eye stunning win - Australian 11-Apr-2006
Pathetic effort - Daily Telegraph 11-Apr-2006
Minnows ambush wayward tourists - SMH 10-Apr-2006
Bangladesh make the most of dream wicket - SMH 9-Apr-2006

Published on: 11-Apr-2006


Do you live in Adelaide?

Zunaead Shah from Dhaka wants to know about the size of Bangladesh community in Adelaide. Can you help? Please email: shah_mec@yahoo.com
Published on: 10-Apr-2006


Ponting does U-turn on Bangladesh Report

Sent by Shahed Jalal
Published on: 10-Apr-2006


Bangladesh
A Crane That Keeps Flying
                                                                Abed Chaudhury


Published on: 7-Apr-2006


GOOD MORNING BANGLADESH

The yearly morning breakfast program organised by Bangladesh community in and around Blacktown to raise funds for the Cancer Council of NSW is expanding. This year there will be two programs. One in Blacktown on 7-May-2006 and another one in Glenfield, on 14-May-2005.
Poster... Money raised (by year)...
Published on: 7-Apr-2006


Update: Bangladeshi Student Passed Away

Shahed`s body has been sent to Bangladesh following Namaj-e-Janaza at the Lakemba mosque last week. Shahed`s wife Nahida Akter has now opened an account with the Commonwealth Bank (BSB 062191, A/C 10357621). Any financial contribution for her study and for her daughter`s uprbringing would be highly appreciated.
Helal Morshedi / About Shahed
Published on: 6-Apr-2006




Published on: 1-Apr-2006


New Website Launched

Bangladesh Moktijoddha Sangshad Australia celebrated Independence Day on the 26-Mar-2006. They have launched a new website on the day. Banglamedia.net
Published on: 31-Mar-2006


Bangladeshi Student Passed Away

Md Shahed Hossain (25), a Bangladeshi student, lost his battle with long illness and passed away on 27-Mar-2006 at the Liverpool hospital. His first child, Tasnima, is only one month old. She was born while her father was in the hospital, fighting for life. Tasnima will never know her father. Details...
Published on: 30-Mar-2006


Independence Day Celebrated in Canberra

The 35th Independence and National Day was celebrated by the Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra in a befitting manner. A number of people were recognised for their contribution to Bangladesh and Bangladeshi community in Australia. Details... People recognised...
Published on: 30-Mar-2006


Bangladeshi Student Passed Away

Mohammed Shahed Hossain (25), a Bangladeshi student, lost his battle with long illness and passed away last night (27 March 2006) at Liverpool Hospital, Innalillah…. .It is a sad end to a promising career and family life. May his soul rest in peace. Our sympathy goes to his wife and little daughter. We pray for their strength and courage to overcome the schock and the sense of loss.

Shahed was suffering from Meningitis and Tuberculosis in his brain, and was bedridden in Liverpool Hospital for the last several months. His only child, a month old daughter named Tasnima, was born while he was ill in the Hospital.

You may recall that a couple of months ago we made an appeal for financial assistance for Shahed’s treatment and rehabilitation through this website.

His body will be flown back to Bangladesh following the completion of all official formalities. His Namaz-e-Zanaza will be held at Lakemba Mosque late tomorrow, Wednesday 29 March 2006. Exact time of the prayer is not decided yet but likely to be after Maghrib prayer.

Please contact Br. Dr Monzur Imteaz for the prayer time, and if you would like to provide any financial assistance to the family, especially for Tasnima’s future upbringing and education. An account will be opened soon for making such contributions. Contact details are: Dr Monzur Imteaz, Tel. 9750 6109 (H), 9806 5656 (W), Mob: 0425 340 736

Helal Morshedi
Hammondville, 28-Mar-2006


Published on: 29-Mar-2006


35th Independence Day
Celebrated in Canberra


PRESS RELEASE

The 35th Independence and National Day of Bangladesh was celebrated by this Mission in a befitting manner. In the morning the National Flag was ceremonially hoisted at the Chancery premises by H.E. Mr. Ashraf-ud-Doula, High Commissioner of Bangladesh, in the presence of officials, members of their family and representatives of Bangladesh community in Canberra followed by a special munajat for the salvation of the departed souls of the martyrs of our Liberation War and for peace, progress and prosperity of the country. Messages received from the Hon’ble President, Hon’ble Prime Minister and Hon’ble Foreign Minister were read out.

Afterwards the High Commissioner chaired a discussion. He highlighted the significance of the Independence and National Day of Bangladesh in different ways. Officials of the Mission and members of the community including former Ambassador Barrister Harun ur Rashid, Dr. Abed Chaudhury, Dr. Sadequr Rahman, Dr. Shamsul Khan, Mr. Mainul Haque, President of Bangladesh-Australia Association Canberra Inc. and Mr. Borhanuddin Shafi took part in a lively discussion highlighting the background and significance of the day. They also expressed their happiness on the progress and development of the country. A documentary on Bangladesh titled “Discover Bangladesh” was also screened on the occasion.

On 27th March, 2006, the High Commissioner and Mrs. Ashraf-ud-Doula hosted a reception at Great Hall, High Court Building, Canberra on the occasion of Independence and National Day of Bangladesh. A large number of government officials from the host government, members of diplomatic corps, businessmen, media and members of the Bangladesh community attended the reception. During the reception a dance drama performed by the local Bangladeshi artists spanning our history from 1757 to 1971 captivated the audience.

Senator the Hon. Amanda Vanstone, Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs of Australia attended the reception and handed over Certificates of Appreciation to 10 Bangladeshi- Australians living in Canberra for their contribution in promoting the image of Bangladesh in different sphere. A list of the names is attached.

With the support of local sponsors, a Souvenir has been published by the High Commission to commemorate the 35th Independence and National Day of Bangladesh.

29 March 2006


Published on: 29-Mar-2006


List of Eminent Bangladeshis recognized on the 35th Independence & National Day of Bangladesh.



Name
Category
Barrister Harun ur Rashid For his contribution in promoting the image and national interest of Bangladesh through his writings.
Mr. Zillur Rahman For his contribution in teaching the Bangla language to the new generation of Bangladeshi-Australian children by establishing and running a Bangla School.
Dr. Abed Chaudhury For his contribution in agricultural development in Bangladesh through scientific research, and taking science to the grassroot level in the country.
Mr. Ehsan Ullah For his contribution in giving a voice to the Bangladesh community in Canberra by establishing a Bangla Radio.
Mr. Farhadur Reza For his unique creativity in promoting Bangladeshi culture, tradition and history through different events.
Ms. Habiba Ahmed For her active contribution in projecting Bangladeshi cultural heritage in Australia.
Ms. Sakiba Rahman For her devotion in preserving and promoting pure Bangla Music.
Mr. Mainul Haque For his commitment in inculcating traditional values to the Bangladeshi-Australian children.
Mr. Shahadat H Manik For his contribution in launching a web portal dedicated to augmenting connectivity among the Bangladesh community in Australia and sharing news and views.
Mr. Avijit Sarkar For his contribution to popularize Bangladeshi Music and establishing a Music & Dance School for the Bangladeshi-Australian children.

Published on: 29-Mar-2006


Shapla Medal 2005 Announced

In December 2005 Dr Nargis Banu of `Radio Voice of Bangladesh (VOB)` announced her decision to honour five individuals or groups for outstanding community service. Nominations were invited from the community. On the basis of the large number of nominations received VOB has announced `Shapla Medal 2005`. Details...
Published on: 27-Mar-2006


25 March Eyewitness Accounts
- Prof. Rafiqul Islam
/ Sent by Dr. Abed Chowdhury



Published on: 25-Mar-2006

Bangladeshi Students in Romania..

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Bangladeshi Students in Romania..

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Bangladeshi Students in Romania..

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Bangladeshi Students in Romania..


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Published on: 20-Mar-2006


Bizarre Bangladeshi Politics

The current political situation in Bangladesh is worsening and public suffering is increasing day by day. The current political instability of the country will take the nation to the deepest economic turmoil in the near future if the situation is not tackled by dialogue. The more the situation crawls like this, the more the nation will pay the toll in future. As most of us know by now the political parties are there in Bangladesh to create anarchy and grab power for their own interest, not for the well being of the nation. Both parties are just using the excuses of constitution, neutrality, reform, CEC, CA etc, to make the public life miserable to justify their cause in the name of democracy. Is this democracy?!

The globalised world is much more competitive than ever before in all areas of economic activities. Bangladesh is a struggling nation in the global economy with ocean full of poor population and a handful of most corrupted politicians and bureaucrats. No nation should suffer like this in the hands of political leaders whose only target is to grab power, no matter what happens to the economy, to the vast majority of poor people. We should understand the price the general public are paying for the gain of a few political leaders. We know them all, we know BNP, we know BAL, we know JP, we know Jamaat, and moreover we know all the leaders associated with these parties. Don’t we know them all?

We were fortunate enough to have so many great leaders in the past in a short timeframe. We haven’t seen any charismatic leadership in last 25 years. The nation needs an honest leader to save the country from the hands of corrupted politicians. There is no alternative but to change the leadership to restore political stability and accelerate economic development of the country without corruption. I believe it is not rocket science. This is just the political will of a group of honest people who are experienced in their respective fields and have a great heart to make the nation prosperous. I think this is high time to have someone like Professor Yunus who has proven his ability to show the world how to eradicate poverty and at the same time create an example of leading a simple life, although he had every opportunity to lead his life quite the opposite. However, it doesn’t mean Professor Yunus should run the country but I hope we have someone like him who is a real leader in all aspects of leadership and also has every attribute to be a great leader.

Bangladesh is suffering from serious image problem around the world and it is only because of so called politicians. If it continues, the nation has no hope but to suffer from unprecedented lawlessness and unjustified poverty.

Monirul Islam Monir
monir_syd@hotmail.com
Published on: 16-Mar-2006


Bangladeshi Academic Receives Charles Sturt University Teaching Excellence Award
Dr Mir Rabiul Islam, a Charles Sturt University psychologist has been named the winner of the Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award for 2005. More...


Published on: 14-Mar-2006


Bangladeshi academic receives Charles Sturt University teaching excellence award



Dr Mir Rabiul Islam, a Charles Sturt University psychologist has been named the winner of the Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award for 2005.

From the School of Social Sciences and Liberal Studies on the University's Bathurst Campus, Dr Islam is the course coordinator of the largest undergraduate psychology course. He is coordinating courses for over 450 students.

This is a highly competitive award where over 500 academic staff from seven faculties at Charles Sturt University are short listed for the final nomination.

Dr Islam was born in Rajshahi, Bangladesh in 1960 and obtained his PhD in Psychology from the University of Bristol, UK. He is admired by his colleagues and students as an innovative, encouraging, and highly approachable teacher.

The award will be presented to Dr Islam in May at the Faculty of Arts graduation ceremony.
Published on: 14-Mar-2006


Bangladesh Association of Australia

Press Release
Published on: 6-Mar-2006



Will present its next musical program on 4-Mar-2006, focussing primarily on popular cinema songs of Bangladesh. Further details will be made available soon.
Ismail Hasan Badal Mobile: 0412 121 676 Poster...


Published on: 4-Mar-2006


Community Settlement Service

I am a community settlement service worker for Bangladeshi community. Our office is situated at Daceyville; Sydney Multicultural Community Service. I am working here from Mon - Wed, 10am - 4:30pm. For any assistance please contact us. Saami Ansari / Tel: 9663 3922
email: saami.ansari@sydneymcs.org.au
Published on: 25-Feb-2006


Sri Lanka in Bangladesh, 2nd ODI, Bogra
Bangladesh clinch historic win

Courtesy of Cricinfo Sent by Tareque Ahmed
Published on: 23-Feb-2006



This book captures many known and unknown events of our freedom struggle. Painstakingly and with courage and honesty it chronicles the historical perspectives and narrates numerous events of the liberation war leading to sovereign Bangladesh.

It is an auto-biographical and eyewitness account, a memoir based on his observations, insights with untold stories on how the war was fought and won, and rare photos and illustrations.

Helal Morshedi
Hammondville, 7-Feb-2006
Published on: 23-Feb-2006


A Historic Moment
In an auspicious ceremony, the world`s first International Mother Language Day monument has been unveiled in Sydney`s Ashfield park on the 19th day of February in the year 2006 AD.Ekushe Academy, a Bangladeshi community organisation in Sydney, took the initiative to build this historic monument. Other side...

The monument is made of a single piece of 900 million years old rock. It is nearly 4 meters tall, 90 cm wide and 21 cm thick.


Published on: 19-Feb-2006


PM of Bangladesh Donates for the Shahid Minar in Sydney
Last Sunday (15-Jan-2006), at the Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra, H.E. Ashraf-ud-Doula handed over a cheque for $12,573.78 (5,30,000 Tk) from the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Begum Khaleda Zia, to Mr. Nirmal Paul (President, Ekhushe Academy). This money will be used for the construction of the International Mother Language Monument in Sydney.

The great visionaries of Ekushe Academy Australia took the initiative to build this historic monument in the heritage listed Ashfield Park in Sydney.Estimated cost of the project is $40,000. It will be entirely funded by donations. Ashfield Council has given the land and will provide all the technical support for the construction and erection of the monument. It will be officially opened on 19-Feb-2006. Photos...


Published on: 13-Feb-2006


Update: Bangladeshi Student Died in Sydney

The car accident in which the young Bangladeshi student, Zahid Reza Khan (Ronon) died, is still under police investigation. His close friends worked very hard to get all the official formalities done quickly to send his body to Bangladesh.
Details... Archive...
Published on: 8-Feb-2006


Update:
Bangladeshi Student Died in Sydney

The car accident in which the young Bangladeshi student Zahid died is still under police investigation. His close friends worked very hard to get all the official formalities done quickly to send his body to Bangladesh.

There were two other passengers in the car, one of them is lucky enough to escape with minor bruises and cuts and another passenger is in a serious condition at the Prince Alfred Hospital. Police will interview them along with any withness to establish the real cause of this horrific accident. Unofficial report at this stage suggest that `Spedding` may have caused this tragic accident.

Last Friday (Feb 03), Zahid`s `Gayebana Namaje Janaja` was held at Arncliffe and UNSW mosque after the Jumma Prayer. His body was flown back to Bangladesh on Friday night by Singapore Airlines. According to the news received from Dhaka, Zahid`s `Namaje Janaja` was held on Saturday (Feb 05) at DOHS Baridhara mosque.

Zahid was the only child of his parents. Passed HSC in the year 2000 from Mirzapur Cadet College (MCC). He came to study at UNSW and this was his last semister. Zahid was staying in the Sydney suburb of Hillsdale with his friends.

Zahid`s Father Brigadier Abid Reza Khan, was also an ex-cadet from Faujderhat Cadet Collgege (FCC) and now lives in DOHS Baridhara, Dhaka.

- Nawshad Shah

Published on: 8-Feb-2006


Saraswati Puja

Bangladesh Society Puja and Culture will celebrtate Saraswati Puja.

Date: 4-Feb-2005, Saturday
Venue: Dundas Community Centre
27 Sturt Street, Telopea
Details...
Published on: 4-Feb-2006


Saraswati Puja
Bangladesh Puja Association will celebrtate
Saraswati Puja.
Date: 4-Feb-2006, Saturday
Venue: St. Marys Parish Hall
1 Myrtle Street Rydalmere

Details...


Published on: 2-Feb-2006



My sincere condolences



Just saw the shocking death news of brilliant Bangladeshi student Zahid Reza on bangla-sydney.com. It is really a heart-breaking news and a big loss for all of us. I can not think of the situation his family - specially the parents are in.

My sincere condolences to all his family members and friends. May God help the family to overcome this huge shock.

- Prabir Maitra

Published on: 2-Feb-2006


Bangladeshi Student Died in Sydney

Zahid Reza Khan (Ronon), a Bangladeshi student in Sydney has died in a car accident at Marrickville last night (31-Jan-2006). He was studying at the University of NSW and living in Hillsdale. He was supposed to go to Bangladesh this Saturday.

His friends are organising to send his body back home after the post-mortem is done. Zahid was an ex-cadet from Mirzapur Cadet
College (HSC 2000). - Nawshad Shah

Condolence - Prabir Maitra

Published on: 1-Feb-2006


First International Mother Language Monument

Recently I read few articles on this subject in your website. Authors mentioned the Sydney monument as the first international one. Actually the first one was already built at Ikeburuko Park, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, Japan. Prime Minister Khaleda Zia laid foundation for that monument in mid 2005.

Arif Ahmed Chunnu / Baulkham Hills.
Photo...
Published on: 27-Jan-2006


World Happiness Survey
Bangladesh is the happiest nation!

Full report...
Published on: 25-Jan-2006


World Happiness Survey
Bangladesh is the happiest nation!

Full report...
Published on: 25-Jan-2006

Bangladeshi Students in Romania.
Anisur Rahman with his family (April 2005).
From left: Aurelia, Preo, Anisur and Stela

More photos...
Published on: 19-Jan-2006

Bangladeshi Students in Romania.
Dr. Aman with his family (December 2005).
From left: Inger, Sarah, Steven, Elizabeth and Dr Aman
Published on: 19-Jan-2006

Prime Minister`s Donation for Ekuhshe Academy
From Left: Mr. Nirmal Paul (President, Ekushe Academy), H.E. Ashraf-ud-Doula (High Commissioner for Bangladesh to Australia) and
Dr. Abdul Wahab (Treasurer, Ekushe Academy.)
Published on: 16-Jan-2006

Prime Minister`s Donation for Ekuhshe Academy
A cheque for $12,573.78 (5 lak, 30,000 Tk) from the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.
Published on: 16-Jan-2006


Fida Haq wins WSN Grass Roots Sponsorship Program

Fida Haq, a Bangladeshi artist and community cultural development worker practising in Sydney, is one of the winners of this year’s prestigious WSN Grass Roots Sponsorship Program for his particular interpretation of environment-conscious art. Under the Grass Roots Program, Haq is to create a large-scale public artwork using recycled objects and materials in the second-quarter of 2006.

Parramatta City Council supported Haq’s project by deciding to use this yet-to-be created artwork as the centerpiece for their ‘sustainable-living awareness drive’ that the Council will undertake in 2006. Details...
Some of Fida Haq`s Artworks... Dhaka Exihibition...
Sydney Exhibition...
Work for Bangladesh High Commission, Canberra...
Published on: 9-Jan-2006


Dhaka Exhibition


Fida Haq is to exhibit at the prestigious Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts at the Bengal Foundation, Dhaka, Bangladesh between 24th March and 6th April 2006.

The exhibition – titled ‘Of Angels and Chariots’ - his first ever in Bangladesh, will have works executed with recycled material that draw its inspiration from the tradition of decorative Rickshaw Art of Bangladesh and Islamic tessellative patterns.

These works will be complemented by a display of photomedia works that explore the theme of 'animals behaving like human beings' – a surrealistic theme that is frequently found as a sub-genre of narrative Rickshaw Art.
Published on: 9-Jan-2006


Work for Bangladesh High Commission, Canberra


Recently Fida Haq has been appointed by the Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra to create a large-scale photomedia mural for the Reception Hall within the High Commission premises.
Published on: 9-Jan-2006


Bangladesh Australia Disaster Relief Committee AGM 2005 was held on 20-Nov-2005 at the Bangladesh Association of NSW office in Ermington. Details...
New committee formed How you can help...


Published on: 27-Dec-2005


How you can help Bangladesh Australia Disaster Relief Committee (BADRC)


Add a few cents for BADRC to the ticket price.

Raise funds in mosques or fete or mela or any other type of gathering.

Contact BADRC if you can help to raise funds. We will issue authorisation to the fund raiser.

Deposit the proceeds into BADRC bank account.

Account Name: Bangladesh-Australia Disaster Relief Committee
BSB: 762-028 / Account: 5009269.


Afsar Ahmed
afsar.ahmed@eds.com
Published on: 27-Dec-2005


New CD by Amia Matin

Aumia Matin will soon release a new CD (Janina Keno Jey Bhalo Lagey) of songs written by Abu Hena Mustafa Kamal. Anup Bhattacharji, Pronob Ghosh and the lyricist`s son Sujit Mustafa have composed the music for some songs. The album will be launched on 22-Dec-2005 at 6 pm, at the German Cultural Centre in Dhaka. She is currently visiting Bangladesh with her family.
Published on: 22-Dec-2005


Victory Day Celebration
IFTWCB will celebrate the 34th Victory Day of Bangladesh on 16-Dec-2005 at 140 Guernsey Ave, Minto Time: 8:00-10:00 pm Details...


Published on: 16-Dec-2005


Sydney Natyam`s Gesture of Good Will

Sydney Natyam handed over a cheque for $500.00 to Bangladesh Australia Disaster Relief Committee (BADRC) on 5-Dec-2005.

BADRC sponsored Sydney Natyam`s recent drama `Citizen`. As per the agreement between BADRC and Sydney Natyam, BADRC was to receive any profits made from the show. Unfortunately Sydney Natyam lost more than $9000.00 in this venture. In spite of the loss Sydney Natyam donated $500.00 to BADRC. - Afsar Ahmed

Published on: 15-Dec-2005


Victory Day Celebration

Venue: Minto Youth Centre
140 Guernsey Ave, Minto
Date: Friday 16 December 2005
Time: 8:00-10:00 pm


With a view to celebrate the 34th Victory Day of Bangladesh International Forum for Trial of War Criminals of Bangladesh (IFTWCB) has organized a get together in the evening of 16th December 2005. The aim of the program is to celebrate the victory day in Australia and raise awareness among the 2nd generation Bangalees about the history of our great Liberation War of 1971.


Schedule
  • Welcome
  • Synopsis of Bangladesh Liberation War (1952-1971)
  • Personal Recollections by the valiant Freedom Fighters
  • Short film/documentary on Liberation War of 1971
  • Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra program
  • Patriotic songs and dance by Ananda Dhyani
  • Liberation War songs by local artist
  • Toast to the 34th Victory Day
  • Dinner/socialization


  • You're cordially welcome!

    Food: each participating couple to bring a plate

    Contacts: Zia Ahmed: 0401-039-614
    Kaiser Ahmed: 0403-434-169
    Molly Ahmed: 9896-2590

    Published on: 12-Dec-2005


    Report
    on Microcredit success in Bangladesh

    ``Bangladesh, once synonymous with famine and natural disasters, has become the showpiece for the effectiveness of microcredit. Millions of microloans have been made in Bangladesh and research by the World Bank, an advocate of microfinance, has concluded they have been crucial in reducing poverty in that country`` Full Report... Sent by Helal Morshedi
    Published on: 9-Dec-2005


    SHAPLA MEDAL 2005

    Radio Voice of Bangladesh will honour five individuals or groups this year for outstanding community service. The person/group receiving the highest number of nominations in each category will be the winner. Please send your nominations by 31-Dec-2005. Details... Nomination form...
    Published on: 5-Dec-2005


    Bangladesh Australia Disaster Relief Committee AGM 2005
    
    The AGM on last Sunday (20/11/2005) started on time and went for an 
    hour. The discussions and decisions of the AGM are set out below: 
    
    1)    At the outset the outgoing Treasurer Mr. Fida Huq placed the 
    financial report for approval. The report showed     financial 
    situation as at 30/06/2005. After some discussion this report was 
    subsequently approved in the AGM. The     items of note in the report are 
    as follows: 
          * Amount in the Bank as at 1/8/2003:        $1224.19 
          * Total Amount raised in the last drive:    $23849.80 
          * Amount paid to Caritas Australia:         $14392.74 
          * Amount paid to B'desh PM Relief Fund:     $10000.00
    
    2)    Mr. Fida Huq donated $312.00(out of the sales proceeds from 
    recent painting exhibitions)  to BADRC. Mr. Fida Huq also 
    suggested that BADRC can raise funds through painting exhibitions of 
    paintings of artists in Bangladesh Community. 
    
    3)    In order to broaden the participation in the activities of BADRC 
    the meeting decided to keep the inclusion of     members in the committee 
    open. A list of office bearers selected/elected in the AGM is enclosed. 
    This list will be     updated as and when any one interested in 
    helping BADRC puts forward his/her name for inclusion in the committee 
    as     a member. The new committee now invites expression of interest 
    from the members of Bangladesh Community. 
    
    4)     It was also decided that in future BADRC meetings should be held 
    in the different areas of Sydney. 
    
    5)     Dr. Masudul Haque raised the issue of Public Liability Insurance 
    cover. It is an insurance cover that all     organisations sponsoring 
    any meetings/functions should have. Since the cost of having an 
    insurance is not small Dr.     Haque will explore whether a global 
    insurance policy covering the Bangladesh Community as a whole is 
    feasible. 
    
    Afsar Ahmed
    Phone: 9378 9805 
    
    
    


    Published on: 4-Dec-2005


    Bangladesh Australia Disaster Relief Committee AGM 2005
    
    
    Position                     Person
    --------------------------------------------------------
    Convenor:                    Afsar Ahmed
    General Secretary:           Md. A. Quayyum
    Treasurery:                  Advocate Mubarak Hossain
    Public Relations Secretary:  Md. Rahmatullah
    
    Members:	
    
    1.  Dr. Narayan Das
    2.  Dr. Masudul Haque
    3.  Mr. Shah Nawshad
    4.  Mr. Rafiqul Hasan
    5.  Md. Ruhul Ahmed
    6.  Dr. A Wahab
    7.  Mr. Delwar Hossain
    8.  Mrs. Leena Bose
    9.  Mr. Mujibar Rahman Khan
    10. Mr. Nazmul Huda
    11. Mr. Md. Osman
    12. Dr. Q Parvez 
    13. Dr. Nargis Banu 
    14. Mr. Lutfur Rahman Shaon 
    15. Mr. P S Chunnu 
    16. Mr. Abu Reza Arefin 
    17. Mr. Md. Harun Or Rashid Khan 
    
    


    Published on: 4-Dec-2005


    Salahuddin Ahmed has published this book last year from Bangladesh. In this book (Bangladesh, Past and Present) the author presents a comprehensive history of Bangladesh.
    Book Review...

    The book has been listed by the Cambridge University as a Resource book for the teachers of O Level Bangladesh Studies.

    The book is available for purchase online for US$44 from the VEDAMS Books from India: www.vedamsbooks.com/no31326.htm


    Published on: 3-Dec-2005

    Bangladeshi Students in Romania.
    Good catch Domnul Haq.
    Published on: 1-Dec-2005


    Meet the Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority Delegates in Parramatta Currently, a three member high powered Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA) delegation is visiting Australia. Details...


    Published on: 26-Nov-2005


    Meet the Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority Delegates in Parramatta


    Currently, a three member high powered Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA) delegation is visiting Australia.

    The Bangladesh Association of NSW Inc in co-operation with the Bangladesh High Commission has organised an information session at 10AM on 26-Nov-2005 at the Baulkham Hills, Holroyd and Parramatta Migrant Resource Centre on ‘investment in Bangladesh Export Processing Zones.

    The delegation is headed by the Executive Chairman of Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA), Brig General Md Zakir Hossain PSC G (Retd). Other members of the delegation are: Mr M. H. Farhad Khan, Director General, Prime Minister’s Office, and Mr A.K.M. Mahbubur Rahman, Chief Accounts Officer, BEPZA. The delegation has kindly accepted our invitation to provide valuable information and exchange views with the participants regarding the opportunities of investment in Export Processing Zones in Bangladesh.

    This meeting hurriedly organised by the Bangladesh Association of NSW Inc, is expected to facilitate dissemination of information and exchange of views regarding opportunities of investment in Bangladesh. The meeting will help in building a bridge between Australian business community and the government of Bangladesh.

    Anyone with an interest in issues of investment is cordially invited. Please come and share your views and concerns.

    Dr Masudul Haque
    President, Bangladesh Association of NSW Inc
    Published on: 26-Nov-2005


    Focus on Bangladesh in Australia An article by Harun ur Rashid published in The Daily Star 23-Nov-2005
    Sent by Kamrul Khan, Canberra


    Published on: 24-Nov-2005


    Annual General Meeting
    Bangladesh-Australia Disaster Relief Committee Bangladesh-Australia Disaster Relief Committee is going to hold its Annual General Meeting on 20-Nov-2005. Details...


    Published on: 20-Nov-2005



    Photos...
    Published on: 20-Nov-2005


    Mr. Harun ur Rashid has recently published his new book from Bangladesh titled: Bangladesh Foreign Policy: Realities, Priorities and Challenges.

    As a former Ambassador Mr. Harun ur Rashid provides an illuminating analysis of Bangladesh foreign policy. As one of the former senior most officials in Bangladesh Foreign Office, he brings his experience and expertise to present his views on setting, themes and arenas of foreign policy.
    About the book...



    Published on: 18-Nov-2005


    Bangladesh Association of NSW Gold Cup Cricket Tournament 2006

    The Bangladesh Association of NSW Gold Cup Cricket Tournament 2006 is expected to start mid-January.

    The deadline for registration of teams is 30-Nov-2006. Details...
    Published on: 14-Nov-2005


    Bangladesh Association of NSW Gold Cup Cricket Tournament 2006

    The Bangladesh Association of NSW Gold Cup Cricket Tournament for 2006 is expected to start in mid-January. The deadline for registration of teams for the 2006 tournament is at the end of November. Would you please register your team if you are planning to manage or captain or play in a team.

    What we are trying to determine now is the number of teams who are likely to participate in the tournament. The tournament structure will be dependent on the number of teams that will register. Please send me an email if you wish a copy of the rules.

    Expression of interest will close on 30/11/2005. Would the intending manager/captain/players please send their expression of interest re the team they wish to register to me via email with the following:

    Name of the team:
    Captain of the team:
    Manager of the team:
    Email addresses of the captain and the manager: and
    Contact numbers of the captain and the manager.

    - Afsar Ahmed
    afsar.ahmed@eds.com
    Published on: 13-Nov-2005


    Invitation Baulkham Hills Holroyed Parramatta Migrant Resource Centre (Parramatta MRC) cordially invites you to attend the Bangladeshi Settlement Seminar on 12-Nov-2005.
    This Seminar is for all Bangladeshis. It will assist you in identifying emerging needs to better co-ordinate settlement services. Details...


    Published on: 12-Nov-2005


    AUSTRALIA BANGLADESH BUSINESS COUNCIL ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

    The Annual General Meeting of the Australia Bangladesh Business Council was held on 29-Oct-2005... Details...
    Published on: 5-Nov-2005


    Eid Re-union 2005
    Organised by Bangladesh Welfare Society Campbelltown Details...


    Published on: 5-Nov-2005


    Eid Prayer 3rd or 4th November 2005
    (Depending on the moon sighting)
    Organised by Bangladesh Welfare Society Campbelltown Details...


    Published on: 4-Nov-2005


    Bangladesh-Australia Disaster Relief Committee appeals to the Bangladesh community members to make donations for the victims of the recent earthquake in Pakistan, India and Afghanistan. Your generous donations will help in the long term relief needs of the homeless millions in those countries. Details...


    Published on: 1-Nov-2005


    Annual Iftar Program 2005
    Bangladeshi Families will organise their annual Iftar Program on 22-Oct-2005 at Rooty Hill mosque. Details...


    Published on: 22-Oct-2005


    Iftar Party and Discussion
    Organised by Bangladesh Welfare Society Campbelltown Details...


    Published on: 22-Oct-2005


    Recent Earthquake in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

    Bangladesh-Australia Disaster Relief Committee is planning to raise funds for the victims of the Earthquake in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Until we are ready please considers making monetary donations to: Details...
    Published on: 21-Oct-2005


    Atahar Ali Khan optimistic about Bangladesh’s cricket future

    One of the finest cricketers of Bangladesh’s pre-test era, Atahar Ali Khan was in Sydney recently to attend an annual ICC award ceremony. The local cricket enthusiasts took this opportunity to meet him in a local restaurant. Details...
    Published on: 19-Oct-2005


    UN ambassador against
    domestic violence

    Dr. Tanveer Ahmed from the Bangladesh Community in Sydney has been chosen as an UN ambassador against domestic violence. Details...

    Published on: 14-Oct-2005


    Reception of Abdul Gaffar Choudhury
    in New Zealand - Report: Shafiqur Rahman Bhuiyan.


    A Reception party held on last Sunday a t Mount Albert War Memorial Hall ( Rocket Park ), Auckland , New Zealand in the honour of London-based veteran Bangladeshi editor, journalist, renowned, prominent, courageous columnist, human rights activist and lyricist Abdul Gaffar Choudhury and mammoth tribute was paid to him by Bangalees living in New Zealand.

    Chief Guest: Abdul Gaffar Choudhury
    Special Guest: Ms Parveen Sultana, Cultural Secretary, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Research Centre, London
    Special Guest: Dr. Nurur Rahman Khokan, General Secretary, Bangabandhu Parishad , Australia
    Presided over by: Engr. Shafiqur Rahman Anu, President, Bangabandhu Parishad , New Zealand
    Conducted by: Dr. Engr. Nazrul Islam, General Secretary, Bangabandhu Parishad , New Zealand

    Abdul Gaffar Choudhury said in his speech that he is not a historian but a journalist. He is the witness of lots of incidents related to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the members of his cabinet and his political party. He said Bangabandhu belongs to history and history would judge him in due course of time. No degree of antics or propagandist overtures of political parties can change that. Similarly, there cannot be any controversy over the fact that we are what we are today, i.e. proud citizens of an independent state, largely because of him. Historian and researchers should analyse his life and works, and present them in totality to the generations to come. Finally he thanked Bangalees of New Zealand for giving him such tribute and respect and he assured that he will visit this nice country, New Zealand again.


    Ms Parveen Sultana narrated, in brief, the background of the formation and production of `docu drama` `Palashi Theke Dhanmondi`. She also thanked Abdul Gaffar Choudhury for producing such a demanding drama and she also expressed her gratitude to the all artist, contributors and who are directly and indirectly involved with this drama.

    Dr. Nurur Rahman Khokan, explained the importance of the organization of the follower of Bangabandhu and he assured that every assistance will be provided to Bangalees of New Zealand from their end.

    Engr. Shafiqur Rahman Anu thanked Abdul Gaffar Choudhury for visiting New Zealand in spite of his busy schedule and his physical constrain. He expressed that it is our good luck to have such living companion of Bangabandhu among us. He requested him to complete and to publish the auto-biography of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, which was recorded by him. He specially thanked Dr Qaiyum Parvez, President, Bangabandhu Parishad, Australia, for arranging this visit of Abdul Gaffar Choudhury and other distinguished guests. He praised the spectators, especially who came from outside of Auckland and who helped in many ways to make this reception a successful one.

    Dr. Engr. Nazrul Islam also thanked Abdul Gaffar Choudhury and other special guests. He expressed forgiveness for their limitations and shortcoming of this function. He said that Abdul Gaffar Choudhury should carry on his script on the facts and documents of rare achievements of Bangabandhu and his government, which are not known to a lot of Bangalees.


    After the discussion recently produced famous play on the life of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, `Palashi Theke Dhanmondi` written, directed by Abdul Gaffar Choudhury was exhibited.

    Shafiqur Rahman Bhuiyan (ANU)
    144 Unit-C, Canal Road,
    Avondale Auckland - 1007
    NEW ZEALAND.
    Published on: 9-Oct-2005


    Bangladesh Forum
    for Community Engagement

    A forum will be launched soon to form a network of community volunteers who will be engaged in different activities beneficial to our community as well as to greater Australian community.
    About the Forum Proposed Activities
    Published on: 1-Oct-2005


    Recent Earthquake in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

    Bangladesh-Australia Disaster Relief Committee is planning to raise funds for the victims of the Earthquake in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Until we are ready please considers making monetary donations to:

    International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

    World Vision

    CARE

    Doctors Without Borders

    We will let you know once an action plan is drawn up.

    Mr. Fida Huq 0422 418 272
    Mr. Afsar Ahmed 9378 9805
    Mr. Ruhul Ahmed 0433 305 281
    Dr. A. Wahab 0421 647 070
    Mr. Sk. Osman 0417 659 542
    Mr. Nawshad Shah and 0402 385 342
    Mr. Delwar Hossain 0425 338 505

    Published on: 1-Oct-2005


    Grameen Support Group Get-together

    Grameen Support Group members had their first get-together last Sunday (25-Sep-2005) at the Lake Parramatta Park, North Parramatta.

    Grameen Support Group was fromed in Sydney by Mr. Nazrul Islam with several enthusiasts to encourage people to open an account with Grameen Bank. Supported by independent studies, Grameen Support Group believes that if you open an account with Grameen Bank and keep few hundred dollars in there for several years it can pull up a poor family in Bangladesh above the poverty line. If all non resident Bangladeshis do the same Bangladesh can be poverty free in just ten years. Photos...
    Grameen Support Group Website
    Published on: 28-Sep-2005


    A Case for Bangladeshi-Australians to Consider An article by Harun ur Rashid
    Barrister-at-Law ( Lincoln’s Inn, London), Former Bangladesh High Commissioner to Australia (1982-84) and Ambassador to the UN, Geneva (1987-91)
    Sent by Kamrul Khan, Canberra


    Published on: 27-Sep-2005

    Grameen Support Group Get-together 2005
    Mr. Nazrul Islam speaking about the Grameen Support Group`s activity. Othere speakers were: Zulfiquer Ahmed, Abu Bakar,
    Fida Haq and Anisur Rahman. They spoke about Grameen Support Group, Grameen Mutual Fund, Grameen phone and Micro-credit
    program for the beggers (struggling members) in Bangladesh.
    Published on: 27-Sep-2005


    Bangladesh Islamic Centre NSW Inc
    11-13 HELEN ST., SEFTON NSW 2162
    Tel: (02) 9645 5982 / Mobile: 0425 390 972

    (Correct for localities in and around Sydney)

    * Start of Fasting (depending upon moon sighting)
    Lailatul Qadr is one of the odd nights of last ten nights of Ramadhan.

    Published on: 25-Sep-2005


    Grameen Support Group Get-together

    Dear account holders, please pack your picnic basket and come to the Lake Parramatta Park (Lackey Road, North Parramatta) on 25-Sep-2005 at 11 am. BBQ facility is available in the park (Please bring enough food for your family).
    This is a great opportunity to meet other Support Group members. We all share a dream of poverty free Bangladesh. Lets meet, lets talk, lets learn from each other and have some fun too. -Nazrul Islam
    Published on: 25-Sep-2005


    Bangla Mela 2005

    Date: 24-Sep-2005 Saturday / Time: 10.00 AM
    Venue: Ingleburn Public School (Cnr. Cumberland & Oxford Rd.)
    Organised by: Bangladesh Welfare Society Campbelltown
    Published on: 24-Sep-2005



    A grand reunion of all the ex-cadets of Bangladesh living in Australia was held on 18-Sep-2005, Sunday at the Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush Bay.
    Report... Photos...
    Published on: 23-Sep-2005



    `Hridoye Nodi`, a new Bangladeshi group in South-west Sydney presented Pradip Ball solo night on 10-Sep-2005 at the Ingleburn High School Auditorium. About 160 people from Indian and Bangladeshi community came to see and enjoy the show. Photos... Report...
    Published on: 22-Sep-2005

    Cadets Day Out 2005
    Ex Bangladesh Cricket captain Bulbul (Husband of ex-cadet Shamima of MGCC) giving a speech and tips about cricket.
    Published on: 22-Sep-2005


    Govt to open three more consulates
    Bangladesh government is planning to open three consulate offices in Miami, Milan and Sydney to facilitate services to the expatriate Bangladeshis and expansion of trade and commerce.

    Sent by Prabir Maitra
    Published on: 21-Sep-2005


    Pradip Ball Solo Night

    The Pradip Ball solo night was a night that many will remember for long. About 160 people from Indian and Bangladeshi community attended the show. The singer Pradip with the Zia (in Tabla) and Shwachchhaw (in Guitar) impressed the audience from start to finish with his magical voice singing popular songs of our sub-continent. The audience, it seemed, was fully soaked into the music and rhythms. The Program Announcer Muna impressed the audience with her style and voice of presentation all along the show.

    The stage decoration and lighting was very impressive and created the atmosphere right for such an occasion. Program management was focused to delivering a quality program to the audience and the feedback suggests that we were successful.

    We would like to thank all the participants including the main singer Pradip Ball, Zia, Shwachchhaw, Muna, all volunteers and the audience who ultimately made the program a success. We are also very grateful to the print and electronic media for the coverage.

    We hope in future we will return with similar cultural programs and variety shows.

    Wasim Mahmud For Hridaye Nodi.
    Published on: 21-Sep-2005


    Grand Reunion of all ex Cadets

    A grand reunion of all the ex-cadets of Bangladesh will be held on 18-Sep-2005, Sunday at 11:00 AM, at the Bicentennial Park, Homebush Bay, Olympic Park. Details...
    Published on: 18-Sep-2005



    Bangabandhu Parishad observed Jatio Shok dibosh last Saturday (3-Sep-2005) at the police Citizen Youth Club in Daiceyville. Prof. Borhan Uddin Khan Jahangir came from Bangladesh to attend the program as the chief guest. Photos...
    Published on: 9-Sep-2005




    Published on: 7-Sep-2005


    Timeline: Bangladesh

    A chronology of key events. Courtesy of BBC News
    Published on: 5-Sep-2005


    Discussion about Bangladesh tonight

    There is a discussion about Bangladesh tonight on Phillip Adams Late Night live Radio National (576 on the am dial) at 10pm, repeated the following day at 4pm. I think it`s about all the recent explosions in Bangladesh.
    - Sent by Tanveer Ahmed
    Published on: 22-Aug-2005


    For a better understanding of your kids in Australia

    A six-week workshop designed for Bangladeshi parents. Starts on 29-Aug-2005 at the Parramatta MRC.
    Published on: 19-Aug-2005


    Dozens of Bomb Blasts Shake Bangladesh Details... (courtesy of GLOBEANDMAIL.COM)
    BBC Report...


    Published on: 18-Aug-2005


    Annual Cultural Night 2005

    Bangladesh Association of NSW held its Annual Cultural Night last Saturday (30-Jul-2005) at the Parramatta Town Hall. It was attended by a large number of people. The food was excellent. Listening to Ferdous Ara was a memorable experience. Photos...


    Published on: 2-Aug-2005

    Bangladesh Association of NSW - Annual Cultural Night 2005
    Naimul of Eastside Gunners received the Faheem Bhuiyan Award for Player of the Tournament.
    Mr. Faruk Chowdhury handed the award.
    Published on: 1-Aug-2005

    Bangladesh Association of NSW - Annual Cultural Night 2005
    Shariful of Bangladesh Cricketers receiving the President`s Special Award for Best Young Player in 2005.
    President of the Association Mr. Rahmatullah handed the award.

    More Photos...
    Published on: 1-Aug-2005

    Bangladesh Association of NSW - Annual Cultural Night 2005.
    Ferdous Ara with the musicians. From left: Nilon (rhythm), Shwachchhaw (lead), Zia (tabla), Sazzad (keyboard),
    Ferdous Ara, Tapan (rhythm), Bablu (sound engineer) and Tito (base).
    Published on: 1-Aug-2005

    Bangladesh Association of NSW - Annual Cultural Night 2005.
    Julie Owens (Federal MP for Parramatta) presenting a trophy to Ferdous Ara.
    Published on: 1-Aug-2005

    Bangladesh Association of NSW - Annual Cultural Night 2005.

    Published on: 1-Aug-2005

    Bangladesh Association of NSW - Annual Cultural Night 2005.

    Published on: 1-Aug-2005


    Bangladesh Association of NSW
    Annual Cultural Night & Dinner

    Date: 30-Jul-2005, Saturday Time: 7:300 PM Poster...
    Venue: Parramatta Town Hall

    Published on: 30-Jul-2005


    Prof. Nazrul Islam Visited Sydney

    Prof Nazrul Islam of Kyushu University, Japan on a visit to Australia held a discussion meeting in Sydney on 17-Jul-2005 at the Toongabbie Anglican Church Hall. Many environment professionals and enthusiasts from the Bangladeshi community attended the well organised discussion. Prof Islam spoke about the role of expatriate Bangladeshis in banning the two stroke engine vehicles (scooters) and polythene bags in Bangladesh. He stressed on the need for networking of Bangladeshi environment professionals around the world. After a short tea-break, Prof Nazrul Islam answered question raised by the participants. Photos... More about Prof Nazrul Islam
    Report on the Canberra Meeting and Seminar
    Report on the Melbourne Meeting


    Published on: 25-Jul-2005

    Bangladesh Environment Network
    From left: Dr Swapan Paul, Dr Ronald Patra and Dr Nazrul Islam
    Published on: 24-Jul-2005

    Bangladesh Environment Network
    There was a good turn out of people interested in what Prof. Nazrul Islam had to say about the current environmental issues of Bangladesh.
    Published on: 24-Jul-2005

    Bangladesh Environment Network
    Ms Lubna Sharmeen Shetu read a written message from the High Commissioner H.E. Ashraf-ud-Doula.
    Published on: 24-Jul-2005

    Bangladesh Environment Network
    Dr Debashish Mazumder introduced Prof Nazrul Islam to the audiance.
    Published on: 24-Jul-2005


    Talk on the Environment of Bangladesh

    Dr Nazrul Islam a professor of Economics at the Kyushu National University, Japan, is currently visiting Australia and giving lectures on environmental issues at several universities. About Dr Nazrul Islam
    On Saturday the 16-Jul-2005, Dr Islam will give a talk on the environment and economic issues and concerns in Bangladesh.
    Date: 16-Jul-2005, Saturday / Time: 2:45 pm Contact Details...
    Venue: Toongabbie Anglican Church Hall, 46A Binnalong Road
    Pendle Hill NSW 2145. (entrance through Burrabogee Rd),
    RSVP: By 14-Jul-2005, swapanil@yahoo.com.
    Snacks will be served in environmentally friendly cups and plates.
    Report on the Canberra Meeting and Seminar...
    Published on: 16-Jul-2005


    Bangladesh Society for Puja and Culture


    Press Release 1 Press Release 2
    Published on: 15-Jul-2005


    About Professor Nazrul Islam

    Prof Nazrul Islam is a professor of Economics at the Kyuscho National University Japan.

    He is the head of the Quantitative Analysis Section, International Center for the Study of East Asian Development (ICSEAD).

    In 1998 he founded Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN). BEN is a web-based environmental organisation engaged in pursuing and creating public awareness and working for solving environmental problems.

    For further information on BEN, please visit www.ben-center.org


    Published on: 9-Jul-2005


    Community Meeting and ANU Seminar


    On Monday the 5th of July 2005, a meeting was organised at the Australian National University to discuss and to explore ways of getting involved with the environmental issues of Bangladesh. Members of the Bangladeshi community living in Canberra attended the meeting.

    Dr Nazrul Islam who is a professor of Economics Kyuscho National University, Japan and founder-coordinator of Bangladesh Environmental Network (BEN) spoke about the environmental activities around the world and called upon Australian Bangladeshis to come forward to address issues related to the environment.

    Mr Kamrul Ahsan Khan, a BEN member, introduced Dr Nazrul Islam emphasising the importance of building networks all over Australia to take active part in positive work for Bangladesh.

    This meeting was also addressed by scientist Dr Abed Choudhury, seniors lecturer Dr Milton Hasnat, Dr Hilal Ahammad, Mr Ahmed Imran ,Ms Nazmun Ratna, Mr Lokman Hussain, Mr Shadap Parvez, Mr Zobaid and many others.

    Dr Islam warned that environmental degradation resulting from the side effects of poisonous air, uncollected garbage, and lack of open space, polluted and dying water bodies, congestion, noise, and traffic jam can stifle the economic growth of Bangladesh.

    He added that these problems pose a greater threat to Bangladesh in particular, because of the country`s small landmass, population density and rapidly developing industry. Dr Islam also warned of the fallacies that currently exist in treatment of environmental issues in economics.

    Discussants provided various recommendations that centred around need for environmental awareness from the grassroots, role of the mass media and non-resident Bangladeshis through to receiving the endorsement of political leaders in Bangladesh. Participants were enthusiastic to build up a network and to actively participate in the environmental issues in Bangladesh.

    Before the meeting, a seminar was arranged by the Australian National University. Dr Nazrul Islam presented the keynote paper on Vietnam. The seminar was attended by the High Commissioner for Bangladesh to Australia, H.E. Ashraf-ud-Duala and other scholars and students of the University. High Commissioner`s speech and participation in the seminar was appreciated by the ANU authority and the Bangladeshi community.

    More meetings will be organised soon in other major cities of Australia .

    Kamrul Ahsan Khan
    Canberra


    Published on: 9-Jul-2005


    Professor Nazrul Islam's visit in Melbourne and discussion on BEN

    Prof Islam Research Professor and Head of Quantitative Analysis Section of The International Centre for the Study of East Asian Development, Kitakyushu, Japan visited Melbourne for a short time. Within his two days stay at Melbourne he made a brief presentation on Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN) in front of a group of Bangladeshi. Dr. Nazrul Islam is the founder coordinator of BEN. His discussion on BEN made it clear that wherever we live it does not matter if we wish we could contribute to bring a change in our country. BEN's activities is to improve environment of Bangladesh is a success. BEN in cooperation with other organisations of Bangladesh namely Parash, BUET, Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon succeed in doing of couple things. As follows:

    - There is no more leaded fuel in Bangladesh which generate black smoke with carbon mono oxide;

    - Scooter free city is a credit to BEN

    - Polythin free Bangladesh also a battle won by BEN

    - Save the river is BEN's target as a result river Buriganga got proper attention from the authority and unauthorised shopping complexes in the bank of the river were demolished.

    The discussion was very much meaningful. Impact of the BEN's activities on the environment has been observed by some of us who recently visited Bangladesh.

    Dr. Islam also mentioned that BEN is run by voluntary contribution from the community and they usually collect fund during Christmas time.

    Dilruba Shahana
    Melbourne


    Published on: 9-Jul-2005


    High Commissioner Meets the Press
    Biman will soon fly to Australia

    Last Sunday (3-Jul-2005) High Commissioner for Bangladesh to Australia H.E. Ashraf-ud-Duala called a meeting of all the Bangladesh community media representatives from Sydney and Canberra. The meeting was held at the Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra.

    Please promote a positive image of Bangladesh was the message the High Commissioner tried to convey to the media. He also made an important announcement. Hopefully by the end of this year Biman will operate a direct flight to Australia.

    High Commissioner`s full speech... Photos...
    Published on: 6-Jul-2005

    High Commissioner Meets the Press
    Last Sunday (3-Jul-2005) High Commissioner for Bangladesh to Australia H.E. Ashraf-ud-Duala called a meeting of
    all the Bangladesh community media representatives from Sydney. The meeting was held at the Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra.
    From left: Mrs. Jesmin Ashraf, Farhadur Reza Probal, H.E. Ashraf-ud-Duala and
    Barrister Harunur Rashid (former High Commissioner to Australia 1982-1984)

    Published on: 6-Jul-2005

    High Commissioner Meets the Press
    Formal meeting at the Bangladesh High Commission, Canberra.
    A cultural program followed the meeting. Sakiba Rahman Mitul, Amia Matin, Priyanka and Avijit Sarkar entertained
    the gustes with a beautiful selection of songs.
    Published on: 6-Jul-2005

    High Commissioner Meets the Press
    Informal discussion after lunch at the Bangladesh House (official residence of the High Commissioner).
    Published on: 6-Jul-2005


    First IEEE Conference in Bangladesh
    IEEE is an acronym for Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

    While other neighbouring countries have been hosting IEEE conferences for many years, this is happening in Bangladesh for the first time.

    About the Conference About IEEE
    Sent by J. Hassan, University of Sydney
    Published on: 1-Jul-2005


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    Nasima Akhter loves hair dressing. She did her diploma, spent four years as an apprentice, got her licence and now opened her own hair dressing salon at Minto (south-west Sydney). She is probably the first Bangladeshi lady in Australia to take hair dressing as a profession. We wish her every success in her business venture. Photos...
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