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Published on: 4-Sep-2015 Consular Camp in Melbourne
Bangladesh High Commission Australia has organized a Consular Camp in Melbourne from 02 September to 06 September (Wednesday – Sunday). Details as follows:
Time: 9.00 am to 1.00 pm & 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm on Wednesday – Thursday & Saturday – Sunday.
9.00 am to 12.00 pm & 2.30 pm to 4.30pm on Friday.
Venue: Wyndham Park Community Centre 55-57 Kookaburra Avenue, Werribee, Vic (Mel ways#:206 C4)
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Published on: 30-Aug-2015
গত ১৫ই মে ২০১৫, সিডনি'র দি পন্ডস এ শুরু হলো দাতব্য সংগঠন 'লিসেন ফর ইনক' এর আনুষ্ঠানিক পথচলা। কথা হলো সংগঠনের সভাপতি জনাব ফয়সাল ফরিদ জয়, সাধারণ সম্পাদক আক্তার উদ্দিন টিপু এবং ইভেন্ট সমন্বয়কারী মাহমুদ ইমন এর সঙ্গে। তারা জানালেন, সংগঠনটির শুরুর কথা, স্বপ্নের কথা, উদ্দেশ্য এবং ভবিষ্যৎ দিক নির্দেশনা সম্পর্কে।
জনাব আক্তার উদ্দিন টিপু জানান, “আট দশটি গতানুগতিক দাতব্য সংগঠনের চাইতে 'লিসেন ফর ইনক' সম্পূর্ণ আলাদা। আক্ষরিক অর্থেই আমরা চাই আমাদের সাধ্য ও সামর্থ্যের মধ্যে থেকে বাংলাদেশের বঞ্চিত সব পথ শিশুদের জন্য কিছু করতে।” মূলত ছয়জন স্বপ্নদ্রষ্টার স্বপ্নের ফসল আজকের 'লিসেন ফর ইনক'। জনাব ফয়সাল ফরিদ জয় বলেন “বাংলাদেশী পথ শিশুদের শিশু-শ্রম নিরসন, দরিদ্রতা বিমোচন, প্রয়োজনীয় চিকিৎসা সেবা প্রদান এই মৌলিক বিষয়গুলো নিশ্চিতকরণের লক্ষে 'লিসেন ফর' কাজ করবে”। এই পর্যায়ে 'লিসেন ফর' সরাসরি সম্পৃক্ত না হয়ে প্রাতিষ্ঠানিক ভাবে অংশিদারিত্ব করবে আরেক আন্তর্জাতিক দাতব্য সংগঠন 'সেভ দা চিলড্রেন' এর সাথে। প্রাথমিকভাবে 'লিসেন ফর' তাদের বিভিন্ন কর্মকাণ্ডের মাধ্যমে অর্থ যোগানের চেষ্টা করবে। সাংস্কৃতিক অনুষ্ঠান, ফান্ড রাইসিং ডিনার, জনসচেতনতা, সরাসরি ডোনেশনে অংশগ্রহণ ইত্যাদি আরো বিভিন্ন আয়োজনের মাধ্যমে চলবে এই অর্থ সংগ্রহ। এসব অনুষ্ঠান থেকে সংগৃহীত অর্থ সরাসরি চলে যাবে 'সেভ দা চিলড্রেন' এর বাংলাদেশী শাখায়।
আর এই ধারাবাহিকতায় আগামী ১লা নভেম্বর রবিবার 'লিসেন ফর' পরিবেশন করতে যাছে এক জমকালো সাংস্কৃতিক সন্ধ্যা। তাদের প্রথম পরিবেশনা 'বাংলাদেশ নাইট'। UNSW এর সাইন্স থিয়েটার এ মনোমুগ্ধকর এক অনুষ্ঠান পরিবেশনার জন্য বাংলাদেশ থেকে আসছে স্বনামধন্য সঙ্গীত-আয়োজক ও কণ্ঠশিল্পী ফুয়াদ ও তার দল ( Fuad N Friends ), জনপ্রিয় ব্যান্ড 'অর্থহীন' (সুমন, রাফা) হালের সেনসেশন কনা, দ রক স্টার শুভ এবং ডি জে রাহাত।
অনুষ্ঠানটির পরিসর বাড়াতে 'লিসেন ফর' এর সাথে প্রাতিষ্ঠানিক ভাবে সংযুক্ত হয়েছে বাংলাদেশের বিখ্যাত ইভেন্ট ম্যানেজমেন্ট প্রতিষ্ঠান 'Creato'। অনুষ্ঠান সম্পর্কে মাহমুদ ইমন বলেন, “অনুষ্ঠানটি হতে যাচ্ছে অস্ট্রেলিয়া তে অনুষ্ঠেয় বাংলাদেশী কমুনিটির মধ্যে সর্ব বৃহৎ আয়োজন। বৃহৎ পরিসরের এই আয়োজনে যেই পর্যায়ের সাউন্ড, লাইট, ভিজুয়াল ইফেক্ট ব্যবহার করা হবে; আমাদের কমুনিটির জন্য তা হবে সম্পূর্ণ নতুন এক অভিজ্ঞতা।” তিনি আরো বলেন, “আমরা এই অনুষ্ঠান নিয়ে অনেক আশাবাদী। যেহেতু এটা আমাদের প্রথম আয়োজন আমরা চাইছি এমন কিছু করতে যা আমদের দর্শকদের হৃদয় কে নারা দিয়ে যাবে। তাছাড়া আমাদের যেকোনো আয়োজনই হবে বাংলাদেশের বঞ্চিত পথ-শিশুদের সাহায্য করার উদ্দেশ্যে আর তাই আমদের দর্শকরা একই সাথে দু দুটি ভালো লাগা নিয়ে বাড়ি ফিরবেন ইনশাল্লাহ। প্রথমত তারা একটি মানসম্পন্ন অনুষ্ঠান উপভোগ করবেন দ্বিতীয়ত তাদের ব্যয়-কৃত অর্থ একটি মহত উদ্দেশে ব্যবহৃত হবে।”
“আমি সবার কাছে বিনম্র অনুরোধ করছি আপনারা আমাদের অনুষ্ঠান দেখতে আসুন এবং আমাদের ক্ষুদ্র প্রয়াসটুকু সফল করতে সহায়তা করুন”
পরিবেশ সংবাদ পরিবেশনায়: বাংলাদেশ পরিবেশ নেটওয়ার্ক (বেন) পরিবেশ সংবাদ, বর্ষ ১১, সংখ্যা ২৯-৩০ (২৬ জুলাই, ২০১৫)
হিমালয় অঞ্চলের বাঁধ বিপর্যয়ের সম্ভাবনা:
হিমালয় পর্বতমালার ভূমিকম্পন-প্রবণ অঞ্চলে ভারত এবং চীন এ পর্যন্ত প্রায় ৬০০ বড় আকারের বাঁধ নির্মাণ করেছে। এই সব বাঁধ বড় মাপের ভূমিকম্পনে ভেঙ্গে পড়ার সমূহ সম্ভাবনা রয়েছে বলে ভূ-বিজ্ঞানীরা মনে করছেন। সম্প্রতি নেপালে ঘটে যাওয়া ভূমিকম্পে বেশ কয়েকটি বড় বাঁধেই ফাটল দেখা দিয়েছে, যেগুলি কিনা পরবর্তীতে ঘটে যাওয়া ভূমিকম্পে ধ্বসে যাওয়ার সম্ভাবনা রয়েছে। থেরাই বাঁধটির ৮.৫ মাত্রার ভূমিকম্প সহ্য করার ক্ষমতা রয়েছে বলে ভারতীয় কর্তৃপক্ষ মনে করে, কিন্তু এই মাত্রার অধিক আকারের ভূমিকম্পের সম্ভাবনা ভূবিজ্ঞানীরা উড়িয়ে দিচ্ছেনা। এই বাঁধটি যদি ধ্বসে পড়ে তাহলে নিম্নাঞ্চলে অবস্থিত বেশ কয়েকটি জনপদের প্রায় ২০ লক্ষ মানুষের জীবন বিপন্ন হতে পারে। তাহলে সহজেই অনুমেয় ৬০০ এর অধিক বাঁধের বেশ কয়েকটি যদি বড় মাপের কোন ভূমিকম্পে ধ্বসে পড়ে তাহলে কি পরিমাণ জীবন এবং সম্পদ হুমকির মুখে পড়বে। ভূবিজ্ঞানীরা ইতোমধ্যেই ভবিষ্যৎ বাণী করেছেন যে হিমালয় অঞ্চলে অদূর ভবিষ্যতে ৯.০ মাত্রার ভূমিকম্প হওয়ার সম্ভাবনা রয়েছে। এখানে উল্লেখ্য যে আন্তঃ নদী সংযোগের অংশ হিসাবে হিমালয় অঞ্চলে আরো অনেক বাঁধ নির্মাণের পরিকল্পনা ভারত হাতে নিয়েছে এবং বাস্তবায়নের লক্ষ্যে দ্রুত এগিয়ে যাচ্ছে। বিস্তারিত পড়তে এখানে ক্লিক করুণ
ভারতীয় আন্তঃ নদী সংযোগ প্রকল্প বাস্তবায়নের পথে আরো এক ধাপ:
ভারতের প্রস্তাবিত আন্তঃ নদী সংযোগ প্রকল্প নিয়ে বেন-বাপা বিভিন্ন সময়ে অনেক সেমিনার, সম্মেলন, প্রেস কনফারেন্স, মানব বন্ধন, লেখালেখি করেছে, তাই এই ব্যাপারে বিষদ কিছু না বলেও সর্বশেষ অবস্থার কথা জানার জন্য এখানে ক্লিক করুণ
পাহাড়ি অঞ্চলে ব্যাপক ধ্বসে বিপর্যস্ত বৃহত্তর চট্টগ্রাম অঞ্চল:
গত কয়েক সপ্তাহ ধরেই বাংলাদেশের বিভিন্ন অঞ্চলে টানা বৃষ্টিপাত হচ্ছে। অধিক বৃষ্টির ফলে দেশের বিভিন্ন অঞ্চলে দেখা দিয়েছে বন্যা এবং জলাবদ্ধতা। বৃষ্টিপাতের ধরণ এবং মাত্রা যে পরিবর্তন হয়ে যাচ্ছে একথাটি আজকাল সাধারণ মানুষও উপলব্ধি করতে পারছে এবং এইসবের জন্য যে জলবায়ু পরিবর্তনই দায়ী সে কথাটিও ব্যাপকভাবে আলোচিত হচ্ছে। টানা বৃষ্টির ফলে পাহাড়ি অঞ্চলের বিভিন্ন জায়গায় শুরু হয়েছে ভূমিধ্বসেরও। অপরিকল্পিত নগরায়ন এবং পাহাড় কাটার ফলে ভূমিধ্বস ব্যাপক আকার ধারণ করেছে। বিস্তারিত পড়তে এখানে ক্লিক করুণ
জলবায়ু পরিবর্তন এবং দ্রুত গতিতে সমুদ্র-পৃষ্ঠ উঠে আসার পূর্ভাবাসঃ
জলবায়ু পরিবর্তন এবং সম্ভাব্য সমুদ্র-পৃষ্ঠ উঠে আসার প্রেক্ষিতে সৃষ্ট বিপর্যয় বাংলাদেশের জন্য যে একটা অশনি সংকেত নিয়ে উপস্থিত হচ্ছে একথা আজ কারো অজানা নয়। এমনকি এটাও বাংলাদেশের সর্বস্তরের মানুষ জানে যে এই জলবায়ু পরিবর্তনের ফলে সমুদ্র-পৃষ্ঠ যদি ১ মিটার উপরে উঠে আসে তাহলে উপকূলীয় অঞ্চলের প্রায় ২০ মিলিয়ন মানুষ বাস্তু-চ্যুত হবে এবং ১৭% ভূমি বাসের অনুপযোগী হয়ে পড়বে। বিজ্ঞানীরা বর্তমানে আশংকা করছে যে অদূর ভবিষ্যতে সমুদ্র-পৃষ্ঠ ৩ মিটার উপরে উঠে আসতে পারে। যদি এই আশংকা বাস্তবে রূপ নেয় তাহলে বাংলাদেশের অস্তিত্বই হুমকির মুখে পড়বে। বিস্তারিত পড়তে এখানে ক্লিক করুণ
বাংলাদেশে বাঘের সংখ্যা মাত্র ১০৬!
কিছুদিন আগেও পরিবেশ এবং বন মন্ত্রী বলেছিলেন যে বাংলাদেশের সুন্দরবনে ৪০০ অধিক বাঘ রয়েছে, কিন্তু বাঘ গণনা জরীপের তথ্য মতে গত কয়েক বছরে বাঘের সংখ্যা অর্ধেকের বেশী কমে গিয়ে তা এখন মাত্র ১০৬ এ দাঁড়িয়েছে। বিস্তারিত পড়তে এখানে ক্লিক করুণ
Barrister Salahuddin Ahmed is a senior member of the Bangladeshi community in Sydney. He lives in Maroubra for over 30 years. His new book DUTIES OF MUSLIMS REFLECTING ON THE QURAN has recently been published by A.P.H. Publishing Corporation, New Delhi.
The book is available from A.P.H. Corporation, 4435-36/7, Ansari Road, Darya Ganj, New Delhi 110002 and also from Bagchee website
The book, bound in hard cover, has 288 pages and priced at 1295 Indian rupees.
It has been reviewed by The Financial Express and HOLIDAY. The links to these reviews are given below:
ক্যানবেরার বাংলাদেশী বিজ্ঞানী ড. আবেদ চৌধুরী বেশ কিছুদিন যাবত দেশে ও বিদেশে বিভিন্ন ধরনের কর্মকাণ্ডের সাথে জড়িত। সম্প্রতি তার উদ্যোগে বাজারে এসেছে দু'টি এনড্রয়েড এ্যাপ (App). Amazing Bangladesh এবং Amazing Sylhet. এ্যাপ দু'টি Google Play থেকে ডাউনলোড করে নেয়া যাবে। প্রতিটির দাম $1.28 অস্ট্রেলিয়ান ডলার।
Amazing Bangladesh এ আছে বাংলাদেশের বিভিন্ন অঞ্চলের ৩০টি ছবি এবং ৩টি গান (ও আমার দেশের মাটি, ধন ধান্য পুষ্পে ভরা, এই পদ্মা এই মেঘনা)।
Amazing Sylhet এ আছে সিলেটের ৩১টি ছবি এবং সিলেটী ভাষায় ৫টি গান (রহমতের দরিয়া, সুরমা নদীর তীরে, ভ্রমর কইয়ো গিয়া, সিলেটী ভাইসাব, সাধের লাউ)।
“গুড মর্নিং বাংলাদেশ” বিগেস্ট মর্নিং টি ইভেন্ট, সিডনীবাসী বাংলাদেশীদের একটি সফল আয়োজন।
আজাদ আলম: মে মাসটা ছিল ক্যান্সার কাউন্সিল ফান্ড রেইজিং আয়োজকদের জন্য একটি বিশেষ স্মরণীয় মাস। “বিগেস্ট মর্নিং টি” মরণ ব্যাধি ক্যান্সার নিরাময়ের ব্যয়বহুল রিসার্চের জন্য অর্থ সংগ্রহের একটি সেবামূলক ক্যাম্পেইন। সারা অস্ট্রেলিয়া ব্যাপী স্কুলের ছোট ছোট ছেলে মেয়েরা যেমন বিভিন্ন প্রোগ্রাম করে, চকলেট বিক্রি করে পয়সা তুলে তেমনি বড় বড় কোম্পানির মালিকেরাও চা চক্রের আয়োজন করে এই মহৎ কাজের জন্য পয়সা তোলার ব্যবস্থা করেন। এমনকি বাসায় বাসায় এর নামে টিনের বাক্সে খুচরো পয়সা জমা করে ক্যান্সার কাউন্সিলের ফান্ডে জমা দেন অনেক পরিবার।
সিডনিতে প্রবাসী বাংলাদেশিরাও সাড়া দিয়েছেন সহজাত মানসিকতার কারণেই। এই মানবিক কাজে যোগ দিয়েছেন এই ক্যাম্পেইনের প্রায় গোরা থেকেই। গত ১৪ বছরের মত এবারেও মে মাসের ৩, ১০, ১৭ এবং ২৪ তারিখের এই চার রবিবারে সিডনিতে আয়োজিত হলো “গুড মর্নিং বাংলাদেশ”, “বিগেস্ট মর্নিং টি” বাংলাদেশি স্টাইলে। নিউ সাউথ ওয়েলস ক্যান্সার কাউন্সিলের জন্য অর্থ সংগ্রহে প্রবাসী বাংলাদেশি পরিবারের এই মহৎ উদ্যোগের কথা শুধু বাংলাদেশিদের মুখে মুখে নয় এর গুণগান লোকাল এরিয়ার লোকজন তথা রাজনৈতিক ব্যক্তিত্বরাও এখন গুরুত্বের সাথে আলোচনা করেন, প্রশংসা করেন, উদাহরণ টানেন। এমনকি অস্ট্রেলিয়ার ন্যাশনাল পার্লামেন্টেও বাংলাদেশী কমুনিটির এই সফল উদ্যোগ প্রশংসিত হয়। ২০০১ সালে যে প্রোগ্রামটি সিডনীর পশ্চিমাঞ্চল ব্ল্যাক-টাউনে মাত্র ৮০০ ডলারের নিচে সংগ্রহ করে, সেই একই প্রোগ্রাম আজ ২০১৫ সালে এসে তাঁদের সংগ্রহের খাতায় লিপিবদ্ধ করেছেন সর্বমোট এক লক্ষ বিশ হাজার ডলারের বেশি। এ বছরেই ফান্ড রেইজিং এর পরিমাণ ২২ হাজার ডলার ছাড়িয়ে যায়। বলতে গেলে এই বিশাল সংগ্রহের প্রায় পুরোটাই সিডনীতে বসবাসকারী বাংলাদেশিদের বদান্যতার ফসল। ঐক্যবদ্ধতা, নিরলস, নিঃস্বার্থ এবং নিরন্তর প্রচেষ্টার এটি হল একটি প্রকৃষ্ট নমুনা।
ক্যান্সার কাউন্সিলের সিইও জিম এল এস্ট্রেংজ এবং মেডিক্যাল ডাইরেক্টর মনিকা রবটিনের সাথে আয়োজকরা
সিডনীর চার ভেনুতে চার রোববারে আয়োজিত হয় এই সকালের নাস্তার আয়োজন ‘‘গুড মর্নিং বাংলাদেশ” এই ব্যানারে। শহরের পশ্চিমাঞ্চল ব্ল্যাক টাউন এবং ইঙ্গেলবার্নে দুটি, মধ্যাঞ্চল লাকেম্বায় একটি এবং পূর্বাঞ্চল ম্যাস্কট সাবার্বে আর একটি। প্রতিটি ভেনুতেই সকাল নয়টা থেকেই আসতে শুরু করেন আশে পাশের লোকজনেরা। হরেক রকমের চা, পেঁয়াজু এবং পুরি ততক্ষণে রেডি প্রায়। হাতে বানানো পরোটা আর ভাজির জন্য লাইনে থাকেন অনেকেই। ভুনা মাংস তো আছেই। সকাল ৯ টা থেকেই অনুষ্ঠান প্রাঙ্গণ অংশগ্রহণকারী আর ক্রেতা দর্শকদের কোলাহলে মুখরিত হয়ে ওঠে। সদ্য ভাজা পরোটা,সদ্য হাড়ি থেকে নামানো ভাজি, মাংস আর গরম গরম ভাপা পিঠা, চিতই পিঠা,সিঙ্গারা, বিফ পেস্ট্রির গন্ধে ভরপুর থাকে প্রতিটি সেন্টার। মিষ্টি প্রিয় বাঙ্গালিদের হরেক রকমের মিষ্টি চমচম, জিলাপি, রসগোল্লা, রস মালাই, মুখ পাখন, পাটি সাপ্টা, তেলের পিঠা, নারিকেলের পিঠা ইত্যাদি তো আছেই। এই সমস্ত খাবারের আয়োজনে যাদের ভূমিকা সবচেয়ে বেশি তারা হলেন স্থানীয় মহিলা মহল। তারা সবাই শতভাগ উৎসাহ আনন্দ নিয়ে অংশ গ্রহণ করেন এই ফান্ড রেইজিং অনুষ্ঠানে, মহৎ উদ্দেশ্যে। অনেক রাত জেগে পিঠা পুলি মিষ্টি তৈরি করেন। সকালে উঠে আবার সেগুলো নিয়ে ভেনুতে আসেন। দাঁড়িয়ে দাঁড়িয়ে বিক্রি করেন এবং সমুদয় অর্থ খুশি মনে দিয়ে দেন ক্যান্সার কাউন্সিলের তহবিলে।
প্রতিটি আয়োজনে স্থানীয় রাজনীতিবিদরা ছাড়াও ক্যান্সার কাউন্সিলের পরিচালক মণ্ডলের অনেকেই আসেন বাংলাদেশীদের উৎসাহ যোগাতে, ধন্যবাদ জানাতে। এবারে সময় করে এসেছিলেন ক্যান্সার কাউন্সিলের সিইও জিম এল এস্টেরেঞ্জ ম্যাস্কটের অনুষ্ঠানে। তিনি বেশ গর্বের সাথেই স্বীকার করলেন, বাংলাদেশীদের এই নিঃস্বার্থ সহযোগিতার কথা। বাংলাদেশি কমুনিটি ছোট হলেও এই কমুনিটিতে বড় হৃদয়ের মানুষের সংখ্যা যে অনেক তা এই অকৃপণ বিশাল আয়োজনই এর উৎকৃষ্ট প্রমাণ বলে তিনি উল্লেখ করেন। ব্লাকটাউন, লাকেম্বা এবং ইঙ্গেলবার্নের অনুষ্ঠানেও লোকাল এম পি রা বাংলাদেশীদের এই সম্মিলিত প্রচেষ্টার ভূয়সী প্রশংসা করেন এবং কেউ কেউ মনে করেন এ রকম সুন্দর সফল আয়োজন অনুকরণ যোগ্য।
ব্ল্যাকটাউনের অনুষ্ঠানে ফেডারেল এম পি জুলি ওয়েন এবং এড হিউসিক, ইঙ্গেল্বার্নের আয়োজনে ফেডারেল এম পি লাউরি ফারগুসন, লাকেম্বার অনুষ্ঠানে ফেডারেল এম পি টনি বার্ক এবং ম্যাস্কটের ফাঙ্কশনে ফেডারেল এম পি ম্যাট থিসেলথওয়েট অংশগ্রহণ করেন। এ ছাড়াও প্রতিটি অনুষ্ঠানে ষ্টেট এম পি রাও আসেন।
স্থানীয় বাংলাদেশি নেতৃবর্গের বক্তব্যে ফুটে উঠেছে সম্মিলিত নিঃস্বার্থ অংশগ্রহণের কথা। দল মত ধর্ম নির্বিশেষে, সবার সার্বিক অংশগ্রহণ এবং তার সফল ফলাফল প্রমাণ করে আমরা চাইলেই দেশের জন্যও অনেক বড় বড় জনহিতকর কাজের অর্থ সংগ্রহ করতে পারি। এ প্রসঙ্গে ঢাকায় আহসানিয়া ক্যান্সার হাসপাতালের কথা উল্লেখিত হয়। সারা পৃথিবীতে ছড়িয়ে থাকা বাংলাদেশিদের বিরাট অবদানে আহসানিয়া ক্যান্সার হাসপাতালের কার্যক্রম অনেকটা এগিয়ে গিয়েছে। গরিব দুঃখী ক্যান্সার রোগীদের বিনা অর্থে সেবার কাজ চলছে পুরোদমে। “বিগেস্ট মর্নিং টি” এর পুরোধা ডঃ আব্দুল হক এবং ডাক্তার আয়াজ চৌধুরী অস্ট্রেলিয়ার প্রবাসী বাংলাদেশীদের আহসানিয়া ক্যান্সার হাসপাতালে অবদানের কথা গর্বের সাথে উল্লেখ করেন। ভবিষ্যতেও যেন আমরা এরকম কাজে স্বতঃস্ফূর্ত ভাবে এগিয়ে আসি এ আহবান জানান। বিদেশের মাটিতে বাংলাদেশীদের এই স্পিরিট, এই একতা এবং মানসিকতার মূল্য অনেক বেশী। দশে মিলে কাজ করার এই ফসল, এই সাফল্যকে কাজে লাগিয়ে অদূর ভবিষ্যতে সিডনিতে সিনিয়র সিটিজেনদের জন্য কোন কার্যক্রম হাতে নেয়া যায় কিনা সে ব্যাপারে ভাবনা চিন্তার সময় এসেছে বলে মনে করেন বাংলাদেশি কমুনিটির বিশিষ্ট বর্ষীয়ান ব্যক্তিত্ব জনাব মোস্তফা আব্দুল্লাহ।
বিদেশের মাটিতে আস্তানা গেঁড়ে, চাকরি বা ব্যবসা করে দেশে রেমিটেন্স পাঠিয়ে প্রবাসীরা যেমন দেশের অর্থনৈতিক কাঠামোকে শক্তিশালী করছেন ঠিক তেমনি এমন দৃষ্টান্তের সেবা মূলক কাজে অংশগ্রহণ করে বাংলাদেশের ভাবমূর্তিকেও উজ্জ্বল করছেন দেশ ছেড়ে আসা প্রবাসী বাংলাদেশিরা।
What's Happening to Olympic Park Boishakhi Mela! Faruk Kader
The last Baishakhi Mela held in Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Court has raised a question about the trajectory this celebration of Bengali New Year is following. We are aware of the hard work done every year by Bangabandhu Council of Australia in organising this event. However, this year the event’s outcome fell short of the community’s expectations in terms of our traditional festivities of Bengali New Year.
The new venue of Tennis Court itself was disappointing. It was hard to accept that this had more capacity than the previous one. The Athletic Centre provided an uninterrupted vista of the Mela on a grand scale as seen from the gallery – stage, stalls and the leisurely moving spectators nestled on the green grass of the ground. The new venue created a physical separation between the stage and the stalls erected outside the court.
I arrived at the Mela around 5 PM just before when the speeches of dignitaries got underway. What followed after that hardly matched the true sprits of our traditional Bengali New Year! The songs by the rock band were not up to the mark. It’s a pity that the iconic Tagore songs celebrating the advent of Bengali New Year were missing.
Another disappointing part of the Mela was the fashion show, which went for quite some time. The show was a brazen display of extravagant Lahengas, putting aside our traditional Bengali cloth-ware like Shari, Punjabi, and Lungi. I am not opposed to Lahenga and other trendy types in the show, but not in deference to our traditional cloth-ware, which should be the centrepiece of such fashion show. The show also took significant quota of time of the programme, so that Ankahi Alamgir’s solo had to be abandoned, when threatened by a storm. The fashion parade in my opinion should be brief and reflect mainly on our traditional cloth-ware.
Many spectators like me are disappointed and disillusioned about the way this Baishakhi Mela has been conducted in recent years. The young generation has a spontaneity to get carried away by the atmosphere of celebration without going into deep. But we the older generation has a responsibility to nurture and preserve our Bengali culture. Otherwise, it would be lost among our future generations and nothing would be left for us to be proud of.
My request to the organisers is to uphold the true spirit and values of our Bengali culture, unadulterated and unsullied by external influence. I trust that the organisers would be awake to the expectation of the Bangladeshi community. So that going to Baishakhi Mela every year would be an enjoyable and worthwhile experience for all of us.
Faruk Kader, Sydney
Published on: 25-Apr-2015
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Barrister Salahuddin's New Book
Barrister Salahuddin Ahmed is a senior member of the Bangladeshi community in Sydney. He lives in Maroubra for over 30 years. His new book GUIDE FOR MUSLIMS has recently been published by the well-known Malaysian publishers A.S. Noordeen. This book is intended to serve the purpose of using it as a guide to the Qur'an to find topic-wise discussion and analysis. The book is available through Internet from the following website: http://www.daralwahi.com/general.htm
The book has 332 pages and priced at 42 Malaysian Ringgit (AUD $15). It has been reviewed by The Daily Star and The New Nation. The links to these reviews are given below:
এমসিজিতে, মানে মেলবোর্ন ক্রিকেট গ্রাউন্ডে, কতবারই তো আসা হয়েছে। এমসিজিতে খেলা মানেই যেন উৎসব। শুধু ক্রিকেট দেখতেই আসা অন্য কিছু নয়। এবারের আসা অন্য রকম। ক্রিকেটই দেখতে আসা তবে এবার যে বাংলাদেশ খেলছে। বিশ্বকাপ খেলছে বাংলাদেশের ছেলেরা। এই প্রথম এমসিজি'র মাঠে ওরা খেলছে। লাল সবুজ দৌড়বে মাঠে, গ্যালারীতে লাল সবুজ পতাকা পত পত করে উড়বে ক্ষণে ক্ষণে, হল্লা চিৎকারে মেতে থাকবে দর্শক, সারি সারি। এ এক যাদুময় মুহূর্ত। পঞ্চাশ-ষাট, একশ'- দু'শো নয় হাজার বাঙ্গালী ছিল, এক হাজার দু'হাজার নয়, হাজার হাজার বাঙ্গালী ছিল। বিস্ময়কর হল বেশীর ভাগেরই পরিধানে লাল-সবুজ জার্সি। ছেলে-মেয়ে, বর-বউ বেশীরভাগই লাল সবুজ জার্সি পড়ে প্রিয় দেশের প্রিয় খেলোয়াড়দের উৎসাহ আর সহমর্মিতা জানাতে ভিড় করেছে। অনেক মা-বাবা তাদের ছোট্ট সোনামণিটির মাথা লাল-সবুজ পতাকার ব্যান্ডেনায় জড়িয়ে দিয়েছেন। ঘোষণা হল ঐদিন এমসিজি চত্বরে ত্রিশ হাজার দর্শক উপস্থিত। ধারনা করা হচ্ছে ওই দর্শকদের মাঝে দশ হাজার দর্শকই ছিলেন বাংলাদেশী। তারা সবাই মেলবোর্ন-বাসী নন, অস্ট্রেলিয়ার নানা জায়গা থেকে এবং পৃথিবীর নানা জায়গা থেকে দীর্ঘ পথ পাড়ি দিয়ে এসেছেন অনেকে। এসেছেন এমসিজিতে বাংলাদেশের খেলা দেখতে।
শ্রীলংকার সঙ্গে খেলবে বাংলাদেশ। শ্রীলংকা বিশ্বকাপ জয়ী দল। অভিজ্ঞতা ওদের অনেক। বাংলাদেশ সে তুলনায় নবীন। এমসিজি'র মাঠে শ্রীলংকা নতুন নয়। বাংলাদেশ দলের জন্য এমসিজি'র মাঠ একেবারেই নতুন। তবে এমসিজিতে খেলতে আসা এক সম্মানের ব্যাপার। নব্বই হাজার দর্শক ঠাঁই পায় এমসিজি'র মাঠে। এই বিশাল বড় মাঠে বাউন্ডারি মেরে চার-ছক্কা তোলাও বিরাট কাজ।
আমি ক্রিকেট বিশেষজ্ঞ নই, পেশাদার ক্রীড়া-সাংবাদিকও নই। দেখতে ভালবাসি ক্রিকেট ও এই খেলা দেখার ছলেই নানা সময়ে এমসিজি'র নানা আবহ ও উদ্দামতা পর্যবেক্ষণের সুযোগ হয়েছে।
দেখেছি এক সময়ের বিশ্বখ্যাত অস্ট্রেলীয় ক্রিকেট ক্যাপ্টেন ষ্টীভ ওয়ার পকেট থেকে উঁকি দেওয়া তার অলৌকিক লাল রুমাল। কষ্ট পেয়েছি দেখে যখন ফার্স্ট বোলার গ্লেন ম্যাগরা কি অনায়াসে ক্রিকেট লেজেন্ড শচীন তেন্ডুলকারকে আউট করেছে। আর উচ্ছ্বাসে উদ্দাম দর্শকদের মেক্সিকান ওয়েভ তোলার অপূর্ব দৃশ্য। ভিড়ে সব ধরনের মানুষ দেখা যায়। অভব্য, অ-পরিশীলিতদের যেমন দেখা যায়, হাসি-জাগানিয়া চিজদেরও সাক্ষাৎ পাওয়া যায়। মাঠে বসেই দেখেছি হুট করে প্রায় গোল মত হালকা না সাদা না গোলাপি রঙের কিছু একটা এসে পড়লো। অতদূর থেকে বোঝা যায়নি কি ছিল জিনিসটা। পড়ে টিভি নিউজে বললো কেউ একজন কাচা আস্ত মুরগী ছুড়ে মেরেছিল ক্রিকেট মাঠে। আরেকবার দিনের প্রায় শেষে আমাদের সামনের কোন এক সারি থেকে উঠে সিঁড়ি বেয়ে উপরে উঠে গেল একটি মেয়ে। কতো মেয়েই উঠানামা করছে তা বলার মতো তেমন কিছু না। তবে দেখতে নম্র ভদ্র হলেও সেই মেয়ে এক উদ্ভট বেশে নির্লজ্জভাবে হেঁটে চলে গেল । একটু পরেই মেয়েটি যখন কাগজের কাপে দুই কাপ কফি নিয়ে টলোমলো পা সাবধানে ফেলে ফিরছিল তখনি দর্শকদের হতভম্ব দৃষ্টি তাকে অনুসরণ করতে শুরু করলো। অতঃপর নিম্নাঙ্গে শালীন-শোভন ট্রাউজার্স আর ঊর্ধ্বাঙ্গে শুধুমাত্র ব্রা পরিহিতা নম্র-ভদ্র মেয়েটিকে সিকিউরিটির এক মহিলা সদস্যা এসে শান্তভাবে সরিয়ে নিয়ে গেলেন। আপদ বিদায় হল!
ভিড়ের মাঝে কিছু কিছু অস্ট্রেলীয়(সবাই নয়) সমর্থকদের আচরণও ভব্যতার ধার ধারেনা। একবার অস্ট্রেলিয়া বনাম ভারতের ক্রিকেট খেলার সময় তেমনি কিছু অস্ট্রেলীয় দর্শকদের আচরণ ছিল অসহনীয় পর্যায়ের কুৎসিত। পরবর্তী সময়ে এই অভব্যতা নিয়ে পত্রিকায় প্রচুর লেখালেখি হয়েছে। সবই যে খারাপ তা নয় এরমাঝে মজার ঘটনাও ঘটেছে। ভারতীয়রা যখন তাদের খেলোয়াড়দের অনুপ্রাণিত করার জন্য দর্শক গ্যালারিতে বসে গলা ফাটিয়ে চেঁচাচ্ছিল ‘জিতেগা জিতেগা ইন্ডিয়া জিতেগা’। কাছাকাছি বসা অষ্ট্রেলীয়রা কান পেতে কথাগুলো শুনে নিজেরা গলা চড়িয়ে সমান তালে সুর তুললো ‘জিতেগা জিতেগা অস্ট্রেলিয়া জিতেগা’। অষ্ট্রেলীয়রা হয়তো ভেবেছিল ভারতীয়রা খেলাজেতার কোন মন্ত্র আওড়াচ্ছে।
এবারের বাংলাদেশ বনাম শ্রীলংকার খেলায় কোন অসহ্য অভব্য আচরণ সমর্থকদের মাঝে দেখা যায়নি। এক কথায় দর্শকরা ছিলেন মার্জিত ও পরিশীলিত। পতাকা হাতে যার যার দলের জার্সি গায়ে দর্শকরা উৎকণ্ঠা ও আনন্দ নিয়ে খেলা দেখতে এসেছেন।
খেলার শুরুতেই বাংলাদেশী এক খেলোয়াড় যখন ক্যাচ ড্রপ করলো কষ্টে আমাদের সবারই নিঃশ্বাস প্রায় রুদ্ধ; তখন সামান্য দূরে বসা এক শ্রীলংকান মহিলা আর্তনাদ করে উঠলেন ‘ওহ্ মাই গড! ওহ্ মাই গড! হাউ ক্যান হি ড্রপ দিস ক্যাচ’। কড়া ভাবে তার দিকে তাকিয়েছিলাম। মন বলেছিল ‘আমাদের ছেলে ক্যাচ ড্রপ করেছে আমরা দেখবো, আমরা বকবো; তুই বলার কে রে’।
যাক খেলায় হারজিত আছে। একজনকে হারতেই হবে। বাংলাদেশ ঐদিন মানে ফেব্রুয়ারির ২৬, ২০১৫, শ্রীলংকার সাথে খারাপ খেলেছিল। কত দোয়া পড়লাম। কাজ হল না। বাংলাদেশ হারলো সেদিন। তারপরও স্বস্তি বাংলাদেশ শ্রীলংকার চেয়েও বেশী ছক্কা তুলেছিল। বাংলাদেশের ছক্কার সাথে সাথে ঐ মহিলাও যখন হাততালি দিয়ে আনন্দ প্রকাশ করলো। আমি রাগ ভুলে গেলাম। মহিলাকে মন থেকে ক্ষমা করে দিলাম।
আমাদের লাল-সবুজ টীম এমসিজিতে খেলেছে বলেই আমাদের জাতীয় সঙ্গীত ‘আমার সোনার বাংলা...’ ওই ঐতিহাসিক মাঠে বাজলো।
দিলরুবা শাহানা, মেলবোর্ন
Published on: 17-Mar-2015
The Seventies Show Remembering late Masud Alam Khan Mostafa Abdullah
Henry Winkler’s ‘Happy days’ was my favorite TV series back in the seventies when we were here in Sydney. Winkler played the role of Fonzie, the hunk guy on his motor cycle and his trade mark leather jacket, for whom every girl in town went berserk. He was the mark of youth, humor and romance. He is supposed to look the same and never grow wrinkles on his face or a bulge in the middle, something that many of us involuntarily dream for ourselves. When you see Henry Winkler on the TV now, he is not the same anymore. I feel sorry for him and I pretend that it is only him who has changed. Not me. Fortunately I do not see myself on that TV screen. Thank God, it is not a mirror.
But Ruma and Jamal woke me up from my dream the other day. They arranged a lunch in their house for some of the seventies crowd and their offspring who grew up together. Some of whom I have not seen in thirty years. I looked through the faces and saw three more generations that has come into being in the meanwhile. It dawned on me that I have also become a part of the seventies shows, like the ‘Happy days’ of that era. It has had indeed been happy days.
Ruma and Jamal, late Khan Bhai’s daughter and son-in-law did a splendid job of organizing the generous lunch. Some of us, who now has to watch for the red eyes of our spouses before reaching out for the second serving, filled ourselves to the bream. The food was delicious and plentiful and desserts made in heaven. Thank you Ruma and Jamal; for organizing the ‘Seventies Show’, as I would like to call it.
At the end of the day Ruma remembered her father Masud Alam Khan. We said a prayer for Khan Bhai who left all of us on the 22nd of February, 2003 at the age of 63 leaving behind his beloved wife, three sons, a daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, four grandchildren and hordes of friends and acquaintances. I personally feel a strong bond with him as there had been a rare occasion that he did not look us up whenever he went to Bangladesh. Every time we had been in Sydney, we never missed the scrumptious rare treats at the Khan residence. This trait for sure has caught up with their only daughter.
Khan Bhai was a big man with a big smile on his broad face that reflected the simplicity of his heart and love for the fellow human being. He was one of the founding members for establishment of today’s Rooty Hill Mosque and remained an active member of its governing committee till his last. He was instrumental in working with other Bangladeshis for setting up of the Riverstone Muslim graveyard, a project that he held very close to his heart. As Allah would have it, Alhamdulillah, Khan Bhai was the first to be laid to rest in this graveyard, the place he dearly readied with others with their labour of love and sweat. Very few knew that during his life time, every week he washed and cleaned the Rooty Hill Mosque court yard and amenities area with other volunteers.
Whenever he could, he would visit ailing and distressed fellow Bengali acquaintances at home or hospitals to comfort them thru their bad days. He was happy to assist newly arrived Bengali families with helpful advice and household amenities whenever possible. He shunned unnecessary arguments that lead to dissention amongst the Muslims themselves. He was a great husband, father and a grandfather. His grandchildren Javeed, Sabina, Shazia and Nadia were dearest to his heart. He often spent time with young boys and girls encouraging them to pursue education and to gain wisdom from their parents, grandparents and elders.
His long undetected high blood pressure coupled with Type I diabetes damaged his heart that claimed his life prematurely. His Namaz-e-Janaza prayer at the Rooty Hill Mosque was conducted by Maulana Tanhveer who prayed with him in the mosque and also at his home. His Janaza drew a huge crowd from Bengali, Pakistani and Indian community who turned up to show their last respect. The eulogy delivered by the Imam described the greatness of the heart of this humble man who quietly served his fellow human being without any aspiration for recognition or fame. May Allah forgive his sins on this earth and admit him in the Jannah.
Masud Khan was born in 1939 in Calcutta (Kolkata) where his ancestors made their home having moved from Manikganj of the then East Bengal. Over the six generations the family prospered in business and landed property across the Bengal. Young Masud Khan witnessed the horrors of racial massacres at the tender age of only 7 while fleeing from India to East Pakistan in 1947 with his father. Sadly his mother passed away when he was only 4 years old. Having settled in Dhaka after the division of India, Khan Bhai completed his schooling in Dhaka’s prestigious St. Gregory’s High school at Laxmibazar. He later completed his tertiary education in Accounting from Karachi, West Pakistan.
He tied the marital knot in 1959 with a stunningly beautiful woman of a respectable family in Bangladesh, Rabia Khanam; our dear Bhabi. Bhabi is a strong and a determined woman who held on to her family and steered it through the difficult times after the untimely and sudden loss of her husband. Even today she is all smiles and inspiration for all of us in spite of her multiple ailments. We wish her a long, happy and a healthy life.
Khan Bhai started his working life in Dhaka at the Bawani Jute Mills in 1959. Later he worked for the British Paint Company as its Accounts Clerk. In 1962 he started working for the Australian High Commission in Karachi and moved with them to capital Islamabad in 1967. He later moved to Dhaka in 1969 with the establishment of Australian High Commission Chancery in the Hotel Purbani at Motijheel. He served their as the Senior Superintendent of the Chancery.
He was highly commended by the first Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh, James L. Allen (1973), for his role during the difficult times in Dhaka, particularly during the civil war in 1971. At the risk of his personal safety, he collected photographs and information of incidences of atrocities of the Pakistani Army for the Australian Foreign Service. Incidentally, Australia was the first western country to recognize Bangladesh and send humanitarian assistance within a month of its liberation.
The Khan family migrated to Australia on 14 January 1974 and was housed in the Villawood Migrant Hostel, which later became the Detention Centre for illegal immigrants in 1987! Indeed, an historical icon of Australia’s immigration history. Next six months was a struggle that family remembers fondly and their resolve to overcome it. However, Khan Bhai was fortunate enough to land a job with the British Berger Paint Company in Sydney before arriving here. Later he moved to a German company called Leica that manufactured cameras and accessories. The family settled in Homebush to start their new life. Since then the family has moved a long way from where it started. The eldest son Mehmood Alam Khan completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies from Sydney and NSW universities and is now an Executive Director at the Australian Taxation office. Second son Mehfuz Alam Khan works for the Australian Service Union. The third son Reza Alam Khan is employed with the Commonwealth Department of Human Services. The youngest and only daughter Shahana Masud Ghazi (Ruma) is a Tax Auditor with the Australian Taxation Office.
I am glad that I got this opportunity to remember Khan Bhai because of the efforts of Ruma and Jamal. We should be able to do this from time to time to celebrate the lives of those that were with us and welcome those that are taking over. The significance of the linkage between the past, present and the future cannot be overemphasized. Without this linkage, soon we will not know where we came from, who we are and what may become of those that would come after us.
* Photographs & Family details courtesy of Ruma & Mehmood.
My Take On The Multicultural Festival 2015 Aurpan Kar
On the 14th of February, like most people in Canberra, my family and I attended the 2015 Multicultural Festival. At this festival, I visited many stalls, including the Children Sanctuary where volunteers from different heritage wrote children's names in different languages. I got my name written down in most of the languages that were there. I found this as a quite clever initiative by the organisers. By the request of the organisers, my brother and I volunteered our time to help out. The most intriguing event that I took part in at the festival was to work in the Let's Work For Bangladesh (LWFB)'s food stall where my dad and many other volunteers were working. At the stall, I helped them with cooking the parathas, grilling the kebabs, setting up the plates, handling the money and many more. I thought of it as a fun activity, but I suddenly realized that my fun work at the stall was more than meets the eye because I understood that all the profit from the stall will be used to ensure a better education to the underprivileged children of the Bangladesh Canberra Friendship School in rural Bangladesh. Being Australian born, I never really had much experience with how the poor feels. That was until my recent trip to Bangladesh, where I witnessed the sheer amount of underprivileged souls, including children around my age. These children were sleeping on the dirty ground and begging for money and food. I felt remorse seeing these kids slaving away at daily chores just to get leftovers. The state of these children was truly shocking. When I started working with the volunteers at the LWFB stall, I simply wanted to cook. But now I realize that I have not only cooked there, but unknowingly helped those souls to prosper and thrive. From LWFB's work I now realize why one parent of my school friends raised funds for making mosquito nets, building sanitary toilets and providing educational equipments for rural children in Cambodia rather than receiving gifts. From this experience, I realized how far someone can go just to help those in need by fundraising through concerts, selling food and many more. By growing up in Australia, I realize how privileged I and others are. I was very surprised to see that my time and devotion at the food stall indirectly helped the poor people, which made me feel very proud about myself.
Aurpan Kar, Canberra
Published on: 3-Mar-2015
Dr Mohammad Abdur Razzaque's Autobiography
An autobiography of Dr Mohammad Abdur Razzaque (A NOMAD IN ACADEMIA) has recently been published by Strategic Book Publishing. This is a reflective account of his academic life across the continents from 1968 to 2014. Travel along with the author as he leaves college in the United States as an university teacher in 1971, to return to Bangladesh. He left Bangladesh again five years later to circle the planet. This award-winning teacher states, “Since 1976, I have taught in universities in the Sudan, Singapore, Bangladesh, USA, and Australia. For very short periods, I was also associated with universities in Finland, Malaysia, and UAE.” He has thrived in many cultures and wishes to share the insights gathered during his 43-year teaching career.
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Published on: 2-Mar-2015
Published on: 31-Jan-2015
Published on: 24-Feb-2015
Race Against Time মাসুদ পারভেজ
১. সিডনির টেলিভিশনে এক কমার্শিয়ালে কয়েকদিন আগে শুনলাম একজন স্বাভাবিক মানুষ গড়ে তাঁর জীবনের ২০বছর ঘুমায়, ১৫বছর পরিবারের সান্নিধ্যে কাটায়, ১৩ বছর জীবিকার জন্যে কাজ করে, ৩বছর টয়লেটে-বাথরুমে থাকে…। হঠাৎ মনে হলো গুগুলে সার্চ দিলে হয়তো মানুষের মূল্যবান জীবনের Race Against Time সম্পর্কে আরো কিছু তথ্য পাওয়া যাবে…নিমিষেই অসংখ্য তথ্য বেরিয়ে এলো যা’ হয়তো অনেকেরই জানা। কমার্শিয়ালে শোনা তথ্যের পাশাপাশি আরো পেলাম - বর্তমানে ৮২বছর বয়সী গড় আয়ুর একজন অস্ট্রেলিয়ান তাঁর জীবনের প্রায় ৮বছর ব্যয় করে খাওয়া-দাওয়া এবং ড্রাইভিং-এ, ৩বছর ইন্টারনেট সার্ফিং-এ, আর ঘর-বাড়ি পরিষ্কার-পরিচ্ছন্নতায় ব্যয় করে ১ থেকে ১.৫বছর। মানুষের জীবনযাত্রায় বছরের এই হিসাব বিভিন্ন জাতি এবং যুগের জন্য বিভিন্ন হলেও উন্নত বিশ্বের প্রায় সব দেশেই একই ধরনের চিত্র। ভাবছিলাম বাংলাদেশী মাইগ্রান্ট হয়ে অস্ট্রেলিয়া এখন আমাদের অনেকেরই জন্য স্থায়ীভাবে বসবাসের দেশ হলেও আমরা যদি অস্ট্রেলিয়াতে না এসে বাংলাদেশে স্থায়ীভাবে থাকতাম তাহলে আমাদের জীবনের Race Against Time-টা কেমন হতো?
২. বছরের শেষ দিন সারা পৃথিবীর মানুষ যখন মেতে উঠেছে ২০১৪সালকে বিদায় দিয়ে ২০১৫সালের প্রথম দিনকে স্বাগত জানানোর জন্যে - বাংলাদেশের মানুষ সেখানে এই দুই দিনই কাটিয়েছে হরতালের মধ্যে। আজ একুশে ফেব্রুয়ারি উপলক্ষে যখন এই লেখাটা লিখছি তখন গত ৫০দিনে রাজনৈতিক অস্থিরতার মধ্যে ধীরে-ধীরে উদ্বেগের, উৎকণ্ঠার, আতঙ্কের দেশে পরিণত হয়েছে বাংলাদেশ। পত্রিকায় পড়েছি - এ’বছরের শুরু থেকে চলমান ঘটনা-প্রবাহে শুধু মাত্র বাস-মিনিবাস পরিবহন খাতে দৈনিক ৫০কোটি টাকার ক্ষতি হচ্ছে। সারা দেশে স্বাভাবিক সময়ে প্রায় ৬০হাজার বাস-মিনিবাস চলাচল করে আর এই যানবাহনের সাথে জড়িত রয়েছে প্রায় ২৫লাখ পরিবার সংখ্যায় প্রায় ১কোটি মানুষ। সারাদেশের ২০টি স্থল-বন্দরের মধ্যে নিয়মিতভাবে আমদানি-রপ্তানি হয় ৯টিতে - কার্যত সবই এখন বন্ধ। দেশের বিভিন্ন স্থানে ট্রেন-লাইনের ক্ষতি সাধিত হওয়ায় ঢাকা থেকে বিভিন্ন গন্তব্যে দৈনিক ২৬টি আন্তঃনগর ট্রেনসহ ৬২টি ট্রেনের টাইম-টেবল থাকলেও সম্ভাব্য দুর্ঘটনার আশঙ্কায় নির্ধারিত গতির চেয়ে অনেক কম গতিতে আন্তঃনগর ট্রেন চলাচলের ফলে ট্রেনের যোগাযোগ ব্যবস্থায় ব্যাপক বিপর্যয় এসেছে। ঢাকার মৌলভীবাজারে স্বাভাবিক সময়ে পাইকারি পণ্যের বেচা-কেনার মাধ্যমে প্রতিদিন ৫০০কোটি টাকার লেনদেন হলেও এখন তা’ ২০শতাংশে নেমে এসেছে। বাণিজ্যিক ভিত্তিতে তরল দুধ উৎপাদনকারী সবচেয়ে বড় অঞ্চল পাবনা-সিরাজগঞ্জে দৈনিক ছোট-বড় দুগ্ধ-খামার থেকে দুধ পরিবহনের/বিপণনের অভাবে আনুমানিক ৫০লাখ টাকার লোকসান হচ্ছে। ঢাকার অভিজাত এলাকায় প্রতিষ্ঠিত এক কমিউনিটি সেন্টারের স্বত্বাধিকারী ঘনিষ্ঠ বন্ধুর সাথে আলাপে জানলাম - ঢাকার সরকারী-বেসরকারি মালিকানাধীন প্রায় ৩০০টি কমিউনিটি সেন্টার ডিসেম্বর থেকে ফেব্রুয়ারি পর্যন্ত ব্যস্ত থাকে অনুষ্ঠান আয়োজনে অতিরিক্ত কাজের চাপে। বিয়ের/পর্যটনের মৌসুম, শীতকাল, কর্পোরেট ফাংশন, ইত্যাদির কারণে বছরের এই তিন-মাস ব্যবসার জন্য সারা বছর ধরে অপেক্ষা করে মালিক, কর্মচারী, বাবুর্চি, ইভেন্ট ম্যানেজমেন্ট প্রতিষ্ঠান, ইত্যাদি…হতাশার সুরে বন্ধু বলেই ফেলেন - আর এ’বছর…“নিমন্ত্রণ খেতে এসে বোমার আঘাতের আতঙ্কে”…প্রায় ৯০ভাগ অনুষ্ঠানের বুকিং বাতিল হওয়ায় লোকসানের মাত্রা বেড়েই চলেছে। একই অবস্থা পর্যটন শিল্পে – কক্সবাজার, কাপ্তাই, সেন্টমার্টিন, কুয়াকাটা, জাফলং, চা-বাগান ইত্যাদিতে পর্যটকদের ৭০ভাগ অগ্রিম বুকিং বাতিলের ফলে ইতিমধ্যে আর্থিক ক্ষতির পরিমাণ দৈনিক ২০০কোটি টাকায় দাঁড়িয়েছে।
৩. ছোটবেলা থেকে শুনেছি “শিক্ষাই জাতির মেরুদণ্ড”। বাংলাদেশের ৩৫০জন সদস্যের জাতীয় সংসদের বিশাল লাইব্রেরির সংগ্রহে রয়েছে প্রায় ৮৫হাজার বই-পত্র, সাময়িকী, দুর্লভ দলিল। ২০১৪সালের দশম সংসদে জানুয়ারি থেকে সেপ্টেম্বর মাসে মাত্র ৮১জন সাংসদ এই লাইব্রেরিতে গিয়েছেন মূলত: দৈনিক-পত্রিকা পড়ার জন্যে। দেশের সাংসদদের ব্যক্তিগত ব্যবসায়িক কাজে ব্যস্ততা থাকার কারণে হয়তো জ্ঞানচর্চার প্রতি এতো অনাগ্রহ!!! দেশের চলমান ঘটনা-প্রবাহে জানুয়ারি থেকে শুরু হওয়া শিক্ষাবর্ষের অসংখ্য শিক্ষার্থীর লেখাপড়া ছাড়াও এসএসসি পরীক্ষা বন্ধ কিংবা বিলম্বিত হওয়ায় ১৪লাখ পরীক্ষার্থীদের অনিশ্চিত ভবিষ্যতের কিংবা পাঠ্যপুস্তক বহনকারী ট্রাকে আগুন দেওয়ার খবর শুনে মনে হয়েছে আমরা কোথায় যাচ্ছি?
৪. ঢাকায় গত দেড় মাসে শান্তিপূর্ণভাবে পালিত হলো - দুই পর্বে বিশ্ব ইজতেমা, পুলিশ সপ্তাহ ২০১৫, ডিজিটাল ওয়ার্ল্ড ২০১৫, ইত্যাদি। ময়মনসিংহ বিভাগ দেশের ৮ম বিভাগ হিসাবে কার্যক্রম শুরু করেছে ইতিমধ্যে। বর্ধিত জনসংখ্যার চাহিদা মেটাতে প্রশাসনিক পুনর্বিন্যাস ও প্রশাসন শক্তির বিকেন্দ্রীকরণের প্রয়োজনে হয়তো ঢাকা ও চট্টগ্রাম বিভাগ থেকে ফরিদপুর/গোপালগঞ্জ এবং কুমিল্লা/নোয়াখালী নতুন বিভাগ তৈরি হবে নিকট ভবিষ্যতে। এলাকা ভিত্তিক নতুন নতুন কর্মসংস্থানের সুযোগ তৈরি হয়ে কর্মচাঞ্চল্যে উন্নয়নে মুখরিত হবে স্থানীয় জনপদ।
৫. পারিবারিক এক দাওয়াতে সুস্বাদু খাওয়া-দাওয়ার পাশাপাশি দেশ-বিদেশের সাম্প্রতিক রাজনৈতিক অবস্থা, ক্রিকেট বিশ্বকাপ ২০১৫, ইত্যাদি মুখরোচক ও উত্তেজনাপূর্ণ আলোচনায় আমার গুনি বন্ধুদেরকে প্রশ্ন করি - এমন কি কিছু আছে যা’ গুগুলে সার্চ দিলে “নো রেজাল্ট ফাউন্ড” দেখাবে? চট করে এক পণ্ডিত বন্ধু যিনি প্রায়ই চুপচাপ থাকেন উত্তর দিলেন - বাংলাদেশের যেকোনো দুর্ঘটনার পরে “তদন্ত কমিটির সঠিক প্রতিবেদন” - সার্চ দিলে “নো রেজাল্ট ফাউন্ড” দেখাবে। একই সাথে তিনি বলে ফেলেন - তেলবাহী জাহাজ-ডুবিতে সাড়ে তিন লাখ লিটার তেল সুন্দরবনে ছড়িয়ে পড়ার দুর্ঘটনার তদন্ত কমিটির রিপোর্ট ১০দিনের মধ্যে দেওয়ার কথা থাকলেও গত ৬০দিনে তা’ দেওয়া হয়নি - হায়রে বাংলাদেশ!!!
৬. স্বাধীনতার পরে গত চার দশকে জাতীয় এবং আন্তর্জাতিক পর্যায়ের পরিসংখ্যানে, প্রতিবেদনে কিংবা ইনডেক্স পরিমাপে, প্রযুক্তি, কৃষি, শিক্ষা, খেলাধুলা, উন্মুক্ত-বাণিজ্য, অর্থনীতি, শহরায়ন-নগরায়ন, গার্মেন্টস এবং অন্যান্য রপ্তানি-মুখী শিল্প, রেমিটেন্স, ফরেন রিজার্ভ, ইত্যাদিতে আমাদের বাংলাদেশ অনেক দূর এগিয়ে গেলেও দেশের রাজনৈতিক স্থিতিশীলতা অর্জনে পিছিয়ে রয়েছে - অনেকাংশে ব্যর্থ হয়েছে। স্বাধীনতার যুদ্ধের শুরু থেকে গত ৪৩বছর ধরে বাংলাদেশের মানুষ স্বপ্ন দেখেছে - “মোরা একটি ফুলকে বাঁচাবো বলে যুদ্ধ করি/ এক সাগর রক্তের বিনিময়ে বাংলার স্বাধীনতা আনলো যাঁরা/ আমার সোনার বাংলা আমি তোমায় ভালবাসি/ প্রথম বাংলাদেশ আমার শেষ বাংলাদেশ”। পৃথিবীর সব স্বাধীন দেশে আলাদা ভাবে স্বাধীনতা দিবস আর বিজয় দিবস নেই। কিন্তু বিরল সৌভাগ্যের বাংলাদেশে যথাযোগ্য সম্মানের সাথে রয়েছে - স্বাধীনতা দিবস আর বিজয় দিবস। যুদ্ধে লিপ্ত পৃথিবীর বিভিন্ন দেশে শান্তি রক্ষার কাজে জাতিসংঘের শান্তি মিশনে বাংলাদেশের যোগদান এবং অবদান আন্তর্জাতিক পর্যায়ে প্রশংসিত ও গৌরবজনক এক অনন্য দৃষ্টান্ত।
৭. বেশ কয়েক বছর আগে নিউইয়র্কে বাংলাদেশী এক রেস্টুরেন্টে এক বিশাল পোস্টারে - I am GLAD to be banGLADeshi লেখা দেখে আনন্দিত হয়েছি। মনে হয়েছে স্বাধীন এবং বিজয়ী দেশের প্রতিনিধি হয়ে আমরা বিদেশে কতো বিনয়ী আমাদের অনুভূতি প্রকাশ করার জন্যে। সুদূর প্রবাস জীবনে বাংলাদেশের সংবাদে মনের অজান্তে আমরা আনন্দিত, আতঙ্কিত, পুলকিত, শিহরিত, গর্বিত, লজ্জিত, চিন্তিত, শোকাহত…হই, প্রতিদিনের খবরের জন্যে চোখ রাখি অনলাইন পত্রিকায়। আমরা বাংলাদেশে থাকলে আমাদের জীবনের Race Against Time-টা কেমন হতো তার অনুমান করতে আজ আর পারলাম না। তবে আমাদের এই প্রবাস জীবনে উন্নত দেশের লাইফ স্টাইলে Race Against Time-এ আরেকটি সংযোজিত নতুন আইটেম হলো - টেনশন। আমরা কি জানি মনের গহীনে প্রিয় বাংলাদেশের খবরে কিংবা দেশের নিকটতমদের জন্যে আমরা আমাদের মূল্যবান জীবনের কত বছর টেনশনে থাকি?
৮. গণপ্রজাতন্ত্রী বাংলাদেশ সরকারের ২০১৫সালের ক্যালেন্ডারে দেখলাম এ’বছর ২১দিন সরকারী ছুটি ঘোষিত হয়েছে। ছুটির দিনের তালিকায় - আজ ২১ফেব্রুয়ারী ২০১৫ সাল – অঙ্গীকার, গর্ব আর প্রত্যয়ের দিন। বাংলা ভাষা আমাদের শক্তি ও সম্পদ। ১৯৫২সালের ভাষা আন্দোলনের এই মহিমাময় দিনে ভাষাকে রক্ষা করার জন্যে পুরো জাতি এক সত্তায় একতাবদ্ধ হয়েছিলো। ভাষা আন্দোলনের শহীদদের প্রতি শ্রদ্ধা জানিয়ে আজ শপথ নেয়ার দিন। বছরের প্রতিটি কর্ম-দিবসে সঠিক কর্মের মধ্য দিয়ে সবার জন্যে আসুক আলোকিত, নিরাপদ, স্থিতিশীল ভবিষ্যৎ। উদ্বেগের, উৎকণ্ঠার, আতঙ্কের অবসানে সুরের মূর্ছনায় আর সঙ্গীতের প্রশান্তিতে বাংলাদেশের মানুষ আবারো গেয়ে উঠবে - “একটি বাংলাদেশ তুমি জাগ্রত জনতার, তুমি সারা বিশ্বের বিস্ময়, তুমি আমার অহংকার” - প্রবাসী বাংলাদেশীদের প্রত্যাশা।
এমনি মানিক রতনের সন্ধান পেয়েছেন আমাদের বাঙ্গালি মেয়ে সামিয়া খাতুন। ইতিহাসের ছাত্রী সামিয়ার গবেষণার বিষয়বস্তু ভারত উপমহাদেশের সাথে অস্ট্রেলিয়ার ঐতিহাসিক যোগ-বন্ধন। এই বিষয়ের উপর সিডনি ইউনিভার্সিটি থেকে ডক্টরেট করার সময় তিনি ব্রোকেন হিল গিয়েছিলেন তথ্য অনুসন্ধানে। ঘুরতে ঘুরতে উঠলেন গিয়ে ১৮৮০ সালে আফগান উট চালকদের দ্বারা প্রতিষ্ঠিত দুটি মসজিদের একটিতে। এক কোণে সংরক্ষিত কিছু বই পত্রের উপর চোখ বুলাতে বুলাতে হঠাৎই এক জায়গায় এসে চক্ষুটা স্থির হয়ে গেল। নিজের দৃষ্টিকে নিজেই বিশ্বাস করতে পারছিলেন না - এ কি করে সম্ভব! এখানে বাংলা বই? উনবিংশ শতাব্দীতে এই মহাদেশে বঙ্গ সন্তানের পদচারণা?
অন্যান্য বইয়ের সাথে এটাকে সংরক্ষিত করে রাখা হয়ে ছিল কোরান শরীফ মনে করে। সামিয়া তার মাকে জিজ্ঞাসা করে জানতে পারলেন যে ওটা একটা বাংলা পুথি। আরও অনুসন্ধানে জানা গেল পুথিটির নাম ‘কাসাসুল আম্বিয়া’ এবং সেটা প্রকাশিত হয়েছিল ১৮৪৯ সালে কলকাতা থেকে। পুথি পাঠের প্রচলন ও প্রকাশ আজ নাই বললেই চলে। এক সময় সমগ্র বাংলা জুড়েই ধর্মীও, সামাজিক, বিনোদন মূলক আচার অনুষ্ঠানে পুথি পাঠের আচার ছিল। কাব্যিক ছন্দে লেখা নবী ও মনীষীদের জীবনালেখ্য সুরেলা কণ্ঠে আবৃতি করতেন মৌলানা সাহেব বা তেমন কেউ।
বইটির আবিষ্কার সামিয়াকে করে তুলল আরও অনুসন্ধানী। ছুটে গেলেন কলকাতা, শিকড়ের সন্ধানে – যেখান থেকে ওই পুথিটির যাত্রা শুরু হয়ে শেষ হয়েছিল ব্রোকেন হিলের এই মসজিদে উনবিংশ শতাব্দীর কোন এক সময়। ফিরে এসে আরও বহু পরিশ্রম ও তথ্য আহরণের পর লিপিবদ্ধ করলেন তার কয়েক বৎসরের অক্লান্ত পরিশ্রমের ফল: Camels, Ships and Trains: Australia in an Indian Ocean Context। সামিয়ার আশা যে বইটা ২০১৫ সালের প্রথম দিকেই প্রকাশিত হতে পারে। সামিয়ার ভাষ্য মতে ভারতে ইংরেজদের উপনিবেশের সুবাদে অস্ট্রেলিয়ার জন্ম লগ্ন থেকেই দক্ষিণ এশিয়া তথা ভারত উপমহাদেশীয়রা এ দেশে আসা শুরু করে শ্রমিক, গৃহ-ভৃত্য, আয়া ও এ ধরনের অন্য সব পেশায়। মনে করা হয় ভারত উপমহাদেশ থেকে যারা প্রথম এ দেশে পদার্পণ করেন তাদের মধ্যে অনেকেই ছিলেন জাহাজের বাঙ্গালি শ্রমিক। তখন কার ভাষায় তাদের বলা হতো লাস্কার যাদের বেশির ভাগকেই নিয়োগ দেয়া হতো কলকাতা বন্দর থেকে। উনবিংশ শতাব্দীতে বাঙ্গালীদের এই মহাদেশে পদার্পণের এক বিশেষ প্রমাণ পাওয়া যায় সিডনি গেজেট থেকে: ১৮০৬ সালের ২৩শে মার্চ কলকাতার লাস্কাররা সিডনির রাজপথে মহররম উপলক্ষে এক চিত্তাকর্ষণীয় কুচকাওয়াজের আয়োজন করে। এই লাস্কারদের জাহাজে করেই ১৮৬০ সন থেকে আসতে শুরু করে উট চালকরা। যদিও এই উট চালকরা শুধু ‘আফগান’ নামেই পরিচিত, প্রকৃত পক্ষে এদের মধ্যে ভারতের উপমহাদেশের অন্যান্য অংশের তথা পাকিস্তান, ভারত, বাংলাদেশ থেকেও আগতরা ছিল। এমনকি উপমহাদেশর অন্যান্য স্থান থেকে আগতদের মধ্যে যারা ফেরি করে বিভিন্ন সামগ্রী প্রত্যন্ত অঞ্চলে বিক্রি করে বেড়াতেন তাদেরকেও স্থানীয়রা আফগান বলেই জানত ।
১৯০১ সালে White Australia Policy চালু হওয়ার পর থেকে ভারত উপমহাদেশ থেকে আগতদের সংখ্যায় কিছুটা ভাটা পড়ে তবে তা একেবারে বন্ধ হয়ে যায় নি। তবে মোটর যান চালু হওয়ার পর থেকে উটের প্রয়োজন কমার কারণে এই পেশার প্রয়োজন কমতে থাকে এবং এদের বেশির ভাগই অন্যান্য পেশায় জড়িয়ে পড়ে। এই আইন চালু হওয়ার পর ইউরোপিয়ানদের বৈষম্যমূলক ও বৈরী আচরণ বৃদ্ধির কারণে অনেকেই শহরাঞ্চল ছেড়ে স্থানীয় আদিবাসীদের কাছাকাছি বসবাস শুরু করে এবং অনেকেই তাদের সাথে বৈবাহিক সম্পর্ক স্থাপন করে এদের মাঝেই মিলিয়ে যায়। সঠিক ভাবে খোঁজ করতে পারলে হয়ত এদের মাঝে আমাদের অনেক পূর্বসূরির বংশধরদের খোঁজ পাওয়া যাবে।
১৯৭০ সালে ওই জাতিগত বর্ণ বৈষম্য মূলক আইন বাতিল হওয়ার পর থেকে কিছু কিছু বাঙ্গালি পেশাজীবীদের আবার এদেশে অভিবাসন শুরু হয়। এর আগে থেকেও অল্প কিছু বাঙালী এদেশে বাস করতেন। এরা মূলত কোন না কোন ভাবে এখানে এসে স্থানীয় কাউকে বিবাহ করে বা অন্য কোন উপায়ে রয়ে গিয়েছিলেন। এদের কারো কারো সাথে সত্তুরের প্রথম দিকে যারা এসেছিলেন তাদের যোগাযোগও হয়েছিল। এমন একজনের কথা শুনেছিলাম ভূতত্ত্ববিদ জনাব নজরুল ইসলামের কাছে। ১৯৭১ সালে বাংলাদেশের মুক্তি যুদ্ধ চলা কালীন সময়ে ওনারা মুষ্টিমেয় কয়েকজন বাংলাদেশী যখন মুক্তি যুদ্ধের সপক্ষে সমর্থন আদায়ের প্রচেষ্টা চালাচ্ছিলেন তখন একদিন একজন টেলিফোন করে বাংলাদেশের সমর্থনে যে কোন উপায়ে তার সহযোগিতার অভিপ্রায় ব্যক্ত করেন। নজরুল ভাই তার সাথে দেখা করতে গিয়ে প্রথমে মনে করেন যে ভুল ঠিকানায় গিয়েছেন। পরিবারের কাউকেই বাঙ্গালী বংশোদ্ভূত বলে মনে হয়নি। পরে আলাপে জানা গেল যে পরিবারের প্রধান বহু আগে নাবিক হিসাবে এখানে এসে রয়ে যান। উল্লেখযোগ্য যে তিনি একটা ভালো অঙ্কের অর্থ সাহায্যের মাধ্যমে বাংলাদেশের মুক্তি সংগ্রামে অংশ নিয়েছিলেন। তবে অনুতাপের বিষয় যে সেই বাঙালী ভদ্রলোকের নাম ও ঠিকানা কেউই মনে করতে পারছেন না।
এমনি করে আমাদের অনেক শিকড়ই হারিয়ে যাচ্ছে দিনের পর দিন – যদি না আমরা কেউ এই শিকড়ের সন্ধান শুরু করে তার সংরক্ষণ করি। কোনদিন যদি আমাদেরই কোন উত্তরসূরি জানতে চায় কোথায় তার শুরু, কারা তার পূর্বসূরি, কেমন ছিল তারা, কেনই বা তাকে আনা হয়েছিল এখানে, কেন সে বঞ্চিত হোল তার পূর্বপুরুষের পরিচয় থেকে – তখন অলক্ষ্যে থেকেও আর আমাদের গ্লানি ও লজ্জায় মুখ লুকবার অবকাশ থাকবে না। হয়ত আফ্রিকান বংশোদ্ভূত বারাক ওবামার মত একদিন এদেশের প্রধান মন্ত্রীও হবে আমাদেরই কোন উত্তরসূরি কিন্তু কেউ জানবেও না যে তার ধমনিতে বইছে আমাদেরই রক্ত।
* Shubha Singh of The Indian Diaspora এর সাথে ইমেইল এর মাধ্যমে সামিয়া খাতুনের সাক্ষাতকারের অংশবিশেষ অবলম্বনে সঙ্কলিত।
* সামিয়া খাতুনের সংক্ষিপ্ত পরিচয়ঃ Samia Khatun is a McKenzie Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Melbourne and is collaborating with workers rights activists in Bangladesh to produce a 400-year history of textile workers from Mughal Bengal to contemporary Bangladesh. Taking a slices-through-time approach, Samia is investigating how workers have memorialised five key moments in the history of textile production through song and poetry beginning with Mughal Bengal and ending with the Rana Plaza collapse in contemporary Bangladesh. Samia completed her PhD in 2012 at the University of Sydney, where her research examined connections between South Asia and Australia using Aboriginal and South Asian language materials. Since then she has held postdoctoral fellowships at Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin and The Centre for Research on Colonial Culture, Dunedin as well as a writing fellowship at the Asian-American Writers Workshop, New York. Samia has also made documentaries on Australian race relations that have screened on SBS and ABC-TV. (The University of Melbourne এর School of Historical and Philosophical Studies এর ওয়েব সাইট থেকে সংগ্রহীত)
* কয়েক দিন আগে sydneybashi-bangla.com এ বিষয়ের উপর জনাব ফকরুদ্দিন আহমদ চৌধুরীর লেখাটি একটি সময় উপযোগী পদক্ষেপ বলে অভিনন্দন জানাই।
ডঃ বদরুল আলম খানের নতুন বই “সংঘাতময় বাংলাদেশঃ অতীত থেকে বর্তমান”
ডঃ বদরুল আলম খানের ৫ম গ্রন্থ, “সংঘাতময় বাংলাদেশঃ অতীত থেকে বর্তমান” সম্প্রতি ঢাকা থেকে প্রকাশিত হয়েছে। ভারতীয় উপমহাদেশে বাংলাদেশ রাষ্ট্রের অভ্যুদয় বৈশ্বিক প্রেক্ষাপটে অন্যতম তাৎপর্যপূর্ণ একটি ঘটনা। স্বাধীনতা পরবর্তী এ দেশের স্বল্পদৈর্ঘের ইতিহাস রাজনৈতিক এবং সামাজিক উথালপাতালে সমাকীর্ণ। একাধিক সামরিক অভ্যূথান, জনপ্রিয় রাষ্ট্রনায়কদের নির্মম পরিনতি, বিশ্বাসঘাতকতা, শঠতা, ষড়যন্ত্র, প্রতিহিংসা, ক্রোধ ও সংঘাতের এ সব ঘটনা গ্রীক পুরান বা ট্রাজেডির কাহিনিকে মনে করিয়ে দেয়। বাংলাদেশের রাজনীতি ও সমাজ জীবনে যে সংঘাত সর্বব্যাপী, এ গ্রন্থে তার ঐতিহাসিক এবং সমকালীন উৎস অনুসন্ধান করা হয়েছে। এখানে জাতি পরিচয় ও ধর্মপরিচয় ভিত্তিক দ্বন্দ্ব, জাতীয় নেতৃত্বে ব্যক্তিত্বের সংঘাত এবং গ্রাম ও শহরের মধ্যে বৈষম্য কীভাবে দেশের সংকটকে জটিল করে তুলেছে তার বিশ্লেষণধর্মী আলোচনা তুলে ধরা হয়েছে।
বইটিতে পাঁচটি অধ্যায় রয়েছেঃ সঙ্ঘাত মানসিকতার ঐতিহাসিক পটভূমি, আত্মপরিচয়ের দ্বন্দ্বঃ জাতি বনাম ধর্ম, রাষ্ট্র ও গণতন্ত্র, ব্যাক্তিত্বের সংঘাতঃ মুজিব বনাম জিয়া, গ্রাম শহর দ্বন্দ্ব এবং উপসংহার হিসেবে সংঘাত নিরসনের পথ।
গ্রন্থের প্রকাশক “প্রথমা প্রকাশন”। পৃষ্ঠা সংখ্যা ৩০৪, মূল্য ৫৫০ টাকা (১৫ অস্ট্রেলীয় ডলার)। বইটি সিডনীর একুশে বই মেলা এবং বৈশাখী মেলায় পাওয়া যাবে।
ডঃ বদরুল আলম খান ১৯৫২ সালে যশোরে জন্মগ্রহন করেন। অস্ট্রেলিয়ার সিডনী বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় থেকে আন্তর্জাতিক সম্পর্ক বিষয়ে এম এ এবং মস্কো রাষ্ট্রীয় বিশ্ব বিদ্যালয় থেকে সমাজতত্ত্বে পিএইচডি। ১৯৮৩ সালে চট্টগ্রাম বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ের সমাজতত্ত্ব বিভাগে যোগ দেন। এরপর রাজশাহী বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ে যোগদান করেন ১৯৮৮ সালে। ১৯৯৪ সাল থেকে অস্ত্রেলিয়ায় অধ্যাপনা করছেন। পড়িয়েছেন ম্যাকোয়ারি বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ে ও সিডনী বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ে। বর্তমানে ওয়েস্টার্ন সিডনী বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ে খণ্ডকালীনভাবে অধ্যাপনা করেন।
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পুঁজিবাদের সমাজতত্ত্ব (সম্পাদনা), “সমাজতত্ত্বঃ সংকট ও সম্ভবনার দেড়শ বছর” (বাঙলা একাডেমী); “দর্শনের সংকট” (জাতীয় সাহিত্য প্রকাশনী); “তৃতীয় বিশ্ব ধর্ম ও সমাজ বিপ্লব” (জ্ঞান প্রকাশনা)।
Published on: 18-Feb-2015
Published on: 31-Jan-2015 M. Jalaluddin Talukdar Passed Away! M. Jalaluddin Talukdar (92), father of Architect Zia Ahmed and Ismat Haq of Toongabbie, has passed away at 11:45 pm today (28-Dec-2014) at the Melrose Village Nursing Home in Pendle Hill. He has been suffering from age related complications. A plant Pathologist by profession, Mr. Talukdar has been living in Sydney with his son and daughter since 2001. His body will be taken to Bangladesh to be buried at the Martyred Intellectuals Cemetery Dhaka next to his wife's grave. Mr Talukdar is survived by his two sons, one daughter and five grandchildren. We express our sincerer condolences to all members of his bereaved family. May his soul rest in peace.
১. আব্বার ইন্তেকালের তিন বছর পরে এই প্রথম আমার এবারের ঢাকা সফর। আব্বা যতদিন বেঁচে ছিলেন নিয়মিতভাবে প্রতি দুই বছরে একবার পরিবারের সবাই মিলে ঢাকায় গিয়েছি আব্বার সাথে আনন্দঘন সময় কাটানোর জন্যে। আমি, আমার স্ত্রীসহ বাচ্চারা সবাই আব্বার সান্নিধ্যে আনন্দে ছুটির দিনগুলি উপভোগ করেছি। আব্বার অবর্তমানে আমার এবারের ঢাকা সফর তাই দুঃখ ভারাক্রান্ত এবং ইমোশনাল…। সিডনি থেকে রওনা হওয়ার আগে ঘনিষ্ঠ এক বন্ধুর প্রশ্নের উত্তরে বলেছিলাম - আমার এবারের ঢাকা সফর - “হোপ ফর পিস এন্ড হ্যাপিনেস”।
২. নির্ধারিত সময়ে A৩৮০ বিমানের দোতলায় ইমার্জেন্সী এক্সিটের পাশে সুপ্রশস্ত জায়গায় আমার প্রিয় আসনে বসে সিডনি ছেড়ে রওনা হলাম গন্তব্যে। সাত ঘণ্টা ত্রিশ মিনিটের এই যাত্রায় প্রায় অর্ধেক সময় লেগেছে অস্ট্রেলিয়ার ভূখণ্ড অতিক্রম করতে। আর এই সময়ে শুধুই ভেবেছি - আমাদের বাংলাদেশ যদি আরেকটু বাসোপযোগী হতো তাহলে কি সব নিকট আত্মীয়-স্বজন ছেড়ে স্বার্থপরের মতো শুধু আমি আমার নিজ পরিবারকে নিয়ে এই মহাদেশে ইমিগ্র্যান্ট হতাম?
ঝির-ঝির বৃষ্টির মাঝে নির্ধারিত সময়ে সিঙ্গাপুর পৌঁছিয়ে, এয়ারপোর্টের দোকান থেকে প্রয়োজনীয় কেনাকাটার মধ্যে সাড়ে তিন ঘনটার যাত্রা বিরতি দ্রুত ফুরিয়ে গেলো। ঢাকাগামী ফ্লাইট যখন মধ্য আকাশে তখন হঠাৎ ফ্লাইট এটেনডেন্টদের ছুটাছুটির মধ্যে এনাউন্সমেন্টে শুনতে পেলাম - we have a medical emergency and need a doctor, please identify yourself if you are a doctor or a medical professional…। মূহুর্তের মধ্যে দেখলাম - আমার আসনের অদূরে একজন বয়স্কা মহিলার অসুস্থ অবস্থা। ইতিমধ্যে নিজেকে মানসিকভাবে প্রস্তুত করে নিলাম গত আট বছর ধরে অস্ট্রেলিয়ান রেডক্রস থেকে ফার্স্ট এইড ট্রেনিং নিয়ে আমার অফিসে ফার্স্ট এইড অফিসার হয়ে কাজ করার অভিজ্ঞতাকে কাজে লাগানোর জন্যে। মাঝ-বয়সী এক অস্ট্রেলিয়ান মহিলা নিজেকে ডাক্তার পরিচয় দিয়ে সাহায্যের জন্যে এগিয়ে এলেন। পরম করুণাময়ের অশেষ রহমতে সময়োপযোগী সবার প্রচেষ্টায় প্রাণে রক্ষা পেলেন আমাদের সহযাত্রী। পরে জেনেছি সিঙ্গাপুর থেকে সদ্য চিকিৎসা শেষে তিনি ঢাকায় ফিরছিলেন তাঁর মেয়ে ও যুবক নাতির সাথে।
৩. ঢাকার হজরত শাহজালাল ইন্টারন্যাশনাল এয়ারপোর্টে পৌঁছানোর পরে ইমিগ্রেশনের আনুষ্ঠানিকতা শেষে পরিষ্কার-পরিচ্ছন্ন, সুপ্রশস্ত, গোছানো-পরিপাটি, মশা-বিহীন আমাদের বিমানবন্দর দেখে অভিভূত হলাম। বিমানবন্দরে ইতিপূর্বে অহেতুক সাহায্যের নামে ট্রলি নিয়ে এগিয়ে আসা অচেনা লোকদের অনুপস্থিতিতে কিছুটা স্বস্তি পেলাম।
চেক-ইন ব্যাগেজ আসার অপেক্ষার মাঝে গ্রামীণ ফোনের কাউন্টারে গিয়ে মোবাইল ফোন, চার্জার আর ফ্লেক্সি লোডের টাকা দিয়ে অনুরোধ করলাম মোবাইল ফোনটাকে একটু চার্জ দিয়ে ফ্লেক্সি লোড করে দেয়ার জন্যে। অত্যন্ত আন্তরিকতা ও দ্রুততার সাথে শিক্ষিত এবং বিনয়ী কাস্টমর সার্ভিস অফিসার আমার কাজ সেরে দিলেন। ধন্যবাদ জানিয়ে, চেক-ইন ব্যাগেজ নিয়ে একটু এগিয়ে যেতেই - পোশাকধারী এক কাস্টমস অফিসার এসে বলেন - where are you coming from? বললাম - সিডনি থেকে… পথ দেখিয়ে, তিনি বলেন - have a nice stay ধন্যবাদ জানিয়ে, মনের আনন্দে বলেই ফেললাম - তিন বছরে সুন্দর পরিবর্তন…আমার এবারের ঢাকা সফরের স্টার্টটা মন্দ নয়!!!
হঠাৎ মনে হলো…গেটের ওপারে প্রতিবারের মতো আব্বা আজ আমার জন্যে অপেক্ষায় নেই…মনটা খুব খারাপ হয়ে গেলো বাস্তবকে মেনে নিতে।
৪. চলমান ট্রাফিক অভিযানের কারণে রাস্তায় গাড়ির সংখ্যা কম থাকায় অল্প সময়ে পৌঁছে গেলাম দুই কোটি মানুষের বসবাসকারী ঢাকা শহরে আমার থাকার জায়গায়। অনির্দিষ্টকালের ট্রাফিক অভিযানের ফলে রাস্তায় তিন লাখ ফিটনেস-বিহীন যানবাহনের অবর্তমানে ঢাকা শহরে মানুষের ভোগান্তি বৃদ্ধি পেলেও রাস্তার জ্যাম লক্ষণীয় কম ছিলো।
ঢাকা শহরে আমার প্রিয় বাহন রিক্সা। যদিও বেশ কয়েক বছর ধরে ঢাকা শহরের বিভিন্ন রাস্তায় সঙ্গত কারণে রিক্সা চলাচল নিষিদ্ধ, তবুও প্রতিবারেই ঢাকায় গেলে আমার গন্তব্যে রিক্সায় যতদূর যাওয়া যায় তত দূর আমি রিক্সার যাত্রী হয়েছি। প্রয়োজনে রাস্তার জ্যামে আটকানো অবস্থা থেকে পরিত্রাণের জন্যে রিকশাওয়ালাকে ভাড়া দিয়ে, সাবধানে হেঁটে রাস্তার জ্যাম পার হয়ে, নতুন আরেক রিক্সা ভাড়া করে গন্তব্যে পৌঁছিয়েছি। সবুজ রঙের CNG-কে “খাঁচার ভিতর অচিন পাখির” বাহন মনে হয় আমার। আর তাই রিক্সায় যেতে না পারার পথে রেন্ট-এ-কারের সাহায্য নেই সবসময়।
৫. ঢাকায় পৌঁছিয়ে প্রথম শুক্রবারে ভোর সাতটায় আজিমপুর কবরস্থানে গিয়েছি। অনেক অল্প বয়সে আমার আম্মা এখানে অসংখ্য সতীর্থদের সাথে গত বিশ বছর ধরে চির নিদ্রায় শায়িত। এর আগে যতবার বিদেশ থেকে ঢাকায় এসেছি সেসময়ে বহুবার আম্মার কবর জিয়ারত করেছি। আম্মার ইন্তেকালের পরে সতেরো বছর একাকী নিঃসঙ্গ জীবনের অবসানে তিন বছর আগে আব্বা চির নিদ্রায় শায়িত হয়েছেন আম্মার কবর থেকে মাত্র তিনটি কবর ব্যবধানে। শিশির ভেজা, নরম তুলতুলে, ঘন সবুজ ঘাসের ওপর হাত রাখতেই মনে হলো ছায়া-ঘেরা, হালকা-নির্মল বাতাস থেকে - আব্বা এবং আম্মা বলছেন - এতদিন পরে এলে? তুমি ভালো আছো? বাসার সবাই ভালো? কবর জিয়ারতের মাঝে আজিমপুর কবরস্থানে চির নিদ্রায় শায়িত সবার আত্মার মাগফেরাত কামনা করে নীরবে বলি - রাব্বির হামহুমা কামা রাব্বা ইয়ানী সাগীরা। এই প্রথম একইসাথে আব্বার এবং আম্মার কবর জিয়ারতের সুযোগ হওয়ায় অনেক দুঃখের মাঝেও আমার এবারের ঢাকা সফরের মনের শূন্যতা অনেকটা পূরণ হয়েছে।
৬. নভেম্বর মাসে ঢাকায় শীতের কোনো আবহাওয়া নেই। তবুও শীতের আমেজ রয়েছে মানুষের পোশাক পরিচ্ছদে (মনে হয় অনেকটা জোর করে পরা), বাজারে শীতকালীন সবজির আর মাছের সরবরাহে, বৃষ্টিহীন ধূলা-বালিতে সয়লাব পরিবেশে। সকাল আটটার পরে আজিমপুর থেকে ফেরার পথে নিউমার্কেটে মাছের বাজারে সিরাজগঞ্জ থেকে আসা জ্যান্ত এবং তাজা কই, মাগুর, শোল, রুই, কাতলা, চিংড়ি, আইড়, পাঙ্গাশ, তেলাপিয়া, পাবদা, চিতল, ইত্যাদি বিভিন্ন ধরনের মাছের বিশাল সম্ভার দেখে মনে হলো ২০১৪ সালের FAO’র The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture প্রতিবেদনের কথা – “বাংলাদেশ এখন মিষ্টি-পানির মৎস্য উৎপাদনে বিশ্বে চতুর্থতম স্থানে” শীর্ষক সংবাদের। “মাছে-ভাতে বাঙালী” প্রবাদ এখন বাস্তব!
৭. আত্মীয়-স্বজন এবং বন্ধুদের সাথে দেখা করা কিংবা ব্যক্তিগত প্রয়োজনে এবারে গিয়েছি নতুন ঢাকার - উত্তরা, বসুন্ধরা, গুলশান, বারিধারা, বনানী, মহাখালী, মিরপুর, মোহাম্মদপুর, লালমাটিয়া, ধানমন্ডি; নতুন ও পুরান ঢাকার সন্ধিক্ষণে - মগবাজার, মালিবাগ, সেগুনবাগিচা, পরিবাগ, পল্টন, মতিঝিল; পুরান ঢাকার - কলতাবাজার, ধোলাইখাল, ওয়ারী, গেণ্ডারিয়া, সদরঘাট, ইত্যাদি। সব জায়গায় মোটামুটি একই চিত্র - গায়ে গায়ে লাগানো গগনচুম্বী এপার্টমেন্টের সারি, নতুন-নতুন স্কুল/কলেজ/বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়/কোচিং সেন্টার, হাসপাতাল/মেডিকেল সেন্টার, ডিপার্টমেন্ট স্টোর, মুদি দোকান যেখানে সহজেই ফ্লেক্সি লোড করা যায়, দোরগোড়ায় ভ্যান গাড়িতে করে সবজি/মাছ/মুরগি বিক্রেতাদের অবাধ বিচরণ, যত্রতত্র ময়লার স্তূপ, টেলিফোন/ল্যাম্প পোস্টে ল্যান্ডফোন/ডিশ লাইন সংযোগের কুণ্ডলী/জট পাকানো কালো রঙের তারের ছড়াছড়ি, ইত্যাদি। ঢাকার ঐতিহ্যবাহী জয়কালী মন্দিরের চূড়ার একাংশ এখন দেখা যায় রাস্তা থেকে – বাকি সবকিছু ঢেকে গিয়েছে চারিদিকের দোকান-পাটে আর ফ্লাইওভার নির্মাণে। সম্ভ্রান্ত এলাকার গুলশান লেকে ময়লা, পচা গন্ধে, সবুজ রঙের পানিতে কাঠের তৈরি নৌকাতে যাত্রী পারাপার হতে দেখে মনে হয়েছে - প্রায় ত্রিশ বছর আগে আমার দেখা পুরান ঢাকার গেণ্ডারিয়ার কাঠের পুলের নীচের পানির কথা। একইসাথে মনে হয়েছে - দ্বিজেন্দ্রলাল রায়ের কবিতার লাইন –“…এমন দেশটি কোথাও খুঁজে পাবে নাকো তুমি…”।
ঢাকার ফুটপাথ অবৈধ দোকানিদের দখলে কিংবা ময়লা আবর্জনায় ভর্তি, ফুট ওভারব্রিজগুলি ভিক্ষুক আর হকারদের নিয়ন্ত্রণে, মানুষ জীবনের ঝুঁকি নিয়ে অবাধে হেঁটে রাস্তা পার হচ্ছে - এই চিত্র নতুন কিছু নয়। তবে নতুন চিত্র হলো - অনির্দিষ্টকালের চলমান ট্রাফিক অভিযানে পুলিশ অবৈধভাবে রাস্তা পারাপারকারীদের জরিমানা করছে - নিঃসন্দেহে এক সাহসী পদক্ষেপ!!!
৮. ঢাকার পার্শ্ববর্তী জেলার ছোট এক ইউনিয়নে বসবাসকারী বন্ধুর সাথে আলাপচারিতায় জানলাম তার ইউনিয়নের প্রায় সব কর্মক্ষম তরুণরা ঢাকায় কিংবা বিদেশে চলে যাওয়ার কারণে সরকারী হিসাবে তাদের এলাকার জনসংখ্যা বাড়লেও প্রকৃত ভোটারের সংখ্যা বাড়েনি। প্রতিদিন ঢাকার লোকসংখ্যা কতজন বাড়ছে তার সঠিক হিসাব কার কাছে আছে? ঢাকা শহরে এলাকা ভিত্তিক ফ্লাইওভার নির্মাণের ফলে সাময়িকভাবে রাস্তার জ্যাম এড়িয়ে গতি এবং দূরত্বকে জয় করা সম্ভব হলেও আগামী এক দশকে ঢাকার জনসংখ্যা এবং যানবাহনের বৃদ্ধির তুলনায় তা’ প্রয়োজন মেটাতে পারবে কি? নিকট ভবিষ্যতে তাই আধুনিক ঢাকার আকাশে - মনোরেল, মাটিতে - সারফেস রেল, কিংবা পাতালে - টিউব বা সাবওয়ে স্থাপিত হবে। উন্নয়নের আরেক ধাপে এগিয়ে যাবে বাংলাদেশ।
৯. ঢাকা শহরে রাষ্ট্রায়ত্ত ব্যাঙ্ক ছাড়াও ব্যাঙের ছাতার মতো গজানো দেশী-বিদেশী ব্যাঙ্কের সংখ্যা কতো হবে তার হিসাব হয়তো বাংলাদেশ ব্যাঙ্ক কিংবা অর্থ মন্ত্রণালয়ের কাছে আছে। নতুন-নুতন ব্যবসা প্রতিষ্ঠান আর জনসংখ্যার বৃদ্ধির কারণে এইসব ব্যাঙ্কের শাখা/ATM আজ সর্বত্র ছড়িয়ে মানুষের চাহিদা মেটানোর পাশাপাশি শিক্ষিত সমাজের কর্মসংস্থানের সুযোগ সৃষ্টি করেছে। আরো আশার বাণী - সরকার সম্প্রতি দুই লক্ষ শূন্য পদে শীঘ্রই নিয়োগ প্রদানের কথা ঘোষণা করেছেন। দীর্ঘদিন এতোগুলি পদ শূন্য থাকার কারণ কি আর প্রকৃতপক্ষে শূন্য পদের সবই কি প্রয়োজনীয়?
“উন্মাদ” সাময়িকীর পুরানো সংখ্যার খোঁজে প্রতিবারের মতো এবারেও ঢাকার নিউমার্কেটে বইয়ের দোকানে গিয়েছি। এইসময়ে বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ের দুইজন ছাত্রী এসে “সরকারী চাকুরীর নীতিমালা” এবং “ট্যাক্সেশান রুলস”-এর বই দুইটি পাওয়া যাবে কিনা জানতে চাইলে দোকানের এক প্রবীণ বিক্রেতা উত্তরে জানালেন – “…এসব পড়ে কি কোনো লাভ হবে…”?!!!
কেনাকাটার জন্যে বইয়ের, ষ্টেশনারীর, ফোনের, কাপড়ের, টেইলারিং-এর, জুতার, মিষ্টির, বেকারির, ইত্যাদি যতো দোকানে গিয়েছি প্রায় সব দোকানে শিক্ষিত, মার্জিত এবং বিনয়ী তরুণ-তরুণী সেলস পারসনদের দেখা পেয়েছি। কয়েকজনের সাথে আলাপ করে জেনেছি তাদের বেশীর ভাগই ইউনিভার্সিটি গ্রাজুয়েট/পড়ুয়া। পত্রিকায় পড়েছি বাংলাদেশে এখন শিক্ষিত বেকারের সংখ্যা পাঁচ শতাংশের মতো। এই তথ্য যদি সত্যি হয় তা’ নিশ্চয়ই তেমন বেদনাদায়ক নয়। কিন্তু প্রশ্ন থেকে যাচ্ছে - শিক্ষিত মানুষেরা কি তাদের যোগ্যতা অনুযায়ী চাকুরী পাচ্ছে, শিক্ষার মান কি আগের মতো তেমন উন্নত, নাকি প্রয়োজনের তুলনায় অনেক অনেক বেশী গ্রাজুয়েট প্রতি বছর ইউনিভার্সিটি থেকে বের হচ্ছে?
ঢাকা শহরের যেকোনো বহুতল এপার্টমেন্টের জন্যে রোস্টার ভিত্তিতে কমপক্ষে চারজন সিকিউরিটি গার্ডের/কেয়ারটেকারের প্রয়োজন। এছাড়া নতুন/পুরাতন এপার্টমেন্ট বেচা-কেনা-ভাড়া দেয়ার জন্যে রিয়েল এস্টেট প্রফেশনালদের চাহিদাও বেড়েছে। তাই প্রপার্টি সেলস/মার্কেটিং/ম্যানেজমেন্ট/সিকিউরিটি গার্ড/রিমুভালিস্ট নিয়োগের জন্যে পত্রিকায় এবং বিভিন্ন অফিসের নোটিশ বোর্ডে প্রচুর বিজ্ঞাপন দেখে অস্ট্রেলিয়ান ইমিগ্রেশনের ওয়েবসাইটে দেখা - বিভিন্ন সময়ে চাহিদার ভিত্তিতে তৈরি “ডিমান্ড অকুপেশান লিস্টের” কথা মনে হয়েছে।
১০. জোনাকী সিনেমা হলের সামনে দিয়ে যাওয়ার সময় অনেকদিন আগের নন্দিত চলচ্চিত্র – “নীল আকাশের নীচে” দেখার কথা মনে হলো। এবারে যতদিন ঢাকায় ছিলাম - আকাশের দিকে তাকিয়ে কোনোদিনই নীল আকাশের দেখা পাইনি। ২০১৩ সালে দেখা বেইজিংয়ের আকাশের রঙের সাথে এবারের ঢাকার আকাশের রঙের অনেক মিল খুঁজে পেলাম। আনন্দের সংবাদ - ঢাকা শহরের পরিবেশ দূষণ দূর করার অন্যতম পদক্ষেপ হিসাবে হাজারীবাগ থেকে ১৫৬টি ট্যানারি সাভারে সরিয়ে নেয়ার জন্যে সরকার ৩৫০কোটি টাকা বরাদ্দ করেছেন।
Grameen Support Group Australia Inc. Notice of Annual General Meeting
As per Clause 5.1 of the Constitution, the Annual General Meeting of GSG Australia Inc. to be held on Sunday, 7th December 2014 at 65 Spurway Street, Ermington from 3pm to 5pm. Light refreshments will be provided. Confirmation of attendance by email or phone will be appreciated.
a) Adoption of the new constitution of the organization.
b) General discussion of the activities of the organization for the year and other related matters by the General Secretary.
c) President’s Report.
d) The Treasurer’s report with up-to-date financial position.
e) Scholarships program for the poor meritorious HSC and undergraduate students in Bangladesh. Open discussion on how to make the scholarship program for the very poor meritorious students in Bangladesh as an on-going successful initiative.
f) Election of a Returning Officer.
g) General Election as per rules of the Constitution and the declaration of the elected new Office Bearers for the financial year 2014-2016 by the Returning Officer.
h) Miscellaneous matters.
i) Closing the Annual General Meeting by the elected new President.
Rafiq Hasan, General Secretary, Grameen Support Group Australia Inc Phone: 02 8883 5399; 0412 756 703. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nazrul Islam, President, Grameen Support Group Australia Inc. Phone: 02 9670 2745; 0421 594 332. Email: email@example.com
November 21, 2014.
Published on: 30-Nov-2014
BD gold Cup Important events in November
23 November 2014: BD Gold Cup nominated children will carry the flag of Bangladesh on 23/11/14 at SCG before the start of the ODI between Australia Vs South Africa . Please watch Channel 9 starting from 1.00pm.
BD Gold Cup representatives has been invited by the Chairman of the Board of Cricket NSW to join him at Steve Waugh Room at SCG. on 23/11/2014 to witness the ODI and march past.
30 November 2014: We invite you, your team members, family, friends, next door neighbors, office colleagues to come to Mona Park Oval, Mona Road, Auburn to witness the semi final between Assassin, BD Gold Cup team to fight for a final place in the Money Gram Thunder Nation League. We are expecting their opponent teams to have a good crowd so we have to be there to cheer and encourage Assassin to play hard. Captain of Assassin expressed his confidence that they will be in the winning mode, now all they need is a big crowd. Hope we can come in big groups.
More cricketing events are coming up and BD gold Cup hopes to make a mark in the formation of Mosaic cricket. Details to be revealed soon.
Dr Yunus: The One Who Can Change the World Aurpan Kar
Business is usually portrayed as a means to make money. However, this does not mean that businesses are filthy, money-generating pigs. What people don't see, is that business is a way to bring peace to society. This is the message that stuck with me from a speech I attended during my school holidays...
On the 11th of October 2014, my brother, father and I attended a public speech on social business, presented by Professor Dr Yunus, a Nobel Laureate. It was held at the Sir Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University, Melbourne.
Dr Yunus gave a very inspirational speech about how he got to his position now from when he was in a rural village in Bangladesh, where he saw kids suffering from night blindness. He met a doctor and asked the cause of night blindness and if there was a cure. The doctor said there was a cure, well two cures. You could either give the child Vitamin A tablets regularly, or get the child to eat lots of vegetables. Dr Yunus was against the thought of giving kids medication, and that certain tablets could possibly be fake.
Therefore, he resorted to the second option which was vegetables. He went all around Bangladesh encouraging rural families to grow and eat their own vegetables. But when he first started, the families could not grow their own crops as they did not have any seeds. At that moment, Yunus' seed business idea sparked. Why not provide the families with the seeds required to grow their own crops?
Another success story I heard was about Yunus' solar electricity project. He was looking for a new business opportunity when he stumbled upon solar electricity. He was trying to sell solar panels, but no one believed the fact that you could harness the power of the sun in the form of electricity. However, when one person bought it, their neighbours asked themselves 'if they can have a solar system, why can't we?' This way, he was starting to sell 10 to 15 solar systems a day. Now, at the course of 17 years, their company has sold more than a million solar units. Their expectation is 3 million over the next three years.
Another story he talked about was the one about sanitary toilets as Dr Yunus noticed that it was a major health problem in the rural Bangladesh. So Dr Yunus made a rule where if people needed a loan they had to dig a hole first. 'No hole, no loan'. Once the person had finished digging their hole, they got the loan to set up the 'toilet'.
What inspired me most is that the majority of Yunus' profits goes to the business itself and the rural people are a part of this business. So, when the business expands, the poor people get the benefits. It inspired me because this is unlike most corporal executives who keep all the money for themselves, Yunus gives the money to the members who matter most to him.
This speech also gave me an opportunity to learn about the 'traditional employment system', which theoretical acts like a sucking 'machine'. This 'machine' sucks a whole bunch of job-seekers from the bottom, and spits out only the luckiest ones on the top. The people stuck at the bottom are jobless and miserable, on the other hand, the people on the top are making an income without even having to do anything. Yunus mentioned that this system is leaving billions of people jobless around the world. This system, in his opinion, is punishing the unemployed. Yunus wants to break this gruelling system by introducing the social business.
Social business will create opportunities for those who have been punished by the system, to fight back. Basically, using the social business, a bright, imaginative and young job-seeker will turn into a clever, convenient and successful job-creator.
His speech made me think, is this the man who can change the face of the world?
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
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
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.
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 email@example.com.
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
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।
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.
‘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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Mr Subal Chowdhury
Dr Ranjana Sarker
Mr Pradip Saha
Assistant General Secretary
Mr Bipul Roy
Mr Nikhil Paul
Mrs Kalpana Majumder
Public Relations Secretary (PRS)
Mr Nirmal Chakraborty
Mr 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
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… “
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
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!
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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.
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?’
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.
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’.
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’.
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!
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.
*** 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Published on: 15-Apr-2014
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Published on: 12-Apr-2014 T20 Bangladesh 2014 Flash Mob, Adelaide - Australia
T20 Bangladesh 2014, Flash MOB - SYDNEY, Australia
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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.
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).
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Published on: 4-Mar-2014
The Divine Intervention Mostafa Abdullah
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).
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.
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.
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.
Architect Zia Ahmed during his recent visit to Bangladesh
Published on: 1-Feb-2014
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.
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: 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-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.
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
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
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
$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 ** 41440 Days to go **
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
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.
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
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.
Published on: 18-Mar-2013
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
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.
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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: email@example.com or to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or just give me a call +880-1811146574. Published on: 17-Jan-2013
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.
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 < email@example.com > or call 0469 861 307 Published on: 25-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 : firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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: email@example.com - Aminul Tuhin Published on: 1-Sep-2012 New Committee Bangladesh Society for Puja and Culture
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
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
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.
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.
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).
Joyojatra (depicts the time of the liberation war).
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: 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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 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-2011Good Morning bangladesh 2011 Blacktown: Published on: 9-Jun-2011Good Morning bangladesh 2011 Blacktown: Published on: 9-Jun-2011Good Morning bangladesh 2011 CEO of Cancer Council of NSW Dr Andrew Penman attended the Blacktown program Published on: 9-Jun-2011Good Morning bangladesh 2011 Blacktown: Published on: 9-Jun-2011Good Morning bangladesh 2011 Lakemba: Published on: 9-Jun-2011Good Morning bangladesh 2011 Lakemba: Published on: 9-Jun-2011Good Morning bangladesh 2011 Glenfield: Published on: 9-Jun-2011Good 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.
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:
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?
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.
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.
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: 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.
- 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.
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: 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
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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.
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
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!
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
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??
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.
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??
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.
Thanks , I will use you Australian account. Hope you are having good time in Bangladesh.
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
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.
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: email@example.com 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
Published on: 7-Jul-2010 Notice to All Bangladeshi Medical Doctors
List of email addresses:
Dr. Faizur Reza Emon
Dr. Faruque Riffat
Dr.M Shareef ud Dowla
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...
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“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
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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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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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.
Convening Committee, former Dhaka University Students/Graduates, Canberra, Australia
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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: 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
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-2010Muktijuddhe Bangladesh
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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: email@example.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: 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: 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.
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."
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
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.
Man of the match for:
Minor Semi Final $50x2
Semi Final $100x2
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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: 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...
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Published on: 11-Oct-2009 Change of email address Bangladesh High Commission, Canberra
Could you kindly note the changed email address (email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org as well as to the new email address email@example.com
Md. Nazrul Islam Counsellor & Head of Chancery Bangladesh High Commission Canberra Tel. 02 6290 0511 Fax. 02 6290 0544 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: 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: email@example.com
Thank you kindly for your consideration and support.
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):
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: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: 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: 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-2009BWSC 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.
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-2009Aussi 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-2009Aussi Bangla Smile`s 2009 Trip to Bangladesh Some pre op patients Jibon Tari. Published on: 7-May-2009Aussi Bangla Smile`s 2009 Trip to Bangladesh The team leaving Sydney on March 12, 2009 Published on: 7-May-2009Aussi Bangla Smile`s 2009 Trip to Bangladesh This is one of the sponsorship certificate people received for their donation. Published on: 7-May-2009Aussi 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-2009Aussi Bangla Smile`s 2009 Trip to Bangladesh
Published on: 7-May-2009Aussi Bangla Smile`s 2009 Trip to Bangladesh
More Photos... Published on: 7-May-2009Aussi Bangla Smile`s 2009 Trip to Bangladesh. In a blackout on the Jibon Tari Floating Hospital moared at Chandpur. Published on: 7-May-2009Aussi Bangla Smile`s 2009 Trip to Bangladesh. The two teams working simultaneously on Jibon Tari. Published on: 7-May-2009Aussi Bangla Smile`s 2009 Trip to Bangladesh. Pre and post op patients 1 Published on: 7-May-2009Aussi Bangla Smile`s 2009 Trip to Bangladesh. Pre and post op patients 2 Published on: 7-May-2009Aussi Bangla Smile`s 2009 Trip to Bangladesh. The team with Bangladeshi staff at the Square Hospital, Dhaka. Published on: 7-May-2009Aussi Bangla Smile`s 2009 Trip to Bangladesh. Lorraine Barbara and Angela with nursing staff BKX. Published on: 7-May-2009Aussi 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.
Published on: 5-May-2009GDNC on BDR Massacre Zia Ahmed, President, International Forum for Trial of War Crimilas of Bangladesh. Published on: 23-Apr-2009GDNC 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: 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: 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:
Also, you may want to know that all the money collected for BEN goes to BAPA in Bangladesh.
The BEN '08-09 fund raising team:
Kamrul Ahsan Khan, Canberra email@example.com Phone+61 401683930 (Cell) +612 62967176 (AH) Coordinator ,BEN Australia
Dilruba Sahana, Melbourne, firstname.lastname@example.org
Swapan Paul, Sydney, email@example.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: 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...     Photo 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.
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: 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
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.
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: 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-2009Bangladesh Awami League Victory Celebration in Sydney
Published on: 6-Jan-2009Bangladesh Awami League Victory Celebration in Sydney
Published on: 6-Jan-2009Bangladesh Awami League Victory Celebration in Sydney
Published on: 6-Jan-2009Bangladesh Awami League Victory Celebration in Sydney
More Photos... Published on: 6-Jan-2009Bangladesh Awami League Victory Celebration in Sydney.
Published on: 6-Jan-2009Bangladesh Awami League Victory Celebration in Sydney.
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: 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...
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
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...
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.
Published on: 30-Nov-2008
Dear Ani!>sur 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.
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
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...
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: 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!
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.
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
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...
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
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...
`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!
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...
Published on: 26-Aug-2008 Bangladesh High Commission, Canberra
21 August 2008
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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: email@example.com
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: 17-Jun-2008Bangladesh 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
Report... Photos... Published on: 21-May-2008Bangladesh Association of Australia - Rabindra Nazrul Joyonti From left: Dr. Monzur Hamid Kochi, Gama Abdul Kadir, Ajoy Dasgupta and Harunur Rashid Published on: 20-May-2008Bangladesh Association of Australia - Rabindra Nazrul Joyonti From left: Al Noman Shamim & Dr. Abdur Razzak Published on: 20-May-2008Bangladesh Association of Australia - Rabindra Nazrul Joyonti Anisur Rahman, editor bangla-sydney.com was honoured for his contribution to the community. Published on: 20-May-2008Bangladesh Association of Australia - Rabindra Nazrul Joyonti Popular singer Amia Matin, honoured for her contribution in music. Published on: 20-May-2008Bangladesh Association of Australia - Rabindra Nazrul Joyonti Youngest member of the Association Mosleur Rohaman, honoured for his contribution for the Association. Published on: 20-May-2008Bangladesh Association of Australia - Rabindra Nazrul Joyonti Last year's President of the Association, Faruk Khan was honoured. Published on: 20-May-2008Bangladesh Association of Australia - Rabindra Nazrul Joyonti Last year's General Secretary, Alauddin Alok was honoured.
More Photos... Published on: 20-May-2008Bangladesh 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-2008Bangladesh Association of Australia - Rabindra Nazrul Joyonti.
Published on: 20-May-2008Bangladesh Association of Australia - Rabindra Nazrul Joyonti. From left: Shafin Rashed, Dipa Dasgupta, Shamimul Islam, Al Noman Shamim & Shurovi Noor. Published on: 20-May-2008Bangladesh Association of Australia - Rabindra Nazrul Joyonti. Fazlul Bari, senior staff reporter of Janakantha.
More Photos... Published on: 20-May-2008Bangladesh Association of Australia - Rabindra Nazrul Joyonti.. Avijit Barua and Amia Matin Published on: 20-May-2008Bangladesh Association of Australia - Rabindra Nazrul Joyonti.. Dr. Manzur Hamid Kochi Published on: 20-May-2008Bangladesh Association of Australia - Rabindra Nazrul Joyonti.. Avijit Barua & Sumi Dey Published on: 20-May-2008Bangladesh Association of Australia - Rabindra Nazrul Joyonti.. Sreyoshi Published on: 20-May-2008Bangladesh 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: 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-2008Good Morning Bangladesh 2008 (Blacktown)
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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 ---------------------- Total $6313.90
2007 Blacktown $3885.00 Glenfield $1365.00 ---------------------- Total $5250.00
2008 Blacktown $4250.05 Glenfield $1385.00 ---------------------- Total $5635.05
2009 Blacktown $5023.40 Glenfield $2467.00 ---------------------- Total $7490.40
2010 Blacktown $4176.65 Glenfield $1675.85 Lakemba $2160.00 ---------------------- Total $8012.50
2011 Blacktown $5641.50 Glenfield $1232.50 Lakemba $3510.00 ---------------------- Total $10384.00
2012 Blacktown $6425.00 Glenfield $2601.00 Lakemba $3776.00 ---------------------- Total $12802.00
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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: 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: 27-Apr-2008Good 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
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.
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 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: 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
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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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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or the Assistant Secretary of the Council, Abul Mintu, telephone 0409 472 700 or by email austbang1@Gmail.com.