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First Bangladeshi Jewellery shop in Sydney...



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



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


Published on: 7-Jul-2009


Open Forum - Current Topic:
Umbrella Organisation for Bangladeshi Community


Published on: 8-Apr-2099


Bangladeshi migrants eke out a
living in Rome
- Al Jazeera report


Published on: 19-Nov-2014


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.


Published on: 5-Nov-2014


সুন্দর ফন্টের জন্য SolaimanLipi ডাউনলোড করে নিন...

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


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

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

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

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

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



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







Published on: 28-Oct-2014


Human traffickers prey on
poor Bangladeshis
...Aljazeera report...


Published on: 26-Oct-2014


Education minister of Bangladesh
Nurul Islam Nahid welcomed to Sydney


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

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


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




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

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


Members of Jalalabad Association







Published on: 15-Oct-2014


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


Published on: 7-Oct-2014


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



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

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

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

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

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

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





Published on: 7-Oct-2014


SHATTERED
DREAMS


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


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


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


Published on: 15-Sep-2014


90° North
My trip to the top of the World

Azam Chowdhury



< Part 2
PART 3

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






GPS Reading showing 90 deg North

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


Bangladeshi flag raised on the North Pole

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


Praying before plunging in Icy Cold Water


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

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


Putting the business cards in the Time Capsule

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



THE END

< Part 2






Published on: 15-Sep-2014


‘For you my friend, anywhere anytime’
Mostafa Abdullah



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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you Peter.





Published on: 1-Sep-2014


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


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


Published on: 21-Aug-2014


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


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


Published on: 10-Aug-2014


Bangladeshi-Australian boy wins gold medal in Informatics Olympiad 2014


Published on: 4-Aug-2014


Greek court acquits farmers who shot
28 Bangladeshi strawberry pickers


Published on: 31-Jul-2014



Seminar on controversial changes to Racial Discrimination Act


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

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


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

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



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

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




Published on: 30-Jul-2014


FAREWELL SPEECH
Faruk Kader


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Published on: 16-Jul-2014


Ramadan Mubarak
Mostafa Abdullah


1

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

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

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

2

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

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

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

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

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

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


3

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

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

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

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

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


4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


5

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ramadan Mubarak.







Published on: 24-Jun-2014



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


The Trip Down Under
Mostafa Abdullah



1

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

2

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

3

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

4

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

5

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




Published on: 22-Apr-2014


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

Courtesy of New York Times


Published on: 17-Apr-2014


T20 Bangladesh 2014 Flash Mob, Adelaide - Australia




T20 Bangladesh 2014, Flash MOB - SYDNEY, Australia




T20 Flash Mob by Bangladeshi Students of Darwin University, Australia




Published on: 12-Apr-2014


His Excellency Lt Gen Masud Uddin Chowdhury's Farewell

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

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

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

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

The Committee earnestly looks forward to your kind participation.

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


Sincerely,

On behalf of the Farewell Committee:

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


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

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





Published on: 4-Mar-2014


An Officer and a Gentleman
Mostafa Abdullah

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Published on: 15-Jan-2014




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




Dear Bangla-Sydney

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

Regards

Samiul kabir



Published on: 18-Mar-2013




Anis Bhai,

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

Abdul Haq
Hassallgrove



Published on: 13-Mar-2013




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

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

Many happy returns.

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



Published on: 12-Mar-2013




Published on: 24-Jan-2013


Accommodation Wanted

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



Dear editor,

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

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

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

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

Khoda hafez.


Dr. Maqsud Omar
NSW, Australia.


Published on: 1-Jan-2013


Female Vocalist Needed

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


Richard Branson Speakes in Defence of Grameen Bank

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


Origin of the rice variety Kasalath

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

Published on: 26-Sep-2012


কাউন্সিল নির্বাচনে বাংলাদেশী প্রতিনিধিত্ব

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

আবুল সরকার প্রবীর মৈত্র

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

Published on: 5-Jun-2012



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


Munni's Operation Date: 28th May, 2012

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


Published on: 25-May-2012


Munni`s Operation Date: 28th May, 2012

Dear all,

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

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

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

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

Please pray for Munni.

Thankfully,

MD. IMRAN KABIR
PhD Student


Published on: 25-May-2012


Big thank you for 8 Notes
from Children`s Hospital

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


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




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


Bangladeshi Laptop "Doel" Released


Published on: 19-Oct-2011



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



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

A chapter from the book Launch photo

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


Burwood Library presents Shafeen Mustaq
FREE TALK AT BURWOOD LIBRARY

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



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

Published on: 6-Jul-2011


Dr. Maqsud Omar Wrote:

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

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

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

Khoda hafez.

Dr. Maqsud Omar
Woodcroft



Published on: 6-Jun-2011


Anayet Luhit Wrote:

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

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

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

We really need to talk about this kind of issues.

Thanks,

Anayet Luhit




Published on: 3-Jun-2011


Hasneen Jahan Wrote:

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

Regards,

Hasneen Jahan
PhD Candidate




Published on: 3-Jun-2011


Begum Shahida Wrote:

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

Regards,
Begum Shahida
MANLY



Published on: 1-Jun-2011


Zakir Hossen Wrote:

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

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

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

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

Zakir Hossen
KOGARAH



Published on: 1-Jun-2011


Launching of Australia's Biggest Morning Tea 2011

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

Published on: 22-Apr-2011


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: 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


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



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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Maqsud Omar
nepean1@gmail.com
Sydney.




Published on: 1-Dec-2010


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


Share Accomodation Available

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



Dear Anisur Vai,

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

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

Akhtar Jahan



Published on: 25-Oct-2010


Open Letter for Bangladeshi Community Dr Tanveer Ahmed


Published on: 18-Oct-2010


Share Accomodation Available

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

Published on: 10-Oct-2010


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


Published on: 4-Sep-2010


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


Published on: 8-Aug-2010



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

Hope Grameencall executives will maintain a satisfactory quality control system.

Dr. Maqsud Omar
Woodcroft, NSW.


Published on: 2-Aug-2010


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


Notice to All Bangladeshi Medical Doctors

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

Constitution of BMS Membership form

Published on: 7-Jul-2010


Notice to All Bangladeshi Medical Doctors

List of email addresses:

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



Published on: 7-Jul-2010


Kristy will perform in Darwin

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

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

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


From left: Shusantu, Sanjoy, Tapon and Shoeab


Published on: 6-Jul-2010


$8012.50 raised for the
NSW Cancer Council

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

Money raised by year...

Published on: 22-May-2010


Gathering of Bangladeshi
Medical Doctors
Sent by Dr Zakir Parvez


Published on: 20-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


Bangla Loko Mela 2010 Shafeen Mustaq

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


Published on: 12-Apr-2010


Bangla Loko Mela 2010

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



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



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



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





Published on: 12-Apr-2010


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


3rd Solo Art & Photography Exhibitions of Zakia Hossain

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


BEN Joined Ekushe Academy in Cleanup Australia Day

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

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

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

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



Published on: 28-Mar-2010


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


Tasmin Osman Passed Away!

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

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


Money management in Bangladeshi slums

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

                                                                Sent by Mushtaq Khan

Published on: 7-Dec-2009


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


Published on: 2-Dec-2009


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


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



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

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



Published on: 20-Oct-2009


Bangladeshis in City to Surf 2009



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

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

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



1. Ahmed Saber (Bella vista) - 82 minutes


2. Sirajul Islam (Quakers Hill) - 83 minutes


3. Nawshad Shah (Quakers Hill) - 94 minutes


4. Noor Hossain (Rosehill) - 104 minute


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


6. Sameer Chowdhury (Castle Hill) - 155 minute


7. Shahrouz Chowdhury (Castle Hill) - 155 minute





Published on: 18-Aug-2009




Published on: 28-Jul-2009


Story of 3 meritorious students in BD!

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

Published on: 24-Jul-2009


Story of 3 meritorious students in Bangladesh!

Dear Expatriate Bangladeshis,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nazrul Islam
St Clair
nazislam09@bigpond.com


Published on: 23-Jul-2009


Share Accomodation Available

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

Published on: 8-Jul-2009


Bangladesh Association of NSW

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

Published on: 30-Jun-2009


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


Partho Barua's Concert in Sydney



Concert organised by BANGLADESHI IDOL


Published on: 7-Jun-2009



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


Good Morning Bangladesh - Glenfield

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

Money raised by year... Graph

Published on: 12-May-2009

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


$5023.40 raised for the
NSW Cancer Council

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

Photos... Money raised by year...

Published on: 5-May-2009


Do you want to study in Australia?

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

Published on: 3-Apr-2009


Bangladeshi Girl Wins Turkish Music Award!

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

Published on: 30-Mar-2009


Bangladeshi Girl Wins Turkish Music Award!




Published on: 30-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


Bangladeshis in Melbourne raised $9000 for Victorian Bushfire Victims!

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

Published on: 23-Feb-2009


Spice of Life

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

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

Cover photos, front & back

Published on: 12-Feb-2009


Jahid is looking for Bangladeshi Food.

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

Published on: 6-Feb-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




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


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

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

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

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

For more detail please visit www.tempestraentertainment.com

- Mohammed Kabir (Bablu)


Published on: 19-Jan-2009


Open Forum Topic: Bangladeshi Students in Australia


Published on: 14-Dec-2008


End of year Celebration
MDSI Women's Group

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


Photos...

Published on: 11-Dec-2008


End of year Celebration
MDSI Women's Group



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

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

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

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



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

Want to know more! Please call Rokeya on 46271188.



Published on: 11-Dec-2008



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

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

Shahidur Rahman
Bella Vista


You might find your answer in this poem: Eider Chad


Published on: 4-Dec-2008



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

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

Monirul Islam


Published on: 30-Nov-2008



Dear Anisur vai,

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

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

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

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

Thanking you,
Kashfia, Sydney


Published on: 28-Nov-2008


Bangladeshi Australian awarded the NT Local Hero 2009 Award

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

Monirul Islam

Published on: 26-Nov-2008


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


Published on: 21-Nov-2008















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


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


Success of Bangladeshi Environmentalist

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


Top 11 on their way to Sydney!

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

Published on: 20-Oct-2008


Bangladeshis nominated for the ID awards!

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


Published on: 16-Oct-2008


Two Bangladeshis nominated for the ID awards!

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

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

The names of the nominees have been posted in the ID World website and voting has begun. All the finalists will be present in the event on 18th November in Milan and the award will be declared and presented ceremonially.

We all are aware that quite silently Bangladesh achieved an outstanding feat having successfully electronically registered the adult population and providing distinct National ID cards, which only a few developed countries have achieved so far albeit with much lesser population. This remarkable milestone was reached under the able and determined leadership of MAJOR GENERAL MD. SHAFIQUL ISLAM and ABDULLAH FERDOUS.

You would be proud to know that Gen. Md. Shafiqul Islam has been nominated for the prestigious "ID World International ID People Award 2008" under the category "Outstanding Achievement Award". Mr. Abdullah Ferdous has been nominated for the prestigious "ID Community Award".

You may kindly follow the link below, read profiles of all the nominees and cast your vote and be part of this global event!

Website

Abdur Razzak
Quakers Hill



Published on: 16-Oct-2008


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


Dr. Geoffrey Davis Passed Away

Dr. Geoffrey Davis, an Australian doctor, who helped thousands of Bangladeshi women raped by the Pakistani Army during the Liberation War in 1971, has passed away in Sydney on Friday 3-Oct-2008...Details...


Interview of Dr. Geoffrey Davis
    (with Kamrul Ahsan Khan and Dr. Abul Hasnat Milton, in 2005)


Published on: 10-Oct-2008



Dr. Geoffrey Davis passes away

Dr. Geoffrey Davis, an Australian doctor, who helped thousands of Bangladeshi women raped by the
Pakistani Army during the Liberation War in 1971, has passed away in Sydney on Friday 3-Oct-2008.

Dr. Geoffrey Davis visited Bangladesh in 1972 to help the victims with abortion and to assist the management of war babies. He also helped thousands of women who contacted venereal disease and developed complications due to trying indigenous methods of abortion.

This is great loss for the grateful people of Bangladesh. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his bereaved family.

The funeral of Dr Davis will be held at 1 pm on Monday the 13-Oct-2008 at the Roockwood Crematorium. Bangladeshi Community is welcome to attend Dr.
Davis's Funeral in order to pay tribute to his noble departed soul.


Photo: Dr Geoffrey Davis, in Bangladesh, 1972


Published on: 10-Oct-2008


Purgatory in New York Film Festival

Purgatory, a film made by a young Bangladeshi film maker, Hasan Naim Miraz, living in Melbourne, has been accepted for the New York Film Festival.

In the acceptence letter Director of Acquistions Cyndy Johnson said:

"CONGRATULATIONS! We are delighted that Purgatory has been officially selected for exhibition in the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival. We will be organizing a fantastic event featuring films and videos from around the world, including Canada, Australia, France, China, India, Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Ireland, England and of course, all over the U.S."

The festival will be held in March 2009.

Purgatory was one of the four film shown at the Melbourne Film Festival organised by the Bangladeshi community in Melbourne in July 2008.


Purgatory is a story about feelings of love, emotion, pain and lonliness. The story reveals the impact on an individual when he looses the main source of his hapiness, his family. It’s about what happens to a person when his life becomes empty in a twinkle of an eye. Shams’s life is a cruel fusion of past and present only, He sees no future.



Hasan Naim Miraz with his wife Alpana at the Melbourne Film Festival


About New York Film Festival


Published on: 5-Oct-2008


Don't forget Shoeb during Eidul-Fitr!

I went to see Shoeb this morning (Sunday) at St.Joseph Hospital, Auburn with my wife and another family. He is anxiously waiting for his family to arrive. His wife and newly born baby will be arriving this week. Then, he might be released from the hospital. Once released, he and his family will need lot of support from all of us.

From the community, we should try to support him as much as we can. I think, during the coming Eid-ul-fitr, we can take the initiative to raise funds from all Bangladeshi organised Eid prayers. I will appreciate if you can pass this message to the organisers of these prayers. We will raise funds for him at the Quakers Hill prayer.

Let's all pray for his complete recovery.

Regards,
Abdul Haq
Mob: 0425260239
28/9/08


Published on: 28-Sep-2008



`JOY` is an action-packed feature film about a young Bangladeshi man,
living in Perth, Western Australia, and is a story for every one who has had
to fight the bullies of society...Details...


The Team... Auditions...

Published on: 23-Sep-2008




`JOY` is an action-packed feature film about a young Bangladeshi man,
living in Perth, Western Australia, and is a story for every one who has had
to fight the bullies of society. It will feature state-of-the-art special
effects and mind-blowing computer graphics.

The film will be spoken in Bangla, with subtitles in English. Bangladeshi
and Australian actors will be cast in all of the major roles, and the film
will be produced with emphasis on the Bangladeshi market.

We will be shooting in Perth in January 2009 and are about to begin the
exciting task of searching for cast, extras and crew from within the
Bangladeshi community around Australia.

`JOY` also provides investment and sponsorship opportunities for
Bangladeshi-Australian Businesses, with excellent perks offered for
investors as well as high profile publicity for anyone who wants to be a
part of the production.

Tina McKimmie
Assistant Producer


Published on: 23-Sep-2008


FIRST BANGLADESHI WINS AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL POLLS

Prabir Maitra, a Bangladeshi now leaving in Australia, has been elected a Councillor in the elections just held to the Parramatta City Council in Sydney defeating his opponents with a huge difference in votes. He is the first Bangladeshi to be elected to any public office in Australia.

Son of Ranesh Maitra, a senior leftist politician, and Purobi Maitra, a Mahila Parishad activist, Prabir Maitra joined the Australian Labor Party in 2001 and has since remained actively involved in mainstream politics in Australia. His nomination from the ruling Australian Labor Party was a recognition of his active engagement in politics over the last seven years.
Prabir Maitra completed his Master’s in Electronics Engineering from Bulgaria and returned home in 1987. As a student, he was an active member of Bangladesh Students Union, a progressive and non-communal organization. After serving in many reputable organizations in Bangladesh, including CARE-International as an IT Specialist, he migrated to Australia in 1997 along with his wife Dr. Aparna Goswami and daughter Ihita Maitra. Later they had a son born in Australia. Mr. Maitra now works for the Childrens Hospital at Westmead, Sydney.

Mr. Maitra is actively involved in a number of social and cultural organisations in Sydney including Bangladesh Scoitey for Puja and Culture, Australian Forum for Minorities in Bangladesh, Bengali Association of New South Wales, Bangladesh Environment Network(BEN) and Ekushey Academy Australia. He held executive positions in many of them. As a human rights activist, he mobilized public opinion against persecution of religious and ethnic minorities in Bangladesh and earned popularity among all sections of people here irrespective of caste, creed, religion and nationality.

Kamrul Ahsan Khan


Published on: 19-Sep-2008


Bangladesh High Commission
Special Benefit for NRBs

This is to inform that the applications of Non-Resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) for receiving Special Benefits in 2009 will be processed by the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment...Details...


Ramadan Working Hours

Published on: 26-Aug-2008


Bangladesh High Commission, Canberra


21 August 2008

Press Release

This is to inform that the applications of Non-Resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) for receiving Special Benefits in 2009 will be processed by the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. The list of selected Non-Resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) for Special Benefits in 2009, as and when decided by the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment, will be available on the website of the High Commission.





Published on: 26-Aug-2008


Architectural Excellence in Bangladesh!



Architectural Excellence in Bangladesh, a seminar and a week long exhibition organised in Sydney by Bangladeshi Architects in Australia (BAA).



Published on: 25-Aug-2008


Dr Tanveer Ahmed

Dr Tanveer Ahmed Shuvo (s/o Afsar Ahmed, Epping) is running for local government in his area for Marrickville. He is well known in Bangladeshi community through his wide ranging activities in media and politics. He represents someone who has real potential in advancing Bangladeshi interests both locally and in Bangladesh. He is already attracting significant media attention with Current Affair running a story about his running this week. He is seeking interested people from the Bangladeshi community to help with the campaign. It will be a low level campaign involving media and leafleting. His email address is: drtahmed@gmail.com

Published on: 20-Aug-2008



Chorom Patra reminded me of those horrible days of 1971. Mukul Bhai was one of the main fugures of Bangladesh who through his literal contribution kept all Bangladeshis motivated. Probably Chorom Patra was one of the programmes that was listened to by most of the people of Bangladesh. No doubt he was a great talent. But it surprises me how I had forgotten him soon after the independence? Probably many others like me had forgotten him too. He should be remembered and revered by all of us. Why don't we get together sometimes and remember his works and his total contribution to the country? Mukul Bhai is still among us and he should be remembered.

Mushtaq Khan, Sydney


Published on: 11-Aug-2008



I enjoyed reading the article. No doubt that Anoar Ahmed, Naim Hassan and Wasim Atiq are highly talented people. I hope they will be able to produce more films and receive international awards. I wish I could see their production. It is an encouragement for all the Bangladeshis living in Australia. Great job.

Mushtaq Khan, Sydney


Published on: 4-Aug-2008


Bangladesh Environment Network Seminar

“Role of Non Resident Bangladeshis (NRB) in Protection of Bangladesh Environment” 2-Aug-2008, Canberra...Details...

Published on: 2-Aug-2008


Bangladesh High Commission
Special Benefit for NRBs

Applications are invited from Non-Resident Bangladeshis (NRB) for special benefits in 2009...Details...


The deadline for receiving the applications by the High Commission has been extended till 7-Aug-2008

Published on: 31-Jul-2008


Habib's 2nd Concert in Sydney

We are pleased to inform that Bangla Vision Entertainment is going to organize a grand concert night of Habib and Ferdous wahid.

Habib is ‘The new Sensation’ in Bangladeshi music industry at this moment.

The event is scheduled for 2nd November, 2008 at “Enmore Theatre”, Newtown.
This is a prestigious historic venue in Sydney.

This is their 2nd tour of Australia but the main attraction is, this time they are coming with full hands. People will get the real taste of Habib’s live concert. Australian born Bangladeshis will get a chance to perform with them and promote themselves.

The quality sound system and the gorgeous lighting will make the concert truely remarkable.

Md M Rahman
Bangla Vision Entertainment.
E-mail: banglavisionentertainment@live.com.au


Published on: 23-Jul-2008


MILES LIVE IN SYDNEY - Ashiqur Tanim


Tempestra Entertainment has done it again…

Music mania hit the Marana Auditorium on Sunday night as Miles brought their Evening of “Music and Passion” to Sydney. The initials MILES shone on the doors and the crowd couldn’t resist holding their breath as the BAND of the moment made their way onto the stage.


Big band was the theme of the night with musicians on a slightly slanted stage equipped with drums, guitars, keyboards and of course pairs of flamboyant “Sunglasses”.

The stylish Bangladeshi band began the night with their famous song “Jala Jala” much to the delight of the men in the audience. The many men brought along to the night appeared amused by the way the females fawned over the Band, especially when they started singing “O Hridoy Hina”.


“The lighting and the sound was absolutely stunning” – said someone from the audiance. Another said: “Though the sound was a bit loud, it was much clearer than the other concerts we recently came across. But I’ll have to say that the stage presentation and the lighting were gorgeous. I’ve never seen a Bangladeshi concert here, with this much amount of lighting”. It’s obvious from the concert and the reaction of the crowd that Tempestra Entertainment has been able to improve their quality while maintaining their standards. They have taken this entertainment business to a higher level. It is very unlikely for the Bangladeshi organizers here in Australia, to spend such a huge amount of money on lighting and sound systems; but Tempestra Entertainment as usual, proved this wrong.

Ending the night with a sincere thank you to everyone involved in the event and their fans, Miles sang the all time favorite “Firiya dao”.

It was clear as everyone walked out with smiles on their faces that Miles has done their job of making the audience swoon, clear proof that Bangladeshi music isn’t dead even being so far away from home.


** Miles will be ending their Australia tour with a Final Concert on 28th June'08 Saturday at Bankstown Town Hall, Bankstown. Tickets are Available at all Bangladeshi Grocery shops in Sydney. Ticket Price: $ 30/-, $ 40/-, $ 50/- & $ 100/-.**





Published on: 26-Jun-2008


BEN-Australian Contributes $1600 to BAPA

BEN-Australia, the Australian Chapter of Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN), which is a global network of non-resident Bangladeshis (NRB), has contributed AUD $1600 (sixteen hundred Australian dollar, equivalent to about Tk 97,000) as its regular annual contribution to BEN central fund to support Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA)...Details...

Published on: 8-Jun-2008


BEN-Australian Contributes $1600 to BAPA



BEN-Australia, the Australian Chapter of Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN), which is a global network of non-resident Bangladeshis (NRB), has contributed AUD $1600 (sixteen hundred Australian dollar, equivalent to about Tk 97,000) as its regular annual contribution to BEN central fund to support Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA), the pro-environment organization in Bangladesh that is mobilizing people and working vigorously for the protection of Bangladesh environment.

The cheque for the amount was handed over to Professor Anu Muhammad, a social activist and BAPA member, who is currently visiting major cities of Australia to speak about Bangladesh's energy problems and the environmental implications of various energy options, including open pit mining at Phulbari in Bangladesh. The cheque was handed over by Kamrul Ahsan Khan, coordinator of BEN-Australia.

Many academics from the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra University, local environmentalists, and leaders of AidWatch were present at the ceremony. It has been several years now, that BEN-Australia has been contributing to Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA) through BEN's central fund.

BEN-Australia is undertaking various programs to mobilize NRBs in Australia to support the environment movement of Bangladesh and protect the country from an environmental disaster. It is now planning to hold events in July-August to celebrate 10 years of BEN, which was launched in the United States on July 10, 1998.

Prof. Anu Muhammad thanked BEN-Australia members for their continued support to the environment movement of Bangladesh

Press release
BEN-Australia team


Published on: 8-Jun-2008


An appeal to the United Nations

Recently, I met a Bangladeshi sister Councillor Lutfa Begum in
East London. She is organising a petition to be sent to
the United Nations this July (2008). I supported and signed the petition myself. I appeal to every Bangladeshi to sign the attached petition. If you have queries, please contact Cllr. Lutfa begum at Cllr.Lutfa.Begum@towerhamlets.gov.uk - Nahid Kabir, Perth The petition...

Published on: 14-May-2008


AID/WATCH is pleased to be hosting a Climate Change and Development speaking tour of Bangladeshi academic Prof. Anu Muhammad during May 12-23rd. The tour will visit Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Katoomba and the Hunter Valley.     When and Where...     About Phulbari Coal Project...

Details...     Sent by Flint Duxfield, AID/WATCH

Published on: 9-May-2008


Good Morning Bangladesh 2008 (Blacktown)

Breakfast organised by Bangladeshi community in and around Blacktown to raise funds for NSW Cancer Council was held on Sunday, 4-May-2008. Attended by a large number of people the program raised $4250.05 (including on-line donations).     Photos...     Money raised by year...

Published on: 7-May-2008


Workshop on Investment in Bangladesh The Australia Bangladesh Business Council has organised an Investment Workshop for non-resident Bangladeshis living in Australia. The workshop will be held at 11 am on 27 April 2008 at St. Peters Library Hall, Sydenham with four member delegation from Dhaka Stock Exchange...Details...


Published on: 27-Apr-2008


Workshop on Investment Opportunities
in Bangladesh

The Australia Bangladesh Business Council has organised an Investment Workshop for non-resident Bangladeshis living in Australia. The workshop will be held at 11 am on 27 April 2008 at St. Peters Library Hall, Sydenham.

A four member delegation from Dhaka Stock Exchange Limited, including Mr. Salahuddin Ahmed, Chief Executive Officer and Mr. Kazi Firoz Rashid, Director will attend this workshop. The executives of Dhaka Stock Exchange will highlight the present scenario of Bangladesh economy, capital market, opportunities of investment by non-resident Bangladeshis and the procedures for investment.

The Australia Bangladesh Business Council is pleased to invite non-resident Bangladeshis with interest in exploring investment opportunities in Bangladesh to attend this workshop. Registration for attending this workshop is free, but an expression of interest is essential for reserving a place.

If you are interested to attend this workshop, please register your interest by calling Mr. Mizanur Rahman Mazumder, Chairman, Australia Bangladesh Business Council on 0449 042 908 before 25 April 2008.


Published on: 22-Apr-2008



Dear John

Your article "Ei jonmodaag muchhi kemon kore" has really touched the feelings of many Bangladeshis like me. I do not know why they are doing this. I always thought stupidity has a limit; they proved me wrong. Isn't it funny that they eagerly look for remittances that we send home, but tell us to get lost? What an irony! Someday they will tell us that we are person
non grata!

Mohammed A Razzaque


Published on: 10-Apr-2008



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Hon. Laurie Ferguson MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Settlement Services attended the official launch of Bangladeshi Community & Business Directory at Parramatta MRC on 1-Apr-2008. In his speech at the ceremony he emphasized on the need for an umbrella organisation in the Bangladeshi Community...


Published on: 7-Apr-2008


Laurie Ferguson spoke about the need for an Umbrella Organisation

Hon. Laurie Ferguson MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Settlement Services attended the official launch of Bangladeshi Community & Business Directory at Parramatta MRC on 1-Apr-2008. In his speech at the ceremony he emphasized on the need for an umbrella organisation in the Bangladeshi Community...
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Published on: 7-Apr-2008


Open Forum -
Topic: Umbrella Organisation for Bangladeshi Community


Published on: 7-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


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


$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



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.

Please click the play button to see the trailer...


About Sarah Gavron / DIRECTOR About Monica Ali / AUTHOR




Published on: 4-Mar-2008


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Frozen Fish, Beef, Goat, Lamb, Chicken, Vegitables, Parata, Spices, Rice, Lentils, Bread, Milk, Phone cards, Soft drinks, Natok, Bangla & Hindi movies....
For all your Bangladeshi grocery needs come and visit us...

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Published on: 27-Feb-2008



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Chief Justice of Bangladesh - on Independence of Judiciary

Honarable Chief Justice of Bangladesh Md. Ruhul Amin visited Sydney recently. A community reception was hosted in his honour by Prof. Anis Chowdhury and Mr. Nazrul Islam in an Indian restaurant in Anangrove. This should serve as a wake up call for the hibernating Bangladeshi Associations in Sydney. Accompanied by other members of the delegation a soft spoken Chief Justice explained the true meaning of the recently achieved independence of judiciary in Bangladesh.

Sorry about the background noise - Webmaster


Published on: 15-Feb-2008


Chief Justice Ruhul Amin

Chief Justice of Bangladesh Md. Ruhul Amin visited Sydney recently. A community reception was hosted in his honour by Prof. Anis Chowdhury and Mr. Nazrul Islam in an Indian restaurant in Anangrove. This should serve as a wake up call for the hibernating Bangladeshi Associations in Sydney. Accompanied by other members of the delegation a soft spoken Chief Justice explained the true meaning of the recently achieved independence of judiciary in Bangladesh.


Published on: 15-Feb-2008


Meeting with BEPZA Executive Chairman

In order to stimulate rapid economic growth in Bangladesh, particularly through industrialisation, the government in Bangladesh has adopted an open door policy to attract foreign investment in Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA) is the official organ of the government to promote, attract and facilitate foreign investment in the Export Processing Zones.

The primary objective of an Export Processing Zone is to provide a special area where potential investors would find a congenial investment climate, free frm cumbersome procedures.

The Executive Chairman of the Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority is visiting Australia during February and is scheduled to be in Sydney on 20 February. The purpose of the visit is to:

• Meet with possible investors in the BEPZA;
• Meet with non resident Bangladeshi Australians living in Australia; and
• Mmeet with relevant government officials.

The Australia Bangladesh Business Council is facilitating a meeting with the Executive Chairman on 20 February 2008 at 3.00 pm at Level 2, Club City Central, 565-567 George Street, Sydney. Anyone interested in attending should contact the Chairman of the Council, Mizanur Rahman Mazumder telephone 0422 008 733 or by email globalsafety@iimetro.com.au or the Assistant Secretary of the Council, Abul Mintu, telephone 0409 472 700 or by email austbang1@Gmail.com.


Published on: 13-Feb-2008


Bangladeshi Dance Troupe in
National Multicultural Festival 2008

Revised Schedule for the Lunchtime shows     Members of the Team

Published on: 10-Feb-2008


State vs Kaihana Hussain News Archive

Kaihana Hussain, a 17 year old Bangladeshi-Australian girl is accused of killing her mother, Yasmine Hussain, and attempted murder of her father, Dr Muhammad Hussain, in October 2006

Published on: 10-Feb-2008



Amazing report "Bangladeshi Fred Holows". Great job. Millions of thanks to bring this to the attention of the world. Big Big salute to Dr.Hasan Sarwar and the Aussie Angels.

Mahmuda Runu


Published on: 2-Feb-2008



After a long time I have read a heart-rending article. It is wonderfully worded with a mix of emotion, sadness and optimism. Thank you for the article you have written.

I have no language how to congratulate Dr. Hassan on his great effort to give life to the hundreds of unfortunate children of Bangladesh. You are a great man. We are proud of you.

Through this article you have opened my eyes. Now I can see how unfortunate those kids are at home. Is there any opportunity to raise funds for this project?
I hope Bangladeshi community in Sydney will come forward to take part in putting smile on those helpless children.

Regards,
Mushtaq Khan


Published on: 1-Feb-2008



Thank you very much for publishing the news titled "Bangladeshi Fred
Hollows". It's really very inspiring to see the news. I hope this will
inspire many of us to come forward and help our helpless people in many
different ways.

My heartfelt thanks and salute to Dr. Hasan. Also to you for your
contribution to bring it to our attention.

Regards,
Prabir Maitra


Published on: 31-Jan-2008


BEN on Selim Al deen

Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN), a global network of non-resident Bangladeshis, expresses deep sorrow at the passing away of Selim Al Deen, the preeminent dramatist of the country...details...


Published on: 25-Jan-2008


BEN on Selim Al deen


Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN), a global network of non-resident Bangladeshis, expresses deep sorrow at the passing away of Selim Al Deen, the preeminent dramatist of the country. Selim Al Deen in many respects was to Bangla drama what Jibanananda was to Bangla poetry. Very few dramatists of Bangla literature, on both sides of the political divide, have brought so much of historical depth and so minute observation and so deep a love of nature as Selim Al Deen did. He would spend sleepless nights to see the color of stars and hear the sound of fog and dew drops.

Among his other achievements, he was the founder of “Gram Theater,” a group through which he projected the drama that could be found not in the limelight of urban middle class life, but in the vast realm of Bangladesh villages and in the fathomless depth of history of Bangladesh society and culture extending thousands of years into the past. Based on his profound comparative literary analysis, Selim could claim that the history of Bangla drama was more ancient that that of drama in Europe, a profound claim indeed.

From his deep love for humanity, Selim could early on sense the plight of the Adibashis in Bangladesh. He therefore devoted himself to capturing in drama the life and struggle of Adibashi people of the country.

Selim Al Deen’s deep love for Bangladesh’s nature, her flora and fauna, her people, his concern for Bangladesh’s Adibashi people are all that BEN and Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA) are engaged in upholding. In his premature passing away, the environment movement lost one of its most insightful sympathizers. BEN hopes that others of Bangladesh’s cultural and literary field will try to fill in the large void left by Selim Al Deen, emulate his unparalleled love for Bangladesh’s nature, and rise up to the task of saving it from further degradation.

BEN expresses its deep condolences to the family, relatives, friends, colleagues in the field of drama and literature. BEN hopes that efforts will be made to popularize Selim's works, particularly among the younger generation, helping them find their identity in this often confusing globalized world.

Through his magnificent works, Selim Al Deen will live on!

Dr. Nazrul Islam
Convenor, Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN)


Published on: 25-Jan-2008


Ashrafuzzaman Uzzal

Meet this extraordinary Bangladeshi man who has travelled over 40 countries on his bicycle. Already an author of two books Ashrafuzzaman Uzzal stared travelling at the age of 24 with only 950 dollars in his pocket.
About Uzzal & his books Some of Uzzal's travel photos...

Published on: 17-Dec-2007


Money Raised for Sidr Relief


Many organisations are raising money for the cyclone victims in Bangladesh. To keep the community informed please email your reports to me (anisur57@gmail.com) and I'll publish them on this page - Webmaster


Total Raised so far: $25,982.55



Bangladesh Australia Disaster Relief Committee is very pleased that Dr. Abdul Haque of Hassalgrove has collected $1000.00 for the victims of Cyclone Sidr and donated to the Bangladesh Australia Disaster Relief Committee account in presence of the Acting High Commissioner of Bangladesh. Mr. Abdul Haque is well known in our community for his charitable activities.

We have also collected $310 from those who attended the gathering on 25/11/07 in honor of the Acting High Commissioner of Bangladesh. We appreciate such generous acts from our community members.

- Abdul Halim Chowdhury - 28-Nov-2007
I have deposited total $2,705 in the Bangladesh Australia Disaster Relief Committee account this week for the Bangladesh Cyclone Relief Appeal as follows:

a) $2,000 cheque donated by Parramatta Islamic Cultural Association.
b) $605 cash donated by "The Hills District Monthly Islamic Discussion meeting"
c) $100 cash as my personal donation this week.

Please note that Tax receipt are not required and these money should go to Bangladesh Govt. Chief Advisor's Relief Fund.

- Mizan Choudhury, Castle Hill - 7-Dec-2007
Mrs. Shahwar Kirmani of Kingslangly has collected and donated $600.00 to the Bangladesh Australia Disaster Relief Committee.

- Abdul Halim Chowdhury - 11-Dec-2007
There was fund raising event “Probhati” held in the morning of 9th December at Village Green, Blacktown where people donated variety of traditional breakfast food. There were few hundred people attended the event who bought the food to raise fund.

From the event we collected cash donations of $1012.00.
A generous business person of our community has donated $1000.00 (chq)
From the food sell we received $1371.65.

A total of 3383.65 was raised by "Provati". We are grateful to Dr. Abdul Haque, Dr. N. C. Das, Dr. Sawpan Paul, Mr. Shushovon Das and Ahmed Enterprises Pty Ltd for their support for this successful event.

- Abdul Halim Chowdhury - 11-Dec-2007
Many members of our community also deposited money directly in the Disaster Relief Committee's Bank Account. As at 2pm on 11/12/07 total of such deposits are: $2973.90.

- Abdul Halim Chowdhury - 11-Dec-2007
On 7-Dec-2007 Bangladeshi community in and around Campbelltown organised a fund raising dinner followed by an auction of donated goods. $15,010 was raised.

- Media Report - 19-Dec-2007



Published on: 30-Nov-2007


Let Islamic Cultural and Propagation Centre organise your Qurbani

Islamic Cultural and Propagation Centre ( ICPC ) is a non-political organization. It has been providing a voluntary services to the Bangladeshi community for many years.

Among other services, every year during Eidul Azha we arrange Qurbani for the Bangladeshi community. One third of the proceeds of the Qurbani go to the genuinely needy people in Bangladesh.

If you are interested please fill in the attached form and contact one of the volunteers in your suburb.

Belayet Hossain
Phone- 0403 491 805 Qurbani Application Form...


Published on: 22-Nov-2007


Thank you for your support

Bangladesh Australia Disaster Relief Committee (BADRC) is pleased to have raised $16880 for the flood victims of Bangladesh. We hope this amount may bring some relief to our brothers and sisters in Bangladesh and help them get back on their feet again.

During the past months Bangladeshi community in Sydney has shown tremendous fellow feelings. The community has shown its sympathy for a student who was suffering from cancer and assisted him financially. Then came the news of disastrous flood in Bangladesh. For a small community like us, the total amount of donations given to various organizations/parties within a short period time is commendable.

We are very happy to inform you that we received highest individual donation of $2000 from a very generous patron from our community. He is well established in his medical profession and is a respectable person with a very big heart. We gracefully accepted his donation.

Next highest donation was received from a generous Australian living in the country side. One of our volunteers approached him for donation. Next day he handed in a donation of $1500. No word is enough to express our gratitude to him.

A young person from our community who is holding high position in corporate world in financial sector in Sydney has donated $1000 and has collected $680 more. He has grown up in front of our eyes in Sydney. Along with his success he holds a compassionate heart for the needy. We are proud of him.

Our remaining donation is the result of sincere and relentless efforts by self motivated volunteers from our community - Momin Bhuyian, Dr. Fazlul Haque, Mizan Chowdhury, Navid Jalal, Abdullah Yousuf Shamim, Nawshad Shah, Abdul Jalil, Prottay Khan, Ziaul Hoque, Ahsan Farazi, Shaeen Khan, Kabir Hossain, Dr. M Bari, Irana Ahmed, Raihan, Farhad Khan, Osman Dilon and other silent achievers. I would like to say a big Thank you to all of you.

Over and above the BADRC is grateful to all the patrons who have donated generously. Your donations have inspired us to carry out our duties in a difficult situation. We salute you.

Abdul Halim Chowdhury
Convenor, Bangladesh Australia Disaster Relief Committee
Published on: 21-Nov-2007



Thanks to Joynal Abedin for his efforts in sending this interesting & exemplary dedication by an Expatriate Bangladeshi. Link to the Pictures of the filters:

Pictures of SONO filter

Safiq

Published on: 12-Nov-2007


Abul Hussam's Arsenic Filter

Read the story of a Bangladeshi man whos invention is already helping millions of people and got him an international reputation. (Photo and article...courtesy of TIME Magazine)
Sent by Jaynal Abedin

Prabir Maitra Shafiq Helal Morshedi
Published on: 9-Nov-2007


New Bangla Website

Few Bangladeshi students in Australia have established a news website named banglapost.com.au. It willpublish news in Bangla and English.
Published on: 5-Nov-2007



Friendship Day, annual picnic organised by Bangladeshi Community in Blacktown council area, was held on 2-Sep-2007 at the Charlie Bali Reserve Report... Photos... Sports Results...
Published on: 1-Nov-2007


Dipayon Passed Away

We inform you with a heavy heart that Dipayon, a Bangladeshi student in Sydney who has been fighting with cancer for last six month, has passed away last night - Al Noman Shamim. About Dipayon...
Dipayon's Funeral...
Published on: 29-Oct-2007


AN OPEN LETTER TO ORGANIZERS... Australian Islamic Welfare Society Inc. Macquire Fields


Dear brothers/ sisters,

It is good to see that Bangladesh-community members in Sydney-south are talking initiatives to build an Islamic centre there.

I would like to bring the following points to the attention of the organizers:

1. Do You have a clear constititution and transparent guideline about registration of the property.

2. Will u prepare A Realistic plans for maintenance, public affairs and parking facilities soon?

3. Will it be wise to present
a copy of architectural plans
policies and procedures
auditing method
future plans to publish annual report

while collecting funds for the project?

4. Won't it be more impressive to collect funds in Bangladeshi gatherings...where all relevant documents can be displayed and organizers can answer to queries from community members.

People who take initiatives to plan and implement community projets deserve our gratitude and compliments; they also have the responsibilities to avoid confusion, bitterness, cracks in the community, while such projects are carried out.

Khoda hafez.

Dr. Maqsud Omar
Woodcroft
Published on: 25-Oct-2007


Hanif Sanket and Australia


As always it was a pleasure to watch Hanif Sanket. But at the same time I am sadden by the comments he made in the show on 21 Oct 2007 at the Homebush Sports Centre.

He is a great performer, no doubt. He should have stayed above controversy. He shouldn’t have lost his temper like that. The way he has gone on about the rumours and all about Kangaroo, I think at the end of the day it is the people who started the rumour won the day. It wasn’t the audiences’ fault that the hall was not full. And he shouldn’t have started the show with that negative attitude; it created negative vibe till the end of the show. None of the audiences could connect to the show.

For organisers, please remember you are living in Australia. 15-20 min late can be considered, but not 2+ hours late!! And also, that venue is for indoor games not for stage performance, unless you put the stage in the middle.

Dear Mr Sanket, Yes we are Bangladeshi and proud of it, but we also are very good Australians. We are proud to call ourselves Bangladeshi-Australians. So please show some respect to Australia. Because of some people, you cannot blame the whole country.

Kavi Zaman, Quakers Hill
Published on: 22-Oct-2007


Preparing You for the Job You are Trying to Get in Australia

A 7 day employment related course organised by Parramatta MRC for the newly-arrived Bangladeshis...details...

Published on: 15-Oct-2007


CES raised $18000 for the flood victims

Community Education and Services Centre Inc. (CES Centre), a community organization run by the Bangladeshis in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney has raised $18000 through a fund raising dinner on 16-Sep-2007....
Full report with photos...
Congratulations! More info.
Published on: 9-Oct-2007


Appeal to the Bangladeshi Community

My name is Ben Wilson and I am a 4th year occupational therapy student from the University of Newcastle. I am currently involved in a project which involves depicting occupations in an international context. For the content of this work I have chosen to focus the work of Dr Mohammad Yunus and the Grameen bank in Bangladesh...details...

Published on: 6-Sep-2007


Appeal to the Bangladeshi Community


My name is Ben Wilson and I am a 4th year occupational therapy student from the University of Newcastle. I am currently involved in a project which involves depicting occupations in an international context. For the content of this work I have chosen to focus the work of Dr Mohammad Yunus and the Grameen bank in Bangladesh.

My aim is illustrate how the use of microcredit has had a positive effect on well-being for many people throughout Bangladesh, particularly women.

Further to this, the project involves a visual representation of our chosen issue through an artwork that will be displayed in the university gallery.

It is my wish to incorporate into this artwork actual Bangladeshi Taka, however so far I have been unsuccessful in sourcing any through foreign exchange companies. As a result, I am appealing to the Bangladeshi community in Australia in anticipation that you may be able to be of assistance. I fully intend to purchase these notes and simply require assistance in sourcing them. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Ben Wilson
benjamin.wilson@studentmail.newcastle.edu.au


Published on: 6-Sep-2007


Bangladeshi Idols in Australian Media

Recently, "Close-up One" (the famous Musical talant hunt program of Bangladesh) winners of 2005 and 2006 has visited Australia along with music director Shawkat Imon and Producer Tanveer Khan. Interestingly this program got some attention in the Australian Media. Sydney Morning Herald has published a colourful coverage of the event and interviews of the stars in its special Sunday edition. Also, in the web edition of the newspaper it has used a multimedia presentation of the concert and the interviews...Parvez Shonchoy...

Multimedia presentation
Published on: 27-Aug-2007


MEDIA RELEASE
Bangladesh Society for Puja and Culture

BSPC has handed over a cheque for $4,290.00 to Dipayan Choudhury, a Bangladeshi student in Sydney battling with cancer....details...

Published on: 21-Aug-2007


Bangladesh Society for Puja and Culture

MEDIA RELEASE - Dipayan Contributions

19 August 2007



This afternoon the Executive Committee of Bangladesh Society for Puja & Culture Inc handed over a cheque for $4,290.00 and cash $65.00 to Dipayan Choudhury, a Bangladeshi student in Sydney battling with Cancer. The amount was collected by many volunteers who thankfully responded to the Society’s request. During this time, Dipayan’s mother was present beside him with a few members of the Executive Committee and the community.

The Society is grateful to all those members of the Society and the community at large including many non-Bangladeshi kind-hearted individuals for their generous support. The Society can only say ‘Thank you’ to all.

Last week Dipayan was released from hospital for a few weeks and has been under close observations.

The Society will continue this campaign for this humanitarian cause. Please visit our website (www.bspc.org.au) for updates and contact prs_bspc@yahoo.com.au or any member to make your contributions.

The Executive Committee
Bangladesh Society for Puja & Culture Inc


Media Enquiries:
Dr Bikash Ghosh, Public Relations Secretary prs_bspc@yahoo.com.au
Published on: 20-Aug-2007




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Published on: 12-Jul-2007


Abdur Rahim Mollah Passed Away
We are very shocked to announce the sudden death of Abdur Rahim Mollah of Ingleburn today (4-Jul-2007) at around 4:45 pm. (Innalilla...rajeun). Apparently he suffered a massive heart attack while jogging this afternoon. An ambulance was called by the people on the street. He was pronounced dead on the way to hospital. An active member of Bangladesh Welfare Scociety Campbelltown, Abdur Rahim Mollah was a very capable man and a dedicated community worker. He will be sadly missed by his family, friends and the Bangladeshi community. We pray for his departed soul.

Published on: 5-Jul-2007




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We are surprised to read Mr. Anonymous' comment. Is this the way some typical young Bangladeshi men grew up? We expected apology from BBP to Mrs Huq, instead Mr. A demanded respect from her. Don't you know if you want respect from the seniors you have to respect them first.

We have been present that day and witnessed what happned. Anyway for your information she didn't want or ask any special treatment from BBP. She gave them her plan they accepted. If you invite someone people in your house, before they finished their dinner will you ask them to leave you house for later guests? Instead of paid artists wouldn't the volunteer artists expect more respect and better treatment?

- Admirer





Published on: 9-May-2007

Ek Boishakh 1414.........
Once a family doctor of many Bangladeshis in western Sydney, following a stroke couple
of years ago, Dr. Chowdhury is wheelchair bound today. Selection of Dr. Chowdhury for the Bangabandhu Award
this year was highly appreciated by the community.     Photo: Monirul Islam
Published on: 2-May-2007


Shave my hair off!

Three Bangladeshis from Darwin recently participated in the `Shave Day` fund raising activity. Mr. Amin Islam individually collected around $11,000. Mr. Sofiqur Rahman Tony and Ragib Ahsan participated as part of Buslink Group of Darwin. All three participants like to thank all the people who kindly supported this event - Sadaruddin Chowdhury, Darwin Photo...
Published on: 18-Apr-2007


Tiny tiger roars its cricket defiance

An article by Michelle Cazzulino in todays Telegraph (Page 24). She wrote about unkind comments made by Australian Cricket commentators and Bangladeshi community's reaction over the tigers victory against South Africa. Link

Online article has a different title - Webmaster
Published on: 11-Apr-2007


An appeal for sponsoring a 10-bed Ward for Ahsania Cancer Hospital , Dhaka

I sincerely believe that with generous support from all our community members, we will be able to sponsor a 10-bed ward in the name of Bangladeshi Community, Sydney...More...- Dr. Abdul Haq


Ahsania Cancer Hospital Website
Published on: 8-Apr-2007


          Ultimo Pyrmont Uptown Festival, 31-Mar-2007 ...Poster...


Don`t miss the little Bangladeshi dance group of the Gomes and Correya sisters performing "We [Dhakai] are [Jamdani] Animals" on the CHILDREN'S & YOUTH STAGE between 11.25 and 11.30. This is the first time any Bangladeshi group is participating in this festival - Fida Haq
Published on: 31-Mar-2007


Please cut and paste the following message in an email to couple of your Non Resident Bangladeshi friends:


Dear ..............

Would you like to be a voter in the next election in Bangladesh?
Please have a look at the following petition and sign it if you agree.

http://www.bangla-sydney.com/my_message_book.asp

Thanks,
...................




Published on: 22-Mar-2007


13th Annual Talent Day Celebrated

Children of Bangladeshi community who make it to the selective schools and those who pass the HSC are honoured every year by Dr. Abdul Haq and his family. They have been doing this for last 13 years. Photos...
Published on: 1-Mar-2007


Parramatta MRC requires a Bangladeshi Worker

Expression of interest is sought in writing to fill in a locum position for the months of April and May 2007 for a Bangladeshi Community Settlement Services (CSS) worker...Details...

Published on: 22-Feb-2007


ATTENTION: Boishakhi Mela Organisers

I am very much concerned to see that both Boishakhi Melas are happening on the same day (21-April-2007)! I am a poor Bangladeshi and there are many other young people like me who miss get-togethers like this very much. We would like to attend both Melas, but won't be able to because of the date conflict! These two Melas used to happen one week apart at Burwood. Dear organisers, please do something about it if it is not too late.
- Mostafa Akber Fahmy
Published on: 14-Feb-2007


"Good Morning Bangladesh"
on NSW Cancer Council Website


Published on: 2-Feb-2007


Bangladeshi Community in Blacktown Donated 60,000 Tk to AMCH


Published on: 26-Jan-2007


Priyo Australia will Celebrate Australia Day



Dear All,
 
Australia Day (January 26) is the biggest day of celebration in the country. 
On this day we come together as a nation to celebrate what’s great about 
Australia and being Australian. It’s the day to reflect on what we have 
achieved and what we can be proud of in our great nation. This time we are 
pleased to announce that www.priyoaustralia.com is going to launch a special 
issue on Australia Day with the participation of young Bangladeshi 
Australians. This issue will contain articles, drawings, poems, interviews 
etc. from young Bangladeshi Australians expressing their thoughts on growing 
up in Australia. We expect boys and girls from Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra 
and Brisbane to be participating in this special edition. It would be 
greatly appreciated if we could get your involvement as well. These are some 
of the ways in which you can become involved:

 
 
Essay Competition:
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You can choose one of the following two topics and write an essay (maximum 
1000 words) and send us through e-mail –

 
Topic A.   According to you, what does it mean to be Australian?     Or,
Topic B.   What do you think makes Australia great?
 
There are some attractive prizes for this competition. So, get into the 
action right now!!!

 
Write an article: 
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You would be required to write a short ½ page- 1 page article discussing any 
of the following questions or topics – 
 
• What do you think defines an Australian? Define yourself as an Australian
• Your thoughts on multiculturalism in Australia
• Things you love about living in Australia
• Explain life for you growing up as a young Bangladeshi Australian (maybe include some dot points)
• Do you think you have gotten more out of life by having 2 different cultures supporting you?
• Using our unique Bangladeshi background to involve and advance ourselves in the Australian 
  community e.g. multiculturalism 
• What are the common values we find between Australian and Bangladeshi cultures
 
You can use these questions/topics as just a guideline and/or use your own 
questions/topics. 

 
Interview: 
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This will be an audio recorded interview… so no glamour make up required. 
The questions that will be asked can also be used in the article. 

What do you know about Australia day? 
What is your aspiration about growing up in a Bangladeshi/Australian community? 
What can we do better to enhance social integration within the Australian community? 

What are your thoughts on having a youth summit for Bangladeshi Australians 
all over Australia?
 
 
Poem:
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If you’re quite the poet, please don’t hesitate to write a poem for the 
issue. We would very much appreciate a poem based on Australia or growing up in Australia. 
 
 
Drawing: 
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This is for all those artistic ones who find writing a chore. A drawing or 
painting would not only add color and life to the issue but would also be a 
great way to express thoughts and emotions on living life in Australia. Any 
creative piece of artwork that represents Australia, Australia day or 
growing up in Australia would be greatly appreciated. 
 
 
Personal Page:
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Whether you do an essay, article, poem, interview or none of them, a 
personal page from every one of you would be great. This personal page is 
mainly a page that you design with photos of your friends and/or any shots 
from special events. You can include quotes or an inspiring word or two. On 
the page you will need to introduce yourself, how long you’ve been in 
Australia for and why you appreciate living here so much. Getting a personal 
page from as many individuals as possible would be great for the issue. 

 
These are all just suggestions and ideas, if you have any other way in which 
you would like to contribute to the special issue or if you have any other 
ideas for the creating of this issue please feel free to contact us.

 
 
Deadline for your invaluable contribution:    January 21, 2007.
 
 
Contact: 
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Nabilah reza (Kishoree)                                                  
0423 266 626
billyreza@hotmail.com                                                        

M. Murshed Haider (Anjohn)
0422 854 547
anjohn28@yahoo.com 



Published on: 16-Jan-2007


Priyo Australia will Celebrate Australia Day

www.priyoaustralia.com is going to launch a special issue on Australia Day. This issue will contain articles, drawings, poems, interviews etc. from young Bangladeshi Australians. Details...
Published on: 16-Jan-2007


Bridge competition in Gold Coast

Bangladeshi Community in Gold Coast enjoyed their first ever Bridge competition (Auction) final on 10-Dec-2006, Sunday. Sanjib-Tapan team is the winner, Babul-Iqbal team got the second place and Sanaul-Usof team came third. Over a month long competition started on 31-Oct-2006. It was co-ordinated by Sanjib Bhowmick. The winners will receive their awards at the Victory Day Celebrations on 17-Dec-2006.
Sanjib Bhowmick, Phone: (07) 5532 0206 (H), 0432 088 916(M).
Published on: 14-Dec-2006


Business Directory

bangla-sydney.com will provide free listing to all Bangladeshi owned businesses in Australia under the Business Directory. Please email your Business name, short description about the type of business, opening hours, contact details and address to webmaster@bangla-sydney.com
Published on: 12-Dec-2006


Prof. Yunus Received Nobel Peace Prize

Thanks to satellite tv and live webcast Bangladeshis around the world had a chance to watch one of the greatest ceremonies on earth. It was such an emotional experience for us to watch a humble woman from a poor Bangladeshi village receive the most prestigious award in the world. Prof. Yunus, you have achieved the unimaginable. You have empowered the downtrodden women of Bangladesh. You have launched them to the world stage. We salute you. Video Clip...    
Published on: 11-Dec-2006


Is Bangladesh A Democracy or Autocracy
By Professor Mahfuz R. Chowdhury Professor Chowdhury teaches Economics at C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, USA.


Tauhid Aziz, Sydney Monirul Islam
Published on: 5-Dec-2006



Sharmishta
My name is Sharmishta. I have been selected for OC placement 2007 at the Kingswood Public School, Kinswood.

I studied at the Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School in St. Marys and this year at Claremont meadows Public School, Claremont Meadows.

I have received lots of trophies and certificates for my academic achievements and local community activities. I received a state finalist medal from Premier Bee spelling competition 2006 at ABC radio and Television broadcasting center. I love reading, music, science, sports.


Sharmishta with her mum & dad, Nilima and Sanjib Mohajan (Pintu).



Raisa Islam
My name is Raisa Islam. I go to Mascot Public School. I have been selected for the Oportunity Class. From next year I'll go to Woollahra Public School.

I love reading books. The thickness of the book doesn't worry me. Besides my studies I also enjoy participating in different Bangladeshi cultural activities like acting, reciting and dancing.





Please meet my mum and dad:
Humaira Sayeed and Zahidul Islam

Your message...age(Zahidul Islam,Zahidulislam@mat.slr.com)

Dear Parents, if your son or daughter made it to the selective or OC schools this year please send his/her photo and a short description to us. Our email address is: anisur57@gmail.com
Published on: 26-Nov-2006


Angela Going to Bangladesh

Are you a Bangladeshi living in Perth? May be you can help Angela. She is going to Bangladesh in 2007.     Read Angela`s email...
Published on: 24-Nov-2006





I have read the short article written by Ria. Her comment about ignoring the internationally acclaimed talent Ms. Irene Khan touched us. Yes, we must admit, it is a shame for the 30,000 Bangladeshi Australians that we did not organise any reception for her. We commend Ria`s comments.

Yes, our organisation (JAG, Justice And Government) will sincerely try to send our congratulations to her and invite her to attend our functions in her next visit to Australia. Thanks.

- Jamil Shibli, Canberra




Published on: 22-Nov-2006


No Reception for Irene Khan!

I think it`s very sad that someone like Irene Khan has recently visited Sydney to receive the Sydney Peace Prize, and none of the Bangladeshi community organisations have bothered to give her a reception or recognise her achievement... - Ria     More...

- Jamil Shibli - Masood Chowdhury
Published on: 21-Nov-2006


No Reception for Irene Khan!

I think it`s very sad that someone like Irene Khan has recently visited Sydney to receive the Sydney Peace Prize, and none of the community organisations have bothered to give her a reception or recognise her achievement.

Yet when those MP's and ministers come from Bangladesh, they are welcomed grandly by the organisations, and the leaders of our community get busy trying to ensure their comfort.

Irene Khan, the first woman, the first Asian and the first Muslim to head the largest human rights movement in the world - Amnesty International, is surely a well deserved citizen of Bangladesh. Is she not worth giving a reception or a show of appreciation? Shame on the Bangladeshi community. Shame on us.

- Ria
Published on: 21-Nov-2006





I find Monirul Islam's progressive thinking very encouraging.

"It is not an offence wearing the veil..............or the mini skirts"

I hope this will help Bangladeshi parents change their attitude. I hope they will find it easier to allow their daughters to wear mini skirts if they want to.

I hope they will not subject them to verbal or sometimes physical abuse for wearing mini skirts.

Even if it helps some parents that's a step forward.

- Rumki




Published on: 16-Nov-2006


Second Bangladeshi to Receive Sydney Peace Prize Ms. Irene Khan, the Secretary General of Amnesty International will receive the Sydney Peace Prize 2006.
More...   Previous winners...


Published on: 30-Oct-2006


Time for Celebration!
Professor Yunus is the first Bangladeshi to win a Nobel Prize. We all feel like celebrating it. I have organised a community meeting to discuss how to celebrate this momentous event in a befitting manner. You are cordially invited. Please join us and give us your thoughts.

Venue: Migrant Resource Centre (MRC), 15 Hunter Street, Parramatta
Date: 22-Oct-2006, Sunday / Time: 2.30 PM - 5.30 PM

Nazrul Islam, Grameen Support Group, (02) 9670 2745, 0421 594 332


Published on: 22-Oct-2006


Annual Iftar Program 2006
Bangladeshi Families will organise their annual Iftar Program on 15-Oct-2006 at the Rooty Hill mosque. Details...


Published on: 15-Oct-2006


Friendship Day 2006
A Picnic day for the Bangladeshi families living in and around Blacktown
Venue: Kookaburra Picnic Area, Nurragingy Reserve, Doonside
Cost: $30 per family. Contact: Dr. Abdul Haq - 9628 4568   Program...


Published on: 3-Sep-2006


LETTER FROM AUSTRALIA:
How will Bangladeshis cope
with Western values

Tanveer Ahmed`s article in the 20-May-2006


Published on: 23-May-2006



A panel discussion on the need for Bangladeshi politics in Australia.
Participants: H.E. Ashraf-ud-Doula, Dr. Quaium Parvez, Dr. Momammad Abdur Razzaque, Mr. Nehal Neamul Bari and Mr. Kamrul Ahsan Khan
Published on: 7-May-2006


Get-together of Bangladeshi Students

Bangladesh Association of NSW Inc is organising a grand get-together of all Bangladeshi students studying in all the tertiary educational institutions in Sydney and Wollongong on Sunday, 16-Apr-2006, between 11AM and 3 PM at the Parramatta Park in Sydney. All members of the community including their families are welcome to participate. Please attend and make the Association work for the community. Dr Masudul Haque, President
Published on: 17-Apr-2006


Update: Bangladeshi Student Passed Away

Shahed`s body has been sent to Bangladesh following Namaj-e-Janaza at the Lakemba mosque last week. Shahed`s wife Nahida Akter has now opened an account with the Commonwealth Bank (BSB 062191, A/C 10357621). Any financial contribution for her study and for her daughter`s uprbringing would be highly appreciated.
Helal Morshedi / About Shahed
Published on: 6-Apr-2006




Published on: 1-Apr-2006


Bangladeshi Student Passed Away

Md Shahed Hossain (25), a Bangladeshi student, lost his battle with long illness and passed away on 27-Mar-2006 at the Liverpool hospital. His first child, Tasnima, is only one month old. She was born while her father was in the hospital, fighting for life. Tasnima will never know her father. Details...
Published on: 30-Mar-2006


Independence Day Celebrated in Canberra

The 35th Independence and National Day was celebrated by the Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra in a befitting manner. A number of people were recognised for their contribution to Bangladesh and Bangladeshi community in Australia. Details... People recognised...
Published on: 30-Mar-2006


Bangladeshi Student Passed Away

Mohammed Shahed Hossain (25), a Bangladeshi student, lost his battle with long illness and passed away last night (27 March 2006) at Liverpool Hospital, Innalillah…. .It is a sad end to a promising career and family life. May his soul rest in peace. Our sympathy goes to his wife and little daughter. We pray for their strength and courage to overcome the schock and the sense of loss.

Shahed was suffering from Meningitis and Tuberculosis in his brain, and was bedridden in Liverpool Hospital for the last several months. His only child, a month old daughter named Tasnima, was born while he was ill in the Hospital.

You may recall that a couple of months ago we made an appeal for financial assistance for Shahed’s treatment and rehabilitation through this website.

His body will be flown back to Bangladesh following the completion of all official formalities. His Namaz-e-Zanaza will be held at Lakemba Mosque late tomorrow, Wednesday 29 March 2006. Exact time of the prayer is not decided yet but likely to be after Maghrib prayer.

Please contact Br. Dr Monzur Imteaz for the prayer time, and if you would like to provide any financial assistance to the family, especially for Tasnima’s future upbringing and education. An account will be opened soon for making such contributions. Contact details are: Dr Monzur Imteaz, Tel. 9750 6109 (H), 9806 5656 (W), Mob: 0425 340 736

Helal Morshedi
Hammondville, 28-Mar-2006


Published on: 29-Mar-2006


35th Independence Day
Celebrated in Canberra


PRESS RELEASE

The 35th Independence and National Day of Bangladesh was celebrated by this Mission in a befitting manner. In the morning the National Flag was ceremonially hoisted at the Chancery premises by H.E. Mr. Ashraf-ud-Doula, High Commissioner of Bangladesh, in the presence of officials, members of their family and representatives of Bangladesh community in Canberra followed by a special munajat for the salvation of the departed souls of the martyrs of our Liberation War and for peace, progress and prosperity of the country. Messages received from the Hon’ble President, Hon’ble Prime Minister and Hon’ble Foreign Minister were read out.

Afterwards the High Commissioner chaired a discussion. He highlighted the significance of the Independence and National Day of Bangladesh in different ways. Officials of the Mission and members of the community including former Ambassador Barrister Harun ur Rashid, Dr. Abed Chaudhury, Dr. Sadequr Rahman, Dr. Shamsul Khan, Mr. Mainul Haque, President of Bangladesh-Australia Association Canberra Inc. and Mr. Borhanuddin Shafi took part in a lively discussion highlighting the background and significance of the day. They also expressed their happiness on the progress and development of the country. A documentary on Bangladesh titled “Discover Bangladesh” was also screened on the occasion.

On 27th March, 2006, the High Commissioner and Mrs. Ashraf-ud-Doula hosted a reception at Great Hall, High Court Building, Canberra on the occasion of Independence and National Day of Bangladesh. A large number of government officials from the host government, members of diplomatic corps, businessmen, media and members of the Bangladesh community attended the reception. During the reception a dance drama performed by the local Bangladeshi artists spanning our history from 1757 to 1971 captivated the audience.

Senator the Hon. Amanda Vanstone, Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs of Australia attended the reception and handed over Certificates of Appreciation to 10 Bangladeshi- Australians living in Canberra for their contribution in promoting the image of Bangladesh in different sphere. A list of the names is attached.

With the support of local sponsors, a Souvenir has been published by the High Commission to commemorate the 35th Independence and National Day of Bangladesh.

29 March 2006


Published on: 29-Mar-2006


List of Eminent Bangladeshis recognized on the 35th Independence & National Day of Bangladesh.



Name
Category
Barrister Harun ur Rashid For his contribution in promoting the image and national interest of Bangladesh through his writings.
Mr. Zillur Rahman For his contribution in teaching the Bangla language to the new generation of Bangladeshi-Australian children by establishing and running a Bangla School.
Dr. Abed Chaudhury For his contribution in agricultural development in Bangladesh through scientific research, and taking science to the grassroot level in the country.
Mr. Ehsan Ullah For his contribution in giving a voice to the Bangladesh community in Canberra by establishing a Bangla Radio.
Mr. Farhadur Reza For his unique creativity in promoting Bangladeshi culture, tradition and history through different events.
Ms. Habiba Ahmed For her active contribution in projecting Bangladeshi cultural heritage in Australia.
Ms. Sakiba Rahman For her devotion in preserving and promoting pure Bangla Music.
Mr. Mainul Haque For his commitment in inculcating traditional values to the Bangladeshi-Australian children.
Mr. Shahadat H Manik For his contribution in launching a web portal dedicated to augmenting connectivity among the Bangladesh community in Australia and sharing news and views.
Mr. Avijit Sarkar For his contribution to popularize Bangladeshi Music and establishing a Music & Dance School for the Bangladeshi-Australian children.

Published on: 29-Mar-2006

Bangladeshi Students in Romania..

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Bangladeshi Students in Romania..

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Bangladeshi Students in Romania..

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Bangladeshi Students in Romania..


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Published on: 20-Mar-2006


Bizarre Bangladeshi Politics

The current political situation in Bangladesh is worsening and public suffering is increasing day by day. The current political instability of the country will take the nation to the deepest economic turmoil in the near future if the situation is not tackled by dialogue. The more the situation crawls like this, the more the nation will pay the toll in future. As most of us know by now the political parties are there in Bangladesh to create anarchy and grab power for their own interest, not for the well being of the nation. Both parties are just using the excuses of constitution, neutrality, reform, CEC, CA etc, to make the public life miserable to justify their cause in the name of democracy. Is this democracy?!

The globalised world is much more competitive than ever before in all areas of economic activities. Bangladesh is a struggling nation in the global economy with ocean full of poor population and a handful of most corrupted politicians and bureaucrats. No nation should suffer like this in the hands of political leaders whose only target is to grab power, no matter what happens to the economy, to the vast majority of poor people. We should understand the price the general public are paying for the gain of a few political leaders. We know them all, we know BNP, we know BAL, we know JP, we know Jamaat, and moreover we know all the leaders associated with these parties. Don’t we know them all?

We were fortunate enough to have so many great leaders in the past in a short timeframe. We haven’t seen any charismatic leadership in last 25 years. The nation needs an honest leader to save the country from the hands of corrupted politicians. There is no alternative but to change the leadership to restore political stability and accelerate economic development of the country without corruption. I believe it is not rocket science. This is just the political will of a group of honest people who are experienced in their respective fields and have a great heart to make the nation prosperous. I think this is high time to have someone like Professor Yunus who has proven his ability to show the world how to eradicate poverty and at the same time create an example of leading a simple life, although he had every opportunity to lead his life quite the opposite. However, it doesn’t mean Professor Yunus should run the country but I hope we have someone like him who is a real leader in all aspects of leadership and also has every attribute to be a great leader.

Bangladesh is suffering from serious image problem around the world and it is only because of so called politicians. If it continues, the nation has no hope but to suffer from unprecedented lawlessness and unjustified poverty.

Monirul Islam Monir
monir_syd@hotmail.com
Published on: 16-Mar-2006


Bangladeshi Academic Receives Charles Sturt University Teaching Excellence Award
Dr Mir Rabiul Islam, a Charles Sturt University psychologist has been named the winner of the Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award for 2005. More...


Published on: 14-Mar-2006


Bangladeshi academic receives Charles Sturt University teaching excellence award



Dr Mir Rabiul Islam, a Charles Sturt University psychologist has been named the winner of the Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award for 2005.

From the School of Social Sciences and Liberal Studies on the University's Bathurst Campus, Dr Islam is the course coordinator of the largest undergraduate psychology course. He is coordinating courses for over 450 students.

This is a highly competitive award where over 500 academic staff from seven faculties at Charles Sturt University are short listed for the final nomination.

Dr Islam was born in Rajshahi, Bangladesh in 1960 and obtained his PhD in Psychology from the University of Bristol, UK. He is admired by his colleagues and students as an innovative, encouraging, and highly approachable teacher.

The award will be presented to Dr Islam in May at the Faculty of Arts graduation ceremony.
Published on: 14-Mar-2006


Community Settlement Service

I am a community settlement service worker for Bangladeshi community. Our office is situated at Daceyville; Sydney Multicultural Community Service. I am working here from Mon - Wed, 10am - 4:30pm. For any assistance please contact us. Saami Ansari / Tel: 9663 3922
email: saami.ansari@sydneymcs.org.au
Published on: 25-Feb-2006


A Historic Moment
In an auspicious ceremony, the world`s first International Mother Language Day monument has been unveiled in Sydney`s Ashfield park on the 19th day of February in the year 2006 AD.Ekushe Academy, a Bangladeshi community organisation in Sydney, took the initiative to build this historic monument. Other side...

The monument is made of a single piece of 900 million years old rock. It is nearly 4 meters tall, 90 cm wide and 21 cm thick.


Published on: 19-Feb-2006


Update: Bangladeshi Student Died in Sydney

The car accident in which the young Bangladeshi student, Zahid Reza Khan (Ronon) died, is still under police investigation. His close friends worked very hard to get all the official formalities done quickly to send his body to Bangladesh.
Details... Archive...
Published on: 8-Feb-2006


Update:
Bangladeshi Student Died in Sydney

The car accident in which the young Bangladeshi student Zahid died is still under police investigation. His close friends worked very hard to get all the official formalities done quickly to send his body to Bangladesh.

There were two other passengers in the car, one of them is lucky enough to escape with minor bruises and cuts and another passenger is in a serious condition at the Prince Alfred Hospital. Police will interview them along with any withness to establish the real cause of this horrific accident. Unofficial report at this stage suggest that `Spedding` may have caused this tragic accident.

Last Friday (Feb 03), Zahid`s `Gayebana Namaje Janaja` was held at Arncliffe and UNSW mosque after the Jumma Prayer. His body was flown back to Bangladesh on Friday night by Singapore Airlines. According to the news received from Dhaka, Zahid`s `Namaje Janaja` was held on Saturday (Feb 05) at DOHS Baridhara mosque.

Zahid was the only child of his parents. Passed HSC in the year 2000 from Mirzapur Cadet College (MCC). He came to study at UNSW and this was his last semister. Zahid was staying in the Sydney suburb of Hillsdale with his friends.

Zahid`s Father Brigadier Abid Reza Khan, was also an ex-cadet from Faujderhat Cadet Collgege (FCC) and now lives in DOHS Baridhara, Dhaka.

- Nawshad Shah

Published on: 8-Feb-2006



My sincere condolences



Just saw the shocking death news of brilliant Bangladeshi student Zahid Reza on bangla-sydney.com. It is really a heart-breaking news and a big loss for all of us. I can not think of the situation his family - specially the parents are in.

My sincere condolences to all his family members and friends. May God help the family to overcome this huge shock.

- Prabir Maitra

Published on: 2-Feb-2006


Bangladeshi Student Died in Sydney

Zahid Reza Khan (Ronon), a Bangladeshi student in Sydney has died in a car accident at Marrickville last night (31-Jan-2006). He was studying at the University of NSW and living in Hillsdale. He was supposed to go to Bangladesh this Saturday.

His friends are organising to send his body back home after the post-mortem is done. Zahid was an ex-cadet from Mirzapur Cadet
College (HSC 2000). - Nawshad Shah

Condolence - Prabir Maitra

Published on: 1-Feb-2006

Bangladeshi Students in Romania.
Anisur Rahman with his family (April 2005).
From left: Aurelia, Preo, Anisur and Stela

More photos...
Published on: 19-Jan-2006

Bangladeshi Students in Romania.
Dr. Aman with his family (December 2005).
From left: Inger, Sarah, Steven, Elizabeth and Dr Aman
Published on: 19-Jan-2006


Fida Haq wins WSN Grass Roots Sponsorship Program

Fida Haq, a Bangladeshi artist and community cultural development worker practising in Sydney, is one of the winners of this year’s prestigious WSN Grass Roots Sponsorship Program for his particular interpretation of environment-conscious art. Under the Grass Roots Program, Haq is to create a large-scale public artwork using recycled objects and materials in the second-quarter of 2006.

Parramatta City Council supported Haq’s project by deciding to use this yet-to-be created artwork as the centerpiece for their ‘sustainable-living awareness drive’ that the Council will undertake in 2006. Details...
Some of Fida Haq`s Artworks... Dhaka Exihibition...
Sydney Exhibition...
Work for Bangladesh High Commission, Canberra...
Published on: 9-Jan-2006

Bangladeshi Students in Romania.
Good catch Domnul Haq.
Published on: 1-Dec-2005


Invitation Baulkham Hills Holroyed Parramatta Migrant Resource Centre (Parramatta MRC) cordially invites you to attend the Bangladeshi Settlement Seminar on 12-Nov-2005.
This Seminar is for all Bangladeshis. It will assist you in identifying emerging needs to better co-ordinate settlement services. Details...


Published on: 12-Nov-2005


Annual Iftar Program 2005
Bangladeshi Families will organise their annual Iftar Program on 22-Oct-2005 at Rooty Hill mosque. Details...


Published on: 22-Oct-2005


Reception of Abdul Gaffar Choudhury
in New Zealand - Report: Shafiqur Rahman Bhuiyan.


A Reception party held on last Sunday a t Mount Albert War Memorial Hall ( Rocket Park ), Auckland , New Zealand in the honour of London-based veteran Bangladeshi editor, journalist, renowned, prominent, courageous columnist, human rights activist and lyricist Abdul Gaffar Choudhury and mammoth tribute was paid to him by Bangalees living in New Zealand.

Chief Guest: Abdul Gaffar Choudhury
Special Guest: Ms Parveen Sultana, Cultural Secretary, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Research Centre, London
Special Guest: Dr. Nurur Rahman Khokan, General Secretary, Bangabandhu Parishad , Australia
Presided over by: Engr. Shafiqur Rahman Anu, President, Bangabandhu Parishad , New Zealand
Conducted by: Dr. Engr. Nazrul Islam, General Secretary, Bangabandhu Parishad , New Zealand

Abdul Gaffar Choudhury said in his speech that he is not a historian but a journalist. He is the witness of lots of incidents related to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the members of his cabinet and his political party. He said Bangabandhu belongs to history and history would judge him in due course of time. No degree of antics or propagandist overtures of political parties can change that. Similarly, there cannot be any controversy over the fact that we are what we are today, i.e. proud citizens of an independent state, largely because of him. Historian and researchers should analyse his life and works, and present them in totality to the generations to come. Finally he thanked Bangalees of New Zealand for giving him such tribute and respect and he assured that he will visit this nice country, New Zealand again.


Ms Parveen Sultana narrated, in brief, the background of the formation and production of `docu drama` `Palashi Theke Dhanmondi`. She also thanked Abdul Gaffar Choudhury for producing such a demanding drama and she also expressed her gratitude to the all artist, contributors and who are directly and indirectly involved with this drama.

Dr. Nurur Rahman Khokan, explained the importance of the organization of the follower of Bangabandhu and he assured that every assistance will be provided to Bangalees of New Zealand from their end.

Engr. Shafiqur Rahman Anu thanked Abdul Gaffar Choudhury for visiting New Zealand in spite of his busy schedule and his physical constrain. He expressed that it is our good luck to have such living companion of Bangabandhu among us. He requested him to complete and to publish the auto-biography of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, which was recorded by him. He specially thanked Dr Qaiyum Parvez, President, Bangabandhu Parishad, Australia, for arranging this visit of Abdul Gaffar Choudhury and other distinguished guests. He praised the spectators, especially who came from outside of Auckland and who helped in many ways to make this reception a successful one.

Dr. Engr. Nazrul Islam also thanked Abdul Gaffar Choudhury and other special guests. He expressed forgiveness for their limitations and shortcoming of this function. He said that Abdul Gaffar Choudhury should carry on his script on the facts and documents of rare achievements of Bangabandhu and his government, which are not known to a lot of Bangalees.


After the discussion recently produced famous play on the life of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, `Palashi Theke Dhanmondi` written, directed by Abdul Gaffar Choudhury was exhibited.

Shafiqur Rahman Bhuiyan (ANU)
144 Unit-C, Canal Road,
Avondale Auckland - 1007
NEW ZEALAND.
Published on: 9-Oct-2005


Grameen Support Group Get-together

Grameen Support Group members had their first get-together last Sunday (25-Sep-2005) at the Lake Parramatta Park, North Parramatta.

Grameen Support Group was fromed in Sydney by Mr. Nazrul Islam with several enthusiasts to encourage people to open an account with Grameen Bank. Supported by independent studies, Grameen Support Group believes that if you open an account with Grameen Bank and keep few hundred dollars in there for several years it can pull up a poor family in Bangladesh above the poverty line. If all non resident Bangladeshis do the same Bangladesh can be poverty free in just ten years. Photos...
Grameen Support Group Website
Published on: 28-Sep-2005


A Case for Bangladeshi-Australians to Consider An article by Harun ur Rashid
Barrister-at-Law ( Lincoln’s Inn, London), Former Bangladesh High Commissioner to Australia (1982-84) and Ambassador to the UN, Geneva (1987-91)
Sent by Kamrul Khan, Canberra


Published on: 27-Sep-2005



`Hridoye Nodi`, a new Bangladeshi group in South-west Sydney presented Pradip Ball solo night on 10-Sep-2005 at the Ingleburn High School Auditorium. About 160 people from Indian and Bangladeshi community came to see and enjoy the show. Photos... Report...
Published on: 22-Sep-2005


Govt to open three more consulates
Bangladesh government is planning to open three consulate offices in Miami, Milan and Sydney to facilitate services to the expatriate Bangladeshis and expansion of trade and commerce.

Sent by Prabir Maitra
Published on: 21-Sep-2005


Pradip Ball Solo Night

The Pradip Ball solo night was a night that many will remember for long. About 160 people from Indian and Bangladeshi community attended the show. The singer Pradip with the Zia (in Tabla) and Shwachchhaw (in Guitar) impressed the audience from start to finish with his magical voice singing popular songs of our sub-continent. The audience, it seemed, was fully soaked into the music and rhythms. The Program Announcer Muna impressed the audience with her style and voice of presentation all along the show.

The stage decoration and lighting was very impressive and created the atmosphere right for such an occasion. Program management was focused to delivering a quality program to the audience and the feedback suggests that we were successful.

We would like to thank all the participants including the main singer Pradip Ball, Zia, Shwachchhaw, Muna, all volunteers and the audience who ultimately made the program a success. We are also very grateful to the print and electronic media for the coverage.

We hope in future we will return with similar cultural programs and variety shows.

Wasim Mahmud For Hridaye Nodi.
Published on: 21-Sep-2005


For a better understanding of your kids in Australia

A six-week workshop designed for Bangladeshi parents. Starts on 29-Aug-2005 at the Parramatta MRC.
Published on: 19-Aug-2005


Prof. Nazrul Islam Visited Sydney

Prof Nazrul Islam of Kyushu University, Japan on a visit to Australia held a discussion meeting in Sydney on 17-Jul-2005 at the Toongabbie Anglican Church Hall. Many environment professionals and enthusiasts from the Bangladeshi community attended the well organised discussion. Prof Islam spoke about the role of expatriate Bangladeshis in banning the two stroke engine vehicles (scooters) and polythene bags in Bangladesh. He stressed on the need for networking of Bangladeshi environment professionals around the world. After a short tea-break, Prof Nazrul Islam answered question raised by the participants. Photos... More about Prof Nazrul Islam
Report on the Canberra Meeting and Seminar
Report on the Melbourne Meeting


Published on: 25-Jul-2005


Community Meeting and ANU Seminar


On Monday the 5th of July 2005, a meeting was organised at the Australian National University to discuss and to explore ways of getting involved with the environmental issues of Bangladesh. Members of the Bangladeshi community living in Canberra attended the meeting.

Dr Nazrul Islam who is a professor of Economics Kyuscho National University, Japan and founder-coordinator of Bangladesh Environmental Network (BEN) spoke about the environmental activities around the world and called upon Australian Bangladeshis to come forward to address issues related to the environment.

Mr Kamrul Ahsan Khan, a BEN member, introduced Dr Nazrul Islam emphasising the importance of building networks all over Australia to take active part in positive work for Bangladesh.

This meeting was also addressed by scientist Dr Abed Choudhury, seniors lecturer Dr Milton Hasnat, Dr Hilal Ahammad, Mr Ahmed Imran ,Ms Nazmun Ratna, Mr Lokman Hussain, Mr Shadap Parvez, Mr Zobaid and many others.

Dr Islam warned that environmental degradation resulting from the side effects of poisonous air, uncollected garbage, and lack of open space, polluted and dying water bodies, congestion, noise, and traffic jam can stifle the economic growth of Bangladesh.

He added that these problems pose a greater threat to Bangladesh in particular, because of the country`s small landmass, population density and rapidly developing industry. Dr Islam also warned of the fallacies that currently exist in treatment of environmental issues in economics.

Discussants provided various recommendations that centred around need for environmental awareness from the grassroots, role of the mass media and non-resident Bangladeshis through to receiving the endorsement of political leaders in Bangladesh. Participants were enthusiastic to build up a network and to actively participate in the environmental issues in Bangladesh.

Before the meeting, a seminar was arranged by the Australian National University. Dr Nazrul Islam presented the keynote paper on Vietnam. The seminar was attended by the High Commissioner for Bangladesh to Australia, H.E. Ashraf-ud-Duala and other scholars and students of the University. High Commissioner`s speech and participation in the seminar was appreciated by the ANU authority and the Bangladeshi community.

More meetings will be organised soon in other major cities of Australia .

Kamrul Ahsan Khan
Canberra


Published on: 9-Jul-2005


Professor Nazrul Islam's visit in Melbourne and discussion on BEN

Prof Islam Research Professor and Head of Quantitative Analysis Section of The International Centre for the Study of East Asian Development, Kitakyushu, Japan visited Melbourne for a short time. Within his two days stay at Melbourne he made a brief presentation on Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN) in front of a group of Bangladeshi. Dr. Nazrul Islam is the founder coordinator of BEN. His discussion on BEN made it clear that wherever we live it does not matter if we wish we could contribute to bring a change in our country. BEN's activities is to improve environment of Bangladesh is a success. BEN in cooperation with other organisations of Bangladesh namely Parash, BUET, Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon succeed in doing of couple things. As follows:

- There is no more leaded fuel in Bangladesh which generate black smoke with carbon mono oxide;

- Scooter free city is a credit to BEN

- Polythin free Bangladesh also a battle won by BEN

- Save the river is BEN's target as a result river Buriganga got proper attention from the authority and unauthorised shopping complexes in the bank of the river were demolished.

The discussion was very much meaningful. Impact of the BEN's activities on the environment has been observed by some of us who recently visited Bangladesh.

Dr. Islam also mentioned that BEN is run by voluntary contribution from the community and they usually collect fund during Christmas time.

Dilruba Shahana
Melbourne


Published on: 9-Jul-2005


HAIR LANE
UNISEX SALON


Nasima Akhter loves hair dressing. She did her diploma, spent four years as an apprentice, got her licence and now opened her own hair dressing salon at Minto (south-west Sydney). She is probably the first Bangladeshi lady in Australia to take hair dressing as a profession. We wish her every success in her business venture. Photos...
Published on: 25-May-2005


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