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Friday, April 14, 2006


Shuvo Nobobarsha!

Today is Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bangla New Year 1413.
The largest cultural festival, indeed, in the life of every Bengali, Pahela Baishakh is celebrated with much enthusiasm and fanfare, and nowadays amid stringent security. The day is a public holiday.
Akbar, the great Mughal emperor, introduced the Bangla calendar year and the celebration of Pahela Baishakh began from his reign.
It was customary to pay all dues on the last day in the last month of the year, Chaitra, and the landlords, on the first day of the New Year, would entertain their tenants with sweets. Fairs and other festivals would also be held on the day.

Pahela Baishakh brings new hopes

People will be gorging themselves on Bangalee delicacies such as Paanta Bhat (rice cooled in water overnight), hilsha fry, lentil and smoked chilli at home and places of Baishakhi congregations.

Kite-flying is an especial attraction at the rural fairs.

Monday, April 10, 2006

The zest of youth lifts Bangladesh to new heights

The Daily Telegraph

AUSTRALIA went from cricketing princes to paupers yesterday as brave Bangladesh continued their stunning push towards Test cricket's biggest ever upset.

Presented with half-a-million dollars in the morning for being the world's best side, heavyweight Australia were left scratching for pennies in the evening after a shocking batting collapse on day two of the first Test in Dhaka.

A career-best eight-wicket haul from leggie Stuart MacGill was overshadowed as Australia limped to stumps at 6/145, still trailing the pumped-up Bangladeshis by 283 runs.

With Adam Gilchrist (51 not out) and Brett Lee (13 not out) the batsman at the crease, Australia still need 82 more runs to avoid following on.

After a Dhaka paper described day one as "beyond imagination", yesterday fell in the realm of wild fantasy for Bangladesh, who've won just one Test from 42 attempts, been beaten by an innings 24 times and are the lowest ranked ICC side.

The Tigers' bowlers needed just 52 overs to tear up the reputations of Australia's stellar batting list, and bring the most spectacular boilover in cricket history one step closer.

"It puts Bangladesh very much on top in this game and barring any mishaps in the second innings, we're in the driving seat," said Bangladesh's Aussie coach Dav Whatmore.


Even now this doesn't seem real. For two days there has been just one team in this Test match. Bangladesh have done everything asked of them and more to manoeuvre themselves into a winning position. "Sacrilege!" you would have screamed at the idea before the start, now that possibility is within reach. This is a dream indeed.

Saturday, April 08, 2006


"The European Union has recently issued a blacklist banning 92 airlines from operating in the region, saying they fail to meet international standards."(BBC)
I was surprised to see one Bangladeshi Airlines on that list, i.e Air Bangladesh. I have never heard or read about it before. Here are some pictures (a,b) of the sole aircraft of the carrier. The aged Boeing 747 has a lousy paint job, with no airline info in its body and it is currently 'stored' somewhere.

I was just wondering who is the owner of this airline and who gave the operating license? Biman may consider themselves lucky for not being listed taking into account its recent troubles.

Icon of the struggle for democracy

Nur Hossain (Bangla:নূর হোসেন) (born 1961-died November 10, 1987) is perhaps the most widely known martyr in the movement in Bangladesh against the dictatorship of General Hossain Mohammad Ershad. Neither well-off nor highly educated, Nur Hossain embodied the struggle of common people of the country.

Nur Hossain was born in Narinda, Dhaka, in 1961. His father was a autorickshaw driver. Hossain had to quit school while in the eighth grade and got training as a motor driver. He was an activist of the opposition party Awami League.

On November 10, 1987, during the Dhaka Blockade program, Nur Hossain painted his chest and back with the slogans স্বৈরাচার নিপাত যাক, গণতন্ত্র মুক্তি পাক (transliterated as Sairachar nipat jak, Ganatantra mukti pak, translation: Down with autocracy, let democracy be established). He was shot dead by the police. A photograph of Nur Hossain showing his back taken shortly before his death, has become an important icon of the struggle for democracy in Bangladesh. Mass movements caused Hossain Mohammad Ershad to resign in December, 1990.

An icon of the fight for freedom around the world

On June 5, 1989, one day after Chinese troops expelled thousands of demonstrators from Tiananmen Square in Beijing, a solitary, unarmed protester stood his ground before a column of tanks advancing down the Avenue of Eternal Peace. Captured by Western photographers watching nearby, this extraordinary confrontation became an icon of the fight for freedom around the world. On April 11, veteran filmmaker Antony Thomas investigates the mystery of the tank man -- his identity, his fate, and his significance for the Chinese leadership. The search for the tank man reveals China's startling social compact -- its embrace of capitalism while dissent is squashed -- designed to stifle the nationwide unrest of 1989. This policy has allowed educated elites and entrepreneurs to profit handsomely, while the majority of Chinese still face brutal working conditions and low wages, and all Chinese must endure strict political and social controls. Some of these controls regulate speech on the Internet -- and have generated criticism over the involvement of major U.S. corporations such as Yahoo!, Cisco, Microsoft, and Google.

Rebuilding Bangladesh


A nation long plagued by natural disasters, poverty, corruption and violence may finally be on the verge of a happier future
By Alex Perry

As Lutfozzaman Babar, Bangladesh's Home Minister, tells it, the call he'd been awaiting for months came at 3 a.m. on March 6 while he was grabbing some sleep in a Singapore hotel during a whistle-stop tour of Asia. "It's him, it's Bangla Bhai," came the voice of a commander in the Rapid Action Battalion (R.A.B.), Bangladesh's élite antiterror squad. "He's surrounded." Babar, the leader of a government drive to rein in Islamic militancy, was instantly awake. "Don't shoot! Don't shoot!" he urged. "We need him alive. We need to know what he knows."

Bhai, whose real name is Siddiqul Islam, was the prime target in the government's crackdown on terrorism. A veteran of the mujahedin war against the Soviets in Afghanistan who later drifted through the Middle East as a nightclub bouncer, Bhai had returned to Bangladesh to help found two extremist groups. Over the past three years, he was believed to be a central figure behind a host of bombings, assassinations and suicide attacks that culminated last Aug. 17 in 500 near-simultaneous explosions across the country. It wasn't a surprise, then, to find that Bhai had no intention of meekly surrendering. When an R.A.B. officer opened the door of the house where Bhai was hiding in the northeastern village of Rampur, Bhai opened fire with a pistol, grazing the man's temple. Then, with the house surrounded, Bhai detonated a bomb inside, apparently hoping to kill himself and his assailants; he succeeded only in setting fire to the house. Looking charred and raw-skinned, he was led out of the burning building and pushed into a waiting truck.

Babar put in a triumphant call to the secure red phone in Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's office. "She was very excited," he recalls. She still is. In an interview with TIME, Zia purrs over how the war against radical Islamists is going. "We've broken their back," she says. "We will catch all of them. They'll get life sentences, or death."

Zia can be forgiven for a little crowing. At the best of times, governing Bangladesh is one of the toughest political challenges on earth. Its 144 million people are crammed into a country the size of New York State, with 70 million of them living on less than $1 a day. As the world's biggest delta, Bangladesh is also plagued by floods and cyclones, and by the steady poisoning of tens of millions of people who drink water contaminated by naturally occurring arsenic.

Rebuilding Bangladesh
A nation long plagued by natural disasters, poverty, corruption and violence may finally be on the verge of a happier future
"We Have Arrested So Many"
TIME talks to Prime Minister Khaleda Zia about the nation's war on terror
Extended Interview
Khaleda Zia
"Democracy Means Tolerance. We Don't Have That"
TIME talks to opposition leader Sheikh Hasina Wajed

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Prophet Muhammad

:: Life of Prophet Muhammad
:: Biographies of the Prophet
:: Companions of the Prophet
:: Memoirs of Noble Prophet
:: Wikipedia article of Muhammad

:: Prophet Muhammd foretold in Testaments
:: Prophet Muhammad prophecy in Hindu Scripture

Chittagong-From Wikipedia

Chittagong (Bengali: চট্টগ্রাম, Chaṭṭagrām) is the major sea-port and second largest city of Bangladesh. It is located in Chittagong District in the south-eastern portion of the country near Myanmar (Burma). The city was built on the banks of the Karnaphuli River, which ends nearby, in the Bay of Bengal. Chittagong has a population of over 3.5 million, and is continuing to grow. One of the cleanest cities of Bangladesh, it has had an ancient reputation of great mystique and beauty.

The largest sea port of the country, a coveted post which it has held for thousands of years, Chittagong is the main route for almost all of Bangladesh's import and export, and thus generates a huge amount of revenue each year, attracting many investors, both foreign and national. Its harbour also contains extensively developed port facilities, and is particularly suitable for ocean steamers.

The people of the city are diverse and multi-ethnic, and the majority has originated from the Arabs, Afghans, and Mughals, all of whom had travelled and settled in the city after arriving on its shores many hundreds of years ago. The descendents of Portuguese settlers, known as the Firingi, also continue to live in Chittagong, as Catholic Christians, in the old Portuguese enclave of Paterghatta.

The city is also Bangladesh's commercial and manufacturing centre, and home to the country's largest companies, for example M.M. Ispahani, A.K. Khan & Co. Ltd, and the P.H.P. Group. There are large factories located just outside the northern part of the city, and a large eco-park catering to ecologists and forestry-related genetic science has been opened recently in neighbouring Sitakunda.

Chittagong is also home to a few of the most renowned universities of Bangladesh, the International Islamic University of Chittagong, the Chittagong University, established in 1966, the Chittagong College being notable examples. It is the hub of knowledge in the South and many madrassahs (Islamic educational centres) of excellent stature adorn its borders.

The city has also continued to be an influential centre of Islamic ideology, theology, art, architecture, and influence in Bengal, ever since Islam's introduction in the region over 1,200 years ago. Islamic centres and institutions of interest include the Anderkella Jameh Masjid, a beautiful and vast Mosque predating to the Mughal period, the colourful and multi-domed Chandanpura Masjid, the 17th-century Shahi Jameh Masjid of Mughal origin, and the modern and magnificent Jamaat-ul-Falah Masjid, soon to be Bangladesh's largest mosque and Islamic centre.




* The 3rd world view-Bangladesh
* Unheard Voices - A Drishtipat Group Blog Initiative -USA
* Mac's Blog -Bangladesh
* The color of rain -UK
* Close your eyes & try to see- Bangladesh
* Bongo Vongo -UK
* MoodLogic -Bangladesh
* Inspirations and creative thoughts - Singapore
* Dak Bangla Intelligence Scan - Bangladesh
* Bring your own Shisha - UK
* A sneak peek into Yawar's mind - Malaysia
* Imtiaz's WeBlog - Bangladesh
* - Modern Lungis for modern deshi man -USA
* LiveJournal Bangladesh Community Blogs -Mostly USA
* Anthology -USA
* Notes From Dystopia -Bangladesh
* BD Gamer- Bangladesh
* Just a blog -Canada
* Black Rose...fighting everyday... -Bangladesh
* Love U All -Bangladesh
* Sajjad's weekly blogs -USA
* Always Think Positive -UK
* Tushar Chowdhury's Blog! -UK -with links of many other categorical blogs
* Ex Nihilo -Bangladesh
* >Insert Clever Title Here< -Canada
* Crazy Islam -Netherlands
* Banglapundit(In Bangla) -Bangladesh
* Ashik -USA
* Bid Cronicles -USA
* Ipshita’s Blog -Canada
* A sunshine too brief -Canada
* Shakeer & Company (Group Blog) -USA
* Note to self - USA
* Easy Come Easy Go, Little High Little Low - Sweden
* Optically Active - USA
* Tanya in Cyberspace - USA
* Waiting for the perfect sunrise - Canada
* My thoughts - USA
* A Life to be lived - Bangladesh
* The Song of my life - Bangladesh
* Mudphud Chickness - USA
* Feerozac -My Blog -UK
* Gene Expression (Group Blog including Razib) -USA
* Electric Blues -Bangladesh
* The Desh in Me -USA
* Glittergirl -Singapore
* Blu3crash v 8.0 -USA
* Future Bangla Network - Bangladesh
* Black & Grey - Bangladesh
* Adda - Bangladesh
* Tanim's Net Zone - Bangladesh
* Of the world and boiled eggs - Bangladesh
* Tasneem Khalil - Bangladesh
* Me, myself and Bangladesh - UK
* Nayma's Blog - USA
* Vacuum out, the vacuum within - Bangladesh
* Slightly Absurd, Clearly Ambiguous - Canada
* Dotcom Underground Blog - Bangladesh
* Me & Myself - Bangladesh
* My Golden Bengal - Bangladesh
* Perpetual ramblings of a lifelong nomad - USA
* Nana Chinta Nana Bhabna - Bangladesh
* Observing Ambience - Bangladesh
* A Wave of Alternative Mandate -Canada
* Dheo - words -Canada
* NSU Buddies -Bangladesh
* Desh Calling -Bangladesh
* Shahjahan Siraj -Bangladesh
* Mezba's Blog -Canada
* Indifferent thoughts -Bangladesh
* Version : 1..." Archives of Life " -Bangladesh
* My World, My Life, My rules -USA
* Da low down and dirty -USA
* Robin's world -Bangladesh
* Anik Khan -Australia
* Life, Dreams and Reality -- Sohel's Blog
* The Crystal Cave -Bangladesh
* Salam Dhaka -Bangladesh
* Doodles from Dhaka -Bangladesh
* Gibran -USA
* Bdeshini -Bangladesh
* Skakia's spot -Sweden
* Hasan's Blog -Bangladesh
* The Story Teller -Bangladesh
* -Bangladesh

Blogs by persons of Non Bangladesh Origin on their experiences in Bangladesh:

* A Whisper from the heart
* Root: Adventure in Bangladesh
* Bangers & Mash
* Bangladesh Backchat
* Dhaka Diary
* Bideshi Blonde
* Sarah's Boble
* The world around
* From my point of view
* Heart full of rubber bands
* What's cooking abroad?

Blogs by other Bengalis of Indian Origin:

* Niraj Agarwalla-USA
* The Kolkata Libertarian-USA
* Notes from France is now from India -By Sukanya
* Null Pointer -India
* Shantanu's Blog Page -Bangladesh

Some notable Bangladeshi girl photoblogs:

* Nazzina
* Rings

List of Blogs in Bangla script maintained by Debashish
* বাংলা ব্লগস্

And finally Bangladeshi Blog & News aggregators:
* Planet Bangla
* EIN News Bangladesh readers picks

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Close-up One Tomakei Khujche Stars Nolok Babu, Rajib & Beauty

Thursday, January 26, 2006

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Interesting Fact

Year 1981

1. Prince Charles got married
2. Liverpool crowned soccer Champions of Europe
3. Australia lost the Ashes (cricket) tournament.
4. Pope Died

Year 2005

1. Prince Charles got married
2. Liverpool crowned soccer Champions of Europe
3. Australia lost the Ashes (cricket) tournament
4. Pope Died

Lesson Learned? - The next time Charles gets married, someone should warn the Pope.


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Hamas Wins Landslide 76 Seats

Hamas Wins Landslide Victory With 76 Seats in Palestinian Parliament, Ruling Party and Rival Fatah Wins 43 Seats

Hamas won a landslide victory in parliamentary elections as Palestinian voters rejected the longtime rule of the corruption-ridden Fatah Party, according to nearly complete official returns Thursday. The triumph by the Islamic militant group plunged the future of Mideast peacemaking into turmoil.

Palestinian leaders, stunned by the militant group's sweeping victory, huddled to determine the shape of a new government as world leaders, including President Bush, insisted Hamas renounce violence and recognize Israel's right to exist.

Hamas won 76 seats in the 132-member parliament, while Fatah, which controlled Palestinian politics for four decades, won 43 seats, said Hanna Nasser, head of the Central Election commission. The 13 remaining seats went to several smaller parties and independents.