March 2007


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Siddiqul Islam Bangla Vai was hanged to death last night.
So was the son in Law of Shayokh Abdur Rrahman, Mr Abdul awal.

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Bangla Vai’s young wife and daughter.

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gitr_2007_cover_image.jpgThe Global Information Technology Report by World Economic Forum has become a valuable and unique benchmarking tool to determine national ICT strengths and weaknesses, and to evaluate progress. It also highlights the continuing importance of ICT application and development for economic growth.

The Report uses the Networked Readiness Index (NRI) to measure the degree of preparation of a nation or community to participate in and benefit from ICT developments. The NRI is composed of three component indexes which assess:
– environment for ICT offered by a country or community
– readiness of the community’s key stakeholders (individuals, business and governments)
– usage of ICT among these stakeholders.

The 2006-2007 report report is published today. And where do we, Bangladesh, stand?

At the bottom, where else!

352_sena-prodhan.jpgIn front of a very selectively invited media and personnnel, in the 9th Division ( Gen Masud’s) hosted event he also adds that

He would raise issue of prosecuting war criminals;
Asserts that it is time to fight corrupt politicians;
Proposes auction of seized cars to build hospitals for poor.

Among other attendees, prominent were AL MP freedome fighter Asaduzzaman Noor and Golam Kuddus of shommilito Shangskritik jote.

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How should we react? Should we be happy and thank the Army chief for doing the right thing and speaking the truth? Should we start looking for any hidden meaning? Should we suspect any long term planning or conspiracy? Or Should see it as an indicator of a new polarization in Bangladesh politics? Or it is only a lip service to somehow convince the Awami League supporters and leadership to support the current CTG?

What do you think?

Convict of the 15th August Killing AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed’s today’s flight back to Bangladesh is held for a week by Homeland security chief Michael Chertoff.

Apparently the story was initially picked up southern California Public Radio, Mohiuddin Ahmed was interviewed from detention and several follow up stories were broadcast in different public radio systems. The message that went out was that Mohiuddin would be immediately executed once he returns to Dhaka. As a result, this case turned quite high profile, California Senators Feinstein and Boxer, Governor Schwarzenegger, Michael Chertoff, the secretary of Homeland security and possibly US president got involved.

Looks like our foreign ministry could have done a better job.

I always prefer visiting Bangladesh in February as it gives me an opportunity to visit Boi-mela. As I was in Dhaka this february, I made sure to visit the Boimela.

I picked a week day early afternoon with the hope that the crowd will not yet be that heavy. I was proved wrong as I noticed the end of the line in front of Dhaka museum in Shahbag. A good mile walk from there.

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Dear Friends ( Especially those who are old enough to remember 1986) let’s try to go back twenty years ago and project the following things for Bangladesh to have in twenty years,

    GDP growth rate will be > 6 % for years in a row.
      Bangladesh Cricket team will be trying to reach the semifinals of world cup cricket.Nearly 50% of adult population in Bangladesh will carry a mobile phone device and will actively SMS each other from all the remotest villages in Bangladesh. 
      The majority of urban middle class will have a family motor vehicle.
      A majority of Bangladeshi youngsters will have access to a PC and internet.
      Nearly a dozen private TV and radio channels, all beaming 24 hour of quality news and entertainment.
      Bangladesh will be one of the countries with highest number of  vernacular newspapers published online.

      Bangladeshi’s all over the world will be hooked to 24 hours of live programming and online newspapers from Bangladesh.
      Bangladeshis will be one of the fastest growing immigrant communities in North America and Europe. You’ll hardly be able to walk a New York or Toronto Street without bumping into a Bangladeshi.
      Military will force a change in government only to give the key to the throne to a group of accomplished academician,  technocrats  and help them better govern the country.

      I’ll be what I am now.  

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    It is an irony that the most significant changes in Bangladesh political landscape is happening at a time when officially there is no political activity in the country.  The impact of this paradigm shift is probably of greatest impact since the changes during August through November of 1975.

    In this context let’s discuss or gossip the realities and futures of the major political parties in Bangladesh. Today’s installment will focus on the immediate past majority party, BNP.  


    The Realities:

    1.  At this stage a general feeling of uncertainty is prevalent among the politicians in Bangladesh. And this uncertainty is most among the BNP politicians. The uncertainty is about what will happen next, when or if there will be an election, whether the anti corruption dragnet going to effect them, their family or business. The next uncertainty is about the future of the 31 year old status quo in Bangladesh political landscape. Will the two party monopoly on the fate of Bangladesh survive the current military-technocrat rule? The motif of Dr Yunus and his CPD backers and their still unclear, un-denied or unannounced relationship with the CTG is another major source of uncertainty among the players in Bangladesh political theater. 

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