Archive for the 'Bangladesh' Category

08
Jan
10

India’s Captain MS Dhoni denies Tigers..!!

India’s Captain & skipper MS Dhoni led from the front with a sparkling century to deny Bangladesh victory in the Idea Cup tri-series match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Thursday.

India's Captain MS Dhoni

Man-of-the-match Dhoni remained 101 not out as his side coasted home by six wickets while chasing Bangladesh’s record ODI score against a Test-playing side– 296 for six. They responded with 297-4 in 47.3 overs–their first win of the tournament–leaving the hosts to wonder if they let it slip away after they had India on the mat. India overcame a scare after the Tigers struck three early blows.

They sent back Virender Sehwag in the fourth over after he was run out off a misfield by Razzak who after chasing the ball down threw it off balance to found the dangerman short. Next to go was his opening partner Gautam Gambhir who was bowled by Rubel Hossain after getting a big inside edge.

Syed Rasel cleaned up Yuvraj Singh with the first ball of a new over to leave the shell-shocked Indians 51-3 in the eighth over. But a magnificent 152-run stand between Dhoni and Virat Kohli ensured there were no more hiccups.

Virat Kohli (L) celebrates scoring a half-century during the third One-Day International of the tri-series between India and Bangladesh in Dhaka

Kohli who eventually required a runner after suffering cramp was caught and bowled by Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan for 91 to leave his side on 203-4 in 35 overs. Shakib failed to cling on to a catch when Dhoni back to him low and the ball slipped out of his hands. Earlier, a blistering half-century by Tamim Iqbal and two more fifties from Imrul Kayes and Mahmudullah fired Bangladesh to 296-6 in 50 overs.

Tamim Iqbal plays a shot for six runs during the third One-Day International between India and Bangladesh in Dhaka

Tamim put the Indians to the sword in the opening 10 overs with an array of strokes as the home side, who decided to bat despite the dew factor, rattled up 73 runs, with Kayes playing a backseat role.

Along the way the left-hander made the quickest fifty by a Bangladesh batsman against India off just 33 balls. Tamim’s fireworks ended with the score on 80 in the 11th over when he was caught off a short delivery from Sreesanth. He slammed 10 fours and six in 41-ball 60. India had a chance to break the opening stand but Harbhajan Singh dropped Kayes at mid-off with the total on 28 in the fifth over.

Kayes, who hit his maiden half-century, and Mohammad Ashraful didn’t let Tamim’s superb show go to waste as they pushed Bangladesh’s total to 138-1 after 25 overs. But then Ashraful was bowled for 29 against the run of play after featuring in a 60-run stand for the second wicket. He attempted to run the ball down to third man but it was pitched within the stumps.

Shortly afterwards Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan was run out for a duck off a direct throw from Zaheer Khan in the deep while going for a second run with the score on 156-2. India then grabbed two quick wickets to get rid of Mushfiqur Rahim and Kayes with scores on 188 and 206. Kayes’ vigil ended on 70 when the Bangladesh opener holed out after facing 100 balls. Towards the end a quickfire 60 off 45 balls from Mahmudullah got Bangladesh within striking distance of the magical 300-mark. He added 58 runs for the unbroken sixth wicket with Naeem Islam (14 not out).

Bangladesh play Sri Lanka on Friday at the earlier time of 2:00pm at the same venue.

Source: bdnews24.com

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30
Dec
09

Machine-Readable Passport (MRP): Favouring the fallible again..!

The tender evaluation committee has once again recommended that the contract for the machine-readable passport (MRP) projects go to a Malaysia-based company, despite cancelling its offer earlier.

No plausible explanation has been offered for awarding the same contract to an associate of the same concern that had failed in the past to deliver an IT-related project of the central bank.

Asked why the IRIS Corporation Barhad was again given the job despite cancelling it initially, Brigadier General Refayetullah, director of MRP and machine-readable visa (MRV) project, told bdnews24.com that after the evaluation committee made the recommendation after it was was convinced that IRIS Corporation had not been blacklisted in Turkey.

The tender evaluation committee forwarded its latest report on the project on Dec 20 to the home ministry.

The evaluation committee in its first report forwarded on Nov 23 recommended that IRIS and Flora Telecomm with Gemalto (Luxembourg) be awarded the MRP and MRV project contract.

Page of a passport with Machine Readable Zone in the red oval

After a probe into the related documents, bdnews24.com published a report on Dec 4 on the failure of those companies in delivering similar job in the past.

The firms certified by the project evaluation committee as fit to provide required technical and technological support. But bdnews24.com found that IRIS was blacklisted in Turkey and Flora Telecom’s associate ‘Patimass’ was blacklisted with Bangladesh Bank. The Turkish government barred IRIS from bidding for any government work until October 2011 as it failed to complete the nation’s MRP project in time.

It does not have the experience of supplying 2.5 crore passport books and manufacturing 80,00,000 passports a year as mentioned in the bidding requirements. On the other hand, ‘Patimas’ was blacklisted by the Bangladesh Bank for its failure to develop a software to facilitate inter-bank transactions. The evaluation committee in its second report on Dec 8 recommended that Flora Telecom should be exclusively awarded the project contract, excluding IRIS.

General Refayetullah said, “IRIS submitted documents to the committee claiming that they had not been blacklisted in Turkey. On scrutiny of the submitted documents, we were convinced about the authenticity of their claim and included the firm in the third and most recent recommendation forwarded on Dec 20.”

Bangladeshi Passport

bdnews24.com probe found that “IRIS Technology Ltd” blacklisted in Turkey and IRIS Corporation Barhad were in fact the same company with same address. When the competence of the two firms were questioned considering the importance of the emergency, massive project–International Civil Aviation Authority has asks all the countries to introduce MRPs and MRVs by April 2010– the project director did not sound all too convincing.

“The firms lacked in fulfilling certain technical criteria, which are ‘rectifiable’,” he said.

“Our job is done, now it up to the ministry. We should cooperate with whatever firm the government awards the contract to.”

He said in case IRIS and Flora were unwilling to accept the work order, offers of France’s Oberthur Technology and China’s Beijing Jinchen Ciccone Security Printing Co, Ltd could be re-evaluated for getting the job done by the deadline, after which travelling abroad will be barred without the e-passport and visa.

Asked if he was apprehensive about accomplishing the work in time, the General Refayetullah said, “The delay caused by not issuing the work order to the tender winning bidder in early December can be overcome. If necessary, we’ll work overtime.”

Handwritten, untidy and sometimes barely readable passports often cause Bangladeshi travellers to be singled out for interrogation at airports abroad

He claimed that the project activities were progressing following regulations and the work would be completed in time. Md Abdul Mabud, director general, of the Department of Immigration and Passport (DIP) told bdnews24.com on Sunday, “Despite a little delay, we’re expecting that the government would decide the matter as soon as possible to allow the MRP and MRV project to be accomplished within the timeframe.”

An ECNEC meeting on Mar 19 decided to issue 174,00,000 general and 10,00,000 urgent passports under the five-year project at a cost of Tk 283 crore. The project, launched in July, is expected to be complete by June 2014.

The government assigned the army to supervise the project and invited international tender on Sep 16 which closed on Oct 27. Eight companies participated in the bidding. The tender was called for supplying 22,00,000 passports every year. Iris, ‘Beijing Jinchen Ciccone Security Printing Co, Ltd.’ (China), Flora Telecom and Gammeltoe (Luxembourg), ‘Oberthur’ (France), and ‘ST Electronics’ (Singapore) were the leading contenders for this project.

The successful bidders will get the task to operate and maintain the project for two years and DIP will take over the project in phases. DIP officials said no old (manual) passport will be issued after the project starts functioning. But those with old passports with valid expiry dates will not face any problem. There are some 1.2 crore manual passport holders in the country.

Source: bdnews24.com

30
Dec
09

Bangladesh eyes 2010 rebound in manpower export…

Manpower export policy update overdue

Dhaka, Dec 30 (bdnews24.com)-Bangladesh policymakers hope that the country’s manpower exports will grow substantially in 2010, despite a huge fall this past year.

“Several countries have emerged from the impacts of the global recession. New labour markets are being created and we’re being asked to send workers,” overseas employment minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain told bdnews24.com.

“I hope the next year will be a good one for us,” the upbeat minister added.

Statistics of the overseas employment ministry show Bangladesh sent only 428,444 workers abroad from January 1 to November 18 this year, the figure being almost half the number sent in either of the previous two years.

Data from the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) showed labour export in 2007 totalled 832,609 while in 2008 the number was 875,055. In 2006, the figure was 381,516.

About the downturn, the minister said: “This year’s manpower export should not be compared with 2007 and 2008 as many new workers went to Malaysia in those two years. Rather, 2006 is a comparable year.”

“We sent around five lakh workers abroad in 2009 even in a time of global recession.”

Hossain said, “The next year will be very buoyant for us. With the ease of the global recession, the Middle Eastern countries have started resuming their shut down projects.” Moreover, he pointed out, demand for huge manpower has also been created in war-ravaged Iraq and in Libya.

Manpower export in bangladesh

This year, most Bangladeshi labourers went to Dubai, while new working sectors created in several other Middle East countries are expected to attract more workers.

Meanwhile, manpower export to war-torn Iraq resumed this year after almost six years. Besides, new job sectors also opened up in Australia, Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, Botswana, Libya, Somalia and South Africa, ministry officials say.

To further boost manpower exports, the government has also opened labour wings at its diplomatic missions at Ryad and Madina in Saudi Arabia and at Penang in Malaysia.

Initiatives have also been taken to open such wings at the country’s missions in Italy, Japan, Jordan, Sudan and Iraq, officials said. Meanwhile, the Maldives government has recently legitimated around 16,000 illegal workers on the archipelago nation, while the Greek government has legalised some 15,000 undocumented Bangladeshis working there.

T-shirts drive

Mauritius has withdrawn their previous order to send back some 6,000 Bangladeshi workers. Sadly though, Malaysia has had no change of heart on its rejection of 55,000 visas for Bangladeshi workers due to the global financial downturn.

Manpower ExportThe country, which had become a big destination for Bangladeshi workers in recent years, hosts around 686,334 Bangladeshi workers.

Of these, 404,963 went there during 2007 and 2008 alone.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh was still among the top 10 global recipients of migrant remittances in 2008, according to an UNCTAD report this year, with a total inflow of almost $ 9 billion.

And it looks to set a new record this year above $10 billion, according to the most optimistic estimates. Remittances surged to a new monthly record of over $ 1 billion in November 2009.

The total number of Bangladeshis working abroad has jumped from 600,000 in 1982 to more than 6.5 million in 2009, according to foreign ministry figures.

29
Dec
09

Sadia Jahan Prova’s profile..!!

Sadia Jahan Prova

মেরিলের সেই এ্যাডটির কথা তো নিশ্চই মনে আছে? একটি মিষ্টি মেয়ে গ্রীষ্মের প্রচন্ড দাবদাহে পানিতে গোসল করছে। আসলে এ্যাডটি সকলের মনেই দাগ কেটেছিল। আরো নিশ্চই মনে আছে, সেই এ্যাডটি, যেখানে এক মধ্যবয়স্ক পুরুষ, এক তরুণীকে বলছে, “আপনাকে খুব চেনা চেনা মনে হচ্ছে?”।

আর মেয়েটি বলছে, “আগে চেনা মানুষও চিনতো না, আর এখন অচেনারাও চেনে”। হ্যাঁ, প্রিয় পাঠক, আপনি হয়তো ধরতে পেরেছেন, মেয়েটি হচ্ছে আমাদের সবার প্রিয়, সাদিয়া জাহান প্রভা। Sadia Jahan Prova এর মিডিয়ায় আসা হঠাৎ করেই। অর্থাৎ তেমন কোন পারিকল্পনা ছিল না এই মিষ্টি মেয়েটির।

বরং, পড়শোনা আর নাচের প্রতিই সমস্ত মনযোগ ছিল। কিন্তু তার পরও মিডিয়ায় আসা হয়েছে, এবং সবচেয়ে উল্লেখযোগ্য ব্যাপার হচ্ছে, প্রভাকে দর্শকদের মাঝে গ্রহনযোগ্যতা পেতে অপেক্ষা করতে হয়নি।

খুব কম শিল্পীই এই সৌভাগ্য অর্জন করেছেন। বর্তমানে প্রভা বিজ্ঞাপন ছাড়াও নাটক নিয়ে ব্যস্ত সময় পার করছেন।

পাশাপাশি আছে পড়াশুনা। এসব কিছু্র সাথে তাল মিলিয়ে প্রভা ছুটে চলেছেন দুর্বার গতিতে।

Full Name: Sadia Jahan Prova
Height: 5.4(162 cm)
Age: 20 years
Location: Dhaka
Eye Color: Black
Hair Color: Black
Hair Lenght: Long
Shoe Size: 6
Skin Color: Fair
Status: Full Professional
Weight: 30 KG
Hip Size 18
Bust: 26
Experiences:
Interested In: Watching Movie,Traveling etc
29
Dec
09

Myanmar to repatriate 9,000 Rohingyas..!!

A family is engaged with bringing mud full of bucket from the nearest mountain area to build their shelter at Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp at Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar

Myanmar has agreed to repatriate 9,000 out of 28,000 registered Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh “as soon as possible”, foreign secretary Mohamed Mijarul Quayes said on Tuesday. He also said a Myanmar delegation would arrive in Dhaka to hold talks on maritime boundary demarcation on Jan 8 and 9.

Quayes was speaking at the end of the first day of foreign-secretary level talks. Quayes’ counterpart, Myanmar’s deputy foreign minister Maung Myint, arrived in Dhaka Monday to lead his side in the two-day bilateral talks. The two sides also discussed import of gas and electricity from Myanmar, but no specific commitment came on the issues, Quayes said. Myanmar did agree to offer one year’s multiple entry visa for Bangladeshi businessmen, the secretary said. Quayes said Bangladesh stressed at the first day’s consultation that it would not register as refugees illegal Myanmar nationals who intruded for “economic causes”.

He told reporters at the foreign ministry: “We have put pressure on Myanmar for the repatriation of the registered refugees in Bangladesh and they have assured us that they will start as soon as possible.”

“Out of the 28,000 registered refugees, Myanmar has identified 9,000 through verification as their citizens.

“Their repatriation will start within the shortest possible times,” said the foreign secretary.

He also added that increasing number of Myanmar nationals had been sneaking into Bangladesh for “economic” reasons. Quayes said he visited the two refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar district last week. The foreign secretary said besides the two camps, there are many makeshift thatched houses.

“The UNHCR has told us that the people living in the makeshift houses are unregistered Myanmar nationals.

“But since they intruded for economic reasons, they don’t fall in the definition of refugees.

“So, we will not sign any deal with the UNHCR for them,” he said.

About 500,000 of the Muslim Rohingyas fled into Bangladesh from the Northern Rakhain state in the 1990s as the military junta launched a crackdown on its minority populations.

Bangladesh with the help of the UNHCR sent most of the registered refugees back to their homeland over the years. But 28,000 Rohingyas refused to return fearing further repression there.

Local administrations in Bangladesh also say most of the previously repatriated refugees have returned since.

Bangladesh, meanwhile, sent a list of the 28,000 to Myanmar for their repatriation. The Myanmar authorities are in the process of verifying their identities—a precondition for taking them back.

It has already identified of 9,000 refugees as their citizens while the identities of rest of the 19,000 refugees are yet to be confirmed.

Some international observers have proposed Bangladesh integrate the Rohingya. But Dhaka has rejected the suggestion, saying such a move would open a floodgate of refugees.

Quayes said Mayanmar had informed Bangladesh that it cannot offer gas at present.

“They will sell us gas if they discover new reserves,” he said.

The foreign secretary said the neighbouring state had agreed to go for a joint hydro electric venture with Bangladesh, to be located over a Myanmar river.

“The energy ministry will work on it,” he said.

29
Dec
09

Bangladesh players threaten first-class boycott..

Leading Bangladesh players are threatening a boycott of the upcoming National Cricket League © AFP

Bangladesh’s domestic season is facing chaos after leading players threatened to pull out of the National Cricket League unless the BCB increased their match fees and reverted back to the previous format of the four-day competition.

The dispute came about after the BCB altered the existing first-class competition. The number of games has been reduced but the match fees have been increased from 10,000 Taka (US$ 144) to 12,000 Taka (US$ 173). Per this modification, the finalists will play nine matches while the two teams who fail to quality for the Super Four stage will play five matches, which is five less than the previous home-and-away format.

The changes have not gone down well with the country’s players, not least the leading internationals such as Mohammad Ashraful and Shakib Al Hasan. The Cricketers’ Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB) demanded that match fees be fixed at 35,000 Taka (US$ 505) for four-day games, 20,000 Taka (US$ 288) for one-day games, and 10,000 Taka or Twenty20 games. Aside from the issue of remuneration, CWAB also demanded reinstatement of the original format, and the league, which is due to start on January 1, now faces postponement by four days.

“Considering the proposals, cricketers have decided to refrain from playing the upcoming National Cricket League until their demands are met,” CWAB general secretary Debobroto Paul said at a press conference in Dhaka. “To ascertain cricketers’ interest in different matters, we carried out a survey amongst the first-class cricketers last year and we informed the outcomes of the survey to the tournament committee chairman [Gazi Ashraf Hossain] and BCB’s senior vice-president [Mahbub Anam], both of whom expressed their inability to implement our proposals.

“We then requested them to fix match fees considering that of other Test playing nations and our socio-economical condition or to fix match fees in line with the number of matches first-class cricketers played. But the meeting ended without any directive or promise,” said Paul.

Bangladesh Cricket Team

“We also let them know the cricketers’ disapproval of the new format. We believe that when the experts prefer to play more longer-version games in a bid to improve cricket, the introduction of a new format that will reduce the number of first-class matches will hinder the development of cricket. Later we even tried to meet the BCB president and cricket operations chairman but failed to get any response from the board.”

Naimur Rahman, the former Bangladesh captain turned CWAB president, was present at the press conference along with leading national players Shakib, Ashraful, Shahadat Hossain, Mahbubul Alam, Nafees Iqbal, Enamul Haque jnr, Tushar Imran, Alok Kapali, Hannan Sarkar, Rajin Saleh, Javed Omar, Mohammad Sharif, Faisal Hossain, and Tareq Aziz.

According to Naimur, the crop of budding players in Bangladesh could lose interest due to a lack of monetary incentive. “We are not here for any movement, we have come here to request the authority concerned to meet our proposals through you because we had earlier got no promise from the board which it was very disappointing,” he said.

Added Ashraful: “We, who are playing in the national team, will continue with our national duties, but we will stick to our demands regarding the national league and we hope the authority will sit with us before the start of the national league.

“The last season’s national league was very competitive only because of the increment in the match fees and the level of competitiveness in the league will step up as match fee is increased,” said Shakib. “There is no alternative to first-class cricket if we want to improve our cricket.”

29
Dec
09

“Yaaro Dosti Bari Hi Ajeeb Hai”-KK, Nokia Music Carnival with LRB, Artcell and KK…

On the winter morning of December 26, when the students of Residential Model School were busy in the classrooms, groups of men were toiling at the school’s cricket ground. There was a huge preparation going on, from erecting the stage to fixing the lights and checking the sounds. The set-up continued all the way through the evening. Around 3 pm, people of all age groups, occupations and tastes in music started to throng the field. The crowd kept getting bigger. At one point it turned out to be a thousand, then two thousand, but people still kept on flooding in. Around 4:30 pm, the concert started. The first to perform was the hard rock band Artcell.

Artcell (top) and KK perform at the concert

Lincoln, Shaju, Cezanne and Ershad had the ‘Tribute to Artcell’ concert two months back, and had been in the limelight since then. This time they rocked thousands of fans at Dhaka Residential Model School, who could be described with only one word, “wild”. The band performed “Durgam giri”, “Onno Shomoy” and several other tracks.

“This was the last open air concert and also the last show featuring Artcell for this year,” said Cezanne. “We will be leaving Bangladesh on December 29 for a concert in Sydney and would be back in the country by January 15, 2010.” What did these guys have to say about the crowd? The crowd was great — very supportive. It was pretty interesting to see them joining us in every beat. There was a minor problem with the sound, but other than that everything was great at the show, they said.

Ayub Bachchu in LRB Concert

LRB was next. After rock, it was metal-electro mix. The audience kept on singing, dancing and cheering. They performed “Shei Tumi”, “Meye”, “Mon Chaile Mon”, “Ek Akashey Tara” etc. They had a small break during the Azaan after which the show resumed. Ayub Bachchu’s powerful vocals filled the air. The collective sound of hundreds of voices singing to “Ek Akasher Tara” was remarkable.

No one was there in the whole field who wasn’t having a good time. The crowd was so big that at the end of the show there was a traffic jam on the main road.

The last performer at the concert was Indian singer KK. Before he appeared on the stage, the crowd shouted out the two syllables, waiting anxiously. Finally when he turned up on stage, there was a silence for fraction of a second, after that the noise reached a crescendo.

KK’s first rendition was “Bitey Lamhe” — a slow romantic number form the movie “The Train”. Some people swayed to the music. When the artiste asked around whether he should do slow or fast music, he heard a loud “fast”. And so he performed “Mera Pehla Pyaar Hai Yeh”. KK dedicated the song to Dhaka and said, “I hope to make a lot of friends here.”

Playback singer KK

He performed the song “Yaaro” soon after and it was as if the song had cast a spell. “Yaaro Dosti Bari Hi Ajeeb Hai” (Friends, friendship is a strange feeling…that comforts when you are alone) — the words had everyone contemplate about their friends who were perhaps at the concert with them or couldn’t make it. KK said the song was one of his personal favourites, reminding him of his college days, from 10 years back, when he composed it.

“What are the two most important things in life?” And as he expected, the crowd responded, “Music and Love.”

KK’s songs seem to have been set in the hearts of Bangladeshis and when he sang something melancholy the crowd became nostalgic, but when he did a pop, happy-go-lucky number, they were vibrant.

This was KK’s first time in Dhaka, and according to him the feeling was “awesome”.

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