Monthly Archives: March 2012

Raising gender on the global development agenda:News taken from UN WOMEN Posted on March 28 2012

Sustainable development will not be achieved without the full participation of women. As government officials met in March to prepare for Rio +20, the upcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, a special dialogue was hosted by UN Women, with the Women’s Major Group – a formal group representing women’s priorities in sustainable development – supported by the Governments of Brazil and Switzerland.

Talks focused on better integrating gender equality into the international development agenda beyond 2015 (the scheduled term-end for the Milenium Development Goals or MDGs) – and into the Sustainable Development Goals, which were recently proposed by the Government of Colombia as a framework to be adopted at Rio +20.

Four key principles were agreed on as critical to the upcoming global development agenda:

Equality: the goals need to be framed from an equality perspective and address biases and discrimination based on gender, class, race, ethnicity, among other factors in order to reach those that need it the most.

Holistic and integrated: the goals need to build on the synergies across different sectors and thematic areas, and be able to respond to the global and regional challenges of today. This requires strong multi-sectoral approaches and forms of collaboration among actors in the social, economic and environment fields.

Participatory and inclusive: the goals need to emerge from strong participation and ownership at all levels: local, national, regional and global levels. Only when the process is in the hands of the people—both women and men—and their decision-makers, will there be true ownership and accountability for the required progress and results. Extensive consultations need to be held with key stakeholder groups, including the major groups of Rio+20.

Implementation: the goals need to be aligned with existing declarations and normative frameworks. Focus needs to be placed on strong and effective mechanisms for financing, implementation, monitoring and evaluation to enable sustainable results.

“Both the SDGs and the post 2015 development agenda have a common vision: to set objectives that will make a difference to people’s lives and the world we live in,” said UN Women’s Director for Policy, Saraswathi Menon,in her speech at the event “Both the process of identification of the goals and the process of their attainment need to be inclusive. If not, they will not be transformational or make a difference to people’s lives.”

Panelists represented a wide range of UN agencies, government representatives and NGOs from around the world, from the UNDP to the Development Alternatives with Women for New Era (DAWN). They stressed that women’s daily decisions are significantly impacting sustainable development.

Many are often well-aware of the issues but don’t know what to do about them, and need support, noted Ms. Menon. She recalled a meeting with rural women in Ghana who struggled to make a living by informally trading smoked fish. “In response to a question on priorities that they would set for global policy makers, they mentioned clean oceans and a fishery sector that will sustain future generations for a very long time,” she said. “Women recognize the importance of sustainability through their daily lives.”

Another of the event’s key conclusions was the need for the developments goals and agendas to be combined in one process, rather than parallel streams. Many speakers also pointed to the need to build on experience with the Millenium Development Goals, such as the way in which successes of MDG3 on gender equality and women’s empowerment have had a “multiplier effect” on results related to the other seven goals.

An informal working group was launched at the end of the meeting to continue to ensure that a gender perspective continues to be placed high on the global development agenda, particularly at Rio +20, in June 2012.

Bangladesh- Blessed Land for Cricket

The 11th Asia Cup Cricket,2012 is being held in Shere Bangla Stadium in Dhaka,Bangladesh.We are happy to state that the people of Bangladesh have welcome the series.
The matches of 11th Asia Cup Cricket, 2012 are being played in Shere Bangla National Stadium located in Mirpur,Dhaka of Bangladesh. Four Asian countries Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh are taking part in the matches from March 12-22,2012.The schedule and fixtures of the matches are presented below.

Sun 11
08:00 GMT, 14:00 local 1st Match – Bangladesh v Pakistan
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
Pakistan won by 21 runs | Scoreboard

Tue 13
08:00 GMT, 14:00 local 2nd Match – India v Sri Lanka
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
India won by 50 runs | Scoreboard

Thu 15
08:00 GMT, 14:00 local 3rd Match – Pakistan v Sri Lanka
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
Pakistan won by 6 wickets (with 10.1 overs remaining) | Scoreboard

Fri 16
08:00 GMT, 14:00 local 4th Match – Bangladesh v India
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
Bangladesh won by 5 wickets (with 4 balls remaining) | Scoreboard

Sun 18
08:00 GMT, 14:00 local 5th Match – India v Pakistan
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
India won by 6 wickets (with 2.1 overs remaining) | Scoreboard

Tue 20
08:00 GMT, 14:00 local 6th Match – Bangladesh v Sri Lanka
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

Thu 22
08:00 GMT, 14:00 local Final – Pakistan v TBC
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

The match played on 16 February,2012 was a historical one.Sachin Tendulker of Indian Cricket Team achieved his 100th International Century
in that match played between Bangladesh and India.The other interesting feature of this match was fabulous for Bangladesh.Bangladesh won by five wickets in that match.It was a great event for most peoples of Bangladesh.The peoples across the country celebrated the victory of Bangladesh Cricket Team over the Indian Team.However,people also greeted Sachin for his great achievement from the soil of Bangladesh.The world record in cricket has turned Bangladesh as the Blessed Land for Cricket.It is a joy for Bangladesh as the history of cricket will always mention
this country.Honourable Prime Minister of Bangladesh,Sheikh Hasina has felicitated both Sachin Tendulkar and Bangladesh Cricket Team for their respective achievements.She sent flowers and sweets to them to congratulate them.

Sachin Tendulkar was invited to Ganabhaban,the official residence of Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister,Bangladesh on the 19th March,2012.Accordingly Shachin visited her residence at 0630 pm where the Prime Minister called Shachin as the Pride of the Sub-continent.She congratulated him for striking the world record of Hundred International Century.Shachin expressed his feeling to the press that the invitation of the Prime Minister was a great honour for him.
20 MARCH 2012
The match of Sri Lanka v Bangladesh was a very tense one.SriLanka played very seriously.They scored 232 runs in 49.5 overs.
Bangladesh chased revised target of 212 runs in 40 overs.Finally they reached 212-5 in 37.1 overs.Thus Bangladesh
is going to play against Pakistan on the 22 March2012 in the Final Match.
The morale and zeal of Bangladesh Team were wonderful.Heavy rain could not stop the Tigers from showing their mettle against the Lions.


The Final game of 11th Asia Cup Cricket,2012 began with a number of surprises.Bangladesh won the toss and chose fielding.Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed were the first pair to strike from Pakistan side. Nasir Jamshed was out
with his personal score of 9 .The score of Pakistan Team was 16 at the time of his departure.Their team was under intense pressure from Bangladesh side.Younis Khan replaced Nasir Jamshed who soon went out of the pitch with only one run.Third surprise was the run out of Misbah-ul-Huq with 13 score and Team score of 55 for 3 wicket.
Pakistan Team played very hard and scored 236 for 9.On the other hand Bangladesh chased the score of Pakistan very cautiously and showed great perserverence to win.But they had to stop at 234 for 8.The gap of 2 was too close to touch Pakistani score yet it was very far from victory.Things could have been different if Bangladesh could gain another 3 runs.
Though 11th Asia Cup Cricket,2012 has gone to Paskistan,the final game was a great show of magical and dramatic
performance of both sides.The spectators of Bangladesh had high expectations.But in the long run they will understand that the players of Bangladesh Team really struggled hard to present the Bangladeshi people with an amazing gift.


I went to the countryside of Dhamrai,an Upazila under Dhaka district of Bangladesh to see the conditions of crops in the field.The day of the visit was in April,2010.The weather was sunny with clear sky and the temperature was around 34 degree.The major crops at this time were paddy,maize,cucurbits,brinjal and other vegetables.The fruit trees at the early bearing stage were mango and jack fruit.Moringa, a tree with choice vegetable was also in fruiting stage in some households.This area is also famous for a special variety of lemon which is grown by many farmers in compact blocks.

I was accompanied by two colleagues from the Department of Agricultural Extension(DAE) who served in this Upazila.
We were moving on motorbikes.The paddy fields were showing brilliance and fresh look.At some points we stopped to take a closer view.We were particularly interested about Brown Plant Hopper(BPH) and Sheath Blight of rice.They are real panic for rice crop. BPH is considered as a great threat at this moment for it can damage 100 percent of rice crop.At a point of our journey we stopped at a roadside spot noticing a small patch of rice field with suspicious
appearance.We examined the base of the rice plants to see BPH .We could not find BPH from the surveyed plant bases but we found Sheath Blight affected plants.We compared the specimen with the photo and description of the book published by Bangladesh Rice Research Institute(BRRI).Sheath Blight was confirmed in BRRIDHAN-29 variety.When we were doing the exercise ,a little student going back home from school on a bicycle stopped there.He was trying to listen to what we had been discussing.I felt very good and awaited curiously what the boy would do next.But he was very meek and did not come closer. I invited him to come closer and allowed him to see the specimen and then inspired him to read the note on Sheath Blight contained in BRRI publication.He was very happy for being able to participate.He was a special boy,more intelligent and curious than his classmates who were going back home then along the same road.He took an important practical lesson which might be utilized immediately in husbanding their own crop or answering the examination question on biology.He is a student of local high school and is studying in class seven.He aspired to be an agricultural scientist when he will grow up.The world will need more talented agricultural scientists in the future when there will be more mouths to feed and more challenges to face with fewer land and resources.
The name of the little boy is Abdul Khaleque.I became impressed by his curiosity for learning and for his aspiration to be an agricultural scientist.
I dedicate this Future Agricultural Scientist to the world and invite all concerned to support their education with conducing environment to enable them to face the future challenges across the world.


I was contemplating to visit the D.Net office for a long time to learn how the organization performs amazing activity in the ICT sector .Its role in the development of telecentres in Bangladesh is commendable.
The opportunity came at the Gala event held in The Westin Dhaka.The event was the third “Citi Financial IT Case Competition” organized by D.Net and Citibank, N.A. Bangladesh. There I could learn personally from Dr.Ananya Raihan ,Executive Director of D.Net on various aspects of the organization.He was very generous to invite me to D.Net office.Other officials including Ms.Farha Sharmin,Assistant Director also invited me for a visit .
I went to the D.Net office located at Humayun Road of Dhaka around 12.00 O’Clock of 25 January,2012 accompanied by my daughter.
We were cordially welcomed at the reception by Ms Farha Sharmin.She quickly arranged our visit in different departments of the office.As we went round the rooms ,all officers welcomed us and lucidly explained how they
performed their activities.We were convinced that a great team work prevailed in the office which naturally generated amazing ICT products and programmes .I felt that the members of this office were like honeybees who worked silently for accomplishing their cherished goal.
One of the major achievements of D.Net is Infolady which may be considered as a blessing for the rural peoples.The Infolady may as well be considered as a mobile telecentre as the lady moves from door to door to provide ICT services on agriculture,health,sanitation and related areas.
D.Net also developed software on Telecentre Management System which is very useful in telecentre management.
There are many programmes and projects of D.Net which may be learnt from their website link:
You can also access the knowledge products developed by D.Net at this link:
We were impressed by the transparency and accountability being practiced in D.Net.It is very encouraging that all employees are offered lunch in a common cafeteria in a homely atmosphere.This arrangement
helps boost the friendly spirit of the employees and greater output may be obtained through such provision.
Let us now see who is the architect of this organization.Dr.Ananya Raihan is the leader of D.Net who works as the Executive Director of this social enterprise.He has a PhD in Economics from Ukraine.In addition to his leadership role in D.Net he contributes as the E-Governance Adviser to the Access to Information Programme at the Prime Minister’s office of Bangladesh.
Dr.Raihan developed the ‘Pallitathya Model’ to improve access to knowledge and information among the poor and marginalized communities.He was awarded Ashoka Fellowship in 2004 in recognition
of his innovative work.His talented role is helping transformation of our nation as the Digital Bangladesh.
We hope D.Net will strengthen its efforts to provide enhanced ICT services in the days to come.

Melinda Gates Blooms With Her Own Identity: Dr.Syed Md. Zainul Abedin

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I was wondering why Melinda,wife of Bill Gates was projected frequently in the Media.Was it for her Marriage with the founder of Microsoft or for the Money her husband owned?I also thought whether Melinda Gates has any identity of her own.
I became curious about Melinda and tried to find relationship of the initial word of her name, ‘M’ with other words starting with ‘M’.The readers might already understood the words in question-Media,Marriage,Microsoft and Money.There are Many words starting with M,but Ilike to limit my unfunded research with these common four words.
My Method of study included literature review of Melinda Gates through Google search.The result of search was astounding- 16,400,000 at 0815am on 04-03-12.This figure is really an envious one and may cause jealousy in some people.I felt like conferring instantly that Melinda deserved such acclaim through her work and personality.But ,I restrained to make such inference so soon and went for step by step exploration of her life story.

1.Melinda from her parents family
I found the following links on Melinda quite resourceful which contained lots of information about her life
Melinda Was born on August 15, 1964 as Melinda Ann French in Dallas in Texas,USA.

Melinda’s father, Raymond Joseph French, Jr., was an engineer while her mother, Elaine Agnes Amerland was a home maker.Their family wanted to make their children educated and dignified.
Hence the family sent all four children to colleges for education.
Though Melinda was born and raised in Dallas ,the world famous place of TV soap opera ,Dallas(1978-1991)she was not tempted by the magical world of TV serial rather she sought career in amazing world of computer science. Melinda earned a bachelor degree in computer science and economics from Duke University in 1986 and an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business in 1987.

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2.Melinda in Microsoft
Melinda had worked as a summer intern in IBM.This assignment was the ladder of her access to the Microsoft.She joined Microsoft in 1987 as a marketing manager.
Melinda joined Microsoft in 1987.She participated in the development of many of Microsoft’s multimedia products including Cinemania, Encarta, Expedia, Microsoft Bob and Publisher.

She served Microsoft until 1994. She held the position of General Manager of Information Products of of Microsoft.
Marriage of Melinda with Bill Gates was not comparable to that of Diana with Prince Charles in terms of pomp and publicity.But,I can’t restrain to note that the marriage life of this couple was no less happy and sustaining than that of the Emperor Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal. The couple got married in 1994 in a private ceremony held in Lanai,Hawaii.

This happy family has three children now. They are Jennifer Katharine Gates (born 1996) and Phoebe Adele Gates (born 2002), and Rory John Gates (born 1999).
It is another pleasure for all mothers and children that Melinda is very attentive about caring and raising her children.

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I found an unending number of pages of youtube videos with Melinda when I searched the network.
I already mentioned that there are large number of results from Google search on Melinda.There are
Great numbers of news and reports in print and electronic media which mention Melinda for her involvement with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as Co-founder.
I have examined some of the videos and felt they demonstrated the unique quality,talent and vision of
Melinda.Her presentation and eloquent oratory coupled with her beauty can naturally attract the peoples towards the charitable programs and activities of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.Here is the link of one youtube video that reflects the views of Melinda Gates.Please enjoy.
I like to invite you to watch more videos of Melinda and see how passionate and affectionate
is she about the philanthropic program of their organization.Here is one link,Please visit and watch the youtube video.
To some money is honey and to the others money is the root of all evils. Whatever is said in the proverbs , money is indispensible for the mankind.Men and women must seek to earn money for their living and survival.Exceptions are the misers and greedy peoples who claim superiority over others.
Most of the greedy and misers never change.They always strive to get more money without considering its utilization.
In case of Melinda and her husband,Bill Gates, I don’t know the motivation why they accumulated so much money to become the richest couple of the world.But,themost inspiring thing of this couple is that they have dedicated their savings for the wellbeing of the humanity through the sweet worded
Organization, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.So,the couple has become the custodian of the money earned and reserved by their efforts for the betterment of the world and its peoples.
Melinda is being considered in association with her husband ,Bill Gates.Yet Melinda blooms with her own identity through her talent and dedication.We wish her greater success in her life.

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Update on Melinda-1

I found a number of videos that might be worth sharing.Following video presents Melinda as an extraordinary public speaker.I think that her speech was well received here as conceived by the reaction of the audience who frequently applauded her.Her poetic and lucid presentation impressed me.Her declaration of the principle or belief of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, “every life has equal value” sounded like a divine revealation.

Melinda Visited ICDDR,B in Bangladesh

Update on 16 May 2012

International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) is an international health research centre located in Dhaka,the capital of Bangladesh.The centre has achieved commendable success in various programmes.

ICDDR,B has worked closely with the Gates Foundation for over a decade. In 2001, ICDDR,B received the first ever Gates Award for Global Health in recognition of the institution’s discovery and development of Oral Rehydration Solution. It is now the only institution involved in all the major Gates Foundation’s research projects focused on pneumonia and diarrhoeal and enteric diseases.
Melinda visited ICDDR,B in January 2012.Over the course of her three-day visit, Melinda toured the Dhaka Hospital, met with the scientists and travelled to field sites in Dhaka’s densely populated suburbs.
In Mirpur, to the north-west of the city, Melinda visited the foundation-funded ICVB (Introduction of Cholera Vaccine in Bangladesh) project, where 240,000 people are enrolled in a feasibility study to assess the effectiveness of mass cholera vaccination, combined with behaviour change education and tools.
She also visited the Mirpur field office of the foundation-funded, multi-country MAL-ED (malnutrition and enteric disease) project, which is investigating the relationship between malnutrition and intestinal infections and the consequences of these conditions on various aspects of child development.
The following day, she travelled to the south of Dhaka, to the Kamalapur field site where ICDDR,B is participating in the PERCH (Pneumonia Etiology Research for Child Health) project, a seven-country study investigating the current and likely future causes of childhood pneumonia in some of the world’s hardest hit populations.
Shortly after her visit Melinda wrote series of on-line columns in the New York Times.She mentioned that she had the chance to visit the world-class research centres at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh. She also discussed the impact of its family planning work in Matlab, and highlighted the innovative approach to behaviour change interventions that she had seen in the ICVB project in Mirpur.

Please visit the following link to see the activities of Melinda with ICDDR,B:

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