Monthly Archives: May 2012

Sahara India Pariwar Launches Venture in Real Estate Sector of Bangladesh-By Syed Zainul Abedin

The housing or real estate sector of Bangladesh is embracing a new member with the advent of the famous Sahara India Pariwar.The news has been circulated in the Bangladeshi media amidst surprise,hopes and resentment among different groups of peoples and business communities.The common people who are frustrated by the monopoly and deceptive roles of the local housing and development companies seem to welcome foreign companies who will provide services with transparency.It was felt from the reactions ventilated in the local media that people want a fair competition and standard in the housing sector.It is not yet clear how the Sahara Pariwar will operate their business in Bangladesh and what regulatory measures they have to encounter here.However,in the absence of transparent housing policy in Bangladesh and extreme profiteering culture the general public look for a modest solution in the housing and real eatate sector.Only time may say what blessing Sahara Pariwar has to offer for the people of Bangladesh.

Following news item has been taken from the website: http://english.samaylive.com

Though the company is very famous in India,it is not yet known widely in Bangladesh.Hence I like to provide the link of the website of Sahara Pariwar which may be a great resource for the intersted people to discover its programmes and services.I invite you to visit the following link :http://www.sahara.in/index.html

Sahara India Pariwar, a major business conglomerate in India has on Friday announced its entry into the housing & infrastructure sector of Bangladesh.

The group’s, newly formed Bangladesh based company ‘Sahara Matribhumi Unnayan Corporation Limited’ has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Housing and Public Works of Bangladesh Government, to invest in the development of housing industry in Bangladesh.

‘Sahara Matribhumi Unnayan Corporation Limited’ will conceptualize, design and plan a new city near Dhaka, i.e. Notun Dhaka (New Dhaka) and will build affordable housing for low income groups with integHousing Finance support for majority applicants. The newly formed company will also conceptualize, design and plan various integrated satellite townships under the Ministry of Housing & Public Works (MOPW) of the Government of Bangladesh.

The MoU was signed by Saharasri Subrata Roy Sahara, Managing Worker & Chairman, Sahara India Pariwar and Mr. Nurul Huda, Chairman, Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (RAJUK). The event was witnessed by Mr. Abdul Mannan Khan, State Minister for Housing & Public Works and other top bureaucrats, politicians and senior officials of the Bangladesh Government.

The eventful 4 day visit of Saharasri Subrata Roy Sahara was concluded with positive notes after having meetings with Dr. S. A. Samad, Executive Chairman of Board of Investments (BOI), Dr. Atiur Rahman, Governor of Central Bank and the Shri Hasan Mahmood Khondokar, Inspector General (IG) of Bangladesh Police.

Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina had also met Saharasri Subrata Roy Sahara to discuss about the intended projects and further opportunities in Bangladesh.
Saharasri Subrata Roy Sahara has urged the Government of Bangladesh to ease conditions about availability of housing finance and to remove the difference in tax rates between listed and unlisted companies in Bangladesh. The newly formed company ‘Sahara Matribhumi Unnayan Corporation Limited’s plans are to build integrated and satellite townships which will be heavily intensive on infrastructure unlike regional real estate projects. He requested both Dr. S. A. Samad and Dr. Atiur Rahman that a classification of a section be created midway between housing and infrastructure so that the taxation policy is relooked at Bangladesh.

Speaking at the press conference, Saharasri Subrata Roy Sahara, Managing Worker & Chairman, Sahara India Pariwar, said, “I am extremely proud to extend our business interests in Bangladesh. The Government of Bangladesh and its people have provided us a wonderful support and this in effect will help us to contribute towards the development of Bangladesh.”

UPDATE ON 3 JUNE 2012

A press conference of the REHAB and BLDA has taken place yesterday in response to the MOU between Ministry of Housing and Public Works of Bangladesh Government and Sahara Matribhumi Unnayan Corporation Limited.
The report of the press confrence has been published in media today.The report published in online
newspaper,BANGLANEWS24.COM has been presented here for the knowledge of interested readers.You can also read the news item at the following link:
http://www.banglanews24.com/English/detailsnews.php?nssl=c7c78f106a8458a6c7794002e878a9d8&nttl=0206201243611&toppos=2

REHAB-BLDA demand equal opportunity

Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (REHAB) and Bangladesh Land Developers’ Association (BLDA) came up with the plea in a joint press conference this morning at a city hotel.

BLDA President and Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan said, “As a businessman, I welcome foreign investment but first of all, we have to protect the interests of local companies when we have failed to handover thousands of flats due to lack of gas and electricity.”

He said, “The government should provide similar opportunities for the local companies like the foreign one. Thus a fair and same level competition will be created.”

The local companies are capable in investing more than the foreign investors, he added.

The BLDA president said, “For the foreign investors, several lakh acres of land are available in different areas in the country, including Nijhum Deep and Mirsarai rather than Dhaka.”

The top businessman of the country said, “If the government signs MoU with the foreign investors over one lakh acres land requisition, they should sign another MoU of two lakh land requisition for REHAB and BLDA.”

The BLDA president stated that the government acquires land at Tk 100,000 or Tk 200,000 per bigha while BLDA has to acquire the same land at Tk 50 lakh to Tk 2 crore. “The farmers become deprived if government acquires land which could trigger unrest,” the newsmen were told.

The difference between the price of governmental requisition and private will create an uneven competition. “That’s why Public Private Partnership (PPP) is important to secure the interest of the farmers by generating balanced competition,” he said.

“I believe that the government would not do anything to infringe the interest of the country. The incumbent democratic government repeatedly said that they would provide us land and we would develop that,” he said.

Regarding the Sahara boss Subrata Roy’s allegation of building Dhaka as the jungle of cement, he said, land is the main hindrance of urbanizing Dhaka. It happened due to the scarcity of land or lack of urban plan.

“If the government gives us land, we can build up better city than the foreign investors,” he claimed.

Regarding Rajuk, he said this organization doesn’t follow its own urbanization strategy rather filling the ditches. “Journalists should be careful in this regard,” he said.

At the press conference, REHAB President Nasrul Hamid Bipu read out a written speech.

He said, “We want to talk about foreign investment rather than a particular company. Like previous, I am urging the government to provide us land.”

Nasrul also told journalists that it is a crucial moment of the housing industry as 70 percent investment has been already stopped. “Without government assistance it will be difficult to survive in this sector,” he said.

BLDA general secretary Mostafa Kamal Mohiuddin, REHAB joint secretary Major (retd) Jamshed Hasan PSC, Arshi Hayder, chairman of REHAB Land Standing Committee M Aktar Biswas, M Anisuzzaman Bhuiyan Rana and managing director of Building Technology and Ideas FR Khan were among others present at the press meet.

The Farmhouse – A Poem of Syed Zainul Abedin

The farmhouse is lively in the serene December,
The music of the victory is humming everywhere.
The farmer feels no fatigue in arranging the festival,
Disappeared all troubles and blood freezing fear.

It was a very hard time just the other day,
The demons plundered the paddy of the farm.
Hundreds of the farmers’ sons lost their lives,
Housewives embraced death of honour to resist harm.

The farmhouse turned elated with joy once again,
Million names,blood and sweat are now events of the past.
Hills of paddy swelled up in the farmyard,
Jubilant butterflies and swans move around fast.

The farmer’s innocent son sits beside the grave of his mother,

Weeps fearlessly placing fresh flowers in her honour.

Intelligent Little Train Passenger – By Syed Zainul Abedin

The little girl came with her parents in the large compartment of the train which stopped at the Jessore station.She was wearing a red sweater.She looked very happy in the biting chilly weather.Perhaps the train journey was a great pleasure for her.

The little girl sat for a while in the chair.But soon she started to move from place to place as the train started to move towards Dhaka.At first she came to her father who sat close to the window.Then she looked to the outside and showed the crops,people and domestic animals to her father.She became very excited when she saw the fields of mustard.She expressed her joy like a dancing butterfly.She had special love for the yellow flowers of the mustard field.At one time I joined her passion and showed her the fields of yellow mustard from the moving train.She soon befriended with me.

The little girl then walked to the other side of the compartment.She was soon joined by a number of children around her age.They gathered around us and started to see the moving sceneries from the window of the train.She asked her mother to give her toys and she organized the other children to play in joy.

At one point,a book seller came in front of the playing children.The agile girl insisted to have a story book.Her father purchased one story book.But she could not read the book.But,this did not stop her to enjoy the trip.She requested me to read the story to the children.I became very pleased to see the intelligence of the little girl.I was spell bound and started to read aloud the story based upon the folk literature.The story was about a daughter-in-law who was kidnapped by a witch and later rescued by her husband through the assistance of learned witch manager.There were many illustrations in the book.The girl and the children enjoyed the story and asked me read other stories from the book.

The girl switched soon to other activity.She asked the other children to go back to their parents and wanted to walk with her father.Her father took her to another compartment .They came back after half an hour.She took some pickles and orange in her packet.She sat again on her chair by my side.Now she was more happy to get her favorite food.She asked me take some fruit.I became very happy to see her courtesy.

After about twelve hours the train reached Dhaka.I was traveling alone.The intelligent little girl was a great companion and fellow passenger.I still remember her cute face and lovely activities.She left the compartment with her parents.I bid her farewell and wished to see her again.

Entertaining Cooking Sessions- Syed Zainul Abedin

We live by eating food.We always have our foods cooked in our homes.Usually house wives or women prepare foods and serve among the members of the families.The cooking sessions in home kitchens are not usually videoed and shown to the peoples through televisions,internets or other media.
But cooking sessions are getting popular day by day through the blessing of media and information technology.Many house wives,amateur novice of cooking and professional chefs now appear in different media and demonstrate their showmanship in cooking.Some of them draw world wide attention and familiarity.The reason of viewing of the sessions might be the special recipies representing many cultures.Other reason might be the style of presentation of the cooking sessions.Some presentations draw large audience because of the entertaining nature of the sessions.The presenters become famous through their cooking sessions.The stars are mostly women but many men also become cooking stars.They regularly appear in the television programmes.They also operate accounts in social media like facebook and youtube.
They publish articles in newdpapers and periodicals and sell cd,dvd or other technology based products.Some of them talk on radios too,though visual presentation seem more acceptable. Books on cooking might sound as old fashioned,yet house wives and novice who try to prepare a new recipe largely depend on the popular books as permanent and lasting reference material.
I believe that food should be safe,nutritious, as well as delicious.The combination of all these aspects should be considered equally.Besides,the concept of balance food should also be maintained both by the cooking personnel and consumers.Decoration of food should be confined within the limit of safety.The appreciation of beauty or aesthetics will always make a cooking session more entertaining and attractive.Hence,the presenters of the cooking sessions
may try to be creative and decent to be accepted by peoples belonging to different cultures,sex or age groups.

I am presenting this article to showcase special cooking sessions presented by famous cooking stars.I felt that such presentations might provide entertainment in addition to the training on cooking.The response by the visitors on the youtube video of Laura Vitale has inspired me to dedicate my time on cooking.I am presenting some interesting recipies of Laura Vitale at the beginning.Her special style of presentation appear entertaining.I hope visitors will enjoy the presentations and write their comments for their desired recipies.

Whole Roast Chicken Recipe – Laura Vitale – Laura in the Kitchen Episode 302

How to Make Homemade Cupcakes From Scratch – Recipe by Laura Vitale Laura in the Kitchen Episode 61



How to make Homemade Pizza From Scratch – Recipe by Laura Vitale – Laura in the Kitchen Ep. 86

Kazi Nazrul Islam:The Humanitarian Litterateur Whose Nobel Prize Remains Pending- By Dr. Syed Zainul Abedin

Kazi Nazrul Islam was a cosmopolitan personality who was born in India on 25 May 1899 and enlightened the whole world with his literary works.His magical works include poems,songs,drama,novels,short stories,speeches,letters,movies and many other literary items.He created great contents in his mother language, Bangla combining the indigenous and world literature which which enriched the diversified peoples of the vast Indian Subcontinent.He popularised the works of famous foreign litterateurs of the world among his peoples.He
became the cultural ambassador of the world and still holds this position even after death on 29 August 1976.
His talented contributions to the world literature is gratefully recognized by the peoples and governments of Bangladesh and India.Kazi Nazrul Islam has been honoured as the National Poet of Bangladesh.Innumerable educational
establishments, organizations and institutions have been named in Bangladesh and India to honour this great personality.Among such establishments a public university in honour of Kazi Nazrul Islam has been established at Trishal under the district Mymensing of Bangladesh.The university was established by the government in response to the popular demand at the place where Nazrul studied in secondary school which was named as Darirampur School located at Trishal.The name of this public university is Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University (JKKNIU) .You can visit its website at http://www.jkkniu.edu.bd/index.php Another remarkable organization is known as Nazrul Institute which is housed in Kabi Bhaban located at Dhanmondi Residential Area of Dhaka.Poet Nazrul was brought in this house to live until his death by Banganandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1972 upon obtaining special permission from the government of India.Many organizations have been established in the state of Poshchim Bongo under India.The latest one is the research centre and museum to be called as Nazrul Bhaban which will be inaugarated on the next birthday of Nazrul by Mamata Banerjee,the Chief Minister of Poshchim Bongo. It is impossible to determine how many people teach and practice the literary works of Nazrul in universities,colleges and schools of Bangladesh,India and other countries of the world.There are many experts who perform and practice his songs,dramas,poems,dance and other literary works as professionals.
Every conscious person hoped that Kazi Nazrul Islam would be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.But their hope was never translated into formal nomination to award him the prestigious prize.Thus the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Literature which Kazi Nazrul Islam always deserved remains pending.The peoples of Indian Subcontinent specially peoples of the soverign state of Bangladesh whole heartedly trust that the pending Nobel Prize will be delivered posthumously to Kazi Nazrul Islam in befitting manner.

I like to mention a fragment of the works of the great litterateur from the vast resource of internet just to demonstrate what treasure Kazi Nazrul Islam has left for the world.The following content has been taken from the contribution of Mohammad Omar Farooq who portrayed a famous poem of Nazrul entitled “Nari” meaning “woman” which honoured women
of the whole world as the equal and dignified partners of men.I will update later to justify the relevance of Nazrul
in the past,present and future.

Woman

Original: Nari by Kazi Nazrul Islam
Translation: Mohammad Omar Farooq

There are several obscure expressions in Bangla original that I have translated as best as I could decipher. Also, all the rhyming words at the end are based on pronunciation in American English, to the best I have come to know. Any correction or suggestion to improve this or any of my other translation of Nazrul’s poem is most definitely welcome.

Annotations:
Original sin: Islam does not belive in original sin. Especially, it does not attribute the sin to the first woman. Rather both of them participated, possibly beginning with Adam, the first man.

Raam and Shita: Two important figures from Hindu religious scriptures

Muni: This is related to story from Indian scriptures where a Muni, religious sage, commanded his son to slaughter his mother – Muni’s wife – due to alleged adultery, which the son was not a witness of. The son, to prove his religious devotion, complied.

Transliteration
Nari
Shammyer gan
Gai,
Amar chokhkhe purush-romoni
Kono bhedabhed nai.

Bishshe ja kichu mohan srishti
Chiro kollankor,
Ordhek tar koriyache nari
Ordhek tar nor.

Bishsher ja kichu ja elo
Pap tap bedona oschrubari,
Ordhek tar aniyache nor
Ordhek tar nari.

Norok kundo boliya ke toma
Kore Nari heyo gayn,
tare bolo, adi pap nari nohe
She je nor-shoytan.

Othoba pap je – shoytan je –
Nor nohe nari nohe,
Klib she, tai she nor or narite
Shoman mishiya rohe.

E bishshe joto phutiyache ful,
Foliyache joto phol,
Nari dilo tahe
Rup-rosh-modhu-gondho shunirmol.

Tajmoholer pathor dekhecho,
Dekhiacho tar pran?
Ontore tar Momtaj nari,
Bahirete Shajahan.

Gayner lokhmi, ganer lokhmi,
Shoyshsho-lokhmi nari,
Shushoma-lokhmi narii firiche
Rupe rupe shonchari.

Purush eneche dibosher jala
Topto roudro-daho,
Kamini eneche jamini-shanti
Shomiron, baribaho.

Diboshe diyache shokti-shahosh
Nishithe hoyeche bodhu,
Purush esheche modhu-trisha loye
Nari jogayeche modhu.

Shoyshsho khetro urbor holo,
Purush chalalo hol,
Nari shei mathe shoyshsho ropiya
Korilo shushaymol.

Nor bahe hol, nari bohe jol
Shei jol-mati mishe,
Foshol hoiyya folia uthilo
Shonali dhaner shishe.

Shorno
Rouppo-bhar,
Narir ongo-porosh lobhiya
Hoyeche olongkar.

Narir birohe, narir milone
Nor pelo kobi pran,
Joto kotha tar hoilo kobita
Shobdo hoilo gan.

Nor dilo khuda, nari dilo shudha
Shuday-khuday mile,
Jonmo lobhiche mohamanober
Mohashishu tile tile.

Jogoter joto boro boro joy,
Boro boro obhijan,
Mata bhogni o bodhuder
Tayge hoiyyache mohian.

Kon rone koto khun dile nor,
Lekha ache itihashe,
Koto nari dilo shithir shidur
Lekha nai tar pashe.

Koto mata dilo ridoy upari
Koto bon dilo sheba,
Birer sriti-stombher gaye
Likhiya rekheche keba?

Kono kale eka hoyni ko joyi
Purusher torobari,
Prerona diyache, shokti diyache
Bijoy-lokhmi nari.

Raja koriteche rajjo shashon
Rajare shashiche rani,
Ranir dorode dhuyia giyache
Rajjer joto glani.

Purush
Ridoyhin,
Manush korite nari dilo tar
Ordhek ridoy rin.

Dhoray jader josh dhore na ko
Omor mohamanob,
Boroshe boroshe jader shorone
Kori mora utshob.

Kheyaler boshe tader jonmo
Diyache bilashi pita,
Lob-kushe bone tajiyache Ram,
Palon koreche Shita.

Nari she shikhalo shishu-purusher
Sneho prem doya-maya,
Dipto noyone poralo kajol
Bedonar ghono chaya.

Odbhut rupe purush purush
Korilo she rin shodh,
Buke kore tare chumilo je jon
Tare korilo oborodh.

Tini
Nor-obotar,
Pitar adeshe jononire jini
Katen hani kuthar.

Parsho firiya shuyechen aj
Ordho-narishshor,
Nari chapa chilo etodin
Aj chapa poriyache nor.

She jug
Hoyeche bashi,
Je juge purush dash chilo na
Narira chilo dashi.

Bedonar jug, manusher jug,
Shammyer jug aji,
Keho rohibe na bondi kaharo
Uthibe dongka baji.

Nor jodi rakhe narire bondi
Tobe er por juge,
Apnari rocha oi karagare
Purush moribe bhuge.

Juger dhormo
ei,
Piron korile – she piron eshe
Pira debe tomakei.

Shono
Morter jib,
Onnere joto koribe piron
Nije hobe toto klib.

Shorno-rouppo olongkarer
Jokhkho-purite nari,
Korilo tomay bondini, bolo
Kon she ottyachari?

Apnare aj prokasher tobo
Nai she baykulota,
Aj tumi bhiru
Arale thakiya nepoththo koto kotha.

Chokhe Choke aj chahite paro na
Hate ruli, paye mol,
Mathar ghomta chire phel nari
Bhenge phel o shikol.

Je ghomta toma’ koriyache bhiru
Orao she aboron,
Dur kore dao dashir chinho
Oi joto abhoron.

Dhorar
Dulali meye,
Fero na to ar giridori bone
Shakhi-shone gan geye.

Kokhon ashilo “pluto” jomraj
Nishith-pakhay ure,
Dhoriya tomay purilo tahar
Adhar bibor-pure.

Shei she adim bondhon tobo
Shei hate acho mori,
Morone pure; namilo dhoray
Shei din bebhabori.

Bhenge jompuri naginir moto
Ai ma patal phuri,
Adhare tomar poth dekhabe ma
Tomari bhogno churi.

Purush-jomer khudar kukur
Mukto o podaghate,
Lutaye poribe o choron-tole
Dolito jomer shathe.

Etodin shudhu bilale omrito
Aj proyojon hobe,
Je hate piyale omrito
She hate kut bish dite hobe.

Shedin
Shudur noy,
Je din dhoroni purusher shathe
Gahibe narir joy.

Translation

Woman

I sing the song
of equality;
In my view gender difference
is essentially a triviality.

Everything that is great in the world,
all the works, beneficial and good,
half must be credited to woman,
and to man half only we should.

All the vice or bad in the world,
and the pain or flowing tear,
for half, man should be blamed,
the other half only woman should bear.

Who belittles you as woman,
connecting you to Hell’s flame?
Tell him that for the first ever sin
not woman, but man must carry the blame.

Or, it may be that sin or Satan
is in reality neither man or woman;
Satan is gender-neutral, so
it flows equally in woman or man.

All the flowers blossomed in the world,
and all the fruits grown,
isn’t in beauty, nectar and fragrance of those
woman’s contribution?

Have you seen Taj Mahal’s marble?
It’s spirit, have you seen?
At the heart of it Momtaj, woman;
outside is Shahjahan, the King and lover so keen.

The fortune of knowledge, or of music,
or, the fortune of all harvest,
woman’s grace has made it so worthwhile,
flowing from every home and nest.

In the hardship of day and its scorching heat,
you can see reflection of man;
in the soothing breeze
and in peace of night, who shines but woman?

During the day she is source of strength.
She glows in affection at night;
when man needs comfort and love,
her grace and sweetness flow to make his life bright.

With man behind the plough,
the crop field became bountiful, indeed;
the greenery was only more beautiful,
as woman sowed the seed.

Man carries the plough, woman carries the water;
from soil and water mixed together,
the crop grows in abundance,
ears of paddy – like blooming heather.

Of course, the metals –
gold and silver: ordinary otherwise;
those become fancy jewelry
with woman’s touch that underlies.

In longing for woman, or in her communion,
man found where the poets’ hearts belong,
as his words became poetry
and sounds turned into song.

Man’s present – the passion; woman’s is affection –
with the communion that hungry loves entail,
comes the children – all magnificent
from man the great that even angels hail.

All the great victory of the world
and all the grand voyages,
gained grandeur and nobility from sacrifice of
mothers, sisters, and wives, throughout the ages.

How much blood man has offered
is recorded in annals of history;
how many women became widow –
No record of that – Is it a mystery?

How many mothers poured their hearts,
and how many sisters did serve?
the memorials of heroes – great or small
do not show that – do you not observe?

Victory hasn’t kissed man’s sword,
because of the valor of man alone;
the inspiration and pride woman brought
to men, that should also be known.

While king rules the kingdom
and queen rules the king,
the misery and sadness go away,
joy and happiness her grace does bring.

Man!
heartless, like a stone;
to make human out of him,
woman gave half of her heart as loan.

All the great celebrities, immortal –
whose fame knows no bound;
we celebrate in their memory
regularly, every year around.

They came to this world,
as at moment’s passion they were fathered;
but Raam found shelter in jungle,
while all the care and nurture Sita gathered.

Wasn’t it the woman who taught baby-“men”
love mercy and compassion?
Didn’t she touch their eyes with kohl
as a shadow of her sad affection?

Man paid that debt off
in a very strange way;
holding on lap she who kissed him,
behind curtain and wall, she was put away.

Man the great;
Is he so, really?
who cuts open his mother’s throat
at the command of his Muni father, bending his knee?

In the world’s bed, half the deity: woman
just turned the side;
so far woman has taken enough,
now man will be confined.

Gone
is that age,
when man was the master
to enslave woman in his wish’s cage.

This age is of empathy, of being human,
of equality is this new time;
no one would be the other’s prisoner –
don’t you hear that chime?

If man imprisons woman,
then the turn will come sure;
in the same prison he built,
he will rot and die without a cure.

Take this lesson –
a wisdom always right and true,
if you make suffer someone,
suffering will catch up with you.

Listen!
you the creature of this earth!
the more you oppress others,
your humanness? gradually, there will be dearth.

In the dungeon of treasure
with jewelry of silver and gold,
who confined you, O woman,
who is that animal with heart so cold?

No more agitation or bewilderment
to express yourself any more;
now you are timid, vulnerable, and
speak only from behind the wall or door.

You can’t look eye to eye, and still wear
bracelet and anklets – the prisoner’s symbol;
tear off the veil of yours,
unchain yourself, it has taken enough toll.

The veil that made you timid,
let that go away;
all those ornaments and symbols of servitude,
throw away, throw away.

Woman!
To this world precious you really are!
Don’t roam in jungle or
to sing to trees you wander afar.

When did the Regent of Death come
flying on the wing of night’s shade,
snatched you to captivity
in its dungeon where nobody can raid.

In that bondage of old time,
you are still living dead;
from that time world’s light is stolen
and our vision is obscure in dread.

Come like a lightening, O mother,
breaking away from that pit;
your broken grass bracelets
will keep your path lit.

The animal, that is man’s hunger –
at the fling of your leg,
will drop dead at your feet, and
together, with smashed undertaker, will earnestly beg.

Your ambrosia all of us enjoyed,
now different is the need,
the hand that offered ambrosia before
to the monsters must now offer hemlock, indeed.

Not very far
is that cherished day,
when with homage to man,
to woman also homage, the world will pay.

Note: This poem heavily draws from Mythical names from various traditions and thus, is not very easy to literally convey its theme. This poem was published in 1925, during the early years of his life. There are many expressions, such as “Shithir Shidur” in the case of married Hindu woman, that I was not meaningfully able to translate.

As far as “veil” is concerned, of course, only Nazrul could explain what he had in mind, but in lieu of that, the following information about his choice of word “ghomta” might be helpful. According to Sangshad Bangala Obhidhan (Kolikata) it means: obogunthon; stri-loker mukhaboron. In english, from Students’ Favorite Dictionary (Bengali to English) by Ashu Tosh Dev, it means, “veil”. In Bangla Academy English-Bengali Dictionary “veil” is translated as “obogunthon; mukhaboron; nekab”. Veil generally does not imply just the head-covering when a covering of the face is not used. May be Nazrul’s choice of word was more instructive and thoughtful in this case than many would like to give him credit for.

Nazrul’s call for throwing away “veil” has been misunderstood by many, particularly among the conservative Muslims, and conveniently misinterpreted by many others. But if it is understood that “veil” – covering of face – (ghomta) is not neither required in Islam nor is it norm, rather in many societies it has become symbol of backwardness or repression, one can probably better understand and appreciate the message of this poem. Even in Iran after the Islamic revolution, women are having remarkable participation in the society, of course, without covering of face. One of the Vice Presidents in Iran is a woman; she dresses Islamically, and does not cover her face.

One Morning of The Spring in My University Campus – Dr. Syed Zainul Abedin

Life in university is always a memorable event.It is not unlikely that an alumnus feel nostalgic when some thought on the university life comes across his or her memory.I encountered a passionate experience this morning when I went for a visit to the campus for some business.This campus is very special for my life and career.I got admitted in 1972 and left the campus in 1977 after graduation. Though the name of educational establishment was Bangladesh Agricultural Institute when I got admitted,this was transformed into a university later as the Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University.

The campus was decorated by the flowers of mango trees.The lovely inflorescences of mango covered most of the canopies of the mango orchard and plants scattered across the campus.The advent of spring is declared by the emergence of mango flowers.The Nobel Laureate poet,Rabindranath Tagore composed the famous poem,’Amar Shonar Bangla….(My golden Bengal)’ indicating that mango flowers bloom in the spring. The other plants that flower to welcome the spring are bauhinia,coral,shimul,polash,krishnochura and shaddock.All these plants were in the campus with their wonderful blooms.The fragrance emitted by these flowers had made the campus a paradise on the earth.Bees and butterflies were flying on the flowers to collect nectar assisting in pollination.There were birds to collect food from the flowers and other sources.

I walked to the horticultural garden.The protected area accomodated many flowers and vegetables.A large

rose garden was there with many varieties.The roses were pink,red,yellow,white,green and mixed.Some of them were very large while some were miniature types.Some had fragrance while others were without any smell.

The vegetables were tomato,cabbage,spinach,onion and many others.Most of the horticultral crops were grown for experiments to understand the production,profit and promotional potential.I met some teachers and researchers in the garden.

I talked with a teacher-researcher who developed some short duration mustard varieties to fit beteween two rice crops which is staple food of our people.He was a successful innovator and continues his work on mustard genetics and breeding program.I visited his experimental fields which reached the harvesting stage.There were some fields of pulses around the fabulous tower erected for holding permanent agricultural fairs.

There were some experiments on rice and wheat too.Various equipments were being used in the experimental fields by trained personnel.All looked very busy to make use of the cool morning weather.

Then,I went to the large cannon ball trees to see their amazing flowers.All the trees carried flowers on their trunks.The cannon ball tree is said to be a rare plant.It carries wonderful flowers that look like the hood of cobra.It is also said that the fruit which resembles cannon ball are poisonous.However poisonous the fruit or flower of this plant may be,I always felt a crazy attraction for this plant,particularly,its amazing flowers.

After the visit of the campus resources,I met a number of persons to accomplish my business.I was welcomed by them.Shared about my passion with them.It was a wonderful morning of spring in my beloved educational centre.

When coming back I looked to the avenue trees of mast tree and road side jackfruit trees.The jackfruit tree were bearing flowers on the trunks and main branches.The beauty of the campus was enhanced by the trees in the campus.

International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh(ICDDR,B):Symbol of Hope – By Dr. Syed Zainul Abedin

It was not very long ago when thousands of peoples would die of cholera and other diarrhoeal diseases helplessly without proper treatment.The scenario changed dramatically when International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) was established in Dhaka.The research, motivation and dissemination activities of this international health research organization has now become the Symbol of Hope for the peoples of the whole world who are vulnerable to diarrhoeal diseases.
This international health research institution is located at Mahakhali area of Dhaka. The centre provides treatment to thousands of patients around the year.The centre organizes special camps for intervention when outbreaks of diarrhoeal diseases take place. The patients and their well wishers have great trust upon the quality of service of this organization.
In collaboration with academic and research institutions throughout the world, ICDDR,B conducts research, training and extension activities, as well as programme-based activities, to develop and share knowledge for global lifesaving solutions.
ICDDR,B has a mix of national and international staff, including public health scientists, laboratory scientists, clinicians, nutritionists, epidemiologists, demographers, social and behavioural scientists, IT professionals, and experts in emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, and vaccine sciences. The Centre has a cross-cultural environment. This Centre provides ideal working condition for genders where women feel secure .
Since 1978, the Centre has shared its knowledge with the world, training more than 27,000 health professionals from over 78 countries. Courses provide practical training in topics such as hospital management of diarrhoeal diseases, epidemiology, biostatistics, family planning, demographic surveillance and child survival strategies. At present three training programmes are being organized regularly by this centre.The programmes are:
1.Introductory Course on Epidemiology and Biostatistics;
2.Introductory Course on Qualitative Research Methodology;and
3.Biosafety and Biosecurity Training Programme

ICDDR,B regulary organizes an annual event called Annual Scientific Conference (ASCON) each year.The 13th ASCON was held during 14-17 March 2011 at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel,Dhaka with the theme “Science to Accelerate Universal Health Coverage”.Over the course of three days, the conference provided an opportunity for the 800 scientists, health professionals, programme managers, community organisers and policy-makers who have registered to meet and discuss this important issue. To share their countries’ experiences with universal health coverage, speakers have come from countries as far as South Africa, South America, Europe, as well as South and South East Asia.You
may learn about this important event from the following link:http://www.icddrb.org/media-centre/news/2232-icddrbs-13th-annual-scientific-conference-ascon-xiii-starts-in-full-swing
ICDDR,B’s activities are supported by about 55 donor countries and organizations, including the Government of Bangladesh, UN specialized agencies, foundations, universities, research institutes and private sector organizations and companies that share the Centre’s concern for the health problems of developing countries and value its proven experience in helping solve those problems. The Centre is governed by a distinguished multinational Board of Trustees comprising 17 members from around the globe.
The simple and cheap treatment procedures developed by ICDDR,B has been considered as a blessing for the poor peoples of the developing countries where diarrhoeal diseases pose great threats.The services of ICDDRB has become a Symbol of Hope for the poor peoples of the world.
There are numerous activities undertaken by ICDDR,B.You can learn some of them from this video:

Update on ICDDR’B Training Programme on 16 May 2012

http://www.icddrb.org/train-with-us/current-courses/event/461-introductory-course-on-epidemiology-and-biostatistics

Introductory Course on Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Hosted by: ICDDR,B

Date: 24 Jun 12 to 19 Jul 12

Location: Seminar Room-1, Sasakawa International Training Centre, icddr,b, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Introduction
The scientific arena today is largely evidence based and relies heavily on numbers or quantities. An inquisitive mind always needs skills to organise quantitative measurements in meaningful ways and place those against the context for better understanding. Connecting and weighing the understanding through a recognized paradigm consequently lead to generation of new knowledge or strengthening the already known ones with evidences. The course on epidemiology and biostatistics aims at equipping a new researcher with the basic skill of dealing with the quantitative measurements that would lead to those evidences.

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Course Description
The main objective of the course is to provide participants with an understanding of basic concepts of epidemiology and skills in quantitative techniques to plan design and undertake basic epidemiological studies on specific health problems. It is also expected that after completion of the course participants would understand scientific articles better.

In addition to theoretical, case studies and practical exercises, the participants are given hands on training on the use of PC to transform data into information through basic analysis using software such as Epi info and SPSS. The participants are also required to develop and present research proposals in groups.

Course content

Epidemiology

Concepts in epidemiology
Basic tools of measurements in epidemiology
Overview of epidemiological study designs
Literature search including demonstration and referencing using EndNote
Cross sectional study design
Case-control study design
Prospective study design
Estimation of risk and 95% confidence intervals
Clinical trial design
Outbreak investigation
Screening and evaluation of diagnostic test
Standardization for rates
Bias in epidemiological studies
Questionnaire development and data collection
Concept of causality
Protocol development
Ethical issues in research
Critical review and scientific writing

Biostatistics

Concept, scope and uses of statistics
Measures of central tendency and dispersion
Normal probability curve: concept, properties and use
Sampling, sampling distribution, sampling error, standard error and confidence interval
Test of hypothesis: t-test and z-test
Chi-square test of independence
Correlation and regression
ANOVA and logistic regression
Non parametric tests
Sample size calculation
Use of P.C.: Epi-Info 3.5 and SPSS (Basics)

Duration
Four weeks. Sessions are normally conducted from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on all week days (Sunday through Thursday). But at times it may continue beyond this. A substantial amount of reading and preparatory work will be necessary during evenings and on week-ends.

Faculty members
The course is largely taught by the faculty from ICDDR, B.

Teaching methods
The course includes lectures, discussions, case studies, exercises and computer sessions. In addition, participants develop and present research proposals as a group exercise. There will be a test before and after the course, intended primarily as a tool for participants to assess their own progress.

Training materials
Comprehensive hand-outs are given to the participants as well as a CD that contains Epi-Info 3.5.

Target group
Medical graduates or Master’s in biological/health sciences or social sciences are eligible for the course. No previous formal training in epidemiology or statistics is required.

Number of participants
It is intended to accept a maximum of 18 participants.

Course fee
The course fee for the locals is Tk. 10000 (Taka Ten Thousand) for the individual and Tk.15000 (Taka Fifteen Thousand) for the institutional Participants and for international participants the course fee will be US $ 500 to cover the cost of training materials, faculty time, morning and afternoon tea/coffee, and certificate of participation. However, travel costs, medical insurance, other meals and accommodation are not included in the course fee. The course fee is payable on notification of acceptance preferably by wire transfer or bank draft in favour of icddr,b (bank details will be provided with acceptance letter). Admission will be confirmed only when the fee is received.

Selection of participants
In general, participants will be selected based on their pre-requisite qualifications and first come first serve basis, however, institutional and female participant will get preference. Only selected participants will be notified by email or over telephone.

How to apply
Please fill in the downloadable application form and send it to Dr. Md. Manirul Islam at [email protected] on or before the day 3 weeks prior to the course starts. Applications should accompany a CV and employed persons should apply through their employer.

Further Information
Please contact:
Technical Training Unit
Phone: +880-2-8860523-32
Email:[email protected]

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