Monthly Archives: January 2017

Seminar on Improved Flower Cultivation Methods and Potentiality of Export Organized by Export Promotion Bureau of Bangladesh : Dr Syed Md Zainul Abedin

Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) of Bangladesh organized a special seminar on Improved Flower Cultivation Methods and Potentiality of Export on 25 January,2017 at its head office located in Kawran Bazar,Dhaka.Dr. Farjana Nasrin Khan,Senior Scientific Officer of Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) presented the keynote paper at the seminar.A good number of stakeholders of the promising flower industry attended the seminar.The existing situation of flower industry and way forward were revealed in the seminar.

The seminar was initiated by the welcome address of Mr. Md Jahangir Hossain, Director (Policy and Planning),EPB. Mrs.Mafruha Sultana,Vice Chairman,EPB presented the inaugural speech and declared the seminar open.She elaborated the programmes of EPB regarding the export of flowers from Bangladesh and stated that all necessary measures would be taken to support export of flowers.

Dr. Farjana Nasrin Khan presented the keynote paper emphasizing all aspects of flower farming and export.She pointed out the prospects and constraints in connection with the production of quality flowers and their export.After her lively presentation
the floor was opened for discussion and question and answer session.Professor Dr. AFM Jamal Uddin of Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University,Dr.Shah Md.Shaiful Islam of Shah nursery Jhenaidah,Kazi Liakat Ali of Root and Shoot,Mr.A K M Manirul Alam,Deputy Director(Fruit and Flower) of Horticulture Wing of Department of Agricultural Extension(DAE),Mr.Mohammad Quamaruzzaman,Senior Assistant Secretary of Bangladesh Export Processing Zone (BEPZA),Ms.Kamrunnahar,Additional Deputy Director of Plant Quarantine Wing of DAE and a number of other participants joined in the open discussion and presented very important points for successful management of flower production and export.
Mr.Avijit Chowdhury,Director General-1,Export Promotion Bureau concluded the seminar with optimism and thanked the keynote presenter and participants for their valuable contributions.

Mr.Md. Jakir Hossain,Deputy Director(Policy),EPB conducted the event.

The seminar was a milestone for the flower industry of Bangladesh.It may be reasonably hoped that the flowers grown by Bangladeshi farmers will soon bring recognition for Bangladesh in the foreign countries and strengthen the economy of Bangladesh.

Lanka’s Holiday Travelers : Syed Mohd. Saleh Uddin

Sri Lanka is a peaceful land. It is famous for Adam’s peak in the Sri-Padaya mountain range, tea plantation in the mountainous area, beautiful sea beaches, coconut palm orchards, flowers and faunas in the mountainous and forest area, Negombo’s very nice looking lagoon etc. Every year thousands of crazy travelers from the west and elsewhere visit this land. Now we are visiting it. Irfan is with us also. He is a crazy traveler.

Irfan told the story of his last visit to Spain. Travels bring immense pleasure for the individuals but sometimes it brings also sorrow. It is such a story. Now he is travelling to Sri Lanka in the way to Malaysia and Thailand.

During his last Holy days he traveled from France to Spain. At the end of his holy day he had to return in due time to join his University. So, he needed a train ticket but unluckily his credit card was not responding and his payment was not made by the machine.

But he would had to return. Being a student of a France University he could not stay in Spain for a long time. So, he took risk and got a France bound train in Bilbao station. He knew in the European rail one may get train without ticket and in this case the passenger will be fined which is payable later in his residing country.

In due time he was checked by the ticket checker in the train. Irfan explained his problem to him and requested to allow him imposing due fine. But the Spain Railway ticket checker made him bound to got down in Lemoa station. It was a hilly station but unknown to him.

It was utter surprise for Irfan that an old but kind hearted retired man named Huan Carlos living around that station came forward and helped him giving money to purchase a ticket and food. Irfan expressed his highest gratefulness for his act of such kindness. We also give him thanks for his great and generous heart. Let almighty also make him happy.

In the past we saw in the case of the greatest travelers, many of them faced problem in their way. Some where some one created problem and what were mostly by the man of power but they were also helped by the men in the way what proved, “man is for the man”. Famous Arab traveler Ibne Batuta cited many such examples in his memoir (In Bengali Ibne Batutar Safr Nama).

By this time this crazy traveler Irfan visited Italy, Spain, Greece, Nether land, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Serbia etc countries. He had also to face problems what were minor. In Sri Lanka also a house owner of Colombo declined to pay booked money though Irfan explained humbly about the problem of boarding in that house. In relation to Huan Carlos he is a great man and very learned Doctor. He failed to realize that this crazy student traveler saved his money to travel because he likes it. A student is never a rich man like a big businessmen. Once the Doctor was also a student too.

However,the Doctor has given priority of about 10,000 Lankan rupee not the sincere faith of the student who believed him. His saying, “I can not pay you the money, sorry- is not acceptable at all. I hope the Doctor will realize his fault!

Adam’s Peak : Syed Mohd. Saleh Uddin

It was January 24, 2017. Today on January 25 I met with Mr. Shiva and Mrs. Delrin. They are father and mother of Mr. Ram the owner of The Breeze Residence. Among them the father is a Hindu and the mother is a Christian. But they are leading their life peacefully. Their son Mr. Ram is also a nice man. I always seen him dealing with his boarders nicely. However, people of this land is tolerant to each other. This land is multi cultural in nature due to its inhabitants of different religious group and here Adam’s Peak is such a place which is sacred for all the followers of the major religions of the world. However, there are other places to visit. Whatever, the case may be while you are in this country where do you like to live? It is an important question. Those who come here in a package tour of tour organizers this post is not for them but those who come alone or with family it may be helpful one.

For the information of the Bangladeshi traveler I am giving the address of The Breeze Residence. It is near the Negombo sea beach which is in the 09 Perera Place, Kudepaduwa, Negombo, Sri- Lanka. +94 312230187 Mobile +94 771 662621. For information of the potential travelers from any where one may give a ring to Mr. Ram. For the long stay in the Sri Lanka such a residence is cheaper than hotel and they allow cooking. It means you will not face food problem.

So, you will be able to enjoy family life during your travel. Besides Mr. Ram is so friendly that he tries to give all types of comforts to his boarder and arranges transport for reasonable rate from car dealers for the tourists.

However, for the information of the travelers, it is worth mentioning that Train and Bus fare in Sri Lanka is quite cheap. As for example, I have visited Negombo to Colombo by Highway bus and Local bus. Fair of first one is 120 Lankan Rupees whereas other one charged only 56 Rupees. I visited Kudapadua to Palangatu only by 10 Rupees. I paid 2nd class fare of train from Hatton to Colombo about 260 rupees. From Hatton one may travel by Bus to Adam’s peak and its fare is very less but due to our fault we missed the Bus and paid a commission agent 5200 Rupees with parking charge for that distance for a micro bus. In the Bus we would had to pay not more than 500 Rupees for one way travel for four persons. So, imagine the difference.

But many of the visitors go to the tour organizers for transport because visitors come here for shorter time and want to complete their seeing in shorter possible time. It is also for your information that such organizations are established for business purpose and are surviving by getting commission and other profits.

Airmen of Sri Lankan Air force: Syed Mohd. Saleh Uddin

Just on 14th January, 2017 I have landed at the Colombo Airport in Sri Lanka with my wife and sister. It is a sight seeing tour. The main object of this travel is to visit Colombo, its adjacent sea beaches, Adam peaks etc. It is worth mentioning here that before visiting this land I have posted an entry in this site about Adam’s peak which was written by the help of various online articles. So, I had an intention to see it practically.

My wife was also weak about Sri Lanka because she heard from her mother ie my mother in law about their visit to Colombo sea port while they were travelling by Safina E Arab a passenger ship of then Pakistan when my father in law Gazi Mohd. Kahfel Wara was serving in the PAF. He was an airman. Now, he is not alive, but my mother in law is still alive and can clearly remember her visit to Colombo port. Though the sea liner only anchored there but none of the passengers were permitted to visit mainland.

At that time my wife was mere a child. However, in her old age her visit to Sri Lanka is granted by the al-mighty Allah along with my sister Fatema a travel crazi woman. For her previous service in the ICDDRB as a research assistant she had to visit almost all the important areas of Bangladesh. After her recent retirement from ICDDRB she was searching a good land to visit. We know about the beautiful Lanka. It has rich history and heritage. My one of the nephew Zaed a Sub Lt. of Bangladesh Navy recently visited Colombo for a mission and was permitted to land in the mainland from their BN Warship. He talked high about the land.

About me, while I was an airman of BAF I had chance to work in the No-3 Squadron of the BAF. It was a transport Squadron. Its one of Antonov-26 visited Sri Lanka. However, I was not there on duty. Yet, I thought, alas! If I would get chance. However, in my retired life and old age al-mighty Allah also given me a chance to visit the land. Thanks to him for that.

The intention of this post is to give thanks to Sri Lankan Air Force airmen whom I met during my visit to Sri Lanka. It was 15th of the January when I was walking near the Colombo rail station, I saw a SAF Corporal in uniform. I walked to him and given my air force identity. He told about his Radio trade when I told him about my Air Frame trade. He shook hand warmly and told about another person who was standing near him in civil dress to be a Squadron Leader of SAF. He also shook hand warmly. I asked the Corporal about my destination and he tried to help me giving information.

On 18 January again I went to Colombo by a local bus. While it stopped in a bus stand before a Sri Lankan Air Force Base a passenger got in and sat beside me. He is an airman of Account trade. His rank is Corporal. He also helped me while I asked him about my destination.

Whom I met they were very nice airmen. Thanks to them. Thanks to Sri Lankan Air Force.

ACCCRN Learning Forum 2016 – Keynote: The Importance of UCCR – Jo da Silva

Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) is a leading regional network connecting professionals and communities across Asia to build inclusive urban climate change resilience (UCCR) that focuses on poor and vulnerable people affected by climate change. We commit to empower people in building climate resilience, influence urban agendas, and build a regional resilient community in Asia where there is rapid urbanization and fast-growing cities that are prone to sudden shocks, as well as long-term stresses. We need resilience now and in the future.

Jo da Silva is a Director at Arup where she leads Arup International Development, a specialist team focussing on addressing the challenges to achieving sustainable and resilient communities. She gives keynote speech to the ACCCRN Learning Forum2016 in Semarang, Indonesia.The speech uploaded in Youtube on Jun 15, 2016 has been presented here to disseminate to the larger audience.
The video may be watched in Youtube at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dI2XXNOuE2A

Report of the Working Group on Climate Change of the FAO Intergovernmental Group on Tea

http://www.fao.org/documents/card/en/c/90db57ee-4bd8-4507-9bb8-2a411ed41a88/?utm_content=buffer51693&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Report of the Working Group on Climate Change of the FAO Intergovernmental Group on Tea

Year of publication: 2016
Publisher: FAO
Pages: #100 p.
ISBN: 978-92-5-109279-8
Job Number: I5743;
Corporate author: Trade and Markets Division
Countries: India; Sri Lanka; Kenya; China;
Agrovoc: brewing; tea; tea industry; India; Sri Lanka; China; Kenya;
Abstract:
Tea is the most used beverage second to water in the world. Presently, the climate change triggered by global warming is posing a major threat to the resilience of agricultural systems including tea cultivation. Increasing temperatures, changes to rainfall amount and distribution, coupled with major shifts in other meteorological parameters in comparison with long term observations have further complicated the production process. This compilation of adaptation strategies for tea cultivation developed and practiced by major tea growing countries of the world, is the first step taken by the working group on climate change of the FAO-IGG on tea to minimize climate change impacts on tea plantations. It is a joint effort by the scientists of Tea Research Institute of India, Sri Lanka, Kenya and China supported by the FAO-IGG on tea in Rome. This documentation is mainly targeted at tea planting community, policy makers and other users such as researchers, national and international research institutes and multilateral organizations dealing with sustainable tea cultivation, development and livelihood security of dependents.

Concluding Session of the First Annual National Conference on Urban Resilience held in Dhaka Bangladesh on 19 December 2016

The First Annual National Conference on Urban Resilience was organized in Dhaka,Bangladesh during 17-19 December,2016.The first ever event on such important issue was organized by International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) at Independent University Bangladesh (IUB), and Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN), Bangladesh.The three day long activity was held in the Spectra Convention Centre with participation of large number of experts from relevant disciplines.The First Annual National Conference on Urban Resilience succeeded to engage participants and different stakeholders from different government, private sectors, NGOs,Donors,INGOs, academics and communities to come up with more sound solution under the context of urban development.
I am adding the video of the concluding session of the three day event which summarized the findings of the event and announced the way forward.

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