Cyclone victims in Bangladesh need immediate international help

Posted on November 18, 2007. Filed under: Bangladesh, People & Life style | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The number of death now crossed 2000. But this is not the complete. Although the city life came in the normal position, the damage in the remote islands yet to count. Thousands of people living misurable lives under the open sky, and need help. The government of Bangladesh asked for immediate international help.

Here are some more news updates:
Rescue goes on as toll crosses 2,000
Island of death and destiny

Link to send your help:
How can you help Bangladesh cyclone victims

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Cyclone Sidr kills 1200 people in Bangladesh

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Cyclone Sidr kills 1200 people in Bangladesh

Posted on November 17, 2007. Filed under: Bangladesh, People & Life style | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

At Thursday 7.30 pm local time, the biggest cyclone in the 50 years history of the country, strikes the southern coast of Bangladesh. Nearly 1200 people is reported to dead so far. Thousands others are injured.

Electricity is cut-off in the whole country, so all the communication in the whole country is cut-off. At the airport, all the flights were postponed for 11 hours. The whole country is under black-out. Even emergency surgery is stopped for the shortage of light. Petrol pumps and the filling stations are turned off for the shortage of electricity. Supply of water also stopped in the city. Also there is shortage of candal. At the city area people living in tension without any news of the victims among the relatives in the remote part of the country.

Thousands of people is living under the open sky with no food, who need immediate help. Here are some links of the details news:

Over 700 killed as cyclone wreaks havoc
Power collapse triggers chain reaction
Sundarbans bears the brunt of hurricane
City life disrupted<
Cyclone claims over 600 lives

Personally I am fine, as I live in the capital city where cyclone was not so strong. But last 2 days no charge in the mobile phone, couldn’t take shower, and living in the light of candle at night. Just before an hour, electricity supply restored..a great news..hope everything will be all right now.

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Harassments on going abroad

Posted on November 6, 2007. Filed under: Bangladesh | Tags: , , , , |

I have my visa in my hand. To join my job as a computer programmer in a country at middle-east region, all I need before purchasing my ticket is a clearance card from the government’s Burro of manpower, employments, and training (BMET). Without it airlines won’t sell ticket to me, because they won’t allow me to pass the airport without the clearance. So I needed the clearance badly, because I was running out of time.

The validity period of my visa was remaining about one month. And there was a heavy rush in the airlines at that region because of the upcoming “Hajj” – the biggest festival of the Muslim world at Mecca. All the cheap airlines are already booked for a long period. Only the most expensive one remained some vacancy for me. And still I had to purchase the ticket quickly.

So in a very morning I go to the BMEP office. On my entrance the guard challenges me and ask for which country I needed the clearance for. I give him the name. Immediately he shows a man outside and tell me to go with him, who will help me to complete the formalities. I follow him to nearest building to a Travel Agency office. There he tells me that I can not do this job myself. It is not possible. If I want it, I must give the job to a travel agency, who will do it for me for a handsome fee. Or else if I wanted to do it myself, I can just wonder from desk to desk in the office hopelessly, but they won’t do any help. I won’t even able to get an application form from the office.

Realizing the situation, I had no alternative of giving him the job to be done at the double of the original government cost. There was two tasks involved in the process. First I have to get registered at the government’s “Job Seeker” database. Only after getting my job seeker ID, I can apply for the clearance. The broker told me that I have to complete the registration process myself, and give him the ID. After that he will manage my clearance card.

I went to the nearest office to get myself registered. After standing on the queue for about an hour, I reached the officer to will receive my application, and give me a date of getting my ID. Before me everyone was getting a date about after an week. On my turn, I explained my situation to him and showed my visa expiration date. He kindly gave me the date of the following day. Later I’ve found that I was the only person of the day getting the date of following day.

On returning to the nearby travel agent office, I demanded the return of my passport from the broker, which I gave to him before going to the registration office. He told me to wait for one and half hour. In this time, he will manage the stamp sill from the office. After waiting for an hour, my passport arrived from the BMET office, with the clearence stamp on it with a blank space to write the registration ID no and date, and signed. I now need to write the registration number and date in the passport, which I myself can do. And they will give me a card of clearance, which I have to take after getting the registration ID. I paid the broker two third of the promised amount, took the passport, and returned home.

The following day, going to the registration office to get my ID card, they just told me that they won’t be able to give it to me today – “no way, our computer server it out of order, and we don’t know when will it be in order.” Standing there, I just didn’t know what to do. Still I am not sure, if I will be able to make my way to join my job in time.

Edit: Follow-up posts:
At last got my clearance
Action against BMET corruption

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The bridge of hope

Posted on November 1, 2007. Filed under: People & Life style | Tags: , , , , , , |

In Bangladesh, most of the revenue now come from the garments sector – more then 70%. But the workers get very few from this. They work more then 12 hours a day, and get low payment. But only for this sector, young women of this poor country got an way to feed their family in a legal way.

This video shows workers of an industrial area at Narayanganj going to their work in the morning, rushing through a bridge made of bamboo. Being one of the main entrance of the industrial are where now established about 300 garments industries, it become very difficult to cross the bridge before the work start & ending time. All of them rushing through the bridge to reach their work in time.

At the rainy season, entrance way of the bridge in both side goes under water. That is the business time for the local people. They come ahead purchasing new canoes, and take money from the workers to cross the canal by their canoe. Who still afford that coin after feeding their family, cross it by canoe, others on foot in the water, raising their cloth as much as possible from getting wet.

Repairing of the bridge is another problem. No one ever come ahead to repair the bridge, except a factory owner. As the bridge made of bamboo, it needs to repair at least once an year. But the other factory owners of the area seems like not very much informed about it. If they all decide to make a permanent solution of it and give a small donation, they can even make a bridge with gold.

Last year at the repairing time, they started their work at night, opened the whole bridge, remade it halfway, and postponed the work for a day. That was the miserable day for the workers. In the morning when workers rushed through their way, they found no bridge is there, but some canoes by locals already arrived. But that was very few in number to tackle the situation. All of the workers rushed through them, and at least 10 of them reported to sank. Workers went back in their wet cloth, a day absent in their work, and no payment for the day.

And the authorities is doing some mysterious things. They started to erect a permanent bridge their, and postponed their work in the half way. No one knows what is the reason behind that, and when the work will resume. But a permanent solution of the misery is expected by all.

In the morning or evening while rushing through the bridge, if you look at these workers, you will really wonder how could it be possible for them to make garments of the highest quality of the world! But they really do even beside all the problems and miseries of them.

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Village wives on an idle afternoon

Posted on October 30, 2007. Filed under: People & Life style | Tags: , , , , , , |

In this video you can watch an afternoon of the house wives in a village home, just after a heavy rain, doing their house works. This is the common scene on a typical village home at Bangladesh. At the afternoon, they just used to do their house works – making cloths, playing with the grand children..such things..enjoy..

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