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News of: Saturday, 27th of March, 2010
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The Bangladesh Rifles authorities will soon start handing over firearms to the jawans at the Pilkhana headquarters. Gradually the jawans will also be given security charges.
The nation paid tribute to its Liberation War martyrs yesterday celebrating the 40th Independence Day, with citizens of all walks of life expressing their expectation that the government will soon start fair and expeditious trials of war criminals.
Ruling Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday called on the main opposition BNP to come forward with information about war criminals.
Local miners of Barapukuria Coal Mine Company Ltd (BCMCL) had blocked the rail and road communication after the mediation meeting with two state ministers ended without any outcome Thursday night.
A man, his pregnant wife and their child were killed yesterday morning as a bus hit the motorbike they were riding on Dhaka-Khulna Highway at Sonakur in Gopalganj.
Dhaka Medical College and Hospital is going to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at all of its important points to stop brokers' manipulation and institutional misconduct.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated two electronic services--Electronic and Mobile Money Order and Postal Cash Card to improve digitisation of services to the people.
Bangladesh Bank yesterday started a weeklong roadshow styled “Unnayaner Ovijatra-Teknaf to Tetulia” with 40 vehicles to create mass awareness among people on farm loans and money laundering.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the children to prepare themselves to lead the country in the near future and free the country from poverty and hunger.
Sylhet Kotwali police Thursday night arrested the prime suspect and his accomplice from the city's Chara Dighirpar area for killing a Sylhet Government Mohila College teacher.
At least 19 people were injured as Awami League and BNP activists clashed during Independence Day programmes in Cox's Bazar and Noakhali yesterday.
Founder of outlawed New Biplobi Communist Party Shailendra Nath Biswas has been arrested in Bongaon of West Bengal, India, Khulna police said yesterday.
A young man was stabbed to death by criminals in Khilkhet area of the capital yesterday.
President Zillur Rahman yesterday hosted a grand reception at Bangabhaban, marking the 40th Independence Day of the country.
Construction workers yesterday beat an adolescent boy to death at Badda for his alleged attempt to steal a cell phone while a mason was stabbed to death at Khilgaon in the capital.
Rajshahi University Shibir president Shamsul Alam Golap was taken on a seven-day police remand yesterday in connection with a case involving recovery of explosives.
A small number of Rab personnel have suffered minor moral degradation which is belittling the achievements of the elite force, said Rab Director General Hassan Mahmood Khandker yesterday.
World-famous landmarks including the Pyramids, the Eiffel Tower and Beijing's Forbidden City to go dark today as millions turn out the lights for "Earth Hour", a rolling grassroots movement aimed at tackling climate change.
Pakistan said yesterday 32 militants and five soldiers were killed in the heaviest battle of a new assault against Arab, Afghan and Uzbek fighters after touting a US vote of confidence.
Home Minister Sahara Khatun yesterday said the government has issued instructions for all major airports, seaports and border points not to allow any 'known war criminals' to leave the country.
Four ethnic organisations in Chittagong Hill Tracts yesterday decided to call off their Boishabi celebrations as a mark of protest against the attack on indigenous people at Sajek, Rangamati, and Khagrachhari last February.
Stressful working conditions and lack of exercise have been strongly associated with being overweight or obese in a study.
Popular social networking websites such as Facebook are having a distracting effect on school children and their studies, according to a survey.
WITH the announcement of the tribunal, investigation agency and the prosecution team, the process of the trial of those involved in committing crimes against humanity during the War of Liberation has been set in motion. Through this the government has completed the initial steps to fulfil its pledge to bring to justice the war criminals of 1971.
PARLIAMENT has passed the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) bill to introduce a system to resolve many cases out of court. Under the system, the court will ask both parties to settle disputes through ADR within 60 days after the order has been issued. However, the court may extend the time by another 30 days, if both parties request. It is expected that the system would help recover thousands of crores of taka now stuck in lengthy court process since 1989.
The first three months of 2010 had the Tigers playing five Test matches and ten one-dayers against four different opponents in varying conditions at home and abroad.
Daniel Vettori is keen to put his 100th Test celebrations behind him early on Saturday and switch his focus to beating Australia. Vettori will become the second New Zealander to reach the milestone after Stephen Fleming -- he will do it at his home ground in Hamilton -- but finishing the home summer on a high is the captain's No. 1 priority.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain both scored twice as Real Madrid went back to the top of the Spanish League with a 4-2 win at Getafe on Thursday, replacing Barcelona on goal difference.
Abahani, Muktijoddha Sang sad, Chittagong Moha mmedan and Rahmatganj MFS registered a number of players on Friday during the midterm players' transfer for the Bangladesh League.
Bangladesh edge West Bengal by 26 to 22 gold at the end of second day's play of the Indo-Bangladesh Bangla Games in Kolkata yesterday. Bangladesh hold a total of 76 medals including 26 gold, as many silver and 24 bronze while West Bengal have 63 medals in all.
An amazing display of hitting from Yusuf Pathan propelled Rajasthan Royals to a massive 8 wicket win over Deccan Chargers in their IPL clash at the Sarder Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad yesterday.
India's cricket selectors on Friday named promising right-arm seamer Vinay Kumar in a 15-man squad for next month's World Twenty20 tournament in the Caribbean.
Bangladesh Table Tennis Players Association has arranged "Independence Day Eaton Open Table Tennis Tournament 2010". The tournament will today and will proceed till the 29th in the wooden floor gymnasium. Amongst the events are the men's and boy's team event, singles for men, women, boys(U-18 & U-12). A total of 130 players from 12 local teams and 10 districts are taking in the tournament.
Napoli bounced back from conceding an early goal and missing a penalty to beat Juventus 3-1 at the San Paolo stadium on Thursday and boost their hopes of Champions League qualification.
There may still be eight games left to the end of the season but champions Inter Milan's visit to AS Roma on Saturday could have a crucial bearing in the title race.
Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal wants to win a treble of Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League titles despite his team having to face Manchester United in Europe next week.
Chelsea manager Carlo An-celotti says his side will face the first of nine 'finals' when their quest for the Premier League title continues against Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Real Madrid have a second derby in a week at home to Atletico Madrid on Sunday as they bid to hold top spot for the upcoming 'El Clasico' against Barcelona.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association after his touchline clash with Everton boss David Moyes.
Wales midfielder Ryan Giggs has hinted he could be willing to come out of international retirement to help his country cover for the loss of injured star Aaron Ramsey.
Portsmouth defender Ricardo Rocha has hit out at Chelsea winger Florent Malouda after the France star's elbow left him needing hospital treatment on a facial injury.
Spanish Primera Liga side Sevilla on Friday announced that Antonio Alvarez, a member of their technical staff, will replace sacked coach Manolo Jimenez until the end of the season.
Brazilian club Corinthians on Thursday came up with a novel way of helping the environment by announcing they would plant 100 trees for each match played and 100 more for each goal scored.
Manchester United winger Nani signed a new four-year contract with the Premier League champions on Friday.
Venus Williams said she looked “solid” in her opening match at the Sony Ericsson Open, a rather drab adjective considering she played in a red corset.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan has said the side must stick with Kevin Pietersen as their number three batsman.
Svetlana Kuznetsova had to give herself a stern talking-to as she made an opening-round escape at the Miami WTA event Thursday, defeating China's Peng Shuai 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admits he has been playing well below his best form this season.
A parliamentarian known for his fierce criticism of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was forced to resign on Thursday on charges of faking an educational degree.
England quick James Anderson is still baffled as to the cause of his longstanding knee injury but expects to be in action again next week.
Andrew Symonds, the Deccan Chargers allrounder, has said the increase in the sheer amount of cricket and tighter schedules may affect the quality of cricket in subsequent seasons of the IPL, and has called for better planning as the tournament grows in size.
The Independence Day sports competition was held at the Baniajuri playground in Ghior Upazila yesterday.
Bangladesh Rifles became champions while Bangladesh Police became runners up in the Independence Cup Handball Tournament 2010 at the Handball Stadium yesterday. Police beat Ansar by 59-14 points in the first match while Rifles beat BHF 30-21 in the second match. Mahbub of Bangladesh Police was adjudged man of the tournament.
Seven people were killed and 14 others injured in separate road accidents in Rangpur, Jhenidah and Magura yesterday.
The 40th Independence Day was observed across the country in a befitting manner yesterday with a call for trying the war criminals immediately.
Members of the Bangladesh Armed Forces joined the nation in observing the Independence and National Day in a befitting manner yesterday.
Police recovered a decapitated body from a bush adjacent to Khan Sahib Osman Ali Cricket Stadium at Fatulla yesterday.
A three-day international conference on 'Recent Advances in Physics' will be held on March 27-29 at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban of Dhaka University.
Dhaka wants speedy implementation of decisions taken on a range of issues, including narrowing the gap in bilateral trade, during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to India in January, visiting Industries Minister Dilip Barua told reporters in Kolkata yesterday.
Bangladesh Environment Lawyers Association (Bela) served a legal notice to the government asking it to properly monitor implementation of existing laws on production and use of polythene products including bags.
Leaders of the Awami League and its front organisations yesterday vowed to make Khagrachhari Hill District Council free from Jamaat -e-Islami representation.
BNP leaders yesterday said they would announce a movement to oust the government at the grand rally of the party scheduled to be held in Dhaka.
The Indian state of Tripura yesterday expressed keen interest to import fertilisers and other commodities from Bangladesh and stressed increased connectivity to facilitate bilateral trade and business.
Several doctors of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) confined five journalists to a hospital ward for one hour yesterday when the reporters tried to collect information about an allegation that an on-duty nurse asked a sweeper to attend to a patient.
Police obstructed BNP Chairperson and leader of the opposition Khaleda Zia's motorcade near the National Memorial in Savar yesterday morning, where she was going to pay homage to martyred liberation war heroes on the occasion of Independence Day.
Leaders of the Jamaat-e-Islami, which opposed the Liberation War, yesterday highly praised Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, saying that the architect of the country's independence had played a great role in establishing multiparty parliamentary democracy.
Sharif Noor Mohammad, son of a freedom fighter, has been suffering from Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), a disorder in which the body's immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system.
Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik has reiterated that the US drone attacks in the lawless tribal areas along the Afghanistan border are being carried out without Islamabad's consent and the issue would be raised with Washington during bilateral discussions.
The demolition of Babri mosque 12 years ago has returned to haunt senior BJP leader L K Advani when a lady Indian Police Service (IPS) officer yesterday told a court that he had given a provocative speech in Ayodhya, moments before the demolition of the mosque.
Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada summoned yesterday an ambassador from Myanmar to tell the military junta to hold a free election including Aung San Suu Kyi.
Pakistan's hopes for civil nuclear cooperation have been a non-starter in Washington, but experts say the United States can use it as a dangling carrot as it seeks influence in Islamabad.
A fire ripped through one of the Indian army's largest ammunition depots yesterday, destroying 150 tonnes of explosives and ammunition, military sources said.
The Pakistani Government's invitation to some Hurriyat Conference leaders to come for talks to resolve the Kashmir issue has evoked a mixed reaction in Jammu and Kashmir.
Kashmir's tulip garden, where the flowers are in full bloom, was thrown open for visitors in summer capital Srinagar, an official said Thursday.
Israel vowed its policy on Jerusalem would not change as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday convened his security cabinet to craft a response to US demands for peace-promoting concessions.
After weeks of stalling, China joined five other major powers in a conference call to weigh proposed new UN sanctions against Iran over its suspect nuclear program, diplomats said.
The US Treasury Department has announced new financial sanctions targeting Muthanna Harith al-Dari, an Iraqi accused of providing support to al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI).
Iran also urged the West to take action against Israel over the Jewish state's decision to build more settlements in east Jerusalem.
Full results from Iraq's elections are due on Friday amid a tight race between sitting Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and his main rival Iyad Allawi and fears of a nascent political crisis.
Japan is still seeking to move a contentious American military base off the southern island of Okinawa and will finalize its proposal for Washington by end March, the prime minister said yesterday.
President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev agreed yesterday to a sharp cuts in the nuclear arsenals of both nations in the most comprehensive arms control treaty in two decades. "We have turned words into action," Obama declared.
Lawyers for former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday filed an appeal against a 1.4 billion dollar asset seizure, saying they had new evidence to reopen the high-profile case.
Scientists have found the first evidence that tyrannosaur dinosaurs - relatives of the famous T rex - existed in the southern hemisphere.
The divided US Congress united Thursday to denounce threats and violence aimed at lawmakers who voted for President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, but feuded bitterly over who was to blame.
The hacker who broke into US President Barack Obama's Twitter account has been released by the French police.
North Korea's military threatened South Korea and the United States yesterday with "unprecedented nuclear strikes" as it expressed anger over a report the two countries plan to prepare for possible instability in the totalitarian country, a scenario it dismissed as a "pipe dream."
Arts & Entertainment
A cowherd tending his flock on a green field is a very common sight in rural Bangladesh but if one looks closely, this image has an unexpected twist -- the cowherd is carrying a gun. The photograph taken in 1971 is among many on display at the National Art Gallery, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy as part of the ongoing solo photography exhibition of veteran journalist and Freedom Fighter Haroon Habib. Titled "Muktijoddhar Camera-e Muktijuddho 1971," the exhibition opened on March 25. The event has been jointly organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Ekattur-er Jatri.
On the occasion of the 103rd birth anniversary (March 28) of the noted litterateur, journalist, social activist and founder of Udichi -- Satyen Sen (1907-1981), Udichi has arranged a two-day Satyen Sen Ganosangeet Festival and National Ganosangeet Competition titled, "Gao Jiboner Gaan, Mathey Mathey Gharey Gharey Tari Ahoban" at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) premises.
Leading rock band of the country, LRB was in full form on March 21 as it performed at Alexendra Palace Great Hall in London, says a press release.
A four-day festival featuring films made on our Liberation War starts at Gorky Sadan, Kolkata from March 29. To mark the 39th Independence Day, Rainbow Film Society, Dhaka will organise the festival in association with Eisenstein Film Society, Kolkata. Prominent Indian filmmaker Mrinal Sen is expected to inaugurate the festival.
“March 25, 1971, it's 11:20 pm by the clock; we could hear the Pakistani army convoy at a distance -- with tanks and heavy machine guns they have already surrounded us, we wait with our 303 rifles in hand, we wait for them to come -- to get closer,” said Md. Shahjahan Mian, who was a wireless operator with the East Pakistan police, recalling that fateful night of March 25, 1971 when the Pakistani Army stormed the Rajarbagh Police Lines.
"Over the years TV plays made on the Liberation War focused on issues such as how the collaborators associated the Pakistani army, how they tortured the Freedom Fighters and general people and sometimes stories of the Freedom Fighters. Rarely did we see TV plays venturing into lesser exposed areas of the subject, like what was the cause behind the war," said veteran media personality Atiqul Huque Chowdhury.
Today marks World Theatre Day. Created in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute (ITI), the day is celebrated annually by the international theatre community. Various national and international theatre events are organised to mark the occasion.
A six-day 'Shishu Mela' and cultural programme respectively at the Nomani maidan and Asaduzzaman auditorium to mark the birth anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the National Children's Day ended on March 25.
NEXT year we shall celebrate the 40th anniversary of our independence. Like many others I am hoping that this commemoration will be undertaken through the expression of our commitment towards our Bangalee ethos and the values and principles that they represent. We also hope that by then, Bangladesh would have taken the necessary steps that could earn for itself the distinction of being known as a country which symbolises innovation, sustainability and connectivity.
OUR not-very-distant neighbour Thailand is once again passing through politically exciting times. The streets of Bangkok are witnessing significant movements of thousands of charged up people who, being ardent supporters of the deposed premier, are demanding the stepping down of the present premier and also the dissolution of the House. Such angry protestations have surprised many who are used to a projection of the Thais as being very placid and polite people.
With most countries in Africa and Asia facing humanitarian crisis with the inadequate water and sanitation provision that has led to wide spread attack of cholera, diarrhea and other intestinal diseases resulting in high fatalities, the observance of World Water Day every year on March 22 has become a solemn farce.
A prophet is not honoured in his own country" -- so goes the proverb. It is painfully true in case of Dr. Fazlur Rahman Khan, the legendary Bangladesh-born structural engineer. His achievements are hailed by men of science all over the world, obituary references to him were made even in leading magazines like Time and Newsweek (perhaps the only Bangladeshi non-political personality to be so honoured), he was acclaimed the 'Construction's Man of the Year' and accorded Alfred E. Lindau Award (considered to be the most precious in the world of architecture), he headed the prestigious Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat for years (till the end of his days), and yet very few in our country are aware of his monumental contribution, world-wide fame and recognition.
Harare, capital of Zimbabwe is rated as the worst city of the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) of the renowned weekly magazine “The Economist” published from London. The rating also revealed the finest city of the world. Vancouver of Canada is the best city of the world according to their evaluation. Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh has been rated as the second worst city of the world. The rating was published few weeks back. We actually do not know the exact variables they used for this study. But whatever variable they used, anybody with commonsense, can easily guess the possible ones.
Couple of months ago I got the opportunity of participating in a training programme in Singapore. The main focus of the programme was on climate change and sustainable energy. One of the topics was the transport system in Singapore and how it was helping to reduce the traffic congestion as well as Green House Gas(GHG) emissions there.
AT the UN Millennium Summit held in September 2000, world leaders came together to establish the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of eight objectives, each with their respective targets, to be achieved by the year 2015. These were: eradication of extreme poverty and hunger; obtaining universal basic education; promotion of gender equality and autonomy of woman; reduction of child mortality; improvement of maternal health; fighting AIDS/HIV, malaria and other illnesses; guaranteeing environmental sustainability and establishing a global alliance for development.
At dusk, after a light shower, the bonsais tremble in the breeze. When night deepens along with the rain, their tiny leaves and branches shake feverishly as if in a storm. From the deep recesses of their pygmy bodies cracklings could be heard, as if the plants were stretching their limbs. Atiq watches as the tiny plants become enormous in size, grow in height, shoot up four- five storeys to almost touch the sky. At such times a greenish darkness radiates from their thick stems, their bulbous leaves and branches and gushes forth in waves to get hold of Atiq. His sleep gone, Atiq gropes for the torch beneath his pillow. These days he has grown accustomed to it. He no longer thinks it as a nightmare. He knows what the bonsais are capable of.
I was returning home from office. My eyes fell on a Toyota. A very healthy, bearded man was sitting on the back seat. Alone. Slowly I recognized him. That infamous Maulana, whose photograph was carried by Dainik Bangla in December 1971 with the caption 'Wanted!' I looked carefully at him. He was heavy and fat. He looked almost like a Gama Pahlewan. He didn't at all look like a man who had felt great tension during the preceding thirty nine years, suffering from remorse or guilt. He had opposed our independence and killed people who sought freedom. But there was no hindrance to his comfort, to his material success in our country. Strange!
Long roads, empty corridors breezy…
I run hither and thither looking for you
And there you are down memory lane…
Was not it a while ago
You had asked to be fed?
In such brooding the heart bleeds.
Your favorite hue of t-shirt was red,
But in white were you sent to bed!
“Home they brought the warrior dead!”
Even at ninety two you were a fighter
Was what the doctor had said.
Coronary angiogram, also called cardiac catheteristion is increasingly performed now a days. It is done when people experience symptoms of coronary artery disease, such as — chest pain (called angina), pain in your jaw, neck or arm that cannot be explained by other tests; congenital heart diseases; heart failure and heart valve problem. A catheter in inserted into the coronary artery (blood vessels to the heart) through groin or artery in the elbow. It is done by using a contrast material or dye and X-rays to view how the blood flows around your heart or is there any block in the artery that carries blood to heart.
Millions of people are suffering from knee problem. Knee pain and stiff joint may be as hurting as to limit people’s movement. People use medication, injections, surgery and lifestyle changes like avoiding squirting, weight bearing to overcome the knee trouble.
Laser hair removal is a technique that uses beams of highly concentrated light to penetrate the hair follicles. The light is absorbed by pigment in the hair follicles and destroys the hair within the follicle. Removing unwanted hair thus leaves you with bumps, burns, or the hassles of repeated shaving, tweezing, or waxing. Hence, laser hair removal may be an option worth considering.
Eating plenty of potassium-rich foods such as leafy greens, coconut water, potatoes and bananas may reduce the risk of stroke and coronary artery disease, according to a recent research.
A further $4.3 billion is needed if a global vaccines alliance is to meet its goal of supplying life-saving immunisations to millions of children in poor countries by 2015, the organisation said recently.
Ontu, a three and half-year-old boy is the first baby of his parents. From his early childhood, his mother noticed that Ontu does not speak according to his age, does not interact the way his cousins of same age do. He has his own way of playing, talking and reacting with his surroundings. Sometimes he becomes very much edgy, but most of the time he remains alone. Her mother then consulted a psychiatrist and Ontu was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
I was a sixteen year-old teenager in 1971, and 27 March was my birthday. Two days later on 29 March the Pakistani Army gruesomely murdered more than three hundred innocent Bengalis in front of my own eyes. I used to live in the Lalkhan Bazaar area of Chittagong along with my parents, three brothers and two sisters. The Pakistani Army entered Chittagong on the morning of that day and stormed the nearby Chittagong Police Lines. They took over the place by overcoming the resistance put up by the brave Bengali policemen who all laid down their lives after exhausting their insufficient ammunition, struggling to keep at bay a combat army fully equipped with automatic guns and heavy artillery.
US' preoccupation with Iraq and Afghanistan has, to some extent, stood in the way of the administration of President Obama from focusing fully on the Israel-Palestine conflict. In fact, there have been no Palestine-Israel talks for more than a year. Although President Obama appointed former Senator George Mitchell as his Middle East Envoy to carry forward US initiated peace negotiations, there has not been progress through his efforts even after the Senator visited the region and talked with all conflicting groups, except Hammas. The government of Benjamin Netanyahu has also not shown much interest towards peace either.
THE evolution of information technology has metamorphosed the very dynamics of contemporary warfare. In the current scenario, national security not only relies on the modernization of armed forces, cutting-edge defence technology and innovative policies, but also on elusive assets like communication and information. There is a transition, from the race of arms, nuclear weapons, weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), towards the race of information dominance. The enhanced use of information, expeditious chrysalis of microcomputers, information technologies and cyberspace has changed the very face of war and emerged as a new challenge for national security. The avidity to acquire more information and intelligence to counter and design future warfare puts an intense demand on space assets.
Star Books Review
For anybody who loves Bangladesh, it is a singular pleasure to write a few lines in appreciation of this splendid autobiographical venture from a well-known civil servant of the People's Republic of Bangladesh. It is infinitely more so for a person like me, who has been a close friend of the author, Nurul Huq, for the last half-a-century. He has always astounded me and his enormous circle of friends with his phenomenal memory which enables him to remember minute details of events long past. But even then, I was not prepared for the range and beauty of this wonderful journey down memory lane, describing not just the trials and tribulations of the emerging Muslim middle class of Bengal. At the same time, the work is a very honest and dispassionate chronicle of the struggles, successes and failures of the emerging nation state called Bangladesh.
Small Ethnic Groups of Bangladesh ---A Mapping Exercise retains the history and culture of ethnic people who constitute an integral part of our population. The historic, linguistic, cultural and social attributes of our ethnic people remain latent in the form of CDs to unfold before us. Social and political scientiss may find rich spicy materials in this seemingly small book. The ethnic groups of Bangladesh have enriched our traditional culture and participated in the freedom movement, though these facts have not been widely circulated or known. This book bears the testimony to those realities. The writer has gone to pains to record them for us. This study proceeds with three objectives --- finding out the exact number of small ethic groups; estimating their size and identifying their locations; and gathering selected information on the demographic , educational and socio-economic status of these groups. Though the study deals with these basic parameters, it rather tends to tilt toward education.
"Starting from 2003, I have been part of ASA and have taken loans of small amount like Tk.5,000, Tk.9,000, etc. This has helped us in buying coal and metal for our business.” It was the answer by Mrs. Kunja Lata to the question, “What have you gained by becoming a client of ASA?” Again, another clien,t Mrs. Chandana Sarkar, answered the same question thus, “Before ASA, we were so poverty-stricken that I was working on the streets for a single meal. With the help of ASA my family was able to recover from these situations and once again regain life.”