The week in re(ar)view
Bangladesh falls from disgrace
Bangladesh ties in at third place along with Chad, Congo and Sudan. Of course, the fall from grace, or rather disgrace, was due more to the fact that the other countries worked very hard to be more corrupt than us. We are no less than we were before, perhaps even more so. Oh well, now that the record streak has ended it has lost all its dubious charm. Maybe we could try something different this time around.
Headbutting in BD
Well, he just came to Bangladesh for a three day visit to inaugurate Grameen Danone Food but that's all inconsequential at least to sports fans. The turf he walks on will never be washed again.
Silly police tactic # 231
Dhaka University will confer Doctor of Laws on Professor Muhammad Yunus this year. And best of all it's free of charge and free of any studying, going to classes, copying someone else's assignments etc that normal students have to do to get a degree. Just be like Prof. Yunus and win a Nobel Prize and universities will be leaping to give you honorary degrees. Or you could opt for a different route by becoming a leader of this country. Same deal applies as you will be awarded free degrees. Now if only something could be done about the hard work involved.
By Gokhra and Mood Dude
I can't exactly remember the day when I first came to this city, Dhaka as we call her: one of the most polluted, populated, and pochafied city on earth. The city of colours and chaos.
I guess it was a hot August day. I was probably wondering why we were here… why we had to move in to this city as a long journey has left lots of exhaustion in my little mind. I had many friends in Bogra. Forgetting them wasn't easy.
We lived in a house where all the residents were from the same hometown. It was like a hometown far away from 'home'. I was small and shy, didn't know if the people would be friendly enough. The new house seemed very empty to me at first.
All changed only a month later, as I made friendship with one of the girls living in the apartment. Life was really cool. I could go to her place and spend the whole day. The girl is still my friend, but I can't go to her place anytime I want, life has changed so much…
I can see me playing with the other kids in front of the apartment. It was an addiction.
Sweet and happy memories keep crawling back to me, taking up my time when I was supposed to do all my 'real' and important work. I can't help but remember the nights when it stormed, I'd just go to my grandma's room and wrap myself around with a katha and watch the rain and lightening, knowing that would not hurt me as long I was in my safe in my home.
I can recall those nice days, when I was supposed to eat the boiled eggs for breakfast, something I really disliked; I'd slip to the veranda and drop the egg. When the electricity was gone I 'd run downstairs to find that all the aunties and kids were outside, bathing in the dim moonlight and enjoying fresh air, chatting with each other; And I'd happily join the other kids and play.
There are so many memories, so awfully good that it's hard for even me to look back and think that they actually happened in my life. I don't think that I live far away from the Dhaka from my memories. Even when I'm still in the same city, it seems those memories were from a far-away land. It seems now all that happened centuries ago... or that I'm so old that all I do is reminiscing, because all these happened only 11 years ago. But in this ever changing world nothing waits, I've also changed a lot, but in the deep of my heart I want those memories back.
Love your 'maa'
The Spitting Saga
Alas! My stay in Bangladesh was not pleasant that time. There were repeats of the same scene, though at different places with different people involved in the primary role as "spitters", but the issue was the same: people spitting in public places. I try so hard, each time I come to Bangladesh, to force down the rising bile whenever I am exposed to such scenes.
The second was at Nilkhet. I had gone there to pounce and pillage English novels, quite rare in those days. A man from a book stall cleared his throat and spit aiming at the narrow path people used to move from stall to stall. Unfortunately my foot almost got within milimetres of the trajectory path of his projectile spittle. Having insulted him loud and clear, I went off in a huff to purchase some novels to erase the yucky scene I'd witnessed.
'10th planet' is larger than Pluto
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has, for the first time, sent back distinct images of the so-called "10th planet," currently nicknamed "Xena." Initial ground-based observations suggested Xena's diameter was about 30 percent greater than Pluto. The Hubble observations taken last December show Xena's diameter as 1,490 miles -- with an uncertainty of 60 miles. Pluto's diameter, as measured by Hubble, is 1,422 miles. "Hubble is the only telescope capable of getting a clean visible-light measurement of the actual diameter of Xena," said Mike Brown, planetary scientist at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. Brown's research team discovered Xena and the team's research has been accepted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal. Xena is located 10 billion miles from Earth with a diameter a little more than half the width of the United States. Astronomers say because Xena is smaller than previously thought, but comparatively bright, it must be one of the most reflective objects in the solar system. The Hubble Space Telescope is an international cooperative project between NASA and the European Space Agency.
Ace-06 is coming soon
Students of North South University are eagerly waiting for Annual Cultural Evening (ACE). This year the ACE will be 2 day long. North South University Shankskritik Sangathan(NSUSS) organized this programme every year. This year's ACE will reach in 12th year. Like the students the organisers and performers are waiting for this programme. The tentative schedule of this programme is 23-24 November 2006.The new executive committee of NSUSS already started their work. The ACE will be held on Osmani Memorial Auditorium. NSUSS organized several workshops for the organizers and performers. These include singing, recitation, publication, and drama and dance workshop. The organizers said that they are busy with their publication and preparational work. On the other hand the students are waiting for tickets of this programme. They all are expecting that this years ACE will be different and
By Mostofa Saikh Chowdhury
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