The week in re(ar)view
Meter reading is apparently a way to make tons of money as long as no one knows. To prevent people from getting rich this way, Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Ltd is planning to abolish about 200 posts of meter readers and supervisors following discovery of large-scale corruption in the organisation.
Meter readers were paid roughly 4000 taka a month and were not expected to be filthy rich with it. They were just expected to be filthy.
Now, engineers would be tasked with the meter-reading job, engineers who may get rich quick.
River erosion eats into Bangladesh territory
According to government accounts, the country has already lost more than 15,000 hectares of land due to erosion caused by 10 common rivers at 29 points with India and one with Myanmar.
Soon there will be a time when there is no land left for people to stand upon. And when the ground breaks people will wash away to the other side. Question is, will the bordering nations be as willing to take in our people as they are willing to accept the soil?
Dead and clucking
Chickens about to die from diseases are hurriedly slaughtered and hung up for sale at city markets. Prime customers are makeshift roadside diners, street vendors of cooked food and caterers who deliver food to offices or messes for the low-income group, said a few poultry traders seeking anonymity.
Eggs bad, eggs good
Health specialists dismissed any possibility of contracting the disease through consumption, if chicken and eggs are cooked at higher than 70 degrees Celsius temperature.
BTTB signs back-up optical fibre deal
The three-year deal will now ensure an uninterrupted Internet service if someone cuts it again. We wonder if it will actually work. We are not saying anyone actually cut it but we are curious.
India to supply 20,000 MT more rice
We are getting 20,000 tonnes of paraboiled rice worth Rs 30 crore from India under its humanitarian assistance programme. It's sad because apparently we have enough fields, farmers and the essentials to supply ourselves till we all look sack of, you guessed it, rice.
By Gokhra and Mood Dude
DISA Girls' Basketball Tournament 2008
Amidst all these school teams the last name appears to be the odd one out. Well that is because this is the only private Girls' Basketball team in Bangladesh coming into existence due to the initiative of two players (Refath Ali and Farin Fazle) and the support of a National Sports Council official Mizanur Rahman. Like the previous years' DISA tourney, AISD Gymnasium is where this team is seen once again.
Institutions were divided into two groups within which all teams had the opportunity of playing against each other. From one group Scholastica, the champions of the recent Aga Khan tournament emerged as the unbeaten Group Champs while ISD, a relatively new team was the runners-up. From the other lot, Wildcats came out as the Group Champs and WCA held the second spot. After battling it out in the semis the teams to qualify for the finals were Scholastica (28-18 against William Carrey) and Wildcats (39-20 against ISD)
The bleachers were quite full with supporters from Scholastica ISD and AISD for the final match where for the first time in several years both the teams were Bangladeshi teams. It was an interesting game in the sense that it allowed a direct comparison between 'set game' where specific tactics are employed and instinctive game plan. While Wildcats opted for the former type, using post players and taking an initial six point lead, Scholastica's phenomenal three point shooters were quick to narrow down the difference. However in the end the slow and safe approach used by Wildcats proved more effective than Scholastica's extraordinary yet inconsistent performance and this new team secured the Champion title of DISA 2008 with a score of 35 against 23.
While basketball in Bangladesh is still a relatively new sport (even more so for women) over the years Girls' Basketball teams have gained considerable exposure and experience through tournaments organized by schools and corporations due to which club teams are seen to emerge. However the standard still has along way to go to even match up to our neighbour India, but it is a possibility. And if that happens it certainly will speak volumes on women emancipation in Bangladesh.
By Midnight Maiden
"Men want the same thing from their underwear that they want from women: a little bit of support, and a little bit of freedom."
"I was the best man at the wedding. If I'm the best man, why is she marrying him? " or,
"It's amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper. "
In the very first episode, the first conversation was between George and Jerry about a button. In the very last episode, when they were sitting in jail, the last conversation they had was the same thing about the button.
"Quite a nasty piece of work. Not the sort of person you'd want to have dinner with.”
"It is as if god had an extra jar of comic talent and, for a joke, gave it to a nerdy, anoraked northern chemist."
Compiled by Adnan Quadri
When the earth is covered with blanket of darkness, when the earth submerges in the sublime meditation of silence, the existence plunges into the ecstatic primitive symphonies! What a lengthy wait for the day break! The veins turn in to the ocean of raging blood! Night matures! The ocean swells up with devastating surge to swallow down everything! Soon the distance shrinks. Time stops! A hurricane plays its havoc! Plurality explodes into singularity through the chaos of a cosmic big bang of sweat, flesh and blood! Gliding through a miry tunnel the transcendental ecstasy reaches to an end. The whole world lies in an eternal peaceful rest!
By S.M.Afnan Razzaque
I believe I'm brave,
But I wonder,
No matter what I say,
So today, I'd like to salute
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