The week in re(ar)view
A local NGO has barred tourists from lighting campfire along the beaches or using flashlights at night so that turtles could safely lay eggs. Also, 17 guards have been hired to protect and to serve. If only more turtles would take up ninja activities, they could fend for themselves.
Ouch, it sizzles!
At present, the country generates about 3,600MW electricity against a demand for over 4,700MW though the demand is not officially recognised. Since the caretaker government took over, no major power plants have been set up.
Death from above
We have sinking lunches, mob beatings, police custody, adulterated food and now billboards on the list of violently unusual killers. Billboards fall often during storms. Lats Wednesday one fell near Jigatola in Dhaka. Another fell near Chandrima Super Market killing one. Last year there were two deaths and many injuries.
In fact we have two.
2: The same person (also owner of ad firm Century Art), "When a lot of people are getting killed in various accidents including road, river and even building collapse, a few deaths due to billboard collapse are not something exceptional."
It seems lone deaths are trivial when compared to greater instances of death. Except to the lone dead.
PC, PC everywhere
The PCs are $250 "Classmate" computers, shock-proof and spill-proof.
Cops to cough
And to think they were initially recruited in 2004 under a project titled 'Modernisation of Police Hospitals in Bangladesh'. The idea was to improve health services for 1.35 lakh police personnel.
Question is what are they still doing there for 7 months? A number of unpaid 3rd or 4th class employees of the hospitals are resorting to unethical means including selling the medicines of the hospital on the black market. That's what they are doing. When nature calls (we mean hunger), it is hard to listen to morals.
Many wait as they are told they will receive money. Some borrow money to continue living, others sell what they have.
By Gokhra and Mood Dude
Colours of Freedom
The spirit of freedom has evolved far beyond what we sought in our War of Independence in 1971. Freedom in the modern world symbolizes more than just the liberty of choice or expression. Freedom defines our rights, equality in society and the creation of opportunities for everyone. In pursuit of this freedom and in remembrance of our glorious Independence Day, the Mastermind Community Service Club (MMCSC) organized an art competition for the underprivileged and autistic.
On the 24th of March 2008, the premises of Mastermind Senior Section was in a frenzy of activity with the colour of balloons, posters, and children. Art is symbiotic with the freedom of expression and as the brushes stroked colours of liberty, our theories were not proven wrong. The event commenced at 3:30 PM, with the lengthy registration of the participants. The participating organizations were Autism Welfare Foundation (AWF), Caring Glory, SEID, SWAC, Ekmatra, Afzalunnesa Foundation and Uttoron. Each of these institutions has played an incredible role in catering to the needs of those less fortunate than us, and we salute their selfless dedication.
The inauguration (with the huge flying balloons which you might have seen around Dhanmondi) by the chief guest, Syed Fakhruddin Ahmed (Principal of Mastermind School) and the participating children took place around 4:00 PM. Finally, at the end of the speeches, the art competition started around 4:30 PM. The children were divided into three groups: Group A Autistic children (Ja Icche Tai Aki), Group B Nursery to Class III (Amar Chokhe Bangladesh) and Group C Class IV onwards (Shadhinota Andolon). The hour that followed was filled the mayhem of the young and eager painters. An extra dimension was imbued into to the atmosphere by the budding musicians of Group A and their solo performances. The scene of hysteria was completed by the overworked volunteers running around trying to find clipboards, erasers, paint and brushes.
After an hour of drawing, colouring and scrutinizing, the competition drew to a close. Chips, drinks and chocolates were distributed to the participants, their representatives and the teachers. The pieces of art were collected to be judged by Bikash Haldar, Nishat Jahan and Asilatul Afra (teachers from Mastermind) in the half an hour that followed. During this interval, Shandhani from Bangladesh Medical College and Hospital conducted free blood grouping for everyone interested. Against a backdrop of an art exhibition by Classes VI and VII of Mastermind School, face painting and clown performances were held. Balloons were burst, posters were torn and general chaos was rampant.
The event culminated to its apex with the much anticipated prize giving ceremony. Awards were given out by the chief guest amidst the loud cheers and applaud of the audience. Adil Haque (SWAC), Abeer (AWF) and Nabi Hossain (SWAC) won first, second and third prizes from Group A respectively. Josna, Poli and Sonya from Ekmatra were winners from Group B; while Abul Kalam Azad, Labiba and Azmain Ikthidar picked awards from Group C.
The event was ended by a speech from Project Leader Sabhanaz Rashid Diya that received a standing ovation (and many catcalls) from the crowd. Though the event was over around 6:00, volunteers could be seen on campus long after, busily clearing out.
MMCSC is indebted to Syed Fakhruddin Ahmed, Neera Habib (Director, Administration) and Nina Huq (Vice Principal and ECA-in-Charge) for their constant support and enthusiasm. Without their encouragement, this event would not have been possible. Amongst all its current projects, MMCSC Art Competition 2008 will be remembered as one of their biggest events, and hopes to inspire equality of opportunity in the generations to come.
Photo Credit: Mushfiqur Rahman
It’s a bright sunny day. The skies are clear, the birds are singing and the grass is green. You'd think one would delight in the beauty of nature on such a fine day by talking a walk. However, two girls, kilometers apart in the small city of Dhaka decided to delight in the beauty of something else instead the extremely low call rates early in the morning.
Girl 1: 'Hey! What's up?'
Girl 2: 'Wow, that's cool. But listen, Fardeen and I were just discussing, and I think you ought to know…'
G 1: 'Yea rite. God, now Mom's gonna be eavesdropping. Anyways you were saying about Force?'
G 2: 'Well you might want to look into his motives. Do you know Force saw him that day flirting with Mysha, I mean, Mitosis over at the game room?’
G 2: 'Uff, that DNA. You can never trust him. One day he's running after RNA and the next day it's that newbie - Virus. By the way, I've also heard that Demand and Supply have broke it off.
G 1: 'Good for the economy. Do you know that day I saw Potassium trying to cheat on the mock from Oxygen?'
G 2: 'Did you get a good look at the new girl in class Profit? I heard she was creating a stir in the section B'
[Background G 1's mother yelling to get off the phone]
G 1 to Mother: 'You're such a pain mom. I was just getting some notes. Why the big fuss?'
By Nisma Elias
Dear Readers, take part on 29th March from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm local time, on Earth Hour. The whole world, will each be turning off all their lights on this hour. This movement has attracted interests from concerned citizens, businesses, leaders and even some cities. This is our time to send a strong message to the world, that we do care. Let's us all stand together to demand a action on climate change. What can one man do? Spread the word, set the example, involve your people and be proud, because for one hour, you have lived to serve your Mother Earth. Make the difference
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