· October, 2006

Stories about Bangladesh from October, 2006

Bangladesh in Turmoil

  29 October 2006

Bangladesh is going through turbulent times as the row over an interim caretaker government chief persists who will lead the country towards the upcoming parliament election in January 2007. This unique caretaker government (CTG) system adopted in Bangladesh constitution worked in past three elections. However this time the opposition parties...

Bangladesh: In the elections

  28 October 2006

Drishtipat takes a look at the forthcoming elections and makes some predictions. One of the more grimp scenarios – “There will be no check and balance. And in government there will be same atrocity, corruption and nepotism. Because there will be nothing but the same old wine in a new...

Bangladesh: A change in Government

  28 October 2006

Rezwan on Bangladesh caught in the routine of changing governments. “The Bangladesh government led by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and the four party alliance ends their five year tenure today. Tomorrow the power would be handed over to the Caretaker Government. Controversial Chief Justice KM Hasan is scheduled to take...

Voices from South Asia

  26 October 2006

Bangladesh: - What does Bangladesh need now for a better future? Angelmorn has a ten point prescription. - Rifat of Close your eyes and try to see is critic about the noise pollution in Bangladesh, especially using the loudspeakers. - Shafiur of imperfect world | 2006 informs that many of...

Bangladesh: Press Freedom

  25 October 2006

A discussion in the comments space at Drishtipat on the RSF Press Freedom Index which places Bangladesh at 137.”The major obstacle to press freedom in BD is the lawless street and democracy of elections. If someone publishes cartoons depicting Muhammad, there will be street violence, act of coercion and eventually...

Bangladesh: On fasting

  21 October 2006

Morris the Pen on fasting, Ramadan and fastlets. “Our speaker talks of how he looked forward to this as a child (the ‘Iftar’ or breaking-the-fast evening celebration is a time of joyous togetherness and seems like a ‘month of parties’). However, as an entrepreneur in middle age, he found it...

Bangladesh: Economic News

  19 October 2006

Drishtipat highlights some of the positive economic news in Bangladesh. “In spite of the dreadful political instability that constrains our entrepreneurs, the economy seems to keep growing at a 6% rate, which makes one wonder what our true growth potential would be if we could just get rid of the...

Bangla Blog World discusses Dr. Yunus, Grameen Bank and Microcredit

  18 October 2006

Ever since the Nobel Peace Prize 2006 has been announced this month, with Md. Yunus and Grameen Bank from Bangladesh being declared joint winners, the Bangla blog world is abuzz with conversations regarding this win. Congratulatory posts have been pouring in, indicating that the people of Bangladesh are happy about...

Bangladesh: Dr Yunus as caretaker PM

  17 October 2006

Should Dr Yunus take over political leadership in the country. Drishtipat opens the question and there is an interesting discussion in the comments space. “If we agree that it should be fixed, what better way to fix it then getting the most non-controversial and efficient man in the country now...

Bangladesh: Homophobic persecution

  17 October 2006

imperfect world 2006 on homophobic persecution in Bangladesh. “Hussein explains that he first encountered anti-gay attitudes in university. He claims that fundamentalist outfits like Jamaat, Chatra Shibir and the Freedom Party made it difficult for him to stay in Bangladesh.”

Singapore: Inspired by the Nobel Prize Winner

  17 October 2006

Huang Shoou Chyuan in Singapore is inspired by the Nobel Peace Winner for 2006 - Muhammad Yunus. “Yunus and the Grameen Bank is an inspiration to me. I hope that when my life is finally through, I can achieve even a fraction of what they have done for their common...

Bangladesh: Children in the country

  16 October 2006

Black and Gray has a grim post on the sad reality of children in Bangladesh. “This is a story of sheer exploitation and utter indifference; a story where mothers are forced to sell their newborns for the price of a two-litre mineral water bottle; a story where children start working...

Bangladesh: Grameen Bank

  14 October 2006

Or how I learned to stop worrying on Dr Yunus and the power of an idea. “Dr. Yunus discovered that microcredit can be both commercially viable and an engine for socio-economic change. Grameen Bank has helped millions of Bangladeshis rise above poverty, not through charity, but through hard work and...

Bangladesh: Dr Yunus wins the Nobel

  14 October 2006

Dr Yunus winning the Nobel prize has Bangladeshi blogs celebrating and reflecting. Salam Dhaka reports on rumours that Dr Yunus might enter politics, and Rifat on what it means to the Bangladeshi identity.

Bangladesh blog buzz

  9 October 2006

The latest happenings in Bangladeshi blogs around the world: * Politics: A recent study published in the Daily Star depicts that there are 53% undecided voters making the prediction of the coming 2007 election very uncertain. Nazim Farhan Chowdhury of Conversations with an Optimist says this is because the voters...

Bangladesh: Adulterated Muri or Puffed Rice

  4 October 2006

Muri or puffed rice is a staple in Bangladesh. Rehan on food adulteration. “I am surprised that not much has been done in educating the consumers so a market for adulterated Muri or in that regard any other adulterated food items don’t exist in the first place. As for me,...

South Asia: Bush and the World

  2 October 2006

Or how I learned to stop Worrying on war, Bush, Iraq and the World. “We are where we are because of Mr. Bush’s “order”.We are living today in the chaos of Mr. Bush’s war.”

South Asia Blog Buzz

  2 October 2006

The latest from the South Asian blogs: Bangladesh: - Rehan of Unheard Voices: Drishtipat Group Blog celebrates the religious freedom in Bangladesh. - US expat Yoli Maya Yeh has fabulous pictures of some Bangladesh tourist attractions. - Internationally acclaimed photographer Shahidul Alam muses on the duel of corporate profit versus...