I am from Dhaka, Bangladesh and I have been blogging at The 3rd world view since 2003. I have been bridge-blogging the Bangladeshi and South Asian Blogosphere in Global Voices since 2005. As the translator coordinator for the Global Voices Bangla Lingua, I love translating selected Global Voices posts into my mother tongue Bangla. Follow me at @rezwan.
Latest posts by Rezwan from August, 2006
Bangladesh Blog Buzz:
What the Bangladeshi blogs are saying:
Bhutan: testing English language skills
South Asia Biz reports that a Bhutanese IT company failed to recruit required 80 people because only 39 out of almost 500 applied could pass the recruitment test. The test was mainly concentrated on English language skills. The firm dismissed the candidates' accusation that the test was tough quoting the need of world class standard employees to get a 'medical transcription' outsourcing contract.
Most people think that Nepal is very cold. British expatriate Claire of Claire's Nepal refutes the presumption and discusses Nepal's weather from her own experience.
Sri Lanka: the minorities
Voice of reason is critic of the current politics of violence in Sri Lanka which is pushing the minorities (Muslims, Tamils etc.) to extremist political groups.
Ihtisham Kabir writes in Back to Bangladesh about the dilapidated states of two of the Dhaka's oldest buildings. 'Bara Katra' and 'Chhoto Katra' are the monuments of the seventeenth century Mughal period.
South Asia: Rikshaaa! a film on three wheels
Gaurav Mishra reviews in Desicritics a musical documentary on rickshaws and posts some insightful background on the Rickshaws. An auto rickshaw (aliases: auto/rickshaw/tempo/tuk-tuk) is a three-wheeler vehicle for hire and is part of the unique ID of South Asia. It is one of the chief modes of transport in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
India: Blogcamp 2006
Sumankumar's Yak Pad announces that Blogcamp 2006, India's biggest and most comprehensive blog event is going to be held in 9th and 10th September 2006 in the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai.
Pakistan: ‘vulgar’ dances banned
Raza in Metroblogging Lahore reports that the Panjub district government has banned popular stage actress Nargis for performing 'vulgar dances' and bawdy dialogues. She faces imprisonment or fine or both under provisions of the century old Dramatic Performance Act 1876 if she ignores the ban.
India: Soft drinks
Amardeep in Sepia Mutiny discusses on the controversy over the pesticide content in Indian soft drinks. He accuses the authorities for the delay in setting the standards and suspects foul play.
Sri Lanka: escalating violence
Jayadeva Uyangoda in Focus Lanka analyzes the current escalating violence between the Sri Lankan army and the LTTE. The government is accusing LTTE for the recent killings of innocent civilians while it is refuting its involvement. His suggestions to settle the country’s ethno-political armed conflict include establishing of an international verification commission to investigate the charges against LTTE.
Bangladesh: social justice
Pamela, a British expatriate at Dhaka Diary experiences the heartless beating of a young man (alleged of a crime) by an unruly mob. Dhaka has seen more such incidents of mob lynching in recent days.
India: Mobile internet
IT entrepreneur Rajesh Jain at Emergic lists six reasons why the trend of mobile Internet should take-off in India.
Pakistan: promote tourism on the net
Shirazi at Light Within comments that Pakistan is falling behind in promoting tourism because local tour operators as well as the authority rarely keep their presence on the web. Websites containing tourism services along with other meaningful and current information about every possible destination should augment tourism in Pakistan and in a few other South Asian countries.
Nepal: Woman in throne
Nepali Notebook reports that the Nepalese cabinet headed by Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala has decided to amend the royal succession laws to change the male only succession system for the monarchy. According to the changes there will be no obstacle for the female members of the royal family to be the head of the country as the queen. However the Maoists want abolition of the monarchy.
Rain has certain advantages and disadvantages. Windmills of my mind blog reveals how much awaited heavy rains have disrupted lives in Karachi.
Pakistan: Textbook change
Metroblogging Lahore reports that father of the nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah's messages to the nation have been replaced by messages from current President Pervez Musharraf and Punjab Chief Minister Pervaiz Elahi in almost all the latest editions of books approved and published by the Punjab Textbook Board. The Board chairman said the exclusion of Jinnah's messages was a human error and would be rectified soon.
Sri Lanka: Wedding
Boycy coins the A-Z terminology of a typical Sri Lankan wedding.
Bangladesh: Political allies
In politics bizarre things happen as ‘today’s enemy can be tomorrow’s friends.’ In Bangladesh, Prime minister Begum Khaleda Zia's party BNP agrees to form a coalition with the ex-dictator HM Ershad, a man accused of playing a role in the assassination of her husband, President Ziaur Rahman in 1980. Her party fought with others succeeding in bringing down the Ershad government in 1990 to establish true democracy in Bangladesh. imperfect | world | 2006 criticizes BNP's move and the oppositions' reactions.
Pakistan: Opinions divided on Musharraf's future
All things Pakistan blog conducts the second blog poll on 'what President General Musharraf should do now'. The results are not only interesting, but also confusing. ATP blog concludes that the public opinion amongst Pakistanis remains divided and uncertain on the future of Gen. Musharraf.
Nepaly army loses popularity
Bloggers Nepal reports how Nepali army is becoming increasingly unpopular in the country. Their lack of transparency and lack of respect towards ordinary citizens even towards the police forces are blamed for that. Questions are being raised whether the Nepalese government is in control of the Nepal army.
Cable TV is a right
The Sri Lankan blogosphere is concerned by the Sri Lankan government's decision of shutting down LBN & CBNSat cable TV services in the country and more to follow. Hundreds of thousands of subscribers are affected by this. Lanka Libertarian ironically puts that the Sri Lankan government should make cable tv a basic human right shielded by the constitution.