Dec 29, 2005

Bring Matiur Back to his mother ..

It's a matter of shame that after 34 years of liberation Bir Sreshta Matiur Rahman, who was awarded the highest state title of honour 'Bir Srestha' in recognition of his patriotism and sacrifice in the liberation war of '71, is still buried in the soil who he fought against to free his motherland. I was very surprised after I have recieved a mail to sign a petition to bring Matiur's remains back in his beloved motherland. Not only the fact that Matiur's still buried there but also I was unaware of such a big issue, made me annoyed. Then I made a quick search on it and found that this is actually true! It's a shame that a person sacrificed his life , we honoured him with our highest honour still we can't bring his body back to the free soil he sacrificed for!

But still it's good to see that someone's trying. You can help him by signing into the petition to bring Matiur's remain back.

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Here's a little about Matiur from Banglapedia. :

Rahman, (Bir Srestha) Matiur (1941-1971) martyr in the war of liberation. Flight Lieutenant Matiur Rahman was born in dhaka on 29 November 1941. He received his primary education at Dhaka Collegiate School. Next he got himself admitted into Pakistan Air Force Public School at Sargoda in West Pakistan. After completing his twelfth class course there he entered Pakistan Air Force Academy. He was commissioned in June 1963 and was posted at Risalpur, West Pakistan. He successfully completed the Jet Conversion Course in Karachi before he was appointed a Jet Pilot in Peshawar.

Rahman made a secret plan of hijacking an aircraft. His aim was to join the liberation forces with the hijacked plane. On the morning of 20 August Pilot Officer Minhaz Rashid was scheduled to fly in a T-33 aircraft from Masrur Airbase in Karachi with Matiur Rahman as his trainer. The T-33 aircraft was code-named 'Bluebird'. During the training flight Matiur Rahman attempted to take control of the aircraft into his own hands, but failed. The plane crashed in Thatta, a place near the Indian border. Matiur's dead body was found near the crash sight, but no traces of Minhaz's dead body could be discovered. Matiur Rahman was buried at the graveyard of fourth class employees at Masrur Airbase.

Matiur Rahman was awarded the highest state title of honour 'Bir Srestha' in
recognition of his patriotism and sacrifice.

Tahsan's new album : Krittodash er Nirbaan released

Tahsan's new album 'Krittodash er Nirbaan' has been released on 25th Dec. The launching ceremony was held at Gseries Outlet at Bashundhara Complex-Level 6. The tracks of the album are :

1. Premataal
2. Shosta khobh
3. Kichukhhon
4. Krittodasher nirban
5. Kada
6. Niranobboi
7. Oddrishho robi
8. Ekattor
9. Chaader hat
10. Sroter shesh
11. Chayar shorir
12. Ayna

Here is a song for you to download. Click here to download it and also don't forget to buy the whole album.

Dec 28, 2005

More songs from Close up - 1

I've found some more songs from close up -1 . This includes songs from :

Nolok Babu

Here is the link to download the mp3s.

For videos you can go here. But you can't download them. But if you have a fast enough connection then you can watch it online. But don't worry if you've a slow connection like most of the people from bangladesh have. Whenever the player starts then pause it. Wait until the full program is buffered. You can understand the progress by looking at the player's progress bar. Have fun..

Notify your msn contacts whenever you post in blogspot.

Msn messenger has a nice way to notify msn contacts about new posts made at your msn space. Now the question arises that if you have a blog elsewhere (like I have in blogspot) how could you notify your msn contacts like msn spaces. I found a way to achieve this goal. It's simple but not efficient. Ok here's the process..

1. Go to your msn space. Click on settings. Then under settings click on e-mail publishing.

2. Under this e-mail publishing tab click on the Turn on e-mail publishing check box. Then it will enable some more options below that check box.

3. In 'Type your e-mail address' field type the e-mail adress you specified at blogger.

4. Select publish entries immidiately after you put your secret word. And remember the msn generated e-mail adress at step 5.

5. Now go to your blogger account.Go to settings. Click on E-mail under settings.

6.In the 'BlogSend Address' field put the msn generated e-mail adress. Then click save and your'e done.

Now whenever you post something in your blogger account it will be published in your msn space too at the same time. As a result your msn space will ping your msn messneger contact card and notify your msn contacts. But the problem is this won't bring people to your blogspot blog but they still can read your blogs @ msn that's the benefit.

Spymac is back :D is the best hosting service i've used so far. It's mainly for mac users but everyone's allowed to use it. They've a great community of users and lot's of forums and everything. In fact spymac's most benefitial offer is to me that they don't have any bandwidth limit. They used to offer 250MB hosting storage which was then quite huge because no other site was providing more than 50 megabytes for free. But suddenly they suspended their web manager tool for upgradation purpose and now they are back with more new features.

Spymac is now offering 1Gb free storage. Can you believe it? Whole 1024Mega bytes for you free!!! But you need to verify your account through sms. Luckily their sms can reach our mobiles in bangladesh (not like But there was a little trick.

There were three fields. One is for country code, the second one is for area code and the last one is your mobile phone number. But as you know mobile phones don't have any area code so what I did was just splitted my mobile number into two halves and bang just after a few clicks I got my sms with the activation code. And now my spymac is up and running again.

You can try it for yourself for hosting your files over web. Spymac is really cool!

Dec 27, 2005

Believe It Or Not

Today I went to my friend Chayan's house. On the way back to home at shantinogor I was stunned to hear an announcement. Here's it for you:

" জামাত - ইস্‌লামি বাংলাদেশের্‌ মহাসমাবেশে দলে দলে যোগ দিয়ে বোমাবাজ্‌দের বিরুদ্ধে আপ্‌নার প্রতিবাদ জানান "

Unbelievable? Believe it.

Dec 25, 2005

Happy Birthday Santa

Santa, I’ve always cherished for an interview with you. As today’s your birthday I thought it’s a perfect day for it. But unfortunately I have an exam tomorrow so it’ll be short. By the way for the readers this is the first time I am interviewing someone. So please forgive me for the meritless questions. As it’s just a personal interview so I think that wont bother much. Any way lets begin.

Me: Happy birthday Santa
Santa: Thank you

Me: Am I the first one to wish this year?
Santa: No definitely not, as you’ve just wished so you’re the last one.

Me: Can you tell us how you are feeling about this day?
Santa: I should say that I am very happy. Some one could argue with me that birthday means just deduction of a year from your life. But I am not with them. To me it’s celebrating the new start of life. To me every birthday is the start of another life, the beginning of the rest of my life.

Santa at the age of 40 days.

Me: Any special resolution for this year’s birthday?
Santa: Basically I’m not the kind of person who makes resolutions but couldn’t achieve them. Instead I am among them who never make such resolutions because I know I can’t achieve it.

Me: My times are running out do you have anything more to say?
Santa: I am thankful to them who has wished me this year’s birthday so far. And also thankful to them who are planning to wish (you can wish me here by commenting..). Below is a list of person who have wished so far. Thank you every one.

Chayan , Sheetal , Dadi (Grand ma) , Monami (my sister) , Amma (Mom) , Abba (Dad) , Saad , Turyo , Enamul , Shishir , Shajeeb , Masuk ,Latif bhai , Arif ,Tumpa , Shaon , Putul , Shantonu , Shimana Apu , Shwakkhar , Uttam , Dipu , Ove , Raka , Shaila , Shahan , Rikhi , Rumi , Abir , Yafi bhaia , Sraboni , Reejuta , Shajib, Hridoy, Anika, Khaled, Lalu nana, Putli, Chachi, Upal , Rezwana Bhabi ,Tonima , Zia Mama , Dahik , Nani , Mami , Lovely Nani , Shohagh , Tehjib , Kafi , Linda , Yakut , Laboni .

Dec 24, 2005

Mobile Moments

Thousand of mobile users take photos almost every hours, at work, during leisure time, for fun. Most of these images are erased from the memories or lying idle.

Colors of Bangladesh and Map photo Agency plans to organize a photo competition and exhibition inviting people to send mobile images to be used for visual awareness of our daily life. The objective of this project is to tell people that not a single moment in your life is insignificant; every moment is valuable; make your private moments immortal.

Attractive prizes are :

Prize 1 – digital camera, 8 mpxl
Prize 2 – digital camera, 7 mpxl
Prize 3 – digital camera, 5 mpxl
Prize 4 – Multimedia phone set, 2 mpxl
Prize 5 – Multimedia phone
Prize 6 – Holiday trip, Sundarbans
Prize 7 – Holiday trip – Cox’s Bazar
Prize 8 – Photo books, 20 winners
Prize 9 – Pen drive, 10 winners
Prize 10 – Free food coupon at Pizza hut, Taka 500 for 20 winners

Click here for details..

Dec 23, 2005

Google Doodles..

You might've notice google change it's logo time to time. They've a variety of logos commemorating holidays and events. They've put them in this online museum for your amusement.
Here are some more of them (sorted on most recent order).

Doodle 10
Doodle 9
Doodle 8
Doodle 7
Doodle 6
Doodle 5
Doodle 4
Doodle 3
Doodle 2

Download MP3 songs of Close Up 1

As I've mentioned in my previous post that I'd try to upload mp3 songs of the program close up 1 , first ever talent show in bangladesh, so here they are.

The available downloadable tracks are :

Maa (Rashed)
Rongdhanur Shaat Rong
Chokher Pani Dekhe
Vedh Bedi Path
Shadhur Charan Dhuli
Tumi Ki Aaj
Bhalobashi Bole Bandhu
Meghe Vanga Rodh
Aaj Sharata Din
Neela Tumi
Ami Jantam
Tumito Kadoni
Dheuye Dheuye

I have remove the links, please purchase the albums and support the artists.
Listen them and enjoy..

Thanks to Adnan for uploading those tracks.

Dec 22, 2005

Nolok Babu : The first ever close Up 1 Bangladesh

Finally the curtain raises and Nolok Babu, becomes the first ever Close up 1, Bangladesh. After 7 months of competition from 40,000 competitors Nolok babu, son of a baby taxi (three wheeler) driver from Jamalpur grabbed the title scoring 91 points out of hundred based on judge’s awarded points and peoples votes from SMS. The first runner up was Razib and Beauty becomes second runner up.

Close Up 1 Nolok Babu

Hometown: Dhaka
Profession: Employed, High School

Favorite Color: White
Favorite Season: Spring
Other talents, besides singing: Sports
Favorite Food: Bhoona Khichuri
Favorite Book: Bisher Bashi
Favorite Persons: Mother
Dream: I have want to make my country proud

The mp3s of this program was previously uploaded to But now I can't find them. I'll try to upload the mp3s as soon as I got those.

Dec 21, 2005

Funny, Isn't it?

I got this song from Jenny khala and found it very funny...
It's actually a remake of the famous song "My heart will go on" by Celine dione which was the theme song of the blockbuster movie Titanic.

Hope you'll enjoy.

Click here to download the song in MP3 format.

(Right Click on the link and select save target as..)

Dec 20, 2005

Mail From Past ? Or Mail to The Future?

Isn't it amazing if you recieve a mail now which is from the past and obviously written by a younger you? I think it is. But it's possible. Suppose I schedule a letter now in a way such that I'll recieve it after 20 years. By this 20 years time it's very likely that I will forget about this whole letter thingi. But after 20 years when I recieve it what could be my reaction? I am waiting to see this.

To surve you with this purpose Futureme started mail scheduling.The site is one of a handful that let people send e-mails to themselves and others years in the future. They are technology's answer to time capsules, trading on people's sense of curiosity, accountability and nostalgia. The site lets people send messages 30 years from now.

Recently, jumped on the idea, offering an "e-mail time capsule" promotion. It is partnering with Yahoo! and Codefix Consulting on the project.

Another type of future message service can be found at sites such as or, which promise to send messages to loved ones (or less-than-loved ones) after you die.

So start mailing to the older yous...

Japanese men lap up new comfort

Japanese men without a shoulder to cry on this Christmas are being offered a woman's lap - made out of foam - to rest on instead.

The "lap pillow", shaped like the bottom half of a kneeling woman, is selling for about 9,429 yen ($90), the French news agency AFP reported.

"Single men find this soothing," said Mitsuo Takahashi of the manufacturer Trane KK.

He told AFP that the Hizamakura, or lap pillow, fulfilled a primal need.

"From the time people were kids, people have laid their heads on their mothers' laps to get their ears cleaned," he said. "This is made to be quite close to the real thing."

But they are also reported to be proving popular as joke gifts at office parties.

So far the company has sold about 3,000 laps, Mr Takahashi said.

The Hizamakura is similar to a product, shaped like a man's torso with one sturdy arm, which has been on sale since last December.

That product, the Boyfriend's Arm Pillow, was made by Japanese company Kameo, and is being targeted at Japanese single women.


Dec 16, 2005

What's around : December 17 , 2005

It's been long since I posted last my regular post 'What's around' due to my exam. Now as the exam's coming to an end, I am trying to find some air to breathe again inside the blogosphere. So here I am once again ...

Somewhere in launches free bangla blogging tool - badh bangar aawaj.

This Advertisement for the new Honda Accord was shot in real time with no CGI involved in the sequence. It required 606 takes and cost $6 million to shoot and took 3 months to complete.

Mohammud Mahmudur Rahman at has lot's of historical documents, newspaper clippings back from `71.

Muktijuddhyo Jadughor's New website.

Filed Under : .

Tobuo Bhalobashi Bangladesh..

Thanks to Shaptahik 2000 via Drishtipat.

Dec 11, 2005

Satisfaction and happiness....

From my childhood the most often scenario after the exam was that I was unhappy with the exam and some of my friends were very happy with it. But I don’t want to use the term unhappy instead I should say I was not satisfied with the exam compared to the preparation I took. And the opposite effect was observed during result time. In fact I scored better compared to them quite a few times. People used to say then that I was whinny always complaining because I was unable to make them understand them that I was unsatisfied not unhappy. To me happiness clearly depends on satisfaction. And now when I am into BUET clearly failing to achieve good result, after every exam when people asked about it my reply is obviously not good. But people won’t understand now and keep saying that he always says like this we’ll look into his result which hurts.

The most funny thing is everytime I was unsatisfied with my exam I scored good but now when I am satisfied (because I took very little preparation before the exam) my result ….. (hahaha don’t want to talk about it).

P.S. : This blog is from the inspiration I got after securing at least a C+ in todays microprocessor exam.

Dec 8, 2005

Seven killed as JMB blasts again!

At least seven people were killed and more than 50 wounded in a suicide bomb attack by JMB during the morning rush hour on a crowded street infront of Udichi center at Netrokona.

According to local tv reports pollice found a bomb in the same place at around 9.30am the same morning and while attempting to defuse the bomb huge mass gathered to watch that incident. JMB suicide squad took this opputunity and two suicide bombers arrived and blasted on the spot killing at least seven people and wounding more than 50 persons. 3 of them was killed on spot including Udichi general secretary. One of the suicide bombers was among the wounded who was still carrying the bomb while taking to the hospital.

When pollice arrested the head bomb maker in Gazipur I thought that could stop JMB for a while but stupid me was so wrong! Just a little while ago when I heard this news from TV (again Amma's the one who informed me about the bombing just after I woke up!) I was discussin the issue with my friend Shaon. His thought was very clear that you can't stop someone who's prepared to die. If you hold him on gunpoint he won't care because he's here to die. So the only way to stop is when they will stop because government has clearly failed to stop them.

Is this the way we'll have to live? Is this the country our martyrs died for? Let's reunite once again and make our moderate islamic country peaceful.

N.B. I edited the picture above which is actually from here.

Dec 7, 2005


So, in summation, hartals are bullshit. Unfortunately, the political/security situation seems to be slowly deteriorating, and the election is still almost a year away. That means things are only going to get worse, which means that hartals are going to be called more and more frequently.
-- Read Joe Coyle's full post here.

But for me personally I am in dying need of a hartal on the 11th so that my microprocessor and microcontroller exam will be rescheduled later and I would have a little more time to study. Only a hartal on that day could help us. Aren't you listening??

Today was my Operating System Final and as usual I messed up. Reading OS from Tanenbum or Bach was fun but memorizing them was not. The first one was accounting and it was fun to do maths while listening to music without feeling the pressure. Isn't it funny that me being a CSE student had more fun with accounting than with OS? If it's so than I can't help because I hate to memorize.

By the way I should congratulate Bangladesh Pollice force as they've successfully captured the main co-ordinator of JMB in gazipur.

Dec 1, 2005

An Afraid Blogger

It's been a routine that I woke up in the morning, turn my mobile on and after an hour or two received amma’s call informing me about another suicide bombing and asking me to be careful as I’ve been living away from home for the last two weeks. Really I would never think that someday I’ll end up in a country where suicide bombers wander around searching for the door to jannat. What a shortcut! These unfortunate brainwashed fellows are surely greatful to their ‘ostad’ / mentors for showing them the shortest path to get into jannat by killing innocent people instead of engaging themselves into the ‘holy work.’ The police or security forces don’t have any clue before any of these incidents took place. But I don’t understand why don’t they take the help of our leaders!!!. Let us check what these learned persons know..

Sheikh Hasina: "It's now clear to the people that BNP and Jamaat are the direct patrons of militants. They can rein in them if they want to do so. There was a pause in terrorist acts during the SAARC Summit here when the government had very tactfully stopped bomb attacks to make them believe there is no law and order problem here,"

"The government has got panicked seeing the massive gathering of the people in the grand rally. It got the message that people no longer want to see the BNP-Jamaat coalition in power. So it's trying to terrorize the innocent people through bomb attacks,"
-(What an interesting insight!!)

Nizami: "Target of these bomb blasts is to break up the ruling alliance, discredit the government and create a situation so that BNP considers Jamaat as liability... The beneficiary of these blasts is the Awami League, not the alliance," (You are in the government then why are you letting your opposition took advantage of the situation? Are you insane?)
Begum Khaleda Zia : Criticising Awami League for their misdeeds, terrorism, corruption while they were in power, Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia said they were now enforcing hartal frequently on one pretext or other to disrupt the country’s development activities. (You knew that they did wrong and you’ve already got 4 years why didn’t you correct those!!!)

These freaks really pissed me off!

Nov 29, 2005

At least 5 people killed as JMB blasts again

Jamatul Mujahedin of Bangladesh (JMB) has strucked again in Bangladesh. This time the bombs were blasted in Gazipur and Chittagong Court yard. Three persons including one suicide bomber in Gazipur was killed at once and two persons including a policeman was killed in Chittagong by the blast.

In gazipur the suicidal bomber entered the hall room dressed as an advocate and blasted the bomb tied with his waist killing 3 people and more than 50 injured.

In chittagong the suicidal bomber was suspected by the police check post in front of the court yard. And when he was searched he blasted the bomb killing one policeman and and another person. But he himself escaped death and now under police custody in Chittagong medical hospital. 13 more policeman was injured in this incident.

Bangladesh has been hit by a wave of recent bombings that have targeted judges, journalists and politicians. The latest blasts follow the killing of two judges in southern Bangladesh earlier this month.The courts and judges are targeted because JMB wants to establish Islamic law in Bangladesh. What a way to exploit Islam by killing this innocent people!

Furthermore bomb threats were received by American and British Embassies in Bangladesh and also district judge of Dinajpur received bomb threats. The police forces were searching for the JMB leader Abdur Rahman but they hadn’t been successful so far.

The fact that JMB has prepared a suicidal squad is very horrific because you can’t catch them as they are all ready to die.

What’s coming next? I don’t know ..

Nov 28, 2005

An amazing story....

From Rezwanul bhai I came to know about this amazingly touching story. Thanks to him for this amazing story. Here's the story for you..:

November 11, 2005, 8:22 a.m.
I Never Knew His Name
The true face of Muslim martyrdom.

By Chaplain Carlos C. Huerta

Mosul, Iraq — It is October 11 as I write this, the day before Yom Kippur. The Day of Atonement is supposed to be a day of fast, reflection, and prayer for the Jews: a time when I reflect on my own actions and intentions from the previous year. But the images I carry into my fast are sad ones, of someone else’s child, a Muslim child. There is blood spattered on my uniform despite the fact that I haven’t been hit or wounded. And yet it is B-positive blood, my own blood, mixed with the blood of a nine-year old Iraqi boy who was observing his fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Today there was a terrorist attack at a place most people have never heard of. Unless you’re a soldier stationed here, the name Tal Afar would probably be insignificant to you. But Tal Afar means a lot to me.

Today some terrorists decided to kill some Iraqi citizens — good Muslims — in order to discourage them from voting on Saturday on the new constitution. These terrorists called themselves Muslims and claimed that what they did was for Allah. But their connection to Islam is about as true and strong as Timothy McVeigh’s connection to Christianity. What they did is so contrary to the holy teachings of the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) that to say their name in the same breath as Islam is considered sacrilege.

I was at the Combat Support Hospital — known as CASH — when the call came: Terrorists had hit, no American casualties, but 22 Iraqis wounded, five of whom were children under the age of twelve. I stood on the tarmac watching as the MEDEVAC choppers came in one at a time to deliver the wounded. Many of the wounded had no legs, or deep chest, head, and abdominal wounds. I noticed the children, two in particular who had severe head trauma. I followed them into the ER and then watched our physicians struggle in the OR to stabilize them. After the physicians did what they could, the children were taken to the ICU. I helped carry their stretchers into the ICU and stood by to see if I could help. I had a serious conversation with G-d and pleaded with him to take care of these kids — kids who should be playing soccer, or doing their homework for school the next day, or helping their parents get ready for supper. Both of these children had skulls so badly shattered that their heads needed to be bandaged to keep their brains in. I watched as the nurses and medics gave them pint after pint of blood and as their head bandages turned from white to red. I held the youngest one’s hands, reassuring him to the extent I could.

As they were giving the youngest his third pint of blood, I heard the nurse say that they were running low on O Positive, the universal donor, and that due to the tremendous internal bleeding, this child would need more. I asked what blood type he was, and it turned out both children were B Positive, my own blood type. I went to the head nurse and asked if I could donate blood for the youngest child and they quickly hooked me up and took a pint. After giving it, I went back to see him; he already my blood hooked up to him and surging in his veins.

I held his tiny hand and watched as the monitors told the story: His heart was in trouble owing to the brain trauma. I watched as he fought for his life, fighting to breathe. But I knew he was dying and there was nothing I could do. This innocent Muslim child, who had been observing Ramadan the way a child does, was now dying despite the fact that my blood was moving though his veins, despite the fact that I pleaded with G-d to do what I thought was right, to keep him alive. But G-d had other plans.

I didn’t want this boy to die hearing the strange sounds of a hospital and a foreign language. I wanted him to be comforted by the last sounds he heard, by words that were close to his heart, words that spoke of home and faith. I started to recite the Holy Koran to him.

My close friend, a fellow clergyman, Imam Burgos, the imam for the United States Military Academy, had helped me learn Surahs of the Holy Koran, and I chanted these out to the boy in Arabic. As I chanted, I heard the monitor go flat-line. I held his little hand, as my blood moved through his tiny pure heart that could no longer bear the evil of this world.

I held his hand and cried — cried for a boy whose name I didn’t know, for an innocent Muslim child who gave his life for his G-d, Allah, for his country. He was the true face of Muslim martyrdom. With tears streaming down my face, I looked down and noticed blood on my uniform. His blood, my blood, our blood had dripped from his open head wound onto my uniform.

An hour or so later I walked away into the waiting area as they prepared his body for transport. There I met Chaplain Mark Greschel, a Catholic priest. He looked at me and knew that I was in trouble. He sat with me, somehow knowing that the pain we felt was best not mixed with words. He quietly put his arms around me, and we both sat there in silence. I thought to myself, isn’t this the kind of world we are fighting for — a world where an Imam teaches a Rabbi words from the Holy Koran to comfort a young Muslim boy, and that rabbi himself is comforted by a Christian, a Catholic priest.

On this day before Yom Kippur, the Jewish Fast Day, the Day of Atonement, I ask myself: What is Ramadan all about? Is it about killing, or is it about seeking out G-d through fasting and prayer? For those of us who choose not to carry hatred and prejudice in our hearts, the answer is simple. For the holy Islamic community, Ramadan is a time of introspection, of hope, of belief that if we all work together, we can truly build a better world for all our children, even those whose names we don’t know. There is so much that we can learn about faith and G-d through other religions; there is so much that our Muslim brothers and sisters can teach us about our Creator, about personal sacrifice and selfless service. But if we consider their faith only with mistrust, hatred, and indifference, then this nine-year-old angel with his faith in G-d means nothing. Then we have diminished our own faith in G-d. If we objectify the Muslim people as well as those who don’t share our exact views on the nature of G-d, if we see them as less than our brothers and sisters, then we as a human race are lost.

There are many Americans who ask why we’re here. Why are we sacrificing so many American lives and placing so many in harm’s way? What is the purpose of it all? Well, I don’t really know the big picture. But from my small sector of the battlefield, the reason I am here is to give “the least of these,” my children over here, a shot at “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” — just like my other children living in America.

I didn’t give birth to him, but on this fast day in Ramadan, on this day before Yom Kippur, I lost a son, someone who had my blood coursing through his body. And for him, I choose not to hate, I choose to follow the path that the great Sheik Ibn Arabi followed when he said, “Love is my Faith and my religion and wherever its caravans take me, that is where I shall follow, for love is my religion and faith.” Let us join hands with our Muslim brothers and sisters and let this be the message of Ramadan that we carry in our hearts and take with us. G-d has a new Muslim angel in Paradise. I hope to tell you his name one day when I meet him again.

— Chaplain Carlos C. Huerta is Jewish Community chaplain in Mosul, Iraq.

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You can also read the story here

Nov 27, 2005

Bangladeshi Hafez wins the award

While whole bangladesh and the rest of the world are debating about Madrassa studies, Bangladeshi Hafez Saiful Islam brings glory to his country by becoming first in the World Hifzul Quran Competition among contestants from 30 other contestants. Second and third was from Pakistan and Egypt respectively.

Previously he stood second in Dubai International Holy Quran Award and was fourth in Saudi Arabia.

Read the news here from Prothom Alo.

Nov 24, 2005

The Truth Award

Ruling party BNP has awarded MP Abu Hena with 'The Truth Award'.It wasn't a bolt from the blue to the people who follow bangladeshi politics. Abu Hena was nominated for this award when he spoke against militant in Bangladesh and their relation with the ruling parties. As he was the only nominee this time so it's evident that he was going to recieve that. Daily Star tells us details about this..
A BNP press release yesterday evening said BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has expelled Abu Hena, a lawmaker from Rajshahi-3, from the party and cancelled his primary membership for violating party discipline and tarnishing its image.

For those who are not femiliar with 'The Truth Award' I can give a short description. This is the award bangladeshi 'democratic' political parties usually awards their members for speaking against their party. Previously Awami League , current opposition party, awarded this prestigious award to Kamal Hossain, Kader Siddiqui and so on.. The prime reason to become a nominee for this award is to speak the truth which could be against the party policy. Because according to our politicians this would diminishes the so called 'image' of the party.

Thanks to Begum Khaleda Zia, leader of BNP for awarding Abu Hena 'The Truth Award' and thus certifying his anti-militant statements.

Nov 23, 2005

Flag? Why?

Probably you've noticed this navigation bar above your blogger homepage. This navigation bar is a easy tool that can drive audiences to your blog site. Like when someone clicked on the 'next blog' button it'll drive the visitor to a recently updated blog. But do you know that by accepting this navbar you also have the risk of being de-indexed by blogger and google? I didnt!

When a person visiting a blog clicks the "Flag?" button in the Blogger Navbar, it means they believe the content of the blog may be potentially offensive or illegal. Blogger track the number of times a blog has been flagged as objectionable and use this information to determine what action is needed , like de-indexing it from blogger and also from google.

Now consider the scenario that you have a large online community and you don't like the content of a particular blog. So jump with your online gangs to 'Flag' the blog and bang it's out of publicity!!!

While blogging has opened a media of online journalism to everyone this type of censorship tool by blogger is clearly unacceptable.

To remove or hide the navbar from your blog just paste this code

#b-navbar {
display:none }

into your template somewhere between < style type="text/css" > and < /style > . Thanks to Blogger Forum for this code.

By the way removing navbar would be a violation of blogger terms.

Nov 20, 2005

The Wake Up Call

Finally CSE department of BUET noticed that they are not getting the brightest of the students from the admission test. For many years the top students according to the buet admission test choose CSE as their subject. But the scenario started changing from 2003. In 2003 the CSE / EEE ratio among the first 100 students was 50-50 and the following year i.e. 2004 EEE took the place where CSE was. The main reason behind this was the arrival of telecom companies. As BUET don't have Telecom Engineering Electrical students got the preference as telecom engineer. With the arrival of Orascom as Banglalink and 19 other PSTN companies' starting operation together made a huge market of Electrical engineers. By this time the CSE department did nothing but to only act as a specatator. But now when last year only 9 students from the top 139 chose CSE the wake up call rang.

Finally BUET CSE department did something to attract newcomer's attraction. Department of CSE is arranging a seminar focusing on future of CSE and prospects of CSE graduates. The motto is to inform the newcomers about the current picture of the CSE industry. Officials of leading IT and Telecom organizations will be present to express their views on CSE. I hope they will be successfull. But as a CSE student I think it's fun to study here. Specially after solving a critical assignment the pleasure that I had can't be expressed through words. Now for the newcomers and frustated CSE students below is the detail of the upcoming seminar.

Date: 26th November, 2005 (Saturday)
Time: 3:00 PM
Venue: BUET Auditorium

In fact the most tensed moment a student faces after being selected in BUET admission test is now when he is to choose his subject. I hope this will clear all confusions regarding CSE graduate's future and lead the new brains into the CSE realm. Because CSE needs brighter students for it's curriculum.

Nov 18, 2005

100$/ Haji

The News: State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mir Mohammad Nasir Uddin was axed yesterday in the wake of a mess made of the flight fare for the Hajj pilgrims.
He tendered his resignation at around 8:00pm. Source

The Reaction: Biman slashed down the fare from the earlier $1,150 to $1050 .

The reason I think : The pocket that was supposed to collect that additional $100 was shown the door.

Nov 15, 2005

Exam Time!

Today I’m gonna write about my experience of my last few day’s stay at our dormitory, Titumir Hall, BUET. As the exam became closer I decided to stay at hall to study with my friends. Another reason was that this won’t let me easy access to internet so I can concentrate on my studies for the exam supposed to be held on the 19th, November. In fact I got a bit scared when the authority hadn’t agreed with the student’s demanded about extending the PL (preparatory leave before exam). So I hurried off towards my seat. But when I got their, I found totally different atmosphere. There were no trace of fear about the exam and the relaxing mood among fellow hallmates were so great that it also eased my anxiety. I too became a resident and started acting like them assuring the other non resident students about the exam. The funniest thing was when I asked one of my roommates that whether the authority would bend this time. He was so surprised that he didn’t speak for a while and after that he just asked me “I don’t understand how could you got through 3-2 , I won’t mind if a student of 1-1 or 1-2 asked me something that silly, But how could you???”. It just shut my mouth off and also their confidence strengthened my belief. And once again they were proved right. They (should I write WE?) made the authority to change the starting date of our term final exam and it’s going to start from 3rd December (Otherwise I would definitely fail in one or two subjects).

So it made me think a little bit Abraham Lincolnish way. To me ‘The Date of term final’ is the decision of the pupil, by the pupil, for the pupil.

P.S. Since I’ve been living in hall so I can’t update my blog regularly. Sorry for the inconvenience. But I’ll try to update when I got time and internet like I’m doing now. Thank you for staying with me.

By the way I just took a funny test that said that my blog is worth $4,516.32. Cool eh? Try yours too.

My blog is worth $4,516.32.
How much is your blog worth?

Nov 10, 2005

I love this Dhaka

Dhaka, the capital of bangladesh dresses with lights for SAARC . Tonight I went to take a few snap of the city but due to security reason the security forces prohibited me of taking pictures so I had to take them while driving. As a result some picture got blurred. But still you'll have a glimpse of the beautiful Dhaka city. Another important thing is my monitor has brightness problems so I was unable to check the brightness of these pictures.

So you might need to adjust your monitor's brightness level to view the pictures properly.So enjoy...

Due to images this page might take time to load so have patience.Also You can click any image to get a larger view.

Nov 9, 2005

As if ..

I wish to see more like this picture.

I don’t understand why they can’t sit together and discuss for the good of the country in parliament while they’re doing it in workshops and TV shows (like Trito matra of Channel I ).

P.S. : Image from Prothom Alo

Nov 7, 2005

My Playlist : November 08 , 2005

From today I decided to start another regular post 'My Playlist'. In this thread I will try to share one or two songs I've been listening to now a days in MP3 format and also the lyrics if possible. So enjoy..

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So todays Mp3s are:

Song: Ondho
Artist: Black
Album: Shopnochura - 2
Downloadable Link: Click Here


Song: Ekta Gopon Kotha
Artist: Yaatri
Album: Shopnochura - 2
Downloadable Link: Click Here
Lyrics: Akta Gopon Kotha

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Random Ramblings..

Probably the most common question you would face while talking with a bangladeshi for the first time is that 'Apnar desh kothay?' ( Where do you come from?) Now when I was a child I always wondered what they mean by that? Because everybody knows I'm a bangladeshi (some might think otherwise because of my appearance). Anyway when I replied Bangladesh they just laughed and asked me again.

So oneday I asked my father where's my desh? and what they meant by asking that? My father explained me that by desh they wanted to know where my father was born. By that they would judge what kind of a person I was. Like someone from Nokakhali or Barishal is usually considered to be bad ( common trend of bangladeshis not my personal opinion). Anyway after that my father told me that as he was born in dhaka so my answer should be Dhaka. But now a new problem arose. It seemed that they are not satisfied with my answer because they thought I misunderstood them and told them where I was living instead of telling them my 'desh'. So I again sought help from my father. This time he advised me to tell them bogura where my mother was born. Now everyone was happy when they heard that I was from Bogura. But the problem was I was not satisfied. So I asked my father why people don't believe me that I am actually from dhaka?. After that he told me that not many people are from dhaka that's why people weren't satisfied with my answer. So he then told me my family history which is in short is that my grandfather and his brother sold all their properties in west bengal, india in 1942 and then settled in dhaka. My grandfather served as register of the High court so from then my family started living in dhaka. So after these whenever I told someone that I am from dhaka and saw disbelief in his/her eyes then I told them the whole story starting from my grandfather and so on..

Now all these things was just an introduction. In fact yesterday when I was chatting with a new friend suddenly I was asked this very question and it turned out that my friend also had the same fate. After that i thought that my father was born in dhaka but in that time dhaka was a part of pakistan in that sense he is a pakistani and I am a Pakistani too as his son. My grandfather is from India. As a son my father is an Indian too and so am I as his son. And now I am a Bangladeshi by born.

How international I am!