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Dhaka Division
Dhaka District
Dhamrai Upazila
Dohar Upazila
Keraniganj Upazila
Nawabganj Upazila
Savar Upazila
Faridpur District
Alfadanga Upazila
Bhanga Upazila
Boalmari Upazila
Charbhadrasan Upazila
Faridpur Sadar Upazila
Madhukhali Upazila
Nagarkanda Upazila
Sadarpur Upazila
Gazipur District
Gazipur Sadar Upazila
Kaliakair Upazila
Kaliganj Upazila
Kapasia Upazila
Sreepur Upazila
Gopalganj District
Gopalganj Sadar Upazila
Kashiani Upazila
Kotalipara Upazila
Muksudpur Upazila
Tungipara Upazila
Jamalpur District
Baksiganj Upazila
Dewanganj Upazila
Islampur Upazila
Jamalpur Sadar Upazila
Madarganj Upazila
Melandaha Upazila
Sarishabari Upazila
Kishoreganj District
Astagram Upazila
Bajitpur Upazila
Bhairab Upazila
Hossainpur Upazila
Itna Upazila
Karimganj Upazila
Katiadi Upazila
Kishoreganj Sadar Upazila
Kuliarchar Upazila
Mithamain Upazila
Nikli Upazila
Pakundia Upazila
Tarail Upazila
Madaripur District
Kalkini Upazila
Madaripur Sadar Upazila
Rajoir Upazila
Shibchar Upazila
Manikganj District
Daulatpur Upazila
Ghior Upazila
Harirampur Upazila
Manikganj Sadar Upazila
Saturia Upazila
Shivalaya Upazila
Singair Upazila
Munshiganj District
Gazaria Upazila
Lohaganj Upazila
Munshiganj Sadar Upazila
Sirajdikhan Upazila
Sreenagar Upazila
Tongibari Upazila
Mymensingh District
Bhaluka Upazila
Dhobaura Upazila
Phulbari Upazila, Mymensingh
Gaffargaon Upazila
Gauripur Upazila
Haluaghat Upazila
Ishwarganj Upazila
Mymensingh Sadar Upazila
Muktagachha Upazila
Nandail Upazila
Phulpur Upazila
Trishal Upazila
Narayanganj District
Araihazar Upazila
Sonargaon Upazila
Bandar Upazila
Narayanganj Sadar Upazila
Rupganj Upazila
Narsingdi District
Belabo Upazila
Monohardi Upazila
Narsingdi Sadar Upazila
Palash Upazila
Raipura Upazila, Narsingdi
Shibpur Upazila
Netrokona District
Atpara Upazila
Barhatta Upazila
Durgapur Upazila
Khaliajuri Upazila
Kalmakanda Upazila
Kendua Upazila
Madan Upazila
Mohanganj Upazila
Netrokona Sadar Upazila
Purbadhala Upazila
Rajbari District
Baliakandi Upazila
Goalandaghat Upazila
Pangsha Upazila
Rajbari Sadar Upazila
Shariatpur District
Bhedarganj Upazila
Damudya Upazila
Gosairhat Upazila
Naria Upazila
Shariatpur Sadar Upazila
Zanjira Upazila
Sherpur District
Jhenaigati Upazila
Nakla Upazila
Nalitabari Upazila
Sherpur Sadar Upazila
Sreebardi Upazila
Tangail District
Basail Upazila
Bhuapur Upazila
Dhanbari Upazila
Delduar Upazila
Ghatail Upazila
Gopalpur Upazila
Kalihati Upazila
Madhupur Upazila
Mirzapur Upazila
Nagarpur Upazila
Sakhipur Upazila
Tangail Sadar Upazila

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Rajshahi Division
Bogra District
Adamdighi Upazila
Bogra Sadar Upazila
Dhunat Upazila
Dupchanchia Upazila
Gabtali Upazila
Kahaloo Upazila
Nandigram Upazila
Sariakandi Upazila
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Sherpur Upazila
Shibganj Upazila
Sonatala Upazila
Dinajpur District
Birampur Upazila
Birganj Upazila
Biral Upazila
Bochaganj Upazila
Chirirbandar Upazila
Phulbari Upazila, Dinajpur
Ghoraghat Upazila
Hakimpur Upazila
Kaharole Upazila
Khansama Upazila
Dinajpur Sadar Upazila
Nawabganj Upazila, Dinajpur
Parbatipur Upazila
Gaibandha District
Phulchhari Upazila
Gaibandha Sadar Upazila
Gobindaganj Upazila
Palashbari Upazila
Sadullapur Upazila
Sughatta Upazila
Sundarganj Upazila
Joypurhat District
Akkelpur Upazila
Joypurhat Sadar Upazila
Kalai Upazila
Khetlal Upazila
Panchbibi Upazila
Kurigram District
Bhurungamari Upazila
Char Rajibpur Upazila
Chilmari Upazila
Phulbari Upazila, Kurigram
Kurigram Sadar Upazila
Nageshwari Upazila
Rajarhat Upazila
Raomari Upazila
Ulipur Upazila
Lalmonirhat District
Aditmari Upazila
Hatibandha Upazila
Kaliganj Upazila
Lalmonirhat Sadar Upazila
Patgram Upazila
Naogaon District
Atrai Upazila
Badalgachhi Upazila
Dhamoirhat Upazila
Manda Upazila
Mahadevpur Upazila
Naogaon Sadar Upazila
Niamatpur Upazila
Patnitala Upazila
Porsha Upazila
Raninagar Upazila
Sapahar Upazila
Natore District
Bagatipara Upazila
Baraigram Upazila
Gurudaspur Upazila
Lalpur Upazila
Natore Sadar Upazila
Singra Upazila
Nawabganj District
Bholahat Upazila
Gomastapur Upazila
Nachole Upazila
Nawabganj Sadar Upazila
Shibganj Upazila, Nawabganj
Nilphamari District
Dimla Upazila
Domar Upazila
Jaldhaka Upazila
Kishoreganj Upazila
Nilphamari Sadar Upazila
Saidpur Upazila
Pabna District
Atgharia Upazila
Bera Upazila
Bhangura Upazila
Chatmohar Upazila
Faridpur Upazila
Ishwardi Upazila
Pabna Sadar Upazila
Santhia Upazila
Sujanagar Upazila
Panchagarh District
Atwari Upazila
Boda Upazila
Debiganj Upazila
Panchagarh Sadar Upazila
Tetulia Upazila
Rajshahi District
Bagha Upazila
Bagmara Upazila
Charghat Upazila
Durgapur Upazila
Godagari Upazila
Mohanpur Upazila
Paba Upazila
Puthia Upazila
Tanore Upazila
Rangpur District
Badarganj Upazila
Gangachhara Upazila
Kaunia Upazila
Rangpur Sadar Upazila
Mithapukur Upazila
Pirgachha Upazila
Pirganj Upazila
Taraganj Upazila
Sirajganj District
Belkuchi Upazila
Chauhali Upazila
Kamarkhanda Upazila
Kazipur Upazila
Raiganj Upazila
Shahjadpur Upazila
Sirajganj Sadar Upazila
Tarash Upazila
Ullahpara Upazila
Thakurgaon District
Baliadangi Upazila
Haripur Upazila
Pirganj Upazila, Thakurgaon
Ranisankail Upazila
Thakurgaon Sadar Upazila

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Barisal Division

Barguna District
Amtali Upazila
Bamna Upazila
Barguna Sadar Upazila
Betagi Upazila
Patharghata Upazila
Barisal District
Agailjhara Upazila
Babuganj Upazila
Bakerganj Upazila
Banaripara Upazila
Gaurnadi Upazila
Hizla Upazila
Barisal Sadar Upazila
Mehendiganj Upazila
Muladi Upazila
Wazirpur Upazila
Bhola District
Bhola Sadar Upazila
Burhanuddin Upazila
Char Fasson Upazila
Daulatkhan Upazila
Lalmohan Upazila
Manpura Upazila
Tazumuddin Upazila
Jhalokati District
Jhalokati Sadar Upazila
Kathalia Upazila
Nalchity Upazila
Rajapur Upazila
Patuakhali District
Bauphal Upazila
Dasmina Upazila
Galachipa Upazila
Kalapara Upazila
Mirzaganj Upazila
Patuakhali Sadar Upazila
Dumki Upazila
Pirojpur District
Bhandaria Upazila
Kawkhali Upazila
Mathbaria Upazila
Nazirpur Upazila
Pirojpur Sadar Upazila
Nesarabad (Swarupkati) Upazila
Zianagar Upazila
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Chittagong Division
Bandarban District
Ali Kadam Upazila
Bandarban Sadar Upazila
Lama Upazila
Naikhongchhari Upazila
Rowangchhari Upazila
Ruma Upazila
Thanchi Upazila
Brahmanbaria District
Akhaura Upazila
Bancharampur Upazila
Brahmanbaria Sadar Upazila
Kasba Upazila
Nabinagar Upazila
Nasirnagar Upazila
Sarail Upazila
Ashuganj Upazila
Chandpur District
Chandpur Sadar Upazila
Faridganj Upazila
Haimchar Upazila
Haziganj Upazila
Kachua Upazila
Matlab Upazila (North)
Matlab Upazila (South)
Shahrasti Upazila
Chittagong District
Anwara Upazila
Banshkhali Upazila
Boalkhali Upazila
Chandanaish Upazila
Fatikchhari Upazila
Hathazari Upazila
Lohagara Upazila
Mirsharai Upazila
Patiya Upazila
Rangunia Upazila
Raozan Upazila
Sandwip Upazila
Satkania Upazila
Sitakunda Upazila
Comilla District
Barura Upazila
Brahmanpara Upazila
Burichong Upazila
Chandina Upazila
Chauddagram Upazila
Daudkandi Upazila
Debidwar Upazila
Homna Upazila
Comilla Sadar Adarsha Upazila
Comilla Sadar South Upazila
Laksam Upazila
Muradnagar Upazila
Nangalkot Upazila
Titas Upazila
Meghna Upazila
Monoharganj Upazila
Cox's Bazar District
Chakaria Upazila
Cox's Bazar Sadar Upazila
Kutubdia Upazila
Maheshkhali Upazila
Ramu Upazila
Teknaf Upazila
Ukhia Upazila
Pekua Upazila
Feni District
Chhagalnaiya Upazila
Daganbhuiyan Upazila
Feni Sadar Upazila
Parshuram Upazila
Sonagazi Upazila
Fulgazi Upazila
Khagrachari District
Dighinala Upazila
Khagrachhari Upazila
Lakshmichhari Upazila
Mahalchhari Upazila
Manikchhari Upazila
Matiranga Upazila
Panchhari Upazila
Ramgarh Upazila
Lakshmipur District
Lakshmipur Sadar Upazila
Raipur Upazila
Ramganj Upazila
Ramgati Upazila
Noakhali District
Begumganj Upazila
Chatkhil Upazila
Companiganj Upazila, Noakhali
Hatiya Upazila
Senbagh Upazila
Noakhali Sadar Upazila
Subarnachar Upazila
Rangamati District
Bagaichhari Upazila
Barkal Upazila
Kawkhali (Betbunia) Upazila
Belaichhari Upazila
Kaptai Upazila
Juraichhari Upazila
Langadu Upazila
Mannerchar Upazila
Rajasthali Upazila
Rangamati Sadar Upazila

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Sylhet Division
Habiganj District
Ajmiriganj Upazila
Bahubal Upazila
Baniyachong Upazila
Chunarughat Upazila
Habiganj Sadar Upazila
Lakhai Upazila
Madhabpur Upazila
Nabiganj Upazila
Maulvibazar District
Barlekha Upazila
Kamalganj Upazila
Kulaura Upazila
Maulvibazar Sadar Upazila
Rajnagar Upazila
Sreemangal Upazila
Juri Upazila
Sunamganj District
Bishwamvarpur Upazila
Chhatak Upazila
Derai Upazila
Dharampasha Upazila
Dowarabazar Upazila
Jagannathpur Upazila
Jamalganj Upazila
Sullah Upazila
Sunamganj Sadar Upazila
Tahirpur Upazila
Sylhet District
Balaganj Upazila
Beanibazar Upazila
Biswanath Upazila
Companiganj Upazila, Sylhet
Fenchuganj Upazila
Golapganj Upazila
Gowainghat Upazila
Jaintiapur Upazila
Kanaighat Upazila
Sylhet Sadar Upazila
Zakiganj Upazila
South Surma Upazila

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Khulna Division
Bagerhat District
Bagerhat Sadar Upazila
Chitalmari Upazila
Fakirhat Upazila
Kachua Upazila, Bagerhat
Mollahat Upazila
Mongla Upazila
Morrelganj Upazila
Rampal Upazila
Sarankhola Upazila
Chuadanga District
Alamdanga Upazila
Chuadanga Sadar Upazila
Damurhuda Upazila
Jibannagar Upazila
Jessore District
Abhaynagar Upazila
Bagherpara Upazila
Chaugachha Upazila
Jhikargachha Upazila
Keshabpur Upazila
Jessore Sadar Upazila
Manirampur Upazila
Sharsha Upazila
Jhenaidah District
Harinakunda Upazila
Jhenaidah Sadar Upazila
Kaliganj Upazila
Kotchandpur Upazila
Maheshpur Upazila
Shailkupa Upazila
Khulna District
Batiaghata Upazila
Dacope Upazila
Dumuria Upazila
Dighalia Upazila
Koyra Upazila
Paikgachha Upazila
Phultala Upazila
Rupsa Upazila
Terokhada Upazila
Kushtia District
Bheramara Upazila
Daulatpur Upazila, Kushtia
Khoksa Upazila
Kumarkhali Upazila
Kushtia Sadar Upazila
Mirpur Upazila
Magura District
Magura Sadar Upazila
Mohammadpur Upazila
Shalikha Upazila
Sreepur Upazila, Magura
Meherpur District
Gangni Upazila
Meherpur Sadar Upazila
Mujibnagar Upazila
Narail District
Kalia Upazila
Lohagara Upazila, Narail
Narail Sadar Upazila
Satkhira District
Assasuni Upazila
Debhata Upazila
Kalaroa Upazila
Kaliganj Upazila
Satkhira Sadar Upazila
Shyamnagar Upazila
Tala Upazila
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Protesters run riot


189 artifacts bound for France taken to airport: Protesters run riot as bid to stop transportation fails
Police arrests two of the protestors in the city
yesterday while they were trying to stop transportation of
relics from the National Museum for an exhibition in France.
Protestors banging their fists on the windscreen of the car
carrying the relics. Focu
Ignoring the protest and demonstration of hundreds of art connoisseurs, ten crates containing 189 rare and invaluable archeological artifacts of Bangladesh were taken out of the National Museum yesterday morning and sent to the Zia International Airport amid heavy police presence.
These artifacts, representing Bangladesh's ancient history, will be bound for Guimet Museum in Paris, via a Air France flight (AF 6731) 12:05pm today.
Breaking the emergency rule, protesters assembled in front of the National Museum gate at Shahbagh in the morning learning that the artifacts were being removed from the National Museum secretly.
Witnesses said the artifacts were removed through a large covered van and forklift truck of Homebound Packers and Shippers at the order by the French Embassy in Dhaka.
Trucks and forklift went to the National Museum premises secretly in the early hours of morning. But the news leaked and protesters gathered thronged outside the museum. Under heavy police presence Homebound vehicles (Dhaka Metro Uma 11-0814, Pho 11-3634, U 14-0187) and forklift truck, bearing "Save The Children Cyclone and USAID Sidr Emergency Relief" signs were used to take away the priceless items. As the protesters were watching as the artifacts being loaded onto Homebound trucks, they requested the media to disseminate the news and prevent the artifacts from being taken away in such a manner.
At one stage, the protesters, including artists, archeologists and students of the nearby Fine Arts Institute locked in a clash with police when they tried to intercept the Homebound covered van to take out the artifacts. Police also charged batons on the protesters when they pelted brickbats on the police.
Shekhar Shashwata, an archeologist was arrested by police, while some media professionals were roughed up. Later, the protesters were able to get Shekhar released from the Shahbagh police custody. He was released upon a signed undertaking by those demanding his release.
Shahbagh thana officer Morshed who arrested Shekhar, claimed he "knew nothing about what was happening across the road."
The artifacts were collected from five different museums in the country--National Museum in Dhaka, Barind Research Museum in Rajshahi, Mahasthangarh Archaeological Museum, Mainamoti Archaeological Museum and Paharpur Archaeological Museum. Amongst the objects are one copy of Prajna Paramita (Buddhist manuscript), terracotta heads dating back to the 4th century, bronze sculpture of Lokanath of the 8th century, stone sculptures of Nataraj, Mahamaya, Chamunda, Kalyansundar, Panchamukha Shiblinga, Surja, Nabagraha, Shyamatara, Marichi and others of the 10th century.
The artifacts also include a wood sculpture of Lokanath of the 11th century and headgear of the 2nd Shah Abbas of Persia of the 18th century.
Hint: http://nation.ittefaq.com/issues/2007/12/01/all0065.htm

Country back to pre-Jan 11 situation

Committed to PEOPLE'S RIGHT TO KNOW
Friday, June 27, 2008 07:11 AM GMT+06:00
News from The Daily Star

Khaleda Against Local Body Polls First
Govt wants to take country back to pre-Jan 11 situation
Detained BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said the government wants to take the country back to the pre-January 11 situations by holding the local body elections before the parliamentary polls ignoring opinions of all political parties.
"All major and minor political parties including the Awami League want the national elections first. But ignoring the opinions the government wants to hold the local body elections first which will take the country back to the pre-January 11 situations," she told journalists after yesterday's trial proceedings in the Niko graft case against her and 10 others at a special court.
"By holding the local body elections, the government plans to form a party of its chosen people and cling to power by electing them," she said.
Judge Khandaker Kamal Uz-zaman of Special Court-9 yesterday set July 7 for the next hearing on charge framing in the case.
Khaleda was produced before the court at 10:05am.
She told reporters that her party wants to cooperate with the government, but it has to create a favourable atmosphere first for holding the parliamentary elections.
"We want to cooperate, we want an acceptable election with participation of all political parties. But before that, the government will have to lift the state of emergency to ensure a congenial atmosphere for the election," she said, adding, "Creating that atmosphere is the duty of the government and it has to prove its neutrality by treating everybody equally."
She said, "Several parliamentary elections were held under caretaker governments in the past without the state of emergency in place. The present caretaker government will also have to lift the emergency if it wants to hold a free and fair election."
Questioning the government's willingness to hold the parliamentary election, Khaleda said there should not be any obstacle to holding the election in October.
Justifying her call for holding the parliamentary polls by October, she said the Ramadan, Hajj and Eid-ul-Azha would all take place after October and that is why it would not be wise to hold the national election after October.

The former premier said the government in its one-and-half-years rule has left the country entangled in enormous problems and only an elected government can help the nation out of those problems.
Referring to the achievements of the BNP-Jamaat-led alliance government, Khaleda said, "Now the economy has seen a slide and the GDP has come down to 5 percent from 7 percent."
Coming back to local government polls, she said BNP wants other elections too but those will have to be held after the parliament elections.
Demanding overseas treatment of her detained sons and all other detained ailing politicians including Awami League leader Mohammad Nasim, the BNP chief said, "All citizens of the country are equal to me and all the detained politicians who received overseas treatment earlier and seek treatment now should be sent abroad."

COURT PROCEEDINGS
As the court sat at 10:10am yesterday, the prosecution said they wanted to open the case since the day was fixed for charge framing.
But opposing the prosecution, the defence attorneys said they would move to the High Court (HC) against the special court's rejection of the defence petition for adjournment of the Niko graft case.
Judge Kamal Uz-zaman asked the defence to let the court move with the case as the case is exceptional.
But the defence lawyers sought adjournment again, saying the hearing on charge framing would be infructuous (ineffective) if the HC stays the trial proceeding.
The defence lawyers told the court that they yesterday received the HC order saying the petition would be dealt with when the HC resumes on June 29 after the summer vacation.
The prosecution said the defence can surely go to the higher court but there was no obstacle to opening the case yesterday. They said they have been stuck at the point from where they started. They appealed to the court for opening the case.
When the court asked the prosecution to open the case the defence said, "If you [the judge] open the case in this way, it might seem to us that we will not get justice from you."
After about 30 minutes of heated exchanges, the court adjourned the hearing on charge framing and fixed July 7 as the next date for it.
Eight other accused in the case including former law minister barrister Moudud Ahmed and former state minister AKM Mosharraf Hossain were also produced before the court yesterday.
On December 9 last year, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the case with Tejgaon Police Station against Khaleda and 10 others for abusing power in awarding a gas exploration and extraction deal to Canadian company Niko.

Taslima Nasreen


Nasreen withdraws controversial portion of her book
Taslima Nasreen
Tossed around from place to place, Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen Friday announced that she was withdrawing some controversial writings from one of her novels that had triggered violence and demands that she be expelled from India.
"I am withdrawing controversial lines in 'Dwikhandita' (split into two), written in 2002 with the memory of Bangladesh in the 1980s when military threw out secularism in the country.
"I wrote the book in support of the people who defended secular values. I had no intention to hurt anybody's sentiment. Now since some people in India claim that it hurts their sentiments, I am withdrawing some lines from the book," Nasreen told PTI over telephone from an undisclosed location.
Her announcement came in the wake of a statement in Parliament by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee who, while assuring shelter to her in India, had asked her to refrain from expressions that may hurt the sentiments of the people in the country. Ever since violence broke out in Kolkata last week, there have been demands from Muslim outfits that the visa of Taslima, who has been living in India for the last two years, should be revoked and she be expelled.
Facing death threats over her writings considered "anti-Islamic", she left Bangladesh in 1994 and had been visiting India intermittently.
'Dwikhandita', her autobiographical novel on socio-religious issues of Bangladesh, was banned by the West Bengal government for some time before Calcutta High Court had intervened to lift it.
The Bangladeshi writer hoped that from now on, there would be no controversy and "I'll be able to live peacefully in this country."
Nasreen was virtually bundled out of Kolkata on the night of Thursday last week after violence there and was flown to Jaipur.
Next morning, she was brought to Delhi by road and after a couple's of days' stay in Rajasthan House, the writer has been shifted to a safe house in an undisclosed location by central security agencies.
Nasreen said that he also requested the publisher of 'Dwikhandita', 'People's Book Society', not to circulate copies of the book still in its possession.
"I have asked my publisher to bring out the next edition of the book deleting those controversial lines," the writer said.
Confirming this, a spokesman for the publisher said, "We will withdraw 30 to 40 copies, already in circulation, from the market and in the next edition we will delete three controversial pages of the book."
Meanwhile, Communist Party of India (CPI) has welcomed Nasreen's move, saying it would "facilitate her return to West Bengal".
"This is a very correct step she has taken. She believes this step will help bring in normalcy. I also think this would assuage the feelings of those who have been hurt," party leader Gurudas Dasgupta said here.

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Another record-breaking year for SSC examinees



SSC Exams Results:
Another record-breaking year SSC examinees of Motijheel Ideal School and College are jubilant yesterday after they took their school to the number one spot in this year's SSC results. The results of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations 2008 published yesterday broke all previous records with a 70.41 percent pass rate and 41,917 students achieving GPA-5. The number of schools with hundred percent pass records has also increased to 2,272 from last year's 778, while the number of schools with zero pass came down to 91 from 248. Educationists and teachers of renowned schools believe this success in the country's largest public examination is the outcome of students' efforts and guardians' awareness.
The results were published under the grading system introduced in 2001 and showed a tremendous boost with pass rate of 70.41, a leap of 13.82 point from last year's rate.
Similarly, the results also showed a leap in achieving the highest grade point average (GPA-5) as it shot up to 41,917 from 25,732 last year.
The same improvement has also been seen in the combined average result of seven education boards, Dakhil examination under Madrasa Education Board and SSC vocational examination under Technical Education Board.The combined pass rate is 72.18 against last year's 58.36 percent and 52,500 students secured GPA-5 compared to 32,646 last year.About 10.07 lakh students appeared in this year's SSC and equivalent examinations and about 7.27 lakh of them have passed. Pass percentage for boys and girls is 73.69 and 70.45 respectively.Education Adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman officially announced the results at a press conference at the education ministry.
"The increase in pass rates continues gradually since 2001 which proves that education standard is improving. The pass percentage was 57.37 last year, 62.22 in 2006, 54.1 in 2005, 50.27 in 2004, 36.81 in 2003, 42.18 in 2002 and 39.03 in 2001," he told the press conference.
The education adviser thanked all officials and employees of nine education boards for publishing the results in 60 days as per the promise of the ministry. The examinations began on March 27 and ended on April 27.
Dhaka Board has secured top position among the seven education boards with pass rate of 77.81, while Sylhet Board got the lowest 53.88 percent.
In Dhaka Board, about 1.7 lakh passed the exam with 18,936 students securing GPA-5, also highest among the boards.
About 1.34 lakh students or 64.89 percent passed the exam in Rajshahi Board with 8,656 achieving GPA-5. Under Comilla Board, 56,042 students came out successful with pass percentage of 73.00 and 3,679 GPA-5.
In Jessore Board, 75,209 students or 71.43 percent were successful with 4,079 GPA-5 achievers. Chittagong Board has seen 39,944 examinees passed with success rate of 72.62 percent and 4,316 GPA-5.
In Barisal Board, 33,458 students became successful with pass
percentage 68.77, while number of GPA-5 achievers is 1,659. Under Sylhet Board 17,100 students came out successful with the pass
percentage of 53.88 and 592 GPA-5.
The madrasa board produced tremendous good results among the nine boards with a pass rate of 82.06 percent. About 1.48 lakh students came
out successful and of them, 5.83 percent or 10,526 students obtained GPA-5.
The vocational board scored a pass rate of 62.88 percent. Some 51,801 students passed the exam, while 57 students or 0.7 percent got GPA-5.
Science students have marked a significant progress with 84.32 percent pass rate, while the rate in humanities group is 59.85 percent and 75.82 percent in business studies and commerce group.
Like the previous years, schools in urban areas, especially in metropolitan cities, dominated the GPA-5 category and hundred percent pass record.
Among the top ten GPA-5 securing schools, ten are in the capital, eight in Rangpur, Bogra, and Pabna under Rajshahi Board, six in Comilla, Feni and Noakhali under Comilla, nine in Khulna, Kushtia, Jessore and Satkhira under Jessore, six in Chittagong Sadar and Double Mooring under Chittagong, ten in Barisal, Patuakhali, Bhola, Jhalakathi and
Pirojpur under Barisal, and nine in Sylhet, Habiganj, Sunamganj and Sreemangal under Sylhet Board.
Ideal School and College produced highest 767 GPA-5 achievers followed by Viqarunnisa Noon School with 678 and Monipur High School with 652.

Ideal, VN, Monipur top 3 schools




GPA-5 Achievers
Ideal, VN, Monipur top 3 schools

Ideal School and College, Viqarunnisa Noon (VN) School and Monipur High
School in the capital secured the top three places in terms of their
students getting GPA-5 in SSC examinations this year.
Of them, 767 students from Ideal school and College, 678 from
Viqarunnisa Noon School and 652 from Monipur High School got GPA-5, the
highest point on the GPA scale.
Other leading GPA-5 achievers in the country include Motijheel Model
High School (549), Collegiate School in Chittagong (326), Comilla Zilla
School (310), Rajuk Uttara Model School and College (297), Uttara High
School (278), AK High School in Dhaka (270), Dhaka Residential Model
College (269), Motijheel Government Boy's High School (264), Dr
Khastagir Government Girls' High School in Chittagong (230) and
Dhanmondi Government Boy's High School (213).
With 97.69 percent of its applicants having got GPA-5, Rajuk Uttara
Model School and College stands first in the category, followed by
Barisal Cadet College with 91.83 percent and Ideal School and College
with 90.44 percent.
Considering GPA-5, the best three schools under Chittagong Education
Board this year are Collegiate School (326), Dr Khastagir Government
Girls' High School (230) and Bangladesh Mahila Samity Girls' High
School and College (165).
In terms of the pass percentages, the best three schools in the board
are Dr Khastagir Government High School, Bangladesh Mahila Samity
Girls' High School and College and St Scholastica Girls' High School.
In Comilla Board, Comilla Zilla School, Comilla Modern High School and
Nawab Faizunnesa Government Girls' High School secured the first three
places in terms of GPA-5 while Chandpur Hasan Ali Government School,
Ispahani Public School and College and Our Lady of Fatema Girls' High
School had the highest pass percentages respectively.
In Rajshahi Board, Cantonment Public School and College of Bogra,
Cantonment Public School and College of Rangpur and Bogra Government
Girls' High School got the highest GPA-5s respectively.
Bogra Government Girls' High School, Pabna Zilla School and Cantonment
Public School and College of Rangpur had the best pass percentages in
the board.
In Jessore Board, Khulna Zilla School, Kushtia Zilla School and
Government Coronation Secondary Girls' School secured the top three
places in terms of GPA-5.
VJ Government Secondary School of Chuadanga, Satkhira Government Girls'
High School and Government Laboratory High School had the best pass
percentages.

Based on GPA-5, Barisal Government Girls' High School, Barisal Zilla
School and Barisal Cadet College secured the top three places under
Barisal Board.
Considering pass percentages, Jhalakathi Government Boys' Secondary
School, Bhola Government Secondary School and Barisal Cadet College had
the best success rates.
In Sylhet Board, Blue Bird High School topped the chart in both
categories, followed by Jalalabad Cantonment Public School and College
and Jalalbad Cantonment Board High School in pass percentages and by
Sylhet Government Pilot High School and Government Agragami Girls' High
School in GPA-5.

2,272 schools achieve 100pc pass rate

2,272 schools achieve 100pc pass rate

The number of schools, madrasas and technical educational institutions
having 100 per cent pass rate in the SSC examinations has nearly
tripled (293 per cent increase) this year.
A total of 2,272 institutions achieved 100 per cent pass rate in the
SSC and SSC equivalent examinations this year while the number was 774
last year.

Of those, 185 institutions are from Dhaka, 71 from Rajshahi, 72 from
Comilla, 58 from Jessore, 31 from Chittagong, 57 from Barisal, 10 from
Sylhet while 1,770 are under Madrasa board and 18 under Bangladesh
Technical Education Board (BTEB).
The number of schools and madrasas having cent per cent success was
1,429 in 2006 and 537 in 2005, statistics of Education Board Computer
Centre show.
Besides, the number of least-performing institutions in SSC, Dakhil and
SSC (Vocational) exams has also come down to 91 from previous year's
248.
Six schools from Dhaka, eight from Rajshahi, four from Jessore, two
from Chittagong, 11 from Barisal, three from Sylhet, 17 under the BTEB
and 40 under Madrasa Board failed to have any successful candidate this
year.
In the Comilla Board, the number of educational institutions having no
success is nil.
The number of least performing schools and madrasas was 193 in 2006,
424 in 2005, 548 in 2004 and 979 in 2003.
The number of expelled examinees has also been falling sharply for the
last five years.
A total of 707 students were expelled this year, while the number was
985 last year, 1,291 in 2006, 1,746 in 2005, 3,381 in 2004, and 13,217
in 2003.

52,500 get GPA-5 S.S.C. RESULT-2008



52,500 get GPA-5
The number of GPA-5 holders in the SSC examinations has risen sharply
by 37.81 per cent compared to that of the previous year.
A total of 52,500 candidates of SSC and its equivalent examinations
under nine education boards secured GPA-5 this year, while the number
was 32,646 last year.
This year, 41,917 students secured GPA-5 under seven education boards
while the figure was 25,732 last year.
The number of GPA-5 achievers stands at 18,936 in Dhaka Board, 8,656 in
Rajshahi Board, 3,679 in Comilla Board, 4,079 in Jessore Board, 4,316
in Chittagong Board, 1,659 in Barisal Board and 592 in Sylhet Board.
The number of GPA-5 holders increased in all education boards except
Sylhet Board.
The number of GPA-5 achievers rose by 61.36 per cent in Barisal Board,
50.15 per cent in Dhaka Board, 20.17 per cent in Rajshahi Board, 35.11
per cent in Comilla Board, 42.90 per cent in Jessore Board and 23.23
per cent in Chittagong Board. But the number of GPA-5 holders fell by
16.97 per cent in Sylhet board.
In Madrasa Board, 10,526 students secured GPA-5 this year while in
Technical Education Board only 57 students got GPA-5. Last year, 6,889
madrasa students obtained GPA-5 while only 25 students under the
Technical Education Board attained GPA-5.

NAOGAON


Naogaon (Bengali: Nowga) is a district in Northern Bangladesh. It is a part of the Rajshahi Division. This district is one of the oldest civilization of the world dating back before Buddha.

Manda Upazila
Naogaon Sadar Upazila
Mahadevpur Upazila
Atrai Upazila
Raninagar Upazila
Patnitala Upazila
Niamatpur Upazila
Sapahar Upazila
Porsha Upazila
Badalgachhi Upazila
Dhamoirhat Upazila

History:
Paharpur: Paharpur is a small village 5 km. west of Jamalganj in the greater Rajshahi district where the remains of the most important and the largest known monastery south of the Himalayas have been excavated. This 7th century archaeological find covers approximately an area of 27 acres of land. The entire establishment, occupying a quadrangular court, measuring more than 900 ft. and from 12 ft, to 15 in height. With elaborate gateway complex on the north, there are 45 cells on the north and 44 in each of the other three sides with a total number of 177 rooms. The architecture of the pyramidal cruciform temple is profoundly influenced by those of South-East Asia, especially Myanmar and Java. It had taken its name from a high mound, which looked like pahar or hillock. A site museum built recently houses the representative collection of objects recovered from the area. The excavated findings have also been preserved at the Varendra Research Museum at Rajshahi. The antiquities of the museum include terracotta plaques, images of different gods and goddess', potteries, coin inscriptions, ornamental bircks and other minor clay objects. This is also known as SOMPUR MAHAVIHAR.

Kusumba Mosque is named after the village of Kusumba, under the Manda upazila of Naogaon district, on the west bank of the Atrai river. It is inside a walled enclosure with a monumental gateway that has standing spaces for guards. It was built during the period of Afghan rule in Bengal under one of the last Suri rulers Ghiyasuddin Bahadur Shah, by one Sulaiman who was probably a high ranking official. The inscription tablet in Arabic (only the word 'built by' is in Persian) dating the building to 966 AH (1558-59 AD) is fixed over its eastern central entrance. Although built during Suri rule, it is not influenced at all by the earlier Suri architecture of North India, and is well grounded in the Bengal style. The brick building, gently curved cornice, and the engaged octagonal corner towers are typical features. D.A Salek & Md. Abdul Matin khan 01723059969.

The mosque, presently protected by the Department of Archaeology of Bangladesh, was badly damaged during the earthquake of 1897. Although the main fabric of the building is of brick, the entire exterior walls, and the interior up to the arches of the pendentives have stone facing. The columns, platform, floor, and perforated side screens are of stone. The mosque has a rectangular plan with three bays and two aisles, three entrances on the east and two each on the north and south sides. The central mihrab is projected in the west. The interior west (qibla) wall has two mihrabs on the floor level opposite the central and southeastern entrances, but the one in the northwestern bay is above a raised platform ascended by a staircase on the east. The presence of such a platform in a non-imperial mosque indicates that not only royalty, but nobility and high-ranking officials were also separated from the general public during prayers.

The mihrabs have elaborate stone carving. They have cusped arches crowned with kalasa (water pot) motifs, supported on intricately carved stone pillars which have projections and tasseled decorations hanging from chains. Bunches of grapes and vines curve in an almost serpentine manner on the mihrab frames, and kalasas, tendrils and rosettes are reduced to dots. The platform edge has grape vine decoration, and there are rosettes on the spandrels of the arches supporting the platform, as well as on the mihrab wall.

The stone used in the exterior facing is of a coarse quality and carved in shallow relief. Mouldings are most prominent decorative feature on the outside. They divide the walls into upper and lower sections, run all along the curved cornice, around the corner towers, in a straight line below the cornice, and frame the rectangular panels in the east, south and north walls. The spandrels of the central entrance arch are filled with small kalasa and rosette motifs. The north and south sides have screened windows.
Bibliography Ahmad Hasan Dani, Muslim Architecture in Bengal, Dacca, 1961; Catherine B Asher, 'Inventory of Key Monuments', in George Michell (ed), Islamic Heritage of Bengal, Paris: UNESCO, 1984.

Patisar Patisar village associated with rabindranath tagore in naogaon district. It is situated on the banks of the Nagor, 12 kilometres south-east of the Atrai railway station and 26 kilometres from the district town. The headquarters of the Tagore family's zamindari in Kaligram Pargana were located at Patisar. dwarkanath tagore, the grandfather of Rabindranath Tagore, purchased this zamindari in 1830. Rabindranath Tagore first came to Patisar in January 1891. The architectural design of the two-storied Kuthibari of Patisar is similar to that of Shilaidaha-Shahjadpur. The buildings, adjacent to the main mansion, are now reduced to debris. A pond, named Rabindrasarobar, is now a silted up marsh. During his stay at Patisar, Tagore composed various poems, stories, novels, essays and the verse-play Biday Abhishap. He also established many primary schools, a school named Rathindranath High School, charitable dispensaries, and Patisar Krishi Bank (1905). He introduced tractors in Patisar and formed co-operative societies for the development of agriculture, handloom, and pottery. In 1921, when the zamindari was divided, Patisar fell to Tagore's share. When the poet was awarded the Nobel Prize, the tenants of Patisar felicitated him with an address of honour (1913). On the request of his tenants, Tagore visited Patisar in 1937 for the last time on the occasion of punya. Every year many devotees of Tagore come from home and abroad to visit Patisar. On the occasions of Tagore's birth and death anniversaries, discussion meetings and cultural functions are held at Patisar.


Naogaon (Town) a municipal town, has an area of 37.03 sq km. It consists of 9 wards and 62 mahallas. The town has a population of 123101; male 51.78%, female 48.22%; literacy rate among the town people is 48.5%. It has one dakbungalow and one rest house.

Administration Naogaon subdivision, under Rajshahi district, was established in 1877 and was turned into a district in 1984. It consists of 2 municipality, 11 upazilas, 18 wards, 74 mahallas, 99 union parishads and 2795 villages. The upazilas are naogaon sadar, atrai, badalgachhi, dhamoirhat, manda, mahadevpur, niamatpur, patnitala, porsha, raninagar and sapahar.
Archaeological heritage Paharpur Buddhist Vihara, Jagaddal Vihara, Halud Vihara, Agrapuri Vihara
Historical events Indigo rebellion (1859-62); peasant revolt against the zamindar in protest of increasing land revenue (1883).
War of Liberation Mass grave 9; mass killing site 7, memorial sculpture 1, monument 1.
Population 2377314; male 50.66% and female 49.34%; Muslim 84.51%, Hindu 11.39%, ethnic nationals (mainly Santal, Oraon and Mahali) 3.45% and others 0.65%.
Religious institutions Mosque 3752, temple 206, church 21. Noted religious institutions are Barunkandi Jami Mosque (1802), Naogaon Jami Mosque (1845), Chakrampur Jami Mosque (1800), Sultanpur Jame Mosque (1802), Hat Naogaon Jame Mosque (1935), Naogaon Temple (adjunct Kanchari Road).
Literacy and educational institutions Average literacy 28.4%; male 35.9% and female 20.4%. Educational institutions: college 47, high school 309, junior school 49, government primary school 794, non-government primary school 559, madrasa 167. Noted institutions: Naogaon High School (1884), Raja Haranath High School (1990), Kaligram Rabindranath Institute (1910), Chak Athita High School, English School (1914), Chakla High School (1916), Kritipur High School (1921), Sharbamanal High School (1921), Coronation High School (1927), Paramohan Girl's High School (1909), Central Girl's High School (1926), Naogaon Girl's High School (1948), Basiruddin Memorial Co operative College (1946),

Newspaper Dainik Ishtehar (1971), Joybangla (1971), Bangabani (1971), Banglar Kantha (1993); weekly: Saptahik Desher Bani (1925), Saptahik Banka Chand (1950), Naba-Diganta (1964), Nabayug (1964); extinct: Barendra Batra, (1981), Surya Mukhi (1982), Nababarta (1991).
Cultural organisations Club 668, press club 1, public library 27, cinema hall 40, dakbungalow 20, circuit house 1.
Main occupations Agriculture 49.01%, fishing 1.25%, agricultural labourer 26.96%, wage labourer 2.3%, commerce 8.35%, service 3.46%, others 8.67%.
Land use Cultivable land 2777573 hectares, fallow land 68715 hectares; single crop 25%, double crop 55% and treble crop land 20%. Land under irrigation 61%.
Land control Among the peasants 9.6% are rich, 11.1% medium, 62% small and marginal.
Main crops Paddy, potato, watermelon, oil seeds, pulses.
Extinct or nearly extinct crops Opium, indigo, aman and aus paddy, tobacco, vetch.
Fruit production Mango, jackfruit, banana, litchi, coconut.
Fisheries, poultries, dairies Fishery 9, dairy 65, poultry 119.
Commutation facilities Roads: pucca 374.77 km, semi pucca 59.12 km and mud road 3595.32 km; railway 15 km; waterways 36 nautical mile.
Traditional transport Palanquin, horse carriage, bullock cart, buffalo cart. These means of transport are either extinct or nearly extinct.
Manufactories Automatic rice and husking mill, ice factory, flour mill, oil mill, sawmill, welding etc.
Cottage industries Goldsmith, blacksmith, potteries, blacksmith, bamboo, cane and mat work, tailoring etc.
Hats, bazars and fairs Total number of hats and bazars is 207.
Main exports Paddy, rice and potato.
NGO activities Most active NGOs operating in the district are brac, ITCL, CARE, grameen bank, thengamara mahila sabuj sangha.
Health centres District hospital 1, upazila heath complex 10, union heath centre 35, family planning centre 42, christian missionary hospital 1.

Lalmonirhat District



Lalmonirhat District (rajshahi division) with an area of 1241.46 sq km, is bounded by Kuchbihar and Jalpaiguri districts of West Bengal (India) on the north, rangpur district on the south, kurigram district and Kuchbihar district of West Bengal on the east, Nilphamari and Rangpur districts on the west. The district is striped shape. Main rivers 7, most noted of which are Tista, Dharla and Saniajan. The river Saniajan originating from the Himalaya has strong current. Sarnamati, Trimohoni, Ratnai and Sati rivers are almost silted. The biggest irrigation project of the country, Tista Barrage Project (length 615 m) is located at Doani of Hatibandha upazila. Temperature: highest 32.3°C, lowest 11.2°C; total rainfall 2931 mm.


almonirhat (Town) consists of 9 wards and 63 mahallas. It's municipality was established in 1973. The area of the town is 17.62 sq km. It has a population of 56672; male 52.02% and female 47.98%; density of population is 3216 per sq km. The literacy rate among the town people is 47.9%. Lalmonirhat town is well known as a railway junction from the beginning of the nineteenth century. Once upon a time one could go to the foot of the Himalayan from Lalmonirhat. The head quarters of the western region of Bangladesh Railway are located here. At present the city is expanding towards Saptabari union to the west and Kalurghat union to the east. The town has one dakbungalow and one Circuit House.

Administration Lalmonirhat district was established in 1984. It consists of 5 upazilas, 2 municipalities, 18 wards, 85 mahallas, 41 union parishads, 425 mouzas, 484 villages and 33 enclaves. The upazilas are lalmonirhat sadar, aditmari, hatibandha, kaliganj and patgram; Municipalities: Lalmonirhat Sadar and Patgram. Lalmonirhat can be called a district of enclaves. The total area of the 33 enclaves (27 are in Patgram) is 1807 hectares. The biggest and most noted enclaves are Dahagram and Angarpota. The Tin-Bigha corridor connects these two enclaves with the main land.

Archaeological relics and monuments Subadar Monsur Khan Mosque (known as Nidaria Mosque), Sindhumati dighi, Hussain Sarabor (dry pond), Harano (lost) Mosque (8th century AH), Dharla Bridge at Mughalhat, Tusharbandhar Zamindar Bari, Ijaradar Mosque, Kakina Rajbari, Kabi Bari (house and collections of poet Sheikh Fazlul Karim), the tomb of Hazrat Shah Sufi Muhammad Fazlur Rahman (known as Blind Hafez).

Historical events During the war of liberation the headquarters of Sector 6 was located at Burimari of Lalmonirhat district. Lalmonirhat was liberated on 6 December 1971.
Marks of War of Liberation Mass grave 8, memorial 7, mass killing site 7.
Population 1088918; male 50.57%, female 49.43%; Muslim 83.2%, Hindu 16.5%, Buddhist 0.01%, Christian 0.13%, ethnic population (Koch, Rajbanshi and Santal) 0.16%.

Literacy and educational institutions Average literacy 66.6%; male 63.9%, female 69.9%. Educational institutions: government college 3, non-government college 18, technical 2, government high school 6, non-government high school 95, junior high school 22, madrasa 75, government primary school 302, non-government primary 293, satellite school 17. Noted old institutions: Lalmonirhat Government High School (1921), Railway Children Park Government High School, Lalmonirhat Government College, Badai Girija Shankar High School (1942), Hatibandha SS High School (1946), Kakina (Kaliganj) Mohima Ranjan Memorial Bilateral High School (1901).
Main occupations Agriculture 50.61%, agricultural labourer 26.05%, wage labourer 3.32%, commerce 7.97%, service 4.1% and others 7.95%.

Locally published newspapers and periodicals Weekly Lalmonirhat Barta, Weekly Janajani; irregular: Lalmonirhat Sahitya Patrika; extinct: Weekly Rangapur Dikprakash (1948, Kaliganj), Monthly Bashana, Chaloman, Daruchini, Chharpatra, Idaning, Aurenna Radan, Bashana (1908, Kaliganj) and Akata.

Cultural organisations Club 175, co operative society 215, public library 2, literary society 12, cinema hall 12, theatre group 15, rural opera party 21, auditorium 7, women's organisation 11, magic party 1.

Religious institutions Mosque 1963, temple 241, church 3, sacred place 11 tomb 2, most noted of which Lalmonirhat Central Jami Mosque, Thanapara Jami Mosque, Bara Dargah at Lalmonirhat Sadar Upazila, tomb of Blind Hafez at Barakhata under Hatibandha Upazila, Kali Mandir, Puran Bazar Church, Pateshwari Mandir.
Land use Total cultivable land 91771 hectares, fallow land 3484 hectares; forestry 122 hectares; single crop 23%, double crop 61% and treble crop land 16%; land under irrigation 61%.
Land control Among the peasants 23% are landless, 27% marginal, 25 small, 20% intermediate and 5% rich; cultivable land per head 0.09 hectare.
Value of land The market value of the land of the first grade is Tk 7000 to 12000 per 0.01 hectare.
Main crops Paddy, tobacco, sugarcane, wheat, corn, potato, ground nut, mustard seed, tomato, onion, chilli, radish, cauliflower, cabbage and vegetables.
Extinct and nearly extinct crops Local varieties of aus and aman paddy, jute, china, tisha, futi.
Main fruits Mango. jackfruit, betel nut, litchi, grape fruit, coconut, banana, papaya.
Fisheries, dairies, poultries Hatchery 75, private nursery 29.23 hectares; fishery 635, dairy 16, livestock 139, poultry 194.
Communication facilities Roads: pucca 252.46 km, semi pucca 104.20 km and mud road 2264 km; railways 92 km, rail station 17; waterways 18 nautical mile.
Traditional transport Palanquin (extinct), horse carriage and bullock cart (nearly extinct), and boat.
Manufactories Cold storage 2, flour mill 8, oil mill 3, ice factory 13, saw mill 39, biscuit factory 5, welding 42, toffee factory 2 and husking mill 212.
Cottage industries Handloom 291, goldsmith 53, blacksmith 99, potteries 33, bamboo and cane work 339, wood work 356, tailoring 807.
Hats, bazars and fairs Total number of hats and bazars are 81, fairs 48.
Main exports Paddy, potato, corn, tobacco and, betel nut.
NGO activities grameen bank, brac, proshika, Family Health Clinic, Sabus Chhata, asa, rdrs, Apan Gram Progati (OVA).
Health centres Hospital 7, upazila health complex 4, satellite clinic 13, private clinic 5, diagnostic centre 6, maternity 16, child hospital 1, union health and family planning centre 53.

KURIGRAM DISTRICT






Subdivisions:
Kurigram District consists of 9 subdivisions:
Kurigram Sadar
Nageshwari
Bhurungamari
Phulbari
Rajarhat
Ulipur
Chilmari
Raumari
Char Rajibpur

Geography:
Kurigram District is located in the north-eastern region of Bangladesh along the border of India. The area of this district is 2,296.10 km² and population is 1,782,277 (2001 national population census). This district is surrounded by Cooch Behar district of India in the north, Gaibandha district of Bangladesh in the south, Assam state of India in the east and, Lalmonirhat and Rangpur districts of Bangladesh in the west. Weather of the Kurigram district is bit different from the middle or southern part of Bangladesh. During summer, temperature is higher and during winter is lower than middle or southern part of Bangladesh. The average maximum temperature is about 32-33 degree Celsius when average minimum temperature is about 10-11 degrees. Heavy rainfall is usually observed during the rainy season like other parts of Bangladesh and the average annual rainfall is about 3000 mm. Several rivers are flowing through the heart of this district. The major rivers are Brahmaputra, Dharla, and Tista with minors are Dudhkumar, Phulkumar, Gangadhar, Jinjiram etc. Three northern subdistricts (namely thana or upazila)of this district (Nageshwari, Bhurungamari, and Phulbari) are recently connected by a beautiful bridge over the Dharla river with the main land of the district.



Kurigram Sadar:
"Sadar" is a Bangla word and its meaning is, a main part of a certain area. So, Kurigram Sadar is the main part of Kurigram district and it is located almost in the center of the district and in the bank of Dharala river. The total area of this main subdistrict is 276.45 km² and the total population is 217,311 (1991 national population census). Beautiful scenery of the bank of the Dharala river near to "Dharla Bridge" and "Old Ferry Port" is the best place to pass leisure with cold river wind in the afternoon of summer. The fantastic view of "Dharla bridge" and sailing boat on the river are also attract the visitors to pass their time with the nature of Dharla river. Bathing in the crystal clear sensibly cool water of Dharla river may be a memorable experience in your life. This main part of Kurigram district is connected with other sub-districts by various transport system when bus is main and most popular transport system among intra-district transport. Cheapest fare and frequent service make it most popular to the peoples of this district. You can easily visit three northern border side (Indian border) districts (Nageswari, Bhurungamari, and Fulbari) connected with main land of Kurigram by Dharla bridge.

Other sub-districts are also conveniently connected with main city of Kurigram by frequently bus service and often train service. The only sub-district Char Rajibpur is still isolated from the main land of this district by Brahmaputra river. You have to use engine boat or ferry to reach there if you really would like to enjoy the life of the peoples live in this island. In addition to this, the main city of Kurigram district is connected with capital city (Dhaka) and other major districts of Bangladesh by day time and over night luxurious buses.


Nageshwari:
Nageshwari subdistrict is one of three northern sub-districts of Kurigram district. It is the located about 22 km far away from the main city of Kurigram and conveniently connected by buses over the recently constructed Dharla bridge. The total area of this sub-district is 415.80 km² and total population is 279,775 (1991 national population census). It is the biggest sub-district among the three northern sub-districts of Kurigram and nicely located with the status of city corporation namely "Pourosova". When you will go to Nageshwari form Kurigram main city, you can enjoy the beautiful green of nature in the both sides of road. Very polite helpful behavior and simplicity of local peoples of Nageshwari will delight you and your visit this place. The main town of Nageswari is conveniently connected with two other northern sub-districts (Bhurungamari and Phulbari) of Kurigram district by bus.


Bhurungamari:
It is most northern sub-district of Kurigram district. The total area of this district is about 236 km² and the total population is 176,822 (1991 national population census). This subdistrict is easily connected with another 2 northern sub-districts and the main part of Kurigram through Nageshwari subdistrict. If you visit the India-Bangladesh border closely located with these sub-districts, you will see the inter country security iron-wire-fences (namely Katatar) between the border of Bangladesh and India. You will also find the "Border Security Force (BSF)" in the part of India and "Bangladesh Rifles (BDR)" in the part of Bangladesh, who are working as a security forces in their respective sites. Kuchbihar is the nearest Indian district from Bhurungamari.


Phulbari:
Phulbari is one of the three northern sub-districts of Kurigram district. The total area of this subdistrict is 163.63 km² and the total number of populations is 129,668 (1991 national population census). It is also closely located in the Indian border of Kuchbihar district and separated by fence from India. Because of it geographical location, it is very close to Kurigram main city but isolated by Dharla river. As Dharla bridge is closely located with the Nageswari district so if some would like to visit Fulbari by using Dharla bridge it will be far away from Kurigram. The most convenient to visit Phulbari by crossing the Dharla river by using very convenient boat or ferry from Kathalbari ferry port, a part of Kurigram main land. Therefore, most of the peoples use this port, rather than Dharla bridge, to visit Fulbari for business and tourism. In addition to these, Fulbari is also closely located with the Lalmonirhat, another northern district of Bangladesh. Therefore peoples from Phulbari can easily go to the main city of both districts for business purpose and can keep their communication with big cities. Although the most of the peoples are dependent on agriculture for their living but many of them are dependent on business.


Rajarhat:
It is the most closest and only western subdistrict of Kurigram. The bus and train are conveniently connected with the main town of Rajarhat from the main city of Kurigram. The total are of this subdistrict is 166.23 km² and the total population is 158,648 (1991 national population census). Because of its closest location and dual transportation systems from the main city of Kurigram, this town has been developed as a business are and many peoples of this subdistrict are depending on business for their living. However, most of the peoples of this subdistrict are dependent on agriculture for their living.

Ulipur:
Ulipur is one of the four southern sub-districts of Kurigram. It is also conveniently connected with the main city of Kurigram by road and rail transport systems. This is the most closest south subdistrict of Kurigram with Kurigram main city. The total area of this subdistrict is 504.19 km² and the total population is 345,205 (1991 national population census). Ulipur town is also conveniently connected with Rajarhar subdistrict by road transport system. The road and rail transport systems from Kurigram main city to Ulipur have further extended to Chilmari, another southern subdistrict of Kurigram. It is the biggest sub-district among all sub-districts of Kurigram and nicely located with the status of city corporation namely "Pourosova".


Chilmari:
Chilmari is geographically located in a beautiful scenic bank of the Tista and Jamuna rivers. It should be noted that Jamuna is one of the most widest and famous out of first three rivers of Bangladesh. Because of this such geographical location and convenient and dual transport systems from the main city of Kurigram, Chilmari has been developed and most important commercial and river port town of Kurigram district. The total area of this subdistrict is 224.97 km² and the total number of population is 100,516 (1991 national population census). As it is adjacently located in the banks of two important rivers of Bangladesh so many peoples of this district are dependent on fishing and business for their living. However, the main profession of most of the peoples are agriculture like most other districts of Bangladesh.


Raumari:
It is geographically located in the eastern side of Chilmari and south-eastern part of Kurigram Sadar and on the bank of local Jinjiram river. However, this subdistrict is isolated from the main land of Kurigram by Jamuna river. The total area of this subdistrict is 197.80 km² and the total number of population is 137,040 (1991 national population census). As it is geographically isolated from the main land of Kurigram therefore water transport system e.g. boat, ferry, is the only way to visit this subdistrict. Because of its poor transport system with the main land of Kurigram, business is not well developed in this subdistrict and therefore most of the peoples are dependent on the agriculture and fishing for their living.


Char Rajibpur:
Char is a Bangla word and it means "island". So, Char Rajibpur is an island subdistrict of Kurigram and located in the most southern part and on the bank of Jamuna river. The total are of this subdistrict is 111.03 km² and the total number of population is 58,049 (1991 national population census). Because of its geographical location and smallest size very few peoples are live in this subdistrict. Only water-based transport system is connected this island subdistrict with the main land of Kurigram. However, this subdistrict is very close to Jamalpur, another district under Dhaka division of Bangladesh. Now only for Govment purpos people go to Kurigram and Good Communication establist from Dhaka ot Rajibpur, Raumari (only 4 hours)

Therefore, Char Rajibpur is the most closest subdistrict of Kurigram with Dhaka, so people are wanted to go Jamalpur under Dhaka division. Now BDR communication existing with Jamalpur and Satelment Offiec of GOB (Rajibpur) serve to north side of Jamalpur(Shandabari, CharAmkhowa, Dhangdhara).

Char Rajibpur and Raumari subdistrict of Kurigram should be include into Jamalpur District or can be a new district include Rajibpur, Raumari and North side of Jamalpur and Division under Dhaka.

This Subdistricts of Kurigram are important communication place of Dhaka to north Bangle with out Jamuna Bridge. This way consume time 2 hours.



Economy:

From the ancient time Kurigram is a land of agriculture. Several agricultural products are the major driving power of the economy of this district such as rice, jute (called the golden fiber of Bangladesh), wheat, tobacco, potato etc. During winter season, when ground water level is usually lower than rainy season, peoples use irrigation system to cultivate several high yielding varies of rice to keep the economy strong of this district. Several cold storage are also adding value to the economy of this district by preserving agricultural products especially potato during the hot summer season.


Food:
Rice and various curry are the common foods of this district like other parts of Bangladesh. Various kinds of fresh water fishes are widely eaten by the peoples of this district rather than meat. These fishes are usually collected from the several rivers flowing through the heart of the district. "KORTI", a white-wide-thin small fish with multiple number of bones are vary popular in this district, like "Ilish" (Hilsha ilisha) in the every parts of Bangladesh. In addition to this, peoples are usually celebrate their various seasons by various kinds of foods. In winter, you can enjoy the taste of sweet natural juice from the date tree.


Education:
There are four levels education system in this district like other parts of Bangladesh. These levels are: 1) Primary - 5 years 2) Secondary - 5 years 3) Higher Secondary - 2 years and 4) Tertiary or University Education - 5 years. Besides Bengali, the native language, English is compulsory at all levels of education. There are lot of primary and secondary schools, and higher secondary college are available in the every part of the district. In addition to this, some kindergarten school and elementary level English schools are mainly available in the main district city and sub-districts towns. For more detail information please visit this link.

Transportation:
Bus is the most cheapest and major transport system of this district. Rail is also conveniently connected with one western (Rajarhat) and two southern sub-districts (Ulipur and Chilmari) of Kurigram. In addition to these, peoples of some other sub-districts e.g. Raumari, Char Rajibpur, and Fulbari usually use boat and ferries to come into the main land of the district by crossing their nearest rivers. Rickshaw is the most convenient and cheaper, but slower, transport system will be seen all over the district. It is one kind of tricycle, driven by one human being, and can easily carry two persons at a time. Inter district and inter subdistrict buses are frequently depart from the Kurigram bus terminal located in he wester part of the city. Train is also well connected with nearest districts e.g. Lalmonirhat, Rangpur but the frequency is quite lower than buses. Super luxurious day and night coaches are available from most of the sub-districts and Kurigram city with the capital city (Dhaka) of Bangladesh.

Climate:
Pleasant climate will be seen all over the year except some heavy rain during the rainy season (June-September) in this district. Although there are some heavy rainfall during the rainy season but water is usually ans quickly flowing to the middle to southern part of Bangladesh as this district is quite higher (appox. 13 meter) from sea level. Summer is embedded with rainy season and quite hot (mostly 30-35o C). As soon as the rainy season is over, winter comes. In winter (October - February) minimum temperature is not less than 5o C and some days are foggy and sun cannot be seen until mid-day during that days. From march weather becomes warm and Spring comes followed by Autumn and our traditional major rice Harvesting season until May. During this period sky will be mostly clear with few floating white clouds and no rains. Winter is also rain free in this district.


Places of interest:
Remnants of a mosque (Mughal period, 1176 AH) at Nayarhat (Rajarhat), remnants of a mosque near Patweshwari Bazar (Mughal period), three domed mosque (Mughal period) at village Majider Par of Thanahat Union (Bhurangamari), Arabic inscription of a mosque (Hussain Shahi period, now preserved at the Rajshahi Barendra Museum), Joymoni Zamindar Bari, Naodanga Zamindar Bari and Mandir (Phulbari), Pangeshwari Mandir and remnants of the Rajbari (Rajarhat), image of Kali at Dasherhat, images of Mangal Chandi, Kamakkha Devi, Laksmi and Sattanarayan in front of the Bhetarbandh Zamindar Bari, Kali Siddheshwari Mandir (Ulipur), two canons of Panga Kingdom (preserved at the BDR Gate).



Kurigram (Town) consists of 9 wards and 107 mahallas. The area of the town is 16.17 sq km. The municipality was established in 1972. The town has a population of 66438; male 51.25% and female 48.75%; population density per sq km 4109. Literacy rate among the town people is 39.9%. The town has two dakbungalows.

Administration Kurigram subdivision was established in 1874 and was turned into a district in 1984. The district consists of 9 upazilas, 2 municipalities, 18 wards, 122 mahallas, 73 union parishads, 647 mouzas, 1907 villages and 14 enclaves. The upazilas are bhurungamari, char rajibpur, chilmari, phulbari, kurigram sadar, nageshwari, rajarhat, raumari and ulipur; the municipality is Kurigram Sadar and Ulipur.

Archaeological heritage and relics Remnants of a mosque (Mughal period, 1176 AH) at Nayarhat (Rajarhat), remnants of a mosque near Patweshwari Bazar (Mughal period), three domed mosque (Mughal period) at village Majider Par of Thanahat Union (Bhurangamari), Arabic inscription of a mosque (Hussain Shahi period, now preserved at the Rajshahi Barendra Museum), Joymoni Zamindar Bari, Naodanga Zamindar Bari and Mandir (Phulbari), Pangeshwari Mandir and remnants of the Rajbari (Rajarhat), image of Kali at Dasherhat, images of Mangal Chandi, Kamakkha Devi, Laksmi and Sattanarayan in front of the Bhetarbandh Zamindar Bari, Kali Siddheshwari Mandir (Ulipur), two canons of Panga Kingdom (preserved at the BDR Gate).

Historical events Devi Chaudharani and Bhabani Pathak revolted against the British. They built their secret hermitages in the deep forests. They conducted many encounters against the British and their collaborators during 1760-1783. Quit-India Movement, Tebhaga Movement and Satyagraha Movement spread over Kurigram. During the War of Liberation Raumari, Rajibpur (except Kodalkati union) and Phulbari upazilas were beyond the reach of the Pak army. Many direct encounters between the Freedom Fighters and the Pak army were held in this district in which about 100 Freedom Fighters were killed.

Marks of the War of Liberation Mass killing site and mass grave: Kurigram food office, Jailkhana Gate, in front of the Bungalow of SP (Kurigram), Chilmari, backyard of the residence of the TNO of Bhurungamari, backyard of the Hospital (Bhurungamari), Ulipur Dakbungalow, Hatia Dagar Kuthi and Dharani Bari Madhupur (Ulipur); about 30-32 human skulls have been discovered from the backside of the residence of Altaf Uddin Compounder of village Baghbhandar under Bhurungamari union; memorial monument at the turn of the Kurigram College; Chandipukur (Nageshwari), memorial plank of martyr freedom fighters (Ghosh Para, Kurigram), a memorial plank with names of 18 freedom Fighters in front of the Ulipur Muktijoddha Office.

Population 1782277; male 49.62%, female 50.38%; Muslim 91.65%, Hindu 7.7% and others 0.65%.

Religious institutions Mosque 3231, temple 199, sacred place 2 and tomb 1, most noted of which are Kurigram Central Jami Mosque, Nageshwari Bus Stand Jami Mosque, Nageshwari Bazar Jami Mosque, Ulipur Shahi Jami Mosque, Chilmari Austami Snan, Madaikhal Kali Mandir and Shree Shree Govinda Jeu Mandir (Ulipur).

Literacy and educational institutions Average literacy 22.3%; male 29.9% and female 14.7%. Educational institutions: government college 3, non-government college 29, commerce college 1, government high school 3, non-government high school 167, junior high school 11, madrasa 464, primary training institute 1, veterinary training institute 1, nursing training institute 1, youth training centre 1, deaf school 1, mentally retarded school 1, government primary school 563, non-government primary school 595, satellite school 12, kindergarten 8 and maktab 155. Noted educational institutions: River View High School (1915), Kurigram Government Boy's High School (1895) and Kurigram Government College (1961), Ulipur Sarnamoye Maharani High School (1868), DM Academy (Nageshwari), Pangarani Lakshmipriya High School (1939), Bhurungamari Pilot High School (1925), Chilmari High School (1933), Jasimia High School (1938, Nageshwari), Naodanga High School (1919, Phulbari), Payardanga Government Primary School (1907, Nageshwari), Raumari Government Primary School (1898), Raumari Keramatia Model Senior Madrassa (1937), Ulipur Government Girl's High School (1909).

Locally published newspapers and periodicals Present: Dainik Kurigram Khabor, Dainik Chaoa Paoa, Weekly Tatha Katha, Weekly Kurigram Barta, Weekly Julfikar, Kalam (Ulipur); extinct: Dainik Kurigram, Banglar Dak, Weekly Dharla; Monthly Pravati, Ganakatha, Ajker Kurigram, Padakkhep (literary magazine), Monthly Ketan, Weekly Uttaran, Fortnightly Sajag, Monthly Betarbani (Nageshwari), Agradut (Raumari).

Natore district

Most part of Natore district is plain land. Chalan Beel, the largest beel in Bangladesh is in part of Natore district.
Natore District (Rajshahi division) with an area of 1896.05 km², is bounded by Naogaon and Bogra districts on the north, pabna and kushtia districts on the south, Pabna and sirajganj districts on the east, rajshahi district on the west. Average annual temperature: maximum 37.8°C, minimum 11.2°C; annual rainfall 1862 mm. Rivers: 10 most noted of which are Atrai, Baral, Narod, Nandakunja; Chalan Beel is notable.
Demography & Education
Population: 1521359; male 50.86%, female 49.14%; Muslim 90.47%, Hindu 8.47%, Christian 0.61% and others 0.45%; ethnic national: Santal.
Religious institutions: Mosque 1946, temple 216, church 12.
Literacy Rate: Average literacy 27%; male 33% and female 20.5%. Educational institutions: government college 5, non-government college 17, government high school 3, non-government high school 206, government primary school 407, non-government primary school 281, madrasa 30, teacher's training college 1, nursing institution 1.
Other information
Communication facilities: Roads: pucca 236.04 km, semi pucca 35 km and mud road 1703.85; railways 64 km.
Cultural organisations Club 285, public library 10, cinema hall 18.
Newspapers: Locally published newspapers and periodicals Dainik Uttar Bangabarta, Dainik Uttarpath, weekly Natore Barta.
Traditional transport: Palanquin, horse carriage, bullock cart, buffalo cart. These means of transport are either extinct or nearly extinct.
NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are brBRACac, CARE, grameen bank, ITCL, thengamara mahila sabuj sangha, etc.
Health centres District hospital 1, upazila health complex 5, TB hospital 1, diabetic hospital 1, mission hospital 1, maternity and child care centre 12, family planning centre 27

RAJSHAHI DIVISION

Rajshahi Division: Bogra · Dinajpur · Gaibandha · Jaipurhat · Kurigram · Lalmonirhat · Naogaon · Natore · Nawabganj · Nilphamari · Pabna · Panchagarh · Rajshahi · Rangpur · Sirajganj · Thakurgaon

Rajshahi Division is one of the six administrative divisions of Bangladesh. It has a population of almost 30 million and area of about 34513 km²[1]. Rajshahi division consists of 16 districts, 128 Upazilas (the next lower administrative tier) and 1,092 Unions (the lowest administrative tier). This division is characterized by its cheap labour force. It has an excellent rail and road communication infrastructure. The divisional city Rajshahi is only four hours road journey away from Dhaka, the capital city. Besides, the two airports in this division take only 30-40 minutes to communicate with Dhaka.

Districts of Rajshahi


Bogra is a northern district of Bangladesh, in the Rajshahi Division. It is called the gateway to the north Bengal. It is an industrial city where many small and mid sized industries are housed. Bogra District was a part of the ancient Pundravardhana territory and Bogra was the capital of Pundravardhana. Bogra is famous for its historical values with Pundravardhana as former capital, which is now known as Mahasthangarh. Bogra Cantonment is located in Bogra District.

RESULT PUBLICATION TROUBLE

When I was trying for get the SSC Results I fall in problem. I think something wrong! As a country connected with Information Super Highway, it is not accepted. So, Ministry of Education, Bangladesh,
Intermediate and Secondary Education Boards, Bangladesh should try to solve it.

S.S.C RESULT-2008:

Intermediate and Secondary Education Boards, Bangladesh, S.S.C. 2008 Result Publication:
http://www.educationboard.gov.bd/

JAIPURHAT


Economy
Jaipurhat's economy is mainly based on seasonal crops like onions etc. It also produces a huge amount of sugarcane and it holds the country's largest sugar-mill.

Places of interest
jamalganj is situated 10 KM(approx)south west of Jaipurhat. And PAHAR PUR(Buddhist Bihar), largely known as SOMEPUR BIHAR, is situated just 6 KM(approx)north-west of Jamalganj which is symbol of our past legacy of our knowledge on philosophy, architecture, arts and sculptures. Thousands of tourist visit from everywhere in the world. Jamalganj is mainly famous for its long traditional bazaar (in English market) fore surrounded places. It's very famous for agricultural products like banana, paddy, rice, wheat, potato and many more. Also famous for its mine like coal (bituminous) and cement.

GAIBANDHA


GAIBANDHA

Subdivisions
Gaibandha District is divided into 7 upazilas/thanas, which are further divided into 82 union parishads, and 1244 villages. The upazilas/thanas of the district are Fulchhari, Gaibandha sadar, Gobindaganj, Palashbari, Sadullapur, Sughatta, and Sundarganj. It also has 3 municipalities, which have a total of 18 wards and 56 mahallas. The municipalities are Gaibandha Sadar, Gobindaganj and Sundarganj.

Demographics
The total population of the district, according to a 2003 estimate [1], is 2,117,959. Out of that, males constitute 50.26% and females 49.74%. In terms of religion, 91.29% are Muslims, 7.79% are Hindus, 0.22% are Christians, 0.13% are Buddhists and others 0.57%.

History
Archaeological heritage and relics in this district include Vardhan Kuthi, Gobindaganj (17th century), house of Naldanga Zamindar along with its Shiva Linga made of black basalt, Vrisa Mandir of white stone and a large pond, Mosque of Shah Sultan Gazi at Mirer Bagan (1308), house of Bamandanga Zamindar, Mosque at Jamalpur, large pond at Faridpur, Masta Mosque at Gobindaganj.

Historical events This region was a part of the Mourya, Pala, Gupta and Kamarupa kingdoms at different times. Movement was held in 1783 in this district against collection of excess taxes. Anti British movement (1921) and tebhaga movement (1946) were initiated in the district. Fayezuddin and Puti Sheikh were killed by Police firing in 1949 in a movement to stop collection of tolls at hats and bazars. A Peasant Convention was held at Fulchhari in 1956 under the leadership of maulana abdul hamid khan bhasani.

DINAJPUR


Subdivisions:
Sub-districts or Upazilas are Birampur Upazila, Birganj, Biral Upazila, Bochaganj Upazila, Chirirbandar Upazila, Phulbari Upazila, Ghoraghat Upazila, Hakimpur Upazila, Kaharole Upazila, Khansama Upazila, Dinajpur Sadar Upazila, Nawabganj, Parbatipur Upazila.


Economy:
The economy of Dinajpur mainly depends upon agriculture based production. Dinajpur is famous for rice production. 'Katharivog' rice is the best produced rice in Bangladesh. Dinajpur is also rich with wheat production. A huge percentage of people from Dinajpur depends upon agri based products. The main industry also includes rice processing mills. However, Dinajpur is highly rich with natural resources like coal. The coal of Boropukuria Coal Mine is empowering a 250MW power generation plant. More sites are discovered to have coal. Asia Energy PLC is a new company,without any history of previous mining experience, quoted in the London Alternative Investment Market, set up to exploit open cast coal mining opportunities in the Phulbari region of Dinajpur.

Education:
Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University[3] is a government financed public university of Bangladesh is situated at 5 km away from Dinajpur main. It serves as the premier institution of science and technology in northern part of the country. There is also Dinajpur Govt University College[4]. Dinajpur has a govt. medical college which is one of the 14 govt funded medical college in Bangladesh. Dinajpur also has got the second BKSP(Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan) in Bangladesh. It also has a polytechnical institutes.

BANGLADESH

Bangladesher ki obostha/oboshta?

Hey,
Bangladesh ekhon khub-e valo ache. jehetu sorbokaler sorbosreshtho Tottabodhayok sorker ekhon desh porichalonay. tobe aar kotodin ei obostha thakbe janina. karon, kew kew naki abar sei bebosha shuru korte jachche.

shujug o shomoy shob shomoy ashe na. jara aage shujug peyeche tara jayga mato ache. aar jara payni tara ekhon matte nambe. maathe neme tather ektai uddeshow thakbe aaro shukowshole agano.

miserable days

32 jobseekers end up in KL camp
Pass miserable days with hardly any water, food
Unb, Dhaka


At least 32 Bangladeshi workers are facing acute water and food crises for last five days at a camp near Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

They were sent to the camp on arrival on June 18 as nobody showed up for them at the airport.

No representative from the Malaysian agency Swas Link or the Bangladeshi recruiting agency Shikha Trade International (RL-328) went to the airport to see them, alleged the relatives of the stranded people.

When worried relations contacted the local agency, they claimed that they have been providing all kinds of assistance, including food and water, to the stranded.

But the fact is that the workers are already fasting as they have run out of food and water.

One of the workers, who flew to Kula Lumpur spending Tk 1,80,000, told UNB over the phone that they did not even know what their fault is.

"We've already run out of food, water and money: if nobody comes for our rescue, we'll not survive in the depot as we don't have money to buy food," he said.

Another worker said, "After waiting for more than 10 months after giving them money, the recruiting agency has now sent us to a hell where nobody helps us out.”

Hint:
http://www.thedailystar.net
Security to be upped during local govt polls
Staff Correspondent


Police will beef up security steps ahead of the local elections scheduled for August 4.

“Holding the local body polls is a government decision and we'll stick to it and prepare ourselves accordingly,” Inspector General of Police (IGP) Nur Mohammad told reporters yesterday after a meeting with LGRD Adviser Anwarul Iqbal at the latter's office.

Asked to comment on the possibility of a confrontation following the four-party alliance's threat to resist the polls, he said, “We don't see any such possibility yet.”

Expressing satisfaction over existing law and order in the country, the IGP said that police would take up a three-phase security plan for period before, during and after the elections.

Appropriate security measures will be put in place 15 to 20 days before the polls day and follow-up steps will be taken on the basis of intelligence reports and effectiveness of the primary measures taken, the IGP explained.

“Although the local body elections are non-political, we will be taking extra measures,” he added.
Committed to PEOPLE'S RIGHT TO KNOW


Monday, June 23, 2008 07:05 AM GMT+06:00

City Polls Candidates
Personal details to be on EC website
Staff Correspondent


Commission (EC) ensure public access to information about candidates in the August 4 polls to four city corporations and nine municipalities.

Applicants seeking candidacy must submit affidavits of personal information to returning officers (RO) during filing of the applications including details of their wealth, sources of income, backgrounds, and records of criminal cases if any existed in the past, officials in the EC Secretariat said adding that voters will have access to those information.

The EC will post the personal information of the selected candidates on its website for public viewing after July 13, the deadline for withdrawing candidacies, senior officials in the EC Secretariat said.

All contesting candidates will have to submit their election expenditure reports to the ROs within 30 days of the polling day.

The ROs will preserve all documents pertaining to the polls in their offices or in any other appropriate place, and the documents will be accessible to public for a year in exchange for a certain amount of fees. People will also be able to obtain copies of the poll expenditure reports submitted by the candidates.

The EC officials said the new system will help voters in making informed decisions about who they will vote into their local government offices.

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda on Friday, while announcing the election schedule for the four city corporations and nine municipalities, said the new election rules will encourage honest and competent people to contest in the polls.

The new laws also allow appeals challenging selections of candidates as well as rejections of applicants. The appellate authorities will settle the appeals, but those have to be filed within two days of the selections or rejections.

The immediate past electoral laws allowed appeals only against rejections.

The EC officials said similar provisions for public access to information about candidates might also be incorporated in the rules for polls to union and upazila parishads.

Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) demolishes an illegal structure near Rampura Bridge in the city yesterday as part of the Hatirjheel canal development project. Photo: STAR
Monday, June 23, 2008 07:09 AM GMT+06:00

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Haj orientation from June 26


Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) will arrange a three-day orientation camp for interested persons who wish to perform haj, says a press release.

The orientation will be started on June 26 at Dhaka Ahsania Mission Bhaban auditorium.

Interested persons are requested to contact with Md Ismail Mia (01552-410049; 01711-825057) and Ahsanul Karim (01720-336095) for registration.

NEW COUNTRY

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A new Bangladesh
M A Quader, Dhaka

In 1971, a new country was created and in the past 36 years its people have struggled to build a prosperous society.

With so much uncertainly, its people, from all walks of life, dispersed around the world. In early 2007, a change took place and now it is time for everyone to come home. It is now time for Bangladesh to take its place on the world stage.

The government is headed by Chief Adviser Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed. His associates and heads of various government organisations have committed themselves to bringing about positive changes. These individuals are working to improve the environment, the educational system and other social programmes.

After 16 months of their continuous hard work, the government has effected visible changes in the way Bangladesh is run. These changes, promoted aggressively, have produced the desired results.

In all emerging countries, corruption has always proved to be a stumbling block to prosperity. This situation is changing in Bangladesh. There is a renewed hope among the ordinary citizens. There is a sense of a re-energized Bangladesh, poised to become a new 'Asian Tiger.'

It is my considered opinion that there are lots of people wanting to and waiting to invest money in Bangladesh but they are holding themselves back until a better business environment is created. That time has arrived.

To their credit, the present government has attempted to address the issue of maximizing food production in response to the food shortages that are occurring in Bangladesh, and around the world. We must encourage the government.

Bangladesh can succeed if it follows the path of strong and efficient operating management and fiscal efficiency while continuing to support the policies that have been implemented. With these measures in place, Bangladesh can take its place on the world stage as the newest 'Asian Tiger'.

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE


Sunday, June 22, 2008 11:42 AM GMT+06:00


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Mission impossible?
Anam A. Choudhury


No one wants to go back to the bad old days. Photo: Munir uz Zaman/ Drik News
MOST political observers reckon that Bangladesh may have plunged into yet another period of political uncertainty. It is probably naive to expect that the present caretaker government will be able to put an end to these long periods of political deadlock very easily. However, with the departure of Sheikh Hasina and the expected release of Begum Zia and her two sons, perhaps there is a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel.

Some may attack the caretaker regime for flip-flops, but an overwhelming majority may approve of "constructive engagement" with the two major parties, so that we can finally have an agreement that will make our elections conform to modern democratic practices, and their results will be accepted without the rancorous disputes we normally see in our country. Bangladesh needs to move beyond the corruption scandal. But before it does, the people have to know exactly what happened, regardless of the precise legality of each case.

The last thing this impoverished country needs now is another period of political turmoil and economic chaos. The horror of political turmoil is that those who suffer most are those who deserve to suffer least. Some economic observers, long mystified by Bangladesh's ability to live beyond its means and postpone what they see as an unavoidable economic crisis, think that the country might be finally running out of luck.

Skyrocketing food and fuel prices have already sparked protests in many countries. Naturally, Bangladesh will be one of the hardest hit countries, because the bulk of the income of the people is spent on the bare necessities for survival.

Doubling of food and fuel prices over the past three years could potentially push millions of people into extreme poverty. World Bank president Robert Zoellick and IMF head Dominique Strauss voiced concern and fear that soaring grain and fuel prices could cause global instability unless remedies were found quickly. There is no lasting solution to our economic backwardness without rapid and sustained economic growth.

It is a widely held view that political stability is sine qua non for long-term peace and prosperity. Chronic political instability is a big obstacle to injecting fresh vitality into our economy. Most economists reckon that Bangladesh's "speculative" rating is a major disqualification for FDI. International rating agencies, such as Standard & Poor's and Moody's are yet to acknowledge that Bangladesh is worth investing in.

Unless rating agencies raise the country's rating from "speculative" to "investment grade," Bangladesh will not be able to attract much needed investment in development projects such as highways, ports, education and health care. Countries such as South Korea, Malaysia and Thailand, which have invested substantially in literacy and public health, have outperformed their neighbours economically. Sovereign rating on Bangladesh will remain beyond reach because of the country's weak fiscal profile -- such as high levels of external debt, unacceptably large trade deficit and huge public sector borrowing requirement.

Make no mistake, capital is not sympathetic to countries that tax too much, borrow too much and spend too much. Studies have found that there are lots of things these days that naive politicians and bureaucrats should not be doing. For example, printing money to finance reckless borrowing, raising taxes so high as to discourage enterprise and investment, and introducing or preserving regulations that impose high costs on business and distort economic decisions. Bangladesh's future depends on its increasing integration into regional and global economies. Unfortunately, Bangladesh is still in a state of dangerous political disarray.

People wonder whether we can save our democracy from the viciously confrontational two-party politics. The eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth politics of the last few years was a national embarrassment, except that perhaps no politician felt embarrassed. They are virtually unrepentant about their obscene political past and the countless allegations of bribery and corruption. The traditional politics of left and right, at least in terms of class and economics, is obsolescent in many countries. Sadly enough, in Bangladesh old politics are very much well and alive. Party loyalties, based on old class and religious identities, still matter most.

Millions of Bangladeshis in cities and suburbs view voting for anyone other than the BNP and the Awami League as more or less unthinkable. In our county, politics is still dominated by change-resistant dynasties, which limits voter choice. The majority of voters are generally ignorant of the specific policies of the party they support. Issues and policies just do not matter when it comes to voting. Long established party identifications come first. Our maverick politicians are well aware of the fact that elections are about the victory of one party over another, and the bottom line is that, in Bangladesh, it is either the BNP or the Awami League. Consequently, both the major parties campaign themes are simply winning the election and ousting the present caretaker government.

They have not worked out exactly how they will address deep-rooted economic and political problems that the country faces today. They look incapable of dealing with the daunting economic and social problems of today's world. Western powers demand democracy. One wonders why. The notion that elections will magically cure all our economic and political ills is a mistaken one. The origins of economic and political problems are more complex than a simple lack of democracy. Many liberal intellectuals and academics misunderstand the nature of our political problem. The man in the street evinces no faith in democracy anymore. People do not want to go back to the old days.

They were really horrified by the upsurge of crime and rampant corruption. It made us squirm to think how badly politicians had messed up the politics of this country in the name of democracy. Does democracy curb corruption? The answer is simply no. By almost all calculations, most corruption and scandals take place in democracies. Transparency International, a global counter-corruption watchdog estimated that light-fingered politicians and bureaucrats cream off at least 20 percent of development spending in democracies like Nigeria, Indonesia, Bangladesh and India.

Can democracy destroy terrorism? Again the answer is, no. Most terrorist attacks take place in democracies, not authoritarian countries. According to one study, during the last 25 years, there were more than 400 terrorist attacks in India and only 18 in China.

The majority believes that the caretaker government is seeking to strengthen our democracy and restore a sense of values to this confused nation, but skeptics smell a hidden political agenda behind this. There are ample signs that many people are disenchanted with "democracy" as practiced in recent years in Bangladesh. Surely they do not want shrewd political opportunists seizing the chance again.

We cannot keep doing what we are doing now, particularly in the current economic climate. The forthcoming election will be a turning point, whether we go forward or slip back. Let us resolve our differences and work together to realise our cherished dreams.

Anam A. Choudhury is a former investment banker.

Ref:http://www.thedailystar.net/story.php?nid=42198

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