Bangladesh Fact File

In case if you wanted to know more about Bangladesh…

  • Bangla (also known as Bengali), the national language of Bangladesh, is the fifth most frequently-spoken language in the world. Bangladesh became a country in 1971 when it declared its independence from Pakistan. Bangladesh used to be East Pakistan, or East Bengal. West Bengal is a state in India.
  • The word Bangladesh was coined around 1971 when the country was formed: it means land (desh) of the Bangla (Bengali people).
  • Bangladesh is bordered by two countries: India and Burma (Myanmar).
  • Bangladesh has its own 12-month calendar with six seasons.
  • Bangladesh is known for its production of the jute plant, whose fiber is made into carpets, rope and other products. Jute is known as the golden fibre in Bangladesh.
  • Every region of Bangladesh has its own dessert (mishti): if you are eating Chom-Chom, you’re in Tangail, if it’s Roshmallai you’re in Comilla, or Monda if in Muktagacha.
  • In Dhaka, all of the autorickshaws and most of the taxis run on clean-burning natural gas (CNG) rather than diesel or petrol.
  • The Bengali people of Bangladeshi fought for the right to speak their own language in 1952, this event is now commemorated worldwide as International Mother Language Day.
  • The monsoon season in Bangladesh is generally from June to August. If you visit then, bring an umbrella.
  • Bangladesh lies on the Tropic of Cancer (23.5 degrees northern latitude). Other countries on this line include Mexico, the Bahamas, Eygpt, Saudi Arabia, India and China.
  • Bangladesh’s parliament building, an architectural landmark, was designed by an American architect, Louis Khan.

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Earthquake in Dhaka!

I was lying on my bed talking to a friend on the phone, and I suddenly felt that the bed was shaking. Within 3 seconds, it stopped. My first impression was that a cat got under my bed and it was shaking it, but then I realised that it’s impossible as the bed is way too heavy. (Plus there was no cat, I checked!)

I quickly asked my friends on IRC, and they said they felt it too.

So it was an earthquake for real! Quake in Dhaka at 12:51 AM!

I tweeted instantly. Within minutes, tweets poured in from my friends, confirming that it indeed was a quake.

At 2:15 AM, BDnews24 reported that the Meteorology office recorded the quake to be of 5.6 magnitude on the Richter scale. An hour later, AFP reported that US Geological Survey pinpointed the epicenter 115 kilometers (70 miles) north of Dhaka in Mymensingh, at a depth of 5.2 kilometers.

No news of significant damages till now, except that a Dhaka University student broke his leg jumping off a floor of his dormitory panicked by the quake. What a dumb prick!

Update: This post was mentioned on Global Voices on July 29th.

Mar Shala Re!

Former chief of Bangladesh Army Lieutenant General Mahbubur Rahman (retired) got a good bashing from a fellow BNP activist!

Who will believe that this guy once lead the army and used to get salutes wherever he went? Doesn’t he have martial arts or hand-to-hand combat training? It’s really amazing to see this sort of scenes… but thanks to the anonymous photographer, this has given me a straight 20 minutes laughter!

Photo credit: E-Bangladesh.

Prothom Alo Cartoon

Bangladesh is tagged as a “moderate” Muslim country, but how long can it hold this image? Even today the country witnessed rampages by Muslim fundamentalists in Dhaka. Anyone with a minimal IQ and sense of humour will laugh at the cartoon published on 17th September issue of Prothom Alo‘s supplement magazine Alpin, but the twisted minded fundamentalists has turned it upside down.

The cartoon depicts a conversation between a little boy with a cat on his lap and an elderly cleric:

Elderly cleric:  Hey kid, what’s your name?
Little boy:  My name is Babu
Elderly cleric:  You’re supposed to say Mohammad before a name. What’s your father’s name?
Little boy:  Mohammad Abu
Elderly cleric:  So what’s that on your lap?
Little boy:  Mohammad cat

The cleric teaches the boy to use “Mohammad” before a name and like any kid he follows it and says “Mohammad” before saying “cat”. A person with minimal IQ will laugh at the “mistake” the boy makes, but the Saudi sponsored evil fundamentalists relate it to “insulting” Prophet Mohammad and compares it with the infamous Danish cartoon series.

Here’s a scanned copy of that cartoon, judge it yourself how this had “insulted” Islam and Prophet Muhammad:

The interim government has already lost popularity, and the way they handled the situation by arresting the cartoonist has made it worse. The only good side of the arrest is that the cartoonist is in a safe place now. The fundamentalists would have tear him apart if they could find him somewhere. So called followers of a religion which means “peace”!

Tit for Tat

August is gone, but this month will be remembered by Bangladeshi people for a long, long time.

Here’s a picture that I want to share with you all:

It’s said pictures speak a thousand words, and this one is a perfect example of it. It was published on The Daily Star last month, and to be honest I couldn’t stop laughing when I first saw it! The goddamn army got a good teaching! :p

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