YouTube and Google Blocked in Bangladesh

This is simply insane and ridiculous, Bangladesh government has blocked YouTube as well as Google in the country. I can keep myself off from YouTube for a few days, but how the hell am I supposed to check my emails, access my online documents and spreadsheets as they are all hosted by Google Apps? Moreover how am I supposed to search on Internet now?

How can these people be so dumb to block access to Google? What the hell am I supposed to do with my Internet connection when I’m not being able access my emails and other important services provided by Google? Damn you stupid government, you just angered the youth of the country and we’ll answer you in the next election.

P.S. This is the second time Sheikh Hasina’s “digital” goverment has blocked YouTube, but Google for the first time. I’m calling it the Great Sahara Firewall as Sahara Khatun became the new telecom minister this week.

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Bangladeshi Currency

The currency of Bangladesh is Bangladeshi Dollar. Eikkk, just kidding, they called Taka (৳). Like many other countries, they are issued as notes and coins. Notes are of one taka, two taka, five taka, ten taka, twenty taka, fifty taka, one hundred taka, five hundred taka, and one thousand taka. Coins are of one paisa, five paisa, ten paisa, twenty five paisa, fifty paisa, one taka and five taka. Notes from five taka to one thousand taka are issued by Bangladesh Bank, while one taka and two taka notes and all the coins are issued by Bangladesh Government. Here’s what they look like:

One (1) Taka:

1 Taka, front side

1 Taka, back side


Two (2) Taka:

2 Taka, front side

2 Taka, back side

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Hartal, Hartal!

The National Committee on Protection of Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports called a half-day strike on 14th September 2009 in capital Dhaka to protest the government’s recently announced gas exploration deals with international companies. It was first hartal since 2006, and also the first one after the current government came to power early this year.

I was at Paltan the entire morning, and here’s the coverage of the hartal processions, protests, more.

Hartal Coverage: Snap I (by Russell John)

Hartal Coverage: Procession I (by Russell John)

Hartal Coverage: Procession II (by Russell John)

Hartal Coverage: Procession III (by Russell John)

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