Re: Tale of the BD websites (Parjatan Corporation)
- Dear Aochok
I am not an IT expert, but I did a little search on the net on
parjatan.org and found the following address.
Created On:26-Dec-2003 14:50:14 UTC
Last Updated On:25-Feb-2004 03:46:27 UTC
Expiration Date:26-Dec-2004 14:50:14 UTC
Registrant Name:davison Mark
Registrant Organization:Mark davison
Registrant Street1:arthur st
Registrant Postal Code:00000
Admin Name:davison Mark
Admin Organization:Mark davison
Admin Street1:arthur st
Admin Postal Code:00000
Tech Name:davison Mark
Tech Organization:Mark davison
Tech Street1:arthur st
Tech Postal Code:00000
I am not sure if Bangladesh Government own the domain or not. I did
do few other search on different Bangladesh Government website which
contact information are different,
i.e. www. BOIBD.ORG
Created On:20-Feb-2002 04:49:27 UTC
Last Updated On:22-Mar-2004 04:46:08 UTC
Expiration Date:20-Feb-2006 04:49:27 UTC
Registrant Name:Javed Ahmed
Registrant Organization:Daffodil Computers
Registrant Street1:64/3, Lake Circus, Kalabagan
Registrant Postal Code:1205
Admin Name:Javed Ahmed
Admin Organization:Daffodil Computers
Admin Street1:64/3, Lake Circus, Kalabagan
Admin Postal Code:1205
Tech Name:Javed Ahmed
Tech Organization:Daffodil Computers
Tech Street1:64/3, Lake Circus, Kalabagan
Tech Postal Code:1205
However , I did find a link of www.parjatan.org/ in Bangladesh
Government's official website. May be an IT expert among ALochok can
do further investigation and see if this website truly own by
Bangladesh government or not.
We shouldn't blame the government without knowing the real fact.
- Dear Alochoks,
Flood situation in Bangladesh deteriorated in almostall around the country. The flooding began earlierthis month and had already caused extensive damage tobasic infrastructures like roads, bridges, railways,embankment, farmland, property and livelihoods inBangladesh. People have been marooned or displacedseeking shelter in available high-ground areas. About30 million flood-hit people are in acute crisis offood and many of them are suffering from water-bornediseases like diarrhea. In most of the regions, theflooding turned catastrophic destroying crops onhundreds of acres, overflowing roads, railroads andflood control dams. Insufficient relief andcontaminated food and drinking water are blamed forsevere sufferings of people. Bangladesh has alreadyappealed to the international community for urgentassistance.
At this moment it is our crucial responsibility as aBangladeshi to help our flood victim brothers andsisters suffereng back home by donating any affordableamount.
Please mail your check payable to BangladeshAssociation of Chicagoland, P.O. Box 59849, Chicago,IL 60659. We will transmit the accumulated donation tothe flood relief fund ASAP.
Javed Iqbal-Executive Secretary
Bangladesh Association of Chicagoland
Any information dissemination related mail or any sorts of petition usually gets less preference for Alochona posting. However, considering the devastating flooding condition in country at present, we decided to post those petitions regarding helping the flood victims.
Alochoks are requested to be remindful that in future Alochona may not consider posting of similar type.
The country is under grip of severe flood inundating about a third of
the land and affecting or dislocating about 30 Millions. During April-
May this year the country was experiencing hot and dry spells at a
magnitude higher than those recorded during few of the previous years
similarly in India and Pakistan, too. Hence it was predictable that
it will follow with jet stream of huge amount of moisture coming from
Arab Sea and the Bay of Bengal bringing intense rainfalls and monsoon
flooding the deltaic plane, the confluence of Ganges-Brahmaputra-
Meghna basin, that constitutes Bangladesh.
Natural disaster, calamities and catastrophes are cohabiting
phenomenon of human civilization. Modern science till today can
explain the reason of earthquakes but could not find ways and means
to forecast its occurrences but catching people with severe strikes
unaware and surprised leading to devastating catastrophes of death
and destruction. Almost similar phenomenon goes with the Tornados.
Although it is predictable which months of the year are prone to
these occurrences but the whim with which the Twisters choose the
route, create their width, the speed; striking day, hour or minute of
the severe whirlwind funneling off objects from the groundis
impossible to predict. The destruction is unavoidable and
inescapable, but death can be escaped only hiding in underground
But, this is not so in case of floods or cyclones. It is predictable
well ahead-- looking and monitoring the changes of temperature,
barometric pressure, humidity and directions of the movement of the
air carrying the clouds, the movement and melting of the glaciers,
rise and fall of water levels in the rivers and the seas of a target
After just a few years of independence when the people of Bangladesh
was still in rejoicing mood and dreaming of a vibrant and
strong "Sonar Bangla", the sudden flood and famine of 1974 taking
lives of thousands, disenchanted and demystified the people so bad
the incumbents failure of disaster management had to face severe
criticism and rage of the people giving all abundant chance and ample
opportunity to the opposition forces to embarrass and brand the
liberators of Bangladesh as failed managers incapable of governing
the state to the point of question of viability of existence of
independent Bangladesh. We had to swallow with shame, the words of
self-assumed diplomatic authorities of the World cursing us as
a "basket case".
It was a tremendous blow to our self-esteem, and more to the
enthusiasm of "Sonar Bangla" facing that brute reality of famine and
deathdemystification of the myth, which we created through years of
struggle and the liberation war. The British or the Punjabi's never
believed that we Bengalis can also be warriors to win a war
challenging any force how formidable.
The connection between cultural bigotry and political tyranny can
also become very close. Commenting on the Bengal famine of the 40's
the great Churchill said that, "The Bengal famine of 1943 was caused
by the tendency of the people out there to breed like rabbits."
profoundly affecting the relief efforts during the disastrous famine.
Henry Kissinger's mote claim of terming independent Bangladesh
as, "basket case", created similar negative affect in the incoming
relief efforts of the Government.
In 1970, worst cyclone hit the coastal area of Bangladesh taking
lives nearly of a million and then the famine of 1974, with all those
horrendous pictures of starving skeletons of the living humans or the
dead swollen bodies caught in the trees or the sandy beaches printed
in the media-- painted, portrayed and flashed to the World the image
of a country of cyclones, floods, famines and tropical diseases
indeed a "basket case" full of people "breeding like rabbits"-- a
population of relief mongers born to live only on pity of relief and
assistance extended by the international club of the rich countries.
However, the inherent will of the people of Bangladesh to combat,
survive and construct an independent Bangladesh was tremendously
underestimated then by the international community and even by the
neighbours. The trauma of 1974 and the introduction of BAKSAL by the
leaderships of war of independence confused and isolated the people
creating favourable ground to hatch the conspiracy for the enemies of
independence to stage the massacre of 15th August, 3rd and 7th
November, 1975. In spite of all these could not altogether take away
the resolute inspiration of the people to overcome the impediments
and forge ahead to build the nation to earn the respect of the self-
serving pessimists. The later history proves that to be true.
The 1974 famine taught us the first lesson"do not depend on foreign
aid or assistance for food and essentials to move the relief
operation during flood or cyclone." Hence, then on from 1975, the
priorities of the successive Governments were to construct go-downs
for food and relief materials and create a buffer stock. We learnt,
for food we could not depend upon the pledges and promises of the
foreign donors for assistance and wait for those assistances, which
may come after months or years or may not come at all. So from then
on, after each crop, the Government purchased rice or paddies and
stored in those go-downs located at each administrative Police
Station even other relief materials at the central relief go-down in
Dhaka. In this way, then on all the successive Governments held stock
2-3 Million Metric Tons of foods as buffer stock all along the year
which not only made the Government capable to combat natural disaster
but also gave the Government power to intervene into the market in
case of regulation of price of food items became necessary.
The second lesson we learnt, "Build shelters." Multistoried cyclone
and flood shelters were built integrating with school, college, and
hospital construction programmes. In small towns, the community
houses of the local Governments also were turned into multistoried
multipurpose shelter units.
The third lesson we learned, "Build coastal embankments and green
belts." Coastal embankments and forestation programmes were
implemented at the coastal area to minimize damages occurring due to
encroachment of the coast by incoming tidal surges at the time of
The fourth lesson we learnt, " build spurs" at the places where the
rivers are taking horseshoe bends. A number of river training
programmes were implemented to control severe erosions at the most
prone areas along the river.
Therefore, the flood of 1988 even was more severe than the flood of
1974-the cyclone of 1991 was more severe than 1970but the deaths
were insignificant reduced to few hundreds not even thousands against
prediction of foreign media that millions of deaths shall occur.
During 1998 flood BBC was fearing that at least two millions will die
out of starvation, but there was not a single death going hungry or
not having received the relief material for food and/or other
essentials. The Government's effort to combat the flood was then
later was praised by the World press with notes of surprise.
On the other hand at the end of 1998, Bangladesh, for the first time
claimed autarky in foodthe country that was plagued with food
shortage from its birth and each year had to meet the shortage with
food aid from foreign donors. From then on the food aid from foreign
sources dropped to nil, and the government held buffer stock for the
people to meet any proportion of disaster coming out from flood or
Bangladesh is no more a "basket case", now having US $ 6.421 Billion
annual earnings from export, a GDP growth rate of 5.5 % per annum, a
saving rate of 24.49% and investment rate of 23.49 % of GDP, Human
Development Index trend of increase at the rate of 1.76% per annum
between 1975(0.345)-2002(0.509), Gender Related Development Index of
0.499 and Gender Related Income Share is 76% which is even higher
than India (50%) or Pakistan (44%).
Similarly, no more "breeding like rabbits"with an annual population
growth of 1.5 % even below the World average of 1.6%. UNDP 2004
report has recognized Bangladesh in the list of seven of the best
performing list of the countries achieving satisfactory rate of
poverty reduction towards achieving Millennium Development Goal (MDG).
Therefore, now when we are in the grip of severe flood today in 2004,
the Government can say, "We do not need international relief now, but
we shall need assistance for rehabilitation and restoration of
damages of the infrastructures caused by the flood, only after the
flood water recedes." There were deaths of a few hundred due to some
accidents but anybody looking the Satellite image of the flood would
fear death of millions if this flood would have occurred decades
Bangladesh is an active delta at the confluence of three major
rivers Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna. Ganges and Brahmaputra have
their origin in the Himalayas. Flood is inevitable, and severe flood
can always occur in those monsoons when the all these three rivers
rise simultaneously. Geographically Bangladesh is located in the
tropical region at the tip of the funnel of Bay of Bengal, one of the
largest bays of the Indian Ocean and hence cyclones are normal
features of changing seasons in this region from long history of the
past found in record. We have to live with these floods and cyclones,
and we have to learn how to survive and live with them, with our own
experience without hampering the pace and efforts of development.
There is no permanent solution of to do away with the floods or
cyclones. It is not necessary to make false promises. Begum Khaleda
Zia should refrain from populace lectures when she is falsely
promising to the victims of flood that her Government would find and
implement permanent solution to do away with the recurring floods.
Also she should refrain from stating that, flood brings alluvial soil
enhancing fertility of the agricultural lands. This may be true in
seasons of normal monsoons but in seasons of soaring flooding which
is a case of this year, the tons of alluvial soil brings disaster to
fill the river beds making the rivers erode their banks. She should
leave these comments on merits or demerits of flood to be made by the
scientists and this is not her job. The responsibility of the
Government is to save lives and hence to see that the relief
materials reach the needy smoothly and effectively. For doing this
Government should not depend on the administration only but also
should integrate the elected public representatives and inspire
In this year's relief operation the presence of people's
representatives undertaking relief operations and enthusiasm of the
various political and socio-cultural humanist initiatives including
activities of the NGOs are at very low ebb. It was the result of
Governments policy to assert enhanced dependence on Government
administrationthe reason is unclear. In any case, this is not a
prudent policy, because may be the initiative taken through the
Government machinery may be enough at this point of time but if the
situation worsens since there is possibility of slow receding of
flood water due to rise of sea level with the effect of full moon and
also a second spell is being forecasted and if that come by then the
Government's lone effort to raise and distribute relief materials
through administrative channels only, may not suffice. Hence, it
would be advisable to integrate the elected people's representatives,
the NGOs and the socio-cultural organizations and getting them
engaged by the side of the Government in the task of relief
mobilization as well as distribution.
Although, it appears there is no scarcity of food items, but it is
being reported that there are scarcity of Oral Saline, Water
Purifying Tablets and Antibiotics etc. Immediate action is necessary
to increase the production and supply of these essential medical
items by the pharmaceutical industries, voluntary organizations and
involvement of paramedics and the doctor's organizations to get those
made available to the relief shelters and camps. Moreover, the most
important area where the relief distribution is getting hampered is
due to lack of necessary numbers of water transports. The
Government's initiative is needed to make necessary mobilization of
river transports from the Public and private sector so that relief
reaches also in the areas, which are not accessible, by road. In this
matter the unwise remark of the Finance Minister making discouraging
effect on the initiatives of the NGOs is not expected at the time of
national crisis where sense of cooperation should prevail.
It is apparent that 20-30% of funds allocated in the current Fiscal
Year's ADP has to get diverted into the programmes for flood damage
rehabilitation initiatives. At this point of time it is not clear
whether the donors are offering grants or debts for flood damage
rehabilitation. It is most likely that the donors are more inclined
in the publicity rather than putting their pledges on realistic
terms. In reality the donors would propose to divert a portion of the
fund already pledged under 2004-05 ADP for flood damage
rehabilitation schemes making it a separate component. Therefore it
is not necessary for the Government also to give much importance on
the additional debts if offered which is most unlikely but only
consider those which come as Debt Relief Grants or pure grants for
strengthening of flood disaster management and rehabilitation
programmes. Without enhancing the size of the debt or the ADP already
passed by the Parliament it would be rather more prudent to engage
all effort to get 100% of the ADP implemented without falling short
of a single Taka which is actually more important considering the
past performance of not having got the full amount of ADP utilized
last year, due to slackness of implementation initiatives.
A very important point, and indeed which looks alarming that, the
interval period of years between two occurrences of severe floods are
getting reduced. We have normal flooding in each year, but the
abnormal flood occurs when heavy rainfalls are recorded in the West,
North and the East happening simultaneously flooding all the three
tributaries i.e. Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna with rise of water
levels above danger levels, as well as, when this phenomenon gets
associated with rise of water level in the bay due to lunar cycle or
other reason like global warming. The year lines of occurrences of
this particular set of inter-related phenomenon with simulated
characteristics as recorded in near past that caused severe flood
are, 1955, 1974, 1988, 1998 and now in 2004. That shows the gaps are
getting reduced in alarming rate. If this trend continues then in not
very distant future we may have to experience severe flooding
occurring in each of the years during monsoon.
This is an issue of environment, which calls for regional and
international attention. This also calls for finding the reasons and
identification of remedies alongwith intensification of technology
and logistics for early warning systems. The research programme and
its implementation shall not be useful if taken by Bangladesh alone
in isolation. Obviously it needs regional as well as international
consciousness and cooperation.
Bangladesh with a territory of 7% only of the Ganges-Brahmaputra-
Meghna basin taking the burden of flow of 92% of flood water flowing
through her when it is the result of rainfall occurring outside
Bangladesh in an area 15 times larger than Bangladesh herself.
Therefore, nonetheless, Bangladesh needs to take the initiative
calling for regional and international cooperation to identify the
problems, remedies and steps to cope up with recurrent disaster of
flood or draught, which is impossible to avoid occurring so
frequently due to change in climate patterns occurring globally. A
fair water-sharing programme including installation of early warning
system on regional and international basis would call for
construction of various infrastructures including storage facilities
and modes of transportation for regulating the water flow as well for
Rehabilitation programmes against damaged crops, houses, roads,
culverts, bridges, buildings and health care programmes to minimize
risk of getting infected by water born diseases etc. following the
flood, would be needing funds in higher proportion year after year of
occurrences of floods, particularly if the interval of occurrences of
severe flooding gets reduced at the rate being observed now from the
above data, and then at that instance, it may become a recurrent
national burden hampering the pace of development, hence it requires
urgent calling for the need of early awareness seeking regional and
international cooperation for combating the ill affects of the change
of global climate.
Dhaka, July 31, 2004
Some Flood Relief Links
First two links has online donation options:
- Dear Alochoks,
Mr. Imtiaz's e-mail on this subject caught my attention. The
following comments made by current American Ambassador is worth re-
iterating here, he said the following:
>It is amazing that even the foreigners understand the importance of
> 'The most important point is, democratic institution in Bangladesh
> will not be strengthen if the two big parties do not show
>cooperation in issues of national interest.'
cross party co-operation especially for a country like Bangladesh,
where catastrophic natural disasters like flood is very common.
If the USA was flooded like Bangladesh and 30 million people's
livelihood were affected then I can bet my last dime that John Kerry
and President Bush would be united in helping the victims of the
flood and set aside all their political differences. It appears that
our Bangladeshi politicians do not have the dignity, courage and the
humanity to co-operate in meeting common goals and objectives, which
would help majority of the population.
Sometime I wonder if Bangladesh has any democracy at all - it feels
more like family clans ruling the country. For instance, the
opposition leader (AL) boycotts the parliament for any given excuse -
can you imagine this sort of behaviour of an opposition leader in any
other civilised country?
In response to:
- Dear Alochok:
As one of the members of Biswa Sahitya Kendra, I am
proud to announce that Professor Abdullah Abu Sayeed,
founder of the Biswa Sahitya Kendra has been awarded
Magsaysay Award for 2004.
From Alochona Management we want to congratulate Prof Sayeed. When many of us become frustrated regarding the prospect of the country, person like Prof Sayeed has shown it's always possible. As long as persons like him with us, there is nothing to be frustrated.
- Dear Alochoks,
In the first hand if the domain is not owned by the Bangladesh government or if they moved to new web address, they should remove the link from Bangladesh Government's central website. This kind of senseless neglegency damage our image. Even more poorer countries has much brighter websites than Bangladesh.
Bangladesh is not such poor or underdeveloped in ICT as it looks like from the government websites. This proved that money doesnt make everything good or bad. The related person or the related department is responsible for this kind of neglegency.
Again, it proves how poor and weak our government's control is.
This is not just blame to government, this is my clear accusation to the government or related department for this kind of neglegency to maintain such an important website.
Further, I was informed by Mr Sabur of Deffodil Computer that his company already build a beautiful website for Parjatan Corporation which exists in the web. But surprisingly government didnt change the link from old website.
Probably old domain was bought from a third party so it is showing different address. But I like to thank Mr Mainul for his small research.
Haroon Rashid, Chittagong
In response to:
- Dear Alochoks
There is an Alochok who has an agreement from his employer that they will donate £3,000 if he can raise the same amount. A number of us are actively trying to raise £3,000 through private donation so that a total of £6,000 can be committed to a flood relief charity, e.g. Red Crescent.
Can I please request all UK Alochoks to contact me on emanur@... for further details.
We already have pledges of up to £500 but I think this is achievable.
If you are in the UK, please contact me asap. If you are anywhere else but can remit UK Sterling, then please also get in touch.
Emanur Rahman, UK
- Dear Alochoks,
Bangladesh needs your help. As you all may have heard directly or
indirectly, the people of Bangladesh are suffering from one the worst
floods on record. The devastation being caused by floods has taken
the lives of hundreds of individuals and this number will easily move
into the thousands as the lack of clean water persists.
Infrastructure damage has been estimated at $7 billion dollars and is
a crippling blow to a country already plagued by poverty. Two-thirds
Bangladesh is under water at the moment, leaving over 20 million
individuals without a home.
In a crisis like this, we are making a plea out to our community to
establish unity of good intentions in this period of chaos. We are
urging all of you to assist us in raising funds for our people in
Bangladesh so that they may benefit from our assistance. Please take
the time to inform as many individuals as you can and help us collect
as much relief possible for the people of Bangladesh.
How do I donate?
The fastest way to help us with your contribution is by using our
online flood fund system and donate online:
All donations over the internet will be secure, but if you would like
to contribute by other means (check or cash) then please contact us
at pbadmin@.... Also, individuals that would like
to make their donations tax deductible, please contact us and we will
provide you with
the tax id information associated with the non-profit status of
How will the money be used?
We have been in contact with professors at the Bangladesh University
of Engineering and Technology (BUET) who have initiated a relief fund
for the people of Bangladesh. BUET is Bangladesh's leading
engineering school and is highly respected nationally for its
integrity within Bangladesh. They have put in place a relief system
to ensure that a maximum amount of aid goes directly to the people of
Bangladesh without the overhead costs usually associated with NGOs.
The money will will be used in two phases but the committee at BUET.
In the first phase, your donations will be used to provide emergency
food, medicine, and clothing to all individuals that need it. In the
second phase, the remaining portion of all contributions will be used
to rebuild house, restore crop production, and continue to provide
If you have any questions then please contact us by email us at
pbadmin@.... You can also contact the following
individuals by telephone:
MD Hoq [571.217.5828]
Saiful Amin [703.867.1354]
Shumon Ahmed [703.622.4088]
Is there any e-Government portal for Bangladesh ? Can anyone pls send me the
link, if there is any ? I need to submit it for the e-biz assignment I am
doing at the University of Western Australia.
M S. Alam
- Dear Alochoks
Stepping out of the shadow of our current crisis for just one moment, may I
congratulate Alochok Afroza on such an informative piece that has given me
(and I hope all of you) a sense of perspective I have never, ever had
There is much to learn from Alochok Afroza's article that I am inclined to
suggest that we all circulate this mail amongst all our friends, relatives
and colleagues. There is education in her writing. There is strength and
gravitas in its reasoning.
Returning to the current crisis, it seems that the immediate needs are for:
- oral saline;
- water-purifying tablets; and
Can Alochok Afroza or any other Alochok suggest which organisation one
should donate funds to (I am thinking of the initiative in my earlier mail)
to address these particular needs? Who are the NGOs/charities spearheading
the delivery of these items? How can we get the funds to where they are
needed in the quickest and most efficient way?
Any suggestions and help would be greatly appreciated.
Emanur Rahman, UK
In response to:
- Dear Alochoks,
Please be informed that in view of the extremely grave flood situation
in Bangladesdh, the Bangladesdh-Australia Disaster Relief Committee has
called an extraordinary meeting on this Friday, 6 August 2004 at the Bangladesh
Association of NSW premises at 65 Spurway St, Ermington at 8.30PM
to discuss ways and means on helping the flood affected people in
Please join us and participate in the fund raising appeal.
Contact Anwar Akash, (02) 9731 0101 or visit the Bangla Proshar Committee site at HYPERLINK "http://www.banglaprosar.org.au/commevents.php#13"
for detailed information.
Bangla Proshar Committee