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  • Mainul Islam
    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. www. PARJATAN.ORG Domain
    Message 1 of 22 , Jul 20, 2004
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      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.

      www. PARJATAN.ORG

      Domain ID:D103561445-LROR
      Domain Name:PARJATAN.ORG
      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
      Sponsoring Registrar:R1250-LROR
      Status:OK
      Registrant ID:parjatan-R
      Registrant Name:davison Mark
      Registrant Organization:Mark davison
      Registrant Street1:arthur st
      Registrant City:Yaroomba
      Registrant State/Province:qld
      Registrant Postal Code:00000
      Registrant Country:AU
      Registrant Phone:+01.0754597281
      Registrant FAX:+01.5555555555
      Registrant Email:markpo@...
      Admin ID:parjatan-A
      Admin Name:davison Mark
      Admin Organization:Mark davison
      Admin Street1:arthur st
      Admin City:Yaroomba
      Admin State/Province:qld
      Admin Postal Code:00000
      Admin Country:AU
      Admin Phone:+01.0754597281
      Admin FAX:+01.5555555555
      Admin Email:markpo@...
      Tech ID:parjatan-T
      Tech Name:davison Mark
      Tech Organization:Mark davison
      Tech Street1:arthur st
      Tech City:Yaroomba
      Tech State/Province:qld
      Tech Postal Code:00000
      Tech Country:AU
      Tech Phone:+01.0754597281
      Tech FAX:+01.5555555555
      Tech Email:markpo@...
      Name Server:NS2.BLUEGRAVITY.COM
      Name Server:NS1.BLUEGRAVITY.COM

      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

      Domain ID:D83802441-LROR
      Domain Name: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
      Sponsoring Registrar:R91-LROR
      Status:OK
      Registrant ID:GODA-05903872
      Registrant Name:Javed Ahmed
      Registrant Organization:Daffodil Computers
      Registrant Street1:64/3, Lake Circus, Kalabagan
      Registrant City:Dhaka
      Registrant State/Province:Dhaka
      Registrant Postal Code:1205
      Registrant Country:BD
      Registrant Phone:+880.9122301
      Registrant FAX:+880.8116103
      Registrant Email:web@...
      Admin ID:GODA-25903872
      Admin Name:Javed Ahmed
      Admin Organization:Daffodil Computers
      Admin Street1:64/3, Lake Circus, Kalabagan
      Admin City:Dhaka
      Admin State/Province:Dhaka
      Admin Postal Code:1205
      Admin Country:BD
      Admin Phone:+880.9122301
      Admin FAX:+880.8116103
      Admin Email:web@...
      Tech ID:GODA-15903872
      Tech Name:Javed Ahmed
      Tech Organization:Daffodil Computers
      Tech Street1:64/3, Lake Circus, Kalabagan
      Tech City:Dhaka
      Tech State/Province:Dhaka
      Tech Postal Code:1205
      Tech Country:BD
      Tech Phone:+880.9122301
      Tech FAX:+880.8116103
      Tech Email:web@...
      Name Server:NS1.DAFFODILNET.COM
      Name Server:NS2.DAFFODILNET.COM

      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.

      Regards,

      Mainul Islam
      _____________________________

      [M: TJ]
    • B AC
      Dear Alochoks, Flood situation in Bangladesh deteriorated in almostall around the country. The flooding began earlierthis month and had already caused
      Message 2 of 22 , Jul 28, 2004
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        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.

        Thank you.

        Sincerely,
        Rafiqul Huq-President
        Javed Iqbal-Executive Secretary
        Bangladesh Association of Chicagoland
        WWW.BACILLINOIS.ORG
        ______________________

        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.

        [M: TJ]
      • Afroza Begum
        Alochoks, 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
        Message 3 of 22 , Jul 31, 2004
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          Alochoks,

          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 ground—is
          impossible to predict. The destruction is unavoidable and
          inescapable, but death can be escaped only hiding in underground
          shelters.

          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
          area.

          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
          death—demystification 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
          cyclones.

          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 1970—but 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 food—the 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
          cyclone.

          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
          earlier.

          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
          people's initiatives.

          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
          administration—the 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
          disaster managements.

          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.

          Afroza Begum
          Dhaka, July 31, 2004
          __________________

          [M: TJ]
        • Mehzabin Ahmed
          Alochoks, Some Flood Relief Links First two links has online donation options: http://www.bangladesh-america.com/floodvictims.html
          Message 4 of 22 , Aug 1, 2004
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            Alochoks,

            Some Flood Relief Links

            First two links has online donation options:

            http://www.bangladesh-america.com/floodvictims.html

            http://www.deshigreetings.com/flood_relief_program.htm

            http://www.brac.net/flood2004

            Mehzabin
          • wkkhondkar
            Dear Alochoks, Mr. Imtiaz s e-mail on this subject caught my attention. The following comments made by current American Ambassador is worth re- ... It is
            Message 5 of 22 , Aug 2, 2004
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              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:
              >
              > '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.'

              It is amazing that even the foreigners understand the importance of
              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?

              Many thanks.

              Wazed Khondkar
              ___________________________

              In response to:
              http://groups.yahoo.com/group/alochona/message/6944

              [M: TJ]
            • curson curson
              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
              Message 6 of 22 , Aug 2, 2004
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                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.

                Curzon
                http://www.mb.com.ph/MAIN2004080215435.html

                __________________

                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.

                [M: TJ]
              • HR_MO
                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
                Message 7 of 22 , Aug 2, 2004
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                  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:
                  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/alochona/message/6946

                  [M: TJ]
                • Emanur Rahman
                  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
                  Message 8 of 22 , Aug 3, 2004
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                    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.

                    Regards

                    Emanur Rahman, UK

                    ______________________

                    [M: TJ]
                  • Md Monir Hoq
                    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
                    Message 9 of 22 , Aug 3, 2004
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                      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:

                      http://www.proactivebengalis.com

                      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
                      Proactive Bengalis.

                      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
                      food.

                      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]
                      Zuheer [703.980.4997]
                      Shumon Ahmed [703.622.4088]

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                    • M. S Alam
                      Alochoks, 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
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                        Alochoks,

                        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.

                        Thanks.

                        M S. Alam
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                      • Emanur Rahman
                        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
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                          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
                          before.

                          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
                          - antibiotics.

                          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.

                          Regards

                          Emanur Rahman, UK

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                          In response to:
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                        • Fida Haq
                          Dear Alochoks, Please be informed that in view of the extremely grave flood situation in Bangladesdh, the Bangladesdh-Australia Disaster Relief Committee has
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                            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
                            Bangladesh.

                            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.

                            Best regards,

                            Fida Haq
                            Webmaster
                            Bangla Proshar Committee
                            http://www.banglaprosar.org.au
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