February 26, 2006
Table: Social Development in Bangladesh: Predicted vs. Actual Values
Social Indicators---------------------------Predicted--Actual--Sample Countries
1. Population growth Rate (annual percent)------------1.897----1.740----------181
2. Total Fertility Rate (births per women)--------------4.230----2.950---------180
3. Infant Mortality Rate (per 1000 live births)----------76.580---48.000------175
4. Under Five Mortality Rate (per 1000 live births)----115.80----73.00--------175
5. Life Expectancy at Birth (Female)-----------------57.500----62.700-------177
6. Life Expectancy at Birth (Male)--------------------54.130----61.500--------177
7. Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (aged 15-49)------33.300----53.800--------61
Source: World Bank, 2006
Bangladeshi scientist has won the prestigious TWAS award 2005
Garlic-laced crops ward off insects:
Insects dislike the smell of garlic as much as human beings do, according to a Bangladeshi scientist who has used it to develop an environment-friendly alternative to pesticide. "The garlic tablet is a bio-pesticide and is effecting a revolution by avoiding chemical pesticides for control of pathogens and insects," Bahadur Meah, head of the Integrated Pest Management Laboratory, said.
February 23, 2006
Queen Elizabeth II wrote the foreword to his latest book, a move described by Buckingham Palace as the queen’s first and last celebrity endorsement.
Miah also bagged a place in the Guinness Book of Records for cooking the world’s biggest curry, while his International Indian Chef of the Year competition is now in its 14th year.
Today, the majority (around 80%) of Britain’s “Indian” restaurants are actually run by Bangladeshis.
February 21, 2006
Linguistic and cultural diversity represent universal values that strengthen the unity and cohesion of societies. The recognition of the importance of linguistic diversity led to UNESCO ’s decision to celebrate International Mother Language Day.
The world's nearly 6,000 languages will be celebrated on International Mother Language Day, an event aimed at promoting linguistic diversity and multilingual education.
The decision to observe 21st February as the International Mother Language Day was unanimously taken at the 30th General Conference of the UNESCO held on
February 19, 2006
Investment in the IT sector in Bangladesh can be highly lucrative:
- thousands of students graduate every year from more than 20 goverment and non-goverment unversities in Computer Science & Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
- IT solution service is of lower cost than other IT outsourcing countries like India or China
- IT/ICT sector is declared the most promising development sector by the government
- entering the information superhighway in the last quarter of 2005 through fiber optic submarine cable
- going through mobile communication revolution
February 18, 2006
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February 16, 2006
"Bangladesh: Discover how special this country is before the tourist hordes catch on.
Visit archaeological sites dating back over 2000 years, check out the longest beach and the largest littoral mangrove forest in the world, and see the decaying mansions of 19th-century maharajas".
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February 15, 2006
At present the national grid is serving only 50% of the nearly 10,000 rural markets and commercial centers in rural areas of the country which are excellent markets for centralized mini solar photovoltaic plants. Currently private diesel genset operators are serving in most of the off-grid rural markets and it has been found that 82% of them are also interested in marketing SHS in surrounding areas if some sorts of favorable financing arrangements are available.
Therefore, in those rural areas which cannot be electrified by grid extensions; off grid centralized or single Solar Home Systems (SHS) may be provided for lighting 100,000 households through SHS by 2008 is quite feasible. 100,000 SHS would annually displace 18 million litres of kerosene. Since both, kerosene and diesel are imported in Bangladesh; any reduction in their consumption would help reducing foreign exchange outgo besides making the country that much more secure in terms of energy supply. Due to recent price hike for oil the cost of generation for PV and diesel generator are similar. For Rajshahi, it was found from RET-Screen analysis that for 100kW generation using PV cost is $0.19/kWh while for diesel generator it is $0.21/kWh.
February 12, 2006
Several years ago, software was identified by the government of Bangladesh as having important export potential. The total amount of software and IT-services exports is currently estimated at a maximum of $ 30 million per year. Dijkoraad-hawar, a medium sized IT company and Metatude, a start-up company are presented as Dutch case studies in this paper. Each organization has set up a software development centre in Dhaka, and has been satisfied with the results.
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One of the main advantages perceived by these users is the potential for significant reduction in project costs. Also, qualified candidates can be found in Bangladesh and cultural differences had no major impact.
February 09, 2006
In comparison to the 11666 GWh electricity generated annually, the Power System Master Plan (PSMP) projects a requirement of 24160 GWh in the year 2005. This implies an increase in peak demand from 2200 MW to 4600 MW by 2005 for which capacity addition of about 3350 MW is required by 2005. The total investment required to achieve such capacity enhancement, is Taka 176 billion or US$ 4.4 billion. The corresponding investment requirement for expansion & reinforcement of transmission and distribution system would be about US$ 2.2 billion, bringing the grand total to US$ 6.6 billion.
The likelihood of securing such a substantial volume of investment for power generation alone through the public sector is remote. Besides, competing demands on government resources and declining levels of external assistance from multilateral/bilateral donor agencies further constrain the potential for public investment in the power sector. Recognizing these trends, GOB amended its industrial policy (NEP – 2004) to enable private investment in the power sector. GOB also adopted the recommendations contained in the report on Power Sector Reforms, prepared by a high level Inter-Ministerial Working Group, for restructuring the power sector and promoting private sector participation in the generation of electricity in order to attain higher economic efficiency. The Government is strongly committed to attract private investment for installing new power generation capacity on a build-own-operate (BOO) basis.
Table: Primary commercial energy consumption by fuel (million tones oil equivalent)
Country Gas Oil Coal Hydro-electricity Nuclear Energy Total
Bangladesh 11.9 4.2 0.4 0.3 -- 16.6
World 2420.4 3767.1 2778.2 634.4 624.3 10224.4
(Source: BP Statistical Review of World Energy June 2005)
On the other hand, the share of Renewable Energy Technologies (RETs) in total electricity production is very low at this time although biomass resources supply around 67% of the total energy needs. The target proposed in the draft of Renewable Energy Policy, under consideration of the Government, is to generate power utilizing new renewable energy technologies to share 5% of total demand by 2010 and 10% by 2020.
In 1988, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) introduced the SPV system in a cyclone shelter for the first time in Bangladesh. Now micro-credit and micro utility financing systems are doing better to improve the quality of living condition of rural people. Almost around 70,000 SHS has been installed by now but it is still a very negligible amount, only 1.5% of rural peoples are electrified. Day by day the number of installed system is increasing very rapidly and different organizations are coming forward to fulfill the target set by the Government, 10% of total electricity from renewable energy by 2020.
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February 05, 2006
Bangladesh is a land of possibility. The main possible resource of the country is population. The main attractions of Bangldesh are-
- Very attractive human resource (8-15 times lower paid as compared with Europe and USA)
- Very nice and good weather
- Government support for foreign investor- like EPZ, Tax Holiday etc
- World famous tourist spot - Colorful tribal life, longest sea beach, centuries' old archeological sites, home of the Royal Bengal Tiger, largest tea gardens, interesting riverine life, etc.
- Renowened for the investment in Garments, Petroleum, IT etc.
The People's Republic Of Bangladesh Location Latitude between 20 degree 34' and 26 degree 39' north.
between 88 degree 00' and 92 degree 41' east.
Area: 144,000 sq. km.
limate Main seasons : Winter (Nov - Feb), Summer (Mar - Jun), Monsoon (Jul - Oct).
Max 34 degree Celsius, Min 8 degree Celsius. Rainfall Lowest 47" and highest 136" Capital: Dhaka (Present area 414 sq. km. Master plan 777 sq.km.)
Total estimated population 130 million. State Language Bangla. English is also widely spoken and understood Principal Crops Jute, rice, tobacco, tea, sugarcane, vegetables, potato, pulses, etc.
Mango, banana, pineapple, jack-fruit, water-melon, green coconut, guava, licis, etc. Major Industries
Jute, sugar, paper, textiles, fertilizers, cigeratte, cement, steel, natural gas, oil-refinery, newsprint, power generation, rayon, matches, fishing and food processing, leather, soap, carpet, timber, ship-building, telephone, etc.
Chittagong and Mongla Airports Zia international airport, Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet, domestic airports at Chittagong, Jessore, Sylhet, Cox's Bazar, Rajshahi and Saidpur Electricity 220 Volts A.C. in all cities and towns Tourist Seasons October to March Wearing Apparel Tropical in summer, and light-woolen in winter Currency The unit of currency is the Taka. Notes are in denominations of 1,2,5,10,20,50,100 and 500 Taka. Coins are 1,5,10,25,50 and 100 Paisa (100 Paisa = 1 Taka) 1 Dollar= around 61 taka.