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What should be the financial information system of Micro Finance Institute (MFI)? PDF Print E-mail

In the age of information technology everybody knows- what is information? How it is essential? How it is made? After that I want to say regarding information also. You can say that it’s old topic to know & read as new. Information is meaningful data for communication with others. When a man wants to communicate with others to know something or get something or deliver something he has to supply specific requires what he says and demand. This specific something is called information.

Are we reading enough? PDF Print E-mail

Towheed Feroze asks

Going to the boi mela includes meeting friends, chatting leisurely for hours, sipping hot drinks and then coming back with a book. But is buying books a priority or is it just part of a ritual?

The book fair, at the fag end of winter, with the afternoon sky turning romantically orange and the chirping of the birds creating a soothing symphony, is unquestionably a place to escape the smoke belching city and its concomitant stresses. But is the objective limited to that? People are obviously buying books but how much are we reading?

Climate change after Bali: whither Bangladesh? PDF Print E-mail

Saleemul Huq

The recently-completed thirteenth Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, held in Bali, Indonesia in December 2007, has laid out a Bali Roadmap which sets a deadline of December 2009 when the fifteenth conference will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark to agree on the next phase of the global climate change regime (commonly referred to as the post-Kyoto or post-2012 regime).

This means that there is only a relatively short window of less than two years to complete some very hard negotiations amongst nearly two hundred countries that are signatories to the convention.

Global climate change research PDF Print E-mail

By Mahtab Haider

In Bangladesh, which has become the veritable poster child for the worst excesses of global climate change, what we don t know about the complex socio-economic factors that are rapidly changing with fluctuating rainfall or increased floods, affecting the lives and livelihood of the country s 140 million people, easily dwarfs what little we do know about it.

A letter published in the latest (02/02/08) issue of the British medical journal The Lancet, makes for interesting reading. According to researchers at the Imperial College in the United Kingdom, rising sea levels and deeper inland encroachment of seawater, mostly induced by man-made climate change, are now emerging as a major public health threat alongside its severe and well-documented impacts on food-grain production.

Thirty years after Alma Ata: time to look back and think ahead PDF Print E-mail

Dr Zakir Husain

THE world health community had for long regarded widespread disparity of health status of people, among and within countries, unacceptable. In 1978 the International Conference on Primary Health Care, jointly sponsored by the World Health Organisation and the United Nations Children Fund was held in Alma Ata (in the former Soviet Socialist Republic of Kazakhstan).

The conference adopted the historic Alma Ata Declaration, which elaborated primary health care as the key strategy to attain Health for All by the year 2000. Health for All was universally accepted as the main social goal (not merely a health goal) by the world heath community.

Transport, Environment, Economics and Health PDF Print E-mail
Promoting an All-Win Situation

By Syed Shamsul Alam

While economic gains may be sufficient in themselves—assuming a reasonably fair distribution of those gains—to improve conditions in health and education, the opposite tends to happen with transport. Market economies support transport investments and infrastructure that actually lead to worsening traffic conditions, and richer cities tend to suffer from worse transport problems—including more traffic congestion, more pollution, and more injuries and deaths from road crashes—than poorer cities.
By Mahmoud A. Rauf

Our topic for discussion today is the election in Bangladesh and declared ROADMAP to the election. So far, according to the roadmap election will take place before the end of 2008.  Roadmap for the sake of it is not desirable to so many people. It must come with some sort of commitment and guarantee that Bangladesh will not go back to the situation before 11 January 2007.  

We know that, we did have elected government and proper election in Bangladesh. Why do we need to ask for a ROADMAP for election now?

Therefore, we need to discuss the back ground and reasons for it.
Misplaced allegiance, misplaced priorities PDF Print E-mail

Shameran Abed

THE reasons for the Election Commission’s obsession with holding local government polls before conducting the stalled general elections to the ninth parliament remain shrouded in mystery. Having dropped hints in recent months of its intention to conduct elections to the union parishads and ward commissions before the parliamentary elections which this regime has promised to hold by the end of 2008, the commission on Monday formally informed the military-controlled interim government of its plan to hold elections to four city corporations and eight municipalities in April. The commission also urged the government to create an atmosphere congenial for electioneering ahead of the polls.

Towards an inclusive strategy for monga mitigation PDF Print E-mail

Whatever the package of programmes developed by the newly formed committee to deal with monga in a coordinated and concerted manner, it must include the views and concerns of the local people meaningfully. Only then would the action plan have genuine ownership of the people as well as their commitment unlike the poverty reduction strategy paper that was developed at the behest of the international financial institutions without conducting inclusive and exhaustive consultations with all sections of the citizens ranging from the peasants to the lawmakers

Unequal comparisons PDF Print E-mail

Rahnuma Ahmed

Female bodily mutilation

Hello, it was a woman’s voice. Yes, hello. Is that the post-grad room in Sussex University? Yes, I replied cautiously. Can I speak to Ayesha Imam? Well, no, she hasn’t come in yet. Do you want to leave a message...? Yes, could you please tell her I called, my name is... I am a TV producer. I’ll call again, after lunch, thanks. Okay, sure, I replied. Ayesha came in late. She was well-known in university feminist circles, and much admired. We shared office space, and the rest of us would often receive phone calls intended for her.

Staring at an uncertain future PDF Print E-mail

The government is yet to disburse the stipend money for July-December 2007 among more than 14 lakh female students in more than 19,000 secondary schools. For most the report is a damning indictment of the education sector; however, for those lakhs of students and their guardians it has the ring of an uncertain future. For want of stipend money, many guardians, especially in the cyclone Sidr-hit areas, may have to withdraw their daughters from School

Is it time to have a school regulatory board? PDF Print E-mail

Phenomenal fees, high profit, lowly paid teachers and implacable commercialization plague our schools and the sufferers are the increasing number of mid-income people. Perhaps it’s time to address the problems on TV with the involvement of all concerned parties

The blood on your hands PDF Print E-mail

Fakhruddin Ahmed’s government – which incidentally promised accountability and decency in governance after its assumption of power – has seen at least 176 deaths in custody, some of them so terrifyingly gruesome that even a written account is too graphic for consumption

A photo-op fraught with misgivings PDF Print E-mail

Autocratic regimes can ensure stability through confiscating people’s rights and spreading fear. However, peace and stability gained through oppression is always fragile and short-lived. If nothing else, one can hope that our chief adviser has realised this by sharing a stage with the likes of Musharraf and Karzai


Suharto’s exit: end of the era of Asia’s strongmen? PDF Print E-mail

Suharto’s passing marks the end of an era, a period that spanned the second half of the 20th century in the wake of the Second World War and the Cold War the quickly followed suit. It would not be an exaggeration to say that with the passing of Suharto the age of strongmen-politics will come to an end Farish A Noor THERE are strongmen, and then again there are really strong strongmen.

Recession waxing and waning before looming PDF Print E-mail

Investors all over the world are now watching the Wall Street with some trepidation and are reassured neither with the Fed's slashing of the short-term interest rate by three-quarters of a percentage point nor with a package of $150 billion in tax cuts and other fiscal stimuli President George W Bush has proposed as fears are deepening that a possible recession in the United States would have knock-on effects for other economies

Charles Dickens and his memorable works PDF Print E-mail
The name Charles Dickens (1812-1870) is almost synonymous with the reign of English prose in the Nineteenth century. This compelling Victorian novelist, who was born in 1812 in Portsmouth, produced astonishingly luminous works, and gradually established his position as one of the irreplaceable stars in the dazzling sky of English Literature.
Australian foods and cuisine: English tradition to fresh innovation PDF Print E-mail
The infinite variety of foods in Australia reflects the diversity of its land and provides for a rich cuisine. In the South, dense pine forests and lush green pastures cover the land that is used to grow beef cattle and prime lamb, whilst its cold, clean southern waters provide delicious lobster and scallops. Grazing gives way then to the lush vineyards growing on the Terra Rosa soil of the Coonawarra, and cropping lands of the upper south east with their majestic red gums. The mighty River Murray turns red desert sand into a lush market garden and orchard as it wends its way from our northern border, to the sea on the south coast at Goolwa. Along its length are orchards and market gardens growing citrus, grapes, stone fruits, melons, tomatoes and a cornucopia of vegetables crops for local, interstate and international markets. World class wines grow in the slightly cooler climate of the Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley. Sharing the lower slopes of the hills are apple and cherry orchards, berry farms and almond orchards, whilst the west coast has a wealth of seafood such as whiting, oysters and tuna.
Escrima: An overview PDF Print E-mail

Due to the fact that there are many islands in the Filipine archipelago, there are as many fighting styles. The different races who settled in these islands came from different Eastern countries. They blended their heritages since a long time, producing methods for employing swords, daggers and fire-hardened sticks in combat.

The Filipino warriors dubbed the native stick style Escrima ( "skirmish" ).

The Palais de Tokyo - A palace of contemporary arts PDF Print E-mail
The Palais de TokyoThe Palais de Tokyo is less of a museum than a self-styled "site of contemporary creation dedicated to young artists". It ushers in a new and more flexible type of stage for art in Paris more suited to the leanings of art today. The undertaking owes much of its success to Jerome Sans and Nicolas Bourriaud, designers and directors of the ambitious art project, whose rich and diverse programming perfectly illustrates the vitality of the French and international art scene.
Private universities in rural Bangladesh PDF Print E-mail

The University of South Pacific (USP) serves the Pacific Islands region in and through its 12 member countries: Cook Inlands, Fiji, Kiribatis, Marshal Islands, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Soloman Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tovalu and Vanuatu, and maintains a strong regional presence through USP centers located in all its member countries. USP has the provision of distance education, face to face teaching and summer schools. USP has now 18,000 enrolled students and, 11,000 of them are full-time students. It has an exciting future, being at the forefront of Information Technologies with its Satellite Communications Networks and an extensive computer network. The Vice-Chancellor of the USP is capable of providing an appropriate mix of visionary flair, personal leadership and management skills to realize the goals of USP as the region's leading tertiary institution. This message was 'published in an international journal of higher education. 

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