22nd Fobana confce kicks off in New York
Saturday, 05 July 2008

Dhaka University vice chancellor Prof SMA Faiz inaugurates the 22nd annual conference of the Federation of Bangladeshi Associations in North America (Fobana) at the Hilton Hotel in New York, Friday.Dhaka University vice chancellor Prof SMA Faiz inaugurated the 22nd annual gathering of Fobana at New York's Hilton Hotel on Friday, reports agency

The main three-day conference of the Federation of Bangladeshi Associations in North America (Fobana) is set to take place over the July 4-6 weekend, organised by the America-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industries.
 
Conference convenor Gias Ahmed and Fobana member secretary Hasanuzzaman Hasan gave addresses of welcome, describing the annual conference as a bridge between Bangladesh and its cultures with that of mainstream America, with the first day of the main event also marking Independence Day in the US.
 
SMA Faiz called on American expatriates to project a positive image of the country: "You have a unique scope for spreading Bangladeshi culture throughout the world. Expatriate Bangladeshis must work together in this regard."
 
Hasanuzzaman, who is also a member of ABCCI, told bdnews24.com: "The conference includes seminars on social, economic and political matters."
 
Congressmen and senators, including Congressman Joseph Crawley, will attend the conference, he said.
 
"The three-day event will also be marked by arts and music shows, exhibitions of Bangladeshi products and commodities, and other activities showcasing Bangladeshi culture and heritage."
 
Artistes from Bangladesh and India will feature in the shows, the Fobana member secretary added.
 
The main programme of seminars will continue till July 5 and the cultural functions will be held on July 6, the concluding day of the gathering.
 
"A good number of Bangladeshis from Canada have arrived to attend the conference, in addition to the huge assembly of American Bangladeshis," said Hasanuzzaman.
 
Organisers said George Harrison and Ravi Shankar will be awarded citations at this year's conference for their unique roles in Bangladesh's fight for independence.
 
A number of special guests invited from Bangladesh—Workers Party politburo member Haider Akbar Khan Rono, Dainik Ittefaq editor Rahat Khan, Naya Diganta editor Alamgir Mohiuddin, New Age editor Nurul Kabir and bdnews24.com editor-in-chief Toufique Imrose Khalidi—were among those present at the inauguration ceremony.
 
A separate Fobana conference is also being held in Dallas, Texas.

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Suffering group of industrial |2008-07-20 10:08:00
An appeal to save from Oppressive Law
Dear Sir
Bangladesh in South East Asia with total Population of 150.00 million among them more then 40 % of population are living below Poverty line and are increasing steadily & with about 2 % yearly Growth Rate. Available Land Area is less then IOWA STATE of USA and number of unemployed are more then about 30 million approximately. From 1972 after Independence many of the Bangladesh Citizens as self earner started to establish small & medium size Industries investing family resources to achieve Economic Freedom through Innovative Technology and to create job for millions of un employed people as well as to produce products or commodities to substitute the imported products and for export too.
Later on Government also started to support these Industries out of fund received from International Loan Giving Organization
But unfortunately the Government Bank Official started to harass these Entrepreneur of Private Sector extending total non-co-operation and refrain themselves from completing appraisal of PRODUCTION CAPACITY of machineries or supplying working capital year after year throwing almost all these Industries out of production which are known to all corner and no more hidden matter.
Due to which the owners of Sick Industries have lost their Cash Capital, Expatriate Capabilities, and became helpless, & victims of deep rooted conspiracy to futile or destroy the Private Sector Industries of Bangladesh from the beginning
In 1992 & 1996 these Industries were Identified and Registered by the Government of Bangladesh as SICK INDUSTRIES as victims of Violation of Contract, Negligence, Fraudulent Activities, ,Malpractices including Abuse of Power of Bank Officials including some of the Policy Maker etc.
Owner of Private Sector Industries are now completely deprived of LEGAL RIGHT due to enactment of BANK RUPTCY ACT in 1997 and ARTHA RIN ACT of 1989
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