Apr 242017
 
  
  Luckily, the Dhaka Tribune caught up with Firoz on Sunday evening, when he shared his mission and views about the auto-rickshaw.
Just visualise that you are boarding a CNG-run three-wheeler with a fan running over your head right from the moment you get into it. And, when you are alighting off it, an umbrella is ready there at your service; in case of rainfall outside. The list does not just stop there since the vehicle still offers you many other services such as the facility to recharge cell phone batteries. No wonder, you can even use lights, pens and papers, if needed. 

What if one wants to enjoy it all on the busy streets of Dhaka city while travelling by a motorised auto-rickshaw. Yes, it is quite possible for a passenger of the metropolis where traffic congestion is no better than a nightmare, thanks to Mostafa Firoz, who hits the city streets with an auto-rickshaw (Dhaka Metro Tha 14-2609) embodying all these features, for making the “comfort ride” a reality.
For the time being, he can be dubbed a pioneer to such a timely and praiseworthy move in the bustling city, ultimately helping many make their dream come true.
Luckily, the Dhaka Tribune caught up with Firoz on Sunday evening, when he shared his mission and views about the auto-rickshaw.
“I added all the features to my three-wheeler just aiming at comforting the passengers. I have been driving CNG-fuelled three-wheeler across the city for ten years now while the services I am providing currently are aged at least four years,” said Firoz with a smile on his face.
He, however, said it is difficult for him to arrange all these features together at times.“Then again, I try my very best to ensure that my passengers avail it all,” Firoz added, who claimed he was pepped up by private cars to bring in the initiative.
“If cars can have lights inside themselves, why not three-wheelers? I installed the fan so that the elderly people and children do not suffer in sweltering heat. This apart, I have several layers of paper wrapped on the roof of the three-wheeler to help passengers get rid of sunshine,” he further said.
Interestingly, Firoz does not charge any extra money from the passengers for his additional services.
“I do not take a single extra penny from passengers,” he added.
Pleased at his service, some passengers leave a tip for him after most rides, greatly helping balance the extra cost needed for the features.

  • Adnan Akib – Published at 01:47 AM April 24, 2017 – Last updated at 10:47 AM April 24, 2017
Mar 082017
 

Child marriage in Bangladesh

   
A recently passed law that allows the conditional marriage of underage girls and boys will reduce the child marriage rate by 50% in the next two years, claims State Minister for Women and Children’s Affairs Meher Afroze Chumki.
Parliament passed the Child Marriage Restraint Act last month, replacing a colonial-era law. Child marriages are common in Bangladesh, where more than half of all girls are married off before 18.
“There is no way people can marry off children by manipulating the special provision,” Chumki said at a programme marking International Women’s Day in Dhaka on Wednesday.
She said such marriages would only be allowed if the guardians can justify them before magistrates or the concerned authorities.
However, the law has not set a minimum age for these conditional marriages.
The Act has drawn flak from rights groups who argue that it will only increase child marriages in Bangladesh, which has the highest child marriage rate in Asia.
But the government has defended it saying the law was formed “considering the reality of our society“.
Women’s rights NGO Nijera Kori coordinator Khushi Kabir said the special provision was a leeway for sexual predators to “buy their way in”.
MP Rawshan Ara Mannan, who proposed amendments to the law, told the Dhaka Tribune: “The special provision will only encourage and legalise child marriage.”

Feb 252017
 

BANGLADESH : DAULATDIA, LA VILLE DES PROSTITUÉES.

Dakha, est un bordel à ciel ouvert où se prostituent près de mille cinq cent femmes.

A Daulatdia, près d'une voie rapide qui relie l'Inde à Dakha, à cent kilomètres de la capitale, Dakha, est un bordel à ciel ouvert où se prostituent près de mille cinq cent femmes. Beaucoup d'entre elles n'ont rien connu d'autre que ce bidonville où défilent des hommes de passage. Mises au travail à dix ou treize ans par une mère elle-même prostituée, ou encore plongées dans cet enfer après avoir été enlevées dans leur village et vendues par leur famille endettée, elles remboursent ainsi une partie de leur dette. Pour attirer toujours plus de clients, elles se dopent à l'Oradexon, un stéroïde destiné au bétail qui avantage leur silhouette, au risque de mettre leur vie en danger. Le Bangladesh est l'un des rares pays musulmans où la prostitution est tolérée. Si une vingtaine d'autres gigantesques bordels existent dans le pays, celui-ci est connu comme le plus grand de la région, peut-être même du monde…

Daulatdia, near an expressway which connects India to Dakhla, one hundred kilometres from the capital, Dakhla, is an open-air brothel where prostitutes nearly a thousand five hundred women. Many of them have experienced nothing as this slum where parade of passing men. Made ten or thirteen years work by a mother herself a prostitute, or even dives in this hell after being abducted in their village and sold by their indebted families, they thus repay part of their debt. To attract still more customers, they dope to the Oradexon, a steroid intended for cattle which benefits figure them, at the risk of putting their lives in danger. Bangladesh is one of the few Muslim countries where prostitution is tolerated. If twenty other gigantic brothels exist in the country, this is known as the largest in the region, perhaps even of the world…

Dec 312016
 

96% children with special needs pass PSC

 

Throughout the country, 4,547 children with special needs took part in the Primary School Certificate (PSC) exams this year, of which 96.14% have passed.

Of the total number of special needs students, 2,457 are male and 2,090 are female. In addition, 194 of the students achieved GPA 5, including 98 males and 96 females.

Of the students, 1,427 sat the exam in Dhaka, and 1,371 successfully navigated the exams – a pass rate of 95.84%. This included 79 out of the 194 GPA 5 scorers.

A total of 533 students passed out of 557 in Rajshahi, amounting to 95.51%, with 19 students achieving GPA 5.

In Khulna, 575 appeared for the exams and 559 succeeded, a pass rate of 97.15%. The total number of GPA 5 scorers among them is 29.

In Chittagong, 784 children took part, with 750 succeeding and 29 GPA 5 achievers . The pass rate is 95.47 percent.

In Barisal, 175 students passed out of 178 and 12 students achieved GPA 5. The pass rate is 98.19%.

In Sylhet, 562 succeeded among 577 students, with the pass rate being 97.27%. Eight students scored GPA 5. Finally, 449 appeared for the exams in Rangpur, with 430 passing – a rate of 95.49%. Eighteen students achieved GPA 5.

Dec 272016
 

  
 
Korail slum dwellers sit in despair after their houses were burnt to ashes last Sunday ABU HAYAT MAHMUD
The recent fire in Gulshan’s Korail slum was not an accident, the affected dwellers claim, alleging that it was a deliberate act perpetrated by the ruling party men to evict them.
The perpetrators allegedly include some “opportunistic leaders” of the ruling Awami League and its associate bodies for the devastating fire that razed over 500 shanties affecting around 1,000 families on December 4 – the second fire incident in nine months.
 
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The victims claim that the fire could be a fresh attempt to evict them from the land, referring to previous eviction attempts by different government agencies with the help of the ruling party supporters, as the government wants to establish an ICT village there,
Talking to the Dhaka Tribune, a community-based organisation (CBO) leader in the slum said that some of the culprits also have ties with with HM Ershad’s Jatiya Party and the BNP.

Dec 182016
 

Congratulations to all Bangladeshis on our 45th Victory Day

   
 
We are set to celebrate our Victory Day today.
The question is: Is it the same, or is there a difference? The answer is the latter, because we have moved forward in 45 years, and especially since 2009, when Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina took over power for the second time as the country’s prime minister.
When I say this, many will quickly draw a conclusion, saying I will say so because I am a government official at the moment and always an “Awami journalist.”
I challenge them.
There are too many reasons to say this, and I celebrate this Victory Day with some triumph. In the West, the celebration would entail a champagne toast and sharing sweets with friends and family to pay homage to the freedom fighters, martyrs, and our great Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
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