Saturday, December 01, 2007

Tiger IT Awarded a follow-on contract for Bangladesh ID & Transparency

Transparency for National ID Card Project in Bangladesh & IT Vendor Selection

BIO-key, Tiger IT Awarded a follow-on contract for Bangladesh ID

This solution is being used to prepare voter rolls and issue national ID cards in preparation for Bangladesh's general elections to be held in 2008.

The initial implementation of the solution has successfully registered and issued national ID cards for nearly 5 million people and demonstrated the creation of local voter rolls for the election.

The registration process, which is designed to be convenient for citizens, incorporates a timesaving pre-registration step as well as scheduled appointment times to enroll each citizen's biometric information including photograph, four fingerprints and signature. The biometric enrollment process takes about 5 to 6 minutes per person.

"Tiger IT's implementation of WEB-key(R) performed above expectations. Operating at more than 1 million matches per second on a single processor, it accurately identified duplicate registrations," said Ziaur Rahman, Managing Director of Tiger

Monday, November 26, 2007

Truth about Bangladeshi NGOs - visibly absent in relief operation

Truth about Bangladeshi NGOs -visibly absent in relief operation

Journalists on the ground reported that the cyclone survivors were shocked at the absence of the NGO's (local development agencies) in rescue and relief operations although they brought foreign donations and grants in the name of the poor, the most affected by the severe storm, which shattered 12 districts and struck 34 of the country's 64 districts.

Bangladesh has the highest number of NGO's in the world, according to an estimate 47,182 of them all, operating with the pledge to bring about changes to the lot of the poor men and women. Of them 45,026 are registered with the Ministry of Social Welfare while, 2,156 with the NGO Bureau. Those registered with NGO Bureau are apparently big organisations and receive foreign funds as grants on a regular basis.

An updated government document shows-foreign grant receiving NGOs received a total of US 211,44,36,800.43 dollars or Tk 14,589,61,39,229.67 till October 31 of the current financial year from 2000-2001 fiscal through the NGO Bureau. The money received by these organisations through unofficial channel during the same period should be double the fund released through the NGO Bureau channel.

According to another report published by a widely read vernacular daily, these NGOs received through unofficial channel US 7,500 crore dollars and US 3,476 crore dollars from 1993 to 2002, which together stands at Tk 1,80,000 crore.
Although there is no exact figure of the total workforce engaged in the NGO sector, it is presumed that about 4,50,000 people are involved with 47,182 or more NGOs operating in every nook and corner of the Republic.

Only a handful of NGOs have so far engaged themselves in relief work till the severe cyclone hit the country from November 15 evening to November 16 morning with a wind speed from 185 kmph to 240 kmph and whipping up 15 to 20 feet tidal surge in some areas of the four worst hit districts.

Most of those participating in relief activities are doing a face saving job and trying to have more press coverage than concentrating on the relief they were engaged in, journalists in the affected areas report.

An economist said the NGOs have to respond to the call of the distressed humanity with utmost sincerity since they receive funds from donors in the name of these people.

Had the NGOs engaged 10 per cent of their workforce in relief work, the number of volunteers from the sector alone would be something around 45,000, he said, adding that the NGO participation in relief activities was near to nil during the two successive floods, which inundated 40 per cent of the country this year.

Friday, November 23, 2007

List of 96 Dhaka University Teachers-who owe Tk 1.69 crore

According to the university rules, an eligible teacher can go abroad for higher education with up to four years' study leave. During the study leave, he or she is entitled to receive salary and other allowances from the university.

Sources said the defaulters each had signed a bond before taking the loan that they would pay the money back if they decided to stay abroad.


Reference Check


LSU helps Bangladesh save lives by supercomputing capabilities

Supercomputing online reports about how LSU's Shell Coastal Environmental Modelling Laboratory (CEML) gave access to CEML's supercomputing capabilities when Cyclone Sidr hit so that they could create storm surge models. These were given to Bangladesh emergency officials before Sidr made land, the storm surge maps were so detailed that they helped save countless lives.

Early on the morning of Nov. 16, Cyclone Sidr hit Bangladesh and showed no mercy. The death toll continues to rise even today. Hundreds of thousands of people were left homeless. But, nearly 24 hours in advance of the storm, Hassan Mashriqui, assistant extension professor of coastal engineering with LSU, the LSU AgCenter and the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program, gave Bangladesh emergency officials storm surge maps so detailed that area agencies were able to take action, saving countless lives. The following day, Mashriqui went to Tampa, Fla., to give a lecture at a hurricane conference. It was from his hotel room that he was able to access the LSU supercomputing network and run the first model. What he saw sent him scrambling to contact Bangladesh officials.

"These models are incredibly accurate and highly detailed," Mashriqui said. "You can pinpoint events down to small counties and towns. We were looking at a 10 – 12 foot storm surge that would devastate anything in its path."


Sunday, November 18, 2007

Truth about Bangladesh Coal Mine Royalty rates & Asia Energy Pleasure Trip for Journalists


Extraction of Phulbari coal adopting open-pit mining method is the main focus, but we are not talking about how much Bangladesh will miss in royalty.

My request to all Bangladeshi Citizens and Journalist by giving example of It's the economy, stupid was a phrase in American politics widely used during Bill Clinton's successful 1992 presidential campaign against George H.W. Bush. So think about "The Economy"

In the existing rule there is a provision for fixing 5-6 per cent royalty for Bangladesh government while the last draft coal policy cited about 16-17 per cent royalty.

Our next door West Bengal, which levies a cess of around 25 per cent on coal produced in that State.


Adopt a provision for leasing out coal fields through competitive bidding process and selecting the bidder who will give the highest and best proposal in terms of royalty and technicality.

Don't forget protests erupted prviously across Bangladesh over Asia Energy plan to develop a coal mine, a day after six people were killed in police firing during a demonstration.

Subject:Asia Energy's pleasure trip for journalists from New Nation 08/02/07

As a last effort to obtain green signal from the government over the Phulbari Coalfield issue the Asia Energy Corporation (Bangladesh) Pty Ltd has organised a pleasure trip for some journalists who report on energy issues to entice them to write in favour of the company.

Some 7 to 8 reporters will leave Dhaka for Frankfurt on August 4 for a four-day trip led by Asia Energy's Media and Communication specialist Mahmud Hafiz, a former energy reporter of a vernacular daily.

During the trip Bangladeshi journalists will visit the coal plants of the Rheinisch-westfalisches Elektrizitatswerk AG (RWE AG), a German based coal extracting and electricity producing company. Asia Energy will sponsor the expenses of the trip.

One of the members of the trip yesterday said, " It seems that Asia Energy is geting the green signal from the government immediately. Energy Secretary and other high officials of the government are in favour of the company."

The government cancelled the coal exploration deal with the Asia Energy following a mass demonstration in Phulbari, Dinajpur where scores of people died as the law enforcing agencies opened fire.

Most of the citizens in the country opposed the deal with the Asia Energy, as country's interest was not saved in the agreement

The government expert commitee on Phulbari Coalmine project finally suggested the government not to sign further deal with the Asia Energy saying the agreement of mine exploration was signed illegally in terms of royalty.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Redundancy-Bangladesh Submarine cable link sabotaged again

November 13, 2007

Bangladesh on Tuesday launched an investigation after the country's Internet link was sabotaged, disrupting communications nationwide for 15 hours. This disruption deprives the BTTB of revenue of 70,000 US dollars per hour. Internet and overseas telephone call services had been disrupted for 15 hours from early Tuesday as the telephone board's Dhaka-Chittagong–Cox's Bazar fibre-optic link with the submarine cable was snapped at two points near Cox's Bazar and Feni.
Since installation of Submarine cable in 2006, this is the 22nd case of disruption and second in same week. The cable was snapped at Sitakunda, 42km off Chittagong at 1:36am and at Joaria, 19km off Cox's Bazar, at 5:30am, said Ziaur Rashid Safdar, security and surveillance general manager of the Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board.
According to a BTTB document, the cable has been cut for 22 times since its inauguration on May 21, 2006.
The document said seven of such incidents were acts of sabotage. In eight cases, the cut resulted from works by other agencies. Only two incidents of cable cut resulted from theft.
There is practically no resale value of this optical fibre cable. There is no copper or iron in it. Then why would anyone dig up the earth deep in the night to steal 140 metres of cable?" asks a BTTB official. The optical fibre line connects Dhaka to the Cox's Bazar's submarine cable's landing station and connect Bangladesh to the Information Superhighway. It serves as the backbone of international communication, while satellite services act as backup with limited bandwidth.

Contrast this with Sri Lanka and Pakistan, which have had problems only once each in the past five years. Redundancy is a key question for Bangladesh and BTTB.

List of Shameless Dhaka University Teachers- as 102 vanished abroad with Tk 1.8crore

Reference Check

As many as 102 DU teachers who went abroad on study leave owe Tk 1.80 crore to the university as they have never returned or repaid the loan taken before leaving the country for higher studies.

According to the university rules, an eligible teacher can go abroad for higher education with up to four years' study leave. During the study leave, he or she is entitled to receive salary and other allowances from the university.

Sources said the defaulters each had signed a bond before taking the loan that they would pay the money back if they decided to stay abroad.

Sources said 71 of these teachers are from the science faculties, five from the Arts faculty, 14 from Social Science faculty, two from the Law faculty, nine from Business Studies faculty and four from the Institute of Business Studies.

Among the defaulters, three are professors, 66 lecturers and the rest are assistant professors, university sources said.

Of the teachers of sciences faculties, 10 are from biochemistry and molecular biology department, nine each from applied physics and electronics, and chemistry departments, one from mathematics, five from physics, three from applied chemistry, four from applied chemistry and chemical technology, one from computer science and engineering, five from geography and environment, three from geology, five from statistics, two from applied statistics, six from microbiology, five from psychology and one from soil, water and environment department.

Defaulters List:

  1. Management department teacher Mishkat Uddin who had gone to the US for higher studies and made no contact for a few years but recently joined North South University , the VC said the authorities have already sent a letter to his address.Management department teacher Mishkat Uddin was fired. He owes over Tk 1 lakh.
  2. Nahida Banu, lecturer in biochemistry and molecular biology, was due to return to her job on April 1, 1994. The authorities have terminated her job as she did not respond to letters sent to her asking her to return. She owes Tk 3.5 lakh to the university.
  3. Chemistry teacher Abul Khair Khan took Tk 1.6 lakh and was due to return to the university on July 1, 2001.
  4. Md Salauddin of Bangla took Tk 3.12 lakh
  5. Faiza Sultana of English Tk 4 lakh
  6. Sudhir Shyamol Chowdhury of English Tk 1.44 lakh
  7. Abul Fazal Md Fazle Rabbi of information science Tk 2.35 lakh
  8. Monjushri Bonik of library management Tk 2.14 lakh
  9. Saida Zakia Hossain of sociology Tk 1.84 lakh
  10. Kawsar Kibria of sociology Tk 2.54 lakh
  11. Mohammad Selim of economics owe Tk 1.95 lakh
  12. Jahanara Begum of economics owe Tk 1.41 lakh
  13. Dr Monsurul Alam Khan of economics owe Tk 2.78 lakh
  14. Soumi Mostafa of economics owe Tk 1.82 lakh
  15. AKM Mahbub Morshed of economics owe Tk 2.69 lakh
  16. Saira Khan of International Relations owe Tk 2.15 lakh
  17. Muna Hossain of international relations owe Tk 1.11 lakh
  18. M Nurul Hossain of mass communications and journalism took Tk 1.11 lakh
  19. Md Shamsher Ali of Institute of Social Welfare and Research is Tk 1.03 lakh


Friday, November 09, 2007

Reality Check for Achievements of CSE Dept at BUET

Reality Check for Achievements of CSE Dept at BUET

Quote of the day: "A good reputation is more valuable than money." -- Publius Syrus

On 6th November 2007 at 6:00 pm in the seminar room of Civil Building (1st floor). A seminar on 'Prospects, achievements and traditions of the CSE Department of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)' was held.

It's time now to do a better analysis for achievements of the CSE Department of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET).

Please do a reality check, are we teaching our BUET CSE Students to stay current? We are not teaching our students with current job trends. Just to let you know, two categories shrank: programmers declined 5%, while support specialists fell 4%. So if we just focus programming is that going to work?

Our Bangladeshi IT Companies can't find a single experienced IT Project Manager or Business Analyst, so where we are?

Please read below all BANGLA IT Postings to learn more about market demand as IT job market keeps changing, making it tough for tech pros trying to stay current.

Two recent research reports show the IT job market keeps changing, making it tough for tech pros trying to stay current.
The good news for IT pros is this change is happening amid expansion of U.S. tech employment, with the number of jobs rising 6% from a year ago to 3.68 million, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Tech unemployment was 2% as of the third quarter, an improvement from 2.2% in 2006 and its eight-year high of 5.6% in the third quarter of 2003.
The biggest job growth categories continue to be software engineers, computer scientists and systems analysts, and IS managers. Two categories shrank: programmers declined 5%, while support specialists fell 4%. The jobs statistics continue trends that have marked IT employment's slow recovery from a fierce downturn between 2002 and 2004, when the number of jobs fell below 3.3 million.

In Growing Job Market, IT Pros Get More For The Soft Skills

Problems of Software Developers in Bangladesh

Enterprise Strategies: Salaries Keep Growing for IT Staff

How-To IT Career Guide: 7 Critical Strategies, From Getting Started

2006 Salary Survey: Compensation by Region



Seminar on 'Achievements of CSE Dept' held at BUET
BSS, DhakaA seminar on 'Prospects, achievements and traditions of the CSE Department of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)' was held on Tuesday. Vice-Chancellor of the BUET Prof Dr AMM Safiullah addressed the seminar organised by the Department of the CSE as the chief guest. Dean of the EEE Faculty Prof Dr Shahnewaz Ahmed was the special guest. Head of the Department of the CSE Prof Dr Md Saidur Rahman presided over the seminar. Prof Dr Md Shamsul Alam, Prof Dr M Masroor Ali, Dr Masud Hasan and Dr ASM Latiful Hoque of the BUET, and ICT entrepreneur Forkan Bin Quasem of the Spectrum Ltd, among others, addressed the seminar.A number of important papers were presented at the seminar.


What's good for Bangladesh is good for BANGLA IT. Serving your need to know.
"Innovation distinguishes a leader from a follower" - Steve Jobs
Sayeed Rahman

Thursday, November 08, 2007

A freely available 3D Programming Language Called Alice

Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is a teaching tool for introductory computing. It uses 3D graphics and a drag-and-drop interface to facilitate a more engaging, less frustrating first programming experience.
Alice is a teaching tool designed as a revolutionary approach to teaching and learning introductory programming concepts. The Alice team has developed instructional materials to support students and teachers in using this new approach. Resources include textbooks, lessons, sample syllabuses, test banks, and more. Other authors have generously joined our efforts, creating additional textbooks.
The 3D programming language may be a good place to start.
Alice is a freely available tool designed to be a first exposure to object-oriented programming. It lets you learn fundamental programming concepts in the context of creating animated movies and video games. In Alice, 3D objects--people, animals, vehicles, and the like--populate a virtual world and you create programs to animate the objects.

In Alice's interactive interface, students drag and drop graphic tiles to create a program, where the instructions correspond to standard statements in a production oriented programming language, such as Java, C++, and C#. Alice allows students to immediately see how their animation programs run, enabling them to easily understand the relationship between the programming statements and the behavior of objects in their animation. By manipulating the objects in their virtual world, students gain experience with all the programming constructs typically taught in an introductory programming course.

Learn about the Alice interface and how to start creating your own worlds.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Status of Bangladesh only ICT Incubator project

The ‘ICT Incubator’ project ends on October 31 this year, the Ministry of Science and ICT (MOSICT) is yet to decide on an extension of the project and continuation of the subsidies which were provided to the companies within the Incubator.
Around 45 information and communication technology (ICT) companies, employing over 1,700 people, at the ICT incubator in the BSRS Bhaban are facing an uncertain future. Some small and medium sized companies that initiated operations during the last three years will suffer a devastating loss.
The project, under the supervision of the Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) which is under the MOSICT, was allocated a fund of Tk 3.60 crore for a five-year period since its initiation in 2002 at the BSRS Bhaban in Karwan Bazar. A space of 68,583 square feet was allocated on seven floors with a view to promote and generate awareness of ICT and also encourage such companies.
Projecting ICT export earnings $ 2 billion by 2006

Redundancy of Bangladesh only Undersea Cable

Redundancy of Bangladesh only Undersea Cable
Redundancy of Bangladesh only Undersea Cable
Bangladesh connected to the world through an undersea cable, which opened in May last year, it has been seen very difficult by corrupt BTTB to keep connected. The dry portion of the cable snapped twice in August 2007.
Contrast this with Sri Lanka and Pakistan, which have had problems only once each in the past five years. Redundancy is a key question for Bangladesh and BTTB.
Telecommunication with 22 countries and internet service were hampered for seven hours from 10:00pm last Wednesday as criminals cut submarine cable here.A police patrol team caught three people red handed while they were stealing optical fibre wire from two feet below the ground at Uttar Harbang in Chakoria upazila. The submarine optical fibre line, opened in May last year, was brought up to Chittagong under the seabed from Cox's Bazar for better telecommunications and internet services.

Why Bangladesh Ranked 155 in E-governance

Brown University's seventh annual analysis (which was published on July 24, 2007) of international e-government finds that many nations are improving services and providing information for users. The United States ranks fourth, behind South Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan.
Global e-Government: 198 Countries Ranked
Seventh Global e-Government Study-Bangladesh now ranked 155 from 86 (last year rank)
It shows where we Bangladesh, out of 198 Countries Ranked Bangladesh now 155 The researchers evaluated government Web sites based on two dozen criteria, including disability access, the existence of publications and databases, the presence of privacy policies, security policies, contact information, and the number of online services. Studies of global e-government have been released annually since 2001. This year's study reviews 1,687 government Web sites in 198 countries during June and July 2007. A variety of different sites were analyzed, including executive, legislative and judicial offices as well as departments and ministries of the government such as health, education, foreign affairs, interior, finance, natural resources, foreign investment, transportation, military, tourism and telecommunication. Bangladeshi web developers and IT companies who developed Bangladeshi e-Government web sites should pay attention to these criteria "disability access, the existence of publications and databases, the presence of privacy policies, security policies, contact information, and the number of online services, PDA access, user fees, and foreign language translation" to improve Bangladeshi e-government web sites. India now ranked 47 from 77, Nepal ranked 106 from 60, Pakistan ranked 135 from 72 , even Bhutan ranked 30 from 39. We all need to learn from Bhutan. Just a reminder to our Bangladeshi ICT Policy makers think of The need for ICT in Bangladesh
ICT plays an indispensable role in promoting openness, accessibility, accountability, connectivity, democracy and decentralization- all the "soft" qualities so essential for effective social, economic, and political development.
E-Government Rankings by Country, 2004 - Bangladesh 74th rank The full report is available at the press release below:

Business Analyst and Project Manager Salary Survey