A Shocking Story – A great loss…

Original writer: Faiek Fazal (BBA Student, NSU)

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Reading the first few lines of this article will probably get you thinking that this is one of those same old boring articles trying to get a point out to the world, blah, blah, blah…. I assure you this is nothing like that. It takes a lot of nerves to sit down right now and write this article. Let me tell you why. I went to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital last night. Not some place anyone would like to go everyday, but unfortunately some of us are unlucky to end up there somehow or another.

Since you already heard the word hospital you can guess this is not going to be pleasant. Well I’m sorry to disappoint you but I have been left with no other choice. Last night one of our respected teachers has passed away. Everyone must go when their time comes, I’m not arguing about that. But how does it feel if that person is a young man in his early thirties? To make things worse he had no physical complications. The reason why he has passed away today is because he was murdered. Yes!! I repeat HE WAS MURDERED. A simple man living his day to day life was returning home, but he was unlucky to become one of the victims of our well known hijackers.

Do you know how people in distress are treated in Bangladesh? Let me help you if you don’t. Mr. Dewan Rahman Khan was a lecturer of North South University. He used to teach us accounting and management. He was a fun loving person. Someone you would love to become friends with and believe me when I say this none of his students will disagree to that statement. He had Iftar with our honorable Vice Chancellor and then took class from 7 till 8:20 pm. After classes he doesn’t roam about but rather goes straight back home. A couple of hours went by and his family members started to worry. His father-in-law went out to search for him. Tragedy struck when he found sir at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

The police said they found him near the army stadium, but there was no reason for him to go in that direction, he lives in Dhanmondi. When his relatives arrived at DMC they found him locked in a room with no doctors or even nurses to aid him. His brothers cried for help. They looked everywhere for a doctor but no one came. The doctors have already announced him dead. His students ran and got oxygen for him. Some of them even said they could feel a pulse, but who cares? They tried to take him out to another hospital, they weren’t allowed. Apparently it’s the law. Funny, isn’t it? We have a law to take a person all the way from Uttara to DMC regardless of whether that person could have survived if he received treatment a few minutes earlier.

Two hours went by and a doctor finally came. But its no use he’s already long gone. Are these people actually doctors? Who gave them their degree? Oh opps maybe they are doctors with a degree and all but you know what I’ll let you in on a little secret. They’re not human beings.

Anyone reading this right now would agree with me right now a person’s life comes above all else. I guess the doctors at DMC disagree with us here. To them its already too late, “what’s gone is gone” I guess. Well what can we do? Nothing I guess. All of us just sat there outside the room and watched as Sir passed away in front of our eyes.

If you haven’t stopped reading yet I suggest you spend just 5 minutes of your life and read the rest of this article. This is a humble appeal to everyone out there – men, women, children, it doesn’t matter. Help us. Help us change the situation of this country.

What would you want to do if your brother, God forbid, passed away. Wouldn’t you want to wash his body and make all preparations for his burial? Poor Mr. Dewan’s family isn’t that lucky tonight. They have to wait till the morning when someone performs an autopsy. Why cant they just do that now? Well there’s no one to do it. Ridiculous isn’t it? Why’d you keep the hospital then? There’s no doctors to attend the patients, there are no doctors to perform an autopsy, there even isn’t someone to get a freaking oxygen cylinder!!

As we stood there weeping. A police van came along. They brought three men in handcuffs. One screaming at the top of his lungs in pain. They were brought here for medical treatment. Now here’s the interesting part. Let me take you through the procedures. The men stood there as the police officers shook hands with numerous people. Then they went and filled up some register books and then everyone just stood there. 20 minutes already gone by. No one came to treat the men. Guess it was too much to ask for or they’re criminals why should they be treated?

As for the people who did this to our beloved sir I hope you’re literate enough to read this. How could you be so cruel? How could you do something so inhuman? You want the cell phone? Take it. You want the wallet? Take it. Take everything for god’s sake, but why do you have to kill someone for it. Doesn’t anyone ever think about the consequences? What will happen to his wife? They were married for just a couple of years. What will happen to his father? His mother? Will all her screams and tears bring her loved one back?

Sir was strangled to death and then dropped in front of army stadium where the police apparently picked him up from. They found spices in his eyes I’m guessing the muggers rubbed it in so that he couldn’t see their faces.

As for NSU Authority congratulations you just lost another great teacher. Because you can not assure a safer transport system for your faculty members which would cost you lesser then half the amount of 1 students semester fee.

Back!!

I don’t know where I was in last few days… May be I was in Hibernation mood… Anyway, I am back!!! Just a moment ago I came back from the Marriage Ceremony of my friend MILON… So I am a bit exhausted now… Be right back….

Going to Sherpur – My native land

My native land, which we call in bangla as “Dada Bari/Graamer Bari”, is situated in the District of Sherpur. It is among the least popular districts and people often mix it up with Bogra-Sherpur. But the district is very rich in the sense of natural beauty. Few people other than the district people could explore it properly. Those who couldn’t yet figure out where the district is actually situated, It is straight above Dhaka in the map of Bangladesh. It is also a border district neighboring the TURA in the Indian side, and Mymensingh, Jamalpur and Netrokona inside Bangladesh. The distance from Dhaka is about 180 KM, but the distance may vary as there are some other routes other than the main Dhaka-Mymensingh-Sherpur route. The old route was through Tangail-Jamalapur. I still remember the days when we used to go through that route, as it was like a journey with a BUMPER CAR. But the communication is so easy now a days that, I start from the garage of my Dhaka residence, and I get down from the car at the garage of my “Graamer Baari”. “Gazni” is the most well known place in this district, full of hills, forests, picnic spot and a nice lake… I’ll definitely write more about sherpur as I think people should know about this district. But I’ll have to go to bed early because my mother came to my room while I was writing this post and warned me that its me who have to drive the 180 KM distance. Inshallah, I’ll try to write something about my native land while I’ll be at my native land… Till then… Goodbye…

Curfew – Behind the scene…

Last few days were so lifeless that I am feeling I’ve been in the jail for decades. I believe it’s not me only, its the general feeling of all the city dwellers… The impose of curfew by the government has almost stopped the wheel of the country literally. But the question is, whether this is acceptable or not?? Curfew is not acceptable, but the circumstance which brought this drastic decision to be taken by the government is much more responsible for the sufferings of the people. We all are well aware of what happened at DU between the Army men and the students. It is true that the way police reacted on the students was not acceptable, but what about the aftermath? That was nothing but an attempt of deteriorating the situation to such an extent which would further worsen the political situation of Bangladesh. Some of the so called experts mentioned that it was public grief and agony which helped this incident to extend to such a destructive actions which grew because of the uprising in the expenditure of the lifestyles. Was it really true?? Reformation can’t take place without some considerations. We all know that the present government is trying heart and soul to bring the clarity and establish a clean and clear atmosphere in all the sectors of the country. Unlike the traditional politicians the advisers of the current government are from the group of people who led life like us even a year ago and are also well educated and experienced in the sector they are working for. So they really know what really the public demands are and where the fault was… As a part of their cleanup operation one of our great (!!!) leader is in to the custody and another one has almost one step in there too. There is a big number of people who have been sufferer as a result and the incident of the 20th August gave them a chance to take a hand against the government. They are the politicians and they are ready to sacrifice everything (except for their own benefit) for the sake of their interest!!! The thing that happened with the DU students is definitely not acceptable but what happened outside the DU campus is not acceptable either. The flare was supplied by those selfish people who were the sufferer for the drastic actions taken by the government. I believe that these weeds will soon be removed from the society and no more incident like the 20th August (2007) incident will take place in Bangladesh.

NB: All the statements above are solely my personal opinion and it is not unusual that others might have different ideas/opinions.

NSU… Again!!!

It has been more than six years since I got my self engaged with NSU (North South University). The relation has become so deep that I can hardly think of missing NSU life… And probably I’ll not miss it for a couple or three more years… Yes, I have been selected as an MBA student at NSU. After being selected in the written test, it was my viva today. I went to the Business department and was waiting for my turn. At about 11:45 am, i was called into the viva room. I really become very nervous seeing so many people in the room including VC sir, Meshqat sir, GMD sir, JK sir and many more. The continuous bombardment of question destroyed my  moral, and it seemed like i was infront of some hungry lions/tigers and they were about to tear my flesh!!! I planned myself in such a way that I could answer all possible questions, but as soon as i entered the interview room, I almost forgot the reason I went there. They insisted me to set my mindset that I am not going to make it. I was told that the result will be published the next day, and after a very tiring day at the evening when I came to NSU again, I saw the list of the selected candidates for the MBA program. I wasn’t prepared for that, and i wasn’t prepared to see my name in the list either. However, I will keep coming to NSU inshallah… See you at NSU….

My first travel Experience with my friends!!

I didn’t have any travel experience with friends till April 2002. It was my first travel experience with friends and without any guardian. So it was like- bird flapped its wings for the first time to explore a whole new world. As I said there were no guardians and we friends had this tour on our own, it was a total responsibility of us, and this was a very new experience for me. We traveled to Cox’s Bazar, which is one of the most attractive part of Bangladesh to travel. I’ve gone there thrice, but the first time experience is always the unique.

Our first initial destination was Chittagong not Cox’s Bazar. My two other tour partners were Asif and Babu (both of them are school friends). We planned that we’ll go to Babu’s aunt’s residence, but later we had to change our plan and we had to stay at the Hotel in Chittagong. Our train journey from Dhaka to Chittagong was very interesting. We started in the afternoon and reached Chittagong in midnight, as the engine of our train went out of order twice. However, after reaching Chittagong, we felt that we should go to Cox’s Bazar. Initially we thought that we’ll not inform our family. But I couldn’t help saying to my mother. I called her and told that I’m going to Cox’s Bazar. She was a bit worried by I assured her that I’ll maintain my safety. We went to Cox’s Bazar by a Micro Bus, which Babu’s uncle (Khalu) managed for us. Just before we reach the Cox’s Bazar hotel zone, I saw the Bay of bengal for the first time as we were crossing the circle at the new beach. I can’t explain what my feeling was!!! It was a blue endless scene and my heartbeat grew double. However, we checked in to the hotel named -“Bay View”. It was a moderate enough hotel at the beach. In the balcony we had both beach view and also the hills. For two days we explored the beach and also explored what freedom means.

Babu and myself at the Beach

After two days and three night staying at Cox’s Bazar we started back for Dhaka, but didn’t forget to do some shopping. It has been five long years and I have traveled a lot since then, but the splashes of this tour will always remain in my mind…

Beach view from the hotel balcony

NSUCC vs NSUSS Football Fiesta..

There was a match between NSUCC (NSU Computer Club) vs NSUSS (NSU Shangskritik Shangathan) today. The match took place in the Banani DOHS ground, which is moderately a big enough ground. NSUCC vs NSUSS match has always been a fascinating event to watch, as both the club are like rivals in the sports arena. Last time the result of the football match between NSUCC and NSUSS was in favor of NSUSS. This time NSUCC overpowers NSUSS by beating them by a solitary goal. I played in this match. After a poor performance in the last tournament (Six-a-side), I wasn’t initially selected for the NSUCC team. But it’s the NSU authority who has given me a chance to play this match by putting final exam today ;), therefore, when many a selected players were busy with their exams, I went into the field probably at the 15 minutes time, and played as a SUBSTITUTE. I had to do nothing except for guiding a very good pass into the net of the opponent. Yes, I scored the goal and thanks to Anup bhai for such a nice pass. I couldn’t play much because of the same old problem of mine, STAMINA… No one could score another goal in the later part of the game. In the end, we won by that particular goal scored by myself. Thanks to our goal keeper, ASAD, for his superb defense and restricting NSUSS scoring atleast three sure goals. Rony bhai played superb as usual, infact he was the playmaker. Ashik is a solid defense and also a very good user of his head, and almost scored a goal. Munta seemed to me a bit tired today although he had to make a lot of ground. The junior’s panel- Roni (jnr), Fahmi, Shuvro, Chhoton, priom and Oronno played really well. Anup bhai was the man to watch in today’s match and also lets not forget MILTON… Riyadh’s STAMINA is not that better than mine, but he played well. Alamin has been the most lucky manager for us. We won all the matches that he stayed with us and played with us. We should have won by more than three goals difference but still we are happy with the way we won.  And I am also happy with myself, because the last two goals of mine helped my team win two consecutive matches. Lastly, I should thank all our supporters, who went to support us and provide a moral boost. Special thanks to our only female supporter at the venue, Brishti, who’s roar really was distinct among all our supporters.

EDGE / GPRS / EVDO

In Bangladesh, the mobile phone companies emphasized mainly on voice service upto the end of 2005. Since then, the operators are introducing newer and modern technology to meet the data communication requirement of the clients. Other countries adopted those features long ago, specially the GPRS. GrameenPhone is the pioneer in introducing this type of data service to the people of Bangladesh. When GrameenPhone offered the service as a trial basis, Aktel announced the same sort of service… However, GP started staying a step ahead by offering EDGE where as Aktel started with GPRS. More over, after the trial period (to some selected users) GP’s service was available to both prepaid and postpaid customers. Aktel offered the service to both type of users recently prior to what the service was only available to the post paid users. Banglalink on the other hand offered GPRS to its postpaid Enterprise users from the beginning of 2007, depriving the prepaid and normal postpaid users. TeleTalk has offered reasonable packages for both prepaid and postpaid users. Infact teletalk is the only operator to offer unlimited usage package to the prepaid users also. Warid started its operation with the GPRS facilty, but yet to offer any unlimited usage package. Citycell, country’s only CDMA operator, has however started its data service after adopting CDMA 2000 1xRTT technology country wide. The data service technology by Citycell is known as EVDO (Evolution-Data Optimized). The service name is “My Citycell Zoom” and is only availble for the post paid users again depriving the prepaid users. Moreover, the package has flavor of both the time validation and data limit. This is not as cheap as the unlimited offers by the other operators nor as expensive as the Taka/MB offers.

Tariff plan for EDGE/GPRS/EVDO service:

General Packet Radio Services (GPRS) simply is an extension of the GSM standard to provide packet data services. It was introduced in late 2000. It can provide data rates from 56 to 114 Kbps and continuous connection to the Internet for mobile phone and computer users.

Enhanced Data rates for Global Evolution (EDGE) is a radio based high-speed mobile data standard. It allows data transmission speeds upto 384 kbps to be achieved when all eight timeslots are used. In fact, EDGE was formerly called GSM384. This means a maximum bit rate of 48 kbps per timeslot. Even higher speeds may be available in good radio conditions.

EVDO or Evolution Data Only/Evolution Data Optimized (often abbreviated as EVDO, EV-DO, EvDO, 1xEV-DO or 1xEvDO) provides fast wireless broadband (3G) internet service. EVDO is based on the 1xRTT standard, which is available in almost all cell phone coverage areas and provides Internet speeds of about 2-3 times that of dial-up (about 60K-100K).

A comparison between different Data Standards:

An advanced level article on this topic is available in the following link:

3g-mobile-communication-roadmap-and-a-problem 

Six-A-Side football tournament by NSUCC

I played in the team of “Buiras” today in the six-a-side football tournament organized by NSUCC. All the matches took place at the HAWA Bhaban ground. And you know what, we proved that “old is gold”… Yes, we are the champion… It was nice playing with old pals and we enjoyed it… Rony Bhai, Ahsan bhai, Mishuk bhai, Alamin, Muntasir, Riyadh, Zea, Shurid and myself- This was the team combination. Anup Bhai, Saimon (bibahito), Komol, Jubayer and ASHIK were beside us supporting in all possible ways. Thanks to our female member of the team- SIFA for scoring against the female opponents of the other teams. In the final match, we beat the Spartans in the Tie breaker 3-2. prior to that, the match was leveled at 2-2. And the interesting part is, the deciding goal of the tie breaker came from my shot. ;)… But I am not happy with my performance. I played really bad and missed many opportunities. However, this is because of the lack of stamina, which I’ll overcome soon Inshallah… Finally thanks to NSUCC for a wonderful event like this…

I got my VISA gold dual card!!!

After a long wait I got the VISA gold card. Its a dual card and I will be able to use it even if I go outside Bangladesh. My card is almost like a Debit card. It means, I’ll be able to use the amount that will be there in my account balance. I chose this option as it is a very safe mean of spending money through it. I will deposit the amount of money I require and then I’ll spend it, its easy and simple and also safe because if theft not much amount will be in risk. Its not that I could go for the usual credit card system. I could have that too… Now it is not yet ready to be used 🙁 . I’ll have to open an account and deposit money in foreign currency (US dollar). I hope it will not take much time, and soon I’ll be able to use it…