Bangladeshi Passport – VISA free, On Arrival & eVISA Country list

Bangladeshi passport is one of the weakest Passports in the world. If you are one of the Bangladeshis – you probably are aware of the hassle of getting Visa when you intend to travel abroad. Fortunately, the doors are much welcoming for Bangladeshi passport holders in some of the countries. Here is the list of those countries:

VISA Free entry – Bangladeshi passport holders can travel the following countries without any Visa:
1. Bahamas
2. Barbados
3. Bhutan
4. Dominica
5. Fiji
6. Gambia
7. Grenada
8. Haiti
9. Indonesia
10. Jamaica
11. Lesotho
12. Micronesia
13. Saint Kitts and Nevis
14. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
15. Trinidad and Tobago
16. Vanuatu

On-Arrival Visa – The following countries provide Visa on-arrival:

1. Benin
2. Cape Verde
3. Comoros
4. Guinea-Bissau
5. Madagascar
6. Maldives
7. Mauritania
8. Mozambique
9. Nepal
10. Somalia
11. Timor-Leste
12. Togo
13. Tuvalu

eVisa – The following requires you to Fill out an online application and obtain an eVisa:
1. Cambodia
2. Djibouti
3. Gabon
4. Kenya
5. Kyrgyzstan
6. Malaysia
7. Myanmar
8. Qatar
9. Rwanda
10. Sri Lanka
11. Uganda
12. Zambia
13. Zimbabwe

Seychelles Provides a Visitor’s permit and Samoa provides Entry permit on-arrival.

How to check numbers registered (Biometric) against your NID

If your curious mind wants to be sure no one else has used your NID to register their mobile number – you need to do the following:

Robi Users: Dial *1600*3#
Banglalink Users: Dial *1600*2#

GrameenPhone, Airtel, Teletalk and Citycell has not yet announced this feature.

Facebook temporarily unavailable – January 27, 2015

Facebook was unavailable for about an hour today. Not sure what happened but this is what I found when I tried to browse FACEBOOK.COM

facebook unavailable - January 27, 2015

UPDATE: From further search on this issue I came to know that the famous Lizard Squad (Black Hat Hacking Group) is responsible for the Facebook down issue. A huge DOS attack has taken down Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites.

Lizard Squad - Black Hat Hacker Group

Hindi movies in Bangladeshi Theatres and multiplexes

Hindi Movie wanted in Bangladeshi Cinema halls

Hindi Movies will be screened in Bangladeshi theatres soon. Government has lifted the ban on screening Hindi cinema in Bangladesh. Prabhu Deva Directed Salman Khan’s Movie “WANTED” will be the first movie to be shown in Bangladeshi Cinema Halls. The screening may start right from next friday if the censor board permits.

Three more movies – Three Idiots, Tarey Zameen Par and Dhoom3 are the next three movies waiting in the list.

The debate on showing Hindi Cinema in Bangladeshi multiplexes  has been going on for a long time. There are enough excuses for debaters of both the sides who oppose and talks for showing Hindi cinema in Bangladesh. People who are in favor of showing Hindi Cinema are telling that – it will save the cinema halls and create a competition with local movies – which ultimately will improve the quality of Bangladesh Cinema Industry.

On the other hand – people who oppose are saying that – Hindi movies will destroy the in-house movie industry. They are also saying – Indian culture will destroy that of Bangladesh’s.

Source: Prothom-Alo.

WhatsApp, Line and MyPeople Blocked in Bangladesh

WhatsApp Line and Mypeople blocked in Bangladesh

Three more instant messaging and Internet calling software got blocked in Bangladesh – just one day after blocking another popular program Viber. From an unconfirmed source – I could learn that these are blocked till 21st January with an excuse of security concern.

Although officials said these will be unblocked by 21st January – but many are fearing it will not be. The government blocked Youtube earlier a couple of years back. Many other Google services were interrupted due to this block. It took a long time for the unblock that time.

Whatever the reason for the block the Government may provide – it is never accepted positively among the users. The new generation is highly dependent on these services – which are known to be famous for their free text messaging and Internet voice calls.

Skype, Google Talk (Hangout) and Facebook calling services are still running fine but many are fearing blocks might be imposed on these too.


BTRC Website Hacked in protest of blocking Viber and other similar services


A group of Bangladeshi hackers have hacked the website of BTRC. They did put a logo of theirs’ in BTRC website homepage. BTRC probably taken the site down immediately. The website is still down ( 1am 19-01-2015).

It has been referred from an unconfirmed source that – the hacking has taken place in protest of BTRC’s recent action on shutting down popular Internet calling services like Viber, Tango, Line etc.

Viber and similar Instant messaging services are blocked in Bangladesh


The Government of Bangladesh has blocked Viber and similar popular instant messaging and Internet calling services in Bangladesh. Bangladesh Telecom Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has sent a letter to all the mobile operators and International Internet Gateway (IIG) providers to shut the services of these services.

While most of the users of Mobile operators are unable to use these services – some other ISP users are still able to use Viber and those blocked services.

Source: Dhaka Tribune.


BTCL Reduces bandwidth cost by 41% – Effective from 1st April 2014

Good news for Bangladeshi Internet users!! BTCL has further reduced the price of Submarine cable (SEA-ME-WE4) IP Bandwidth. Effective from April 1st – users will be able to get 1 Mbps (MegaBits/second) dedicated bandwidth at only Taka 2800 per month. It was Taka 4800 per month per 1 Mbps previously.

This will be applicable to all BTCL customers (Home, corporate and Resellers).

This surely will have a very good impact on the ICT sector of Bangladesh. But a lot will depend upon how the ISPs react to this new pricing. Surely they won’t cut the pricing by 41% and reduce their revenue as they have other operational costs. Rather they’ll probably increase per user bandwidth or give more GBs of data transfer to volume based Internet clients.

This indeed is an appreciable initiative by the Government. I believe our new young ICT State Minister Mr. Palak has some influence in this.

Bangladeshi mobile operators hold a major share of Internet distribution channel. It will be interesting how these mobile companies rearrange their Internet service offers after this price reduction. Most of the companies are selling 1GB volume at around 300 Taka which is sky high compared to BTCL Bandwidth cost. The real benefit of this price reduction will be ensured if the mobile phone operators reduce their Internet prices. Because – Internet through mobile operators are still the easiest way for general people to be connected to the Internet.

Why and How to write an attractive Resume.

A resume (or CV or BioData whatever you say) is a tool which is prepared with the intention to earn an interview session and ultimately to earn a job. A resume is infact an advertisement of self through which job seekers try to get the attention of employers against potential vacancies. Employers will always try to invite the best candidates for the interview before deciding someone eligible for a certain post. If you feel you are eligible for such a post but fail to depict your potentiality to the employer – it will bring no luck to you – not even a call for the interview. A nicely designed Resume therefore, is an essential document for everyone who plans to lead the life doing  jobs.

It is not that the resume is required only at the beginning of someone’s career. No employee can be said hundred percent settled with any particular employer. Someone may be fired, someone may get better opportunity elsewhere, someone may wish to change career path – but whatever it is – the necessity of Resume will always be there. The style and pattern of resume thus differ from situation to situation. No one can apply hard and fast rules on how to write a perfect resume or what should be there to make a resume a masterpiece. It will depend upon the nature of the job, type of the organization and the psychology of the employers. A great resume should be able to present you in the best light.

Before you start preparing or fine tuning your resume – you should know your career path. It is the domain in which you – your qualifications fit in. You should know where your are applying and your resume should focus on employers need – not yours. You should only apply to relevant positions. Otherwise it will be a time waster for the employers and even more time wasting for you. There will be hundreds and even thousands of applications from the candidates. The person who’ll be screening the resumes will hardly spend more than 15 seconds unless something special catches his/her eyes. Therefore it is important to make your resume a well-structured one which can express – what it needs to be selected – at a glance. The relevant specialties should be highlighted intelligently and your resume’s first few portions (or few lines) are vital. These lines can make it a successful resume which may lead you to the interview.

Your resume should be focused on the employers need and how you qualify for this. You should know the answer for this question “What would make someone a perfect candidate for the position”. Then, you should start preparing your resume which will ultimately try to answer this question. Your resume should contain two sections. The first section will make assertion about your abilities, qualities and achievements. Here you’ll need to mention what you are capable of doing, what skills you have and the achievements you earned. The second section should provide the evidence of the assertions you made in the first section. This is where you list and describe the jobs you have held, your education, etc.

Some of the points are essential parts of resume writing. An objective at the beginning should be there. Here you’ll describe how you visualize yourself contributing to the organization. The objective should be to the point and will depend upon the job title and the nature of the organization. Another essential part-  The “Summary” or “Summary of Qualifications” consists of several concise statements that focus the reader’s attention on the most important qualities, achievements and abilities you have to offer. Those qualities should be the most compelling demonstrations of why they should hire you instead of the other candidates. This may be the only section fully read by the employer, so it should be very strong and convincing. You can add a further extension of the accomplishment description in the summary that are directly related to the list of skills you presented earlier in the assertion section.

A great resume should also strongly present the evidence section against the assertion section. This helps the resume screener to persuade that the description are true for the candidates. The evidence section should contain the following:

  • Experience
  • Education
  • Awards
  • Professional Affiliations
  • Leadership quality
  • Publications / research works
  • Testimonials
  • Personal Interests
  • References

As mentioned in beginning – the resume should be a well structured one to be able to catch the attention of the primary screener. The resume should be presented nicely and for this the following should be taken care of:

  • Visually enticing: clean and clear, enough space among the different sections, symmetrical and uncrowded.
  • There is uniformity and consistency in the use of italics, capital letters, bullets, boldface, and underlining
  • Absolutely error free : Spelling, grammatical and sentence making
  • All the required information are included
  • Appropriate past job description
  • Strengths are highlighted and weaknesses are de-emphasized
  • Try to show you are result oriented
  • Try to avoid controversial points
  • Use bold caps for your name on page one
  • Put section headings, titles etc with boldface
  • Avoid long sentences, break them into smaller.
  • Make it look better: use graphic details
  • Try to make it short: avoid unnecessary portions
  • Provide your contact details carefully

Remember – you should be able to back you up with what you have written in the resume. Do not provide inappropriate information as it may create problems even long after you get selected. A single resume will not fit in different positions for different employers and different job types. You should maintain multiple version of your resumes focusing various fields. If required – fine tune your resume for individual employer/organizations.  I have tried to touch as many factors as possible – some might not came into my mind. Please use search engines and find some examples of resumes. Don’t just make it – pay a careful attention to it. It really is worthy spending some time for preparing a nice and precise resume. Good luck.

Hasibul Islam