Shaptahik Pechal – Weekly Roundup
Shaptahik Pechal, our weekly round up of the must-read/watch/hear stories concerning Bangladesh this past week. Plus something to listen to with your morning tea, this week at the start.
So, we do not have a W@nk@h of the Week this week. Mostly because we were overwhelmed by the sheer amount of bulls*** from government circles this past week regarding a certain bridge. A certain bridge we promised ourselves that we would not mention. But heck this was too good to pass up. Enjoy our track of the week, which we dedicate to the cleanest cabinet there ever was, who will not benefit at all personally if the bridge is ever built with our own funds. If you listen very, very carefully, you can even hear Garfunkel say at the end “Shorkar bhalo, World Bank dushto.”
King of the Natural Sciences
Do not ever forget that the Scientific Endeavour is too great to be held back by mere national boundaries. And that wonderful things might happen when an ex-Swiss patent clerk receives letters from a Reader at a Provincial University on the outskirts of a vast Empire (“In 1921, Bose accepted a position as a reader, or professor, at the University of Dacca, a newly established university in East Bengal.”).
Ladies and gentlemen, the man who gave you the boson. Higgs does indeed stand on the shoulder of giants.
Our own institutions also disrespected talent. Ebadur comments under the photo of Einstein & Bose, “Satyendranath Bose was still working at Dhaka University then. Of course, DU never made his job permanent and he was very unhappy with his salary …”
Stop sending them back! – Hana Shams Ahmed. AoD second that motion.
অর্থনীতি – Dismal Science
Awami League’s reliance on banks – MA Taslim
Economic integration with India (aka the Myth that Will Not Die!) – J Rahman plays Van Helsing (with graphs!). To me, it said more about India and how little Bangladeshis really know about the change that has swept through it since the early 90′s
Faruq Wasif takes a stab at interpreting the evergreen, ever-changing HME. Ershad’s facebook profile no doubt lists him as “President 1982-1990″.
Remembering foreign comrades. A freedom fighter visits the home of an Indian soldier from Bihar who died in Bangladesh – an excerpt: “Balamdine touched my hand gently. It was the first time she had ever seen a Bangladeshi. She held on to my hand, and Vincent held the other, as if we were connected at that moment by a lifetime of bloodlines and memories. Finally, she broke the silence, curious to hear about Ekka’s last battle and about Gangasagar.” Read the rest, it’s well worth it.
Rwanda’s health care miracle – NYT.
Death of the Chairman – polonium poisoning suspected in Arafat’s death.