[Shooter Diaries] 2014

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Fireworks lit up at Bangabandhu National Stadium next to the National Mosque during the grand opening and celebration ceremony concert of the World Cup Cricket T20 on 13 March, 2014. The T20 World Cup does not have an opening ceremony but the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) arranged the ‘celebration concert’ to broadcast the beginning of the world event. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced the opening and welcomed the cricketers and guests to Bangladesh for the mega event, T20 World Cup Photo by Monirul Alam

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Broadcast and Cross-Media Journalism

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I would like to start four months Post-Graduation Certificate Course in Broadcast & Cross-Media Journalism under the BRAC University and PATHSHALA in Collaboration with Erasmus University, Rotterdam the Netherlands. Hope it would be a good drives for me to studies in a New Media.

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400 years Dhaka History through Light and Sound Display in Lalbagh

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The sky was cloud that day, before an hour heavy rain was splash in the Dhaka city; I make a phone call to Sultana Apa who will be arrange a Light-Sound Display at Lalbagh Fort in old part of Dhaka. She reply me after, we hope to start around 7.p.m. I moved to Lalbagh fort from my office around 5.p.m.

The ministry of Culture organized the `Light and Sound Display in Lalbagh Fort program first time (fixed display show) in Bangladesh, the Bangladesh government financed in thes project with support of Creation Unlimited, the 30 munities light-sound display show will be open for the public after inauguration it may regularly display for two times in Lalbagh fort,  said their press release.

After a few discussion about the issue the Hon. Minister Abul Kalam Azad ministry of Culture arrive on time with other official and special guest was also present their, Finally the light and sound display was shown.

The light-sound show mainly present the 400 years history of DHAKA, a beautiful narrative with sound and light present the history of Bengal, Mugal period and Bangladesh history. During the display present viewer were really enjoyed when the light and sound appeared into the Lalbagh fort  building like Darbar Hall & Hammams,Tomb of Pari Bibi’s. Finally the present viewer thanks to the organizer and historians expert,  said a few suggestion after the end of the show and Azad also recommend a few things about these display.

Short Summery of Lalbagh:

The 17th century, Lalbagh Fort is still witness of Mughal Emperor of Bengal  the most popular and renowned fort and a great signature of art  in Bangladesh. It is also known as Fort Aurangabad. It is situated beside the Buringal River in old part of Dhaka, Lalbagh. It was an incomplete structure by a Mughal Emperor named Prince Muhammad Azam (third son of Aurangazeb). He started the work of the fort in 1678 during his vice-royality in Bangladesh (Previous Bengal). He stayed in Bengal for 15 months. It remained incomplete when he was called by his father Aurangazeb.

Shaista Khan was the new Subedar of Dhaka in that time, and he did not complete the fort. In 1684, the daughter of Shaista Khan named Iran Dukht (Pari Bibi) died there. After her death, he started to think the fort as ominous, and left the structure incomplete. Among the 3 major parts of Lalbagh Fort, one is the tomb of Pari-bibi (middle of east-west of the fort),The Mosque (west),The Diwan-i-aam palace (east).

After Shaista Khan left Dhaka, it lost its popularity. The main cause was that the capital was replaced from Dhaka to Murshidabad. After the end of royal Mughal period, the fort became abandoned. In 1844, the area achieved its name as Lalbagh replacing Aurangabad, so the fort as Lalbagh Fort.

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Savar Tragedy Victims | Bangladesh

Pakhi Begum 25, lost both of her legs in the Rana Plaza building collapse. Pakhi works as a machine operator on the fifth floor of the nine-storey building when it collapsed in April 24, 2013. Her legs trapping under the concrete bar, her husband Jahangir Alam 30, and her two daughters said, we are very happy to see her alive, when lots of people were either missing or dead. Several injured victims like Pakhi they are admitted in Savar and Dhaka different hospital for the treatment here is some critical patient who are admitted at Enam Medical College and Hospital in Savar.

Reports state that the death toll rose over 540 ( update 4 May, 2013)  and many more still missing, according to a senior military official leading rescue operations at the spot. 52 bodies were recovered on 03 May 2013 after the eight-storey building Rana Plaza housed mostly garment factories which collapsed on 24 April 2013.

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Shooter Diaries | Rana Plaza |01

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Bangladesh’s garment industry has grown rapidly during the last decade. The Ready Made Garment, RMG, sector contributes 76% of the total export earning of Bangladesh. Recently an eight-story block housing factories and a shopping center on the outskirts of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka collapsed on April 24 morning killing at least 430 more ( update, 2 May 2013) people. Rescuers fear the death toll may rise significantly. Local citizen, fire fighters, army personnel,police, volunteers joined  to rescue them. A number of workers  garment factories in Savar alleged that they were forced to work in the morning. Most of the victims who have been rescued from under the debris in the afternoon are dead. The injured and dead victims were rushed at Enam Medical College and Hospital in Savar to hand over victims’ relatives for burial.

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The Spirit of School | Bangladesh | Work in Progress . . .

In the story, a popular Bangladeshi comic character called Meena (girl), desire for an education but initially has to stay at home to help with the housework. But by the end of the story, Meena’s relatives realize the value of education and the earnest young girl heads to school with her younger brother. The focus on education is evident among policymakers across Bangladesh who are taking measures to achieve a 100 per cent literacy rate within the next decade.

As per the latest literacy survey report of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), the country’s literacy rate of the population aged above 15 reached 59.82 per cent while the illiteracy rate is 40.18 and the literacy of women is 55.71 per cent.

The education system and structure of Bangladesh has three major stages-primary, secondary and higher educations. Primary education is a 5-year cycle while secondary education is a 7- year one with three sub-stages: 3 years of junior secondary, 2 years of secondary and 2 years of higher secondary. The private schools also receive strong financial support from the state. The tertiary education (3-5 years) is provided through universities (31 public and 51 private universities) and affiliated colleges under supervision of University Grants Commission. Establishment of private universities has gained momentum in recent years. At all levels, students can choose the medium of education from Bangla or English.

The constitution is the fundamental law of the country it serves as a framework of all others laws. According to the Bangladesh Constitution article 17 Free and compulsory education. The State shall adopt effective measures for the purpose of –

a) establishing a uniform, mass-oriented and universal system of education and extending free and compulsory education to all children to such stage as may be determined by law; b) relating education to the needs of society and producing properly trained and motivated citizens to serve those needs; removing illiteracy within such time as may be determined by law.

This project was a challenge for me as I had to document the subject in a different way than I did before and continue in upcoming days. I feel this challenge has taken the whole project to a new level.

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An artist makes a school education logo which is display on the school wall its logo is widely use in Bangladesh. As per the latest literacy survey report of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), the country’s literacy the literacy rate of the population aged above 15 reached 59.82 per cent while the illiteracy rate is 40. PHOTO Nov. 18, 2009 Dinajpure Bangladesh.

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A Bangladeshi child play with his rickshaw tires on the street of Dhaka after he finished his school, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina says her government has undertaken necessary plans to free the country of illiteracy by 2014. PHOTO Oct. 27, 2005 Dhaka Bangladesh.

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POD pictures of the day ZUMA PRESS | August 2012

Aug. 20, 2012 – Dhaka, Bangladesh – Bangladeshi Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers at the National Mosque of Bangladesh, Baitul Mukarram. Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, the Muslim calendar’s ninth and holiest month. (Credit Image: © Monirul Alam/ZUMAPRESS.com)

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Night of Forgiveness | bangladesh

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 Bngladeshi Muslims sit in next to the Mosque during a special night prayer of Bangladesh to mark Shab-e-Barat or ‘night of forgiveness’ in Dhaka on 17 July 2011. Muslims believe that if someone prays to God throughout the night and seeks forgiveness for all the sins he may have committed, he could be forgiven. The entire night of prayer is devoted to asking for forgiveness for the past year and for good fortune in the year to come. July 2011 Dhaka, Bangladesh. © Monirul Alam

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Jamaat clash with police |Dhaka

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Dhanka April 2011. During the clash a group of Jamaat-e-Islami activists through brickbats from the Baitul Mukarram mosque to the police and police through water cannon.   Activists of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami locked into a clash with police Tuesday afternoon in the city’s Paltan area after they were barred from holding a rally at Muktangon. Around 1,000 of activists Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir clashed with police. At least 25 people, including 10 police, were injured in the half-an-hour clash witness said.