Tags: cyber crime
In a round table meeting organised by banglanews24.com on 29th December, bloggers emphasized not to impose any government rule on blog. It is an alternative space for people’s voice and should be kept without any hindrance.
A number of incidents in recent days were observed that clearly depicted netizen under thread of cyber stalking and harassment. The people living in cyber space have no way to complain against these abuses. Besides, the technical capacity of law enforcement agencies are not up to the mark to trace the cyber criminals in websphere.
Suggestions have been raised to develop mechanism so that sexual harassment in cyber space could be addressed. Online communities may be instrumental for helping users to ensure security under certain regulations.
Tags: 19th December, 3rd Blog Day, Bangla Blog Day
3rd Bangla blog day observed on 19th December 2011 with a massive participation of bloggers. Veteran guests attended and discussed about the effective use of social media as a whole.
More than 400 bloggers participated while hundred thousands viewers watched the web streaming of the event. Thirteen community blog platforms jointly organized the even heading a common objective of of spreading Bangla language in websphere.
Tags: eAsia, Local Area Web
My point of discussions at eASiA 2011, Dhaka, Bangladesh, December 1, 2011 as Speaker on “Social Media: Agent of Social Change” were:
- How social change mechanism works in Bangladesh
- Social change to be addressed at local level
- Community not acting as social change agent
- Why community should act as change maker?
- Impact of disorganized online activism
- Socio-localized web as social change maker
New media becomes easier to get access by wider range of people through the spreading of internet. I believe only socio-localized media such as local area web may make a breakthrough to social injustice.
Gas in Bangladesh is a mean of political debate rather than it’s well thought for preservation and reducing miss usage. If your apartment is not equipped with gas transmission, nobody is going to live there. New branches of fastfood restaurant will take place to replace your kitchen’s need.
A possible scenario is not far away. 450 taka for double burner gas cooker may not be seen in coming days. Government does not watch what you cook and how long your gas cooker passes the valuable resources in vain. Just to take the advantages a cooking gas driven generator has been introduced in the market and it has mentioned how your cooking gas makes your life durable, reliable and suitable in their billboard.
It may sound like whole day-night gas is priced at 450 taka for your household. But is that the real story? I dont’ know, but it is likely to be supplied only for cooking, that power should not be converted into other power generation activities like lighting, A/C, TV, Refrigerator usage for household use. But if you start to do so – you may re-design your apartment without kitchen for coming days, when gas will no longer exist.
Tags: Banani, Bangladesh, Gulshan, India, Visa Process
My experience at IVAC is a mixed feeling of sadness and badness. Indian visa center is named “Indian Visa Application Center” located at the building of State Bank of India. Huge crowd would be seen since morning each day and getting a place in the queue is simply nightmare. Epecially during the festive occasions of eid, puja – this is simply wastage of time looking for place there.
To get off the crowd – a different way is to be obtained. It is called “VIP line” by 1200 to 1500 taka for single entry into the center. It works through long distance signal by a policeman or embassy staff engaged for queue management and you have to be intelligent enough to read that. You have to act like a VIP after getting the signal. I have observed that a well composed team works there and I strongly doubt a part of the money collected from VIP line is being distributed among the staff of the embassy from Gatekeeper to Ambassador. Please note that the Indian Embassy is the ever busiest embassy in Bangladesh.
After entering into the building over a tiny space another u-shape line will be discovered. A G4 security person will verify your documents and give you feedback if any incomplete documents are there. In that case you have to pause your journey there and after filling with the missing info/documents the entering procedure is to be repeated from the beginning.
The people usually bounced back from there for the following reasons:
- Lack of two references in India and their contact info;
- Lack of two references in Bangladesh and their contact info;
- Without authorization letter – this is applicable only for official visa application (i.e. if someone else drops application on behalf of you);
- Authorized person is not a first blood contact – no authorization is needed if you are a first blood relative;
- Applicant’s name discrepancy in passport and application (in most of the cases, national ID, Passport and other identical documents have name mismatch); and
- Carrying bag, luggage etc., to get in you have to be with your clothes only.
Most of the applicants are aged and they came from rural area on medical ground. The newly adopted rules and regulations are not yet familiar to them and as a result their harassment is limitless. If the G4 finds your paper okay – you will get a token showing a number of your turn. After all of these happenings you will find a place to rest on a chair for 30 to 45 minutes. The next course of action includes appointment with a desk officer, submission of 200 taka for one applicant, again with desk officer for clarifying little information presented in the application form. You may apply for double entry visa if the duration of staying in India exceeds one month. Tourist visa is largely welcomed and bank endorsement from “State Bank of India” and air-ticket from Indian Airlines further expedites the visa process. In that case you can drop your passport with necessary papers to an Indian airline. They will arrange your visa on behalf of you – and you can avoid all these bullshits at the embassy.
To sum up the process I made some tips how you can get ensured for an Indian tourist visa:-
- Collect the visa application form from the web, a pdf file is available there. Use your google hand to find the link;
- Complete the form using typewriting option from pdf (shut the mouth of the embassy staff from finding any hand writing errors);
- Write two Indian references (collect prior to the planning of visit from your friend or relatives living in India);
- Write the name of the hotel or relative’s address in India where you are going to stay, don’t forget to mention phone numbers, etc.;
- Get you bank endorsement from State Bank of India. You have to buy 150 dollar to get the endorsement in your passport. Attach the original copy of the endorsement certificate with your application;
- Attach photocopy of you national ID, phone/telephone bill or ward commissioner’s certificate as evidence of domicile, visiting card and office ID card. Don’t forget to attest the photocopies by yourself;
- Attach photocopies of 1-7 pages of the passport;
- Attach two copy passport size photographs; and
- Get your air-ticket from an Indian airway and submit to them, within a week you will get your visa.
My experience at Indian embassy is awesome. Scene of long standing people, most of them are sick and aged, is stunning. Moreover the crowd itself is a force for environment degradation to the adjacent roads. The residents too repeatedly appeal to the government to withdraw the center from Gulshan. Possibly the gaze of irritated residents has been noticed. Moving out from Gulshan has been a thought of the city corporation lately. But where will it be relocated?
Today while I was passing through Banani Road No. 11, found few banners hanging in the road-roof. It says, “Indian visa center should not be allowed at Banani, Environment of Banani should not be destroyed”. After construction of Banani 11 Bridge passing to Gulshan, the area already turned into a trafic catastrophic zone. Now imagine “Indian visa application center” is there! Oh No! We have to forget Banani forever.