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Bangladesh - development issues

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28 Feb 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program featured the story of Ruhul Amin Milu - a fairy tale like real life story of a youth single-handedly fighting poverty, illiteracy and substance abuse in his village in Bangladesh and winning!! Can this be replicated in all the villages of Bangladesh? It played songs by Kanak Chapa, Mahmuduzzaman Babu and Momtaj. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

04 Apr 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program featured an interview with Dr. Shamsul Haque, a scientist with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Canberra, Australia. Dr. Haque outlined the brilliant work of Bangladeshi scientists in rice research in CSIRO that is not only advancing the science of genetic engineering and biotechnology, it is also making a significant contribution in meeting Bangladesh's demand for food. It played songs by Abbas Uddin Ahmed and Paban Das Baul. The program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

16 May 2005 Listen MP3

Bangla Radio presents reading of articles published in the media that makes us proud, expresses our feelings and unites us in our dream for a more prosperous Bangladesh. This week's program read two articles published in Bangladesh newspaper 'Prothom Alo' - one describing how Bangladesh's Grameen Bank is transforming the lives and hopes of destitutes and the other portraying the love of Bangladeshi expatriates living overseas for their motherland. It played songs by Hemanta Mukhapadhay, Manna Dey and Fahmida Khatun. The program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

27 Jun 2005 Listen MP3

This week's programme (mostly in English) presented an interview with Dr. Howard Rawson, an agronomist, who visited Bangladesh several times in the last two years on a FAO project aimed at increasing wheat production in Bangladesh. One way in which production could be increased is by growing a crop of wheat in the period between two crops of rice but this needs some changes to the way wheat is cultivated in Bangladesh. Dr. Rawson talked about his interactions with the local farmers who were testing new methods of cultivation and the possible reasons for the success of the project. The program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

01 Aug 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program presented articles from Bangladesh daily 'Prothom Alo' and weekly magazine 'Jai Jai Din'. First article 'Aloy bhuban bhora' is a story of hope - example set by the success of our disadvantaged students in rural Bangladesh. Second article described scenic Shumai Chhara - an uncommon tourist attraction near Moulavi Bazar, Sylhet, that expatriates should not miss in their next visit to Bangladesh. It played songs by Bangladeshi artists Azam Khan and Runa Laila. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmed.

22 Aug 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program presented two features: (1) advances of Bangladeshi women in professional career - growing interest in agricultural education - from daily Ittefaq, and (2) century old ancient trees of Bangladesh from daily Prothom Alo. The program played folk songs by Ferdousi Rahman and Tapan Roy and one poetry recitation by Shoumitra Chattopadhay. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

05 Sep 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program featured an interview that discussed Bangladesh development issues - achievements, problems and prospects - in the eye of a foreigner who worked in Bangladesh for five years. Mr. Jorgen Lissner, Resident Representative of UNDP Bangladesh, in an interview with Shafiq Rehman, talks about his own experience in developing Bangladesh, about the people, the country and the administration. Can we see Bangladesh's progress through his eyes? The audio recording of the interview is courtesy of popular BTV magazine 'Lal Golap' aired on 12 August 2005. This week's program played a beautiful song by Bangladesh's new generation singer Pothik Nobi. It was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

19 Sep 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program presented announcements from Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra and Canberra's Bangla School, a feature from Bangladesh daily 'Prothom Alo' and songs by Bangladeshi expatriate singer living in Sydney Abdullah Al Mamoon and popular Indian artist Indrani Sen. The feature - 'Krishna-kanter mono-chhobir jagoth' - written by Shahed Muhammad Ali, is a story of an extraordinary school teacher in remote areas of Shunamganj in Bangladesh, whose new teaching technique has not only brought surprising results, it can revolutionise the teaching method itself. Another success story that makes us proud of Bangladesh and its people. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah in place of scheduled producer Sadequr Rahman.

28 Nov 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program presented two interesting features from Bangladesh Daily 'Prothom Alo': (1) 'Nirontor Shikharty ek Shikhok' - story of a school teacher's determination to learn the best teaching techniques for his village school in Noakhali and how he successfully transformed it into a sought after educational institution, and (2) 'Fol o Fashaler Bondhu' - one man's crusade against the use of chemical fertilisers and insecticides in Tangail, who dedicated his life and resources to motivate people to grow chemical-free fruits by teaching his innovated techniques and distributing thousands of free seedlings every year. Success stories that make us proud of Bangladesh and its people. Two selected songs played in the program are 'Panshi Douraiya Jaitam' by a folk band in Sylhet, Bangladesh and an adaptation of 'Five Hundred Miles' by Indian singer Anjohn Dutta. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

26 Dec 2005 Listen MP3

The last program of 2005 presented two simple personalities: farmer Horipodo Kapali from Jhenaidaha and singer Nolok Babu from Jamalpur and their achievement stories to cherish to welcome the new year for a new beginning and new life. We saw a simple village farmer Horipodo's discovery of a new breed of rice - 'Hori Dhan' - named after him by the people that is winning thousands of hectares every year over traditional varieties and the heart of the people. We travelled with an unknown penniless street kid Nolok, with a gifted voice, love for his mother and music, in his journey from the street to the heart of Bangladesh by winning the 'Close-up One' nation-wide music contest - replacing tears-of-sorrow with tears-of-joy!! Two very precious flowers for Bangladesh to remember this otherwise eventful year and to welcome the new year. This extraordinary year-end presentation has been graced by two beautiful songs - one by famous Bangladeshi trio Niaz Mohammad Chowdhury, Andrew Kishor and Kumar Bishwajit, and the other by legendary Indian singer Lata Mungeshkar. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

07 Aug 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program highlighted Australian National University Professor Rick Shand's recent report on Bangladesh - extraordinary success in economic and social sectors with achievements in education, health, literacy and women's emancipation - by presenting two stories of women's empowerment - Rowshon Ara from Choddogram in Comilla and Laila Begum from Fulbari Upajila in Dinajpur and their role in transforming the lives of people in rural Bangladesh. It played three beautiful songs by new generation Bangladeshi singers Kaya and Helal. The songs are: 'doyal baba', 'aami kul hara kolongkini' and 'ochin desher majhi bhaire'. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

04 Sep 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an outline of the activities of Bangladesh’s Grameen Bank, its brief history and some achievements in transforming the lives of women and poor families in rural Bangladesh. It also gave information about the forthcoming Canberra function of Drishtipat Australia – a non-profit organisation – to raise funds for the handicapped children of Bangladesh. The three lovely songs played in the program are: ‘shohoj manush’, ‘shona dia bandha-asi ei ghor’ and ‘tui gaan ga ichhe moto’ from a CD by Bangladeshi band group ‘Bangla’. This week's program was produced and presented by Murad Hossain.

11 Sep 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented two interviews: first with the newly elected General Secretary of Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra Mr. Lutful Kabir – talking about his feelings and Association activities, and the second with Dr. Bina D’Costa – on the fund-raising function of Drishtipat Australia to be held in Canberra next weekend. The two beautiful songs played in the program are ‘tumi amar prothom shokal’ by Bangladeshi singers Tapan Chowdhury and Shakila Zafar, and a hit hindi movie playback song ‘bhigi bhigi si hey ye rate’ sung by Bangladesh’s band star James. This week's program was produced and presented by Iskander Chowdhury.

16 Oct 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented three features: reception of Dr. Muhammad Yunus in Chittagong after winning the Nobel Peace prize, observance of 116th death anniversary of Lalan Shah in Kushtia and signing of a major health development project between Bangladesh Government, World Bank and other donor agencies. The songs played the program are: ‘neshar latim jhim dhorechhe’ by Shubir Sen, ‘pa-be shamanney ki taar dekha’ and ‘milan ho-be ko-to diney’ by Farida Parveen, and a piece of electric guitar by Shunil Gangopadhay. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

04 Dec 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program provided an insight into the amazing world of Nanotechnology and the possibility of its application in some real world problem. Does this technology have the answer to the acute arsenic problem in Bangladesh that is now affecting millions of people? This week's well documented program, with information compiled from the 'Science' magazine and the website of Bangladesh Environment Network, highlighted the issues of application of Nanotechnology and traditional filter technology in removing arsenic from groundwater in rural Bangladesh. The three beautiful songs depicting the story of 'Sakhina' played in the program was sung by popular Bangladeshi singer Fakir Alamgir. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

01 Jan 2007 Listen MP3

The first program of 2007 presented an in-depth review of the issues surrounding the coming general election of Bangladesh. Retired Bangladeshi senior diplomat Badiuzzaman Khan analysed various clauses of the Constitution and the issues raised by the parties and commented on how this election can be held to the acceptance of all parties and the general public. This week’s program played two Bangladeshi patriotic songs ‘salam salam hajar salam’ by Abdul Jabbar and ‘ek tara tui bol-re ebar desher kotha bol’ by Shahnaz Rahmatullah. This week’s program was produced and presented by Badiuzzaman Khan with the assistance of Sadequr Rahman.

21 May 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented two interviews surrounding - 'rice' - in the Indian sub-continent: (1) the past - retired Prof. Gideon Polya of La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, talked about the famines in the 40's during British rule of India. He is the author of the famous book 'Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History', and (2) the future - agricultural economist Dr. Mahbub Hossain, Head, Social Sciences Division, IRRI, in Manila, Philippines, spoke on the challenges of future rice cultivation in Bangladesh. The song played in the program 'kono ek gayer bodhur kotha tomae shonai shono' was composed by Salil Chowdhury in 1949 describing the famines of that time. It was sung by famous Indian singer Hemanta Mukhapadhay. This week’s program was presented by Sakiba Rahman and produced by Sadequr Rahman.

11 Jun 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented (1) a very informative interview with Dr. Phil Cummins, an earthquake and tsunami expert with the Geoscience Australia, talking about tsunamis in the Indian Ocean region and the consequences for Bangladesh, and (2) second letter from Spain, written by Ziauddin Ahmed, describing the lifestyle and food of the people of Galicia, a surprisingly green and beautiful part of northern Spain. The song 'amar shokol niye boshe achhi shorbonasher ashae' played in the program was sung by celebrity Indian singer Indrani Sen. This week’s program was presented by Sakiba Rahman and produced by Sadequr Rahman.

20 Aug 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program reminded us of the devastating flood situation in Bangladesh - the suffering of the people and their immediate need for food, shelter and medicine - and the two types of typical responses: the 'humanists' and the 'opportunists' as depicted in an interesting short story - 'fazlul karim shaheber tran karjo' - by popular Bangladeshi novelist Humayun Ahmed. The two beautiful songs played in this week's program are: 'manush manusher jonno' by distinguished Indian singer Bhupen Hazarika and 'gao gao jiboner gaan' by popular Bangladeshi singer Mahmuduzzaman Babu. This week's program was produced and presented by Murshed Haider.

19 Nov 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a report on the aftermath of cyclone 'Sidr' that devastated the coastal districts of Bangladesh on 15th November 2007 with a death toll that is expected to cross ten thousand lives. It included an eye witness report from Dublar Char written by Enam Ahmed and Zayedul Ahsan published in Bangladeshi newspaper Daily Star, a description of the property lost, present relief situation, relief initiatives in Canberra and what could be done to help the cyclone victims. The songs played in the program in sympathy to the cyclone victims are: 'meghnar ku-le ghar', 'aichho bhobe, jai-te ho-be', 'shotya ball, shu-pothe chol' by renowned Bangladeshi singers Abdul Alim, Mostafa Zaman Abbasi and Farida Parvin, and 'porer jaiga, porer jomin' by popular Indian singer Amor Pal. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

07 Jan 2008 Listen MP3

This week’s program welcomed the New Year for Australia and Bangladesh, and presented the extra-ordinary achievement stories of three simple personalities - Eemon, Nargis and Horipodo - representing the millions of unsung workers behind the success of Bangladesh’s economic development. It played a beautiful song ‘aami ganer shongei bedhechhi amar pran, praner shonge manusher bhalobasha’ sung by popular Bangladeshi singer Sabina Yasmin, the first after recovering from her recent illness, and a set of traditional flute compositions by distinguished Bangladeshi artist Gazi Abdul Hakim from his album ‘Forget Me Not’. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

21 Apr 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) interview with Dr. Mohammed Mainuddin Milon, water resources expert with the CSIRO in Canberra, and (2) information on Association's recent function 'surjodoy' and upcoming festival 'banshory' to celebrate the Bangla new year on 26 April 2008. Bangladeshi expatriate now residing in Canberra, Dr. Milon is currently involved with the CSIRO Water for Healthy Country project. He talked about the Bangladesh's water issues - both surface and ground water, irrigation system and the effect of climate on water resources in the future. The beautiful remixed song 'poddar dhaew-re, mor shunno ridoy poddo, ja niye-ja' was sung by Bangladeshi popular singer Kanak Chapa. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

05 May 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented readings of articles from Bangladesh newspapers: (1) Bangladesh's proposal to construct a joint petroleum reservoir in the region at the coming SAARC Regional Energy Trade Conference in the Maldives, (2) archaeological remains of Kanak Raja's palace in Sharsha Upazila of Jessore, Bangladesh, and (3) historical remains of Sheikh Farid's 'Dorgah' in Meherpur, Bangladesh. This week's program presented a collection of Nazrul songs: 'bhuli kemone, ajo je mone' by famous Indian singer Angur Bala recorded in 1928, 'hrid padme choron rakho' by popular Indian singer Anup Jhalota, and 'keno ashile, bhalo bashile, dilena dhora jibone jodi' by distinguished Bangladeshi singer Nilufar Yeasmin. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

23 Jun 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an informative discussion on the issues surrounding the proposed Phulbari Coal Mine in northern Bangladesh. The project would divert a river, suck an aquifer dry for 30 years and evict thousands of people from their homes. Environmental and social concerns are now creating overwhelming opposition to the project within Bangladesh. This week's program reviewed these concerns by two experts: (1) Prof Anu Muhammad, Professor of Economics at Jahangirnagar University in Dhaka, Bangladesh and a civil society campaigner against the Phulbari mine, and (2) Canberra resident Bangladeshi expatriate Dr. Ruhul Amin Sarker, distinguished operations researcher and teacher specialising in coal mining, production and marketing at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra. The beautiful song 'ami banglae gaan gai' played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi singer Mahmuduzzaman Babu. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman. [Note: Views expressed in the program are those of the invited speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bangla Radio Canberra. The websites mentioned in the program are: http://phulbariresistance.blogspot.com and http://www.aidwatch.org.au]

11 May 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) interview with Mr. Mark Bidwell, an Australian who established one orphanage in Khulna, Bangladesh in 2001 and since then tirelessly raising funds to keep it running. Mr. Bidwell on a trip to the subcontinent fell in love with the country, the language and its people. He has only one advice for the Bangladeshi expatriates worldwide: if you care for your motherland and want to help, 'just do it' - even one dollar can make the difference, and (2) 'amar ma ke monay poray' - remembering mother on this year's 'Mother's Day'. The beautiful song 'teen pagoley holo pala, no-dey eshey' was sung by Bangladeshi singer Farida Parveen. This week's program was produced and presented by Borhanuddin Shafi Bijoy with the assistance of Sadequr Rahman.

13 Jul 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a very informative interview with Bangladeshi scientist Dr. Mohammed Alauddin, Professor of Chemistry, Wagner College, New York, USA, on indoor air pollution in Bangladesh. In Bangladesh, exposure to indoor air pollutants from the burning of solid fuels in household cook stoves has been recognised as the major cause of death among children of age five year and less. Prof. Alauddin talked about an improved cook stove that is making the difference both in health and fuel efficiency. The beautiful song played in the program 'o footpather meye' was sung by popular Indian singer Moushumi Bhowmik. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

07 Dec 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program is concerned with war-babies born out of the struggle for independence in 1971. The program captured some of the comments of Sajid Hossain, marine engineer and author of the book 'Ekatorer judho-shishu' , made when he was visiting Canberra earlier in the year. He recounted his motivation to write the book and the reactions to it as well his own reflections on this difficult issue. The song played in this program was 'Shob kota janala khule dao na' by Sabina Yasmin. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

14 Dec 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program celebrated Bijoy Dibosh by recounting some recent wins for Bangladesh and Bangladeshis. These include raising funds for the Bangladesh Canberra Friendship school (a Fred Hyde school) by Lets work for Bangladesh, the recognition of Dr. Mahfuz Aziz of the University of South Australia with the Prime Minister’s award for the Australian University Teacher of the Year, social development in Bangladesh as recounted by Prof. Mohammed Yunus, record remittances to Bangladesh and the awarding of contracts for ship-building to Bangladeshi companies. Bijoy Dibosh in Canberra and other local events were also mentioned. The songs played in this week’s program were by Sabina Yasmin and Shahnaz Rahmatullah. The program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

18 Jan 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented two interviews discussing the issues of 'Climate Change and Bangladesh': (1) it interviewed Dr. Saleemul Huq from International Institute for Environment and Development (www.iied.org), an independent international research organisation based in England, about the outcomes of the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Copenhagen, Denmark during 7 - 18 December 2009 and the next steps for Bangladesh, and (2) it interviewed H.E. Lieutenant General Masud Uddin Chowdhury, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Australia, on Bangladesh Government's views and follow-up actions on Copenhagen Conference. This week's program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

15 Feb 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented interviews with (1) Mr. S.M. Zakaria Hoq, senior Bangladesh Government officer, studying Public Policy at the Australian National University on AUSAID scholarship, about his role and responsibilities as Upozila Nirbahi Officer and how his studies will benefit Bangladesh, (2) Dr. Zamir Hossain at the National Multicultural Festival held in Canberra last week about the activities of their organisations CO-Operation in Development Australia (CO-ID) and Lets Work for Bangladesh in establishing schools in rural Bangladesh, and (3) Dr. Moyazur Rahman, President of the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra about their food stall and cultural presentation at the festival. The beautiful song played in the program 'ekti bangladesh, tumi jagroto jonotar' was sung by leading Bangladeshi singer Sabina Yasmin. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi.

17 May 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Mr. Olav Muurlink, Chairman of Co-operation in Development, Australia (CO-ID). CO-ID is a registered Australian charity, building and operating schools in the third world. The charity is run by volunteers and its administrative overhead is under five cents to the donated dollar. CO-ID has established 45 primary schools in Char Fashion in Bhola, Bangladesh that is providing education to eleven thousand underprivileged children in that area. In his interview Mr. Muurlink described the history of COID, his experience of Dhaka and Bhola, why Australians are held in very high regard by the people of Char Fashion and the impact of climate change on these children and their education. The beautiful song 'bangladesh, amar desh' played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi singer Haider Hossain. This week's program was produced and presented by Borhanuddin Shafi Bijoy.

28 Jun 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program featured an interview with Mr. Lelung Khumi, the first graduate in the 300 years of history of the Khumi indigenous tribe living in Bangladesh. Mr. Khumi, recently graduated in Sociology from the Southern Cross University in Lismore, NSW, Australia, shared with the listeners his fairy tale like journey from the remotest hills in the Chittagong Hill Tracts to Dartmouth College in the USA and later to Australia and talked about the challenges he faced in his life and how he won them. The beautiful Khumi song played in the program 'khuteng beaung chu' was sung by the Burmese Khumi singer Ludia. This week’s program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

05 Jul 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Raja Devasish Roy, the King of the Chakma people of Bangladesh, recorded during his last month’s visit to Australia. The Raja has recently been appointed Expert Indigenous Member from Asia to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues for 2011-2013. He talked about the impact his appointment could have in safeguarding the rights of indigenous people. The Raja also spoke of the role of the international community and expatriate Bangladeshis in bringing lasting peace to the region. The beautiful Chakma songs played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singer Alpana Chakma. This week's program was produced and presented by Bina D'Costa.

23 Aug 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program highlighted the recent Bangladeshi scientists' success in decoding the genome sequence of jute that opened up new opportunities in the development of the country's golden fibre. It presented (1) interview with Dr. Abed Chaudhury, expatriate Bangladeshi scientist of genomics residing in Canberra, about 'swapnojaatra' (www.jutegenome.org), the jute genome sequencing project in Bangladesh and his contribution towards it, and (2) recordings of Dr. Maksudul Alam, expatriate Bangladeshi scientist of genomics and Chief Investigator of the jute genome sequencing project describing his experience and the future of the project. The beautiful song 'dhono dhan-ney pushpe bhora' played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi singer Manoshi Sadhu. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

30 Aug 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a very informative discussion on political and economic future of Bangladesh, which is challenged by a combination of factors including the country's political violence, weak governance, poverty, corruption and Islamist militancy. It interviewed Advocate Tarana Halim, Member of Bangladesh Parliament, who is currently in Canberra on a personal visit, about her government’s policy to overcome these obstacles and maintain country’s economic growth and political stability. The beautiful Nazrul song ‘khelichho e bishwa loye’ played in the program was sung by popular Indian singer Anup Jalota. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

25 Oct 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented an interview of the Hon'ble State Minister of the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh Mr. Dipankar Talukder during his recent visit to Canberra by Bina D'Costa, Obaidul Haque and Jyoti Rahman. The interview touched upon the events of Baghaichari Upazila in Rangamati in February this year where Jumma/indigenous people were subjected to violent intimidation, resulting in a number of deaths. It started with the government's responses to the events, and continued with various questions on the 1997 Peace Accord, the Constitutional Reform, and the insecurity of various communities living in the region. The beautiful Chakma songs played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singer Alpona Chakma. This week’s program was produced and presented by Bina D'Costa.

15 Nov 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program focused on the distribution of the book ‘jekhane meyeder daktar nei’ by Gonoshasthaya Kendro in Bangladesh, and how listeners’ can make donations to help this effort. The program included discussions with Dr. Sarah Shannon, the director of Hesperian (the original creators of the book) and Prof. Altafunnessa, the CEO of Gonoshasthaya Kendro on the enormous impact that the book could make to the health care of disadvantaged women. The song played in the program ‘bansh baganer mathar upor chand utheche oi’ was sung by popular Indian singer Protima Bandopadhaya. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

06 Dec 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an exclusive interview with Jyotirindra Bodhipriya (Santu) Larma, Chief of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (JSS) in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh. It was recorded at a function held in Dhaka on 2 December 2010 on the occasion of the thirteenth anniversary of the signing of the Peace Treaty by JSS and Bangladesh Government. The treaty was hailed by leaders around the world as a break through in the quarter of a century conflict in the region. The two beautiful Chakma songs played in the program 'ama decchan muro muri' and 'naksa ful' were sung by Bangladeshi singer Alpana Chakma. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

07 Feb 2011 Listen MP3

This week's program featured an interview with David Bergman, Special Reports Editor of Bangladeshi newspaper the New Age. The interview focussed on the impact of the publicly released WikiLeaks cables on South Asia, how these profoundly changed communication methods between states, and the responsibility of media in general. The interview was conducted on the backdrop of Bergman's article on RAB and WikiLeaks published on 4 January, 2011, where he points out to the misinformation provided by the Guardian claiming that the RAB was a 'government death squad' and it received British training. The songs played in the program were sung by music group from Kolkata, Moheener Ghoraguli. This week's programme was produced and presented by Bina D'Costa.

21 Feb 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program featured an interview with the famous contemporary Bangladeshi Science-Fiction writer, columnist cum educationist Dr. Muhammed Zafar Iqbal, Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Shahjalal University of Science & Technology in Sylhet, Bangladesh. He puts forward his point of view on a range of issues including climate change, the education policy and romantic thoughts in spring. The beautiful songs played in the program were sung by Indian artist Anjan Dutt and Feroza Begum from Bangladesh. This week’s program, dedicated to the Language-Martyrs of “Bhasha Shaheed Dibosh and International Mother Language Day on 21st February”, was presented by Shrabani Paul and produced by Rajib Paul from Sylhet, Bangladesh.

14 Mar 2011 Listen MP3

This week's program featured - 'Monoghor' - a pioneering school set up in the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh by the Buddhist monks in 1974. Monoghor has played an absolutely crucial role in spreading modern education among the children in the region and currently has about 1200 students, both male and female. The history, ideals and day to day issues in Monoghor are recounted by Mr. Kirti Nishan Chakma, who himself studied at this school, and is currently involved in its management. The two Chakma songs played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singer Alpana Chakma. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

26 Sep 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s programme featured - 'Sustainable Living’ - a lifestyle that attempts to reduce our use of the Earth's natural resources. It presented an interview with architect Iftekher Abdullah, an accredited professional of the Green Building Council of Australia, discussing various aspects of sustainable design of buildings and developments. The programme also presented some simple ways of retrofitting our houses for energy saving and changing our behaviour to reduce the consumption of fossil fuel based energy. This week's programme was jointly produced and presented by Asif Ali and Sheikh Lana.

09 Apr 2012 Listen MP3

This week’s program, based on an article by the eminent Bangladeshi economist Mozaffer Ahmad, presented a critique of the current political culture in Bangladesh that, among other things, is characterised by the lack of accountability to the people and of democratic practices within the political parties. It highlighted how the current political culture impeded the unity of the nation and underscored the need of strong statesmanship for freedom from the current depressing state. The beautiful songs played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singer Haider Hussain. This week’s program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

04 Jun 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the - 'World Environment Day' - to be observed on 5 June 2012. It presented highlights of the poisoning of over seventy million people in Bangladesh who have been exposed to toxic levels of arsenic from drinking water after hand-pumped wells were installed by the foreign aid agencies in the 1970s to tap groundwater. The songs played in this week’s program were sung by Indian singers Hemanta Mukherjee, Kishore Kumar and Bangladeshi singers Moniruzzaman Monir, Mamtaj and Asif. This week’s program was produced by Ajoy Kar and presented by Sima Kar.

Bangladeshi women at a May Day rally
09 Jul 2012 Listen MP3

This week’s program highlighted the state of women in Bangladesh; looking for an answer to the puzzle why women constitute the largest chunk of the poverty stricken and rights deprived people, despite being the primary driving force in advancing Bangladesh status on the global Human Development Index. Based on a write up by an eminent Bangladeshi women’s rights activist Salma Khan, the first Asian elected Chairperson of the UN CEDAW Committee, the program depicted the status of women, their rights and state of empowerment today. The songs presented in the program were sung by Indrani Sen, Bhupen Hazarika and Leena Taposhi Khan. This week’s program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

17 Sep 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a discussion about autism. The symptoms associated with autism and the means of reducing their impact on the affected were described by Dr. Leedy Hoque, a Bangladeshi physician and scientist who has professional and personal experience in this area. Dr. Hoque also runs 'Surer Jadu' and 'Ronger Jadu' classes for autistic children in Dhaka with the cooperation of Chhayanaut and has observed some heart-touching changes in the children. The song played in this week's program, 'momero putul' was sung by Bangladeshi singer Feroza Begum. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

01 Oct 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program, mostly in English, presents a discussion with Professor Tipu Aziz, Professor of Neurosurgery at Oxford University, UK about progress in the surgical treatment of some types of neurological disorders. The program covers the use of animal models for Parkinson’s disease and how that led to new surgical procedures for some types of that disease. Recent research that could lead to new treatments are also touched on. The song played in this week's program was sung by Pabon Das Baul of Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

08 Oct 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Dr Iftikher Mahmood, founder of Hope Foundation (www.hopeforbangladesh.org). Dr. Mahmood described how this organisation supports the Cox's Bazar Hospital for Women and Children and Hope Medical Centres which aim to serve millions of people by providing education, acute medical care, treatment, and the rehabilitation of sick, injured, disabled and destitute women and children of Bangladesh. The song played in the program 'amar shonar bangla' was sung by Bangladeshi singer James. This week's program was produced and presented by Borhanuddin Shafi.

Community involvement in improving living environment in Dinajpur, Bangladesh [Images: www.worldskillsfoundation.org]
28 Oct 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program highlighted a recent project run by the Australian company Health Habitat in Dinajpur, Bangladesh that demonstrated the importance of community involvement in improving sanitation and waste disposal for healthier living. It presented an interview with Architect Paul Pholeros on his experience there and his involvement with the community and local professionals working together to improve their living environment. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Mr. Sanjeeb Drong, the General Secretary of Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples' Forum [Photo: bdnews24.com]
11 Nov 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program featured an interview with Mr. Sanjeeb Drong, the General Secretary of Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples Forum, who had recently visited Canberra. Mr. Drong, in his interview with Bangla Radio, discussed among other things the state of the indigenous people living in Bangladesh today. He highlighted the debates concerning the definition of indigenous people in Bangladesh and the role of the state in safeguarding the rights of these people. He also talked about the positive attitude of the Australian government towards its indigenous population and how Bangladesh could learn from the Australian experience. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

A Bangladeshi girl in her classroom [Photo: ec.europa.eu]
07 Apr 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Mr. Nazrul Islam on the activities of the - 'Grameen Support Group Australia' - a non-profit community organisation registered in Sydney. The group believe that Bangladesh's Grameen approach is the best available method today to eradicate poverty from the world by individual and group initiatives along with governmental policies. To achieve this the group assists and supports Bangladesh's Grameen projects for its microcredit, educational and health programs. Mr. Islam also explained how the group's Scholarship program for very poor meritorious Bangladeshi students those secured GPA-5 in SSC exams has been successful in realising the benefits. The song 'gonotontro' played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi singer Haider Hossain. This week's program was produced and presented by Borhanuddin Shafi.

Interview: Professor Abul Quasem Fazlul Huq, Dhaka University, on state, politics and religion
21 Apr 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program featured an interview with Supernumerary Professor Abul Quasem Fazlul Huq of Dhaka University who has written extensively on state, society politics, religion, philosophy, culture and history among other things over the past four decades. He is a staunch proponent of abolishing the principles of both secularism and state religion from the state constitution, which Professor Huq believes is the root cause of many issues in the modern Bangladesh state. In this interview he talks about the future form of state and the world order, and proposes a world government to deal effectively with the challenges posed by the forces of globalization and the west. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

21 Jul 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an intimate interview with Syeda Rizwana Hasan, a Bangladeshi attorney and environmentalist, and recipient of Goldman Environmental Prize in 2009 and the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2012, for her leadership in judicial activism in Bangladesh for people’s right to good environment. Syeda Hasan in her interview recollected her memories of childhood Dhaka and expressed her concerns for the current state of environment of the city. The songs played in the program were sung by Nazma Zaman and Band Chirkut. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamaruh Mirza.

Conservation of Bangladesh's nature and environment [Image: pojf.org]
20 Oct 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Mr. Muqeed Majumder Babu, Chairman of Prokriti O Jibon Foundation (Nature and Life Foundation), an organization devoted to conservation of biological diversity and sustainable development in Bangladesh. In his interview Mr. Majumder highlighted the issues of biodiversity in Bangladesh and described how a television series in TV Channel-I created and directed by him is successfully building mass awareness on richness of biodiversity in the country. The beutiful song 'beche thak shobuj' played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi singer Bappa Majumdar. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus during recent Australia visit [Photo: Syed Ali]
17 Nov 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus recorded for Bangla Radio Canberra during his recent visit to Australia. In the interview he explained the concept of 'social business' and suggested various ways expatriates can contribute to development activities in Bangladesh. The program also presented part of Prof. Yunus' speech at the Bangladeshi architects’ conference in Sydney last month describing a Grameen project on 'beggars as entrepreneurs'. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Forests and wildlife in Bangladesh [Image: theblueyonder.com]
05 Jan 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program featured a couple of interviews by two eminent Bangladeshi environmentalists and wild life experts, Dr. Ali Reza Khan and Mr. Enam Ul Haque. In the interviews they talked about the current state of forests and wildlife in Bangladesh and what needs to be done to protect and enhance those. What came out in the interviews is that despite the dire state of our natural resources we still have a lot of these resources left intact to be proud of and much to be hopeful for. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque from Dhaka.

The natural beauty of Bangladesh [Photo: www.positive-light.org]
12 Jan 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program featured an interview with photographer Mikey Leung recorded at the Bangladesh Independence Day function in Canberra on 26 March 2014. Mr. Leung, a Canadian, now residing in Sydney Australia, described how he and his Australian wife Belinda Meggitt travelled to Bangladesh on development program assignments and gradually fell in love with the country and its people. His photography project 'Positive Light' (www.positive-light.org) is their dream to empower Bangladeshi people through sustainable tourism. The national anthems used in the program were sung by the students of the Canberra Bangla Language and Cultural School. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Building Code implementation in Bangladesh : Interview with Architect Mubasshar Hussein [Image: dhakatribune.com]
24 Aug 2015 Listen MP3

This week’s program focused on the issues of implementing the Building Code in Bangladesh. It presented an interview with Architect Mubasshar Hussein, past president of the Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB), discussing the lessons learnt from the Rana Plaza collapse in April 2013 and the collaborative effort of all parties required to implement the Building Code in Bangladesh. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Our natural and intellectual pollution [Image: NYTimes]
16 May 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program was concerned with two aspects of life that are currently facing severe challenges in many countries: the physical environment and intellectual freedom. Much of the environmental pollution is due to man-made polymers. However, the recent discovery of a bacterium that can degrade Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) bottles has provided some hope that PTFE polymers may be degraded in the future. The attacks to stop independent thinking that have been occurring in Bangladesh recently is matter of grave concern and the energetic steps must be taken to find the perpetrators. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

Multinational Bangladesh - Interview of anthropologist Professor Prashanta Tripura [Image: bdnews24.com]
01 Aug 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with anthropologist Professor Prashanta Tripura, former faculty of anthropology at Jahangirnagar University and recently a full-time development professional. In his interview Professor Tripura discussed the importance of 'multinational Bangladesh' and beautifully explained how this multinationalism is recognised by the country and its Constitution. The songs used in the program were played from album 'Indigenous Folk Fusion Music of Bangladesh' by Sourav Chakma Tintin. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque from Dhaka.

Special presentation: Catastrophic earthquake in Bangladesh! A matter of time? [Photo from Nepal earthquake: channel3000.com]
24 Oct 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program highlighted the possibility of a major earthquake in Bangladesh. It looked into an article published in the scientific journal Nature on 11 July 2016 that warned that a giant quake may be lurking under Bangladesh. A team of scientists led by Dr. Michael Steckler from Columbia University in USA analysed a decade's GPS data of the region and concluded that a locked and loaded megathrust fault buried under the sediments of Ganges and Bhahmaputra rivers could unleash an earthquake of up to 9.0 magnitude. This week's program interviewed two experts in Geoscience Australia, the Australian Government's national geoscience agency, for their opinion on the study and its findings. Seismologist Dr. Phil Cummins and structural engineer and community safety expert Dr. Mark Edwards discussed how the megathrust fault threats Bangladesh, the expected catastrophic destruction of an earthquake and issues of addressing and managing such risk. The background sound used in the program was taken from a documentary 'Earthquake in Nepal' produced by World You Tube Entertainment. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Interview - Rice research in Bangladesh - Dr Abed Chaudhury, developer of new varieties that lower blood sugar level [Image: oryza.com]
14 Nov 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program featured an interview with Canberra resident Dr Abed Chaudhury. Dr Chaudhury is an eminent plant scientist. For many years he has been involved in rice breeding in Bangladesh in his personal initiative. In recent years, he has been successful in developing some short duration rice varieties for different agro-climatic conditions of Bangladesh. Some of his rice varieties have low Glycemic Index (GI), which can help to lower blood sugar level in humans as tested and certified by the Bangladesh Diabetic Association. The song played in the program was taken from album 'jagoroner gaan' and the music recital was by Shiv Kumar Sharma. This week's program was produced and presented by Tanvir Hossain.

Interview - Dr. Abed Chaudhury: Characteristics of blood sugar level lowering rice 'Shonali Chaal' and how to procure it
12 Dec 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program is a follow-up of an interview broadcast in Bangla Radio Canberra on 14 Nov 2016 with Dr Abed Chaudhury, eminent geneticist and plant scientist. In that program Dr. Chaudhury described the new rice varieties that he has successfully developed that have low Glycemic Index (GI) and can help lower blood sugar level in humans as tested and certified by the Bangladesh Diabetic Association. In response to numerous queries from Bangla Radio Canberra listeners, in this week's program Dr. Abed Chaudhury discussed the special characteristics of one of his new variety rice 'Shonali Dhan' and how it can be procured in Bangladesh now and outside Bangladesh in the near future. 'Shonali Chaal' is produced and marketed by HKG Agro in Bangladesh. The song played in the program was sung by Gita Dutta. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Cadets prepare for parade at the 50th Anniversary celebration of Rajshahi Cadet College (12 March 2016) [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
09 Jan 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program, part one of a three part series, is on the memories of Cadet colleges in Bangladesh. This week's first episode presented recollection of memories of Cadet college by the ex-Cadets of Bangladeshi Cadet colleges living in Canberra, Australia recorded during their first get-together on 14 November 2015. The sitar piece used in the program was by Sangeet from Brisbane, Australia from his album 'Between Bombay & Byron Bay'. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Flags of all Bangladeshi cadet colleges at the Ex-cadets' Forum Australia (ECFA) event "Cadets' Day Out 2016" in Sydney on 25 Sep 2016 [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
16 Jan 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program, part two of a three part series, is on the memories of Cadet colleges in Bangladesh. This week's episode presented the remaining part of the recollection of memories of Cadet college by the ex-Cadets of Bangladeshi Cadet colleges living in Canberra, Australia recorded during their first get-together on 14 November 2015. The beautiful song played in the program was sung by Alamgir, an ex-Cadet of Mirzapur Cadet College, from his popular album 'Alamgir in Hollywood'. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

One member of Identity Inclusion support group interviewing a person in need of their services [Photo: @identityinclusion]
30 Jan 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Ms. Shamsin Ahmed, founder of Identity Inclusion Bangladesh, a project that aims to break mental health stigma, promote community based health services and social inclusion of people with mental health conditions, learning and developmental disabilities. In her interview Shamsin shared how she is changing the perspective of mental disabilities in Bangladesh. The song played in the program was sung by Ornob. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamaruh Mirza.

Students of ORCA Home Chittagong paying tribute to the Rana Plaza victims [Photo: ORCA]
03 Apr 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program, final part of a three part series, is on the memories of Cadet colleges in Bangladesh. This week's episode highlighted the development activities of ex-Cadets' associations in Bangladesh as repayment of the debt of studying in a privileged institution in the country. It described the wide ranging projects of the Old Rajshahi Cadets Association (ORCA) providing assistance to the poor, destitute and orphans across Bangladesh. One of the songs played in the program was from album 'jagoroner gaan' and the other sung by Sabina Yasmin, Samina Chowdhury, Bappa Majumdar and others. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Let's Work for Bangladesh (LWFB) - Thank You Evening [Photo: Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob]
07 Aug 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program covered the musical evening by the legendary singers of Bangladesh Salma Akbar, Sajed Akbar and their daughters Aliva Salmeen Evana and Subah Akbar organised by "Let's Work for Bangladesh (LWFB)", a charity organisation based in Canberra, to say - 'Thank You' - to the donors for their support. It was held in Gungahlin College Auditorium in Canberra on 5th of May 2017. LWFB's charity work among other activities runs the 'Bangladesh Canberra Friendship School' for 300 students in Char Fasson, Bhola since 2009 and provide scholarships to poor but talented students of different colleges and universities in Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

'Bistirno Duparey' - Canberra fund raising concert for the flood affected people of Bangladesh (Part 1) [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
18 Sep 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented recording from - 'Bistirno Duparey' - a fund raising cultural event for the recent flood affected people of Bangladesh held in Canberra on 16th September 2017. All the proceedings from the event will be donated to "Let’s Work for Bangladesh - Flood Appeal 2017" which will be utilised amongst the flood victims of North Bengal via Rotary International. The performers were: Sheikh Lana, Luna Purification, Refat Bita, Avijit Sarkar, Anthony William Amit (guitar), Bushra Khanum & Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob (recitation), Abhijit Dan (tabla), Atik Helal (keyboard). Master of the Ceremony was Raquibul Sheikh. Key organisers were: Newton Muhuri, Tarek Safa, Syed Asif Ali, Sheikh Lana and Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

'Bistirno Duparey' - Canberra fund raising concert for the flood affected people of Bangladesh (Part 2) [Image: thedailystar.net]
25 Sep 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part two of the recording from - 'Bistirno Duparey' - a fund raising cultural event for the recent flood affected people of Bangladesh held in Canberra on 16th September 2017. All the proceedings from the event will be donated to "Let’s Work for Bangladesh - Flood Appeal 2017" which will be utilised amongst the flood victims of North Bengal via Rotary International. The performers were: Sheikh Lana, Luna Purification, Refat Bita, Avijit Sarkar, Anthony William Amit (guitar), Bushra Khanum & Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob (recitation), Abhijit Dan (tabla), Atik Helal (keyboard). Master of the Ceremony was Raquibul Sheikh. Key organisers were: Newton Muhuri, Tarek Safa, Syed Asif Ali, Sheikh Lana and Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.