Alexa, an internationally reputed webinformation company which providesinformation about websites including top sites,in its latest monitoring report, says that elevenlakh one thousand and 946 visitors fromdifferent parts of the world visited the e-bookwebsite in three months - from August toOctober 2011.The e-book service, which is accessible by digitaldevices like computer, e-book reader, mobilephone, PDA, CD and iPad, is being provided bythe Access to Information (A2I) programme ofPrime Minister's Office. On an average about 50thousand visitors of Bangladesh go through theonline versions of text books per month whilethe ratio of visiting the site is one reader per fiveminutes.ICT fair in Dhakaand foreign companies showcases ICTinnovations at the Bangabandhu InternationalConference Centre in Dhaka.The expo organised by Bangladesh ComputerSamity (BCS) was inaugurated by Hon. FinanceMinister Mr. AMA Muhith. BCS PresidentMustafa Jabbar presided over the programme.In his inaugural speech, the Hon. FinanceMinister hoped that the ICT sector will be thelargest employer in Bangladesh by 2021,outperforming the readymade garment sector,the biggest export earner. He said, for building aThe fourth BCS ICT World 2011, an exhibition ofinformation and communication technology,took place in Dhaka from November 23-28, 2011with a slogan for technology in education andDigital Bangladesh, the government hasundertaken computerisation in the public sector,use of IT in education and advancing softwaredevelopment.daily life. The exposition that pulled in 50 local

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENTCarbon trading:Bangladesh canearn $70mannuallyBangladesh has the prospects of earning $70million a year from carbon trading in the globalcarbon credit market. The Bangladesh BankGovernor pointed out this at a workshop onOpportunities to expand energy efficient brickkilns in Bangladesh in Dhaka on 27 November2011. However, to earn the desired benefits, thebrick kilns have to operate in an environmentSwedish supportin urban servicesSweden will spend SEK 4.1 crore or Tk 45 crorein the next five years to take water, sanitationand hygiene services to about 20 lakh urbanpoor people in Bangladesh. Through itsinternational development cooperation agency(Sida), the Swedish government will assist theurban poor in association with internationalNGO WaterAid.friendly manner which presently have beencausing pollution.Bangladesh Bank extended a refinance schemeof Tk 200 crore in 2009 to establish HybridHoffman Kiln technology in brick manufacturingto reduce carbon emissions that would halve thepollution if the kilns use the German technologyin burning bricks. The UNDP in association withthe government has been implementing a fiveyearproject to introduce smokeless brickmaking technology in Bangladesh. At the end ofthe project, at least 16 HHK plants will be set upreducing carbon dioxide emission by over 1,470tonnes.November 2011 between Ms. Anneli LindahlKenny, Ambassador of Sweden to Bangladesh,and the country representative of WaterAid. Theproject will directly serve over 3 lakh urban poorin three major cities of Dhaka, Chittagong andKhulna through water, sanitation and hygieneservices with around 16 lakh floating users ofmobile and public toilets. At the signingceremony the Swedish envoy said that throughthe cooperation , Sweden expects to contributetowards a more inclusive provision of theseTo that effect a cooperation agreementwasservices all across Bangladesh.signed at the Swedish embassy in Dhaka on 18

Australia toprovideBangladesh A$15mclimate aidThe Australian government will provideBangladesh A$15 million towards supportingclimate change adaptation programs inBangladesh. This announcement came whenAustralia's Parliamentary Secretary for PacificIsland Affairs Mr. Richard Marles met with Hon.Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Hon. Foreign2011. A$7million of the Australian assistancewill be provided to the Bangladesh ClimateChange Resilience Fund and the remainder tothe Comprehensive Disaster ManagementProgram.Highly praising Bangladesh’s resilience capacity,the Australian leader who came to Bangladeshon a 2-day official visit after attending the SaarcSummit in the Maldives , said that the aid wouldenhance Bangladesh's capacity to adapt theadverse impact of climate change as well asdisaster management.Minister Dr. Dipu Moni, MP on November 13,EMBASSY NEWSNovember 21Armed Forces Day observedBrigadier General Mohammad Abdul Moeen,With due solemnity and enthusiasm, the historicndc, psc, Defense Attache’ welcomed the guests.Armed Forces Day was observed at the Embassyon November 21,2011. On this day in 1971,Army, Navy and Air force combinedly launchedtheir attack during our glorious war ofindependence against the occupation forces. Tocommemorate the day a reception was hosted atthe Bangabandhu Auditorium of the Embassy.Md Jashim Uddin, Charge D’ Affaires andIn his welcome remarks, CDA a.i. Mr. MdJashim Uddin paid rich tribute to the martyrsincluding the members of the Armed Forceswho had made supreme sacrifices forBangladesh’s independence. Mr. Uddin paiddeep respect to the Father of the NationBangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman for hiscontribution to building a modern armed force

in the newly independent country. He recalledBangladesh armed forces boththe pioneering role of the Bangladesh armedforces under the UN Peace-keeping Missionswhich has brightened the image of Bangladeshabroad. Earlier, the Defense Attaché gave a briefresume on the role of the Bangladesh armedforces since its nationbuildingand in peace-keeping around theworld. A good number of guests attended theevent which included Ambassadors, DefenseAttachés, members of the diplomatic corps, USdignitaries including high officials from thePentagon and State Department, representativesfrom media, members of the BangladeshOn the sideline of the reception, there was aCommunity and officers of the presentation on the glorious role of theNovember 30Death Anniversary of late Minister (Press)AkhterAhmed KhanA condolence meeting was held on 30 Novemberresponsibilities. Press Minister Mr. Swapan2011 at the Bangabandhu Auditorium at theKumar Sahaand Head of Chancery Mr.Embassy to mark the 2nd death anniversary oflate Press Minister Akhter Ahmed Khan. Officersand officials of the Embassy were present at thecondolence meeting. Charge d’ Affairs Md.Jashim Uddin, in his remarks, described lateMuhammad Nazmul Hoque also spoke on theoccasion. A special Munajat was offered at theEmbassy after Asr prayer seeking divineblessings of the Almighty Allah for the eternalpeace of the departed soul.Khan’s professional contribution with finehuman qualities in dispensing his

PHOTO GALLERYObserving Armed Forces DaySecond Death Anniversary of Late Press Minister Akhter Ahmed KhanNews source:Different daily and weekly newspapers published from Bangladesh

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