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Bangladesh blocks Facebook over prophet drawings..

Bangladesh has become the second South Asian nation after Pakistan to block the popular social networking website Facebook over a page that urged people to draw images of Islam's Prophet Muhammad.
Chief telecommunication regulator Zia Ahmed said Sunday that access to the site has been temporarily blocked because it was publishing caricatures that may hurt the religious sentiments of people in the Muslim-majority nation.
Ahmed said the government had asked local Internet service providers to block the objectionable content, and that access to Facebook would be restored if the offending material was removed.
Muslims regard depictions of the prophet, even favorable ones, as blasphemous.
Thousands of Muslims protested in Dhaka on Friday against what they called Facebook's "blasphemous content" because of a page called "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" that encouraged users to post images of the prophet.
The ban disappointed some Facebook users, estimated by the Bangladesh ISP Association to number nearly 1 million in a country of 150 million people.
"The government should have stopped the objectionable page rather than blocking the entire site," Facebook user Farzan Hasan said.
Pakistan blocked Facebook on May 19 following a court order requiring the move. The court is to review the ban on Monday to determine whether access will be restored.
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Bangladeshi Muslim protesters shout slogans as they burn a Swedish flag during a protest against social networking website facebook for holding a competition on caricatures of Prophet Mohammed, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, May 28, 2010. 
According to news reports, Swedish artist Lars Vilks has angered many Muslims by drawing highly blasphemous caricature of the Prophet.

Source: The Associated Press
Date:Sun May 30

Bangladesh tops disaster risk..


Bangladesh, Indonesia and Iran are the countries that are the most vulnerable to natural disasters, according to a study released on Thursday.
Asia's twin giants, China and India, join them in the 15 countries that, out of 229, are rated as "extreme" risk.
The Natural Disasters Risk Index (NDRI) is compiled by a British risk advisory firm, Maple croft, on the basis of disasters that occurred from 1980 to 2010.
It draws on a basket of indicators, including the number and frequency of these events, the total deaths that were caused and the death toll as a proportion of the country's population.
Disasters include earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, storms, flooding, drought, landslides, heat waves and epidemics.
"Poverty is an important factor in countries where both the frequency and impacts of natural disasters are severe," said Maplecroft's environmental analyst, Anna Moss.
"Poor infrastructure, plus dense overcrowding in high-risk areas like flood plains, river banks, steep slopes and reclaimed land, continually result in high casualty figures."
Andorra safest
According to the NDRI's figures, Bangladesh has suffered more than 191 000 fatalities as a result of natural disasters in the past 30 years, and Indonesia a nearly equal number, the vast majority of which were inflicted by the December 2004 tsunami.
In Iran, the big vulnerability factor is earthquakes, which claimed 74 000 lives over this period.
India, ranked 11th, lost 141 000 lives - including 50 000 to earthquakes, 40 000 to floods, 15 000 to epidemics and 23 000 to storms - while the tally in China, rated 12th, was 148 000 lives, of which 87 000 were lost in the 2008 Sichuan quake.
Three G8 countries are considered "high risk," the next category down from "extreme."
They are France (17th in the overall rankings) and Italy (18th), which were hit by killer heat waves in 2003 and 2006, and the United States (37th), whacked by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
The countries least at risk are Andorra, Bahrain, Gibraltar, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, Qatar, San Marino and the United Arab Emirates.
Moss pointed to experts' warnings of the impact of climate change on rainfall. Disruption of weather patterns is predicted to lead to more frequent and bigger episodes of drought and flood.
"Our research highlights the need for even the wealthiest countries to focus on disaster risk reduction," she said.
Source: AFP

Everest conqueror returns to plains: Musa received at Kathmandu amid flags, flowers and folks

He cried, laughed and said, "I'm back."
These were the first words Musa Ibrahim said when he met the advance team of Bangladeshis at Dolalghat in Kavre district, 90 kilometres from Kathmandu.
The Daily Star correspondent with the advance team was waiting there for Musa who along with other mountaineers started from Totopani, the Tibet-Nepal border, around yesterday noon.
Musa's bus reached Dolalghat around 4:30pm and stopped for the Bangladeshi team. The team greeted him with flowers, bouquets and the flag of Bangladesh while his Nepali friends coloured his face with vermilion.
Second Secretary of Bangladesh High Commission Nasrin Zahan gave him some rice pudding she made for him.
Seeing the mood of celebrations of Bangladesh High Commission officials, media personnel, Musa said, "I get a glimpse of Bangladesh here. Thank you all."
"I want to eat something but not bread and eggs. All these days I have been eating bread and porridge."
Musa spoke of his experience while having some snacks. But he was interrupted as many people including his wife, friends and colleagues kept on calling him. They knew Musa was supposed to be within mobile phone network by then.
Musa's group reached the base camp of Mount Everest on April 14. They stayed there for two days to get accustomed to the thin air. From there they went to the advanced base camp and came down to the base camp again to get used to low oxygen levels and altitude.
"We planned to start from the advanced base camp on May 20. But we heard Muhit and his group had already started for camp-1 from there on May 19. We started 15 minutes after Muhit," said Musa.
"Weather was really bad when we reached camp-1. It was still around 1,800 metres to Everest peak," he said.
"I saw 12 tents destroyed in the snowstorm. It was not possible to go out. Some groups gave up and decided to go down. But our Sherpa Kailash Tamang said, 'Let's wait for one more day'. The next day the weather was really good. We started for camp-2 and on May 22, we did the final push from there in the evening and reached the peak early in the morning on May 23," Musa said.
Musa's oxygen pipe leaked at 8,300 metres high.
"I felt like dying. I was panting and felt like dying. Luckily the sherpas noticed it and they fixed it quickly and I survived.
"When I reached the peak, dawn just broke… I saw the first light. We took photos there," Musa said.
He said they queued there to take photos with the Buddha idol.
"The peak is a small place. Only 20 people can stand there together. Our sherpa told us to go down," Musa said.
Musa said, "I started feeling bad descending. It was hard for me to go down, as I was thirsty. I saw a dead body there."
Sherpas told him that many people die while descending as they deplete their energy going up.
They hurried to go back to camp-1. "Then I met an Australian who gave me some water and 'power gel tablet' which helped me regain energy," Musa said.
Musa came down to base camp on May 24 and reached Kathmandu around 9:00pm (local time) yesterday.
Musa started from Kathmandu on April 12 and came back after 45 days.
The Bangladesh High Commission will receive Musa with a small party tomorrow.
"Everest is the highest peak of the world. Musa Ibrahim climbed the mountain and it is also a victory of Bangladesh. It indicates people from Bangladesh are capable of taking up any challenge," Neem Chandra Bhowmik, Bangladesh ambassador to Kathmandu, said while receiving Musa at Hotel Thamel.
FIRST BANGLADESHI 8,000ERS
MA Muhit, the first Bangladeshi mountaineer to climb 8,000 metres, said yesterday that he is happy that somebody from the country hoisted the flag atop Everest.
“We all dreamed together that we would fly our flag on Mount Everest. I am happy that he [Musa] did it,” said Muhit at Bangladesh High Commission in Kathmandu yesterday.
In a brief interview, MA Muhit said, he came down from camp-1 on May 21 after waiting there for two days, as the weather was bad.
“My sherpa told me, life is more important than mountaineering. Mountain will be always there. So we decided to come back.”
On May 21, one member from the Muhit's team, Barcony, a Hungarian national died before his eyes due to snowstorm.
Muhit and his team decided to come down but Musa's team decided to wait a bit more.
Muhit said, he did not know that Musa's team was going to wait, as there was no communication between the two sides.
When Muhit was coming down on May 21, the weather started to get better on May 22.
Muhit was descending. Musa's team started climbing to reach the top of the world.

Source: Daily Star
Friday, May 28, 2010

Mount Everest Has Been Conquered By a Bangladeshi (Musa Ibrahim) For the First Time..

Bangali is bravo. Bangali is spirited all time. A Bangali can do everything; can take any kind of high risk to bring the reputation for Bangladesh. Yeah! It’s proved by the Musa Ebrahim. Musa is a Bangladeshi people who have conquered the world’s largest Mount Everest for the first time amongst the Bangladeshi people. This is the first time the Red-Green Flag are flying on the top of the world.
Musa Ibrahim is a boy of Mugholhut, Lalmonirhat district of Bangladesh. Musa born in 1979. His father’s name is Ansar Ali. Mother’s name is Bilkis Begum. He passed his SSC and HSC from Thakurgoan and then got himself admitted in Dhaka University. Now, He is a sub-editor of a Bangladeshi English daily “The Daily Star”. His wife’s name is Umme Soraban Tahura (Asst. District Judge of Mymensing) and he has a one half years old child named Wasi Ibrahim.Musa Ibrahim-First Averest winner Bangladesh
Musa Ibrahim started his trailing life from the 2002. He got trained from the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and got certified from two professional mountaineering courses.
Musa Ibrahim is the first people who conquered the Annapurna 4 Trail as a Bangladeshi people.  He is a founder and general secretary of Noth Alpine Club.
He started the Everest trailing since the last 20 April’ 2010. In order to ease the Himalay journey he took help of “Himalayan Guides Nepal”. The managing director of Himalayan Guides Nepal named Iswari Pudel said that – “there was a team of 26 members who have been able to reach to the top of the Himalaya and musa ibrahim is one of them. The other members are – 9 Nepali Sherpa, 6 British, 1 American & 3 Montenegrin”.
It is the date of conquering the Himalaya is 23 May’ 2010 and the time is 6 AM.
Musa Ibrahim Received Official Certificate From Tibet Mountaineering Association

Musa Ibrahim, who conquered the Mount Everest has received an official certificate from Tibet Mountaineering Association on Wednesday.So now its official that Musa Ibrahim is the first Bangladeshi to scale Mt Everest. Tibet Mountaineering Association, the authorized issuing authority of Everest summiteers on the northern Tibetan side, handed over the certificate to Musa at base camp of the Mount Everest about 1:00pm.
Komal Aryal, , who was maintaining communication with Ibrahim in Mt Everest and Mahbuba Rahman, executive member of the North Alpine Club Bangladesh, both confirmed the news. Both of them are now staying at Nepal.

On the certificate it said, “This is to certify that, on 2010 May 23 at 6.50am Md Musa Ibrahim Bangladesh reached the top of the peak of Everest, Chomolungma of Mt. Everest”
Musa, also a sub-editor at The Daily Star used the North Alpine route on the Tibetan side to reach the highest peak of the world. Besides Musa, six Britons, three Montenegrins, an American and a Serb were on the team.  Before taking on Everest Musa climbed the Annapurna IV (7,525m, 24,688 ft) in May 2009 and Langshisa Ri (6370m) in Dec 01, 2008.

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