Saturday, December 10, 2011

Deep Reddish Dancing Moon (Lunar eclipse 2011)

December 10, Lunar eclipse 2011 is visible in a large part of the world today. People are eager to see the lunar eclipse when the eclipse is full with many suggesting that this time, during the lunar eclipse, the moon would look unusually big.

The excitement is at an all time high among people all over the world. They are eager to know as to when it will be the best time to watch it and are there any precaution in watching it.

Generally eclipses are around an hour. The longest lunar eclipse goes up to an hour and 40 minutes, so it is on a bit of a short side for an eclipse…Generally there are two or three eclipses each year, so somewhere on the planet you can see it, but we’ve got a bit of a wait before we see our next total lunar eclipse”.

Lunar eclipses can occur only when the full moon, Earth, and the sun are aligned so that the moon crosses through Earth's shadow.

Due to the moon's tilted orbit around Earth, lunar eclipses happen only a few times a year.

Rather than going completely dark, the moon takes on a deep reddish hue during a total lunar eclipse.

Good Day. 

Friday, December 9, 2011

World War Cemetery, Chittagong Bangladesh

Bangladesh has two Cemetery for World War II. One is at Chittagong, and another is at Comilla. 
The cemetery was created by the army, and there were originally about 400 burials. Graves have since been transferred to this cemetery from the Lushai Hills (Assam) and other isolated sites, and from Chittagong Civil Cemetery; Chandragona Baptist Mission Cemetery; Chiringa Military Cemetery; Cox's Bazar New Military and Civil (Muhammadan) Cemeteries; Chittagong (Panchalaish) Burial Ground; Dacca Military Cemetery; Demagiri Cemetery; Dhuapolong Muslim Burial Ground; Dhuapolong Christian Military Cemetery; Dohazari Military and R.A.F. Cemeteries; Jessore Protestant Cemetery; Khulna Cemetery; Khurushkul Island Christian and Muhammadan Cemeteries; Lungleh Cemetery (Assam); Nawapara Cemetery (Assam); Patiya Military Cemetery, Rangamati Cemetery; Tezgaon Roman Catholic Cemetery; Tumru Ghat Military Cemetery and Tumru M.D.S. Hospital Cemetery. There are now 731 Commonwealth burials of the 1939-45 war here, 17 of which are unidentified. There are a further 20 Foreign National burials, 1 being a seaman of the Dutch Navy and 19 Japanese soldiers, 1 of which is unidentified. There are also 4 non war U.K. military burials.

This Cemetery has 755 graves inside. Few of them are unidentified. Also there is a book where you'll find name of 6000 sailors who gave their life at Bay of Bengal, and they had no grave but sea.

Chittagong War Cemetery is in Dampara locality, No 19 Badsha Mia Chowdhury Road, 22 kilometres north of the airport and 8 kilometres from the port on a site which was formerly paddy fields, but which has now been developed. It is near the arts college and close by Finlay's Guest Houses near Chatteshanry Road; a well known road leading to the Hindu Kali Bari Temple. There is no C.W.G.C. road direction sign. The Burial area is situated at the bottom of a slope directly behind Finlay's Guest Houses and is surrounded by a large area planted with a mixture of jungle trees,fruit trees and flowering trees. It is not easily seen from the road. A narrow tarmacked lane leads from the entrance gate to the burial area which is entered through a metal gate flanked by two small brick chapels. The cemetery gates are open from 07.00 to 12 noon and 14.00 to 17.00. Within the cemetery will also be found the Chittagong Memorial which, together with the Bombay 1939-1945 War Memorial, to be found in the Indian Seamen's Hostel Bombay, commemorates over 400 sailors of the former Indian Navy and nearly 6,000 sailors of the former Indian Merchant Navy who were lost at sea during the war years. Each memorial takes the form of a finely bound volume containing the names of the dead. 
The Cemetery is open from morning 7 to noon 12, and from afternoon 2 to 5. Without this timing, you cannot enter the cemetery, no matter who you are. So careful about the timing. Otherwise you may get dishearten. If you are outside from Chittagong, then you can reach Chittagong by Bus, Train or Air.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Religious Deem [Ashura Event 2011 in Dhaka Bangladesh]

'Ashura is a religious observance marked every year by Muslims. The word 'ashuraliterally means "10th," as it is on the 10th day of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic year. 'Ashura is an ancient observance that is now recognized for different reasons and in different ways among Sunni and Shi'a Muslims.

In the year 680 A.D., an event happened that was a turning point for what was to become the Shi'a Muslim community. Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, was brutally murdered during a battle against the ruling Caliph -- on the 10th day of Muharram ('Ashura). This took place in Karbala (modern-day Iraq), which is now an important pilgrimage site for Shi'a Muslims.

Shi'a Muslims observe the day in mourning for Hussein and in remembrance of his martyrdom. Reenactments and plays are performed, attempting to relive the tragedy and keep the lessons of this event alive. Some Shi'a Muslims beat and flog themselves in parades on this day, to express their grief and to reenact the pain that Hussein suffered. 

The event (procession) states from near Dhaka University (DU) Hossani Dalan, Islambug Dhaka, Bangladesh. That huge procession comes to a satisfactory end at Zigatola, Mohammedpur, Dhaka. The entire participant should walk through out the end without shoes. It’s a tradition.  

Some of them do matam to show regards
Some Shi'a Muslims beat and flog themselves in parades on this day, to express their grief and to reenact the pain that Hussein suffered. 



After a huge procession they get back home with a satisfactory mood!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Street Children of Dhaka, Bangladesh

UNICEF defines street children as, "those who are of the street and on the street." In this study, the term street children refers to those children of 5 to 14 years of age who earn their living on the city streets and stay there for most, or all, of the day. They may or may not have parents or legal guardians. On a study says- street children were categorized into four groups: children of 5-14 years of age who work on the streets the whole day and 

a) live on the streets without any family
b) live on the streets with their family
c) return to another family; and 
d) return to their own family.

Of the 300 street children 84% were boys and 16% were girls. The median age for boys was 12 years and girls were 7 to 8 years. The younger age for girls was largely because of the sexual harassment that the adolescent girls usually face, which force them to work in other sectors. Most of the street children work in the informal sector and their working hours vary widely.

An important observation from a survey was that 91% of these street children who generally work for the whole day are virtually dependent on their income on a daily basis. Less than a third of the children are able to earn a poor sum of 20-30 taka per day. Almost all of their income is usually spent for food with little or no savings. A significant number of the respondents (65%) contribute towards the income of their family.

Photo taken on Zial Uddan, Dhaka
Photo taken on Shadarghat Launch Terminal, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Photo taken on Kamrangirchor, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Photo taken on Kamlapur Railway Satation, Dhaka, Banglaesh
Photo taken on Airport Station, Dhaka Bangladesh.
Photo taken on Airport Station, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 
Photo taken on Kamlapur Station Dhaka, Bangladesh.
A recent report by the Arise NGO, funded jointly by the Bangladeshi government and the United Nations, says that those three out of 10 urban children live in difficult circumstances and are involved in dangerous jobs. 

Reports due to be published imminently by Save the Children and the United Nations Children Fund will reach similar conclusions.

They are both expected to point out that a growing number of children in Bangladesh are being sucked into begging or prostitution.