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Old January 23rd, 2009, 05:39 PM   #481
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Jesting aside, pedal powered energy generation is already being done. I was channeling surfing the other day and came across a network (could be planet green) where they were showing how some gyms are connecting all their pedaled exercise machines to some turbines/power generators and other gadgets, thereby drastically reducing their need for utility provided power.
Great! now the Govt should provide free gym membership to all the obese people in BD. No more blackouts.
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Old January 23rd, 2009, 08:09 PM   #482
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Great! now the Govt should provide free gym membership to all the obese people in BD. No more blackouts.
Or set up a bunch of hamster farms with the rollers attached to an electrical grid

Seriously though, as silly as it might sound at first read, I think that peddling for power would be an awesome way to generate power and keep unskilled labor employed. Their salary could be proportional to the amount of power they generate.
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Old January 23rd, 2009, 09:31 PM   #483
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Or set up a bunch of hamster farms with the rollers attached to an electrical grid

Seriously though, as silly as it might sound at first read, I think that peddling for power would be an awesome way to generate power and keep unskilled labor employed. Their salary could be proportional to the amount of power they generate.
Sounds good. Lets all send some letters to our Madam Prime Minister about our idea.
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Old January 24th, 2009, 01:09 PM   #484
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See -- coffee and lack of sleep can prove productive

This could be a way to charge cellphone batteries or produce alternatives for night-time power in Mofushal towns (after connecting to IPS battery power).
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Old January 29th, 2009, 07:41 PM   #485
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MA Rouf Square

The monument is at Shalbagan, mid-point of Chittagong-Rangamati road, Sapchhari.

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Old February 7th, 2009, 06:32 AM   #486
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Southern University, Chittagong (photo by Southern University Bangladesh):

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Old February 22nd, 2009, 09:38 PM   #487
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A section of the business school @ Chittagong University (photo by Pankaj Barua):

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Old February 22nd, 2009, 11:12 PM   #488
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I like the fact that Chittagong is so green. Wonder whether it'll all disappear when building boom hits the city.
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Old February 23rd, 2009, 02:01 AM   #489
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I like the fact that Chittagong is so green. Wonder whether it'll all disappear when building boom hits the city.
From what I've heard, the city is a lot less hilly than it used to be...the hills having been chopped away for their earth to use on building projects. Chittagong has struck me as having a lot less civic pride than Dhaka or Sylhet...not that those two have much either by global standards...but I think this is changing, with restoration of old buildings such as the Rail Station and Court House. Hopefully as the city develops a better sense of itself as a significant metropolitan area, its natural heritage can benefit from some conscious preservation efforts as well.
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Sry to say, Chittagong is very very disgusting and very backdated.. People were saying its a beautiful city, but when I went there I found out its a ricksha city... Dhaka may have congestion but Dhaka is a what can be callled a metropoliton.. CHittagong does not qualify for that. The roads are very smalll.. the streets are ugly.. The houses are cheap... The people are khatttt.. Cars can barely take speed ( very few cars in the mofashol) because of rikshas.The city does not even have a single 5 STAR HOTEL***....
Hmm.. thats pretty close to the impression I got when I arrived at Chittagong. Dhaka looks alot better and well-maintained. I expected a huge metropolis but found it pretty small city. ( Isn't it the commercial and trade capital of BD ? ) The Foys Lake and the area surrounding it are very nice though.
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St Placid's School (photo by Tohidul Islam):
Is St. Placid's like St. Gregory's and/or St. Joseph's? I mean run by the Brothers of Holy Cross?
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( Isn't it the commercial and trade capital of BD ? )
Well...it is the chief port...and has the largest export processing zone...but far more commerce happens in Dhaka.
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Is St. Placid's like St. Gregory's and/or St. Joseph's?* I mean run by the Brothers of Holy Cross?
Sorry couldn't say, just found the pic.* Besides which St Josephs is no longer a missionary institution is it?* The missionaries left places like St Joseph, Notre Dame etc a long time ago as far as I know.
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Sorry couldn't say, just found the pic.* Besides which St Josephs is no longer a missionary institution is it?* The missionaries left places like St Joseph, Notre Dame etc a long time ago as far as I know.
Really? How long ago? Last I knew, according to my late father (he was the founding Secretary of the Mohammedpur Preparatory School, which I'm told is a college now), the "American" "brothers" had left but the school was still run by the same missionary (Brothers of Holy cross, South Bend IN) with local brothers (aka native Christians). The headmaster of SJHS used to be a member of the Mohammedpur Preparatory School's board. I have no knowledge about Notre Dame, but St. Greg's and SJHS used to be the same missionary (institution) because the same brothers used to be assigned to both the schools (not concurrently).
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Honestly I don't know. I was just thinking since the priests no longer taught there that perhaps they were no longer missionary schools, but I am certainly no expert on the issue.
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Well...it is the chief port...and has the largest export processing zone...but far more commerce happens in Dhaka.
On the way from Dhaka to Bandarban ( overnight bus trip ) we passed through Chittagong city. Before reaching Chittagong I learnt that its a huge metro area with 4-5 million metro population so I expected something like Surabaya, Sydney or Alexandria . I saw very few lights within 4-5 hours from Dhaka but then, when I peeped out of window yes I saw many lights with some shops but in just 20 mins or so we were entirely back into dark again. I asked my frens if we have just passed " Feni town" or Comilla town but they said no! We just passed thru Chittagong metro area!

On the way back from CoxBazaar to Dhaka we stopped in Chittagong and went to Foys lake, from top of a hill I could see the whole of Chittagong area. CTG looks pretty small and I can't believe its a city with such a huge population!
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On the way from Dhaka to Bandarban ( overnight bus trip ) we passed through Chittagong city. Before reaching Chittagong I learnt that its a huge metro area with 4-5 million metro population so I expected something like Surabaya, Sydney or Alexandria . I saw very few lights within 4-5 hours from Dhaka but then, when I peeped out of window yes I saw many lights with some shops but in just 20 mins or so we were entirely back into dark again. I asked my frens if we have just passed " Feni town" or Comilla town but they said no! We just passed thru Chittagong metro area!

On the way back from CoxBazaar to Dhaka we stopped in Chittagong and went to Foys lake, from top of a hill I could see the whole of Chittagong area. CTG looks pretty small and I can't believe its a city with such a huge population!
There are quite a few towns in Bangladesh with large populations but since the development isn't there you won't see lots of buildings as you would in wealthier countries. As for Chittagong there will undoubtedly be some big changes in the next few decades.
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There are quite a few towns in Bangladesh with large populations but since the development isn't there you won't see lots of buildings as you would in wealthier countries. As for Chittagong there will undoubtedly be some big changes in the next few decades.
I was in Egypt and Yemen ; their level of infrastructure is less than in Bangladesh ( no joke ), but even medium-sized cities like Luxor, Sana'a, Aden, Hurghada , Port Said are pretty lively and bustling with tons of people and noise.

When I was in London ( UK ) I had the same feel as in Dhaka & Chittagong - pretty quiet, not "vibrant", the city is huge but certainly not "bustling" and rather calm-looking. And I can't believe that London is such a global financial centre from what I saw in reality. Strange.
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I was in Egypt and Yemen ; their level of infrastructure is less than in Bangladesh ( no joke ), but even medium-sized cities like Luxor, Sana'a, Aden, Hurghada , Port Said are pretty lively and bustling with tons of people and noise.

When I was in London ( UK ) I had the same feel as in Dhaka & Chittagong - pretty quiet, not "vibrant", the city is huge but certainly not "bustling" and rather calm-looking. And I can't believe that London is such a global financial centre from what I saw in reality. Strange.
Have you been to the US yet? If not, I'm afraid most cities in the US may disappoint you in the same manner, save for perhaps, the big apple.
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