Latest From Science & Engineering, Medicine & Innovation [12.31.14]

MIT Technology Review looks back on 2014

Computing

Artificial Intelligence

 

BioEngineering & Translational Medicine

 

 

“Beautiful Bangladesh” – How does Bangladesh Develop A Vibrant Tourism Industry

“Beautiful Bangladesh – রূপসী বাংলা”

Service Development

Tourism is a Service.
And, as is the case in development of any Product or Service, the Developer has to think from the perspective of the Customer.

What would Customers (Tourists) look for when making the choice of selecting Bangladesh as the Tourist Destination?

Customers would look for distinguishing features in tourist spots of Bangladesh.

What is it that we have in Bangladesh which no other country can offer its tourists?

Bangladesh has the largest mangrove forest in the World – the Sundarbans.

Bangladesh has the longest Beach in the World – The Cox’s Bazaar Sea Beach.

Find out more distinguishing features.
Highlight those features.

Why would people tour places if they can’t view and enjoy scenes?

Build high View Points from which people can enjoy scenes.

When customers make travel choices, they choose among “Travel Packages” offered by different countries and companies.
Introduce new and attractive “Travel Packages”.
That’s the role of the Private Sector – designing attractive “Travel Packages” by working with Airliners, Hotel Managers, Transportation Agencies.
Bangladeshi Tourism Industry Firms can introduce “Joint Travel Packages” with neighboring countries – India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Maldives – so that whoever visits any of these countries also visits Bangladesh.


Role of the Government

What role can the Government play to support the Tourism Industry?

The Government can make it easy for foreigners around the World to get Visa for visiting Bangladesh.
Bangladeshi Embassies can actively promote tourism and assist foreigners looking for Visas.

Security is vital. Government has to ensure Security employing full capability of all the Law Enforcement Agencies.

Infrastructure Development falls into the responsibility of the Government.

The Traffic situation in Dhaka is one area that calls for urgent attention. Roads and Highways have to be broadened. Airports have to be modernized.


“Market”ing The Tourism Service

How do we Market Bangladesh as an attractive Tourist Destination?

Again: think from the perspective of the Customer.

What do you think would convince people to choose Bangladesh as their Tourist destination?
Those of us currently residing abroad can promote and market Bangladesh as a tourist destination directly to our friends and acquaintances.
Those living in the country can utilize Blogs, Youtube and Social Media to promote “Beautiful Bangladesh”.

I know, many look forward to visiting my country! So each of us can play our part in the process.


Let’s work together and turn “Beautiful Bangladesh” into one of the most attractive tourist destinations of the World!


“Beautiful Bangladesh” – “রূপসী বাংলা” [Youtube Playlist]

Around EU Region & Eastern Europe [12.31.14]

European Union

Welcome to Euro, Lithunia!

 

Lithunia

A woman passes by a poster that says. ‘The euro is coming to Lithuania soon’ in Vilnius, Lithuania, on Monday.

A woman passes by a poster that says. ‘The euro is coming to Lithuania soon’ in Vilnius, Lithuania, on Monday.

“Once skeptical of the euro, Lithuanians are now ready to embrace it.

The former Soviet republic will become the 19th member of the common currency on Thursday—underlining its Western ties just as it has also emerged as one of Europe’s loudest critics of Russia.

In June 2013, only 41% of Lithuanians approved of dropping the country’s currency, the litas, according to a survey by pollster Eurobarometer. The latest poll, published in mid-December, shows that backing for the euro has risen to 63%.

Lithuania joined the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in 2004, at the same time as neighboring Latvia and Estonia, and it is following both countries in switching to the euro.”

Lithunia embraces the Euro

Lithunia embraces the Euro

America In Realization [12.31.14]

America finishes strong in 2014!

More good news to follow in 2015!

 

Housing Market

“Home prices in 20 U.S. cities rose at a slower pace in the year ended in October, putting the market on better footing heading into 2015.

smaller increases will help put ownership within reach of more Americans as the job market improves and wage gains accelerate”

 

Economy & Finance

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“From Brazil to Thailand, Firms That Sold Bonds in Dollars Now Face Steep, Even Staggering Costs”

 

Immigration Reform

“Some Employers Say Influx Has Helped Bottom Line”

 

Healthcare Reform

“Health and Human Services Says About 2 Million Were First-Time Sign-Ups on HealthCare.gov

More than four million people signed up for the first time for health coverage in state and federal marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act or actively re-enrolled for coverage in 2015 during the first month, according to a 50-state look at the law’s second enrollment season.

More than 3.4 million people selected a plan in the 37 states using the HealthCare.gov marketplace. Of the 3.4 million plan selections, about two million were first-time sign-ups on HealthCare.gov in the first month.

The report is preliminary and based on the first month of open enrollment, which began Nov. 15. It includes data through Dec. 15.”

 

Now that more people have Healthcare Insurance and can get Healthcare at an affordable cost,

Next in my agenda:

ReEngineering The US Healthcare System

 

 

Links:

  1. Graphical Depiction of US Healthcare System
  2. Healthcare Reform
  3. Redesign Of Microsoft Band and How “’Wearables” Might Revolutionize US Healthcare
  4. Notes On US Government Policies
  5. Influence & Impact In Silicon Valley : Immigration Reform, Reawakening Of Microsoft & More
  6. Notes On US Government Policies
  7. America In Realization [10.14.14]
  8. America In Realization [09.25.14]

আজকের উপলব্ধিতে নাগরিক ঐক্য [৩১.১২.১৪]

আলোচনা সভা – সমাবেশ – উদ্যোগ

শিশু জিহাদকে উদ্ধারকারী "নাগরিক ছাত্র ঐক্য"এর যুবকদের সম্মাননা প্রদান

শিশু জিহাদকে উদ্ধারকারী “নাগরিক ছাত্র ঐক্য”এর সদস্যদের সম্মাননা প্রদান

নাগরিক ঐক্যের যুগ্ম আহ্বায়ক ড. শাহদীন মালিক ও ড. আসিফ নজরুল এবং নাগরিক ঐক্যের আহ্বায়ক মাহমুদুর রহমান মান্না

নাগরিক ঐক্যের যুগ্ম আহ্বায়ক ড. শাহদীন মালিক ও ড. আসিফ নজরুল এবং নাগরিক ঐক্যের আহ্বায়ক মাহমুদুর রহমান মান্না

নাগরিক ঐক্যের সভায় ব্রিগেডিয়ার জেনারেল এম. সাখাওয়াত হোসেন

নাগরিক ঐক্যের সভায় ব্রিগেডিয়ার জেনারেল এম. সাখাওয়াত হোসেন

 

নাগরিক ছাত্র ঐক্য

 

 

নাগরিক ঐক্য ও নাগরিক ছাত্র ঐক্যের বিজয় দিবসের সমাবেশে বক্তব্য দেন ড.কামাল হোসেন

নাগরিক ঐক্য ও নাগরিক ছাত্র ঐক্যের বিজয় দিবসের সমাবেশে বক্তব্য দেন ড.কামাল হোসেন

 

  • নাগরিক ঐক্যের মিছিলের নেতৃত্বে ড. কামাল হোসেন ও মাহমুদুর রহমান মান্না

    নাগরিক ঐক্যের মিছিলের নেতৃত্বে ড. কামাল হোসেন ও মাহমুদুর রহমান মান্না

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দুর্নীতিমুক্ত কল্যাণমুখী বাংলাদেশ চাই - নাগরিক ছাত্র ঐক্য

দুর্নীতিমুক্ত কল্যাণমুখী বাংলাদেশ চাই – নাগরিক ছাত্র ঐক্য

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নাগরিক ঐক্যের আলোচনা সভা – সমাবেশ – উদ্যোগ

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মাহমুদুর রহমান মান্না, ড. কামাল, জাসদ সভাপতি আ স ম আব্দুর রব, বাসদ সভাপতি কমরেড খালেকুজ্জামান

 

 

নাগরিক ঐক্যের দুর্নীতি বিরোধী সমাবেশ

নাগরিক ঐক্যের দুর্নীতি বিরোধী সমাবেশ

 

নাগরিক ঐক্যের দুর্নীতি মুক্ত সমাবেশ

নাগরিক ঐক্যের দুর্নীতি মুক্ত সমাবেশ

 

ঢাকা বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ে ২য়বার ভর্তির সুযোগের দাবিতে আন্দোলনরত ছাত্রদের নাগরিক ছাত্র ঐক্যের সমর্থন

ঢাকা বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ে ২য়বার ভর্তির সুযোগের দাবিতে আন্দোলনরত ছাত্রদের নাগরিক ছাত্র ঐক্যের সমর্থন

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ঢাকা বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ে ২য়বার ভর্তির সুযোগের দাবিতে আন্দোলনরত ছাত্রদের নাগরিক ছাত্র ঐক্যের সমর্থন

 

তথ্যমন্ত্রী হাসানুল হক ইনু, রাবের মহাপরিচালক বেনজির আহমেদ

তথ্যমন্ত্রী হাসানুল হক ইনু, রাবের নতুন মহাপরিচালক বেনজির আহমেদ

 

মানবতাবিরোধী অপরাধীদের বিচার

 

নাগরিক ঐক্যের যুগ্ম আহ্বায়ক ডা. ইমরান এইচ. সরকার

নাগরিক ঐক্যের যুগ্ম আহ্বায়ক ডা. ইমরান এইচ. সরকার

 

 

বিলীন হওয়ার পথে বিএনপি

 

Current State Of Science & Technology In Iran

In general, the state of Science & Technology in Iran is Developed.

In fact, if you leave out Israel, the state of Science & Technology in Iran is the most advanced in the Middle East, South Asia & South East Asia Region.

But research is mostly limited to the Public SectorUniversities & Government Facilities.

Apart from Medical Research – that can be easily translated into Medical or Surgical Practices – very little Research is translated to the Private Sector (generating Economic benefits / Wealth).
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology Industry is exemplary in Translational Research.

Biochemical Research, Nanotechnology Research, Medical Research, Nuclear Research (which must be limited to Nuclear Power Plants and not as another threat to the World), Aerospace Research, Robotics, Microprocessor Manufacturing, Super-Computers

– Iranians are doing advanced research, but only in the Public Sector.

What seem most promising –

  • Iranians are talented and
  • Research facilities seem to be in place.

To become an Economic Powerhouse, Iran needs High Technology Companies – which – its state of research indicates – it is capable of – although yet to materialize.

I am willing to provide guidance for:

Development of High Tech Industries in Iran.

If Iran is only the 9th country to put domestic-built Satellite into Orbit [Public Sector], why can’t an Iranian Firm build a Commercial Aircraft [Private Sector]?

Different body of Expertise (& Outlook), Institutional Structures & Policies are required for

Development of Research & Engineering Based High Tech Industries [Translational Research – turning research into Market Products] :

Expertise

  • e.g., Knowledge of International Market.

Outlook

  • Research is not just about publishing Papers and dreaming of the glory of winning Prizes & Awards! Translating Research into Industrial Products and making your country wealthier is equal in “glory”!
    • Required Outlook: How do I incorporate my research into an Industrial Product?

Institutional Structures

  • Venture Capital Firms and other Financial Institutions that are bold enough to invest in Companies that bring “research – generated products” to Markets.
    • In many Developing Nations, where there aren’t many High Technology Firms and not a lot of success stories, Investors struggle to believe in success of such Firms.

Policies

  • e.g., Policies that encourage Entrepreneurship

Note

Israel is a very good example of a country that has mastered the art of turning “Research” into “High Tech Industries”.

Iran can, and should learn from Israel.

Here is a nice book to start with:

Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle by Dan Senor, Saul Singer [Amazon]

Note

I, myself, is very excited about winning Prizes, Awards, Honors! But what excites me equally is putting my knowledge of Sciences to practice.

Here are a few of my Articles:

References

Around Asia Pacific & Oceania [12.30.14]

Japan & South Korea

Japan’s vice foreign minister, Akitaka Saiki, left, and the South Korean diplomat Cho Tae-yong, in Seoul. The two nations agreed to share military information about North Korea.

Japan’s vice foreign minister, Akitaka Saiki, left, and the South Korean diplomat Cho Tae-yong, in Seoul. The two nations agreed to share military information about North Korea.

Japan and South Korea on Monday pledged for the first time to share military intelligence about North Korean weapons programs, in a three-way pact with the United States that Washington hopes will improve cooperation between its mutually estranged Asian allies.

Defense analysts called the agreement a small but symbolic breakthrough because it brought together Japan and South Korea, two prosperous democracies that have been divided by disputes over history and territory.

Under the pact, the sharing of classified information will be limited to North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapons programs. In addition, Japan and South Korea will share that intelligence not directly, but via the United States.”

Around Middle East & North Africa [12.30.14]

Progress Towards Peace & Security In Middle East & North Africa

 

Recently, the Governments of Turkey and Jordan have taken important steps towards improving lives of Syrian refugees. We are all thankful to the Governments of Turkey and Jordan.

 

Turkey

Syrian Refugee Crisis

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Syrians in Ankara, Turkey, in November. The new measure provides for access to education and basic health care

Turkey has issued new regulations that grant Syrian refugeessecure legal status in the country for the first time, clarifying and expanding rights for more than a million people who are rapidly assimilating into Turkish society.

After spending nearly four years under temporary protection, in recent weeks the refugees have begun to receive new identification cards under a measure passed by the Council of Ministers in October granting them access to basic services like health care and education.

With Turkey’s 22 refugee camps operating at capacity, around 85 percent of the Syrian refugees there have streamed into urban areas seeking jobs and more permanent living arrangements. The new ID cards have been designed to give more straightforward access to a wider range of services outside of the camps.”

Jordan

Syrian Refugee Crisis

“Hundreds of Syrian refugees, including women and children, who had been stranded for months in a buffer zone along the Jordanian border were allowed to enter Jordan on Thursday”