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The life of Amir Hamja shows intelligence pays still

This is the story of Amir Hamja (Bengali: আমির হামজা) who was born in the village of Birgaon (Bengali:বীরগাঁও) of Nabinagar (Bengali:নবীনগরে) in Brahmanbaria (Bengali:ব্রাহ্মণবাড়িয়া), district in Bangladesh. He had studied just up to higher secondary and later he had joined in Jagannath College in history which he had not completed. Instead of studying, he decided to go to Saudi Arabia with the cost of Tk. 1 lack 10 thousand with working visa. He got a job in a mega shop, ‘Food Basket’ there as a service man with a salary of just 600 real. He had learned to bake with the help of a Filipino, Carlos and his British Manager. He was there in this job for 9 months till the closure of the mall. Later he had switched his job to ‘Swiss Cake’ with a salary of 1400 real followed by a successful interview. Hamja became the chief chef of the Cake section of this mall where 4 workers worked under him. With self initiative again, he started learning the work of preparing sweets with the assistance of a Syrian, Mahmud.  He learned to prepare bread likewise. His owner had chosen him to become the in-charge of pastry section in absence of the chef. His fortune started to grow gradually.

He got the authority to bring someone from his country as assistant. He brought his sister husband. Within 2 years, he became the chief chef of ‘Jiant Store’ and his salary increased to 3000 real. He was a man of hard labor and wanted to utilize his free time. He approached to another shop to work as a part timer side by side of his job.

He was successful as well in his attempt and got the part-time job with the salary of 200 real per day for 3 hours along with his job. In the mean time, he visited to his native land, Bangladesh and worked in ‘Sumi’s hot cake’ for 9 days. And he made a self survey in Mr Baker, Coopers, California to understand the feasibility of opening his own business in Bangladesh.

In 2011, he decided to return to Bangladesh to establish his own business with a capital of Tk. 30 lack in hand despite he had a decent income there. He had taken a small shop in the gate of Bashundhara and established his factory in Tongi. Success started to follow him despite there were challenges at the initial stage. His business started to grow and expanded to 5 shops in Dhaka; Al Arabian (Bengali: আল আরাবিয়ান)-Uttara (3), Bashundara (1), Shanti Nagar (1). He sells food like Pastry, Cake, Donar, Bakalava and 50 more items. He is the main chef of his business. At least, 45 persons have been working with him. He pays salary of Tk. 2.5 lack per month and spends Tk. 9 / 10 lack for food ingredient, and Tk. 2.15 lack for show room maintenance and rent.  The story of the life of Hamja shows intelligence pays as pays for many more of our surrounding.

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Sumaya Kazi, the founder of, one of the most influential entrepreneur women in the world

Sumaya Kazi (Bengali: সুমাইয়া কাজী or সুমাইয়া আন্দালিব কাজী), a relatively new name of Bangladeshi origin in the world arena influenced globally. Sumaya has been recognized by BusinessWeek as one of America’s “Best Young Entrepreneurs”, CNN as a “Young Person Who Rocks”, Silicon Valley Business Journal as a “Woman of Influence”, and by UTNE Reader Magazine as one of “50 Visionaries Changing Your World”.

She is the founder of Sumazi, which was selected from more than 1,200 start-ups around the world to compete as a finalist at the prestigious TechCrunch Disrupt Start-up Battlefield, where it won the Omidyar Network award for “Startup Most Likely to Change the World”. In 2005, she was one of the first social media managers to lead social strategy at a Fortune 500 company.

Sumaya Kazi was born on 17th July 1982 in Hollywood, California in 1982 and grew up in Moreno Valley, California in United States of America. She is the daughter of Dr. Nizam Uddin Kazi (Bengali: ডক্টর নিজাম উদ্দিন কাজী) and Merina Kazi Totinee (Bengali: মেরিনা কাজী তটিনি) who belongs to Feni, district of Bangladesh. She is the oldest among her 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

Sumaya Kazi attended college courses at Riverside Community College, advancing in mathematics while attending Landmark Middle School. Kazi attended Canyon Springs High School too. She attended the University of California, Berkeley graduating in 2004 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Business.

After completing her graduation, she started working at Sun Microsystems as a Senior Social Media Manager for the Global Communications division. At the time of working at Sun Microsystems, at the age of just 23, she founded her first company The CulturalConnect, a media publishing company with a series of online magazines spotlighting young minority professionals and connecting them with each other and the non profit world. She started with the magazine, DesiConnect, reaching out to young movers and shakers of South Asian descent. She added few more, The AsiaConnect, The MidEastConnect, The LatinConnect, and The Africana Connect gradually to reach globally. With her continuing effort, she founded Sumazi, the social intelligence platform used by brands, celebrities and enterprises in April 2011.

Recognition: Sumaya Kazi has several recognition starting from very early of her life. Here is a list-

  • Voted as “Most Likely to Succeed” by her senior class in Canyon Springs High School
  • 1998: Won the title of Miss Inland Empire (California) and become top five finalist in the California Distinguished Young Women competition, resulting scholarship toward college
  • Kazi, along with her team, won first place in the Haas School of Business Cisco & Deloitte E-Business case competition
  • 2006: BusinessWeek Magazine, America’s Best Young Entrepreneurs Under 25
  • 2007: CNN, Young People Who Rock
  • 2007: Brass Magazine cover story
  • 2007: Silicon Valley Business Journal, Dynamic Super Connector
  • 2008: ABC7 KGO-TV, Bay Area Trailblazer and Community Leader
  • 2009: UTNE Reader, Top 50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World
  • 2011: GenJuice, The Top 100 Most Desirable Mentors
  • 2012: YFS Magazine, 10 San Francisco Entrepreneurs to Watch
  • 2012: Forbes, Female Founders to Watch from UC Berkeley
  • 2012: Reuters, Most Influential Executives on the Web
  • 2014: British Bangladeshi Power & Inspiration 100
  • 2014: Top 10 Inspirational Bangladeshis Around the World

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1. Wikipedia
2. CNN
3. Daily Mirror
4. Dhaka Tribune
5. Sumazi

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The first Unicode based typing software -Har Katha and website for Sautal speaking people by Michael Soren and Firoj Ahmed

The first Unicode based typing software -Har Katha and website for Sautal speaking people by Michael Soren and Firoj Ahmed
The first Unicode based typing software –Har Katha (Bengali:হরকথা) is made for Sautal (Santal) speaking people with the effort of two young chaps-Michael Soren (Bengali:মাইকেল সোরেন) and Firoj Ahmed (Bengali:ফিরোজ আহমেদ), Student of the department of Computer science and engineering of Rajshahi University of information technology and science (RUITS). This software is made using the programming language C#, Java and Now this is made possible to write in sautali language in any application like Microsoft Word, excel, Powerpoint etc, even this can be used in internet or blog as the typing is based on Unicode. The meaning of Har Katha is Language of Sawtal. This software has the option of mouse-click-typing in Sautal language as well.

Samar is writing blog regarding the problem and the prospect of sautal people. He is the main architect of the Odhibashi Bangla Blog. His blog got the recogniton of Deutch Valley as the best blog site in Human rights category. He has taken the initiative to make an archieve and a website. Moreover, He has started of making a Adhibashi knowledge base like Wikipedia.



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Making a Hospital, a school and a Moktab by a Bangladeshi rickshaw puller Joinal Abedin

Making a Hospital, a school and a Moktab by a Bangladeshi rickshaw puller Joinal Abedin
Actually any exceptional entrepreneurship should not be unnoticed. Either this effort comes from a billion dollar company owner or from a person whose daily livelihood comes from the earning of driving Rickshaw*, the effort should be acclaimed heart-fully.

Here is the story of Rickshaw puller Joinal Abedin (Bengali: জয়নাল আবেদীন). He belongs to the village of Tanhasadia, Poranganj union, Mymensingh Sadar Upazila, Mymensingh district, a northern district of Bangladesh. His father Md. Abdul Gani was a landless farmer. He is the eldest one among the 10 offspring of his father where 4 of them were sons and 6 of them were daughters.

He is at the age of 60+. Still this aged person has to lead his live through rickshaw pulling in the severe cold of the winter, in the rain of the monsoon, or even in the hot sun of the summer. When this person is suffering from the pain of living with poverty in Dhaka, his entrepreneurship of setting a school, a hospital, and a Moktob by his own initiative going on in his native village of Mymensingh. The person who is not capable of reading due to illiteracy and the person who is not even in a position to bear the expenses of his own treatment due to poverty, he runs a school up to standard III and a hospital with VI beds.

The success of this person originated from the determination of setting a hospital as his father deprived from the treatment that leaded him to death. His savings over the 20 years of just BDT 1 lack 84 thousand (USD 2500) by hard labor of rickshaw pulling was the only money for his dream to make true in the year 2001.

Later A leading national newspaper of Bangladesh like Prothom Alo along with other kind hearted person of the society extended their hand to this initiative by making a fund as the Prothom Alo Trust/Momtaj Hospital, Account No. 2071007959, Dhaka Bank, Karwan bazar branch, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

*Info about Rickshaw: a man driven 3 whiller local made vehicles that carries passenger on rent for short distance. This vehicle is popular throughout Bangladesh except Rangamati. As this is the lone district of Bangladesh where there is no rickshaw due to the hilly area. This vehicle is the only living source of millions of poor people of Bangladesh. Though at present some vehicle like 3 whiller auto rickshaw with electricity charge came into the road of Bangladesh, there is no real substitute of Rickshaw yet. As this vehicle is only the low cost, less maintenance, and environment friendly vehicle in the road of Bangladesh.

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