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Bangladesh: Bloggers Will Not Be Silenced

The Jagannath University of Dhaka, initiated in 1858, is one of the oldest public educational institutes of Bangladesh. Many people in the country cannot afford expensive private tuition and depend on these public educational institutes for their higher studies.

Recently on the prescription of World Bank the government has ventured to curtail subsidies in education by privatizing the public colleges and universities and Jagannath University has become one of their first experiments.

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Puerto Rico: Online Forum for Good Dads

“Over the years, I've worried about how I'm doing as a father”, says Gil the Jenius - which is why he has nothing but praise for a new website that “bring[s] good Dads together and let[s] them…share what it is to be a father.”

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San Diego Startup Hackathon

When: Sat Oct 1, 2011 9am to Sat Oct 1, 2011 5pm 
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Event Status: confirmed

Event Description: @ AI Center - 4685 Convoy Street San Diego, CA 92111.

Startup Hackathon is a full day developer event where the best and brightest developers compete in exciting challenges presented by local venture-funded & established startups.

Join us for an all day coding event, complete with food/drinks, fun contests, and awesome prizes including gadgets like an iPad, cash awards, and potential contracts!

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San Diego Grant funding and applicant info sessions from the CA Council for the Humanities

When: Tue Oct 4, 2011 4pm to Tue Oct 4, 2011 5pm 
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Who: New Media Rights Events & Competitions

Event Status: confirmed

Event Description: The California Council for the Humanities will be holding its first informational session for California Story Fund (CSF) grantseekers this Friday For more information about CSF, see below.

San Diego Region Session
Tuesday, October 4, 2011—4:00 to 5:30 pm Pacific Time
Malcolm X Library
5148 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92114

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California Story Fund - grant for filmmakers - webinar

When: Fri Sep 30, 2011 10:30am to 12pm 
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Who: New Media Rights Events & Competitions

Event Status: confirmed

Event Description: The California Council for the Humanities will be holding its first informational session for California Story Fund (CSF) grantseekers this Friday, with additional sessions to follow. For more information about CSF, see below. (You may need to enable graphic elements.) Please feel free to forward this email to friends and colleagues who might be interested.

Friday, September 30, 2011—10:30 am to 12:00 pm Pacific Time

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Bulgaria: Clashes Between the Roma and Ethnic Bulgarians in Katunitsa

Violent clashes in the Bulgarian village of Katunitsa, near Plovdiv, broke out Friday night, following the death of a 19-year-old ethnic Bulgarian local, Angel Petrov, who had been run over by a vehicle driven by a man linked to the local Roma clan leader.

According to Focus Information Agency:

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South Korea: The Diplomats Who Can't Speak English

It was revealed on September 13, 2011, that four out of ten South Korean diplomats find it nearly impossible to use proper diplomatic language in English, prompting the public to raise questions on the competency of Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials.

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Iran: The flamingos return to Lake Urmia

Nama Jafari has published a 70's film showing the flamingos in Lake Urmia (Rezayieh). There were several demonstrations in recent weeks to save this dying lake. The blogger says that this lake 30 years ago was a tourist attraction and now a dying one.

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