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Absolutely Awesome

Terrific Tigers produce supremely premium stuff to thump down 9-wicket defeat on strong South Africa; clinch one-day series
Absolutely AwesomeWho says bowlers should have all the fun? Ask Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal, and they will tell you that that opening period of the second innings, when they literally demolished one of the best bowling attacks in the world, was the highlight of the series against South Africa.
Ask the fans who braved the rains at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium and they will probably be taunting the spectators in Dhaka, for they managed to witness something that the capital could not; a total annihilation Read more »

City News

Many Dhaka areas without drinkable water supply

Situation has been such for years
Many Dhaka areas without drinkable water supplyResidents of some parts of the capital have been facing a drinking water crisis for the last several years. The water they are supplied with has a bad odour. Families living in parts of Mugda, Bashabo, Kadamtola, Maniknagar, Mayakanon, Tilpapara and Manda have been suffering the most.
The water, however, can be used for bathing, cooking and doing other household chores.
Mohammad Delowar Hossain, a resident of Mugda Jheel Par, said every week he collects about 60 litres of water from a Wasa pump Read more »

Nation

Three in one

Cost effective agricultural tool made in Dinajpur
Three in oneA locally manufactured harvester in Dinajpur proves to be an all-in-one device, while the cost is relatively low. Anwar Hossain, a 51-year old quack at Dakkhin Basudevpur village under Phulbari upazila, designed the machine that can harvest, thresh and pack paddy or wheat simultaneously.
The machine, which requires only a driver and an operator, can harvest at the rate of one acre per hour, cutting labour costs significantly and outperforming the imported models.
Anwar said: “An imported Read more »

Column

CSR and a new order of business

From being seen as mere philanthropy and ‘doing good’, corporate social responsibility is now at the heart of business sustainability and ethical and accountable corporate behaviour
Bitopi Das Chowdhury
CSR or corporate social responsibility has been a buzz phrase for quite some time now. Not a day goes by without it being mentioned, albeit in passing, in daily business discourse. Even during the last decade, CSR was looked upon by big businesses as “doing good” — something that was “extra” to their day-to-day effort of profit maximisation, a great public relations (PR) tool to generate empathy among their customers and favouritism from the powers that be. Not anymore.
Companies today realise Read more »

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Business

Mobile banking to get a further boost

Mobile banking will get a further boost as the central bank proposes to channel all financial payments through mobile phones under stronger tie-ups between banks, cell phone operators and other service providers. The draft Regulatory Guidelines for Mobile Financial Services in Bangladesh, published on Monday, will turn every mobile phone into a digital wallet and (more…)

July 15, 2015 | Leave a Comment


Tech & Web

Microsoft: Windows XP anti-malware support to last into 2015

Although the software giant will stop providing updates to the venerable OS this April, it will keep offering anti-malware updates until July 2015.  Microsoft said Wednesday that although it will stop supporting Windows XP this April, it will continue providing anti-malware updates for the venerable OS through July of next year. "Microsoft has announced the Windows XP end of support date of April 8, 2014," the software giant said in a blog post. "After this date, Windows XP will no (more…)

January 17, 2014 | Leave a Comment


Health

Air pollution now leading cause of lung cancer

AIR pollution has been named as the leading cause of lung cancer, the World Health Organisation's cancer agency said. The International Agency for Research for Cancer (IARC), a part of the World Health Organisation (WHO), announced that there is "sufficient evidence" that exposure to air pollution is a key cause of lung cancer. Data revealed by the IARC showed that in 2010, 223,000 deaths worldwide from lung cancer were caused (more…)

October 23, 2013 | Leave a Comment


Environment

Emissions of CO2 driving rapid oceans ‘acid trip’

The world's oceans are becoming acidic at an "unprecedented rate" and may be souring more rapidly than at any time in the past 300 million years. In their strongest statement yet on this issue, scientists say acidification could increase by 170% by 2100. They say that some 30% of ocean species are unlikely to survive in these conditions. The researchers conclude that human emissions of CO2 are clearly to blame. The study will be presented (more…)

November 18, 2013 | Leave a Comment


Earth

Cheetah the best sprinter on earth

The fastest cheetah on Earth has done it again, breaking her previous world record for the 100-meter dash and setting a new best time of 5.95 seconds. This feat surpasses the fastest of all human 100-meter sprinters by almost four seconds. Usain Bolt, a Jamaican sprinter now competing at the 2012 London Olympics, holds the human world record at 9.58 seconds in the (more…)

August 6, 2012 | Leave a Comment


Variety

Man forces lover to wear chastity belt

A 29-year-old man from China has forced his girlfriend to wear a chastity belt. Events leading to her wearing the chastity belt began in August when the man, surnamed He, suspected that his live-in lover, known only as Xiao Tian, was seeing another man. He assaulted Xiao Tian and locked her in the bedroom. The next day, He bought (more…)

December 5, 2011 | Leave a Comment


Gossip

Bill Cosby admits he obtained sedatives for sex

US comedian Bill Cosby admitted he obtained sedatives with the intent of giving them to women he wanted to have sex with, court papers from 2005 show, reports BBC. The unsealed files, obtained by the Associated Press news agency, show Cosby made the admission in a sex abuse civil case brought by a woman. That case was settled for an undisclosed sum in 2006. Mr Cosby, now 77, is facing a series (more…)

July 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment


Cinema

Aanata offers help to underprivileged children

Ananta Jalil definitely knows how to make headlines. And this time he made headlines for a good reason. The film star has decided to sell his personal belongings to help underprivileged children as part of a fundraising campaign jointly organised by Jaago Foundation, Bikroy.con and Nakshikantha. The campaign, titled #DeemParbeNa, (more…)

July 11, 2015 | Leave a Comment


Television

My mother makes an amazing vermicelli dessert: Bonnya Mirza

Bonnya Mirza is one of the most familiar faces on television in Bangladesh. In a conversation with The Daily Star, she spoke about Eid shopping, celebrations, cooking and more. Excerpts: How do you celebrate Eid? Bonnya Mirza: I usually spend the day with my parents. My Eid is incomplete without (more…)

July 17, 2015 | Leave a Comment


Fitness

Three keys to a flat tummy

Exercise, diet and cosmetics are your best allies if you want to beat that belly Many of us battle with extra kilos that seem to head straight for the tummy area, but if you want to turn a fat belly into a flat belly, there are three key elements to focus on:?? Exercise? Abdominal toning exercises – more commonly known as sit ups or crunches – are one of the most popular techniques for achieving a flat stomach. Sadly, though, the (more…)

November 27, 2010 | Leave a Comment


Relationship

Shocking sex facts revealed

Can high heels affect a woman's orgasm? Why is emotional connect as important to women as reaching orgasm? Is coffee more important than sex in the morning? Is sex addiction worse than drugs or booze? Can kissing help you find the right partner? Shocking sex facts revealed Wearing high heels can negatively affect a woman's orgasm, a study has revealed. Dr Eden Fromberg and Naomi (more…)

October 21, 2013 | Leave a Comment


World

Qatar has the most efficient govt in the world: study

It is an autocracy where women are discriminated against, migrant workers are exploited and free speech is curtailed. But according to the World Economic Forum (WEF), Qatar is a model of efficient government. The oil-rich Gulf state, which is currently at the centre of a major Swiss corruption investigation into Fifa's decision to award it the 2022 football World Cup, finished top of a league table compiled (more…)

July 19, 2015 | Leave a Comment


Sports

Bowling in tandem sharpens Tigers

Bangladesh will go into the second Test match against South Africa looking to capitalise on their confidence given by their bowlers who bowled in tandem to put them in a comfortable position in the series opener in Chittagong. Bangladesh were forced to remain content with a draw after rain washed out the last two days of the match that they dominated first with the (more…)

July 27, 2015 | Leave a Comment


Entertainmnt

SRK conferred with top French civilian award

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan has been conferred with top French civilian award – Knight of the Legion of Honor, reports Hindustan Times. Visiting French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius presented the prestigious award to the 48-year-old actor at a programme for his outstanding contribution to cultural diversity across the world. ‘I feel very humbled and grateful for this prestigious honour. Today is my mother’s (more…)

July 3, 2014 | Leave a Comment


Showbiz

Brett Lee starred Bollywood film releases in October

Former Australian cricketer Brett Lee-starer ‘unINDIAN’, an Indian-Australian film, will hit theatres down under on October 15 this year, reports The Indian Express. The cross-cultural comedy, starring the cricketer and Tannishtha Chatterjee, has been directed by Indian-origin Sydney-based filmmaker Anupam Sharma. The film was shot in Sydney last summer and is the first production of the Australia India Film Fund. ‘unINDIAN’ (more…)

July 12, 2015 | Leave a Comment


Life Style

Shocking sex facts revealed

Can high heels affect a woman's orgasm? Why is emotional connect as important to women as reaching orgasm? Is coffee more important than sex in the morning? Is sex addiction worse than drugs or booze? Can kissing help you find the right partner? Shocking sex facts revealed Wearing high heels can negatively affect a woman's orgasm, a study has revealed. Dr Eden Fromberg and Naomi (more…)

October 21, 2013 | Leave a Comment


Women

Sleeping beauty

Your beauty routine needn't stop when you go to bed Do you know just how much the hours of sleep can contribute to your beauty regime? We're all aware that sleeping well is essential for both physical and mental health and well-being, but good nocturnal cosmetic habits are also important. So if you want to rise and shine and greet the morning with radiant skin, take a look at our recommendations: The importance of cleansing Before bed, a thorough cleansing routine is essential to clean the skin and leave it free of all traces of make up and (more…)

July 14, 2011 | Leave a Comment


Art & Culture

Photo show depicts impacts of climate change

Photographer Abir Abdullah has documented the impacts of climate change on the people through his photographs that were put on display at the Bay’s Bellavista in Banani. The 10-day exhibition, titled Knee Deep, features images of flood situations and the affected people. It is part of a six-month project organised by art organisation Longitude Latitude which will feature a series of exhibitions by different artistes over the course of (more…)

July 12, 2015 | Leave a Comment


Feature

BRAC University: The World Champions

On January 3, members of 400 participating teams along with distinguished guests gathered at the Main Hall of Technische University, Berlin. Thousands if not millions watched the live feed online, from all around the world, eagerly and anxiously waiting for an announcement, the results of the World Universities Debating Championship 2013(WUDC 2013). The tournament is dubbed as the World Cup of debating and it is also considered as the largest (more…)

January 13, 2013 | Leave a Comment


Other Headlines

HSC results to be published across Bangladesh on August 9

The results of Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and its equivalent examinations will be published on August 9, ending an anxious wait for around 11 lakh examinees. Disclosing the date yesterday, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid told reporters that he would ceremonially hand over  copies of the results to Prime Minister (more…)

July 27, 2015 | Leave a Comment


Metropolitan

Eid travellers to pay extra this season

Claims Bangladesh Passengers' Welfare Assoc Passengers have to pay Tk 11,000 crore as additional fare to travel in different modes of transport during the Eid-ul-Fitr rush, claimed a report of Bangladesh Passengers' Welfare Association yesterday. Of the additional fare, Tk 6,225 crore will be charged in road transport, Tk 4,000 crore in water transport and Tk 775 crore in railway sector during the rush from (more…)

July 15, 2015 | Leave a Comment


Football

MSC, Russell close gap on Jamal

Both Mohammedan Sporting Club and Sheikh Russell Krira Chakra won their respective matches of the Bangladesh Premier League to reduce the gap with table toppers Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club on Sunday. Mohammedan beat Feni Soccer Club 2-1 in the first match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium while Russell defeated Team BJMC by the identical (more…)

July 27, 2015 | Leave a Comment


Cricket

Bowling in tandem sharpens Tigers

Bangladesh will go into the second Test match against South Africa looking to capitalise on their confidence given by their bowlers who bowled in tandem to put them in a comfortable position in the series opener in Chittagong. Bangladesh were forced to remain content with a draw after rain washed out the last two days of the match that they dominated first with the (more…)

July 27, 2015 | Leave a Comment


Uncategorized

Music industry going downhill

The industry of contemporary Bangla songs including playback music is going downhill because of over-commercialisation of the industry, seasoned musician and lyricists say. They also say music is being a victim of the commodity culture with the reigning motive being production of music in the cheapest, easiest and quickest way possible. ‘The industry is going through (more…)

July 11, 2015 | Leave a Comment