Bangla Lesson for carbon polluters

Growing solar home system earns Bangladesh UN fund; first in the world
Bangla Lesson for carbon pollutersBangladesh has become the first country to get funds from the United Nations for its fast growing solar home systems, which are not only lighting up houses in off-grid villages but also showing the world the way to a low-carbon future.
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) issued 395,286 carbon credits worth €3.56 million to two Bangladeshi organisations — Infrastructure Development Company Ltd (IDCOL) and 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 »


Bad days for good farmers in Bangladesh 

Chemically grown pineapples see higher demand
Bad days for good farmers in BangladeshConsumers are falling for chemically grown eye-candy pineapples that look bigger and brighter than the naturally farmed ones but actually taste bland and have less nutrient content.
This trend is hurting the farmers who are not using excessive chemicals while growing the fruit.
To get a firsthand experience of the market trend, this correspondent visited Jalchhatra Bazar in Tangail’s Madhupur on Monday.
Over 1.25 lakh tonnes of pineapple are produced in Madhupur a year, making it one of the country’s biggest pineapple producing Read more »


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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BTRC to monitor mobile internet speed in rural areas 

The telecom regulator is set to start a field-level monitoring drive Saturday in three districts to gauge the quality of data service following complaints from customers. The drive will eventually cover 45 upazilas in 15 districts. Other than checking the internet speed with equipment, the team from Bangladesh (more…)

August 14, 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


5 foods to eat for healthy, glowing skin

You probably think about how nutrition affects your internal health and your weight, but eating the right foods can also improve the quality of your skin. “You can look at food as the raw materials for a factory,” says Ian Koo, a naturopathic doctor based in Mississauga, Ont. “The better the quality of the raw materials we have to start with, the greater the chance that we’ll end up with a good durable product.” Here are what to add (more…)

September 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment


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


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


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


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


Mim-Bappy’s “Sweetheart” to release on Valentine’s Day

On upcoming Valentine's Day, film goers will see Bidya Sinha Mim and Bappy sharing screen space in Wajed Ali Sumon's film “Sweetheart”. The romantic comedy recently received a clearance from the censor board and awaits release in the first quarter of 2016. “This is going to be one of the best films of my career. Even though Bappy and Mim worked together for the first time, (more…)

August 12, 2015 | Leave a Comment


Purnima, Mosharraf and Iresh join forces for Eid play

This Eid television audience will see popular actors Purnima, Mosharraf Karim and Iresh Zaker together in single-episode television play “Prem Othoba Duhshopner Raat Din”. Written by Nur Siddique and directed by Tuhin Hossain, shooting for the play wrapped up recently at a shooting house in the capital's Uttara. About working with Mosharraf and (more…)

September 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment


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


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


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


Hockey crisis resolved, finally

The long-lasting crisis of local hockey was finally resolved on Friday after Khwaja Rahmatullah resigned from the position of Bangladesh Hockey Federation general secretary. Abdus Sadek, the veteran vice-president of BHF, was given the charge of general secretary during an emergency meeting of the federation’s governing body while Rahmatullah (more…)

October 24, 2015 | Leave a Comment


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


Ranbir-Deepika happy about ‘Tamasha’ 

As the shooting of his upcoming film “Tamasha” wrapped, Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor said, "We all were happy. It is my second film with Imtiaz Ali and Sajid Nadiadwala and third film with Deepika Padukone. For me, I was overwhelmed." There were reports that Ranbir and Deepika had an emotional breakdown after the wrap-up shoot of “Tamasha”. (more…)

August 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


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

Rabirag bids adieu to monsoon

Rabirag bade farewell to monsoon on the penultimate day of the season organising a vibrant programme at Shawkat Osman Auditorium of Central Public Library in the capital on Friday. The show, Barshamangol, comprising Tagore’s monsoon songs and dance recitals based on same genres of songs, was a nice treat for Tagore lovers in a rainy evening on the Bangla month of Sraban. (more…)

August 16, 2015 | Leave a Comment


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

Rajon Murder: Police press charges against 13 people 

Police submitted the charge sheet for the murder of Samiul Alam Rajon to the court, accusing 13 people, including the prime suspect Kamrul Islam who left the country for Saudi Arabia. The investigation officer in the case, Suranjit Talukder, also Sylhet Metropolitan Police detective branch inspector, submitted the charge sheet to (more…)

August 17, 2015 | Leave a Comment


Book reading programme launched in Ctg

Bishwo Shahitto Kendro in association with bKash Ltd on Tuesday launched a book reading programme at the Chittagong Collegiate School in Chittagong. Professor Abdullah Abu Sayeed, founder and chief executive officer of Bishwo Shahitto Kendro, and Kamal Quadir, chief executive officer of bKash Ltd, the leading mobile financial service provider in Bangladesh, (more…)

August 20, 2015 | Leave a Comment


MSC back in race with thumping win

Traditional Dhaka giants Mohammedan Sporting Club gave their Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup semi-final hopes a shot in the arm with a thumping 6-1 win over Solid FC of Sri Lanka at the MA Aziz Stadium on Friday. In the day’s second match at the same venue, Kolkata Mohammedan and De Spinghar Bazan FC of Afghanistan played out an (more…)

October 24, 2015 | Leave a Comment


Players, teams in dark over BPL pay rules

Though the players’ draft for the Bangladesh Premier League is over, the payment rules of cricketers still remains quite unclear as players and franchises looked to be in dark regarding the issue. A BPL official on Friday said that local players will receive the full amount that had been stipulated in their respective grading, but may not be the case for overseas players. (more…)

October 24, 2015 | Leave a Comment


We are in a transitional state in music: Akhi Almagir

Akhi Almagir, a popular adhunik singer, is recognised for her stage performances both within and outside our country. She has been singing for over a decade and her mesmerising voice has carried her to the peak of her career. Apart from her musical talent she was a TV host, a model and won the National Film Award as a child artiste. Recently, in a chat with The Daily Star, she told us about how modern songs are hitting a new high. (more…)

September 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment