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Wasa eyes two rivers

Plans to cut dependency on groundwater from 78pc to 30pc in seven years
Wasa eyes two riversWith groundwater depleting fast in the capital, Dhaka Wasa is going to set up three more water treatment plants to increase the use of surface water significantly in the next seven years.
The plants will be installed at Gandhabpur of Rupganj, Jasaldi in Mawa and Sayedabad in the capital at an estimated cost of around $1.5 billion, a top Wasa official told The Daily Star on condition of anonymity.
Water has to be piped to the plants from the Padma and the Jamuna rivers Read more »

City News

Thousands greet Falgun

Thousands greet FalgunAs the sun pierced through the mists of dawn, the choir under the yellow flower laden Bokul tree at the compound of the Fine Arts Institute of the Dhaka University greeted the first day of the Falgun, the Spring, yesterday. Hundreds in yellow and crimson raiment gathered to bid adieu to the winter.
Though the morning chill of the fading winter was still tendering with a pleasant cool air blowing, dissipating the fragrance of the flowers around, down from the marigolds to the mango trees in bloom, the singers sang along 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

Fin min, IMF worried over soaring govt borrowing thru savings tools

The finance ministry and the International Monetary Fund, which are increasingly worried over the skyrocketing growth of non-bank borrowing of the government through savings instruments, are prompting policymakers to look for quick fix to keep budgetary deficit in control. The IMF past week asked the government to rein in (more…)

October 26, 2014 | 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

No longer the chocolate boy: Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey’s upcoming film about a journey beyond the stars may as well be about the Texas actor’s own stratospheric career these days, reports Hindustan Times. From winning his best actor Oscar in March for Dallas Buyers Club to his lead role in the highly anticipated space-exploration drama Interstellar, set to become one of the year’s biggest movies, McConaughey has rocketed to a level of stardom unlike (more…)

October 25, 2014 | Leave a Comment


Cinema

Kistimaat on one rain swept afternoon

Since when did the Bangladesh Police allow its officers to wear slim fit shirts? And, as far as I know, the service weapon has to be returned to the official police maalkhana (arsenal) after duty. But of course, these are drab facts that one is not interested in the cinema hall. Lost in the world of Kistimaat, what we want is to leave mundane facts and dive into the ridiculous plus the raunchy. That too must be topped by fiery (read vacuous) (more…)

October 17, 2014 | Leave a Comment


Television

Actor Tele Samad under medical observation

Noted comedian Tele Samad has been suffering from different medical complications including kidney and heart problems and infections in his leg. The actor is currently admitted at the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) at Square Hospital in the capital. The comedian was admitted to the hospital as he fell sick on Saturday. Samad has undergone a leg operation on Tuesday and is now under constant medical observation at the hospital. (more…)

October 23, 2014 | 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

Four-yr-old found alone in desert

A heartbreaking picture has emerged of a little boy wandering in the desert, separated from his family while fleeing war-torn Syria. Marwan, 4, was found by UN workers near the border of Jordan and Syria, lagging behind his relatives. The boy was photographed carrying a plastic bag full of his possessions on Monday by Andrew Harper, (more…)

February 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment


Sports

Sakib puts Zimbabwe in a spin

Sakib al Hasan showed no sign of rustiness on his Test comeback to grab six wickets for 59 runs helping Bangladesh dismiss Zimbabwe for below-par 240 runs in the first innings of the first Test at Mirpur on Saturday. Sakib, who returned to Test cricket after serving out a ban for poor discipline, made good use of some unusual bounce offered by the Sher-e-Bangla wicket that left (more…)

October 26, 2014 | 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

Thousands of fans remember Manna Dey

While young fans of legendary singer Manna Dey took to social networking sites to commemorate his first death anniversary on Friday, a Kolkata-based gramophone record collector paid tribute to the artiste by tuning into a priceless prayer song sung by Dey and written by Mahatma Gandhi. Manna Dey died in Bangalore October 24 last year following prolonged illness. He was 94, reports India Today. Collector Susanta Kumar (more…)

October 26, 2014 | 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

BotTala Int’l Theatre Fest in full swing

From the main entrance of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy to the National Theatre Hall, it’s BotTala all the way. The premises of BSA wear a festive look as the BotTala Theatre Festival kicked off on Friday. With a colourful decoration of the hall and its surroundings, the festival venue appears warm and inviting. On Friday evening, Shilpakala was set to its blazing mode of festivity and fanfare with amazing dance (more…)

October 26, 2014 | 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

Ambush frees JMB convicts

Policeman killed; one of 3 snatched convicts arrested In an apparent well-planned move, a gun-totting gang ambushed a prison van at Trishal on the Dhaka –Mymensingh Highway in broad day light and managed to free three high-profile convicted members of banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) on Sunday. A policeman was killed during the attack. Police however arrested one of the three (more…)

February 24, 2014 | Leave a Comment


Metropolitan

Many stalls breach book fair guidelines

Some 45 publishing houses and pro-Awami League bodies participating in the Amar Eksuhey Book Fair have been breaching the fair rules and regulations by displaying and selling books of other publishing houses. The ruling AL-backed stalls have put on display titles brought out by others to ensure their presence in the month-long event. As per the article 6.5 of the (more…)

February 24, 2014 | Leave a Comment


Football

Footballers stretch winless streak to five

The 1-1 draw against Sri Lanka on Friday stretched Bangladesh national football team’s winless streak to five, taking some gloss off from Bangladesh Football Federation’s initiative of hosting regular international matches. Though Bangladesh dominated the match and the players took some satisfaction from the performance, their inability to beat an inexperienced Sri Lankan (more…)

October 26, 2014 | Leave a Comment


Cricket

Sakib puts Zimbabwe in a spin

Sakib al Hasan showed no sign of rustiness on his Test comeback to grab six wickets for 59 runs helping Bangladesh dismiss Zimbabwe for below-par 240 runs in the first innings of the first Test at Mirpur on Saturday. Sakib, who returned to Test cricket after serving out a ban for poor discipline, made good use of some unusual bounce offered by the Sher-e-Bangla wicket that left (more…)

October 26, 2014 | Leave a Comment


Uncategorized

Sujala’s debut Lalon album released

Promising folk artiste Sujala Mohapatro has released her debut album titled Ei Manush-e Achhe Sei Manush Mishe that features some of the most popular songs of legendary bard Fakir Lalon Shai. The album was released from production house Gaaner Kheya on October 1. Ei Manush-e Achhe Sei Manush Mishe features a total of 10 Lalon songs including the likes of Guru Tumi Potito Pabon, Ei Manush-e Achhe Sei Manush Mishe, (more…)

October 16, 2014 | Leave a Comment