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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

Agri loan interest cut to 11pc as release slows

Bangladesh Bank on Sunday reduced the interest rate on farm loan to 11 per cent from 13 per cent after the farmers had showed reluctance to receive agriculture loans from the scheduled banks and non-government organisations due to the high rate of interest. The BB issued a circular to managing directors and chief (more…)

December 22, 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

Jennifer Lopez voted as trend setters of 2014

A survey conducted by a online clothing company LeTote.com revealed Jennifer Lopez and Kate Middleton are the top fashion trend setter for this year, reports India Today. The survey also revealed details about how American women view popular trends. Beyonce and Angelina Jolie are placed on 3rd and 4th respectively followed Michelle Obama. 87 per cent of those surveyed said they followed fashion trends, while one in five (more…)

December 21, 2014 | Leave a Comment


Cinema

Ferdous emerges as producer 

Popular actor Ferdous starred two films would be released on Friday across the country, one of which is produced by the actor himself. He is playing the lead role in the self produced film Ek Cup Cha, directed by Naim Imtiaz Neamul. He is also playing a major character in the triangular love story Char Akkharer Bhalobasha, directed by Zakir Khan. Commenting on his debut produced (more…)

November 26, 2014 | Leave a Comment


Television

Rony initiates online TV channel

Popular teleplay director and TV commercial maker Redoan Rony has taken an initiative to introduce the first online TV channel of the country named Popcorn Live TV, which is already running online test transmission. People will be able to watch the latest television shows, films, music videos and others via internet on their computers, tablets and mobile phones. Test transmission of the TV channel began (more…)

December 19, 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

Rubel eyes happy World Cup journey

Pace bowler Rubel Hossain promised to bring some happy memories from the upcoming World Cup as he returned to training on Sunday putting behind his recent personal controversy. Rubel hit front page headline in the recent days after film actress Naznin Akter filed a case against him accusing the cricketer of ‘rape’ and ‘false marriage promise.’ (more…)

December 22, 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

Salman dethrones Shah Rukh Khan

Actors Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan may be starting a new chapter of their friendship after an undeclared cold war, but the latter has dethroned the former by grabbing the top spot in Celebrity 100 list for 2014 of Forbes magazine, reports India Today. Interestingly, Shah Rukh has fallen down from the number one spot to Salman’s last year’s number three spot. The decline is because of his disappearance from the screen for the (more…)

December 13, 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

Khaled Khan’s recitation album launched on his death anniv

The late artiste Khaled Khan’s recitation album Megh Balika was launched on his first death anniversary observation programme on Saturday at the Bengal Shilpalaya in Dhanmondi. The album, which was recorded by Khaled Khan 20 years back, has been produced by Bengal Audio in response to the request of Khaled Khan’s family. Noted artistes also presented music and recitation at the programme where thespian Aly Zaker was (more…)

December 22, 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

Kotan Abahani’s new coach

Former Bangladesh and Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra coach George Kotan will be arriving Dhaka today to take charge of Abahani Limited. Kotan guided Bangladesh to their maiden SAFF Championship title at home in 2003 but he failed to deliver Muktijoddha any silverware in his two years in charge. After two barren seasons under two Iranian coaches Ardeshir Pournimat (more…)

December 22, 2014 | Leave a Comment


Cricket

Rubel eyes happy World Cup journey

Pace bowler Rubel Hossain promised to bring some happy memories from the upcoming World Cup as he returned to training on Sunday putting behind his recent personal controversy. Rubel hit front page headline in the recent days after film actress Naznin Akter filed a case against him accusing the cricketer of ‘rape’ and ‘false marriage promise.’ (more…)

December 22, 2014 | Leave a Comment


Uncategorized

Pink Floyd top British album charts for first time since 1995

British progressive rock group Pink Floyd topped the album charts for the first time in nearly 20 years on Sunday with The Endless River, the Official Charts Company said. The newly-released album, which the band says will be their last, became the third fastest-selling by a single group or artiste this year after shifting more than 139,000 copies during the last week, reports Reuters. The Endless River is based on unreleased material (more…)

November 18, 2014 | Leave a Comment