Headline

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

Businesses’ loan appetite wanes further amid political uncertainty

Pvt sector credit growth plunges to 11.25pc in July The private sector credit growth in the country plunged in the first month of this financial year compared with that in the previous month as the businesspeople are yet to get confidence back to expand their business amid political uncertainty, said an economist and Bangladesh Bank officials. According to the latest BB data, the year-on-year credit growth rate in the private (more…)

September 30, 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

Films of the Berlin Wall era

Goethe-Institut observes 25 years of German reunion The historic Berlin Wall fell in 1989. Goethe-Institut has organised screening of three films that tell the tales of the Berlin Wall era to mark the silver jubilee of the momentous occasion that reunited West and East Germany. The screening of films began on Sunday at the Goeth-Institut at Dhanmondi in the capital. Three films were scheduled to be screened from September 21-23 at the Berlin Hall of the institute at 6:00pm. (more…)

September 22, 2014 | Leave a Comment


Cinema

Bangladesh sends Jonakir Alo to Oscars

Khalid Mahmud Mithu’s second feature film Jonakir Alo has been selected as Bangladesh’s entry in the Foreign Language Film category of 87th Oscars. The name of the selected film was revealed by the members of Oscars Selection Committee at a press conference at a restaurant in the capital on Thursday. Habibur Rahman Khan, noted filmmaker and chairman of the committee, made the declaration on behalf of the (more…)

September 26, 2014 | Leave a Comment


Television

‘I will be more selective about roles’

Sarika tells New Age Popular model-actress Sarika had taken some time off work due to her wedding; but she however, intends to be back at work after the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha festival. In an exclusive interview with New Age, Sarika stressed that this time, she will be more selective about the roles she chooses. The actress was last seen in Backdated, written and directed by Apurba, which was screened on NTV during last Eid-ul-Fitr (more…)

September 2, 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

Ashraful ban reduced to five years

Former Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful was given a lifeline to revive his career after a special appeal panel reduced his lengthy ban by three years on Monday, allowing him to return to competitive cricket as early as August 2016. The 30-year-old cricketer was slapped with an eight-year ban from all forms of cricket in June this year after he was found guilty of (more…)

September 30, 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

Hema Malini to comeback with Shimla Mirchi

Actress-politician Hema Malini started filming for Ramesh Sippy’s light-hearted comedy Shimla Mirchi on Sunday, repots India Today. ‘The first day of shooting for Shimla Mirchi- with my Director Ramesh Sippy who is also doing a cameo in the movie (sic),’ she tweeted Sunday. The duo together gave hits like Andaz, Seeta Aur Geeta and Sholay. Shimla Mirchi also stars Rajkummar Rao, (more…)

September 30, 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

Bengal Gallery showcases Ghose’s works

Birth Centenary Of Gopal Ghose Bengal Gallery showcases Ghose’s works Late master artist Gopal Ghose (1913-1980) of Kolkata is one of the principal figures to have shaped the fine arts oeuvre of Kolkata. One of the founding members of ‘Calcutta Group’, an artists’ group formed in 1943, Ghose played an instrumental role in bringing art from West Bengal to the public. Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts at Dhanmondi, in association with Kolkata-based Akar Prakar Gallery, has displayed more than one (more…)

September 30, 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

Busy schedule ahead for football

A busy schedule for the Bangladesh national football team is on the cards as they are to take part in a host of FIFA friendly matches in the coming months, said the officials of the Bangladesh Football Federation. BFF general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag said on Saturday that the Japan Football Association president Kuniya Daini has agreed to send a team to Dhaka in December (more…)

September 28, 2014 | Leave a Comment


Cricket

Ashraful ban reduced to five years

Former Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful was given a lifeline to revive his career after a special appeal panel reduced his lengthy ban by three years on Monday, allowing him to return to competitive cricket as early as August 2016. The 30-year-old cricketer was slapped with an eight-year ban from all forms of cricket in June this year after he was found guilty of (more…)

September 30, 2014 | Leave a Comment


Uncategorized

Obscure all set to release new album

One of the oldest bands in the Bangladesh music scene Obscure is all set to release its ninth album. The band which was formed back in 1985 will release the album at a programme at Dream Desk Studio, Baily Road in the capital on Friday. The album titled Obscure o Bangladesh contains 10 tracks including several songs that address specific topics like the War of Independence and freedom fighters. The troupe has also composed a number on (more…)

September 23, 2014 | Leave a Comment