I am a joker and an idiot: Aamir Khan

November 30, 2009

Perfectionist Aamir Khan may be an emperor or cinematic genius for Kareena Kapoor but he claimed himself to be a joker and an idiot, reports a national daily.
At a press conference in Delhi, a journo told Aamir that Kareena called him the emperor of Bollywood to which he replied, “When did she say that? Waah yaar, bahut khushi hui sun kar. But, I’ll say I am not an emperor, in fact I am a joker and Read more

unhygienic condition of public toilets in city

November 30, 2009

Women have little access to public toilets in the capital city, as there are no separate arrangements for them and most such facilities are unhygienic and not maintained properly.
Dhaka City Corporation has around 100 public toilets in the city, but most of them do not have separate cubicles or space for women.
Such situation poses serious health risks to women, experts said.
In 2005, some 36 toilets with separate arrangements for women were constructed under Urban Primary Healthcare Project, but they are now being used Read more

Eid programmes on TV channels

November 27, 2009

The television channels will air special programmes on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha. All the Bangla channels are offering a surfeit of entertainment ranging from special TV plays, tele-films, musical shows to magazine programmes. There’s likely to be something for everyone. A rundown of the Eid-special programmes on different channels:
BTV
Single episode play “Antaraley”
Special single episode play “Antaraley” will be aired on the second day at 6:45pm. The Read more

“Ebong Banolata Sen”

November 25, 2009

Special tele-film “Ebong Banolata Sen” will be aired on ATN Bangla on the third day of Eid-ul-Azha at 4:30 pm. The film features four actresses in the famous literary character. Afsana Mimi, Tarin, Joya Ahsan and Sanjida Preety will play the epitome of Bengali beauty created by poet Jibanananda Das.
Written and directed by Tanvir Hossain Probal, the story of the film zooms in on Arif, an individual obsessed with literature. Jibanananda Das’ Banolata Sen is Arif’s favourite female Read more

Bangladesh’s 7.2 million under-5 children malnourished

November 13, 2009

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Thursday released a report which said most of the world’s 83 million chronically undernourished children under five are in South Asia.
The report said 24 countries bear 80 percent of the global burden of under nutrition and the top five are- Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, India and Nepal, Unicef sources here on Thursday said.
In the Read more

Kareena Kapoor says it aptly depicts theme of ‘Kurbaan’

November 13, 2009

Kareena Kapoor says there is nothing “vulgar” about her backless shot being used for the publicity posters of forthcoming release “Kurbaan”, an intense thriller about terrorism. In fact, she says, it subtly reveals a lot about the story.
“This shot of me in a backless posture and Saif with a wound on his chest tell so much about the film’s theme,” Kareena told IANS.
“There is love, passion and violence – all combined in here and what better way than to show it through a single still? You too would agree that there is nothing Read more

Om Puri’s wife exposes his sexual encounters

November 13, 2009

Veteran actor Om Puri is not a happy man at the moment. What he thought would be beautiful turned out so ugly.
He is extremely upset with his wife Nandita for making his sexual encounters public in the media to market her biography Unlikely Hero: The Story Of Om Puri. He said that he couldn’t forgive her.
Om, who is currently shooting for a film in Chandigarh, said that he was shocked to hear his wife speaking about the biography she had written on him. Her shocking revelations have upset him like never before, as she talked about his Read more

Tax payment goes online in January

November 13, 2009

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) will complete the tasks for introducing an online tax payment system within next month to streamline the existing tax return submission procedure, said the chairman of the board yesterday.
“We have already signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to initiate the online tax payment system. In this process, taxpayers will be able to submit tax Read more

BTCL hits snags

November 13, 2009

State-owned BTCL has hit the doldrums, unable to provide new land phone connections in most metropolitan areas including Dhaka, but still has lofty plans.
There are ten private sector operators providing land phone services across the country apart from BTCL. Together, the state-run and private companies provide just 1,571,748 land phone connections across a country with a population of over 150 million. Despite this, BTCL eyes an ambitious target to create 10 Read more

People continue to suffer 5 months inside Aila

November 7, 2009

Food, water, sanitation still problems for Dacope people
From NewAgebd
Living became a nightmare for people of Dacope, an upazila in southwestern Khulna, after May 25 when the region was battered by water surges whipped up by cyclone Aila that ripped through the coastline into India.
And it has not yet changed for the better for them, even five months inside the devastation.
The people, who lost all they had to the cyclone, started living in makeshift shelters and on high land such as roads, living on the help dished out by government agencies and non-governmental Read more

Bangladesh readies flood-tolerant rice

November 7, 2009

3 varieties to prevent a million tonnes of crop loss a year
From The Daily Star
Bangladesh is set to officially release three flood-tolerant rice varieties that would help farmers prevent up to a million tonnes of annual crop loss caused by flash floods, researches said.
Officials concerned told The Daily Star that these rice varieties with submergence-tolerant gene, known as Sub1, can withstand two weeks of complete submergence.
“In September, we applied to the Seed Certification Agency for release of the three submergence-tolerant varieties, Swarna-Sub1, BR-11-Sub1, and Read more

Tendulkar crosses 17,000-run mark in ODIs

November 6, 2009

Having smashed a number of records in his awe-inspiring career, Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar became the first player in the history of the game to cross the 17,000-run mark on Thursday.
Tendulkar was chasing the milestone from the onset of the series against Australia and achieved the feat when he, requiring seven runs coming into the fifth ODI, played an on-drive to fetch three runs off pacer Ben Hilfenhaus.
The 35,000 strong packed crowd at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium erupted to joy as Tendulkar reached the magic figure in the company of Read more

283 get plots at Uttara, Purbachal

November 5, 2009

3rd Phase Lottery
283 get plots at Uttara, Purbachal
Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) yesterday announced the names of 283 plot winners of the third phase lotteries for Purbachal New Town Project and Uttara Model Town Project.
Of the total, the names of 55 winners were picked in one category – journalist — for Purbachal project while the rest for Uttara project.
Rajuk, however, did not hold lotteries for 60 plots at Purbachal and Uttara (55 plots at Purbachal and five plots at Read more