Expats get MRP service

April 23, 2011

Introduced in 4 missions; 2 others in process
Bangladesh has introduced machine-readable passport (MRP) service in Singapore, Malaysia, Abu Dhabi and Dubai missions as part of its effort to provide Bangladeshi expatriates with the service in its 65 missions worldwide.
The service will be introduced in Jeddah and Riyadh missions next month, considering Read more

Lone hand from Nafees

April 23, 2011

Shahriar Nafees continued his good form with a century for Barisal in their last National Cricket League game against Sylhet at the Shaheed Kamruzzaman Stadium in Rajshahi yesterday.
It was a captain’s knock from the left-hander as his side crumbled in front of Alok Kapali’s leg-spin to be bowled out for 257, Sylhet replying with six for no loss at Read more

Murder for money

April 23, 2011

Rajshahi Medical College student held for ‘killing’ friend; dumped body recovered 18 days after murder
A bone-chilling story about how two would-be doctors murdered their friend has been revealed 18 days after the killing in Rajshahi Medical College.
Rapid Action Battalion personnel and police recovered the decomposed body of Mahbub Alam Russel, 24, behind a bush near Charu Mama’s canteen in the medical college. Russel was a student of Read more

Demi Lovato says she has bipolar disorder

April 22, 2011

DEMI Lovato has got it bad.
The actress — who recently opened up about her battle with anorexia and bulimia — has revealed she’s also battling bipolar disorder.
“I never found out until I went into treatment that I was bipolar,” she told People magazine.
“Looking back it makes Read more

11 nations unite to fight malpractice

April 22, 2011

Miseries of Migrant Workers
11 nations unite to fight malpractice
Eleven Asian labour-sending countries yesterday agreed to eliminate shady practices in labour migration process and any discrimination against migrant workers.
This was stated in the 10-point Dhaka Declaration the nations adopted after a two-day ministerial consultation on contractual labour migration, known as Colombo Process, at a hotel in the Read more

Appoint Yunus as chairman

April 22, 2011

Grameen Bank employees urge govt
Employees of Grameen Bank yesterday urged the government to appoint Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus as chairman of the microfinance bank to ensure its smooth running.
“If Prof Yunus cannot be allowed to work as managing director for crossing retirement age, he should be appointed chairman,” said Md Shamsul Alam, president of Grameen Bank Read more

Siddikur leading world No. 2

April 22, 2011

Lee Westwood may have the world No 1 spot in mind, but on the opening day of the Indosian Masters, Siddikur Rahman ruled the roost.
He shot an opening six-under-par 66 yesterday to lead and has the world No 2 Westwood trailing by two. According to the Asian Tour website, Siddikur fired two superb chip-ins in ideal scoring Read more

Movie Review: Guerrilla

April 22, 2011

Narrating a cruel yet tragically inspiring history
The nationwide release of the movie “Guerrilla” coincided with the Bengali New Year and this was done rightfully so. “Guerrilla” narrates the tale of Bilkis (played by Joya Ahsan), a freedom fighter, who actively participates in the Liberation War while searching for her lost husband. Based on Syed Shamsul Haque’s novel “Nishiddho Loban”, the movie also adds elements from its director Nasiruddin Yousuff’s personal Read more

Organisational culture

April 22, 2011

Mamun Rashid
From an academic perspective, we can look at the way Edgar Schein, a former professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, defines organisational culture as ‘a pattern of shared basic assumptions that was learned by a group as it solved its problems of external adaptation and internal integration, that has worked well enough to be considered valid and, therefore, to be taught to new members as the correct way you perceive, think, and feel in relation to those problems’. Personally, my favorite definition would be Read more

Trial for vitamin A-rich rice soon

April 22, 2011

Bangladeshi scientists ready for developing further the genetically-engineered variety
Bangladesh is all set for developing further the world’s first-ever vitamin A-rich rice.
A genetically engineered variety, the Golden Rice will go through Green House and field tests before advancing into production phase.
And if everything goes well, Bangladesh, within 5 years, will be able to fight vitamin A deficiency in expecting mothers and children through the most-consumed food item.
The deficiency causes blindness and child death in acute cases.
The country’s most Read more

Actor Shakib Khan sued

April 21, 2011

Actor Shakib Khan sued
A Dhaka court yesterday summoned film actor Shakib Khan Rana asking him to appear before it by May 19, hours after filing of a case for misappropriating Tk 40 lakh.
Metropolitan Magistrate SKM Tofail Hassan passed the order after Monowar Ehtesham alias Shish Monowar, a film producer filed the case against the Read more

Ashraful’s blast from the past

April 21, 2011

Mohammad Ashraful shone with both ball and bat to lead his Bangladesh A side to a six-wicket victory against South Africa A on Tuesday night at Buffalo Park in East London, in the first of five unofficial ODIs.
Only ten days ago South Africa had been battering Bangladesh in a four-day match, and in their home conditions were firm favourites to dominate the 50-over matches as well. However, the Read more

Halda fishes act unusually

April 20, 2011

Release eggs before rain; fishermen see salty water intrusion as reason
Even in weather adverse to laying eggs, a number of fish species yesterday started releasing spawns in the Halda river at Hathazari and Raozan upazilas, the only natural fish breeding centre of sweet water in the subcontinent.
Mother fishes depend on special factors like water temperature, specific water current, rain and lightning to lay eggs.
But local fishermen and experts said they released eggs in the river although nothing like that happened yesterday.
The fishermen have begun Read more

Art of Tagore’s Songs launched

April 20, 2011

A research work on Tagore song titled The Art of Tagore’s Songs by Karunamaya Goswami was unveiled on Monday at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital.
Eminent Tagore scholar and musicologist Karunamaya Goswami took three years to accomplish the research work.
Covering various aspects of Tagore song Read more

Consumers subjected to ‘serious health risks’

April 20, 2011

Millions of residents in Old Town of Dhaka are exposed to serious health risks such as cancer through the water supplied to them by the Water Supply and Sewerage Authority, according to experts.
The water used by many living in Old Town comes from the River Buriganga and is treated at the Chandnighat Water Treatment Plant, installed in 1874, which experts say is not equipped to treat the highly contaminated water containing untreated chemical wastes and other kinds of sewage.
Public health experts also claim that the presence of toxic heavy Read more

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