Ahmed Sharif in direction after 8 years

September 30, 2011

Popular villain of Bangladeshi film industry Ahmed Sharif has recently returned in direction after a span of eight years. He has recently directed a comedy play titled ‘Mairer Upor Oshud Nai’. The play was written and produced by Nader Khan.
Legendary TV and film actor ATM Shamsuzzaman has played the key role here while Rina Khan, Afzal Sharif, Jacky Alamgir, Kheyali and Sabbir performed in this play among others Read more

A familiar face

September 30, 2011

Catching up with Jyotika Jyoti
Lux Anandadhara Photogenic 2004 Jyotika Jyoti has become a familiar face thanks to TV plays, commercials and feature films. Currently she is busy shooting for a feature film and several TV plays.
The Daily Star (TDS) recently got her take on her recent work. Excerpts from the interview:
TDS: Tell us about the TV Read more

Medicare goes haywire

September 28, 2011

6-hr Power Outage at BSMMU Hospital
Medicare goes haywire 
A six-hour blackout paralysed the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) yesterday, causing immense suffering to patients and doctors.
Except for a few emergency services using generator, all pathological tests, scheduled operations and outdoor services remained snapped from 6:00am to 12:15pm when power supply resumed, hospital sources said.
The power outage happened when the hospital’s main power cable got burnt following an electric short circuit, BSMMU Read more

More women now HIV-positive as men hide AIDS infection

September 28, 2011

More and more women are becoming HIV-positive or even infected with AIDS by their partners or husbands who have returned from work abroad and had unsafe sex with them. While these men hide their HIV-positive status from their women partners, this has increased the incidence of HIV vulnerability among the country’s population, experts Read more

BB invites new banks’ applications

September 28, 2011

Bangladesh Bank on Tuesday invited applications from interested sponsors for establishing new private commercial banks in the country.
The central bank, which took the decision to allow setting up of more banks apparently under political pressure, invited the sponsors to submit their applications by Read more

SEC okays book-building method amendments

September 28, 2011

Withdraws cap on P/E ratio for IPO
The Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday finalised the book-building method for initial public offering withdrawing the proposed cap on price earning ratio or net asset value of any company, bowing down to pressure of a section of stakeholders.
‘After analysing the suggestions from the stakeholders and opinion of public the commission Read more

GMG’s public offer far off

September 28, 2011

Airline launches special hajj services
The initial public offering (IPO) of GMG Airlines is likely to be delayed as the airline looks to find a ‘good time’ to go public after having a revised business strategy.
According to GMG, the stockmarket regulator had suspended the book-building method earlier this year, halting the carrier’s plan to float shares to the public. The country’s largest private airline Read more

Stocks slip back into the red

September 28, 2011

Stocks plunged 1.87 percent as a price correction pushed down market indices yesterday.
The benchmark General Index, DGEN, the yardstick of Dhaka Stock Exchange, closed at 5,879, after declining 112 points.
The market that started off amid buoyant spirits was on course to cross 6,000 points, a Read more

Imrul, Shahadat shine in mixed day

September 28, 2011

Imrul Kayes scored a brilliant half century to save the blushes for Bangladesh Red as they scored 215–7 on the second day of the four-day match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Tuesday.
Imrul made 85 off 133 balls as Reds trailed by 66 runs at the end of the day after they had dismissed Greens for 281 in 105.1 overs. Greens added only 27 runs to their overnight total, resuming Read more

Sachin’s new bungalow looks like a palace

September 28, 2011

The new house, where India’s legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar is likely to move on Wednesday
will prove to be very lucky to him, according to world’s famous astrologer, Bejan Daruwalla.   Speaking exclusively over his mobile from Ahmedabad, the 81-year-old Bejan Daruwalla said, “It is a very auspicious day, being the first day of the Navratri. Sachin Tendulkar has Raj Yoga and Read more

Rajuk extends time for application again

September 27, 2011

Jhilmil Residential Project
Rajuk extends time for application again
For the second time, Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) has extended the deadline of submitting application of Jhilmil Residential Area Project for 15 days following the demand of the applicants.
The last date of submitting application is now October 10 which was September 25, said chairman of Rajuk Nurul Huda yesterday Read more

Banglalink to pay Tk 1,980cr for licence renewal

September 27, 2011

Orascom Telecom Holding said its Bangladeshi subsidiary Banglalink will pay about Tk 1,980 crore ($26.3 crore) over the next three years as spectrum and licence renewal fees.
Banglalink, the country’s second largest mobile phone operator with 21.62 million subscribers, has received the final 2G (second generation) licence renewal guidelines, Orascom said Read more

Drik celebrates 22 years

September 27, 2011

Drik Picture Agency organised a discussion programme to mark its 22nd anniversary on September 24 at the rooftop of its office building in Dhanmondi, Dhaka. A photo exhibition highlighting the organisation’s motto — to always ask hard questions — was opened after the discussion. Managing director of Drik, Dr. Shahidul Alam, and filmmaker-editor Catherine Masud spoke on the Read more

New gas ‘found’

September 27, 2011

Local explorer sees 80pc possibility of finding huge reserve in old Sylhet field
A survey of national gas field of Rashidpur has raised high hopes of finding an additional one trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas.
This is a major development in a national gas field, a source of gas cheaper than that produced by international oil companies. Once tapped, this reserve would significantly help reduce the Read more

Economy in tangles

September 27, 2011

People start to feel the pinch as govt rides on a high fuel import to feed fuel-guzzling power plants 
The letter shocked Rahman. A few lines typed in an official language across a white page with the bank’s insignia at the top. It says your monthly mortgage payment has been raised by Tk 3,000 in response to the central bank’s tighter monetary policy to fight inflation.
Rahman had already cut back on his transport cost by cycling to most places including office. He Read more

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