BASIS SoftExpo on Feb 22-26

January 22, 2012

SoftExpo 2012, the largest exposition of software and ICT enabled services (ITES) will be held on February 22-26. Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS), the organizers of the show announced that the event will take place at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital.
The theme for this year’s softexpo’s is ‘Empowering Next Generation’ Read more

Online bookstore launched

January 22, 2012

Rokomari.com, an online shopping portal, was launched in the city yesterday with a view to help both readers buy books without physically visiting any store and pay the bills upon receiving the delivery.
Noted litterateur Anisul Hoque and Munir Hasan, general secretary of Bangladesh Math Olympiad, inaugurated the store at a ceremony at a school in the Read more

Changing the web forever?

January 22, 2012

Tech giants protest against two online anti-piracy US bills
Those of you who visited Wikipedia’s English page, Google, Mozilla, WordPress or Reddit on January 18 might have thought that they have changed the outlook and black was the in thing in web designing, but these major websites censored their own sites to observe the “blackout” protest against two online anti-piracy US bills SOPA and PIPA- currently under consideration on Read more

Huawei debuts mobile devices

January 22, 2012

Huawei, a leading global brand in the mobile broadband and convergence device field, on Wednesday for the first time unveiled a suite of world class mobile devices including Android smartphones, Android tablet, touch phones, messaging phones and music phones in the country, which are designed to give users a simple and enjoyable mobile Read more

Good and bad news for BPL

January 22, 2012

Icons get $210k
It was a mixed day for the Bangladesh Premier League as an international cricketer turned down the chance to play the competition’s inaugural season. At the same time, the proposed link with a major television channel could boost the Twenty20 tournament.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy has put his own country’s domestic and international Read more

First phase Ijtema ends with Akheri Munajat

January 16, 2012

The first phase of Biswa Ijtema at Tongi near the capital ended yesterday afternoon with the offering of Akheri Munajat (concluding prayers) seeking divine blessings for the people of Bangladesh and the Muslim Ummah. The Ijtema venue on the banks of the Turag river and its adjoining areas reverberated with the word ”Amin” repeatedly uttered by lakhs of devotees from home and abroad raising their hands Read more

Tigress rescued, to be released in safari park

January 16, 2012

A stray Bengal tigress was rescued yesterday morning near Khashitana camp of the Sundarbans. It is seven and a half feet in length and has one of its hind legs cut off from the knee joint, forest officials said.
Wife of Sujuddin, a fisherman at Angtihara village near the forest, saw it first around 6:00pm on Saturday when she entered her house. The tigress was there until the next Read more

Mother pushed off roof

January 16, 2012

Father hands over addicted son to cops
A father on Saturday handed over to the police his 22-year-old drug addict son who pushed his mother off the rooftop of their one-storey house in the capital’s Jurain.
The mother, Rahima Begum, 50, was admitted to National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (Nitor) for knee fractures she had suffered in the Read more

New CEO for HSBC

January 16, 2012

The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) has appointed Andrew Tilke as the chief executive officer of HSBC Bangladesh, effective from today.
Tilke joined HSBC Group in 1983 and has worked in a variety of roles in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, the bank said in a statement yesterday Read more

Concluding prayers today

January 15, 2012

Biswa Ijtema
Concluding prayers today
The three-day-long first phase of Biswa Ijtema, the second largest congregation of the Muslims, will conclude today through offering Akheri Munajat (concluding prayers) on the banks of the Turag.
Hundreds of thousands of devotees from home and abroad will pray for spiritual progress, exaltation and welfare of the Muslim community Read more

Studies she can now carry on with

January 15, 2012

CRP restructures Jui’s hand chopped off by husband, prepares her to sit in HSC exams in April
Yes, she is going to sit for the HSC examinations staring from April 1, but this is not the only news. Hawa Akhter Jui will be answering the tests using her right hand.
The 21-year-old did not lose faith in herself after her husband cut off the fingers of her right hand as a “punishment” as she to wanted to get higher education. She began practising writing Read more

Legal response to loss and damage

January 15, 2012

Climate Change
Legal response to loss and damage
Hafijul Islam Khan
The adverse impacts of climate change have continued to devastate the lives and livelihoods of millions of people and inflict large economic losses. According to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, there has been a global increase in weather related disasters between 1980 and 2003. The report estimated that during that period the economic loss due to damage caused by natural disasters is one trillion USD in total. Moreover, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has estimated that in 2008 over Read more

Corals of St.Martin’s at stake

January 15, 2012

Global Warming and Over-Exploitation
Corals of St.Martin’s at stake
Dr. Anisuzzaman Khan
Honey comb corals around Saint Martin’s island are under stress due to coral bleaching. While the COP 17 — UN climate convention — was being held in Durban of South Africa, a Nature Watch Team (NWT) of Ekattor Television watched that a noticeable coral bleaching was defacing the corals of Saint Martin’s island of Bangladesh due to global warming. A four-member Scuba diving team moved under water around Saint Martin’s during the last week of December, 2011. They observed that the honey comb corals on the east coast of the island are severely affected by Read more

Ankhi Alamgir turns TVC model

January 14, 2012

Popular singer Ankhi Alamgir has turned into a model as she has recently performed in a television commercial of a toothpaste company. But in this TVC, her real identity will not be disappeared, as she will be seen as a singer.
The shooting of this TVC was held on January 7 at several locations in the city under the direction of Adnan Al Rajib. The day was the birthday of Ankhi and she passed the whole day with Read more

Humayun made spl adviser at UN mission

January 14, 2012

Popular writer Humayun Ahmed has been appointed special adviser to the Bangladesh Mission in the United Nations, reports a private television channel.
“I am surprised but happy,” said the author, who is now staying in the USA for treatment of cancer, in his reaction. Talking to Channel i yesterday, he said, “The government knows very Read more

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