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National dialogue: Prelude or decisive solution?

There is no denying that the current political situation in Bangladesh is very grave. The cycle current politically-motivated violence has caused over a hundred deaths so far and many more serious injuries as well as enormous damage to the economy. Naturally, concerned citizens are worried and have recently urged the Honourable President as the guardian of the State to hold ...

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In one life: the memoirs of a third world civil servant

We also had many in our own age group to play with. On a hot summer day, before lunch, it was always time for a swim in the Gangina (rivulet) at the outer boundary of the village. That meant taking off all clothes and getting into the fast current of the canal and swimming to our heart’s content. In the ...

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Which way now?

Bangladesh has come a long way over the last four and half decades from the maliciously coined phrase, labelled by Henry Kissinger as the ‘basket case of the world,’ to self-sufficiency in food (and even as a net exporter of food) and the healthy gross domestic product (GDP) resulting in significant foreign currency surplus. All this had been achieved under ...

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Top China official to face prosecution for corruption

Former senior official Su Rong has been expelled from the Chinese Communist Party for corruption and faces prosecution, said the country’s top anti-corruption body. Mr Su was a vice-chairman of China’s parliamentary advisory body. The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said he had used his position to obtain “large bribes”. State media had announced in June 2014 that the ...

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Astronaut set to spend one year in space

NASA is sending astronaut Scott Kelly to live on the International Space Station for a year. That’s the longest any U.S. astronaut has spent in space and twice as long as crew members usually stay on the space station. A year is a long time to stay anyplace. But staying a year in space has some special challenges. There’s what ...

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6 simple stretches for good posture

Good posture goes beyond sitting up straight. Slouching over a computer keyboard all day creates a chain reaction throughout your body that can result in shoulder, neck and back pain. Not pretty.Here are six simple stretches you can do to improve your posture. Good posture means good health.Sitting is part of our every day, even if we lead an active ...

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Remember before washing hair

Oiling your hair is one of the most important steps of hair care regime. Going for a hot oil hair massage before taking a bath is always a good idea. It not only adds shine to your hair, but also helps in improving its health. Here are a few steps that you should keep in mind before going for a ...

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Drinking green tea better than taking supplements Life Desk

If you are planning to take supplements based on green tea extracts as a measure to lose weight, think again. Researchers have warned that the supplements could result in harmful side effects including liver toxicity.Drinking green tea, instead of taking the supplements, could help you enjoy the benefits associated with the beverage while avoiding the risk of liver toxicity, they ...

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Storytelling with saris

Artiste and social activist Monica Jahan Bose conducted an Art Talk titled Storytelling with Saris on February 15 at the Bengal Café in Dhanmondi. The event was organised by Bengal Foundation. The US-based Bangladeshi artiste screened a short film of her own making, highlighting the influenceof climate change on rural women. The film delves into issues of women empowerment andfinancial ...

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Folk music at Chhayanaut

Marking Pohela Falgun, the first day of spring on Bengali calendar, the Department ofFolk Music of Chhayanaut Sangeet Bidyayatan arranged a folk music event on Friday. Artists Kangal Deenohin, Arkum Shah, Shamser Ali, AKM Abdul Aziz and Sirajul Islam, among others, performed at the event. Chhayanaut General Secretary Khairul Anam Shakil delivered welcome address at the programme. The musical soiree ...

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