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Reading books and contribution of ‘Bishwo Shahitto Kendro’

Masum Billah With a view to enlightening people Bishwo Shahitto Kendra launched its journey thirty-nine years back in the country and its ‘ book reading programme’ has now reached twenty lakh students of 12 thousand educational institutions. Kudos to Bishwo Shahitto Kendro. In this age of moral degradation, the sweet call of the materialistic pleasure, the ugly claws of drugs, ... Read More »

Nearly 60 percent of children like reading for fun

New York — Nearly 6 out of 10 young people ages 6-17 say they read for fun, according to a new study from Scholastic and YouGuv, a percentage that has dipped slightly since a 2010 report. Fifty-eight percent of those surveyed said they either loved reading for fun or “liked it a lot.” In 2010, 60 percent gave similar responses. ... Read More »

Bangladeshi origin scientist wins Prince Sultan Award

Bangladeshi-origin American scientist Dr Shafiqul Islam has jointly won the prestigious Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW). The Creativity prize was awarded to the team of Dr Shafiqul Islam (Tufts University, USA) and Dr Rita Colwell (University of Maryland at College Park) for their outstanding performances in developing and testing a model that uses chlorophyll information from ... Read More »

Bangla language should be properly respected!

Sixty-five years ago, Language Movement martyrs laid their lives on 21th February in 1952 for the recognition of Bangla as a state Language. Now this day is called International Mother Language day from 1999. Every year, on this day nation salute the heroes and this year will do the same. Read More »

Why pronunciation matters

Masum Billah When the second language learners can pronounce the English words almost perfectly like native speakers, they can draw the attention of others more easily. They are likely to be understood even if they make errors in other areas. But the same group of learners who cannot pronounce words well are not understood well, even if their grammar is ... Read More »

5th Convocation of Uttara University held

Dhaka – Mr. Nurul Islam Nahid, MP, Honorable Education Minister, Ministry of Education, Bangladesh said that along with ensuring the education for all, we have to concentrate on the development of Human Development Index (HDI). He also emphasized that the practice of research must be ensured by extending the research opportunity in Universities. Read More »

Food Tank’s reading list: 17 books for Winter

Danielle Nierenberg Feed more than your belly this new year: Food Tank has gathered the latest reads for Winter 2016/2017, from the memoirs of an Asian-American peach farmer to the best manual for permaculture design. When Winter’s chill has you feeling gloomy, grab a book from the list below, and come Springtime, you could be ready to start your own ... Read More »

Rosatom initiative to teach nuclear science in English

Dhaka – For education of nuclear science in English for foreign students, Russia’s State Nuclear Energy Corporation – ROSATOM has signed an agreement with Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute (PNPI), one of the organizations of NRC “Kurchatov Institute” and St. Petersburg State University (SPSU). Read More »

Disinformation, not fake news, got Trump elected

Robert Mackey I made a mistake on Twitter on Sunday night. When I learned that a man with an assault rifle had stormed into a Washington pizzeria to “self-investigate” an online conspiracy theory for which there is no evidence — that the restaurant is a front for child sex abuse involving Hillary Clinton — I decided to confront some of ... Read More »

Leaving no one behind: The imperative of inclusive development

Abridged from UN report: Agreed after an unprecedented global conversation, the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by Member States in September 2015 has inclusion at its core. With its central pledge to leave no one behind, the historic and ambitious new global development agenda recognizes that development will only be sustainable if it is inclusive. The emphasis on ... Read More »

Dictionary.com’s word of Year 2016 is ‘xenophobia’

New York (AP/UNB) — You might have thought about it, heard it. A lot. You might have even felt it: Dictionary.com’s word of the year is “xenophobia.” While it’s difficult to get at exactly why people look words up in dictionaries, online or on paper, it’s clear that in contentious 2016, fear of “otherness” bruised the collective consciousness around the ... Read More »

Why journalistic ‘balance’ is failing the public

Bruce Mutsvairo, The Conversation Renowned reporter Christiane Amanpour recently told a conference of the Committee to Protect Journalists that they should aim for truth over neutrality. Watching the recent US presidential campaign unfold, she said she was “shocked by the exceptionally high bar put before one candidate and the exceptionally low bar put before the other candidate”. She went on: ... Read More »

Is cash a monetary curse?

Sudhirendar Sharma A tax regime is incompatible with peoples’ perception of living in a truly democratic society, posing a challenge to balance an individual’s right to privacy with society’s need to enforce regulations! Cash has undoubtedly proven a curse, irrespective of its color, for those who have been queuing up at the bank counters following the recent currency demonetization in ... Read More »

Behind the curves

Sudhurendar Sharma With gender stereotyping deeply embedded in our society, women’s self-esteem is traditionally assumed to be determined by how they perceive themselves in the eyes of others. Read More »

The ways of healing in India

Sudhirendar Sharma For a country that spends less than 4% of its GDP on healthcare, even war-torn Afghanistan spends 8%, its financially-constrained healthcare system has left millions of people to fend for their own healthy survival. Read More »

Asia Foundation BD to donate books in Moulvibazar

Dhaka – The Asia Foundation-Bangladesh will organize a book donation event supported by Pubali Bank Ltd. on November 8, 2016, at Moulvibazar Government High School Auditorium. The Asia Foundation will donate approximately 3,500 Bangla and English language books worth 44 lakh taka to 23 government primary schools to promote the role of books in developing reading habits and literacy among ... Read More »

People, press and press conference

Mahfuzur Rahman A press conference is an ideal event where reporters get the opportunity to assert themselves as journalists in real sense. The duty of a good reporter is to gather information to file a good report from any event he or she attends. There is nothing to promote or belittle anyone in the whole exercise – from asking questions ... Read More »