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New York Book fair of Mukthodhara 22-24 May

Mahfuz Adnan, New York Correspondent International Bangla festival and book fair 2015 will be held from 22 to 24 May next in New York city. Rukeya Haider, the head of Bangla Service of voice of America has been selected as the convener of the book fair in the preparatory committees meeting held on 20 December 2014. Last Years convener Dr ... Read More »

Comedy writer Jeremy Lloyd dies

Jeremy Lloyd, co-creator of BBC comedies ‘Allo ‘Allo! and Are You Being Served?, has died aged 84. Lloyd died in hospital after being admitted for pneumonia, his agent said. He worked with fellow comedy writer David Croft on the popular comedy series set in a department store, which ran from 1972-85. Read More »

Blood stains on the fabric of life

Will the market become cosmos, leaving no alternative other than being sucked into its constantly expanding frontier? There are two reasons for the garment industry in Bangladesh to flourish – cheap labor and a favorable climate that is conducive to producing unique quality of fabric. While climate is what nature has bestowed on the deltaic nation, cheap labor has been ... Read More »

Getting the most out of what we have!

In a world where growing knowledge confronts as much ignorance, the idea of scarcity offers clues on managing our lives better during abundance. When an economist and a psychologist come together to undertake an intellectual endeavor, the outcome shatters many myths about everyday living. Together they manage to merge academic rigor to explain the most fundamental problems in all walks ... Read More »

Info Commission seeks power to charge for contempt

Dogged by a slew of challenges, the Information Commission seeks power to draw contempt of court proceedings against errant party to effectively implement the Right to Information (RTI) Act. “It’s possible to implement the Right to Information (RTI) Act effectively by empowering the commission to draw contempt of court proceedings against errant party and with other time-befitting and effective systems,” ... Read More »

The Universal appeal of Poet Iqbal highlighted

The universal appeal of great poet Allama Mohammad Iqbal was eulogised at a seminar organised on Monday to mark the 76th anniversary of his death at the National Press Club, Dhaka. Eminent intellectuals and poets who addressed the function said that the great poet was revered in India, Pakistan, Iran and greatly valued elsewhere in the world but less evaluated ... Read More »

22 girl’s colleges get Asia Foundation books on Int’l Women’s Day

Dhaka – The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program in Bangladesh will celebrate the International Women’s Day by distributing 4000 books across a wide variety of disciplines, such as English, Business, Management, and Computer Science, to 22 Girl’s colleges from all over the country. Which values more than one million taka. The mission of this event is to advance girls’ ... Read More »

A valuable library in remote Jhenidah village

Shahneawz Khan Sumon Tutul is a household name in the village of Kaluihuda under Moheshpur upazila in Jhenidah district. Tutul established a library names as “Matrri Vasha Public Library” in the village for spreading education and inspiring local people with knowledge 12 years ago. Poor Tutul’s are 6 brothers and one sister. His father died 11 years ago. His family ... Read More »

107 new books hit Book Fair Thursday

A total of 107 new books hit the Amar Ekushey Book Fair on the 20th day of the show on Thursday.   Among the new books, the collections of poetry with 25 titles lead the tally, followed by 16 novels, 8 short stories and 7 of essay and 6 for children.   The covers of 10 new books were unveiled at the ... Read More »

Helal Hafiz to get Bangla Academy award

Poet Helal Hafiz has been nominated for this year’s Bangla Academy Literary Award. Bangla Academy Director General Shamsuzzaman Khan announced 10 more nominees at a press conference on Thursday. Helal Hafiz, 64, will receive the prestigious award for his contribution to poetry. His first collection of poems ‘Je Jwale Agun Jwale’ published in 1986 earned him huge acclaim. Read More »

‘Ancient sea monsters were black’

Some of the largest beasts in the ancient seas had black skin or scales, new research finds. Ancient leatherback turtles, toothy predators called mosasaurs and dolphinlike reptiles called ichthyosaurs all had black pigmentation, researchers report today (Jan. 8) in the journal Nature. The findings come from an analysis of preserved skin from each of these creatures. Read More »

Rabindra-Nazrul festival held in Faridpur

Commemorating hundred years of receiving the Nobel prize by poet Rabindra Nath Tagore for ‘Gitanjali’ and ninety years of famous poetry ‘Bidrohi’ of rebel poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, a program styled as ‘Robir Alo-Droher Bina’ was held on Saturday under the auspices of Faridpur Shilpokala Academy here at local Kabi Jasimuddin hall. Read More »

Hull to be UK City of Culture 2017

Hull has been named the UK’s next City of Culture, beating Leicester, Dundee and Swansea Bay to the right to hold the title in 2017. Read More »

The world’s most beautiful libraries

Jonathan Glancey ‘Print is dead’ has been the mantra of publishing and new media executives for so long now that a book should be written about it. It would sit on the shelves of the world’s libraries for centuries to come as a lesson that some things – like books, along with pens, pencils and paper – will be with ... Read More »