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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 »

Pop culture and young love in North Korea

“If a CD or DVD is found stuck in your player, you’re in deep trouble” Ji-Min Kang This week’s Ask a North Korean deviates somewhat from our usual formula. Instead of publishing answers to reader’s questions, we’re publishing the second part of a series of excerpts from an upcoming e-book by one of our longtime contributors, Ji-Min Kang, which will ... Read More »

Man arrested in dowry case of his 25th wife?

Dhaka – A Barguna court has send a man prison upon his 25th wife’s complaint. He is accused of having married 28 times. Police arrested Yasin Byapari, 45, from Taltali of Barguna district. A court sent him to jail in a dowry case filed by his ’25th wife’ Shiuli Akhter Tania. Read More »

SAU Rover Scouts marching forward

-Prof. M Zahidul Haque SINCE establishment in 1980, the Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University (SAU) Rover Scout Group upholding the rover scout motto “SERVICE” has been performing various scouting activities ranging from community services to agriculture, health and sanitation, child welfare tasks. The SAU Rovers always keep themselves ready to activate their voluntary services at critical hour of local and national needs! Read More »

Solo painting exhibition of Russian artist opens at Gallery Cosmos

Dhaka, Jan 17 – A four-day painting exhibition titled ‘Ladies Come Flying’ by Russian artist Sergey Radiuk begat at Gallery Cosmos in the city’s Mohakhali area on Tuesday. Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor inaugurated the exhibition as the chief guest while Russian Ambassador to Bangladesh Alexander Ignatov was present as a special guest. Read More »

‘I am allergic to my husband’

Twenty-nine-year-old Johanna Watkins from Minnesota cannot kiss her husband Scott, or even spend time in the same room as him. She suffers from Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, a rare disorder of the immune system, which means she is allergic to almost everything, including her husband’s scent.Johanna and Scott Watkins’s date nights are very different from other couples.”Scott and I will ... Read More »

Drink tea and stay hearty!

Tea is the most refreshing drink which can energize one in a minute. Hot tea or ice-tea, all types of tea has beneficial ingredients which is good for health. FariaAman, nutritionist of Prudent Nutrition and Diet Centre, said, “Tea contains a wide range of antioxidants whichhelp prevent aging and also save from us damage as well as pollution.” Antioxidants have ... Read More »

George Michael: Pop superstar dies at 53

Singer George Michael has died at his home at the age of 53. The star, who launched his career with Wham! in the 1980s and had huge success as a solo performer, “passed away peacefully” on Christmas Day in Goring, Oxfordshire, his publicist said. Read More »

Being curious can help you become more creative

You’ve always been told that being curious is not a bad thing. The reason is now scientifically proven. People who show strong curiosity traits on personality tests perform better on creative tasks, suggests a new study. This is especially true for those with a strong diversive curiosity trait, or curiosity associated with the interest in exploring unfamiliar topics and learning ... Read More »

Proverbial mermaids making a splash in Dutch pools

ZEIST, Netherlands (BSS/AFP) – A majestic turquoise-and-gold tail splashes the surface of a public pool. Strange, beautiful creatures frolic in the water, occasionally peeking out from their masks and snorkels. Half-woman, half-fish. Since Disney’s Princess Ariel first hit the big screen over two decades ago, many little girls (and some boys) have dreamt of becoming a mermaid. Now mermaid Crystal, ... Read More »

Boosting renewables in cities vital to achieve dev goals: IRENA

Ecuador – Cities now have an unprecedented opportunity to transform and decarbonise their energy supply and use, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Renewable Energy in Cities, released today on the sidelines of the Habitat III Conference in Quito, estimates energy use in 3,649 cities and explores their potential to scale-up renewable energy by ... Read More »

Holy Ashura observed

The country’s Muslims observed holy Ashura on Wednesday with due religious reverence expressing their remorse for the tragic incident at Karbala desert.The day was observed as a sign of sacrifice and mourning commemorating the Karbala tragedy where Hazrat Imam Hussain ®, a grandson of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), embraced martyrdom along his family members and followers on the 10th of ... Read More »

Smiling spouse your ticket to healthier, longer life

Having a happy, smiling partner can keep you healthy and fit as you enter middle age and move towards the golden years, say researchers, adding that simply having a happy partner may enhance health as much as striving to be happy oneself. “This finding significantly broadens assumptions about the relationship between happiness and health, suggesting a unique social link,” said ... Read More »

The moment hijabs dazzled New York Fashion Week catwalk

A collection presented at New York Fashion Week is the first time every model walked the event’s runway wearing a hijab.Muslim designer Anniesa Hasibuan’s show was also one of the first by an Indonesian at the prestigious annual event.At a time when what Muslim women choose to wear is causing intense debate, many are calling Hasibuan’s move a historic moment ... Read More »

Is informed engagement in cities key to sustainability?

Every year since 2008, the United Nations has sponsored the International Day of Democracy on September 15. This year, the IDD is tied to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, in particular to Goal 16, which “addresses democracy by calling for inclusive and participatory societies and institutions” and aims to “promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to ... Read More »

How to choose the right cow for Qurbani

Dhaka – What makes the perfect cow for Qurbani? Depends on several attributes, to be honest. Everyone has those visions of selecting the right cow from North Bengal (Rajshahi), Sirajganj, Pabna or any other cattle-populated district of the country. But not many people, sans our elders, know actually how to select the right cow – it is based on the ... Read More »

What kind of women are men attracted to?

Recently, as part of a project, the European Journal of Social Psychology studied 62 couples for eight months. The researchers wanted to find out how each participant’s desire for sex and intimacy influenced his or her bond with his or her partner. One of the main conclusions that came out of the survey revealed that male participants felt more secure ... Read More »

6 toxic threats making your allergies worse

Nearly 30 million American children and adults suffer from asthma, which is when the respiratory “pipes” (bronchi) that carry air in and out of the lungs are inflamed and spasm. And every year, the disease sends more than 500,000 people to the hospital, killing 4,000 with severe, choking asthma attacks. Fifty percent of people with asthma have attacks triggered by ... Read More »