Palestine: If Not Now, When?


The Israel/Palestine conflict is about to take the center of the political stage. The Palestinian Authority’s bid for UN Statehood recognition will make this issue the most prominent item at the world body’s upcoming session. But it’s not going to stop (just as it didn’t start) there. The Palestinian people’s Continue reading

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Dr.F R Khan -Einstein of Structural Engineering


ImageFazlur Rahman Khan born-April 3, 1929 in Dhaka,Bangladesh was a Bangladeshi -American architect and structural engineer . He is a central figure behind the ”Second Chicago School” of architecture,and is regarded as the “father of tubular design for high-rises”.Khan, “more than any other individual, ushered in a renaissance in skyscraper construction during the second half of the twentieth century.”He is also considered to be the”Einstein of structural engineering” and “the greatest structural engineer of the second half of the 20th century” for his innovative use of structural systems that remain fundamental to modern skyscraper construction. His most famous buildings are the John Hancock Center and the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), which was the world’s tallest building for several decades.(the world’s tallest building from its completion in 1974 until 1996).
Fazlur Rahman Khan is from the village of Bhandarikandi in Shibchar Upazila,Madaripur District,Dhaka Division,Bangladesh. He was born on 3 April 1929, in Dhaka and died 27 March 1982 in Jeddah,Saudia Arabia at the age of only 52 year old. His father, Khan Bahadur Abdur Rahman Khan, BES was ADPI of Bengal and after retirement served as Principal of Jagannath College, Dhaka. Continue reading

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One of the Youtube founder is a Bangladeshi


ImageYoutube.com —- everybody knows about this world’s most popular website.Don’t need to say more about this.
Youtube is a video-sharing website on which users can upload,share and view videos.This website uses Adobe Flash Video technology to display a wide variety of user-generated video content,including movie clips,TV clips and music videos,as well as amature content such as video blogging and short original videos. Continue reading

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September 23, 2012 · 11:55 am

Jute genome decoded by Bangladeshi scientist Maqsudul Alam


ImageImageA consortium of researchers from Dhaka University, Bangladesh Jute Research Institute and Software Company Data Soft Systems Bangladesh Ltd. in collaboration with Centre for Chemical Biology, University of Science Malaysia and University of Hawaii, USA has successfully decoded the Jute Plant Draft Genome. This accomplishment by local scientists and bioinformatics specialists will potentially placed Bangladesh at the forefront of the global jute industry.
Officials and scientists said Bangladesh was the lone country in Asia after Malaysia to carry out such a high level research led by Maqsudul Alam, a professor of the University of Hawaii. Continue reading

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Silence of the Voices


Pakistani women must embark on a long journey in order to find and form a strong identity, says ZOIA TARIQ.

Ever wonder how much the world has changed for women in the last two decades? In the South Asian region, women empowerment is a hot issue today. In Pakistan, too, the masses are familiar with terms like gender equity, gender disparity, gender based violence, women entrepreneurship and gender advisors. These issues are frequently discussed and analysed on TV channels, newspapers, seminars and radio shows. Various platforms have been developed in different sectors to empower women and advocate female literacy in Pakistan. Continue reading

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On Objectification of Women in Mainstream Hollywood Movies


RIFAT MUNIM divulges the subliminal messages surrounding women and sexuality in Hollywood films.

We’re all living in America
America, America
We’re all living in America
America is wonderful.

(‘America’, Rammstein)

This is the refrain of a song by the German heavy metal band Rammstein. But one has to watch the music video to grasp its full potential. The song makes a compelling case that Hollywood films have permeated through all continents, all races and all societies in the world. Continue reading

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Women’s sports in Bangladesh — Women’s sports has potential but requires support, says NAIMUL KARIM


Bangladesh Cricket Team Celebrating After Defeating Ireland CopyWhile the cricket scorecard displayed an easy win for the women in green, their nine wicket victory against the United States last year was more than just a modest cricketing triumph. It was the victory that gave them the One Day International (ODI) status. It was an achievement not just for women’s cricket but for the entire sporting fraternity of the country. The victory, in a way, represents the changes — both in terms of attitude and training — that have taken place in the women’s sporting arena. Continue reading

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