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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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Sea Limit Row with Myanmar…….Bay is ours


International tribunal upholds Bangladesh’s economic, territorial rights over 200 nautical miles from coast

Bangladesh yesterday won a landmark verdict at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, which sustained its claim to 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic and territorial rights in the Bay of Bengal rejecting the claims of Myanmar. The verdict of the court went absolutely in Bangladesh’s favour and even beyond, as it gave more than what Bangladesh had asked for. The judgment is final and cannot be appealed against. The verdict of the tribunal gave Bangladesh a substantial share of the outer continental shelf beyond 200 miles, which would open ways for offshore oil and gas exploration in the Bay. The tribunal also awarded Bangladesh a full 12-mile territorial sea around St Martin’s Island, overruling Myanmar’s argument that the island be cut in half and shared.

“We have got everything, even more than what we wanted. We are happy, we are absolutely delighted,” cheerful Foreign Minister Dipu Moni told The Daily Star over the phone from Hamburg, Germany. Continue reading

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Someone ordered a pair of shoes?


As a rule of thumb, customisation is always better than standardisation. You are unique. No one is like you; you need things according to your very specific needs and desires. We can easily picture ourselves walking to a tailor and ordering a suit but how many of us have thought of wearing custom-made shoes? Continue reading

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GPIT Celebrates International Women’s Day by People and Organization


The event was expertly moderated by Manizeh Shahrin Sayeed from Strategy and Planning, P&O.For the first time ever GPIT celebrated International Women’s Day: Women Leadership, Inspiring Futures in grand style at North South University on 8th March, 2012. A host of prominent women were among the guests to inspire and motivate the ladies of GPIT. Along with the GPIT contingent were students from North South University as an initiative to inspire young minds. Participants received personalized flowers, books and gift vouchers for being part of this momentous occasion. Our CPO, Syeda Yasmin Rahman and CFO, Kjersti Thoen was among the esteemed panel of speakers along with our CEO Peter Anthony Dindial. Continue reading

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