Bangladesh begin with a bang

Bangladesh made a good start in the Bangabandhu SAFF Championship when they defeated Bhutan by 4-1 goals in their opening Group B clash at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Friday.
Bangladesh led the first half 2-1.
Enamul scored two goals and his teammates Pranotosh, Emili netted one each while Dendap of Bhutan pulled off one.
BSS adds: In the day’s inaugural fixture of the competition, Sri Lanka edged past

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SAFF Championship begins today

The 6th South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Champion-ship, the biggest football event in South Asia, begins today with Sri Lanka and Pakistan facing each other in the inaugural match at Bangabandhu National Stadium in the city.
The host Bangladesh takes on Bhutan in the second match of the opening day. The 6th SAFF Championship, sponsored by Beximco Group of Bangladesh, will end on December 13. Eight South Asian nations – defending

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Samsung eyes 7tr won investment in chips

Samsung Electronics plans to invest around 7 trillion won ($6.05 billion) in its semiconductor business next year – 5 trillion won in DRAM and 2 trillion won in NAND flash memory and system LSI, an industry source told The Korea Herald.
The world’s top memory chip maker’s investment plan is a 75 percent jump from this year’s projected 4 trillion won of investment in its semiconductor business. It reflects growing optimism about the global chip industry, which

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Sundarban water warming faster than global average

In the Sundarbans, surface water temperature has been rising at the rate of 0.5 degree Celsius per decade over the past three decades, eight times the rate of global warming, says a new study, reports Times of India on Tuesday. That makes the Sundarbans one of the worst climate change hotspots on the globe.
The study, carried out over 27 years from 1980 by scientists from India and the US, found a change of 1.5 degrees Celsius, a clear challenge to the survival of flora and fauna in the world’s largest

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Bangla Academy marks 54th founding anniv today

From NewAgebd
The 54th founding anniversary of Bangla Academy, a centre that upholds the spirit of Bangla language, literature and culture, will be celebrated today in a befitting manner.
The academy has chalked out an elaborate programme to mark the day.
The programme will began with placing wreath at the Central Shaheed Minar at 10:00am.
A commemorative speech will be delivered at the seminar room of the academy at 4:00pm, which will be followed by a solo concert of singer Papia Sarwar.
The Bangla Academy launched its journey on December

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Ash looks forward to being a mom

Aishwarya Rai says she is fully convinced that actor-husband Abhishek Bachchan will make a good father in real life because he is so “real and rooted”.
“Everybody has been asking me if Abhishek will be a good pa (father) in connection with the release of our forthcoming production Paa. I think it’s silly for me to be even making the statement. It’s given – I married the man. So obviously I have the conviction in the husband he is or the father he will be,” said Aishwarya, 36 in an

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39 died, 143 AIDS patients diagnosed in 2009

One hundred and forty-three people have been diagnosed to be suffering from AIDS and 39 persons died of the disease in Bangladesh this year, according to an official statistics released on the occasion of World AIDS Day, which fell on December 1.
‘We are intensifying surveillance and the campaign against HIV/AIDS as the prevalence of the disease among high-risk groups is rising,’ the health and family welfare minister, AFM Ruhal Haque, said at a briefing at

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Marico to set up skin clinic

Marico Bangladesh Ltd has informed the stock exchanges that the board of directors of the company has decided to disclose the setting up of first Kaya Skin Clinic in Bangladesh at Gulshan in Dhaka.
Kaya Skin Clinic is the centre offering dermatology led cosmetic skin care solutions in India and the Middle East, according to

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Child labour getting up alarming in Bangladesh

The number of child labour in climate change affected countries like Bangladesh may rise in near future as the change may make it more difficult for children to attend school whose families struggle to survive, warned Save the Children, UK.
In a new report titled ‘Feeling the Heat: Child Survival in a Changing Climate’ the charity said, “There have already been reports of an increase in trafficking and child brides in areas where families are separated or forced into destitution by extreme weather patterns.”
The report on effects of climate change on children was

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Kareena finally beats Aishwarya Rai

Remember when Aishwarya Rai was paid a staggering Rs 8+ crore for her film ‘Endhiran’ with Rajnikanth? As a result she had become the highest paid actress in the history of Bollywood.
All that goes out the window as size zero Kareena Kapoor now commands a rather humongous salary – she has been offered Rs 10 crore to appear in Golmaal 3. ‘Jab we met’ was the turning point in Kareena’s career. She was reportedly paid Rs 2.5 crore for her role in the horrendous ‘Kambakht Ishq’, and about Rs 3 crore for

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Williams fined record US$82,500 for US Open tirade

From BuenosAiresHerald
Serena Williams was fined a record US$82,500 for her US Open tirade and could be suspended from that tournament if she has another “major offense” at any Grand Slam in the next two years.
Grand Slam administrator Bill Babcock’s ruling was released Monday, and said Williams faces a “probationary period” at tennis’ four major championships in 2010 and 2011. If she has another “major offense” at a Grand Slam tournament in that time, the fine would increase to US$175,000 and she would be barred from the

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Ex-Miss Argentina dies after cosmetic surgery

Former Miss Argentina lost her life after going under the knife to get firmer buttocks. Solange Magnano, 38, who was crowned Miss Argentina in 1994, died of pulmonary embolism after undergoing a gluteoplasty in Buenos Aires.
It is normally routine procedure, which involves placing implants in the buttocks to give them a firmer outline. According to Roberto Piazza, a close friend, the procedure involved injections and the liquid “went to her lungs and brain.”
“This woman who had everything is dead because she wanted to have a slightly

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Lionel Messi Wins Ballon d’Or 2009

Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Argentina forward was awarded the 2009 Ballon D’Or, French magazine France Football said on its website.
The 22-year-old became the first Ballon D’Or winner from Argentina, eclipsing runner-up and last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo by a record 240-point margin.
The award’s 96 jurors gave Messi 473 points out of a possible 480, a near unanimous verdict, the magazine said.
The win caps a brilliant year for the soft-spoken left-footer, who helped Barcelona to

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Shilpa Shetty on life after marriage!

Barely two days after the wedding, and Shilpa Shetty-Kundra, that’s how she wants to be known now, feels she’s on top of the world.
“Thank God, I plan to get married only once! This has been the most exhausting week of my life. And also the happiest. I’ve waited so long for my wedding. Outwardly the only thing that’s different is the chudas (heavy gold bangles) and the way I’m dressed is different. Inside me, everything feels the same. I’ve known Raj so long it feels no different otherwise,” says Shilpa, exhausted after the

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Court overturns ruling that authorized gay marriage

Latin America’s first same-sex marriage, set to be held in Argentina on Tuesday, appeared derailed after a judge filed an injunction to stop the union until the issue can be reviewed further.
Judge Marta Gomez Alsina’s ruling blocks an earlier holding by another judge that found city laws banning same-sex marriage unconstitutional, the court said in a statement.
Alex Freyre and Jose Maria di Bello had planned to make their marriage official at a civil ceremony and chose December 1 because it is World

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Leather industry sees Eid bonanza

Leather industry people are seen happy this year with increased supply of rawhides at lower prices from the sacrificed animals in Eid-ul-Azha.
They estimate that this year the supply would be increased by at least 10 per cent. In the past around 40 per cent of the country’s annual rawhide stocks came from sacrificed animals.
New Age on Monday visited Posta — the country’s largest wholesale centre for rawhide trading — where merchants said that the prices of rawhides were cheaper this

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Trees plundered again at coast

Some 5,000 trees felled in Sitakunda to clear space for ship-breaking yard
From The Daily Star
About 5,000 trees were razed in over half a kilometre of the forest belt at Sonachhari coast under Sitakunda upazila in Chittagong on Sunday night.
According to officials, the wholesale felling of the trees was carried out with instructions from some local influential people who would like to set up three to four ship breaking yards at the clear cut section of the forest.
On July 3 this year the influential quarter had cleared off over 15,000 Keora and Bain trees on 40 acres of land in the same

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