The scenario of the global air transportation sector has drastically changed over the last few decades that has been subject to many variables over the past decade. Air travel is not only the most sought after and popular means of travel for long-distance but has made a major contribution to the world economy. It may seem unusual to you that some airports in the world are so big that they have their own postcodes as well. In today’s world, airports are more than just a place to get on or off a plane because there are many amenities available in airports like hotels, restaurants, spas, and malls. Few of these airports ferry tens of millions of passengers every
Celebrating World Samosa Day
September 5 is celebrated as World Samosa Day and the day is solely dedicated to the crunchy oily snack. Be it rains or winter or summer, samosas are our savour.
For those unaccustomed to the humble street food item, it’s a triangular-shaped pastry that comes with a range of fillings. Different parts of the world have their iteration of the snack – from samboosa to sambusek – while samosa is the version enjoyed in
BRAC University: The World Champions
On January 3, members of 400 participating teams along with distinguished guests gathered at the Main Hall of Technische University, Berlin. Thousands if not millions watched the live feed online, from all around the world, eagerly and anxiously waiting for an announcement, the results of the World Universities Debating Championship 2013(WUDC 2013). The tournament is dubbed as the World Cup of debating and it is also considered as the largest
The land of beauty
by Mahfuzul Haque
Bangladesh, a South-Asian country wrapped up with great streaming rivers, is indeed a land of green and natural beauty. The land possesses the longest sea beach and is home to the Royal Bengal Tiger. Sundarbans is also the biggest mangrove forest in the world. The country, once part of undivided Bengal, is proud of her beautiful heritage and historical relics. Having a population of diverse religions along with tribal people, the land has rich culture and deep-rooted
Tourism in Bangladesh: problems and prospects
by Ziaul Haque Howlader
Forty years has elapsed of Bangladesh’s tourism industry, yet we still see it in a nascent position in comparison to our neighbouring countries. Despite having all the potential to flourish, tourism in this country has been growing at a very slow pace. Bangladesh is not known as a tourist destination in the international tourism market. Only 3 lacs foreign tourists came to Bangladesh in 2010, of which more than 70 percent came for business and official purposes. The
A brief life sketch of Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose
Born on 30th November, 1858, in the Rarikhal village of Bikrampur during the British era, which is now under the Munshiganj district of Bangladesh; Sir Bose was all together a physicist, biologist, botanist, archeologist and the author of the very first major work in the arena of Bangla science fiction, Niruddesher Kahin, written in the year 1896. But it was Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose, who paved the grand way to the investigative research in the field of Radio and microwave
Focusing on community strength for disaster preparedness
Focusing on community strength for disaster preparedness
We can mobilise all the communities at every corner of Bangladesh and we will discover that they all have the same potentials. They by themselves will find a way out of their problems, writes M Mizanur Rahman.
INVESTMENT in disaster preparedness can save five times as much as the money spent. But we do not do this only for the lack of awareness and we do not even explore the potential the people in our community have. We spend a huge amount
Tourism prospect of Bangladesh
Tourism prospect of Bangladesh
If tourism is given due honour of industry and if both government and private organisations equally come forward for its development then it would open doors of immense possibility for us. At present, in our gross domestic product, the role of tourism is below one per cent. If it could be brought to five per cent then it would generate about five lakh direct and indirect employment, writes Ikteder Ahmed.
IN THE modern world tourism
New policy to promote tourism industry
The Nepali government has brought new tourism policy to promote tourism industry, The Himalayan Times reports.
Addressing a press meeting, Minister for Tourism and Civial Aviation Hisila Yami said the ministry is planning a curriculum regarding tourism and the development of a separate Tourism University.
“European arrivals are declining due to the global financial crisis as they are investing in short
A 19th-century Bengali scholar
By Monty Siddique for The News Today
Abu Saleh Mohammad Siddique, whose ancestral home was in Tetulia (Zamindar family), Satkhira, Bangladesh, studied English Language and English Literature at St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. He breathed his last in June 2007 and is buried in the Muslim section of the Greenford Cemetery in the London Borough of Ealing.
Going over the pages of history of over a hundred or so years ago reveals the names of a pool
A modern day kobiraj
Jawad Hossain Nirjhor for The News Today
This article is about alternative medical practices that are adopted by poor people suffering from myriad illnesses, giving us a glimpse of the health conditions and sufferings of the underprivileged population in this country.
Afsar Ahamed lay near a corner of a street in Hatirpool, huddled in pain. He was gasping for breath desperately when I walked past him. Deeply suffocated, Jafar was trying to breath so hard that he was overstretching his body muscles to draw in
Infectious diseases and vaccine sciences
What does the Programme do?
ICDDR,B is a vibrant institution with various experts actively engaged in research on infectious diseases. Microbiologists conduct fundamental research on the characteristics of pathogens. Immunologists study host defences, including potential vaccine candidates. Clinical scientists study the diseases caused by these infectious agents and evaluate optimum therapy in infected patients. Epidemiologists study the magnitude, distribution, risk factors,
The story & esoteric significance of Rath Yatra
By Dr. Subrato Ghosh for The News Today
The story of the origin of Rath Yatra given by the Goswamis is practically unknown. As the gopis think and cry for Krishna, so He too was always immersed in their thought and would feel acute pangs of separation.
HISTORY OF RATHA-YATRA
Once Krishna was deeply thinking of Srimati Radharani. Feeling intolerable separation from Her, He fainted. Soon Narada Rishi and Uddhava came there and saw Krishna lying
Rabindranath: The Contemporary Forever!
By Aly Zaker
It was in August of 1971. I was on an official mission of the Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra, escorting some foreign dignitaries to the refugee camp in the Salt Lake area ofCalcutta. After my official duty was over as I was getting ready to leave, I heard that the Mukti Shangrami’ Shilpi Shangstha, led by Wahidul Huq and Sanjida Khatun, was corning to the camp to present their Rupantorer Gaan to enthuse and inspire the inmates of the camp.I knew most in the group fora long time. And,
Struggle to Survive
By Jawad Hossain Nirjhor
The ready-made garment industry employs around 3.5 million workers and accounts for 80 percent of the total export earnings is mainly depends on women workers .Following the countrywide demonstration last year, the minimum wage for the garment workers was slightly increased. On the eve of May Day, it is time to look into how far the increased salary structure has changed their lives for the better. But how is going on their life struggle. I have just tried to show the reflection of their
Scientists are increasingly worried about the amount of debris orbiting the Earth, writes Dr K.H. Amin
February 10th 2009 began like every other day in Iridium 33’s 11-year life. One of a constellation of 66 small satellites in orbit around the Earth, it spent its time whizzing through space, diligently shuttling signals to and from satellite phones. At 3pm a report suggested it might see some excitement: two hours later it would pass less than 600 metres from a defunct communications satellite called Cosmos 2251. It did. A lot less. The two craft collided and the result was
Khamin writes about the researches that have made positive differences to our agriculture sector
Being mainly an agrarian economy with agriculture being the largest producing sector, the increasing performance in the sector in Bangladesh, has been fuelled by various scientific researches conducted over the past three decades. The fruition of the researches has brought about a number of innovations during this time, aiding to the improvement in living standards of 62 per cent of people in the country involved in agriculture, according to the
World’s largest mangrove forest
The Sundarbans, the largest single tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world, is intersected by a complex network of tidal waterways, mudflats and small islands of salt-tolerant mangrove forests. The name Sundarban can be literally translated as “beautiful jungle” or “beautiful forest” in the Bengali language. The name may have been derived from the Sundari trees that are found in Sundarbans in large numbers.
The Sundarbans mangroves are important habitat for the endangered Bengal Tiger
A Brief Story on Silk Fabric
Among all fabrics available silk fabric is the most expensive and rich. It is considered in all countries irrespective of the culture and dressing sense. Silk may vary from countries to countries, name can be changed but the main material of the fabric that is silk is unchanged and maintains the elegance throughout ages and styles. There are many other types of fabrics like Cotton, Crepe, Georgette, Faux, Art silk, Viscose, Soft Crush, Satin, Chiffon fabric, stretch fabric,
Slums: Human rights live here
More than 1 billion people across all continents live in slums. These communities, characterized by inadequate housing, lack of basic services, overcrowding, and high levels of violence and insecurity, are also places where residents live, work, and raise their children. Yet, many governments are failing in their duty to protect the rights of these people.
Global slum populations are growing at alarming rates. Disinvestment in