Jisoo of BLACKPINK makes an impressive solo début with the new album Me

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Jisoo, a well-known member of BLACKPINK, is finally debuting as a solo artist for her admirers. She is the last member of the girl group to issue a solo album, ME, which was made available on Friday by YG Entertainment. The artist made history by selling over 1.31 million copies of the tracks before they were released on all platforms, just from preorders.

Jennie, another member of the girl group, released her first solo track in 2018. Rose and Lisa made their solo debuts in 2021.

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Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas and infant Malti make their first trip to Mumbai

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International music sensation Nick Jonas, global symbol Priyanka Chopra, and their daughter Malti Marie are visiting India for the first time as a family. When the actress landed in Mumbai, there were photographers ready to photograph the family there. Couple Nick Jonas and Priyanka smiled for the cameras while holding their infant daughter.

The couple welcomed their daughter Malti Marie Chopra Jonas via surrogacy in January last year.

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Oscar Pistorius denied parole in Reeva Steenkamp murder case

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com South African Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius who was sentenced to prison in 2016 for killing his partner Reeva Steenkamp, has been refused parole,South African prison authorities and a lawyer for the victim’s family said on Friday. Pistorius has been in prison since 2016 for the murder of his girlfriend, model Reeva … Read more

Women must be at the forefront of the transition to a low-carbon economy


Veronica Mendizabal Joffre and Pinky Serafica

Can we truly reimagine a path to a low-carbon transition and change the climate narrative? This is hard to envision when we witness the unprecedented damage we are inflicting on the planet.

For women, the effects of climate change are already a lived experience. Where environments are damaged and traditional sources of livelihood disappear, women must scrounge farther and travel wider to meet the needs of communities. As new diseases emerge from the imbalance in the natural world, women must grapple with the care and health of their families.

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Maize farming leading char farmers to financial stability

Mostafa Shabuj

About two decades ago, farmers in remote char areas of northern Bangladesh were quite impoverished due to the consequences of repeated flooding and other natural disasters.

Now though, these farmers have achieved financial stability by growing maize, which is more suitable for the region compared to other crops.

For example, more profitable crops such as jute and chili are easily damaged by heavy rain and pests but maize carries less risk in this regard while also providing ample returns, according to Nazir Uddin, a farmer of Kalur Para char under Saghata upazila of Gaibandha.

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2 companies will provide internet service to 2,600 unions

News Desk : dhakamirror.com In order to provide high-speed internet links in 2,600 unions throughout Bangladesh, the government has given the jobs to Summit Communications and Fiber@Home. A draft public-private partnership deal for revenue sharing with the providers of internet infrastructure was approved yesterday by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC). The … Read more

Brac Bank, Nucleus Software win fintech award

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com Brac Bank and Nucleus Software Exports Ltd have jointly won a “Best Implementation in Transaction Banking” award at IBS Intelligence Global FinTech Innovation Awards 2022 for FinnAxia, a transaction banking and supply chain finance solution for small and medium enterprises. The award recognised the rapid implementation of FinnAxia to support the … Read more

Huawei, bKash make an agreement on financial inclusion

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com Huawei has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with bKash over enabling more people to participate in financial inclusion and benefit from the digital economy in Bangladesh. Pan Junfeng, president of Huawei South Asia region and CEO of Huawei Bangladesh, and Kamal Quadir, founder and CEO of the mobile financial service … Read more

Brac Bank adopts digital processes to promote sustainability

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com Brac Bank’s SME business is taking steps towards reducing paper usage and promoting environmental sustainability by adopting various digital processes. The bank now digitally conducts the performance management of 2,800 field-based business development managers (BDMs) and relationship officers (ROs) instead of traditional paper-based methods, said a press release. “The bank strives … Read more

‘Protect children and their rights’

Say speakers, demanding implementation of Children’s Act-2013 News Desk : dhakamirror.com The Children’s Act-2013 needs to be implemented as soon as possible, along with creating a separate commission, to ensure the rights of children, said speakers at an event yesterday. They said although it has been required by law, since 2001, to obtain birth certificates, … Read more

UNOs can’t serve as upazila chief executive officer

News Desk : dhakamirror.com The High Court yesterday scrapped the provisions in a law that gave sweeping powers to upazila nirbahi officers to act as the chief executive officer and secretary of upazila parishads. Delivering a verdict on two writ petitions, the HC at the same time ruled that the terminology “Upazila Proshason” cannot be … Read more

4,500 smoking breaks at work get a Japanese man in trouble

The man received a fine around $14,700 for the same.

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A 61-year-old Japanese civil servant was recently punished for smoking more than 4,500 times while at work over the course of 14 years. He received a fine of almost 1.44 million yen (S$14,700) for smoking during working hours, according to the Straits Times.

The Osaka authorities each handed down the law to the 61-year-old civil officer and two of his coworkers in the finance department. In September 2022, an anonymous tip led the human resources department to discover of the group’s s ecret tobacco stash. Following the incident, their manager called them and warned them of dire consequences if they were caught smoking again. Even so, the group didn’t stop smoking.

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Priyanka Chopra reveals actual reason she left Bollywood

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Actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas has revealed the reason she left Bollywood and moved to working in the US. She said that she had “beef with people” and was pushed into a corner.

Speaking on the latest episode of Dax Shepard’s podcast Armchair Expert, Chopra said she had “beef” with people in the Indian film industry, where she made her name.

“I was being pushed into a corner in the industry,” she said.

“I had people not casting me, I had beef with people, I am not good at playing that game so I kind of was tired of the politics and I said I needed a break.”

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Woman obtains driving licence finally after 960 attempts

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A 69-year-old woman finally passed her driving test on her 960th go after spending more than £11,000.

Cha Sa-soon, from Jeonju in South Korea, first attempted the written test all the way back in April 2005.

After failing her first go at it, she continued to retake the test every day, five days a week, for three years.

She later started taking the test only twice a week until she passed, before having to move on to the practical test.

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Egypt finds 2,000 mummified ram heads in an ancient temple

Mummified ram heads found in Ramses II Temple in ancient city of Abydos

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An American archaeological mission has unearthed over 2,000 mummified ram heads, at the temple of Ramses II in the ancient city of Abydos in southern Egypt. In addition to this remarkable find, the team also uncovered a much older palatial structure, dating back approximately 4,000 years.

The temple is one of several across the country that are dedicated to Rameses II, whose reign from 1279BC to 1213BC is regarded by many as the height of Egypt’s power and glory.

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Why collaboration is in our collective interest

Climate Action
Without fashion retailers and their suppliers working together, our industry as a whole will continue to see emissions rising.

Mostafiz Uddin

According to the latest report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world is likely to fail to reach its most ambitious climate target – limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above the preindustrial temperatures. The report warns that now is our last chance to avert a climate disaster. Many believe that unless governments around the world opt for the most aggressive climate change policies, the world is just 10 years away from either catastrophic climate change impacts or some form of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission “tipping point,” at which such change will become inevitable.

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‘Muktir Shobujayon’ project undertaken to create green public spaces in Dhaka

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC), in collaboration with Shakti Foundation and MetLife Foundation, has initiated the Muktir Shobujayon (Greening for Liberation) Project with an aim to transform the abandoned land opposite the Jallad Khana Memorial into a modern, green and child-friendly public space. A total of 1,000 trees have been planted … Read more

Ranks FC hands over green building ‘White Oak’ at Mehedibag in Ctg

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com Ranks FC Properties, a subsidiary of Rankon Group, has recently handed over its green project “White Oak” at Mehedibagh in Chattogram city to the apartment owners. On the occasion, the developer company organised a welcome party at the project premises. High officials of Ranks FC Properties, landlords, and apartment owners celebrated … Read more