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icddr,b made a breakthrough in children’s malnutrition treatment

icddr,b (formerly known as the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh) have made a breakthrough in finding a way to treat nutritional deficiencies or malnutrition of children. 

The main cause of malnutrition is the immature and underdeveloped gut microbes. This results in children’s brain not developing properly, having a low height and weight for age and having a low immune system. Therefore, to fight malnutrition, the right microbes should be fostered which can be done by using a homemade treatment.

The treatment includes very familiar ingredients such as green bananas, soybeans, chickpeas and peanut flour. Simply, consuming the mixture of these ingredients could help to recover the gut microbiota or gut flora in children. A clinical trial has proven that this remedy increased protein in the blood and helps in digestion as well.

This research achievement of icddr,b and Washington University, the USA on microbes to combat malnutrition was highly recognized by Science, a prestigious journal. It was also one of the runners-up in the collection of “10 Biggest Scientific Breakthroughs of 2019”, reported by UNB.

According to iccdr,b, many countries will not succeed in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for malnutrition. But steps are being taken towards this issue. Currently, a clinical study of this remedy is going on with 128 children which will be continued till 2021. If the results are satisfactory, this will be finalized and announced to the mass people.

The complete list of winners in Golden Globes 2020

2019 was unarguably a very good year for the television as well as the big screen. Annually, the best films and TV series are honoured and celebrated at the Golden Globe Awards. 

This year, hosted by Ricky Gervais, the 77th Golden Globe Awards was held at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. 

Here is the complete winners’ list of Golden Globes 2020. 

MOVIES:

Best Motion Picture, Drama

1917

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Renee Zellweger (Judy)

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

Joaquin Phoenix (Joker)

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (dir. Quentin Tarantino) 

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Awkwafina (The Farewell)

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Taron Egerton (Rocketman)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

Laura Dern (Marriage Story)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood)

Best Motion Picture, Animated

Missing Link 

Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language

Parasite (dir. Bong Joon-ho)

Best Director, Motion Picture

Sam Mendes (1917

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Best Original Score, Motion Picture

Joker  

Best Original Song, Motion Picture

“I’m Gonna Love Me Again” (Rocketman

TELEVISION: 

Best Television Series, Drama

Succession

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama

Brian Cox (Succession)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama

Olivia Colman (The Crown)

Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy

Fleabag

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy

Ramy Youssef (Ramy)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series,  Musical or Comedy

Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Russell Crowe (The Loudest Voice)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Michelle Williams (Fosse/Verdon)

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Chernobyl

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Patricia Arquette (The Act)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Stellan Skarsgård (Chernobyl) 

This year’s Golden Globes did not go as it was mostly predicted. The critics’ favourites surely were held on higher standards than the mass people’s hyped choices, except for in a couple of categories. 

These results bring more hype for the Oscars. Let’s see what happens in the 92nd Academy Awards in February 2020.

5 films you should watch before November ends

The mass people as well as the proclaimed cinema lovers, all are satisfied with the films released in 2019 so far. Avengers: Endgame, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Joker – people of different tastes in movies, everybody got something they might enjoy. 2019 had and has movies for everyone. What is even better is that this year is yet to offer some potentially great films.

Here are 5 films that you might enjoy watching this month.

The King

5 films you should watch before November ends

This historical epic tells the story of young Henry V after becoming the King of England in the 15th century. Prince Hal (Timothée Chalamet) was a reluctant heir to the throne and was negligent of his duties, but circumstances made him be crowned as King Henry V and so he had to forcefully embrace the life he wanted to break free from so badly.

Directed by David Michôd, The King (2019) is a Shakespeare-inspired historical drama. Alongside previously Oscar-nominated actor Timothée Chalamet in the lead role, Joel Edgerton and Robert Pattinson also star in the film. The battle scenes are sensational, the performances by all actors and actresses are strong and the cinematography is impressive. Overall, this Netflix Original is a great watch!

Rating: 8/10

The Irishman

5 films you should watch before November ends

One of the most anticipated films of 2019, Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman comes to Netflix on November 26th.

This film is a fantastic reunion of legendary actors like Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. This crime drama is another ‘hitman story’ which this trio is already famously known for. The critics are already calling it a masterpiece by Scorsese and some are even calling it his best work.

The rave reviews, the never-ending suspense, the A graded cast and Martin Scorsese’s brilliance make this film a must-watch for every film enthusiast all around the world.

Rating: N/A

The Farewell

5 films you should watch before November ends

The Farewell (Bié Gàosù Tā) is director Lulu Wang’s big break. This is the story of a lovely Chinese family living far apart from each other. This comedy-drama is a breath of fresh air otherwise surrounding all the tough dark thrillers around in 2019.

Chinese culture and philosophy are reflected throughout the film. The story is packed with all shades of human emotions and takes us a step closer to our family roots. This is one simple but powerful film.

Even though the film was initially released in January, it was made legally available in Bangladesh in November.

Rating: 7.5/10

Chhichhore

5 films you should watch this November

From the director of Dangal (2016) and Chillar Party (2011), comes Chhichhore. Filmmaker Nitesh Tiwari has always been adding new flavors to Bollywood by breaking the Bollywood stereotype! This time is no different.

Chhichhore is a film about a group of friends from university. This heartfelt film is immensely relatable to every student of this sub-continent. The film stars Sushant Singh Rajput, Shraddha Kapoor and many more renowned faces.

Rating: 7/10

No Dorai

5 films you should watch before November ends

If you are a Bangladeshi and are relatively active on social media, you probably have heard about the beautiful melancholic song Jontrona by Mohon Sharif from the Bangla film “No Dorai” (Dare to Surf) which will be released on November 29th

Read more: Dare to Surf: The first ever Bangladeshi movie on surfing

The trailer of the film is already critically acclaimed. The locations, camera work and colour palette as seen in the music video are highly appraised as well. The film is directed by Taneem Rahman Angshu and is shot by cinematographer Suman Sarker.

From a small beach town in Cox’s Bazar, Ayesha dares to break social stigma, boundaries, orthodoxy and becomes the first female surfer of Bangladesh. This film is a glance into the rural life and illustrates the hardship of empowering the women in Bangladesh as well.

Rating: N/A

2019 has been a good year for movies so far. Movies like The King, The Farewell and Chhichhore have contributed enough to make 2019 glorious. Fingers crossed for The Irishman and No Dorai. Hopefully they will at least be as good as we have predicted!

“Made in Bangladesh” to be premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival

2019 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is starting in a week. And “Made in Bangladesh”, a film by Bangladeshi filmmaker Rubaiyat Hossain, is going to be premiered at the TIFF 2019, under the Contemporary World Cinema category.

What is TIFF

“Made in Bangladesh” to be premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival

Founded in 1976, Toronto International Film Festival has now become one of the largest publicly attended film festivals in the world. TIFF is providing the platform for aspiring filmmakers to kick start their careers and the opportunity to showcase their new works.

There are about 12 types of programmes and categories in TIFF. Films of narrative style which are usually made by young established directors fall under TIFF’s category: “Contemporary World Cinema”.

This year marks the 44th edition of TIFF.  It’s a 10-day festival, from 5 September 2019 to 15 September 2019.

About “Made in Bangladesh”

“Made in Bangladesh” to be premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival

“Made in Bangladesh” is Rubaiyat Hossain’s third feature-length film.

The protagonist of the film is a worker of the ready-made garment (RMG) sector named Shimu. The character is based on a real-life person who acted as a consultant throughout the making of the film.

“Made in Bangladesh” is the story of Bangladesh’s RMG sector. How this sector empowers women, how it makes them financially independent and provides them socio-economic independence. On-screen, the film laments the obstacles female workers face and also celebrates their success.

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All about women empowerment

“Made in Bangladesh” to be premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival

The film talks about women empowerment in every way possible. The director herself is a woman. So is the production designer, sound editor, cinematographer and art director.

“One of the things I’m proud of about the film is that all the major departments were headed by women”

Said Rubaiyat Hossain.

Production Information

“Made in Bangladesh” to be premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival

The film, which began its production phase on 17th April 2019, chose different locations of Dhaka and Gazipur of Bangladesh as shooting spots and continued for around 36 days.

The film is co-produced by Bangladesh, France, Denmark, and Portugal. It was also financed by France’s CNC fund, Norway’s Sørfond plus, the EU’s Eurimages fund and Denmark’s Danish Film Institute fund. Pyramid International is the French distributor and international sales agent for the film.

A big step for Bangladeshi films

Not saying there are no good films being made in our country. Of course, a handful of really good films have been made in the last century. Watching them, people in Bangladesh have been growing a better taste in the moving pictures. And “Made in Bangladesh” helps this process to gain momentum.

TIFF 2019 premiering “Made in Bangladesh’ is indeed a huge move forward for Bangladeshi films.

It is promising and hopeful for the young aspiring filmmakers. Especially, the story on screen and behind the camera is motivating for all women.

Bangladesh premier

Rubaiyat Hossain has expressed her anticipations that “Made in Bangladesh’ will be soon premiered at the Dhaka Internation Film Festival. She also expects for a local distributor to make her film commercially available to Bangladeshi audience through cinema halls. 

We cannot wait to watch it!

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Walton joins Amazon to export products to the USA

Bangladeshi electronics manufacturer brand Walton is turning heads around as they teamed up with global e-commerce phenomena Amazon to export their products to the USA and sell them via the latter’s platform.

In an agreement that took place in Walton’s corporate office in Dhaka yesterday, on August 22, the two companies signed a deal which allows Amazon to globally sell various Walton products; which initially starts with distribution of Walton branded mobile phones, laptops, computers and home appliances directly to the American market.

The deal with Amazon is opening up Walton’s products to the American market that will pave the way for Walton to become one of the world’s top brands by 2030.

When our electronics market is mainly saturated by Chinese and other popular tech companies, this news assures us about the future of “Made in Bangladesh” electronics products!

This increasing demand for our products will surely open up opportunities for other companies in the near future and expand the local job market as well. The news, however, is also compelling for a huge community of Bangladeshi expats who live in America, as now, they get the chance to buy electronics products from their home living in the land of many tech-giants itself! 

The Matrix is back with Keanu Reeves again and we hope it’s breathtaking

We all knew 2019 is Keanu Reeves’ year, but just when we thought all the Keanu hype is fading away, we got the news of him returning as Neo in the new Matrix film!

On Tuesday, 20 August Warner Bros. Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich announced that we will be re-entering the world of The Matrix as there is going to be a fourth chapter added. 

The original cast member, Carrie-Anne Moss will also be reprising her role as Trinity. Lana Wachowski, the creator of The Matrix trilogy, is back at writing and directing it again. Alongside Wachowski, the screenplay is co-written by the sci-fi novelists Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell. 

The Matrix is a story of the hacker Neo and his discovery that the world we live in is nothing but a simulated reality. It has been 20 years since the original Matrix was released.

“Many of the ideas Lilly (co-creator of The Matrix) and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now,” Wachowski stated. “I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends.” 

The franchise has fans worldwide and made more than $1.6bn. Rumours of a new film have been circulating since 2017. Even though the plot details are currently unknown, the film is officially headed into production in 2020. It will be distributed globally.  

Wachowski also said, “I like it when stories go out into the world and then come back to you in different ways.” 

Let’s see where and in what ‘different way’ the white rabbit takes us this time! 

All you need to know about the floating guava market of Bangladesh

Cover photo by Md. Moazzem Mostakim

To start off, the 200-year-old market is absolutely fascinating! You are surrounded by water and hundreds of boats filled with guavas. If you look above, you can see the blue sky with grey hues. The place is so serene that it feels calm, no matter how much noise you make. But, don’t make noises though.

For obvious reasons, the place has become quite a tourist spot lately. Here is all you need to know about the floating guava market.

When to go there

Every year, the market starts getting lively from the first week of July. The season stays till the first week of September.  The locals start picking guavas and the activities of the market happen between the hours of early morning and noon.

How you will go there

The floating guava market is mainly located in a village called Bhimruli. The village is a part of Swarupkathi Upazila in Pirojpur District. You can easily go there by road from Barisal City, passing through Jhalakathi and directly stopping at Atghar Kuriana (at Swarupkathi, Pirojpur). You will find many wooden boats and various types of trawlers waiting there to take you into the villages.

The journey is about 21 kilometres from Barisal City to Swarupkathi. It will take approximately one and a half hours to reach your destination if you go by road.

Read more: Day trips from Dhaka: 5 places you can visit for a quick fix

What you will see

Besides seeing boats and trawlers full of guavas, hog plums, bananas and other local fruits and vegetables around you, you will get to enjoy a view of the beautiful village landscape! There are shades of blue all around in the greenery.

There are about 30 villages in Swarupkathi containing more than 7,000 guava orchards! You can get a quick glance of them via taking the water transport. The one-hour boat trip gives you a taste of the local village lifestyle in this way as well.  

How much it will cost you

The cost of renting per small boat is around 300 BDT to 500 BDT.

Per medium to big boat costs around 500 BDT to 700 BDT.

The trawlers are clean and safe. They cost 1000 BDT to 1200 BDT.

The cost given here is including the fare of the skilled boatmen and helping hands of the boat/trawler you rent there. If you choose Atghar Kuriana as your starting spot, your one-way trip will be a little more than 2 kilometres, so safe to say your round trip will end up being more than 4 kilometres.

The price of guavas

Quick question. How much do you think per kilogram of fresh guavas can cost at least? In Dhaka, it costs around 60-80 BDT depending on the place you are getting them from.

So how low can the price actually get? 30 BDT per kilogram or maybe 20 BDT per kilogram?

Here, the guavas cost only 5 BDT per kilogram!

(We bought 20 kilograms of guavas with 100 BDT only! Distributed most of them in the neighbourhood and we still have a fridge loaded with guavas.)

A couple of heads up

It is safer to take a trawler than a boat if you cannot swim. Keep your belongings by your side and tightly grip your phone when you take the pictures. Remember, you are surrounded by water.

Most importantly, do NOT throw water bottles, packets of chips, or any kind of plastics into the water. The place is still quite neat, we do not want to ruin it, do we?

Lastly, there are some low bridges throughout the boat trip. Watch your head!

Pro tip: Take a pack of salt to make the garden-fresh guavas taste their best when you eat them during your trip! 

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Hoichoi, a BDT499/year Bengali alternative to Netflix

What if we tell you that there is a video streaming platform with a subscription of only BDT 499 per year? Yes, Hoichoi is here with a library of over 500 Bengali movies, exclusive original shows and shorts, and they are adding new content every month!

Hoichoi, a 499BDT/year Bengali alternative to Netflix?

They also have over 1,000+ Bengali songs from the most popular albums for the music buffs out there. Their collection doesn’t end here. Hoichoi is releasing films and documentaries soon.

Easy payment methods

All of this, for only BDT 499 a year! And to make the payment process easier and accessible to everyone, they have all sorts of transaction options. Including the major cards and even bKash.

About Hoichoi

Hoichoi is a Bengali on-demand video streaming service based in West Bengal. A concern of SVF films of Kolkata, Hoichoi boasts an impressive collection of West Bengal based films and TV series’ as well as a decent but growing number of Bangladeshi based content.

From Satyajit to Srijit, it offers all types of films. Starting from classics these days’ modern films and all the genres in between. Hoichoi offers videos in every quality options generally available: 240p, 360p, 480p, 720p and 1080p.

Read more: TV shows you shouldn’t have watched but did anyway

The same with music! You get to listen to popular Bangla songs of the past two decades on Hoichoi. No more struggle of downloading songs separately, let them take care of that. And just when we thought it can’t get any better than this, the music streaming is completely free on Hoichoi mobile app!

Is it worth it?

Chances are, you, the reader, are a member of the young generation, who worships Netflix and Amazon Prime. Hoichoi might not sound very “worth it” to you even after all this.

But you can consider getting the subscription for your parents who are old-school, who probably might not understand the hype of Netflix, but will definitely love this site. For the love of Satyajit and Uttam Kumar at least. Let them also get on the hype train of online streaming!

Hoichoi is a place for all Bengali culture lovers. Doesn’t matter if you are divided by boundaries, every source of Bengali entertainment can be in your grasp through this site. You now can enjoy non-stop Bengali entertainment online, anytime and anywhere!

Teach your younger ones consent with this educational video by BRAC

We live in a country where people are not made aware of the concept of “consent”. Especially, there is no scope for the younger ones to know what consent even means. 

All thanks to the BRAC educational program, this educational video has everything about consent that we need to show our younger ones in the most children-friendly way possible.

Click here to watch the video: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=379794182771421

This child-friendly video differentiates “good touch” from “bad touch”. It illustrates the concept of “private body parts” in a very simple way. It also talks for both the young boys and young girls and teaches them to be courageous.

The video tells them in the simplest ways, to speak up whenever they feel their body-boundaries are being violated by anyone close or distant. If anything nonconsensual happens to them, children are encouraged to share that with their parents and teachers without any fear of getting scolded at. 

You see, the “bad guy” here can be anyone! Can be of any genders. Can be a relative or a stranger. And this group of people with vile intentions sometimes persuade young children with toys and foods. The video teaches the children not to get lured by the attractions, and to inform their parents before going anywhere. 

We need to give everyone- no matter what the age- a voice. We need to give children a reassurance-  

Hey, child, you are not responsible for someone else’s disgusting action driven by his/her sickening motive. Do not feel guilty for something bad you experienced in which you did not have a say. Do not be afraid to speak up. You are not alone, we all are here, and we are listening to you.

Bangladesh moves to make technical education compulsory in every school

Photograph by: Saikat Mojumder

In the midst of all our hopelessness and complaints about our education system, there’s perhaps one silver lining at last. Our education system is finally about to include compulsory vocational education at the school level.

The Education Minister of Bangladesh, Dipu Moni, expressed the necessity of implementing technical and vocational education in the education system of the schools in Bangladesh. She stated that every school has to make technical and vocational training compulsory from 2021.

“Every school must have at least two trades from which each student will choose one. If any student fails to complete higher education, he or she must get employed under the chosen programme.”

She stated.

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Dipu Moni also added that the government wishes to develop this particular sector of education. So in essence, the process of reforming the education system has already started. And we can hope that a bright future lies ahead of us!

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