Movember inspires ISD to raise funds for children with cancer

For the month of November, International School Dhaka’s (ISD) parents and teachers were seen to be sporting moustaches. They were doing so to celebrate Movember and raise money for the children who have cancer in Bangladesh.

History of Movember

Movember began in 2003 in Sydney, Australia. It is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, anxiety, and suicide. The Movember movement has grown into a global one for making progress and raise awareness for men’s health.

ISD and Movember

ISD took the initiative and encouraged both the teachers and the parents to grow moustaches and donate money to help the children with cancer. The school decided to donate their money to World Child Cancer Bangladesh because a student might relate better to such a charity.

Through this initiative, ISD wanted to encourage the learning and intellectual growth of the students which is necessary for adulthood and it can also be a major contributor to a child’s socialization skills. The school wanted to increase empathy among their students so that it won’t only help them now but it will also help them in the future when they grow up.

Empathy will help them to build close relationships, maintain friendships, develop strong communities, and generally be kind and caring people.

How Movember worked

During the four weeks of November, growers cultivated their moustaches – all the while soliciting donations from family, friends, and strangers. Questions were being asked by the students when they saw their parents and teachers of sporting moustaches.

These questions lead the teachers to make the student understand the scenario of child cancer and make them appreciate their own healthy life.

This initiative has already started to make the students understand the crisis scenario of childhood cancer in Bangladesh. Recently, many students, including primary students, have even approached their teachers to donate money from their own pocket money.

The scenario of cancer in Bangladeshi children

Treatment of cancer is a long, hard fight for a child and their family. Children are usually treated in larger medical facilities where they can receive the comprehensive, specialized care that they need and have access to most up-to-date treatment options. However, the child cancer center of Bangladesh does not have advanced treatment options for the children. So, this kind of initiatives from organizations, such as ISD, will help these centers to get the latest treatment options.

The culmination of a month of hard work and an itchy upper lip seems to have paid off as this action has not only been impacting the student’s empathy and understanding level about the world, but through this drive, the entire school community is now getting a chance to help further increase the cancer treatment options for children in Bangladesh.

Samsung to launch Galaxy M30s to light up the smartphone market

Nature has worn new garniture with the tinge of winter. People bask in the pleasant sunshine in the morning or put on a jacket or a shawl at night to embrace the chilling winter wind. This is a time to sip on your warm cup of tea while gazing upon poetry. But the digital natives find warmth in new smart devices. Considering the ambience, Samsung Bangladesh is going to launch its latest smartphone Galaxy M30s. Already, the handset has made its landfall in India and waiting to be available in Bangladesh soon.

Usually, Samsung M series handsets offer more than just a known brand name. The speedy performance with a long-lasting battery and amazing latest features has already given this smartphone a special stature among the tech-savvy generation. Galaxy M30s is also not the exception. It is much handier than we expected, considering the mighty 6,000 mAh battery. The special features of the device include:

Display: Moving to the front, we are greeted with a familiar 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels and a small Infinity-U notch on the top.

Camera: The handset has a triple camera setup at the back, consisting of a 48-megapixel main sensor and an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. A 16- megapixel camera is also attached for creating amazing selfies.

Processor: The Exynos 9611 octa-core processor of the smartphone is capable of delivering unparalleled gaming experience without any hiccups. It is run by the Android 9 Pie version.

RAM: It also sports 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM or storage.

Battery: Galaxy M30s houses a massive 6,000mAh battery. A 15-watt fast charger is also included in the accessories. 

To sum up, the Galaxy M series smartphones have already been felicitated in the market. It is highly expected that the Galaxy M30s will also uphold its reputation.

No Dorai: A mess that fails to deliver on its promise

Star Cineplex’s first venture into film production, “No Dorai”- a film based on the story of a local Bangladeshi girl from Cox’s Bazar and her passion for surfing, has been the talk of the town recently.

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

Ever since the poster of a young surfer girl, in a red saree whose fierceness meets the ones in her eyes, was released, moviegoers have been eagerly waiting to go and watch what promised to be a milestone for Bangladeshi cinema. As it premiered on November 28th in Star Cineplex, it offered the local audience a glimpse into what it could have been. Had it not messed up so badly.

What works

Directed by Taneem Rahman Angshu, the film has the elements that make it an exuberant celebration of the ups and downs in Ayesha’s (Sunerah) life. You see the passion in her eyes as she shows commendable surfing skills and the helplessness in her eyes when she asks her father for help after getting married. Sunehra’s portrayal of the character is admirable.

The cinematography of the film is magnificent. Cinematographer Suman Sarker has memorialized the sheer beauty of Cox’s Bazaar, wrapped them in bows and delivered this beautiful ‘gift’ of such brilliant cinematography.

No Dorai: A mess that fails to deliver on its promise

Be it the spell-bounding drone shots of the beach, the placement of the actors on screen in a particular landscape or using various angles to portray the scenes, he has envisioned it right and created a magic like trance on screen.

Despite being a movie in local Chittagonian dialect throughout, Ayesha’s vulnerability portrayed with heartbreaking precision is something we all understand and feel sorry for. The acting chops of Sariful Razz and the actor portraying Ayesha’s brother were also commendable.

What does not

The two and a half hours of beautiful cinematic shots offer little story besides what we already know from the trailers and the title tracks. The lack of subtitles in a movie made entirely in the local dialect does not help its case either.

All in all, sitting through the entire runtime of No Dorai requires quite the hard work.

No Dorai: A mess that fails to deliver on its promise

As fans enter the theatre expecting a film that highlights surfing, a struggling story and most importantly, women’s emancipation, they will find many of these elements missing. Despite great performances by Sunerah, her character often is overshadowed by the multiple other aspects of the movie revolving around Sohel’s (Sariful Razz) story.

The involvement of the foreign cast seemed distracting, especially because they did not blend in as well as the other characters. Ensuring more screen-time for Ayesha’s character and story would have made a more valid point for the plot of the movie.

Verdict

With a story that becomes somewhat predictable after a while and a plot that does not resonate the message of women empowerment as strongly as it promised in the poster and trailer, No Dorai fails to deliver on its promise.

Brilliant cinematography, beautiful choice of musical scores and unforgettable acting from the casts involved fails to uplift a movie brought down by lazy and sub-par story writing. With a rating of 2/5 from us, in the end, No Dorai is just another Bangladeshi film with a potential wasted.

Corporiddlerz 2019: The road to the finals

Every year, BUP Business and Communication Club organizes one of its flagship events “Corporiddlerz”. This unique one of a kind competition enables participants all across the country to demonstrate their practical knowledge and innovation along with instilling the spirit of teamwork in them. This year, the highly anticipated business strategy competition is powered by NRBC Bank.

This nation-wide inter-university business strategy competition is the ultimate test of the participants’ capacity to incorporate real-life ideas and strategies into the business decision making process. Corporiddlerz offers undergraduate students from various universities nationwide to experience a glimpse into the corporate world. 

2019: The journey so far

Undergraduate students from universities all over the country were able to partake in the competition in teams of four. More than 300 teams from around the country registered this year and took part in the first round which consisted of solving an online case within a certain time frame. The case provided was about making a business plan for a new startup company in Bangladesh.

Only 48 teams out of all the teams qualified for the second round. The second round involved ‘product launching’ where forty-eight teams were divided into groups of eight forming six groups in total. The teams had to present a launching plan for a product in front of a panel of judges.  The judges included executives working in some of the biggest corporate names in Bangladesh such as BAT Bangladesh, Unilever Bangladesh, Banglalink, Marico and Coca- Cola Bangladesh. 

From the 48 teams, only a mere 18 made it to the third round. The third round was held over the course of two days. On the first day, the original teams of four were split and participants were placed in random groups and given a case to solve on the spot, followed by presentations. As for the second phase, all the original teams were put back together to work on their own project plans. The project plans were pitched to an esteemed panel of judges which included executives and employees from Grameenphone, Unilever Bangladesh, bKash, BRAC, BAT Bangladesh, ADCOMM LtdACI Limited, Telenor Group, and Japan Tobacco International.

Road to the finals

After intense scrutiny and strong competition, the best six teams have been chosen for the final round. The six teams include Blank Balance, Corporate Commandos, InSane, Leftover Pizza, Mudblood and Team Miscellany. Click the link below to meet the participants who make up the 6 final qualifying teams! 

The final round will be held on 17 November 2019 and everyone is waiting with bated breath to find out who will be taking home the grand prize of one lakh taka and the championship of BUP BCC Presents Corporiddlerz 2019 Powered by NRBC Bank.

Written by Fariha Nuzhat

OPPO set to introduce “Made in Bangladesh” smart-phones

Global smartphone brand OPPO is all set to introduce ‘Manufactured in Bangladesh’ smartphones in the Bangladeshi market.

OPPO’s manufacturing plant in Gazipur has a production capacity of 1 million units per annum. The state-of-the-art assembling will uphold the company’s ability to serve the local market with all the latest innovation that is happening in the smartphone industry. This new investment from OPPO will shine the image of the country in terms of doing business in Bangladesh and also create jobs in technology. With this new manufacturing plant in Bangladesh, OPPO now has 10 manufacturing plants around the globe.

Employment opportunities for locals

The manufacturing plant of OPPO, under the company name of Benli Electronic Enterprise Co. Limited, has created employment opportunity for over 200 Bangladeshi nationals. The factory in Bangladesh is fully compliant with the global standards of OPPO and the company is eying on potential export opportunities.

Initially, OPPO A5S and A1K will be being manufactured in the OPPO manufacturing plant in Bangladesh.

Currently, there are 162.3 million mobile phone subscribers and 92.361 million mobile internet users in Bangladesh. Monthly demand for handsets stands at 1 million units. With this growing demand for smartphones in Bangladesh, OPPO has decided to start manufacturing smartphones in Bangladesh to strengthen the company’s ability to meet the growing demand for smartphones.

OPPO set to introduce "Made in Bangladesh" smart-phones

“Bangladesh is the fastest growing economy across the world. The country is already in leading position in terms of digitalization. Bangladesh is eying to be the early mover in adopting 5G technology. By setting up a smartphone assembly plant in Bangladesh, OPPO will be able to offer smartphones at a reasonable price and that will facilitate the revolution of high-speed internet across the country. Also, this investment from OPPO will create jobs and develop a pool of technically skilled workforce in the country.”

Managing Director of OPPO Bangladesh Mr. Damon Yang says regarding the opening of a manufacturing plant in Bangladesh

OPPO has been in Bangladesh for five years since 2014. OPPO has always been committed to providing outstanding quality smartphones for the smartphone users of Bangladesh.

Cheaper phones, faster availability

After five years of experience, OPPO has decided to set up a factory in Bangladesh to serve the customers with unmatched quality smartphones at an affordable price. Earlier this year OPPO has brought a brand new ‘A’ series 2020, A9 2020 and A5 2020 respectively.

With the establishment of OPPO Factory in Bangladesh, OPPO is now equipped to bring favourite smartphones in the quickest possible time.

iPhone 11 series is now in Bangladesh. Here’s where you can get it

Grameenphone has brought it the magnificent iPhone 11 series in Bangladesh. Following the pre-order period of October 25 to October 30, a handover ceremony was held at the Grameenphone Lounge in Gulshan today as the pre-bookers received their prized purchases from Michael Foley, CEO of Grameenphone and Grameenphone brand ambassador Tahsan Rahman Khan.

The latest from Apple

The iPhone 11 series is the newest addition to the groundbreaking smartphones brought in by Apple. Presented in three variants iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, each phone is powered A13 bionic chip and 4 GB RAM. While the iPhone 11 is available in ROM sizes of 64GB, 128GB and256GB; iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max caters to ROM sizes 64GB, 256GB and 512GB. Prices of the variants range from BDT 87,999 to BDT 169,999.

“iPhones are renowned for its continuous innovation and the new iPhone 11 series poses to be the epitome of new-age smartphones. These innovations are here to enhance the Grameenphone 4G user experience and perfectly aligns with our 4G ambitions.”

Speaking on the occasion, Michael Foley, CEO of Grameenphone said

Customers availing the iPhone 11 series from Grameenphone channels will be able to enjoy bundle offers available from October 31 and continue till December 29, 2019. The bundle includes a primary free 22GB Data (11GB 4G+11GB Bioscope Streaming) with an additional purchase offer of 11GB data (2GB Open + 9GB 4G) at BDT 150 (inclusive all) which the customer can enjoy 6 times in 3 months.

Exclusive offers

Additionally, up to 36 months EMI will be applicable on purchases from Grameenphone sales channels applicable for credit cards of Standard Chartered Bank, The City Bank (AMEX), Eastern Bank Ltd, DBBL, BRAC Bank, Mutual Trust Bank and Trust Bank while the first 75 customers purchasing through The City Bank Amex cards will be entitled to BDT 3,000 cashback.

The customers will also be able to enjoy a 25% discount on share trip, couple dinner at Four Points, original Apple back cover, 30% discount on Diamond World and Watches World and an exclusive exchange program from Livewire. Moreover, the customers purchasing any of the iPhone 11 series smartphones will be upgraded to the topmost tier of the GP STAR program–Platinum Plus.

The Bengali behind modern forensic science

This is the tale of a man from Khulna who opened the door to modern forensic science.

An ingenious method of identifying criminals using their fingerprints was, called the Henry Classification System first introduced in British India in 1899. This system is now the basis on which modern forensic science stands.

Although named after Sir Edward Henry, this system could work because of the mathematics cracked by two Bengalis. And one of them was Khan Bahadur Qazi Azizul Haque from Khulna.

Thanks to the math of a man from Khulna, the world can now identify criminals using their fingerprints. Here’s his story.

Fazlur Rahman Khan: A Bangladeshi who changed the world

Every high rise building in the world is possible today, thanks to a Bangladeshi architect called Fazlur Rahman Khan.
He designed the world’s tallest building back in his time and paved the way for all the high rise buildings in the world.
Today he is known as the father of tubular designs in architecture.