Mohammad Ruman Shana wins gold in archery men’s singles

Bangladeshi celebrated archer Mohammad Ruman Shana won the gold medal in the final of the Asia Cup Ranking Tournament individual event. This is yet another big win for Shana. He previously owned two more gold medals in the International Archery Tournament in Bishkek in 2017. He won the other in the 1st Asian Archery Grand Pix in Thailand in 2014.

Journey to the arch of gold!

According to UNB, the 24-year-old archer beat Shi Zhengi of China. He beat him by 7-3 set points in the final at Clark City in the Philippines on 13th of September.

Shana beat Thiha Htet Zaw of Myanmar by 6-0 sets in the round of 16, on the way to his finals. Furthermore, he beat Thepna Denchai of Thailand by 6-0 sets points in the round of eight. In the quarter-final, he outplayed Yang Huie Jhe of Chinese Taipei by 7-1 sets points.

In a post-match reaction, he talked about his experience mentioning, “This is really good. I’m so happy. It is a great achievement for Bangladesh, We are trying to promote Bangladesh on the world stage. We hope we can keep this up.”

Modhumoti Bank Ltd sponsored The Bangladesh Team conceded a 3-5 set of points defeat a 3-5 set-points defeat the Chinese team. This is a big win for Rumon Shana and hopefully many more to go!

Best home remedies and tricks to fight off the mosquitoes once and for all

The recent dengue epidemic has caused not only the city but the entire country in a chaotic situation. However as the days pass by, we have to make sure our surroundings are safe and clean. With the help safer steps and tricks, we can protect ourselves from dengue and other flu-like diseases.

Separate your indoor and outdoor plants

One of the common mistakes we often do while decorating our house with plants is we misinterpret the types of indoor and outdoor plants. Plants such as spider plant, rubber fig, devils ivy are indoor plants while verbena, coleus, sweet potato vine are outdoor plants. It is important to water and take care of both plants and clean the surrounding areas properly. Basil, lemon balm, catnip, citrosum, peppermint, rosemary, lavender, and sage are mosquito repelling plants.

DIY your own essential oil spray

Spraying coconut oil on your skin is a natural way if you want to avoid using chemical mosquito repellent creams. With the help of adding rosemary, lavender or tea tree oil can help you reduce stress add moisture to your skin as well.

Burn some incense

Burning incense around your balcony can stop mosquitoes more entering you house. While buying, do remember that some incense can smell more pungent than others. So try to find some which are more soothing and infused with essential oils.

Set out scented candles

Scented candles will not only help you release stress but it also acts as a mosquito repellent. Scented candles are easy to make at home given you have the right ingredients. However, if you want to buy candles infused with essential oils, Newton’s Archive can be your choice.

Try to keep your home clean and organised

A home with clean rooms will help the insects and mosquitoes from hiding out and building nests from time to time. Bathrooms and kitchens should be emphasized more because they are used frequently and known to be insect-prone areas. Try to keep the bathroom floors dry, the kitchen closets and sink less clotted.

If you catch experience fever for more than two days, it is essential to get a blood test or see a doctor as soon as possible.

Read more: Preventing dengue: Steps that you must take

Numair Atif becomes the first Bangladeshi to be shortlisted for Shakti Bhatt prize 2019

In honour of Shakti Bhatt, the renowned editor of an Indian publishing house Bracket Books, the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize continues to acknowledge literature from all over the South Asian continent.

Dr Numair Atif Choudhury is on the shortlist for Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize 2019 for his literature piece Babu Bangladesh! The writer passed away in an accident a few months prior to his book’s publication.

In an article written by Talita Choudhury, Numair’s sister, she remembers the memories and emotional battles the writer had to tackle all the while, to create a story which would hit home.

While self -reflecting in a conversation with her he mentions,

“I am open to criticism and have changed all the parts that were not pleasurable to read. I respect my audience. Moreover, the book that is to be published must be of mettle that justifies the claim it has made of a decade of my life.”

Another year later, only a little further along with his narrative, Numair emailed a section from the chapter ‘Bird‘ stating to Talita saying, “Here’s something I edited today, took me forever to get the right voice.”

Source: Google

Babu Bangladesh! A national superhero

Numair Atif’s Babu Bangladesh! is a biography creating a national superhero who has lived through both his country’s traumatic, bloody past and his chaotic fast-approaching future. According to the writer, his piece falls under both fictional biography and magical realism. He mentions that the five chapters contain various elements that relate to one another.

With the chaotic political situations and subtle hints of harsh realities, the writer showed the struggles the protagonist faced head-on. Numair Atif did not shy away from creating a beautiful piece by merging and making a perfect balance of imagination and reality.

The unfortunate turn of events only makes us realize the loss of our thriving culture has faced. However, like every creative artist, Dr Numair Atif has left his work for his readers to read and embark on the journey of truth.

Meet Rabbi Apa, the only woman car mechanic in Dhaka

Within the past few years, women have participated in job sectors more than ever. However, ‘Mechanic Rabbi Apa’ is an exception to it all. Breaking fences in the field of mechanic and automobile workshops, Rabeya Sultana is the only female mechanic working for CARE Bangladesh.

Started from the bottom but she’s here

Rabeya Sultana Rabbi could never attend her S.S.C examination. Growing up with extreme poverty, Rabeya Sultana learnt to take care of herself from a very young age. Her father could barely afford for his eight-member family.

The young drop out student is now earning approximately 550 dollars per month and she can comfortably afford for her husband, her young son and her parents as well. Her husband was very supportive throughout her journey and helped her pursue her career by co-parenting.

Source: Arab News

Rabbi Apa’s journey

Rabbi Apa initially started training as a driver with other female members, but she was not confident enough to drive around highways. She then took the decision to take up her career as a motor mechanic.

In an interview with Arab News, she mentions how girls in Bangladesh hardly come to a profession which is heavily dominated by men in general. However, she has always been as a kind, friendly and hardworking employee. Selim Sheikh, manager for transport at CARE Bangladesh mentions how proud he is of her. She took in the knowledge of a motor mechanic in a short period of time. He also mentions how she is always enthusiastic to learn new techniques.

Rabeya dreams of opening her own garage in her hometown and give chances to others to pursue their career with motor mechanics. She wants to help her son achieve her dreams, and help him succeed in life.

May we have more Rabbi Apas help the society construct itself into a positive space for all women.

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Abandoned WWII airbase to turn into Bangladesh’s first Aeronautical and Aviation University

With help from voice-voters in Parliament, a bill was proposed on February 19th titled, ‘Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Aviation and Aerospace University Bill, 2019’. The bill passed successfully on February 25th. So, the first Aeronautical and Aviation University is now located at an airport in Lalmonirhart that has been abandoned since World War II! A fitting homage!

There will be an aircraft manufacturing factory. According to the Minister of Social Welfare, Nuruzzaman Ahmed, the Government may also establish an aircraft and maintenance repair factory. Traders in Lalomonirhat believe that reusing the abandoned airport will contribute to the academic and economic development of the country.

Source: Daily Star

The university will have both undergraduate and postgraduate levels for their students. He further noted, “Initially, the university plans to have seven faculties, four departments, four institutes.”

Furthermore, the Vice-Chancellor of the University will be a member of the Air Force. As per constitutional law, Bangladesh Air Force Academy, Flying Instructor School, Flight Safety Institute Command and Staff Training Institute, Aeronautical Institute and Officers Training Institute will all be affiliated with the university.

Meet Jaya Chakma, the first Bangladeshi woman FIFA referee

With the anticipations and excitement of football fanatics, the news of Jaya Chakma makes it better than ever! Jaya Chakma, a proud ethnic member from Rangamati, defied all barriers by establishing herself as one of the first Bangladeshi FIFA referees.

Alongside Jaya Chakma, Salma Islam is also on the list as an assistant referee with. With the public recognition of FIFA, this dynamic duo will be able to hold national team matches in 2020, on an international level.

Read more: The story of one Jamal Bhuyan of Bangladesh

A woman with great ambition for sports

Initially, Jaya drew everyone’s attention as she conducted matches for men’s football. She was one of the pioneering members of the national women’s team even after completing her Asian Football Confederation Class-3 refereeing certificate course in 2011. Unfortunately, due to injury, she missed 2012 SAFF Women’s Football Championship, which ended her playing career. But she never stopped pursuing her passion for football. Jaya Chakma started her refereeing career at the same year, without any pause. She is now conducting important Football League tournaments on a regular basis.

In an interview with Dhaka Tribune, she mentions how overwhelming her journey has become, but it was a matter of great pride to be able to represent her country on an international level.

Read more: First-ever Bangladeshi female commentator: Shathira Jakir Jessy

Jaya Chakma is consistent not only with sports but also her academics. Majoring in History with a Masters from Jahangirnagar University, she also pursued and received a Diploma in Sports Science.

Jaya will appear for the AFC Elite Panel is she receives the FIFA referee badge. Congratulations to one of the most well-deserved referees of all time!

Read more: Hamza Choudhury, the Bengali starlet of Leicester City

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Sex education to be introduced in school and madrasa curriculum of Bangladesh

Within the span of ten years, the education board has added and changed quite a few things in the curriculum here and there. However, recently the government has decided to take the initiative to launch “Sex-Reproductive Health Education” program which is quite a breakthrough for our schools and madrasas.

The brain behind the initiative

“Generation Break Through” will run the program accordingly in schools and other educational institutions around the country. The Secondary and Higher Education Department has been working on this project for about 20 to 25 years.

In an interview with Dhaka Tribune, Project Director and Director (Planning and Development) Dr Mohammad Jahangir Hossain mentioned in that the program took place in some schools and madrasas as “Phase One”. Since the program was running successfully, the government has decided to put it in under all schools and madrasas accordingly. With the end of a successful phase, the second phase of this program will start from this year. However, the official launch of this subject will occur around 2021-2022.

Better late than never

In the beginning, there were some concerns as most teachers and education institutions were doubtful of the program. However, with proper training funded by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the project broke through the stereotypes by taking small and steady steps. According to the sources, despite the “social constricting” ideologies, parents in most education institutions took an interest in the program.

Elementary and middle school students are studying under this program through sports at ‘Gender Equality for All Corner’ or ‘Teenage Corner’ established in the institutions. From the second phase onward, the program will have strict rules to accommodate trained teachers, fixed content and the consistent habit of creating a healthy environment for the students.

Small steps to a safer space

In a society where sexual abuse of both genders has increased at an alarming rate, sex education is a very crucial step for us. The idea of consent is much more diverse than we think of it to be.

“Be it a village or an urban society youths are sexually active, so they must know the dos and don’ts about safe sex and hygiene, in order to make the right decisions with situations like these”

Says Nusrat Zahid, a student of Bangladesh University of Professionals, when asked about her take on this new program.

The fundamental knowledge about sexual reproductive health and safe sex will bring awareness among youths and their surroundings.

Sex education to be introduced in school and madrasa curriculum of Bangladesh

Within the span of ten years, the education board has added and changed quite a few things in the curriculum here and there. However, recently the government has decided to take the initiative to launch “Sex-Reproductive Health Education” program which is quite a breakthrough for our schools and madrasas.

The brain behind the initiative

“Generation Break Through” will run the program accordingly in schools and other educational institutions around the country. The Secondary and Higher Education Department has been working on this project for about 20 to 25 years.

In an interview with Dhaka Tribune, Project Director and Director (Planning and Development) Dr Mohammad Jahangir Hossain mentioned in that the program took place in some schools and madrasas as “Phase One”. Since the program was running successfully, the government has decided to put it in under all schools and madrasas accordingly. With the end of a successful phase, the second phase of this program will start from this year. However, the official launch of this subject will occur around 2021-2022.

Better late than never

In the beginning, there were some concerns as most teachers and education institutions were doubtful of the program. However, with proper training funded by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the project broke through the stereotypes by taking small and steady steps. According to the sources, despite the “social constricting” ideologies, parents in most education institutions took an interest in the program.

Elementary and middle school students are studying under this program through sports at ‘Gender Equality for All Corner’ or ‘Teenage Corner’ established in the institutions. From the second phase onward, the program will have strict rules to accommodate trained teachers, fixed content and the consistent habit of creating a healthy environment for the students.

Small steps to a safer space

In a society where sexual abuse of both genders has increased at an alarming rate, sex education is a very crucial step for us. The idea of consent is much more diverse than we think of it to be.

“Be it a village or an urban society youths are sexually active, so they must know the dos and don’ts about safe sex and hygiene, in order to make the right decisions with situations like these”

Says Nusrat Zahid, a student of Bangladesh University of Professionals, when asked about her take on this new program.

The fundamental knowledge about sexual reproductive health and safe sex will bring awareness among youths and their surroundings.

See-saws through a border between two countries bridge humanity and hope

Seesaws bring us back to childhood. The innocent giggles and bliss of enjoyment in the highs and lows of the swing made life seem quite effortless. To rekindle lost hope between two nations, bright pastel pink seesaws were installed between the US-Mexico border. Children from both the borders have gathered around to enjoy the playfulness and are on board to make new friends.

Republicans keep saying how the US-Mexico border is a lawless place. This simple project clearly shows how it’s not as horrific as they make it out to be.

The Mastermind behind it all

Californian architects Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello with the support of Colectivo Chopeke in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico were the mastermind behind it all.

According to Rael’s Instagram post, the project was a recognition of action that happens on one side which puts a direct impact on the other. They brought the conceptual drawings of the Teeter totter Wall from 2009 into reality.

This symbolizes the power of balance regardless of how delicate situations may become. The children and adults brought that symbolic concept into reality.

The “Anti-Trump” seesaws are gestures that no “wall” can break the hope of faith.

Read more: How living in Kolkata as a Bangladeshi made me more culturally aware

Their website further talks about how Mexicans struggle to find work in the US, but often long to live comfortably in their own country. US industry and agriculture is dependent upon immigrant labour pools.

However, the Department of Homeland Security, Border Patrol, and Immigration and Naturalization Services have made it increasingly difficult to attract foreign labour.

Read more: The story of Non-Bangalis in Bangladesh and the book that rescues them

The Teeter Totter Wall demonstrates the delicate balances between the two nations. Faith and goodness in humanity peaks on our social media feed once again.

“Almeerah” brings in first fashion rental service in Bangladesh

Defining fashion would be a difficult task. Some call it passion, some call it change and some believe trends are the mastermind behind it all. Fashion designers of Bangladesh have proved their talent and passion through leaps and bounds, representing their work to the world. Amidst new trends and innovating business ideas, the one to keep an eye out to is Almeerah.

Almeraah is bringing fashion to you the easiest way possible. It is the first rental service platform of Bangladesh associating with fashion. A digital wardrobe stacked with exclusive dry washed sarees that you can rent at a very affordable price within Dhaka.

An idea with a purpose

The story of Almeerah starts when the founder had to struggle with finding the right kind of blazer before a thesis defence. Unable to find any blazer appropriate for his height, he decides to borrow it from a friend who lived far away from him. Understanding the difficulty of fashion for people on different occasions, he realized that there could be a way through which fashion can be more accessible, affordable and fun for everyone. With a team and a plan, Almeerah is now set to help you rent exclusive sarees for occasions where you won’t have to buy a new one only to wear it once in a blue moon!

A minimalist approach to fashion

With the service that Almeerah provides for their customers, you will not only spend less money but your closet will no longer have clothes you barely wear. Almeerah has a sustainable approach to a choice you would not mind adding to your list. With their launch of this brand new online business, they will soon bring other products in-store soon.

Till then, choose katan, silk or traditional kanjipuram, because Almeerah has it all for you!