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.

Durga Puja 2019

2019 has been such a tremendous puja year! Dhaka was literally a city of festivals during the entire puja week. Grand pandals, lights adorning the streets, the sound of dhaak and temple bells, the smell of incense in the air. We kind of didn’t want Durga to go away this year. আসছে বছর আবার হবে! শারদীয় শুভেচ্ছা সবাইকে।

Samsung: The grocery store that changed the tech world

No one in South Korea or Lee Byung-Chul himself had ever thought that his small grocery store will one day become a multi-billion-dollar company. A company that will change the history of innovation in the world. This little venture, now as we know as Samsung, has reshaped the world with its incredible innovation and technology.

The beginning

Samsung: The grocery store that changed the tech world

Since November 1, 1938, the beginning of the company; Samsung has expanded into various businesses including construction, insurance, retail business, and shipbuilding.

After 32 years of its inception, the company produced its first-ever electronic product – 12-inch black and white television.

Driven by the simple but profound goal of creating meaningful innovation, Samsung has pushed the limits of mobile technology and set the standard for what the smartphone can and should be. Right from the beginning, the company saw the potential of turning the mobile phone into a multi-functional device. The release of TV phone in 1999 brought entertainment to the palm of our hands, while the built-in 10-megapixel camera on the Samsung B600 brought high-quality photography and the mobile phone together.

The Galaxy series

Samsung: The grocery store that changed the tech world

In 2002, Samsung launched the True Color Phone, introducing the world to the active matrix LCD display, and paving the way for the innovations in mobile display technology that are synonymous with the Galaxy series. Over the years the Galaxy series continued to break new ground, improving and expanding the smartphone experience with each new device. With its Galaxy Note series, Samsung introduced a new category of smartphones – the phablet – which has been widely copied by competitors. Currently, Samsung is the world’s largest manufacturer of mobile phones.

Ever since the original black and white TV, Samsung has been introducing cutting-edge technologies across its consumer electronics, home appliances, and mobile businesses. The company’s innovation process began with research conducted by multidisciplinary teams of designers, engineers, marketers, ethnographers, musicians, and writers, who searched for users’ unmet need and identify the cultural, technological, and economic trend.

Style and substance

Samsung: The grocery store that changed the tech world

Samsung has built an impressive record on design, garnering more awards than any other company in recent years. The bold design of its televisions often defies conventional style. Samsung has been the world’s number one TV manufacturer for 13 consecutive years now. The company’s market-leading journey began in 2006 when Samsung unveiled the Bordeaux TV with an LCD display.

Inspired by the round-shaped glasses, the Bordeaux laid the foundation for a new era of TV design. A couple of years later, Samsung launched the world’s first edge-lit TV, before introducing LED TVs in 2009, followed by a groundbreaking development of Smart TVs on 2011, where they enabled internet access on television. From then onwards, Samsung brought many other pioneering developments starting from first curved OLED to the latest QLED 8k TVs.

Other ventures

Let’s not forget, Samsung has also developed various home and kitchen appliances. The company’s ground-breaking and consumer-focused products have challenged the routines and stereotypes, by leading the market into delivering true innovations and convenience to its valued consumers. Samsung will maintain the market leadership position with premium, innovative products like the FamilyHub refrigerator featuring advanced voice recognition technology that is guaranteed to improve family communication, the FlexWash washing machine which can support two simultaneous or separate washes of different clothing capacities and fabric types, and the WindFree air conditioner for staying cool without direct wind.

Samsung Electronics rapid rise and technical achievements put the company in the spotlight in the semiconductor industry. Its 4-megabit chip, in fact, had made the company the leading global producer of DRAM (dynamic random-access memory) chips by early 1995. Currently, Samsung is the largest memory chip manufacturer in the world.

Changing the world with innovation

The innovation that Samsung has brought for the last 50 years has opened up the world to endless possibilities for consumers everywhere. The next chapter of electronics industry story will soon begin, and one thing can be said for sure: Samsung will continue to develop meaningful breakthrough designs to help you do more of what you love.

Challenging the foundations of Bangladeshi parenting with Jomano Kotha

The parent-child relationship is one which is multi-faceted, one that has to be nurtured and where both parties play a pivotal role. In order to understand each other, parents and children need to communicate effectively and be able to identify when they are needed by the other. The intricacies of the various aspects of these relationships were highlighted in the event, “Jomano Kotha”.

An event called Jomano Kotha: Exploring parent-child relationships, organised by Kotha, took place at the EMK Centre on October 12th. The event brought together both demographics – parents and children – in the same space to unpack relationship dynamics in the context of Bangladesh.

A New Approach

The structure of the event was quite unique and was designed around an Interactive Theatre segment. The 2 act play followed the same scenario in which a father reacts to his young daughter returning home past curfew. The two acts depicted contrasting interactions between the two characters and helped initiate conversations regarding healthy parental communication. In the first act, the father’s concern for his daughter’s safety comes off as hostile and aggressive while in the second act, he reacts in a more composed, sensitive manner. Following each act of the skit, the audience posed questions to the actors, who stayed in character while answering them, allowing people to unpack each character’s motivations and the impact they had on the other. The skit allowed parents and children to observe interactions that they have only been directly involved in allowing more objective reflection. Analyzing the situation from both the child and the parent’s perspective helped build more empathy.

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Auyon (Ace) and Aahir Mrittika played the character of Baba and daughter respectively.

The discussion pushed boundaries but created the space for participants to be vulnerable and honest with each other. Some parents acknowledged that the violence they perpetrate against their children was learned from their own mothers and fathers. In a society like ours, the common perception is that familial relationships do not require work but is to be taken for granted. Participants discussed that it is crucial to nurture relationships between parents and children through building trust and practising healthy communication. One parent mentioned the importance of respecting children’s privacy. “Children have a right to privacy and allowing privacy and respecting their boundaries do not necessarily mean they are involved in wrongdoings.”

Creating the space -A parent’s duty

While parents pushed for children to be more open with them, children asserted that in order for them to openly share their thoughts and feelings, parents have to allow them space to open up. Sharing cannot happen out of obligation or expectations set by parents. One participant speaking from the child’s perspective pointed out that in the pursuit of ensuring a child’s physical safety parents often put their child’s mental health through various forms of intimidation. One key takeaway from the skit for parents was the need to take their children’s mental health into account during any interaction. One mother said, “The words “I’m here for you” is very important for children to hear. Growing up we never heard it. We heard it when we were much older, after marriage. We need to always tell our children, we are on their side.”

Through the discussion, it was concluded that both parents and children have to actively try to preserve their relationship.

The phrase “two-way street” came up in the discussion and it perfectly articulates the fact that both individuals have a role to play in the building of the relationship. It was noted that both parents and children need to work on letting the other party into different aspects of their lives.  

Towards a better culture

“Family is at the heart of South Asian culture. However, a large part of this culture is also unhealthy and toxic to an extent. Communication barriers with parents were one of the most common struggles that the adolescents we work with mentioned and it was also something we noticed in too many of our friends.

Kotha wanted to explore parent-child relationships in Bangladesh to see what it would be like to redefine those relationships and interactions. Our challenge for Jomano Kotha was to frame this issue as a societal and cultural issue. By bringing private, individualized conversations out into the public sphere we were able to do just that.

We did not expect such an big response from both demographics – parents and children and we noticed a real demand from people to engage in these conversations but in a healthy, constructive manner. We were so happy to host a full house and received requests to start a Jomano Kotha series. Our greatest success was to be able to create the space for such honest and genuine conversation between generations.”

Says Umama Zillur, founder of Kotha who organised the event

Kotha is a primary intervention program aiming to address the culture of violence in Bangladesh. Although they work in a few different areas, Kotha’s flagship project is Kotha at School, a school-based interactive curriculum that teaches adolescents about issues of gender, consent, relationships, bullying etc alongside traditional subjects.   

A Tribute to the Legend: Ayub Bachchu

October 18th 2019 marks the one-year death-anniversary of one of the most influential musicians and guitarists of Bangladesh: Ayub Bachchu. On October 19th, a small group of us locals from Ottawa, Canada will be performing in, and executing a live event to celebrate the life and music of this great Bangladeshi music legend at the Kailash Mital Theatre at Carleton University in Ottawa. This will be an evening of live music and anecdotes; performing many popular and crowd-favourite songs by LRB/Bachchu, and sharing fond memories of musical influences and experiences.

This is also going to be a charity concert where all proceeds from ticket sales will be going to The Rudhro Prince Hope Foundation for the purpose of research and cure to Asthma.

The foundation was created by one of our dear community members/friend and his family who have lost their 8-year-old child to Asthma last year.

It is true that Ayub Bachchu and LRB’s music has one way or the other influenced many generations of Bangladeshis of all ages, and has touched us in different ways; whether you are rocking out to songs like Gotokaal Raate, or a broken heart finding comfort in listening to Ferari Mon, or a group friends singing aloud together Cholo Bodley Jai (Shei Tumi) by the campfire.

Our event – “A Tribute to the Legend: Ayub Bachchu” is about remembering these moments, and keeping his music alive, and having loads of fun doing so in the form of a rock show.

Even though cultural programs and musical shows are not uncommon, we are proud to say that this event is going to be the first of its kind in the Ottawa area; where a rock concert of this genre is being arranged and is set to be performed by local Bangladeshis in the Bengali community.  And we are all truly super excited about it. However, it is not without its challenges. Being the first show of its kind poses major challenges like creating exposure, inciting excitement and eagerness, and capturing a target audience.

As of now, the Ottawa Bangladeshi community has been more accustomed to mellow fusion cultural shows exhibiting softer folk music and plays; and we are aiming to bring to life – the side of people that want to let loose, cheer loud, get up and shake and dance, and rock out.

Our small team of organizers (who are also performers) are working tirelessly day and night for months juggling the music practice, marketing, media creation, and ticket sales. We have been working very hard in creating exposure by talking to people through countless phone calls, reaching out to community leaders, and also attending and speaking at the Carleton University Bangladeshi Students Association (CUBSA)’s get-together event in hopes of capturing the young music lovers. So far we have had great responses.

We have even received personalized video messages and well-wishes from a handful of Bangladeshi celebrities addressing our upcoming show. Celebrities who have shared a few words for us include: Fuad Muqtadir (artist of popular “Nitol Paaey”), Bangladeshi rock band Vikings, Rashed Uddin Ahmed Topu (musician, songwriter and composer of the popular band Yaatri), Sabila Nur (television actress and model), Ashfaqul Bari Rumon (Lead guitarist and vocalist of the band Parthibo), Chandan Zaman Ali (lead vocal and guitarist from the band Winning) – all of which videos have been posted and shared on our Facebook event page.

We are very blessed and thankful to have the kind of support we have receiving. And we are looking forward to a successful and more importantly, a very fun show.

About myself

I (Omar Sharif/Duke) will be playing lead guitar in our show. This imposes a lot of pressure on me. By that I mean, I must strive to stay as true as I can to Ayub Bachchu’s music and song compositions. Ayub Bachchu was widely known as a guitar maestro of Bangladesh; and LRB’s songs are composed of a variety of intricate, melodious, and screaming guitar solos. As you can imagine, fans listening to Ayub Bachchu’s songs and going to his shows look forward to his Guitar work and performance; and in some cases, these are the highlights of the songs.

Growing up in Bangladesh as an aspiring guitarist who mostly plays as a hobby, I have been influenced by Ayub Bachchu’s music and guitar playing at many levels; and as a musician, you get to learn a lot from playing and practising LRB songs in improving musical knowledge and guitar skills.

I remember back in Grade 6 when I was maybe 13 or 14 years old, our school (The Aga Khan School) arranged a rock concert to take place in which LRB/Ayub Bachchu was to be one of the headlining bands. And this was before I ever even started playing the guitar. After seeing that show, I immediately went and bought the LRB double album which came out at that time – Bishsho Amader. I used to listen to that album back-to-back so many times and imagine myself playing guitar solos like those. That show really did influence me into wanting to pick up a guitar.
Fast forward another 2 or 3 years, in grade 8, my mother found me a guitar teacher; and I became the “great-grand student” of Ayub Bachchu (my teacher’s teacher’s teacher I believe was the maestro himself). When I was learning to play the guitar, my curriculum even included a couple of LRB songs that were given to me to learn as part of an assignment. One of those songs became one of my all-time-favourite Ayub Bachchu songs; and at this show, I will be proudly performing Ghumonto Shohore.

Later in life priorities changed, I moved to Canada with my family and had to start a whole new life here; and in the midst of it all, Guitar and music became something left and forgotten like a relic. I lost years of practice and interest and my guitar was collecting dust.

I would rarely pick up the guitar and play it once in a while, but nothing that would keep me in practice and keep up my chops, and I hadn’t been on stage in over a decade. Till now, when talks of arranging an Ayub Bachchu tribute concert started, and by word of mouth, when my name came up as a potential performer, I was asked to join. This was a huge motivating factor for me to pick up my guitar again and practice hard to deliver the best performance this show and the musical legend deserves. I am very excited myself, and I am very much looking forward to delivering something even the audience will feel proud of being a part of. 

Our core performers/musicians and Organizers:

Top 10 Miss Universe Bangladesh Contestants and Crown Revealed

Bangladesh is participating for the first time in the 68th edition of the Miss Universe beauty pageant. It will be held in South Korea on December 2019. Miss Universe is an annual international beauty pageant, since 1952. The crowned Miss Universe represents her country, she becomes a goodwill ambassador and attends media events globally. So, in addition to their beauty and grace, Miss Universe Bangladesh is selected based on her ability to advocate on social challenges.

The competition started earlier this month. The first two episodes were aired on Rtv । আরটিভি, Robi TV+ & Airtel TV. The judges have selected the top 10 contestants from all over the country.

“I am very excited to be a part of the first edition of Miss Universe Bangladesh. I have been involved in beauty pageants for the last 12 years and I am very pleased to say that this is the best top 10 contestants I have seen till date. I wish them the best.”

Tahsan Khan, Judge, Miss Universe Bangladesh.

Now anyone with a mobile phone can vote for their favourite contestant.

The Top 10

Crown Unveiled

The winner will be chosen at the grand finale on 23rd October in Dhaka. Amishee, the jewellery partner created a beautiful crown or tiara, fit for the event. The crow is on display at the Amishee grand store at Gulshan Avenue.

Tahsan Khan, Judge Kanzi Almas, Judge along with the Top 10 Miss Universe Bangladesh Contestants, holding the crown. Miss Universe Bangladesh, Rokeya Sultana, Head of Business, Amisheé and Rizwan Bin Farouq, Chairman, Miss Universe Bangladesh were also present at the event.

‘This is a proud moment for Amishee. The Miss Universe pageant is the perfect event for our brand, a brand that represents the individualism, power, strength and charisma of women. We are looking forward to seeing this custom crown adorn the beautiful and powerful winner who will represent her country on the global arena in South Korea.’

Sohana Rouf Chowdhry, Managing Director, Amishee
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Sushmita Sen, Bollywood superstar and Miss Universe 1994, will be one of the judges and will crown the winner at the Grand Finale on October 23, 2020.

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