“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!

Foods that help increase platelet count

Platelets are the smallest of our blood cells, seen only under a microscope, circulate within our blood and bind together at the site of a damaged blood vessel. On receiving the signal from damaged sites, the platelets rush to the site, bind together and clamp the damaged vessel, thereby controlling the damage. You can call them, “On-site repairing engineers”. So, maintaining a normal count of these tiny blood cells is very important.

A normal platelet count ranges from 150,000 to 450,000 platelets per microliter of blood.

However, for certain conditions and diseases, such as dengue, something in the blood prevents the formation of platelets. This can be understood from a low platelet count from a routine blood test called a complete blood count (CBC). Once this happens, consulting a doctor and getting further tested is the first step. Once the patient is diagnosed with what is causing the low platelet count, there are certain foods that aid recovery:

Papayas

Papaya can be consumed in both solid and juice form and it helpe elevate platelet counts.

Lemon & Orange Juice

Eat other Vitamin C rich foods to promote antibodies. It is vital to boost immunity. Make a smoothie with a combination of these fruits, add in honey, turmeric, ginger which are advisable for regular consumption.

Amla

This fruit is good to add to the diet. It is another source of vitamins and readily available in summer seasons.

Pomegranate juice

This fruit is also packed with essential nutrients and counters the fatigue that comes with a low platelet count.

Leafy vegetables

Vegetables like spinach are rich in vitamins, iron, and omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients help in boosting the immune system and a better immune system helps recover faster. However, the vegetables should not be consumed in an oily or spicy manner. Preferred method of preparations is to boil it sufficiently, absolutely avoiding any raw vegetables.

This is a recommended diet to aid recovery, it is not meant as an alternative to medicine and formal healthcare. Do not self diagnose.

Low platelet count is a common symptom of a strain of dengue.

To read how to prevent dengue in the first place: https://m.hifipublic.com/en/2019/07/26/preventing-dengue-steps-that-you-must-take/

Preventing dengue: Steps that you must take

The dengue situation in the country has reached an epidemic level at this point. Hospitals are getting filled up fast by the affected and many are dying due to lack or delay of treatment.

The situation is only made worse by the unique type of dengue that is being observed this year. The symptoms are not being visible early on, leaving many unsuspicious of their dengue fever.

Here are 6 steps that you can take to make sure you stay safe from the epidemic disease:

  1. If you have water clogging around the room or your house, clear them at least every three days
  2. Do not let water accumulate anywhere, including flower pots, containers, used up cans and other similar objects
  3. Use a mosquito net while sleeping, whether it is night or day. Aedes mosquitos are known for flying around during daytime as much as the night
  4. If possible, consider wearing light coloured full-sleeved tops and pants at all times
  5. Use mosquito repellants on the hands, legs and uncovered area of the face whenever possible
  6. Shut the windows, doors and nets during dawn and dusk

Dengue is deadly, but it is preventable and treatable. If you are caught off guard with a fever, get yourself checked as early as possible. Don’t wait for the symptoms to show up. Stay safe and spread awareness.

Flood in Bangladesh worsens. Here’s how you can help

Due to torrential rain and rush upstreams, flood has affected more than three million people all over 21 districts in Bangladesh. While some districts are improving through the steady progress, districts such as Jamalpur, Sylhet, Gaibandha, Sunamganj, Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar are the most affected area so far.

Source: NASA Earth Observatory

There is a scanty level of drinking water supplies, places to takes shelter in and diseases such as dengue and fever are spreading in these areas. In order to help. During these times of needs, the survivors and victims need as much as possible assistance necessary.

Source: Google

Charity organisations such as Islamic Relief USA, pennyappeal, CONCERN worldwide, Team বন্যা, Public Health Foundation of Bangladesh and many others are accepting donations and helping the people in these regions. If you want to help and train for the post-flood actions, do contact these organisations accordingly.

More than 100 people died over the week, due to a low source of healthy food and water, snakebites, drowning and other waterborne diseases.

Top Business Competitions in Bangladesh and everything you need to know

If you are a university student in Bangladesh, Business Competitions are not new terms to you. There’s a chance you know about most of them, there’s a higher chance you might have participated in a few of them. Why you should take part in one, is a discussion for another time. But for now, here’s everything you need to know about the most prestigious competitions in Bangladesh and how you need to prepare for them.

1.Battle of Minds by BAT

Battle of Minds, organised by British American Tobacco is one of the most prestigious and most rewarding business competitions in the country. Every year BAT holds Battle of Minds where university students who are in their final years get to participate for the highest glory. You face off the bests of the bests in the field and upon winning, you get a head start towards a rewarding career path.

Rounds: 4 (Online Exam-Focus Group Discussion-Business Pitch-Case Solving)

Team Members: 4

Awards: A Crest and a headstart in the recruitment process.

2. Bizmaestros by Unilever

Similar to BOM, Bizmaestros is arranged every year by another one of the corporate giants, Unilever. It has challenges and rewards similar to BOM and the competitions themselves are often competitors to each other. However, winning Bizmaestros also lands you a trip abroad to Unilever Future Leaders League, where you compete against international teams.

Rounds: 3 (Online Submission-Practical Marketing-Practical Marketing)

Team Members: 3

Awards: Certification along with a trip to Unilever Future Leaders League.

3. Telenor Youth Summit

The last one in the trio of Corporate giant competitions is the Telenor Youth Summit. Unlike previous ones, TYS accepts individual submissions. And as you can guess, the challenge is tougher, obviously. Subsequently, the reward is also higher. A trip to Norway sounds magical, doesn’t it?

Rounds: 3 (Idea Submission-Screening Round-Final Presentation)

Team Members: Individual submission

Awards: Trip to Norway.

4. Brandwitz by IBACC

Brandwitz is one of the most prominent students run business competitions in the country on University level. Organised by IBACC (IBA Communications Club), every year, Brandwitz sees the best minds of the country battling each other for a prize money of BDT 2,50,000. But the money is a minor factor here. You’ll be benefited most from the experience, the certification and the networking that you make.

Rounds: 4 (Case Solving-Product Branding-Practical Marketing-Idea Branding)

Team Members: 4

Awards: BDT 2,50,000.

5. CreAdive by BUP BCC

Creadive is another of the students run business competitions in the country organised by BUP BCC. The competition offers a unique approach to its rounds where it engages participants in direct ATL and BTL campaigns, requiring them to actually take part in fieldwork. The experience is certainly one of a kind.

Rounds: 4 (Case Solving, ATL Campaign, BTL Campaign, Product Branding)

Team Members: 4

Awards: BDT 3,00,000.

When Mandela came to Bangladesh

Nelson Mandela is a household name in our country. You might think it’s because of our natural inclination towards rebels and revolutionaries, but I beg to differ.

Birth of a Madiba

Mandela, or Madiba as his people call him, was not just a rebel, he was also a visionary. Born during the dark times of apartheid in 1918, on 18th July, he envisioned his world free of racism, poverty and discrimination- which he worked for till he couldn’t anymore.

Mandela in Bangladesh

Mandela visited Bangladesh in March 1997, on the 25th years anniversary of Bangladeshi independence.

Now, you might chalk it off as another diplomatic visit of some Prime Minister to a war-ridden country. Or you can try to understand why Madiba was closer to our cause than most.

Read more: The story of how Bengalis owe Pohela Boishakh to Mughal emperor Akbar

Nelson Mandela smiles during a meeting in Johannesburg in this file photo dated 2 June 2009. Picture: Nelson Mandela Foundation/SAPA

Nelson Mandela has been championed all around the world for his peaceful approach to remove apartheid from South African system. But when those were met with violence, he didn’t hesitate to return fire, so to speak.

He favoured peace till peace wasn’t an option anymore.

Mandela’s reflection in us

Much alike to the beginning of our journey to independence. We kept trying to resolve the national issues peacefully. Until West Pakistani government pushed us to the limit and we finally pushed back.

As Nelson Mandela has been such a powerful figure in history, it’s often of great value to go the length in understanding his contributions and not trust his portrait created by the same source that helped imprison him for 27 years.

For a country like ours was 20 years back during his visit, sympathetic words like “I have come to Bangladesh to pay homage to a nation that has fought for its sovereignty. Celebrating this blood-soaked independence, I am here to say today that escaping the clutches of oppression and the autocratic rule is never easy”, were of paramount importance.

It’s been 20 years since, and it’s only fair to say we need to revisit what he said instead of just tidbits of his life.

Happy 101st Birthday Madiba, we remember you.

Read more: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pursuing to learn Bengali

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.

Bangladeshi Photojournalist KM Asad’s photo on the cover of National Geographic magazine

Bangladeshis continue to make us proud on an international level. KM Asad, a renowned photojournalist, took the photo of a Rohingya women and her child, which is on the cover of the August issue of National Geographic.

KM Asad said “Today is one of the greatest days of my life! I feel so blessed to share you that my picture of a Rohingya mother and child, is confirmed to be published as a cover photo of National Geographic on it’s August 2019 Issue! Since I’ve started pursuing photography as a medium of telling stories on 2005, it has always been one of my biggest dreams! I’m so glad that it came true and all the hard works finally started to pay off. It is also a great honor for me to have industry leaders like Sarah Leen recognizing my works! My heartiest gratitude to all the members of National Geographic who’ve supported me a lot. Also grateful to my friends and followers who believe on me and my work.

KM Asad is a independent documentary professional who works for Zuma agency and is a contributor photographer at Getty images.

The August issue, A World On the Move, is about migration, displacement, the causes and effects of leaving everything. According to National Geographic, “by the end of 2017, more people have been forcibly displaced than at any other time since World War II—68.5 million by the UN’s latest count”.

This issue can be accessed from here.

This Indian fisherman survived four days at the sea until Bangladeshi sailors rescued him

A truly miraculous rescue of a man who survived all odds by the nature. Bangladesh cargo vessel rescues an Indian fisherman who was afloat on the sea for four days.

The shocking survival against nature

According to Times of India, on 4th of July around 100 trawlers left the Kadwip port of West Bengal. However, two days later, a storm attacked the sea and separated the fishermen on board. This led them to drift across the International Maritime Boundary into the waters of Bangladesh.

Rabindranath Das was one of them. While officials thought that the missing fishermen passed away, the crew bulk carrier MV Javad, a vessel of steel manufacturing company KSRM, spotted a man floating off the Chittagong coast. Namkhana fisherman, Rabindranath Das, survived the sea with a piece of bamboo and jerrycan tied together.

The rescuers found him four days after the trawler sank on Wednesday, 10th of July.

Safe and secure from the sea, Das is, however, traumatized by the memory of losing his fellow fishermen and neighbours. They lost their lives gambling with the sea until they could not survive it anymore. According to him, 11 fishermen along with Das himself, jumped into the sea after their trawler capsized on 6th of July. They offloaded a dozen of fuel drums, bound them with ropes and held onto it together. They survived the sea with no food and only rainwater to drink. Das broke down in tears as he spoke of his nephew Swapan who he held on to till Wednesday in the morning. He was washed away a few hours before his rescue.

Despite the trauma and risk of losing everything within a split of a second, Rabindranath Das did not lose hope and stayed resilient until the very last second.

The hero returns home

Das was handed over to the Indian High Commission on Friday, in Bangladesh. According to sources, his wife Banani was ecstatic and at loss of words with gratitude. She said, his children longed to see him.

Rabindranath Das returned to Kolkata on Saturday. However, according to Bijan Maity, secretary of Kakdwip Fishermen Association, Das is extremely weak and needs proper medication and treatment as soon as possible.

Coping with the sea with no safety

Due to the challenges of the climate changes that bring in drought, flood and other natural disasters, fishermen are brave and resilient throughout the year. The acts of bravery is a mask they wear to support their own family and survive the harsh economy.

Death of fishermen is normalized unless a miracle occurs. The security and safety of the fishermen in the sea remains questionable at all times.

Lights, camera, pose!- How to make yourself look better in pictures

As you rummage through the umpteen pictures in your phone’s gallery, it is quite common to feel disappointed. The dilemma of asking your friend for another picture or settling with mediocre ones is a real thing. And you question yourself whether donning that cherry-red dress or that emerald-green Punjabi that day was worth it.
But fear not! With these photography tips in mind, you can be the star of your crush’s Instagram feed.

The Basics

When it comes to lighting in portraits, there are endless possibilities both indoors and outdoors. Acquaint yourself with the surroundings. Capturing pictures early in the morning, during late afternoons or in overcast weather can result in fascinating natural-light portraits.
However, be careful during midday or indoor photography. As you must always make sure your face is facing the light to help you define the features and minimize unappealing shadows.

Going “Extra”

Wearing that lacy maroon kameez and making your beau get a matching shirt may seem like a lot of effort. But you would thank us when it results in that picture-perfect moment captured in a photograph! The background and the setting are also paramount to the success in taking a good picture. A neutral, uncluttered background; or an interesting wall, fence or even a door can provide the perfect pop of color and texture.

Moreover, you might want to choose a place that goes well with your outfit. If you are wearing western apparel, you might want to go for places such as Edith, Horse and Horse, The Red Chamber or the fancy hotels in Dhaka- as the ornamented furniture, ravishing décor and chandeliers and the gorgeous lighting make the places very photogenic! However, if you are going for a more traditional attire, check out places such as The Green Lounge, Cha Walah, Chows restaurant, Ajo Idea Space, etc. Places that provide picturesque outdoor as well as indoor settings for the photographs.

Props

As someone who carried balloons all the way to Maldives and took a picture jumping with them with the sun-kissed resort; pristine coral reefs and turquoise water in the background; I can’t stress my love for props and how much props can add to enhance the overall photo. Although you have to be careful of not taking too much focus away from the main subject, using props in the right way can add a sense of story and give the subject an extra layer of depth. These could include hats, umbrellas, mirrors, balloons or even everyday items such as a flower or a musical instrument. You can also find numerous videos and articles on the

Google how to use these props in your pictures and mesmerize your social media followers!

Getting the right photographer

Being photographed is an unnatural and stressful experience. Even the most expensive camera equipment and all your photography “wisdom” would go in vain if you are not relaxed and comfortable around the photographer. Make sure you take a friend or someone who is open to suggestions. And is willing to provide guidance like “Raise your chin a little” or “Look the other way for a fake candid!” to help you shamelessly pose without thinking twice.

Before-After

It is true that capturing photos in their natural setting may create striking portraits. Even so, adjusting the brightness and contrast, altering the hues and playing with the shadows can enhance your shots significantly. Editing platforms such as Aviary, Luminar, Lightroom and Photoshop are a great way to help you achieve this and take your photographs to the next level.