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Last 09 February, 2017, OiiO International, a world wide leading IT company organized OiiO Family Gathering-2017 at Sonargaon Museum (Sonargaon was a historic administrative, commercial and maritime center in Bengal. Situated in the center of the Ganges delta, it was the seat of the medieval Muslim rulers and governors of eastern Bengal.), Tajmahal and Pyramid, Narayanganj. The honorable CEO of OiiO International, Co-Founder of OiiO International & CEO of Tula Infinity, Chief Advisor & Managing Director were participated in that Gathering. Deputy Head of creative Department, Team Leader of Creative Department, Another Team Leader of Graphics & Design Department and all the associates of OiiO International were also present in OiiO Family Gathering 2017. The participation of all the special guests got the picnic success.  In that Family Gathering, various cultural programs and raffle draw were held. Someone who performed best, cut very interesting jokes and was lucky remunerated by wonderful & attractive prizes. When the News Correspondent of Tula Today wanted to know about the feelings of OiiO Family Gathering, Mr. Prosanto Biswas said, "Its my new experience and a chance to acquire knowledge about our ancient trandition". Expressing about that Family Gathering Mr. Ali Hossain said, "I am so happy and feels proud of my country.”  In reply of a question, Chief Advisor of OiiO International said, "Its the beginning, this is not last, now and then we will organize such a Family Gathering to see the wonderful natural and historical place in the large scale”.


Last 26 December, 2016, on Monday at 8:15pm, Joint Charter Night Ceremony 2016 held by Lions Clubs International, District-315B3, Bangladesh at “Patio”2nd Floor, Gulshan Club, Gulshan-2. In This ceremony, 8 participants (1. L/C of Dhaka Amicus Lion City, 2. L/C of Dhaka Baridhara Prestige, 3. L/C of Dhaka Bankers Palli, 4. L/C of Dhaka City Center, 5. L/C of Dhaka Greater Crescent, 6. L/C of Dhaka Uttara Centinnial, 7. L/C of Dhaka Vision 20 & 8. L/C of Dhaka West Kafrul) were participated in Joint Charter Night Ceremony 2016”. And they got the charters of Lions Club International.

And the ceremony was succeed by presenting as a chief guest, the State Minister of Ministry of Local Government Rural Development & Co-Operatives, Md. Mashiur Rahman Ranga MP, the Chairman of Charter Night Ceremony Organizing Committee 2016, Ln. Al-Haj Md. Nazir Miah, Ln. Qazi Akramuddin Ahmed PMJF PCC ,  the Chief Advisor of OiiO International, Gazi Obaidul Kabir. There were also present various kinds of leaders & members of Lions Club International.

After finishing the ceremony the pleasant cultural events were started.


Perhaps you remember when scientists debunked homeopathy in 2002. Or 2010. Or 2014. But now a major Australian study analyzing over 1,800 papers has shown that homeopathy, the alternative treatment that relies on super-diluted substances and the principle of “like cures like” is completely ineffective.

After assessing more than 1,800 studies on homeopathy, Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council was only able to find 225 that were rigorous enough to analyze. And a systematic review of these studies revealed “no good quality evidence to support the claim that homeopathy is effective in treating health conditions.”

The Australian study, which is the first position statement relying on such an extensive review of medical literature, strikes the latest blow at a 200-year-old alternative treatment developed by a German physician with “no interest in detailed pathology, and none in conventional diagnosis and treatment.” The Washington Post reports that the study’s authors are concerned that people who continue to choose homeopathic remedies over proven medicine face real health risks—including the nearly 4 million Americans who use homeopathic “medicines.”

The head of the National Health and Medical Research Council told the Guardian that he hopes the findings will lead to changes in Australia’s health insurance and pharmacy systems. But he also said that “there will be a tail of people who won’t respond to this report, and who will say it’s all a conspiracy of the establishment.”

News of the Australian study comes on the heels of newly released National Health Interview Survey data showing a “small but significant” increase in the use of homeopathy during 2012. And recently, a Canadian homeopathic college came under fire for taking an anti-vaccination stance and promoting homeopathic “nosodes” as an alternative to vaccines.

But will the not-so-new news that homeopathy is ineffective keep consumers from wasting their money on the complementary therapy? If the growing homeopathic industry is any indication, the answer is probably no. smithsonianmag.com


 

The High Court today declared illegal the 7.5 percent value added tax (VAT) on the English medium schools’ tuition fees.

The imposition of the vat is discriminatory and contradictory to the constitution, the court said.

The VAT cannot be imposed on the English medium schools’ tuition fees from January next year, it added.

The bench of Justice Zubayer Rahman Chowdhury  and Justice Mozibur Rahman Miah delivered the verdict after hearing a writ petition filed challenging the legality of the VAT imposition.

The High Court on September 17 last year stayed for six months the collection of VAT on tuition fees of English medium school students.

The HC's decision came amid anti-VAT demonstrations by guardians, students and teachers of English medium schools in the capital.

In 2010, the government imposed 4.5 percent VAT on fees and services in English medium schools. In the budget for fiscal 2014-15, the VAT was raised to 7.5 percent.

However, there is no VAT on Bangla medium schools and government-approved English version schools that follow English textbooks published by the National Curriculum and Textbook Board.

 


Thousands of mourners are flocking to pay their respects to J Jayalalitha, one of India’s most influential and colourful politicians.

The 68-year-old chief minister of Tamil Nadu state suffered a heart attack on Sunday night and died at 23:30 local time (18:00 GMT) on Monday, Chennai’s Apollo Hospital says.

Her body, draped in the Indian flag, is on display at a large public hall.

Extra police have been deployed in the southern state amid fears of unrest.

The extreme devotion she inspires among her supporters, many of whom refer to her as ‘Amma’ (mother) have led to concerns that they could resort to self-harm or violence.

Earlier reports of her death, which were swiftly withdrawn, prompted scuffles between police and her supporters outside the private hospital.

However, lines have been orderly so far, despite the visible emotion among the crowds who are queuing up to catch a final glimpse of Jayalalitha. Many are openly weeping while some are beating their heads and chests.

A seven-day period of mourning has been declared in Tamil Nadu. The central government in Delhi has announced that Tuesday will be a national holiday as a mark of respect and that she will be given a funeral with full state honours.

Prime ministerNarendraModi is due to leave for Chennai to attend the funeral which is due to be held later this evening.

He has led tributes to the former film star who served as Tamil Nadu chief minister four times. She had been receiving treatment for months.

Jayalalitha is revered by many but seen by her critics as having created a cult of personality over the years.

Tributes began to pour in for Jayalalitha as soon as her death was confirmed by Apollo, which had been treating her since 22 September.

Jayalalitha’s AIADMK party - which had earlier lowered the flag to half-mast before hoisting it up once more - also confirmed she had died, tweeting ‘our beloved leader, the Iron lady of India... Amma, is no more’.

‘RIP Jayalalitha’ has been trending on Twitter, while Facebook is also filled with elegies for a woman who is widely respected for managing to hold her own in the male-dominated world of Tamil Nadu politics.

Hundreds of people had lined the streets leading out of the hospital, despite it being long past midnight, to catch a last glimpse of the woman they called ‘Amma’.

As the ambulance carrying her body emerged from the main gate, a cry went up as supporters jostled forward to try and get close to the vehicle - almost breaking the police line in the process. Many of them were wailing.

Her successor as chief minister, the entire cabinet, top officials and others followed. One woman sat on the ground, distraught, her cheeks streaked with tears.

Now the action has moved to Poes Garden, the neighbourhood which has been Jayalalitha’s home for the past several decades.

The streets have been barricaded as people throng the narrow lanes for an all-night vigil.

A senior AIADMK politician, O Panneerselvam, was sworn in as chief of Tamil Nadu within hours of her death, the party’s Twitter account confirmed.

KhushbooSundar, film actress and Congress party spokesperson, told the BBC ‘It’s very painful for me. Despite our political differences, I had respected her. We were hoping against hope, none of us wanted her to lose this battle’.

‘She was a symbol of strength for women like me. She fought against so many odds to make a name for herself in a male-dominated profession like politics. We have a lost a great politician, and a great champion of women’s rights.’

Jayalalitha lived a dramatic life, both on screen and off.

She appeared in more than 100 films before turning her hand to politics in the early 1980s.

Jayalalitha later won control of the AIADMK from its late founder’s wife, before leading it to victory in 1991, the first of four occasions she would do so.

She was accused of corruption on several occasions, and spent two short spells in prison - most recently in 2014.

But a Karnataka high court order in 2015, which cleared her of involvement in a corruption scandal, paved the way for her return to power.

Jayalalitha’s admirers remain unbowed in their admiration for her and argue she has played a key role in the development of Tamil Nadu as one of India’s most economically influential states.


US President Barack Obama awarded the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom - the highest civilian honour in the United States - to 21 key figures at a star-studded ceremony at the White House on Tuesday.

Obama presented the prestigious medal to Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda for philanthropic work, former basketball players Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and actors Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro and Robert Redford.

"It's useful when you think about this incredible collection of people to realize that this is what makes us the greatest nation on earth," Obama said.

The medal is given annually to those who have made outstanding contributions to the national interests of the United States, to security, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavours.

TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, who was also awarded the medal, conducted a "mannequin challenge", a video that features people frozen in place, with the recipients.

Obama leaves office in January after eight years, with Republican businessman Donald Trump taking charge.


Republican US President-elect Donald Trump today named the first women to his team of top officials: South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley for UN ambassador, and school choice advocate Betsy DeVos for education secretary.

Trump intends to nominate billionaire philanthropist Betsy DeVos for education secretary.

“Betsy DeVos is a brilliant and passionate education advocate,” Trump said in a statement. “Under her leadership we will reform the US education system and break the bureaucracy that is holding our children back so that we can deliver world-class education and school choice to all families.”

Hours earlier, Trump had announced that he will fill the US ambassador to the United Nations slot with South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, a rising Republican star and daughter of Indian immigrants.

DeVos tweeted that she is “honored to work with the President-elect on his vision to make American education great again. The status quo in ed is not acceptable.”


It is not often that you get to accomplish something when you are getting married. But speak for yourself, fella!

Brazilians Paulo Gabriel da Silva Barros and Katyucia Lie Hoshino have tied the knot, and at the same time, set a Guinness World Record as well.
The couple now hold the record of being the smallest couple in the world, with a combined height of 71.42 inches.

The pair met each other about 10 years ago, and it has been full of ups and downs, just like any other relationship.

"The first time I started talking to Paulo, he was really annoying. He had cheap pick-up lines," says Katyucia.

And here's his side of the story.

"She thought I was trying to flirt but I was just being nice. According to her, I was a really boring guy." God, this is devastating.

But with time, things got better.

And here's his side of the story.

"She thought I was trying to flirt but I was just being nice. According to her, I was a really boring guy." God, this is devastating.

But with time, things got better.


When the doors open to Kensington Palace’s Princess Diana: Her Fashion Story exhibition next February, those lining up to peruse the collection on display will no doubt range from Hackney hipsters too young to remember her when she was alive to Home Counties ladies who grew up with “Lady Di” as their fashion barometer. Because while it might be almost 20 years since Diana, Princess of Wales died, her inimitable style is as popular and obsessed over as ever.

 

As a public figure who embodied glamour, intrigue, duty and mystery, Diana’s wardrobe was one of her most powerful tools of communication. Her outfits for foreign tours were always carefully diplomatic: in Japan in 1986, she chose a red polka dot dress to represent the country’s rising sun motif; in Pakistan, she wore green, a customary colour of respect.

 

But it was in her choice of eveningwear that she really let go, and so enjoyed some of her most memorable fashion moments. After dark, the designer dresses she wore were often laced with attitude and not-so-subtle messaging. She could have invented the phrase “statement dressing” with her black, off-shoulder cocktail dress by Christina Stambolian, which she wore to the Serpentine Gallery on the night that the Prince of Wales admitted to his infidelity in 1994.

 

Then there were her playful off-duty looks, which included jazzy jumpers for polo matches and an American football-style bomber jacket for days out with William and Harry. It’s little wonder that Diana came to epitomise late-20th-century fashion, and was strategic in using it to her advantage.

 

“She was always very thoughtful about how her clothes would be interpreted, it was something that really mattered to her,” remembers Anna Harvey, Vogue’s former deputy editor, who helped the Princess to craft her image after they bumped into one another in the corridors of Vogue. Diana was looking for help after a royal blue suit she chose for her engagement announcement had been given a lukewarm reception.

 

“She was aware of her position and the fact that she was representing Great Britain. She was always very clever when it came to flattering people,” says Harvey. “We all remember her as an elegant, beautiful woman who loved fashion. It would be no different now, I am sure. She would be an example to us all with what she wore and how she wore it.”


The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $167 million loan to promote sustainable economic growth and reduce poverty in Bangladesh.

It is the second cofinance project along with Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) where the latter is expected to lend an additional $60 million.

“The project will help the government address the country’s energy crisis by making available additional clean energy, particularly imported natural gas, through the transmission network,” said Hongwei Zhang, Finance Specialist (Energy) in ADB’s South Asia Department.

Under the project, seven wellhead gas compressors will be installed to increase pumping pressure and ensure steady extraction at the Titas gas field and 181 kilometres of pipeline will be built from Chittagong to Bakhrabad.

The $453 million project is expected to be completed by 2021. The Government of Bangladesh will provide $226 million for the project. 


It is not often that a local tennis tournament garners much media attention in our country. Even the biggest tennis events staged here, the annual ITF International Junior Tennis Tournament, gets only a decent amount of coverage. However, this time the 30th edition of this tournament, which sees budding tennis players aged below 18 from across continents participate, has drawn quite a bit of attention even before the tournament got going. And that is not because the star value of this tournament has suddenly garnered, rather, due to the presence of a very 'resourceful' tennis family.

Katie LaFrance, the top-seeded female tennis player of the tournament, caught the attention of media way before the tournament started as she, along with her parents and coach, arrived in Dhaka on a chartered flight, just in time to make the pre-tournament press conference. Katie's father, Stephen, who deals in real estate, says it is business as usual for them.

“We accompany our daughter, who is our only child, to all the countries she plays,” Stephen told this reporter as Katie warmed up to take on India's Muskaan Ranjan in her first round match at the Ramna National Tennis Complex yesterday. “Before coming to Bangladesh, we were in Thailand and before that we were in Malaysia and Taipei. So just to make sure we avoid travel-related complicacies like flight delays or cancellations, we prefer to hire chartered flights when there are back to back tournaments.”

This time the tournament sees players from 12 different countries participating, and most of those youngsters from the overseas nations are accompanied by either one of their parents or coaches. And all of them are quite at ease with the security provided by the tournament hosts. However, for Katie's family, things are different. The 17-year-old's family is under constant guard by a couple of well-armed private security officials all through the day. Stephen tried to explain the context of the security arrangements.

“It is not about this country. If we're going to a country I'm familiar with, we don't take extra security. But if we're going to some place completely new, like in Bangladesh, we always ensure security this way. We have arranged such security when we were in Thailand and in Egypt, just to be sure,” said the Los Angeles native, who himself was once a tennis player of sorts. “My wife Wendy and I both used to play tennis, but we were more of recreational tennis players and never played at the level Katie is playing at. So we take pleasure in watching our daughter play at this level and try to make sure she is happy and be the best she can be. However we don't put any extra pressure by setting any specific targets for her.”

Katie herself seems to be taking a cue from her father's book, taking a calm yet meticulous approach to the game. The 17-year-old, who idolises Caroline Wozniacki and Roger Federer, wrapped up her first round tie in straight sets in around ninety minutes before meeting the reporters' demands.

“I want to take things one match at a time and play my best and see what happens,” she said. “But there are other things I take interest in, and travelling to places for tennis is certainly one of those. I'm enjoying my stay here very much as the people are very friendly, and I would certainly love to return with a good memory.”


Amid the widespread flak over the Nasir Hossain’s exclusion in the 22 men preliminary squad of Bangladesh national cricket team for New Zealand tour, the chief selector Minhazul Abedin Nannu has expressed to bdnews24.com why Nasir Hossain is being dropped from the squad.

 

Bangladesh Cricket Board on Sunday announced the squad droping Nasir Hossain, one of the finest all-rounder of Bangladesh cricket team. In spite of his being in the squad, he missed lots of matches as he was not included in the playing XI in recent times.

 

However this time he is being dropped and remains stand by with squad of Bangladesh of New Zealand squad. After the announcement of Bangladesh squad of New Zealand squad.

 

Minhazul Abedin Nannu explained Shuvagata better spinner than Nasir and said “There are several cricketers for a particular position. Mosaddek Hossain has become in the position of 6-7 no in ODI. Sabbir Rahman is playing well. Shuvagata is spinning the bowl better than Nasir.”

 

“There is Soumya, also. We are taking him as an all-rounder for New Zealand series. He can bowl and bat at the lower order. Overall we are not interested to take more cricketers for a particular position.”–he further added.

 

There no problems with the Mosaddek Hossain and Sabbir Rahman but many cricket fans arisen questions why Shuvagata Hom is being selected over Nasir Hossain. In the reply of this question Nannu again explained his observations.

 

“We are mainly giving priority Shuvagata Hom as a spinner. He is more useful in the longer version matches.”

 

At the same time he told some technical problem of batting of Nasir Hossain, “We are in doubt about Nasir Hossain’s batting in the condition like New Zealand. We saw that he is not good enough against pacers. On the contrary Soumya Sarkar plays extremely well in the bouncy wicket like the condition of New Zealand.”

 

It is to inform that Nazmul Hasan Shanto and Ebadat Hossain have been added in this 22 men squad for their development program. Without them rest of the 20 cricketers will be choosing for the series of New Zealand. Source: bdcricteam


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