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drowned in the sea
They were the brave sons of Bangladesh, serving thousands of miles away to rebuild troubled nations in a far away land.
When the plane crashed, the news was all over the international news channels. While surfing through, the news attracted the eyes and ears of many. Even then no one in Bangladesh realised that a shock was awaiting them. Everyone was getting ready to celebrate the beginning of a new dawn. Word of the catastrophe reached us two days later.
The tragic accident occurred on 25th December. During take-off the UTA flight 141 tumbled into the sea after clipping a building at the Cotonou's Airport in the West African country Benin.
15 Bangladeshi UN peacekeepers died in that crash among the total 119. This is the largest casualty in a single accident in Bangladesh army since independence and a huge blow for the nation.
The entire nation
joined with the mourning families. 31st December was declared the national
By Shahnaz Parveen
The country has just lost a strong voice in the fight for human rights. Barrister Salma Sobhan, eminent lawyer, social worker, and human rights activist passed away in the early hours of Tuesday, December 30, 2003, at her Gulshan residence.
A dedicated devotee to the human rights revolution, Barrister Sobhan was very well known for her efforts to help rehabilitate acid victims, battered women, and other repressed people.
Other than her passion for her work, Sobhan was also an avid sitar enthusiast, with a keen interest in politics. She also had a strong fondness for word games, winning the champion's title at the Scrabble Club a few weeks before her demise. Niloufer Mahmood, a fellow Scrabble enthusiast, remembers her as a 'very sweet, soft spoken person, very down-to-earth, who was ardently fond of the game."
Barrister Sobhan's demise is a blow, not only for her friends and family, but also for the entire country.
Born Salma Rasheeda Akhtar Banu, on August 11, 1937, she was educated in England, where she studied law at Girton College, Cambridge. She was called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1959, becoming one of Pakistan's first women barristers. She practised law in Karachi, and came to Dhaka after her marriage to Prof. Rehman Sobhan in 1962.
Mrs. Sobhan taught law at the Dhaka University between 1962 and 1981, before she joined the Bangladesh Institute of Law and International Affairs (BILIA). She was also the editor of the Supreme Court Law Reports for several years. In 1982, she co-founded the HR organisation Ain-O-Shalish Kendro (ASK), and was its first executive director until her retirement in 2001. She also helped established the Bangladesh Legal Aid Services Trust (BLAST), as well as the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC). She was also involved with many HR organisations, including the international network Women Living under Muslim Laws, and UNRISD, Geneva. Amongst the publications she authored are, Legal Status of Women in Bangladesh (1975), Peasant Perception of Law (1981), and she also co-authored No Better Option: Women Industrial Workers (1988).
Green broiler chicken from INF
The supply of protein in Bangladesh has increased drastically in the past few decades. The advent of 'broiler chicken' is mostly the reason for this silent revolution in the food sector.
Integrated Nature Farming added a new dimension to this food production. To make the flavour more satisfying to the consumers, INF used 'Green Broiler Technology' from Japan. GBT means using natural methods, as opposed to chemicals to treat diseases. Vitamins, minerals, and grains are the only ones used to feed the chickens. Antibiotics and chemical stuffs are usually dropped out of the food list during production.
These green broilers
are available in superstore Agora.
Many of us ignore the fact that our toothbrushes must be kept clean and germ-free to avoid numerous diseases of our teeth. If you leave your toothbrush damp, then it's very likely that bacteria will thrive on it, eventually affecting your precious teeth. Don't forget that as a grown-up, you must take tremendous care of your teeth because, if any of them ever decays then there's narrow chance of getting it back to its original form-the scar often stays for life. You can start taking your dental care from your home by just increasing your attention towards your toothbrush.
In order to make sure that your toothbrush is disinfected, immerse it in boiling water for about half a minute. You can also use an antibacterial solution if you want.
It's a bad practice to keep the toothbrush near the toilet. Instead keep it outside your bathroom. Or if you have a medicine cabinet at your lavatory, then place your toothbrush inside that cabinet. Remember that every time you flush the toilet, germs burst forth from the toilet, engulfing your toothbrush.
Many of us pay little weight to the fact that every toothbrush must be changed after 3 months' use. We often have a tendency to overuse a toothbrush, and discard it only when the bristles look flat and deformed.
When you plan to spend a night at someone else's place, remember to wrap your toothbrush properly before putting it inside your bag. If you leave the thing open and loose, it's very likely to come in contact with other items (which are probably not sanitary) in your bag.
Keep in mind that only if you take care of your toothbrush, your toothbrush will take care of you.
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