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Rickshaw Festival 2009
Organised by 'Bangladesh Changemakers' a global network of entrepreneurs the event is all set to welcome people in love of the tricycle. Leading up to the day's event on the 28, different programs have been chalked out such as 'tee shirt designing', 'rickshaw designing contest', 'photography contest' and others.
The Rickshaw inspired t-shirt contest was held on 23 March and paved ways to encourage new aspiring artists to be part of the Rickshaw festival, show their talent and gain some hands on experience in entrepreneurship.
The four winners will be given set prize money and will work with a fashion house to take their designs to production. These four winning designs will be printed and sold on the day of the festival. They will also be sold online globally through the Bangladesh Changemakers website.
The photography contest on the theme “Positive aspect of Rickshaw” is designed to encourage optimistic portrayal of rickshaw and also to encourage and provide a platform to aspirant photographers. The response received has been overwhelming and winners will be declared on the day of the actual event, 28 March 2009.
For more information log on to http://www.bangladeshchangemakers.net/rickshaw.html
Nogordola presents knitwear
Now, you can get comfortable attires like tees, polo shirts and also tank tops and day dresses for women.
On The Cover
Floral prints are all the rage. Team it with a solid colour to stay stylish this season.
A patriot, according to the word's dictionary meaning, is a person who loves, supports and defends his or her country and its interests with devotion. The notion of patriotism, a notion that emphasizes boundaries in an age when such lines are becoming increasingly blurry, might be seen as dated and romantic. This is far from the truth, because although we live in a global village, we are still children of the country we were born in and, living in that country, we operate within the structures present in that country. Therefore, our individual fates and the fate of the country we call home are deeply intertwined.
Often the relationship between country and individual is cyclic. Take income taxes, for example. In the case of Bangladesh, many are not serious about paying taxes because they think that all the money will not be put to public service. This assumption of ours harms the country in the long run, which in turn harms its people. We see the neglect (which is partly engendered by those of us who do not pay taxes) manifested in poor healthcare and education, huge proportions of the population living below the poverty line, and so on. This affects us because whichever sector we find ourselves in, be it business, agriculture, finance, education, tourism, healthcare, a crippled economy will not allow us to be successful, individually or collectively.
The idea of patriotism is relevant especially today, keeping in mind the increased competition. Maximum efficiency is required to be ahead in the game. Therefore, patriotism is not a hyperbolic, romantic notion. It is very practical, as at its heart is the idea that what is good for the nation is good for the individual. We can all be patriotic by doing our jobs conscientiously, and contributing whatever we can to the economy.
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