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Singapore this Deepavali

Deepavali or the Festival of Lights is celebrated every year with elaborate light and candle decorations in Singapore. This year, Deepavali falls on 5 November 2010. If you are in Singapore during the Deepavali festival month, you must visit "Little India" on Serangoon Road. The streets of Little India are artfully decorated and lit up in bright festive colours, transforming it with an explosion of vibrant, colourful arches and lights.

Festive bazaars and numerous cultural activities such as the Indian Heritage and Craft Exhibition, Street Parade, Countdown Concert are also held. Colourful Indian outfits, intricate costume jewellery and traditional arts and craft are also on sale.

Also, you will be able to taste a wide variety of delicious Indian food including Murukku, a flour-based snack made or popular Indian sweets such as the Halwa, a flour or nut butter-based dessert. You will also be served with Indian food like chicken tandoori, prawn sambal and fish head curry, which are some of the popular non-vegetarian Indian foods.

Bungee jump in the city? Only in Singapore. At this popular haunt, there's the GX-5 Xtreme Swing, a five-seater capsule that will catapult you 100 meters across the Singapore River from a height of 50meters. Take a leisurely stroll around Hotpark, Singapore's one and only one-stop gardening hub that offers fantastic Terrarium Workshops.

View details at www.yoursingapore.com to find out what's happening at the festival. Don't forget to bring your family and friends down to visit our festival hubs from 7th October-13th November 2010!

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Come to Dorjeebari this season and be dazzled by their eclectic collection of attires, designed to mermerise the fashionistas of the city. Whether you are looking for a traditional garb or planning to go for contemporary statement this puja, Dorjeebari is the place to be.

Stars at Shadakalo

Renowned for their theme-based designs, boutique Shadakalo plays with "Stars" in their creative zeal this time. Elaborate use of stars and related themes can be seen in their collection this time.

Attires are now being showcased at all Shadakalo outlets for Puja or any other occasion


Winter with Persona

It goes without saying that winter requires special care and special attention to the skin as it is the season that induces dry skin. In order to keep it supple, Persona offers a range of services. There is also a special 15 percent offer on facials, manicures, pedicures and hair treatments. The offer is valid between 15 October - 5 November 2010.

For details contact: 01713148213, 9004387

DIAGOLD at Banani

For elite city-dwellers, jewellers DIAGOLD Elite Showroom inaugurated an outlet at Banani Road #11 on October 8. 2010. Celebrity model Sharmin Lucky was present as Chief Guest for the official inauguration.

The seven-day long inauguration offer gives customers a chance to avail a 25 percent discount on all diamond ornaments, in addition to special discounts on any gold jewellery bought.

The showroom is located on the second floor of Batabhabon, Banani Road #11, and will remain open on weekdays from 11 am till 8pm. Contact: #9888575.

Tara Marka

With Puja only days away, boutique Tara Marka showcases their Sharadiya Durga Puja Collection at their Aziz Supermarket outlet. T-shits and novel "Fatunji" in their use of Puja motifs uphold the cultural vibes of the festivities. Be sure to check them out. #01912243631


News flash

KFC introduces Krushers

Popular fast food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) has introduced 'Krushers', a new cold drink made from a unique combination of chocolate, cookie bits, coffee, dairy and ice, available in 5 mouth-watering flavours.

Akku Chowdhury, Executive Director, Transcom Foods Limited and famous actress & model Sharmin Lucky, singer Tishma, actress Deepa Khandoker, Bonnya Mirza and model Tanisha were present to launch the new dessert menu 'Krushers' at KFC Gulshan, on 6 October.

Besides the special guests, ordinary members of the public were also present, and seemed to be truly enjoying this new addition to KFC's already ample dessert menu

Krushers are available in 5 unique flavours - Choco Lash, Charred Coffee, Strawberry Smoothie, Virgin Mojito & Black Mojito - which makes ordering the Krushers as much fun as tasting it.

“This is perhaps the most exciting addition to the KFC menu till date. When it comes to the Krushers, it's not just about the great taste and a cool drink, it's about the experience. Gulp it, crunch it, crush it, grind it, chomp it - it's your call. But I can guarantee that it will be an experience like never before” said Mr. Akku Chowdhury, Executive Director, Transcom Foods Ltd.

KFC is an international restaurant chain in Bangladesh opening its flagship outlet on September 06, 2006 at Gulshan. KFC has 6 outlets in Dhaka at Gulshan, Banani, Baily Road, Dhanmondi, New Eskaton, Mirpur and one in Chittagong at Lalkhan Bazar. Transcom Foods Limited - a subsidiary of Bangladesh's leading business group Transcom operates KFC in Bangladesh. Besides KFC, Transcom Foods Limited is also the franchisee of Pizza Hut, which is the first ever-international restaurant chain that commenced business in the Bangladesh market.

News flash

Deutsche Welle joins Bangladesh Betar

Deutsche Welle, an internationally renowned German station, has hit the radios of Bangladesh. The station is broadcasted daily on 97.6 MHz in Dhaka, 105.4 MHz in Chittagong, 105.0 MHz in Sylhet, 102.0 MHz in Khulna, 105.0 MHz in Rajshahi and 105.4 MHz in Rangpur. The launching ceremony was held on Wednesday, 6 October, 2010 at The Westin.

Many notable guests attended the event such as Tobias Grote Beverborg- representative of Distribution, South Asia, Deutsche Welle, A K M Shameem Chowdhuri- Director General of Bangladesh Betar, H E Holger Michael- Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, Debarati Guha- Coordinating Editor of South Asia Desk, Deutsche Welle and A H M Abdul Hai- Moderator of DW-Radio/Bengali.

Tobias spoke about how Bangladesh is a country of immense interest to Germany and that they are looking to help shape our media trance. With 86 million viewers and listeners worldwide for around 60 years, DW hopes to be an active contributor to Bangladesh Media.

Speaking on the occasion, A K M Shameem mentioned his hopes for our national audience to get enough access to the information DW has to offer within their time slot. DW is aired every morning and evening at 8 o'clock, for half an hour.

Shameem said, 'I hope Deutsche Welle's journey in Bangladesh Betar is very successful.'

The ambassador, H E Holger Michael started with congratulating DW for starting their journey in Bangladesh. He said, 'To allow this is a sign of transparency, openness and a strong friendship between the two countries.'

Debarati Guha spoke on behalf of Deutsche Welle's head of South Asian Desk, Grahame Lucas due to his absence. She mentioned how this is a momentous day for DW and thanked Shameem, Head of Bangladesh Betar, and Holger Michael, Ambassador of Germany for making this possible.

Debarati Guha spoke about the objectives of DW of promoting democracy, media freedom and human rights. She talked about Germany's duty, being technologically advanced, of helping Bangladesh's media flourish. DW's broadcast will include information on Germany, their discussions and environment and much more.

A H M Abdul Hai described his experience in DW as 'nothing less than exciting'.

The event ended with an enthralling performance by prominent singer, Topu.

All speakers took immense pride in beginning this new era of working as a partnership and looked forward to 'their ride along with a trusted friend'.

By Naziba Basher


Number Wonder!

This week saw a rare date: 10/10/'10. Does it mean anything? Well for starters, it's unique. If you look at the calendar, it might make you pause for thought. But is there anything else? Probably not. But then again, you never know. It's quite a mysterious world after all!

The anticipation
If you are a big fan of numerology, the date may have meant a lot to you. Many people, throughout the world, thought this day to be auspicious and therefore a suitable one to start something new. Thus, there have been many proposals, wedding ceremonies, etc. Well, wish them good luck!

Nahid, a computer geek, says, “All the numbers in that date are binary numbers, 0 and 1. That's out of the ordinary!” Also, we must not forget the importance of the number ten- top ten songs, top ten movies, top ten novels. And, if it was your birthday that day, then viola! You get more attention and feel more special! Good for you!

What's the fuss all about???
Okay. Wake up. Your life won't get better and won't make a new turn because a few numbers happened to coincidentally match together! What might happen in 10-10-10? Either something really good, or something really bad. Well, you are skipping another occurrence that might happen- nothing! What are the odds that something good is going to happen? Many people didn't even notice the peculiarity of the date.

When you believe in something, even if the belief is entirely false, it still has an effect on you. It is not the date that makes you, rather you make the date. So, whilst the numbers may actually mean nothing scientifically, it's always good to find an excuse for celebration or to mark the start of something new!





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