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Bead and jewellery workshop

With a view to promote creativity in children, Institute of Art and Culture, Dhaka has organised a month-long jewellery making workshop for children aged 7-13 years. Jewellery designer Amman Rashid of Aadi will conduct the workshop.

Classes will be held on Fridays through 20 July to 10 August between 11.00 a.m. and 12 p.m. All required materials and tools will be provided by the organisers.

If interested, kindly register before 15 July. Registration fees are Tk. 5000 per child. For details contact: Amman Rashid 0171 196 1619.

Bay Emporium at Shyamoli

On 25 June, 2012 Bay Emporium Ltd. opened their latest outlet at Ring Road Shamoli, Dhaka. This outlet will showcase excellent merchandise with a focus on new arrival of different lines in men's, ladies' and children's footwear.

Jenny's at Sylhet

On 23 June, 2012 popular footwear brand Jenny's opened their latest outlet at Shahjalal Uposahar in Sylhet. Jenny's has made a reputation for making quality footwear with genuine leather. If you are looking for some innovative designs, visit Jenny's this season.

Sale at Akhter Furniture

This renowned furniture producer is offering a 35 per cent discount on an exclusive line of products, including beds, almirah, sofa sets, dressing tables, etc. Offer valid till stock lasts. For details, contact: 56 Progati Sarani, Baridhara, Dhaka. #0171 186 4033.


Soaring market prices

You know what, the voice inside my head keeps asking me, 'Where do I go after I reach rock bottom?' Is there a sign that says go further down and get gobbled up by a black hole like condition or is there a utopian detour that will bring me up again and reassure me that rock bottoms are imaginary; because, under the present circumstances and with my mind wandering listlessly, it's a valid question.

I may sound a little whiny today but that's what I am feeling, because today I bought eggs and each one cost me Tk 12.50. Can you beat that! A lot of you will not be bothered about this mind-blowing inflation but there was a time, in my age, and I am only in my forties now, when I used to get four eggs for just Tk. 1.

I loved grocery shopping even when I was a little girl and accompanied my father to the market on his weekend bazaar trips. Thus, say just 30 years ago one egg cost 25 paisa. Honestly, you tell me if I am wrong when I say that today your Tk 500 feels like Tk 100 and Tk 100 is worth nothing, it has taken the place of those paisas.

Mutton is selling for Tk 495. Admittedly, it's from a premium store but go to a random butcher at the corner of your road and he is selling it for Tk 400. And the saddest bit is that the Ramadan marketing and stocking up has not yet begun.

Just last month I bought electricity for Tk 7000 ++ for just a family of three. And trust me we did save energy by turning down the air conditioning and using only one instead of all. Lights were all energy savers, and other LED gadgets and electronics were in use and yet the power bill took a steep jump of Tk 5000 and it's going further up.

For many of you out there, these are not important issues at all; and frankly when you are doing your groceries you don't mind buying omega fortified eggs or premium cuts of beef or that chicken salami for your sandwiches. But when you sit down to do your monthly expenditure math you find it difficult to balance it all out. The difference between your income and expenses is so outstanding; and no matter what your salary is, it is becoming increasingly difficult to do the things we could do just a year ago.

Honestly the middle class is totally crushed; their contribution to the emerging economy has been milked so hard I don't think there is a single drop left to spare. Maintaining the facade of living well is taking toll.

-- Raffat Binte Rashid


Workshop on Emotional Intelligence

The Women's Network (WN) of the Standard Chartered Bank recently arranged a special daylong workshop on Emotional Intelligence (EI) for working women at Lakeshore Hotel.

Women's Network (WN) is a unique platform for all women at Standard Chartered Bank to network closely and to foster their professional/leadership capabilities. The Women's Network is perhaps a one-of-its-kind platform in the industry.

This workshop was based on Emotional Intelligence (EI), which is defined as the ability to monitor one's own and others' feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them and to use this information to guide one's thinking and actions. It was aimed to help the participants to understand EI, role of EI in managing productive work groups, to use EI to manage stress in the workplace and to learn how to develop EI.

The workshop was an interactive one where participants shared their thoughts and experiences and also took a survey to determine the state of their Emotional Quotient a measure of EI.

The workshop was conducted by Scott Michael Raub who has experience working in counselling and management at positions with universities, colleges, schools, and non-profit organisations. He specialises in building strategic partnerships and relationships between organisations, providing training in the critical areas of cross-cultural awareness and understanding, peer mentoring and basic counseling skills, developing program design and implementation.

CEO of Standard Chartered Bangladesh, Jim McCabe and Head of HR, Shah Masud Imam had an interactive session with all the participants at the end of the daylong workshop.

“We are committed to making Standard Chartered a great place to work in this connection, this year we increased focus on the quality of manager-employee conversations, which we believe is a key driver of great employee experiences and took all key people-managers through what we call a 'Great Manager' program an abridged master class in people management. Today's workshop on Emotional Intelligence is also part of our ongoing efforts to improve our workforce.”

WN invited female employees from the area of journalism and online media sectors to participate at the workshop along with the employees of Standard Chartered Bank.

By Karishma Ameen


Preserve that memory

As it ever happened to you that you remember that you were supposed to remember something, but have forgotten what that is? Such episodes can keep you hung on to the subject for days till you finally give up to that consistent feeling of groping the loose end. But following some small errands daily can help you avoid such unwanted states.

Try enjoying a pint of water everyday, first thing in the morning. It not only soothes your tummy but also helpe rejuvenate those brain cells after a long night's sleep. Grab some fresh fruits on the way out to supply your body with much needed nutrients that work magic to keep your memory alive.

Avoid junk food and get going with some regular exercise. A healthy body is an emblem of a healthy brain. Develop a habit of drinking herbal tea regularly. You can choose form an array like ginseng, fennel seed and green tea.

For those who love nuts, there is good news, and for those who don't, try developing the habit. Nuts have essential nutrients that have been said to improve productivity. And for that final boost of energy and vitality at the end of a long tiring day, get your hands on some fresh juice and practice taking deep breaths occasionally to rejuvenate the blood cells.


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