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Dear Riyana,
I have just finished my HSC exam and need some suggestions from u about my I.B.A admission test. I know there're two options for being qualified for the viva.1.to be qualified by written test. 2.to score 1200+Êin SAT. So I'm in a fix in which way I should proceed. Does IBA prefer SAT score to written test score for the final selection? I m an ex-cadet. What do you think about me?

Dear Maruf,
My friend and colleague Ishita Rahman answered this for you since she's at IBA: IBA does not prefer sat score to written test. BothÊtypes carry the same value. I hope u know by now that you have to beÊquite fast andÊwill have to finish three sections (math, English and analytical) within two hours. You will also not be allowed to use a calculator for the math section. So if you think that you are fast enough then go for the written test. If not sat would be the better option. Being an ex cadet will not make any difference though, but if you try hard enough and with a little bit of luckÊyouÊmight get admitted to IBA.
Hope your problems solved Maruf- Riyana

Hi Riyana,
Riyana, I'm writing to you because I'm facing a great problem and I want to get relief from it. I love a girl. But I'm worrying to propose to her because she thinks I'm one of her good friends. But to me she is the person I dream for. I just love her like a madman. Now I'm worried to propose to her because if I propose to her and she rejects me, then the relationship that we are having now will no more exist. That's what I don't want. I don't want to lose her. What should I do now, Riyana. Help me! I want to propose to her. But I'm unable to gather that much strength in my mind, so that I can propose. Please help me!

Dear Unknown,
In situations like this you just have to take the risk. Since you claim that you are good friends, she might not reject you. But if she does, then you have to respect her decision. In that case tell her that if she won't accept your proposal, you two should at least remain friends especially since you're close to each other.

Dear Riyana,
It's not a problem regarding love or affair. It's a problem I am facing from childhood. That is I am not communicative at all. Nevertheless I am a reticent person. I have a very few friends. I am free to him/her whom I like best. But I want to become free to all, to talk to all, doesn't matter elder or younger ones. Please help me if you can.

Dear Anando,
What you're facing is pure shyness. It's easy to overcome- just have faith in yourself and others. First become close to the people you like best. Then tell them about your shyness and ask them to help you meet other people and prompt you to speak out whenever they sense you're shy. I'm sure they'll help. You'll be okay in a jiff. Don't lose your head over this. Many people face shyness. I know I did and I did exactly what I advised you to do.

Dear Riyana,
I fell in love with a girl a few months ago. She is very beautiful and she has a tremendous personality. She is in class 7 and I am in class 8. She dazzles me. The problem is that I don't know whether she likes me or not. She does not stare at me that often though I think she knows that I do. I am not really sure what to do. I cannot just go and tell her that because I think it would create a conflict and I could lose her for good. Please answer me as soon as possible.

Dear Truth-be-told
In situations like this you just have to take the risk. If she rejects you, then you have to respect her decision. In that case tell her that if she won't accept your proposal, you two should at least remain friends.


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The skies beneath the space station were glowing red and green on April 30, 2003 and a geomagnetic storm was underway on Earth. A pair of Iridium satellites would soon appear outside the ISS exposing a recorder 30-seconds of two bright Iridium flares, lots of star trails, and some vivid green aurora australis.

Iridium flares are flashes of sunlight glinting from the antenna panels of Iridium communications satellites. They're dazzling. You can see Iridium flares a few times a week from your backyard on Earth--some in broad daylight. There are 90 Iridium satellites orbiting Earth. The ones sited on 30th April were Iridium 67, which flared at 06:19:12.2 UT, and Iridium 14, which ignited at 06:19:28.5 UT. The latter is an on-orbit spare.

The spares are in a slightly lower orbit, so they are constantly "lapping" the operational satellites. Closely spaced double flares are rare and almost always involve a spare. Sunbeams glinting from Iridium satellites are narrow--only 10 or so km wide. Predicting when two such beams would shine through a single window on the fast-moving space station in quick succession ... that's impressive.

The most amazing thing is, there is a software for predicting this happening. It was created by Matson, who works at SAIC as an orbital dynamicist. He's been using this same software for years to predict Iridium flares for sky watchers on Earth. But he did have to make some modifications to handle the more complex case of an orbiting (rather than stationary) observer. Even so, his program is absolute.

Would you like to see some Iridium flares yourself? To find out when to look visit: http://heavens-above.com/

Or download Matson's software from:

By- Bonhomie

The 2nd art & craft show at Manarat Intl. School

Last Saturday on 26th July, Manarat Intl. School held its 2nd Art & Craft Show. The show was arranged at the school premises in Rd # 104 Gulshan-2. Visitors poured in throughout the whole day to see what the students had come up with their creative minds.

The first show was held back last year and just two rooms were used for exhibition purposes. This year the show took place on a much larger scale. Almost 3 thousand entries came in and out of them about a thousand were put up for display. The entire ground floor of the new building was used as the gallery.

The feature that made the show special was the various forms of art and craft on display. They were Islamic scripts that had been written using wood, paint, cloth and other sorts of material. Then there models of the Holy Kaba'a Sharif and mosques made from glass, wood, cardboard etc. Besides the items reflecting the Islamic values students receive according to the school curriculum, there were oil and water colour paintings on display. There were paintings of fruits and flowers, mosques, landscapes etc.

There was a very remarkable painting showing a dead Muslim with a flag post bearing the American flag stabbed onto his chest. It appears the Iraq crisis has had its deep impressions on young schoolchildren as well. Besides all the serious and sombre pictures, there were a few that would definitely make you smile, namely pictures of Superman, Nightcrawler and Harry Potter.

Apart from the paintings, other remarkable craftwork included paintings done on glass and ceramic, dying and embroidery done on cloth and jewellery made from beads. There was one extraordinary and unusual work on display mice made out of peanut shells!

Contestants had been divided into five age groups starting from kindergarten to A level. There were 3 prizes and 2 honourable prizes for each age group. The students had received one moth to prepare and submit their projects. The teahcers took one week to sort out the best ones and judge the winners and finally put them up for display.

The show turned out to be an enjoyable one. It was nice to see that people still have enthusiasm left for art and craftwork and that scary science fairs are not all that schools have to offer nowadays. Hope all schools come up with such lovely shows and bring out the artists and craftsmen hiding deep inside the young brilliant minds of children.

By Hamdan Kabir (Safir)



""In a conversation, keep in mind that that you're more interested in what you have to say than anyone else is""

Andy Rooney


Hey everyone!

I'm feeling quite lucky this week…got a lot of feedback. There was one faction that spoke about the love issue that we had discussed a few weeks back, and I hope you'll be patient if I postpone talking about it for a week or so. The other faction wanted to talk about summer jobs. Today, I'll be featuring two letters, whose writers have some pretty thought-provoking views to share about this topic. The first letter is from Wasim, who writes:

"This letter is in reference to Tanjila's letter about part time jobs for the young people of our country. I think her idea is not bad. It's food for thought too, but I have some different opinions on this matter. Firstly, I don't think our country still has that kind of environment that would allow us to pursue such jobs. For example, if some people want to sing a song in chorus they have to have the right setting for it. Our country isn't a western country and I don't think one nine year-old boy/girl is matured enough to do part time jobs and if by exception s/he IS matured enough, then as I said earlier, the environment won't let him/her do that. Secondly, I think even the parents belonging to the lower-middle class won't let their boys/girls do such jobs because of our social barriers, let alone the well-off parents and you

people do know the reasons, the insecurity in our society. You can't deny that. Thirdly, our country in neither a rich nor an economically flexible one. Our present economic situation isn't good enough, so if one young boy/girl gets such a job as a sweeper or cleaner or card maker s/he will indirectly take some poor one's job and harm him/her by competing with him/her. I think that to solve one problem would only create another. That's not wanted at all. Lastly, I think if there is a will there is a way, but no one is showing us the way or giving proper guidance to our young peoples who want to do something. I think young people alone can't make a revolution or something like that. Older people, who are matured enough should help out the young people by showing them the right way with proper guidance. I have read the article by Sabrina too, but it's bit biased towards the English medium persons. However both Tanjila and Sabrina had good intentions so thanks to them. As far as I can't give a solution I think somebody should write a complete article on this matter."

Well, thank you for your views, Wasim. Tanjila, I hope this answers some of your questions, but I also hope it doesn't dampen your enthusiasm or your idealism. You've got your heart in the right place, girl. As for Sabrina' article, I'm not really at a liberty to pass any comments, but I think she wrote from the point of view of an English Medium student, although I'm not sure if she mentioned it in her piece. However, I think the jobs that she talked about apply to students of both mediums of schooling. However, I do agree that we need to hear the views of more people, who know more about this matter. Perhaps some of our readers, who have already had such jobs can share their experiences with us?

Right. Our next letter is from an old correspondent, Nayeem, who writes:

"It's impressive that the "O" and "A" level students are now thinking of summer jobs ( just another try to copy our beloved, imported American culture) and doing summer jobs or part-time jobs. I appreciate these types of ideas. Unfortunately, Bangladesh has a very high-level of unemployment and I'm hesitant to say yes to those teenagers who are willing do jobs like being a waiter/waitress, salesboy/salesgirl, toilet-cleaner, etc. There are more than 60 people (at a time) applying for a post for these types of jobs and I think youngsters should step back and let their culture-copying-dream rest in their dreams only. There are more than 12000 children in Bangladesh who can't even eat and sleep properly when we do our classes in air-conditioned rooms, attend concerts and take pride in telling our friends that our papa has bought a BMW. I have researched about the topic of car-import in Bangladesh and it seems that brands like BMW, VOLVO, are willing to "catch" the growing car market of Bangladesh, bearing in mind the rise in GDP of our country. In case you don't know, GDP means Gross Domestic Product or the output produced by a country's people. If you compare the rise in our annual average income, you will find out that a Bangladesh earns 330 dollars now compared to 220 dollars ( 220 was 3 years ago).So, I don't really understand what these BMW importers are saying about a growing car market. Bangladesh still has to go for debt-forgiveness and debt-swaps and I

just want to know, how the h**l do these people think they can do good for our people. All they want is money. It's like robbery-the civilized version."

Well, Nayeem, thanks for the vehemence with which you expressed your views on the subject, although personally, I failed to see the connection between summer jobs and car importers. As for your argument about the job, I can't say I agree with it. However, my views I'll discuss in the next issue. I'm sure you readers you have plenty of opinions of your own to state. I'll be waiting to hear about them. Till our next tete-a-tete, this is the Girl Next Door wishing you a fruitful, productive week.

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By The Girl Next Door



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