The week in re(ar)view
Now people do not bother to get land lines. Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) for competition reasons reduced charges on its different services with effect from November 1.
'Considering the entire Bangladesh as one zone, BTTB fixed the charge at Tk 1.50 per minute for NWD call irrespective of peak and off-peak hours with 30-second pulse each," said a government announcement yesterday.
A local call will be counted 7 minutes during peak hours and 10 minutes during off-peak hours within the same district while 5 and 8 minutes respectively in divisional cities.
Hot university degrees
This is to deal with allegations that many private universities are selling certificates and offering sub-standard education.
In light of the proposed Act, the authorities have already declared illegal branches of 56 foreign universities, around 100 outer campuses and 40 private medical colleges. No more students can enroll from this year.
Watch where you go
Get the truth or else………
"Don't care about `famous or infamous' Official Secrets Act or certain other laws and government rules. Find your own ways to get the correct news… if there is a will, there is a way," he said.
By Gokhra and Mood Dude
Are you Unstoppable?”
Rampage Asia is open to all gamers from 15 Asia Pacific countries: Australia, Bangladesh, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Official titles are some of the most popular game titles in the Asia Pacific region: First Person Shooter game Counter Strike 1.6 and Real Time Strategy game WarCraft III. Tournament mechanics follow a ladder system in which gamers receive points according to their 'win/loss' record after each match played, and real-time tournament results updates for gamers will be available after the completion of each match. The leader board ranking allows results to be presented as from an overall regional ranking to domestic ranking. Forums operated by respected gamers will facilitate discussions on gaming strategies and the trading of newest gaming information, while replay file uploading board allows gamers to upload their game replays and to watch and learn from games others have played.
The winners of Rampage Asia will be announced after December 15th when the tournament is completed. For each of the two game titles, there will be a 1st place at US$20,000, a 2nd place at US$10,000 and a 3rd place at US$5,000. For more details on how to participate, visit the official site at http://intel.wcgzone.com
So, where do you live?
Rolex watches, Gucci bags, Armani shirts, ridiculously expensive cell phones...these days people are obsessed with everything that tend to, or desperately try to, indicate our sophistication and sense of class. This obsession with status symbols has reached to an astronomical extreme such that, this attitude of branding oneself has wandered to everyday mundane aspects of life. Even the place we live in is one of immense importance and we'd rather die or lie than reveal that we live in a certain such place that does not host that certain class. Again.
There are those areas people take pride in being the privileged residents of. Gulshan and Baridhara- just the names denote a certain status and give the impression that you are part of the rich or the very rich. It also gives the perfect excuse for everything there to be ludicrously expensive, and, once again it is a matter of pride that you brought a certain dress from Shopper's World rather than from grubbby old Chandni Chawk. Sure, the same thing might have cost twice as low if you did, but that's not the point.
But who wants to boast that they live in Bhooter Goli or Rayer bazaar- even the names are spooky, although they are perfectly normal places to live, and simply not that high profiled. Then there are places like Goran and Badda, which evoke images of waterlogged streets and boats during the monsoon. It is strangely amusing how the citizens of Uttara claim that they're not from Dhaka, and as such are always making a 'trip to Dhaka' every time they head south. Baily road is pictured as the theatre street where you are likely to meet with the artistically inclined. And Purana Paltan or the old part of town still maintains the olden look of Dhaka city back before the expansion.
It really does not matter where you live in most cases, but like all other prejudices which comes with the baggage of modern life your status quo is often dominated by what you wear, where you live and who your friends are, and in that case your home address also becomes so unnecessarily important.
By Subehee Ahmed
Dear Rising Stars,
Re: Teen age now from a different angle
Looking for slightly used parachutes
Our national airlines Bimna prefers to be fashionably late in cases of departure, boarding and repairs as well. We consider flight delays to be a way of high flying life. Unfortunately many international airports do not share our laid-back approach. Many criticised Bangladesh Biman for its repeated failures to maintain flight schedules and warned of not granting slots if it failed to be punctual. Some even warned of fines.
One official mentioned that Biman needs more aircraft otherwise the situation will not improve. We figure that Biman just need to leave on time. Einstein will surely back us up here.
If this continues Biman may have to just provide passengers with parachutes with which they can drop off at their desired destinations.
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