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Get real
We've heard of fake students in real universities, fake degrees from fake universities and real students in police custodies (don't know how that makes sense here). Now we have real teachers in a fake position.

Around 100 employees of National University (NU), recruited through a fake advertisement of 2004, are at loss for their jobs.

On May 11, The Daily Star reported that 1,000 employees of the NU were recruited illegally based on political considerations, nepotism and by taking huge bribes from the candidates. Even important posts were awarded through the fake advertisement like the posts of deputy registrar, network administrator, etc. Makes you wonder just how real those teachers are.

D for d-uh
Someone dying from a road accident is a sign from the heavens that destruction, devastation and utter disaster should rule. Nay, it should dominate. Students of Dhaka Polytechnic Institute clashed with law enforcers for the second consecutive day on campus last week because they were protesting a fellow students death. The student died run over by a bus last Friday night.

The busy Tongi Diversion Road was nearly empty of traffic till 2:30pm on Sunday. Classes have been suspended. In such cases, those who actually care for the dead are too grieved to move while those who are busy causing all the 'fun', well, it seems like they have a lot of fun.

Don't break that record
We like record breaking moments. Even something as absurd as how many times a person can wear and take off an underpant in one minute. Yes, it is an official Guniess Record.

Sadly, there's one we don't care for much at all. That's the record prices of oil. This time around it hit $126 per barrel in the international market. Finance Adviser Mirza Azizul Islam hinted at raising fuel prices.

Sure, few people drive cars on petrol anymore. CNG supplying companies will see a boom. But what about the people who need to buy fuel to run the agricultural machines that they cannot afford to buy? Without that they will not be able to use the seeds and fertilisers they have no money to pay for to cultivate in the land that is not theirs.

Apparently, subsidies on fuel would continue even after the adjustment of the prices. So it's just us rich folk who will have to bear the pain.

Trust no cops
It's difficult to trust someone you don't know when they want to enter your house even when they look like cops. You see, people can actually LOOK like cops.

Criminals continue to cheat people using uniforms, caps, handcuffs and other accessories used by law enforcers due to lack of proper mechanism for monitoring the sale of these items.

Four criminals in police uniform were arrested in the city's Paltan area while extorting money from vendors last year. The only way they can put our doubts at ease is to bring the whole police force including several motorcycle outriders and full air support. Only real cops can do that.

By Mood Dude and Gokhra

Inspecting May

This monthly review is about the month, itself. Not what has happened in this month, but more about the month as a whole.

The month of May, is the fifth month in the calendar. It is also one of the 7 months to consist of 31 days, according to the widely-followed Gregorian calendar. Some other general knowledge facts are that the month of May is named after a hot-sounding Greek goddess named Maia but this fact hasn't been wholly proven. The sign of a person born in May can be either Taurus, if born in the opening weeks of May or Gemini, if born in the closing days. Now such boring facts aside let's move on to something more interesting.

May signals hot weather and also heavy rain for all of us. It also means feeling the final pressure of exams and hardly getting any time to chill-out. It most certainly cannot be claimed as the month of holidays but a few holidays do come around. May doesn't mean much to me as it doesn't have my birthday, Eid or any long holidays. May reminds most people of exams and hell. The former being worse.

The month of May also signals Labour's Day, Mother's Day, Children's Day in Japan, World Fair Trade Day and many other days, most of which do not mean any holidays, except of course if you are in USA where memorial day is celebrated or perhaps in Netherlands who celebrate their independence day. And of course you can look for colourful eggs because May also means Easter. May also means Towel Day, which is a tribute to Douglas Adam's, author of 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy.

The last bit of knowledge you need to have is to know which famous people were born on May and here's the list-

May 2nd- Dwayne The Rock Johnson
May 5th- Karl Heinrich Marx
May 6th- Tony Blair, George Clooney
May 8th- Enrique Iglesias, H.Truman, Darren Hayes
May 11th- Salvador Dali
May 13th- George Lucas, Stevie Wonder, Dennis Rodman
May 17th- Bob Saget
May 19th- Malcolm X
May 20th- Busta Rhymes
May 21- Harold Robbins, Christopher George Wallace aka Notorious B.I.G
May 22nd- Arthur Conan Doyle, Noami Campbell
May 24th- Robert Zimmerman
May 25th- Mike Myers, Robert Ludlum, Lauryn Hill
May 27th- Lisa Nicole Lopes aka Left Eye
May 28th- Ian Fleming, John F. Kennedy
May 29- Bob Hope
May 31st- Clint Eastwood

And that's the list, not including a few spiteful people ( Janet Jackson) and a few deserving ones who have been mistakenly not mentioned.
Now you know a lot about this month and thus I feel it is time for me to take my leave.

Sources- Wikipedia, famousroots.com

By Kala Bhai

youngest professor can't legally drink

Armed with prodigious wisdom, Sabur told TODAY's Ann Curry on Wednesday that knowledge is power especially when sharing it.

“I really enjoy teaching,” said Sabur. “It's something where you can make a difference. It's not just what you can do, but you can enable a lot of other people to make their changes.”

Sabur, from Northport, N.Y., has clearly been ahead of the learning curve since an early age.

She started talking and reading when she was just 8 months old. She had elementary school finished at age 5.

She made the jump to college at age 10. And by age 14, Sabur was earning a bachelor's of science degree in applied mathematics summa cum laude from Stony Brook University the youngest female in U.S. history to do so.

Her education continued at Drexel University, where she earned an M.S. and a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering.

With an unlimited future ahead of her, Sabur directed her first career choice to teaching. She was three days short of her 19th birthday in February when she was hired to become a professor at Konkuk University in Seoul, Korea.

This distinction made her the youngest college professor in history, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, beating the previous record held by Colin Maclaurin in 1717.

“I really feel I can help a lot of people,” she said.
At Konkuk University, Sabur said she will take part in classroom instruction, but will also focus on research into developing nanotubes for use as cellular probes that could help aid in cures for diseases.

In New Orleans, Sabur is old enough to teach, but not to join her fellow professors in a bar after work. In Korea, where the drinking age is 20, she might have more luck. Koreans count their age from the moment they are born, so in Korea Sabur is considered 20.

On top of her unprecedented academic achievements, Sabur has a black belt in the Korean martial art of tae kwon do and is also a music prodigy. She has been playing clarinet with orchestras since her solo debut at age 11, playing with recording artists Lang Lang and Smash Mouth.
MSNBC Interactive

By Bob Considine


The Sun

The sunrise is very nice
It's very nice,
It's very nice.
It gives us light and we are able to write.

The sunset is nice
But not very nice,
Not very nice.
It does not give us light and we are not able to write.

By Nawshin Tabassum Binte Alam
British Standard School

Why do men die first?

This is a question that has
gone unanswered for
centuries, but, now we know...

If you put a woman on a pedestal and try to protect her from the rat race... you're a male chauvinist.
If you stay home and do the
housework .. you're a pansy.

If you work too hard... there's never any time for her.
If you don't work enough... you're a good-for-nothing bum.

If she has a boring repetitive job
with low pay... this is exploitation.
If you have a boring repetitive job with low pay... you should get off your lazy behind and find something better.

If you get a promotion ahead of
her... that is favoritism.
If she gets a job ahead of you... it's equal opportunity.

If you mention how nice she looks... it's sexual harassment.
If you keep quiet... it's male indifference.

If you cry ... you're a wimp.
If you don't... you're insensitive.

If you try to keep yourself in shape... you're vain.
If you don't... you're a slob.

If she has a headache... she's tired.
If you have a headache... you don't love her anymore.
Bottom Line... Men die first
because they want to.


Last week, the RS intro message had a factual error stating Rabindranath Tagores date of birth and death fall on the same day. We regret the error and any ensuing confusion.





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