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Italian Fashion Night

Of all the buzz that's gripped Dhaka this summer with fashion houses launching their lines, exhibitions aplenty, and new looks hitting the streets, the biggest of all fashion events yet is to take place on the 6th of this month. A dream-like treat for the fashionistas of the city, JPR Events together with the Italian Embassy is presenting the first ever Italian Fashion Night tomorrow at the Radisson Hotel.

Designer brands such as Versace, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, GianFranco Ferre, Prada, Moschino, Diesel and many others are being brought to Dhaka for the first time to celebrate the Italian retailing and manufacturing industry. Interaction with brands that have revolutionised world fashion for decades will lead to a much desired enhancement of the Bangladeshi fashion industry.

In addition to this rage in the events calendar of Dhaka's fashion dimension, is the launching of the Bangladesh Design Council, an organisation expected to represent not only local design labels but also the back-up industry, such as weaving, dying, printing, jewellery and so on. The Bangladesh Design Council will take the first step towards promoting Bangladeshi brands in overseas markets and will look to present the potential of this country in international exhibitions.

JPR Events is also launching Asiana Magazine in Bangladesh, which is the foremost magazine for designers in South Asia. The British fashion magazine will have Bangladeshi content in Asiana as of October 2006.

The main sponsors of the Italian Fashion Night are Acer, Emirates, Grameen Phone, Mercedez Benz, Radisson Hotel and Standard Chartered Bank. Rtv and Ftv are the national and international television partners respectively. The Daily Star is the national media partner and Asiana and Access Magazines the international media partners from UK. Palazzo Versace's chef Steve Szabo will be concocting mouth-watering Italian delicacies for Sublime Restaurant on 7 and 8 of September. For further enquiries, please call Sublime at 8754502. Reservation are highly recommended.

-LS desk

Bold strokes at Prabartana

Need to add colour to your Eid wardrobe? Prabartana is just the place for you this season. They've already started bringing out their new Eid line-up. Going against their usual subtle colour schemes, this time they've decided to work with bright, bold colours so for those buttercup yellows, fuchsia, turquoise, lemon, emerald and coffee bean, you know where to go.

To avoid the last minute rush at the tailor's this might be the perfect time to get a head start on buying your Eid materials.
Prabartana is situated at 2/8, Sir Syed Road, Mohammapur.

-LS Desk

Bonsai exhibition held

The art of miniature trees seems to have taken people by storm in the city. The bonsai art has become a regular hobby for some, while others have converted it into a full-blown profession. These potted "trees" come in various shapes, sizes, styles, reflecting the hard work and the taste of the "artists".

The three days- 31st August to 3rd September 2006- saw the 8th Annual Bonsai Exhibition. The bonsais were proudly put up for display and sale in the Art Gallery at Shilpokola Academy from 10am to 7pm. Grameen Phone sponsored the event, accompanied by the Bangladesh Bonsai Society.

There was an impressive range of bonsais- different plants grown in different styles. Among the various beauties presented, there were: the Jade plant (style: twin trunk), Jade (root over rock), Thai 'Kotbel' (twin trees), local 'Kotbel' (exposed roots), Cherry (slanting), Ramgam (broom style), Bangkok Bougainvillea, Tomal (informal upright), Tramarind, Ficus (in a variety of styles), and the Banyan (broom).

Given the diversity of bonsai in the Exhibition, the prices differed widely. The price range started from Tk. 600, escalating to a whooping Tk. 5,75,000 for a Pakur by Md. Anisul Hoque. Not very far behind was a Chinese Banyan (broom/ rainforest style), with a price tag of Tk.2,50,000.

On an additional note, the Bangladesh Bonsai Society also emphasized that they offer training programs and workshops, concerning the creations and the upkeep of bonsai. These are open for both nature-lovers and those who want to adopt bonsai as a profession.

By Shahmuddin Ahmed Siddiky

On the cover

Shab-e-baraat has a magic all its own for people in Dhaka. Join us in the celebrations as we bring you the sweetest recipes and take a peek at Centre for the extras
Photo: Amirul Rajiv


Achoo…bless you!

Although winter in Bangladesh is seen as a break from the usual scorching heat and a chance to indulge in "pitha", it does sweep in with its own set of drawbacks- namely, the seasonal diseases. We all have memories of sick days (especially as children, a stay-in-and-no-school is more than welcome).

One of the most common winter diseases is influenza (aka, the "flu"). This is generally accompanied by coughing, weakness, fever and often vomiting. Children happen to be the prime targets of the flu, which can lead to weeks of missed school and homework. Nonetheless, there are various antiviral agents and vaccines that are available for treatment. But most are of little efficacy and some can not be used for children.

Winter is also a time for strep throats (streptococcal pharyngitis). This is also common in children, although the adults are not completely "off-the-hook". Physicians would usually prescribe antibiotics. However, often strep throats are caused by respiratory viruses rather than streptococcal bacteria, which is immune to antibiotics. It is difficult to differentiate between the two, but you can have your throat swabbed to determine what type you are infected with and can then take steps accordingly.

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is another disease to be warned about. RSV infection is caused by a virus that attacks the respiratory tractthe nose, eyes, throat, and lungs. The infection is very contagious and spreads through everyday contact. Adults may suffer from soar throat and nasal congestion, while children may be prone to wheezing and coughing.

All in all, the winter diseases have become an inevitable aspect of life. Many of these can be prevented through regular handwahing and immunisation. So, wash your hands before meals and when you come home from outside. Check with your physician reagrding the types of immunisation available. Also keep handy antibiotics, oral saline and of course, tissue paper (for runny noses).

By Shahmuddin Ahmed Siddiky



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