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Miss World Karolina Bielawska on her Kashmir visit: Grateful to see this beautiful place…
Miss World Karolina Bielawska on August 28 hailed the beauty of Kashmir during her visit to India days ahead of 71st edition of Miss World pageant.  Miss World Karolina Bielawska said, “I am grateful for the opportunity to see this beautiful place (Kashmir) in India. I didn't expect it at all, but it just stuns me with its beauty. We've been talking about Kashmir and I knew there would be beautiful scenery.  But what we've seen today was really blowing our minds... And everyone welcomed us so nicely, so warmly that I cannot wait to welcome 140 nations and all my friends and family to bring them here to India and to show places like Kashmir, like Delhi, Mumbai.”  India will host the 71st edition of Miss World pageant. The prestigious international pageant will be hosted in India after 27 years, the last being in 1996.
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The Business Standard celebrates second anniversary
Bangladesh’s leading business daily, The Business Standard (TBS) celebrates its second anniversary of print run today. “Two years is just a tick in the timeline of a newspaper, and yet it is long enough to bring a change to the industry. The Business Standard has just proved that,” The Business Standard editorial board said. Maintaining Covid protocols, an in-house celebration function was organised at the news platfrom’s office at the capital’s Eskaton Garden area on Thursday. Editor Inam Ahmed, Executive Editor Sharier Khan along with the editorial board members were present during the event. Operating in both online and print, The Business Standard emphasises on visual storytelling too. In its two year stint, the news platform has tried to adhere to those values and is determined to continue doing in the years to come. “We have told the story just as it should be. We have explained with the best of our ability. We have made the stories alive with our graphics. And the readers have just loved it. We thank them for their fine judgement and depth of understanding,” editorial board added. “Covid-19 pandemic has been hard on every as it was on everybody else. Many of us including those in our organisation have lost their dear ones. Our deep condolences for them. The only answer to this devastating pandemic is to emerge stronger, all of us, together, and be victorious,” it further said. Led by seasoned journalists and backed by The Horizon Media and Publication Ltd, the news platform aims to promote good governance and best practices in business and economy. The Business Standard puts an extra emphasis on business news – while also covering general news, sports, features and entertainment. The platform also provides selective international news and analysis from Bloomberg, Reuters, Foreign Policy, Project Syndicate and Hindustan Times. “We will launch our journey in the third year with more creativity and ideas for the values we believe in,” the The Business Standard editorial board wrote. AH
DW series ‘HER - Women in Asia’ to premier on local OTT platform
The progressive series ‘HER- Women in Asia’, produced by German international broadcaster DW is based on the inspiring real-life transformational stories of women from the Asian sub-continent. It is now streaming exclusively on Bongo BD. The series, comprising of six 15-minute episodes, features protagonists from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan and Taiwan and portrays the lives and perspectives of diverse Asian women. Each episode explores a wide range of topics including online dating, beauty, career, mental health and marriage.   The co-production between DW and its Asian partners, including Scroll Media in India, Dawn Media Group in Pakistan and PIK Film in Malaysia and Indonesia, is available on over 20 partner platforms in Asia, including VOOT and Starzplay.   Maximilian Peikert, Distribution Manager for DW in Asia, said: “At Deutsche Welle, we aim to create and produce content which nurtures versatility and ensure that real life stories on significant topics like women’s empowerment, cultural diversity, environment, technology, and sustainability are accessible to people across the globe through valued partners.”   Jaya Oberoi,DW Distribution Representative for India, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Bangladesh said: “With ‘HER’we aim to bring intriguingstories backed by up-close reports of Asian women from different parts of the society. The series is a celebration of freedom of expression for women everywhere.”   Nazia Adnin, DW Distribution Representative for Bangladesh said, "HER tells extraordinary stories of women in Asia, those stories are inspiring, and give voices to the untold stories and struggles that women face in their every-day life. We are very excited to launch the series on Bongo BD which is an apt platform for us to reach out to a wide range of viewers.”   Originally produced in English, the series has been dubbed and translated in Bangla for Bangladeshi viewers.    Season 2 is scheduled to release in early 2022 and will include three new regions: Thailand, The Philippines and Hong Kong.   About Deutsche Welle  Deutsche Welle (DW) is Germany’s international broadcaster and a trusted source for reliable news and information with content in 32 languages. The flagship English-language news channel provides analysis and insights to viewers around the globe, reporting on important issues 24/7. With continuous news reports, special features, and talk shows covering topics from business, science, and politics to culture and sports, DW brings people closer to what matters most.   AH
Azad DRU president, Reaz general secretary
Rafiqul Islam Azad of the Daily Independent and Reaz Chowdhury of theasianmail.com were elected president and general secretary of Dhaka Reporters unity (DRU) respectively in an election on Saturday. Amid huge enthusiasm, 1,329 voters out of 1,635 cast votes to elect DRU’s the executive committee for 2020 term. The election was held at the Sagar-Runi auditorium of the DRU from 9am to 5apm without any break. Rafiqul Islam Azad bagged 550 votes while his nearest rival Shah Newaz Dulal polled 489. Reaz Chowdhury got 567 votes to defeat Nurul Islam Hasib by only two votes. Nazrul Kabir was elected vice-president capturing 488 votes and Helemul Alam Biplob was elected joint secretary securing the highest 851 votes. The other elected office-bearers are finance secretary Ziaul Haque Sabuj (Unopposed), organizing secretary Habibur Rahman, office secretary Jafar Iqbal, women affairs secretary Rita Nahar (unopposed), publicity and publication secretary Maidur Rahman Rubel,  training and research secretary Sakhawat Hossain Sumon,  sports secretary Mojibur Rahman, cultural secretary Mizan Chowdhury, entertainment secretary HM Akhter (unopposed) and welfare secretary Khalid Saifullah (unopposed). The executive members are Moinul Ahsan, SM Mizan, Musfiqa Naznin, Kamruzzaman Bablu, Imran Hasan Majumder, Murad Hossain and Sayeed Abdul Malik. Election Commissioner Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul announced the election results around 6:30pm after the counting of votes. Source: UNB AH