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June 2015

For rent: a boyfriend at Chinese New Year

Pity the single women of China at lunar new year: they have a better education and more money and Fendi handbags than ever before. But what many really need is a boyfriend to take home for the holidays. Sui Wei, 29, makes a living fulfilling those needs: he rents himself out as a boyfriend to help women reassure worried parents that their only child is on the path to matrimony (when often, she is not). And if that doesn’t work, he is even happy to act as a husband-for-hire: he once served as groom in a bogus wedding ceremony, which netted him Rmb40,000 ($6,600). It’s a good life, servicing the needs of Chinese spinsterhood.

Visitors’ turn out breaks all records at Dhaka trade fair

The daily turn out of visitors broke all previous records at Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF' 14) on Friday. The fair has turned into a get-together for the city dwellers on the third public holiday after the country’s biggest trade show began on January 11. Encouraged by favourable weather, political stability and eye-catching recreation centres for children, thousands of dwellers especially youths along with their friends and family members flocked the ticket counters rushing to enter the fair premises at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the city, reports BSS. ditf

Vodka blamed for high death risk in Russian men

Russian men who down large amounts of vodka — and too many do — have an “extraordinarily” high risk of an early death, a new study says. Researchers tracked about 151,000 adult men in the Russian cities of Barnaul, Byisk and Tomsk from 1999 to 2010. They interviewed them about their drinking habits and, when about 8,000 later died, followed up to monitor their causes of death. The risk of dying before age 55 for those who said they drank three or more half-liter bottles of vodka a week was a shocking 35 percent. vodka

SJIBL annual managers’ conference held

Shahjalal Islami Bank Limited (SJIBL) inaugurated two days long “Annual Managers’ Conference-2014” on Friday at Ruposhi Bangla Hotel in the capital. The opening ceremony of the conference was presided over by its managing director Farman R Chowdhury while the chairman of the Board of Directors of the bank AK Azad was present as chief guest.  Managers Conference JPG-2 AThe meeting evaluated the performance of the last year and...

How to pick the right perfume

The trick to finding the right perfume from a crowd of random colognes Does your lady love think of you when your perfume lingers on her dupatta? Or does it remind her of a department store's on-sale section? The difference between a gentlemen's sophisticated cologne and the pungent overuse of cheap deodorant could be the difference in your confidence levels. Woman_Smelling_perfume Be it chatting up a woman or making a statement at the board meeting, every man needs to find a scent that suits his personality and complim...

2nd phase Biswa Ijtema kicks off

istThe second phase of Biswa Ijtema, the second largest Muslim congregation after Hajj, began on Friday morning on the bank of Turag River at Tongi on the outskirts of the capital. The Ijtema, being organised by Tablig Jamaat since 1946, will conclude on Sunday. The congregation, also called the World Muslims’ Congregation, started formally with religious sermons of Maulana Jamshed Ali of Bangladesh after Fajr prayers and it will end with Akheri Munajat (concluding prayers) on Sunday. Several lakh Muslims are expected to join the Juma prayers at the Ijtema ...