Charge sheet against Pori Moni in drugs case



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The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Monday filed a charge sheet against actress Pori Moni and two others in a case filed under the Narcotics Control Act.

The two other accused were identified as  Ashraful Islam Dipu and Kabir Chowdhury.

CID Inspector Kazi Mostafa Kamal, who is the investigating officer (IO) in the drugs case filed against Pori Moni, submitted the charge sheet at a Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate court.

On September 28, a court asked police to return 16 items including a car, iPhone and laptop to Pori Moni, which were earlier seized from the actress.

The investigating officer (IO) on September 26 filed a report, proposing to return the goods, saying it won't hamper the probe.

On August 31, Dhaka Metropolitan Session Judge KM Emrul Kayes granted Pori Moni bail, in the case and she was finally released from jail the next day.

On August 4, members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) detained Pori Moni from her Banani flat in Dhaka and seized huge amounts of foreign liquors and different drugs.

Rushdie's new novel slated for release in early 2023



Dr. Mahfuz Parvez, Associate Editor, Barta24.com
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Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie, the most controversial author of the contemporay modern English literature has a new novel slated for release in early 2023.

Author of the booker prize-winning 'Midnight’s Children', India-born British-American  writer Rushdie, has just secured a deal that will see his new novel 'Victory City', released in Australia in early 2023, and concurrent release in the US by Random House, UK by Jonathan Cape, and Canada by Knopf Canada on February 7, 2023.

His new novel Victory City has been announced as a translation of an ancient Indian myth, and follows the story of “a woman who breathes a fantastical empire into existence, only to be consumed by it over the centuries.”

Michal Shavit, Publishing Director at Jonathan Cape has shared, 'Victory City’ is a tale for indian mythology in modern narrative. Brilliantly styled as a translation of an ancient epic, this is a saga of love, adventure, and myth that is in itself a testament to the power of storytelling. And at its heart, a true heroine, Pampa Kampana, who sets out to give women equal agency in a patriarchal world. This is a stunningly beautiful, lyrical, and gripping novel about power and the hubris of those in power.

Salman Rushdieis an Indian-born British-American novelist and essayist with huge popularity and controversy as well. His work, combining magical realism with historical fiction, is primarily concerned with the many connections, disruptions, and migrations between Eastern and Western civilizations, with much of his fiction being set on the Indian subcontinent.

Ahmed Salman Rushdie was born in Bombay on 19 June 1947 during the British Raj, into an Indian Kashmiri Muslim family. He is the son of Anis Ahmed Rushdie, a Cambridge-educated lawyer-turned-businessman, and Negin Bhatt, a teacher. Anis Ahmed Rushdie was dismissed from the Indian Civil Services (ICS) after it emerged that the birth certificate submitted by him had changes to make him appear younger than he was. Rushdie has three sisters and he wrote in his 2012 memoir that his father adopted the name Rushdie in honour of the great Muslim philosopher Averroes (Ibn Rushd).

Rushdie grew up in Bombay and was educated at the Cathedral and John Connon School in Fort, South Bombay before moving to England from India to attend the Rugby School in Rugby, Warwickshire, and then King's College, Cambridge, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. 

After graduating from Cambridge, Rushdie briefly lived with his family in Pakistan (who had moved there from Bombay, India), before moving permanently to the UK.

Rushdie has been married four times. He was married to his first wife Clarissa Luard from 1976 to 1987 and fathered a son, Zafar (born 1979). He left her in the mid-'80s for the Australian writer Robyn Davidson, to whom he was introduced by their mutual friend Bruce Chatwin. His second wife was the American novelist Marianne Wiggins; they were married in 1988 and divorced in 1993. His third wife, from 1997 to 2004, was Elizabeth West; they have a son, Milan (born 1997). In 2004, he married Padma Lakshmi, an Indian-American actress, model, and host of the American reality-television show Top Chef. The marriage ended on 2 July 2007.

Rushdie came from a liberal Muslim family but is now an atheist. In a 2006 interview with PBS, Rushdie called himself a "hardline atheist". In 1989, in an interview following the fatwa, Rushdie said that he was in a sense a lapsed Muslim, though "shaped by Muslim culture more than any other", and a student of Islam. In another interview the same year, he said, "My point of view is that of a secular human being. I do not believe in supernatural entities, whether Christian, Jewish, Muslim or Hindu."

In 1990, he issued a statement claiming he had renewed his Muslim faith, had repudiated the attacks on Islam made by characters in his novel, and was committed to working for better understanding of the religion across the world.

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Sisimpur steps on its 18th year



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“Sisimpur”, the program that embarked on television aiming to turn the learning into more enjoyable experience for pre-primary and primary level children, has completed 17 years and steps on the 18 th year on this 15 April. Every year, the 15 April is celebrated as “Sisimpur Day” as it was the very first day of broadcasting Sisimpur.

With the help of the television show and printed materials, Sisimpur helps children with identifying letters, identifying letters from words, matching words with letters, creating sentences with words. They also use the the materials from the the surrounding environment and help identify the colors and words through them. For example, the beginning letters of the words such as house, banana, mango, table, clock, cow, tree, leaf, pen, book etc. are taught through play.

Through the characters of Sisimpur, different elements of the environment such as colors, shapes, etc. are taught. The accurate pronunciation of Bangla language has always been regarded as an essential matter at Sisimpur. That is why, all the Sisimpur Muppets, human characters and even in the animation episodes the Standard Bangla pronunciation has been especially emphasized so that the children get sufficient exposure to Standard Bangla language and can practice as well. At the same time the dialects, cultures and life-styles of different areas are also portrayed. So, the children learn to show respect towards various cultures and dialects which are different than theirs.

At present, the 14th Season of Sisimpur is being telecasted. This popular television program is shown in BTV, Duranta TV and Machranga TV. From the onset of this endeavor, Bangladesh Television has been broadcasting Sisimpur program relentlessly for last 17 years which is a remarkable fact. This is a result of the cordial efforts by Ministry of Women and Children’s Affair of Bangladesh and the Authority of Bangladesh Television and Sisimpur. About 10 million population of the country is enjoying the program through three television channels.

Sisimpur has become the attraction for the children at the Amar Ekushey Book Fair. During the weekends of Book Fair, the Fridays and Saturdays, a great number of children splash towards the fair to spend fun time with Ikri, Halum, Tuktuki and Shiku. This has already become an integral part of the Amar Ekushey Book Fair.

Regarding the accomplishment of 17 years’ journey, the Managing Director of Sisimpur, Mohammad Shah Alam says that for sixteen years, this program is being created to meet the early education needs of 3 to 8 years old children. And the goal is also to meet the needs of the parents, caregivers and teachers. Through joyfulness and play, Sisimpur plays an integral role in the holistic development of the child. To mention some of them, there are: Language-letters; Mathematics; Environment; Gender equality; Social values ​​and behavior; Tolerance and respect for differences and diversity. There is also, balanced and nutritious food; Healthy Habits; Earthquake; Road safety and drowning related water safety; building awareness against injury prevention; Giving ideas about income-expense and savings to children. It includes our art-culture and heritage, and many more.

Sisimpur also emphasizing more on showing mutual respect, affection, admiration towards unity and diversity among the cultures as well as the people of the country.

Sesame Workshop Bangladesh operates all its activities jointly through public, private and international organizations. In the last 17 years, Sisimpur collaborated with the Government of Bangladesh through the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Ministry of Primary and Mass Education, Ministry of Culture etc. Sisimpur started its journey through a funding provided by USAID and the support from USAID is persisted till today.

Sisimpur is the Bangladeshi counterpart of New York-based educational television series Sesame Street which is co-produced in Bangladesh through Sesame Workshop Bangladesh.

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Rolling his way for Bangladesh Music Industry



News Desk, Barta24.com
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Bangladeshi composer and music director Naved Parvez have huge passion for bangla song. So that he is continue making new songs from United States where he has been settle for family members. On the occasion of this Valentine's Day, he has released three songs of different colors. He simply touched listeners hearts with the melody and music of these songs. This young composer and music director is now getting great positive response for his new created songs.

Among the new songs, Sania Sultana Liza sung ‘Chai Tomay’ which has been released on her YouTube channel. This was written by Shimul SB. Regarding the song, Naved Parvez said, ‘It was recorded in New York in November last year. It shows the emotions of a girl for her boyfriend. I have arranged it a little differently. The audience understood that after the song was released. Liza likes the idea of presenting herself in a new way. That's why I feel good.’


Naved Parvez has composed two songs in two valentine's special drama directed by Mohammad Mostafa Kamal Raz which has been released on Cinemawala Music Youtube channel. Lyrics for this two songs are written by Johny Hoque. Among them, Pallabi Roy and Payal Tripura sung ‘Mamoni’ for 'Kajal' drama. Regarding the song, Naved said, ‘It has the emotion of a daughter towards a father. I have kept the sadness in the song keeping in line with the story. Mihajlo Mihajlovsky from Macedonia played the violin in the song. Many listeners have personally told me on YouTube that tears came to their eyes when they heard the song.’

Sajid Mohammad sung the title song of drama ‘Moner Saathi’ directed by Mohammad Mostafa Kamal Raz. Regarding the song, Naved Parvez said, ‘It has a triangle love story. So I have left a mark of estrangement in this song. Katherine Romanova from London played the violin in the song. Many people on Facebook have expressed their love for this song.’


Regarding the positive response for new three songs, Naved Parvez said, “Listeners like all the songs and they said these are beautiful. Each song has a different effect. Each song has created a different feeling. Like someone likes ‘Chai Tomay’. Some say ‘Moner Sathi’ is best. ‘Mamoni’ is heart touching to some listeners. That is why I feel successful.”

Apart from YouTube, three new songs are also being heard on Itunes and Spotify. Naved said, ‘If any listeners like these, I ask them to share and spread these songs among their loved ones.’


Naved Parvez has already made some new songs. These may be release next month and on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. In his words, ‘I believe that great things can be achieved by raising the standard of creative mindset. I'm trying to do that. I have created 15 new songs in the last 10 days for my loving listeners. They are my ultimate inspiration.’

Naved Parvez was born on May 31, 1992. He has been working in the music arena of Bangladesh since 2014. Last eight years, he has composed songs and arranged music for dramas, films and magazine programmes as well as commercials.

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Veteran Indian singer Bappi Lahiri passes away



Entertainment Desk, Barta24.com, Dhaka
Indian singer Bappi Lahiri

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Veteran Indian singer-composer Bappi Lahiri is no more. He passed away at the age of 69 in Mumbai’s CritiCare Hospital.

His doctor Deepak Namjoshi confirmed the news of his demise. According to the doctor, the ‘Disco Dancer’ hitmaker died last night due to multiple health issues.

“He had been admitted to the hospital for a month and was discharged on Monday. But his health deteriorated on Tuesday and his family called for a doctor to visit their home, following which he was brought to the hospital. He had multiple health issues. He died due to OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) last night,” physician Deepak Namjoshi said.After hearing about Bappi Lahiri’s demise, several fans took to social media and paid tribute to the legendary singer.

Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit also took to Twitter and expressed shock at the news. “Shocked to hear about the demise of rockstar #BappiLahiri ji. Can’t believe my next-door neighbour is no more.”

Bappi Lahiri was hospitalised in April last year as well after he had tested positive for coronavirus.

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