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Saudi Arabia's First Luxury Modern Traditional Fashion Store Le Mode d' Arabie

Saudia Arabia, Nov 10, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Luxury fashion Stores Business expert Masood Shah said "We are launching soon the first new modern traditional fashion concept stores Le Mode d'Arabie in Saudi Arabia.

This will opening the new doors for many customers for buying all their favorite designers collection under one roof instead of visiting different countries or spending a lot of time on the net shopping " Le Mode d' Arabie Chief Executive Masood Shah said.

British primary school students wore sari on Diwali

Nevada, Nov 10, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Hindus have lauded Thorpe Primary School in Wakefield (West Yorkshire, United Kingdom) for reportedly celebrating Diwali as a classroom topic and have urged all elementary and secondary schools of United Kingdom (UK) to include Diwali celebration as an annual activity.

Reports suggest that as part of Diwali celebrations, Thorpe students dressed up in saris, learned to sing Hindu religious songs and Dandiya folk dance, sported bindi on their foreheads, learned the story of Ram and Sita, explained about Diwali festival to an assembly of fellow pupils and parents, etc.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that it would be highly productive to include Diwali celebrations in UK schools. Awareness about other religions thus created by organizing festivals like Diwali would make the UK pupils well-nurtured, well-balanced, and enlightened citizens of tomorrow. It also made a good business sense to know the beliefs of “others” in a global community. Moreover, students should have knowledge of the entire society to become full participants in the society.

Desertification in India - decline in water table, availability of water, reduced agricultural productivity, biodiversity

By Kalpana Palkhiwala
Deputy Director (M & C), Press Information Bureau, New Delhi.

New Delhi, Nov 10, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) About 25% of the country’s geographical area is affected by desertification. The Space Application Centre in 2007 brought out the Desertification and Land Degradation Atlas which shows 81.45 million hectare land in the country has turned into arid, semi-arid or dry sub humid region. Desertification results in decline in water table and availability of water, reduced agricultural productivity, loss of bio-diversity in the affected regions. All these affect the lives and livelihoods of the populations, often eventually precipitating forced migration and socio-economic conflicts.

Desertification is caused by a number of factors including climatic variations and human activities. Some of the human activities that can cause desertification are expansion of agriculture- over cultivation of soils, or exposure to erosion by wind or water; reduction in the fallow period of soil, and lack of organic or mineral fertilizers; overgrazing – often selectively – of shrubs, herbs and grasses; overexploitation of forest resources; deforestation; uncontrolled use of fire for regenerating pasture, for hunting, agricultural clearing, or for settling; and  poor irrigation practices-irrigation of soils prone to salinisation, alkalinisation or even water logging.

Top 10 Tips for buying toys for kids online

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Indian Bollywood Actress Priyanka Chopra Looks Like A Barbie Doll On Vogue Magazine Cover

Priyanka Chopra on Vogue Magazine cover of special SARI ISSUE

Mumbai, November 2, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / Indian Bollywood Actress Priyanka Chopra looks as cute as a barbie doll.

Priyanka Chopra who is a sexy chick in her usual avatar, poses in a frock in the Vogue magazine’s sari issue, November edition.

American Research Suggests Yoga Might Improve Mood

Nevada, Nov 7, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Research suggests that yoga might improve mood and sense of well-being, according to United States National Institutes of Health (NIH).

As per an NIH backgrounder, research also suggests that yoga might counteract stress; reduce heart rate and blood pressure; increase lung capacity; improve muscle relaxation and body composition; help with conditions such as anxiety, depression, and insomnia; improve overall physical fitness, strength, and flexibility; positively affect levels of certain brain or blood chemicals. There is growing evidence to suggest that yoga works to enhance stress-coping mechanisms and mind-body awareness.

Aamir Khan Exclusive Mahindra Stallio Motorcycle Ad

Mahindra Stallio Motorbike

Germantown, Maryland, Nov 4, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Bollywood superstar Amir Khan has appeared in a video advertisement of the Indian motorcycle Stallio manufactured and marketed by Mahindra 2 Wheelers.

The Stallio is squarely placed in the commuter's segment with an efficient single-cylinder 110cc (0.11 liter) engine and advanced features like LED break lamps and electric starter.

Watch the Amir Khan Mahindra Stallio ad on Washington Bangla Radio.

ADB to Smooth Way for Swift Rollout of Bangladesh Transport Projects

MANILA, PHILIPPINES, Nov 4, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / ADB) The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is to help Bangladesh rollout planned transport projects to accelerate growth and stimulate economic activity across South Asia and beyond.

The ADB Board of Directors have approved a technical assistance loan of $23 million equivalent for the Subregional Transport Project Preparatory Facility, which will be used to hasten the passage of road and rail projects earmarked as priorities for the development of regional transport projects.

"Projects prepared under this facility will support economic growth and reduce poverty in Bangladesh, as well as strengthen cross-border links to stimulate more intraregional trade and investment," said Hiroaki Yamaguchi, Principal Transport Specialist in ADB's South Asia Department.

South Asia is one of the fastest growing regions in the world but internal trade remains well below the levels seen in other parts of Asia, with inadequate transport infrastructure a major stumbling block. Bangladesh - which borders India and Myanmar, and is geographically close to Bhutan, Nepal and Kunming in the People's Republic of China - has the potential to become a major transport and trans-shipment hub.

In the past, transport projects in Bangladesh have faced start-up delays because of a long lag time between loan approval and the final project design. The facility will address this and other obstacles to speedy implementation by supporting feasibility studies, design preparation, procurement, social and environmental safeguards, and capacity building for oversight agencies.

"These measures will accelerate the start of physical work following loan approval by at least a year compared with projects processed under conventional procedures," said Mr. Yamaguchi.

Road projects targeted for assistance will include cross-border routes identified by the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation's Regional Multimodal Transport Study. The facility will help prepare projects covering around 300 kilometers of road works up for tender in 2012 and up to 1,700 kilometers by the end of 2013. The rail component will also focus on priority projects along the subregional transport routes.

The loan from ADB's concessional Asian Development Fund has a 32-year term, with an 8 year grace period carrying an interest charge of 1% per annum, and 1.5% for the balance of the term. The Government of Bangladesh will provide an additional $4.59 million for a total project cost of almost $28 million.

The Roads and Highways Department and Bangladesh Railway will be the executing agencies for the project, which is due for completion in June 2013.

Keith Richards Autobiographical Journey through "LIFE" celebrated by Louis Vuitton

New York, NY, November 1, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRWEB) Described as “the definitive rock autobiography,” Keith Richards' new book, LIFE, covers his early days listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records, his meteoric rise to fame with The Rolling Stones, and the rock star lifestyle that made him infamous. It also chronicles how he created the revolutionary, high-octane riffs that defined songs like “Gimme Shelter” and “Honky Tonk Woman.”

The relationship between Keith Richards and Louis Vuitton began in 2008, when the legendary guitarist, songwriter, and founding member of The Rolling Stones, became the latest exceptional personality to be featured in Louis Vuitton's global core values advertising campaign. Photographed by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz, Keith Richards was pictured cradling his guitar in a hotel room. The tagline simply stated: "Some journeys cannot be put into words. New York. 3 am. Blues in C." Restating the fundamental and defining value of Louis Vuitton, the core values campaign serves to reinterpret travel as a personal journey, a process of self-discovery.

Julia Roberts conveys Diwali wishes and says essence of Christmas & Diwali is the same

Nevada, USA, Nov 2, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Oscar winner Hollywood star Julia Roberts (Pretty Woman), the recent convert to Hinduism, says “Diwali should be celebrated unanimously throughout the world as a gesture of goodwill”.

In her “Diwali wishes”, published on the website of India’s leading English daily The Times of India dated November three, Roberts adds that essence of both Christmas and Diwali is the same as both “are festivals of lights, good spirits and death of evil”.

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