Sunday, September 06, 2009
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News: A few years ago, some 600,000 people in Finland could be defined as poor. Now the number stands at over 700,000.

This probably raises the very interesting question, who are poor in Finland?

The poverty line in Finland is not officially defined. But Jouko Karjalainen, a researcher at the National Institute for Health and Welfare, says those who earn less than 1,100 euros a month, or 13,000 euros a year, could be considered poor.

FYI, 1,100 euros a month will be around 1 lakh taka per month.

posted by Gagan at 9/06/2009 09:54:00 AM | Permalink | 1 comments


Friday, September 04, 2009
Did you know that Chicane composed the music "locking down" in Bangla lyrics, just because it sounded great?

“A track with a difference this one, mostly due to the fact that it is sung in a mix of Hindi (Hah?? - Gagan) and another foreign tongue by Melissa Baten. We had all but finished the track which was originally sung in English, and just on a whim, decided to see how it would sound sung the other way.
The feel and meter of the new vocal delivered such a new angle it stayed that way and rather glad about it as adds a new dimension to the sound.
Nicholas Bracegirdle on ‘Locking Down’, 2008

Here you can listen the song.

Song: Locking down
Album: Easy to Assemble
Artist: Chicane

Great music!
posted by Gagan at 9/04/2009 08:16:00 AM | Permalink | 0 comments


Thursday, September 03, 2009

Mega projects have been made to produce 5 digital products in Bangladesh:
  • digital telephone sets
  • cellphones
  • fibre-optic cables
  • solar panels
  • laptops

the digital telephone sets costing as low as Tk 500 ( less than $8) will hit the market next month while cellphones priced between Tk 1,500 (~$22) and 10,000 (~$150) will be sold from January next year!

The projects is run by Telephone Shilpo Sangstha (TSS) and Cable Shilpo Sangstha (CSS)

TSS will manufacture the cellphones in cooperation with Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology.

Well, to be frank, I was quite surprised, why havenot I heard about this before? This great news should have been in hype!

Source: dailystar
posted by Gagan at 9/03/2009 11:30:00 AM | Permalink | 0 comments


Wednesday, September 02, 2009

You probably carry out your mobile phone everytime you leave home, and you surely know who you want to call when you get into some sort of trouble. You probably have saved Fire service / police station number in the phonebook. But have you thought about the time when you have the mobile phone, but you won't be able to make a call ?

A car accident for example? When you will be knocked out unconcious?

Probably paramedic or someone will pick up your phone and will be lost in the huge phone book and wonder who to call.

That's why there is the ICE campaign... In Case of Emergency.

It will save precious time when in need. So grab your phone and save ICE1, ICE2 etc and look for those numbers first if you find somebody else is in need.

This is probably not yet so popular concept, however, there is surely email forward campaign running already and hope this will be well known soon.


posted by Gagan at 9/02/2009 11:10:00 AM | Permalink | 0 comments


Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Have you heard about "Moon cake" ? Mooncakes are offered between friends or on family gatherings while celebrating the Mid-autumn festival, one of the three most important Chinese festivals.

How come it's coming to my blog? Because I have been eating those!! Authenticated chinese moon cake, directly from China !! Very special thanks goes to Xia who sent me those via Sakari :)

Before opening the wrapping

Wrapping open, Moon cake ready to bite!

less than a few seconds later... inside revealed !!

Well, the cake does not look like moon, but you will get how the name came if I tell a little background (of course copied from wikipedia).

This mid Autumn festival is linked to the legends of Chang E, the mythical Moon Goddess of Immortality. The Chinese Emperor should offer sacrifices to the sun in spring and the moon in autumn. The 15th day of the 8th lunar month is the day called “Mid-Autumn”. The night on August 15 is also called “Night of the Moon”. Under the Song Dynasty (420), the day was officially declared for Mid-Autumn Festival. And this mooncake forms such a central part of the Mid-Autumn festival experience such that it is now commonly known as 'Mooncake Festival'!

However, most importantly... the cake is Yamme. Thanks again, Xia !
posted by Gagan at 9/01/2009 04:21:00 PM | Permalink | 0 comments