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Minhaj Chowdhury- Converted Crisis into Opportunity

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It’s no secret that people of Bangladesh along with so many countries suffer from
water-borne diseases all of which comes from the lack of pure water to drink, bathe
with or use it for other purposes. For many years, people have suffered so much
from something that is one of the basic needs for us to survive. There have been
many cases where the world has seen many people tolerate and then die a painful
death due to arsenic contamination. The suffering people have wondered for many
years if this was all they would get.

What if there were a way to make things better? What if the world could be saved
from this unfortunate situation? That’s just what Minhaj Chowdhury did when he
came up with his social enterprise Drinkwell.

Mr. Chowdhury aimed to solve this water crisis by blending novel water purification technology with a micro-franchise business model. As the co-founder of Drinkwell, he has already benefitted thousands of rural areas by providing a time and cost-effective way to
gain access to clean and pure groundwater.

Mr. Chowdhury has spent his childhood in the USA with a family of entrepreneurs.
Ever since little, he has been exposed to the entrepreneurship environment which
eventually encouraged him to be self-sufficient. Even during his stay in the United
States, he used to spend his summers here in Bangladesh where he first saw the life
of poor people up close. He had seen and empathized with the way poor people
suffered just to make ends meet. What struck him the most is how many people did
not have any access to something as basic as clean water. Being a public health
major, he had gone through case studies where he got an idea of the percentage of
people suffering from the water crisis. He initiated his first project Clean Water for
Peace Project when he was a sophomore.

To start with, it distributed clean filters among people near Mr. Chowdhury’s paternal village. After being done with his undergrad, he realized he wanted to come back to Bangladesh and serve the people who needed it the most. Back in 2012, he came back with the aim to scale the project as a Fulbright Scholar. He even collected funding from his family members when the project ran out of funding. Later on, he started working with Dr. Arup SenGupta and thus he co-founded Drinkwell in 2013.

Drinkwell aims to put an end to the water crisis which has led to the death of
thousands of people. Beginning with Bangladesh and India, it has served people
with clean water with its water filtration technology that is smart, easily usable and
regenerable for rural people. This system has given rural poor people a way to gain
access to clean water which they deserve.

Mr. Chowdhury has done so much for the people with his societal project. He,
along with his amazing team are working every day to make these people’s lives
easier. It’s needless to say that he has got their best wishes and blessings with him.
The world is definitely waiting to see what he does next!

Bangladesh Budget (2019-20): Brief Analysis

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The expense of the proposed 49 the budget with the slogan “Time is ours, Time for Bangladesh” is
assumed to be 5 lakh 23 thousand and 190 crore taka. The target of income is determined as 3
lakh 81 thousand and 978 crore taka. That means, the upcoming fiscal year will end with a
deficiency of 1 lakh 41 thousand and 212 crore taka. Though this is the first budget for the new
finance minister, for the government it is the consecutive 11 the budget.

Let us have a look at the budget of previous times :

YEAR BUDGET(In crore)
2009-10: 950000
2018-19: 4,64,573
2019-20: 5,23,190

What is there in the budget for the people?

Subsidy for foreign remittance: there is good news for the immigrants in the budget.Now
they get 2 percent subsidy on the amount they will send to the country.

Discount in the agricultural equipment

The farmers need not pay vat on the local
agricultural equipment. There will be a reduction of tax from the harvesting equipment also.

Crop Insurance

According to the finance minister, there will be crop insurance for the
farmers.

Medicine

There will be more discount on the tariffs of the raw materials needed to
manufacture cancer medicines.

Pension for all

In the new budget, the finance minister has talked about forming a
committee for the project pension for all.

Registration of the cars

10 percent of the tariff has been applied to the registration of all the
vehicles, in taking the route permit and ownership certificate and renewal of all
certificates.

More Facilities for the Readymade garments

The government will provide a subsidy of 1 percent for the readymade garments and has allotted an amount of 2 thousands 825
crore taka for this sector.

New Entrepreneur

In the budget, an amount of 100 crore taka has been allotted for the new
entrepreneurs.

Firefighting Equipment

Since no of fire accidents have increased the government has
provide a grace on the imports of the goods related to firefighting for hospitals, hotels
and educational institution.

Daily Goods

In the budget, the price of sugar and oil will increase. More tax is imposed on
imported sugar and vat has been applied the oil.

Defense

The proposed amount of this fiscal. (Tk32,101 crore) is 9.4% more than the previous fiscal. Out
of the total amount, Tk1,480 crore will be used for the development works. Of the overall
allotment, Tk30,765 crore has been set aside for defense services while Tk1,928 crore has been
appropriated as operating cost of the Ministry of Defence and other services.Tk38 crore has
been set aside as operating costs of the Armed Forces Division which was Tk35 crore in the last
budget.

Positive sides of the budget

For the next fiscal year, an amount of 2,11,683 crore taka has
been declared for the development budget, among which 2,02,721 crore taka has been
allotted for annual development program. That means the development budget is 8.25
% of the total GDP. Other positive points are the allotment of 100 crores for the new
entrepreneurs and 2% of subsidy for the foreign remittance. Which will help the
unemployed young peoples a lot? In addition to it, the removal of vat from the goods of the
women entrepreneurs and increase of allotments for social security and educational
sectors are some good steps also.

Negative Aspects of The Budget

There has been no aid or subsidy for the farmers who work
hard to produce our food. The crop insurance will only help them in natural calamities
but not in the regular days. The governments want to make Bangladesh a digital country
but imposing an extra 10% tax on the import of smartphones and laptops. There has been a
huge opportunity of making the black money to white by investing them which is not
acceptable.

Though the prime minister is saying that they have taken the step to stop
money trafficking and to increase the amount of investment in the country
In the budget of this year, the main challenge is the implementation of the budget and facing
the deficiency of the budget. The main challenge for the finance minister is the
implementation of the budget by reducing the corruption and wastage of money. It is a
matter to watch how he faces the challenge.

NOKIA: Failure and the Comeback

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why nokia failed

Growing up, we all had one thing common in our childhood and that is the
presence of Nokia phones around us. There they were, being used with satisfaction
no matter where or how we grow up. In the late twenties, it was the most popular
brand with the highest number of consumers from all around the world. White,
blue, gold or even pink collar workers did not matter which one; everyone had
Nokia phones in their grasp. It truly was an excellent example of brand loyalty and
preference.

Since its inception back in 1865, Nokia had never limited itself on its roots,
Finland. Just like it’s tagline “connecting people” Nokia had kept on connecting
people from all over the world whilst connecting itself to people’s hearts in the
process.

Very soon after its birth, it became the most popular brand specializing in terms of
communication, information technology, and consumer electronics. Nokia
achieved its first acquisition with Mobira. From 1892 to 1987, Nokia had
introduced so many firsts in the world of technology. The first car phone ever was
brought by Nokia in 1892, followed by the first transportable phone back in 1984.
These phones could be used while being inside or outside of cars. In 1987, Nokia
introduced wireless phones which could be carried and used anywhere. When the
Nokia Mobira product line was introduced initially, the phones were pretty heavy;
starting from 10kg. Later on, they were evolved with years and people got the
chance to use phones weighing down from 10kg to 5kg to 800 gms. Of course, this
was definitely a big achievement but Nokia did not stop there.
In the late twenties, Nokia launched its 1011 series handsets which led them to
become popular in the European and US markets as well.

Whilst spreading in the biggest markets, Nokia brought another series; the most popular one; the 2011 series of feature phones in 1994. The company did not have high sales expectations from this series, but it crossed
every record. Starting off with sales of more than the estimated ones, Nokia
became the number one. It seems like their popularity was automatically getting
piled up and the feature phones were getting sold more and more. Everyone loved
them, they were very popular for their offerings like being user-friendly, light and
the ability to be carried, used anywhere. Nokia was gaining more and more fame in
the international market; it seemed like they did not need to do any marketing at
all! As if the phones were selling themselves!

Soon Nokia beat Motorola by gaining a market share of 25%. From 1997 to 1998,
there were very few countries in the world who had not heard of Nokia by then. It
gained a competitive advantage in so many markets like Asia, China, America,
Russia, and Europe and so on. It unlocked one of the greatest achievements every
telecom company wants- secured 20 phones as theirs among the top 50 phones sold
all around the world. No other company could even come near their records back
then! From 2003 to 2005, Nokia topped again and again among all companies with
a market share of 70% while 30% consisted of the remaining companies.
Nokia kept going on.

It kept expanding around the world. It built up offices, stores
and for a while, people did not look at any other brand while purchasing phones.
They just gained a bigger global presence with every step they took.
So what happened to this emerging company, then?
Well, the European and American markets started producing Android and
introducing them to the market. People started to lean towards them easily. Such
began Nokia’s fall in European and American markets while it was still leading the Asian market.

Nokia had not offered smartphones with Android versions to people
then. As people started to learn more and more towards smartphones with google
apps which offer so much more exciting services, also Apple introducing its unique
design and features, Nokia started going down.

There came Samsung, Motorola with their smartphones and flips phones with new
and cool features that attracted a lot of people. American European consumers
started to prefer Apple and Google products whilst the Asian market was
consumed by the new flip phones. The Chinese market pinned another nail on
Nokia’s already going down the wall when they entered the market. Once they started,
there were more than ever phones being produced and offered every day. Phones
with cooler and smarter features suddenly became so easily available to consumers
as days went by; why would they think of Nokia again? There they were, being
introduced to Chinese phones with efficient features at a low price range each day
while Apple products had their uniqueness to offer and smartphones with their
coolest, newest features at a mid-price range.

Nokia did not stop going, it kept going, and bringing new models of its new feature
phones, but it was just not fast enough. By the time Nokia had introduced a new
phone, other companies would have already introduced phones with the same and
even better features. Nokia had its strength: manufacturing phones with very rich
hardware which would last a long time. But people did not care about that. Now
the industry was running based on innovation on software. Consumers were being
exposed to phones which had useful, fun apps with high-end cameras and
processors. People cared about getting the features smartphones or products
offered not for how long they would be providing the services.
Thus, Nokia went down and down in the industry with its Symbian operating
system; which by then was being used by them only.

The world had moved on to Google products, apple store, and the Android operating system. But Nokia failed
to grasp this truth and they did not what to move from the Symbian. They failed to
adapt to the new, changing world. Every mobile company, literally every single
one of them: lava, Samsung, Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi, etc. who understood the market
demand went to android. They knew that the Android world was thriving and there
was nothing to do but to enter that world to survive. Nokia did not and it paid the
price. The once expanding every day Nokia had to let a lot off employees go, shut
down many offices and stores; along with the former CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo.
Nokia was sold to Microsoft for $7 billion and the former CEO was replaced by
Stephen Elop. The new CEO who took Nokia to another phase of darkness.

stephen elop killed nokia
Stephen Elop killed Nokia

Mr. Elop stared with a great decision; to enter the android market. Everything was
planned, even the meeting had been fixed with Google. Suddenly he took a step
back from his decision and decided otherwise. He decided not to give Symbian up
and declined to work with Google. Instead, he decided to work with Microsoft. He
thought it would be better if Nokia merged with Microsoft and introduced a new
type of phone where there would be a different operating system developed by
Microsoft.
But that failed as well. Microsoft operating system is not really designed to be
compatible with the mobile version and as a result, the new Microsoft phones were
not very user-friendly. People found them difficult to use and the name was a
problem as well. People knew Nokia as a mobile manufacturer, but they hardly
knew Microsoft as one. Microsoft, using their name instead of Nokia’s brought
about a negative vibe in the industry. Those phones were not accepted by enough
people and those who bought them initially got rid of the phones after using for a
short while. Mobile services based on location, preference, entertained, etc. and
operating system, camera everything had already moved toward Google and Google products, apple store, and the Android operating system.

But Nokia failed to grasp this truth and they did not what to move from the Symbian. They failed to
adapt to the new, changing world. Every mobile company, literally every single
one of them: lava, Samsung, Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi, etc. who understood the market
demand went to android. They knew that the Android world was thriving and there
was nothing to do but to enter that world to survive. Nokia did not and it paid the
price. The once expanding every day Nokia had to let a lot off employees go, shut
down many offices and stores; along with the former CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo.
Nokia was sold to Microsoft for $7 billion and the former CEO was replaced by
Stephen Elop. The new CEO who took Nokia to another phase of darkness.
Mr. Elop stared with a great decision; to enter the android market. Everything was
planned, even the meeting had been fixed with Google. Suddenly he took a step
back from his decision and decided otherwise. He decided not to give Symbian up
and declined to work with Google. Instead, he decided to work with Microsoft. He
thought it would be better if Nokia merged with Microsoft and introduced a new
type of phone where there would be a different operating system developed by
Microsoft.

But that failed as well. Microsoft operating system is not really designed to be
compatible with the mobile version and as a result, the new Microsoft phones were
not very user-friendly. People found them difficult to use and the name was a
problem as well. People knew Nokia as a mobile manufacturer, but they hardly
knew Microsoft as one. Microsoft, using their name instead of Nokia’s brought
about a negative vibe in the industry. Those phones were not accepted by enough
people and those who bought them initially got rid of the phones after using for a
short while. Mobile services based on location, preference, entertained, etc. and
operating system, camera everything had already moved toward google and google was dominating the market already.

There was no way for Microsoft phones to enter and penetrate the market. Maybe they could still enjoy the last mover
advantages had they not been so slow with their progress. But they could not.
Stephen Elop is the one who took this step and carried on with it. He knew it was
time for Nokia to leave Symbian and start working with MeeGo. MeeGo operating
system was really famous and appreciated back then. The world had already
moved on from Symbian and Nokia needed to as well for its survival. But he failed
to take that step. It’s assumed that Stephen Elop wanted to take over the position of
CEO in Microsoft which belonged to Steve Ballmer at that time. He entered Nokia
with the wrong intention for which Nokia drastically paid the price. Elop was a
resourceful leader with lots of skills, sure. But he had the wrong intention which
led to the wrong acquisition of Microsoft.

Later on, Microsoft brought about feature phones with high quality in the Asian
market. But they were too late. By then, people could buy smartphones made by
Chinese companies such as Huawei, Xiaomi with the same price Microsoft phones
cost. Chinese companies were already dominating as the monopoly of the Asian
market by then.

When those failed, Microsoft replaced the CEO Steve Ballmer by his successor
Satya Nadella. He publicly declared he never wanted Microsoft to take over Nokia
and voted against it. The world had already had android and ios which were
leading the industry. Another system could not come and succeed in this all too
modern technology world unless it was entirely unique. Satya Nadella realized this
as soon as he came into the position and then he gave up on Nokia.
But there were some people who still couldn’t give up on Nokia.

The former Nokia employees from Finland, who had formed their own company HMD. Global, bought the brand name back from Microsoft back in 2016. Being the ones who had once taken Nokia up to sky limit, they just could not give up on their brand. They
thought Nokia could be formed again to be successful with the proper people and
leadership.

So HMD. Global, the home of Nokia phones, bought back Nokia along with all
rights reserved. The employees formed a new system, made efficient plans and
now that they were experienced with Nokia more than ever, they were determined
not to make the same mistakes Nokia once made. They took the feedback from the
market and used them to standardize the overall system. With the goal of
rebuilding the brand name Nokia in mind, they implemented the no risk model;
which implied them to make a better connection with the retailers and the
distributors of Nokia, giving them a high-profit margin as an incentive to provide
more sales. Previously, when Nokia was going on top, the phones were selling at a
boom, Nokia provided the retailers and distributors with a low-profit-margin. Now
that Nokia needed them more than ever, HMD Global did not follow the same
path.

HMD Global, along with its manufacturer Foxconn had made sure Nokia had
moved on from its Symbian os and finally joined the Android world. Now all they
needed was the right marketing to let the world know Nokia was bouncing back.
They targeted the consumer segments where they had the maximum opportunity
market. The phones were in between the price range which can be afforded easily
by people with mid-range income and more. They built a better connection with
retailers, suppliers, distributors, and customers. After sale service center was
formed in over 300 cities around the globe with the goal to provide assistance and
answer any queries of the users. They took the customer opinions pretty seriously
and worked to build better goodwill in the market. All these are working as well!

In 2017, HMD Global sold over 21 million flagship feature phones and Android
phones all over the world. It’s growing more and more as we speak and all because
of the efficient steps taken by the right management.

Nokia was already famous and well-known to people. It was the brand that touched
millions of people’s hearts and make memories for them throughout their lives.
People did not leave Nokia, it seems like Nokia left the world people were
comfortable in for a while. It fell off track and bounced back. All it needed was
what HMD Global did. Together the employees brought back the old brand equity
Nokia had lost, its reliability and its loyalty to people. Being the first one to be
used by customers and sold by retailers, it certainly did not take long for people to
move towards Nokia again once it entered the android industry. People did not
totally forget about Nokia, they just wanted Nokia to meet up with their
expectations. Nokia is not just a brand, it’s the name of emotion to so many. And
now that HMD Global is doing such a great job at maintaining Nokia, we can
certainly hope not losing Nokia again.

Editor:

Yaseen Tasfia

Senior Executive Editor

Case Study: How Tasnims Group Fall From Sky?

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Tasnims Group Bangladesh
Tasnims Group Bangladesh

Tasnims Group was one of the youngest group of companies in Bangladesh. From 2009 Tasnims Group started its journey with a single company named “Paradox”. “Paradox” used to sell garments stock lot products remotely in Dhaka city. Md. Habibul Islam Safin was the founder of “Paradox”.

The Journey of “Paradox” and Habibul Islam Safin

In 2009 with only 350 BDT Mr. Safin started his journey. After 2 months “paradox” company had been established with a capital of 20,000 BDT. In 2015 Mr. Safin established “Tasnims Group of companies” composed of 4 different projects. “Paradox” has been changed to “Shunoyona Textiles”.

Tasnims Group of Companies

Tasnims Group of companies is composed of 4 different companies-

  1. Shunoyona Textiles
  2. House of Farins
  3. Farins International
  4. Akibuki.com

A short description of each company has been given below-

Shunoyona Textiles

“Shunoyona Textiles” is a buying house. The key product of “Shunoyona Textiles” is stock-lot apparel. “Shunoyona Textiles” supplies gents garments in Bangladeshi market.

House of Farins

“House of Farins” is Bangladesh’s first online designer ladies dress retailer. The brand does not supply any duplicate or fast fashion product in Bangladeshi market.

Farins International

“Farins International” is a digital marketing agency for Bangladeshi entrepreneurs only. Online news magazines, digital marketing services, and software are the products/services of the company.

Akibuki.com

Akibuki.com is an online marketplace for genuine watercolor/oil color/Acrylic paintings.

Why Tasnims Group does fall?

In the year 2015, the chief executive officer of Tasnims Group had decided to expand the company. For that, they had invested in the aviation market and started “Ankan Airlines”.

“Ankan Airlines” was Bangladesh’s first private jet service provider. But the market size for the company in Bangladesh was almost zero. To survive in the market “Ankan Airlines” expanded its services outside Bangladesh.

With a limited amount of budget, “Ankan Airlines” had expanded in a very competitive market. After one year “Ankan Airlines” had failed to raise funds to continue the operations. Though the company was generating revenue day by day it may need 2 years more to establish itself perfectly in the market.

Lack of funding and poor operational root choice was the major reasons for Tasnims Group’s tremendous loss. At the same time, the management of the company was not able to make appropriate strategies. The fall of “Tasnims Group of companies” was an example of improper business model, inefficient management and poor market assumption.

How Tasnims Group Bounced Back?

After a massive loss, it was pretty sure that the company is going to be bankrupted. Every month Tasnims Group was suspending workers to reduce the cost of maintenance. But the board of directors did not lose their hope on the chief executive officer. With very limited resources Tasnims Group had to come back on the track.

At the beginning of 2019, the CEO had called off all kinds of operations of the companies. It was like the company has fallen down. But after 6 months suddenly the company bounced back in the market with 4 companies. The board was rearranging the setup and operational plans and policies.

Why BOD Members did not Change CEO?

During the crises period, all predicted that the CEO will be suspended. But the BOD members had a blind eye trust on the CEO and the management.

 

Fashion Trend 2019: Russia

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fashion trend 2019

Russian Fashion Trend 2019

Russia is a vast nation and hence, the kind of clothing that one would notice in the dedicated stores of Moscow would naturally be quite different from that found in Siberia. Leather is a fetish in Russia. Lined with fur, the look has become synonymous with Russian fashion. In general, traditional Russian men like to flaunt leather a lot. In fact, until today, no matter what the time of the year is, a leather jacket is a cool thing to have! Russian women wear dresses or long skirts and blouses and love to flaunt high heels.

Preference of Russian Men and Women 2019

There is a distinct difference in the color and theme preference of the Russian men and women; while the men do not usually like flaunting bright colors in clothing, the women do. The men prefer sober, earthy tones and prefer to keep the look ‘calm’. But many Russians find black and white being very elegant. However, the colors they choose seem to tell of their lifestyle & occupation.

fashion trend 2019 Russia
fashion trend 2019 Russia

Variety of Styles at Russia

There are a variety of styles to pick from in the way of Russian fashion clothing. The traditional Russian costume used to be a part of the country’s history up until the beginning of the eighteenth century when Peter the Great proclaimed the Russian dress to be ‘peasant and nonprogressive’. He introduced a law that fined anyone who entered the city in traditional national clothes, as well as anyone with a beard. The citizens, aristocracy, merchants and other influential society members switched to European dress, while traditional Russian clothes were half-forgotten and worn only in the countryside and among members of religious institutions.

Russian Woman’s Head-Dress (Kokoshnik)

The Russian woman’s head-dress is called the kokoshnik. In the western world, there are replicas of the original headgear available in an array of fine prints and colors. The fine linen “rubashka” or the shirts that Russian men wear can also be found at a number of dedicated department stores.

Russian Shawl

The sarafan or the traditional dress of the Russian women are available at a number of outlets, with exclusive embroidery in brocade and silk. And last, but not the least, there is the special and most beautiful Russian shawl. There are two famous varieties of Russian shawls – the Orenburg goat down shawls and the Pavlov Posed (100% woolen) shawls. Women of any age loved a variety of decorations. Russian clothing was covered in beads and worn with luxurious necklaces, earrings, and pendants. In wealthy families, buttons were decorated with inlaid stones, filigrees, and engraving. Headdresses were also often decorated. Unmarried girls wore bright ribbons, headbands, wraps, and other various intricately tied scarves. After marriage, women completely changed their clothing. Married women completely hid their hair under a headdress with a scarf on top. These richly decorated headdresses were part of special clothing, while everyday wear was bonnets with a scarf made of cotton or linen. Nowadays, traditional Russian dress can only be seen worn by Church officials and during some ethnic holidays.

Russian Orthodox Fashion

Russian orthodox fashion is also a traditional form of their fashion but it’s really popular if we talk about Russian fashion. Russian orthodox fashion is a form of modest fashion, women use scarves with their long or full-cover dresses. Layering, using scarves came from Russian orthodox fashion and now it is popular and uses by the whole world.

Why Russian People are Obsessed About Street Style?

The fashion trend in Russia followed in the capital city of Moscow is quite close to those observed in Europe or New York. Street style is becoming trendier and holding places in big magazines now. They always look up to the street style and mostly try to follow that. The winter clothing differs a bit since the Russian winters are definitely a challenge.

Street fashion trend 2019
Street fashion trend 2019

In winter they go for layering. Russian fashion is distinctively different. There are a number of authentic and dedicated online and offline resources that make designer Russian clothing available. Russian people mostly try to do their own fashion. They do not just follow something; they always have their own touch on their outfit which differentiates their fashion.

Russian Traditional Fashion 2019

Russian fashion is a show of traditional folk art and the spirit of the culture of Russia. Traditional Russian clothing is designed to highlight the inner dignity and emotional restraint of every Russian. The traditional Russian costumes are not only beautiful but also very convenient, being specially created for work. The variety of colors used in the traditional costumes display ethnic diversity. Russian fashion is trendy but still, they keep their cultural touch on their clothing.

Russian fashion is also a modest form of fashion. Most of their clothing is long and full cover. They wear heels and a pop of cover to their outfits to make it look stand-out. Both Russian women and men are really conscious about their clothing. They always make a statement and their sense of fashion is admired by the world. Russian fashion is also growing because of its uniqueness. They always try to add something traditional to their fashion which makes their appearance different. Russian fashion is all about play with colors; they know the perfect way to use bright colors.

Climate

As in any cold climate, layers are essential for Russian winters. Layering is really popular in Russian fashion; because of its cold weather, it’s essential also. Russian people love to layer their outfit. It keeps them warm and also looks really trendy at the same time. Double layering coats, shirts go perfect with their fashion and also with the climate. Warm sweaters as well as warm coats, and cotton shirts are important to wear underneath. If you’re going to be in the Russian North or if you’re just not used to the cold, it might be a good idea to even wear thermal underwear under your jeans. Don’t forget your scarves and hats, and most importantly warm socks and waterproof, slip-proof boots because there’s no guarantee that the sidewalks will be cleared. On the other hand, just a tint of red lipstick shows it all.

The Tech School- Shams Jaber Said No to Traditional Education System

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shams zaber
shams zaber

He is someone who wants to be recognized for his work, rather than his physical
appearance or family.

He wanted to be his own person, make it on his own. And he
did it! People now know Shams Jaber as a co-founder of the popular Tech
Academy and its activities.

This institution, formerly known as Tech school, is the
first, one of its kind in Bangladesh which has given students the chance to study
engineering and develop their own products with the help of the instructors.
After being born and raised in Dhaka, this entrepreneur attended his schooling in
Dhaka.

Very soon the theory based education system of Bangladesh seemed boring
to him and he thought it would be of no use if students do not get to practice the
things they learn and interact about them.

So he dropped out of school and got on with Tech Academy. Mr. Jaber wanted
students to have the privilege of learning things practically rather than just reading
the theories. He wanted to give students the opportunity to practice, ask questions,
interact freely with the instructors and make their own things.

With this motive, he started Tech Academy where students could have all those
opportunities. He thought of children especially as at an early age, we tend to be
interested to learn more and our brain catches things faster. He wanted to develop
skills like problem analysis, critical thinking, and time management, etc among
children from an early age.

Moreover, the young generation is getting more and
more familiar with devices and getting access to them is now easier than ever. Mr.
Jaber used that to his advantage so that children could have a platform to learn. He,
along with Neloy Anik, started the journey of Tech Academy with this motive.

So far Tech Academy consists of two sections where the institution teaches stuff to
the students via fun, interactive lessons, and the other part is the firm.

The firm develops and sells its products and services to other companies. This has been
going on since 2015. One branch of this school is situated in Notun Bazar, Dhaka
and the other one, in Bandarban, was built keeping the Mro tribal children outside
Chittagong in mind. There are more than 40 students in the Banani branch where
students attend interactive classes. There are branches where poor, underprivileged
students can study free of cost. With the collaboration and support of other
companies, this school has been doing a great job in spreading its light among the
students and pushing them to be more innovative.

The students here are encouraged highly to think beyond the box, to build up their
own projects. For instance, two of the students aged fourteen and eighteen built
hardware interactive game with the help of their teachers which was sold to IFAD
Multi Products Ltd. Tech Academy is developing more and more, spreading its
wings and helping a lot of students who would prefer a practical learning process
to follow the conventional method.

Jaber Ahmed does not want to stop here. He wants to keep going on to achieve his
dream of rebuilding our education system, making it more practical and innovative.
He is a global shaper and plans to reach more students with his projects and help
them build their future. He not only challenges the conventional education system
but also works to make it better.

Ivy Huq Russell- She Brought Everything Together!

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Ivy Huq Russell

Ivy Huq Russell, a former venture banker, decided to start her own startup Maya,
with the dream to establish a useful platform for women. After experiencing her
first pregnancy and watching her mother suffering from breast cancer, she decided
to make it easier for women to seek the information they need, to communicate
with others who are on the same journey.

With this aim, she founded Maya back in
2009, with the aim to connect women in a whole community where they could
seek answers to their queries and learn about others as well. Maya exists to build a
a stronger community between all women and to improve routes of their endeavors
by providing them with Maya apa’s service.

This brave woman completed her graduation from the University of Warwick.
Although she had completed her degree in Finance and Economics, her constant
the thirst to do good for people encouraged her to leave the world of banking and
financing and move to a totally different one of helping people which she built
herself. Her passion gave her all the strength she needed to give up her job and
start on her own.
The idea of Maya Apa popped into Ivy’s head when she was pregnant with her first
child. During her pregnancy, she realized how useful it would be if women, in
general, could have access to a platform where they could fill their queries without
an appointment, the judgment of the society or even queue.
Back in 2009, Maya was a blog that was filled with high quality, informative
contents all aimed to bridge the gap between necessary information and women. It
has come a long way since 2009 and now it’s accessible via web, app, and mobile
sites through all kinds of phones. It has the tagline which states “ask Maya Apa
anything”. Users may type or record their queries and then send them to get
answered.

Although being the first one of its kind, it was hard for Ivy to convince people with
the abstract idea of Maya. Later on, it officially launched in Bangladesh in 2015
after receiving grants from Brac.
Bangladesh is a country where there’s taboo on a lot of sensitive yet important
subjects. People are not encouraged to talk about them and thus many of our
questions remain unanswered. In many cases, we do not even realize how much
there is to know. This initiative Maya has opened doors to so many questions and
made women more aware. Now that we have access to technology more than we
ever had, women are just one tap away from getting access to a very reliable
resource; all built by the Managing Director Ivy Huq Russel. She made all of it so
easy!

Samira Zuberi Himika- She is anything but traditional

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samira zuberi himika

Who says you need to do everything traditionally? Sometimes, in life, being
traditional feels overrated and you should do what you love the most! That’s just
what Samira Zuberi Himika did!

Growing up in a family of doers, since childhood Samira Zuberi Himika has been
doing productive things on her own terms, always pushing herself out of the
comfort zone. She had been brought up in an environment which highly
encouraged on doing things for the society one lives in, not for oneself.
Whenever she got the chance, Ms. Himika had involved herself in so many societal
programs with the aim to contribute things to the cultural community, society in
general.

Everything she does, she makes sure it does not lack one factor: creativity.
The entrepreneur’s journey certainly did not start as her being one. Although she
was born in Chittagong and raised in Dhaka, her origin lies in Chokoria, Cox’s
Bazaar. She received all her schooling in Dhaka. After achieving brilliant results in
SSC and HSC, in the year 2000, Himika got admitted at Dhaka University at
Finance department. Being passionate about communication, music, and art,
Himika did not find finance interesting enough to keep pursuing. She loved the
creativity of art and music, had a passion for working and collaborating with
people, not the numbers finance offered.

As a result, she grew weary of it and
dropped out of Dhaka University to pursue her passion. It was a hard decision;
dropping out and starting over. But she did it anyway.

After shifting to Independent University Bangladesh (IUB), she found the place to
follow her passion. She studied subjects she loved and then after graduation, she
joined UNDP. Himika completed her Master Degree from Development studies
while working in UNDP. Later on, for six years, she worked in many development
organizations, NGOs. She even became the Deputy Head of BBC World Service
Trust, Bangladesh before she decided to go for her own start-up which led to the launch of team engine; which aims to support the govt. agencies, policymakers, individuals, and private sectors by letting them know about one another’s work and
bring about greatness together.

It connects the sectors who are working towards the
greater good and launches campaigns. Starting from the year 2010, the team engine
has been providing many people and agencies the opportunity to showcase their
greatness and talent.

This social enterprise is not a nonprofit company; rather it’s a
for-profit one promising to inspire talented individuals toward pushing themselves
and be productive; whilst transforming Bangladesh to a more developed,
a successful nation. It’s needless to say that Ms. Himika has taken a great initiative
by starting her very own masterpiece; which is now a source of employment for
both full and part-timers.

Ms. Himika has come a long way from her built up a career to her very own startup
which is really inspiring. Now when she looks back, she cannot help but be proud
that she had chosen the path she wanted to go with rather than the one she was
expected to follow. She believes that any brilliant idea can be implanted with the
right amount of passion and hard work along with the right people.

Taslima Miji- CEO Techmania Bangladesh

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taslima miji ceo techmania

There used to be a time when men would advise women while working on the
technology part, sometimes those responsibilities would be handled by men in
particular. That phase has passed. Now women are getting more and more involved
in everything there is to work with and explore. Taslima Mjii, the founder and
CEO of Techmania, is a refreshing example of that.

We Are Getting More And More Familiar With Technology!

Ms. Miji has always been an extrovert and determined person regardless of the
stereotypes of how women should be. She is a person with a definite aim and does
not put her goals to rest till she gets what she wants. She has always been very
outspoken and was part of protests even when she was in school. She completed
her degree in sociology from the University of Dhaka and started her career as a
journalist. She pursued this profession because of her dream of making it big as a
reporter and writer. She began by writing for many Bengali newspapers and very
soon she found herself writing as a regular. From the year 2001 to 2007, she was a
staff correspondent in many print Media.

However, it became hard to keep writing
after the birth of her child. When working as a freelance writer, joining a television
channel did not work out, she decided to start her very own Techmania. An
organization that provides services to problems related to hardware and software.
The organization, situated in Dhaka has come a long way since its inception in
2008. It provides services to IT and hardware problems such as assembly of
computers troubleshoot problems etc. It’s basically a solution company with an aim
to provide cost-effective ways of managing websites and strategy development. It
has experienced several evolving whereas the latest version provides advanced
web solutions to businesses at an affordable price so that all kinds of businesses no
matter how big or small can afford its services. An efficient team of experts is
constantly working towards making it better every day.

Although it has been hard for Ms. Miji to make her place in the corporate world,
she has always welcomed and then overcame all the hurdles that came in her way.
Ever since she has started her own startup, she has never felt the need to look back.
She believes a woman with a dream can pursue it if she stays focused on her
passion and just keeps going on.
Ms. Miji is definitely an inspiration to all the women out there.

Article – Yaseen Tasfia

The Journey of Sabila Enun- An Inspiring Women

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sabila enun

Whoever had said ‘technology and women do not mix’ was dead wrong! Till this
21st century, people have seen so many amazing evidence of this. This article
presents the journey of Sabila Enun, a successful tech entrepreneur, not as an
evidence to prove that point, but as an inspiration to all the young entrepreneurs
out there.
It is said that behind every successful and independent woman there lays a set of
parents who believed in her rather than the society. Sabila was lucky enough to
have such parents who believed in providing her freedom to do as she wanted
given that she earns that freedom. Boy, did she earn it! Being fiercely independent
since her childhood, she used her freedom in the best way possible to achieve her
dream of being recognized for her work.
What’s so amazing about Sabila’s journey is that she has never experienced
unemployment from her second year of university life. She was a student in
Southeast University where she along with her friends, was one of the co-founders
of the computer club which is now very active and organizing events routinely. But
Sabila did not stop there. She joined as a part-timer Cellbazaar with the Quality
Assurance Team. With the mission to excel herself, she took part in many
organizations such as Imagine Graphics where she worked as a java developer,
Bangladesh Open Source Network as one of the core members and so on. She used
her university life as an opportunity to expand her horizons and develop herself.
She viewed real-life experiences with more importance than monotonous, theory-based classes.

At times she even missed classes because of her engagement in
workplaces. Even when her grades suffered, she made sure she had been
productive enough to make up for it. Later on, Sabila’s eventful university life
ended with her internship under the Business Support & Service Management
Division in GrameenPhone.

In the following years, she was involved as a Senior Sector Specialist in Brac for two
years where she brought about some major contributions such as TAB based smart
classroom in BRAC primary schools, interactive multimedia digital content for
primary schools, interactive multimedia digital content for primary schools web
portal and many others. But she wanted to do more. Sure, she had a comfortable,
a secure job which meant getting a certain salary at the end of every month, but her
hunger for making more and more of her own motivated her to create her very own
masterpiece, DCastalia. Her dream of making it on her own terms helped her to go
through all the hurdles a woman has to face when starting her own business.
Now, DCastalia, has been one of the leading companies in the web solutions
industry since its establishment in 2008. It has been serving clients from all over
the world and specializes in what Sabila does best: developing and supporting the
simplest to the most complicated websites, apps, and customized software. The
tagline of DCastalia states the goal Sabila Enun has followed through her entire
professional life; inspiring to reinvent oneself every day.
Sabila Enun has set a bar of excellence for the young generation to follow through.
According to her, the key to success is passion combining with just the right
amount of focus! On top of that, networking with the right crowd never goes
wrong!

Author: Yaseen Tasfia