Dhakeshwari National Temple – The Goddess of Dhaka

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The name “Dhakeshwari” itself means “Goddess of Dhaka”. The Dhakeshwari Temple is a state-owned Hindu temple located at Bakshi Bazar, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, giving it the merit of being Bangladesh’s ‘National Temple’. Dhakeshwari Temple was renamed Dhakeshwari Jatiya Mandir (National Temple) in the year 1966, reflecting its position as the centre of Hindu culture and worship in Bangladesh.

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This was the result of the culmination of a major campaign by Bangladeshi Hindu groups who had been demanding official recognition for the primary Hindu place of worship following the declaration of Islam as the state religion in 1988. As a result, the flag of Bangladesh is hoisted every morning outside the main temple premises, and it follows the National Flag Code rules such as rendering half-mast on nationally declared days of mourning. As a practice in other leading religious places of worship in Bangladesh, day long prayers are a common practice during the important national holidays such as Independence Day, Language Martyrs’ Day, Victory Day and birth and death anniversaries of former leaders such as Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Ziaur Rahman.

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Remit2Home Blog – Dhakeshwari National Temple built-in 12th century

The Dhakeshwari temple was built-in the 12th century by Ballal Sen, a king of the Sena dynasty, and many say the name of the city was coined after this temple. The current style of architecture of the temple cannot be dated to that period because of numerous repairs, renovations and rebuilding in its long years of existence and its present condition does not clearly show any of its original architectural characteristics. Though it is still considered an essential part of Dhaka’s cultural heritage.

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Remit2Home Blog – Bangladesh – Dhakeshwari National Temple

Many researchers say that the temple is also one of the Shakti Peethas, where the jewel from the crown of the Goddess had fallen. Although there is not enough historical contexts in order to establish this as a fact, researchers were directed to this site while trying to locate the particular Shakti Peetha. Since ages, the temple has been held in great importance. The original 800-year old statue was destroyed during the War of 1971. The temple was further damaged during the riots of 1989-90.

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Remit2Home Blog – Bangladesh – People flocking the temple to worship the Goddess of Dhaka

It is widely believed that the Queen, wife of King Bijoy Sen went to Langolbond for bathing. While coming back she gave birth to a son, known to historians as Ballal Sen. After ascending to the throne, Ballal Sen built this temple to glorify his birthplace. Legends say that Ballal Sen once dreamt of the goddess covered under the jungle and he uncovered the idol from there and built a temple and named it as Dhakeswari. Whatever the legends describe, Hindu religious consider Dhakeswari to be the presiding holiness of Dhaka, which is an incarnation or form of Goddess Durga the Adi Shakti.

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Remit2Home PROBAD – Saying of the month

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Remit2Home Blog – Don’t stray from the path

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কানা গরুর ভিন্ন পথ। – “Kana Gorur Bhinno Poth”

The English Translation – The different path of the one-eyed cow.

Meaning of the Quote – The fool strays from the safe path.

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Remit2Home Trivia Time

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Remit2Home Trivia – The Big Nickel

1. The Big Nickel located in Sudbury Ontario is the world’s largest coin. It is a giant reproduction of a 1951 Canadian nickel, measuring 9 meters (30 feet) in diameter.

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Remit2Home Blog – Trivia – Flamingos

2. Flamingos are monogamous birds that lay only a single egg each year. If that egg is lost or damaged, they do not typically lay a replacement.

3. The word “toast,” meaning a wish of good health, started in ancient Rome, where a piece of toasted bread was dropped into wine.

4. In Libya, the people eat food imported mostly from other countries because the country is covered with almost 90% desert, very little rainfall and food cannot grow in the desert.

5. The famous logic-toy Rubik’s Cube was invented by a Hungarian engineer, Ernő Rubik. Mr. Rubik originally named the toy as Magic Cube.
Hint: the colour of a side is determined by the colour of the centre-cube of that side.

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Buko Pandan Dessert

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Recipe Round up – Buko Pandan Dessert

BUKO PANDAN is a favorite Filipino dessert served in almost every kind of party and on every special occasions in the Philippines. It is made using young coconut, gelatin, and buko pandan flavor and aroma. The green gelatin gives the sweet dish its distinction because it is enhanced by the aroma and flavor of pandan leaves. This pandan is a tropical plant which grows abundantly in the Philippines and its blade-like leaves are used for cooking and gives a very fragrant aroma to most Asian cuisines.

Ingredients:

1 and a 1/2 cup young coconut strips (Buko)
5 ounces condensed milk
8 ounces table cream or all-purpose cream
3 ounces powdered gelatin
1 and 1/4 cups water
6 drops Buko Pandan flavoring (available in Asian Stores)
2 scoops vanilla ice cream (optional)
1/2 cup small tapioca pearls, cooked (optional)

Cooking Procedure:

1. Combine water and powdered gelatin then stir using a spoon.
2. Add Buko Pandan flavoring then stir until everything is evenly distributed.
3. Heat a saucepan and pour-in the mixture. Bring to a boil while continuously stirring.
4. Turn off the heat and transfer the mixture to a mold. Allow the temperature to cool. The texture of the mixture should be firm once cooled. You may also place this inside the refrigerator for faster results (allow the temperature to go down before putting it in the refrigerator).
5. Combine condensed milk, table cream, tapioca pearls, and young coconut then mix well. Allow the texture to thicken by chilling in the refrigerator or freezer for a few hours.
6. Slice the firm gelatin into 1 inch cubes then combine with the condensed milk-cream-young coconut-tapioca mixture.
7. Transfer to individual serving platters or cups then top with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream (optional)
8. Serve chilled, share and enjoy!

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Pinoy Corner – May Highlights

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Remit2Home Pinoy Corner Ms. Earth 2014

19 Taong gulang na Cebuana, Kandidata ng Pilipinas sa Ms. Earth 2014

Isang 19-taong gulang na si Jamie Herrell mula sa Lungsod ng Cebu ang pinangalanang Miss Philippines Earth 2014 sa ginanap na beauty pageant sa SM Mall of Asia Arena noong Mayo 11. Tinalo ni Herrell ang 49 iba pang mga kalahok sa naturang pageant at sya ang magiging kinatawan ng bansa sa International Ms. Earth pageant na gaganapin ngayong taon. Ang Pilipinas ay nanalo sa Miss Earth ng isang beses noong taong 2008. Ang Miss Earth na nagsimula noong 2001, ay itinuturing na kabilang sa apat na pinakamalaking beauty Pageant sa buong mundo, kasama ang mga Miss Universe, Miss World, at Miss International.

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Remit2Home Blog – Pinoy Corner – Pinay Chef sa Whitehouse

Pinay Chef sa Whitehouse, pinasasalamatan ni Pres. Obama

Sa ginanap na State Dinner sa Malacañang sa karangalan ng US President na si Barack Obama, pinasalamatan nya ang pinay chef sa Whitehouse na si Cris Comerford na nagtatrabaho sa White House mula pa noong 1995. Ayon kay US President Obama, paminsan minsan ay nakakain sila at ang kanyang pamilya sa White House ng lumpia at adobo,” mga pagkaing Pilipino na inihanda ni Cris sa kanila, mga pagkaing pinoy na nag-uugnay sa Amerika at Pilipinas. Si Cris ay ang kauna-unahang babae upang maging White House executive chef. Sya ay lumaki sa Sampaloc, Maynila. Bilang chef sa Head of State, si Cris Comerford ay miyembro ng Le Club des Chefs des Chefs.

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Remit2Home Blog – Pinoy Corner – E-pasaporte

E-pasaporte na may detached covers, papalitan ng DFA

Ang mga taong may hawak na e-passports at natatanggal ang mga cover ay maaaring papalitan ang kanilang e-passports ng Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). Ayon sa pahayag ng DFA, ang mga e-passports na may mga serial number EB0000001 hanggang EB1267350 na may mga detached covers ay maaaring ipakita ang kanilang mga pasaporte sa Opisina ng Konsul o DFA-Aseana, o sa pinakamalapit na Satellite o Consular Regional Office. Ayon sa ulat ni DFA spokesman Charles Jose, sa mahigit na 10 milyong pasaporte na inisyu simula noong Agosto 2009 hanggang Marso 2014, hindi aabot sa 10,000 nasirang pasaporte ang dinala sa atensyon ng DFA.

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Remit2Home Blog – Pinoy Corner – Mga Jobless sa Pinas bumaba

Mga Jobless sa Pinas bumaba sa 25.7 % mula sa 27.5%

Ayon sa pinakahuling survey kamakailan ng Social Weather Stations ang bilang ng mga walang trabaho na mga Pilipino sa bansa ay bumaba noong 4th quarter noong nakaraang taon. Ang survey na unang inilathala sa BusinessWorld, ipinapakita na ang kawalang trabaho ay bumaba sa 25.7 porsyento, katumbas ng 11,500,000 mga Pilipino, kumpara sa nakaraang 4th quarter na 12,000,000 (27.5 porsyento). Ipinapakita din sa survey na ang mga taong walang pinapasukan ay pinangungunahan ng mga taong kusang-loob na iniwan ang kanilang mga trabaho (11.4 porsyento o 5,100,000), habang ang ilan ay retrenched (10.7 porsyento o 4,800,000). Ang nasabing survey ay sinagot ng 1,200 na mga respondents. Ayon pa sa nasabing ulat, 36% ay umaasang may darating na mga job openings sa loob ng 12 na buwan, at 23% naman ay nagsasabi na kakaunti lamang ang mga bakanteng trabaho.

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Health Corner – MERS-COV

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Health Corner – MERS-COV

MERS-COV (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus)

The Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is a disease caused by a new virus that causes a rapid onset of severe respiratory disease in people. It is viral respiratory illness first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and first called as Novel coronavirus 2012 or simply novel coronavirus, after genome sequencing of a virus isolated from sputum samples from patients who fell ill in a 2012 outbreak of a new flu. MERS-CoV has caused outbreaks in the Middle East and sporadic cases around the world. Just recently, international health experts started getting alarmed over the surge in infections and deaths in Saudi Arabia.

In April 2014, the Ministry of Health in Malaysia and the Ministry of Health of Greece have each reported their first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in travellers who returned from Saudi Arabia. The official WHO MERS count is 238, with 92 deaths. As of 27 Apr 2014 there are 339 confirmed cases in Saudi Arabia, with 102 deaths. All cases have lived in or travelled to the Middle East, or have had close contact with people who acquired the infection in the Middle East. Most people who have been confirmed to have MERS-CoV infection developed severe acute respiratory illness. They had fever, cough, and shortness of breath. About half of these people died. As of May 9 – 2014, MERS-CoV cases have been reported in several countries Arab Emirates, and Yemen (Middle East); France, Germany, Greece, Italy, and the United Kingdom (Europe); Tunisia and Egypt (Africa); Malaysia and the Philippines (Asia); and the United States of America (Americas).

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Health Corner – Virus MERS COV

This virus has spread from ill people to others through close contact. However, the virus has not shown to spread in a sustained way in communities. There is growing evidence that direct or indirect contact with camels play a significant role in the virus transmission. Some of the infections have occurred in clusters between individuals in close contact with one another and an increasing number of infections have occurred among health care workers in health care settings, indicating the importance of following strict infection control practices. This suggests that the virus can spread between humans, however, there has been no sustained person-to-person transmission and the risk of contracting this infection is still considered to be low.

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Health Corner MERS COV

Vaccine

There is no vaccine yet but the cure or vaccine for the MERS-CoV may already be near. Two studies published in different leading scientific journals said scientists have identified antibodies that could potentially be used towards the development of a cure or vaccine treatment against the novel virus.

Symptoms of the MERS-CoV:

• Sudden and serious respiratory illness
• Influenza-like illness
• Symptoms of pneumonia
• Chest pain and cough
• Shortness of breath and breathing difficulties
• Gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea

How to Protect Yourself from MERS-CoV?

• Avoid close contact with animals when visiting farms or barn areas where the virus is known to be potentially circulating
• Regularly wash hands before and after touching animals
• Avoid contact with sick animals
• Follow food hygiene practices
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
• Avoid close contact, such as kissing, sharing cups, or sharing eating utensils, with sick people
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs

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Health Corner – MERS COV spreading worldwide

The following countries have reported cases of MERS:
Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United States

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle_East_respiratory_syndrome_coronavirus
http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/tmp-pmv/notices-avis/notices-avis-eng.php?id=108
http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/phn-asp/2013/ncoronavirus-eng.php
http://www.who.int/csr/disease/coronavirus_infections/en/
http://www.cdc.gov/CORONAVIRUS/MERS/INDEX.HTML

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Proudly Pinoy – Study in Philippines

Why you should study in Philippines?

Philippines has one of the best education systems in Asia. It is one of the best places for students to study completely in English. The education system is just so fantastic that Philippines has sent hundreds of doctors and engineers to work in United States of America, United Kingdom , Middle East, etc. along with other professionals. The country is home to a number of ISO-certified universities and more than 200 higher educational institutions identified as ‘Centers of Excellence’ and ‘Centers of Development’. There are also several international schools in the Philippines which are on American, British, German, Chinese, French, and Japanese educational tracks.

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Proudly Pinoy – Study in Philippines

Thousands of foreigners are flocking to the Philippines to study because it is more affordable in terms of the costs of education in the country compared to other countries. At the same time Philippines offers:
a) A high quality education
b) A peaceful and friendly environment
c) An established education system
d) Accredited and high quality programs
e) Low cost of living and tuition fees
f) Modern infrastructure
g) An efficient transportation system.
Life is more easy and fun because the Philippines is known for its people’s hospitality and joyfulness.

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Proudly Pinoy – All about studying in Philippines

Foreign students do not only get the chance of earning excellent education, but they also find ways of enjoying their stay in the Philippines because the country is composed of thousands of islands and the students can relax by swimming, surfing, diving, and snorkeling in numerous pristine beaches anywhere, or unwind in some of the island’s heritage sites like the man-made rice terraces, marine parks, mountains, underground rivers, and other tourist spots. If these are not the places for them, they can still enjoy hanging out in countless five-star hotels and restaurants, entertainment shows, shopping malls, and cafes. It is no wonder then that the Philippines is host to an ever increasing number of international students each year.

Student Visa Requirements for Study in Philippines

1. Visa application duly filled and legibly completed. (The form needs to be completed in English).
2. Original passport valid for at least six months beyond the duration of stay in the country.
3. Photocopy of the data and the amendment page of passport.
4. IELTS and TOEFL scores (academic requirements)
5. Copy of travel (usually e-ticket).
6. Payment of processing fee.
7. In case of temporary visiting visa and transit visitor – The return or onward journey ticket must be presented to the Philippines immigration officer on entry in the country.
8. Upon submitting the application candidates are also required to submit a copy of their passport.

Original passports would only be required for authentication. The embassy has the reserve right for asking any other authentication. Incomplete applications would not be accepted. Visa processing depends upon the nationality of the candidate. All regulations consular fees or services are subject to change without any prior notice.

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