first_img Share your voice Random Post a comment 13 Photos Bill Gates Bill Gates has some suggestions for your 2019 summer reading list. Bill Gates/Gates Notes Summer vacation is almost here in the northern hemisphere. Woo-hoo! You’re heading to the beach. You could pack a romance novel or a lightweight spy caper. Or you could pack the five books Microsoft founder Bill Gates recommends you read. Get ready to get heavy.Gates’ summer reading list is an annual tradition. He released the latest version on his Gates Notes blog on Monday, giving you plenty of time to hit your local bookstore for some thought-provoking reading to pack with your sunscreen and bathing suit.”I’ve recently found myself drawn to books about upheaval (that’s even the title of the one of them) — whether it’s the Soviet Union right after the Bolshevik revolution, the United States during times of war, or a global reevaluation of our economic system,” Gates wrote, saying most of these books deal with the idea of disruption. 0 UpheavalJared Diamond’s Upheaval delves into “how nations managed existential challenges like civil war, foreign threats and general malaise” through a group of case studies. Gates acknowledged this might sound like a bummer, but said he left the book feeling optimistic about our ability to solve problems.Nine PintsIf you made it through all the bloodshed of Game of Thrones, then chances are good you can handle Nine Pints by Rose George. The subtitle clues you into the subject: “A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood.” “It’s filled with super-interesting facts that will leave you with a new appreciation for blood,” Gates said.A Gentleman in MoscowNow we detour into the realm of fiction with Amor Towles’ A Gentleman in Moscow. This bestselling novel follows the rich Count Alexander Rostov who is living under house arrest in a hotel in Moscow in the 1920s. The book spans several decades. Gates called it “fun, clever, and surprisingly upbeat.” Presidents of WarMichael Beschloss’ Presidents of War tackles the complicated history of US presidents and the conflicts the country became involved in, including the War of 1812 and the Vietnam War. “Beschloss’s broad scope lets you draw important cross-cutting lessons about presidential leadership,” said Gates.The Future of CapitalismGates said he doesn’t agree with everything in Paul Collier’s The Future of Capitalism, but that the author’s “background as a development economist gives him a smart perspective on where capitalism is headed.” Gates recommended this as a good analysis of the problems around capitalism today.While these five titles make up the official summer reading list, Gates also threw in a plug for his wife Melinda Gates’ The Moment of Lift, a book about the women who have inspired her. “I know I’m biased, but it’s one of the best books I’ve read so far this year,” he said. These books should keep you busy until the end of 2019 when we can expect Gates’ annual list of his favorite books of the year. 1:08 Tags How to check out digital library books Inside Microsoft’s HoloLens development lab Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

first_imgThe country’s development prospects will be bleak if the projected growth of population is not controlled immediately, a Prothom Alo roundtable was told on Monday.Already, experts said, Bangladesh is facing a variety of challenges, including employment and shortage of land due to the huge size of population on a small landmass.They added, Bangladesh’s earlier success in population growth control has been stagnated in recent times, and emphasised the urgent need for revitalising the past family planning programmes, resuming visits to door to door by field workers.”Our dream to become a middle income country will be jeoparadised if the population is not managed,” Hossain Zullur, executive chairman of Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC), said presenting the keynote at the workshop.”The success we have achieved has become stagnant as we have relaxed our past strategy to visit door to door for campaign to create awareness about the family planning,” added the economist, also a former caretaker government adviser.The roundtable titled ‘family planning: empowerment of people and development of nation’, was organised at the Prothom Alo office with support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The discussion was moderated by Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Qayyum.According to the 2011 population census, the country’s recent population is more than 160.30 million and it is projected to be 280 million by 2061, it was mentioned in the keynote. Technical officer of family planning of UNFPA Abu Sayed Hasan authored it.On the current situation, Hossain Zillur Rahman said the country is facing the crisis of employment opportunity.Around 2.2 million people are adding to the workforce, but 700,000 people are being provided with jobs domestically and another 500,000 people abroad, he pointed out.Hossain Zillur said the land cannot be found for implementing the projects.In 20 years between 1994 and 2014, the proportion of women visited by family planning field workers has been almost halved.However, director general of family planning Kazi Mustafa Sarwar said over 400 physicians have been appointed to strengthen the family planning activities in the field level.Speaking as the chief guest, health minister Mohammad Naism said the population growth in Sylhet and Chittagong is very high as being conservative, the people there do not want to receive family planning methods.He urged Prothom Alo authorities to arrange seminars and discussions at slum and rural areas and he will attend those, rather arranging it in drawing rooms and conference halls.Law maker Fazilatunnesa Bappy said family planning activities are very urgently needed to implement sustainable development goals (SDG).She said men also have to be included in the programmes.Chairman of Population Science Department at Dhaka University professor Aminul Haque said the family planning is not possible only by controlling birth. Overall matters including health and education have to be included in the planning.Actress Peya Jannatul said the people have to be made aware through drama.Youth representative Tasneem Jara said women have to be empowered by providing them with knowledge about contraception.Youths have to be utilised as they want to work on population issues, she added.While moderating, Abdul Qayyum said the additional population is number one problem.”We have not achieved progress to our desired level. We have to increase investment,” he said.Line director at the directorate of family planning Moinuddin Ahmed, chief of party USAID-DFID NGO Health Service Delivery Project Halida Hanum Akhtar, Associate of Population Council Sharif Mohammed Ismail Hossain, Ipas country manager Sayed Rubayet, Islamic Foundation Director Khijir Hayat Khan and genereral manager of SMC Toslim Uddin Khan, among others, also spoke.last_img read more