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Last updated at 14:34 BST, Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Bangladeshi police makeover


26 August 2009

New police recruits in Bangladesh have been given advice on how to dress more smartly. One of the country's leading beauticians has been giving them advice on what to wear and how to look.

Mark Dummett

Two police officers in Dhaka


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The idea, according to Mazharal Haque, the vice principal of Bangladesh's top police academy, is to turn this batch of new recruits into world-class police leaders, fit to serve in United Nations Peacekeeping missions anywhere on the planet. They have just received lessons in grooming, personal hygiene, physical fitness, skincare, diet and dining etiquette.

Kaniz Almas Khan, who runs a chain of smart beauty parlours in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, as well as in Thailand, was also invited to show the new recruits how to wear clothes in matching colours. She also gave the 140 men and women a lesson in how to choose a good perfume and aftershave. She was quoted by the French Press Agency, AFP, as saying that the male officers were just as keen as the female officers, if not more, on looking good. "I was surprised to be asked," she said, "but it's great that people are becoming more conscious of their looks."

Mark Dummett, BBC News, Dhaka


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batch of new recruits

group of people who have recently joined an institution or organisation (here, the police force)

fit to serve

able and ready to work


making yourself look attractive by brushing your hair, putting on make-up, etc.


washing and cleaning your skin, especially your face (with soap and water or with special creams and lotions)

dining etiquette

the polite or socially accepted way of behaving when eating food

a chain

a group of businesses owned by one person or one company

smart beauty parlours

fashionable beauty salons or shops

matching colours

colours that are similar and go together well

just as keen as

equally enthusiastic as

more conscious of their looks

more aware or concerned about how they look

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