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The Bengali Peddler: A Tale of the American Dream

How many of us were aware of the wave of Muslim  peddlers who washed up at Ellis Island, each summer, in the late nineteenth century, from tiny villages in Bengal, to sell exotic Oriental wares on the boardwalks of New Jersey? Or how these hawkers eventually journeyed to the Deep South and settled there? Or […]

Reason learnt to be row with state minister over contract of Uttara apartment project Nurul Huda A day after tendering resignation over a row with a state minister, Rajuk Chairman Nurul Huda yesterday said he was not leaving until his tenure expires. It all began on Sunday at a meeting where Abdul Mannan Khan, state […]

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Experts deplore rapid pace of unplanned development, fear whole country to become city state in 4 decades (From left) Dr Akter Mahmud, Prof Golam Rahman, Prof Shariff Uddin Ahmed, Prof Amirul Islam Chowdhury, Syed Hashemi, Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman, Dr Salehuddin Ahmed, Dr Mostafa K Mujeri, Mustafa Quaium Khan, Prof Golam Murtaza, Prof ATM Nurul […]

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Bomb blasts in two Pakistani cities killed at least 115 people on Thursday and wounded more than 270, offering harrowing evidence of how the country’s myriad internal conflicts could destabilize it as elections approach. The worst violence occurred in the southwestern city of Quetta, where two explosions a few minutes apart in […]

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Profile of an artist

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by Faruque Azam I first heard Tami Zakaria at a musical soiree held at Shabbir Ahmed’s house. Tami appeared unassuming and humble. But once she started singing every one fell spellbound by the depth of her emotion, maturity of rendition and finely tuned voice, which are vital for Tagore songs.  She displayed a profound understanding […]

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The Anti-Corruption Commission on Monday claimed that World Bank’s external panel has expressed satisfaction at the filing of a case over corruption conspiracy in the Padma bridge project. ACC Commissioner Mohammad Shahabuddin disclosed it to reporters at its Segunbagicha head office in the capital. He said, “They (WB’s expert panel) are happy for that.” “Now […]

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PM reaches Moscow

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina A red carpet reception was accorded to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as she arrived in Moscow on Monday on a three-day official visit at the invitation of the leadership of the Russian Federation. A special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines touched the ground of Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO) at 3:15pm local […]

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The Supreme Court’s chamber judge on Monday refused to stay a High Court order that directed Rajuk to immediately stop all activities of Ashiyan City including its land filling, advertisements, and selling of plots. Ashiyan City, a housing project, which had a conditional and partial approval from the housing and public works ministry to develop […]

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Two Bangladeshi workers who were injured in Friday’s Bahrain blaze died on Monday, foreign ministry officials said. The number of Bangladeshis killed in the devastating fire now stands at 13. One of the two deceased was identified as Mofizul Islam, son of Joynal Abdin of Sadar Dakkhin upazila in Comilla, Shameem Ahsan, director general of […]

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Last year, thousands of people risked boat journeys on the Bay of Bengal, including people fleeing violence in Myanmar, like these people. The photo is taken from UNHCR website. The UN refugee agency has expressed concern as Rohingyas are fleeing both Myanmar and Bangladesh in large numbers risking their lives on smugglers’ boats in the […]

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