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Bangladesh’s ‘mystic minstrels’

Despite daily attacks, the country’s minstrels, known as Bauls are becoming more popular among those seeking peace and salvation After giving up all worldly possessions, they wander the Bangladesh countryside dressed in white robes, singing of peace and love for all with their single-stringed ektaras. Bangladesh’s “mystic minstrels” have long been dismissed as hippies and […]

by Amy Yee In the crowded conference center here in Bangladesh’s capital, fire alarms sounded this week – but fortunately there was no fire. Exhibitors at this building and fire safety expowere showing potential customers their wares. At some 90 booths, companies displayed fire alarm systems, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and other equipment. About 10,000 people […]

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NEW DELHI: To bolster bilateral energy ties, Bangladesh has suggested setting up of a thermal power plant through a joint venture in India. In this regard, Bangladesh has proposed that a coal block could be allocated to the joint venture entity while power generated from the plant could be supplied to Bangladesh. The proposed plant […]

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Fishermen use “sponges and sacks” to collect oil as experts say damage has already been done to Sundarbans UNESCO site. Bangladeshi fishermen, using sponges and sacks, have begun cleaning up a huge oil spill in a protected area that is home to rare dolphins, after environmentalists warned of an ecological “catastrophe”. Thousands of litres of oil […]

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(Reuters) – A Hindu priest-turned-lawmaker vowed on Friday to convert hundreds of Muslims and Christians to Hinduism on Christmas Day, despite a police investigation into an earlier round of conversions. Religious conversions in multi-faith India are threatening to sow fresh discord as Muslim groups and opposition parties accuse organizations tied to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s […]

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