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Pohela Boishakh’s spirit of unity

The arrival of the Bangla New Year is a joyous opportunity for the entire nation to share in festivities. Pohela Boishakh’s wide appeal is a testament to the great care and spirit of inclusiveness used in designing the Bangla calendar to make it acceptable to all communities in multi-religious Bengal. It is an invaluable opportunity […]

Apr 2, 2016 Press Release (Washington, D.C.) – Joining a pair of his House colleagues, U.S. Rep. Mike Honda (D-Silicon Valley, Calif.), Immigration Task Force Chair and Chair Emeritus of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, and Caucus Chair Rep. Judy Chu, today called on Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to stop the potentially inappropriate […]

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People in their thousands join Mangal Shobhajatra welcoming the Bangla New Year which was brought out from faculty of fine arts at Dhaka University on Thursday morning. The nation celebrated its most colourful and traditional festival Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bangla New Year 1423, on Thursday with much fanfare, festivity and enthusiasm together […]

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IS claims the persons in the photo published in Dabiq are members of its Bangladesh unit. Islamic State has reportedly chosen Bangladesh as its base in South Asia for its geographic position, and the radical group wants to carry out attacks in India from here. The Indian media on Thursday reported the threat IS made in […]

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US Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat has greeted Bangalis on Pohela Boishakh – the first day of Bangla New Year. On Thursday, the embassy’s official Facebook handle posted a picture showing Bernicat, clad in a red and white designer sari, posing with Deputy Chief of Mission David Meale with traditional Boishakhi food. “A very happy […]

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  BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia addresses a cultural function organised by Jatiyatabadi Samajik Sangskritik Sangshtha marking Pahela Baishakh in front of BNP office in the city on Thursday. he Bangladsh Nationalist Party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, on Thursday hoped that democracy would be restored in the Bangla new year, 1423, and called on all to move […]

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Prime minister Sheikh Hasina – Focusbangla photo Extending her heartfelt greetings to all, including expatriate Bangladeshis on Pahela Baishakh, the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said everybody needs to exercise tolerance as it is essential for the country’s uninterrupted development. ‘There’ll never be any development unless there’s a peaceful environment in the country,’ she […]

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The United States has said the government of Bangladesh took ‘limited measures’ to investigate and prosecute cases of abuse and killing by security forces. The US, in its 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, claimed authorities failed at times to maintain effective control over security forces. The report listed extrajudicial killings, forced disappearances, the […]

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A female student of Dhaka University was harassed allegedly by a policeman on the university campus during the Pahela Baishakh celebrations, the first day of Bangla calendar. The incident took place around 7pm when Habiba Jannat, a student of Biostatistics and Informatics department of the university and also vice-president of the university unit of Chhatra […]

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For the past decade, hilsa, the national fish of Bangladesh, has become an integral part of Pohela Boishakh celebrations. People from the urban regions, in particular, are accustomed to consuming a dish of panta-Ilish, a combination of leftover rice soaked in water with hilsa that is either fried, steamed or served in curry form. Interestingly, […]

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