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Dhaka July 19 (bdnews24.com)—Popular Bengali fiction writer Humayun Ahmed, 64, has died at a New York hospital after a nine-month battle against colon cancer, bringing the curtains down on a nearly four-decade long illustrious career. Dr Abdul Momen, the Bangladesh Ambassador to the UN, told bdnews24.com that he had passed away at 11:30pm Thursday Bangladesh […]

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Bollywood’s original superstar Rajesh Khanna, 69, breathed his last on Wednesday. Khanna is survived by ex-wife Dimple Kapadia and daughters Twinkle Khanna and Rinki Khanna. Family members said that the actor will be cremated at 11 am on Thursday. Rajesh Khanna’s condition deteriorated on Tuesday. The actor was discharged from Lilavati Hospital on Monday after […]

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By : Udayan Namboodiri The passing of Mehdi Hassan (84), one of the greatest Hindustani classical singers, in Karachi on Wednesday (June 13th), was mourned across South Asia. Though a lung disorder since 2002 made it harder for this diversely talented artist to record new music or perform live, the flood of tributes demonstrated his […]

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Mehdi Hassan at the 13th PTV awards ceremony. – Dawn/File photo KARACHI, June 13: The black shamiana under which friends and admirers of Mehdi Hassan gathered outside his Ancholi house cut a strange picture. It was an occasion to mourn his death, for sure. But even while tears trickled down their cheeks and their voices […]

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By: Jamil Mahmud “Rother Roshi”, by Rabindranath Tagore, saw a couple of adaptations by different Dhaka troupes last year. Palakar — known for a display of vibrancy by young performers — staged the play on June 14 at the Studio Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. The production has been directed by Shamim Sagar. This particular […]

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A Hindi political thriller called “Shanghai” hits cinemas Friday, raising awkward questions about India’s development with a fictional town trying to emulate fellow giant China’s shiny financial capital. The film, an Indian version of 1966 Greek novel “Z”, is set in a small unnamed town being pumped with funds to become a major economic hub, […]

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After spelling the word “Guetapens,” Snigdha Nandipati wasn’t sure what to do or expect. She blinked and looked to both sides before the sparkling confetti fluttered down over her hair and face. Then the smile broke, as the 14-year-old Indian American from California finally registered that she was the 2012 Scripps Spelling Bee champion. In […]

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