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Ruposhi Bangla to take new name

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UK-based Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the leading global hotel chains, has yet again taken over the operations and management of Hotel Ruposhi Bangla after a 28-year hiatus. State-owned Bangladesh Services Limited (BSL) that owns Ruposhi on Sunday struck a 30-year management deal with IHG to re-brand the hotel as Inter Continental Dhaka. Following […]

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Bangladesh wants Bangla as an official UN language: Sheikh Hasina

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DHAKA: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that Bangladesh was working to make Banglaan official UN language considering the vast number of its speakers and its rich literary heritage.Bangladesh is trying to establish Bangla as one of the official languages of the United Nations, Hasina said while inaugurating the first International Bangali Conference here.Bangla, which […]

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60th year of language movement; time to rescue our country

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      Jamal Ahmed Why does 21st February has so much significance in our lives? It is not merely a language movement and restoring Bengali as our mother tongue. Many Bengali littérateurs are offended by the use of English in the midst of our national language. Many are constantly reminding us of the anti-liberation […]

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End Piracy, Not Liberty: Protesting against SOPA and PIPA by GOOGLE

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Millions of Americans oppose SOPA and PIPA because these bills would censor the Internet and slow economic growth in the U.S. Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, would censor the Web and impose harmful regulations on American […]

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The Five questions to Know about International Mother Language Day

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International Mother Language Day has been celebrated every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. This year the theme of the International Mother Language day is “Mother tongue instruction and inclusive education”. We would like to highlight the importance of mother tongue from the angle of the right to education […]

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21 on death row and 31 undergoing trial for murder abroad

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In six Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian countries, at least 21 Bangladeshis are facing death sentence and 31 undergoing trial for murder. The cases involve 43 murders, including those of 28 Bangladeshis, over trading of visas and involvement in “immoral” activities, according to reports sent by Bangladesh missions abroad. Under the Middle Eastern nations’ strict […]

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International Mother Language Day

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Bengali Language Movement                   On 21 March 1948, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the Governor general of Pakistan, declared that Urdu would be the only official language for both West and East Pakistan. The people of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), having mother language Bangla, started to protest against this. […]

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DEATHLESS EKUSH

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        By: Hasan Hafizur Rahman Translated by:  Dr. Faruque Azam     will not the mother call by his name ever again? like a tornado that name will resound in the turbulent mind’s ground round and round it will rise and call; like the pearl between two lips it will not roll […]

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Our Faridee

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Faridur Reza Sagar In a magazine interview, Afzal Hossain announced that within a few days he would introduce someone on TV who would change the whole thought process of the television audience. The Dhaka cultural arena was mystified as to the identity of this person. We kept questioning Afzal but he made no comment. “One […]

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Dearth of diesel at fuel depots

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                Boro cultivation in the northern region of the country may be hindered due to shot supply of diesel in the fuel oil depots in Shahzadpur upazila of Sirajganj district. The barges and water vessels carrying diesel cannot reach different oil depots in the district in scheduled time […]

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By Nazmus Saquib “Al Haj Hazrat Zakir Shah – a 50 year old self declared ‘peer (religious leader)’ is doing business cashing on the religious sentiment of the people”, — alleged a resident of city’s Faramgate when this reporter was talking with a group of local people to enquire about the activities of the mysterious […]

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Jamaluddin Ahmed This following is a piece from the 6th February issue of India Today,  “In late December last year, a secret letter went from New Delhi to Dhaka. It was delivered directly to Sheikh Hasina, 65, the prime minister of Bangladesh. It warned her that Islamist radicals embedded within the Bangladesh Army were planning […]

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