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Denmark to vote on controversial migrant assets bill

The Danish parliament will vote on Tuesday on a highly controversial proposal to confiscate asylum seekers’ valuables to pay for their upkeep. The proposal drew sharp criticism at home and abroad when it was announced earlier this month. Danish authorities insist the policy brings migrants in line with jobless Danes, who must sell assets above a certain level to claim ...

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Malaysia prosecutor clears PM Najib Razak of corruption

Malaysia’s top prosecutor has cleared Prime Minister Najib Razak of corruption in a long-running financial scandal that has gripped the nation. The attorney-general’s office said the $681m (£479m) that Mr Najib received in his bank account was a personal donation from the Saudi royal family. Critics had alleged the money came from state-owned investment fund 1MDB. Mr Najib has consistently ...

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Boat sinks off Malaysia killing 13 ‘Indonesian migrants’

Police are searching for survivors after a boat capsized off the coast of Malaysia, killing at least 13 people, officials say. Police say the bodies of nine women and four men were found washed up on a beach in Johor state early on Tuesday. Those on board were thought to be illegal migrants or workers from Indonesia, they added. Thousands ...

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Fatal stabbing at asylum centre shocks Sweden

Sweden’s prime minister has described as a “terrible crime” the stabbing of a 22-year-old female employee at a centre for young asylum seekers. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven visited the centre for unaccompanied migrants in Molndal, near Gothenburg, hours after the killing. An asylum seeker of 15 was arrested on suspicion of murder. The victim has been named locally as Alexandra ...

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Aruna Biswas to act in a new film under direction of Tareq

A Dhaka based daily has revealed more about the actress-director’s current activities through a recent interview. Excerpt follows: What is the latest production from director Aruna Biswas? Recently, I have made an anti-dowry tele-drama tiled ‘Reba’, which has been scripted by Mannan Hira. The tele-drama will be aired on ATN Bangla shortly. Has actress Aruna Biswas worked in any new ...

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Mashing up the world of Charles Dickens

Think you know your Dickens? Think again. The world of the master storyteller is about to be turned on its head with BBC One’s Dickensian – a 20-part series where an array of his colourful characters mingle together. It is the brainchild of Tony Jordan, a long-time writer on EastEnders. Just don’t call Dickensian a period soap. “The idea was ...

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Monali Thakur to perform in Dhaka this March

Celebrated Indian playback singer Monali Thakur is set to perform in a concert in Dhaka to be held on March 18 in an open field in the Bashundhara residential area. DhakaLive has news that the concert will be organised by Integrity Events and Entertainment. To give out full details about the upcoming concert, a press conference was held in a ...

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How a royal love changed culture

When Queen Victoria inherited the British throne just a few weeks after her 18th birthday, there was immediate speculation about who she would marry. Few had foreseen that this little-known princess would become their monarch. But when the country found itself with a young queen after so many dissolute Hanoverian kings, it seemed that exciting new era was dawning. Queen ...

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DADASAHEB PHALKE AWARD OF INDIA : Runa Laila becomes jury board member

Internationally-acclaimed Bangladeshi singer Runa Laila has been invited by India’s Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation to be part of the jury board during the upcoming Dadasaheb Phalke Award 2015, which is set to be held on April 30. The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is regarded as India’s highest award in cinema. It is presented annually at the National Film Awards ceremony by ...

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Moushumi to play sex worker

Popular movie actress Moushumi Hamid has pushed the envelope and signed up for the role of a sex worker in a short film. Moushumi, who is a commercial movie star, will portray the character Nabila in the short film titled ‘Second Sex’. The film will shed light on the situations which lead women to join the profession and the aftermath ...

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