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A reflection on Language Day

By M. Sophia Newman::  This weekend, Bangladesh celebrated Language Martyr’s Day once again. The holiday is one of my favourites – a celebration of the genuinely beautiful thing that brought me to Bangladesh in the first place. Yet I am too afraid to celebrate. In 2011, I came to Dhaka on a scholarship for ten weeks of intensive Bangla-language study. ...

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Polythene bags being sold freely in Sylhet

Polythene shopping bags are being sold freely in the markets of the district, violating the ban imposed on its production, marketing and use. According to sources, a section of dishonest polythene makers in connivance with some unscrupulous traders are supplying the polythene bags to the markets in the excuse that coloured polythene bags are prohibited, and there is no ban ...

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Bring back visa service to Dhaka

By Abdul Karim Goni :: British Curry Awards Founder Enam Ali MBE has said that moving British visa office from Dhaka to Delhi is quite saddening for me and also discourteous for the Bengali Community in the UK.  He said this in a press briefing held in East London on 24 February.  An influential figure in the area of diplomacy ...

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United Airways flying high with European expansion plan

Bangla Mirror Desk :: The largest private airline in Bangladesh, United Airways set to launch new routes direct from Europe to Bangladesh and once again offers expatriates the chance to be part of its success. United Airways (UBD) announced an ambitious investment plan on 23rd February that will attract the funds it needs to operate new routes from major UK ...

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Rushanara Ali MP is helping teens into employment

Imagine a girl called Sofia – 19 years-old. She could be your daughter, or cousin. You might know a young person like her – your granddaughter, or your next door neighbour. Born in Tower Hamlets, she was educated in a state-of-the-art school and enjoyed it. She was surrounded by committed teachers ready to help launch her onto the next stage ...

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Bride’s cousin killed at marriage venue in M’bazar

A youth was killed and several others were injured over a trifling mater at a marriage ceremony venue in Moulvibazar Sadar upazila on Sunday noon. The deceased was identified as Humayun Ahmed, 21, son of Abdur Rahman of Pashchim Sadhuhati village of the upazila and a cousin of bride. Local and police sources said, the marriage between Khaleda Akther, daughter ...

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Glyn Robbins standing as an MP candidate from Bethnal Green and Bow

Glyn Robbins is standing in Bethnal Green and Bow as the General Election candidate for the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition (TUSC).  He is standing in the election on May 7th because he wants to see an alternative to the cuts, privatisation, racism and war peddled by the establishment parties and a left alternative to the right-wing anti-migrant UKIP, a ...

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Sunamganj villagers suffer from deadly arsenic

With landscape view of long paddy fields, lush green trees, bushes and clustered houses, the Baheratoli is truly representing a traditional village of rural Bangladesh. At a first sight anyone will have an experience of tranquility, serenity and peace at the village, located near the border of Indian hilly province Meghalaya and distant from Bangladesh’s Sunamganj district town. But people ...

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Restaurant owners passing hard days in Sylhet

The number of customers in the restaurants has marked a fall by more than 60 per cent in the Sylhet city and district due to the ongoing blockade and hartal causing heavy loss to the eatery owners as well as unemployment problems. Abul Fojol, Manager, Pakshi Restaurant in Bandarbazar said most customers visiting their hotel are mainly from outside Sylhet. ...

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500 poor patients get free treatment in Sylhet

More than 500 poor patients have been provided with medical treatment and medicines free of cost on Saturday at a medical camp held at Moglabazar in Sylhet on Wednesday. Zaytun Welfare Trust (ZWFT) a voluntary organisation, arranged the camp on the occasion of a part of its regular annual event for the 5th consecutive years. A team of nearly 10 ...

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