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New bank, new friends and old routes made new

Subir Bhaumik :: The China-sponsored Asian Infrastructure Development Bank has witnessed an unprecedented rush from American allies to join it as founding members. Countries like Brazil and Russia were expected to join, so was India, having already supported the China-powered ...

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Labour’s pioneering role in this subcontinent: an introduction

Farooque Chowdhury :: THE wage ‘slaves’ were coerced or allured out of their villages with the power of starvation. ‘[B]etween the years 1921 and 1931 the number of industrial workers employed in establishments of more than 10 workers rose from 2.6 ...

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Origins of the Bengali Calendar

Only a few weeks ago, Bangladesh celebrated Bengali New Year’s day (Bangla Noboborsho) with unprecedented razzmatazz – colourful festoons donned the apartments in high-rise buildings, rickshaws, and even lamp posts; women wearing bright yellow saris chanted Noboborsho-welcoming songs; girls with ...

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Altab Ali and the Battle for Brick Lane

The 37th Annual Altab Ali day took place this week beginning with a solemn and dignified wreath laying ceremony.  It brought together veterans of the 1978 era and a number of current leaders and organisations from the wider anti racist ...

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Mother of secularism: Pohela Boishaak will defeat all inequality

Piya Mayenin :: Pohela Boishaak, named after the Bishakha star is the first day of the Bengali calendar. The date of the Bengali year coincides with the mid-April in the western world. Although spring in UK, it is the onset ...

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The middle east’s thirty years’ war?

The modern Middle East – understood here as the region between Egypt in the west, Iran in the east and Turkey in the north – is still largely the result of the collapse of the Ottoman Empire fol¬lowing World War ...

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Political power play and blindness for position allowinginjustice and causing damages to societies.

Fatema Miah :: War crime and genocide issues are international matters because of the globalisation and international Justice System that was formed and agreed by United Nation post World War II.  During the 2nd world war according to the reports and records, it ...

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Message on World Health Day : Safe and healthy diet for all

The observance of World Health Day again reminds us that adulteration or contamination of food not only affects the life of each people irrespective of gender, age, or economic status but also pose great threat to the growing children and ...

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Achieving middle-income status

With the onset of globalisation, the international environment for trade, business and investment has become far more competitive than any time in the past and there is but no other option for Bangladesh to be transformed into a knowledge-driven economy ...

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Walking down the memory lane of ‘71

Dhiraj Kumar Nath :: Communications and travel by roads, railways, and waterways were difficult in 1971 in ways that are inconceivable today. There lacked the remarkable, with practically no roads, comfortable river transport, and railway links throughout the country in those days. Telecommunications which connect ...

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