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My Long-distance Relationship with Bangla

The historic events of February 21, 1952 mark an important day for the Bangla language and its preservation. On this day, college students from Dhaka University, Jagannath University, and Dhaka Medical College fought for Bangla to be the national language in what was then East Pakistan. The protests culminated in the Pakistani military using massive

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Culture

Saraswati Puja

Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, art, speech, wisdom, and learning. She is also known as Sharada and is a part of the trinity of Saraswati, Lakshmi, and Parvati.  Saraswati Puja is celebrated in honor of Saraswati. This celebration marks the conclusion of winter and the beginning of spring. Along with everyone worshipping

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Cities

Rajshahi

Historically, called Rampur Boalia, nicknamed the Silk City or the City of Education, Rajshahi is a metropolitan city and a major urban, commercial, and educational center. The city is also the administrative seat of Rajshahi division and district. Rajshahi is located on the north bank of the Padma River, near the Bangladesh-India border. The city

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Cities

Pabna

Pabna is a city in the Pabna District and the administrative capital of the District. Also called Pubna, the city is located on the west-central part of Bangladesh. The city lies along the Ichamati River which is a tributary of the upper Padma River. The origin of the name is up for debate. Some historians

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Cities

Mymensingh

Formerly called Nasirabad (after Nasiruddin Nasrat Shah), Mymensingh the capital of the Mymensingh Division. The north-central city is located on the Brahmaputra River, about 120 km north of Dhaka. The city is a major financial center and the educational district of north-central Bangladesh and considered the 4th largest city of Bangladesh. Borders the Himalayan state

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Tribes

Chakma Tribe

The Chakma tribe also known as Changma, Sakma, or Sangma is the largest indigenous population in Bangladesh. The tribe is settled in parts of northeastern India and Myanmar. In Bangladesh, the tribe mostly resides in Chittagong Hill Tracts and Mizoram, India. There’s an estimated 550,000 people belonging to the Chakma tribe in total. Their ethnicity

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