Bangladeshi farmer has a collection of 200 rare, almost extinct varieties of paddy

Bangladeshi farmer has a collection of 200 rare, almost extinct varieties of paddy

Yusuf Molla, a farmer in Rajshahi’s Tanore, has at least 200 rare and almost extinct varieties of paddy in his collection that he has developed over the years out of love for the crop. During a visit last month, this correspondent found 77 sections in Yusuf’s land. Each section had a signboard carrying the name of the variety cultivated there. Each variety has a distinct texture, colour, smell, and taste.

Jute is now decidedly upmarket. It was a poor man’s fabric in the past

Jute is now decidedly upmarket. It was a poor man’s fabric in the past

This was amply evident at the Bangladesh stall in the Xmas Charity Bazaar held at the plush Galle Face Hotel in Colombo on Sunday. The Sri Lankan capital’s  elite, local as well as expatriate, made a beeline to the Bangladeshi stall manned by the staff of the High Commission, to lap up the items on sale. “In just four hours most of the articles were sold out,” gushed Riaz Hamidullah, High Commissioner of Bangladesh.

Elections for Bangladesh’s 11 th. parliament will be different

Elections for Bangladesh’s 11 th. parliament will be different

In 2014, the elections were boycotted by the main opposition party, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), led by Khaleda Zia. But this time round the  BNP is going to contest and with gusto. In December 2018, there is going to be a new force in alliance with the BNP – the Jatika Oikya Front (JOF) headed by Dr.Kamal Hossain, Bangladesh’s first Foreign Minister. He is a new face without a baggage of corruption, and with a record of participating in the liberation struggle, writes P.K.Balachandran in Daily Mirror..

Bangladesh Election Commission revokes Jamaat-e-Islami’s political party status

Bangladesh Election Commission revokes Jamaat-e-Islami’s political party status

Five years after the High Court ruled that the Jamaat-e-Islami’s status as a political party be revoked, the Election Commission has executed the orders in a gazette. The gazette got delayed because of the delay in getting the full verdict, EC Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed told bdnews24.com on Monday. The commission could not publish the gazette until now also because an appeal against the High Court orders was being heard, he said.

Decline of secularism in South Asia

Decline of secularism in South Asia

South Asia’s multi-religious countries, namely India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, started off with a noble wish to be ‘secular’ and keep religion out of the business of the State.But it did not take long for all the three South Asian States to regress from secularism and begin to be overly influenced by the majority religious community. 

India rejects World Bank’s Human Capital Index report which placed it below Nepal, Lanka, Bangladesh and Myanmar

India rejects World Bank’s Human Capital Index report which placed it below Nepal, Lanka, Bangladesh and Myanmar

“The qualitative aspects of improved governance that have a strong correlation with human capital development cannot be and have not been captured by the way the HCI has been constructed,” the Indian government said. The gap in data and methodology overlook the initiatives taken by a country and, in turn, portray an incomplete and predetermined picture, it said, adding this, in fact, makes the case for the adoption of the index by more countries somewhat remote. 

Autism can be detected very early, and caring parents can treated it successfully, says expert

Autism can be detected very early, and caring parents can treated it successfully, says expert

“A little bit of compassion, patience and tolerance goes a long way in making an individual with autism live happily and productively in any family or community,” says Saima Wazed Hossain, a licensed clinical and school psychologist in the US and WHO’s Goodwill Ambassador for Autism for South East Asia.

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