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The Barber’s Role in a Bengali Wedding

Strange as it may seem, a barber who also functions as a chiropodist has a significant role to play in a wedding in Bangladesh! This is a throwback to the old days when every family had its resident barber cum chiropodist. It was a job that was passed on from father to son and in the large joint families of yore the barber was a busy man indeed!

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New Archeological Sites Discovered in North Bangladesh

The northern part of Bangladesh has several archeological sites of repute. Many date as far back as 2500 BC. Buddhism was widespread in the north of the country and many artifacts relate to that period in history. Mahasthangarh is one of the more popular sites in this region. It is among the oldest sites in the country and is believed to date back to 2500 BC. This ancient archeological and historical site is situated on the western bank of river Karatoa. It is located about 18 kilometers to the north of Bogra town.

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The Bangladesh Pop Idol

As in so many other countries around the world, Bangladesh as been caught in the grip of Pop Idol mania. It is the first time that Bangladesh has screened their version of American Idol, and a very talented Nolok Babu has the nation in celebration at his proposed victory on 22 December 2006.

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The Untapped Potential of Jute

Jute has traditionally been the biggest cash crop of Bangladesh and has been used for making rope, sacks and carpet backing for decades. The industry unfortunately went into in a decline with the advent and rampant use of synthetic substitutes. Jute is a natural fiber obtained as an extract from the bark of the jute plant, which reaches its full growth within three months of planting.

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Secular Benefits for Bangladesh

It is never easy to take a balanced position in politics, and Bangladesh is no exception! The land has a history of confluence of diverse influences and faiths. Political consciousness is a very Bengali trait. The birth of Bangladesh was political by nature, and extended beyond its own borders by concept. This places the Awami League in a special position. This political party was formed by a person who was central in the very formation of the nation. It continues to be effectively a preserve of the immediate family of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

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Mohamed Yunus and Microfinance in Bangladesh

The 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner came as a surprise to many as his work has nothing to do with international peace. Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh and Grameen Bank that he founded in1974 have been declared joint winners. Mohamed Yunus, a Bangladeshi economist is one of the pioneers of micro-credit lending schemes for the poor in Bangladesh, mostly women.

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Baul Music of Bangladesh

Baul Music is a form of folk music, unique to Bangladesh and West Bengal of India. Immensely popular in the 19thCentury and early 20th Century, it is still possible to encounter a Baul singer in far flung villages of Bangladesh or even in the trains that traverse the country. The word Baul means "afflicted with the wind disease" and the Baul singers are traditionally wandering minstrels singing their particular form of folk music.

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River Blessings and Threats of Bangladesh

The names of rivers in Bangladesh can be confusing, for the same stream of water has more than one name at various points of its journey in to the Bay of Bengal. Bangladesh often seems to have more inland water than land and people, which may not be such a bad thing in a world starved of fresh water. Indeed, paddy rice, fish, and jute, all of which are integral to Bangladesh, depend heavily on the system of rivers. Water transport is also an important sector in the Bangladesh economy. But we still have to ask the question: are the rivers of Bangladesh a blessing or a curse.

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