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The Vulnerable Bengal Slow Loris

Found in some of the National Parks of Bangladesh, the Bengal slow loris (Nycticebus bengalensis) is a fascinating little primate with enormous brown eyes, a round flat head, small ears, and dense brown and beige fur. It generally weighs less than 2 kgs and measures between 26 and 38 cm from its vestigial tail to the top of its head. Its wide-eyed quizzical expression is very appealing and it is often targeted by poachers for the illegal exotic pet trade. Moreover, the belief that certain body parts of the Bengal slow loris have therapeutic benefits has led to the animal being hunted for traditional medicines, as well as for food. These factors, together with habitat loss and a slow reproduction cycle, have led to the IUCN listing the Bengal slow loris as 'vulnerable'.

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Explore Kaptai National Park

Incorporating the largest manmade lake in the country, Kaptai National Park (KNP) was established in 1999 in the Rangamati Hill District of the Chittagong Division of Bangladesh. Covering an area of around 5,464 hectares, the terrain consists primarily of picturesque hills, valleys and forests, making it a popular leisure destination for locals and visitors alike. The scenery is superb, vegetation is diverse and lush, birds and animals are abundant, and the park has a number of activities to enjoy. Little wonder then that more than 50,000 people visit Kaptai National Park each year.

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Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka

Dhaka's Shahjalal International Airport is the first point of contact with Bangladesh for many visitors to the country. As the largest airport in Bangladesh, Shahjalal International Airport started operating in 1980, taking over the international air travel traffic from Tejgaon Airport, which is now a domestic airport. Shahjalal International Airport handled 5.6 million passengers and 214,000 metric tons of air cargo in 2012, and has the facilities to serve 8 million passengers per year. So, according to analysts, the airport will not need to be expanded until 2026. Twenty-eight passenger airlines operate from the airport, offering both domestic and international flights. Government-owned Biman Bangladesh Airlines is the airport's ground handling agency.

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Bangladeshi Crafts: Nakshi Kantha

Known alternatively as kheta, kentha or sujni, nakshi kantha is an embroidered quilt made from offcuts of cloth and discarded clothing items, such as saris and dhotis. The craft of nakshi kantha is said to have originated in Bangladesh, with the quilts often being used as everyday items, while at other times being intricately embroidered and treasured as heirlooms. Even when made for everyday use, each kantha is a work of art and displays the skill and dedication of the maker.

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Savar Upazila – Home to Jatiyo Smriti Soudho

Located northwest of Dhaka city in the Dhaka Division of Bangladesh, Savar Upazila's most famous attraction is undoubtedly the National Monument, Jatiyo Smriti Soudho, dedicated to the martyrs of the country's 1971 Liberation War which resulted in Bangladesh separating from Pakistan and gaining its independence. When the decision was made to erect the monument, fifty-seven designs for the monument were submitted through a nationwide competition. Following careful evaluation, the design by Syed Mainul Hossain was chosen, and the monument was completed and inaugurated on December 16, 1982.

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The Fascinating Reptiles of Bangladesh – Part Two

A previous article on the reptiles of Bangladesh examined the saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), the Burmese python (Python molurus bivittatus) and the Tokay gecko (Gekko gecko). This article will take a look at the spotted slug snake (Pareas margaritophorus) and the black softshell turtle (Nilssonia nigricans), the former being commonly found in Bangladesh and the latter being extinct in the wild.

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The Versatility of Bangladeshi Jute Crafts

Bangladesh is one of the world's top producers of jute, a type of fiber derived from plants in the Corchorus genus. Jute is amazingly versatile and is relatively affordable, as it has a fast growth rate and is not overly fussy about the terrain in which it is grown. It has long been used for industrial, agricultural and household purposes and is prized as a raw material for use in various crafts in Bangladesh. One of the traditional uses for jute is in the manufacture of the shika - a multi-purpose storage bag that is hung from the ceiling in the home, making the most of available space. Small shikas are used to store bottles, jars and even pots in the kitchen, while larger shikas containing quilts and blankets are hung from the ceilings during the summer months when these are not needed. Beautifully decorated dolnas - a type of hammock – made from jute are used as cradles for babies.

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Visit Dhaka's Largest Shopping & Entertainment Mall

Promoted as the largest shopping and entertainment complex in South Asia, and the 12th largest shopping mall in the world, Jamuna Future Park is situated on 33 acres of land in the upmarket residential area of Baridhara in Dhaka, with easy access to other affluent areas of the city, such as Gulshan, Bashundhara and Banani. This bustling sector of the capital city of Bangladesh is also home to several large companies, including the leading telecommunications provider in the country, Grameenphone, which is located opposite Jamuna Future Park. Foreign embassies and offices are within walking distance of the mall, and the Shahjalal International Airport is a short drive away, with the new Kuril Interchange leading on and off the busy Tongi Diversion Road near the mall.

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