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Durgotsab and Hindu religious status in Bangladesh - Part-II

What had happened under Pakistani regimes (1947-1971), that has been repeatedly happening in Bangladesh over the last four decades? All those violation of human rights were nothing but ‘persecution of religious minority in Bangladesh’ or can be termed as ‘ethnic cleansing’.

Durgotsab and Hindu religious status in Bangladesh - Part-II
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Durgotsab And Hindu religious status in Bangladesh - Part-I

Durgotsab is an annual Hindu festival which celebrates worship of the Hindu goddess of power, Durga or Shakti. And it has always been an integral part of the Hindu culture. However, the origin of public celebrations of grand Durga Puja can be traced back to the 16th century.

Durgotsab And Hindu religious status in Bangladesh - Part-I
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History & Devi Durga Puja in Bangladesh

History records that grand celebration of Durga Puja in present form began in late 1500s. There are many folk tales about the first Durga Puja in Bengal. Raja Kangshanarayan of Taherpur organized the first autumn Durga Puja in Bengal.

Finishing touch in the image of Goddess Durga- by artist: photo courtesy the daily Ittefaq, Bangladesh
   History & Devi Durga Puja in Bangladesh
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The Burmese Army (Tatmadaw) is Anathema to, Peace, Democracy or Federalism

The world should face the truth and say that the Tatmadaw does not want Peace, Democracy and Federalism. Instead it wants a thinly disguised pseudo democracy giving in exchange for the international community right to invest and start business.

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Assassination of a Prime Minister - S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike

Friday, September 26th marks the 55th year since post-independence Sri Lanka experienced its first political assassination - the killing of Prime Minister S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike on September 26, 1959, three years after he came to power. To date it has been the island's only major political assassination where the culprits were arrested and duly punished after being convicted following a much publicized trial.

Assassination of a Prime Minister - S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike
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“ The Sky is the Limit for the Two Island Nations ” – Ambassador Sarath Dissanayake

Ambassador Sarath Dissanayake welcomes the dialogue, and has much to say, because Sri Lanka and Cuba just celebrated 55 years of diplomatic relations last 29th July. He recalled that his nation was the first Asian country to recognize and support the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, and that this island, Cuba was the site of the first diplomatic delegation from Sri Lanka in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Cuba defines the potential of bilateral relations
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Playing Football With Bharat Ratna

Politicians, generally not famous for their love of sports, have been accused of playing football with the Bharat Ratna (BR) nominations. While they have awarded it to a cricketer (Sachin Tendulkar), they are said to be seriously considering the name of a legendry hockey player, Dhyan Chand. In this medley of sports, the sufferer is the country’s highest civilian award. Many think it lost its prestige and sheen long ago when people began to suspect that there was more of politics than merit behind the award.

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Let us Stage another Saya San Revolution

More than half a century of military dictatorship to be exact since March 2nd 1962, there have been several sporadic outburst against the ruling Junta starting from 7th July 1962 but the major ones that shakes the government was the 8888 Democracy Uprising and the Saffron Revolution of 2007.

Let us Stage another Saya San Revolution
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Will Business Always Overrules the Conscience?

With John Kerry landing in Nyapydaw this Saturday, whatever lingering moral authority remaining in the administration of President Barack Obama may fell to dust. In a country like Burma; one is immediately struck by the staggering glibness that tore a great many people to pieces, among them many innocents, particularly the non Myanmar ethnic nationalities.

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India - Sri Lanka Relations At Cross-Roads

Just when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going great guns with his neighbourhood diplomacy- the latest manifestation of the policy being a visit to Kathmandu, relations with Sri Lanka appear to be nose-diving for reasons which are entirely not in control of Delhi.

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