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‘The British didn't conquer India…’

Hay Festival Dhaka 2014

‘The British didn't conquer India…’

“The British didn't conquer India…East India Company did. The company, which was only answerable to shareholders, unleashed a beast on the world. Ten years after the Battle of Plassey, the company was being run by 35 people in London,” British historian and writer William Dalrymple told The Daily Star yesterday. The noted historian is in town to attend the Hay Festival Dhaka 2014. Dalrymple embarked on the literary scene with his travel books – In Xanadu and City of Djinns. But he earned a solid global fandom with his...

55 UK Muslim charities under scanner for extremism link

55 UK Muslim charities under scanner for extremism link

Two NGOs operating in Bangladesh are among 55 British Muslim charities which the Charity Commission of the UK secretly is monitoring suspecting they might have link with extremism, reports Bangla daily Prothom Alo. The daily, quoting report revealed by think tank Claystone, names the two NGOs as Muslim Aid and Aid Convoy. Claystone collected the...

5-yr-old-boy youngest ever qualified computer specialist

5-yr-old-boy youngest ever qualified computer specialist

Ayan Qureshi from Birmingham is Microsoft’s youngest-ever certified computer specialist, reports a UK-based daily. A schoolboy has become the world's youngest qualified computer specialist after passing a Microsoft Windows examination at the age of just five, The Telegraph reports. Ayan Qureshi has only just started primary school, but passed the test at Birmingham City University...

6 Bangladeshi origin British to contest UK polls

6 Bangladeshi origin British to contest UK polls

Six Bangladeshi origin British citizens are going to participate in the upcoming parliamentary election of the United Kingdom. They have been nominated from three major political parties of the country for the election to be held in May 2015, reports Bangla daily Prothom Alo. Four of them have been nominated by the main opposition Labour...

4th 'British-Bangladeshi' jihadist killed in Syria

4th 'British-Bangladeshi' jihadist killed in Syria

A teenage jihadist from Portsmouth has become the fourth extremist from the city to be killed fighting with ISIS in Syria. Mehdi Hassan, 19, travelled to the war-torn country in October last year with a group of friends calling themselves the “Britani Brigade Bangladeshi Bad Boys”. Photos purporting to show his dead body appeared on...

Clashes at Hong Kong protest site

Clashes at Hong Kong protest site

Violent clashes erupted early on Sunday in a Hong Kong protest hotspot as unarmed pro-democracy activists once again confronted riot police despite the confirmation of talks between protest leaders and officials early this week. Hong Kong's 28,000 strong police force have been struggling to contain a youth-led movement that has shown little sign of...

Briton held hostage in Libya freed

Briton held hostage in Libya freed

British teacher David Bolam has been released after being held hostage by militants in Libya since May. The Foreign Office said Bolam, who taught at the now-closed International School Benghazi, was "safe and well" and had been reunited with his family. His kidnapping had not been reported at the request of the Foreign Office and...

UK condemns US journalist 'beheading'

UK condemns US journalist 'beheading'

British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Philip Hammond has described the apparent beheading of a US journalist by an Islamic State militant with a British accent as "an appalling example of the brutality of this organisation". The foreign secretary said a video of the killing appeared to be genuine. He added that...

The Indian animal farm where Orwell was born

The Indian animal farm where Orwell was born

George Orwell is one of the UK's best-known 20th Century authors but he's also claimed by a town in north-eastern India. Orwell was born here - and his home is being turned into a museum. There are farmyard animals everywhere. An iron door lies wide open, as if the rebellious animals have forgotten to...

PM off to London to attend Girl Summit

PM off to London to attend Girl Summit

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka for London this morning on a three-day official tour to attend the first-ever Girl Summit to be held on July 22 and hold talks with her British counterpart David William Donald Cameroon. A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister and her entourage departed from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 9:45am. Cabinet members and civil and military high officials saw her off at the airport. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is leading a 57-member Bangladesh delegation to the summit being hosted jointly by British government and Unicef. Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroze Chumki are, among others,...

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