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Books from US, UK, India, Kenya, Canada up for Folio Prize

Tales of troubled families from Kenya and India, the musings of an ironic New York writer and the story of emotionally bruised Canadian siblings are contenders for the Folio Prize, a lucrative fiction award open to English-language authors of any nationality. Gotta admire the slimness of these vols. RT @TheFolioPrize: Our chair of judges with the 2015 shortlist in full. pic.twitter.com/iJA2nLgnbn — John Self (@john_self) February 9, 2015 The eight finalists for the 40,000 pound ($61,000) prize, announced Monday, include Yvonne Adhiambo...

English phrases used only by Indians

English phrases used only by Indians

"I know such English that I will leave the British behind. You see sir, I can talk English, I can walk English, I can laugh English, I can run English, because English is such a funny language," Rutu Ladage writes in a report of Indiatimes. 1. What is your good name? One of the most...

Language movement veteran Sayeed Uddin passes away

Language movement veteran Sayeed Uddin passes away

Language movement veteran Sayeed Uddin Ahmed passed away due to old age complexity at Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) early today. He was 84. He breathed his last around 3:00am six days after he had been admitted at Incentive Care Unit (ICU) at RMCH, Robi Uddin Ahmed Shahin, a son of the language hero, told The Daily Star. Ahmed was one of the founder members of first Shaheed Minar established on New Hostel premises in Rajshahi Government College in 1952, claimed Ruhul Amin Pramanik, president of Rajshahi Writers' Association, reports our Rajshahi correspondent. He left behind his three sons, one daughter and innumerable fans and well-wishers to mourn his death. He will...

46-yr old Shaheed Minar vandalised in Kushtia

46-yr old Shaheed Minar vandalised in Kushtia

Miscreants vandalised a 46-year old Shaheed Minar in Kumarkhali upazila of Kushtia early today, just a day before the country is set to celebrate the International Mother Language day on the occasion of Ekushey February. The miscreants vandalised the Shaheed Minar constructed on Jaduboyra High School premises in the upazila anytime after 12:00am today,...

HC asks govt to use Bangla in ads, signboards

HC asks govt to use Bangla in ads, signboards

The High Court today directed the government to take necessary steps in one month on using state language Bangla in all the advertisements of electronic media, vehicles registration plates and signboards of the country. The HC also issued a rule on the government to explain in two weeks why it should not be directed...

Jinnah at Curzon Hall

Jinnah at Curzon Hall

Pakistan's founding father and first governor general Mohammad Ali Jinnah, revered by his followers as Quaid-e-Azam, addressed a convocation of Dhaka University at Curzon Hall on March 24, 1948. He dwelt on the refugee issue, the need to guard against conspiracies and the place of Urdu in national life. Excerpts from the speech are...

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