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  • 7 Shibir activists held in C’nawabganj

    Detectives claim to have arrested seven activists of Chhatra Shibir, the student body of Jamaat-e-Islami, from Chapainawabganj for allegedly planning to carry out an attack to Mongol Shobhajatra in the district town.

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    Pahela Baishakh: NBR to organise Halkhata Day

    National Board of Revenue (NBR) is going to organise Halkhata Day for the second time marking Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bangla New Year.

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    Sweets for tax payers on Chaitra Sankranti: NBR

    For the very first time in its history, the National Board of Revenue (NBR) is going to offer sweets to the tax payers marking Chaitra Sankranti – the end of the last month of the Bangla Year. In line with Bangla tradition, NBR will also celebrate Halkhata on Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bangla New Year.

  • Fifty fall sick after having Baishakh feast

    At least 50 people became sick after having food at a Pahela Baishakh programme in Kachua upazila town on Thursday.

  • In colour, in festivity

    The nation in a most colourful way celebrated Pahela Baishakh on Thursday, despite security concerns and a ban on outdoor

  • No-hilsa campaign worked well

    The sale of hilsa dropped significantly at retail markets the day before Pahela Baishakh, thanks to social media campaigns and calls to

  • 50 fall sick after having Panta-Ilish in Bagerhat

    At least fifty people including women and children fall sick after having Panta-Ilish at a Bangla New Year celebration programme organised by the Kachua Upazila Parishad in Bagerhat.

  • Pahela Baishakh, Halkhata, and memories

    Are the Bangla New Year and Halkhata celebrations today similar to the way they were back in the ‘50's or ‘60’s? How did Bangalis welcome the New Year in those days?

  • Pahela Baishakh celebrated

    Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bangla calendar, was celebrated amid traditional festivities and enthusiasm despite various restrictions prompted by last year’s women assault on Dhaka University campus.

  • Hot, sunny day awaits revellers

    The weather may remain sunny and hot, taking a toll on hundreds of people going out to celebrate Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bangla New Year, today.

  • Scorching heat likely on Pahela Baishakh

    The weather outlook for celebration of Pahela Baishakh, Bangla New Year, this year is bleak with a forecast of scorching heat and “unbearable” humidity. The weather will yeild a lot of sweat, which will not dry up and result in discomforting experience – especially within a crowd.

  • 4 Mymensingh ‘JMB militants’ held with gunpowder

    Detectives claim of arresting four militants of banned militant group JMB from Mymensingh Sadar upazila.

  • Baishakh sales peak

    Local clothing retailers are expanding their businesses to cash in on the shopping spree ahead of Pahela Baishakh, the largest cultural festival in the country.

  • Evening ban to limit festivity

    Slapping a ban on outdoor programmes in the evening of Pahela Baishakh should not be a way to protect women; it will only add fuel to extremism opposed to women's freedom, rights activists said yesterday.

  • No hilsa on PM Hasina's menu

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has decided to strike hilsa off tomorrow's menu at her official residence, Gono Bhaban, in an effort to discourage people from having jatka (hilsa fry) on Pahela Baishakh.

  • 10 tips to survive unbearable summer heat

    The summer is here and the heat of the sun is becoming unbearable. Thanks to the Equinox phenomenon (sun's direct position above the equator line), people get heatstroke, fall sick in this season. And children and elder people suffer the most.

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    To eat or not to eat Hilsa this Pahela Baishakh

    Pahela Baisakh in Dhaka at the Suhrawardi Udyan fare with Hilsa and panta bhat. A writer-poet, now living in Canada, made the claim sometime back that it was he and his group of friends who started the fad.

  • Hilsa delight for hoarders

    Comes Pahela Baishakh, comes opportunity for hilsa hoarders.

  • Tight security, restrictions for Pahela Baishakh

    Dhaka Metropolitan Police reiterates the restrictions on this year’s Bangla New year celebration that will include curb on outdoor activities after 5:00pm.

  • Volunteers to keep vigil for women's safety

    Narir Jonno Nirapod Bangladesh Andolon, a new platform of social, cultural and human rights organisations, will remain vigilant at and around Dhaka University to ensure women's safety during the celebration of Bangla New Year.

  • Opinion: Pahela Baishakh and Olama League’s Haram ‘fatwa’

    Bangladesh Awami Olama League claims Pahela Baishakh celebration is ‘Haram’. So then, is our government upholding a ‘Haram’ culture as it is a public holiday? Are the 160 million Bangalis observing a Haram festival? How could one organisation openly declare this and walk away without any protest from any quarters or action from the government?


    Pahela Boishakh, the first day of the Bangla New Year and the country's key secular celebration is at the door.

  • Asaduzzaman Khan

    Vuvuzela banned at Mongol Shovajatra

    Vuvuzela, matches and lighters have been banned at Mongol Shovajatra brought out from the Institute of Fine Arts in Dhaka every year to celebrate the Bangla new year, the home minister said today.

  • Police brutality on woman who protested suxual assault during Pahela Baishakh.

    Analysis: A Mother’s Day gift from police!

    When cops swooped on the protesters, it only reflected the government’s and the administration’s indifferent attitude towards the Pahela Baishakh sexual assault. We were shocked because we as civilized human beings expected rational reaction from the authorities. We should not have.

  • Opinion: Eyes wide shut

    It took four days for the police to admit that at least 20 women were sexually assaulted by a large group of men during the Pahela Baishakh celebrations at Dhaka University.

  • Sexual harassment: Protests flood Facebook, Twitter

    On the fourth day following the ruthless and inhuman sexual harassment on women at TSC on Pahela Baishakh, the social media continue to be flooded with protests from users, condemning the heinous act.

  • BNP apologises to women

    BNP apologises to the country’s women over sexual assault on some women by rowdy men during Pahela Baishakh celebrations on Dhaka University and Jahangirnagar University campuses.

  • Vast Food Nation

    APRIL 14 – the heyday for hilsa traders and mobile phone operators. It is definitely the wrong day to send important SMSs which get deleted amidst the flood of Shubho Nobo Borsho greetings.

  • Women assault at DU: Cops ask for CCTV footage

    Shahbagh police seeks CCTV footage from police headquarters to identify the youths who assaulted 20 women at Dhaka University campus during Pahela Baishakh celebration yesterday.

  • All set for Pahela Baishakh celebration (Video)

    Pahela Baishakh, the first day of the first month of Bangla calendar now is at doorstep. People from all walks of life are ready to celebrate the first day of the new year with much festivity.