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Rise of money through the ages: a unique publication launched

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From left, Siddique Mahmudur Rahman, writer of Cowri to Taka; Kazi Wahidul Alam, publisher of the book; Atiur Rahman, Governor, Bangladesh Bank; eminent lawyer Barrister Rafique-ul Haque,; and Prof Sirajul Islam, president of Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, pose with copies of the book launched at Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka.

'From ancient times to the 19th century, the people of Bengal have used the cowri (kori) as a medium of exchange. Its use first began to decline after British rule acquired monopoly in issuing and controlling the medium of exchange in the second half of the 19th century. Paper currency was first introduced then', writes Siddique Mahmudur Rahman in his book 'Cowri to Taka, Evolution of Coins and Currencies of Bangladesh'.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 July 2012 20:09

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Roadside eateries cater to city’s rickshaw peddlers, poor

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A full lunch for Taka 20,is still available in the city. So rickshaw peddlers, rag pickers and others, who can not afford more than that flocks around wayside eateries of Momena Khala’s at convenient places like the Central Shahid Minar under a shade of few surviving trees, where traffic congestion is less for the rickshaw peddlers squatting around the pots  of rice, lentil and potato mesh and a jar of water.

Momena known as auntie to all her clients lives far away to the city’s northern suburb of Badda. Her rickshaw peddler husband carries her every morning along with her pots of  cooked rice, lentil and potato mesh and plates and glasses and a jar of water to the corner of the Shahid Minar, where rickshaw peddlers takes a break at lunch time. For them a cheap filling lunch is the most welcome relief after a gruelling morning under scorching sun sapping their energy for which they need  a little relief from  Momena aunties.  Just like her, many other aunties runs wayside eateries all around the Shahid Minar and Dhaka University. Some sell glasses of milk with a loaf of bread. Momena makes about Tk 200 at the end of the day, almost the same as her husband earns before he takes her back home in the evening to cater for their two children. She said, she is happy to supplement the family budget after paying to meet her customers needs.

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 June 2013 03:00

Nepal President to inaugurate Tagore birth anniversary festival

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KATHMANDU: In the 1960s, when he was studying medicine in Calcutta Medical College and living in a hostel in Boubazar, Nepal's first President Dr Ram Baran Yadav was struck by the versatility of Rabindranath Tagore: how a man could, within a single life time, accomplish so much.

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Tomas Tranströme was awarded The Nobel Prize in Literature 201

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Tomas Transtromer, a Swedish poet whose sometimes bleak but graceful work explores themes of isolation, emotion and identity while remaining rooted in the commonplace, won the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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Celebrations in Stratford

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Shakespear HomeWilliam Shakespeare was “born under a rhyming planet” at the building now known as 'The Birthplace' in Henley Street in 1564. He died in 1616 on the same day --- April 23 --- and was buried in Stratford's Holy Trinity Church. At eighteen he married Anne Hathaway in 1582. Their eldest daughter Susanna was born to them in 1583 followed by the birth of twins, son Hamnet and daughter Judith, in 1585 and a couple of years later they moved to London.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 July 2012 20:13

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