Dhrubo Alam | The Daily Star
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  • Mughal Dhaka and its river fortification system

    When the Mughals tried to establish their stronghold in this part of Bengal the worst enemy they faced, besides the indomitable Baro Bhuiyans (twelve landlords), were the calamitous nature and the riverine landscape. The streams of constantly shifting water pierced the land into parcels of various sizes and shapes.
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    Armenians in Dhaka

    The Armenians most probably came to Bengal before any other European merchants and played an important part in the export-import business of not only Bengal but also the whole of India.
  • The rise and fall of the Dutch in Dhaka

    First came the Portuguese; afterwards, more than a century later, came the Dutch. We generally call them "Olondaj" in Bengali ...
  • The Portuguese in Dhaka

    The Portuguese were not only the first Europeans to arrive in Bengal but to Dhaka as well. By that time, they were already infamous for their piracy and other adventures on coastal areas, the Sundarbans and along the big rivers.
  • Why Dhaka's liveability is only worsening

    DHAKA, the capital of Bangladesh, and one of the fastest growing cities of the world, has been infamous for a while for being over-populated, traffic congested, waterlogged (urban flooding) and polluted (e.g. toxic waste, poor