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Dahala Khagrabari!

Dahala Khagrabari is a geopolitical anomaly. It's a piece of India that until very recently was completely surrounded by a piece of Bangladesh, which itself was completely surrounded by India, which was again completely surrounded by Bangladesh. An enclave is a piece of one country's territory which is entirely surrounded by another country's territory, and the India-Bangladesh border was filled with them before 2015, when they were eliminated by a treaty between the two countries. A second-order enclave is an enclave inside an enclave, and the world has a handful of them. But in the history of the world

Raising ducks changes destiny of Hamid Mollah

The Chinese, even the ancient Greeks believed in ducks as companion of fortune. It might have been a simple belief or a taboo, but for Abdul Hamid Mollah of Ullahpara, Sirjganj, raising duck has symbolized his great fortune. His ‘Molla Hatchery’ has become an icon of overcoming his and many villagers’ poverty and bringing a great esteem of earning an enviable livelihood. A ride off 3 kilometer from Ullahpara town and leaving Bhutgacha bus-stand for a little walk, one will smoothly reach his hatchery at Bhutgacha village, because it is now so known to everybody there. ‘Mollah Hatchery’ is equipped and has the expertise to hatch duck chics from 25 to 28 days. “Islami Bank,” testifies Monsur Ali, a villager and an admirer of Hamid, “has totally changed Mollah’s destiny.” In 2011 Hami...

IBBL SME Investment: Golden success in silver initiative

Golam Nabi of Natore, could not progress in academic education but dreamt to be self-reliant. He began fish farming in 1994 with a small funding of his own. He started production of fish fries commercially and supplying those to the local farmers. Though the local people were hardly interested in fish firming primarily, Golam Nabi did not stop to manage them. He continued fries production steadily and marketed these in locality with own resources. Gradually he got positive response from local farmers in fish firming. He finds no alternative but expanding business. But he could not do that due to lack of fund. His initiative never stopped though the business was running with severe financial crisis. Fri production and fisheries were sluggish due to fund crisis. IBBL stood beside Golam Na...