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Why did Bangladesh cancel tour to Pakistan?

Bangladesh cancelled its cricket team's scheduled tour to Pakistan. For the right reasons that is. Why it was even considered beats any rational human being’s thought process. Most travelers rank Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Congo, Sudan and Pakistan as the most dangerous places to visit on earth. There is no tourism company in the world that would say that these countries are safe. Security agencies fear that attacks could be including at places frequented by expatriates and foreign travelers. Why would Bangladesh risk it?
If anyone is unaware; this is what has been happening in Pakistan lately (and always as a matter of fact).
20 April At least 17 people were killed and several others injured as target killing continued in Karachi.20 Link.
18 April At least four people, two security guards and two labourers, were killed in separate incidents in Chamalang and Barkhan areas of Balochistan. Link.
17 April Targeted killings claimed eight more lives, including that of activists of …

Pohela Boishakh – Bangali New Year

Pohela Boishakh is one of the most joyous occasions for the Bangladeshi people. This is one of those rare festivals where all the Bangali / Bangladeshis, regardless of their religion, location and status, celebrate together. Pohela Boishakh, the Bangali new year, signifies the first day of the Bangla calendar. This is a purely Bangali occasion where Bangali people forget their religious, cultural and their political differences and unify themselves under one word- “Bangali”.

Pohela Boishakh is celebrated on 14th April every year. This day is also known as Bangla New Year. If we try to trace back to the origin of this tradition, it goes to the Mughal Era. Emperor Akbar first ordered for a new calendar according to the harvesting calendar of the state of Bengal. It was getting harder to collect taxes according to the Hijri calendar. To make the process easier, the Bangla calendar was made according to the solar and lunar year. The first month of the calendar is Boishakh and we celebrate…