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A festival goer dances during a live music event during the 124th annual Lalon festival in Kushtia, Bangladesh. The Lalon Shah festival is an annual festival celebrating the life and death of Fakir Lalon Shah, who was a Bangladeshi mystic, baul, philosopher, musician, writer and advocate of religious tolerance. Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims follow his teachings and attend the festival, which comprises of 3 days of music, dance, and consumption of marijuana, which is referred to as "siddhi", or enlightenment.

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The Lalon Shah festival, in its 24th year in Kushtia, Bangladesh, is an annual event celebrating the life and death of Fakir Lalon Shah, a Bangladeshi mystic, philosopher, musician, writer and advocate of religious tolerance.

People pay tribute at the Shahid Minar on International Mother Language Day in Dhaka...People pay tribute at the Shahid Minar, a memorial for martyrs of the national language movement, on International Mother Language Day in Dhaka February 21, 2014. On the same day in 1952, several University of Dhaka students were killed when police opened fire on a protest demanding their mother-language Bangla be made a state language. UNESCO's General Conference recognised February 21 as International Mother Language Day in November 1999.

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People pay tribute at the Shahid Minar, a memorial for martyrs of the national language movement, on International Mother Language Day in Dhaka, Bangladesh. On the same day in 1952, several University of Dhaka students were killed when police opened fire on a protest demanding their mother-language Bangla be made a state language.

Woman cries after she losing all of her belongings in a fire at a slum at Mirpur in Dhaka...A woman cries after she losing all of her belongings in a fire at a slum at Mirpur in Dhaka February 11, 2014. According to local media, at least 200 shanties and 20 shops were destroyed in the fire on Tuesday, which was caused by an electric short circuit at a slum in the Mirpur area of Dhaka. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

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A woman cries after losing all of her belongings in a fire at a slum at Mirpur in Dhaka, Bangladesh. According to local media, at least 200 shanties and 20 shops were destroyed in the fire on Tuesday, which was caused by an electric short circuit.

Workers unload angle irons used in building construction in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Workers unload angle irons used in building construction in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

A Bangladeshi auto driver waits for passengers during an ongoing strike called by the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. On Monday, Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's ruling Awami League party won one of the most violent elections in the country's history, marred by street fighting, low turnout and a boycott by the opposition that made the results a foregone conclusion. The political gridlock plunges Bangladesh deeper into turmoil and economic stagnation, and could lead to more violence in a deeply impoverished country of 160 million.

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An auto-rickshaw driver waits for passengers during a strike called by the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Tuesday. 

Boatmen wait for passengers at the river bank of Buriganga, in Dhaka, Bangladesh 27 November 2013, during the second day of the 48-hour country wide blockade of road, rail and water transport, as protest against the announcement of the schedule for the upcomng national poll. The election commission has announced the date of the national poll scheduled on 05 January 2014.

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Boatmen wait for passengers at the river bank of Buriganga in Bangladesh during the second day of a country-wide blockade of road, rail and water transport

TOPSHOTS Buses are parked at an inter-di...TOPSHOTS Buses are parked at an inter-district bus terminal during a blockade organised by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) activists and its Islamist allies in Dhaka on November 26, 2013. Bangladesh opposition supporters went on the rampage, blocking roads and ripping up railway tracks after rejecting plans for a January 5 election, plunging the nation into fresh political turmoil. AFP PHOTO/ Munir uz ZAMANMUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images

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Buses are packed into an inter-district bus terminal during a blockade organised by Bangladesh Nationalist party activists and its Islamist allies in Dhaka. Bangladesh opposition supporters went on the rampage, blocking roads and ripping up railway tracks after rejecting plans for a January 5 election, plunging the nation into fresh political turmoil. 

Bangladeshi commuters travel along a str...Bangladeshi commuters travel along a street during a nationwide strike called by the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in Dhaka on November 13, 2013. Led by the BNP, the 18-Party alliance is trying to enforce a 84-hour general strike across Bangladesh to back their demand for a non-party neutral caretaker to conduct the upcoming parliament polls and to protest the arrest of its senior leaders. TOPSHOTS      AFP PHOTO/ Munir uz ZAMANMUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images

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Commuters take to their bikes in Dhaka during a nationwide strike called by the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), which left thousands of buses, minibuses and trucks idled. Led by the BNP, an 18-Party alliance is encouraging an 84-hour strike to support their demand for a non-party neutral caretaker to conduct upcoming parliamentary polls and to protest about the arrest of its senior leaders.

Hazaribagh's Tanneries Contribute To Its Status As One Of World's Most Polluted Places...DHAKA, BANGLADESH - NOVEMBER 11: Men work with animal fat that will be turned into glue, November 11, 2013 in the Hazaribagh neighborhood of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Hazaribagh was just listed in a report by Green Cross Switzerland and Blacksmith Institute as the 5th most polluted place on earth. It houses 95% of Bangladesh's leather tanneries, and every day they dump 22,000 cubic liters of toxic waste, including the cancer-causing hexavalent chromium, into the capital city's main river and key water supply, the Burgiganga. Most of the laborers work with the hazardous chemicals without any safety precautions, and there have been reports of horrific workplace accidents in the factories. Residents of the neighborhood slums are exposed to the extreme air, water and soil pollution. The tanneries export millions of dollars of leather good around the world, including the US and Europe. (Photo by Getty Images)

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Men carry animal fat that will be turned into glue, in the Hazaribagh neighbourhood of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Hazaribagh has been listed in a report by Green Cross Switzerland and Blacksmith Institute as the fifth most polluted place on earth. It houses 95 per cent of Bangladesh’s leather tanneries, which every day dump 22,000 cubic litres of toxic waste, including the cancer-causing hexavalent chromium, into the capital city’s main river and key water supply, the Buriganga. 

A prisoner stands looking out of a window of a courthouse before the verdict for a 2009 mutiny is announced, in Dhaka November 5, 2013. A special court in Bangladesh on Tuesday sentenced to death more than 150 people, from among hundreds of mutineers accused of murder and arson at the headquarters of the country's border guards in 2009.

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A prisoner looks out of a courthouse window in Dhaka, Bangladesh, before the verdict for a 2009 mutiny by the Bangladeshi Rifles is announced. A special court on Tuesday sentenced to death 152 people, from among hundreds of mutineers accused of murder and arson.