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Bangla in Sierra

Dhaka, Dec. 28 (AFP): Sierra Leone has named Bengali an official language in recognition of the contributions to the war-torn country by Bangladeshi peacekeepers, a defence ministry spokesman said today.

A message recognising Bangladesh’s national language was received in Dhaka from Sierra Leone, the spokesman said. Sierra Leone’s President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah first made the announcement earlier this month as he inaugurated a 54-km road constructed by Bangladeshi peacekeepers in the west African country, the spokesman said.

Sierra Leone’s 16,830-strong peacekeeping force is the world’s largest and includes military personnel from 31 countries. Bangladesh has over 5,300 troops serving under the UN flag, more than any other country.

WTC steel to build warship

New York (Reuters): Recycled steel from the World Trade Center will be used to build part of a new US warship, according to defence contractor Northrop Grumman. It will be named The New York, in memory of the almost 2,800 people who died in the attacks of September 11, 2001, a spokesman for the firm said. Steel is set to be shipped to Northrop’s shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi, for construction to begin next year.

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