Dacca News

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The Dacca News
Type Weekly newspaper
Publisher Dhaka Press
Editor Alexander Forbes
Founded April 18, 1856

The Dacca News was the first English periodical in eastern Bengal. It was a weekly English newspaper and was first published on 18 April, 1856. The newspaper was published from Dhaka Press, whose owners were English, Armenian and Kashmiri. The editor of the newspaper was Alexander Forbes, a scottish citizen. [1] [2]

History and Profile[edit]

Dhaka News was published on every Saturday. Its main topic was indigo plantation, but it also covered regional issues. The Dacca News cost two annas per issue, or two and half taka for a yearly subscription.[3][4]

At first the newspaper was of one page. From the 13th publication, the page number increased to four and a supplement was added where market price was published. In the second edition, total page number was eight.

The newspaper was published for thirteen years and the publication stopped in 1869.[1] Some historians say that Dhaka News had lately changed its name and started its publication as the 'Bengal Times'.[2]

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  1. ^ a b Mamoon, Muntassir. Dhaka Smriti Bismritir Nagari. Ananya. p. 117. ISBN 9844121043.
  2. ^ a b Salam, Shaikh Abdus. "Newspapers of Dhaka : Then and Now". Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  3. ^ Mamoon, Muntassir (2012). "Dhaka News, The". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  4. ^ Muntassir Mamoon (1993). Dhaka Smriti Bistritir Nogori (2 ed.). pp. 87–88. ISBN 9840728202. OCLC 30518044.