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Taking Bangladesh forward

Taking Bangladesh forward

Xtra Desk BRAC, the non-government organisation, has successfully completed a research project with Copenhagen Consensus Centrewhich focused on the upcoming visions of the country. The work further aimed at prioritising the development issues of the country. The book titled Priorities for Bangladesh: Helping Vision 2021 a Realityis an outcome of the research which comes from the perspective from a physician. […]

Flood engulfed districts

Flood engulfed districts

Text by Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid Photos by Mahbub Islam Papon Flood water continues to engulf different districts of the country especially the northeastern parts along with middle regions around Dhaka. Millions are marooned with death tolls increasing each day. The situation has compelled thousands to evacuate their houses and seek shelter in schools, embankments and highways. Despite assurances from […]

TOUCHED BY GOD: HOW WE WON THE MEXICO ’86 WORLD CUP

TOUCHED BY GOD: HOW WE WON THE MEXICO ’86 WORLD CUP

By Mehedi Hassan In June 1986 Diego Maradona, considered by many as the greatest footballer of all time, proudly hoisted the ’86 Mexico World Cup in his hands. Now thirty years on from that magical game, and after a life in sports marked by controversy, Maradona tells, for the first time, the untold stories behind that one-of-a-kind World Cup.   […]

All about the connections

All about the connections

by Zarin Rafiuddin Across Oceans: Poems by Sayeeda T Ahmad Published in 2016 by Bengal Lights Books (bengallights.com) What is a connection? Is it only the geographical? Or, are those landmasses also connected to our own bodies and how we view them in relation to a wider sphere of thought? In her debut poetry collection Across Oceans, Sayeeda T Ahmad explores the connections she had with different […]

Under water

Under water

Text by Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid Photos by New Age Hours of non-stop rainfall submerged most areas of Dhaka city during the last few days. While city dwellers struggled to travel on the roads with waist-high water, simultaneous construction and repair work for the elevated expressway, WASA water lines and city corporation drainage system have left the city in a […]

South Asian emphasis

South Asian emphasis

Xtra Desk Following are two books that has focused on some of the pressing issues in South Asia. Ethnicity and Human Security inBangladesh and Pakistan The book identifies the sources and nature of threats to people belonging to ethnic groups and conceptualises human security in a manner that addresses the inadequacy of the traditional approach. It conducts an analysis on […]

Tower of tiles

Tower of tiles

Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid writes how the rural game of Satchada evolved to other popular games in urban areas In the age of mobile apps, anyone would feel that Satchada (seven tiles) is possibly the name of some game or similar app. However, adults who were born till the early 90s would be able to tell that this traditional game […]

Readings this week

Readings this week

Xtra Desk Reflections on Economy and Governance in Bangladesh   To the social scientists, Bangladesh is an enigma wrapped in paradoxes. She defied conventional prophets of gloom and doom during last three decades by making significant strides in social and economic spheres. Ironically, she is deeply divided politically despite bonds of extraordinary ethnic and linguistic homogeneity. The multiple dimensions of […]

Dhaka under water

Dhaka under water

Photos by New Age Capital city Dhaka went under knee-deep water, in some places waist-high, after consecutive rainfall during the past week. Public life almost came to a halt; roads including the major ones turned into swamps making transports unavailable on the roads and commuting difficult for citizens. It takes hours for the city’s drainage system to get rid of […]

Let’s steal the bride!

Let’s steal the bride!

Shaikha Shuhada Panzeree writes about Bouchi, a Bangladeshi game that seems to have faded away over the past decade Brides are precious- who does not fancy of having a doll-like bride all dressed up to be taken to the groom’s house? But the bride of Bouchi-a native game of rural Bangladesh, has something different about her; she requires to be […]