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Food or poison?

Food or poison?

Text by Shaikha Shuhada Panzeree Photos by Indrajit Ghosh Starting from school children to adults, mouth watering local chotpoti-fuchka, bhelpuri, jhal-muri, chanachur makha, spicy-saucy colourful achar (pickles) never fail to attract the tongue, these be the celebrities of street food. A latest government study, however, found that street food sold in front of schools in Dhaka exposes public health to […]

Remembering Rangamati

Remembering Rangamati

Text by Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid Photos by M H Samrat Visits to any of the districts of the Chittagong Hill Tracks are always mesmerising. Rangamati has all the natural beauties to offer- the waterfalls, the lakes, the greens, the hills, the mountain roads and the bridges. Despite innumerable visits, the largest district of the country still has many unexplored […]

Rickshaw decoration

Rickshaw decoration

Text by Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid The history of cinema banner painting is deeply related to the emergence, development and evolution of films in Bangladesh. The artworks travel back to the times when commercial screenings of films had just begun and cinema halls were being constructed. The colourful rickshaw ornamentation through cinema banners had added additional dimension to the urban […]

Plight for shelter

Plight for shelter

by Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid Photos by Sony Ramany A month has already passed since the influx of Rohingyas from Myanmar began. Till date, more than 570,000 Rohingyas have fled from the violence in Rakhine state into Bangladesh. UN has already termed the violence a textbook example of ethnic cleansing of ‘the world’s fastest-developing refugee emergency’ and a ‘humanitarian nightmare […]

All about the handkerchief

All about the handkerchief

Muhammad Ibrahim IbneTowhid reminisces about Rumal Churi, a local game that had more to do with athleticism than stealing Rumal churi or stealing the handkerchief is a game mainly played by teenagers and young children.The rule of the game varies from one area to the other. The game is usually played between two different groups. Each group can have a minimum […]

Children at work

Children at work

Text by Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid Photos by Indrajit Ghosh With the heavy responsibility of running the family, there are still thousands of children, across the country, who are forced to work in order to support their families. A large number of children are involved in ferrying different types of products in corners of the city. Some of the products […]

Collective welfare through fundamental resources

Collective welfare through fundamental resources

By Shishir Reza POLITICAL ECONOMY OF AGRARIAN-LAND-AQUARIAN REFORMS IN BANGLADESH  ISBN: 978-984-34-0949-2 Author: Dr. Abul Barkat Publisher: Mukto Buddhi Prokasana Economist professor Abul Barkat has written a book on ‘agrarian-land-aquarian reforms’ that was published by Muktobuddhi Prokasana. This book in Bangla, entitled ‘Bangladeshe krishi-bhumi-jola sonskarer rajnoitik aurthoniti’ (Political economy of agrarian-land-aquarian reform in Bangladesh (November, 2016)’ focusses on a real […]

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.   […]