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The We-Don’t-know facts of the universe part l

The We-Don’t-know facts of the universe part l

by Asifur Rahman Khan Questions are the natural consequence of curiousity. Ever since childhood, questions unravelled the reality around us. A child might ask pointing at a star, ‘Dad, what’s that?’, while a scientist might look at the same star and ask, ‘What is making this star move away from us?’. The same object can give different people with different […]

Taking back Dhaka’s waterways

Taking back Dhaka’s waterways

Mehedi Haque explains, through two simple examples, how Dhaka’s water-logging problem can be solved Haphazard filling up of canals and rivers in Dhaka and impetuous actions taken by the urban management agencies are leading to severe water logging- such statement is too superficial to fathom the ins and outs of the problem because it is always confined to another statement […]

Dealing with a Pandora’s box!

Dealing with a Pandora’s box!

by Arafat Mohammad Noman When someone corrects your mistake and you feel offended it means you have an ego problem. And as a nation we are almost being inundated with our ego. We feed our ego with intolerance, blame-game, grudge, underestimating others and always nurture a mood of defending (or glorifying?) self. According to psychoanalyst Freud, human psyche is composed […]

Hallowed soul on hollow earth

Hallowed soul on hollow earth

by Adel Ahmed Fatherhood is the greatest gift that a man can have in this world. Nothing compares to the feeling when a man holds his offspring for the first time and gaze into the eyes of his newborn child. So, it’s natural to have all those instincts, built in, to protect, nurture, raise and have the best interest in […]

Unimagined realities

Unimagined realities

by Adel Ahmed A vicious war is raging at the western front. Mortar shells are screaming through the air and peppering the distant horizon with death and destruction. In the far off vista, doll like figures are crawling under the barbwire, in the mud and filth as death rains down from the heaven above. The sky over head is steely […]

Minnows no more

Minnows no more

Ahmed Shatil Alam reflects on how the India tour of Bangladesh has written a new chapter in world cricket During the first week of February in this year, Bangladesh National Cricket Team Captain Mashrafe Mortaza said in a TV interview that their aim is to qualify for the quarterfinal and to reach the stage. Yes, of course Bangladesh reached the […]

New ways to curb crime

New ways to curb crime

by Adiba Fannana Silvester works in a gas station near La Brea in Los Angeles where most of the residents are predominantly African-american. As it is a common misconception that the ‘Black’ community people is more aggressive, this gas station is regularly patrolled by several units of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Most often, the petrol officer in charge […]

Out on a limb

Out on a limb

Namira Hossain, who visited the Jaipur Foot Initiative camp organised in NITOR last month, writes how donations from people are helping amputees in Bangladesh to change their lives for the better  As a result of irresponsible driving and lack of accountability for those behind the wheel, scores of people get injured from hit and run incidents all throughout the country […]

How long will the pride last?

How long will the pride last?

by Mehrab Jamal The city of Dhaka sits at the bottom of two lists constructed in regards to the quality of life, ‘toppled’ only by Syria’s Damascus in one (ranked 139th in The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Liveability Ranking and Overview 2013) and ‘dominated’ by only other 13 other nations in another (ranked 208th in the Mercer Quality of Living Report […]

Nazrul today: glory, gains and grievances

Nazrul today: glory, gains and grievances

by Badiuzzaman Bay Kazi Nazrul Islam is a national poet, yet he is not. That is the message that speakers at an open mic in March sent out, pouring out a barrage of allegations and reprimands before a clearly agreeable audience. Nazrul as a national poet is being neglected, they said, comparing the perceived neglect to the pre-1971 state denial […]