Cityscape

Culprits behind congestion

Culprits behind congestion

Sadiqur Rahman looks at how a number of unauthorised commuting services in the city are creating problems for city dwellers Farmgate is one of the busiest spots in Dhaka where thousands of people, irrespective of their professions, have to cross every day. As the area is home to many educational institutions like government and private colleges, high schools, coaching centres […]

When a fraud calls

When a fraud calls

Ahmed Shatil Alam writes about the different ways fraudulent gangs are using mobile phones to dupe unsuspecting citizens  Different gangs of swindlers are using the mobile phone to trick people into paying them money. Some gangs use the element of surprise and fear by posing as spiritual maestros or ‘Jinn er badshah’, while others play on the greed of people […]

Empty warranties

Empty warranties

Mahfuzul Haque  writes how year-long warranty terms provided by some sellers of PC hardware, accessories and other devices in Dhaka are nothing more than empty promises In the twenty-first century our life is virtually impossible without the help of technology. We cannot imagine our lives without a personal computer, internet, mobile phone, oven, washing machine, fridge, mp3 player, TV set […]

Crime time

Crime time

Sadiqur Rahman reveals how and why crime is on the rise in the city during Ramada At midnight on June 27, Tanvir Islam Rifad, a university student of Mirpur, went out with a friend to have sehri outside. Rifad, who recently bought a new Pulsar 150cc motorcycle, rode the bike to the popular Star Kabab restaurant in Dhanmondi and had […]

Questionable rides

Questionable rides

Sadiqur Rahman explores the reasons behind the shabby state of the ambulance services sector in Bangladesh Ambulance services, necessary for emergency situations, is still beyond the affordability of general patients, especially poor patients and their families in the country. As such, even in Dhaka, people have to depend on paddle-powered and CNG-run auto rickshaws to take patients to the nearest […]

The meat we eat

The meat we eat

Ahmed Shatil Alam writes about the sorry state of the slaughter houses in the city, where around 600 cattle are butchered daily to produce meat for citizens under unhealthy conditions It was like any other summer dawn of the summer, with much of the city still asleep at 5:45am. But even at that hour when the sun had just risen, […]