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Faded writings

Faded writings

Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid chronicles the history of handwriting Whether it is everyday handwriting or their personal signature, each person has their own unique style of handwriting. Even identical twins sharing appearance and genetics do not have the same handwriting. A person’s handwriting is tantamount to their fingerprints: people might be able to copy it, but never write it in an […]

Commuter hell

Commuter hell

Ahmed Shatil Alam reveals the various new spots of the city where tailbacks have become a regular scenario over the past five to six years Following the formal inauguration of the eight kilometres long Malibagh-Mouchak flyover on October 27, the citizens of Dhaka, particularly the residents of those areas adjacent to the mega project, were pinning their hopes on the […]

All that they want…

All that they want…

Shaikha Shuhada Panzeree takes a look at the sorry state of education for special children in the country Photo- United Nations It is a regular day at a vocational training centre- in a paper crafts classroom there are around ten students with two teachers present. Shahriar, a trainee there, loves to take pictures and draw. As a visitor walked into […]

The age-old question

The age-old question

Ahmed Shatil Alam finds out the reasons behind the frenzy for eggs among the masses Many of us have laughed or made fun of anyone who asked the question: ‘What came first: the chicken or the egg?’. Indeed, it is a classic question, as people have been asking it for thousands of years. Many years back a group of scientists […]

Lethal challenges

Lethal challenges

Shaikha Shuhada Panzeree writes about the intricate details linked to the ‘Blue Whale’ phenomenon Recently, a 15-year-old student of Class X asked his teacher, ‘Teacher, have you heard about this Blue Whale challenge? Try it, it’s really interesting!’. A few others in the class nodded in agreement with him. This very student has admitted to his depression before. He had […]

Aliens of the land!

Aliens of the land!

Shaikha Shuhada Panzeree spends a day in the Bihari camp of Mohammadpur It’s a whole different world, in colours and in music. The air and the echoes tell a different story, of guilt and struggles, of denial and obstacles. The Geneva Camp was established after 71’s war to accommodate the Biharis or the Urdu speaking people, who were stranded in […]

Losing its shine

Losing its shine

Senior teachers and former vice chancellors of the University of Dhaka tell Mohiuddin Alamgir about the various reasons for which the quality of education at the prestigious institution is declining Thousands of admission seekers are currently taking entrance exams to enroll themselves to the University of Dhaka, considered to be the best seat of learning for higher education in the […]

Lives ablaze

Lives ablaze

Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid spends a day in Cox’s Bazar and Teknaf to witness the sufferings and stories of the Rohingyas fleeing the killings and torture in their homeland of Myanmar Photos by Abdullah Apu The day did not start with a brilliant dawn. Just as the sun began to give away its rays in the sky, we headed towards […]

Toil, tears and sweat

Toil, tears and sweat

Through a number of real life accounts, Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid highlights why the country is facing a dip in remittances from migrant workers A significant portion of the county’s economy is driven from overseas cash flow, most of which are remittances sent by migrant workers. According to ILO, more than 400,000 workers leave the country for overseas employment each […]

Cow, goat, camel and Kaliji!

Cow, goat, camel and Kaliji!

By Toto During Eid ul Azha or the Eid that is popularly known as the Qurbani Eid; our entire social credo for a few days undergo a metamorphosis. That includes the language because for about two weeks, our conversations, excited chats plus public declarations revolve around the size of the cow/goat, the best animal selling market in town and meat-based […]