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No country for heritage buildings

No country for heritage buildings

Ahmed Shatil Alam finds out the reasons behind the disappearance of heritage buildings and sites from Dhaka The news of demolition or partial-destruction of heritage sites or buildings from the Mughal and British era are very common in Dhaka. Around the second week of February this year, a news broke out that a Mughal era building, located in Shayesta Khan […]

They can do it, too!

They can do it, too!

After visiting the third talent hunt camp of physically challenged cricket 2017, Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid writes about the passion and skills of these cricketers which are in no way less than those of cricketers in the national teams March 8 was an especially lovely day at Chandra of Savar where winter was yet to bid farewell. Some cricketers had […]

Breaking Barriers

Breaking Barriers

In recognition of International Women’s Day 2017, Namira Hossain talks to some women who have chosen professions that challenge traditional gender roles In a perfect world, there would be no such thing as a glass ceiling and no such things as gender roles. A person’s ability to do a job should not be a reflection on which gender they belong […]

Mosquito city

Mosquito city

Dhaka city dwellers tell Ahmed Shatil Alam about the various ways through which they are tackling the mosquito menace in their households, work and other places while also complaining that there has been little efforts from the authorities to battle the problem It was like any other night when Rashed Ahmed, who works at a private bank and lives in […]

Faces behind the book

Faces behind the book

After visiting Bangla Bazar, Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid writes about the gruelling work hours and conditions faced by the people involved in the publication and binding of the books that we love to purchase from the Ekushey Boi Mela every year Last week I bought a book from the Ekushe Boi Mela. As soon as I reached home, I turned […]

Muscles for money

Muscles for money

Ahmed Shatil Alam reveals the state of most privately-run gymnasium and fitness centres in the country and how the government can play a role in ensuring better service from these Few years back, Nazmul Khan (not his real name), a Dhaka-based private university student, was sent to hospital for a major injury in his abdomen, straight from a gymnasium in […]

The Millennial conundrum

The Millennial conundrum

Namira Hossain writes about this particular generation of young people, in order to try and understand what really motivates them The Millennial generation is a group of people who were born between the early ‘80’s to the early ‘2000’s, and even though it is a western concept to label generations, it makes sense to do so because being born within […]

Alienated

Alienated

After the July café attack where most of the attackers were from English-medium schools, Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid asks educationists and psychological experts what potential factors may be pushing these tender minds toward radicalism Despite celebrating its golden jubilee within a few years, Bangladesh is yet to make significant strides in its education sector. With acquisition in the primary and […]

Into the light

Into the light

Ahmed Shatil Alam reveals how the efforts of Mohsin Ul Hakim, a TV journalist, has helped 92 pirates of Sundarban to give up their lives of crime Cyclone Aila is still remembered by many of us as a natural disaster that had shaken Bangladesh back in May 2009. But even worse shaken were the locals of the coastal areas who […]

Downward spiral

Downward spiral

Following a number of tragic incidents that has led to the deaths of teenagers and some family members, sociologists and psychologist tell Ahmed ShatilAlam what seems to be eating most teenagers and young people of the country today The first week of the new year was marred by the murder of a school boy following gang violence in Uttara of Dhaka. […]