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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 […]

Innocence betrayed

Innocence betrayed

Shaikha Shuhada Panzeree reveals the reasons behind the alarming rise in rapes of minors in the country A normal school day, a child looking all tidy in a uniform starts for school; a day of struggle like every other, a street child starts for meeting the day’s end; a day full of household chores, the little maid starts by doing […]

Perils of normalcy

Perils of normalcy

Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid reveals how and why the number of ‘high functioning addicts’ are increasing in the country and the solutions to such addiction   Upon returning to Dhaka after completing his higher education abroad, Danish Chakmal joined the operations team of a steel manufacturing company in Chittagong two years back. One of the directors of the company was […]

Aiming higher

Aiming higher

The ‘43rd World Bridge Championships’ will begin in Lyon of France from August 12, 2017. Syed Faiz Ahmed reveals why despite taking part for the first time ever, the Bangladesh team should receive support from government and other quarters in this particular sport One of the most important yardsticks of estimating a country’s achievement in modern day is by evaluating […]