Innovation

Boka Baksha!

Boka Baksha!

The founders of a new online store tell Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid how their venture is going to be unique from other similar online stores The world is a place where all kinds of mammals and other living beings survive. Only humans are deemed as the smartest of all living beings here. However, when all other animals depend on nature for their […]

The smart bangle

The smart bangle

Ahmed Shatil Alam reveals how COEL, a recently developed smart bangle for pregnant women, can help at curbing deaths during childbirth Even now in Bangladesh, around 194 women per 100,000 die during childbirth. Studies have revealed that most potential mothers die while giving births as only 30 per cent women deliver at the hands of skilled providers. Many women in […]

Breaking the shackles

Breaking the shackles

Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid writes about an ambitious platform in Dhaka that aims to break the taboo of mental healthcare in Bangladesh Usually, if a person is ill, he/she is asked to visit a doctor. On the other hand, if a person feels depressed, the person is asked to go home and take some rest. But, the mental state needs […]

A movement of knowledge

A movement of knowledge

Xtra Desk Although community services are not compulsory in our high schools, university students and young professionals of the country have been involved in a number of activities that is in some ways contributing to the society. The activities include social service, development platforms, extracurricular programmes and activism. Bangladesh Study Forum (BDSF) is an organisation that looks forward to engage […]

Powered by the sun

Powered by the sun

Ahmed Shatil Alam reveals how the solar-powered three wheeler ambulances can make a significant difference in the lives of people living in the villages and rural towns Few years back, on a night, Rashida Akhter, a Feni-based school teacher, fell severely ill with abdominal pain. Her family took her to a nearby physician. But the physician asked the family members […]

A virtual elder sister

A virtual elder sister

Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid writes about the services through which the ‘Maya Apa’ app has uniquely helped over 1.4 lakh users since 2009 till date Keeping in pace with the changing mode of digitisation and use of advanced technologies, the service sector of the country is rapidly going online and opening its 24/7 care centres. All the initiatives are looking […]

Enlightening the underprivileged

Enlightening the underprivileged

Saiful Islam and Selim Reza write about a voluntary teaching organisation for underprivileged children In order to teach some underprivileged children, a few students of Jahangirnagar University have initiated Tori, a voluntary teaching organisation. Through the organisation, the Jahangirnagar University (JU) students now provide basic education to children who live and work in the different tea and cigarette stalls near […]

For faster treatment

For faster treatment

The founders of PlexusD, a web-based healthcare platform, tell Ahmed Shatil Alam how their initiative can make a difference in the healthcare sector of the country Few years back, North South University student Nazim Mahmud brought his ill mother to a physician at a reputed hospital in Dhaka. But at the time, an employee of the hospital misbehaved with him […]

Speeding through the traffic

Speeding through the traffic

Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid writes about a recently launched service that is helping commuters reach destinations on time, despite traffic congestions Dhaka has become a city known for its traffic congestion. Sitting in the gridlocks can lead to severe problems for commuters. The founders of Pathao want to solve these problems. The initiative is a motorbike transport system whose services […]

Bangladesh at 360

Bangladesh at 360

Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid writes about the photographic initiative taken by a group of people to promote Bangladesh’s tourism sector That technology has a lot to offer is a detail that has become clear during the last decade which saw massive use of smart phones, built-in high resolution camera, web-enabled devices and other items. The latest in the inventory box […]