Innovation

The drinkable book

The drinkable book

Mahfuzul Haque writes about a book that can filter dirty water It looks like a traditional book, but you can tear out its pages and use them to filter dirty water for drinking later. Each page also contains information on how and why to clean drinking water. Dr Teri Dankovich, a postdoctoral researcher at Carnegie Mellon University in the USA, […]

Knowledge on the walls

Knowledge on the walls

A newsman has revived the tradition of wallpapers in coastal areas of Bangladesh. Sadiqur Rahman writes If any young individual is asked about wallpapers today, he/she will instantly refer to the background on his/her personal computer. But even during the eighties, wallpapers were originally papers posted on walls, in a bid to freely dissipate information to pedestrians from all walks […]

The green roofs

The green roofs

Mahfuzul Haque looks at how an increasing number of Dhaka dwellers are maintaining gardens in the confined spaces of their homes PHOTOS  by SONY RAMANY On seeing the rows of pots containing various plants, it is hard to believe at first sight that it is a roof of a house in Dhaka. Besides flowers, here you can find various types […]

Natural cold storage

Natural cold storage

Mahfuzul Haque visits the first natural cold storage facility in Namo Bhadra of Rajshahi No electricity is required to run this cold storage. Instead the natural storage will preserve the agricultural produce through the process of vaporisation. To help the farmers preserve perishable items such as potato, tomato, onion, and ginger at cheaper rates, the natural cold storage which uses […]

Plant doctor clinics

Plant doctor clinics

Ahmed Shatil Alam writes how 10 plant clinics are creating a difference in the lives of farmers  A few years back, I was surprised when I came across the term ‘hair treatment clinic’. I had known of clinics for people, veterinary for animals and fishes. But not for hair treatment till that point in time. I experienced similar levels of […]

Friend of society

Friend of society

Namira Hossain writes about the Shomaj Shongi, a model for community counselling for adolescents, that has been doing wonders for students and their families  The role of education is not simply to teach words out of a book or arithmetic formulae for the purpose of getting good grades in examination. The role of education is to arm pupils with the […]

Hope afloat

Hope afloat

Namira Hossain writes about the floating hospitals of Friendship which are providing healthcare services to people of the char and coastal areas in the country PHOTOS – Friendship From Lalmonirhaat district where the river enters from India down to the Bay of Bengal where the rivers of Bangladesh empty, the Brahmaputra, the Ganges (Padma in Bangladesh), and the Meghna rivers […]

For the malnourished

For the malnourished

Ahmed Shatil Alam talks to the ICDDR,B team of scientists who developed the first RUTF in Bangladesh for children suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) Monjuri Begum of Kallyanpur slum in Dhaka has three children: Rahim (10), Shakil (12) and Komola (15) are all in good health. Komola and Shakil work as domestic workers while also studying in a local […]

Keeping it natural

Keeping it natural

Mahfuzul Haque meets a group of young agriculturalists who are bringing pure food to city-dwellers When consumers are struggling to find pure food in marketplaces, filled with adulterated and laced food items, a group of young graduates have taken an initiative to inspire farmers to cultivate agricultural products free of chemical fertilisers and pesticides which they supply to the consumers. […]

From darkness into light

From darkness into light

Namira Hossain writes about two initiatives on social media through which actual victims of sexual abuse in our society are coming forward to share their stories One of the greatest ironies of living in our society is that while it is not considered impolite in a social setting to discuss one’s bowel movements, any mention of sexual harassment or abuse […]