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Quijotas en Bangladesh

Quijotas en Bangladesh

Xtra Desk Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra may not be a household name in Bangladesh. But he is still widely regarded as the greatest writer in Spanish Language and one of the world’s pre-eminent novelists. The 17th century writer’s major work Don Quixotes is considered to be the most influential work of literature from the Spanish Golden Age and the entire […]

Behind the mask

Behind the mask

After visiting the Mind Matters exhibition, Namira Hossain explains how art can help break the stigma of mental illness People like to use the word ‘normal’ a lot. ‘Normal’ feels safe, it is known, it is what everybody else is doing, it is staying inside your comfort zone. It does not have the cringe-factor, it does not make you think. […]

The Moral Of The Story

The Moral Of The Story

After reading few stories from ‘Thakur maa’r jhuli’, Namira Hossain tries to understand the motive behind such fairy tales Tales and myths are found in every culture – they served as explanations for things the human mind did not understand such as why thunder and lightning exist and also to amuse and entertain. Similarly, fairy tales follow the typical structure […]

Aquatic adventures

Aquatic adventures

Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid chases dolphins in the Buriganga river It was a sensational discovery that dolphins can be found in the rivers of Bangladesh, but only a bit of research substantiated this fact. Still, this was a sight that needed to be seen and so this led to a journey down to the river Buriganga.. They can be seen […]

Blood for sale

Blood for sale

Sadiqur Rahman reveals the kind of problems faced by patients and their family members at the DMCH when bags of blood are urgently required On July 23, Mamun, a carpenter from Shalbari in Gazipur, brought his wife Tamanna to the Gazipur Sadar Hospital after she fell ill and fainted. The duty doctor suggested that the patient was likely suffering from […]

Tales of the Olympians

Tales of the Olympians

by Xtra team Ever since the ‘Rio Olympics 2016’ was kicked off last week, the feats and accomplishments during the various games have already caught the attention of global audiences. But, besides sports, the human stories of some of the athletes are also making headlines.    From warzone to pool History was made as refugee swimmer Yusra Mardini made it […]

Allure of the forbidden

Allure of the forbidden

Ahmed Shatil Alam explores the probable reasons behind the easy accessibility of porn sites from Bangladesh despite a promise by the Telecommunications and Postal state minister to block all such sites in April In April, a news was reported by the national media quoting the state minister for Postal and Telecommunication ministry advocate Tarana Halim that within a week all […]

For a better tomorrow

For a better tomorrow

Rakibul Azam Rana learns about the contemporary issues and technologies influencing our environment after visiting the 21st Environment Fair The crowd at the ‘21st Environment Fair 2016’, held at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre from July 31 till August 4, seemed genuinely interested in the technology and exhibits being showcased by 63 entities in nearly 100 stalls. Each stall had […]

Driver attention alert

Driver attention alert

Mahfuzul Haque writes about the technology that can reduce the number of road accidents in the country Road accident has been a pressing problem in Bangladesh though few measures have been taken to curb this menace. Every day on the roads across the country, a large number of people are killed or injured due to road accidents. Besides reckless driving […]

Marooned and starving

Marooned and starving

PHOTOS  by Sony Ramany The ongoing flood in the country, caused by heavy rainfall and on-rush of water from India, has submerged croplands and marooned several lakh people in Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Bogra, Gaibandha and some other northern districts. During a visit, a team from New Age found people, who lost their homes to the flood, moving haplessly to higher grounds […]