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Barely alive

Barely alive

Sadiqur Rahman reveals why there is a decline in the demand of postal services in the country and how it may affect us in the long run Writing a letter is perhaps the most intimate tool of self expression. A handwritten letter not only conveys a message from one place to another but also makes the receiver feel important. In […]

For political gain?

For political gain?

Sadiqur Rahman reveals how the National Service Programme has failed to be an effective initiative at helping the unemployed in rural areas, due to its many irregularities One of the priorities in the 2008 election manifesto of the present ruling party was ‘Employment in every family’. As per electoral commitment, after assuming power, the government approved a National Service Programme […]

The defining moment

The defining moment

by M Muhaddes One year ago the novel Old Road New Crossings by Dr Shelley Rahman was translated by Anna Rahman and published by completelynovel.com. This followed the publication by Anya Prokash of the original hardback form in Bengali with the title Purano Rasta Nuton Parapar. The story has been interpreted on different levels as extracts from the reviews reprinted […]

Wealthy and wayward

Wealthy and wayward

Sadiqur Rahman looks into the background of young perpetrators of three recent and separate incidents of alleged murder and assault in the city The first ever Bengali novel published in a colloquial form in the Bengali language was ‘Alaler Gharer Dulal’ (The Pampered Son of a Front-rank Family) that was written by Peary Chand Mitra in 1857. A line from […]

Helpless and brutalised

Helpless and brutalised

Sadiqur Rahman reflects why there has been an alarming increase in crimes against children in the country Bangladesh has been acclaimed by many international organisations as the role model for reducing infant mortality rate which is one of the key Millennium Development Goals (MDG). But this fact does not confirm that this country can ensure safe childhood for its children […]

Art in clay

Art in clay

Ahmed Shatil Alam finds out why the pottery industry is facing near-extinction Bauphal Upazilla, one of the southern-most districts of the country, is renowned for being a hub of the pottery industry. Barun Pal, a 50-year-old potter is one of the nearly 3,000 people who have continued their ancestral traditions as potters in the area. He shares that with the […]

Crossing the fine line

Crossing the fine line

Mahfuzul Haque looks at how the popularity of Indian serials is influencing Eid market sales, this year Around afternoon on July 6, a shopkeeper at Chandichawk market in the capital was luring customers by saying, ‘Kironmala, Pakhi, Anarkali; what else do you want? We offer all these here…’ The names struck me. I approached the shop to understand to whom […]

The kids will be alright

The kids will be alright

After visiting Barisal, Sadiqur Rahman writes about a number of initiatives through which child rights is being promoted in the division    One hour – 10:00am t0 11:00am on the second Tuesday of every month- is fixed for a special hearing arrangement named ‘Konistho Kathan’ during which the top district administrators in Patuakhali engage in discussions with school children at […]

It’s a SHE thing

It’s a SHE thing

Namira Hossain writes how young women are fighting back against the toxic messages in our society Every year since 2010, V-Day Dhaka has put up performances of the acclaimed ‘The Vagina Monologues’ which are a collection of stories depicting the reality of being a woman living in a man’s world. The performances range from the outright hilarious to heartbreakingly poignant. […]

Nurturing a monster

Nurturing a monster

Ahmed Shatil Alam discusses the various incidents where members of the Bangladesh Chhatra League have been involved in since the beginning of the Bangla new year Like every other year, Pahela Baishakh on April 14 was supposed to bring together the entire country in its’ largest celebration as a community with hopes for a brighter future. But reality is bleaker […]