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Little to offer

Little to offer

Sadiqur Rahman reflects on how privately-run television channels in the country are giving little to no focus on developing programmes for children, a segment that is nearly half of the entire population Bangladesh was among the first signatories to the Rights of Children Charter, an outcome of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children (UNCRC) held in November […]

Stuck in a rut

Stuck in a rut

Mahfuzul Haque writes about the uncertainty that thousands of migrant workers with hand-written passports are facing, after the use of MRPs became mandatory for travel from November 25, 2015 photos by Sony Ramany The latest decision on not allowing the handwritten passport anymore in all airports across the world has pushed many Bangladeshi migrant workers toward an uncertain fate because […]

The ‘highest’ material offering

The ‘highest’ material offering

AKM Atikuzzaman, from Ramu, Cox’s Bazar, writes how the Buddhist community of the area celebrated ‘Kathin chibar dan’, this year photos by AKM Atikuzzaman   The thousand-year old southern district Ramu, in Cox’s Bazar, had turned to a land of enthusiasm and colourful festivity during the past month on the occasion of ‘Kathin Chibar Dan’, or the saffron robe offering ceremony […]

The currency designer

The currency designer

Mahamudul Hasan writes about the works of artist KG Mustafa who had designed the first paper currencies, coins and postage stamps of Bangladesh, following the independence of the nation Just after the independence, besides other things required to rebuild the nation and administer it, Bangladesh needed currency notes, coins, new stamps, postal stationeries and many other designs for official purposes. […]

Forget drudgery; pick up the camera!

Forget drudgery; pick up the camera!

by Towheed Feroze From time to time, invitations to photo and painting exhibitions come to me and, to be honest, can’t make it to most. No disrespect, but somewhere that eccentricity intertwined with an essential touch of sensuality is absent. But that is not all! In recent times, I have become an addict of sorts. Obsessed with Dhaka of the […]

The vaping revolution

The vaping revolution

Namira Hossain reflects how vaping is gradually gaining popularity in Bangladesh Humans have been inhaling smoke for a long time – in the Americas. Archaeological evidence show shamans would smoke tobacco as far back as 5000 BC. Ancient literature from India, such as the Atharvaveda written circa 1500 BC, mentions cannabis. The Mayans smoked as far back as the 10 […]

Prey to indifference

Prey to indifference

Sadiqur Rahman highlights the alarming trend in child deaths in Bangladesh this year, most of which were caused by mentally sick parents On September 26, Boishakhi Begum strangled to death her five-month-old daughter Nusrat at Kaliganj of Jhenaidah district. Officer in-charge of the Kaliganj police station, Anwar Hossain informed media that Boishakhi was mentally sick. A few days prior to […]

Story behind the wheels

Story behind the wheels

Ahmed Shatil Alam talks to a car collector who has been collecting old cars and motorcycles over the past four decades COURTESY – MAHMUDUL FARUQ When the other children of his age used to play with toy-cars, Mahmudul Faruq, a Dhaka-based businessman, fell in love with real cars. Faruq had a fascination over cars in the 50s, when there were […]

Burmese pickle?

Burmese pickle?

Plenty of tourists are going to visit Cox’s Bazar during the Eid holidays. For their benefit, Ahmed Shatil Alam investigates the origins of most Burmese pickles sold in the stores of Cox’s Bazar A number of things come to mind when the name ‘Cox’s Bazaar’ is pronounced before us. We associate a number of things with the South-eastern district, also […]

Buckets Engineer

Buckets Engineer

Namira Hossain writes about a start-up that is helping children of different abilities to learn An engineer is defined by one who finds solutions to technical or social problems using a combination of science, acquired knowledge and ingenuity. According to statistics, Bangladesh has 1.5 million children who are afflicted by autism out of a population of 160 million and only […]