Archive for April, 2015

Where are the children?

Where are the children?

Sadiqur Rahman reveals how and why incidents of children kidnapping are increasing across the country From the beginning of this year, significant issues like political stalemate, abduction, ICC world cup cricket, city corporation elections and others have taken up most of coverage in the dailies and the broadcasting media. The issue that has been buried under these issues is the […]

Buried in the rubble

Buried in the rubble

Mahfuzul Haque listens to the woeful stories of Rana Plaza disaster survivors and the family members of those who were killed Two years ago on this day, the nine storied building that housed five garment factories crumbled to rubble as it collapsed suddenly with thousands of people trapped inside, most of whom were garment workers who migrated to the capital […]

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 […]

Rise of the Tigers

Rise of the Tigers

by Adel Ahmed Cricket is not just a mere sport, its poetry in motion. It’s elegant, dynamic, stylish and always full of twists and turns that will leave the spectators bewildered and at other times, thoroughly exhilarated. Cricket unites us and brings us together as we cheer with one voice and one heart while our Tigers battle in the arena […]

Pahela Baishakh in the hills

Pahela Baishakh in the hills

Photos & TEXT by Sony Ramany To celebrate Pahela Baishakh, the first day of the Bengali new year, the ethnic communities in Bangladesh arranged various programmes this year. Through their traditional ways, the communities at Rajarhat and Reicha in Rangamati celebrated the day with songs, dance and other performances.                       […]

Hurdles for city fathers

Hurdles for city fathers

Sadiqur Rahman and Ahmed Shatil Alam talk to several mayoral candidates for Dhaka North City Corporation and Dhaka South, to ask them whether they can really bring to fruition the lofty pledges they have made in their election manifestos As the anticipated date of April 28, when the three city corporation polls in the Dhaka South, North and the Chittagong […]

A smaller Sundarban

A smaller Sundarban

Sadiqur Rahman writes why Char Kukri Mukri has the potential to be the next big tourist spot in Bangladesh It takes two and half-hours to reach Kachchapiya by local three-wheelers from Betua ghat area of the Charfession Upazila and then a two-hour boat journey to reach the Char Kukri Mukri, the southern-most and isolated settlement of Bhola district. According to […]

The meat we eat

The meat we eat

Ahmed Shatil Alam writes about the sorry state of the slaughter houses in the city, where around 600 cattle are butchered daily to produce meat for citizens under unhealthy conditions It was like any other summer dawn of the summer, with much of the city still asleep at 5:45am. But even at that hour when the sun had just risen, […]

Barbed wires of death

Barbed wires of death

Mahfuzul Haque writes about the most recent cases of border violence across the India-Bangladesh border Like every other day, on February 2 of this year, Nazrul Islam, a farmer of Chapra village of Birampur upazila in Dinajpur, was working at his paddy field with others near the barbed-wire fence between Bangladesh and India. At around 10:00am, his wife Palashi Begum […]

Automated fire hydrant

Automated fire hydrant

Mahfuzul Haque writes about an innovation that can automatically turn on and put out fire within three seconds The automated fire extinguisher, about one and half feet wide and two feet high, can douse fire within three seconds. The machine has been built in a way that it will start spraying water automatically as soon as the building it is […]