Archive for May, 2015

Hunt for safe food

Hunt for safe food

Mahfuzul Haque and Sadiqur Rahman write about the ways most citizens of Dhaka obtain pure food for their family members For years, citizens of the country have been struggling through the food adulteration crisis. As a number of initiatives by government, civil society and trade bodies proved unsuccessful against the menace, people of the country are like hostages in the […]

Lottery master

Lottery master

Ahmed Shatil Alam talks to a really, really lucky man who has won numerous contests to win grand prizes including electronic products and foreign trips Will you believe if I tell you that an individual won the rare opportunity to visit Spain for four days and watched El Clásico-one of the most watched and most priced football matches in the […]

Nazrul today: glory, gains and grievances

Nazrul today: glory, gains and grievances

by Badiuzzaman Bay Kazi Nazrul Islam is a national poet, yet he is not. That is the message that speakers at an open mic in March sent out, pouring out a barrage of allegations and reprimands before a clearly agreeable audience. Nazrul as a national poet is being neglected, they said, comparing the perceived neglect to the pre-1971 state denial […]

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 […]

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. […]

Washing away the poison

Washing away the poison

This week, New Age Xtra asked readers about the ways they ensure that their family members are having pure food.   Chowdhury Rashaad Shabab May 21 My mother grows fresh produce on our roof: the best shaakh in town.       Shabana Ali May 26 I buy our fish from Bhairab Fish & Co. They supply fresh fish from […]

Rise of the shutterbugs

Rise of the shutterbugs

Mahfuzul Haque explores the reasons why photography is becoming an increasingly sought-after activity in the country   Shabbir Ahmad Naym is so passionate about photography that he saved a portion of his daily expenditure to buy a camera. The executive officer of Janata Bank has been an ardent photographer since his life as student at the University of Dhaka. He […]

‘Cartoons convey information more easily than the 10-page long written texts’

‘Cartoons convey information more easily than the 10-page long written texts’

Cartoonist Dopiaza, real name Kazi Abul Kashem, was the first Muslim cartoonist in the Indian subcontinent. He passed away on August 7, 2003. New Age’s Mehedi Haque had the rare opportunity of interviewing this prolific professional, a piece that was originally published in Unmad. Here is a translation of the original interview. You are the first Muslim cartoonist of this […]

The jail diary

The jail diary

Ahmed Shatil Alam reveals the miseries of inmates in Dhaka Central Jail after talking with a former prisoner of the jail who shared his excruciating experience According to several news reports in the local media, the Dhaka Central Jail and other jails across the country are crammed so tight with inmates that they do not even have enough space to […]

Migrant crisis in the sea: What can be a probable solution?

Migrant crisis in the sea: What can be a probable solution?

This week, New Age Xtra asked the readers about probable solutions to the migrant crisis that presently spans a number of countries in Asia. Readers also commented on current affairs and articles, published in the last issue.   Haris Chowdhury May 21 The people stranded at sea need food and water to survive. We have read that people on the […]