Archive for July, 2015

No man or woman’s land

No man or woman’s land

Namira Hossain writes about the persecution faced by transgenders in Bangladesh leading to their isolation from the society The popular web-information platform Wikipedia tells us that the word ‘hijra’ is an Urdu-Hindustani word derived from the Semitic Arabic root hjr in its sense of ‘leaving one’s tribe’, and has been borrowed into Hindi and Bengali. The Indian usage has traditionally […]

The diary of climate change perils

The diary of climate change perils

Mahfuzul Haque talks to photographer Din Muhammad Shibly who has maintained a photographic diary since 2003 portraying the consequences faced by Bangladeshis due to climate change  Photos by Din Muhammad Shibly Din Muhammad Shibly, a photographer in Bangladesh, decided to keep a photo diary of climate change through his camera lenses since 2003. Ever since then, he has been visiting […]

Fatal highways

Fatal highways

A number of road accidents during the eid holidays has mired the festivities with more than 250 people dead and numerous injured during just the 10 days of Eid. New Age Xtra had asked its readers about the prompt measures that can be taken to curb the increasing number of accidents.   Tahmid Hasan July 26 Most of the fatal […]

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 […]

Empty warranties

Empty warranties

Mahfuzul Haque  writes how year-long warranty terms provided by some sellers of PC hardware, accessories and other devices in Dhaka are nothing more than empty promises In the twenty-first century our life is virtually impossible without the help of technology. We cannot imagine our lives without a personal computer, internet, mobile phone, oven, washing machine, fridge, mp3 player, TV set […]

Plant doctor clinics

Plant doctor clinics

Ahmed Shatil Alam writes how 10 plant clinics are creating a difference in the lives of farmers  A few years back, I was surprised when I came across the term ‘hair treatment clinic’. I had known of clinics for people, veterinary for animals and fishes. But not for hair treatment till that point in time. I experienced similar levels of […]

Night rickshaw to Nazira Bazaar!

Night rickshaw to Nazira Bazaar!

by Towheed Feroze In fact, Dhakaiya people call it Najira Bajar. When I asked the rickshaw driver about the most vibrant place of Old Dhaka for Sehri, he simply said: kela, Najira Bajar! Which in English translates into: why, it’s Najira Bajar! So, off we were after the clock struck midnight to the old portion of town. Shakespeare came to […]

Eid plans

Eid plans

New Age Xtra had asked its readers about their plans during Eid.  Readers also commented on other articles in last issue Masud Rana July 13 This year I am going to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr wholeheartedly as for the first time in my life, I have bought clothes for my parents. I completed my education a year ago and was going through […]

Being content

Being content

Namira Hossain finds out how a boatman in Dhaka has survived in the city with his family over the past 35 years, with a smile on his face   Moving through our densely-populated capital, we find much to complain and whine about and we forget how to be grateful. Constantly bombarded by over information on celebrity gossip and news of […]

Untouched Chittagong

Untouched Chittagong

Ahmed Shatil Alam writes about convenient tourist spots near Chittagong   When we have the opportunity to take a break from the city many of us prefer somewhere we can go through a scenic route, soak in the history and heritage of the area along with modern amenities and have easy access to transportation. Chittagong is a place which fits […]