Archive for November, 2015

A new beginning

A new beginning

Atif Azam and Sadiqur Rahman reveal how the latest edition of the Bangladesh Premier League has drastically improved, thus attracting local and global attention Photos by SANAUL HAQUE The attention of the cricket crazy Bangladesh has been drawn to matches of the third edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) since day one, when the tournament kicked off at the […]

Note to readers:

Note to readers:

New Age Xtra is postponing the ‘Reader Base’ section till Facebook is unblocked in Bangladesh. Till then, we will be publishing news from around the world in this page. – New Age Xtra team News of the World: November 21- 26, 2015 Breaking his silence on the raging debate over acts of intolerance, actor Aamir Khan on Monday expressed ‘alarm’ […]

Offering the saffron robe

Offering the saffron robe

photos by AKM Atikuzzaman   Kathin Chibar Dan, an annual festival where saffron robes are offered to monks at Buddhist monasteries by worshippers, was celebrated in Rangamati, Bandarban, Cox’s Bazar and other areas of Bangladesh in November. AKM Atikuzzaman attended eight such festivals in Ramu of Cox’s Bazar district. Besides enjoying the festive atmosphere, he managed to capture few moments of […]

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 […]

Saving energy and money

Saving energy and money

Mahfuzul Haque talks to an inventor from Natore who claims to have invented a machine that can produce electricity at 20 paisa per unit photos: courtesy With frequent power cuts and increasing price of electricity for both domestic and industrial use, power crisis remains one of the pressing problems in the country. The situation is further deteriorating due to higher […]

Spectre: License to copy Bollywood!

Spectre: License to copy Bollywood!

by Towheed Feroze The name of the film should have been: Spectre, main a raha hoon! Or maybe, Bond mera naam, khoon mera kaam! Cutting the large intro, the new Bond flick follows a Bollywood formula, unabashedly placing Daniel Craig in immaculate poster boys poses in countless shots. Sometimes I was a bit perplexed: was this a film or some […]

Abyss of uncertainty

Abyss of uncertainty

Mahfuzul Haque reflects on the sufferings faced by child brides, who are often married off at an early age by their parents due to extreme poverty, social pressure and other issues  The names of the child brides, in this article, have been changed upon their request Kona’s family was suffering from severe financial hardship as the income of the sole-earner […]

Touring season

Touring season

December is only weeks away. Around the end of December, most private and public-service professionals will be taking week-long vacations. Also, most academic institutions are going to be on a break around this time. New Age Xtra had asked its readers about their ideal tour destination and the kind of factors they consider, while deciding on a tour destination during […]

Boks, Jamshed Boks: Borhani-grounded nuts, chilled, shaken and slapped!

Boks, Jamshed Boks: Borhani-grounded nuts, chilled, shaken and slapped!

With all the buzz surrounding the latest James Bond movie ‘Spectre’, Towheed Feroze imagines a Bangladeshi version of the ageless spy The CNG stops in front of the old rundown building in a Kazi Alauddin Road sub alley; the driver, a mid-forties man with a gaunt look inspects the area carefully. The small tea shop is surrounded by a group […]

The green carpet

The green carpet

One of the main attractions of Sylhet region is its tea estates. These centuries-old estates are not only acclaimed for their scenic beauty, but also play an important role in the economy of the area as well as the country as tea is a product that has high international and local demand. Every year, many tourists visit the area. Few […]