Archive for December, 2015

New profession on the rise: Gangster

New profession on the rise: Gangster

by Towheed Feroze In the past, the preferred profession for any teenager included, engineer, architect, doctor or government official but we now have, thanks to the countless movies glorifying hoodlums, a new entry: gangster. Yes, do not recoil in horror! As soon as your son learns to understand that he must carve out a special place in the world for […]

Heroes of 71

Heroes of 71

Ahmed Shatil Alam writes about an android game, based on the nation’s liberation war, that was launched on the Google Play Store on December 16, 2015 It was always a desire for self-proclaimed gamer Tarek Ahmed to play a game on his smartphone or PC based on the historic liberation war of 1971 and its heroes. ‘I have played many […]

The turning point

The turning point

Ahmed Shatil Alam  reveals why and how three local web-based video-on-demand platforms are gaining popularity There was a time, when people received their visual entertainment from television programmes. This was later followed by internet download and optical discs. In recent days, with the advent of YouTube, improved internet access through broadband and 3G services are helping many users to stream […]

Lose yourself in the lush greeneries

Lose yourself in the lush greeneries

photos and text by Saad Hammadi Wintry mornings are best to travel and when you visit as serene a place as the lush green Botanical Garden attached with the Bangladesh Agricultural University in Mymensingh, it cannot get any better. Make sure you have enough music on your phone, a good earpiece and also a good power bank so your phone […]

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 […]

News of the world December 4, 2015- December 10, 2015

News of the world December 4, 2015- December 10, 2015

Researchers in China have unveiled a car that can be controlled simply by the mind, according to a Reuters report. A research team from Nankai University in Tianjin helped developed the car, which is the first of its kind. The car works by capturing EEG (electroencephalogram) signals from the driver’s brain. It comes with 16 sensors to convert these signals […]

Pushed by poverty

Sadiqur Rahman reflects on the sufferings faced by some child domestic workers, as a government policy to ensure their protection and welfare is yet to be approved Most Bangladeshis were shocked to hear about the heinous torture of a minor domestic worker named Mahfuza Akhter Happy by national cricketer Shahadat Hossain and his wife Jesmine Jahan Nrittya after the victims […]

Doctors…just a click away

Doctors…just a click away

Ahmed Shatil Alam reveals how the free services of a medical information providing website is helping thousands of patients who come to Dhaka and other major cities daily seeking medical treatment Few days ago, this reporter of New Age Xtra encountered a middle-aged man, suffering from severe urinary complications, who was searching for a doctor at a private hospital in […]

REVIEW: MIGHTY PUNCH STUDIO’S SHABASH : The Bangladeshi superhero

REVIEW: MIGHTY PUNCH STUDIO’S SHABASH : The Bangladeshi superhero

Mighty Punch Studio’s Shabash has a zany premise where a superhero consumes ‘atomic mangoes’ to gain superpowers. The character is similar to Powerpuff girls and similar cartoon network superheroes. While the hint of comedy may be a plus to some, the strength of Shabash’s storyline is the fact that it is more in tune with Dhaka, its people and their […]

To speak of blood

To speak of blood

Namira Hossain writes about attempts to break the silence on menstruation and why both men and women need to join in the conversation. During a woman’s average lifetime, she will be menstruating for approximately 3,500 days. It is a natural function of the female body, designed with clockwork precision to ensure its’ ability to harbour and nourish a brand new […]