Archive for February, 2016

Unlike any other fair

Unlike any other fair

Ahmed Shatil Alam writes about some of the unique aspects visitors can come across at the Ekushey Boi Mela, this year Photos by SONY RAMANY For decades, the month of February has been synonymous to bookworms of the country as a time to celebrate the publication, purchase and reading of books, especially published in the Bangla language. The fair, which […]

Being true to tradition

Being true to tradition

Following a visit to Ramu in Cox’s Bazar, Sadiqur Rahman writes about an event that has religious and social importance among the Buddhist community of the area Photos by AKM Atikuzzaman Maghi Purnima, the full moon day during the Bangla month of Magh following the lunar calendar, has a special significance toward the religious and social life of Buddhists in […]

For a congestion-free city

For a congestion-free city

Alike other cities across the world, the ‘No Car Day’ event was held for the first time in Dhaka on February 18, 2016. Many university students as well as people from all walks of life had taken part in promoting the event while rallies were also held on the day to raise awareness. New Age Xtra had asked its readers […]

Dangerous food from across the world

Dangerous food from across the world

The adulteration of food items in Bangladesh has for long been a headache for the masses as well as the concerned authorities. As formalin was being used to preserve the perishable food items like fruits, vegetables etc. for longer periods of time, chemicals and other procedures were used to ripen fruits artificially. Health experts had opined time and again that […]

The change-makers

The change-makers

After a recent visit to Barisal, Mahfuzul Haque writes about groups of adolescent boys and girls in Tiakhali village of Barguna district who are collectively working to solve social problems by raising public awareness in their communities This story is about a group of adolescent girls and boys who are fighting against the social and cultural norms in a bid […]

To Kewkradong on two-wheels

To Kewkradong on two-wheels

Ahmed Shatil Alam writes about the group that reached the Kewkradong peak on their bicycles The achievement and efforts by Musa Ibrahim and MA Muhith at conquering Mount Everest, world’s highest peak, encouraged most Bangladeshis toward hiking. As most people initiate hiking within Bangladesh’s boundaries, the best choice for them is Kewkradong, the top peak within the country. According to […]

Reigning over their listeners

Reigning over their listeners

Sadiqur Rahman makes a list of the most popular shows on FM radio channels and their unique contents The mode of entertainment has evolved from analogue to digital media over the past few decades as the public focus changed initially from dailies to radio to television and now to online entertainment. While most of these modes are still present, the […]

Learning from mistakes – II

Learning from mistakes – II

by Asifur Rahman Khan Continued from first part Fourth mistake was to visit New Market for shopping. Now I must admit, I had stopped shopping at New Market a long time back, because the shopkeepers at New Market knew that every Bangladeshi who went to Kolkata had big bucks to spend, and they took the advantage by selling Dhaka-New Market-quality […]

On the airwaves

On the airwaves

There are currently more than 25 licensed FM radio channels, from which 18 are actively broadcasting various programmes that incorporate music, infotainment, listener participation, public awareness campaigns and messages and commercials. New Age Xtra had asked its readers, how frequently they listen to the FM radio channels and what their favourite radio programmes are on these channels.   Abdullah Hasan […]

What is the big deal about gravitational waves?

What is the big deal about gravitational waves?

by Asifur Rahman Khan When the news of gravitational waves being finally detected came out last week in various dailies, my younger brother asked me, ‘What are gravitational waves and what is the big deal about them?’ I looked at him blankly for a while, because I could not articulate the reasons behind its ‘big deal-ness’ although I knew for […]