Archive for April, 2016

A dying Sundarban

A dying Sundarban

Environment and water experts tell Sadiqur Rahman how several problems in the water flow to Sundarban is threatening the vegetation and wildlife of the forest Photos by Sadiqur Rahman The Sundarbans mangrove forest in Bangladesh is one of the largest such tracts in the world, that is also attractively crisscrossed by hundreds of water bodies- rivers, channels, creeks and swamps. […]

Silk city

Silk city

by Mahfuzul Haque photos by Rayhanul Rana On the bank of the river Padma, Rajshahi, the metropolitan city of North Bengal with its glorious history of hundreds of years, is famous for its resplendent natural beauties, unique historical establishments, educational institutions, culture, food and hospitality. In the late afternoon, a stroll beside the Padma river will provide you with the […]

Crisis with public utilities

Crisis with public utilities

With the advent of summer, shortage of water supply and power outages are being faced in many areas of Dhaka City. New Age Xtra had asked its readers whether they are facing these urban problems and how they are dealing with it. Naymul Islam Hemel April 23, 2016 Dhaka university campus is known for having good water supply. But in […]

Exploding cars

Exploding cars

Ahmed Shatil Alam reveals the real reasons behind the increasing number of CNG-fuelled car explosions in the country On April 14, on the day of Pahela Baishakh, a horrific incident took place at Ashulia in the capital. An explosion occurred at Delta CNG Filling Station at Nayarhat on Dhaka-Aricha Highway claiming two lives including the owner of the car and […]

Marijuana, for entertainment

Marijuana, for entertainment

by Raphy Islam I love it when I am amazed. Mainly it reminds me that I still have a lot to catch up with. I have my surroundings and as any rational being I feel quite comfortable in there. But in the same setup when I hear something really ‘amazing’, I feel quite daft as then I am in a […]

For sustainable healthcare

For sustainable healthcare

After visiting some of the community clinics in Rajshahi, Mahfuzul Haque writes about the initiatives taken by a local development organisation to improve healthcare at these facilities Mansura Bibi, a resident of Chakratikram of Tanore thana in Rajshahi, shares her experience regarding the improved facilities provided by the Chakratikram (Dargadanga) Community Clinic: ‘A few years ago when we had come […]

For greener pastures

For greener pastures

Seasonal migrants to Dhaka city tell Mahfuzul Haque why they leave their homes and family members to travel to Dhaka during specific months of the year  Photos by Sanaul Haque Md Zahir (45), a resident of Nilphamari who lives with his four family members, comes to Dhaka city twice a year. The day-labourer works in the paddy fields in his […]

Bhutan: the last Himalayan kingdom – Part II

Bhutan: the last Himalayan kingdom – Part II

by Nazmul Haque Hirok The next morning, the sightseeing began. Our first stop was the Tashichho Dzong, a Buddhist monastery and fortress. There are 30 different temples, chapels and shrines within the Dzong and all makes for a grand spectacle. Next stop was the BBS tower on top of a mountain which offered magnificent view of Thimpu city. It’s worth […]

When the tremors hit

When the tremors hit

The earthquake in Myanmar on April 13 was also felt in Bangladesh leading to panic and concern among Bangladeshis. New Age Xtra asked its readers where they were when the earthquake had hit and how they had responded.   Minhaj Ahmed Rinku I was in my car as I was going to one of my relatives’ house in the evening […]

A life less ordinary

A life less ordinary

Namira Hossain deactivated her Facebook profile to re-evaluate life without the popular social media platform I have a bone to pick with Facebook. I may sound like an old grandma, wearied by age and time, but I long for the days before we had Facebook, let’s call it B.F. They say that nostalgia comes in the shape of rose-tinted glasses, […]