Archive for May, 2016

Out of the blue

Out of the blue

Mahfuzul Haque reveals the reasons that forced the disaster management department to include lightning strikes as a natural disaster in the country during this month Photos by SANAUL HAQUE & SOURAV LASKAR Bangladesh is one of the countries across the globe most affected by various forms of disasters and the people living in the country have to fight against these […]

Flirting with danger

Flirting with danger

Cyclone Roanu ravaged through Bangladesh last week killing at least 24 in various parts of Bangladesh. During the disaster, the authorities dedicated efforts to evacuate thousands from the coastal areas. However, it was seen on television news that tourists were endangering their lives to witness the cyclone by being near the shores at Cox’s Bazar. New Age Xtra had asked […]

Neighbours with the past Part II

Neighbours with the past Part II

by Namira Hossain Having left our car parked at the Fort, we decided to take a rickshaw on our way to our next destination, the Armenian Church. As per usual in Dhaka city, we got caught in traffic but you really get a sense of what Puran Dhaka is like when you experience the sights, sounds and smells from a […]

Essential facebook etiquette

Essential facebook etiquette

by Arafat Noman ‘The age of internet is a bizarre one; here the teenager acts like a 30-year old and the 30-year old pretends to be a teenager with over-flooded melodrama’.  Cannabis, marijuana, cocaine or other addictive drugs have got their new competitor in the town which can precisely be tagged as ‘blue Yaba’. Traditional tablets of Yaba are made […]

For the babies

For the babies

Ahmed Shatil Alam writes about an initiative by an ICDDR,B scientist that can change the lives of low income working mothers and their infants for the better Although in Bangladesh the breast feeding rate is higher than the international average, latest Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey, published by government in 2014, states that the rate has been on the decline […]

Practicing mindfulness

Practicing mindfulness

Namira Hossain writes about the benefits of meditation Mindfulness has become one of those buzzwords, sometimes thrown about in a facetious manner to denigrate what are considered New Agey practices and to dismiss its’ actual meaning. Many websites and self-help books preach the art of mindfulness, but what is it exactly? According to the ever trusty dictionary, the first definition […]

Crimes through Facebook

Crimes through Facebook

Ahmed Shatil Alam reveals the ways through which phishers are preying on unsuspecting Facebook users in our country It was like any other day for KaynatJahan (28). After having lunch, the new mother went to her bed to take some rest with her two months old son. While her son slept, she began to browse Facebook on her phone. After […]

Planning ahead for Eid holidays

Planning ahead for Eid holidays

by Reema Islam photos- jovago.com As the mangos hit the market and the season for juicy summer fruits arrive, it is that time of the year to plan a long vacation away from the madness of Dhaka as Eid approaches. Here are a few destinations you can consider this year for a family trip, a jaunt with your friends or […]

The better superhero movie

The better superhero movie

The latest Marvel blockbuster is ‘Captain America: Civil War’ that was released in Bangladesh as well. The movie releases nearly months after DC Comic’s ‘Batman Versus Superman’. New Age Xtra had asked readers, who had watched both, which one was the better of the two and why. Raphy Islam Though both the movies may seem like they are dealing with […]

Animal instinct

Animal instinct

Namira Hossain writes about the efforts of the Creative Conservation Alliance that is trying to conserve natural resources and wildlife in rural areas Humans by nature are destructive creatures. We wage wars, pollute our cities and our rivers, destroy forests and ruthlessly hunt other species of animals for their meat, fur or just simply for sport. If numbers on Wikipedia […]