Archive for July, 2016

The wonders of science

The wonders of science

Sadiqur Rahman reveals how the National Museum of Science and Technology (NMST) of Agargaon is regaining lost charm Photos by Masudur rahman & soumitra Raju Science as an academic subject becomes more interesting when the topics are explained through practical applications. Hence the students of Bangladesh who used to learn about science barely from the pages of academic books seem […]

The dreamland in Dinajpur

The dreamland in Dinajpur

Photo and text by Md Rakibul Azam The theme park Shopnopuri in AftabganjunderNobabganjupazila is nearly 52 kilometres from Dinajpur. The distance from Dinajpur to Shopnopuri is strewn with greeneries and rural beauty. The park stands on an area of 150 acre and is run through personal initiatives. Two big white stone fairies welcome the visitors while adding to the aesthetic […]

Foreign invasion?

Foreign invasion?

Over the last two to three years, Bangladesh has been seeing an increasing number of film projects where Indian Bengali movie artistes and crews are involved. New Age Xtra had asked readers about their opinion about these joint-collaboration movies and whether the popularity of Kolkata artistes in Bangladeshi movies can threaten the careers of similar artistes in the FDC.   […]

Blind leading the blind

Blind leading the blind

Namira Hossain writes about the odds that the visually-impaired VashkarBhattacharjee had to overcome and how he is  helping others like him. During a hot summer day on July 1, 1979, in a remote village in Chittagong, a government employee and a housewife welcomed their baby boy to this world. He was bleeding through his nose and mouth, baffling the parents […]

Driver attention alert

Driver attention alert

Mahfuzul Haque writes about the technology that can reduce the number of road accidents in the country Road accident has been a pressing problem in Bangladesh though few measures have been taken to curb this menace. Every day on the roads across the country, a large number of people are killed or injured due to road accidents. Besides reckless driving […]

Marooned and starving

Marooned and starving

PHOTOS  by Sony Ramany The ongoing flood in the country, caused by heavy rainfall and on-rush of water from India, has submerged croplands and marooned several lakh people in Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Bogra, Gaibandha and some other northern districts. During a visit, a team from New Age found people, who lost their homes to the flood, moving haplessly to higher grounds […]

Soaring above the clouds

Soaring above the clouds

Kite flyers tell Amhad Shatil Alam how and why the kite-flying sport lost its popularity among the urban population Youngsters of the country had a taste of the excitement surrounding kite-flying while watching the latest Bollywood blockbuster ‘Sultan’. Starring Salman Khan and having become the fifth highest hit ever for Bollywood in the international box office, the movie had a […]

Deadly roads

Deadly roads

At least 200 people have died through various accidents during the Eid vacation in Bangladesh. New Age Xtra had asked readers why these accidents are still occurring despite the number of road improvements and other measures taken. Rifat Ahmad Rapid urbanisation and motorisation are the problems. The number of roads is not increasing. Also, the existing number of roads is […]

In the land of white Elephants

In the land of white Elephants

by Mahtarima Sharmin I was struck by the rare opportunity of travelling when I got an invitation from the embassy of Bangladesh to Thailand to go there for a dance performance of ‘Bangladesh Trade and Investment Expo 2016, Thailand’ held from May 30 till June 1, 2016. Being a dancer and also a part of a talented dancing group has […]

The chariot festival

The chariot festival

Rakibul Azam Rana writes about a nearly 400-year old annual tradition that takes place in Dhamrai and manages to bring together people from different communities The Roth Jatra is a joyous festival among the Hindu community in India and Bangladesh. In the Asian subcontinent, the Sri Sri Joshomadhob Roth Jatra of Dhamrai is one of the most famous and traditional […]