Archive for August, 2016

Sleepless in Karwan bazar

Sleepless in Karwan bazar

Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid spends a night at the biggest wholesale market in the city Photos by  Bulbul Ahmed As dusk settles over Dhaka, the bustle of the metropolis seems to wane with every passing hour till around 10:00pm, after which most streets become empty. As most shops and stores close down for the day, hardworking professionals return home after […]

Among tea and wild animals

Among tea and wild animals

by Hridita Anisha Srimangal is known as the capital of tea with more than 38 tea gardens of various sizes. With tea being a basic segment of Bengali diet, it is extremely interesting to find its source and understand how locals view it. The tea that the tea garden workers make is very different from what we have. It is […]

The burning question

The burning question

Bashundhara city has faced two incidents of fire breaking out in the bustling mall over the past eight years. The first incident saw the tragic deaths of seven people and 20 people were injured. The incident on August 21 did not see any deaths fortunately. In the wake of the latest incident, New Age Xtra asked readers if they felt […]

Blood for sale

Blood for sale

Sadiqur Rahman reveals the kind of problems faced by patients and their family members at the DMCH when bags of blood are urgently required On July 23, Mamun, a carpenter from Shalbari in Gazipur, brought his wife Tamanna to the Gazipur Sadar Hospital after she fell ill and fainted. The duty doctor suggested that the patient was likely suffering from […]

The Bangladeshi robot

The Bangladeshi robot

Rakibul Azam Rana talks to Saifur Rahman, a student of Rajshahi University, who plans to develop a humanoid robot in the near future Debate around robots and their use has been a popular argument over the past few decades. It all started in 1206, when scientist Ismail Al-Jazari described a band made up of humanoid automata. Then in 1495, Leonardo […]

Her aspiration: the moon and more…

Her aspiration: the moon and more…

by Towheed Feroze For the period that I have known my football-playing Marijuana-loving pal Kaliji, he has introduced me to a wide variety of fascinating people. Some left lasting impressions like Shira Salauddin (vein Salauddin) because he is found near the shaded areas of Chankharpool and the Dhaka Medical Emergency gate, helping drug pushers to find a vein to inject […]

Driven by fear

Driven by fear

Security equipment sellers and service providers are enjoying better businesses following the terror attacks last month. Ahmed Shatil Alam writes  Photos by INDRAJIT GHOSH It was like any other day when Shibli Ahmed, a Dhaka-based businessman went to a restaurant in Dhanmondi with his girlfriend to have dinner. After he reached, before entering he saw an archway that was installed […]

The Rusticremains: Ayutthaya

The Rusticremains: Ayutthaya

by Eliza Binte Elahi When Bangkok’s bustling cosmopolitan center, gritty streets and modern high-rises begin to close in on you, the best place to escape is Ayutthaya. It is about an hour’s drive and I was ready to go on further excursions to get a more complete picture of Thailand. Being a bigfan of ancient ruins I have long wanted […]

Better security?

Better security?

Authorities have introduced new rickshaw and bus services to ensure security inside the diplomatic zone of Gulshan and Banani. Earlier on, similar services were initiated in residential areas of Bashundhara and others. New Age Xtra had asked readers if they think such measures would be efficient at ensuring security. Also, if they had face any problems in accessing these areas […]

‘If you do not have universal access to a building, then you are excluding almost 30 per cent [of the people]’

‘If you do not have universal access to a building, then you are excluding almost 30 per cent [of the people]’

Architect Joseph Kwan MH recently visited Dhaka. Muhammad Ibrahim IbneTowhid had the opportunity to learn about the concept of Universally Accessible Design (UAD) from the expert What is universally accessible design? Why is it important? The main concept of Universally Accessible Design is to design infrastructures so that each item can be used by all individuals. I am an architect […]