Archive for August 5th, 2016

Social media sensation

Social media sensation

Ahmed Shatil Alam and Sadiqur Rahman explore why and how ‘Hero Alom’ has become so popular among Bangladeshis, at home and abroad, within a matter of two months Around June of this year, a YouTube video went viral in the country and abroad due to its unique content. The four minute long video depicted a love triangle between two girls […]

Pushed to the brink?

Pushed to the brink?

Plenty of restaurants and other businesses are being evicted or torn down in Uttara, Banani, Gulshan and Dhanmondi by the authorities. The eviction is lawful. But in the process, most of these businesses may never be able to open up in their current locations or otherwise. New Age Xtra had asked readers about their opinion on whether those restaurants being […]

For a better tomorrow

For a better tomorrow

Rakibul Azam Rana learns about the contemporary issues and technologies influencing our environment after visiting the 21st Environment Fair The crowd at the ‘21st Environment Fair 2016’, held at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre from July 31 till August 4, seemed genuinely interested in the technology and exhibits being showcased by 63 entities in nearly 100 stalls. Each stall had […]

The Eternal city – I

The Eternal city – I

Photo and text by Namira Hossain Well they say ‘all roads lead to Rome’, and by the time we had reached the Leonardo Da Vinci airport at 7 in the morning, after two flights, we were quite eager to get started on exploring the Eternal city. The drive from the airport was quite far, and we passed the Vatican City […]

Empathy or apathy

Empathy or apathy

by Raphy Islam A boy was running in the middle of a busy street. He was maybe six to seven years old. He was being chased by other boys armed with sticks. Onlookers could say that the boy was scared out of his wits. In a rickshaw, I watched the incident for 20 odd seconds. I did not know why […]

Bridging the digital divide

Bridging the digital divide

Md Abdul Quayyum & Suraiya Yasmin write about Kolorob, the mobile phone app that acts as a virtual knowledge bank  Afroza Akhter, a middle-aged woman living in a poor urban settlement in Bauniabadh, entered the Baunibadh information centre on a regular day with her smartphone and curious eyes. Afroza had heard about Kolorob from one of her neighbors, but didn’t […]