Archive for June 16th, 2017

Readings this week

Readings this week

Xtra Desk Reflections on Economy and Governance in Bangladesh   To the social scientists, Bangladesh is an enigma wrapped in paradoxes. She defied conventional prophets of gloom and doom during last three decades by making significant strides in social and economic spheres. Ironically, she is deeply divided politically despite bonds of extraordinary ethnic and linguistic homogeneity. The multiple dimensions of […]

Service at your doorstep

Service at your doorstep

Ahmed Shatil Alam talks with the founder of the first-ever digital one-stop service platform in Bangladesh There is no specific data on the total number of Dhaka residents who are tenants.But according to an estimation around 90 percent of its 1.5 crore population fall in this group. This group of people need to shift their home once in every two or […]

Dhaka under water

Dhaka under water

Photos by New Age Capital city Dhaka went under knee-deep water, in some places waist-high, after consecutive rainfall during the past week. Public life almost came to a halt; roads including the major ones turned into swamps making transports unavailable on the roads and commuting difficult for citizens. It takes hours for the city’s drainage system to get rid of […]

A change for the better

A change for the better

Ahmed Shatil Alam reveals how and why most Bangladeshis are shifting from rice to tortillas for lunch and dinner IT WAS his usual habit to have rice in every morning before going to his workplace, but since January, Nur Alam — a 30 year old cab driver — stopped eating rice as its price has been increasing almost in every […]

Asking for it

Asking for it

By Namira Hossain I remember learning of the word ‘rape’ when I was 10 years old. I was in Class 4 and my classmate, let’s call him ‘A’ made a lame joke and said that another classmate of ours ‘K’ raped a girl called ‘M’. I didn’t know what the word meant, so a bunch of us looked it up […]