Archive for July, 2017

The unbearable burden of being

The unbearable burden of being

Ahmed Shatil Alam charts the alarming rise in the number of suicides and attempted suicide cases in the country and the reasons behind these In Bangladesh, suicide is often regarded as an isolated case. Unfortunately the country has secured its position among the top suicide-prone countries in the world. Every hour more than one person commits suicide in Bangladesh, according […]

You are not alone!

You are not alone!

Shaikha Shuhada Panzeree focussed on a platform that is acting as an online support system to the depressed Over the last two years, at least 10 SSC and HSC examinees have committed suicide after getting poor results. It’s nothing new that young Bangladeshi students feel immense mental pressure and angst ahead of their public examination results. Family expectations, the requirements of […]

The Muted health

The Muted health

Raphy Islam pays a tribute to singer Chester Bennington  A few days ago, one of my very close friends called at 2:00AM and asked, ‘Have you heard the news?’ I joked, ‘Who died?’ She took a few seconds. I understood she was in tears but trying her utmost to not make a sound lest I hear it. She wasn’t believing […]

All about the connections

All about the connections

by Zarin Rafiuddin Across Oceans: Poems by Sayeeda T Ahmad Published in 2016 by Bengal Lights Books (bengallights.com) What is a connection? Is it only the geographical? Or, are those landmasses also connected to our own bodies and how we view them in relation to a wider sphere of thought? In her debut poetry collection Across Oceans, Sayeeda T Ahmad explores the connections she had with different […]

Under water

Under water

Text by Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid Photos by New Age Hours of non-stop rainfall submerged most areas of Dhaka city during the last few days. While city dwellers struggled to travel on the roads with waist-high water, simultaneous construction and repair work for the elevated expressway, WASA water lines and city corporation drainage system have left the city in a […]

Extracurricular activity, business or a party!

Extracurricular activity, business or a party!

Shaikha Shuhada Panzeree sheds light on how profit-making motives, behind the organization of Model United Nations (MUN) conferences, are gradually making the conferences drift away from their main objectives of developing young leaders for the nation The practice of Model United Nations (MUN) in Bangladesh became popularised among the educational institutions over the past seven years. Initially, it was undertaken […]

Water, at any time

Water, at any time

The water selling ATM booths from DWASA will soon be found all across Dhaka city. Md Amjad Hossain writes City dwellers of Dhaka face extreme difficulties while trying to get pure drinking water. The situation intensifies during summer. Alternatives to water from the pipeline is scarce asrivers around Dhaka have become severely polluted, and the underground water level is depleting further […]

A Scarred world

A Scarred world

Shaikha Shuhada Panzeree explains the issue of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) that is still prevalent in many countries of the world Along with discriminatory, horrifying experiences like rapes, molestation, physical and mental torture of many kinds, a form of hideous violence against women is female genital mutilation (FGM) that has been used as a weapon to suppress and scar women […]

South Asian emphasis

South Asian emphasis

Xtra Desk Following are two books that has focused on some of the pressing issues in South Asia. Ethnicity and Human Security inBangladesh and Pakistan The book identifies the sources and nature of threats to people belonging to ethnic groups and conceptualises human security in a manner that addresses the inadequacy of the traditional approach. It conducts an analysis on […]

Lessons from the disaster

Lessons from the disaster

Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid finds out why a group of four cyclists from Nepal are currently on a world tour For the entire world April 25, 2015 began like any other day. Little did the people of South Asia know that a disaster was on its way! A powerful earthquake struck in the morning between the Nepal’s capital city of […]