Archive for August, 2017

Perils of normalcy

Perils of normalcy

Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid reveals how and why the number of ‘high functioning addicts’ are increasing in the country and the solutions to such addiction   Upon returning to Dhaka after completing his higher education abroad, Danish Chakmal joined the operations team of a steel manufacturing company in Chittagong two years back. One of the directors of the company was […]

In a relationship with the smartphone

In a relationship with the smartphone

By Shaikha Shuhada Panzeree You wake up, you slip your hand under the pillow, ferreting around the bedside table and you look for your phone, your smartphone. You get out, on a rickshaw, bus or in your car; you have your hands full, your phone and your headset. You come home after a hectic day; you have your loyal companion […]

Saving lives

Saving lives

Md Amjad Hossain writes about a platform that is trying to break the taboo linked with blood donation in the country Almost every day we see people posting status on Facebook looking for blood from donors. The person can be anyone, maybe a close friend, friend of friends or just a Facebook friend. If the one searching for blood is […]

Cultural conundrum

Cultural conundrum

By Raphy Islam Recently, a 13 year old stunned me with a simple question: ’Why do we need to learn English?’ Unfortunately, I couldn’t answer satisfactorily. It’s not that I haven’t pondered on this, but I always accepted it to be a reality that cannot go away, not anytime soon. Genuinely, English has been a means for me with which […]

Flood engulfed districts

Flood engulfed districts

Text by Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid Photos by Mahbub Islam Papon Flood water continues to engulf different districts of the country especially the northeastern parts along with middle regions around Dhaka. Millions are marooned with death tolls increasing each day. The situation has compelled thousands to evacuate their houses and seek shelter in schools, embankments and highways. Despite assurances from […]

Pangs of the pilgrim

Pangs of the pilgrim

There have been a number of problems with the Hajj flights and visas this year due to which a significant number of pilgrims are facing uncertainties about going to hajj this year. New Age Xtra had asked its readers their opinion whether they think that the growing number of Hajj agencies are providing the right kind of services to the […]

Aiming higher

Aiming higher

The ‘43rd World Bridge Championships’ will begin in Lyon of France from August 12, 2017. Syed Faiz Ahmed reveals why despite taking part for the first time ever, the Bangladesh team should receive support from government and other quarters in this particular sport One of the most important yardsticks of estimating a country’s achievement in modern day is by evaluating […]

Organic electronics

Organic electronics

Dr Masrur M Nahid tells Shaikha Shuhada Panzeree about the prospects of research in the field of organic electronics Over the last 40 years or so, organic electronics have come a long way. According to Dr Masrur M Nahid, a Research Fellow at the North Carolina State University, USA, futuristic electronics needs to be integrated in daily life. The prospects […]

The Truth about honesty

The Truth about honesty

Namira Hossain writes about the new app that has everyone talking   Every few years or so, a new app comes along that dominates conversations and newsfeeds for a while. Very few could have missed the posts on Facebook with the illustration of a white envelope with a turquoise background, imploring for ‘feedback’ both positive and negative. For what may […]

TOUCHED BY GOD: HOW WE WON THE MEXICO ’86 WORLD CUP

TOUCHED BY GOD: HOW WE WON THE MEXICO ’86 WORLD CUP

By Mehedi Hassan In June 1986 Diego Maradona, considered by many as the greatest footballer of all time, proudly hoisted the ’86 Mexico World Cup in his hands. Now thirty years on from that magical game, and after a life in sports marked by controversy, Maradona tells, for the first time, the untold stories behind that one-of-a-kind World Cup.   […]