Archive for August, 2017

Innocence betrayed

Innocence betrayed

Shaikha Shuhada Panzeree reveals the reasons behind the alarming rise in rapes of minors in the country A normal school day, a child looking all tidy in a uniform starts for school; a day of struggle like every other, a street child starts for meeting the day’s end; a day full of household chores, the little maid starts by doing […]

Organic and online

Organic and online

Ahmed Shatil Alam reveals the objectives behind the popular Khaas Food venture   The food adulteration crisis in Bangladesh has been a serious problem over the past decade. Almost all sorts of food items from raw to processed, like fish, meat, vegetables, milk, spices, sweets, honey etc, were found to be contaminated with all kinds of chemicals including carbide, formalin, […]

Taking Bangladesh forward

Taking Bangladesh forward

Xtra Desk BRAC, the non-government organisation, has successfully completed a research project with Copenhagen Consensus Centrewhich focused on the upcoming visions of the country. The work further aimed at prioritising the development issues of the country. The book titled Priorities for Bangladesh: Helping Vision 2021 a Realityis an outcome of the research which comes from the perspective from a physician. […]

Own the stage

Own the stage

Shaikha Shuhada Panzeree lists the ways through which performance anxiety can be overcome Your teacher asks you to stand in front of the whole class and talk about your project or give a presentation. So your heart beats faster, you feel the sweaty palms and knots inside your stomach. Even grownups who need to, for career or other purposes, make […]

Cycling for the environment

Cycling for the environment

By ‘Cycologist’ Ajit Baral During my world-wide cycling journey for the last two years, a question that I have often come across is ‘Why have I chosen bicycle for my tour?’ And my simple answer is that,it is the most eco-friendly means of transportation.We don’t burn fuel but fat! Cycling has a number of health benefits. It fits everywhere and anywhere. […]

Flood fund crisis

Flood fund crisis

Plenty of questions and allegations are surfacing regarding distribution of government relief funds for the flood affected people of Bangladesh. New Age Xtra readers shared their opinions on how this problem can be addressed Gazi Anis Bangladesh is self-sufficient in food. So we should be able to deal with food problems of flood victims. But the problem is that while […]

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 […]