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Buried in the rubble

Buried in the rubble

Two years ago on this day, the nine storied building that housed five garment factories crumbled to rubble as it collapsed suddenly with thousands of people trapped inside, most of whom were garment workers who migrated to the capital from rural areas with the dreams of a better life…

April 24, 2015 · 0 comments · New Age Xtra
Nurturing a monster

Nurturing a monster

Like every other year, Pahela Baishakh on April 14 was supposed to bring together the entire country in its’ largest celebration as a community with hopes for a brighter future…

April 24, 2015 · 0 comments · New Age Xtra
Rise of the Tigers

Rise of the Tigers

Cricket is not just a just a mere sport, its poetry in motion. It’s elegant, dynamic, stylish and always full of twists and turns that will leave the spectators bewildered and at other times, thoroughly exhilarated…

April 24, 2015 · 0 comments · New Age Xtra
Pahela Baishakh in the hills

Pahela Baishakh in the hills

To celebrate Pahela Baishakh, the first day of the Bengali new year, the ethnic communities in Bangladesh arranged various programmes this year…

April 24, 2015 · 0 comments · New Age Xtra
Hurdles for city fathers

Hurdles for city fathers

As the anticipated date of April 28, when the three city corporation polls in the Dhaka South, North and the Chittagong city will be held, draws close, candidates vying for the mayoral and counsellor positions are fervently campaigning to reach out to most voters to become citizen representatives to lead the city authorities…

April 17, 2015 · 0 comments · New Age Xtra
A smaller Sundarban

A smaller Sundarban

It takes two and half-hours to reach Kachchapiya by local three-wheelers from Betua ghat area of the Charfession Upazila and then a two-hour boat journey to reach the Char Kukri Mukri, the southern-most and isolated settlement of Bhola district…

April 17, 2015 · 0 comments · New Age Xtra
The meat we eat

The meat we eat

It was like any other summer dawn of the summer, with much of the city still asleep at 5:45am. But even at that hour when the sun had just risen, 10 cows were brought for slaughter at the Mohammadpur Krishi Market slaughter house…

April 17, 2015 · 0 comments · New Age Xtra
Barbed wires of death

Barbed wires of death

Like every other day, on February 2 of this year, Nazrul Islam, a farmer of Chapra village of Birampur upazila in Dinajpur, was working at his paddy field with others near the barbed-wire fence between Bangladesh and India…

April 17, 2015 · 0 comments · New Age Xtra
Automated fire hydrant

Automated fire hydrant

The automated fire extinguisher, about one and half feet wide and two feet high, can douse fire within three seconds. The machine has been built in a way that it will start spraying water automatically as soon as the building it is in catches fire…

April 17, 2015 · 0 comments · New Age Xtra
Endangered

Endangered

On November 8, 2013, Huffington Post published a report that Thai custom officials arrested a man for having four suitcases filled with protected black pond turtles at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok…

April 10, 2015 · 0 comments · New Age Xtra
Colours of pollution

Colours of pollution

Bangladesh is a home of natural beauty with its numerous rivers. But pollution of these rivers is threatening human life and biodiversity related to these rivers…

April 10, 2015 · 0 comments · New Age Xtra
Lone avenger

Lone avenger

An ardent supporter of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, AB Siddique has waged a crusade against anyone insulting her family. Since 2011, Siddique has filed 11 cases against politicians including the former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia…

April 10, 2015 · 0 comments · New Age Xtra
All the president’s women

All the president’s women

Apocryphal or not, a story on JFK’s (John F Kennedy) insatiable sexual appetite has survived over the ages and it goes like this: when Kennedy met Nikita Krushchev, the Soviet premier, at a social event after a day of protracted…

April 10, 2015 · 0 comments · New Age Xtra
The dancing cherry blossoms

The dancing cherry blossoms

Winter in Washington DC has finally retreated; a much anticipated spring has arrived in the nation’s capital with grandeur. With warm days and blue skies, Washington is at the onslaught of spring euphoria…

April 10, 2015 · 0 comments · New Age Xtra
No child left behind

No child left behind

As a society, we often preach about equality and tolerance, but the truth is that we are often too quick to condemn and marginalise those who are a bit different or we remain apathetic and often ignorant to their plight…

April 3, 2015 · 0 comments · New Age Xtra
Public concern about city corporation polls

Public concern about city corporation polls

I am doubtful whether the city elections will actually occur, although apparently all the major political parties have given their nomination papers to their prospective leaders…

April 3, 2015 · 0 comments · New Age Xtra
With sleepless eyes and heavy uniforms

With sleepless eyes and heavy uniforms

While the indefinite countrywide blockade since January 6 and strikes during weekdays since February 1 has affected the economy and the livelihood of most people in Bangladesh, the affected population being overlooked is the law-enforcing personnel, during these three months…

April 3, 2015 · 0 comments · New Age Xtra
A museum of vegetation

A museum of vegetation

‘Dhanesh thukri’, the reddish brown and globular, native fruit is one of the rare plant types preserved at the Bangladesh National Herbarium. Scientists at the herbarium collected the fruit from Adampur forest of Kamalganj in Moulavi Bazar in 2012. Its botanical name is Hodgsonia macrocarpa of Cucurbitaceae family…

April 3, 2015 · 0 comments · New Age Xtra
The Tao of coding

The Tao of coding

I grew up in Dhaka, a city of at least 17 million people, increasing by 500,000 every year. This is a country of one hundred and sixty million, in an area the size of New York State, that will lose at least 11 per cent of its landmass this century due to the already palpable effects of climate change…

April 3, 2015 · 0 comments · New Age Xtra
Revolving doors of rehabilitation

Revolving doors of rehabilitation

Rajib’s (25) daily routine has been the same for the last five years or so. He wakes up around 2:00 PM, has his lunch, calls up his dealer who delivers Yaba pills straight to his house and smokes, first alone and then with friends…

March 20, 2015 · 0 comments · New Age Xtra

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