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  • Land, Dreams Erode

    As the floodwaters recede, sighs of relief are quickly turning into cries of anguish. Areas around the country affected by river erosion are

  • Monsoon Market

    The 100-year-old Kaikkar Tek Haat in Sonargaon upazila of Narayanganj sits in the early morning of Sundays during the rainy season.

  • Still Pressing Pewter

    With the advent of cheaper alternatives to make domestic utensils, the use of the heavier pewter has dwindled in Bangladesh. Beating the odds, some seven to eight families of Kasharipara in Uttar Dariabad of Jamalpur's Islampur continue to make such items out of this tin (25 percent) and copper (75 percent) alloy, and hold on to this centuries-old heritage, the adherents of which were once deemed aristocratic.

  • Flair, Flavour of Traditional Fair

    A month-long traditional fair begins every Baishakh in Durmut of Jamalpur centring the Urs (religious congregation) of a sufi saint, Hazrat Shah Kamal Yemeni. People of all ages, gender and religion throng the fair throughout the day and night from home and abroad. They soak up the colour and atmosphere of the fair, have snacks, watch the shows on offer and buy items on sale.

  • Tales of Tapestry

    Like adding beautiful melody to a lyrical muse, embroidery is what brings your clothes to life. Come Eid, embroiderers get busy ornamenting otherwise dull pieces of fabric, embellishing them with flamboyance and flair. New Market has become a hub for such artisans who intricately combine their threads and needles to create stunning and varied motifs. Batik, puti, block prints and many other techniques are applied. In their hands, each fabric transforms into a work of art. The finished garments are then transferred to shops in New Market and there is never a shortage of buyers!

  • A Celebration of Trees

    The enchanting Buddha's hand, a Tk 300,000 cactus, fragrances of a hundred fruits and a feast of flowers are the highlights of this year's

  • A Shower of Flowers

    IVINE brushstrokes in the breeze produce a vibrant picture. Against the backdrop of drab grey concrete, explosions of colours dot the

  • Stunning Stunts

    Doing motorcycle stunts is becoming a craze among a certain group of young men. Daredevil bikers perform breath-taking stunts like wheelies and stoppies on usually deserted streets. They claim they try to ensure all cautionary measures, safety for themselves and others around. The photos were taken in 300-feet area near Purbachal. These bikers belong to a club called Haunt Ryderz.

  • Killing The Karnaphuli

    The Karnaphuli river is dying. Over the years the rampant occupation of its shores and mindless pollution have left the river by the port

  • Still, They Thrive…

    The city, Dhaka, is mostly a concrete jungle where nature has a very little part to play. Its greens have vanished or are left to neglect.

  • Lal Kach Festival

    As the month of Chaitra, the last in the Bangla year, draws to an end, the Hindu community comes together in a festival dedicated to

  • The Army That Makes Dry Fish

    They make and mend their nets and then head out to the sea in their boats to fish. They are gone for as long as 15 days.

  • Encouraging a Comeback

    From shoes to handbags and accessories, from carpets to bed sheets and wind chimes, everything made of jute were on display at a fair in the Krishibid Institute of Bangladesh earlier this month to mark the National Jute Day on March 6. To mark the occasion, even adjacent areas of the Institute were decorated with jute and jute-made products. The government is trying to increase the popularity of jute-made products. “The golden days of jute will make a comeback,” Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had said at a programme of the fair.

  • It's time to celebrate

    Shaheed Suhrawardy National Indoor Stadium reverberated with loud cheers and jubilation for the nation-builders of tomorrow as The

  • Empty Field … Why Not Race?

    Right after all the paddy has been harvested and farmers have taken home their produce, villagers in Bahadurpur of Jessore organise

  • Colourful Yarn People Long For

    From the thread you use to attach the button of your shirt that has gone missing to the threads garment factories use for sewing your

  • From Earth to Art

    Creations of 20 artisans of two villages near Paharpur Buddhist Bihar are being showcased in the Terracotta Fair and Exhibition 2017 at the National Museum. With the help of Unesco, the National Crafts Council of Bangladesh held several workshops with the artisans over the last nine months. The fair began on February 10 and would end tomorrow. The Unesco and the National Crafts Council of Bangladesh hope that their year-long project and the exercise and promotional activities would help expand the market for the artisan community.

  • Trade Saving Environment

    A lot of discarded plastic of different colours and transparency are collected from the garbage and sorted. The plastic are cleaned and grinded. They are then melted and made into a sort of grain and then molded into fine Tupperware, bathroom buckets and mugs. This market-driven trade goes on in Dhaka almost silently. Many modern cities across the world however have to spend a lot of money to have this recycling done so that the non-biodegradable plastic does not pollute the environment.

  • Joy in Juice

    In many parts of rural Bangladesh, it's quite common to see earthen pots hanging from date trees in winter. Overnight, the pitchers get

  • The Trade Fair Rush

    Hundreds of people gathered at the month-long Dhaka International Trade Fair, better known as DITF, at the city's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar. The showcase is scheduled to an end on January 31. Usually, the rush increases on weekends. Sellers from home and abroad bring their goods and sell them at reasonably cheap prices. Offers like buy one and get 10 free are not that unusual there. In the pictures, customers are seen buying kitchen items, and garlands made from beads and stones. The sale of fabrics has also been high this year. Of the 580 stalls and pavilions at the fair, 48 have been allocated to companies from 20 foreign nations.

  • Bees Boosting Earnings

    Farmers in Satgaon of Munshiganj, less than 20km from the capital, harvest honey from beehives they had set up at a mustard field. Mustard cultivation and bee farming go hand in hand as the bees help pollination of the flowers boosting mustard production and the pure honey is a much sought after item. The farmers of Satgaon sell this honey in markets for Tk 400 a kg. Honey from mustard fields is different from other types of honey. It becomes pulpy when left in a jar for a while.

  • Vegetables For Nutrition Security

    With the slogan “If you want to be healthy, have more vegetables”, the three-day National Vegetables Fair 2017 began yesterday at the

  • A tradition still going strong

    In the rolling hills of Sylhet region tea is grown in large estates. About 90 percent of the 166 tea estates of Bangladesh are in this region.

  • Autumn Brings Grain Grin

    Late autumn in Bangladesh is a season of gaiety and prosperity, ushering in a new hope for the farming community as they reap one of

  • The Joy That The Baby Jesus Brings

    At churches in Dhaka and across the country Christmas carols, prayers, and special Masses marked the biggest festival of the

  • Trump Victory Through The Eyes of Cartoonists


  • What Goes on Beneath

    Traffic flows smoothly over the Mayor Hanif Flyover in the capital but beneath it is horrendous chaos, mismanagement and filth,

  • The Many Sides Of Durga Celebration

    There was an air of festivity in the capital as the Hindus celebrated their biggest religious festival, the Durga Puja, this month. Decorated mandaps, sounds of dhak and ghanta, strong sweet smell of incense, solemn prayers and cheerful celebrations marked the annual worship of The Great Divine Mother. Prasad, a sweet offering, was distributed among the devotees at the mandaps. The third day of the celebration saw Kumari Puja, in which devotees worship a pre-pubescent girl as a manifestation of the divine female energy. A large number of visitors thronged a temporary mandap in Kalabagan. The idols of goddess were taken to Sadarghat and Wais Ghat on the Buriganga river on Bijoya Dashami to immerse those in water. The photos were taken from Dhanmondi, Kalabagan and Dhakeswari temples.

  • Hazaribagh Filthier

    No, the pollution in Hazaribagh has not even slowed down. It has become worse. Even though the government has constructed a central effluent treatment plant at the new tannery industrial zone in Savar, only a few tanners have completed the work of their factory buildings there. The apex court has fixed Tk 10,000 a day as fine for each tanner's delay to move out of Hazaribagh and yet it seems the tanners would not move to Savar anytime soon. Tanners bought and stored raw hides at their Hazaribagh factories during the Eid-ul-Azha. Visiting the industrial area on Wednesday, it was seen that the entire Hazaribagh area was processing raw hides in full swing. And the situation in Hazaribagh remains as filthy as before.

  • Hoping High with Golden Fibre

    Jute growers across the country are upbeat about the good yield and price of the natural fibre this year. They said increased