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  • 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

    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

  • Rawhide Trade

    EID-UL-AZHA is a time when young men of neighbourhoods venture into the trade of rawhide. They buy the hide from thousands of

  • Choices Aplenty

    With the Eid-ul-Azha only four days away, the sale of sacrificial animals is set to soar in the capital. Traders have put cattle, goats,

  • A Dying Craft

    Abdul Kader is weaving lungis at his home in Ruhitpur of Dhaka's Keraniganj. The famous Ruhitpuri Lungi was produced in about 5,000

  • 'Let's Plant Trees'

    Some of the trees and plants have fruits everyone can identify, some trees have fruits rarely seen and some have no fruits at all.

  • Flood Takes Toll on Life

    Flood in the country's north, northeast and central regions has caused massive damage to crops, houses, roads and dykes. Many

  • Panam, Symbol Decaying Heritage

    Even though the government declared Panam Nagar in Sonargaon of Narayanganj an archaeologically protected site over a decade ago, it is yet to take any initiative for the conservation of the century-old heritage. Experts and archaeologists say if the government does not take a quick step to preserve the Panam Nagar, known as the lost city, it will be ruined and lost forever. The battered state of the heritage also baffles tourists.

  • Roads Now Woe to Commuters

    Crossing these streets surrounding the Moghbazar-Malibagh flyover under construction is a nightmare for many city dwellers. Construction debris is left on them, leaving little room for traffic movement. Also, large potholes have appeared on the battered streets which get filled with dirty water whenever it rains, leading to public disgust. A month ago, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader had directed the authorities concerned to repair them immediately. Even though some of the streets were temporality repaired, these streets still remain in a shabby state. The photos were taken in front of Malibagh Super Market, West Malibagh, Malibagh Intersection, Siddeswari, Chamelibagh and Shantinagar areas in the capital.

  • Gulshan Under Siege

    Dhaka is shocked to the core as seven to eight men, aged between 20 years and 28, storm a building on Gulshan Road-79 housing “O Kitchen” and “Holey Artisan Bakery”, eateries popular with foreigners living in the capital. The gunmen take dozens of customers and staff hostage last night, and when police try to approach to negotiate, they hurl bombs and spray bullets killing two officials. Law enforcers cordon off the entire area and a standoff begins while family members of the fallen try to come to terms with the unimaginable. While law enforcers try to establish contact with the hostage takers, SITE reports that IS has claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Biggest Shopping Bonanza of The Year

    You don't only shop for yourself. You shop for your spouse, children, parents and relatives and friends you hold dear. Eid has become a time when we give gifts to our loved ones and that's why this month has become so big. From the tiniest of nose pins to elaborate Katan saris that have six figure price tags, from cufflinks to Rajshahi silk Punjabis, everything is bought and sold during Ramadan. The shopping arcades are crowded beyond belief. Everyone is in a hurry to get their shopping done before shops run out of the Eid collection and their sizes. And those who celebrate Eid outside Dhaka have more urgency. They have to get all shopping done before they head out for Eid holidays. The photos were taken from malls across the capital.

  • Fest of Fruits

    Summer is the season people complaint about the heat and humidity and the rainy season for being too wet. But these two seasons have a special attraction that nobody can deny. They are the seasons of juicy and mouth-watering fruits. This is the second week of the rainy season, which comes right after summer in the Bangla calendar. The market is flooded with popular fruits like mangoes, jackfruits, litchis, and pineapples. The fruits are also added to iftar as delicacies. The fruit season thankfully coincided with the month of Ramadan.

  • Chawkbazar Charm

    Hawkbazar has age-old tradition of being the capital's most popular iftar bazaar. Hours before the iftar time, makeshift food stalls open at this Old Dhaka spot with scores of iftar delicacies. Items that attract most include five-foot shik kebab and giant shahi jilapi. Another attraction is the grand “boro baper polay khay,” a chicken item mixed with puffed rice, fried chickpea, parched rice (chira), etc. The festivity and the food items make it a must-visit place at least once every Ramadan. This is also one of the oldest business hubs in the city.

  • Boro Bounty

    The months of April-May herald the Boro harvesting season in the rural Bangladesh. Rice being the mainstay of the country's agrarian economy is the main cereal crop farmers grow in bounty. Thanks to a favorable weather and better crop management and inputs under their disposal growers are joyous to reap a bumper Boro this year. If these pictures, captured in the countryside, are something to go by - farming families are all passing busy days harvesting, thrashing, packing and marketing the freshly reaped paddies. In the hindsight, current market prices of rice are rather bearish that acts as disincentive to the growers of the investment-intensive irrigated-rice. Many pin high hope on government going into rice market with better price offer this year. However, delay in launching of public grain procurement dampens the prospect of farmers getting premium price.

  • A 100-year-old Wrestling Contest

    WELL-OFF businessman Abdul Jabbar Sawdagor of Badarpati area in Chittagong organised the first Boli Khela in 1909 to encourage youths to join the anti-British movement and help them improve their physical strength. From then on this wrestling competition has been known as Jabbar-er Boli Khela to the people of the region. The competition has become a festival, and a three-day Baishakhi Fair is also held around it. This year the 107th Boli Khela was on the 12th of Baishakh and wrestlers from various areas of the country took part. People look forward to the fair at the Lal Dighi ground since special treats to home decoration objects are available there.

  • In Colour, in Music

    Braving the sweltering heat, city dwellers thronged Shahbagh, Dhaka University and Ramna Park areas on Pahela Baishakh to welcome the new Bangla year. Clad mostly in red and white, thousands of people started gathering at Ramna Batamul as the dawn broke for the Chhayanaut programme. Then it was the Mangal Shobhajatra in front of the Fine Arts Faculty near Shahbagh. There were programmes in the area celebrating the new year all day. There was something for every one.

  • MURDER SPARKS OUTRAGE

    The murder of Shohagi Jahan Tonu, 19, a second year student of history at Comilla Victoria College on March 20, triggered a nationwide protest. People especially the young have been enraged by what they say negligence in arresting anyone in connection with the murder of Tonu, whose body was found only a few hundred yards away from her cantonment home. Protesters have taken to the streets, blocked Shahbagh intersection, wore black badges, formed a human chain, and held a long march to Comilla demanding justice for the killing of the teenager.

  • Flower Fiesta

    It was a burst of colours and fragrance at the Krishibid Institution in the capital. Roses, marigolds, lilies, gerbera, daisies, tuberoses and gladiolus were all competing each other at the two-day Flower Fest 2016 held there, winning the hearts of the visitors with their unmatched natural beauty. Not a single shade of red, yellow, green, pink, orange was missing and the flowers came in a whole range of shapes, which soothed not only the eyes but tickled senses with sweet and earthly scent. Organised by Bangladesh Flower Society, the festival celebrated both local and foreign flowers, arranged in beautiful banquets. Even the venue was adorned with yellow-orange marigold strings, creating a fairy-tale ambience.

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