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Science is out

Science is out

The number of students pursuing science is decreasing at an alarming rate

Declaring war against the Sundarbans?

Declaring war against the Sundarbans?

The GoB has given its go-ahead to 320 polluting industrial projects adjacent to the Sundarbans.

  • Priyabhashini's orchestrations of carbon

    'Megher Shongi', sculptor Ferdousi Priyabhashini's 13th Solo Exhibition

  • Sazeda's story of breaking chains

    Sazeda visits every home in the village regularly and educates parents and other family members about the harmful effects of child marriage and the importance of educating female children.

  • A lazy man's guide to walking in Dhaka city

    Experts say walking is the first step to fitness. Get it?

  • History's first student movement

    The first student protest in recorded history took place in China more than 2000 years ago in 160 BC.


    “Do not be angry with the rain; it simply does not know how to fall upwards.”

  • Not your regular 9-to-5 job

    With greater independence in work and better pay, many Bangladeshi workers are turning to freelancing in the online marketplace.

  • When a teacher's finger exposes our hunger for power

    On July 29, 2017, there was a protest event organised by some student organisations at the University of Dhaka. They argued that a senate meeting was being held without student representatives.

  • (Un)passing thru' Jahangirnagar with 'radiant, cool eyes'

    56 students were charged with attempted murder and sedition for speaking up against the police brutality that left three students of the 'Protibader Naam Jahangirnagar' road safety movement severely wounded by gunshot and countless others injured.

  • How safe are our schools?

    A recent inspection report by Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence (BFSCD) classified more than 89 percent of 933 education institutions 'Risky' and nine percent 'Very Risky'.

  • Are you ready to question the news?

    The increasing dependence on user-generated content means fact-checking has become all the more important.

  • Have we lost something?

    22nd National Art Exhibition under scrutiny

  • Sorry, a gentle soul

    All we did was give him a shelter. But what Sorry probably valued most was the love he got from so many in the Asiatic family and from Joynal, his caretaker.

  • Recognising the voices

    Even though the first voice-over was given in the 1900s, it took a while for it to be recognised as a skill.

  • In search of Heidi, eating my way through bits of Bhutan

    The Proustian punch of eating food that stirs a nerve is something I have always been on a quest for.

  • Saved by the plastic. Really?

    In this damp hell, our only refuge is in carrying plastic bags.

  • 'I only feel good when I'm playing the guitar'

    There is nothing dark in Zeheen's room. Nothing that reflects the heavy weight of grief that engulfs those he has left behind.


    With cities, it is as with dreams: everything imaginable can be dreamed, but even the most unexpected dream is a rebus that conceals a desire or, its reverse, a fear.

  • Humans for sale

    Human trafficking in Bangladesh has taken a turn for the worse

  • Are the students collateral damage?

    We are accustomed to students protesting to postpone their exam dates. This time, however, students of seven government colleges took to the streets demanding the announcement of exam dates and timely publishing of their results.

  • What is really killing the children of Tripura Para?

    Forgotten by healthcare workers for seven years, 10 children in Sitakunda died from a disease that takes a single shot to prevent.

  • Peoples' master plan for a livable future

    The National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports is proposing the “Peoples' Master Plan for Power and Energy (2017-2041)” as an alternative to the government's master plan.

  • Jane Austen's words, in numbers

    Jane Austen is seeing something of a revival, if that can be said of an eternally popular writer, this year.

  • ­­­­­Somewhere I belong

    I happened to discover Linkin Park at a time when I struggled with severe depression, yet had no friends or resources that could help.

  • A light dimmed, a friend buried

    Today we break the mould of satire and really talk because it seems we need to.

  • Translating Donald speak

    Translating Donald Trump is, well, an awkward process. After all, the president of the free world has about as much respect for basic grammar, word choice and sentence structure as he does for immigrants, women and the environment.

  • Lost at the Prague Castle

    Many say that travelling makes you free, educates you, creates a bigger network that one can benefit from and of course, learn about a foreign culture. I would agree with all that, and add, however, that it also makes you think.

  • Bed-rest in the time of chikungunya

    On the last day of Creation, God decided it would be a great idea to make a vile introduction into the thoroughly unprepared world of men, a bug so unfathomably useless in the ecosystem of life that its only role would be to spread chaos or, at best, mild irritation.


    “Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous - to poetry. But also, it gives birth to the opposite: to the perverse, the illicit, the absurd.”

  • What about justice for the unheard?

    It is a long and difficult struggle for persons with intellectual, hearing and speech disabilities

  • The never ending cycle

    From January 2012 to June 2017, a total of 388 incidents of violence against domestic workers have taken place, and, of them, only 161 cases have been filed.