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SONADIA

Published Date: April 11, 2014
SONADIA

    Cox's Bazar sludge flowing into the sea smelt terrible. Our speedboat revved and took a sharp turn through the black sewage. It flashed past the wooden fishing trawlers moored haphazardly. The fishermen were lazing on the deck after the night's catch. They looked at us uninterestedly. In two minute's time, the channel water turned green....

Green initiatives near you
HAVE YOU NOTICED?

Published Date: March 28, 2014
SMALL UNITS, DOING BIG

SMALL UNITS, DOING BIG

Go green! Save energy! These are the advices you get free every day. You hear a lot about green energy, recycling and protecting this and that. From government officials to NGO workers, activists, donors and film stars, from the media to multinational companies and world leaders -- all look worried about environment these days....

MADE IN HAZARIBAGH

Published Date: March 28, 2014
A cheaper way

A cheaper way

Most of us do not have the means to shop for Gucci, Christian Louboutin, Louis Vuitton or any other difficult to pronounce and ludicrously expensive brands. We don't have closet full of shoes to choose from before heading out to work every morning. A couple of pairs, may be three and that's it. So...

Published Date: March 14, 2014
Into Thin Air

Into Thin Air

Never Malaysia Airlines? Never a Boeing 777? Are these things going through your mind while you read or watch TV news on flight MH370 going missing somewhere around Malaysia last Saturday? And, could you be blamed for thinking like that? Well ... its not like planes haven't mysteriously gone missing before. Take China Airlines Flight 611...

Published Date: March 14, 2014
Mh370 Roundup

Mh370 Roundup

North Koreans hijacked it An act of Uighur separatists from Xinjiang The plane was used for an undercover, authority-perpetrated bombing Terrorists, any kind Pilot Suicide The Iranian connection New Bermuda triangle in Vietnam waters Aliens Cell phones are still on, no one is answering MH370 Never Existed

Aviation Conspiracy Theories

Published Date: March 14, 2014
They want to believe!

They want to believe!

 The Wright brothers Some believe the Wright brothers did not in fact build the world's first successful aeroplane. German-born Gustav Whitehead should get the credit, they say, as evidence suggests he took to the sky two years earlier. They add that US institutions will not accept Whitehead's role in the birth of aviation because...

Remembering Altaf Mahmud

Published Date: February 28, 2014
The power of a song, the life of a maestro

The power of a song, the life of a maestro

The month of February is marked with the heroic tales of patriots laying down lives for our mother tongue in 1952. The month also has everyone singing the immortal song Amaar bhaiyer rokte rangano ekushey February, aami ki bhulite paari, written by Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury and composed by Altaf Mahmud. Altaf Mahmud, a born...

Published Date: February 28, 2014
Ekusher Gaan

Ekusher Gaan

My Brothers Blood Spattered 21 February Can I forget the twenty-first of February incarnadined by the love of my brother? The twenty-first of February, built by the tears of a hundred mothers robbed of their sons, Can I ever forget it? Wake up all serpents, wake up all summer thunder-storms, let the whole world rise up in anger and protest against the...

Blood for Bangla

Published Date: February 14, 2014
The valley of sacrifice

The valley of sacrifice

    As we prepare to commemorate the sacrifices of some brave young Bangalees in that defining year of 1952, we cannot but bear in mind some other realities. Bangalees also in other regions -- India's Barak valley and Manbhum -- have lost their lives protesting assaults on their language. How many of us are...

Published Date: February 14, 2014
The rise of Purulia

The rise of Purulia

Bangla bhasha praner bhashare/Marbi tora ke tare/Ei bhashatei kaj cholecche/ Saat purusher amole/ Ei bhasahatei mayer kole/ Mukh futecche ma bole … (My Bangla, O the language of my soul// Who dares to wipe you out// It's this language// that worked for us for seven generations// And we gone to sleep in our...