Bishakha Devnath

April 27, 2019
April 27, 2019

From streets of Dhaka to London

Running between ministries, passport office and court is over. Fifteen-year-old Jesmin Akter and seven other children are now excitedly ready -- with all their documents -- to fly to the UK tomorrow to play cricket.

April 25, 2019
April 25, 2019

Beggars’ Rehabilitation: Govt failure writ large

Feroz, 13, leaves Habib from time to time in his makeshift wheelchair outside the High Court Mazar gate and disappears into the distance. The young boy was hired seven days ago to wheel around Habib -- who earns his living by begging.

April 10, 2019
April 10, 2019

Street kids continue to be exploited

Rabeya boarded a launch for the first time when she was eight. As she arrived in Dhaka from Barishal, her grandmother abandoned her. Thus began Rabeya's life as a victim of sex exploitation.

March 11, 2019
March 11, 2019

Care services need to be recognised, valued: ILO survey

Globally, 45 percent women are employed, far less than their male counterparts -- 71 percent. This gender gap can be reduced by

March 8, 2019
March 8, 2019

Linking women to empower women

Dulali Khatun loves to introduce herself as one of the “Kallyanis” -- someone who tries to improve people's lives by offering goods, services and access to digital information.

March 5, 2019
March 5, 2019

Suspended in name, ‘blacklisted’ for life

Arif Hossain* has been worried about his future since his name and photo was put on a list of “suspended” workers outside his garment factory in Ashulia in the middle of January.

February 21, 2019
February 21, 2019

Battling to keep mother tongue alive

About a decade ago, Bivuti Chakma and his companion Jyoti Chakma pondered on how to penetrate the digital world with their native language. Far away from them, Manik Soren, from the Santal community, embarked upon doing the same.

February 15, 2019
February 15, 2019

Int'l Childhood Cancer Day Today: Love will keep us alive

Seven-year-old Rohan complains of being confined to a bed all day long. At the assurances of his caregivers that he will recover soon enough, Rohan's youthful, wide eyes dart between their faces and the tubes protruding from his arms and leading to a saline drip, placed next to his bed.

February 10, 2019
February 10, 2019

Reporting of adverse drug reaction crucial

A 15-year-old boy died in 2005 following intake of Levofloxacin that is prescribed to treat bacterial infections. He had suffered severe forms of adverse drug reaction, but it was too late by the time it was diagnosed.

February 2, 2019
February 2, 2019

Murder, not suicide

Depending entirely on the autopsy report, detectives had been claiming that Nilufa Akhter died by suicide in February 2016. The focus of Nilufa's case had shifted to suicide from murder after police got the forensic results.