Jinat Jahan Khan

Inclusive education is all about understanding different learners

Understanding of the benefits of diversity is growing.

Entrepreneurial challenges in the Bangladeshi gig business model

Fairwork and DataSense has published the annual Fairwork Bangladesh Ratings Report to understand the working conditions of platform-based gig workers in Bangladesh.

Quality education towards ensuring equality and inclusion

In 2015, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

How teaching IELTS can be trickier than teaching General English

The webinar was led by Wendy Naylor, Consultant at The British Council, where she had an interactive discussion with the online audience regarding IELTS and General English.

How exam-centred teaching hampers creativity in classrooms

The Daily Star with the collaboration of the British Council has returned with its LIVE webinar series on 29 August 2022. A session titled 'How can we increase creativity in the classroom?' was aired live, which was hosted by Wendy Naylor, Consultant, The British Council. In this event, respected education practitioners discussed and shared ideas on how to boost creativity in classrooms. Creativity in education is often a subject of debate, as schools can develop a culture of routine and conformity. Often, training students to simply pass exams may discourage and inhibit originality, which is why the government is currently reviewing assessments in schools.

QR codes are essential, but some may hurt you

With more dependency on the internet, the cases of online scams are always on the rise. Among different innovative ways to scam people, tricking users through QR codes is a very common scenario. Since the early 2000s, QR codes have been in use, and these are still alive and well. Smartphone cameras can even scan them directly. The continued usefulness of QR codes is due in large part to changes to different marketing channels and new applications for their usage. Popular among modern tech users, QR codes have become essential in transferring large amounts of data by providing an easy and quick way to promote website URLs. However, it bodes to be careful when using QR codes.

Small businesses are easy targets for cyberattacks: Report

For the last 15 years, these reports have been providing real-world views on data breaches, cyber crimes, and data-driven analysis.

How to verify online content and deal with misinformation

Misleading news propagated through social media and the web can influence public actions and opinions adversely. Here are some ways you can verify information before jumping into a bogus narrative.

A guide to gifting the best gadgets to young mothers

Our mothers are our greatest treasures. While there can be a variety of gifts for mothers, for a change of pace, you can opt to give useful tech gifts to your techie and modern mom. Here are our recommendations for 6 gadgets that can be great tech gifts

Here are the gadgets to gift your mother this Mother’s Day

This Mother's Day, instead of the usuals, you can opt to give useful tech gifts to your techie and modern mom.

7 daycare centres in Dhaka for working parents

Every morning the hustle of going to work and thinking of their little munchkins all day long often urges working parents to find a suitable daycare nearby. Here is a list of some of the daycare centres in Dhaka that you may be interested in checking out, depending on your location.

A Bangladeshi youth on a mission to provide low-cost robotic hand

When an arm is lost or amputated, an artificial hand can help in the rehabilitation of a person. However, such robotic hands come with a huge expenditure.

Wanna read Bangla eBooks online? Check out these eBook reader apps

In the digital age, eBook reader apps have partially, or in some cases, fully replaced conventional printed books.

Speaking English is all about intelligibility, not the accent

Learning any language can add a feather to one’s cap. To be globally accepted, learning English has its own significance for personal and professional development.

Six essential apps to streamline work processes for professionals

Trello is a project management and collaboration tool that makes team collaboration and organising office work easier.

Quality enhancement in higher education needs to be ensured to create better opportunities

Higher education globally has been going through dramatic changes in the last decade and that is no different in Bangladesh.

‘Nikhoj’: An app to help you find missing children

However, ‘Nikhoj’ is here to help. This app connects the police, NGOs and volunteers in one platform so anyone can help missing children in need. ‘Nikhoj’ aims to ensure that no child stays separated from their parents due to a lack of reliable information or access to proper authorities.

EMK Center unveils new AR-VR lab

The EMK Center has set up an augmented reality and virtual reality (AR-VR) laboratory with an aim to provide hi-tech features to Bangladeshi youths and help them develop innovative products and services.

Meet ‘Bachao’, an app to prevent sexual violence against women

The incidents of rape and sexual violence against women in Bangladesh are on the rise over the years. This number has bizarrely increased during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Digital inclusion can help people with Autism do better in workplaces, says experts

People with autism spectrum disorder are not given enough opportunities to have regular and paid jobs due to their developmental condition. However, they are often more focused and have a better long-term memory than most normal people. 

Polka: an eco-friendly alternative to traditional plastic bags

The uses of plastics cannot be curtailed completely, but eco-friendly plastics may step in to reduce environmental pollution as well as to fulfil consumers’ different purposes.

Worried your smartphone might get hacked? Here’s how to prevent

While there is no foolproof way to identify and protect against smartphone hacking, here are some easy-to-follow steps to check primarily if your smartphone has been breached and some ways to protect it from such an attack.

BUET team becomes ‘Champion of the Asia West’ in the ACM ICPC Moscow World Final 2021

‘BUET HellBent’, a team from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), has earned the title of the ‘Champion of the Asia West’ in the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) Moscow World Final 2021.

63% ASEAN citizens fear post pandemic financial crisis: World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum has released its latest youth survey, "ASEAN Digital Generation: Pathway to ASEAN’s Inclusive Digital Transformation and Recovery" - during a virtual briefing session on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. 

BUET beats IIT to become Asia West champion in Moscow programming contest

'BUET HellBent', a team from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), has earned the title of the ‘Champion of the Asia West' in the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) Moscow World Final 2021. Globally, it has also secured the 28th position out of 117 teams participating from over 100 countries in this prestigious yearly multi-tiered programming competition.  

“Supervising internet usage by kids is necessary”- panellists at the launching of Audra HomeShield

Audra Bangladesh launched 'Audra HomeShield', Bangladesh's first-ever internet security and parental control solution, through a ceremony yesterday.

Travelling during the Covid-19 pandemic: What you should do

The Covid-19 is still looming large, but travel restrictions are gradually easing up all over the world. For business, academic, or even entertainment purposes, many people are already planning different trips at home or abroad. Here are some travel tips to follow if you don’t want to bring any unwanted souvenirs to your home.

6 travel gadgets to get you set for any trip

With new technology and innovation, there are unlimited options of travel gadgets to try. These gadgets can make your vacations easier, more organised, and enjoyable.

Indigenous Exclusive: an online news platform for the world, by indigenous youths

Bangladesh is home to a great number of indigenous communities that hold a rich diversity of living heritage and culture. But unfortunately, we have very few sources to know about their distinct cultures, languages, daily phenomenon, or even their struggles.

Dealing with ever-growing cyber-harassment against women

While the spread of the internet targets to carve out a path towards an equal and inclusive world, women disproportionately face violence and harassment in this cyberspace. Such harassment impedes their freedom and basic human rights. However, this issue is overlooked in most cases.

5 contemporary Bengali web series you should consider watching

Lately, Bengali OTT platforms have created much buzz over Bengali web content in contrast to traditional TV shows, especially among millennials and gen-z viewers. Here is a list of 5 contemporary Bengali web series featuring intriguing storylines you may consider putting on your watchlist.

Online platforms to buy sacrificial animals for Eid-ul-Azha

Every year the cattle market gets the spotlight during Eid-ul-Azha, the holy festival of sacrifice. However, the situation for such a market is quite different due to the Covid-19 pandemic since last year, as conventional makeshift markets for selling animals for Qurbani can be hazardous for people.

Online market largely untapped: experts

Bangladesh currently has one of the largest untapped online markets as the country expects 80 million more smartphone users by 2030.

Mental health issues among university students: What makes it worse amid this pandemic?

The unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted people's quality of life and deteriorated their mental health. And this situation has been a period of upheaval for young people and university students who are known to be vulnerable in the case of developing mental disorders. We have talked to some teachers and students to know about their perspective on the deteriorating mental health conditions of students at the university level.

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C):

The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly affected people of all age groups, even children in some cases who are thought to be less likely to get affected.

Data Analytics: What it is and why it matters

To drive productivity, efficiency and revenue growth in any sector, data analytics plays a significant role by extracting insights from data. Using modern technology in different businesses and corporations has generated huge amounts of valuable information,

Rethinking the priorities of the health sector in a pandemic-responsive budget

We talked to Dr MM Akash, Professor and Chairman of Economics department, Dhaka University, and Dr Rumana Huque and Dr Sayema Haque Bidisha, Professors of Economics, Dhaka University regarding the common queries of the budget of FY 2021-2022.

Everything you need to know about the new scourge of ‘black fungus’ amid the Covid-19 risks

The world is already reeling under the Covid-19 threat, and now a new epidemic of ‘black fungus’ has surged in the neighbouring country, India. In Bangladesh,

Myths and facts that you should know before starting a side hustle

Fact: The notion of ‘being your own boss’ seems like a dream come true, along with a bunch of advantages. You can enjoy your hobby as a side hustle, save extra money for any big purchase, clear your debts, and so on.

Languishing: What it is and how to cope with this feeling

Have you ever had such a mixed feeling where you are too tired and overwhelmed to do anything but still eager to engage in different activities

Work from home: The struggles of working moms

No matter how you slice and dice it, being a mother is never an easy task. And working moms always struggle more to maintain work-life balance.

‘Kaan Pete Roi’ on suicidal thoughts in Bangladesh

Having suicidal thoughts or suicidal behaviour indicates a psychiatric emergency. It can also be a predictor of suicide. No person takes their life out of the blue.

Promoting environmental awareness with plantable seed paper ‘Bonkagoj’

A biodegradable handmade paper, which is made from recycled paper and embedded with different plant seeds. Shalbrikkho- a startup working with biodegradable and recycled products came up with its project 'Bonkagoj' to promote such plantable seed papers in Bangladesh.

5 alternatives to make your home more eco-friendly

LED lights are far better lighting options than incandescent and other traditional lights as LEDs are more energy-efficient. It implies that they produce less carbon dioxide, a harmful product generated from electricity. For example,

Celebrating young local artists

Art has no rulebook or status quo. It is transcendent as artists get the freedom of spirit and the opportunity to create their own enchanting

4 essential apps for travel writers and remote workers

Read on the following apps if you are or want to be a travel writer or just looking for some tech solutions to increase your writing efficiency.

Gadgets and toys to aid children with autism

Children with autism often struggle to socialise, decode everyday interactions and express their basic needs or emotions.

Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra: the source of inspiration and bravado during the liberation war

Amid this anarchy, an emergency and temporary radio station at Kalurghat called the Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra (SBBK) declared the independence of Bangladesh to the world on 26 March 1971. Airing almost every day during the liberation war, the journey of this covert radio station came to an end on 16 December 1971 and was turned into Bangladesh Betar, as we know it now. From a temporary radio station to the main media source during the liberation war.

December 11, 2020
December 11, 2020

Bringing ignorance into the light

Transgender and intersex people experience shocking amounts of abuse and discrimination in their daily life. They get harassed and exploited at home, work or on the roads.

December 4, 2020
December 4, 2020

The plight of female frontline workers during Covid-19

Female frontline workers are toiling a countless number of hours on duty since the Covid-19 outbreak. But being a female frontline warrior is just not about professional workloads.

November 27, 2020
November 27, 2020

4 distraction-busting apps to stay focused while working from home

This app follows a self-motivated method that helps you beat Internet addiction. To control your temptation of using the Internet, you need

November 27, 2020
November 27, 2020

5 portable health devices that you can use on the go

Nowadays people are always on the go and too busy to spend time on health issues, which is increasing the demand for portable health devices. These handheld devices can help keep your healthy routine and ease your conditions when you are out. Check out some of these worth-purchasing health gadgets.

November 20, 2020
November 20, 2020

Amader Golpo: An initiative to revive cultural heritage and histories through comics

With the help of Life 101 Foundation and 'Diversity for Peace' initiative of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Quizards have planned to launch a website named 'Amader Golpo' to bring positive changes in people's mindset and thought process by letting them know about the concepts of diversity.

November 13, 2020
November 13, 2020

Real world self-defence tips from Edward F. Gomes of Tactical Krav Maga Bangladesh

The truth is most women face some form of harassment on roads every day. And unfortunately, there is no perfect way or specific self-defence trick to fight back.

November 7, 2020
November 7, 2020

Stepping up for menstrual health amid pandemic

The pandemic’s effects on middle and lower income people’s finances come with a lot of invisible struggles. For example, it has become a severe impediment for underprivileged girls and women’s menstrual health. As their expendable money has come down, they struggled to afford sanitary napkins and other feminine hygiene products.

November 6, 2020
November 6, 2020

Child safety: GPS trackers and wearables

These 4 gadgets have some unique and different functions, but their main purpose is to safeguard the children.

October 23, 2020
October 23, 2020

A hospital by the people, for the people in just 14 days

Bidyanondo Foundation and Chattogram Metropolitan Police (CMP) have jointly set up a field hospital in Patenga, Chattogram. It was inaugurated by CMP Commissioner Md. Mahabubor Rahman with Faruk Ahmed,

October 16, 2020
October 16, 2020

Helpline numbers, location sharing apps and services that you may need in an emergency

Following the disturbing crimes and sexual harassment cases against women and children, it has become more important to know the emergency helpline numbers and to learn how to share location or notify close ones in an emergency state. Here is a list of some national helpline numbers, apps to share location and a guideline how to activate emergency SOS system.