M Jahirul Islam Jewel

March 5, 2020
March 5, 2020

A noble initiative for fishermen’s literacy

Fishermen of Elisha village and nearby areas in Bhola Sadar upazila can now aspire to be literate as a group of local youths under the banner of East Elisha Foundation, a voluntary organisation,...

February 26, 2020
February 26, 2020

10 years in the making

How long does it take to complete a two-year project for constructing a medical facility? For a government hospital struggling to cope with patient flow, the answer is more than a decade.

January 27, 2020
January 27, 2020

Grabbing puts canal on death throes

Once flowing Rajapur canal in Jhalakathi is nearly dead now, thanks to the mindless encroachment and pollution by locals on both sides of the waterbody.

January 5, 2020
January 5, 2020

BIWTA salvage wing needs salvaging

MV Dudu Mia-1, a clinker-loaded cargo vessel, sank in the Kirtonkhola river in Barishal on December 14 after a head-on collision with a passenger launch. It has not been salvaged yet.

November 29, 2019
November 29, 2019

Dhalchar exposed to the elements

The hapless people of the remote island of Dhalchar union, 35 kilometres from Kossopia on the mainland, have found an innovative way of facing cyclones -- they go deep into the mangrove forest and...

November 27, 2019
November 27, 2019

Students touch up Payra with paint

When students of their age usually spend their weekend playing games or hanging out with friends or family, twelve students in Barguna town made it their mission to use their spare time to bring...

November 20, 2019
November 20, 2019

Bhola Mayhem: No headway in probe

One month into the attacks on law enforcers, houses of Hindus and a temple in Bhola’s Borhanuddin upazila, police are yet to identify the masterminds behind those or the “hackers” who broke into...

November 13, 2019
November 13, 2019

Cyclone Bulbul leaves 10 families in Bhola with no breadwinners

Jewel and his two siblings were waiting for his fisherman father who promised to return home with new dresses, but they only received their father’s body yesterday morning.

October 29, 2019
October 29, 2019

Forgotten torture comes to light

The video starts with one Hasan beating an elderly man -- whose hands and legs are tied and who is visibily unconscious -- with a wooden stick. Shouts can be heard off camera, which then pans to...

October 25, 2019
October 25, 2019

Rumour of pir’s arrest brought on hell

A number of religious leaders, including imams, in Bhola had broken their promise to the local administration of taking all necessary steps to postpone the fateful October 20 rally.