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  • Painted like train to draw students

    The walls of the building of a primary school in Madhupur upazila have been painted like an intercity train for attracting students to come to the school.
  • From frying pan to burning fire

    "I'm too poor to feed my five children well and so, I agreed to hand over one of them to Robi Khan after getting promise that he would arrange food and education for her," said Jhum cultivator Hokkoi Khumi of Komkhemotto in Ruma upazila of Bandarban.
  • Oasis in the sand

    Four short years ago, on the Jamuna river's eastern bank beside the Bangabandhu Bridge in Tangail's Bhuapur upazila, there was a large patch of ground overrun with river sand. Most people would have dismissed it as a wasteland. But when Ibrahim Ali Mondol passed by while sitting aboard a Dhaka-bound train from his native Natore, through the window he saw something else: the potential for a grand orchard.
  • Seasonal rawhide traders left in limbo

    Like in other districts, small-scale and seasonal traders in Tangail are in trouble with the rawhides they purchased during Eid due to
  • Wired for development

    Business was always a struggle in Rupsha Bazar, a market on a Jamuna River shoal in Sirajganj. For many years, small business
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