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  • Crafting a living

    Trained by Jagoroni, which has a showroom in Dhaka, women make dolls and other small handicrafts using jute and other plant fibres.

  • Bazar For The Poor

    The Fokinni Bazar, otherwise known as “Gorib er Bazar”, is a market for vegetables and fruits salvaged from the nearby Karwan Bazar. The bazar, which started back in 1983, has some 120 open-air stalls selling produce. According to the vendors, it all started when those living near the rail lines began collecting vegetables that fell off wagons or were thrown out for being “damaged”. They took the scraps and sold them for less than half the price. The financially-challenged customers of the bazar do not consider the blemishes to be deal-breakers and instead use them to haggle down prices. The bazar serves as a grocery haven for slum dwellers who live in and around the area. However, due to frequent eviction drives, it may just be in its twilight years.

  • The king of mats

    In Aaghoria in Sirajganj’s Raiganj upazila, a change is creeping up. Rice fields are taking over jungles where once murta plants ruled. At times, there seems to be a harmony between the two, but looks can be deceiving. The murta plants are used to produce the traditional shitalpati, the naturally cold mat which is a blessing on most summer days. The mats come from the trees taller than men. The trees are cut, then boiled and finally individually coloured. Fold it as much as one wants, but it never breaks. The shitalpati is something special. But it is being replaced by plastic. And slowly, but surely, the locals are moving away from their heirloom pieces.

  • The Cost of Foundry

    Bogura, is the central hub of the country’s foundry and light engineering workshops.

  • Bounty of Guava, Blessing of Nature

    Around 2,100 hectares of guava orchards and several floating guava bazaars are spread across 43 villages in Pirojpur, Jhalokati and Barisal.

  • When Inundation Is A Constant

    Floods over the last two months have ravaged the country. Bangladeshis’ famed resilience now includes going about their daily activities with inundation of homesteads,

  • Window Into Khulna’s Multi-Cultural Past

    Khulna Divisional Museum, the only museum in Khulna city, is a treasure trove of artifacts of the region’s rich history.

  • Window Into Khulna’s Multi-Cultural Past

    Khulna Divisional Museum, the only museum in Khulna city, is a treasure trove of artifacts of the region’s rich history. It houses pieces from archaeological sites of all the districts in the division.

  • Just The Beginning…

    The figure who was the towering force behind the birth of Bangladesh is once again dominating the country’s capital. On the occasion

  • Jute Goods Draw Attention

    A Spectacular display of jute products attracted visitors from all across the country during the National Jute Fair 2020, held on March

  • ART FESTIVAL

    The 3rd International Art Festival 2020 Nilphamari, Bangladesh’s premier art event celebrating different artistic expressions, concluded

  • Ekush Foreve

    The spirit of Ekushey February lives on in the hearts of Bangalees forever. On this day in 1952, Language Movement heroes laid down their lives to make Bangla a state language.

  • Warmth of Pitha in Chilly Winter

    A chill in the air, foggy mornings and dew-kissed evenings are features of the Bangladeshi winter.

  • A glitzy, sparkling global affair

    The 25th edition of the Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) kicked off at the start of this month in the capital’s Agargaon. Some 483 stalls and pavilions showcased products from 21 different countries and 55 foreign brands. The month-long event was conceived with the view to increasing sales of local commodities and bringing in foreign goods to Bangladesh. Glamourous displays by companies attracted people to their stalls and there was substantial sales. This was a chance for the country’s people to get a glimpse of what the world has to offer. And they did not pass up the chance as the large crowds proved. The fair will conclude at the end of the month.

  • Safe Veggies Safe Health

    The three-day “National Vegetable Fair” held at the capital’s Krishibid Institution last month attracted veggie lovers from across the country. The aim of the fair, with the theme ““Safe Vegetables for Good Health and Nutrition”, was to motive people to consume vegetables and ensure safe vegetable production. During the event, a variety of fresh vegetables, including cabbage, cauliflower, tomato, cucumber, and eggplant, were put on display, to the delight of the visitors. The agriculture ministry organised the programme at a time when the country has ranked third in the globe for producing vegetables.

  • The Joy of Celebration

    A festival of catching fish, locally known as Polo Baoa, was once celebrated all across rural Bangladesh, but is now going extinct with time.

  • Winter Hits People Hard

    As temperatures fall around the country, people begin to seek warmth in company, in blankets and near fires.

  • The Waves of History

    At the flick of the right switch, the walls in the home of 50-year-old Mofazzal Hossain come abuzz with the static of history.

  • Overcoming Inhibitions With Basketball

    A thletes with disabilities playing basketball during the Wheelchair Basketball tournament held at the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) in Savar of Dhaka.

  • A Grand Display of Visual Poetry

    Ushering in brand new avenues for Bangladeshi dance artistes, and inspiring multi-cultural exchanges with the global dance community, the international dance biennial,

  • The Winter Kings

    As the chill in the air spreads, so does the fragrance from freshly harvested winter vegetables. Farmers load up vans, trucks and boats with the fresh greens -- gourds, amaranths, cauliflowers, radishes, long beans and much more -- and bring those to markets across the country.

  • Delving Into Songs of The Soul

    Emitting the essence of traditional folk music, the Dhaka International Folk Fest 2019 celebrated the diversity and vividness of folk culture and tradition as they merged borders.

  • For a Scenic Respite

    With its mesmerising scenic views, Kuakata Sea Beach offers a full sight of the sunrise and sunset. It’s a fun place for tourists who in their hundreds throng it every day to bathe in the sea, play with the sand, feast on the delicious lobster, sea fish, and take photographs to have an everlasting memory of the moments.

  • The Silver Rush

    Sheets of aluminium are cradled softly by expert hands, which transform it into kitchen utensils to be used around the country.

  • Bamboo Beauties

    Shamsu Mia,48, has made an annual journey to Sylhet’s Gowainghat upazila from Tangail, to engage in a once popular craft for the past 10 years.

  • A Life Lost to The Show of Dominance

    Between the late hours of October 6 and early hours of October 7, a group of Chhatra League leaders beat Buet student Abrar Fahad to death.

  • Heaven on Earth

    Bichanakandi in Sylhet’s Gowainghat upazila offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city life. Every year, thousands of people from across the country visit the tourist spot, famous for a beautiful lake which has crystal clear water.

  • Bidding Durga Farewell

    Durga Puja, the largest religious festival for the Hindus, ended with the celebrations of Bijaya Dashami on Tuesday. Thousands of

  • The Fabric of Heritage

    There is no question that the jute industry was the lifeline of our economy for decades, and continues to be one of the backbones of our rural economy even now. The importance of jute can never be exaggerated as it is a major income source for thousands of farmers

  • Living at Risk

    A long the Beribandh road lies a vast area housing the “Lalbagh slum”. At a glance, it is evident that the people there are risking their lives for shelter. Highly prone to accidents, these homes have two to three floors that are connected by rickety staircases made of bamboo.

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