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  • 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.

  • The Angler’s Last Stop

    An ecosystem which is allowed to thrive, allowed to breath, is one which will result in bounties for the patient. This sentiment is proved in the Cox’s Bazar Fishery Ghat. With the recent ban on fishing being lifted till next month, the ghat has come alive with boats carrying fish most favoured by Bangladeshis. The treasures from the deep blue sea, displayed at the ghat, make for quite vibrant and colourful displays. The ghat opens at 6:00am, with the market picking up full steam within a few hours. Fishermen say the ban has actually resulted in better catches than before, although the economic disruption to their livelihood because of it is yet to be mitigated fully. For now, sellers and customers have been pleased with the results, something which all can see stepping in the ghat in the beach town.

  • Stuck at Square One

    More than a year after the students’ demonstrations for safe roads and the Traffic Weeks observed by citizens and law enforcement, very little seems to have changed in the city in regard to road safety. Not only are pedestrians and commuters still risking their lives by

  • The Nights of Karwan Bazar

    While Karwan Bazar, one of the largest wholesale markets in the country, is always bustling, it is during the night time when it really comes alive.

  • Peace at Last

    They play on the rope bridge, climb the bamboo wall, swing to heights, go through the obstacle course, and watch others play from a bamboo-made pavilion.

  • Peace at Last

    They play on the rope bridge, climb the bamboo wall, swing to heights, go through the obstacle course, and watch others play from a bamboo-made pavilion. The children, many of whom are orphaned and have physical and intellectual disabilities, have found a home

  • Far Away From Home

    In a fresh attempt, 3,450 Rohingyas were scheduled to be repatriated to Myanmar yesterday. None of them, however, agreed to go.

  • Dengue Rattles Bangladesh

    The country is gripped by the fear of dengue, which is taking its toll on people everywhere. Every day, hundreds of new patients are being admitted to already-overcrowded hospitals where long queues in front of the report delivery rooms is a common sight.

  • Taking a Hiding

    Seasonal rawhide traders are counting their losses due to a serious lack of demand. Visiting makeshift rawhide hubs in the capital’s Azimpur, Chawk Bazar, City College and New Market areas, the selling price of animal skin was found to be shockingly low.

  • URBAN BIRDS

    Dhaka city is losing its greeneries. Nevertheless, a number of birds still make their homes in this concrete jungle. With trees and open space vanishing fast, most of the birds have disappeared from the city.

  • The Sacrifice

    Cattle from around the country and even different parts of the world have been gathered at the cattle market in the capital’s Gabtoli for the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha. It is one of the 24 cattle markets in the capital.

  • Prints of perfection

    Bent over their tables, artisans around the country are busy conjuring up works of magic, keeping the upcoming Eid in mind. Summoning new block prints and beadworks, their hands are hard at work turning pieces of cotton into embellished articles of beauty. Although most of the work done in the industry is of great quality, local artisans often lose out to imported wares. Despite the competitive prices of local goods -- with some cotton saris going for as low as Tk 800 -- the allure of imports can still be too much to ignore for some. This, however, doesn’t detract local craftsmen from producing the work of the art that they put so much effort into. The pictures were taken from New Super Market in the capital.

  • The Fish Festival

    The five-day Fish Fair 2019 in the capital’s Khamarbari area came to an end recently. The festival showcased the wealth of the country’s resources in terms of fish. While no fish were sold at the exhibition, visitors could learn the know-hows of fish cultivation and the benefits of it. This year’s slogan was “Building the country through fish cultivation”. The elaborate installations showed how to rear prawns, oysters, pomfret and many others. Information on different breeds and cultivation techniques was also available.

  • The Chokehold of Development

    The lives of commuters often come to a standstill in the capital city when development work -- road repairs or laying of new sewage pipes -- is undertaken. While the work itself is beneficial for city dwellers, the way it is done leaves much to be desired. Haphazard dumping of earth, construction materials strewn about and no consideration for pedestrians or commuters turn an otherwise positive work into a headache. Lack of guidelines in terms of how such construction work should be carried out also results in long tailbacks in an already gridlocked city. The pictures were taken from Dilkusha road, Motijheel, Kamalapur bazar and other areas in Dhaka.

  • Where majesty is dismantled

    While most people would associate shipbreaking/building yards with port cities, many other areas in the country are hosts to such yards where ships are dismantled or built, like the one in Keraniganj’s Aganagar.

  • Respite For Nature Lovers

    This year’s National Tree Fair has been a congregation of colours for nature lovers who have thronged the venue at Agargaon in numbers.

  • Beauties of the bay

    The Swatch of No Ground, a submarine canyon in the Bay of Bengal, located south of Dublar Char, is a hotspot for dolphins, whales,

  • Fruits of Our Labour

    Fruits of Our Labour

  • An iftar to Remember

    The iftar market shows no signs of cooling as Eid nears and people begin to leave for their homes away from the capital. Despite people preparing to trickle out, street carts remain lined with all kinds of iftar goodies imaginable. Like some sort of culinary magic, the edible goods on display keep getting larger. Gigantic jilapis complement colossal pieces of chicken. If that doesn’t satiate the appetite, why not turn the corner and opt for some scrumptious lamb roasts? In the month of fasting, the iftar servings on offer border on the extravagance and ensure a full stomach to make it through another day. The scents seduce and tantalising taste do tempt. Of course, the giving in happens when the fast breaks. Before then, we can all feast with our eyes! The photos were taken from Chawk Bazar in the capital.

  • The beauty of batik

    Batiks are things of beauty, each meticulously crafted piece of garment considered a piece of art. The market for batik has begun heating up in Araihazar upazila in Narayanganj -- the pulse of the batik business -- and homes there are turning into splashes of colour, owing to the batik cloths hung out to dry.

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